About Joyce Brock

Joyce Brock is the News Editor of the Southern Advocate newspaper. A lifelong Benton County resident, she has been a member of the Southern Advocate team for over seven years.

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Second suspect in store clerk murder arrested in Ripley

By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Corinth store clerk, Police Chief Ralph Dance told reporters Wednesday. The suspect, Micah Bostic of Corinth, was picked up in Ripley by the Ripley Police Department, Dance said. Bostic is charged with capital murder. Kris Ledlow, […]

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Benton County SkillsUSA takes two first place awards

Students from the Benton County Career Technical Center attended the SkillsUSA Region 1 competition at Northwest Mississippi Community College on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Trent Gresham and Logan Nation of Hickory Flat High School along with Alica Walker of Ashland High School competed as a team in the Welding Fabrication contest and won first place. Austin […]

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Program offers free GED, job training for Tippah residents

RIPLEY — Tippah County residents who are interested in earning a GED or getting better prepared to secure employment have an option that is not only free, it could offer cash incentives for good performance. The Northeast Mississippi Community College location off of the square, just behind the Chancery Court building, offers two programs focusing […]

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Walmart to close Walnut store

WALNUT — The Walmart Neighborhood Market store in Walnut is one of 269 stores the corporation is closing globally. The Walnut store is set to close on Thursday, Jan. 28. A press release from the company says that after a review of its portfolio, the decision was made to focus on strengthening Supercenters, optimizing Neighborhood […]

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Tippah, Benton storm victims eligible for Federal assistance

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Mississippi to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of December 23-28, 2015. […]

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Tennessee school bus abandoned at Shopezy

WALNUT — A missing school bus from Tennessee has been discovered in Walnut. The school bus, from Henderson, Tennessee, was last used on Friday, Dec. 25 by its rightful owners. Chris McCallister with Tippah County Sheriff’s Department said it was abandoned in the parking lot of Shopezy Supermarket in Walnut on Tuesday, Dec. 29. The […]

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Two more fatalities in Benton County

ASHLAND — Benton County Emergency Management Agency confirms the discovery of two more people in Benton County who lost their lives in the tornado. The two were found at approximately 10 a.m. The discovery brings the total of fatalities in the county to six. EMA Director Jimmy Gresham says that all known missing persons are […]

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Tornadoes leave destruction in Tippah and Benton Counties

Staff Report RIPLEY — A storm system that brought powerful tornadoes through North Mississippi last night left destruction in its wake. Search and rescue efforts continued late into the night last night and restarted as the sun came up this morning in both Benton and Tippah Counties. In both counties, there are still missing persons […]

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Toys for Tots in need of donations

RIPLEY — Tippah County Toys for Tots is in serious need of donations for this year’s Christmas effort. The program, which is a collaborative effort of the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department and the Iron Warriors, provides Christmas gifts for low income children in Tippah County. They rely on the generosity of community members to obtain […]

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Coats for Kids has two more distributions

RIPLEY — Ripley Rotary Coats for Kids is in their 27th year of serving children in the community. Over the years, the organizations has provided over 24,000 coats to the children of Tippah County. This year, they are also providing coats to children from Benton County for the first time. The organization works to accommodate […]

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