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Look Back in Yalobusha History

Average Phone User In WV Made 8.6 Calls Per Day In 1957


10 Years—December 27, 2007


Yalobusha supervisors unanimous passed a resolution during a recessed meeting Wednesday to approve Yalobusha County as the location of a regional jail.


The Water Valley Board of Aldermen met in a hastily called meeting to discuss a proposed ordinance to regulate the sale of beer and light wine in the city. it was decided to restrict the sale for these products to hot only.


Steve Cummings County Agent’s column suggest using Christmas trees as fish gathering places in Enid Lake.


New Life Fellowship was inviting everyone to attend their Watch Night Service on December 31.


In an editorial it was stated that the Herald’s New Year’s Resolution was to clean up Water Valley.


Bethel’s News stated that writer, Roland Buppert, was spending the holidays in Arizona with his family and that Music/Youth Directors, Angela and Laramie Minga, were leaving the church as of December 23.


20 Years—December 25, 1997


Mrs.  Elsie Ables Haynes, age 105, set out to find her birthplace in Water Valley. She was successful in locating the home, built by her father, the late Col. G. D. Ables in 1886, now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Eakes. A front page picture showed Mrs. Haynes with Eakes’ son, John.


Lucia Holloway, an Amex Financial Adviser, presented a  check in the amount of $300 to Jerry Holt for the Water Valley School District. The donation was for computer hook-ups.


Terrence Buford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rochester Buford, was among “Who’s Who among College Students” chosen for  inclusion  in the 1998 publication. Terence is a University of Mississippi student.


Three Yalobusha County students were among the 31 fall graduates of the Northwest Mississippi Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program. Participating in the ceremony were Kim Pullen and Hope Shaw of Water Valley, and Valerie Varner of Coffeeville.


Members of the Anchor Club were offering a new service. They will remove decorations from homes or businesses and prepare them for storage. Cost depended on the amount of decorations.


Hon. John Throop was the 1997 Grand Marshal for the annual Water Valley Christmas Parade. Riding with him were granddaughters, Christy and Ashley Wilbourn.


30 years—December 31, 1987


Police Commissioner Travis Clement, on behalf of the Mayor and City Board of Aldermen, presented a plaque to retiring Police Chief J. D. Watson. Watson joined the force in 1968 and had served as chief since 1981.


New Water Valley Jaycee’s president, Charles McLellan, presented a check in the amount of $300 to Water Valley High School Band Director, Stanley Crow, for the fund to  purchase new band uniforms.


Water Valley Mayor Hamric Henry presented a plaque to Ward Two Alderman James Nicholson, Jr., upon his retirement. He was a member of the board from 1977 to 1987.


A former Water Valley High School Student, EM2 John Wiginton of Charleston, SC, addressed the cooperative Education classes. John was a Nuclear Electrician’s Mate with the U.S. Navy. He was greeted by DECA President Will Vance.


Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Gregory celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home.


40 Years—December 29, 1977


Water Valley native, W.H. “Bubba” Clark, was presented a diamond service emblem at his retirement ceremony by P. E. Harvey, District Construction Manager for South Central Bell. Clark’s wife, Marie Mathis Clark, also a Water Valley native was present for the ceremony.


The annual Babson Report predicted progress and higher inflation for 1978.

Attorney Dick Wilhoit, Yalobusha County Prosecutor, participated in the recent annual Fall Conference for Mississippi Prosecutors,  held in Jackson.


Among state optometrists who met at the University of Mississippi for a recent conference was Dr. Rayford Edgar of Water Valley.


Trent Howell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Howell of Water Valley, was among students of the University of Mississippi to be awarded law degrees during graduation ceremonies.


Larry Prestage killed an eight-point buck while hunting five miles  out on Highway 32 east.


Mississippi Forestry Commission District  Forester Holls Ishee presented Edward Murphree, Chief Crew Leader in Yalobusha County, a certificate for 10 years of service with the Mississippi Forestry Commission.


50 Years—December 28, 1967


Dispatcher Virgil Berry was honored for 20 years service with  the Mississippi Forestry Commission. Area Forester Thomas Turner and State Forester Jack Holman presented him a certificate of appreciation.


Sheriff-elect L. A. Jones announced members of his staff. Earl Barron, a former Water Valley policemen, has been employed as jailer and full-time deputy. In the Water Valley office Mrs. Lawrence Hale and Mrs. L. A. Jones will be regular employees. In the Coffeeville office Lonnie Williams will be the regular deputy.


Babson’s Report states that 1968 will be a year of many crisises, the dollar will be threatened, and the Vietnam War will escalate.


Bobby Cox killed an eight-point, 175 pound, buck just off Highway 32-E, near the Pine Valley Community.


Wayland Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hill, killed a nine-point buck hunting near Hilltop Camp in the Holly Springs National Forest.


60 Years—December 26, 1957


First place winners  in the Water Valley Home Lighting Contest were: House Front, Dr. and Mrs. Rayford Edgar; Outside Tree, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Myers; Picture Window, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Cox; Doorway, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Ray; Unique Arrangement, Shine Tyson.


The Y-Teens sang Christmas Carols to residents of Sunset Rest Home, Afterwards they gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Parker for refreshments.


A report stated that the average phone user in Water Valley makes 8.6 calls a day.

American Legion Curtis E. Pass Post 37 presented a  fruit basket to Russell Gore, who had just returned home from the Veterans Hospital. The basket was presented by Santa Claus (Buster Beene), who was accompanied by Legionaries Hubert Sanders, Frank Evans, J. B. Caulfield, Haze Brister, Ed Newman, Roy Fly, Bennett Hill, L. E. Addington, Frank Romberger, and Ray Gean.


70 Years—No paper was available for this week.

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