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So, you are doing the right thing and staying home to socially isolate yourself, which means frequent trips to the grocery store or eating in restaurants are out for the foreseeable future. Probably one of the most compelling questions in your thoughts – or out of your kids’ mouths — is, "Wh…

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As Jones College students embark on a new journey taking all classes online beginning March 30, college administrators are aware some students may need help to overcome a few obstacles to finish the semester. Among the top issues specifically being addressed by the college include access to …

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Principal B.R. Jones hands out meals at South Jones High School on Monday, the first day that Jones County schools began distributing free food to children in their communities. A little more than an hour after beginning, Jones and SJ cafeteria staff had handed out 126 meals to people drivin…

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This morning, the Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 89 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi identified by testing from the state Public Health Laboratory and private testing providers. Two new deaths have also been confirmed, in Amite and Leflore counties. Alcorn County is …

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CHOCTAW — As the country deals with the health crisis and economic fallout from the COVID-19 virus, the Office of Economic Development for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians offers advice to help small businesses manage their finances during this unprecedented time of business inactivity.

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In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic are now offering curbside testing for COVID-19. This testing will be provided through the Cough & Fever Clinic, located at the Cloverleaf Medical Plaza at 5909 US Highway 49 in Hattiesburg.

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South Central Regional Medical Center is changing its visitation policy in the wake of an executive order signed by Gov. Tate Reeves Tuesday.

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Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee on Thursday declared a state of emergency and the temporary shuttering of nonessential businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, per guidelines set by Gov. Tate Reeves, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

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Papa John’s franchise-owned restaurants in Hattiesburg, Laurel, Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, Ocean Springs and D’iberville are hiring new restaurant team members to continue our commitment to delivering meals and offering carry out, meeting a valuable need during these challenging times.

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On Friday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 94 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi identified by testing from the state Public Health Laboratory and private testing providers. Two new deaths have also been confirmed, in Tippah and Harrison Counties. New counties reporting…

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As everyone adjusts to a new normal while trying to stay safe in the midst of COVID-19, University of Mississippi faculty are going above and beyond to provide uninterrupted coursework, but in an online format to keep students engaged and, above all, safe.

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The Jones County Board of Education met on Wednesday afternoon to formulate a plan for how to proceed for the next three weeks or so, while schools are ordered shut down by order of Gov. Tate Reeves to combat the spread of coronavirus. The board limited the meeting to 10 or fewer people, as …

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The application deadline for the Practical Nursing program at Jones College has been postponed. One of the requirements for the program, the TEAS Test that was scheduled for Tuesday was canceled. Anyone scheduled to take the TEAS test on that date should contact ATI Client Care to request a …

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The Jones County Board of Supervisors is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The board has adopted a resolution to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Mississippi Department of Health during the coronavirus pandemic. As such, the board urge…

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This morning MSDH is reporting 71 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, with first #coronavirus cases in Choctaw, Newton and Noxubee counties. The state total now stands at 320, with one death. One of those cases is in Jones County. More details of Mississippi cases, along with preventive st…

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 As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19, we are blessed that, as of (Monday), we have not seen an increased spread of the disease in Jones County. That fact could change overnight, therefore it is imperative for citizens to heed the recommended precautions of the Mississippi State …

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Laurel School District is feeding students and preparing to offer online education while classrooms are closed until April 17, by Gov. Tate Reeves’ order. St. John’s Day School is following suit. Laurel Christian School is out this week and taking a wait-and-see approach. And Jones County Sc…

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TEC is committed to keeping business and residential customers connected as we navigate challenges related to COVID-19. With many people unable to work, and even more people forced to become full-time parents, teachers, and caregivers, TEC’s leadership teams are diligently working to assist …

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South Central Regional Medical Center and its clinics are continuing to test patients for coronavirus, hospital officials said in a press release on Monday morning. A list of testing sites that was released by the state Department of Health on Sunday only included facilities that were doing …

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Grab and go meals will be available free for any child up to age 18 starting Monday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

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The Mississippi State Department of Health will now be keeping an active list of local COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state. The list has been provided to MSDH from local county emergency management agencies and local providers. It will be updated daily when positive cases are updated…

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 Dixie Electric Power Association continues to monitor the COVID-19 guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has already implemented proactive measures to assist co-op members during this time.

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The board and administration of Laurel Christian School continues to monitor recommendations from the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools and health-care authorities to make decisions regarding adjustments to the school calendar and the possible need for distance learning during the …

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Due to the communities’ overwhelming response to Friday’s emergency blood drive, Saturday’s blood drive has been moved to Lake Terrace Convention Center, and a Sunday date has been added. The emergency blood drives, coordinated by Forrest General Hospital and Vitalant, are scheduled for:

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Mississippi public schools will remain closed for the next four weeks to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Tate Reeves announced Thursday. 

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Medical officials are asking healthy people to consider giving blood on Tuesday at The Cameron Center (710 N. 10th Ave., Laurel) from noon-6 p.m.

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This morning MSDH is reporting 30 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, in 21 counties, inluding Jones. Among the counties with their first #coronavirus cases are Adams, Franklin, Lee and Tippah. The state total now stands at 80, with one death. Full details of all Mississippi cases along wi…

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Jones College is complying with the restrictions on event sizes recommended by the White House due to the global, COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and has postponed spring commencement ceremonies. The college is planning to mail diplomas to graduates and is also considering opportunities for in…

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Because of the latest CDC guidelines for public events, Laurel Little Theatre's spring production of the Southern-Fried Trailer-Park comedy “Doublewide, Texas" has been postponed. Originally planned to run the next two weekends, LLT will reset performances for later this spring or summer as …

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HATTIESBURG – The fear of coronavirus is severely impacting the U.S. blood supply as Vitalant and other blood centers across the country are struggling to maintain stable inventories and avoid a critical blood shortage. With school closures and business shutdowns, 25 percent of Vitalant’s bl…

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On Tuesday, March 17, the Mississippi House of Representatives suspended the legislative session until April 1 at 2 p.m., or a date mutually agreed upon by Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann if necessary.  This suspension is out abundance of caution for the me…

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Wednesday morning, the Mississippi Department of Health is reporting 13 new cases of COVID-19 in eight counties. Counties with their first #coronavirus cases are Bolivar, DeSoto, Madison and Perry. The state total now stands at 34, with 513 individuals tested. With the increase of COVID-19 c…