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Big News: WVSD Earns B Rating

  WATER VALLEY – Mayor Donald Gray best summed up the news after the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) released accountability grades for school districts across the state on Tuesday. “This is big,” the mayor said. The Water Valley School District earned a B-Rating, meaning a high performing district, for the 2021-2022 year. The B…

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Absentee Voting Is Underway

WATER VALLEY – In-person and mail-in absentee ballots are available in the circuit clerk’s offices for the Nov. 8 General Election that includes a contested race for the 2nd Congressional District, a special election Yalobusha County Sheriff, and other non-contested judicial races. In Mississippi, registered voters are eligible to vote absentee because of age (65…

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Federal Judge Dismisses Police Brutality Lawsuit

OXFORD – A federal lawsuit stemming from an arrest in Water Valley in 2019 that made national headlines was dismissed last week on summary judgment, ending a two year legal battle. Davidtron Logan filed the lawsuit in February, 2020, seeking $5 million in damages for alleged police brutality against the City of Water Valley, Yalobusha…

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Trial Delayed After Defendant Is Arrested For New Charges

WATER VALLEY – A case scheduled for trial Monday morning in Yalobusha County Circuit Court in Water Valley was postponed after the defendant was arrested for additional charges. Water Valley Police Chief Jason Mangrum reported Timothy Aaron Dewberry, 41, of Water Valley was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography Friday as part…

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Rebel Southern Apparel Store Welcomed To Main Street

Water Valley Mayor Donald Gray and the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors welcomed the Rebel Southern Apparel store to Main Street with a ribbon cutting Friday afternoon. Located at 103 North Main, the location is the official retail store for the Colonel Reb Foundation which has fought since 2003 to keep the iconic…

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Near Miss Gives Magee A Scare

WATER VALLEY – Eddie Magee had a scare Friday afternoon when he was digging up a stump on property behind his shop on North Main Street and spotted a car coming off the road headed straight toward him. Magee was almost 100 yards from the road and down a hill near his pond on his…

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Sheriff Reports On Death Investigation, Recent Arrests

WATER VALLEY – Yalobusha County Sheriff Jerimaine Gooch reported foul play in not suspected in a death investigation on County Road 229 near Skuna River. Steven Jones, 55, of Saltillo was found deceased on Sept. 21. Gooch reported an official cause of death will be determined following an autopsy, but after talking to witnesses and…

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Police Make Quick Arrest After Oxford Bank Robbery

WATER VALLEY – An observant Water Valley police officer is credited for making a quick arrest following a bank robbery in Oxford Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 19. Water Valley Police Chief Jason Mangrum reported the officer was working traffic enforcement on Hwy. 7 when he heard radio traffic from the Oxford Police Department about the bank…

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Police Make Quick Arrest In Tuesday’s Drive-By Shooting On Blackmur Drive

WATER VALLEY – A Water Valley man was charged with one count of drive-by shooting following an incident on Blackmur Drive Tuesday afternoon. Water Valley Chief Jason Mangrum reported Christopher Schneider, 18, was in custody within two hours of the shooting. The chief added that additional arrests are likely. The victim was walking on Blackmur…

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Art Crawl Returns Sept. 17

WATER VALLEY – The city’s 14th Art Crawl will return to its roots with stops at homes, businesses and studios across the heart of the city. The list includes old favorites and new artists as crawlers can enjoy local and regional talent from on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The event was…

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