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Former Sheriff Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

WATER VALLEY – Former Yalobusha County Sheriff Lance Humphreys pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement during a plea hearing in circuit court on Sept. 8. Humphreys was indicted in June, 2021, for unlawfully embezzling $4,829 from the county’s inmate canteen fund, funds intended to provide educational and recreational resources to county inmates. The transfers…

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Main Street Program Moving Forward

WATER VALLEY – Water Valley is one of three cities across the state selected by the Mississippi Main Street Association for a legislative tour to show the benefit of Main Street programs. Water Valley Main Street Association (WVMSA) director Alyssa Benedict shared details of the upcoming Nov. 15 legislative tour during her monthly report to…

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Hill Receives Chamber’s Business Spotlight Award

WATER VALLEY – Bennett Hill, Inc. (BHI), a family-owned property development company, was presented the Business Spotlight Award by the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday, September 12. Launched in 2016, the spotlight award honors merchants, businesses and individuals who excel in their support of the community and are involved in local activities.…

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County’s Budget Hearing Is Thursday In Coffeeville

WATER VALLEY – A public hearing is scheduled Thursday for the county’s proposed $10,813,411 budget and tax levy for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. If the budget is approved as discussed during an August meetings, it will not include a tax rate increase as the tax levy for the general fund will remain at 52 mills…

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Photography Show Celebrates Meredith’s Activism

Bozarts Gallery will show the work of photographer and activist Suzi Altman in an exhibition opening on Saturday, September 17, at 6 p.m.. The show titled “I’m Still Here: Documenting James Meredith” focuses on documentary photographs of Meredith who integrated the University of Mississippi 60 years ago in the fall of 1962. The original portraits…

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BankFirst Will Purchase City’s Second Oldest Business

WATER VALLEY – Mechanics Bank President and CEO Cam Tyler reported it will be “business as usual” after a merger with BankFirst Capital Corporation is finalized in early 2023. The news broke locally last Thursday morning as Mechanics Bank sent emails to customers announcing that the bank will be acquired by the Columbus-based bank operating…

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Terry Enjoys Serving Patients In Her Hometown

WATER VALLEY – When Deana Terry first started working at Yalobusha General Hospital during her senior year at Water Valley High School in 2006, she had no inclination that 14 years later she would be serving as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a local health clinic with the same employer. “I wanted to return to…

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Students At High School, DES Show Strong Growth

WATER VALLEY –Water Valley School District Superintendent Jerry Williams reported state test scores for the 2021-2022 school year show strong growth for students at Water Valley High School and Davidson Elementary School. The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) released the scores last month from the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) that measures students’ knowledge, skills…

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Looking Back In Yalobusha History

Last Monday morning (which would be Sept. 8 in 1952 time) Sammie Greenlee’s dog, Pal, a six-month-old terrier, brought to the Greenlee home a moneybag containing a large amount of money. (The amount was reported to be as much as $2,297, which is roughly $25,680 in today’s dollars.) The moneybag was locked with a padlock…

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Tillatoba News

I pray you all had a safe and blessed Labor Day weekend! Love and condolences to the family of James Harold Nail. A memorial service was held at Tillatoba Baptist Church on Saturday, August 27, at 1 p.m. for James. It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends…

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