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Look Back in Yalobusha History

Parking Meters Were Expected To Be Operational In ‘58, New Officer Hired To Help Tend Them

10 Years—December 6, 2007

Snooky and Mary Lou Williams were the Grand Marshals of the Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Tri-Lake Fairgrounds Association. Linda Shuffield was their chauffeur and Charlie Shuffield rode shogun.

The Yalobusha Economic Development District appointed Bob Tyler as interim director.

The Water Valley School District was among 12 recipients recognized November 13 in Jackson as a part of the Mississippi School Board Associations’s Lighthouse School Leader Awards Program.

A vote Tuesday will be the first in 31 years on the legalization of beer in Yalobusha County.


The Baker Street Park renovation is a step closer to reality after a public hearing.

The children of Faye and Perry “Dalfred” Arbuckle honored their parents at a dinner party in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Forty members of “Dream Riders” visited Reedy Acres following the Christmas Parade to bring holiday cheer in the form of many exciting gifts for the children there.

20 Years—December 4, 1997

The United Voices of Praise Choir was to present concerts in the area, the first being in the South Panola High School Auditorium. They will be accompanied by the Jackson Chamber Orchestra and Handbells. Members of UVP from Water Valley are Betty Brown, Patti Goodwin, Buford Adams, and Ed Shearer.

Trey Brower, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Brower, showed the champion Black Angus bull at the North Mississippi Fair.

Announcement of the birth of Mahala Ann Howell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Howell, was in the ”Tomorrow’s Men and Women” Column. She was welcomed by siblings, Victoria, Brock, Nathaniel and Cora Noel.

Raymond Houston will sign copies of his latest book, ”Coondawgs, Kinfolk, and other Relative” at Oak Place Antiques and Gift Shop in Oakland.

The Water Valley Junior Auxiliary is sponsoring “Breakfast With Santa” for all children in the area.

Bennett Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hill and a student at Northwest Mississippi Community College, was selected for inclusion in “Who’s Who In American Junior Colleges”.

30 years—December 10, 1987

Everyone was invited to attend a program of music on the Downtown Band Stand when Water Valley Elementary School’s third grade students sing Christmas Carols.

The annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the New Water Valley Jaycees, was held Monday night. Grand Marshals were Snook and Ora Lee Wilson.

Baker’s School of Karate won first place in the Theme Division of the Christmas parade, with a float entitled “Two Sides of Christmas.” In the Religious Category, the wining float by Mt. Liberty Church, was entitled “Will He Be Your Savior or Judge?”

A citizens’ group hosted a meeting on industry with guest speakers, Sen. Johnny Morgan, Rep. Tommy Reynolds, and a representative from the Mississippi Department of Economic and Development.

U.S. Congressman Jamie Whitten announced that Yalobusha County’s share of National Forest receipts for fiscal year 1987 was $29,470.

40 Years—December 8, 1977

The Blue Devils Booster Club held the annual football banquet.

Mr. and Mrs. Hamric Henry’s home on Panola Street received The Garden Club of Water Valley’s recognition as December’s “Yard of the Month.”

Enid Lake’s Park Manager Jimmy Carver announced that the Water Valley Landing Boat Ramp will soon be improved.

Pictured with a  new sign for the Nature Study Area, sponsored by the WVHS Chapter of Future Farmers of America were FFA officers: Phillip Carr, president; Clark Curbow, vice-president; Ricky Jenkins, treasurer; Robert Davis, secretary; and Mike Tate, student advisor.

Pictured were members of Mrs. Dollie Henderson’s Water Valley Elementary School’s Fourth Grade Class, Cynthia Allen, Glenn Person, Demarc White, and Beverly Carr, who  have been studying the history of Thanksgiving.

50 Years—December 7, 1967

Audrey Bush, daughter of Sgt. and Mrs. Tom Bush; Nancy Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. “Junior” Cook; and Cindy Hudson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles “Chicken” Hudson; members of the Water Valley Girl Scouts, assisted the North Yalobusha TB Association in mailing Christmas Seal reminders.

Only law enforcement vehicles may use blinking or oscillating blue lights and all drivers are required to pull over and stop for their lights, according to Public Safety General T. B. Birdsong.

“In Vietnam there is a general feeling that we are winning the war militarily,” stated Senator John Stennis. 

Mrs. Fred Hedges, Mrs. Aubrey Trusty, and Mrs. Binnie Turnage were pictured with Christmas ornaments that will decorate the Christmas tree at First Methodist Church.

The Davidson High School Tigers, considered the dark horse of the conference, opened their “Big 12” Conference games by defeating the Calhoun City Hornets, 74-70.

Spec. 5 Larry Shepherd, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shepherd, died in action during American artillery firing in Vietnam. He was a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Shepherd.

60 Years—December 5, 1957

Senator James O. Eastland addressed a meeting in the Jeff Davis School Auditorium honoring winners of the Water Valley Area Development Association’s Corn and Hog Production Contest.

The effective date to begin operation of parking meters in Water Valley is set for January 1. Gene Gale Bratton has been employed as an additional policeman to tend the parking meters.

The annual Christmas Parade was scheduled for Friday night, beginning at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Jaycees, the parade will begin at First Baptist Church and conclude at B & B Gin.

From Kate Johnsey’s “Fishing” Column: Mrs. Johnny McDonald and Mrs. Burney Crowell caught a nice string of crappie, fishing at the Enid Dam Spillway

70 Years—December 11, 1947

After several years without a band at Water Valley High School, students are taking great interest in the work of the band, drilling and practicing enthusiastically.

The Water Valley Blue Devils lost the “Rebel Bowl” game to Booneville by a score of 40-0. The Devils played hard against their much heavier opponents.

William  Fletcher Doss of Rt. 7, Water Valley, is now training in automobile mechanics at the Trades Training Institute of Mississippi State College in Prairie.

Eastern Star officers elected for the coming year are: Dolly Shearer, Worthy Matron; Edward Shearer, Worthy Patron; Associate Matron, Lois Myers; Associate Patron, J. K. Boggs; Conductress, Marcella Bell; Associate Conductress, Mary Alice Hyde; secretary, Ethel Addington; and treasurer, Ozie Dalton.

Little Miss Elsie White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman White, celebrated her birthday with a picture show party at the Grand Theatre.

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