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Look Back in Yalobusha History

Gurner Was Leaving The Valley In 1977 To Work For Memphis Press-Scimitar


10 Years—October 11, 2007


Water Valley High School’s homecoming court included Brittany Weekley, Miranda Phillips, Austin Brooke Mills, and Steffi River, seniors; Shaniqua Wesley, junior; Dee Anna Kirk, sophomore; and Beonica Cox, freshman.


Kim Jones, pep rally committee chair, stated, “We’re going to kick off homecoming this year with something new. It will begin with a pep rally on Main Street,  which we  hope will become a tradition.”


James and Mary Lee Nola Carpenter celebrated 70 years of marriage at a reception held in the Sylva Rena Community Center.


A young Water Valley High School Blue Devil team faced a tough rival as they suffered a 30-6 loss to Eupora.


20 Years—October 16, 1997


The Water Valley Blue Devils dropped their fourth game in a row as they were defeated, 30-26, by the Rosa Fort Lions.


The Lady Devils softball team wrapped up the home season with a double header win, 21-1 and 36-0, against the Mississippi School of Math and  Science.


A game of cow patty bingo was set for Friday night on Bobby Clark Field. The event was sponsored by the Blue Devil Booster Club.


The Water Valley Class of 1967 held their 30-year reunion August 1. Attending were 36 of the 75 graduates.


The Water Valley High School Band earned an “Excellent” (II) for their performance in the Tenn-Tom Marching Festival at Aberdeen.


The Rick Peeples’ home was selected for Town & Country Garden Club’s October “Yard of the Month.”


The annual Duck’s Unlimited Banquet will be held  October 18, according to planning committee members, Cayce Washington, Tom Hill and Eddie Hyde.


 30 years—October 15, 1987


The Coffeeville Pirates defeated the Blue Devils, 20-7, and are now 4-2 for the season, while Water Valley dropped to 2-4.


“Winter Wonderland” will be the theme for the Jaycee’s annual Christmas parade, according to J. C. Womble, parade chairman.


Dianne Lynch and her daughter,  Lisa, were selected to perform on the “Best of Yalobusha County” Show. This mother/daughter team was recently selected semi-finalists in the Songmasters Contest in Memphis.


Mrs. Lucille Chapman, Water Valley Librarian, was honored on her birthday at an open house in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Todd.


Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Carpenter were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Dixie Hendricks, long-time Ford Dealer in Water Valley, died October 9.

In a special drawing during the “Greenwing” event,  Brett King won a Greenwing pump shotgun, and Tom Hill won a Daisy air rifle.


Claude Howe, former pastor at Bethel Baptist Church and former interim pastor at Camp Ground Baptist Church, was honored at “Claude Howe Day” at Strayhorn Baptist Church for 50 years as a minister.


40 Years—October 13 , 1977


In Ed’s “Brain Storms” Column he writes, “My friend and fellow photographer, Jack  Gurner, after two years of eking out a living as a commercial photographer in Water Valley, has given in to the urge for regular meals. He and Jessie are closing IMAGES and moving to Memphis, where he will be a staff photographer for the Press-Scimitar.


Second Lieutenant Lamar Burgess, son of Mrs. Leona Burgess, was recently assigned as platoon leader with the 4th Cavalry at Ft. Riley, Kansas.


The Water Valley High School Blue Devils gained 276 yards via the rushing route and picked up another 107 in the air to smash the Calhoun City Wildcats, 44-8, playing on CC’s field.


U.S. Pvt. Michael Herod, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Herod,  has been awarded he Army Commendation Medal.


50 Years—October 12, 1967


Water Valley Junior Auxiliary Associate Mem-bers, Mrs. Joel Edgar, Mrs. Tim Hayles, Mrs.Clyde Ray, and Mrs. Watt Turnage, helped serve at the Region I JA Conference held in Water Valley. Greeting the guests was Mrs. Binford Williams, JA President.


Water Valley bashed defending champs, Olive Branch Eagles,  Friday night by a 39-6 score. They will meet their toughest opponent of the season, Coldwater, Friday night. Both Water Valley and Coldwater are unbeaten so far in the ’67 Season.


Patricia Swearengen, who placed fourth in district with her clothing project, did well in State Competition.


Bob Foster, Comptroller of the Mississippi Park System, has announced approval of a $73,400 grant for a new State Park on Enid  Reservoir. The park will be named “Yocona Ridge.”


A news organization at Northwest Mississippi Junior College named the VIPs, is composed of a male and co-ed student from each of the 11 supporting counties. Selected to represent Yalobusha County were Jackie Van Winkle and Tommy Edwards.


60 Years—October 10, 1957


Water Valley Mayor O. T. Hamner has been advised by U.S. Senator James Eastland that the Public Housing Administration has approved 44 low-rent housing units for the city.


The Water Valley Blue Devils upset highly favored Hernando for a 7-6 win.This win gives Coach Bobby Clarks’ Blue Devils a .500 season rating.


The “Mrs. Water Valley” Contest and ”Living Ad” Program, sponsored by the American Legion, will be held in the City Auditorium, with a pre-program concert by the Water Valley Band.


J.W. Knight, pulpwood buyer, stated that this product netted Yalobushians $21,000 for the year.


Brooks Chittom and Warren Ray were in charge of the Boy Scout finance drive now underway.


In the Yalobusha Men in Service Column, men listed were: Pvt. Billy D. Riley, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. D. Riley, who has completed eight weeks of basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas; and PFC Abron Wilbourn of Scobey, who had arrived back in the U.S. at Seattle, Washington, after a tour of duty in Korea.


70–Years—October 16, 1947


The strong Batesville Bulldogs barely defeated the Blue Devils by a 6-0 score.

Mary Nell Person, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Person and a member of the Jeff Davis 4-H Club, took first place in the Northeast District with her Canning and Gardening Project.


Claude Wood of Water Valley, along with 200 other feed dealers from across the state, visited the 738-acre Research Farm of Ralston Purina Company in Gray’s Summitt, Missouri.


Sidney Roper of Marshall, Texas arrived this week to assume the pastorate of the Church of Christ.


Beauties of the county who will vie for the title “Queen of the Fair,” were: Jeff  Davis, Mary Claire Bobbitt, Sarah Newman, Helen Coleman and Edna Ruth Langham; Camp Ground, Robbie Jones, Mary Lou Hill, Janette Key, and Laverne Campbell; Water Valley, Peggy Neal, Billy Maude Green, Bobbie Scarbrough and Teresia Bagguley; Coffeeville, Anne Armstrong, Patricia Peeples, Gladys Williams and Faye Hamilton; and Oakland, Mickey Griffin, Anna Quay McCullar, Joanne Baker and Peggy Hartley.

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