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Look Back in Yalobusha History

WV Fire Department Answered 53 Calls In 1957


10 Years—January 3, 2008


Chickens had been processed in the same plant on Lafayette Street in Water Valley for almost 50 years. After being closed for several years a new company began processing chickens again at the Lafayette Street location in June, adding 100 new jobs for the community.


Board members of the Yalobusha County Economic Development District officially elected Bobby Tyler as director on December 19. He has previously served as chairman of the nine-member board.


Cathy and Chip Odom of County Road 436 won first place in the residential division of the Christmas Lighting Contest, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Winning the Business Division was The Velvet Glove.


Water Valley became the 52nd municipality to join the Mississippi Main Street Association in a formal ceremony last August. President of the Association was Lee McMinn and Main Street Manager was Jessie Gurner.


A full page ad, paid for by Friends of Sylva Rena Grocery and Bait Store, urged citizens to show their support by shopping there. The ad followed the adoption of the county’s beer ordinance which prohibited the store and others in close proximity to a church from selling beer. 


 20 Years—January 1, 1998


 Kevin and Missy Kimzey were elected Mississippi’s Outstanding Young Farmers at a recent meeting of the Mississippi Farm Bureau. They will now compete for the national title.


The home of Dr. and Mrs. Billy Ray Stonestreet on Market Street was pictured as it was beautifully decorated during the Christmas season. Dr. Stonestreet was pastor  of First United Methodist Church.


Jennifer Sartain, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sartain, won the 18-and-up talent division of Farm Bureau’s 76th annual contest at the state level.


In the Boll Weevil Eradication Program, a penalty was to be assessed if cotton stalks were not cut by February 1.


A 12-point buck was taken on the edge of Calhoun County on December 20 by Glen Daugherty. The deer weighed approximately 200 pounds.


Seven Yalobusha County students were on the Chancellor’s Roll at Ole Miss for the fall semester. They were Cheri Ann Carr, Jason Glynn Denton, Robert Earl Palmertree, Robert Christopher-Lee Riley, Angela Shannon Warren, and Christy Ann Bounds, all of Water Valley; and Kristopher Lynn Brasher of Coffeeville. Nine students on the Dean’s List included Stacey Darnell Avant, Margaret Jessica Keith, Karen Elizabeth Person, Renee Williams and Tina Louise Stewart, all of Water Valley; Andrea Rena Carr and Willie Patrice Reed, both of Coffeeville; Stacy Lynn Van Cannneyt of Oakland; and Lenia Faye Gray of Tillatoba.


30 years—January 7, 1988


The new board of supervisors installed as the year got underway were  Beat Five Henry Dean Gray, president; Beat One Wayne (Punk) Harris, vice-president; Beat Two James Nicholson, Jr.; Beat Four Danny Barton; and Beat Three, M. H. “Butch” Surrette.


Other County officials installed were Chancery Clerk Bobby Clark; Superintendent of Education Mary Alice Moorman; Circuit Clerk Mary Sue Stevens; Tax Assessor/Collector Guy Dale Shaw; Sheriff Lloyd Defer; Constable (Dist. 1) Phillip Gore and (Dist. II) Stanley True; and County Prosecutor Ben Horan.


Charles Shuffield was selected as Holley’s “Employee of the Month” for December.

Mr. and Mrs. Toxey T. Fortinberry celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with all their children, grands, great-grands, and a host of other family members and friends attending.


40 Years—January 5, 1978


Jerry Hill got his first buck of the season while hunting south of Water Valley on January 3. The deer had  a most unusual rack, with some of the points turned down.


Johnny Easley was pictured with the biggest buck he has killed, a big eight-pointer. He shot the buck with a  Model 57 Smith & Wesson .41 Magnum pistol.


Pvt. John White, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben White of Oakland, was recently reassigned as a mechanic with the 33rd Armor Division in Kirch, Germany.


Jot. Robinson killed a nice buck while hunting on the Hawkins and Robinson Farm, east of Water Valley.


Joe Nanece, 13-years-old, killed a nice eight-point buck hunting south of Coffeeville in the Holly Springs National Forest.


Phillip Carr got a nice eight-point buck while hunting east of Water Valley.


50 Years—January 4, 1968


Pictured were some  of the county officials being sworn in: Beat Thee Supervisor Thomas Swearengen; Beat One Justice of the Peace Carolyn Kennedy; Beat Five Supervisor Ben Simpson; Chancery Clerk Gerald Harris; Beat Three Justice of the Peace Burney Crowell; Beat Two Supervisor Doke French; Beat Four Supervisor Richard Ross; Sheriff L. A. Jones; Beat One Supervisor Frank Pate; and Beat Five Justice of the Peace Carrie Young.


The Water Valley basketball teams will play the North Panola Red Raiders on Friday night.


The Water Valley Fire Departments in their annual report stated that they had answered 32 calls in the city and 21 calls outside the county during the past year.

The Illinois Central and GM&O Railroads have agreed on the proposed merger plan.


In Stanley True’s column, “Stan’s Short Shots” he stated that Yalobusha County may soon be the best deer hunting county in the state.


“Postage rates for most mailings will  increase on January 7,” stated Postmaster Paul Parker.


60 Years—January 2, 1958


Water Valley will begin using parking meters on Thursday.


G. H. Surrette  of Water Valley will graduate January 17 from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.


Babson’s predictions for 1958 included no strikes, but a possible freeze on wages and prices.


Rev. J. A. Dollahite and Mrs. Kyle Taylor were installed as Noble Grands in the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs.


The Jeff Davis Home Demonstration Club earned the title of “Club of the Year” in Yalobusha County.


The Water Valley Blue Devils basketball teams will begin after-holiday play when they meet University High.


Camp Ground’s lunch menu included: Monday, lima beans, turnip greens, carrots, cornbread, peaches and milk; Tuesday, hamburger with homemade bun, creamed potatoes, apple  cobbler and milk; Wednesday, spaghetti and meatballs, slaw, peas, cake and milk; Thursday, blackeyed peas, corn, candied yams, cornbread, Jello and milk; Friday, vegetable beef soup, crackers, yeast biscuits and milk.

For Rent: Apt. with hot and cold water.


Dozer Work: S & H Dirt Movers, Charley Holloway and Thomas Swearengen.


70 Years—January 1, 1948


The Mississippi Road Users Association stated they will fight higher gasoline taxes.

Babson’s Forecast predicts a prosperous 1948 and expects emphasizes on war preparations.


The State Forestry Commission has allocated from its Mount Olive Nursery 185,000 free Loblolly Short Leaf Pine and Black Locust seedlings for distribution to Yalobusha County farmers.


The need was stressed for  more funds to help fight Polio.


Superintendent of Education Herman White, in a letter to veterans, stated that he has announced a wood working course to be located in Water Valley and operated by Jesse L. Weeks. Preparation for this course was almost completed and GI’s interested should contact Mr. Weeks.


The B-Natural Music Club held its December meeting in the home of Ann and Bubber Appleton, children of Ludie and Binnie Appleton.

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