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Look Back At Yalobusha History

10 Years—June 14, 2007 –   Yalobusha County’s part of the Windsor Foods Deal has been completed and was expected to  provide 250 jobs for the area. The company would utilize the building and infrastructure from the failed beef plant in Oakland. Windsor opened for production in 2008 has expanded three times during the last decade – adding jobs in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

An infant and 44 adults crammed into city hall for the Tuesday board meeting. The majority of them were there to show support for the Main Street Association in its request for $23-25,000 to be used to create a full-time position for the thus far volunteer run group.

An “Appreciation Day” was set for Dr. Bo Milicevic, who was waging a battle against cancer.

A water meter job triggered a bee hobby for Joel and Nancy Rogers, who took delivery on 10 packages of bees last month. The queen bee arrived in a special box.

Candance Jones, daughter of Mrs. Linda Saley and Green Jones of Oakland, received an achievement award at the Ole Miss Honors Banquet.

20 Years—June 19, 1997 – Eight cuties pictured urging Vallians to buy a t-shirt from their Junior Auxiliary mothers, designed by Lecia Bain, were Carrie Joyner, John Michael Grimmett, Steffi River, Trey Logan, Tyler and Kyle Jones, Chistin Joyner, and Chessie Clark.

BorgWarner awarded one National Achievement Scholarship and five Special Scholarships to dependents of their employees. The National Scholarship was awarded to Leander T. Taylor, III, son of Leander T. Taylor, Jr., an engineer at the company’s Air/Fluid Systems operation in Water Valley.

Brownie Scouts presented books to Blackmur Memorial Library, helping promote Girl Scout Week and making a display about Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts. Troop 106 is under the leadership of Dolores M. Turner. Junior Girl Scout Troop 109 is led by Beverly Davis, with Assistant Leader Rhonda Morgan.

Water Valley First Presbyterian Church honored their pastor, Rev. John Ford, and his wife, Betty, at a reception held in the church parlor.

A Youth Crusade was held at Everdale Baptist Church, with Rev. Lee Matthews of Hopewell Baptist Church at Coffeeville as the speaker. Rev. Larry Hervey is pastor of Everdale.

30 Years—June 18, 1987 – Shelby Singleton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Singleton, and her court, were to be honored at a tea Saturday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Parker.

Fred Eakes was named a  new director for The Mechanics Savings Bank.

Laura Dawn McCarley of Coffeeville was named “Miss George  Payne Cossar State Park 1987.” First  alternate was Jayne Alford of Oxford and second alternate was Jammy Berry of Water Valley.

On June 2, 1962, Odie Shuffield says he “stole” Janice Alred and they eloped in his customized 1952 Chevrolet. Pictured were Janice and Odie with the car he had restored and he stated after 25 years he decided to restore the car, but the girl still looked pretty good.

Thomas Chandler is pictured with the first cotton bloom of the season, brought to the Herald on June 15.

40 Years—June 16, 1977 – Janet Person will serve as president of the local Jaycettes in the coming year. She was installed at the annual Jaycee-Jaycette Banquet. Assuming the office of president of the Jaycees for the coming year was Glynn Person.

Pictured hitting the ball were Johnny Wayne Reynolds and Michael Strakey, playing for the Rebekah Lodge Team in the local Kiddie League.

 A “How To Do It Festival” was scheduled with presentations by James Cockran, Doyle Varner, Aneta Scarbrough, Maimie Shields, and Judy Goddard.

Diana Williams, daughter of Hon. and Mrs. Murray Williams, is listed on the Dean’s List at Mississippi College.

Stefan (Bob) Stein is an honor graduate in electrical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the son of Ruth Stein and his sister is Stephanie Ivy.

alobusha 4-Her’s completed in the 4-H Junior District Contest held at Northwest Junior College. Receiving ribbons for their projects were Sheila Turner, Sandra Person, Gayle Jones, and Paula Clay.

50 Years—June 15, 1967 –   India Sykes Throop, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John S.,Throop, Jr., was Water Valley’s “Miss Hospitality in 1967.”

Junior Garden Club members Pam Mathis, Toni Trusty, and Nita Thompson, under their advisor, Mrs. C. E. McGonagill, planted trees as part of the landscaping project of the Water Valley Health Center.

Junior Auxiliary officers named were: Mrs. Binford Williams, president; Mrs. Hershel Howell, first vice-president; Mrs. Oscar Mackey, recording secretary; Mrs. J. B. Massie, secretary; and Mrs. Charles Bynum, treasurer.

Listed on the Ole Miss Honor  Roll were Cheryl French, Michael Hedges, Genora Holloway, William Rayburn Oliphant, India Throop and Dean Wright of Water Valley; and Mary Benoist of Coffeeville.

Harry Sartain, Jr. s a recent graduate of Clark College in Newton.

W. E. Blackmur will head the Committee of Yalobushians for  William Winter for Governor. Mr. Winter was pictured arriving at the Water Valley airport with Jack Thompson and Edward Shearer as the welcoming committee.

Buddy Edwards, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Edwards, caught a nice four pound, 10 ounce bass, fishing in a pond on the Edwards farm.

Frank Tucker, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee, and Mrs. Ted Mashburn, Chamber secretary, were pictured with one of 30 posters distributed to city merchants urging participation in the Paint-Up, Fix-Up Project.

60 Years—June 13, 1957 –   The Bank of Water Valley celebrates its 75th  anniversary with an open house.  The bank’s first president was D. R. Wagner. Succeeding presidents were W. B. Wager, J. W. McLarty, and the present president, W. T. Trusty.

 Serving as “Miss Water Valley” for 1957-58 was Virginia Ann Wilbourn, with first alternate, Margaret Spivey, and second alternate, Nell Nolen.

70–Years—June 12, 1947 – Glenn Baird received a medical certificate on satisfactory completion of the first two years of study of medicine from the University of Mississippi. He will take the State Board  Examination and upon passing will enter the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee.

Brazilian  Fire Ants are causing trouble in Mississippi.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Mauldin have returned from a trip through the Carolinas and a visit with their son, James B. Mauldin and family, in Charleston. A highlight of the trip was dining on one of U.S.’s largest destroyer,  the U.S.S. Haynesworth, with host being Lt. Commander Jack  E. Kennedy of Water Valley.

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