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Ridge faced cancer with love and strength

Strong, giving, loving and hard-working all describe Laura Elizabeth “Beth” Dollar Ridge. The wife, mother, sister, aunt, factory worker and friend, who never met a stranger and would do anything for anyone, lost her five-year battle with Breast Cancer in July 2000. Robin Gaston, Ridge’s daughter, sat down with me recently to share the journey […]

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Bulldogs’ gridiron success makes for different tailgating atmosphere

STARKVILLE—College football tailgating for fans of Mississippi State Bulldogs has a different feel in 2014. “All year it’s been different,” said Ripley native Kathy Norton. “When you’re No. 3 in the nation, it’s going to be different.” Norton was one of several Tippah County natives in the “Junction” on Saturday as the No. 3 Bulldogs […]

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Northeast Mississippi Youth Rally set for Sept. 27

RIPLEY–The Northeast Mississippi Youth Rally is scheduled for Saturday, September 27, 6 p.m., inside the Ripley High School Auditorium. Bro. Kerry Nelson will lead the music. The Rochesters will perform, while Bro. Scott Matthews will bring the message. “Bring your church, friends, family and YOUTH to this great night of worship,” said Youth Rally organizer […]

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Ripley Rotary Coats for Kids 5K and 2.5K Fun Color Run set for Saturday

RIPLEY–The Ripley Rotary Coats For Kids 5K Run/Walk and 2.5K Fun Color Run is set for Saturday, Sept. 20–rain or shine–at the Tippah County Fairgrounds in Ripley. All proceeds from the event will benefit the annual Ripley Rotary Coats for Kids. Preregistration is closed, but late registrations are still available at $20 for students and […]

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Hill’s “The Chucky Mullins Effect” looks at triumph through tragedy

This year, the University of Mississippi is honoring the late Chucky Mullins, the former Ole Miss Rebels’ defensive back, who was tragically paralyzed while making a tackle against Vanderbilt 25 years ago. His fellow teammate, Falkner native Jody Hill, has written a book that will honor Mullins’ life in its on way. 38: “The Chucky […]

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Exchange provides new experience for family, student

RIPLEY — It was a coincidence that prompted the Browns into taking action on a thought they’d had many times. That action will change their lives and the life of one teenaged girl forever. Ken and Rhonda Brown had talked casually about hosting a foreign exchange student for years, but hadn’t taken action on the […]

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Harms named top dancer at ninth Dance Like the Stars event

TUPELO–Rev. Jason Harms of Ripley was the Judges Choice Award winner at the ninth Dance Like the Stars fundraising event at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo. Harms performed a lively quickstep, bouncing around the stage with professional partner Tammy Wilson. He leaped and strutted in front of onlookers and four celebrity judges, which included Jim […]

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Boys & Girls Clubs “Dance Like The Stars” event set for Saturday

TUPELO–If you are looking for a last-minute idea for the weekend, the annual “Dance Like the Stars” may be just what you’re looking for. And you could help a worthy cause. Local celebrities will put on their dancing shoes to raise funds for the children of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Mississippi this […]

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Ripley Park and Recreation to offer youth fall sports, adult coed softball

RIPLEY–Ripley Park and Recreation is now accepting registration for Youth Flag Football for boy and girls ages 6-12 and Soccer for boys and girls ages 4-12. Youth must be of age by Sept. 1, 2014. First year participants must provide a copy of their birth certificate. The cost will be $50 per child and the […]

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Multipurpose center to serve all of Tippah County

RIPLEY—Proverbs 29:18 begins, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” St. John Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Billy Geanes has plans to make sure that doesn’t happen in Tippah County. Geanes, a native of Chicago, Ill, who was installed at the church in January of this year, has a vision of a multipurpose center to […]

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