Pages from the past: A look back with Charlotte Buchanan: Update on Steve Yarbrough

By CHARLOTTE BUCHANAN COLUMNIST,

100 YEARS AGO,

OCTOBER 1919

EDITORIAL NOTES BY J. A. RICHARDSON

Indianola is the busiest and fastest growing town in our state. If you don’t believe it, drop around some day and take a look at our busy streets.

There is more good than bad in everyone, but some people seem to enjoy fanning the bad more than giving credit for the good.

FRONT PAGE NEWS: R. l. Waugh has received his commission to serve as Postmaster of Indianola.

Mr. and Mrs. Alford Leonard of Pawnee, Illinois are in town and will live here in the future. They will live out on the Jim Heathman Plantation which they recently purchased

50 YEARS AGO,

OCTOBER 1969.

Sammy Henderson, Number 30 for the Indianola Indians has been named Player of the week. The Colonel of the week is Robert Austin of Leland.

AROUND THE TOWN BY JAYNE JOHNSON: Will Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Edwards of Indianola celebrated his fifth birthday at his home with a number of his friends.

MILITARY NEWS:  Three Indianolans left Tuesday for Jackson for induction into the Army. They were Jimmy Bellipanni, son of Jake Bellipanni, Barry Henderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Henderson, and Ronnie Fratesi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fratesi.

SUNFLOWER NEWS BY MARY ALICE WOFFORD: John Sidney Parker, Jr. is not a hippie, but just a member of the new “mod” group. He acquired this status by streaking his hair. His friends have now nicknamed him “Sunshine”.

COUNTY AGENT’S REPORT BY CECIL BLACK:

The farming operation of Frank and Bruce Brumfield of Inverness is a modern and efficient one. They foresaw many of the changes for a more efficient farming operation several years ago.

25 YEARS AGO,

OCTOBER 1994

Ruth Brandon Pitts died on September 30. She was a graduate of MSCW and came to Indianola in 1926 to teach English. Later, she was Youth Court Counselor for Sunflower County and was the widow of former Mayor of Indianola, Thomas Mitchell Pitts.

Indianola native Steve Yarbrough will sign copies of his new book of short stories at the Seymour Library. The new book is Yarbrough’s second collection of short stories and is entitled, “Mississippi History”.

Kelly Nobile was crowned IA’s Homecoming Queen Friday night by last year’s queen Katherine Allen. She was escorted by her father, Jerry Noble.

15 YEARS AGO,

OCTOBER 2004

Gentry High School will hold its annual coronation ceremonies on October 13. Ashley Sibley will be crowned Miss Gentry and Albert Mallette, Mr. Gentry.

FEATURE ARTICLE BY DAVID RUSHING;

African drums resounding across Ruleville drew a large crowd of onlookers to the Fannie Lou Hamer gravesite Saturday. Friends and relatives gathered to dedicate a memorial garden in her honor.

STEVE YARBROUGH CONTINUES HIS AWARD WINNING

WRTING:

Twenty-five years ago, Indianola native Steve Yarbrough was in town to celebrate and autograph one of his books. Today, the nationally acclaimed and award-winning author is busier than ever. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at Emerson University and is working on a new book. He and his wife, Polish born Ewa Hruniowicz divide their time between Boston and Krakow, Poland.

His list of honors and awards is many, He was awarded the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters twice, the California Book Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Robert Penn Warren Award, and the Richard Wright Award. Yarbrough was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

“In addition to my professorship, I am working on a new novel. The main characters are two ladies who grew up in the Mississippi Delta in the 1970’s then lead divergent lives in New England, California and Eastern Europe.” Yarbrough said.

Yarbrough grew up on a farm near Indianola and often his characters have a hint of personalities of Delta people.

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