Annual Payment For Federal Land In County Is $2.50 Per Acre
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  WATER VALLEY – Yalobusha County will receive $191,955 from the federal government as part of the annual payment to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable federal land in 2020. Yalobusha County’s payment is the second highest out of 72 counties in the state receiving the Payment in Lieu…

Base Camp’s Class Of 2020 Will Start Classes In New Building In September
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Twenty-five students representing 15 area public high schools and two homeschooling programs have been selected for Base Camp Coding Academy’s Class of 2020. This fresh crop of Mississippi talent has weathered a challenging senior year of their high school experience, a new socially-distanced admissions process with Base Camp and a creative summer of small projects…

Hawkins’ Research Brought To Light A ‘Voice From The Grave’ For Family Of Alfred McKie
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(Editor’s Note, an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Alfred McKie’s last name. We apologize for this error.) By Ruby McKie Turner I am writing in response to the article published in the June 4, 2020 edition titled, Members of Davidson High School Class of 1970 Recognized at 50 Year Reunion, to provide clarification…

Tillatoba Man Killed In June 30 Wreck
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TILLATOBA – A 63-year old man from Tillatoba was killed last Tuesday, June 30, in a one-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 51.  Yalobusha County Coroner Ronnie Stark reported Allen Kirk was pronounced dead at the scene. Stark said Kirk had left work at a Grenada factory around 6 a.m. and possibly fell asleep at the wheel…

Registration Is Underway At The High School
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WATER VALLEY – Registration for Water Valley High School students continues this week at the school office. Registration times are from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday.  Returning students can pick up forms outside the high school office. Seventh grade students must have an…

A New Normal, Options Approved For School Year
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  WATER VALLEY – The Water Valley School Board approved learning options for the 2020-21 school year that include distance learning for students who wish to learn from home or the traditional classroom setting.  The approval came during Monday night’s school board meeting following a brief discussion about the guidelines and protection measures that will…

Bond Bill Could Provide One Million Dollars For Bridge
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JACKSON – Yalobusha County could receive $1 million to help fund the demolition and replacement of the Gum’s Crossing bridge on County Road 221.  Representative Tommy Reynolds reported Tuesday that the allocation is included in House Bill 1730, a bond bill that has over $80 million in funding for capital projects. Reynolds explained the money…

Superintendent Shares Plan To Protect Students When School Starts
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Water Valley School District Superintendent Jerry Williams reported school is scheduled to start in August, with the teachers first day on August 3 and the students starting class on August 5.   Parents who choose not to send their children back to school in August will have distance learning options. Williams said the district will…

51st Annual Watermelon Carnival Is Canceled
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The Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday night to cancel the 51st Annual Watermelon Carnival. In a press release from the board of directors, the group reported the decision was not an easy one. “We, the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, consider it a privilege…

World Record Is Official
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  It’s official, Water Valley is the Guinness World Records Title Holder for the World’s Largest Watermelon-Eating Contest. The approval came in an email to contest organizer Tonya Eubanks Thursday morning. The new world record was set during the 2019 Watermelon Carnival with 745 people simultaneously competing to see who could eat watermelon the fastest. Each competitor…

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