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ELLISVILLE – After battling all day at the Jones College Bobcat Math League playoff competition, the first-seeded Oak Grove Warrior team won the 2018 Championship title for the second time in recent history. It literally came down to the last question in the final round of 30-questions with …

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ELLISVILLE – The bond between a father and son is special. However, Jones College’s Director of Bands, Dr. Ben Burge not only gets to bond with his son Max who is a freshman at Jones, but he also gets to “band” with him.  When the younger Burge contemplated playing in the band in middle scho…

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ELLISVILLE – The competition ramped up this week after most high schools had two weeks off for Fall Break and school activities. The Science Division’s ranking for the top three teams changed this week for the fourth time this season, leaving West Jones wondering if they can regain the divis…

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South Jones High School marching band War Path competed on Saturday in the Rocket City Invitational at Neshoba Central in Philadelphia and was selected Overall Grand Champion. The band received first place in overall music performance, visual effect, general effect and percussion, plus it wa…

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Jones College’s 2018 Honor Alumni have contributed a lifetime of service to the institution and their communities in numerous ways.  Laurel’s Dennis Bohannon, Raleigh native Paul Culliver and Ellisville native Clyde Dease will be honored at the annual JCJC Alumni Luncheon on homecoming on Sa…

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South Jones High School will begin its homecoming festivities on Thursday, Sept. 20, with a parade through downtown Ellisville at 6:30 p.m. The parade will start at Corner Market and continue through downtown. The homecoming court will be presented at the pep rally at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Se…

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Nora Davis Magnet School was recently honored with the highest designation given by the Mississippi Arts Commission for the successful use of arts in the classroom. Representatives from MAC and the Mississippi Department of Education presented the school with Model of Exemplary Practice in A…

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The recipients of The William Maurice Tittle III Scholarship and The Joshua Lyon Ousley Scholarship to The University of Mississippi are Gracie Mauldin 2017 and Jess Cooley 2018. Gracie is the daughter of Joe and Dorothy Axton Mauldin of Laurel, and Jess is the son of Joey and Angie Gavin Co…

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The new teachers for Mason Elementary, Oak Park Elementary, Maddox Elementary and Nora Davis Magnet were recently welcomed to the Laurel School District. Front row, from left, Clarene Holcomb, Oak Park language and social studies; Chelsea Evans, Mason kindergarten; and Ashley Hite, Maddox se…

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Ole Miss senior Katelynn McGowen of Moselle, the daughter of Hugh and Robin McGowen, was one of four students selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program.

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Sarah Robertson and Faith Houston (holding gavel) of Laurel recently served as pages for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Pages generally run errands for officials and House staff.  Sarah and Faith are pictured with Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Rep. Dana Criswell (R-Olive Br…

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The Fine Arts Department of Jones County Junior College will present “The Star of Bethlehem,” a Christmas concert by the JCJC Concert Choir and special guests, including an orchestra and dancers from the Laurel Ballet Academy.

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West Jones High School is hosting homecoming festivities at Mustang Field on Friday. The homecoming court is, front from left, senior Football Maid Keyasha McDonald, senior maids Brittani Dozier and Carolyn Barlow, Queen Carley Hill, senior Student Body Maids Anna Grace Gieger and Nataleigh …

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The Laurel High School Tornado Marching Band received all-superior ratings for the fifth consecutive year at the Mississippi High School Activities Association State Marching Evaluations. State evaluations took place on Oct. 14 at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba. Superior rating…

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The Northeast Jones homecoming court is (from back to front, left to right):  eighth-grade maid Emily Gatlin and escort Cole Koenisberger, Student Body Maid Anna Landrum and escort Braxton Dykes; sophomore maid Chloe Ward and escort Daygen Warren; seventh-grade maid Isabella Harrison and esc…

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South Jones graduate Taylor Duffy, the daughter of Tommy Duffy and Dennis and Renee Bisnette, received the Joseph Thompson Myers Scholarship to The University of Mississippi.

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West Jones Fellowship of Christian Athletes chose the Glory House as the first mission project of the school year. Boxes of mac-n-cheese and soup/crackers were collected and delivered. Pictured are representatives of the WJHS FCA Blake Todd and Bailey Smith.

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South Jones High School will kick off homecoming festivities with a downtown Ellisville parade on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The homecoming court will be presented at 9:30 a.m., in the school gymnasium on Sept. 15 and again at 6:15 p.m., on the football field at The Reservation before …

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South Central Regional Medical Center will host a free education class for teens who are interested in babysitting. This class is paid for by the South Central Health Care Foundation.

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Oak Park Elementary School parent Tiara Milsap was recently honored at the Laurel School District’s Celebration of Excellence as the 2017 District Parent of the Year. Milsap has three children at Oak Park fifth-grader Lamiya Ross, fourth-grader Loronzo Ross and 4-year-old kindergartener Aubr…

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Jones County Junior College’s Emergency Medical Technology program recently received the prestigious “Excellence in Action” award, which recognizes the best Career Technical Education programs across the nation by Advance CTE.

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At its recent meeting, Nahoula Daughters of the American Revolution recognized the local winners of DAR’s Good Citizen Essay competition. This year’s essay topic was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” The focus question was, “How do the combined actions of many…

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West Jones High School art students recently participated in Rep. Steven Palazzo’s 4th Congressional District Student Art Contest. Mason Dry, pictured middle bottom, was voted Best in Show. Mason’s art will hang in the United States Capitol for the duration of a year, along with other Congre…

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Four local students recently served as pages for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Pages generally run errands for officials and House staff.

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Nora Davis Magnet School was one of four local organizations to receive a Walmart Community Grant during a recent ceremony. The school received $2,500 that will be used for a healthy snacks program, geared toward encouraging children to make healthy choices. The school was awarded during the…

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West Jones freshman Jace Welborn recently won a $1,500 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions scholarship for the 2017 Grand Champion Commercial Heifer. He is the son of Jay and Darla Welborn of the Shady Grove Community. His AgEd instructors/FFA advisers are Jonathan Clark and Ken Parker.

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West Jones High School Peer Council members recently taught Tar Wars to fourth- and fifth-graders at West Jones Elementary and North Jones Elementary. Tar Wars is a program designed to teach the dangers of using tobacco products, both smoke and smokeless, as well as electronic cigarettes. Pe…

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West Jones High School students in Mrs. Lowe’s physics class constructed hot-air balloons. They determined volume and mass of the displaced air. Using that information along with the mass of the balloon and current temperature, they determined the lift-off temperature of their balloon.

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Mississippi Power announced 35 schools from across the company’s service territory, including nine in Jones and Smith counties, as recipients of 2016 Environmental Education Grants. The grants will be used by teachers to assist with environmental education projects at their schools.

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The internationally acclaimed Mississippi Lions All-State Band will again be marching and drumming through the streets of Ellisville, with a free public concert scheduled for Monday.

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Mackenzie Walters, left, is in the Jones County Supertalk MS Student Spotlight for January, sponsored by Jones County Farm Bureau. MacKenzie is a junior at Laurel Christian High School, where he is a member of the Key Club, Student Council, Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. MacKenzie is a sp…