Pages from the past: Update on Kay Slater

By CHARLOTTE BUCHANAN COLUMNIST,

100 YEARS AGO,

FEBRUARY 1920

EDITOR’S NOTE FROM J. A. RICHARDSON:  Waiting for spring is a great breeder of patience these damp and dreary days.

Last Friday the Indianola High School girls basketball team took on Clarksdale High. It was an exciting game with Indianola the winner. The Clarksdale team had excellent players but soon learned when they played our girls that it was not ping pong or a pink tea. Indianola had great plays from Pauline Early, Ruth Davis, Etta Lang and Oti Lewis.

W. J. Holt who is having a handsome store built in Moorhead went over Friday to check on the progress being made.

50 YEARS AGO,

FEBRUARY 1970

BY EDITOR SCHULLER: The Indianola Police Department has had numerous reports of beer being sold to minors.  Chief of Police W. I. Hollowell says he is aware and that the police department will be more rigid in their surveillance of businesses that sell alcoholic beverages.

AROUND THE TOWN: Miss Linda Yarbrough, senior at University of Southern Mississippi spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Yarbrough. Miss Patrice Edwards, also a student there spent the weekend with per parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Edwards.

GIRL SCOUT TROOP 253 NEWS BY BARBARA BRASHIER; We met last week and elected patrol leaders. They are Irma Paris, Lisa Rice, and Joy Wilson. Friday, we got our Girl Scout cookies and we hope to sell them all.

Mrs. Kate Redd Fernandez, a lifelong resident of Indianola died Monday night. She was born and reared on a plantation about a mile below Kinlock Road which was owned and developed by her grandfather, Captain Samuel Redd. During World War I she served overseas with the Red Cross. She was the only woman to become a charter member of the local American Legion Post.

25 YEARS AO,

FEBRUARY 1995

The Ruleville Post Office will be named in honor of the late Fannie Lou Hamer in dedication ceremonies this coming Saturday. U. S. Representative Bennie Thompson will present the Presidential Citation and Mayersville Mayor Unita Blackwell will preside at the event.

The Mid-Delta Arts Association will present Guys and Dolls beginning tonight, Two Inverness natives, Mike Anderson and Connie Black have starring roles,

15 YEARS AGO,

FEBRUARY 2005

BY DAVID RUSHING: The Sunflower County Courthouse security will soon be going high-tech with the purchase of a walk-through metal detector, an x-ray scanner for purses and briefcases and a video camera system.

Oscar Butler was one of the longtime friends of B. B. King who was interviewed by Jim Dollarhide as part of the B. B. King Foundation’s archives from B. B. King’s days working on the farm of Johnson Barrett near Indianola.

FEATURE ARTICLE BY THIS WRITER:  Kay Slater with the Sunflower County Library system talked about her love of the outdoors and hunting and fishing.  She recalled being in her tree stand hoping for a trophy buck when it turned very cold and started to sleet. “I thought I spotted a great buck and I wasn’t about to leave my stand. The guys had gone back to the camp. Before long, I heard a noise and thought it might be my deer, but it was the guys coming to get me out of the sleet and cold,” she said.

UPDATE ON KAY SLATER

Kay Slater is Assistant Director of the Sunflower County Library System. “I am still enjoying my work with the library so very much,” Slater said.

When the article was written about her, she spent much of her free time in the woods hunting or on a lake fishing. “I really enjoyed that but these days most of my outdoor time is spent with my grandchildren, “she laughed and said. She has two grandchildren and one on the way. There’s no doubt they will grow up loving outdoor activities, it runs in the family. Their great grandfather, Eddie Slater was one of the best-known outdoorsmen in the state. He is in the Hall of Fame at the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum in Leland.

Kay and her husband, Jimmy have two sons. Drew lives in Greenwood where he is sales manager for Scott Petroleum and Allen lives in Indianola where he operates the family business, Slater’s Jigs.

Kay has a new hobby now; she has taken up knitting. “Knitting is very relaxing and is a stress reliever, I am enjoying knitting very much,” she commented.

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