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A log-truck driver from Lawrence County is dead and a Jones County bus driver suffered serious injuries in a crash on Highway 590 early Thursday morning, emergency officials reported. 

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An unidentified man was injured when the four-door Chevrolet he was driving crashed and rolled over into a ditch off Highway 533 just north of Soso at about 11 p.m. Thursday. Upon arrival at the scene, the first responding firefighters found the vehicle on its side with the driver entrapped …

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A Sumrall woman hit a jackpot for $25,000 while playing the 12 Times Pay slot machine at Bok Homa Casino in Sandersville on Monday. The woman, identified only as Judy P., declined to have her photo taken by casino officials.  In addition to slots, Bok Homa also offers table games and The Spo…

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City officials in Laurel are trying to clear up some confusion that’s being caused for some voters who have cast absentee ballots in the upcoming party primaries. 

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After dealing with winter weather in Jackson and across the state last week, the House met in person to conduct legislative business. Last week, the House met in session and committees via teleconference, similar to what occurred earlier in the session. Wednesday, Feb. 24 marked the deadline…

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A gun-wielding would-be automobile thief was taken into custody after trying to steal items from a vehicle early Sunday afternoon, Chief Tommy Cox of the Laurel Police Department said.

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Dr. Teresa Camp Rogers, an emergency medicine specialist and Chief Medical Officer with South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel, served as Legislative Doctor of the Day at the Capitol on Tuesday. She was available to provide emergency medical treatment to lawmakers and staff. Camp is…

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Exploding ammunition held back firefighters from the Laurel Fire Department  as they tried to battle a blaze at 2313 North 5th Ave., just after 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Flames were coming through the roof at the front of the house when the first firefighters arrived on the scene under the command …

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 The Mississippi Senate unanimously passed legislation creating the Mississippi Flexible Tax Incentive program , which would make the state more competitive and increase transparency, proponents say. 

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His friends called him “The Mayor of Bogue Homa,” but Alvin Darnell had a lot of titles over the course of his life, from police officer to Potenate.

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Practicing life-saving skills gives students majoring in several health-care professions at Jones College additional confidence when faced with real-life situations on the job. The two-year college’s Simulation Lab opened about 10 years ago with grant money from a private donor to buy a few …

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Jerry and Marie Coleman were enjoying a restful Sunday watching TV when they smelled smoke inside their house on the first block of Daisy Drive in the Calhoun Community.

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A Texas sex offender is in custody after deputies from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department tracked hom down this weekend.

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Local church launches new recovery program

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A recent episode of Home Town showed a young woman getting set up in a beautiful home in the historic district of Laurel after her husband died tragically and unexpectedly. Kendall Simoneau’s story tugged at the heartstrings of people across the country — no, the world — on the top-rated sho…

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It all started in the 1950s, when Herbert Ramey Sr. bought two school buses and converted them into grocery stores on wheels to sell goods from his marketplace in rural parts of Wayne County. From that idea came Ramey’s Grocery and Grill, which for decades has been a go-to stop for the Beat …

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Cory and Cherry Pitts, both born and raised in Laurel, have always had a passion for making great food and sharing it with family and friends. Last spring, when the pandemic created new obstacles to overcome, they used that passion — along with more than two decades of combined experience in…

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Body of missing woman found at former Camp Sister Spirit

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This particular “63” is not about my 63rd birthday (which is coming up soon), but Highway 63, one of my favorite roads of all time. Highway 63 starts in Waynesboro and goes south all the way to Pascagoula. Highway 63 passes by a plethora of churches, forests, farms, nice homes, small communi…

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Fire destroyed the Hebron home of a woman and her three children on Thursday morning. Mary Jackson smelled smoke and went to check her breaker box, which had been causing trouble, she told firefighters. When she went to check the smell, the breaker box was on fire in her single-wide mobile h…

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Though most were celebrating their burning love on Sunday, a Laurel man was burning rubber. 

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Man accused of shooting nephew after confronting cheating girlfriend on Valentine’s

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12 of 14 local stores sold to minors

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The 2021 Plat Book is now available for sale at the Jones County Soil & Water Conservation District office (3536 Highway 15 North, Suite C, Laurel). The book contains who owns tracts of land and boundaries, as well as roadways and waterways and other information. Those interested can als…

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C Spire has been selected as one of the top mid-sized employers in the U.S. in 2021 by Forbes and Statista Inc., a world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

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A house burned in a massive fire just off Burnt Bridge Road early Monday amid the day’s icy conditions. When fire departments arrived at 7:30 a.m. to Sanderson Road near Ellisville, the home was engulfed in flames. The home reportedly belonged to the late Ellis Ray Boyd and it was believed t…

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A Jasper County family lost their home to fire, but they all managed to escape on Sunday morning. Dawayne Ulmer, his girlfriend and their dog were able to get out of the double-wide mobile home on County Road 31 in Heidelberg in time, but their house sustained what was described as “major da…

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This was the sixth week of the 2021 Legislative Session. The House met as whole throughout the week to discuss bills that made it out of committee and onto the calendar. Thursday was the deadline for members to introduce and discuss these general bills. More than 100 bills were brought up an…