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Last year, coach Keith Braddock and the Northeast Jones Tigers had a season we won’t soon forget. No, their results weren’t that great on the field. They finished 3-7. But longtime followers of the program will probably be talking about the 2017 team as much as they talked about the 1996 tea…

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A trade war does seem to be getting under way. Investors around the world see headwinds arising from newly enacted and planned tariffs, headwinds that could potentially exert a drag on global growth (and stock markets). How badly could these trade disputes hurt the American economy? Perhaps …

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    “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

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Now, I realize that our Facebook page has been hijacked by a small band of Sheriff Alex Hodge supporters and SCAR attack dogs that don’t seem to care about anything but expressing hatred and calling for social-media lynchings, but I still have faith that the majority of our citizens, and esp…

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On the night of June 1, 2017, Greg Burroughs and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair, went to a downtown Laurel restaurant. He had five bottles of beer, while she had five glasses of wine.

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I thought it was quite comical to find Cindy Hyde-Smith bragging about being endorsed by the NRA this week, as if it’s not common knowledge that the NRA only endorses incumbents… That’s not a secret, that’s a fact, and one that they’ll tell you out of their own mouths.

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I would like to express my appreciation to the Laurel Police Department officers Clint Hedgepeth and John Windsor for their help to me.

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“If retired Co. Senne and his wife were active members of a big Southern Baptist church, we would of not had all this.

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On Tuesday, July 24, between 1323 hours and 1406 hours, the writer left Lowe’s and went to Walmart. Entering through the automotive entrance, proceeding over to the toiletries-pharmacy main aisle — running from south to north — the writer and other patrons in that area suddenly stopped in th…

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The City of Ellisville will ban large trucks from using Highway 29 through downtown — known as Holly Street and then Church Street. Signs have been erected and a mandatory legal notice (Page 9) is included in this edition.

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Nassau Place in the small city of Peekskill in suburban New York City was about two-thirds as long as Oak to Central on North Magnolia.

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The Free State of Jones skate park is a fantastic idea that, organizers hope, will bring people to Daphne Park. Drive around downtown in the evenings and it is apparent that many people skate. Excitement abounded when the City of Laurel called on bids for construction of the park.

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Suzanne is widowed and has four adult children. Her investment portfolio is worth $1 million, and she owns a bed-and-breakfast inn worth $1 million as well. Can she conveniently and equally bequeath these assets to her kids to give each child a $500,000 share of her wealth?

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The Boston Globe issued a call for journalists, especially those in the newspaper business, to write an editorial about their importance in retaining a democratic republic. We echo Thomas Jefferson’s thinking when he said, “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the ve…

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School has been in session for a little over a week now and it has already begun.

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OXFORD — After 30 minutes with the household bills, Dad comes to the dinner table. Looking somber, he tells Mom, Junior and Sis, “We’ve got to cut back. We’re spending more than we have.”

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Baby boomers born, raised and schooled in Laurel-Jones County are likely to grasp the social dynamics, nuances and subtleties of interactions between classes, races and other demographics of people in Jones County. By the same token, this generation is likely to remember New York City’s East…

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An explorer organizes an expedition by studying maps and charts. A petroleum engineer prepares for a drill by scrutinizing geological surveys of the earth’s strata and seismic graphs. A ballet dancer prepares for a performance with years of training and practice. A competitive sailor reads o…

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It began on Thursday, and until after New Year’s, it will be the most hectic time of the year around our house.

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Amazingly, the Russia collusion probe that has tried to attract the nation’s attention away from everything positive happening in the USA, is showing no signs of letting up. From everything we can glean, there is no timetable to wrap up the probe, no scope for the probe, no parameters from t…

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A couple months ago, a young man from Pearl River Community College called me asking about doing some sports writing.

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It is apparent reading the Leader-Call’s Facebook page that far too many of the “keyboard warriors” have no actual knowledge of a newspaper. First, a bit of our history. In 2007, Jim Cegielski, Mark Thornton and a few others — some good, some bad — opened The ReView of Jones County because t…

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As one of the poorest states in the nation, statistically, Mississippi ranks near the bottom in most categories, with an abominable racial history of divisiveness propagated by politicians who, in many cases, appeal to the most ignoble qualities of social interaction in civil society, which …

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Despite all of the column inches and airtime that have been dedicated to the July 11 Lyon Ranch Road Raid, we still believe that the most important quality-of-life issue in Jones County is the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ arbitrary early release of prisoners.

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When the paper is amid a storm and getting bombarded with information from every direction 24/7, it’s easy to start to believe that everybody knows the backstory, the players, the facts, the substantive theories, the motivations ...

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“All of those original ‘achievements’ have been realized. I have been my own boss for over 30 years. I wear shorts, T-shirts and Converse almost every day. I only wear a tie when someone is wed or dead.”

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‘Busch also tied with Kevin Harvick for six wins each this season. The two of them — along with Martin Truex Jr. — are completely dominating this lackluster season that is happening in NASCAR.’

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‘And before the calendar flips to September, the Mustangs will have already played three games. That seems a bit out of whack to me, always has.’

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I am pretty sure the first time I played Motley Crue for my mother, she shook her head and mourned for my generation.

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In 2014, the Laurel Leader-Call reported on the story of the family of a disfigured young girl who had gotten kicked out of a KFC in Jack- son because of the way the young girl looked. Almost immediately, we started to ask questions because the tale seemed so out of practice for a company th…

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I am writing on behalf of the Sennes. First off, these people love animals. I have personally seen Mrs. Senne at the vet’s office on numerous times with some of these animals.

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In light of the recent Bridge closings in Jones County, I beg to ask the question, where has all the money gone. I’ve lived in Jones County for 18 years and Jones County has one of the highest tax rates in Mississippi. Only 14 other counties with higher rates in Mississippi. But 61% of the b…

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This weekend marked six years since an incident that most Jones Countians will remember. It was the early morning of July 30, 2012 that Lt. Tony Stiles of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department stepped in front of the bullets of a psycho in Shady Grove, saving fellow officers and a hostage, b…

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The gladiators of autumn are at it. Under blistering sun, these Friday night heroes are pushed to the limits. Yet they push forth, for Friday nights will be here soon and they all need to be in tune for it to come together.

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The worst people in the world are those who abuse children, the elderly, the handicapped and animals, and I put them in that order for a reason. To me, people who abuse children are the vilest of all creatures, but people who abuse the elderly and handicapped are pretty close behind.

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There could be a little payback in the near future for one of the “Big 3” in NASCAR this season.

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On a recent list of the most stressful jobs of 2018, Aimee Picchi of CBS News listed (in order from least to most stressful): senior corporate executive, public relations executive, broadcaster, reporter, event coordinator, police officer, airline pilot, firefighter and enlisted military personnel.

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Late-night talk-show hosts and political pundits are often criticized for putting out half-truths that support their motives, whether it’s making a joke or making a point. That’s all fine as long as the viewer keeps in mind that the people talking are not neutral. They all have an agenda, wh…