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Look Back in Yalobusha History

Mim Carpenter Was Elected Football Queen In 1947


10 Years—November 29, 2007


After Sheriff Lance Humphreys requested a pay increase for deputies, supervisors voted against it by a two to three vote, citing a tight fiscal year for the county.


Pictured decorating the Railroad Park Pavilion were Town and Country Garden Club members, Betty Ruth Swearengen, Jessie Gurner, Pat Ray, and Jan Ward.


Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney stated that over all turn out for the December 11 beer election may be light and absentee voting has been slow.


Pictured were Mahaley Hames, Carol Denham, Allison Holland, Flora Vance and Margaret Jean Ross, as they were planning Oakland’s Open House Event.


20 Years—December 4, 1997


Justin Thomas, 9-year-old son of Lisa and Roger Thomas, killed his first deer while hunting with his dad on the second day of the youth hunt.


The Pilot Club was planning a bazaar to benefit projects of the organization. Fund-raising chairman was Mary Chandler.


The Water Valley Lions Club requested donations for food baskets for needy families in the community. Baskets will be prepared and delivered by Lions Club members.


Rev. Randy Bain, pastor of Water Valley First Baptist Church, presented the program at The Garden Club of Water Valley’s regular monthly meeting.


Five Yalobusha County students receiving degrees at Mississippi State University were Jordan Thomas White of Water Valley; Boyce Bilingsley, Shane Wilbourn and Margaret Marie Bailey, all of Coffeeville; and Kimberly Paige Bloodworth of Scobey.


Pvt. Marcus L. Swearengen, son of Rose and James Swearengen of Oakland, graduated from basic training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma.


30 years—December 3, 1987


Roy McCullar of Batesville is the new Water Valley Postmaster, filing the position that has been vacant since the retirement of Paul Parker.


First United Pentecostal Church of Water Valley celebrated their third anniversary in their new building. 


Billy Keith, son of Dr. and Mrs. William Keith, a senior at Water Valley High School, attended the Scholars Conference at the University of Mississippi for students who qualified as National Merit Semi-finalist.


40 Years—December 1, 1977


The drum major for the Water Valley Marching Band for the second year was Cheryl Odom, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Odom. She was scheduled to lead the band as they marched in the “Delta Band Festival” parade in Greenwood.


A nine-point buck, killed by Billy Pilcher in the Coffeeville Area, won the first week’s competition in Herring’s Ace Hardware’s “Big Buck” Contest.


Mrs. Janie Larson, Mrs. Mildred Bell, and Mrs. Mary Barron are pictured with decorations to be sold at the Larson Home during First Methodist Church’s Merry Christmas Homes and Bazaar.


To usher in the Christmas season, Jaycees will again host “Wonderful World of Christmas,” announced Gary Morris, publicity chairman for the event.


Sam Higdon’s “Know Your Neighbor” column featured Ward There Alderman and businessman Gearrell Wright. A native of the area, Mr. Wright worked for Ray’s Department Store for many years, then worked for a time in Batesville, before returning to the Valley to manage his own successful business. His wife, the former Patsy McCulley, and he have three children.


50 Years—November 30, 1967


Mrs. Mildred Bell of Water Valley received the Distinguished Service Award of the Mississippi Association of Extension Home Economists  at a recent meeting of the organization held in Jackson.


New officers elected for the Sylva Rena Community 4-H Club were Shirley Baker, president; Ginger Allen, vice-president and secretary-treasurer; Lynn Hudson, reporter; April Jones and Joe Suratt, refreshment committee. Leaders were Mrs. Garner Baker, Mrs. Harold Allen and George Surrette.


“Little Brother” Evans, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Evans, was one of the lucky hunters during the opening of deer season, killing a large spike in the Holly Springs National Forest. James Cotton also killed a spike on Thanksgiving  morning.


Houston Vaughn and Rodney Childress, who had enjoyed a very successful squirrel hunt, were pictured with a pile of 13 of the critters they had killed.


The Water Valley Electric Department announced the lighting contest sponsored by it would include five categories: Door; Window; Outdoor Tree; Indoor Tree; and Overall House Front.


The Water Valley Junior High basketball team was scheduled to play 12 games this season. Opponents  included Oakland, Coffeeville, North Panola, Grenada, Lafayette County, and Senatobia.


60 Years—November 28, 1957


The football team and coach were honored by the ”Touchdown Club” at a banquet. Presentations  were: Clyde Ray recognized Coach Bobby Tyler; Kyle Skinner presented the Outstanding Player Award to Fonda Wilbourne; Red Vines presented the Sportsmanship Award to David Green; Dow Crowson recognized Sambo Hart as the Most Improved Player; and Bill Abernethy presented Charles Bynum a trophy for being the Best Blocker.


Local hunters bagged 13 deer in two days. Among those scoring were three members of the Suratt-Hill Camp, Buck Suratt, John Cowan and Edwin Earl Hill.

Plymouth’s ad, featuring  Boy Hope with “Fill Your Hope Chest,” was promoting a contest with the prize to be $500 a month for life, which they thought would be sufficient for the winner to never have to work again if they did not wish to.


70 Years—December 4, 1947


Yalobusha County Board of Supervisors voted to make application to the State Commission of Hospital Care for State and Federal funds to match county funds to build a county hospital.


Elected Football Queen was “Mim” Carpenter and her maids were Lilly Loyce Bell and Bobbie Nell Scarbrough. Escorts were George Utley and Johnny Craven.

Sgt. James E. Shields of Water Valley was among 68 graduates from the eight enlisted class of the Army Information School.


Kroger advertised Spot-light Coffee for 39 cents a pound or a three pound bag for $1.12.


Playing at the Grand Theatre this week were Gene Tierney in ”Ghost of Mrs. Muir” and Dennis Morgan and Jane Wyman in ”Cheyenne.”


Pictured was the Water Valley Blue Devil football team, which played in the first Rebel Bowl against Booneville – Johnson, Tre-loar, Milstead, Green, Cook, Horan, Swearengen, Tyler, Williamson, “Big” Weems, Utley, Mitchell, S. E. Knight, Nolen, Milstead, Wright, Bratton, Jenkins, Craven, ”Little” Weems, Shelby Knight, Williams, Mize, and Morgan. Coaching the team was Tommy Gunn. (Sorry first names were not included.)

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