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Authorities Arrest ‘Dead Person’

WATER VALLEY – A woman was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant Monday afternoon following a bizarre investigation into allegations that she faked her death. Charlotte Thrash, 53, was arrested early Monday afternoon at the Valley Motel on South Main Street by the Water Valley Police Department and the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department. “It appears…

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Five Races Are Contested In Yalobusha County

WATER VALLEY – A final candidate seeking to run for a county office submitted qualifying paperwork last Wednesday, the deadline to qualify to run for county and state positions. Terry Rockette qualified as a Democrat for Chancery Clerk and will run against independent candidate Donald Gray in the November General Election. Rockette has competed in…

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No Running Water In 2023

COFFEEVILLE – Yalobusha County supervisors unanimously approved a request to apply for a matching grant to help fund construction for a 5.3 mile water line to serve a church and 19 residences on County Road 471. Located several miles east of Oakland, the area is not served by a rural water association and private wells…

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Police Report Includes DUI Arrests

WATER VALLEY – Alcohol-related arrests account for much of the activity on the Water Valley Police Department’s report for late January and early February. Water Valley Police Chief Jason Mangrum reported two arrests for DUIs and another for public drunk. Anthony Beshires, 67, of Water Valley was arrested for DUI on Feb. 2 after officers…

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UKC Winter Classic Starts Wednesday

BATESVILLE – The United Kennel Club (UKC) Winter Classic coon hunt returns to Batesville Feb. 8 – 11. One of the largest and most prestigious hunting events in the United States, the UKC Winter Classic is hosted at the Batesville Civic Center with nightly hunts planned in Panola and surrounding counties across north Mississippi. Ronnie…

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Obituaries 02/09/2023

James Michael Bowles GRENADA – Mr. James Michael Bowles, 67, of Grenada, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was born September 7, 1955 in Water Valley to Jim and Clara Foster Bowles. Mike was a graduate of Mississippi State University and worked for many years…

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Clement Will Release Debut Single, ‘Inexplainable’

Christian singer/songwriter and Mississippi College junior Coulter Clement will release his debut single, “Inexplainable,” on Friday, Feb. 10. The song is a lively declaration that attempts to grasp the indescribable love of Jesus Christ. Growing up in Water Valley, Clement jumped on every opportunity that came his way. His fascination with music dates back to…

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A Refresher For Voting In The 2023 Elections

While several surrounding counties had a flurry of last-minute candidates qualify for county offices last Wednesday, the deadline day ended quietly at the circuit clerk’s offices in the Water Valley and Coffeeville courthouses. The lone last-day (and only candidate to qualify during the last week) qualifier was Terry Rockette seeking the Chancery Clerk position. And…

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Hill Country Living

Last week’s cold and rainy weather was nothing short of miserable. I took it personally as I had a lot of car-loading and unloading to do for several days in a row. I cursed the skies every time I walked outside and grumbled my way through the week. That didn’t make anything better, though, because…

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Vandals Struck School Sign In February, 1983

• 15 years ago, Feb. 14, 2008 – Local businessman Cayce Washington brought Caterpillar to town by offering them the use of the former Steele Manufacturing building he purchased. Caterpillar’s Oxford facility had been damaged by a tornado. Superintendent of Schools Sammy Higdon was honored by the Mississippi Association of School Administrators as Superintendent of…

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