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Look Back in Yalobusha History

City Officials Ordered Election In 1957 For  Bond Issue To Fund New City Hall, Pool, Other Improvements.


10 Years—October 18, 2007


Henry Hendricks, pictured with his overturned gravel truck, explained to Mississippi Highway Patrol-man Chaz Kennedy that his truck turned over because he was avoiding a car that had turned in front of him.


The final three positions on the nine-member Yalobusha County Economic Development Authority was filled at a meeting in Water Valley on October 9 by appointees from the three municipalities in the county. Appointed from Oakland was George Booker, from Coffeeville Mack Dudley was selected and Bobby Tyler of Water Valley was asked to serve.


Water Valley High School senior Brittany Weekly was crowned homecoming queen prior to the game Friday night.


Bill Rotenberry was featured in Alexe van Beuren’s “Talk of the Town” Column. Bill was owner of a Main Street restaurant and he has joined the  newly formed Main Street organization.


20 Years—October 23, 1997


The Water Valley High School Blue Devils picked up an impressive 33-13 win over the Independence Wildcats.


Mary Landreth, Amy Brown, and Virginia Stewart honored their grandmother, Mrs. Rachel Carter, at an open house on her 99th birthday.


The Water Valley High School Beta Club officers for the 1997-98 school year were Michael Rhyne, president; Robin Keisling, vice-president; Jill Hyde, secretary; and Desha Anthony, treasurer. Mrs. Cheryl Goodwin is the club sponsor.


The Magnolia Youth League was working to get a soccer league organized in Water Valley.


Hall of Famer Jake Gibbs spoke to the Water Valley Rotary Club. Gibbs graduated from Ole Miss, played 10 years for the New York Yankees, and then coached for several years.


Lady Devils softball team’s senior players, Jennifer Jones, Kim Turner, Carol Conard, Angela Weeks, and Camisha Benson, were honored at a recent game.

Mayor Larry Hart cut the ribbon at the grand opening of The Old Schoolhouse, a furniture store located in the old Jeff Davis School Building. Assisting the Mayor were Miss Hospitality Amanda Thomas and 1997-98 Watermelon Queen Nancy Margaret Ray.


30 years—October 22, 1987


D. R. Ingram of Water Valley was congratulated by Dr. James Carpenter, Director of Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service, after being named 1987 Production Agriculture Alumni of the College of Agriculture at Mississippi State University.


The Junior High Blue Devils became the new Tri-Lake Conference Champs after defeating Senatobia, 26-6, to complete a perfect season, 7-0.


Jaycee Robert Doolin, chairman of the Haunted House event, stated, “This will be  our biggest and best Haunted House ever.”


Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Shoemake observed their 50th wedding anniversary quietly at home.


After a slow start, the Water Valley High School Blue Devils defeated Holly Spring, 21-3.


Entertainers in the “Best of Yalobusha County” Production included Mike Hester, Russ Wooten, Michael Stevens, Toni Hill and Shirley Berry.


40 Years—October 20 , 1977


Karen McMillan, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mabry McMillan, was elected homecoming queen by the Water Valley High School Student Body.


The Lafayette County Commodores defeated the Blue Devils, 31-8 in the homecoming game.


Marty Shaw, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Dale Shaw, was crowned homecoming queen at Northwest Mississippi Junior College


Mrs. Bobby Singleton was pictured with a certificate of appreciate, presented by the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, for outstanding service in her door-to-door march in the fight against kidney disease,


50 Years—October 19, 1967


Marcia Michelletti, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Cook, was selected homecoming queen by secret ballot among football team members.  Pictured with the queen were Jerry McCay, a senior who had been ruled ineligible, and Steve Dickey and Bill Harris.


Water Valley and Tunica are tied in the Chickasaw Conference after the Blue Devils upset Coldwater, 28-13, in the homecoming game.


In Shearing’s it was reported that not the oldest business in Water Valley, but surely one of the favorites, is no more. Mrs. Myrtle Miles has closed the shop and sold the equipment to a business in Pontotoc. She and her husband, the late George Miles, owned and operated the Pastry Shop for many years.


James “Crip” Tyler, superintendent of the Church School; Howard Holloway, finance chairman; and Rev. Sam Hull, pastor; announced that members of First Methodist Church voted to proceed with a building program to enlarge the Sunday School space.


Beverly Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Allen, was tapped for the Highlander Social Club at Mississippi State College for Women.


60 Years—October 17, 1957


The Board of Aldermen of Water Valley ordered an election on a $100,000 bond issue for a new city hall, a swimming pool, and other improvements.


From a slate of 17 contestants, Mrs. Jack Jones, was named “Mrs. Water Valley.” The pageant was sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Mrs. Eva Mae Wilbourn was the retiring “Mrs. Water Valley.”


The Blue Devils won their homecoming game by a score of 6-0, over the Holly Springs Tigers. 


Mary Lou Mize, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Golie Mize, was crowned Homecoming Queen. She was escorted by David Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Green, captain of the 1957 football team. Other members of the court were: Senior Maid Janette Rogers, escorted by Charles Bynum; Junior Maid Emily Kendrick, escorted by Fonda Wilbourne; Sophomore Maid Barbara McCulley, escorted by Jim Tillman; and Freshman Maid Kay-Kay Wilbourn, escorted by Sambo Hart.


70 Years—October 23, 1947


A tax levy of 45 mills was set for the City of Water Valley for the year 1947 by the Mayor and Aldermen.


After Bud Treloar kicked off to Bruce and the Trojans returned the ball to their own 40-yard line, it was all Water Valley for the rest of the game, as the Blue Devils defeated Bruce 26-0.


Gilda Lynn Jones will be Water Valley’s representative in the two million dollar All-American Jersey Show to be held in Columbus, Ohio. Mississippi had 16 other representatives in this show.


Eddie Blackmur, president of the Yalobusha County Fair Association, expressed thanks to Bluford McCullar, E. L. McVey, J. B. Massie, Allen Winham, Jack Treloar, and Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Blackston, for their help in making the fair the best ever. Winning community exhibits were: first place, Coffeeville; second place, Jeff Davis; and third place, Camp Ground.


Four hundred and fifteen surplus buildings were going on sale at Camp McCain. No priorities were needed to participate in the sale.


Pvt. David Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. Harris of Water Valley, is serving with the fighting First Calvary Division in Tokyo.

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