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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Coach Tyler’s Advice In 1957 – ‘No Magic Formula In Winning’

10 Years—June 7, 2007
An operation which began six months ago became public last Thursday, as more than two dozen law enforcement officials from across the county, arrested 23 Yalobushians for drug offenses. 

  Katie Anne Dickey, daughter of Nancy and Jerry Dickey, is the 2007-08 “Miss Casey Jones.” She will act as hostess for the Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad Museum during the Watermelon Carnival, the Christmas parade and the Hobo Gathering.

  An Oxford law firm told supervisors that it could aggressively pursue the collection of $33,000 in fines owed the Circuit Court and $77,500 owed the Justice Court.

  Pictured is Dr. Joe Walker in his manicured rose garden, located at his resident off Highway 32.

  Yalobushians, Snooky Williams, Cliff Lawson, Daryl Burney, Johnny Sayle, Gaylon Booker, Don Dalrymple, Tyler Wortham, Jim Sullivan and Harold Williams traveled the Hot Tamale Trail recently, visiting several stops in the Mississippi Delta, and telling a few lies along the way.

  Midtown Auto Parts staff, Craig Hart, Kenan Stewart, Ron Hart, Brent Rogers, and Blake Hodge, cooked hotdogs and hamburgers for Vallians, in recognition of Carquest Appreciation Day.

20 Years—June 12, 1997

Tracy Sutherland, daughter of Dennis and Laura Sutherland and a 1997 graduate of Water Valley High School, received the William Ray Elliott Scholarship at the Fifth Biennial Convention of the Mississippi State Association of Letter Carriers. Tracy will use the $1,500 scholarship to attend Northwest Mississippi Community College. Dennis is a Water Valley postman.

  Bryant Mix will speak at the Yalobusha County Community Achievement Coalition, held in the Mt. Moriah Educational Building on Calhoun Street at Water Valley. A former stand-out player on the state champion Blue Devil team, Mix was playing for the Tennessee Oilers.

  Pictured was Avery Larson, who was a bit apprehensive about having her face painted by Junior Auxiliary member, Jill Clark at Art in the Park.

  The Lady Troopers, coached by Freddie Folson, were No. 1 in the area and undefeated in tournament play.

  Stacy VanCanneyt of Water Valley was a member of the University of Mississippi Concert Singers, who recently were in a European Competition while enjoying a vacation abroad.

  Yalobusha students named to the President’s List at Delta State University are Kevin Edwards and Leigh Ann Vaughn of Water Valley; Keri Denley, Bobbye Griffin and Emily Madison of Coffeeville, and  Katherine Jones of Enid.

30 Years—June 11, 1987
The Bank of Water Valley has placed barrels of flowers at 13 locations on Main Street, with the promise of Main Street merchants to care for them. John Robinson did most of the digging and lugging for the project and Julia Taylor instructed Jill Sartain on the technique for caring for the begonias and periwinkles in front of Sartain’s Home & Auto.

  Valerie Phillips has been named STAR Student at Water Valley High School and Mrs. Wanda Orr was designated the STAR Teacher by Valerie.

  In the first annual Youth Fishing Rodeo, held at Dr. Joe Walker’s Pond, Jason Chapman won for catching the most fish, Andy Paul caught the largest fish and Jason Green caught the smallest fish.

  William Oliphant was named Assistant Dean of the University of Mississippi Law School.

  Yalobusha students on the President’s List at Northwest Junior College were: Linda Bailey, Lance Clement, Steve Davis, Melissa Melton, James Owens, Teresa Winters, and Jennifer Yarbrough , all of Water Valley.

40 Years—June 9, 1977
Band Director Stanley Crow announced that members of the band are currently distributing the annual  band calendars.

  Denise Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gearrell Wright, has been chosen Water Valley’s “Miss Hospitality” for 1977-78. She will compete in the state-wide contest in July.

  The Water Valley Consolidated School District announced that it will comply with the Mississippi Department of Education Assessment and Account-ability Plan.

  There was a light turn-out for the Water Valley General Election. Garlon Mayor was elected mayor and aldermen elected were Howard “Ducky” Holloway, James “Junior” Nicholson, Gearrell Wright, Carl Cox and Travis Clement.

  David Aune, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernie  Aune, graduated with special honors at the University of Missis-sippi. Also among the 650 Ole Miss graduates receiving a bachelor degree was Becky Fair Terry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fair.

  Lorrie Williamson and Charmie Lassen graduated with honors at Mississippi State University.

50 Years—June 8, 1967
Charles Hudson, manager of Peoples Wholesale’s Grocery Department, presented Kyle Taylor with $250 in cash for winning the store’s Jackpot.

  Graduates of Mrs. Ben Horan’s kindergarten were Becky Mosal, Sheila Churchill, Ann Lorick, Gina Weaver, Ginny Carothers, Sharon Norwood, Georgia Ann Cannon, Dawn Adams,  Cole Taylor, Steve Edwards, Kevin Horan, Jamie Howell, Billy Jack Welch, Kelly Aune, “Buster” Quinn, Billy Bland, and Tim Taylor.

  Approximately 400 members of the Sunday School and B.T.U. Congress, an auxiliary of the General State Convention of Mississippi, were meeting in Everdale Baptist Church on Calhoun Street in Water Valley.

  Jaycees, Robert Ward. Bennie Cole Taylor and Bill Quinn inspected the condition of swings in City Park as they prepared to repair park equipment as part of fix-up week in the Valley.

  New officers for First Methodist Wesley Service Guild and Woman’s Society of Christian Service were Ethel Addington, Gloria Bynum, Clara McFarland, Mildred Bell, Dolly Shearer, Myra Sissell, Alma Carpenter, Frances Hollo-way, Ida Mathis, Ruth Ray, Frances Turnage, Lila Hull, Dena Simpson, Lillian Knight, Winnie Brooks and  Ella Nolen.

  A Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity was granted to the Jeff Davis Water Association. At the signing were: R. S. Myers, engineer; Hon. Oscar Mackey and Hon. Ben Horan, attorneys; Quay Jones, Jeff Davis Water Association President; and D.W. Snyder, State Public Service Commissioner.

60 Years—June 6, 1957
Participants in the “Miss Water Valley” Pageant, sponsored by the jaycees, are Barbara Vaughn, Julia Fite, Margaret Spivey, Virginia Ann Wilbourn, Sara Nell Trusty, Nell Nolen, Faye Poindexter, Betty Ann Hill, Louise Green, Geneva Weeks, Barbara Sharp, Mary Lou Mize and Dee Martin. The contest is a preliminary to the “Miss Mississippi” Pageant.

  The Water Valley Board of Aldermen in action at their regular meeting voted to lower water rates. The new rate would become effective in August.

  Coach Bobby Tyler stated, “There is  no magic formula to winning.” He was pictured with trophies from the wining 1956-57 Water Valley High School Blue Devils football team. He was busy planning the program in the coming year.

  Girl’s State delegates from Water Valley are Betty Dale Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Johnson, Nan Shaw, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Shaw, and Nancy Parker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Parker. Girl’s State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

  Junior Auxiliary Officers for 1957-58 were Mrs. Howard Holloway, president; Mrs. Kyle Skinner, vice-president; Mrs. James Brown, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Rayford Edgar, recording secretary; Mrs. Fred Hedges, treasurer; Mrs. Clyde Ray, historian; and Mrs. M. E. Webb, parliamentarian.

70–Years—June 5, 1947

 Personnel of Simmons Store enjoyed their annual picnic at Spring Lake, near Holly Springs, on  Wednesday.

  Because of the high cost of poultry feeds, growers were advised to cull their non-layers.

  Hamric Henry purchased the Water Valley Funeral Home from  C. W. Edgar and Johnny Middleton and assumed management June 1.

  Wayne Murphree, son of Mrs. Claude Murphree of Water Valley, is  now stationed in Germany. He reports that life in the regular Army in Germany is interesting.

  Sweet potato growers were advised that they must apply for inspections before June 15.

  Five Water Vallians, Glenn Baird, William Lewis Hiemestra, Ruth Brown, John S. Troop, Jr. and Grady Collins, received degrees from the University of Mississippi.

  Householders may get their full 35 pound yearly allotment of sugar soon.

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