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Look Back In Yalobusha History

County’s Forest Lands Produced $581,000 In Timber In 1957

10 Years—May 10, 2007 –   

  Alexe van Beuren and Kagan Coughlin recently purchased the Parker Building and the new owners were photographed on the rooftop of the building, three stories up.

   Postal Service city carrier Cathy Odom, pictured, travels 27  miles a day on one of the city postal routes. Free home delivery started in Water Valley 90 years ago this month.

  A grand opening for the Oakland Dollar Store was held with a large number of citizens, along with State Representative Tommy Reynolds, in attendance. The store was constructed and is operated by Larry Joe Lindley.

  Steve Thompson and David Burns, a recently reunited duo, will present a musical program on the new Railroad Park Bandstand, sponsored by the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.

20 Years—May 15, 1997 –
The Water Valley High School 400-meter and 800-meter relay teams competed in the State 3A Track Meet. Team members were Katasha Rockette, May Judson, Melissa Weaver and Bernadette Sayles.

  Violinist Lauren York, daughter of Joe York of Water Valley, was selected by audition for  inclusion in the Mississippi All-State Orchestra.

  Water Valley School Band Director Stanley Crow presented the John Phillip Sousa Award to Chastity Hollister, daughter of John and Vickie Hollister. This is the highest award offered a high school senior band student.

  Debbie Hill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hill, was named “Instructor of the Year” at the Jackson Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

  Ann Mitchell, a resident at Yalobusha Nursing Home, was pictured with the Vallie Echoes during the Mother’s Day open house at the nursing home

  The Water Valley Ambassadors  held their May meeting at BorgWarner and following breakfast BorgWarner employees Lowell Edwards, Phillip Dickey, and Ken French gave guided tours to the Ambassadors.

30 Years—May 14, 1987 –
Leigh Ann Bynum and Sean Horan were named Most Valuable Players in tennis for 1987 at the Spring Sports Banquet.

  Sandy Loper was named Miss Hospitality for 1987. Sandy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Loper. Alternate was Marla Sharp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sharp.

  Wayne Harris was named the new loan officer for Sunburst Bank in Water Valley.

  Valedictorian of the 1987 Water Valley High School Class was Valerie Sue Phillips and salutatorian was Lori Ann Fondren.

  Minnie Mae Carroll will play Miss Minnie Pearl in the Hee Haw Show, which benefits the Cancer Society.

  Rania Degler, 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McGehee, has been selected as a finalist in Mississippi’s National Teenager Pageant.

  Yalobusha County students receiving degrees at Mississippi State University were: Bradford Brooks of Water Valley; Jerry Burney, Bertha Lee Horton, and Shenorva Nicholson, all of Coffeeville; and Michael Rounsaville of Oakland.

40 Years—May 12, 1977 –
Mike Riley was pictured with a four and a half  foot Blue Racer which was coiled inside an electric typewriter in the Welfare Office. The snake was discovered by Macie Simpson, who promptly vacated the premises.

  Richard Flowers was elected president of the Rotary Club. Other officers were Tommy White, vice-president; Bobby Clark, sergeant-at-arms; and Tomie Ashford, secretary/treasurer.

  Garlon Maynor was elected mayor of Water Valley.

  The Valley Theatre, owned by Leon Rountree and R. L. Bostich, was sold to Billy and Dennis Everett of Magee.

  Trent Howell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Howell, was a new candidate for the Moot Court Board at the University of Mississippi. The Moot Court Board directs the Law Center’s mock trials and appellate programs on the basis of their records.

  Kathy Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Williams of Water Valley, was a newly initiated member of Lambda Sigma at the University of Mississippi.

50 Years—May 11, 1967 –
 Fred Kendrick was named the new president of the Bank of Water Valley.

  Clinton Mooney of Water Valley has been named to the  North Yankee Squad. He was 220-pound Devil senior, who starred at a tackle post for three years.

  A trio of Water Valley High School track stars, John Pryor, Abe Morris, and Diane Redwine, will be in the State Track Field Meet.

  Jerry Loper, poultry grader at Motts, Inc., explains the factors to consider in grading dressed birds to the 4-H Poultry Judging Team, Evelyn Caruthers, April Jones, Debbie Burns and Janet Ross.

  Rosa Ruth Burns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Burns, was the recipient of the NBEA of Merit for Outstanding Achievement in Business Education during Honors Day at the University of Mississippi.

  Pvt. Jack Cook, son of Mrs. Annie Made Cook, received a commendation from his commanding officer for being the most outstanding trainee in the 3rd Training Brigade Interior Guard.

60 Years—May 9, 1957 –
Vernon Barton of the Fords Well Community was pictured building a milking parlor with help from his neighbors. He plans to milk 10 to 15 cows. Mr. Barton will assist with the building of milking parlors for J. A. Allen and Larry Barton, also pictured, and others in the neighborhood.

  Jeff Davis seniors, James A. Tate, son of  Mr. and Mrs. James C. Tate; James F. Gay, son of Mrs. Nellie Lantrip; and James S. Wilson, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Wilson; enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Following their graduation, they departed for Lackland AFB, Texas.

  The local Junior Chamber of Commerce received three first place awards at the Mississippi Jaycee Conven-tion. The awards were for the Christmas parade and Christmas baskets; the Tri-Lake Fair and Livestock Show; and  traffic safety project, Teen-Age Road-E-O.

  Yalobusha County’s forest lands produced $581,000 in timber this year.

  Dr. and Mrs. O. M. Anderson of Jackson visited with their daughter, Mrs. Barron Caulfield, and family and while here attended a recital of Mrs. J. B. Cowan’s music students. The Caulfield’s daughters were on the program.

70–Years—May 15, 1947 –
At a meeting of the Water Valley Service Club, W. E. Blackmur was elected president.

  Dr. George Brown was named chair of the committee for Yalobusha County for the National Cancer Control Drive.

  Elected officers of the  Water Valley Baseball Club were: Joe Mauldin, business manger; Lester Berry, club manager; and Red Cotton, assistant club manger.

  Receiving Good Citizen-ship Awards, presented by the American Legion, were: Katherine Green and Shelby Knight of Water Valley High School; Kenneth Johnson and Evelyn House, Jeff Davis School; and Eugene Watson and Joan Vaughn of the Camp Ground School.

  Announcement was made that you can now earn your high school diploma by studying at home in your spare time.

  May 24 was Poppy Day and some of the thousands of poppies made by veterans in the Gulfport Hospital will be sold by members of the Water Valley American Legion Auxiliary.

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