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Look Back At Yalobusha History

10 Years—Dec. 4, 2008 – Parades were planned for Coffeeville and Water Valley along with an open house in Oakland to kick off the Christmas Season.

More than 250 meals were served by volunteers at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, held in Dunn’s Family Steak House. Compassion Ministries sponsors this annual event.

Breanna Scroggins, on her horse, Sassy, took second place in the open gaited pleasure class at the State Championship Show, held in Jackson last month. She is a member of the Tri-Lakes Western Horse Show Association.

20 Years—Dec. 3 1998 – Mose and Dollie Ann Henderson were named grand marshals of the Water Valley Christmas parade. Both were active members of Everdale Baptist Church. Mrs. Henderson was a retired principal of Davidson Elementary School and Mr. Henderson retired from Ram Tool.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for Yalobusha County Nursing Home was held with city, county, and hospital officials, Bob Jones, Hospital Administrator; Smiley Arrington, Hospital Board Chairman; Butch Surrette, Freddie Winters, Amos  Sims, Bill McMinn, and Henry Dean Gray, County Supervisors, present. Also included in a large group of citizens was Rep. Tommy Reynolds.

Mrs. Holt’s Davidson Elementary first grade was shown packing up canned goods they had collected to aid victims of Hurricane Georges. The packages contained notes that stated “We Care.”

Attending a journalism workshop, held at the University of Mississippi, were members of the high school newspaper “Valley View” staff, Denise Bishop, Lynn Finch, Matt Burrowes, Cassandra Hawkins, and their sponsor, Le Ann Klapzig.

Ruby Cox was named Yalobusha Nursing Home’s “Employee of the Month.”

A contract was awarded to Jackson Construction Co. of Grenada for the construction of the kindergarten addition at Davidson Elementary.

30 Years—Dec. 1, 1988 – Bobby Murphree, Jaycee President, announced that the theme of the Christmas Parade this year will be “Mississippi Christmas.”

Henry McGuire, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McGuire, a fifth year student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, was serving an internship at Quitman County Hospital in Marks.

Dr. Paul Odom of Water Valley was re-certified as a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practitioners. Doctors must be re-certified every six years.

Kenneth Fernandez, winning a special election, was the new Beat One Supervisor to fill the vacancy created by the death of Wayne C. Harris.

Valerie Phillips of Water Valley was a member of Angel Flight at Ole Miss, an auxiliary to the Ole Miss Air Force Officers’ Training Corps.

The IRS was looking for 583 Mississippi residents who are due refunds.

The Lady Blue Devils basketball team lost to Oxford by a score of 48-29—boys lost 71-36—in openers.

Mrs. J. A. Fair wrote to tell her friends in the Valley that she was celebrating her 92nd birthday on Dec. 3 and that she still lives alone in her apartment in the Nashville suburbs.

40 Years—Dec. 7,  1978 – Jim Buck Ross, Mississippi Ag Commissioner, spoke to the local Rotarians at their weekly luncheon.

Francis Franklin of Coffeeville, a 32-year veteran of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, received the coveted “Distinguished Mississippian” Award, presented by Gov.  Cliff Finch, at his retirement.

Tim Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Coley Taylor, killed a large wolf while hunting  in the Springdale Bottom during the Thanksgiving holidays.

The Yalobusha County Board of Supervisors, in a 3-2 vote, withheld permission for garbage pick-up in Beats Two and Three.

Paul Howell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Howell of Water Valley, was named to Who’s Who In Colleges and Universities.

Bondafoam was selected as “Business of the Week.” Pictured were their company officials: Marlyn Yarbrough,  president; Sterling Allen, vice-president; and, James Lollar, secretary/treasurer; and office staff, Shirley Stone, bookkeeper, Cindy Sigma, Ann Hall, and Mike Moore.

Mrs. Mamie Shields, Yalobusha County Home Economist, was presented a 20-year certificate at the annual recognition banquet for her membership in Epsilon Sigma Phi.

50 Years—Dec. 5, 1968 – Mrs. Frances McVey, Decorating Chairman of The Garden Club of Water Valley sponsor of the Water Valley Lighting Contest, announces that the categories this year are: Unique; Door; Window; Indoor Tree; Outdoor Tree; and Overall House Front.

A Christmas flower show was scheduled at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Trusty.

Alfred Reed, Jr. and his son, Al, jointly claimed a 5-point buck killed near Abbeville.

D. B. Chittom, Jaycee Christmas Parade Chairman, announced that the parade will be held Monday night and will feature bands, floats and, of course, Santa Claus.

Pvt. Gary Cox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Cox, was selected as a member of the Fort Sill Oklahoma Post All-Star Football Team.

“The Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia increases tension in Europe,” reported Sen. John Stennis.

Edwina Landgon is shown examining famous Life-Stride Shoes at Ray’s Department Store. She is being assisted by Mrs. Frank Gray, a store clerk.

60 Years—December 4, 1958 – Water Vallians killed eight deer while hunting in the Holly Springs National Forest. One of the youngest hunters, Larry Pass, son of Nancy Pass and Carlton Pass, got a 175 pound, 7-point buck. Roy Lee Redwine, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Redwine, also killed a 175 pound buck. And proving women can also hunt, Mrs. Dean (Ann) Hill killed a 178-pound buck.

The Long-Distance Dept. of American Telephone and Telegraph Co. announced the completion of a project to triple the capacity of long-distance lines between Atlanta and Jackson.

Approximately 10 floats were registered for the Christmas parade and the Water Valley High School Band will be featured.

Citizens are urged to fight TB by buying Christmas Seals.

In basketball play, the Blue Devils were defeated by Grenada and East Tallahatchie—The Devilettes defeated Grenada in their first  game of the season.

70 Years—Dec. 9, 1948 – Football season came to an end and basketball was underway. The girl’s team includes Betty Jane Henry, Anna Lou Walker, Mary Katherine Holt, Boots Carpenter, Genora Swearengen, Catherine Long, Sue McName, Dale White, Macie Long, Ida Mae Beck, Betty Jo Mills, Martha Ann Gean, Ruby Lee Mays, and Mim Carpenter.

It is estimated that 2,000 people attended an auction held on the Guest and Williamson Farm, located near Oakland.

The home of Mrs. Tommie Dalton was the scene of an enjoyable gathering of her Rook Club, when she served a Chop Suey Supper.

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