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Ripley’s Shoup, Gibens perform with Mississippi Lions All-State Band

RIPLEY—The Ripley High School Marching Band is known for being one of the better bands in the state of Mississippi. That success has to do with hard work, such as this week’s summer band camp and talented musicians like seniors Trevor Shoup and Jesse Gibens. Shoup, who plays the trombone and Gibens, the trumpet, recently […]

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11th Annual Historic Ripley Midnight 5K run results

RIPLEY—Listed are the results of the 11th Annual Historic Ripley Midnight 5K held on Friday June 5, 2015. Terry Quillen, Owen Childs and Ryan Simpson finished in the top three of 79 total participants. Terry Quillen, 20:30.76 Owen Childs, 21:45.12 Ryan Simpson, 21:54.51 Alec McAfee, 23:55.61 Bill Coulter, 23:58.14 Stephanie Griffin, 24:22.86 Andrew Bain, 24:29.36 […]

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Morrisons to celebrate anniversary

Darrell and Patsy Morrison will be honored for their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Beech Hill Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, west of Ripley. The celebration will be hosted by their friends. Family and friends are invited. No gifts, please.

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Honoring Cecil Stroup: Legendary Walnut coach described as father-figure, friend, inspiration

Editor’s Note: Walnut’s most successful coach will be honored tonight at Country Inn, Too tonight at 6:30 p.m.  WALNUT—Legendary Walnut football coach Cecil Stroup helped guide the Wildcats to their best run in school history in the mid 70s. Over a span of six seasons (1974-1979)—before state championships began—the young coach directed Walnut to a […]

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Fortner teaches students about bees

HICKORY FLAT — Gloria Fortner, District Clerk for Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District, recently visited Hickory Flat Attendance Center to teach children about pollination. The program was presented to second graders first and focused on the role of bees in the pollination process. The students learned about life in a bee hive and […]

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Pageant queen has dozens of titles at 10 months

RIPLEY — When you hear that a young lady has competed in over 17 beauty pageants and earned around 35 titles, you probably wouldn’t guess that she was only 10 months old. That is how old Keagan Lee Holmes is and those are her records. The daughter of Kayla Bryan and Clarence Holmes began competing […]

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Tipler pushing all the right buttons at Ashland

ASHLAND–Ripley native Rolley Tipler pushed the Ashland High School basketball teams to the brink of high school state championships this season. His players said that “push” is exactly what they needed. “He’s a great coach,” said senior forward Tavargus Peterson. “Sometimes he gives you a headache, but in the end, he’s just trying to make […]

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STANDOFF: Quirky pre-game ritual sets the tone for some baseball teams

Picture a high school baseball game. The starting lineups have been announced and the National Anthem is piping through loud speakers. It nears the end…”and the home of the brave….” And then no players standing down opposite foul lines move. Thirty seconds pass and still no movement. Another 20 seconds, and then 40 seconds go by, […]

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BASEBALL: Tigers rally but fall short to league-leading Commodores

LAFAYETTE–The Ripley Tigers rallied to send a second straight game to extra innings. Just like to see how  they were on the short end of a similar outcome–a walk-off loss. Down to their last strike in a one-run game to the league-leading Lafayette County Comodores on Tuesday, Ripley went double, walk, RBI-single to knot tie game […]

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My Choices Run raises over $10k for center

RIPLEY—One hundred and thirty runners participated in the 10th annual My Choices 5K Run held Saturday, March 28.  This year, a 10K route was added to mark the fundraiser’s 10-year anniversary. Funds in excess of $10,000 were raised for My Choices Pregnancy Help Center located at 109 Bails Road in Ripley. Over 350 people registered […]

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