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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Homer Melton, Yalobusha County Chief Deputy Sheriff, is pictured with $3,245 in cash and $700 worth of cocaine, confiscated during a routine road block on Highway 330 East of Coffeeville.

Former Columnist, Charles Cooper, Took Third In Oratorical Contest In ‘47


10 Years—March 15, 2007 –   Water Valley Street Super-visor Michael Scroggins addressed Mayor Bill Norris and the board of aldermen, stressing enforcement of the city’s garbage pick-up ordinance. Garbage must be bagged and put in containers in order to be picked up.

  Mayor Bill Norris cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Sylva Rena Grocery, owned by John and Charlene Crawford. The business, which had changed ownership a while back, was formerly Lawler’s.

  A bill had passed the House and Senate and been sent to Gov. Haley Barbour’s desk, providing two million dollars in funding for the construction of a group home in Water Valley by the State Department of Mental Health.

   The Water Valley High School Baseball Team upped their standing to 11-2 with three straight wins. Helping with these wins were Jeffrey Vance, Tank Hervey, Justin Brooks, Branden Brooks and Josh Lowery.

20 Years—March 20, 1997 –  Donald Gray was appointed the new agency manager of Yalobusha County Farm Bureau. He replaced long-time manager, John Ashford, who retired.

  The Water Valley Ministerial Association invited all Water Valley area citizens to attend the annual Community Sunrise Service to be held in City Park. Rev. Bill Rogers, pastor of First Assembly of God Church, brought the message and the music was  under the direction of Keith Stevens, Minister of Music at First Baptist Church.

  Mrs. Lucy Woods celebrated her 95th birthday in the Yalobusha County Nursing Home, with a cake provided by her daughter, Jimmie Katherine Morgan.

  Christy Hernandez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Hernandez of Water Valley, will compete in the 1997 “Miss Mississippi Teen USA” Pageant.

  Three Yalobushians are on the honor roll at Alcorn State University. Among the 743 students on the honor roll are TaWanda Mitchell, Tangela Baker, and Shonnette Morgan, all of Water Valley.

30 Years—March 19, 1987 –  Pete Heard, State Conservationist of the Mississippi Soil Conservation Service, presented Michael Butts of Water Valley a “Superior Performance Award.” Mr. Butts has been employed at the Sedimentation Lab for 16 years.

  Lions’ Club President Eddie Aune and Secretary Barry Caulfield received  papers from Mayor M. H. Henry allowing the club to lease the old ICRR depot, now owned by Water Valley.

  Travis Clement, manager of Holley Automotive, extended his congratulations, and presented a “Millionaire” candy bar to Safety Coordinator Don Townsend, in recognition of the plants one-million-plus work hours without a lost-time injury.

  Tena Sikma, fifth grade science student of Mrs. Joyce Burgess, was pictured with her winning Science Fair project, which explained the formation of tornados. She also showed pictures of the before and after of Water Valley and the damage caused by the 1984 tornado.

  Verna Melton was named Holley’s March “Employee of the Month”.

40 Years—March 17, 1977 – Calhoun County Youth Agent Joe W. “Bud” Goforth was name Calhoun County’s “Outstanding Young  Man” in the annual OYM Program, sponsored by the Calhoun City Jaycees. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Goforth of Water Valley, a graduate of Water Valley High School. He received his master’s degree from Mississippi State University.

  Miss Lilly Sossaman celebrated her 100th birthday and received a note of congratulations form President Jimmy and First Lady Rosalyn Carter.

  Among cast members for the musical, “The Sound of Music,” to be presented at Northwest Mississippi Junior College, is Ronnie Hill of Water Valley.

  Charmie Lassen of Water Valley is now a member of Congressman Jamie Whitten’s office staff in Washington. Charmie follows another Vallian, Annie Ruth Typler Watson, long time assistant to Rep. Whitten. Charmie is the daughter of “Snooky” and Mary Lou Williams.

50 Years—March 16, 1967 – In a recent election W. C. Quinn, Joe Elliott, Binford Turnage, and Bill Trusty were elected to three-year terms, replacing Judge Kermit Cofer, Edward Shearer, Earl Fly, and Dr. Rayford Edgar, who are rotating off as Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Directors.

  Mrs. Binford Turnage, chairman of the Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball, named committee chairmen: refreshments and decor-ations, Mrs. Pat Holloway; tickets, Mrs. Binford Williams; entertainment and publicity, Mrs. Don  Holloway; programs and solicitations, Mrs Bennie Taylor; and properties, Mrs. Baxter Jones.

  The majority of the electorate failed to vote in the nursing home bond issue.

  Bill Abernathy, Little League President, announced a spaghetti supper will be held to help fund the program.

  City electric rates were set to rise July 1, due to impending Tallahatchie Valley Association’s rate increase.

  Water Valley’s sales taxes showed an increase in February.

  Bena Lou Kendrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kendrick of Water Valley, was named corresponding secretary of Delta Gamma sorority at the University of Mississippi.

  Two former outstanding Water Valley football athletes, Bobby Tyler and David Fly, were chosen to be on the coaching staff for the State All-Star Football Game.

60 Years—March 14, 1957 –  The Blue Devils Baseball Team lost the first game in the State Tournament to the A-AA Champions Forest Hill  Rebels. This was the last high school game for three Water Valley seniors, Jimmy McDonald, who was playing with a sprained ankle, Bobby Schmitz and John Person.

  Mr. and Mrs. Joe Joyner celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary at their home. It was also Mr. Joyner’s 75th birthday.

  Postmistress Annie Kee Mauldin announced that during hours local businesses are closed on Thursday afternoon, the post office would also be closed.

  County Agent W. Y. Parker announced that the demand for corn in the county will rise due to an increase in the growing of livestock.

  Peggy Hart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Hart, Jr., will be in the cast of the Ole Miss production of “Young Ben,” written by Dr. Sam Talbert, chairman of the Journalism Department.

70–Years—March 20, 1947 – Housewives were reminded by the OPA that Sugar Stamp 53, currently good for five pounds of sugar, must be spent before it expires March 31, one month earlier than originally announced. Sugar wholesaler and retailer may now apply for adjustments to their inventories.

  Carolyn Sissell was initiated into Delta Chapter of Phi Mu sorority at the University of Mississippi.

  Charles Cooper took third place in the regional American Legion’s Oratorical Contest, held in Grenada. He had won the local contest and the district contest at Eupora to advance to regionals.

  Mary Lou Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Johnson, celebrated her 10th birthday at a party in her home. Along with her parents, Mrs. Bennie Appleton and Mrs. Greer Person were co-hostesses for the party.

  The meeting of the Mollie Durden Brown Chapter of the U.D.C. met in the home of Mrs. J. E. Hale, with Mrs. J. S. DeMarche as co-hostess.

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