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Batting for Better Futures Softball Tournament set for Saturday

RIPLEY—The inaugural “Batting For Better Futures” Softball Tournament is set for Saturday, July 19 at Peoples Bank Sportsplex on Smith Park Drive in Ripley. All proceeds from the Jack and Jill-ruled, double-elimination tournament will go to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Mississippi, the parent organization for the Ripley Unit located inside Ripley […]

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Ripley native lands spot in Nike commercial featuring NBA’s Kevin Durant

MEMPHIS—Sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time. If you’ve gotten a chance to catch the newest Kevin Durant commercial by Nike, not only did you see this year’s NBA Most Valuable Player, but you also saw a Tippah County native. A shot of Ripley’s Amberly Rogers can been seen […]

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Boys & Girls Club gets hefty unexpected gift

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The founder and executive chairman of web-hosting service GoDaddy has announced he will provide funds to remodel three Boys & Girls Club facilities in North Mississippi. On top of that, Bob Parsons pledged to donate an additional $100,000 to the clubs. “We knew about the renovations, but didn’t […]

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Locals earn gold at Special Olympics, Spight named Athlete of the Year

RIPLEY–Athletes at Ripley and Walnut high schools weren’t the only ones to medal in track & field this year. Fourteen athletes from Timber Hills Region IV earned ribbons at the Special Olympics at Pontotoc High School in April. Four advanced to the state Special Olympics competition this month held at Keelser Air Force Base in […]

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TOUGH ENOUGH: In memory of Zack Hopkins, a true fighter

Editor’s Note: This is a repost of an article that ran in the Southern Sentinel in April 2011 on Falkner High School baseball player Zack Hopkins, then a freshman, who played despite battling bone cancer. Hopkins passed away on May 6, 2014 after a eight-year battle with the disease. The Southern Sentinel expresses its deepest […]

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RMS Junior Beta Club wins first place in Living Literature

TUPELO–Last week, the Ripley Middle School Junior Beta Club followed the yellow brick road to first place in the Living Literature portion of the 22nd annual Mississippi Junior Beta Convention held at the BancorpSouth Center in Tupelo. The five-person group staged a scene from the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank […]

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Unusual name, unusual life led Yancey to extraordinary calling

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Sentinel RIPLEY –For a guy who got named for a dog, took his first baths in the rinse water of a wringer washing machine, got baptized in a farm pond with 28 other people, became a self-described class clown of Pine Grove High School’s class of 1965, and later […]

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Playwright Carol Norton to present ‘LEFT ALL ALONE’

  RIPLEY–Playwright Carol Norton will present her fourth play, “LEFT ALL ALONE,” Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Ripley High School Auditorium. The play stars Norton, Brochetta Joy, Cambellrail McDonald, Jeremy Young, Katlyn Nesbit, Candis Norton, Regina Jones, Ebony Norton, Chris Hatch, Victoria Crum, Lesly Coleman and Felicia Bell. It tells the story of […]

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81-year-old insructor at home at BMC

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal BLUE MOUNTAIN – People and places can merge together over time, and it becomes hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. In this case, the person is 81-year-old Johnnie Armstrong, and the place is her alma mater and professional home, Blue Mountain College. “I don’t really […]

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The Radiant Peace Foundation Education Award winners’ announced for 2013-2014

The Chalybeate School Gifted and Talented Classes (APEx), grades 2-8, entered the Fall Radiant Peace Foundation Competitions in St. Petersburg, Florida. The students were to write essays or create artwork that inspired, promoted and encouraged peace in the world. Many entries were submitted from across the United States and Chalybeate School had much to celebrate! […]

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