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Magnolia Market Returns Saturday

“If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.” – Dr. Seuss   By Linda Robinson Herald Contributor WATER VALLEY – What did you miss if you didn’t go to Main Street Association’s inaugural Magnolia Square Farmers Market last month? You missed an outing with your family. You missed neighbors you…

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School Board Affirms Decision To Terminate DES Principal

WATER VALLEY – The Water Valley School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to affirm the recommendation by Superintendent Jerry Williams to terminate Davidson Elementary School Principal Trevor Hampton. The decision came during a heavily-attended school board meeting last Wednesday night, June 30, and was made public two days later. Hampton was placed on administrative…

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Bond Set For Brooks

WATER VALLEY – A $75,000 bond was set during a preliminary hearing in justice court Tuesday morning for Billy Brooks. The bond requirements set by Justice Court Judge Janet Caulder also require electronic GPS monitoring if Brooks posts bond.  Brooks, 42, was charged with first degree arson on June 18, charges that stem from his…

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Torrential Rain Damages Roads, Floods Houses

WATER VALLEY – The Yalobusha County Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency Tuesday afternoon following flash flooding that had dumped over six inches of rain by early afternoon with more to come. “I can’t say enough about our first responders, our sheriff’s department, police officers and volunteer fire fighters,” Board President Cayce…

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Resilience And Grit Define Team

HATTIESBURG – The Water Valley Girls Golf Team is the 2021 Mississippi Class II State Champions, finishing three strokes ahead of district rival New Albany. Team members  Sydney Epes, Parker Avant, Chloe Clement and Bethany Pryor shot a two-day team score of 366 to come out on top of 10 other 3A and 4A schools…

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Coach Tyler Will Be Inducted Into MSU M-Club Sports Hall Of Fame

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State Athletics will enshrine eight new members into the MSU Sports M-Club Hall of Fame on Sept. 25 when the Bulldogs play host to LSU at Davis Wade Stadium. Water Valley resident Bob Tyler is included in the six-member class of 2020 that also features All-American defensive lineman Billy Jackson, baseball standout…

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Store Robberies Were Easily Solved; Apprehending Scott – Not So Easy

WATER VALLEY – The 2017 and 2020 robberies of the Exxon station on Frostland Drive have striking similarities. The robberies occurred in June. The man convicted in the robberies, Kendrick Scott, made a hasty getaway both times. The trail of evidence allowed authorities to identify Scott as the perpetrator within hours. And both times, Scott…

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Family Dollar Is Hiring For New Store In WV

WATER VALLEY – The opening date is approaching for the new Family Dollar/Dollar Tree store on Duncan Street, and open interviews for all positions are scheduled Monday afternoon. Store manager Lucy Woodruff reported the new location is tentatively scheduled to open in mid-May, but employees hired will start work in the coming weeks. “I will…

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Ward Two Race Will Be Decided In April 27 Runoff

WATER VALLEY – Five of the six contested city offices in Water Valley were settled in last Tuesday’s Democratic Primary. Incumbent Donald Gray was elected with over 70 percent of the vote, defeating Terry Rockette – 375 – 158. Alderman-at-Large Herbert A. Rogers and Nicole M. Folson were both unopposed and will serve second terms.…

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New Regs Coming For Dogs

By David Howell Editor WATER VALLEY – City officials adopted a new ordinance regulating the licensing, registration, owning, keeping and harboring of all dogs in Water Valley during their monthly meeting on April 6. The eight-page ordinance includes requirements from earlier ordinances that prohibit  dogs from running at-large and requires annual registration. The new ordinance…

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