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Look Back in Yalobusha History

Blue Devils’ 1997 Win Over Bruce Broke 28 Straight Win Streak For The Trojans On Their Home Field

10 Years—September 13, 2007

Yalobusha County Tax Assessor/collector Linda Shuffield and deputies, Emily Childs and Wyanda White, are pictured with new Mississippi motor vehicle license plates which feature the Biloxi Lighthouse.

Although the county’s property assessment increased, supervisors decreased the millage rate to help keep taxes on a more level field.

Lion Pierce Epes presented a gas grill to Joe Davis, the prize in a recent raffle which benefited the many projects of the Water Valley Lions Club.

The Water Valley Blue Devils fell by seven points in a hard fought game against the Holly Springs Hawks.  Final score was 21-14.

The local poultry plant has five decades of history. Pictures with the story were an ariel view of the plant, taken by Ed Shearer, III in 1969, and early plant heads, Albert Mott and later Pete Brown.

20 Years—September 18, 1997

Town and Country Garden Club members, Pat Ray, Dale Tyler, and Teresia Edgar posed in front of the newly erected concrete “Water Valley” signs at the intersections of the By-Pass and Highways 315 and old Highway 7.

Braswell Hatcher presented Jerry Holt a check to fund three computer drops at the school.

The Water Valley Blue Devils defeated the Bruce Trojans, 29-8, breaking the 28 straight win series of the Trojans on their home field.

C. W. White, Inc. donated one cent for each gallon of gas sold at the Water Valley Gas Mart on Wise Street to the cheerleaders. Pictured presenting the check to cheerleaders,  Amanda Langdon, Pamela Sunderland, Jill Hyde, and Christy Wilbourn, was Tommy White.

Dorothy Lowe presented a check to Crip Tyler to be used for the planned Crawford Spots Complex. 

Local youngsters, Trey and Zach Brower and Jake Campbell, received awards at the national “Best of Show” held in Perry, Ga. BF Traveler 99, shown by Trey Brower, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Brower, was Grand Champion Angus Bull at the Union County Fair.

30 years—September 17, 1987

At a meeting held in City Hall, Alderman Larry Hart, Water Valley Street Commissioner, explained how financing for the proposed street bond issue will be accomplished. Citizens of Water Valley would have the opportunity to vote on the $350,000 General Obligation bond issue.

Interested by-standers watched Illinois Central Gulf workers lay what is likely the last track to be installed in the city, as two short lengths of track were laid behind the old depot. One to support a boxcar already in the Valley and another for a caboose to be brought here by the ICGRR.

The Lafayette High Commodores defeated the Blue Devils here Friday night by a score of 19-0.

Water Valley native, Robert Samuels, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Samuels, will head the Ole Miss Printing Services Department.

Leading the Water Valley High School Marching Band in 1987 were: Drum Major Andrea Berry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Berry; and assistant Drum Major, Melissa Dennis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Dennis.

Mrs. Tisha Shelton was honored on her 88th birthday with a family dinner in her home.

40 Years—September 15, 1977

Carothers and Carothers Construction Co. of Water Valley was low bidder for construction of additional recreation facilities at Graysport Crossing on Grenada Lake. The project included 80 campsites, a boat ramp, an amphitheater and foot trails.

Pictured was former Mayor Watson Hunt with newly-elected Mayor Garland Maynor.

Water Valley Blue Devil Coaches Dean Wright, Lincoln Shields, and Butler McLeod, confer with hard-driving fullback, Mike Tate, during the game against Coldwater. Coldwater won by a score of 8-16.

 The Oakland High School Class of 1922 had the annual reunion at Yocona Ridge State Park.

Vernon Chambers, manager of the Water Valley Electric Department, states, “You just can’t lose by taking advantage of TVA’s Home Insulation Program.”

In an issue of the Herald with very little news, “Brain Storm” columnist, Ed Shearer, III, stated that his column for the week was mostly foolishness.

50 Years—September 14, 1967

Doyle Varner, Jr. was the new assistant county agent for Yalobusha County.

Pictured were around 50 area citizens touring county farms. The tour began at the barn on the farm of Mrs. Dixie Hendricks, south of the city.

At the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Delma Jones, Mrs. Jones was serving delicious cookies and Coca-Cola to Chamber of Commerce  Manager Bluford McCullar, and Chamber President Paul Parker, as Mr. Jones looked on.

Kirby Grant (Sky King of TV series fame) “Made the day” for Nita Faye Harden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hardin of Water Valley, as he autographed a picture for  her. Mr. Grant was appearing with the Carson & Barns Circus, currently performing in the Valley.

J. C. Sides, Jr. of Coffeeville was named a new member of the Mississippi ASCS Committee.

  Ruth Ann Dickey was a new stewardess for American Air Lines. She was assigned to flight duty out of New York City.

60 Years—September 12, 1957

Sam Herron of Oakland was elected president of Yalobusha County Farm Bureau.

Diane  Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Thompson of Water Valley, was chosen “Queen of the Forest” for 1957 during a pageant held during the Tri-Lake Fair. First alternate was Sara Nell Trusty, daughter of Mrs. Paul Williams and Mr. W. T. Trusty, Jr., and second alternate was Jeannette Rogers, daughter of Mr. and Ralph Rogers.

In the football game against Senatobia Friday night, Arrington’s kicking and the defensive play of Wilbourn, Bradley, Hart, Bynum, and Larson, were outstanding, with the overall play defensively being excellent. If the same is displayed Friday night in play again Sardis, the Devils could reward Coach Bobby Tyler with his first win of the season.

The Tri-Lake Fair was officially opened by Virginia Wilbourn, “Miss Water Valley,” cutting the ribbon. She was assisted by retiring “Queen of the Forest,” Patsy Hart.

Confederate uniforms were chosen as the official uniforms of the Water Valley Jaycees. 

70–Years—September 18, 1947

L. D. Murphy brought an unusually large watermelon for this late in the season to the Herald office Saturday. Mr. Murphy had planted seeds at the proper time but they didn’t do well. After buying a Florida Giant from Kroger, he saved the seeds and planted them, producing a  63 pound melon at this late date.

Mr. and Mrs. M. L.  Wilson were pictured with some of the sights they visited while vacationing in Florida.

Vallians Curtis Stacy, George  Brown, David Burns, Wesley Myers, Barbara Fly, Richard and Charlie Baird, Sam Knox, Bruce Gurner, Mabry McMillan, Jack Gurner, and Eddie Nelson enrolled at Ole Miss.

The Water Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of Dr. Ben Evans, are promoting a program to get a hospital in the area.

  Mrs. Henry Allen entertained her son, Charles Henry Allen, Jr., and his friends at his fourth birthday party.

  Editor of Station JDHS (published weekly by the students of Jeff Davis High School) was Virginia  Wilbourn.

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