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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Oregon Pilot Was Rescued 50 Hours After Crash In 2007

10 Years—June 28, 2007

Water Valley Poultry is expected to begin operations as early as July. This will mean more jobs for the area reported Water Valley Mayor Bill Norris.

Work was beginning on the Windsor Quality Foods facility. With renovations beginning immediately, after the purchase on June 15 of the Oakland plant that formerly housed Mississippi Beef Processors, LLC, the start-up was expected  in early 2008.

An Oregon pilot, Dennis Steinboch, was rescued 50 hours after he crashed,  by the Oxford Civil Air Patrol (CAP). The pilot was on his way home and was first noticed missing after he failed to make a fuel stop in Helena, Ark. Four CAP volunteers, Richard Albee,  his son, Andrew of Water Valley, and brothers, Joshua, 20, and Jeremy Locke, 17, found Steinboch in a heavily wooded area in Lafayette County. The search had started in Quitman County.

Jimbo Thompson was pictured installing new windows in the old Pine Valley Schoolhouse.

The City of Water Valley received several large transformers and other surplus electrical equipment from the University of Mississippi, which will help upgrade the local electric department

20 Years—July 3, 1997

Mrs. Nell Cox of the Velma Volunteer Fire Department was named Mississippi’s Firefighter Auxiliary’s “Woman of the Year.”

Mrs. Terry Davis is the new principal at Water Valley High School. She was a teacher in the Water Valley schools from 1984 until 1996 and served as test coordinator at Coffeeville High School before she was named principal.

The historic Airmount Church, located east of Coffeeville, burned. Arson was suspected.

The home of Mr. and Mrs.. Marion Brown was selected as Town & Country Garden Club’s “Yard of the Month” for June.

Two members of Northeast Community College’s 1997-98 performing group, “Campus Country,” were Mandy Holt, vocalist; and Sonya Brown, librarian and member of the equipment crew.

Alisha Holland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Holland, Sr. of Coffeeville, was accepted as a state finalist in the 1997 “Miss Mississippi American Coed and Teen” Pageant.

James Campbell, Jr. and John Brower, III, both of Water Valley, were getting ready to show cattle at the 1997 Junior Angus Show at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Ga.

30 Years—July 2, 1987

The State Champion Senior Future Solving Team from Water Valley High School won second place in Live Presentation at the International Problem Solving Bowl in Ann Arbor, Mich. Team members are Stefanie Boyd, Harold Turner, Lori Fondren, Kelly Goodwin and Cammy McGehee.

Tom Byars, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Byars, is the first place winner in the 1987 4-H Tractor Operations Contest, held at State 4-H Congress at Mississippi State University.

The Lions Club of Water Valley hosted a special flag-raising for an extremely large flag at the Railroad Depot on Main Street. Dr. Rayford Edgar was the MC for the event and Snooky Williams, Brownie Crawford and Sandy Loper, “Miss Hospitality, raised the flag.

Water Valley students at Barkers School of Karate, who earned high marks in the first annual Oxford Karate Championships, were: Bennett Crow, 1st place “Fighting”; John Walker, 1st place “Forms” and second place “Fighting”; Rufus Ross, 1st place in both “Forms” and “Fighting”; and David Eakes, 1st place “Fighting”.

40 Years—June 30, 1977

Shannon Flynn has been named administrator of Yalobusha General Hospital. Flynn came to Water Valley from Corinth, where he was assistant administrator for Magnolia Hospital. 

A coffee club meeting at Valley Rexall Drug Store turned into a 90th birthday party for Snowden Maddux.

Friends present were Elmer Jolly, Katherine Wells, Chester Bell, Dr. Rayford Edgar, Snooky Williams, Roy Bennett Stevens, Jim Oakley and John Reynolds.

Jerri Anne Burks, five-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jody Burks, won first place in the talent competition in the Liberty of Mid-America Contest held in Memphis.

The Jaycees announced the grand opening of the Jaycee Swimming Pool on July  Fourth.

City of Water Valley officials to be sworn in were: Mayor Garlon Maynor, and aldermen, Travis Clement, Howard Holloway, James Nicholson, Gearrell Wright and Carl Cox.

Barbara Kathleen McMil-lan, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mabry McMillian, has won her wings and is now a flight attendant with Delta.

50 Years—June 29, 1967

Mrs. Harry Fair and Mrs. Whit Cannon, members of Town & Country Garden Club, cut down the unsightly weeds surrounding the “Welcome to Water Valley” signs during “Beautification Week” in the Valley.

Civil Service Exams were being given for the position of substitute letter carriers in Yalobusha, Calhoun, Panola, and Lafayette counties. Pay rates for these positions was from $2.26 to $2.64 per hour.

Plans for the Jaycee Fourth of July rally were shaping up. Committee chairmen for this event were: concession, Charles Sharp, James Leslie Oliphant and  Dorsey McCay; seating, Don Holloway; publicly, Melvin Ford; electrical and lighting, Jim McMinn and Bill Quinn; and candidates, Danny Ross Ingram.

Out-of-state visitors were presented gifts of an electric drill and a gift certificate for a pair of trousers by Ram Tool Company and Big Yank Corp during Hospitality Month.

Miss Minnie Lovejoy’s home on South Main Street was selected as The Garden Club of Water Valley’s “Yard of the Month” for June.

Mrs. Lottie Johnsey was pictured with a two pound, one ounce potato, dubbed a one meal potato, grown in her home garden.

60 Years—June 27, 1957
A Little League Baseball Team was being organized and boys 8-14 were urged to attend practice.

Frankie Jo Strickland, daughter of Mrs. Louise Strickland, has won her wings as an American Airline’s stewardess, after completing Airline Steward-ess School in Chicago.

Thomas Chandler brought in the first cotton bloom of the season. The pink bloom was from a 7-acre patch of D.P.&L. No. 15.

Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Williamson were featured in Lucia Holloway’s “Kooks Korner” column. The column contained several of Mr. and Mrs. Williamson’s favorite recipes.

70–Years—July 3, 1947

C. G. Pegram, formerly of Booneville, purchased the furniture department of Trusty Hardware. Mr. Pegram, a native of Ripley, his wife, and their 11-year-old son, Joe, have taken an apartment in the “Doc” Hamner house.

Work had started on a project that was a dream for all local baseball fans with installation for a lighted baseball diamond that has long been needed in Water Valley for school teams, as well as independent league teams.

PFC Jack Hardy of Water Valley was serving with the 58th Signal Battalion at Unit Headquarters I Company in Kyoto, Japan. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Hardy.

Dedication of the new Boy Scout  Camp, Yocona, saw a number of Vallians in attendance.

The new president of The Garden Club of Water Valley has named the following committees: Publicity, Mrs. W. C. Howard, Mrs. I. J. Marrs, and Mrs. E. B. Shearer; Hostess, Mrs. R. S. Halliwell, Mrs. Earl Fly, Mrs. Paul Parker, and Mrs. George Wagner; Horticul-ture, Mrs. H F. Poteete, Mrs. C. E. Ringold, Mrs. E. L.. McVey, and Mrs. Frank Hyde; Flower Show, Mrs. Frank Hyde, Mrs. Hervey Halliwell, Mrs. C. C. Stacy, Mrs. E. L. McVey, and Mrs. Hubert Edwards.

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