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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Saturday is registration deadline

CORRECTION: July 4 deadline for voter registration (Editor’s note: A story published in the Wednesday, July 1 issue of the Southern Sentinel stated that Saturday, July 4 was the deadline to vote in the county primary election. It should have stated that Saturday, July 4 is the deadline to REGISTER to vote in the primary. […]

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Fortner teaches students about bees

HICKORY FLAT — Gloria Fortner, District Clerk for Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District, recently visited Hickory Flat Attendance Center to teach children about pollination. The program was presented to second graders first and focused on the role of bees in the pollination process. The students learned about life in a bee hive and […]

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Several sentenced in Circuit Court

RIPLEY — Tippah County Circuit Court was recently in session. Some of the cases heard follow: Dalton Storm Buchanan – Buchanan plead guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance, Schedule II. He was sentenced to a term of three years and placement in the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program. The time remaining after completion of […]

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Pageant queen has dozens of titles at 10 months

RIPLEY — When you hear that a young lady has competed in over 17 beauty pageants and earned around 35 titles, you probably wouldn’t guess that she was only 10 months old. That is how old Keagan Lee Holmes is and those are her records. The daughter of Kayla Bryan and Clarence Holmes began competing […]

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NOMADS help with special project in Ripley

RIPLEY — A group of NOMADS has stopped for a few weeks in Ripley and the community is reaping benefits from it. The mission volunteers, called NOMADS, are a mission outreach ministry of the United Methodist Church who travel the country in RVs to work at Methodist-related agencies such as churches, camps and children’s homes, […]

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Saturday is the first Tippah Trash Off drop off day

RIPLEY — This weekend, local residents will have the opportunity to beautify the community while helping local charities and organizations. The fourth annual Tippah County Trash Off, which coincides with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, is underway. The local event is a collaborative effort between Ripley Main Street Association and The Peoples Bank. A […]

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Qualification closes in Benton County

ASHLAND — Qualifying to run for office in Benton County has officially ended. Following is the final list of candidates: • Chancery Clerk Marlene McKenzie, D, (i) • Circuit Clerk Kathy Graves, D, (i) Debra “Debbie” Poff, D • Constable District 1 Derrick Holbert, D Earlie H. Smith, D James Williams, D, (i) • Constable […]

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Qualifying closes in Tippah County

RIPLEY — Qualification to run for office in Tippah County has officially ended. Following is the final list of candidates: • Chancery Court Clerk Mike Long, D Jennifer Shackelford, D John E. Stubbs, Jr., R • Circuit Court Clerk Randy Graves, D, (i) • Constable North Half Matt Graves, D Terry Mathis, D, (i) • […]

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Dixie Theatre presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

RIPLEY — The Ripley ARTS Council’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” opened Tuesday, Feb. 17 at The Dixie Theatre. It will continue Thursday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 22. Shows are at 7 p.m. nightly and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The director’s notes say, “Based on the Peanuts Comic Strip by […]

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Hickory Flat students join in conservation efforts at TVA

ASHLAND — Last week, students from Hickory Flat Attendance Center had the opportunity to learn about conservation in a hands-on way at the TVA Magnolia Natural Gas Combined Cycle Plant located on Hwy. 4 in Ashland. The students helped employees install birdhouses as a part of their efforts to restore the site to its native […]

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