Pages from the past: A look back with Charlotte Buchanan: An update on Laura Walden



MAY 1919

FRONT PAGE AD:  The Delta Penny Savings Bank solicits your account, no matter how small or large. J. E. Walker, President; W. S. Stephenson, Vice President.

W. E. Chapman is attending the press association meeting this week.

J. H. Gholston, Clerk of Inverness posted a legal notice for concrete for sidewalks for the Town of Inverness.


MAY 1969

Vacation Bible School will begin Monday, June 3 at the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. John Weathersby will be in charge assisted by Mrs. Joe Buchanan, Mrs. Bill Hughes and Mrs. W. D. Simmons.

The Episcopalian Bishop of Mississippi conducted evening prayer and confirmation services at All Saints Episcopal Church in Inverness Sunday. Confirmed were Mrs. Duncan Baird, Jim Baird and George Hart.

MOORHEAD NEWS BY MRS. GUS NOBILE: Don’t forget to attend the dance recital on June 13. Miss Linda White will present Misses Mandy Harris, Michelle Timbs, Karla Kay Nobile, Debbie Williams and Kim Williams.


MAY 1994

Laura Walden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Walden is the Valedictorian for 1994 at the Indianola Academy and Vanessa McClain, daughter of Clarence McClain, Jr. and Marcia Davis is Salutatorian. Senior Class President Elizabeth Gresham will give the welcome address.

Jewel Kirksey told her husband last Friday that this was the day of her 20th anniversary working at Planters Bank.

Less than an hour later, she was shot three times by would-be robbers  as she entered the back door for work at the downtown branch The FBI and local law enforcement are investigating. Mrs. Kirksey is recovering at the local hospital.


MAY 2004

Indianola Academy’s Christopher Polk captured the school’s outstanding senior athlete award during the recent sports awards banquet.

Christopher Williams of Moorhead has graduated from the Mississippi School for Math and Science at Columbus.

He was formerly a student at Gentry High School.

Elisha Langdon of Ruleville has had many honors bestowed upon him during his career as a teacher and public servant. His most recent honor was being named Citizen of the Year by the Ruleville Rotary Club.


Laura was valedictorian when she graduated from Indianola Academy in 1994. She went on to graduate from the University of Mississippi in Speech Pathology and got her  Master’s from the University of Montevallo in 2000.

She was in Alabama when she renewed her friendship with Randall Lancaster of Indianola, and they married in 2000.

She giggled when asked if they dated in high school and said, “No, I married an older man, he is six years older than I am.” They have three children, Lillian who’s 14, Virginia is 11 and Luke is 9.

They live in Birmingham, Alabama where Randall is territory manager for Orthofix.

Laura is a stay at  home mom at this time but is a registered Speech Pathologist. In high school, she played basketball and was a cheerleader. She is an avid tennis player now.


Basketball practice has already started for some at North Sunflower Academy.

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