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AVOID FIREWORK INJURY THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY

JACKSON, Miss. – The State Fire Marshal’s Office encourages firework safety this Independence Day. “There may be more personal use of fireworks at homes and in neighborhoods than usual, as many public fireworks displays are cancelled because of the coronavirus,” said State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney. “I hope that Mississippians will use caution if they…

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Betty’s Week

Last Wednesday morning was pretty routine. Must have been a little late  at Sprint Mart or Craig Hart was a bit early, anyway we didn’t get in our usual greeting. Craig was getting into his truck as I drove up. Even though we only see each other during our routine business now, he was one…

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Troopers Will Step Up Patrols During Holiday

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin the 2020 Fourth of July Holiday Enforcement Period on Friday, July 3, at 12:01 a.m. and conclude Sunday, July 5, at midnight. All available troopers will be assigned to saturation patrols and checkpoints to promote traffic safety. In conjunction with the holiday period, MHP will be conducting the traffic…

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Chamber Awards Business Spotlight Award To Joe York

WATER VALLEY – Joe York was presented the prestigious Business Spotlight Award by Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce president Raymond Hawkins on Friday, June 19. Joe York and his wife, Kathryn, moved to Water Valley a little over four years ago. At that time, he had recently left his position at the University of…

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McMinn Honored For 44 Years Of Dedication To Yalobusha County

WATER VALLEY – A longtime public servant was honored at Monday’s Board of Supervisor meeting. Bill McMinn logged over four decades of service to Yalobusha County, serving as a constable, sheriff’s deputy, supervisor and, most recently, as the county’s environmental cleanup officer from 2005 to 2019. McMinn retired last December. “He is a testament to…

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Betty’s Week

My week began last Wednesday with a very good day – weather was nice, lots of folks were out and about, traffic was almost back to normal (except for school buses), and I enjoyed seeing and visiting with several friends. This came to an end at my last delivery. The customer right ahead of me…

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Superintendent Shares Plan To Protect Students When School Starts

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…

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Chief Warns To Be Wary Of Statewide Unemployment Scam

WATER VALLEY – Police Chief Jason Mangrum reported there have been multiple incidents involving local residents who have been targeted in what appears to be a statewide email scam. The chief said that five people, all employees at area colleges or universities who live in Water Valley, received emails about unemployment claims. The bogus emails…

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Sheriff Recovers Stolen Van

OAKLAND – A passenger van reported stolen was recovered by Sheriff Mark D. Fulco and Chief Deputy Jerry Ferguson on June 16. The sheriff reported the van was recovered off Hwy. 32, near Oakland. He also said the theft remains under investigation. Other activity reported by the sheriff from June 15-22 includes: • 16 reports…

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The Sun Is Shining And The Garden Is Growing

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful sunshine. Our garden has taken off and looking good. Please pray for Sheila Jackson.  She has been having a lot of shoulder pain and went to the doctor to have it checked out. He thinks it’s frozen and has ordered a MRI. She has been also having a…

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