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RIPLEY • “We started back in ’87. We started really, really, small and it overwhelmed us almost immediately. We had no idea there was that much need.” That’s how Dr. Gene Howell describes the start of the Coats for Kids program in Ripley.

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ASHLAND – The Friends of the Benton County Library are sponsoring a way to get residents in the holiday spirit while also obtaining Christmas themed decor. The Friends of the Library will be selling poinsettias.

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HOPEWELL • The first week of October in Mississippi usually brings in the cooler fall weather and beautiful changing colors of nature. It’s also a time when cowboys, trail riders, and folks with a heart for the children at St. Jude saddle up for the annual St. Jude Benefit Trail Ride in Bent…

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LAMAR • At Arella Farm in Lamar, each of their 13 alpacas are different. They have Marcus, the gentle giant, and Believe, the drama queen, as well as Happy Red Rider and Handsome Knightfall. Each one adds a unique personality to the herd and this weekend the public has a chance to meet these…

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JACKSON • Dr. Dwalia South was honored recently for her contribution to the medical field at the first Women in Medicine Awards Gala held in Jackson on Thursday, Aug. 15.

RIPLEY • Saturday, Aug. 17 is Girl Scout Saturday for Scouts in Benton and Tippah County. The day is created for girls to learn aobut all the exciting and fun activities girls can do when they join Girl Scouts.Girl Scouts are always planning their next adventure and there are so many ways to…

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It's back to school time! School is back in session. The Southern Advocate is once again collecting the "first day of school" pictures for a special keepsake page.

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HICKORY FLAT - Seventh through 12th graders in Benton and surrounding counties have an opportunity to participate on a community robotics team that has a history of winning competitions and earning scholarships for team members.

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Joshlyn Patterson, daughter of Yolanda Griffin and Joe Patterson, has been named valedictorian of Ashland High School for the Class of 2019. She is also one of four to be the first to ever to graduate Ashland High School as a Mississippi Scholar. Joshlyn is a member of the Beta Club, student…

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Ranking second highest in the 2019 graduating class of Ashland High School is Shanterria Hampton. Shanterria is the daughter of Shone and Latoria Hampton. In her time at Ashland High School, she has been a member of the cheerleading squad, prom committee, student council, the STEM program an…

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. -- Grammy Award-winning recording artist John Berry will be the guest performer at the Blue Mountain College 4th Annual Scholarship Gala. The event will be held on the Blue Mountain College Campus, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2019. John Berry has charted nineteen son…

(April 8, 2019) - Mississippi gas prices are unchanged  in the past week, averaging $2.42/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,014 stations. Gas prices in Mississippi are 21.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, yet stand 4.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.Accord…

Northwest Mississippi Community College is offering a health care assistant (HCA) class during the Summer 2019 semester. The classes will be held on the Senatobia campus Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The classes will begin June 3.Financial aid is available for the program and sh…

JACKSON – Children can get outdoors and explore nature at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science day camps this summer. Age-appropriate camps are offered for preschoolers and children entering kindergarten through entering twelfth grade. “Campers spend their time enjoying outdoor inve…

Jackson, Miss. – Mississippi has ranked as one of the top-tiered states in public health emergency preparedness, according to a recent study by the Trust for America’s Health. The Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism report has tracked public…

Mississippi, MS, February 18- Gasoline prices in Mississippi have risen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.99/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,014 stations in Mississippi. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.0 cents per gallon v…

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Love is in the air when you are in the presence of the Jackson couple. Matching outfits, cherishing looks, holding hands, and finishing each other’s sentences shows their devotion to each other. Dot Jackson describes her husband, Charles, as her Prince Charming and she as his Princess.

JACKSON, Miss. –  Flu season is spiking in Mississippi, and experts at the University of Mississippi Medical Center say people should redouble precautions to avoid being – or creating – the next patient.The Pediatric Emergency Department has diagnosed more than 120 children daily over the pa…

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ASHLAND - It's the most wonderful time of the year and organizers are calling for entries for the 2018 Ashland Christmas Parade. The event will be held on Monday, Dec. 3 (In case of inclement weather it will be moved to Thursday, Dec. 6) and the this year's theme will be "Silver Bells."

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Music teacher, Tina Baker, and students have been working hard on the annual Veteran's Day Program. Hickory Flat Attendance Center’s pre-k through sixth grades will perform as well as the high school choir. The program will be held on Friday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. in the new gym at Hickory Flat …

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The Ripley Rotary Club will hold its annual Coats For Kids drive this November. This event will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 – 4 p.m., with the exception of Thursday, Nov. 23. It is available to children in Tippah and Benton Counties.

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The Girl Scouts of Benton and Tippah County held their fall registration day on Saturday, Aug. 19 . With a goal of 139 pledges, Troop leaders from both counties set up tables and activities for girls. The Girl Scouts hold these events each year to allow girls in kindergarten to 12th Grade to…

Ashland —Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council is hosting Girl Scout Saturday on Aug. 18.  The Benton County Girl Scouts will be hosting their local event at Ashland Park, 15821 Boundary Drive, Ashland, from 10 a.m. - noon.  There will many opportunities for parents to volunteer and make a …

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School has officially started for the year and that means that kids coming home after school are hungry and ready for a snack.  Fresh fruit is good to have on hand.  There are all sorts of snacks that can be purchased at the grocery store that are healthy.  Homemade snacks make special desse…

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James and Betty Jo (Michael) Nunnally of Ripley will celebrate their 50th anniversary on April 12. James is the CEO of North MS Primary Health Care and Betty Jo is a retired educator from Pine Grove High School. They have one son Miles (Christina) Nunnally of Ripley. They have one grandson J…