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Children have taken to the streets of Laurel to write messages of hope in chalk on the sidewalk at 6th Avenue and 10th Street as Jones County and the rest of the world continue to deal with the affects of COVID-19. Similar displays can be found in the Windermere neighborhood. If you create o…

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Adults and children from programs operated by Ellisville State School recently gathered at the city halls in Ellisville and Laurel as the mayors of each city signed  proclamations declaring March as “Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.” 

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Six counties in the state have been declared as the primary natural disaster area. Producers in Jasper, Clarke, Lauderdale, Simpson, Attala and Yazoo counties who suffered physical damage and losses caused by tornadoes, excessive rainfall and flash flooding that occurred on Feb. 5 may be eli…

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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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Three arrests have been made in relation to an armed robbery from November of last year, according to the Ellisville Police Department.

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Gov. Tate Reeves has ordered all Mississippi public schools to be closed through April 17 to help combat the spread of coronavirus. Local administrators will be meeting to see how to provide services to students during this time.

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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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An Ohio woman who is accused of killing her young son in a Laurel hotel is being transported back to Jones County from New Orleans, Chief Tommy Cox of the Laurel Police Department and District Attorney Tony Buckley confirmed.

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Murder suspect Latina Marie Oates, 33, of Powell, Ohio, is in custody in New Orleans and the two children who were with her are OK, Chief Tommy Cox of the Laurel Police Department said. Oates is accused of murder in the death of her 11-year-old son Josh, according to unconfirmed reports. The…

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A young child has been found dead in a room at Hampton Inn in Laurel and the death is being investigated as a homicide, officials confirmed. Investigators with the Laurel Police Department, EMServ Ambulance and Deputy Coroner Ernest Hollingsworth were on the scene. LPD Chief Tommy Cox said h…

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Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin and JCSD Capt. Vince Williams make no bones about it when it comes to the sale and usage of illegal narcotics in Jones County: “If you are selling and/or using illegal narcotics in Jones County, we are coming for you.”

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The Jones County Sheriff's Department is seeking information on the whereabouts of Henry David Jernigan. He fled from deputies at a traffic safety checkpoint overnight before abandoning the vehicle he was driving and escaping into the woods on Old Highway 84 at Masonite Lake Road in the Myri…

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Steven Palazzo fended off three challengers and secured his sixth term Tuesday as Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District representative not long after receiving an endorsement from President Donald Trump.

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The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art will host a panel discussion and exhibit on Mastery in Metal today (Thursday) at 5:30 p.m.

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The Jones County Sheriff’s Department’s narcotics agents and SWAT team executed simultaneous search warrants at 4 a.m. Tuesday and made drug arrests at residences on Township and Dick Sumrall roads, according to a press release from Sheriff Joe Berlin. The warrants were in response to “numer…

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Laurel residents had a chance to get personal with first-responder vehicles downtown Saturday for only $5 per head.

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Lactation consultants are professional breastfeeding specialists trained to teach mothers how to feed their baby. They help women experiencing breastfeeding problems, such as latching difficulties, painful nursing and low milk production. A lactation consultant also helps babies who are not …

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The Ellisville State School Direct Support Employee of the Month winners for January are, from left, Laura Wedgeworth of Hebron, Renet Cline of Hattiesburg, Pattie Jenkins of Toomsuba and Nicole White of Hattiesburg.

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LLT’s annual Kids’ Camp this summer will feature the classic musical “Willy Winka Jr.”  The camp will run for a full week of workshops and rehearsals starting May 21, with a weekend of performances May 28-31.

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Members of the Sertoma Club of Laurel presented a $25,000 check to the Children's Center for Communication and Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. “Our club chose to establish this $25,000 endowment, which is through the USM Foundation to supplement the Children's Center's…

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One lucky person will be selected to receive $100,000 Monday, March 16 during United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s annual $100K Payday Raffle Drawing. The drawing will be at 6 p.m. at Keg and Barrel in Hattiesburg and will tentatively air live on WDAM. 

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South Central Regional Medical Center will host its diabetes support group meeting on Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at South Central Place on Highway 15 North. The event is titled: Diabetes and medication management

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For many years, Fred Blackledge and Frank Lucas guided students of Glade School as they embarked on journeys of education, sports and life. Fittingly so, the strip of Highway 15 that guides students to and from Glade Elementary will now bear their names in honor of the impact they both had o…

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Legislators had a full schedule during the seventh week of the 2020 Legislative Session.  The deadline for introducing bills was last Monday night, so the calendar quickly became full with bills and resolutions to discuss. Although most work is still happening in committees, several pieces o…