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Holt Receives Service Award

WATER VALLEY – Longtime educator Jerry Holt was the recipient of the Braswell Hatcher Service Award presented by the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.  Holt served 31 years in the Water Valley School District as a coach and teacher, and later as principal and assistant superintendent. Dr. Steve Edwards made the presentation for the…

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One Of Lafayette’s Most Wanted Captured During WV Drug Arrest

WATER VALLEY – A safety checkpoint conducted by the Water Valley Police Department Friday led to a drug arrest and apprehension of a fugitive wanted out of neighboring Lafayette County. Chief Jason Mangrum reported Robert Wood, 29, of Water Valley was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Schedule II, after officers discovered approximately 11…

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Turnage Has Served Patients For Over 20 Years

WATER VALLEY – When Vicki Turnage took a job with Dr. Paul Odom at his clinic in 2001, she never imagined she would become a fixture at Yalobusha Health Services (YHS). Or that she and her husband, Baine Turnage, would move into the Turnage family home, a Panola Street residence that has been in his…

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Tyler Honored For 15 Years Of Service To Yalobusha County

WATER VALLEY – The Yalobusha County Board of Supervisors recognized outgoing Yalobusha County Economic Development and Tourism District Director Coach Bob Tyler during the Chamber’s reception Tuesday night. Tyler was hired to lead the county’s new economic development district in 2007. “We are going to sorely miss Coach when he retires at the end of…

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Water Valley’s Grapefruit Celebrates A Year Of Color

By Ben Fugler Reporter WATER VALLEY – Macon Humphries and Graham Hamaker have spent the last year at the top of the North Mississippi street fashion scene. Humphries began hand-dying overall bibs from his Water Valley home as a solution to the dull and drab color palette displayed in the traditional catalogs. When he first…

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Dr. Odom Devotes Deep Dedication To Patients

WATER VALLEY – If you stop by the nursing home or hospital in Water Valley,  you will likely spot Dr. Paul Odom doing the same thing he has for the last six decades – taking care of patients.  His commitment to this community is tireless, as is his drive to ensure Yalobusha General Hospital and…

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Chamber Plans Reception For Annual Award, Recognition

WATER VALLEY – For the first time in two years, the Water Valley Area of Commerce will host a public gathering to introduce incoming officers and present the Braswell Hatcher Community Service Award. The reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bozarts. The Braswell Hatcher Community…

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Vicious Dog Owners Fined In Justice Court

WATER VALLEY – The owners of 11 dogs on County Road 224 that were deemed vicious in accordance with the county’s vicious dog ordinance were fined $463.75 in justice court Tuesday morning.  Sam Goodwin and Phyllis Goodwin were each cited with violating the county’s ordinance in November after their dogs attacked and killed a neighbor’s…

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Dr. Pratt: Fate And A Leap Of Faith Led Her To YHS

WATER VALLEY –  Admittedly it was a leap of faith 14 years ago when Dr. Heidi Pratt decided to come to work for Yalobusha Health Services (YHS). She left her position as chairman of Family Medicine for the Cleveland Clinic in Florida, one of the top-rated hospitals in the country, looking for something different for…

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Police Activity Includes Arrests For DUI, Cocaine

The Water Valley Police Department charged an Oxford man with possession of cocaine and DUI-second offense during an encounter at a safety checkpoint on West Lee Street on April 14. Chief Jason Mangrum reported officers determined that Steven Westbrook, 44, had been drinking and launched a DUI investigation. During the probe they observed Westbrook drop…

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