Talk of the Valley

Drugstore Job Gave Witness To Main Doings

Drugstore Job Gave Witness To Main Doings By Alexe van Beuren     Time hasn’t faded Margie Williamson’s memories of moving to Water Valley. “From the state line, the roads were not paved. Well,” she amends, “they’d tried to pave the road from Oxford to Water Valley, but it was more pot holes than anything.”   …

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Libby Lumber Juggles Church, Job Duties

By Alexe van Beuren Reporter     Libby Kuchta is a woman with many talents.     The one we begin discussing is her art; in November, First Methodist Church suffered flooding in its nursery. The children were moved, repairs were undertaken– and Kuchta, the church’s children coordinator, became inspired.     “It needed brightness and life,” she…

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Wagner House Owners Look To Future

By Alexe van BeurenReporter     Eighteen months ago, the Warings bought the Wagner house on Pate Street. The three-story white house, built by the illustrious Wagner family, had come on the market for the first time in the home’s history: it had been in the Wagner family for five generations.     The Warings hadn’t exactly…

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Career As Nurse Provides Excitement

By Alexe van BeurenReporter         In the course of his career, Captain Richard Foote has spent a month sitting on a South Korean beach, looking for submarines; “it sounds really cool,” he tells me. “But it was February.” He has helped a female soldier with a spine injury apply cosmetics in the air between…

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Johnson Aspires To Open Children’s Ministry

By Alexe van BeurenReporter Sandra Johnson is a woman brimming with enthusiasm. She darts around the living room of her home, pulling out book after book that she plans to share with the children of her neighborhood. “There’s something that wants to come out of these children,” she tells me. “I’m hoping to be that…

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After Losing Election, Hawkins Sticks To Goal Of Progress

By Alexe van BeurenReporter     Considering he’s from Water Valley, he shone as a high school athlete, he played baseball at Mississippi Valley State University for four years, he ran against Fred White on Beat Two for the Board of Alderman, and he’s currently a member of the Planning Commission – chances are good you’ve…

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Boy Scouts, Train Era Were Part Of Valley Yesteryear

By Alexe van BeurenReporter Jack Gurner Sr. grew up in a Water Valley I can’t begin to imagine. “There were forty-something kids living on Panola Street,” he tells me as we sit behind the curator’s desk in the Casey Jones Museum. “We could get out in the street and play a nine-inning game without ever…

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Second-Year Coach Looks For Improvement

By Alexe van BeurenReporter Two years ago, John Sherman arrived at Water Valley High School. Since then, he’s painted the railings between the court and the bleachers Water Valley blue, there’s a new scoring table, and as I interview him, Sherman’s also keeping an eye on the two men moving the scoreboards off the sidelines…

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Nov. 22, 2007

For Kisner, Restaurant Business Is Labor Of Love By Alexe van BeurenReporter     Randy Kisner is a deliberate man. This becomes very clear as he leans over the counter at Smokey Bottom BBQ (on Wise Street, just beyond Southern Kitchen towards the bypass) and tells me the details of running the take-out restaurant he opened…

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For Booker, Cotton Career Has Spanned Five Decades

By Alexe van BeurenReporter Gaylon Booker knows a lot about cotton. He should; after all, he grew up in Water Valley and married the daughter of a local cotton farmer and ginner. Of course, he’s also spent 46 years working at the National Cotton Council. The National Cotton Council is a trade association that represents…

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