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The statues that local sculptor Jason Kimes made and put on temporary display in downtown Laurel are now headed to their permanent home in South Carolina. A crane was used to lift them onto a heavy-duty trailer for transport to the Palmetto State earlier this week. The statues were made to h…

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Sgt. J.D. Carter of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department spoke to Kiwanis Club of Laurel this week about gangs that are operating in Jones County. His presentation was followed by a large number of questions from Kiwanis members who were meeting at the Laurel Country Club. From left, progra…

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The City of Laurel has declared April as National Donate Life Month. Every year, Donate Life America leads the celebration of National Donate Life Month to focus national attention on organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. South Central Regional Medical Center, Mississippi Organ…

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The Pleasant Ridge School reunion will start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the West Jones Elementary School gymnasium, which is on the south side of Highway 84 West, between Calhoun and Buttermilk Crossing at Highway 29.

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BARBERINO VAL D’ELSA, Tuscany — There have probably been times in my life that I thought I understood “sacrifice.” There might have been times I even though I made sacrifices. Those times probably had to do with the loss of certain creature comforts or — more than likely — a lack of material…

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One recent Saturday morning, I found myself weeping, sitting in the grass in my yard, just weeping. I was sad, angry and maybe feeling a little sorry for myself. I was mad at myself because I have been neglecting my yardwork over the past couple of years, simply because I haven’t had a lot o…

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The Jones County Genealogical and Historical Organization will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27 in the upstairs meeting room at the Laurel-Jones County Library on Commerce Street.  

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Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee signed a proclamation declaring April as Limb Loss Awareness Month and April 7 as Limb Loss Awareness Day as Mary Armbrust, right, and Martha-Kay Holifield, left, of Help For Amputees and Families looked on. Armbrust, whose late husband was an amputee, travels the U…

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The Junior Auxiliary of Laurel will celebrate National JA week, April 7-13. On April 1, Mayor Johnny Magee signed an honorary proclamation designating the week as Junior Auxiliary week in Laurel.  This annual celebration is a time to pause and thank the community, sponsors and volunteer memb…

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Continuing an 18-year tradition, Jones College’s Jazz Band along with vocal ensembles JC Voices and The Bridge, will present “Java and Jazz” on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. on the M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium stage. The Java and Jazz concert will feature a variety of great music and is fr…

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Laurel Christian School eighth-graders were given the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The student council members who participated in the ceremony were Fletcher Horne, Emma Kennedy, John Brooks Milham and John Thomas Pickering. 

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The Vein Center of South Central Regional Medical Center and Dr. Hossein Nasajpour will have a free vein screening on Thursday, April 11, from 3-5 p.m. The center is located at 1410 Jefferson St. in Laurel.

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The Spirit of Southern and BellTones from the University of Southern Mississippi will perform at the Northeast Jones Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Friday. Northeast Jones Gold Horizons will also present an encore performance of its awarding-winning 2019 show “I Love Lucy.” This will be th…

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Carey Dinner Theatre will open its 44th season in June. Auditions and crew interviews are coming up Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at William Carey University’s Multi-Purpose Building (302 County Drive, Hattiesburg).

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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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Meet Polly, a polydactyl cat, which means she was born with an extra toe. This makes her extra special. This sweet girl can be a little shy and sensitive around new people, especially when there’s a lot of noise or movement around. But at the core, Polly is a fun, playful gal that wants to l…

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The Ellisville Garden Club will host its spring plant sale on Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of North Front Street and West Holly Street (next to Walley Properties office in downtown Ellisville). 

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The Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Store, at 129 North 13th Ave., Laurel, will have a sale that will serve as a fundraiser from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.  

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The Mississippi Federation of Republican Women had their annual legislative day at the Capitol in Jackson on Wednesday, March 6. President Tiffany Parrish and First Vice President Michelle Anderson were the officers representing the Jones County Republican Women Chapter.  

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The Ellisville Garden Club selection for the Yard of the Month for March is the home of Jenny Boyles of 30 Jacobs Cove in Ellisville. She does her own yard work. This early spring weather has many plants already in bloom. Boyles has also done her first lawn cutting for the year. Her front po…

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Lauren Rogers Museum of Art will host its Spring Break Festival on Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. The event will offer a variety of art activities, interactive art experiences and an Imagination Playground.  

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A feast of music from across the ages and around the world is being offered on Fridays in March and April at Jones County Junior College. The annual Spring Recital Series features a variety of musicians and vocalists entertaining the audience during a portion of the lunch hour. This musical …

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At this year’s Spirit of Women Spring Event, “Flying Through Life,” Tammie Jo Shults will share her incredible journey from becoming one of the first female F/A-18 pilots to safely landing a Boeing 737 after an engine exploded at high altitude last year.  

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Some people are outdoors enthusiasts, some are hunters, while others are fishermen. There are golfers and skiers and bird watchers. Some people are leg men, while others go for different parts of the anatomy. Those are all well and fine, and I can identify with several of them. But, to my co…

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Linda Gavin, vice president of Marketing & Business Development at South Central Regional Medical Center, was the guest speaker at Wednesday’s Kiwanis Club Of Laurel meeting. She spoke about changes that are happening at SCRMC and gave members a progress report on the hospital expansion.…

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South Central Regional Medical Center will host a diabetes support group for stroke and neuropathy patients with diabetes on March 12 at 1 p.m. at South Central Place on Highway 15 in Laurel.

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Mable was born at the Animal Rescue League a few months ago. Since then, all of her siblings have been adopted, but Mable remains. Mable has lived her entire life at the shelter. Mable is a very sweet girl and loves being with other kitties. She is spayed and vaccinated. Will you give Mable …

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Willis Wright admitted to being wrong again, and now he will have to spend a couple of years in prison.

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George Carmichael and Travares Comegys sit next to each other in Laurel City Council meetings. And now they’ll be next to each other on the ballot for District 5 Supervisor.