Aldermen Approve First Step For New Police, Fire Department
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WATER VALLEY – Aldermen voted unanimously to pursue moving the city’s police and fire department to the former National Guard building following a proposal from Water Valley Fire Chief Mark McGavock in the March 5 city meeting. McGavock’s plan includes utilizing city workers from the fire department as well as other city departments to repurpose…

Voters Approve School Bond
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The school bond vote passed Tuesday in a special election after 93 percent of the votes cast were in favor of the bond. The measure required at least 60 percent approval in order for the Water Valley School Trustees to start the bond process. The unofficial vote tally was 812 for the bond and 58…

Deadline Extended For T-Shirt Contest
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The 50th Annual Watermelon Carnival is fast approaching and the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is excited about celebrating this milestone in Water Valley. Each year the Chamber sells official carnival t-shirts and this year the organization’s board of directors is looking for help with the design that will be featured on the t-shirt…

Cash, Drugs Seized In Arrest
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WATER VALLEY – The number of inmates housed at the Yalobusha County Detention Center swelled to 54 Friday night, a record since the new jail opened in 2015. The count included an Oakland man who faces multiple drug charges following a year-long investigation by the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported Robert Anderson…

Search For Meth Is Ongoing Battle
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WATER VALLEY – Stashed in a flashlight or taped under a toolbox, the hunt for methamphetamine and other drugs is an ongoing battle for law enforcement officers in the county. During the last week five people have been charged with possession of methamphetamine, arrests that were made in conjunction with traffic stops by deputies.  Sheriff…

$6.5 Million School Bond Vote Is March 19
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WATER VALLEY – Tuesday, March 19, will be a big day for voters in the Water Valley School District as a $6.5 million bond to fund school improvements will be on the ballot. The proposed work includes significant upgrades at both campuses to address issues ranging from safety and security to heating and cooling as…

Lake Cleanup Is Saturday
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Rain or shine, Enid Lake’s Volunteers for Waste Management’s Annual Clean Up Day is scheduled Saturday morning. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and volunteers are urged to meet at the Enid lake Field Office, Bynum Boat Ramp or Bluford Road to help rid the areas of litter. All volunteers will be required to…

New Candidate Emerges For District 2 Justice Court Judge
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The qualifying deadline is just over a week away and one new candidate has submitted paperwork to run for office. David Wallis qualified to run for District 2 Justice Court Judge as a Democrat. Candidates seeking a party nomination for chancery clerk, circuit clerk, constable, coroner, county attorney, justice court judge, sheriff, supervisor and tax…

Band Boosters Kick Off Fundraiser To Purchase Uniforms
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  The Water Valley Band Boosters kicked off a new fundraiser to raise money to purchase new band uniforms with last Friday’s First Annual Sweet Heart Dance. The dance was held in the city-owned building on Wise Street that formerly housed the National Guard Armory. Booster President Lara Smith reported the goal is to raise…

Beer Ordinance Discussion: Round Three
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By David Howell Editor WATER VALLEY – Water Valley’s beer ordinance was back on the agenda in last Tuesday’s city board meeting after a local business owner told aldermen the law needs more clarification. “It needs more words or less words,” Lawton Gafford, owner of Trusty Diner, told aldermen after citing several examples that are…

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