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Exactly 40 years ago this week, I began my freshman year of college. My entire life was ahead of me and I felt as if I had the world by the tail. Today — exactly four decades after I left home — I have returned to the same campus. This time with my son, to begin his freshman year. He probabl…

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The Northeast Jones High School Class of 1979 will celebrate its 40th class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 14. The reunion celebration will include fellowship and a dinner for class members and their significant other at The Hitchin’ Poste, located at 14 Manning Drive, just off Highway 184 in th…

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The Ellisville Garden Club has selected the home of Ms. Elouise Jordan at 206 Jessamine St. for the Yard of the Month. The English cottage-style garden is framed by a white picket fence with a ginkgo tree on the side. Daisy mums are in full bloom and create an ideal splash of color amid azal…

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Kiwanis Club of Laurel members heard an informative presentation from Laurel Police Department Chief Tommy Cox at the regular club meeting at the Laurel Country Club. 

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A rolling afternoon shootout on city streets between two Laurel men left one of them with a minor injury and put both of them in jail.

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Independent candidate for Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin urged his supporters to “cast your support for change” in the Aug. 27 Republican runoff.

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Rustin, Sandersville, M & M and Powers volunteers responded to a structure fire at 95 Warsaw Camp Loop just after 2 p.m. on Saturday. Owner James Necaise came home, and when he opened the front door, there was thick black smoke in the house.  Necaise rescued his three dogs that were in t…

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Educators and student representatives from the Laurel and Jones County school districts will participate in the second annual Education In Industry tour and discussion on Oct. 1.

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The Jones County Job Fair will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday. Oct. 8 at Sawmill Square Mall Center Court. Entry for job seekers is free and any business may set up a booth for $75.  

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On Saturday, the Laurel American Legion Marvin E. Stanton Post 11 celebrated its 100-year anniversary. The American Legion was formed on March 15, 1919 in Paris at the American Club by the U.S. Expeditionary Forces. The Laurel Post 11 was chartered five months later. There were more than 80 …

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Transportation commissioner Tom King has posted an update on the Highway 184 bridge, which has been closed because of damage sustained by flooding and a downed tree just after Christmas.

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A candidate for sheriff who received almost 1,300 votes in the Republican primary is asking his supporters to return to the polls to cast their ballots for Macon Davis in the Aug. 27 runoff.

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Calhoun, Hebron and Soso volunteer fire departments had an early start on Monday responding to a report of a structure fire on Old Soso Road shortly after 1 a.m. Monday. Upon arrival at the home of Donald and Tina Scrimpshire, the firefighters found smoke in one of the bedrooms with contents…

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McDaniel backs longtime foe Tate Reeves in governor’s race

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A Myrick family who was living in a camper temporarily lost that and all of their belongings to a fire Monday night at 68 Jeffie Craven Road. Jerry and Ashley Meadows and their three sons Jerry, Levi and Anthony were gone to get something to eat when the fire happened, so they are left with …

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Investigation: Canines killed miniature donkeys near Mize

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The 2018-19 NEJ FFA Junior Parliamentary Procedure Team, from left, Caedence Hodge, Anna Windham, Trinity Touchstone, Brandon Broadhead and Javion Ducksworth placed third in the state during competition at the 2019 MS FFA State Convention in early June. Their AgEd instructors/FFA advisers we…

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The 2018-19 Northeast Jones Future Farmers of America Senior Opening and Closing Team of, from left, Kennedy Brooks, Leah Smith, Gabi Hodge, Matthew Powell, Briana Middleton, Kennedie Clark and Lara Wright placed third in the state during competition at the 2019 MS FFA State Convention in ea…

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Gabi Hodge was the recipient of the 2019 Connie Coker Memorial Scholarship presented at the 2019 MS FFA State Convention. Past president of the Northeast Jones FFA chapter, Gabi is a 2019 graduate of Northeast Jones and is currently enrolled in the nursing program at Jones College. She is th…

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Karley Cotten, left, and Kennedie Clark were recipients of Co-Op Program Scholarships during the 2019 MS FFA State Convention at MSU in early June. Their AgEd instructors/FFA advisers were Chris Myrick and Logan Dale. 

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As hard as this may be to believe for some of you, I wanted to write about something other than the sheriff this week. Desperately. Anything but that … I’m actually buried in football stuff, trying to help finish up and proofread our Kickoff magazine that’s coming out in less than two weeks. 

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Marina Mengelberg is a Dutch-born Italian tour guide who lives in the heart of Tuscany. My friend, business partner and co-collaborator Wyatt Waters and I met her when we first started leading tours in Tuscany. She is a very close friend who tours us through four locations — the medieval tow…

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U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst joined law enforcement, community leaders and residents at the Laurel Police Department to celebrate the 36th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event Tuesday.