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Governor Finch Was Speaker At 1977 Chamber Banquet

10 Years—March 22, 2007 –  Miranda Phillips and Brittany Weekly, members of the Water Valley Blue Devils basketball program, after taking part in the Junior Nationals Showcase, have been chosen to be a part of postseason play during the summer months.

  After much discussion and negotiation between Yalobusha County Board of Supervisors and Windsor Foods the beef plant sale was close to being a reality.

  Beekeeper Joel Rogers was called in by Larry Sprouse to take care of swarming bees on Main Street. A bee box was brought in and the queen was scraped off the tree. The worker bees quickly followed her into the box and all were transported to the Rogers’ farm.

  Oakland resident Margaret Ros, was honored by the Mississippi House of Representatives for her years of service to the Oakland community. The resolution for the honor was authored by Rep. Tommy Reynolds.

20 Years—March 27, 1997 – Donald Henderson was honored for 25 years of service as maintenance foreman for the Water Valley Housing Authority. He was presented a plaque by Housing Authority Director Barron Caulfield, Jr.

  A new antique business, Antiques and Things, owned by Bill and Mary Anderson, has opened on North Main Street.

  Julie Tyler has announced that a new cookbook is being planned by the Water Valley Junior Auxiliary.

  Organization was underway for a gigantic yard sale to benefit Reedy Acres at the home of Jimmy and Shirley Berry.

  Gurner Photography’s feature picture of the week was of Kyle, age 3, and Tyler, age 5, with their mom, Kim Jones.

  Stan True in his “Short Shots” Column advised that now is the time to catch crappie.

  Mrs. Mildred Nichols reported that 47 people enjoyed breakfast at North Main Methodist Church. Rev. Ben Goodwin is pastor of the church.

30 Years—March 26, 1987 – Bill Barrett of West Point, a Water Valley native, was the principal speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet. He is president of William Barrett Associates, an industrial locating and development firm.

  Officers and directors of the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce for the coming year are: Kenneth Taylor, president; Larry Pruitt, vice-president; Iris Clark, secretary-treasurer; Sherry Johnson, Linda Maynor, Sammy Higdon, Jr., James Ivy, Hollis Johnson, Paul Roberson, Braswell Hatcher, Lawrence Perkins, Dr. Barry Weeks, and Wayne Harris, directors.

  Rupert Kolb, president of the Rotary Club of Water Valley, presented Paul Parker his 50-year perfect attendance pin. In maintaining this perfect attendance record, Mr. Parker has attended meetings in 49 states and several foreign countries.

  Chamber of Commerce Manager Sam Higdon presented Mike Brown, who was representing the Brown family and Mott’s, Inc., a plaque commemorating the work of the late Pete Brown, industrialist, contributing to the welfare and improvement of the Water Valley Area.

40 Years—March 24, 1977 – Gov. Cliff Finch will be the principal speaker at the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

  Jack Watson will be installed as the new manager of the Chamber of Commerce at the annual banquet.

  Fishing on O’Tuckalofa Creek and Yocona, Hugh Gurner, James Moorhead and Johnny Terry caught an estimated 130 fish.

  Entrants in the Little Mr. Water Valley Pageant are Kevin Stewart, John Thomas Gullette, Bruce Thomas, Craig King, Lance Newman, Evans Gurner, John Mayo, Joel Person, John Avant, Ricky Flowers, Bobby Carr Johnsey, Brandon Webb, and Jared Mott.

  Among officers of Alpha Tau Omega at the University of Mississippi are: Mark Larson, member-at-large and Jim  Hedges, social service chairman, both of Water Valley.

  Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Williamson were honored at a reception in the Yalobusha Country Club in observance of their golden wedding anniversary.

  Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Taylor celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a reception in their home. Daughter, Janice Berry, greeted the guests.

50 Years—March 23, 1967 – George Miles, Water Valley’s baker and owner of the Pastry Shop, died suddenly at his home at noon on Wednesday.

  Sayle Womack retired after 26 years with the Talla-hatchie Valley Authority.

  The Water Valley National Guard Unit took part in an area “alert,” testing the overall readiness of the Guard in case of a National Emergency.

  The honor of “Outstanding County in the Nation in Service to Farmers” was the title bestowed on Yalobusha County by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conser-vation Service. Attending the presentation in Biloxi were Clyde Pace, Manager, County Chairman S. A. Swearengen, Sue Arrington,  J. C. Sides, Jr., Nell Shaw, J. L. Reid and Sylvia Parker.

  Frank Tucker, member of the 4-H Advisory Council, presented Melvin Ford, Yalobusha County Superin-tendent of Education, a 4-H alumni Pin at the 4-H Awards Banquet. Mr. Ford was the first Yalobusha County 4-H Club member to produce over 100 bushels of corn per acre.

  Haze Brister caught over 20 nice crappie in Yocona River, while fishing on Thursday.

60 Years—March 21, 1957 – Pauline Heflin was honored at a surprise party, commemorating her completion 30 years of service with Southern Bell Telephone Company. Chief operator of the local exchange, Mildred Hamilton, presented Mrs. Heflin a 30-year pin and  gift.

The Coffeeville boys’ basketball team won the State B-BB Title, after defeating Forest Hill.

  The Water Valley High School Dramatic Club’s presentation of “This if Your Life” honored Superinten-dent Noel Bell.

  Neal Woods, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Woods, represented Water Valley’s Methodist Youth Fellowship, on a conducted Mission Tour over much of Mississippi.

  Water Valley High School Seniors have selected “Riddle Me Riches” as their play for the year.

  Members of the Jeff Davis Senior Class will present “One Delirious Night” as their annual play.

70–Years—March 27, 1947 – A contest has been announced to select a new representative to reign as the national cotton queen. Any single girl, between the ages of 18 and 25, is eligible to enter. A state finalist will be named “Mississippi Cotton Belle” and will be entered in the national pageant for a chance to become, “America’s Cotton Belle.”

  The home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Simpson on the Paris Road, a short distance form the city limits was destroyed by fire.

  Water Valley High School’s baseball team will play their first game of the season on the Jeff Davis Diamond. Their opponent will be Sardis High School.

  Yalobusha County Gram-mar School students will have a field meet. Games will be held in the Coffeeville School and will include a Spelling Bee.

  In a Washington Digest column it was noted that Korea is a house divided between the United States and Russia.












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