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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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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Walnut man’s death investigated as a homicide

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Walnut man’s death being investigated as a homicide

by Lena Mitchell WALNUT – The death of a Walnut man is being investigated as a homicide by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Tippah County Coroner Chad Bateman said he was called to County Road 127, Walnut, about 8 a.m. Wednesday, where the body of Randle Porterfield, 59, was found. Porterfield died some time in […]

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