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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.

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A Laurel High School student was caught with a gun while in class on Thursday morning after school officials received an anonymous tip, they said.

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Rev. Patrick Nixon, right, pastor of Grace Covenant World Ministries in Ellisville, delivered an opening prayer to the state senate on Monday at the invitation of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, center, who led lawmakers into the day’s business after Sen. Mike Seymour led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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There will be a public hearing/town hall meeting 10-11 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Laurel Train Depot and at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall in Bay Springs for officials from DJ Transit, Inc., and the Mississippi Department of Transportation to discuss services in those areas.

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Fire destroyed a home on Smith Chapel Road, in the Mount Olive Community of Jones County, while a resident was outside in his shop cleaning a deer just after noon on Thursday. Simon Barthelemy said he was dressing the deer when he noticed a vehicle slowing down and staring at his home. When …

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Paula Perkins was asleep on the couch of the home she shares with her sister Lakeisha and their four children on Saturday when her niece came and told her there was a fire in one of the bedrooms. Perkins was able to get all of the children, ages 6-18, and pets out of the house, but she was u…

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The monthly meeting of the Jasper County Genealogical and Historical Society will be tonight (Tuesday) at the Mary Weems Parker Library at 6 p.m. 

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“He was a brave man who first ate an oyster” 

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The Cupid Shuffle-A-Thon will be in downtown Laurel at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Valentine’s Day weekend. The 546-yard (.5K) race is described as a dash for donuts, drinks and dreams for building up Jones County. Proceeds will benefit the revitalization of historic Boston Park in the Queensb…

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The Calhoun Volunteer Fire Department is having a raffle to benefit one of its own. Firefighter Kevin Jones has been diagnosed with colon cancer. He is self-employed and has two small children, but he will be out of work for 8-10 weeks as he goes through intense treatment to beat it. 

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Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. One of the most unforeseen and fascinating aspects of life is how — if one lives long enough — the things that seemed so trivial or laborious in our youth wind up becoming applicable and practical in everyday life.

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Laurel police Chief Tyrone Stewart (right in photo) presented the 2017 Officer of the Year award to officer John Windsor on Tuesday. Windsor is a 22-year veteran of law enforcement, having spent the last seven years with LPD. Officer Windsor has also served with the Forrest County and Jones …

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Man, 34, charged with shooting gun at fleeing vehicle

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There are hundreds of reasons why love the restaurant business. Seriously, I believe I could sit down and list hundreds of reasons in a matter of minutes. Toward the top of that list would be guest interaction. The rapport that occurs between restaurant people — whether they work in the fron…

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South Central Regional Medical Center invites those ages 18 years of age and older to attend a comprehensive, free Community Health Fair Friday, Feb 1. The health fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Central Place in Laurel. Free health screenings, interactive health education booths…

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The Arts Institute of Mississippi at The University of Southern Mississippi is accepting nominations for the 2019 AIM Awards, which seek to recognize and honor high-school level arts teachers, schools, and organizations that are making an impact through exemplary achievements in arts educati…

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The South Jones High School Marching Band, War Path, recently competed in the 5A State Marching Championship and brought home the Bronze Medal. The competition was composed of the Top 13 qualifying bands throughout the state. All bands were judged in the areas of general effect, music perfor…

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Jones County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division agents went to the Hebron Community with an arrest warrant for one suspected drug dealer, but wound up making seven arrests for drug-related offenses, a weapons violation and a burglary.

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A group of 50-plus volunteers showed up at Mason Park in Laurel on a bright Saturday morning, all with the same goal: To continue the tradition of keeping the park as a bright spot at night through the Christmas holiday season.

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A Laurel tradition dating back more than 60 years will take place on Saturday at two locations in downtown Laurel. The annual Kiwanis Club of Laurel Pancake Day will feature all-you-can-eat pancakes with butter and syrup, sausage, white and chocolate milk, Coca-Cola products and coffee.

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Robert Polson, 94, right, was honored Friday at the Laurel Train Depot as the oldest veteran at a special program for those who served in the armed forces. About two dozen veterans received an American flag pin and certificate thanking them for their service, and Polson was given a homemade …

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Woman who lived ‘high life’ after stealing reported $750K from employer makes deal to pay back only $50K — and family mortages house to do it

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OXFORD – A West Jones graduate is among eight students at the University of Mississippi’s Croft Institute for International Studies to receive one of this year’s distinguished Croft Scholarships.

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Jones College’s Office of Student Affairs and Student Government Association, along with campus clubs, organizations and the city of Ellisville, will host the annual “Treats in the Streets” night of activities on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 5-7:30 p.m. The trick-or-treat trail event will be on th…

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The Ellisville Garden Club selection for the Yard of the Month of October is the home of Noel and Jennifer Rogers, 103 North Calhoun St. in Ellisville. Older homes often have mature, over grown shrubs that benefit from drastic pruning. Noel carefully reshaped the mature azalea bushes and cam…

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Trackhoe operator arrested by MDWFP found not guilty

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I remember what I enjoy most about Southern living — cool fall evenings, morning coffee on the deck and clear blue skies all day!