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Are you feeling down, anxious with “butterflies in your stomach” or have “brain fog”? Or  are your intestines in a constant uproar due to acid reflux, bloating, constipation or diarrhea? Do you scout the supermarket aisles for gluten-free items or for almond, soy or oat milk to replace regul…

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The 19th annual Ellzey family reunion will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10 at the Sand Hill Community Center. They are invited to bring old photographs, stories and lunch to enjoy fellowship with family and friends. 

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In 2020, America was running out of chicken tenders, masks, hamburger meat, hand sanitizer and plastic gloves. But we were also running low on recreational vehicles. Everyone still wanted to travel, but no one wanted to get on an airplane, if there were even any airplanes still flying.

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Jones County Fire Service volunteers from Powers, M&M and Sharon, along with Clarain Wayne County, were set up along Highway 63 at Clara VFD at the funeral procession for Rufus Landrum on Tuesday.

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Author’s note: This column is being written on Memorial Day. Due to the publishing schedules of the various newspapers in which this column appears, it will be read anywhere from two days to one week after Memorial Day. An editor might say, “It’s not timely.” I would respond, “It’s always ‘t…

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Miss Jones County prepping for run at Miss Mississippi pageant crown

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Guys, I have realized the fatal mistake I have made. I have given my friends the ultimate pass to embarrass me any way they find fitting. To rub salt in the wound, I have to write about it. I tried to back out of this, but Jim told me that I had already signed the contract and it was too lat…

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The Council of Garden Clubs of Laurel and Jones County recently had its installation of new officers for 2021-23. The council meets the first Wednesday of each month in the Mason Room of the Laurel-Jones County Library. The objective of the organization is to coordinate the interests of the …

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I had a 10 a.m. doctor’s appointment today. I’ve gone to this clinic for years. I walked in and gave my name and birth date. Yes, things looked different, but I’m used to things not looking the way they used to.  

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Last week, I was in New Orleans enjoying a bowl of gumbo by Lake Pontchartrain at my go-to place for gumbo — Station 6. It also has some mighty fine smoked fish dip. Actually, it probably has the best two examples of those starters in the city.

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Northwood Garden Club members recently planted flowers, distributed bird seed and spruced up the sign at Mason Elementary School. They planted flowers in pots in order to attract bees and to bring awareness to the students about honeybees as pollinators. The children were educated on the imp…

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Betty Busbeap of Laurel submitted these photos of a century plant that has been in her yard between 30 and 40 years. The plant began blooming in March, left photo, and has reached full maturity. (Submitted photos)

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I drove down Buffalo Hill Road last week with the intent of looking for them. I rounded the curve and looked off to the right and up on the bank. There they were, strewn about in a banner of blue. My husband asked, “Are you going to stop and pick them?” My impulsive self, felt compelled to s…

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Rippling sounds of the Leaf River could be heard as members of the Ellisville Garden Club arrived for the April Garden Club meeting at the Flowers’ Camp. The quaint wooden cabin was filled with the delightful smell of burning charcoal. A table full of picnic favorites accompanied the burgers…

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The Leading Ladies of Laurel’s inaugural meeting will kick off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 3 at Mason Park’s stage area. The featured speaker will be Sarah Thomas, the first woman NFL referee. 

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The more time I spend as a parent, the more I appreciate my mother and the job she did raising my brother and me. I’ve had it easy. Her road was much tougher. She married at 21 and was widowed at 33. She was left with two boys, a house under construction and an art degree. She scaled back th…

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The Ellisville Garden Club selected the Hill Street office of Pat L McKenzie, Inc., as the Bright Spot of the Month in town for the month of May. This company provides a welcoming and well-kept landscape to those passing by on their way into the city. The yard is designed to have blooming pl…

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You might ask, where in the world is Moorhead, Mississippi? I know that when my grandson Tanner earned a scholarship to play baseball for the Trojans at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead two years ago, I had to look it up.

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This year marks my 40th year in the restaurant business. I got into this business after flunking out of college in 1981, though I have always worked. I mowed lawns until I got my first real full-time job at 15 as a radio station disc jockey. When it came time to declare a major for my freshm…

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The City of Laurel, in partnership with the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and the Laurel Arts League, invites local artists to display their talent and tell the story of Laurel by transforming 12 traffic control boxes into works of art with the goal to brighten city streetscapes, enhance commu…

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Dear graduates, there are two seemingly unconventional routes to success in your upcoming professional and personal life — through passion and fun. The decision regarding your professional life should be the easiest decision you’ll ever make. Your career should be about one thing — PASSION.

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En Plein Air event raises $10,000 for Domestic Abuse Family Shelter

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MERIDIAN — The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience is featuring two special exhibitions celebrating Native American culture, particularly in Mississippi, and the Native American community’s right to tell its own story. Both exhibits will be on display starting today (Saturday) thro…

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Laurel Little Theatre will open its 61st season this summer with the new Broadway musical “Big Fish.” Set in Alabama, it’s based on the hit novel and Tim Burton movie and has a truly beautiful score that’s sure to be a favorite for the whole family.

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NEW ORLEANS —  This city is, unquestionably, one of the Top 5 restaurant cities in America. I would imagine that if one were to poll national food critics, New Orleans would be listed among the Top 3. To my taste — and I’ve eaten extensively in most of America’s top restaurant cities — New O…

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Americans have come to see vegetable oils as heart healthy over the past 50 years. The Diet Heart Hypothesis raised by Ancel Keys in the 1950s, and seemingly confirmed by his Seven Country Study, implied saturated fat in the diet was to blame for the post-World War II surge in arteriosclerot…

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The annual general membership business meeting of Friends of Jones County Library System took place recently. The meeting normally would have been in January, but it was postponed due to COVID restrictions. Those in attendance received updates on the children’s and young adults' areas at the…

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Here we are in the season when Laurel puts on her fancy clothes. Some days, after a spring rain, those majestic green leaves seem like emeralds glittering in the sunshine.  

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“You need some excitement in your life.” That’s what my best friend Josh Beasley said to me. It’s an inside joke between us referring to a very scary situation. I started to think about those words one night, and I realized it’s true. I have nothing going on in my life. I have no kids, no pe…

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The Ellisville Garden Club had another easy job locating the brightest spot in town for the April Yard of the Month. The Ellisville Public Library is once again a hub of activity in the city following its long-awaited reopening after the quarantine. The down time provided an opportunity for …

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As I head into my 60th year, I am amazed as I look back on life and reflect on the different stages along my journey. I have always been blessed with a good memory, so my early childhood years, teen years, high school years and 20s hold a lot of fond recollections, despite some major bumps i…

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The following people filed for marriage licenses in the Jones County Circuit Clerk's office:

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I am a bonafide breakfast person. I was born a breakfast person. All through my early school years I was a breakfast person, and I am a breakfast person today. Even in my sleeping-late-because-I-partied-all-night-late-teen-and-early-20s years, I was a breakfast person. Granted, during that p…

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This past Sunday was the first Easter in which I have missed attending a church service in a long time. My family and I were in New Orleans moving our daughter into her new apartment. We could have hit up a couple of Catholic churches near our apartment, but we spent time together and worshi…

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The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art will host acclaimed Mississippi horticulturist Felder Rushing for Art Talk on Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. on the museum’s front lawn. 

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Two generations of Nowickis to star in LLT's 'On Golden Pond'