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Look Back in Yalobusha History

First Impression Report In ‘08 Notes Downtown Properties Need Repair

10 Years—February 7, 2008

According to Water Valley Schools Transpor-tation Director Mario Weekly, a school bus ran off Eckford Street into a ditch January 31 and two youngsters were slightly injured.

Dr. Heidi Pratt was welcomed to Water Valley during a “Meet and Greet” held  in the Spears Wing Lobby of Yalobusha County Nursing Home. She was the newest member of the Yalobusha General Hospital and Yalobusha County Nursing Home medical team.

Property taxes in Yalobusha County will increase this year, in  part, due to a state mandated  property value re-assessment.

A road ownership land dispute between Yalobusha County and Fletcher fly made its way to federal court.

The First Impression Report done by a group put together by Mississippi State University points out that  many of Water Valley’s downtown properties are in need of repair.

Renita Fox, a third grade teacher at Davidson Elementary, was selected “Teacher of the Month” for November and was presented a $25 gift card by Bill Taylor on behalf of Renasant Bank.

Lloyd Caulfield was selected as a member of the Breckenridge, Colorado Ski Patrol. A Water Valley native, he is a son of Elizabeth and Barron Caulfield.

Sherry Fischer was named president of the North Central Mississippi Board of Realtors.

20 Years—February 5, 1998

At a luncheon, hosted by Allied Enterprises in Oxford, Borg-Warner Automotive Air Fluid Systems Plant in Water Valley was presented a Customer Appreciation Award in recognition of their efforts in utilizing persons who are disabled. Pictured with the plaque were Borg-Warner employees Arlene Wilbourn and  Lowell Edwards.

John Ford, representing VFW Post 4100, presented a check to School Administrator Coordinator Jerry Holt to fund two computer drops.

The Water Valley School District was chosen to be a Tech-Prep site and the Water Valley School Board has decided to enter into a building and remodeling  program to provide space for the updated science labs necessary for this addition to the school’s curriculum.

Mr. and Mrs.  Richard Baird celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family weekend gathering at Gulf Shores.

The Garden Club of Water Valley welcomed two new members, Mrs. William Kilgore and Mrs. Jim Hendricks.

Josephine and Billy Lipscomb had signs in their yard of both Mississippi State’s bulldog and Ole Miss’ Col. Reb, proclaiming theirs to be an impartial household.

Johnny Wilson was pictured with a wild Russian boar killed while hunting near Tillatoba. The big  pig weighed about 350 pounds.

30 years—February 11, 1988

The Water Valley Junior Auxiliary members were discussing plans for a new cookbook and they decided to have a contest to find a name for the book. Members of the planing committee were Linda Eakes, Linda Maynor, Cynthia Pullen, Gayle Ashford, and Shelley Howell.

Marty Langston was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Yalobusha County School Board, created when M. G. Langston died recently.

Henry Simmons retired from Columbia Gulf Gas Transmission after working there for more than 31 years.

  Christy LaSota, who played clarinet in the Water Valley High School Band, placed as an Honorable Mention in the Mississippi Lions’ All-State Band. Band Directors Becky and Stanley Crow served as judges for the competition.

Water Valley High School Band students attending the Northeast Mississippi Band Directors Association’s Clinic were Twinkle Van Winkle, Tracey Norris, Perry Hawkins, Melissa Davis, Billy Keith, Christy LaSota, and Valery White.

40 Years—February 9,  1978

Dr. Paul Odom was scheduled to open his office on February 15, 1978 in the Medical Arts Building on Highway 7 South.

Among area court reporters attending the Mid-Winter Seminar for Mississippi Court Reporters was Norma Newman from Water Valley.

Mayor Garlon Maynor and the City Board urged citizens to attend a citizens input meeting  scheduled in the City Hall Board Room as a part of the requirements for seeking funds from a HUD Community Block Grand in the amount of $300,000 per year for a period of three years. The mayor states that strong citizen support is important in getting this grant.

Mr. and Mrs. Harwell Burns observed their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception  held in their home in the Fords Well Community, hosted by their children, Garner and Jean Baker; and grandchildren, Tom and Lisa Baker and Shirley Keith.

50 Years—February 8, 1968

Meridian High School’s Head Football Coach Bob Tyler joined the Ole Miss football coaching staff last week, announced Athletic Director C. M. (Tad) Smith. Tyler, a Water Valley native, coached the Blue Devils early in his career.

Elizabeth Holder was named Water Valley High School’s Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for 1968. This achievement made her eligible for state and national scholarship funds from General Mills, sponsor of the program.

Hospital Administrator Marguerite Cook announced that Mrs. Sammie McKee, R.N., has been named Director of Nurses at Yalobusha General Hospital.

The Yalobusha County Sportsmen’s Club, of which Frank Tucker served as president for nine years, was honoring him at a banquet at the Yalobusha Country Club.

Jeannie Baron, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Barron of Water Valley and a senior at the “W”, was chairman of a seminar during Religious Emphasis Week at Mississippi State College for Women.

Morris Surrette, STAR Student at Water Valley High School, has chosen Mrs. Mabel Johnson as his STAR Teacher.

60 Years—February 6, 1958

The Water Valley Board of Aldermen  announced the issuance of municipal bonds, not to exceed $50,000, for the purpose of building a concrete swimming pool, stadium bleachers, tennis courts, and improving roads necessary for utilization of the facility.

India Throop, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Throop, Jr., and Watt Bryan, son of Mr. and Mrs. David W. Bryan, Sr., were chosen as Miss and Mr. Water valley Junior High School.

Airman 2nd Class Charles R. (Barry) Bolen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bolen of Water Valley, was nominated for “Airman of the Month.” He was selected to attend Fort Belvoir School of Engineering.

Mayor Stanley Perkins was pictured signing a contact with TVA extending the agreement for the city to purchase electricity from them for another 20 years.

The Bar Associations of Yalobusha  and DeSoto Counties endorsed the candidacy of Hon. Kermit R. Cofer for the office of Chancery Court Judge in the Third Chancery District of Mississippi.

Listed in the Yalobusha Men in Service Column were: WAC Lt. Sarah L. Miller of Water Valley; Fireman Apprentice USN Henry S. True of Water Valley; SFC Roy W. Johnson of Water Valley; and Sp-3 David M. Jones of Water Valley.

70 Years—February 5, 1948

The prolonged period of freezing temperatures and ice coated roads deteriorated road conditions to where school buses and mail carriers were finding it difficult to travel some of the roads, with some areas having to be skipped.

The City Board of Aldermen voted to hire a new clerk for the collection of water and  light bills. J. W. Young, bookkeeper and collector for this department for several years, will now devote full-time to keeping books and records for the department.

Hendricks Field, the city’s baseball  park, was undergoing improvements. Park Manager Joe Mauldin stated that anyone wishing to have a sign on the field’s fence should see him.

The Mississippi and Skuna Valley Railroad will be relocated and kept in operation despite the rising water in the Grenada Reservoir.

Yalobusha County Supervisors postponed action on consideration of a hospital for the county until their March meeting.

Liquor control, conservation of oil and gas, and a proposed split with the Democratic Party on national elections were the big three legislative issues in the 1948 session.

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