Pages from the past: Update on Trent Pyles


Editor’s Note: We are thrilled to have Mrs. Charlotte back on page 5. We wish you a continued and full recovery. Everyone has missed you.



The new Board of Supervisors was sworn in Monday. They are W. H. Phipps, W. D. Parker, E. M. Holmes, L. Hammond, and T.P. Parks. Phipps was named president of the board. The board approved annual salaries for the sheriff’s department as follows: R. L. Wessinger, chief deputy, $1,750’ deputy J. C. Smith, $1,150; Miss Ella Ray, $1,300; deputy W. D. House, $1,500 and Moorhead deputy, $900.

EDITORIAL NOTE FROM J. A. RICHARDSON: Prejudice mars and harshens the soul and never beautifies character.

The Gilmer Wholesale Grocery has opened its doors. It is fathered by M. D. Gilmer and his boundless energy; he will make it a success as he has with any other business he has entered. (Writer’s Note: Gilmer Wholesale Grocery was the forerunner of Lewis Grocer Company. which came to Indianola in 1934).

Will Byas and P. H. Holiday came into our office last Saturday and subscribed to the Tocsin.



Richard M. “Bub” Allen, one of Sunflower County’s native sons will become Indianola’s first municipal judge.

The Indianola Academy will hold its first annual sports awards banquet on January 20. Ole Miss star Archie Manning will be the featured speaker, just last week Archie was named Most Valuable Player in the Sugar Bowl.

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall McIntyre have taken over the operation of the Honey Theater.

Darilyn Wade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Wade has been chosen as the DAR Good Citizen at the Ruleville High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Love were honored on their 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise Open House on Christmas Day in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Love, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert “Snooks” Love were co-hosts.



A front-page photo depicts two-year-old Trent Pyles of Moorhead proudly wearing an exact replica of the Mississippi Highway Patrol uniform worn by his dad, Trooper Tim Pyles. It was made by his grandmother.

The Town of Sunflower has a new Mayor.  J. H. Henry presided in his new position at Tuesday’s meeting.

Making their debut at the White Gold Ball in December were Kimberly Fritts of Arlington, Virginia, formerly of Indianola and Mary Pillow Robertson of Indianola.

EDITORIAL; Ken Winter has taken the reins of the Indianola Police Department.

Our city officials apparently made a fine choice when they hired Chief Winter to head the most important and largest department of government in 1995.



Winners of the Pennington Jr. High School reading fair are Keyanna Martin, first place; Mary Jenkins, second place; Jasmine Jackson, third place; and Vernon Jackson, honorable mention.

A feature story by this writer detailed the history of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church: Members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will remember their congregation’s humble beginnings this Sunday. Bishop Joseph Latino will preside at the mass. The church first started in a boarding house in the late 1880’s, the official establishment as a parish was 50 years ago.

Research of records from the Catholic Diocese in Jackson reflect that the first mass was conducted by Father Andrew Gmelch in a boarding house owned by Rosa Shawbloski, a Polish widow.

The priest came on horseback from Merigold to celebrate the mass.


Twenty-five years ago, a front-page photo showed Trent Pyles with his dad, Trooper Tim Pyles wearing an exact replica of a trooper’s uniform.

After graduating from the Indianola Academy, Trent went on to receive a BS degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Delta State University.

He now holds the position of Associate Director of Food Management for the Compass Group at Baptist Hospital in Oxford.

Tim has been with the Mississippi Highway Patrol for 33 years.

For the last 24 years he has been assigned to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. In addition to his professional career, Master Sergeant Pyles has gained the reputation as an expert in the kitchen, During the holidays, his cheese straws are requested all around the state.

The Pyles family lives in Moorhead.


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