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Look Back in Yalobusha History

Signatures Petitioning For Election On Beer Were Presented To Supervisors In 2007

10 Years—September 6, 2007

 Water Valley photographer, Jack Gurner, joined the Herald staff as a photojournalist.

Water Valley was the 52nd municipality to join the Mississippi Main Street Association. Among those at the inauguration program were Main Street Director Jesse Gurner, Main Street Association President Lee McMinn, and Water Valley Mayor Bill Norris.

A three-inch stack of papers, containing 2,800 signatures signed by Yalobushians in favor of having a county-wide vote to determine the future of legalized beer in the county found its way to the supervisors meeting.

Featured in Alexe van Beuren’s  Talk of the Town column was long-time Bank of Water Valley President William “Bill” Trusty.

The “Footnotes in History” Column by Jack Gurner revealed that the Water Valley Rotary Club was organized in 1925.

The Water Valley High School football team opened their season with a 36-16 win over county rivals, Coffeeville Pirates.

20 Years—September 11, 1997

Lee McMinn, Water Valley Chamber of Commerce projects director, accepted a check from Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Trusty to help fund one of many computer drops needed for the Water Valley School System.

The Generation Gap, a local band (Iris Clark, Brice Evans, Bill Johnson, Hubert Sanders, Dr. Rayford Edgar, and Ed Shearer), presented a free concert on the Downtown Bandstand.

The powerful Oxford Chargers defeated the Water Valley Blue Devils, 28-13, Friday night in the first game played on the home field of the 1997 season.

Mrs. Gertrude Barton celebrated her 87th birthday at the home of Howard and Marilyn Barton at Point Pleasant.

Howard Suggs of Oakland enlisted in the Air Force Delayed Enlistment Program.

Aisha Holland won “Miss Mississippi American Coed,” She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Holland, Jr. of Coffeeville.

Betty Gurner and Betty Green, members of Town & Country Garden Club were pictured as they planted one of the Bradford pear trees to help beautify the city.

30 years—September 10, 1987

Pictured are coach Terry Allen and quarterback John Ingram as they hold a quick sideline conference between plays as the Blue Devils played the Charleston Tigers. The Blue Devils defeated the Tigers, 28-6,  in the opening game of the season. Photo was by Jack Gurner and story by Hugh Gurner.

District 22 State Representative Tommy Reynolds obtained a Mississippi State Flag that had been flown over the capitol, which he presented to VFW Post 4100. Accepting the flag were Post Commander Tomie Ashford, Robert Orwood, Charley Mayfield, A. C. Pinkerton and Russell Anthony.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Melton were honored on their 50th wedding anniversary by their children, Ann Crenshaw, Frances Johnson, and Lucille and James Melton.

Cheerleader co-captain Dee Ann Cox was pictured as she did double duty at the football game. Dee Ann played flute with the marching band.

40 Years—September 8 , 1977

Buster Treloar, a former Yalobusha County Sheriff, now director of the Criminal Justice Planning Division for Mississippi, was pictured presenting the keys to  a new police car to Mayor Garlon Maynor. James Pierce, Water Valley Police Chief, was sitting  in the car which was paid for from funds from the Governor’s Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

The Water Valley High School Blue Devils opened their season on the home field with a 12-0 shut-out against Holly Springs. The team was under the direction of Head Coach Dean Wright and Quarterback Kevin Horan.

Under Junior High Head Coach Jimbo Thompson the junior high Blue Devils took a  20-0 loss from a powerful Senatobia team.

South Central Bell Telephone Company cited rising cost of construction and Mississippi’s fast pace growth as reasons for a needed rate increase.

The cast of the upcoming production of “Peter Pan,” under the direction of Ethel King, was shown in the Jeff Davis School Auditorium. The leading roles were Peter Pan played by Mary Ann Walker and Captain Hook was Jim Shearer.

The framework of the new Jones Supermarket on Central Street was nearing competition.

50 Years—September 7, 1967

Lt. Commander James McCain, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. McCain of Water Valley, will be the Director of Community Relations for the City of San Diego. The position becomes effective with his Navy retirement.

Captain Ronald Pass, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Pass of Water Valley, received a regular commission in the U.S. Air Force at McConnell AFB Kansas.

The Water Valley Blue Devils opened their regular football season against a reportedly strong Rosedale Bulldogs. The team graduated 11 lettermen. The three starters from the seven returning lettermen were: Larry Anthony, quarterback; James Williamson, tackle; and Jerry Holt, end.

Frank Berle Brooks was selected to appear in the 1967 edition of Outstanding Personalities of the South.

Mike Hedges, a sophomore at Ole Miss, was attending the Leadership Training Institute at the world-famous Arrowhead Springs in San Bernardino, Calif. Mike is a son of Dr. and Ms. Fred Hedges.

60 Years—September 5, 1957

Pictured were Patsy Hart, reigning Queen of the Forest, and her alternates, Georgia Wortham and Sue Pittman, who will assist in crowning the new queen Tuesday night at the Tri-lake Fairgrounds.

A gigantic fireworks display was set to open the Jaycee’s Tri-Lake Fair.

The Water Valley Blue Devils lost their opener to the Oakland Hornets, 13-6. They are gearing up to meet a strong Senatobia team this week.

Water Valley Mayor Stanley Perkins and the aldermen were considering installing parking meters in the city.

Lawrence Hale, owner of Hale Funeral Home, invited everyone to attend open house to see the newly renovated facility.

Mr. and Mrs.George Barron observed their 61st wedding anniversary with a quiet day at their home with family and close friends.

Mrs. Sonny Cook was honoree at a “Bon Voyage” Party hosted by former classmates, Mrs. Paul Pittman, Mrs. Paul Lynch, Misses Gloria Bell, Sue Porter, and Dorris Porter. Mrs. Cook sailed via the SS United States for France, where she join her husband, who was serving in the armed forces.

70–Years—September 11, 1947

Because of a shortage of teachers the State Board of Education authorized the issuance of Emergency Certificates for teaching during the 1947-48 session, valid for only one year and not renewable.

Water Valley School Superintendent Noel Bell stated that a band director is available if there is enough interest. To date, 11 students have signed up. There was also a need for used instruments. To enroll in band or if you have an instrument to sell, call Mr. Bell at  home, number 28, or school, number 83.

Officials of the Water Valley Baseball Club are making plans for a three-game championship series with the Uilin Aces of Uilin, Ill., which will be played on Hendricks Field located south of Water Valley.

Nice 80 acres of farm land on Highway 32 was offered for sale for $35 per acre.

Showing at The Grand Theatre was “The Egg and I,” with Fred McMurray and Claudette Cobert.

The feature films showing at the Valley  Theatre were “Born to Kill” and “The Man from Rainbow Valley.”

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