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Breland makes it 9 hours before being booked back in jail

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The House met as a whole throughout last week to discuss general bills that made it out of committee and onto the calendar. Thursday, Feb. 14, was the deadline for representatives to discuss these general bills. Any bills not discussed in session by this deadline died on the calendar. The bi…

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Last week, I visited with the Heidelberg High School Student Council and spoke during their leadership visit to the Capitol.

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Students at Excellence in Learning Academy in Laurel had a half-day of school last Thursday after enjoying Valentine’s Day parties. Each class gave out valentines to each other, and they celebrated with a party with food and treats. Madeline Lee and Avery Garner are shown working on a Valent…

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Prince spruces up community with hand-painted signs, gold-leaf gilding

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Woodworking wasn't Ben Napier's first love, but his true love led him to it. 

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As many as 40 percent of adult Mississippians over the age of 65 have diabetes. And with that, the vast majority of type 2 diabetics do not know they are living with this disease. Given that Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the country, the state also has the highest rate of di…

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Have you ever had one of those months? The water heater stops heating, the dishwasher stops washing and your family ends up on a first-name basis with the nurse at urgent care. Then, as you’re driving to work, giving yourself your best “You can make it!” pep talk, you see smoke seeping out f…

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Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Ellisville on Saturday night for the community’s first Mardi Gras parade. Antique cars, motorcycles and a handful of floats — including the French Quarter Grill’s airboat — gave plenty of flavor to the event. Parade-goers scrambled and leaped …

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Willis Wright admitted to being wrong again, and now he will have to spend a couple of years in prison.

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George Carmichael and Travares Comegys sit next to each other in Laurel City Council meetings. And now they’ll be next to each other on the ballot for District 5 Supervisor.

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A Laurel High School student was caught with a gun while in class on Thursday morning after school officials received an anonymous tip, they said.

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Nine days after The Commercial Dispatch ran a story about Ronald Scott Walters being promoted to sports editor, the newspaper in Columbus had to publish a story about him being arrested for sexually assaulting a minor.

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Ex-clerk in Bay Springs accused of being duped in international lottery scheme that cost city $300K

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Wife of accused sex offender swindled out of $600, warns others

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The fifth week of the 2019 legislative session proved to be the busiest thus far. Committee meetings to discuss House bills wrapped up early in the week because of Tuesday’s general bills deadline. The House convened Wednesday through Friday to discuss the legislation that made it to the cal…

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When you marry or simply share a household with someone, your financial life changes — and your approach to managing your money may change as well. To succeed as a couple, you may also have to succeed financially. The good news is that is usually not so difficult.

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A two-story brick home outside of Ellisville burned early Tuesday and investigators have deemed it a suspicious fire. The home at 15 Arrington Road, which belongs to James and Amy Ainsworth, had not been occupied for several days, but most of their personal property and their four dogs were …

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St. John’s Day School students who had all A’s for the second 9 weeks were recognized by Mrs. Carolyn Stone for their hard work with a special breakfast provided by the Parents’ Club. Students on the Head Mistress’ List were: Carter Burroughs, Casey Butts, Brody Crowder, Madelyn Johnson, Eth…

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Rev. Patrick Nixon, right, pastor of Grace Covenant World Ministries in Ellisville, delivered an opening prayer to the state senate on Monday at the invitation of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, center, who led lawmakers into the day’s business after Sen. Mike Seymour led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Gov. Phil Bryant’s request for disaster assistance in response to the Dec. 27-28 severe weather and floods was approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Residents, businesses and non-profit organizations affected by the weather are eligible to apply for low interest loans for recovery.

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State Auditor Shad White announced his office returned more than $350,000 to Mississippi taxpayers in January after investigations by his office determined public funds were stolen or misused. “Significant amounts” were recovered from John Cullen, Mary Washington and Jones County Supervisor …

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There will be a public hearing/town hall meeting 10-11 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Laurel Train Depot and at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall in Bay Springs for officials from DJ Transit, Inc., and the Mississippi Department of Transportation to discuss services in those areas.

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Fire destroyed a home on Smith Chapel Road, in the Mount Olive Community of Jones County, while a resident was outside in his shop cleaning a deer just after noon on Thursday. Simon Barthelemy said he was dressing the deer when he noticed a vehicle slowing down and staring at his home. When …

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On Friday, I had the great honor of attending the funeral service of our city’s Chief of Police, Tyrone Stewart. And what a great celebration of life it was! As I listened to the words spoken by so many who loved him, I was struck by the word “legacy” that I heard during the service. 

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Paula Perkins was asleep on the couch of the home she shares with her sister Lakeisha and their four children on Saturday when her niece came and told her there was a fire in one of the bedrooms. Perkins was able to get all of the children, ages 6-18, and pets out of the house, but she was u…

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The monthly meeting of the Jasper County Genealogical and Historical Society will be tonight (Tuesday) at the Mary Weems Parker Library at 6 p.m. 

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Jerry Ford of Jerry Ford Real Estate celebrated 10 years of business with a surprise party on Jan. 25 at his office. He was joined by coworkers and business associates. An avid baseball fan, his agents and staff gave him Cubs tickets for the upcoming season and also a photo album with years …