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Pastor Ben B. James Jr. will be the guest speaker at the next monthly meeting of the Jones County Republican Women. The group will meet at a new time and location — 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at The Laurel Country Club (2011 Highway 84 West, Laurel). 

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Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet will open its 28th season with the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” under the direction of Jennifer Beasley. The production will feature guest artists from across the nation and more than 120 local dancers in four performances on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 at Jackson …

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The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson) will host its annual Homestead for the Holidays from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, and Friday, Dec.11. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-17.

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On this holiday week, the Hutchinson family in the Matthews Community of Jones County is simply thankful to be alive to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. They lost everything they owned, including their home on Matthews Road, during the Easter tornadoes.  

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Pastor Ben B. James Jr. will be the guest speaker at the next monthly meeting of the Jones County Republican Women. The group will meet at a new time and location — 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at The Laurel Country Club (2011 Highway 84 West, Laurel). 

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Karoline Sims, the 8-year-old daughter of JoJo Sims of Bay Springs, pets one of the 15 alpacas at the Stroka-Gene-Us farm in Stringer on Saturday. They were among the hundreds of people who attended the eighth annual Alpaca Festival. Several arts and crafts booths and food vendors were set u…

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New Stage Theatre producer Hunter Arnold kicked off the holiday season early by announcing that a special filmed version of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic “A Christmas Carol” will be released worldwide on Saturday, Nov. 28 and will be offered through Jan. 3. This streaming video will benef…

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On Saturday, the Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club’s Free State chapter hosted an appreciation breakfast for local first-responders. The Punishers LEMC is made up of active and prior-service police, military, firefighters and a select few like-minded individuals. 

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As the holidays approach, Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson is encouraging people across the street to make this year a “Genuine Mississippi” Christmas by purchasing a Mississippi Christmas tree.

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Traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 59 was backed up for at least two hours Thursday morning after a crash involving a septic utility truck and a Freightliner.

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Notorious criminal takes last-minute plea for 20 years after shooting at deputy

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The Ellisville Masonic Lodge will have smoked Boston butt pork roasts prepared for Thanksgiving for sale 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the lodge in downtown Ellisville. A limited number will be available for $30 each, so those who want one are encouraged to call Duane at 601-433-52…

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At a time when it may be more important than ever, Home Instead’s Be A Santa to a Senior returns with new options for community participation.

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The need has always been there. This year, it happens to be greater. Traditionally, Salvation Army bell ringers would start ringing at the physical kettles starting after Thanksgiving, but they are starting earlier this year because of a greater need due to the coronavirus. 

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Due to the continuing effects of COVID-19, the Veterans Memorial Museum on Hillcrest Drive in Laurel will have a virtual Veterans Day program available on Facebook and the museum’s website on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

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The Jones County Republican Women will host their monthly meeting at a new location and time next week. The GOP group will meet 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at The Laurel Country Club (2011 Highway 84 East). 

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Firefighters Travis Runyan and Trip Parker of the Laurel Fire Department graduated Nov.5 from the National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter I-II course at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.

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The Laurel Police Department collected more than a half-dozen pickup loads of non-perishable food items and an undetermined amount of cash for the Good Samaritan Center on Monday and Tuesday in front of Walmart. The event was started by late Chief of Police Tyrone Stewart and is now being co…

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Chute, they know how to handle a Halloween pandemic on 6th Avenue. Some residents on the popular trick-or-treating street set up long tubes from their porch down to the sidewalk to send candy to the kids without having to make direct contact with them. Only about half of the residents along …

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A head-on collision on Highway 29 near Ovett Moselle Road left one person hospitalized Sunday morning, according to the Jones County Fire Council.

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The Laurel Police Department will host a stuff-the-truck food drive on Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walmart on Highway 15 North in Laurel to support the Good Samaritan Center of Laurel.

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Switzerland’s version of the BBC, which airs in France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, was in town on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday filming a series of reports for its prime-time news show ahead of next week’s presidential election, which has captured the attention of the world. 

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Members of Hellfighters USA, as well as friends and family, gathered Friday afternoon at Angel Lake near Myrick for the late Richard Headrick’s wake and a celebration of his life.

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Laurel Main Street Executive Director Judi Holifield, left, with her guest at a recent Laurel Rotary Club meeting, Susan Ladd, who the incoming LMS executive director. Holifield is retiring at the end of the year after almost a decade of service with LMS. The Laurel Rotary Club meets at noon…

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Gov. Tate Reeves declared Oct. 19-23 as Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Transportation reminds residents of the free resources offered to ensure everyone stays safe during severe weather.

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New Stage Theatre kicks off the 2020 Solo Show Series performances with a multi-camera performance of John Maxwell’s internationally acclaimed one-man play “Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $15 with proceeds benefiting Ne…

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A single-vehicle rollover crash slowed traffic on Lyon Ranch Road in the Johnson Community Thursday evening. Just after 5 p.m., the Jones County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of an overturned vehicle that had come to rest just off the roadside. The green Ford Expedition reported…

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As the flu season approaches in the United States, healthcare providers are warning that the addition of another respiratory illness on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could strain testing capacity, increase the risk of catching both diseases at once and overburden the healthcare system.

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Laurel Leader-Call Publisher Jim Cegielski and radio talk-show host Todd Ellzey will host an election special on Wednesday at 9 a.m. on SuperTalk Laurel 99.3 FM.

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The Laurel Christian School Lady Lions soccer team won the Mid-South Association of Independent Schools championship on Monday with a 2-0 victory over Indianola Academy from the Mississippi Delta. Laurel Christian, coached by Father Jeff Reich, reached the championship match with a 4-0 victo…

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A 16-year-old boy is in the hospital after his ATV collided with the front-end of a Chevrolet pickup truck in Sharon Monday afternoon.

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The Junior Auxiliary of Laurel will host its annual food drive 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. There will be two drop-off locations: Rubies Home Furnishings and The YWCO in downtown Laurel. All donations will directly benefit the Secret Meals project, for which the organization is currently packing 10…