Politicking Is Down To The Final Hours
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Months of politicking will culminate in Tuesday’s primary elections as the polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 12 precincts across the county. Only four incumbents in the county are unopposed and the local action is heavy on the Democratic ballot with 33 candidates seeking county positions. There are two local candidates running…

New Deputy Is On The Job In Yalobusha
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By David Howell Editor WATER VALLEY – The sheriff department’s newest deputy, a 21-month old Belgian Malinois named Yoda is officially on the job after he was donated to the county in Monday’s Board of Supervisor meeting.    Sheriff Lance Humphreys told supervisors that funds were raised by a non-profit organization to purchase the police…

Election On Bond Issue Is March 19
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By David Howell Editor WATER VALLEY – Voters who live in the Water Valley School District will go to the polls on March 19 to determine the fate of borrowing up to $6.5 million to make improvements at the schools. The referendum follows more than two years of discussions as school trustees have worked on…

Meeting Scheduled Monday For Input On Search For New Superintendent
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By David Howell Editor  WATER VALLEY – The Water Valley School Board of Trustees has hired the Excellence Group, LLC, to head a search for a new superintendent to lead the school district and one of the first steps will be a community meeting to help define the selection criteria.  The public meeting is scheduled…

Two Former Supervisors Running In District 4
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By David Howell Editor WATER VALLEY – Two former supervisors have qualified to run for their old supervisor job in District 4 against incumbent Timothy Booker. George Suggs, who held the position from 2005 to 2016, turned in his qualifying paperwork last week. Freddie Winters, who served three terms before Suggs, qualified a week earlier. …

City Will Create Preservation District
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By David Howell Editor WATER VALLEY – The Water Valley Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance establishing a historic preservation commission to preserve, promote and develop the historical resources in the city. The vote came during a special meeting on Jan. 15 and starts a process that could take six months before…

Hearing Scheduled For New County Regs
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By David Howell Editor WATER VALLEY – A public hearing is scheduled Monday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m. in the Coffeeville courthouse on proposed land development standards that are expected to be adopted as part of a new county plan that was approved by supervisors last August.  The proposed standards will be the enforcement tool…

Mayor Vetoes Vote To Change The Beer Ordinance
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By David Howell Editor WATER VALLEY – A vote by Water Valley aldermen to change the city’s beer ordinance was vetoed by Mayor Donald Gray  on Tuesday. Aldermen voted 3-2 on Jan. 11 to strike the portion in Section 7 of the beer ordinance that requires a beer to be served in anticipation of receiving…

Base Camp Plans To Purchase Building
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By David Howell Editor WATER VALLEY – City aldermen voted unanimously during a special meeting on Jan. 11 to authorize Mayor Donald Gray to obtain a commercial appraisal on the city-owned Big Yank building in anticipation of selling the property to Base Camp Coding Academy. The discussion of an outright sale of the 70,000 square-foot…

Permit Prompts Flurry Of Activity
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WATER VALLEY – There has been a flurry of activity in response to a demolition permit filed on Jan. 4 by Oxford businessman and Water Valley native Terry Warren to potentially tear down two historic buildings in the heart of the city’s historic district. The chain of events included a special meeting Friday when city…

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