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STARKVILLE — As of this year, nine states and the District of Columbia — including Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington — have legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana. Those same nine states plus 22 more have legalized …

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For the past 99 years — including this one — the South Mississippi Fair has called the Laurel Fairgrounds home. And what a wonderful home it has been — and will continue to be.

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On Monday evening, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate David Baria of Bay St. Louis hosted a town hall-style meeting at the Laurel train depot. He is taking his message directly to the people in the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 general election, when he will take on incumbent Roger Wicker.

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The gap between the polarized political left and right in America continues to grow larger and louder. We’re three weeks away from mid-term elections when the party in the White House historically loses congressional seats to the minority party. Everyone is searching for political solutions …

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On the morning of Saturday, Aug. 4, a few of us who work at the paper were meeting at the office to go over the final proofs of the pages of our annual football magazine, Kickoff. It was the last two minutes of the fourth quarter for us. There was no time to spare.

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In November 2008, Barack Obama overwhelmingly won the presidential election, sweeping a Democrat into office after eight years with the Republican George W. Bush in office.

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Try imagining that it is the year 2008 and President Barack Obama has just been elected to his first term as the President of the United States. Soon after he is sworn in, we learn that the people at the top of the FBI had been doing everything they could to stop the Obama presidency from ha…

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On Tuesday, a 32-year-old who initiated dog fights was found guilty by a jury of 12 men and women and sentenced to three years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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It’s coming down to the wire. In little less than a month Mississippi will find out who will prevail in Round 1 of the US Senate special election. And I stress “Round 1” for a reason.

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For the past two weeks, I’ve written about Judge Kavanaugh’s defending himself, his wife, his little girls, his family and his friends from a long string of uncorroborated, unproven, malicious charges that he is a stumbling-down drunk who, along with his high school friends, have drugged and…

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OXFORD — Newspapers are businesses like no other. While other employers contribute to community life, newspapers, when operating at their best, are centers for community conversation and drive the quality of community life.

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On Thursday morning, the Today show opened with the latest partisan revelation in the ongoing confirmation battle of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. More criticism of the president’s “insensitivity,” more comments about scribblings in high school yearbooks …

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The recent announcement of the latest Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame inductees brought back some special memories and offered a couple of important reminders for me: 1.) The words on these pages have power; 2.) I’m getting old.

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I know a lot of people who have walked into our downtown office are surprised to find that we keep a baby here. Not just any baby, but a royal office baby — Sir Kirby Prince. Kirby joined the staff a few months ago when his mother Lakyn came off of maternity leave and I, for one, couldn’t be…

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On the weekend of September 22 and 23, the Ridgerunners Enduro Team of Mississippi held their annual Tiger Creek Enduro (an off-road motorcycle competition) in the Desoto National Forest. The event was “fondly and respectfully dedicated to the memory of Mr. Ray Melton” who was instrumental i…

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Patrick Henry’s speech, March 23, 1775, at St. John’s Episcopal Church comes to mind: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!…

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Donny* strode to the plate at the old Little League field in my hometown. It was a crisp Saturday morning with baseball games being played everywhere.

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Pardon our progress. Those words should adorn  signs around downtown Laurel come Saturday and the annual Loblolly Festival, the city’s largest annual street party.

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OXFORD — Unbeknownst to my media colleagues, the nominal Republicans on Mississippi’s Nov. 6 special election ballot have already debated. Yes, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and state Sen. Chris McDaniel hashed things out at the Tutwiler Civic and Social Club. No media was present, but here’s a…

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We still don’t know, though some on all sides say they “know.” Democrats and the media pleaded the past two weeks for the FBI to investigate the charges. The FBI is now investigating the charges. Now, some Democrats and the media are saying the FBI investigation will not be “fair,” and canno…

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For nearly two months, Cindy Hyde-Smith’s campaign said she could not possibly participate in a debate with her three Senate challengers because her schedule in Washington, D.C., was just too full. 

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I don’t believe that I ever had the pleasure of meeting Virginia Chandler. In 1981, while she was founding the first no-kill shelter in the state of Mississippi, I was busy finishing up my senior year at a high school in New Jersey.

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My sense of business is about as sharp as ... well, the sense of business that most newspapermen have. Words are our forté. Getting worth out of our words is the struggle.

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There are good columns. There are OK columns. There are not-so-good columns. There are bad columns, better known as clunkers. And there are great columns.

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There were several announcements that hap- pened last week and the first playoff race was last weekend, but I got busy with my photo sessions and dropped the ball on my column. So, let’s play catch-up.

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After reading the Saturday, Sept. 15, front-page story about the duck assaulting the Laurel Police Officer, along with various additional offenses, during an incident on I-59, I find myself troubled and sincerely concerned. Upon the revelation that no charges were expected to be filed, I hav…

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In the growing soap opera that the United States of America has become, the latest character to enter the story is a professor from an unknown college in California making claims that reek of political shenanigans, the likes of which the real working people of America cannot stand. That is w…

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Did you stay up all night worrying about a situation you’re facing? Are you feeling overwhelmed with decisions to make? Are you fearful about your future? Is stress consuming your life?

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We’ve gotten hooked on the The Food Network. I Don’t know why, I only cook if I have to, but I used to cook. We have three chil- dren and they didn’t miss too many meals while growing up.

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We are heartened to report on today’s front page that the Animal Rescue League of Laurel will continue operations. Thanks to pleas from the ARL, published in this newspaper, the organization has received an outpouring of financial support and a wave of people wanting to volunteer.

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“Name an animal with three letters in its name,” Richard Dawson told the first contestant on the final segment of a 1970s episode of The Family Feud.

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Nobody likes to be called names. Nevertheless, political debate continues to devolve further into dregs of name-calling. Chuck Todd, contributing editor at The Atlantic and moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, wrote an opinion piece reacting to the public’s dwindling trust in news media. He bl…

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OXFORD — It’s the season for storms to line up in the Atlantic and Pacific, seeming to take aim. TV weatherfolk become hyper-animated over how awful everything is going to be — which is too often true. What’s missing from the big picture is the small picture of individuals and small groups h…

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It was little more than a week ago that our front page made light of the impact of Tropical Storm Gordon. In the edition prior to that, we cautioned in this very space about “dire forecasts” that only turn out to be a drizzle can create “hurricane fatigue” and cause people to stop heeding th…

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I am convinced that social media will make you lose all faith in humanity and will one day lead to the end of mankind.

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Last weekend, my daughter and I made a quick trip to Gulf Shores. Work demands had kept us apart more than usual the last few weeks, so I wanted to do something special to celebrate her 14th birthday (God help me).

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The Laurel Police Department on Thursday morning, while most of the city was still sleeping, swept up a dozen suspected drug dealers. Of the 12 arrests, LPD Narcotics Sgt. Vince Williams said only one of them had not been on the LPD radar or had not served time on drug charges.

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“I’m a citizen and a public official, too!” retorted Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge, according to the Sept. 6 LL-C, in response to Board of Supervisors President Jerome Wyatt telling him “he wouldn’t be allowed to speak because the board had already listened to his presentation when departm…

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My nephew Ryder is 3 years old and he already knows who his team to root for is — Miss. State. Or, to him, the Bulldogs.

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A few years ago, I read a restaurant survey that ranked customers’ priorities when dining out. The study listed food, service, atmosphere, and location. The results were a little surprising to me in some areas.

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Through all the soap-opera-esque turmoil that the national media keep focusing on, the economy continues to make strides that have rarely — if ever — been matched. Nearly every economic indicator is booming. Unemployment across all racial and gender spectrums is low. Growth is at levels not …

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OXFORD — Long before there was a mutiny aboard H.M.S. Bounty, it was clear Capt. Bligh was unfit. As tensions built, the choice for his officers and crew became increasingly clear: (1) tough it out or (2) risk being hanged for deciding enough was enough.