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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Chief Warns Owners Of Inoperable Vehicles To Move Them Off City Streets In 1967


10 Years—March 29 2007 – The Water Valley Lady Devils Softball Team, after 14 games, posted a 12-2 record. By splitting the season series with Winona, the Lady Devils captured a share of the Region 3-3A Crown, with a 5-1 mark in the division.

  Pictured were five generations of the Shields and Newman families, which were overlapping. The Shields family included great-great-grandmother, Lorene Shields; great-grandfather, Carl Shields; grandmother, Christy Savage; father, Brandon Smith; and baby, Anne Marie Smith. On the Newman side were: Mary Newman, great-great-grandmother; great-grandmother, Jane Newman; grandmother, Christy Savage; father, Brandon Smith; and baby, Anne Marie Smith.

20 Years—April 3, 1997
“Awakening,” a new group of contemporary singers from First United Methodist Church,were scheduled to sing in City Park. Members of the group were Brian Bell, Suzanne Oakley, Brandy Farlow, Courtney Parsons, Bethany Caulfield, Angela Weeks, Fawn Keen, Andy Cunningham, Gil McMahen and Clay Ashford.

  Mike Crews, manager of Water Valley Manufacturing,  Inc., addressed the meeting of the Water Valley Ambassadors. Mr. Crews, a Water Valley native, was introduced by Ambassador President Melvin Ford.

  Akeem Bailey, William Turner, and Eddie Mister, members of Boy Scout Troop 62, were pictured planting trees to earn their Forestry Badges.

  Maxine Ross was named BorgWarner’s March “Employee of the Month.”

  Adrian Campbell, Yolanda Campbell, Nakenya Spearman, and Shanika Ward, all of Water Valley, attended the Miss Achievement Conference at the University of Mississippi.

30 Years—April 2, 1987
The Garden Club of Water Valley had a 50th anniversary tea and during the program Mayor Hamric Henry presented an official proclamation, commemorating the event, to Mrs. Hamric (Dorothy Jane) Henry. Also on the program were Mrs. Harold Williams of Water Valley, president of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi; Mrs. Oliver Wiley, president-elect of the local club; and Mrs. Roy Bennett, a charter member of the club.

  A late snow came down in the Valley on March 30, but there was no accumulation.

  A jaws of life demonstration was to be held at the Coffeeville Fire Station and everyone was invited to attend.

40 Years—March 31, 1977
Mayor Watson Hunt signed a proclamation in observance of National Library Week, with members of the local library commission, Mrs. ‘“Snooky” Williams, Mrs. Ernest Edrington, Mrs. Arnold Carothers, and Librarian, Mrs. Barron Caulfield, in attendance.

  Pictured were the dignitaries attending the annual Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce banquet: Gov. Cliff Finch, principal speaker; CofC president, Dave Hollister;  and Mrs. Jack Watson, manager of Cong. Jamie Whitten’s Oxford Office.

  Yalobusha County Prosecuting Attorney Dick Wilhoit attended a seminar on Evidence in Jackson.

  Barron Caulfield was honored for 35 years of service to the Bank of Water Valley at a dinner, held in the country club.

  In a “Walkathon” 75 young people walked 10 miles to benefit the Heart Association. One group pictured, after competing two miles, were Baine Turnage, “Scoot” Taylor, Sandy Stone, Hoyte Stone, Charles Jaudon, Amy McCullar, and Margie Ford.

50 Years—March 30, 1967
Jim Holder, son of Rev. and Mrs. J. A. Holder, received a plaque and a $100 check for his winning essay in Lion’ District 30-A. He is now competing with four other district winners for the state title.

  A $122,000 loan and grant has been approved by the Farmers Home Admini-stration for the new Jeff Davis Water Association to lay approximately 25 miles of pipeline necessary to serve the members of the association.

  Water Valley Chief of Police W. G. “Freck” Mitchell was warning people who have inoperative automobiles parked on city streets to move the vehicle or they will be impounded and hauled to the city garage for storage.

  Mary Ann and Linda Hughes, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hughes of Oakland, presented a demonstration on the “care of teeth” at the Sylva Rena 4-H meeting, held in the community club.

  Guy Dale Shaw of Coffeeville is seeking a second term as tax assessor of Yalobusha County.


60 Years—March 28, 1957
Superintendent Noel Bell has announced that Bobby Tyler, a native of Water Valley, has been named head coach and athletic director for Water Valley High School.

  Curtis Berry won the 1957 Water Valley Male Beauty Revue.

  Water Valley native, Ernest P. Aune has accepted a position with the Mechanics Savings Bank. He was previously employed by Gulf  Interstate Co.

  A seven pound, 13 ounce Big Mouth Bass, believed to be the largest bass to be taken from Enid Lake to date, was caught by J. B. Massie.

  Three Water Valley seamen, Lucius Redwine, David Harding, Jr., and Carl McDonald, were pictured being instructed in handling a lifeboat as part of their training at the U.S. Naval Training Center in San Diego, Calif.


70–Years—April 3, 1947

   A strike of Southern Bell Telephone Company employees was set for April 7. Grenada District Manager Stanfill announced that if the strike materializes the company will render emergency services for the duration of the strike.

  The senior class play, “Lindy Lou” was to be presented at Water Valley High School with the following actors performing, Robert Lawshee, Charles Vander-burg, William Knight, Gene Simpson, Charles Cooper, Ann Crowson, Catherine Edwards, Clara Sue Mitchell, Jeanette Lipson, and Mildred Parker.

 The City of Water Valley is discontinuing fee burial service for animals weighing over 100 pounds. The service will continue for smaller animals.

  J. T. Williamson will exhibit hogs in the first state wide field day.

  Mrs. C. E. Ringold was elected a delegate to the State Garden Club Convention to be held in Biloxi.

  Mrs. Earl Bell was named president of the Water Valley School PTA.


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