Herald Columnists

Betty’s Week

Last week was undoubtedly the strangest of my entire  life. Week before last I’d spent a couple of days entirely alone. This week I left the office Wednesday afternoon, drove home, parked the van in the carport and did not move it until 8:20 Monday morning.  During that time I was completely void of face…

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Hill Country Living

The big Yellow Fever epidemic for our region was in 1878. It was terrible. Google it and read some stats/first hand accounts if you feel like getting even more depressed about contagions. In 1905 there was a smaller break out of Yellow Fever, primarily in New Orleans. Water Valley, very smartly, went on lockdown. The…

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Kyle’s News & Views In Agriculture

Don’t forget about a project we will have coming soon called the 4-H Poultry Chain.  The poultry chain is a project designed to help kids, along with parents, who don’t have the area to handle traditional livestock projects like horses, calves, pigs, or goats but still would like to have a project they can work…

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Street Talk

John Barry is a history writer. One of his books, “The Great Influenza” is about the last world-wide pandemic in 1918. That book was published in 2004. When the book was first published, it was on the New York Times best seller list for 52 weeks. President Bush read it and the real possibility of…

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Reynolds Starts 11th Term As Representative

  When we gaveled in on January 8, I took the oath of office to represent the good people of District 33 for the 11th time.  It has been my honor to serve for the past 40 years, and I look forward to doing my best for our district and Mississippi in the coming term. …

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Hometown Pizza Remains A Strong Supporter Of The Local Music Scene

Saturday night, January 11, there will be concert featuring two bands; Eleganza! and The Great Dying in the back room at Hometown Pizza on Main Street. That is the room where the karaoke happens, among other things. If you have not been to the back room, you’ve missed a hip part of downtown Valley culture.…

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Street Talk

It is officially summer and at the Farmers Market produce is coming in strong. Have you had your first vine-ripened tomato sandwich yet this year? If not, you should go early to the Farmers Market this Saturday, it is going on from 9 to noon in Railroad Park. There’s plenty of just picked prime produce…

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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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Betty’s Week

 With the end of deer season, traffic has slowed down at Dunn’s. Fishing must not be very good either—no boats or bait pails were there. Traffic has been pretty slow in the entire Valley—did visit with my garbage truck friends and saw a couple of school buses last Wednesday morning after delivering the papers.  Apparently…

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Street Talk

Last Friday’s Job Fair was a huge success. Not only were there more people looking to hire than imagined, but turnout of those looking for jobs was more than thought. Bob Tyler, the county head of the economic development, seemed temporarily pleased. I say temporarily because Bob is a guy who never seems really satisfied. …

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