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Sgt. J.D. Carter of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department spoke to Kiwanis Club of Laurel this week about gangs that are operating in Jones County. His presentation was followed by a large number of questions from Kiwanis members who were meeting at the Laurel Country Club. From left, progra…

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I try to stay off social media as much as I possibly can. Outside of keeping up with old friends and making sure your kids are staying out of trouble, it’s a big waste of time — unless, of course, your only hobby consists of getting into pointless political arguments with strangers who aren’…

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This Earth Day (Monday) let’s all work to “protect our species” (the Earth Day Network’s theme for this year’s event) by eating vegan foods rather than animal-based ones. That’s the best way to prevent mass wildlife extinction and spare cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals from pain and s…

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It happens every school year, sometimes more than once. A student dies. Classmates mourn. Beautiful tributes are written. Sincere condolences are clumsily offered to the parents and grandparents. No one knows what to say. But they all know what not to say — the cause of death.

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For many months now, the people who watch Sheriff Alex Hodge’s weekly “SO Live” show on Facebook have been hearing him say how transparent the Jones County Sheriff’s Office is. 

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Our dogs Yum Yum and Walter love to sing Happy Birthday — in two-part harmony. We have recorded them so when a relative or close friend has a birthday, we can send them the video of our “Two Tenors” belting out the most-sung song in history.

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Much will be talked about involving the county budget, especially in what is shaping up to be a contentious election season. The Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Alex Hodge have been at loggerheads, with Hodge wanting more money — a big tax increase for every resident — for his department an…

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Whatever their differences, the two front-runners in the Democratic presidential race, Joe Biden, born Nov. 20, 1942, and Bernie Sanders, born Sept. 8, 1941, share one common trait: They are too old to be president.

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It’s rare for a candidate to be in a position to do a public service. But Mike James has done just that, so we salute him. James, who is running for District 4 Supervisor, revealed himself as someone who has plans to raise your taxes. We commend him for letting people know that. After all, v…

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There’s an unwritten rule in the world of public relations about rumors: Don’t react to them because that makes them real.

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For almost a year now, my younger daughter, Alison, had been telling me to keep Friday, March 15 open on my calendar because it was “National Match Day.” I’d never heard of “National Match Day,” but I saved the date as I was told to do … because when you’re grown daughter tells you do someth…

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It is impossible to calculate or quantify the good that Howard Industries has done for our community. Half of the partnership that started the business a half-century ago passed away last week, leaving a void that will be impossible to fill.

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People continue to talk about how polarized Americans have become about nearly everything regarding politics and social issues. It’s almost as though unseen forces were trying to split us into myriad little identity groups. President Trump blames the Democrats and fake news. Democrats and na…

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This column was first published in 2007, but with the arrival of spring and tourists coming to see the place where the hit show “Home Town” is filmed, consider it a community service. 

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Soon, our elected officials will tax us for the air we breathe. We will be taxed per shower taken. We will be taxed on the plastic bag we use to pick up our dog’s business. We will be taxed for disposal of said plastic bag. And, it appears, Washington, D.C., is pushing toward a hike to the f…

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From the inception of the mayor-council form of government instituted in Laurel July 1, 1985, the writer has known all of the Black city councilmen and women elected over the past 34 years, beginning with the late George Gaddy, the late Viola Malone and Lula Davis-Cooley. Presently, there ar…

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In 2014, the residents of Jones County voted overwhelmingly for Chris McDaniel in his bid to oust long-time swamp creature and the “King of Pork” Thad Cochran. In a senate race that was stolen from McDaniel during a runoff, swamp Republicans asked swamp Democrats to help them keep the swamp …

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Hopefully you have seen our big ad (on Page 8 today) about the May 11 Laurel Rotary Club Magnolia Street Derby. The Leader-Call is ecstatic to be one of the top sponsors for the event it had such a fantastic run in its first year, it is back for an encore presentation — and hopefully for yea…

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Many Trump opponents were shocked and disappointed by Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusion that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Some memb…

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In his book “The Fellowship of the Ring,” J. R. R. Tolkien wrote, “The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And …

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A reporter recently asked new Laurel police Chief Tommy Cox whether he would continue to deal with media requests or follow the path of another law enforcement leader and hire a “public relations professional” to deal with the throngs of media requests that flow in daily.

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We often marvel at how law enforcement and first-responders could ever get accustomed to what they see on a daily basis. Many situations they find themselves in would sicken most of us. Yet they continue to answer those calls.

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After two years and $25 million of wasted time and money (money that could have been spent on building “The WALL”), the Robert Mueller investigation findings were finally turned over to Attorney General Bill Barr. And, not surprisingly, the witch hunt that was started simply because Democrat…

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Every day, it seems, there is a crawfish boil somewhere within a short drive. It’s a miserable time of year for the ashamed few who have yet to find the allure of the late-winter, early-spring onslaught of mudbugs.

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On Tuesday, TV star Jussie Smollet was set free with little to no penalty, nor remorse, even though there was overwhelming evidence that he perpetrated a loathsome hate-crime hoax in order to bring more fame to himself and more division to this nation. It is quite clear that Smollet used his…

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Think of a coup d’ etat and one should conjure images of a violent overthrowing of a government. Coups are rare — successful coups are even rarer. It takes a deep-rooted, dedicated effort and planning to overthrow the elected government. Most of those violent overthrows occur in third-world …

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In a four-page letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate judiciary committees summarizing his initial review of Mueller’s report, Attorney General William Barr wrote, “Although my review is ongoing, I believe that it is in the public interest to describe the report and…

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Seniors… wow, time is ticking toward the end of high school. In about two months, those of you who walk across the stage ending one chapter in your lives and beginning another, the story of admissions-fixing is still headline news.

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It was a few hours before tipoff when I found out that I needed to go to Jackson to cover the West Jones girls’ basketball team in the Class 5A state championship game in Jackson.

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Hello! I am a fourth grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we research a state for our State Fair, and I have chosen your state! Now I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Mississippi as I work on my report.

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What can be said about the current college admissions scandal that hasn’t already been said? Countless news updates, analyses, op-eds and essays have already been published about the scandal, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues” by the FBI and, despite the fact that the American public-at-large …

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New Orleans’ Al Davis Park was abuzz with life on Sunday. The annual post-Mardi Gras event known as Super Sunday — no, not that one — gave locals and visitors alike the chance to get up close and personal with Mardi Gras Indians.

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Those who have never attended the annual Art of Healing would probably be surprised to find out what kind of event it is. It’s not a stuffy, wine-and-cheese, little-finger-out-when-you-sip-the-tea, black-tie affair. It’s casual. Fun even. 

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When Leader-Call chief reporter and editor Mark Thornton walks into the Jones County Board of Supervisors meeting twice per month or arrives at the Laurel City Council, there likely are some muted grumbles — especially from those making the decisions.

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I’m not a big fan of Pearl Jam, but Eddie Vedder wrote a line in the band’s most infamous song, “Jeremy,” that’s always struck me as brilliant. The boy was something that Mommy wouldn’t wear …