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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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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Winter storm leads to ice accumulation

Tippah and Benton County are currently experiencing the effects of a major winter storm moving across the Deep South states. Governor Phil Bryant has issued a state of emergency for counties in North Mississippi. According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol Road Conditions Hotline, there have been reports of ice on some bridges and overpasses. At […]

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Long-time Tippah County public servant dies

RIPLEY — A long-time Tippah County public servant died this weekend. James Ervin Dees, 76, of Ripley, died Sunday, Feb. 1 at Tippah County Hospital. Funeral services are today at 2 p.m. at Ripley Funeral Home. On Monday, the Mississippi House of Representatives adjourned in his honor. Dees was widely known and involved in a […]

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Benton Justice Court issues multiple warrants

ASHLAND — Benton County Justice Court was in session on Tuesday, Jan. 28, with Judge Gary McBride on the bench. Among the cases heard were: Terrance Tanskey — Tanskey was charged with a safety restraint violation and failure to signal. He was assessed a total of $253 in fines and court costs. Because he failed […]

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Benton students make accomplishments at MSU

STARKVILLE — A number of students from Benton County have made recent accomplishments at Mississippi State University. Jessica Bryson, of Michigan City, recently graduated from the university. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the College of Arts and Sciences. Three local students were listed on the fall Dean’s List. The Dean’s List honors students […]

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