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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Young retires after 50 years of ministry

RIPLEY — After over 50 years of service in full-time ministry, Tom Young is preparing to spend more time at leisure. In his lifetime, Young has ministered in Mississippi, Georgia and Texas. For the last 15 years, he has served at First Baptist Church of Ripley, as Associate Pastor, Minister of Music and Minister of […]

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Ripley Easter Egg Hunt to be held on the square

RIPLEY — Ripley Main Street’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 19. The hunt will feature over 5,000 eggs hidden on the courthouse square. The eggs will be filled with candy and prizes. Some eggs will contain keys to unlock larger prizes.  In addition to egg hunting, there will be face […]

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One man killed in shooting

WALNUT — A shooting on Tuesday, April 1 in Tippah County left one man dead. Joey Pannell was killed in the incident, which took place at approximately 7 p.m. on CR 127 near the Alcorn County Line. The Tippah County Sheriff’s Department and Walnut Police Department responded to the scene. According to Tippah County Chief […]

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Lawsuit alleges drugs planned for Crawford execution could be ineffective

JACKSON — A lawsuit filed Friday against the Mississippi Department of Corrections on behalf of Tippah County native Charles Ray “Chuck” Crawford and one other death row inmate alleges that the state’s plan to use “compounded” drugs to execute them violates the Constitution. The suit was filed by the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center, […]

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Mayor speaks out about conditions at KidzWorld

RIPLEY — Mayor Chris Marsalis is responding to public outcry about conditions at KidzWorld playground in Ripley. This response, however, has not been the beginning of the mayor’s efforts at the park, he says. “The conditions at KidzWorld have been a thorn in my side since I first took office,” said Marsalis. “We have spent […]

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No execution date set in Crawford case

JACKSON — At the close of business Wednesday, the Mississippi Supreme Court had not set an execution date for Charles Ray Crawford. Attorney General Jim Hood had asked the court to set an execution date for the Tippah County native for this week. One day after Hood’s request, Crawford’s attorneys filed a motion asking the […]

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Brock named Managing Editor of Southern Sentinel, Southern Advocate

RIPLEY — Joyce Brock was recently named Managing Editor of the Southern Sentinel and Southern Advocate. “By combining these two positions, we’re working to streamline our processes and strengthen news coverage in both Tippah and Benton Counties,” said General Manager Tim Watson. “Each decision we make is with the interests of our readers in mind.” […]

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Unusual name, unusual life led Yancey to extraordinary calling

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Sentinel RIPLEY –For a guy who got named for a dog, took his first baths in the rinse water of a wringer washing machine, got baptized in a farm pond with 28 other people, became a self-described class clown of Pine Grove High School’s class of 1965, and later […]

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Chalybeate School reading pep rally

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Precipitation expected to become icy around noon

TIPPAH COUNTY — With the temperature falling to around 31 by approximately 4 p.m. today, precipitation is expected to turn into freezing rain around or after noon today. The National Weather Service predicts new ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.3 of an inch. This evening, the NWS predicts a 40% chance of freezing rain and […]

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