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Look Back in Yalobusha History

Western Auto Changed To Sartain’s American Home And Auto In 1978

10 Years—February 7, 2008

A tornado practically destroyed Caterpillar’s Oxford plant. Cayce Washington, owner of Valley Tool in Water Valley, offered the former Steele Manufac-turing building that he had just purchased, as a temporary location for Caterpillar and they were in the process of moving to the Valley.

Yalobusha Crime Stoppers was named the best new program statewide. Accepting the plaque at the state meeting were Eddie Foster, local Crime Stoppers Coordinator, and Yalobusha County Sheriff Lance Humphreys.

Work was underway in Yalobusha County and at the state level to gain legislative support for constructing a regional jail in the county. A jail consultant was hired by the county.

Water Valley High School Superintendent Sammy Higdon has been honored by the Mississippi Association of School Administrators as “Superintendent of Distinction.”

Planning for the ninth Junior Auxiliary Gala was underway, according to Sasha Hyde and Leslie Brooks.

A ribbon cutting was held for the Dunn Family Steakhouse, owned by the Gene Dunn family and located on Highway 32 west of Water Valley.

20 Years—February 12, 1998

Sandra P. Goodwin, Director of Yalobusha County Department of Human Services, received a certificate for 25 years of service to the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Water Valley Elementary School Principal Sammy Higdon,  Jr. stated that a new kindergarten building has been a dream of teachers and concerned citizens for several years and  now, because of the growing number of kindergarten students, it has become a definite need.

Dean and Ann Hill were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day at an open house in First United Methodist Church’s fellow hall.

Lakeysha Joy, daughter of Mrs. Bertha Joy of Water Valley, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was preparing for six week’s of basic training at San Antonio, Texas.

Two Water Vallians were among the 10 Northwest Community College football players to sign “Letters of Intent” with four-year schools. Anthony Rockette signed with the University of Southern Mississippi and Keith Turner inked with the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Mrs. Ophelia Fly, 95 years old, was pictured with her more than 65 year-old Christmas Cactus, which was still growing in its original container, an old water bucket.

After more than 30 years in the music-making business, Jessey Higdon says he is calling it quits.

30 years—February 18, 1988

What had been forecast as a “slight dusting” of snow fall turned into about a two-inch snow. This was preceded by freezing rain and sleet, making travel treacherous. Most businesses, including Big Yank and Holley Automotive, closed early.  

The U.S. Navy awarded a $3,876,370 construction contract at the Naval Submarine Base in King’s Bay, Georgia to Carothers Construction Company, Inc. of Water Valley.

Fred White was elected Alderman of Ward Two in Water Valley during a special election to replace Alderman James Nicholson, Jr., who was elected Supervisor in Beat Two of Yalobusha County.

A luncheon in Oxford honored Oakland-based State Trooper First Class James L. Caldwell, Jr., who was selected “Trooper of the Year” by fellow troopers in the nine-counties from Troop E.

John Ingram’s Angus bull won first place in state competition at Junior Round-Up.

40 Years—February 16,  1978

The Western Auto Store in Water Valley, owned and operated for the past 15 years by Dale and Lillian Sartain, is joining with American Hardware Company, and the name of the store will be changed to Sartain’s American Home and Auto.

Danny Ross Ingram was pictured with part of his herd of Hereford Cattle as they feed on one of the farm’s fine winter pastures.

Dr. William Clark, chairman of the music department at Delta State University, was the clinician at the I-55 Invitational Clinic in Senatobia. Students attending from the Water Valley High School Band were Bonnie Newman, Pam Potts, Anthony Steele, Missy Davis, Cheryl Odom, Julie Tubbs, Paul Forsyth, Benjy Gurner, Bobby Beavers and Kevin Surrette.

A bill was passed by the Mississippi Legislature to outlaw fuzz buster radar type detection devices.

Billy’s Creek Water Association officers were: R. E. Gibbs, president; Mrs. Ivy Moore, secretary; and board members, Leroy Barton, Daniel Waller, DeWitt House, M. G. Langston, Frank Brooks, and Raymond Edwards.

50 Years—February 15, 1968

Water Valley High School Devilettes defeated Lafayette County to gain a place in the District II, Class A Tournament.

Eight students from Yalobusha County earning degrees at the University of Mississippi were: Catherine Hunt, Larry Groves, David Wilson, Rachel Kisner, Idelle Sansom, and Margie Copeland, all of Water Valley; and George Denley and Margie Sayle Bailey of Coffeeville.

Water Valley hosted two baseball tournaments—the District II BB finals and the North Mississippi BB finals.

Olin Gore, Jr. was installed as Grand Master of Masons in Mississippi.

Cheryl French, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doke French of Water Valley, was on the fall semester Honor Roll at the University of Mississippi.

Army Corporal Stanley K. Worsham, son of Mrs. Blanche Ritter, received the Purple Heart Medal in ceremonies near Pleiku, Vietnam for wounds received while serving there.

Patti Craven, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Craven of Water Valley, was tapped for membership in the Lancer Social Club at Mississippi State College for Women.

60 Years—February 6, 1958

American Legion Curtis E. Pass Post 37 was presented a $25 Bond in recognition for having passed the membership quota for the year, now having 128 members. Post Commander Haze Brister and Post Adjutant Barron Caulfield accepted the bond.

The Water Valley High School Blue Devils and Devilettes basketball teams were playing in a tournament at Olive Branch.

A newly organized home demonstration club for young homemakers met in the Extension Building with Mrs. Markley Trusty as president and Mrs. Tom Edwards giving the devotion.

Mrs. Delma Jones, a local artist, was featured in the “Interesting People” Column this month. Pictured were Mrs. Jones with several of her professional quality pieces of art.

Johnny Bevels of Water Valley enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was sent to the Naval Training Center in San Diego, Calif. for basic training.

Pictured were City Marshal Forest Barber and meter patrolman, Eric McGonagill, as they collected las week’s parking meter receipts, which totaled $146.19.

Blu-Buck’s advertised free parking in the rear of the store.

70 Years—February 12, 1948

A safety driving course was offered to students at Water Valley High School and was taught by Coach Tommy Gunn. The cost of the course was $3 for the semester and students must complete a minimum of 32 hours in the car, which is a new Chevrolet from Johnson’s Chevrolet, and 20 hours of classroom work. 

Farm property in Yalobusha County was valued at more than $5,139,000 and rural homes were reported in the best condition in history.

J. G. (Jute) Carpenter was elected president of the Mississippi Bottlers Association.

Red Cross Fund Chairman E. L. McVey stated that Yalobusha County’s quota for 1948 is $4,344.

The Water Valley basketball teams lost four games to Jeff Davis and Taylor over the weekend.

Carlos Bagley and May Jane Williams of Water Valley were among the 90 students who received degrees from the University of Mississippi at the end of the fall semester.

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