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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Locals qualify for county offices

ASHLAND — Qualification to run for local offices in the Tuesday, Aug. 4 primary has begun. Individuals who had qualified as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6 follow. A.A. Arnie McMullen will run for Sheriff. Marlene McKenzie will run for Chancery Clerk. Kathy Graves will run for Circuit Clerk. Shannon Wilburn will run for Tax […]

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Local Circuit Judge retires

RIPLEY — A large crowd gathered last week to honor the retirement of a judge who has been serving Benton County for eight years. A reception was held on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at the Tippah County Courthouse to celebrate the career of Judge Robert Elliott. Though he is officially retiring, he will still be involved […]

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Luther sworn into office as Circuit Judge

RIPLEY — Newly elected Third District Circuit Judge Kelly Luther, whose district serves Benton County, took the oath of office in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Tippah County Courthouse in Ripley. Retiring Circuit Judge Robert W. Elliott administered the oath of office. Circuit Judge Jim Roberts of Pontotoc was the guest […]

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Luther takes Benton vote in run-off

RIPLEY — The polls have closed for today’s run-off between candidates Shirley Byers and Kelly Luther for District 3 Circuit Judge. Luther, who is a Tippah County resident who currently serves as Assistant District Attorney, garnered the majority of votes in Benton County. According to unofficial preliminary results, Luther received 567 votes within the county. […]

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Benton County general election results

Benton County General Election Preliminary INCOMPLETE Results 5 of 5 Precincts Reporting Senate – Travis W. Childers – 950 Thad Cochran – 913 Shawn O’Hara – 29 1st Congressional District – Ron E. Dickey – 709 Alan Nunnelee – 1077 Danny Bedwell – 33 Lajena Walley – 16 District 1, Position 1 Jimmy Maxwell – […]

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Man dies following dog attack in Benton County

LAMAR — Following an early Saturday morning dog attack in Benton County, one man has died and another has been arrested. According to Benton County Sheriff’s Department, David Glass was attacked by three pit bulls at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday morning. He was found at approximately 5 a.m. and gave Sheriff Arnie McMullen an account […]

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Authorities seeking information in murder

Brad Locke/Daily Journal Authorities are seeking the public’s help in solving a murder that took place last month in Benton County. The body of Derrick “Spot” Sanders was found early on the morning of July 4 on the side of the road, at the intersection of Highway 7 and Sexton Road. He had been stabbed, […]

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Body found in Benton County

LAMAR – A body has reportedly been found in Benton County. Derrick Sanders’ body was found at the edge of a yard off of Miss. Hwy. 7 in Lamar on Friday morning, according to published reports. The body is being sent to Jackson for an autopsy and the death is being investigated as a homicide. […]

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McDaniel, Nunnelee, Childers, Dickey lead in Benton County polls

ASHLAND — The Republican and Democrat primaries were held Tuesday, June 3 for Senate and House of Representatives, First Congressional District. Unofficial results for Benton County follow. In the Republican Primary, 463 votes were cast in Benton County. For Senate, Thomas L. Carey earned 6 votes, Thad Cochran brought in 218 and Chris McDaniel totaled […]

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Howard Poker Run raises over $1,500 for breast cancer research, programs

HICKORY FLAT — Earlier this month, friends and neighbors gathered in Hickory Flat to honor the memory of a friend and raise funds for charity. The Second Annual Gail Howard Breast Cancer Poker Run raised over $1,500 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Last year, the event was held to raise funds for medical expenses […]

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