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A recently vacated mobile home on Pavilion Road caught on fire Tuesday morning. Flames were coming through the windows when a passerby called 911 and when volunteers from M&M arrived on the scene at 9:25 a.m. Neighbors reported hearing a loud boom and their power failing at the time the …

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U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., marked the award of $15,567,034 in grants to make improvements at 22 Mississippi airports, including $461,313 to improve airport buildings and reconfigure the existing taxiway at Waynesboro Municipal Airport.

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Leo Brown is sworn in as chief of the Laurel Fire Department as son Landyon Brown and grandson Briecion Ellis (holding Bible) stand by and Mayor Johnny Magee administers the oath of office. (Photo submitted)

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The Laurel Police Department’s food drive took on a dual meaning — because someone had to drive the truck away three times to make room for more donations to the Good Samaritan Center. The Fill-A-Truck event at Walmart yielded three truckloads of non-perishable food donations and $722 in cas…

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During July, Dr. Lake Garner and Garner Dental Group will match all donations to Hub City Humane Society and Laurel Jones County Animal Rescue League, up to $5,000. Both shelters, as do many other rescue organizations, see high number of animal intakes during the summer months. To help with …

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The City of Laurel and Sawmill Square Mall hosted their annual Fourth of July fireworks show in the parking lot of the mall on Friday. At 9 p.m., the community gathered by the hundreds, parking their cars and (mostly) maintaining acceptable distances in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lawmakers at the Capitol have had an extremely busy last two weeks. After many hours of working in conference committees to finalize the state budget and other bills, legislators completed most regular-session work on Thursday, July 1. The Legislature could come back in October or before if …

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Jones man sold 5 pounds of meth, heroin with illegal alien co-conspirator near children’s hospitalMatthew Williams, 33, of Jones County was sentenced to serve 146 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate for conspiracy to d…

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The Jones County Sheriff’s Department thanked the Cochran family of Ovett for the generous donation of watermelons for JCSD employees and their families. “The special note from Tristan was even sweeter than the watermelons!” Sheriff Joe Berlin posted on Facebook.

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals with orthopedic conditions — including knee pain, hip pain, shoulder pain and other acute conditions — have postponed care because of uncertainty of available services. Some are afraid to venture out because of COVID-19. Dr. Richard O’Keeffe …

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A Heidelberg man who is accused of beating an ex-girlfriend with a gun, shooting at her, burning her and dragging her is facing felony charges in Jasper County and Jones County. Jackie Wayne White, 57, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated domestic violence and shooting into a dwel…

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A Bay Springs man broke into a house and terrorized a Laurel family before being quickly apprehended on Monday night, Chief Tommy Cox of the Laurel Police Department reported.Derek McAdoo, 27, was accused of breaking in the front door of a home along Highway 84 West, breaking in several door…

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The Laurel Police Department is hosting a Summer Food Drive 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday at Walmart to benefit The Good Samaritan Center’s Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen. 

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Treasurer David McRae presented the state Department of Health with a check for $124,620 after the State Treasury found unclaimed property in the department’s name. This adds to the $7 million found and returned since McRae took office in January, $1.7 million of which was returned during th…

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The home of an accused child molester went up in flames early Friday, a week after Jones County Sheriff’s Department officials found a little methamphetamine and a lot of filth inside.

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A Johnson Community woman suffered what were described as serious injuries when she was ejected after crashing her pickup near the 2000 block of Highway 29 South, near her home. Volunteers from Johnson, Ovett, South Jones and Moselle responded to the single-vehicle rollover just after 11 a.m…

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The Laurel Fire Department’s chief of three years announced his retirement and he will be replaced by another man who rose through the ranks over the last 27 years.

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There will be two local special elections on Tuesday. Voters in 21 Jones County precincts and one Jasper County precinct can go to the polls to pick their next state representative.

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The deadline for House committees to report Senate bills occurred last Tuesday evening. Any Senate bills that did not make it out of committees died. Throughout the rest of the week, the House met to discuss bills that survived the deadline. Representatives passed more than 40 Senate bills, …

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Absentee voting for the House of Representatives District 88 seat is ongoing at the circuit clerk’s offices at the courthouses in Ellisville and Laurel from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.-noon the next two Saturdays, Circuit Clerk Concetta Brooks reminded voters. 

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A Petal woman is in jail facing charges for going on social media and posting racist messages she alleges were sent by her father, including his phone number and address.

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A family of seven escaped from an early morning fire Monday, but six pets didn’t.

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The line at the driver’s license station in Laurel looped around the parking lot despite rain showers on Monday morning, the first day they were allowed to reopen after Gov. Tate Reeves issued the shelter-in-place order for the state in mid-March to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Reeves r…

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A Jasper County man has been questioned in the Saturday night shooting death of another Jasper man, but no charges had been filed as of Monday afternoon.

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The Mississippi State Department of Health Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is transitioning from a direct distribution food system to a retail food system via an electronic benefit transfer card.

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Sunday was Burly Register’s 98th birthday, and he didn’t spend it alone. Volunteers from the Jones County Fire Service and the Jones County Sheriff’s Department — as well as neighbors and friends — drove past his house on Highway 184 for a short birthday parade. Register still cooks his own …

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Members of the Laurel Police Department on Saturday set up shop in their parking lot to pass out free protective masks. It was one of nine distribution points in the county from which the Jones County Emergency Operations Center passed out 24,000 free face masks. Capt. Shannon Caraway oversa…

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EMServ paramedic and Southwest Jones volunteer firefighter Keith McMullen rests now in Moselle after he lost a brief battle with cancer. Fellow first-responders were busy Sunday transporting his body down the Interstate 59, where cars pulled to the roadside to allow passage of the procession…

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The Laurel Housing Authority’s 15th year of participating in the Summer Food Service Program will begin on June 1 and continue through July 31. Free grab-and-go meals will be served to children 18 and under from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. daily (except July 3 and July 6) at five locations:

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Classes weren’t in session for the last two months of the school year, but that didn’t prevent at least one local principal from catching coronavirus.

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Chase Gieger was on a wave runner at Lake Bogue Homa on Memorial Day, the traditional kickoff for the summer season. He, like a few others, chose to cut some waves while the weather was clear and hot. (Photos by Jack Hammett)

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Community colleges in Mississippi and nationwide have responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, making contributions to enhance capabilities of emergency responders and health-care professionals. Two-year public colleges have the unique capability to re-skill the workforce as Mississippi a…

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The American Legion Marvin E. Stanton Post 11 awarded Emily and Jamey Cooley the 2020 Citizens of the Year award. Cooley, owner of Top Dollar Pawn Shop in Laurel and an award-winning barbecue chef, and a team of volunteers cooked and served more than 20,000 meals to affected residents in and…

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Two people were hospitalized in a crash at Highway 288 and Sand Hill Road outside Ellisville Friday morning. Fire and police responded to the crash report at a little after 10 a.m. after a car pulled out onto the highway and collided with an eastbound truck. Injuries were not believed to be …

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Since most Memorial Day celebrations have been canceled due to the coronavirus, this guest column has been provided by The American Legion. The writer prefers to remain anonymous. 

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A Laurel man and woman who were facing kidnapping charges in an incident that happened over the weekend had those charges reduced to family disturbance, Sandersville police Chief Curt Pitts said Wednesday.

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A couple of thieves who were making tracks with school equipment over the last couple of summers were back in custody, shuffling along in shackles in unrelated cases.