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The Jones County Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program for emerging professionals in Jones County to connect called Jones CO.nnect!

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Kiwanis Club of Laurel members heard an informative presentation on the history of Masonite of Laurel and the products currently produced at Wednesday’s regular club meeting. 

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Joan Young of the downtown Laurel BancorpSouth was honored as a 2019 Fifty-Year Club Member of the Mississippi Bankers Association at the 131st annual Mississippi Bankers’ Association convention in Destin, Fla., last month. She attended the convention with Russ Griffin, president of the Laur…

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The Mississippi Public Service Commission and Secretary of State’s Office announced changes Monday to the Telephone Solicitation Act affecting registration requirements of charities. 

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As nearly 2 million U.S. college students graduate this spring, Magnolia State Bank is emphasizing the importance of a sound financial lifestyle. Magnolia State Bank has highlighted six financial tips recent college graduates should consider to position themselves for financial success as th…

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Every year, the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi selects two “Women of Excellence” to honor at the Ultimate Fashion Show. The honorees are known for blazing a trail in their career paths and passionately pursuing the betterment of their communities. One of the recipients this year is Robin…

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Dunn Roadbuilders won a statewide award for Best Municipal Overlay for the paving of a parking lot along Front Street in downtown Laurel. The Mississippi Asphalt Producers Association presented the company with the award and Dunn representatives presented an aerial photo and duplicate plaque…

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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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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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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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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 …

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The S&P 500 represents a large portion of the value of the U.S. equity market

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Many people plan their estates diligently, with input from legal, tax and financial professionals. Others plan earnestly, but make mistakes that can potentially affect both the transfer and destiny of family wealth. Here are some common and not-so-common errors to avoid:

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If you were born during 1965-80, you belong to “Generation X.” Ten or 20 years ago, you may have thought of retirement as an event in the lives of your parents or grandparents; within the next 10-15 years, you will probably be thinking about how your own retirement will unfold.

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Is your annual IRA withdrawal a bother? If you are an affluent retiree, that might be the case. The income is always nice, but the taxes that come with it? Not so much.

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How much have you saved for retirement? Are you on pace to amass a retirement fund of $1 million by age 65? More than a few retirement counselors urge pre-retirees to strive for that goal. If you have $1 million in invested assets when you retire, you can withdraw 4 percent a year from your …

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More than 70 percent of college graduates began their career owing more than $37,000 in student loans in 2017. Considering the additional living expenses they’ll soon face, new college graduates would be wise to focus on their financial future right now, says Magnolia State Bank. Magnolia St…

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Sandy Holified has been elected as an Honorary Life Member of the Southern Economic Development Council. The vice president of the Jones County Economic Development Authority was recognized recently at the SEDC annual conference in Mobile, Ala.

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The Direct Support Employee of the Month winners for June at Ellisville State School are, from left, Destiny Cook of Stringer, Stephanie Jones of Bassfield, Shelia McCann of Laurel and Tracy Bridges of Ellisville.

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The Ellisville State School Direct Support Employee of the Month winners for May were Jane Shepherd of Laurel and Teresa Sullivan of Soso. Winners who aren’t not pictured are Kaneesha Flowers of Ellis- ville and Cedrick Lawrence of Laurel.

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Some couples elect to consolidate their personal finances, while others largely keep their financial lives separate. What choice might suit your household?

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Johnson Controls will improve critical equipment, systems and infrastructure in Jones County School District’s three high schools – Northeast Jones High, South Jones High and West Jones High. The company’s Performance Infrastructure leaders and school district leaders partnered to assess and…

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A major shift has occurred in the financial world. More and more financial professionals have moved away from the industry’s traditional compensation model to a new one — in the eyes of many of them, a better one.

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Imagine an income stream you cannot outlive. That sums up the appeal of an annuity. If you are interested in steady retirement income (and the potential to defer taxes), you might want to look at the potential offered by annuities. Before making the leap, however, you must understand how they work.

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Imagine an income stream you cannot outlive. That sums up the appeal of an annuity. If you are interested in steady retirement income (and the potential to defer taxes), you might want to look at the potential offered by annuities. Before making the leap, however, you must understand how they work.

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OXFORD – Fifty years is a long time to be at the forefront of an industry, but business visionary Thomas W. Colbert’s legacy began as Mississippi’s youngest bank CEO in 1968 and led to his founding the state’s first bank-holding company in 1977. And he keeps leading, now as senior chairman o…

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Bingo is now available at Bok Homa Casino. The Event Center will now house bingo sessions for players to enjoy. To celebrate this new permanent offering, Bok Homa Casino hosted grand-opening events March 17 and again last Saturday. The grand-opening events included an early-bird bingo sessio…

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According to the Internal Revenue Service, more than 70 percent of the nation’s taxpayers received a tax refund in 2017, averaging nearly $3,000, and they will get a similar amount this year.

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Many people save and invest vaguely for the future. They know they need to accumulate money for retirement, but when it comes to how much they will need or how they will do it, they are not quite sure. They will “wing it,” hope for the best, and see how it goes. How do they know they are rea…

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As a young woman, you have an opportunity to make some major financial strides. You truly have time on your side when it comes to investing, saving and harnessing the power of compounding. Now is the time to pay yourself first and do those things that could make you wealthy in the future.

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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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What kind of retirement do you think you’ll have? Qualitatively speaking, what if the success or failure of your retirement begins with your perception of retirement?