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Look Back In Yalobusha County History

• 15 years ago, April 23, 2009 – Yalobusha County EMS Director and fire investigator Frank Hyde along with Sheriff Lance Humphreys investigated a blaze that destroyed a mobile home on County Road 90 April 17. Final preparations were being made for the Relay For Life fundraiser under chairperson Glenda Gordon. The Water Valley High…

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Look Back In Yalobusha History

• 15 years ago, July 24, 2008 – Sales tax collections in Water Valley and Oakland were “flat” over the past year, only increasing by less than one percent. In Oakland, collections actually decreased 2.3 percent. Watermelon grower Jerry Vaughn and son, Trea, were pictured on the front page with one of their big Carolina…

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First African-American Political Cartoonist Was Born In Yalobusha

The first African-American political cartoonist, Henry Jackson Lewis, was born a slave around 1837 or 1838 in Yalobusha County somewhere near Water Valley. The oldest known cartoons by Lewis were published in 1872 about the time he settled in Pine Bluff, Ark., according to Archaeologist Marvin D. Jeter and Gallery Director Mark Cervenka, who wrote…

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Look Back In Yalobusha History

• 15 years ago, Feb. 21, 2008 – Water damage at the Blackmur Memorial Library would be repaired using city labor, saving an estimated $60,000. The damage was confined to the 2002 addition, which was constructed by a contractor who had since gone out of business. Yalobusha Supervisors were working on a four-year plan to…

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Looking Back In Yalobusha County History

The amazing flow of cotton, from “the best crop in years,” continues this week with the wheels of Water Valley’s two gins rolling all day and far into the night, wrote new Herald Editor Phillip E. Mullen in October of 1942. The cash registers in local stores were playing a merry tune in response to…

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Looking Back In Yalobusha County

Sixty ago the Water Valley Blue Devils were about to open their season against Houston High. The team would have to substitute desire for experience with the return of only three lettermen. Most of the prospective starters were, according to Coach Charles Peets, “ready for action.” The exception was end Joe Holt, whose infected leg…

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YHS Speaker Shares Details Of Quest To Confirm Legend Of Mary Magdalene

By Joy Tippit Herald Contributor COFFEEVILLE – Al Price spoke to the Yalobusha Historical Society (YHS) members and guests on September 21, and his topic was “In Search of Mary, the Magdalene.”  The summary of his presentation is as follows: Al and his son, Don Allen, investigated the events and the legends in the South…

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Shaw Traces Family Lineage, Early Mapping In County At YHS Meeting

Yalobusha County Historical Society Meeting of  June 15, 2017 Submitted by: Dave Hovey Our President Mike Ayers was absent due to a medical situation. Bobby Hutchins, Vice President did a fine job in his place.  Our Chaplin Laurence Litten opened with a word of prayer for Mike and for the family of good friend and member…

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Rich Denley History Shared At YHS Meeting

By Joy M. Tippit Herald Contributor COFFEEVILLE  – Lee Denley Faust shared her Denley Family research entitled The Denley Chapter with the Yalobusha Historical Society May 18, 2017. Lee’s research includes: The Denley name means ‘a clearing in the valley’. Denleys lived throughout England but primarily found in Oxfordshire, Gloucester-shire, and Kent counties. The earliest…

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