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SCRMC staff has to be vaccinated by March 15 to avoid fines, continue receiving Medicaid, Medicare

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Laurel Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire at a home at 824 1⁄2 South 6th Ave. at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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Two teenagers suffered injuries, but it was “a miracle” the driver wasn’t killed after crashing a Ford F150 off Old Highway 15 South in the Glade Community just after noon on Tuesday, rescue officials said.

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Starting Wednesday, Americans can order free COVID-19 at-home tests — up to four per household — through covidtests.gov. Additionally, insurance providers are now required to cover the cost of at-home COVID tests. In the past week, more than 34,000 new cases have been reported in Mississippi…

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A man who used to run down quarterbacks is now chasing people with quarter bags and other criminals for the Jones County Sheriff’s Department. Xavier Thigpen has joined the JCSD team as a patrol deputy, Sheriff Joe Berlin announced last week.

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Last week was the second week of the 2022 Legislative Session. Even though it is early in the session, two monumental pieces of legislation were passed out of committee and were debated on the House floor.

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Two local men are out of jail on bond after being accused of damaging a vehicle in the Pendorff Community just before New Year’s Eve, Shiwon Lovett, 22, of Laurel and Brandon Polk, 21, of Ellisville were charged with felony malicious mis- chief and held in the Jones County Adult Detention Ce…

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As the state Legislature pushes an historic teacher pay raise, the Laurel School District is gearing up for its annual teacher recruitment event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 5 at Laurel Middle School.

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Two weeks after being caught with drugs on Interstate 59, a Hattiesburg man was back behind bars for the same thing — but not before leading the Jones County Sheriff’s Department on a wild chase.

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City could provide relief for businesses affected by construction

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A man who was caught after stealing a firearm in Sandersville a year ago has pleaded guilty to a federal offense after admitting to doing the same thing at Academy Sports in Gulfport, officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Mississippi announced.

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FedEx to open $20M distribution center near Moselle

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The Jones County Sheriff’s Department is aware that being stalked is a scary problem for some residents. And Sheriff Joe Berlin wants residents to know that there’s help available if they are being stalked.

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A Shady Grove woman and her dog escaped a house fire Tuesday morning.

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Two Laurel men led Jones County Sheriff’s Department deputies on a short chase Wednesday morning, ending at Glade Elementary School.

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After his home was raided Monday by Jones County Sheriff’s Department narcotics agents, a Laurel man who was deemed a “kingpin” in the local methamphetamine trade is being held on a $1 million bond.

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Laurel will be home to the newest endeavor for the stars of “Home Town.” The town made famous on the hit HGTV series will be home to the new Scotsman Manufacturing Company. The company, based in downtown Laurel, will employ 85 people.

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While one former West Jones star was preparing to play defense in the college football national championship game, the defense attorney for one of his former star teammates was in Jones County Circuit Court trying to get him out of prison.

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When Brandon Gardner got out of jail just before Christmas, he was the first local capital-murder suspect in recent memory to bond out of the Jones County Adult Detention Center. Less than a month later, his girlfriend became the second one.

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A Saturday night fire at the Laurel High School fieldhouse left the inside of the building with significant damage, but the most significant items were saved. A call from central dispatch led to the Laurel Fire Department discovering smoke coming from the fieldhouse upon arrival. 

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Ex-student targets SJ principals in post that led to swift arrest

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When Sgt. Jake Driskell and the Jones County Sheriff’s Department came to the home of a suspected drug dealer early Monday, they knocked first — with a battering ram.

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A Seminary woman and two children died in a crash Wednesday on Highway 49 in Covington County. 

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An elderly man escaped his burning home in Shady Grove, with help from his neighbors, after a candle caught it on fire Wednesday morning. Charles Wilson was shaving when his son yelled that the house was on fire, according to the report from the Jones County Fire Council.

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An overnight high-speed pursuit in Jones County landed a Sandersvillle man in jail facing multiple charges, the Jones County Sheriff’s Department is reporting.

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The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 6,774 new COVID cases, 16 deaths and 275 long-term care facility outbreaks Jan. 6, making the new-case total for the past two weeks nearly 50,000 cases.

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For the last 20 years or so, state legislators have been setting up roadblocks to stop sheriff’s departments from getting the one tool they need to help slow down speeders: Radar.

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Judge, DA lash out as repeat offenders being considered for early prison release

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When local landlord Kay Holmes attempted to evict one of her tenants who was behind four months in rent, two tenants filed harassment and stalking charges against her in Jasper County Justice Court. Now, Holmes said she feels vindicated after both charges were dismissed.

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South Central Regional Medical Center opened a walk-in COVID-19 testing center on Tuesday.

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A Moselle man is in jail facing a serious charge after being accused of causing serious injuries to an infant who was barely a month old.

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An Ellisville man who was described as a “dangerous child predator” was captured by Hattiesburg police on Monday night after failing to register as a sex offender in Jones County, as required by law.

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Officials and patrons recently celebrated the 11th anniversary of the opening of Bok Homa Casino in Sandersville.

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