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Doug Higginbotham, president and chief executive officer at South Central Regional Medical Center, was recently elected chairman of the 2020-21 Mississippi Hospital Association Board of Governors. This is his second time to serve in this role.

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Pine Belt Mental Health helped almost 3,000 Jones Countians in Fiscal Year 2020, agency officials told the Board of Supervisors in their annual report at the most recent meeting.

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A group of 15 line workers and warehouse personnel left Dixie Electric on Thursday morning to travel to Baldwin Electric Membership Cooperative, which is located on the Alabama Gulf Coast. 

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Cotton Pickins Boutique will have a lemonade stand and bake sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and part of the proceeds will go to the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter in Laurel. Mr B’s Frozen Treats and Eddy’s Snowball House will also be set up at the shop at 3 Mays Dr., just off Lower Myrick R…

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As a second-semester freshman at Ole Miss in 1970, I earned a few hundred dollars working as a part-time census taker. My job was to count every male student on campus that spring – approximately 3,500 young men. The job proved more extensive and time-consuming than I had expected, and I can…

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While 2020 has been getting a bad reputation, one central Mississippian will always remember this as a fantastic year. A Kosciusko woman identified only as “Dominique R.” won $1,235,666.25 while playing the Wheel of Fortune slot machine at Golden Moon Casino.

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State Rep. Robin Robinson will take the oath of office at 10 a.m. Friday at the Performing Arts Center at Northeast Jones High School. Speaker of the House Philip Gunn will administer the oath.

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When the extent of the damage from Hurricane Laura began to become known, B&C Mobile Homes owner Bo Burroughs immediately started making phone calls. It was time to organize and conduct a drive to get desperately needed supplies to Louisiana residents who were suffering. 

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United Way of the Pine Belt region will host its annual fundraiser and food drive campaign kickoff on Friday in conjunction with Wine Down Downtown as a come-and-go event at the Chisolm Center Auditorium.

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Five locations will remain open today (Tuesday) and Wednesday to accept donations for relief for victims of Hurricane Laura in Louisiana and Texas. Trucks will leave for the affected area on Thursday or Friday, organizers said.

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The Laurel Chapter of Southern Civitan International donated a wheelchair-accessible swing to the playground at the Sportsplex on Thursday. City officials and club members present included Ashlynn Arrington, Barbara and Buck Torske, Debbie Phillips, Barbara Holt, Kelli Holston (vice presiden…

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The City of Laurel Public Works Department will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. The Monday garbage route will run on Tuesday and the Tuesday garbage route will run on Wednesday. The regular schedule will resume on Monday, Sept. 14.

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For his Eagle Scout project, 14-year-old Joshua Keith decided to share his love of reading and books. He obtained three newspaper racks, two of which were donated by Leader-Call owner/publisher Jim Cegielski, above with Joshua, then turned them into “Little Free Libraries.” All three will be…

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Col. Steven Maxwell has been appointed to serve as director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics,  Commissioner of Public Safety Sean Tindell announced. 

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By an 8-1 vote, the Mississippi Flag Commission on Wednesday chose the design for the state flag that will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) thanked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for approving a school nutrition waiver that will provide schools in Mississippi more flexibility to provide meals and other nutrition benefits for children as schools open around the country.

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New Stage Theatre announces the launch of new programming Thursday Nights Virtual Plays, Conversations, and Cocktails with New Stage Theatre. The virtual series continues New Stage’s mission to develop original, Mississippi-themed work, and it enables the theatre to keep employing artists.

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A Hattiesburg man could have been charged with a PUI and a DUI after what a Laurel police officer observed him doing on a city street Wednesday afternoon.

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Price Cook, owner of Gold Mine Pawn & Gun in Laurel, said the store’s gun sales are up “100 percent” as the U.S. presidential election looms.

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A 48-year-old Jones County man has been deemed competent to stand trial for child molestation charges, according to a ruling by Judge Dal Williamson based on the defendant’s second psychological evaluation.

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Wanda Thrash, the former Ellisville police officer who was arrested after she was found living with a sex offender, pleaded guilty at Jones County Justice Court Thursday for multiple misdemeanor charges related to her arrest.

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Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson announced a new Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce program, the Wild Hog Control Program, which uses technology to trap the nuisance animals. 

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Nine members of the Jones County Underwater Search & Recovery Dive Team conducted training Wednesday in the Natatorium at the Susan B. Vincent Sportsplex. Dive team members practiced underwater search techniques and search patterns, and victim recovery using a weighted mannequin, followi…

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While the Jones County Sheriff’s Department was in the middle of a disturbing animal-hoarding case, personnel also celebrated “National Dog Day” on Wednesday. “We at the Jones County Sheriff’s Department recognize JCSD K9 Obie for his phenomenal service,” Sheriff Joe Berlin said. Handler Dep…

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The reunion for the Soso High School Classes of the 1950s has been canceled. Organizers say the reunion was canceled because of concerns about the coronavirus. Anyone with questions should call Mark Jefcoat at 601-433-4097.

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Christen Harvison holds a candle as she talks to Lana Thornton and Megan West at an event that was organized to shine a light on human trafficking. Children are too often the victims of the crime, Thornton told the crowd gathered in the parking lot of J.C. Penney at Sawmill Square Mall on Sa…

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Jones County Sheriff's Department personnel are undergoing training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillator and performing the Heimlich maneuver this week and next week. 

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Fourteen Jones College students completed the EMT/Paramedic program and celebrated their achievement with a pinning ceremony. Each student successfully completing the program will receive an associate degree or technical certificate from the college and be eligible to take the National Regis…

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Dr. Ali Bounds with Bounds Family Dental, left, presented Animal Rescue League of Laurel President Cindy Pitts with a check for $3,000 for the group to complete its new quarantine area. Bounds, a longtime ARL volunteer, has been invited to serve on the board of directors in 2021. Due to COVI…

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The Jones County Sheriff's Department announced staff promotions in the Adult Corrections Division. From left Jennifer Henderson was promoted to captain, Briana Lowery was promoted to corporal, Dequan Allen was promoted to lieutenant and Sara Edison was promoted to staff sergeant. “We are bl…

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The Laurel Shrine Club is selling racks of ribs and rib plates starting at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 28 from its location at 4751 Highway 15 North. Racks of ribs are $20 and rib plates, which include baked beans, potato salad and bread, are $10. Orders of five or more will be delivered in the lo…

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Three longtime firefighters were promoted in the Laurel Fire Department during a ceremony at City Hall last week. Tim Tisdale, who has been with LFD 28 years, was promoted to battalion chief at Station 1 on Ellisville Boulevard. He replaces Leo Brown, who was promoted to fire chief after Mar…

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A Peterbilt dump truck tipped over on the 800 block of Shady Grove Moss Road Thursday afternoon, halting traffic in that area. No injuries were reported. The driver had attempted to pull out from his driveway while the truck bed was lifted, causing the vehicle to tip toward the shoulder of t…

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Robin Robinson of Laurel was sworn in Monday as the new state representative for House District 88, just as lawmakers were being called to reconvene at the Capitol on Monday afternoon. There’s speculation they could be called upon to override Gov. Tate Reeves’ veto of the Department of Educa…

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At least four of the five people who publicly interviewed with the Board of Supervisors to be appointed Jones County Justice Court Judge for District 2 will be on the ballot in the special election this November.