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It’s the week of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, so you’d think with so much extra daylight hours during which things could occur that one would have lots of exciting events to report.  But, after having written this column for several years, I have learned that mid-summer is the slow season…

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Kids Will Blast Off During Library Program

On the first day of Blackmur Memorial Library’s Summer Library Program “A Universe of Stories” kids got to learn about exploring the world around them through telling stories.  The children acted out the folk tales “Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky” and “Why There is Day and Night” and learned about the…

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50th Carnival Goal: Break A Guinness World Record

WATER VALLEY – During months of planning for the 50th Watermelon Carnival, the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce has been cooking up some big plans. Big as in breaking a world record for the Largest Watermelon Eating Contest. The current Guinness World Record was set last July in Safety Harbor, Fla. with 259 contestants…

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It’s Time To Decorate For The Carnival

WATER VALLEY – In preparation for the city’s 50th Watermelon Carnival this year on August 2-3, the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Watermelon Decorating Contest for all businesses.  Thousands of visitors will come to enjoy the festivities along with our local folks, and we hope to display our “Celebration of the…

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Thirty-Nine Candidates Seek County Jobs

  WATER VALLEY – Absentee voting has started for the Democrat and Republican primary elections scheduled in the county on August 6.  In Mississippi, registered voters are eligible to vote absentee because of age, health or work demands, or their affiliation with the U.S. Armed Forces. For example, voters who will be outside their county…

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Annual Federal Payment Is $2.36 Per Acre

WATER VALLEY – Yalobusha County will receive $181,314 from the federal government as part of the annual payment from the federal government to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable federal land in 2019. Yalobusha County’s payment is the second highest out of 72 counties in the state receiving the…

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Betty’s Week

Received a  note from long-time friend, Camille Fly Dautrich, and her husband, Barry, last week, updating the status of ferries in Arkansas. Camille writes: “It’s Camille Fly Dautrich, and I was reading your column from May 23 (I’m always a bit behind) and I had to  laugh when I read that the last of the…

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Sponsors Sign On For Base Camp’s Expanded Mission

WATER VALLEY — Mississippi based non-profit, Base Camp Coding Academy, which provides under-advantaged youth with fast-paced, focused vocational training in computer programming to support the technology needs of local and regional employers, announced Tuesday that CoreLogic and Renasant Bank have joined other corporate and philanthropic partners in Base Camp’s expanded mission as Summit Sponsors. Both…

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Aldermen Appoint Members Of Preservation Commission

WATER VALLEY – Aldermen voted unanimously to appoint five people to serve on the city’s new historic preservation commission during a special meeting last Tuesday. The appointees include Water Valley residents Robbie Fisher, Mickey Howley, Chad Franks, Nicolas Trépanier and Leigh Anne Black, selections that were made after aldermen advertised for applicants in April and…

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Betty’s Week

Normally I begin the highlights of my week with Wednesday morning and that’s because on Monday and Tuesday  we usually have to concentrate on paper production—not very exciting. Also, on the first two days of the week not much happens on Main Street or in the city. The good stuff is usually during the last…

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