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Look Back in Yalobusha History

Winners In The 1957 Junior Miss Farm Bureau  Were Ross, Moore And Horan

10 Years—August 17, 2007 

Austin Whiteside, son of Mitchell and Angela White-side, was named a Junior National Scholar and will attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. this fall.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks was partnering with schools to provide outdoor activities for students according to Bob Tyler, Assistant Director of MDWFP.

20 Years—August 21, 1997

Pictured were three large watermelons, grown by Troy Keel. Total weight of the three was 218 pounds, but because of a wet spring they were not ready for the Watermelon Carnival Biggest Melon Contest.

Latricia Harris is the new “Miss Teen Yalobusha County.”

A young local artist, Marcus Telford, was pictured working (painting) on the mural on the side of Water Valley Laundry. He had watched the professional artist for several days and then was invited to help with the project.

George Bailey, a graduate of Coffeeville High School, graduated from Warrant Officers Candidate School at Fort Rucker in Daleville, Ala. He is the son of Roxanna Bailey of Water Valley.

Casey Hart and Bryan Russell were selected as members of the 109-member All-State Baptist Choir.

Jacova Jenkins of Water Valley has signed to play basketball with the Northwest Community College Rangers.

30 Years—August 20, 1987

New personnel at Water Valley High School included: Martha Campbell, teachers aide; Linda McLellan, language arts; Gail Beard, 8th grade English; Byron Beard, building trades; and Kim Chrestman, 7th grade social studies and coach.

New teachers at Water Valley Elementary School are Miss Reniat Willingham, Miss Mary Martin, Miss Valerie Herod, and Miss Ann Beebe.

The State Department of Education honored the local Problem Solving Team –  Kelly Goodwin, Stephanie Boyd, Camille McGehee, and Harold Turner, and their teacher, Mrs. Joan McMinn.

Stephanie Foster, daughter of Danny and Clara Foster, and her mare, Susi, won first place in Pole Bending and the Stake Race, at the Northwest District Junior Horse Show in Cleveland.

40 Years—August 18, 1977

Officers of the new garden club in Water Valley, Southern Living Garden Club, were: Becky Jones, president; Patsy Elliott, vice-president; Linda Maynor, recording secretary; Betty Sartain, corresponding secretary; and Jancie Sharp, treasurer.

Gerald Chatham, District Attorney for the 17th Judicial District, announced the appointment of Robert L. “Bobby”Williams as assistant district attorney.

50 Years—August 17, 1967

Betty Van Winkle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. “Rip” Van Winkle, was the 1967 Farm Bureau Queen. First alternate was Joy Arrington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Smiley Arrington of Coffeeville; and second alternate was Janice Shaw, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gillispie of Coffeeville.

Winners in the Junior Miss Division of the Farm Bureau “Miss Farm Bureau” Pageant are: Linda Ross, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ross of Oakland; first alternate, Ruth Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Moore, Jr. of Oakland; and second alternate, Kim Horan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Horan of Water Valley.

W. C. Callaway of Oakland has been appointed to the Mississippi Economic Council’s Speaker Bureau.


Jim Arrington, former athletic star in four sports at Water Valley High School, was named head coach at Lafayette High School.

Veteran cage mentor, Truman Sturdivant, a native of Calhoun County, has been named the new basketball coach at Water Valley High School, according to Head Coach Bobby Clark. He succeeds Coach Don Johnson, who will coach at Booneville.

William Winter, leading candidate in the gubernatorial race, was to speak in Water Valley.

60 Years—August 15, 1957

Pride of Virginia Poultry Corporation of New Market, Virginia, will operate a broiler processing plant in Water Valley.

Jaycee President “Red” Vines announced that plans for the annual Tri-Lake Fair and Livestock Show are almost complete.

Weight limit at the Water Valley Post Office has been raised to 70 pounds, according to Postmaster Paul Parker.

70–Years—August 21, 1947

Coach Tommy Gun began football practice with a 20-man squad. This included five lettermen, Johnny Craven, George Utley, George Williamson, Bud Treloar and Robert Swearengen. Two more lettermen, Ben Horan and Hughey Roberts, were expected to report.

The 1947 March of Dimes reached an all time high in the U.S., with a total of $17,987,800.66.

The IOOF Grand Master of New Mexico was the honored guest at a recent meeting of Samaritan Lodge in Water Valley.

Prosecuted were 4,802 persons for game law violations, about one-fourth of these were for hunting out of season.

Reported in the “Tomorrow’s Men and Women” Column were the births of: Martha Bess, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Cooper; and Thomas William, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Parker.


Game fish are available from the Mississippi Game and Fish Commission for re-stocking farm ponds according to the local game warden.

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