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Supervisors Appropriated $500 For Fly Control In 1947


10 Years—May 3, 2007 – 
At the annual Watermelon Pageant, sponsored by the Water Valley Junior Auxiliary, Margaret Ruth Black was crowned queen. Michelle Hodge was first alternate, and Sarah Lynn Dickey was second alternate.

  Town and Country Garden Club members, Teresia Edgar, Dale Tyler, and Geri Cardwell, were pictured planting the Main Street planters.

“The Dynamic Conquerors” received an award for raising the most money by bank night  in the Relay for Life fundraiser for the Cancer Society. Team members receiving the award were Nancy Tedford, Ethel Morgan, Shirley Hentz, Rose Minor, Rubye Carr, Yolanda “Lulu” Hall, and Willie Ester Folson.

  State testing was underway at the Water Valley Schools and the district hoped to maintain the Level 5 distinction.

  Airways Bakery owner, Lela Mae McMinn, was featured in the “Talk of the Valley” Column. Mrs. McMinn’s cake baking spanned more than four decades.

  Pvt. 1st Class Nikki Woodard completed Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia.


20 Years—May 8, 1997 –

Shirley Berry, wife of Jimmy Berry, will be  constant in the “Mrs. Mississippi” Pageant to be held in Bay St. Louis.

The Water Valley High School boys’ track team has qualified for the North Half Finals. This young team had only two seniors, Brian Walls and Jack Pritchard.

  The girls’ track team will also compete in the North Half Finals. Team members are Bridgette Rucker, Mary Judson, Carol Conard, Katasha Rockette, Lakisha Holmes, Porchia Armstrong, Alice Jenkins, Cassandra Daniels, Allison Black, Yoshia Rockette, Angela Weeks, Danica Hollister, Melissa Weaver, Courtney Parsons, Bernadette Sayles, Amber Kimsey, Dameka Smith, and Aliza Ramirez. Coaching the team was Kristi Lancaster.

  Yalobusha County students receiving degrees at Delta State University were: Emily Marion Madison, Coffeeville; Kathy Renea Jackson, Oakland; Renea Maxey and Gay Pollan, both of Scobey; Kimberly Dawn Hill of Tillatoba; Eric Davis, Trea Higdon, Leigh Ann Vaughn, and Kevin Edwards, all of Water Valley.

  Kelley Pullen, daughter of Willie and Kathy Pullen, was named secretary/treasurer of the Mississippi High School Press Association.

  Angela Spivey Carter of Water Valley received the Wright Law Firm Family Law Award at the University of Mississippi.


30 Years—May 7, 1987 –

Teachers retiring from Water Valley Elementary School were Mrs. Merlene Dowsing, with 36 years of service, and Mrs. Dollie Ann Henderson, with 40 years of service.

  Paul Wayne Dennis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Dennis and a senior at Water Valley High School, was presented the “John Phillip Sousa” Award by Band Director Stanley Crow during the spring concert.

  Hubert Sanders, Manager of the Water Valley Big Yank Plant, was pictured with a plaque and certificate received from K-Mart Corporation for “Exceptional Achievement and Excellence.” Big Yank and its predecessors have operated a garment factor in Water Valley for more than 40 years.

  Tina Ward is to attend Mississippi University for Women’s annual Governors School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ward.

  Shelby Singleton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Singleton, is the Panhellenic Voting Delegate for Phi Phi Chapter of Tri-Delta Sorority at Delta State University.

  Wesley J. Kerr of Water Valley was presented a Superior Performance Award by the Mississippi Conservation Service.


40 Years—May 5, 1977 –
The Band Boosters, along with the entire Water Valley Community, honored Band Director Stanley Crow and Junior High Director Cindy Pedigo at the spring concert. Making the presentation was Mrs. Rachel Walker, president of the Band Boosters.

  Terryl McClaflin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy McClaflin, was presented the coveted John Phillip Sousa Award by Band Director Stanley Crow.

  Water Valley Chapter No. 5, Order of the Eastern Star, installed new officers. Heading the order were: Mary Donaldson, Worthy Matron; Bob Miles, Worthy Patron; Bonnie McGehee, Associate Matron; and Olin Gore, Associate Patron.

  Luther Kerr participated in the North Half Track Meet and placed fifth in the tough mile run.

  Tracey Baggett, fifth grade student at Water Valley Elementary School, won the county-wide poster contest, sponsored by the Yalobusha Soil and Water Conservation District.

  Class Awards for Outstanding High School Band Members  were presented to: John Hawkins, 9th grade; Cheryl Odom, 10th grade; James Steele, 11th grade; and Alan Berry, 12th grade.


50 Years—May 4, 1967 –
Warrant Officer Willie D. “Buddy” Walker had his new bars pinned on by his wife, Rebecca, and Col. Raymond Bates, his commander, during a ceremony held at USAASESS Headquarters in Ft. Gordon, Ga. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. J. J.Walker of Water Valley.

  John Abernathy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Abernathy, was chosen from 25 in the state to attend a summer session at the University of Mississippi, were he will receive eight hours in biology and six hours in English

  The Water Valley Lions Club elected new officers. They were: Brooks Chittom, president; Joel Edgar, first vice-president; J. L. Oliphant, second vice-president; Ernie Aune, secretary/treasurer;  Charles Simpson, tail twister; and S. J. Hull, lion tamer.

  Plans are underway for the construction of a state park on Enid Lake, to be located in the Bean Creek Area.

  Jim Holder, son of Rev. and Mrs. J.H. Holder,  won a Merit Scholarship to Millsaps College.

  Joel Edgar, local Lion Oil dealer, won a trip to Bermuda.

  Marjorie Williamson, reporter for Yalobusha County Saddle Club, announced the schedule of the club for the summer months.

  Pvt. Tommy Vaughn received the 7th Battalion Rifle Marksmanship Trophy from Lt. Col. J. G. Piper, Commander of the Battalion,  at graduation ceremonies, U.S. Army Training Center, Ft. Benning, Ga.


60 Years—May 2, 1957 –  
Valedictorians and salutatorians for the Classes of 1907 and 1957 were recognized during commencement exercises at Water Valley High School. Valedictorians were Miss Bertha Roark, 1907, and George Gafford, 1957. Salutatorians were Percy Odell, 1907, and Mary Catherine Dickey, 1957.

  Pitt Person and Margaret Spivey have been selected as the Water Valley “Duke and Duchess,” representing the area during Cotton Carnival Activities.

  Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gray observed their golden wedding anniversary at a reception in their home.

  An open house at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. Gore was the setting for the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.

  Announcement was made by Community Chairman George Surrette that the Pet Milk Company will extend their route from Oakland to the Sylva Rena Community.

  In an essay contest, sponsored by Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association, the five winners from Jeff Davis High School were Norma Cardwell, Amy Sansom, Lily Ruth Shoemake, Bobby Terrell, and Betty Ann Upchurch.


70–Years—May 8, 1947 –
The Yalobusha County Board of Supervisors has appropriated $500 for fly control.

  At the final meeting of the year, the PTA installed new officers to serve in 1947-48. Installing officer, Mrs. Newnan Dorsey, installed the following: Mrs. Earl Bell, president; Mrs. Edward Shearer, vice-president; Mrs. Noel Bell, treasurer; and Mrs. Vernon Johnson, secretary.

  Yalobusha County Agent W. Y. Parker stated that one application of 0.2 percent DDT spray would free cows of horn flies for two to three weeks. Horn flies would cut the milk production 10 to 15 percent.

  Mim Carpenter and Clara Rose Mays won first place in tennis doubles in the District Meet to advance to the semi-finals in the State Contest. Ann Crowson won the girl’s singles to advance to State.

  The Mississippi Highway Department asked for bids on the Pine Valley Road.

  In the Blackmur Cafe’s Mother’s Day ad it was stated that: “She may be the best cook, but eating out is fun.”

  In the Colonial Bread ad, advertised was sliced bread.

  Members of the Mississippi Delta Council went to Washington, D.C. for a meeting and they took advantage of the occasion to present President Harry Truman a birthday gift.

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