Pages from the past: Update on Mickey GroveBy CHARLOTTE BUCHANAN COLUMNIST,
100 YEARS AGO,
CITY ELECTIONS; W. M. Lockhart was elected Mayor and the citizens could made no better choice. The Board of Aldermen for the next two years are D. F. Voorhees, J. D. Roe, W. R. French, J. H. Baker and E. A. Tanner.
EDITORIAL REMARK BY J. A. RICHARDSON: Christmas is rapidly approaching. Prepare to make some poor child happy. She or he will love you as long as they live.
50 YEARS AGO,
SCOUTING NEWS; God and Country recipients at the First United Methodist Church are Joey Murphy, Burton Ely, Bob Harper, Robert Elmore, Phillip Rushing, Xan Robertson, Scott Jepson and Carl Jepson.
SCHOOL NEWS: The Indianola High School Band will perform at the Liberty Bowl Saturday, the only high school to be invited. They are directed by Mickey Grove. Celian Lewis, president of the band parents club praised Mr. Grove for the band’s performance.
AROUND THE TOWN BY JAYNE JOHNSON: We congratulate Mrs. Edward Story nee Jeanene Sharp, for her selection as one of eleven in this area to be listed in Outstanding Young Women in America. She was nominated by the Indianola Culture Club
25 YEARS AGO
CAILE NEWS BY MRS. ROBERT WARREN: Visitors in the home of Creba and W. O. Jones for the holidays were their son Bill and family from Memphis; Ann and Tom Bosley and son Jay of Marietta, Georgia; Mary and Charles Pratt and daughter Martha, of Greenville; Midge and Judge Jefcoat and children, Candance and Judd, and Angie Trippe.
SOCIETY; The First Baptist Church was the setting for the wedding of Miss Stephanie Kay Martin to Mr. Joshua Critz Fletcher on November 12.
NEWS: The 1971 tornado that cut a swath across the Town of Inverness somehow spared the Community House on Grand Avenue. During the night after the deadly twister hit, the building was used as an emergency first aid station. Today, the building looks better than any time in its 50-year history.
COLLEGE NEWS: Two Sunflower County young ladies were chosen as beauties at Mississippi Delta Community College. They are Leigh Givens of Ruleville and April Wilson of Indianola.
15 YEARS AGO,
FRONT PAGE NEWS BY DAVID RUSHING: It is now official; Sunflower County is now the catfish capital of the world. But, hold onto your hats because it is still a tight race with Humphreys County.
SPORTS NEWS: Sarita Cooper paced the Gentry High School Lady Rams with 17 points in their win over Ruleville.
Margaret Ross Long led the Indianola Academy Colonels with 11 points over North Delta
UPDATE ON MICKEY GROVE, BAND
INDIANOLA HIGH SCHOOL 50 YEARS AGO
Mickey Grove distinguished himself as one of Mississippi’s most respected band directors when he was at the Indianola High School. He is now retired, somewhat. “After I left Indianola, I accepted the band director position at Kosciusko High School. I taught there for twenty years before retiring in 1990. I did continue to work at Mississippi Music for another ten years. I finally retired in 2000 and make my home in Kosciusko. However, I stay busy doing consulting and adjudication work with bands in the state and remain an adjunct staff member of the Kosciusko band,” Grove said. If that isn’t enough to keep him busy, he belongs to two camping groups and enjoys taking his motorhome on camping trips. “I also like to travel abroad at least once a year,” he said.,
Grove said he was in Indianola this year when he and another teacher from Indianola High School who also lives in Kosciusko, Anne Porter came to a 50th year reunion of HIS students.
A mention on social media that this writer would be doing an update on Mickey Grove brought remarks from former band members. Martha Wood Wheeler wrote of the uniforms her division wore. “We wore the best looking red short coats with gold trim and plaid kilts, white boots and carried white rifles,” she said. David Sessoms, Cindy Ray Lucas and Bobby Henry were members of the band and Henry commented, “There were shenanigans on that bus”. Our own columnist Marilyn Tinnin was the accompanist for Grove’s choral group. “I’ll admit he made me cry a few times, but I now know I deserved every raised eyebrow,” she commented Malcolm French who now lives in Kansas recalled one of their shenanigans. “We would sing M I C K E Y G R O V E to the tune of the Mickey Mouse theme,” he commented..
Under the leadership of Mickey Grove, Indianola High School was known as one of the top high school bands in the state. It is apparent that his former band students have much respect and admiration for him today.