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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Construction Was Underway For Country Club, Ram Tool In 1957


10 Years—March 5, 2007
The Water Valley School Board accepted a proposal of Superintendent Sammy Hig-don to eliminate most fees at the district schools. Eliminated were lab, book, art, registration, and other fees. The only fee left was the parking fee, which was deemed a privilege, not a necessity.

  A softball field for the  Lady Blue Devils may become a reality due to the outpouring support from members of the community.

  Matt Burrowes, son of Wanda Fly Burrowes of Senatobia and Kenny and Doris Burrowes of Water Valley, is doing double duty in the journalism department of Northwest Community College. He serves as editor of both the year book, The Rocketeer, and the newspaper, The Ranger Rocket.

  Glenda Gordon was the guest speaker for the March meeting of the Town and Country Garden Club. She was pictured with hostesses, Martha Edwards and Julia Thompson.

  Members of the “A” honor roll at Faith Christian Academy for the third quarter are Briana Norwood, Madison Kolbe, Jonathan Hill, Brooks Norwood, Timothy Hill, Matthew Hill, Samantha Kolbe, Rebekah Hill, Mary Hill, Samantha Allred and Allison Turner.


20 Years—April 10, 1997 
Lt. Governor Ronnie Musgrove was the principal speaker at the annual Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet. He is pictured visiting with newly elected Chamber President Steve Thompson.

  Water Valley’s “Miss Hospitality” Callie Cox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Cox, as part of her presentation at the recent Chamber banquet showed the flag displayed during the parade at the state contest. The flag, designed and made by, Mari Foster featured a magnolia and a watermelon, which have become trademarks of Water Valley.

  An open house and ribbon cutting for the office of Water Valley’s new doctor, Dr. Ronald Walker, was hosted by the Water Valley Ambassadors.

  Cora Lynn Turnage, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Binnie Turnage and the 1996 Watermelon Queen, will relinquish her crown to the winner of the 1987 Pageant winner on May 17.


30 Years—April 9, 1987 
Rev. Robert Morgan, Bishop of the Jackson Area of United Methodist Churches, dedicated a historical marker in Water Valley Railroad Park on April 5, commemorating the organization of the North Mississippi Methodist conference in Water Valley. Also on the program were Don Holloway, historian, and Rev. W. R. Lott, pastor, of Water Valley First United Methodist Church.

  David Harding, son of Michael and Birtie Harding, was pictured with his car and the trophy won at the District Pinewood Derby held in Tupelo. He placed third in a field of 15 Cub Scouts.

  Bill Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Taylor, received the 1987 Swayze Scholarship Award, presented at the Young Bankers 37th Annual Conference.

  The “Avenue of Magnolias,” a joint project of the three Water Valley garden clubs became a reality last week when 60 young magnolia trees were planted along the Highway 7 bypass. Pictured planting the trees were Mrs. Mary Barron from The Garden Club of Water Valley; Mrs. Yvonne Vance from Town and Country Garden Club; and Mrs. Jeannie Clement from Southern Living Garden Club. 


40 Years—March 7, 1977
Mayor Watson Hunt announces that nearly 1,900 residents are now qualified to vote in the City of Water Valley. The deadline to register will be Saturday.

  The 1977 “Miss Water Valley” Pageant will be held Saturday, when Debbie White “Miss Water Valley” for 1976, will relinquish her crown to the winner. Competing are Susan Cook, Cheryl Jaudon, Terryl McClaflin, and Brenda Tutor.

  The Water Valley Fire Department was to receive $13,017.87 from the State Auditor’s Office, which is a portion of taxes collected by the insurance department in February.

  The Blue Devils Baseball Squad stands at 1-3 for the season. The team is coached by Butler McLeod and Gary Stepp.

  Attending the regional science fair at Delta State University were Water Valley fifth and sixth grade students, Luster Pomlee, Beverly Toliver, Marjorie Ford, Patricia Keith, Georgia Mayo, and Tony Carmichael.  Accompanying the students were Mrs. Arda Joy Thompson, sixth grade science teacher, and Melvin Ford, principal.


50 Years—March 6, 1967
Coach Don Johnson, basketball, baseball, and assistant football coach at Water Valley High School for the past eight years has resigned his positions to manage the farm in Wheeler, formerly owned by his father, who died recently.

  Construction is well underway on the main building at Yalobusha Country Club.The swimming pool is near completion and work is also underway on the nine-hole golf course.

  Also under construction is the Ram Tool Company facility at the intersection of Highways 7 and 32, south of Water Valley.

  Thad Trusty, president of the Bank of Water Valley, died in Yalobusha General Hospital at the age of 92.

  Pictured with Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Ban-quet speaker, Mavin McLellan, known as he “Sage of Sand Hills” of Lexington were newly elected president, Paul Parker, and out going president, Oscar Parsons, Jr.

  Lt. Lawrence “Butch” Berry received his Lieutenant’s Bars at Ft. Belvoir, Va.

  William A. “Buddy” Carter caught what must be the granddaddy of all large-mouth bass. The monster weighed twelve and one-half pounds and was caught in an undisclosed farm pond near Highway 32.


60 Years—March 4, 1957
Mayor O.T. “Doc” Hamner stated that plans for a federal public housing program for Water Valley are nearing the point that they can be submitted for consideration.

  The local Jaycees are again sponsoring a teen-age Road-E-O. The driving course will be set on Main Street at Tri-Lake Music Company and will be for boys and girls who will not reach the age of 20 years by August 15.

  Coach Bobby Tyler, who succeeds Robert Cire as head coach of the Blue Devils football team, states that the transfer from the former “T” attack to a single wing mode of play is proceeding nicely.

  Jones Supermarket, owned and operated by Jimmie Jones, has opened for business in the new building. The building, located on the corner of North Main and North Court Streets (on lot where a store owned by his father had burned), was constructed by L. D. Jones Construction Company.

  Showing at the Rebel Drive-In was Jimmy Stewart in “The Man From Laramie.”


70–Years—April 10, 1947
Eddie Blackmur, chairman of the Rotary Ann Banquet Committee, announced that Rotarians will honor their Anns at a banquet Friday night.

  Yalobusha stock showed well at the Northwest District Livestock Show held in Batesville. A number of 4-H Club and FFA members exhibited their calves, pigs, and poultry. The grand Champion Hereford fat calf was shown by J. A. Massey, Jr. of Oakland.

  Superintendent S. C. Shoemake announces that the Commencement Exercise at Camp Ground School will be held April 13. Valedictorian of the class is Helen Nichols Mixon, and salutatorian is Marvel Austin.

  Jeff Davis School seniors will graduate April 18. Graduating will be Mildred Harmon, Emma Lou Person, Opal Williams, Dorothy Fay Regal, Virginia Langston, Ruth Mixon, Earline Blakely, and Sammie Coleman.

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