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Police on lookout for low-down bandit who lifted Red-Kettle tripod, sign

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Two cows were killed, two vehicles were torn up and one driver was feeling lucky to be alive after crashes on Highway 84 East late Tuesday night.

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Caroline Ellzey of Laurel sends a letter to St. Nick in a special mailbox in front of the Leader-Call office at 318 North Magnolia Street in downtown Laurel. Get your Letters to Santa in by Friday!

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Four votes separate Saul, Rogers with 10 absentee ballots still out

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Jones County is under a mask mandate and other restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the most recent executive order issued by Gov. Tate Reeves.

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Pastor Ben B. James Jr. will be the guest speaker at the next monthly meeting of the Jones County Republican Women. The group will meet at a new time and location — 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at The Laurel Country Club (2011 Highway 84 West, Laurel). 

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Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet will open its 28th season with the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” under the direction of Jennifer Beasley. The production will feature guest artists from across the nation and more than 120 local dancers in four performances on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 at Jackson …

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The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson) will host its annual Homestead for the Holidays from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, and Friday, Dec.11. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-17.

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On this holiday week, the Hutchinson family in the Matthews Community of Jones County is simply thankful to be alive to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. They lost everything they owned, including their home on Matthews Road, during the Easter tornadoes.  

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Pastor Ben B. James Jr. will be the guest speaker at the next monthly meeting of the Jones County Republican Women. The group will meet at a new time and location — 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at The Laurel Country Club (2011 Highway 84 West, Laurel). 

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Judge Dal Williamson issued fines to several would-be jurors in Jones County Circuit Court after they failed to appear in court or give notice for their absence.

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Last Thursday night, a group of 15 police cadets graduated as the last class of the Sandersville Law Enforcement Training Academy. That’s because Sheriff Joe Berlin and academy director Eddie Ingram decided the Jones County Sheriff’s Department will take the program over.

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Karoline Sims, the 8-year-old daughter of JoJo Sims of Bay Springs, pets one of the 15 alpacas at the Stroka-Gene-Us farm in Stringer on Saturday. They were among the hundreds of people who attended the eighth annual Alpaca Festival. Several arts and crafts booths and food vendors were set u…

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New Stage Theatre producer Hunter Arnold kicked off the holiday season early by announcing that a special filmed version of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic “A Christmas Carol” will be released worldwide on Saturday, Nov. 28 and will be offered through Jan. 3. This streaming video will benef…

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Brianna Noelle Read of Laurel is among the more than 350 students who were inducted into the UM chapter of Phi Kappa Phi for the fall 2020-21 semester.

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Teen gets 10 years for setting face of young friend on fire for internet challenge

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For the third time in less than 36 hours, Jones County volunteer firefighters battled a structure fire on Thursday morning. Homeowner Dusty Todd and his wife were home at the time and reported that the fire started in a back bedroom where a space heater was being used. Volunteers from Pleasa…

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The Jones County Sheriff's Department is participating in the national "Click It Or Ticket" highway safety campaign through Nov. 29. The campaign aims at enforcing seat-belt use to help keep drivers and passengers safer on our roads. 

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A Jones County sex offender who had been on the run for months was captured in Jackson, the Jones County Sheriff’s Department reported.

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Several Jones County volunteer fire departments responded to the report of a Jeep ablaze at 80 Dry Swamp Road in the Powers community on Tuesday.  

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On Saturday, the Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club’s Free State chapter hosted an appreciation breakfast for local first-responders. The Punishers LEMC is made up of active and prior-service police, military, firefighters and a select few like-minded individuals. 

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The Jones County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash with injuries and road blockage on Lower Myrick Road at Pine Drive on Tuesday afternoon. Joshua Smith, 21, of Shubuta, who was driving a 2005 Ford Mustang, was injured and transported by EMServ Ambulance Service to Forres…

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As the holidays approach, Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson is encouraging people across the street to make this year a “Genuine Mississippi” Christmas by purchasing a Mississippi Christmas tree.

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Every year, Atmos Energy joins forces with Utilities United Against Scams, a consortium of nearly 150 U.S. and Canadian electric, water and natural gas utilities and their respective trade associations, on Utility Scam Awareness Day, which was Wednesday, to educate customers and expose commo…

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The Jones County Board of Supervisors voted to go beyond the governor’s mandate when it comes to trying to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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With the stroke of a pen, the city of Laurel is on its way to saving at least a half-million dollars over the next decade.

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A Laurel man whom the judge referred to as “twisted” was ordered to spend more than a decade behind bars after admitting to impregnating a family member.

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Eighteen employees with 25 or more consecutive years of service to Ellisville State School were recently honored. The Employee Appreciation Program is made possible by employee fundraising efforts throughout the year. 

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Hattiesburg police arrested a Jones County fugitive and three other local men over the weekend for illegal firearm possession, according to the department.

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Traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 59 was backed up for at least two hours Thursday morning after a crash involving a septic utility truck and a Freightliner.

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Notorious criminal takes last-minute plea for 20 years after shooting at deputy

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A Delaware man accused of armed robbery in Laurel was tried in absentia and issued an arrest warrant Tuesday when he didn’t appear before Jones County Circuit Court.

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Two traffic stops netted three suspected drug dealers and took 32 grams of methamphetamine off the streets last week, Sgt. Jake Driskell of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division reported.

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Laurel's Wallace Drugs, one of the longest-serving businesses in Jones County, created a display to honor American servicemen and servicewomen on Wednesday, which was Veterans Day. "We wanted our veterans to be appreciated for their service that has made the lives we live in America possible…

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The Ellisville Masonic Lodge will have smoked Boston butt pork roasts prepared for Thanksgiving for sale 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the lodge in downtown Ellisville. A limited number will be available for $30 each, so those who want one are encouraged to call Duane at 601-433-52…