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Blue Mountain College runners rack up academic awards

BLUE MOUNTAIN–Eight Blue Mountain College cross-country student athletes recently earned conference academic honors and four earned the equivalent of academic All-American honors. Nikki Taylor, Cassidy Blaylock, Micayla Everett, Hannah Orrick, and Brian McDonnieal were named to the Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athletes Team, and they were joined on the Southern States Athletic Conference All-Academic Team by […]

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SPIRIT HANDS: Ripley, Falkner win at MHSAA Cheer/Dance Championships

JACKSON—The Ripley High School Pom Squad and the Falkner High School Cheerleaders proved to be two of the best in the state of Mississippi on Saturday. The two groups performed at the 2014 MHSAA Cheer Dance Championships, where the RHS Pom Squad won second place in the Dance Kick Division, while Falkner won a fifth-place […]

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Tippah County runners complete St. Jude Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K

Over 30 Tippah County runners participated in the St. Jude Marathon/Half-Marathon/5K held Saturday, Dec. 6 in Memphis. All proceeds from the event went to support the world’s leading children’s hospital. St. Jude Marathon (26 miles) Brad McDonald, Ripley, 4:31.45 Randy Lancaster, Ripley, 4:32:43 Robyn McElwain, Falkner, 4:45:18 Lindsey McAlister, Ripley, 5:00:11 St. Jude Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) […]

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KEDRICK STOREY: Hats off to Falkner, Ripley and Walnut football

The high school football seasons for Tippah County schools came to an end as the Ripley Tigers lost at Greenwood and Falkner suffered a home defeat to Broad Street. Walnut lost the previous week to South Delta. Individually, the players, coaches, stat keepers, managers and anyone else associated with the teams have nothing to hang […]

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Tippah County MSU alumni raise $5,500 at scholarship banquet

Mississippi State Associate Head Baseball Coach Butch Thompson was the guest speaker at the 27th Annual Tippah County MSU Scholarship Banquet held on Monday, Nov. 10. Thompson, who was named the 2014 National Assistant Coach of the Year spoke to about 85 attendees at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Ripley. The event raised […]

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Tippah County MSU Scholarship Dinner set for Monday

The 27th Annual Tippah County Mississippi State University Scholarship Dinner will be held on Monday, November 10 at 6:30 pm. inside the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. MSU Baseball Associate Head Coach Butch Thompson will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $50 per adult and $25 per student. You can RSVP by sending a […]

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Pine Grove’s Bullock, Tippah County runners set for cross-country championships

PINE GROVE—Pine Grove’s Alan Bullock is at it again. The junior cross-country athlete is defying the odds of cystic fibrosis and is once again set to compete in the MHSAA Cross Country Championships set for Saturday at Mississippi College Choctaw Trails in Jackson. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a respiratory condition that attacks the lungs, vital […]

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RHS Band places fourth in state championships

PEARL—The Ripley High School Marching Band finished fourth in Class 4A at the MBA MHSAA State Marching Championships held last Saturday at Pearl High School. It was Ripley’s third consecutive appearance in the state competition. They sought their second state title in three years. Ripley won the 2012 Class 3A state championship. The RHS Band […]

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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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