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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Lewellen heads to Mrs. United States pageant

RIPLEY — When Molly Lewellen was approached about participating in the Mrs. Mississippi pageant, she took time to talk to her husband and to God. During her research, she learned that participants had the opportunity to choose a platform and advocate for a cause. That’s when she felt called to participate. “My favorite part is […]

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Weeks to be honored for retirement

RIPLEY — Colleen Weeks will be honored for her retirement as Town Clerk of Falkner on Friday with a reception from 2-4 p.m. She began working at town hall 35 years ago. She had been working at the shoe factory for two years when the mayor approached her about coming to work for the town. […]

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Local chef earns top three spot on Food Network Stars

Chef Jernard Wells, a native of Benton County, earned his place among the final three contestants on the Food Network’s series Food Network Stars this week. Chef Wells has been one of this season’s featured competitors on the last-man-standing elimination style show this season. The season began with 13 competitors. The participating chefs are competing […]

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Recycling drive set for July 21

RIPLEY — The South Tippah School District will host an Electronic Recycling Drive on Thursday, July 21 from 7 a.m. until noon at the Ripley High School Event Center. Almost all electronics and printers will be eligible for recycling at no cost. There is a $10 fee for televisions and CRT Monitors. White goods including […]

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Facebook post leads to arrest

RACINE, WISCONSIN — A former Ripley man is in custody in Racine, Wisconsin, as a result of a post he allegedly made on the social media website Facebook. The post, which appeared last week, was widely shared through screen captures made by various people. Byron Cowan is suspected of posting the status which called for […]

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MDEQ Awards Solid Waste Assistance Grant to Tippah County

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) awarded Tippah County a solid waste assistance grant of $13,667 that will be used by the county to clean up illegal dump sites. “The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities for cities and counties, and this grant will assist Tippah County’s […]

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Project to revitalize Chalybeate

CHALYBEATE — A flea market held in Chalybeate this weekend was the first step in a larger overall project. Those who attended the market probably noticed a donation jar for the “Rebuild Chalybeate Campaign.” The campaign was started by Tim Watson, of Chalybeate, and a committee is currently forming. Other committee members include Andy Carter, […]

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Robotics team seeks members from Tippah, Benton Counties

HICKORY FLAT — A robotics team in Benton County is recruiting girls for the approaching season. A competitive robotics team has existed in Benton County since 2012, competing in FIRST Lego League. The team has earned a number of honor, including North Mississippi Champions and earning second place in the State Championship. Several of the […]

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Ripley, Walnut to host events for holiday

RIPLEY — There are two Independence Day celebrations scheduled for the weekend. The City of Ripley and Ripley Main Street Association will host their annual Star Spangled Celebration at the Peoples Bank Sportsplex on Saturday, July 2. Vendors will begin setting up at 2 p.m. and Sweet Tea Jubliee will begin playing at 6:30 p.m. […]

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Giving becomes unplanned theme at Fire on the Mountain

BLUE MOUNTAIN — Organizers and sponsors of Fire on the Mountain work to make sure that the event is free to attend. The amount of giving that took place at this year’s event was an unexpected surprise, though. Mayor Doug Norton, at the Town of Blue Mountain’s booth, spoke of the generosity of local businesses, […]

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