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Local ‘Beauties’ Strutted Their Stuff In 2007 Pageant


10 Years—April 19, 2007
Chamber of Commerce President Kim Jones presented the Braswell Hatcher Service Award to Snooky and Mary Lou Williams.

   Hydro Green Energy wanted to harness power from the outlets of the four reservoirs in north Mississippi—Sardis, Enid, Grenada, and Arkabutla–to produce electrify.

  Joe Newman was elected to serve as president of the Water Valley Chamber of Commerce for the new year.

  Featured in the “Talk of the Town” Column this week was Mary Lou (Mrs. Snooky) Williams.

  The Old Pine Valley School trail ride was planned for Saturday. Heading this event were Julia Thompson, Charlotte and Andy Grass, Joni Camp and Bess Simmons.

  Panola County resident, Jimmy Craver, has been named as manager of four North Mississippi lakes, Enid, Grenada, Arkabutla, and Sardis.

  Recipients of the 2006 Walton/Dowsing Memorial Scholarships are Regis Mister, Kara Ward, and Walter Moody. This year’s winner will be announced at graduation.


20 Years—April 24, 1997
Water Valley School Beta Club members Cassandra Hawkins, Lynn Finch, Bernadette Sayles, and Natalie Flipping, at the State Beta Convention, won third place in the competition.

  The Blue Devils Baseball Team were in the play offs and would face Hollandale, making the play offs in two of the last three years.

  The Water Valley High School Blue Devils golf team finished third in district play. Chad Innman shot an 80, Joseph Flippin and Jeff Dickey, both shot 84, and Andy Parrish shot 85.

  Brandon Wood exhibited the Grand Champion Gelbvich Bull at the Yalobusha County Livestock Show, and at the Northwest District Livestock Show, held in Batesville, he placed second in his class in the Junior Round-Up.

  The children of Elvis and Doris Vance will host their parents at a celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

  Christy Wilbourn was named a U.S. National Award winner in four separate areas.


30 Years—April 23, 1987
The Water Valley garden clubs were presented a Special Achievement Award for their work in restoring areas of the city damaged by the 1984 tornado. The award was presented by outgoing president of the Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Mary Lou (Harold) Williams to: Dorothy Henry, president of The Garden Club of Water; Valley; Jeannie Clement, president of Southern Living Garden Club; and Yvonne Vance, president of Town and Country Garden Club.

  Water Valley High School has named the following seniors to the fifth six-weeks honor roll, Angie Brooks, Tosha Covington, Cathy Crocker, Laura King, and Valarie Phillips.

  Members of the Water Valley High School FHA/HERO Chapter were named to district offices in the last year. Casandra Crawford was elected president for 1987-88 and Pam Fortune has served as district secretary since her election in 1986.


40 Years—April 21, 1977
Bill Gabbert, Water Valley Junior High Band trumpeter, was pictured with the Sweepstakes Trophy won by the group at the North Mississippi Junior High Contest. Water Valley was the top band. Director Cindy Pedigo was pictured with the trophy won by Water Valley with a score of 379 our of a possible 400. In second place was Sacred Heart of Walls, with a score of 374 points, which was directed by Bill Ammon, who had been the assistant band director at Water Valley in 1974-75.

  Water Valley Head Football Coach Bobby Tyler was the speaker at the annual Rotary Ann Banquet.

  Mrs. Gary (Lisa) Chatman has been employed as secretary for the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.

  Julia Thompson of Water Valley was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Mississippi.

  The Water Valley Blue Devils defeated Coffeeville, 5-0, in high school baseball play last week. The winning pitcher was Edward Love.


50 Years—April 20, 1967
Practicing for their parts in the mountain operetta to be presented in the high school gym were: Malinda Hill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hill; Nita Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Thompson; and David Aune, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Aune. Mrs. Ludie Appleton will direct the program, “Up On Old Smoky.”

  The Yalobusha County Saddle Club held their spring trail ride on the Bluford McCullar place with 130 people and 60 horses.

  The Water Valley National Guard Unit has been named a “Superior Unit” by the Third Army Inspector General. Sgt. Jerry Miller, Administrative Supply Technician with the local unit and Lt. Danny R. Ingram were pictured with this highest rating certificate, the first received since the unit was organized in 1951.

   Joe Treloar, a former resident of Water Valley, will manage the campaign of Gov. Ross Barnett, who is seeking re-election. Joe is a brother of Yalobusha County Sheriff, “Buster” Treloar.


60 Years—April 8, 1957
Over 250 guests attended the colorful flower exhibition of The Garden Club of Water Valley’s annual spring show. The theme of the show was “Easter Parade.” Winners in the theme category were: Mrs. Hamric Henry, blue; Mrs. George Brown, red; Mrs. Paul Parker, yellow; and Mrs. F. H. Poteete, Mrs. E. L. McVey, and Ms. C. C. Stacy, white.

  Graduation exercises for Camp Ground Junior High School will be held for 10  boys and girls. On the program were: Betty Moore, valedictorian; Barbara Ann Jenkins, salutatorian; Elizabeth Hendricks, historian; Nancy Griffin, class will; and Russell Downs, class prophecy.

  Honor Kermit Cofer will address the Jeff Davis graduates in commencement exercises. Members of the class are Gerald Porter, Dorothy Wilson, Charlene Goforth, Jimmy Wilson, Billy John-son, Pat Gholson, Charlotte Brower, James Tate, Betty Ann Upchurch, Dot Peeples, Dayton Prestage, James Gay and Jimmy Brower.

In this issue of the paper there were ads for the Plymouth, Dodge, Ford, International, and Chevrolet dealerships in Water Valley.


70–Years—April 24, 1947
Voters approved a bond issue to remodel the Water Valley Grammar School with only 42 votes against, and 506 for the issue.

  Mrs. J. B. Cowan will present her student, Ann Crowson, in her senior piano recital, to be held in the Water Valley Grammar School Auditorium.

    Prizes totaling $75 are being announced this week by Kraft Food Company in Water Valley. The contest is open to 4-H Club and FFA members. Contestants must own registered or grade dairy cows.

  The County 4-H Advisory Committee has been organized and Frank Tucker has been named chairman. Miss Esther Kerr is secretary and Edward Shearer is treasurer.

  The public is invited to attend the Yalobusha County Singing Convention at Wayside Baptist Church.

 stated Convention President J. E. McGonagill.

  Members of the PresbyterianYouth Fellow-ship enjoyed a spaghetti supper in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Barron Caulfield.

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