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After dealing with winter weather in Jackson and across the state last week, the House met in person to conduct legislative business. Last week, the House met in session and committees via teleconference, similar to what occurred earlier in the session. Wednesday, Feb. 24 marked the deadline…

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Dr. Teresa Camp Rogers, an emergency medicine specialist and Chief Medical Officer with South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel, served as Legislative Doctor of the Day at the Capitol on Tuesday. She was available to provide emergency medical treatment to lawmakers and staff. Camp is…

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His friends called him “The Mayor of Bogue Homa,” but Alvin Darnell had a lot of titles over the course of his life, from police officer to Potenate.

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Local church launches new recovery program

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It all started in the 1950s, when Herbert Ramey Sr. bought two school buses and converted them into grocery stores on wheels to sell goods from his marketplace in rural parts of Wayne County. From that idea came Ramey’s Grocery and Grill, which for decades has been a go-to stop for the Beat …

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Cory and Cherry Pitts, both born and raised in Laurel, have always had a passion for making great food and sharing it with family and friends. Last spring, when the pandemic created new obstacles to overcome, they used that passion — along with more than two decades of combined experience in…

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This particular “63” is not about my 63rd birthday (which is coming up soon), but Highway 63, one of my favorite roads of all time. Highway 63 starts in Waynesboro and goes south all the way to Pascagoula. Highway 63 passes by a plethora of churches, forests, farms, nice homes, small communi…

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The 2021 Plat Book is now available for sale at the Jones County Soil & Water Conservation District office (3536 Highway 15 North, Suite C, Laurel). The book contains who owns tracts of land and boundaries, as well as roadways and waterways and other information. Those interested can als…

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Speaking to the Jones County Republican Women on Wednesday, Secretary of State Michael Watson had a message for those who play partisan politics: “As important as it is for us to get our GOP officials elected, it’s just as important that we hold them accountable.” Cyber security and voting f…

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This story begins in the small south Jones County community named Blodgett (I dare you to find it on a map). Blodgett is where my late father-in-law James T. Ivy was born in 1917. He lived in rural Jones County for two years before moving with his family even deeper into the woods to the Mul…

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While practicing social distancing and wearing face masks, members of the MLK Community Development Corporation continue to work to keep the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive.

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Maryann Stroka, owner of A Stroka Gene-Us Alpacas in Stringer, will be the guest speaker at the next Southern Civitan meeting. The club meets from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at The Laurel Country Club (2011 Highway 84, Laurel).  

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Southern Civitan Club collected more than 400 handmade and store-bought Valentine’s Day cards and hand-delivered them to nursing homes in Jones County and to the Veterans’ Home in Collins. From left, Southern Civitan President Tiffany Parrish, charter member Julie Brown, board members Debbie…

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Mayor Johnny Magee presented a proclamation recognizing Feb. 14 as Arbor Day on Laurel. “The City of Laurel is proud of its street, park and home garden trees and the beauty they add to our community,” the proclamation read, in part. He presented the proclamation to, from left, Laurel Tree B…

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Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson will be the guest speaker at the Jones County Republican Women’s monthly meeting noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at The Laurel Country Club (2011 Highway 84, Laurel).  

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A mother and son are dead after an apparent murder-suicide at her house on Saturday night, investigators with the Jones County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

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The annual meeting of the United Way of the Pine Belt Region will be a come-and-go event from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 in the United Way auditorium at 401 West Oak St. in Laurel. 

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The Laurel chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police will host a sporting clay shoot on March 5 at Bar 3 Range (194 Mullican Road).

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The Jones County Board of Supervisors adopted a debris-removal policy during a recent meeting in response to a problem that had been brought to light after tornadoes last year.

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Before all this COVID-19 “mess” gained momentum, we had the opportunity to travel to Little Rock, Ark., to join many of my former co-workers to pay tribute to my retiring former bossman.

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The Mississippi State Department of Health Radon Program is partnering with the Mississippi Public Library System to offer free radon home test kits as part of Radon Action Month.

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As he stood on the steps of the Jones County Courthouse last Friday for a celebration of the sanctity of human life, Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee brought a unique perspective to the event.

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The Jones County Republican Women elected new officers for the 2021-23 term. The new officers were installed by past President Tiffany Parrish and District Director Lucy Hurst Gordan of the Miss. Federation of Republican Women. Debbie Phillips was elected president, Michelle Jones is first v…

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Pegg Glaser of the Jones County Republican Women received an award for outstanding service to the Jones County Republican Party. Tiffany Parrish, president of the Jones County Republican Women, made the presentation Wednesday, along with club members and officers. Glaser has dedicated many h…

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A blood drive is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Powers Volunteer Fire Department training room on Highway 184.

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A person is dead after a shooting in the Beaver Meadow community in Jasper County, said Sheriff Randy Johnson.

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A Hattiesburg man said he was fortunate he didn’t take the plunge into a creek when he crashed into a bridge rail on Moselle-Seminary Road and landed in a precarious position just on the other side early Friday afternoon. Edsel Armstrong, 45, was driving his Chevrolet Caprice toward Intersta…

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This is the second week of the 2021 Legislative Session. Because it is early in the session, bills are still being drafted, so floor action has been light. More than 200 House bills have already been filed and referred to committees. Bills must be passed out of committee before they are cons…

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The Veterans Memorial Museum on Hillcrest Drive will be closed until further notice due to an upswing of COVID-19 cases and a recent positive test of one of the VMM volunteers.

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A former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and assistant district attorney who has worked several high-profile cases in Jones County is behind bars facing a felony charge.

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As I hope you are aware by now, the City of Laurel entered into a contract with Waste Pro to provide the collection of household and certain small business garbage. This service began on Monday, Jan. 4. The days for your pickup, that you have become accustomed to over the years, have now bee…

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Glade Volunteer Fire & Rescue (119 Orange Dr., Laurel) will host a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today (Saturday) at its station. Glade volunteers ask everyone to consider donating.