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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Fundraising Was Going In ‘97 To Add To Sports Complex

10 Years—July 19, 2007

Shopping at the first Main Street Farmers’ Market was Jerry Daum. He was pictured purchasing produce from Baxter Jones and his grandson, Ben Evans.

Derelict properties on North Main Street were under scrutiny by the City Planning Commission. After troubled citizens approached the Commission, they were again faced with how to enforce the ordinances.

20 Years—July 24, 1997

John E. Ford, Commander of VFW Post 4100, presented a check for $500 to Magnolia League Executive Director James B. “Crip” 

Tyler to help fund the construction of the new sports complex to be located just south of the present facility.

Andy Parrish, son of James and Paula Parrish, will attend the Mississippi School for Math and Science.

Chris Aston, son of Billy and Pat Aston of Water Valley, was honored by the South Carolina Jaycees as “Outstanding Young American” in the field of public service.

The Water Valley BorgWarner Plant of Automotive Air/Fluid Systems is hosting the company’s world-wide leadership meeting.

Sharon Lynn Hughes of Water Valley and Kimberly Paige Bloodworth of Scobey received degrees from Mississippi State University.

30 Years—July 23, 1987

Nine Yalobusha County residents have been arrested so far on 21 indictments on drug related charges. 

Members of the 1987 Watermelon Carnival Committee were Cathy Aldy, J. C. Womble, Joe Elliott, Jr., Melissa Burrell, Patsy Elliott, Rupert Kolb, Eddie Aune, and Linda Maynor.

Attending the Grand Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekah Assembly, being held in Biloxi, were Vallians Cindy Ross, Mr. and Mrs. Garlon Maynor, Linda Maynor and Cathey, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Eakes, David and Benjamen, Robert Ellis, J. D. Watson, David Kisner, and Mr. and Mrs. Danny Jaudon and Danny Joe.

Paula Carr is a U.S. National Leadership Award winner. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Carr.

40 Years—July 21, 1977

Jerry Holt of Water Valley, a former Delta State All-American, has been named assistant football coach at his Alma Mater, Delta State University. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Holt, he is married to the former Lou Ann Reed.

Nancy Shaw, office manager, and Linda Shuffield, Youth Service Specialist of the Mississippi Employment Service, are pictured in their new quarters in the old city hall building on Main Street.

Joe Elliott, Jr. has been named Northwest Junior College’s new tennis coach.

Area justice court judges, including Robert Houston of Oakland, John Webster of Coffeeville, Gary Tippit of Oakland and Jimmy Berry of Water Valley, recently attended an area training seminar.

Water Valley band students placed high at the recently held band camp at Mississippi State University. In the First Band were: Cheryl Odom, first chair contra bass clarinet; John Hawkins, second chair baritone; Jim Shearer, second chair tuba; Anthony Steele, third chair tuba; Benjy Gurner, eighth chair clarinet; Paul Forsyth, ninth chair trumpet; and Kris Aune, fourth chair French horn. Band Director Stanley Crow was a camp staff member for this two week camp, which was composed of six bands.

50 Years—July, 20 1967

Gov. Paul Johnson was scheduled to speak at the Enid Lake Park ground breaking.

India Throop, Water Valley’s first “Miss Hospitality” was given the key to the City by Mayor L. C. Stewart.

Doke French, Beat Two Supervisor, has been elected president of the Yalobusha Board of Supervisors.

The congregation of Water Valley First Baptist Church voted unanimously to start a building program for a new auditorium.

City and county officials and the general public were  invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new automatic dial facility of the Bell Telephone Company in Water Valley.

60 Years—July 18, 1957

Oakland was featured among cities of the Mid-South in a story which shared the need for doctors in small towns.

A Yalobusha County 4-H team won top honors in the state judging contests. The local crop judging team took first place and included Larry Edwards, Ed Newman, Murry Green, and Jimmy Edwards, all of Water Valley. Coaching the team was Assistant County Agent Jack Troutt.

Billy Faye Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hall, was representing Yalobusha County at the 4-H Club Interstate Clothing Contest and Fashion Parade. Billie Faye was the contest winner for the second consecutive year.

Frank Tucker, chairman of the Agricultural Committee of the Water Valley Area Development Association, stated that 48 farmers have entered the corn production contest, with total prize money of $300.

70–Years—July 24, 1947

Application has been made for a chapter for the Water Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce. When the charter is received the local Jaycees will be affiliated with the State and National Junior Chamber of Commerces. Officers elected were John S.  Throop, Jr., president; Dr. Ben Evans, first vice-president; Hamric Henry, second vice-president; Harold Fair secretary; and Stanley Morgan, treasurer.

Valley Threatre is adding a double-feature on Friday and Saturday nights each week.

About 2000 people turned out for the opening ceremony and the first game at the new Hendricks Baseball Field.

Realizing the importance of controlling weeds in pastures, many farmers of the Yalobusha County Soil Conservation District are preparing to mow their pastures.

J. B. Massie of Water Valley holds the lead in June for business sold in 1947 in the contest of the National Savings Life Insurance Company of St. Louis, Missouri.

Farmers can make crops in the Enid Reservoir Area until 1948.

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