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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Sharp named HFAC salutatorian

HICKORY FLAT – Hannah Sharp has been named as the Salutatorian of the 2015-2016 graduating class of Hickory Flat Attendance Center. In addition to being Salutatorian, Hannah is the Secretary/Treasurer of BETA Club and the Vice President of the Student Government Association. She was a Senior Homecoming Maid. In Who’s Who, she was selected for […]

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Banquet raises over $44k for My Choices

RIPLEY — My Choices pregnancy center held their annual banquet earlier this spring. The Celebrate Life Banquet raised over $44,000 for the ministry. In addition to an outpouring of financial gifts, there were a number of volunteers. There were 490 people seated for the meal and over 60 workers serving. Most of the servers were […]

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Dustin Matlock named HFAC valedictorian

HICKORY FLAT — Dustin Matlock, 18, is the Valedictorian of the 2015-2016 graduating class of Hickory Flat Attendance Center. In addition to being named Valedictorian, Dustin is the class’s STAR Student. He earned a 32 on his ACT. The STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Program is sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council and its M.B. […]

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Kennons lose home to fire

RIPLEY — A Ripley family lost their home to fire on Mother’s Day. Willie T. Kennon was at his daughter’s home visiting on Sunday, May 8 when he received the call. His niece, Helen, told him that his home at 122 Northview Drive was on fire. It happened at around 3:45 p.m. Ripley Volunteer Fire […]

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Basketball camp to be held in Ashland

ASHLAND — A Harlem Legends “Shoot for the Stars” Basketball Camp will be held in Ashland at the end of the month. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-14 and is geared towards all skill levels. It will be directed by Legendary Harlem Globetrotter Michael Douglas. The camp is intended to help […]

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Financial crimes heard in Circuit Court

RIPLEY — Tippah County Circuit Court was recently in session. Among the cases heard were three financial crimes. Sharon Sallie was sentenced for Conspiracy and Felony False Pretense, John Greg Hopper was sentenced for Grand Larceny and Richard Thurmond was sentenced for Embezzlement. Other cases heard will be reported in upcoming issues. Sharon Sallie – […]

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UCAC to hold anniversary celebration

ASHLAND — For over 50 years, the United Community Action Committee has been serving Benton County and tomorrow they’ll celebrate their anniversary. The UCAC was organized in 1966 under the Economic Opportunity Act. Since then, they have been providing services to the people of Benton County, especially the economically disadvantaged population. They have also served […]

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Local chef to compete on Food Network Star

ASHLAND — Benton County native celebrity chef Jernard Wells, known as “the Love Chef,” will be a contestant in Season 12 of Food Network Star. Chef Wells is a graduate of Ashland High School and grew up in the Ashland/Michigan City community. His parents still live in the area. Chef Wells and his wife of […]

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Armed Robbery suspect arrested in Hickory Flat

HICKORY FLAT — A suspect wanted in connection with a home invasion in New Albany was arrested earlier today in Hickory Flat, according to New Albany Police Chief Chris Robertson. On Thursday, April 28 at approximately 11 p.m. New Albany Police Department responded to a call at 131 Fairview Apartments in New Albany. According to […]

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Free program to encourage fitness

ASHLAND — Tomorrow night, area residents will have the opportunity to take a great step towards meeting their health goals. Bond Memorial Library is sponsoring “Get Healthy With Your Library” in Ashland. They will host their first meeting on Tuesday, April 19 from 6-7 p.m. at Ashland Town Hall and park. Participants will have the […]

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