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Look Back At Yalobusha History

10 Years—January 17, 2008 – Water Valley’s new beer ordinance will take effect at 12:01 a.m. January 19, according to Mayor Bill Norris. Aldermen approved the new ordinance on December 18 and city policemen spent the previous Friday visiting beer retailers in the city, informing them that cold beer could not be sold after this time.

A city cleanup was underway in preparation for Water Valley’s 150th Birthday, which was just around the corner.

Repairs to the water-damaged floors at Blackmur Memorial Library were expected to cost at least $75,000. Water had gotten under the building and caused the floors to rot. Report was that only the carpet was holding the floors up.

Amos Sims, Yalobusha County Beat Two Supervisor, was reappointed as  president of the Board.

Haley Vance, 14-year-old daughter of Roy and Vicky Vance, spent months growing her hair to be donated to Locks of Love, which would be used to make wigs  for patients at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Ashley Rich, a sixth grade teacher at Davidson Elementary School, traveled to Los Angeles to compete on Wheel of Fortune.

20 Years—January 15, 1998 – Angela Brooks Hodge received her CPA Certificate in a formal ceremony at the State Capitol. Attending were her husband and children, Tim, Austin, and Jordan; her father, Frank Berle Brooks; Vickie Cook of Oxford, her employer; and Raye Tate and Tonya Ward of Water Valley.

Matt Hedges, son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Hedges of Corinth and grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Bill Jolley of Water Valley and the late Dr. Fred Hedges, was awarded a full tuition scholarship to Vanderbilt University.

Yalobushians named to Mississippi State University’s Honor Society were Derrick Surrette and Jordan White, both from Water Valley, and Amanda Link from Tillatoba.

The Lady Warriors, a semi-pro basketball team from Water Valley coached by Freddie Folson, defeated a Batesville team.

The Water Valley Chamber of Commerce was  preparing “New Folks in Town” welcome baskets.

Roy Vance, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, earned the designation, Fraternal Insurance Counselor.

30 years—January 21, 1988 – Holley Automotive, on behalf of its employees, donated $11,000 to the Yalobusha General Hospital Ambulance Fund. Presenting the check were Plant Manager Travis Clement and R. H. Allen of Warren, Mich., Automotive Division President. Receiving the check were Aaron Gordon, Hospital Board President, and Julia Taylor, Fund Raising Chairman. This check, added to the $29,000 in the fund, completed the $40,000 figure needed to purchase the new ambulance.

Dr. Harold Fair, a Water Valley native, will direct the publication of the “Upper Room.”

The Water Valley girls basketball team won the Tri-Lake Conference Championship with a 53-42 win over Lafayette County. Pam Campbell, with 26 points, followed Crystal Turner with 14 points, led the way in this win.

Water Valley’s new police chief, Mike King, is pictured being congratulated by Mayor Hamric Henry. King succeeds John D. Watson, who retired.

40 Years—January 19, 1978 – Sixty years ago, 1918, Rev. J. A. George, a pastor of Water Valley First Methodist Church, became a Methodist minister. Now at age 85,  he had more service years than any other minister in the North Mississippi Methodist Conference.

Petty Officer Dale Dimock of Water Valley, retired from the Navy in 1976. After several jobs in the private sector, Dimock requested recall to active service and was working as recruiter with the U.S. Navy Recruiting Office in Greenwood.

Jim Shearer was a member of the All-State Honor Band in Jackson. Jim, an eighth grade band student in Water Valley Junior High School, was sixth chair tuba in this 104 piece group.

David Beene, a native of Water Valley, was promoted to credit card officer by the Bank of Mississippi.

J. T. and Kathryn Williamson, owners of Valley Motel, attended a meeting of the State Innkeepers Association in Jackson.

An Alcohol and Drug Abuse Clinic was scheduled for Friday in Water Valley. Helping to plan the clinic were: Mrs. Joan Hill, Region II Mental Health Counselor; Rev. Paul Daniels of Coffeeville, United Methodist Church Minister; Mrs. Nancy Winburn, member of The Garden Club of Water Valley; and Mrs. Mamie Shields, Extension Home Economist.

50 Years—January 18, 1968 – Heavy snowfall hit the Valley, starting with big wet flakes that looked almost like snowballs.  In a picture shot from the front of the Herald Office, looking across the street to the Presbyterian Church, these flakes threatened to obscure vision. As the temperature dipped eventually into the teens, the snow turned to a dry power.

The Junior Devils and Devilettes basketball teams were both hot, having lost only one game each during the season.

A special “Citation of Merit” for cooperation in President Johnson’s National Beauty Program was to presented to Water Valley Postmaster Paul Parker for improving the appearance of the local post office.

Buster Beene was pictured with a barbecue grill he had built from scrap metal and old auto parts, which was large enough to roast a whole hog.

Shown enjoying the last days of quail season were Frank Berle Brooks, Travis Brooks and Butch Surrette.

Attorney Ben Smith, a native of Water Valley and son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Smith, was now associated with Attorney R. T. Riser in his law practice at Batesville. Mr. Smith was married to the former Kay Kay Wilbourn, also a Water Valley native and daughter of Eva Kay Wilbourn. 

60 Years—January 15, 1958 – Water Valley now has 935 telephones. Southern Bell Telephone Company announced that 52 were added in 1957.

The Water Valley Housing Commission met with the Federal Housing Authority and secured approval for 44 new  units. The project was expected to cost as much as $440,000. O. T. (Doc) Hamner was executive director of the Water Valley Housing Authority; Buck Suratt was chairman; Hamric Henry was vice-chairman; J. B. Massie was secretary; and Dow Crowson and L. D. Jones were members.

The Water Valley Junior High basketball team defeated the Camp Ground team, 47-22, in recent play.

A success story of thousands of Polio victims involved the use of an iron lung to keep the patients alive until muscles improved enough fom them to breath on their own, then the muscles were re-educated by therapy until the patient was strong enough to return to their homes, where treatment continued.

70 Years—January 15, 1948 – Among visitors planning to attend the dedication of the Rice-Stix Plant in Water Valley were: Ernest Stix, president of Rice-Stix; Frederith B. Eisman, vice-president; David Eisman, vice-president; and Edward E. Murphy, general manager.

The Water Valley boy’s and girl’s basketball teams defeated the Yocona teams.

Yalobusha County Superintendent of Education Herman White reported at a recent Water Valley P.T.A. meeting that a countywide survey showed that sanitary facilities in every school in the county were inadequate. Mrs. Mildred Bell, president of the P.T.A., had introduced the featured speaker.

Thomas H. (P.G.) Scarbrough received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from Mississippi State College at the end of the fall semester.

An outstanding event of the holiday season was a progressive dinner, hosted by the W.S.C.S. of First Methodist Church, for the young adults of the church. The affair began with the first course in the home of Mrs. O. T. Parsons, followed by the salad course at the home of Mrs. Ray Sissell. The group then proceeded to the home of Mrs. C. L. Morgan for a spaghetti plate and coffee, ending with dessert in the home of Mrs. J. G. Carpenter. At each stop there was entertainment.

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