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Exactly 40 years ago this week, I began my freshman year of college. My entire life was ahead of me and I felt as if I had the world by the tail. Today — exactly four decades after I left home — I have returned to the same campus. This time with my son, to begin his freshman year. He probabl…

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The Northeast Jones High School Class of 1979 will celebrate its 40th class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 14. The reunion celebration will include fellowship and a dinner for class members and their significant other at The Hitchin’ Poste, located at 14 Manning Drive, just off Highway 184 in th…

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The Ellisville Garden Club has selected the home of Ms. Elouise Jordan at 206 Jessamine St. for the Yard of the Month. The English cottage-style garden is framed by a white picket fence with a ginkgo tree on the side. Daisy mums are in full bloom and create an ideal splash of color amid azal…

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Kiwanis Club of Laurel members heard an informative presentation from Laurel Police Department Chief Tommy Cox at the regular club meeting at the Laurel Country Club. 

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A rolling afternoon shootout on city streets between two Laurel men left one of them with a minor injury and put both of them in jail.

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Independent candidate for Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin urged his supporters to “cast your support for change” in the Aug. 27 Republican runoff.

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Rustin, Sandersville, M & M and Powers volunteers responded to a structure fire at 95 Warsaw Camp Loop just after 2 p.m. on Saturday. Owner James Necaise came home, and when he opened the front door, there was thick black smoke in the house.  Necaise rescued his three dogs that were in t…

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On Saturday, the Laurel American Legion Marvin E. Stanton Post 11 celebrated its 100-year anniversary. The American Legion was formed on March 15, 1919 in Paris at the American Club by the U.S. Expeditionary Forces. The Laurel Post 11 was chartered five months later. There were more than 80 …

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Transportation commissioner Tom King has posted an update on the Highway 184 bridge, which has been closed because of damage sustained by flooding and a downed tree just after Christmas.

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A candidate for sheriff who received almost 1,300 votes in the Republican primary is asking his supporters to return to the polls to cast their ballots for Macon Davis in the Aug. 27 runoff.

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Calhoun, Hebron and Soso volunteer fire departments had an early start on Monday responding to a report of a structure fire on Old Soso Road shortly after 1 a.m. Monday. Upon arrival at the home of Donald and Tina Scrimpshire, the firefighters found smoke in one of the bedrooms with contents…

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McDaniel backs longtime foe Tate Reeves in governor’s race

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A Myrick family who was living in a camper temporarily lost that and all of their belongings to a fire Monday night at 68 Jeffie Craven Road. Jerry and Ashley Meadows and their three sons Jerry, Levi and Anthony were gone to get something to eat when the fire happened, so they are left with …

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Investigation: Canines killed miniature donkeys near Mize

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Marina Mengelberg is a Dutch-born Italian tour guide who lives in the heart of Tuscany. My friend, business partner and co-collaborator Wyatt Waters and I met her when we first started leading tours in Tuscany. She is a very close friend who tours us through four locations — the medieval tow…

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U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst joined law enforcement, community leaders and residents at the Laurel Police Department to celebrate the 36th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event Tuesday. 

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A Perry County man is paying his debt to the Mississippi Department of Corrections for felonies he committed in Forrest and Neshoba counties. But he isn’t having to pay a much higher price that he owes Jones Countians, all because his indictment wasn’t served by the Jones County Sheriff’s De…

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The first spiritual gifts test I took as a part of a church group came back and listed my primary spiritual gift as the gift of hospitality. A few years later, I took another spiritual gifts test and the results were the same — hospitality. Then, 20 years ago, as a part of a parenting worksh…

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Mayor Johnny Magee signed a proclamation designating Tuesday, Aug. 6 as National Night Out Against Crime in Laurel. The night out, which starts at 5 p.m. in the LPD parking lot, offers a “unique opportunity for the City of Laurel to join forces with thousands of other communities across the …