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Marc Thiessen wrote in the Washington Post last week: “History is being made on Capitol Hill this week. No, I’m not talking about the presidential impeachment trial; that’s been done before. I’m talking about President Trump’s decision to become the first U.S. president to speak in person at…

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Several months ago, I began to notice that something was wrong with one of my teeth. I experienced a little pain here and there, but mostly aggravation because it just didn’t feel right and food kept getting lodged in a new space that wasn’t there before.  

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For at least the 26th time since the beginning of last year, a felony suspect has avoided a day in court due to the failure of the previous administration of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department to serve timely warrants.

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I am a student at Cascade Christian Schools, and I am writing a report on the state of Mississippi. We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can about our state. If any of your readers would like to help me by sending any pictures, postcards, used license plates, facts, pro…

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UPS ran over my dog Sophie of 7 years, in my front yard, while I stood 15 foot away. Since yesterday, I’ve been able to speak with over 100 UPS workers, who’ve said driver was at fault. 

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The problems facing prisons in Mississippi and across the country are widespread and complex. But never fear … Jay-Z and his band of bad-rhyming multimillionaires are here to fix it all. Ha!

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Day in and day out, I work as a victims’ advocate at The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention in Laurel. I see what victims of crime face on a day-to-day basis. I am proud of the work of advocates for victims, prosecutors, and law enforcement, but we can do more. Passing Marsy’s Law would b…

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It is high time that our criminal justice process recognizes the rights of victims as they do the rights of the accused. Today, many of us are left feeling like we are secondary, and that has to change. 

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What if the Congressional Democrats, most notably House of Representative members, would see things the same way District Attorney Tony Buckley saw in a case reported on today’s Page A1.

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Over the course of the 12 years (13 in May) that I’ve owned The ReView of Jones County and then the Laurel Leader-Call, we have had dozens of local columnists. The two longest-running columnists are Mark Thornton and me, the only people who have had their mugs and thoughts run every week for…

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For weeks now, one of the burning questions among locals has been, “What will Alex Hodge do next?” Conventional wisdom says that he wouldn’t want to just run his multimillion-dollar B-Clean business because, with a few more years working a job in state or local government, he would become fu…

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Even though President Trump is now the third U.S. President ever to be impeached by the House, we all know he will never be removed from office. Not only is the evidence flimsy at best, but Democrats are nowhere close to the 67 votes needed to remove Trump from office. Impeachment seems noth…

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In the wake of any tragedy, national leaders will lock arms, stand on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and sing patriotic songs in harmony. The show is one of “unity” and that “in the face of tragedy, Democrats and Republicans can come together.”

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Impeachments aren’t what they used to be. Today, young people are supposed to be excited that the president withheld taxpayer money from Ukraine — a half-billion-dollar foreign aid package that ticks off most Americans under any circumstances, going to a country notable for not being our cou…

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Impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump begins today (Tuesday). Chief Justice John Roberts will preside over the trial in the Senate. The House has sent managers to the Senate to prosecute the case against President Trump: Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Val D…

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If you want to have a spirited conversation with a group of sports fans, make a bold declaration that someone was the “best ever” at any position. 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to celebrate the achievements not only of a lone man, but of his mission and an entire race. 

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All day Friday, I tried to find an extra hundred bucks to go lay on the Tennessee Titans. I just had a feeling they would beat Baltimore on Saturday night in a major upset.

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We were heartened to see the commitment of new Sheriff Joe Berlin to begin deputizing officers from other agencies within Jones County. Cooperation is always the prudent road to travel and that sentiment is stronger when talking about law enforcement.

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Here’s the big picture for 2020: two powerful political movements are vying for control of the United States of America. Players on the Left include Democrats and the Washington Establishment comprised primarily of the federal bureaucracy, national media and political royalty. Players on the…

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Once in a while there is a TV program asking for support for our wounded veterans, with pictures, of our wounded military men and women.

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Anyone who tries to traverse Laurel via 13th and 5th avenues certainly can understand and appreciate Councilman Tony Wheat’s frustration with the speed at which those roads are being fixed. But we also must temper that frustration by always remembering the dire conditions those roads were in…

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Over the past few weeks I have seen numerous articles and television shows counting down the top 10 “whatever” of the past year or even the past decade. Those shows are always a fun way to reminisce about things that have happened in the past and think about how much things have changed.  

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Read the Leader-Call enough and it becomes apparent that there are plenty of “frequent fliers” on the jail docket. The majority of those commit petty crimes. Sometimes a night in the drunk tank or a fine suffices until the inevitable next offense.

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The new decade and Joe Berlin’s first term as sheriff sure did get started with a bang. Lots of them. But the good guys are winning, praise God … and I’m actually getting to be there and tell our readers about it!

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Last week, SWARM (Safe and Warm Animal Rescue Mission) out of Ellisville closed its doors after it was revealed that there were animals on its own premises that were being neglected. Those poor animals had to be shipped off to animal shelters in Hattiesburg and Grenada. Dogs having to be res…

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As the state legislature takes over, one of the most pressing issues will be one that has seemingly gone unseen for many years. The riots, violence and killings at Mississippi prisons in the past months will deal newly elected Gov. Tate Reeves a genuine crisis to begin his first term.

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The Leader-Call is many things, but being known for its reporters’ and editors’ vanity ... not so much.

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They say “hindsight is 2020.” We’re likely to see a lot of hindsight] in 2020. John Durham, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, has been investigating the origin of the Russian collusion hoax executed by former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey, and former…

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The end-of-year/New Year holidays seem to whiplash us from one extreme to the other: eat, drink & be merry vs. the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and embrace a plant-based diet!

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Long before Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, when a child went missing, the information might appear only in local newspapers, on news stations or even on milk cartons. Most missing children alerts were local, though. Only a few made the side of milk cartons.

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In the newspaper business, we have to make decisions all the time. Some are big, some are small, and we have to live with them all. Whether it’s deciding which stories to put on the front page, picking all-county sports teams or voting on the Heisman Trophy (ask Murph about me voting my cons…

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This is my 25th first column of the year. Twenty of those columns have been written for the Laurel Leader-Call and five for the gone-but-never-forgotten “ReView of Jones County.” 

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We were sad to see that our neighbors Adam Trest Home and Slowboat Brewery are closing their doors at the beginning of the new year. Kenny and Carrie Mann poured themselves into their massive renovation project and dream long before they poured their first Slowboat craft beer, and Adam and L…

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At the time of this writing, Mississippi has been declared to be in a state of emergency after the massive statewide tornado outbreak.  Many people in our community are struggling to put their homes back in order and are cleaning up the damage that was left by that mean amalgamation of wind …

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As we end another year of the Trump presidency, let’s take account of how we got here. 

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The last few days of 2019 are upon us. It is not only the end of a year, but the end of a decade. Those awkward teen years have come and gone and now we begin what will hopefully be another “Roaring Twenties.” Thanks to President Trump, the decade will get off to a roaring start. And, maybe,…

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In the years before Facebook, it was only once a year when we were bombarded with boastful dispatches that were sent from family to family. They were like fruitcake in the form of a Christmas card. All the sweet stuff was piled on, and everyone just kept passing it around, never really divin…

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During the Barack Obama administration, we were quick to rail against the ridiculous spending habits of the federal government. Ballooning federal spending had the debt calculator spiraling toward $18 trillion. Unfunded liabilities were in the hundreds of trillions of dollars. He was a Democ…

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I totally disagree with the Thumbs Down comment from Saturday, December 21, 2019, saying “To the radical wing of the Democratic party.  These people are sick.” What an awful comment. Yes, I know, I know, all you at the Leader-Call are Republicans who support our President Trump. Well, I don’…

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At the bottom of the wooden stairs in a New York basement — a room converted into a family room and a wonderful underground respite from the summer heat — stood a utility closet.