Archive | December, 2012

Christmas storms injured 22, slammed 188 buildings in Mississippi

The Associated Press PEARL — The storms that ripped through Mississippi on Christmas Day injured 22 people and damaged or destroyed nearly 188 buildings in a dozen counties, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported Friday. It said 65 of the buildings — 57 homes and eight businesses — were destroyed, with major damage to another […]

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Immigration issues up in air for ‘13 session

Bobby Harrison NEMS Daily Journal JACKSON – A key legislative advocate in efforts to strengthen Mississippi’s laws to curb the number of undocumented immigrants in the state says he is not sure how the issue will be dealt with during the upcoming 2013 session. “I don’t have anything definitive in the way of plans for […]

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Food Giant purchases E. W. James, Webster’s Supermarket

By Hank Weisner Southern Sentinel RIPLEY – The Giant just got bigger. The Food Giant grocery chain – which has a store in Ripley — has purchased the E. W. James grocery store in south Ripley, as well as Webster’s Supermarket in Ashland. Both new acquisitions will be known as Food Giant stores. The goal […]

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Lamar Sanders is living large in Tokyo

by Joyce Leggett Brock TOKYO – Hickory Flat native Lamar Sanders began a new adventure when he moved to Japan last month. He’s really only gotten to see Tokyo, so far, but says it is a beautiful city. Among the things he most enjoys about the city is the fashion. “There’s a lot of high […]

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Tomorrow, you will be remembered for today

JUST A THOUGHT by Joyce Leggett Brock A few weeks ago, I posed a question to my friends on Facebook. I asked them, basically, this: When you die, if people could only remember one thing about you, what would you want it to be? I really enjoyed the responses and I thought that most of […]

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Branscome joins NRCS team

by Joyce Leggett Brock ASHLAND –  John Branscome is now working as a Soil Conservationist at the Benton County office of the United States’ Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Soil Conservation. The NRCS office provides assistance to farmers and agricultural producers. Branscome holds an Associate’s Degree in Forestry from Holmes Community College. He holds two […]

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Ashland store robbed at gunpoint

by Joyce Leggett Brock ASHLAND — The Dollar General Store in Ashland was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday evening. According to authorities, a suspect entered the store at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. Robbing the store clerk at gunpoint, the suspect took an undetermined amount of cash. According to Investigator David Murphy, the […]

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Multiple warrants issued in Justice Court

by Joyce Leggett Brock ASHLAND — Benton County Justice Court was in session on Tuesday, Dec. 4 with Judge Brody Childers on the bench. A number of individuals facing charges were absent from court. Warrants were issued for the arrest of many of these individuals. Among the cases heard were: James Gray – Gray was […]

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Sheriff’s Department, community organizations, reach out for Christmas

by Joyce Leggett Brock ASHLAND — Each year, the Benton County Sheriff’s Department coordinates a toy drive benefitting children in need in Benton County. With the help of other community organizations, this year was one of the most successful yet. The Dollar General store in Ashland partners with the Sheriff’s Department each year. Donation boxes […]

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Angels deliver Christmas cheer to Ashland Elementary

by Joyce Leggett Brock ASHLAND — When one person who cares meets another person who cares, great things sometimes happen. At Ashland Elementary, good things are happening for a number of students following a chain reaction that passed from one caring person to another caring person until it would be almost impossible to track the […]

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