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Last Saturday, downtown Laurel was a picture-perfect setting. It was a brisk mid-morning, a breeze whipping the vibrant, autumn-colored trees’ leaves as artists from around the South stood or sat in front of easels capturing likenesses of their favorite scenes.

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So, I found out that the good folks at SuperTalk have a pretty mean sense of humor. Tuesday morning was my first “Jim Talking” appearance, and before we went on the air, host Todd Ellzey was pretty much begging me to not mention Alex Hodge. I was thinking to myself, “That’s an odd request on…

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Across 4th Street on the opposite side of Highway 49 from USM in Hattiesburg sat a watering hole known as the North End Zone.

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It’s a time for celebration for many candidates, their families and their supporters. Some of the races were bitter and some were congenial. There are some hard feelings and some high hopes. 

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I want to talk to the young adults, teenagers and pre-teens of the world, so if you have one of those in your home, please give this paper to them to read. If they don’t want to read it for themselves, please read it to them. It is important that they hear the words that I am about to say.  …

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The moment state Sen. Chris McDaniel knew his second bid for the U.S. Senate would not be successful was when President Trump threw his support behind Cindy Hyde-Smith. Boom. Over.

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The quid pro quo debates fluttering around Washington may sound familiar. The Wall Street Journal headline Aug. 3, 2016: “U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed” followed by the sub headline, “Obama administration insists there was no quid pro quo, but critics charge payment amounted…

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Alex Hodge brought a youthful spirit and exuberance to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department in 2008. He ushered in many upgrades, including much-needed modern technology, too. Most of us have heard him, at some point, talk about how he was born to be sheriff, how he used to ride his bicycle…

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Anyone who’s been in the workforce for more than a couple of years has likely given two weeks’ notice at a job before leaving to take on another opportunity. It’s the right thing to do, for your employer and yourself. It’s considered a courtesy to the employer who has to hire someone else an…

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With all due respect to Mr. Jason Jones, who took me to task for last week’s column entitled “Corruption Questions,” he doesn’t seem to know the difference between a “news story” and an “opinion column.” Mr. Jones, who is Joey Davis’ father-in-law, was upset that I asked, in my column, the s…

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The left’s enthusiasm for Third-World immigrants isn’t only because they vote 8-2 for the Democrats, it’s that Latin American peasants seem uniquely amenable to idiotic socialist schemes.

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Every year, as a public service, we provide our readers with addresses and photos of the people on the local sex offender registry. We put it together just before Halloween so no unsuspecting parents will send their little trick-or-treaters into a real house of horrors and experience somethi…

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I’m disappointed in Jim’s Op-Ed on Saturday, Oct 26. Before SPECULATING about corruption, talk to the parties involved (in this case, Mayor Magee and Joey Davis). If your questions are not answered at all or the answers are questionable, THEN perhaps the door is opened for speculation. Howev…

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President Trump had a brief press conference Sunday morning announcing a covert nighttime raid by U.S. special forces in Syria that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Broadcast and cable networks aired the President’s remarks … mostly. The national press sort of headl…

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Just because Sheriff Alex Hodge is riding off into the sunset to spend his days wrangling up porta-potties and dumpsters, it doesn’t mean that Jones County’s corruption problem is now over. Not only is the root of the problem still alive and well — the rich and powerful using money and influ…

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Next time you’re in a small group of people who aren’t staring at their cellphones and actually want to talk, ask if they believe in ghosts. It’s sure to start a spirited conversation (see what I did there?) this Halloween.

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Look around you — physically and in the world of social media — and see the overwhelming anger that is fomenting. We see brothers hating sisters, neighbors hating neighbors and strangers hating strangers seemingly everywhere. Hate is vile — transpose those letters and we can spell evil. It i…

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Whether we like it or not, our personal information lives on state government computers. If you are a government employee with the state health insurance plan or if you are on Medicaid, your personal health information may be on those computers. If you pay taxes in Mississippi, your income i…

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While Congress dithers with phone calls to Ukraine and collusion and corruption that do not exists the crisis of our time is showing no signs of slowing down. Those in charge of creating public policy, similarly, show no signs of doing a damn thing.

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I am not having a good day. As I sit here typing this article, my glasses are fogged up because of the sweat of my eyeballs from my morning walk through hell. I gave too much of myself today. I know this now. I broke my No. 1 rule: Don’t work harder on someone’s recovery than they are willin…

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You might have heard about the demise of newspapers. We love to quote Mark Twain when reading of his own death: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

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Mr. Jim, I would of died a few years back if not for your wife. I had food poisoning. They treated me in the E.R. the day before at SCRMC for the “flu” and sent me home and to take Pepto Bismal. It had been going on a few days. The next day I passed out on the bath room floor. My wife picked…

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Editor’s note: Jack Hammett has joined the staff of the Leader-Call as a general assignment news reporter. He is still thawing out from his last home in Minnesota, but the sunny Southern skies welcome him back home.

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I already knew that the people of Jones County are awesome, but you all have proved it once again. We started running ads for our Salvation Army Food Drive just one week ago, and by Wednesday, we had already filled up our front window, allowing me to take our first load of canned goods and o…

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Disclaimer: I am not in any way suggesting that football games and fatalities are even close to the same level of importance. I’m simply referring to the reporting of them and the results of reporting them, just to offer some insight and perspective. 

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How many of you were transfixed in 2015-16 when Donald Trump blazed his way through a crowded field of Republicans? Remember how no matter what we thought of him, we were transfixed? He was so different from the rest. We didn’t know what to do.

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Although it does not feel like it based on the hot temperatures outside, fall is finally here. With it comes hunting season, Friday night football and harvest. It’s a time of year when our farmers begin gathering the crops they’ve so diligently planted in the prior months.

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This is an open letter to the person(s) vandalizing mailboxes and personal property on Old Bay Springs Road. In the past you have knocked over my mailbox (a federal offense) twice and knocked down my American flag three times. All of this has been done at night since you are obviously a cowa…

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In 1919, standing rib roasts cost 31 cents per pound. A quart of fresh milk would set you back 15 cents. A new car could be had for about $500.

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House members returned to Washington this week to continue working toward impeaching President Trump. The 24/7 news cycle is cluttered with speculation about whistleblowers, leaks, and spies. A dozen 2020 candidates are lining up on a CNN stage to debate, and no one is talking about Michael …

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Anyone who is a semi-regular reader of this newspaper had already made up his or her mind in the so-called Misdemeanor of the Century, the Sheriff vs. The Sennes, long before the final court rulings were reported this week.

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At 4:56 a.m. on Monday, reader and old running buddy Phillip Wedgeworth made me aware that it was National Newspaper Week. Actually, I wasn’t out of bed at 4:56 a.m., but that is when Phillip sent me an email with an editorial cartoon highlighting the importance of the Fourth Estate. The car…

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In one of his last-ditch efforts to maintain power, Sheriff Alex Hodge took to the SuperTalk Mississippi airwaves days before a runoff election in a desperate plea. Much of his time was spent assailing this newspaper and its staff, particularly when it dealt with an animal raid case from Jul…

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Chuck Knoblauch played 12 seasons in the major leagues, with the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals. 

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The U.S. Constitution enumerates three co-equal branches of government. The legislative branch makes laws. The executive branch carries out those laws. The judicial branch adjudicates the constitutionality of laws. What could be simpler than a government operating on the basis of laws?

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I have been taught all of my life to love people. My parents demonstrated it and God commands it. But some of you out there make it very difficult, especially some of you on Facebook. Social media has made it really easy for people to say things to other human beings without any regard for h…

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Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling mini-earthquakes under our feet every time the presses started to roll. For those of us old eno…

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I know a lot of you are as dumbfounded as I am over what has happened to this once-great country of ours. There is just no denying it. Half of our fellow citizens have gone completely bat-guano crazy and seem hell-bent on destroying a nation that was, for 243 years, undoubtedly, the envy of …

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What if aliens (the extraterrestrial type, not the illegal border-crossing type) received information that some wacky Earthlings were planning to storm Area 51 and discover some of the secrets of their existence?