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In the early-morning hours of July 12, 2018, I fired off a bevy of questions to Jones County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Allyson Knotts about the raid on Lyon Ranch Road. Publisher Jim Cegielski informed me on Friday morning that I could no longer get involved with the story of the animal raid on …

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Presidential elections get the most headlines. Other national political elections — senators and House members — get some good pub, too, especially if a candidate for a national office is from our backyard. State elections affect our lives, too, but no election season is more important to th…

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The African folktale version of the 1989 Central Park gang-rape has swept the populace! The mob thirsts for vengeance against evil spirits, like Linda Fairstein.

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A friend at the gym said he was tired of all the hatred going around. I agreed. We’re both old and could not remember a time when politics was so hateful and divisive in America. And, we both remember the 1960s! 

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Remember last year’s senatorial election in Mississippi? On one side was Republican swamp-dweller Cindy Hyde-Smith. In the other corner was the conservative brawler from Ellisville Chris McDaniel. Mike Espy ran as a Democrat, but most of the attention was on McDaniel and Hyde-Smith.

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Any man can become a father, the age-old saying goes, but it takes a real man to be a dad. Sunday will honor those who go the extra mile to be tough and fair, kind and loving. Sunday will honor the ones who stuck around during the tough times — and every father knows there are tough times. S…

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It’s been the same column, or a variation of the theme, for about a quarter-century now. There’s just something about baseball and Father’s Day that go together like America and apple pie.

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Right now, the number of Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2020 sits at a number that is, quite frankly, mind-numbing. Too many to count really. The Dems have people running who are so obscure that no one has ever heard of them. People who would…

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One of the more unfortunate effects of the Trump-Russia investigation — and there have been many — is the weakening of traditional standards of argument and proof in the public debate over allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election. (Just for the recor…

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We were a bit surprised that Greg Burroughs decided to sue the City of Laurel and members of the Laurel Police Department. We thought he would be happy with the not guilty verdict on manslaughter charges in the death of his girlfriend and he would spend his time, or his attorneys’ time, focu…

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There will be many people in church this Sunday who are members of there church. Some have positions in the church. What I’m about to say now may hurt and may not, depends on what shape your soul is in. “If a person votes for a Democrat for a national office you are supporting abortion. By b…

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Friday afternoon, May 31, a disgruntled city employee shot and killed 12 people and wounded 5 others inside a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va. The next day, President Trump issued a proclamation honoring the victims of the tragedy.

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One of our greatest fuels is knowing that there are good people out there who have our back. The readers of this newspaper, those who have endured this almost indescribable ride we have all shared, are what drives us. Here is why you have stuck by us.

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It’s June 10, 1944. Well, it’s the events surrounding the D-Day invasion on Normandy, France, four days prior. But imagine that is today’s America. Imagine 24-hour cable TV news stations reporting — and I use that term lightly — on the invasion and its aftermath.

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Over Memorial Day weekend, some shocking news broke about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. David Garrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning King biographer, came across some new details about the FBI’s secret bugs of King in the National Archives. (The full tapes are not scheduled for public release for …

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Several stories in the past few issues of the Leader-Call show the bravery and heroism of ordinary people sent into extraordinary circumstances. We hope you have read them all and appreciate the sacrifices.

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On 14th Avenue, we in the neighborhood have been complaining about loud music and parking in the yard on the grass and trash in the yards and on top of the houses and un-mowed yards and having loud parties and speeding up and down the road for years.

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We would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the death of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who was a major political player for our state for almost a half-century, first in the House of Representatives, then in the U.S. Senate, where he became chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee.

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Last Friday, I attended the 63rd annual University of Mississippi graduation ceremonies, which were at the Mississippi Coliseum. Not only were my younger daughter Alison and son-in-law Jonathan graduating from medical school, but two young men who had played for me while I was the basketball…

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Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, states in his campaign for governor TV ads that the Democrats want to allow abortions up until birth. This is completely ludicrous, yet he banks on the people of Mississippi being extremely ill-informed and willing to accept anything coming out of his mouth. We are …

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a Letter to the Editor published in this newspaper.  It said I was doing a state report on Mississippi and asked you to send me some information.  Your response was overwhelming!  I have tried my best to send a personal thank you to everyone, but if you sent some…

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The easiest columns for me are the ones about sports. That’s partly because most of them are based on memories, not facts. Sports fans can relate. A Hail Mary hangs in the air for an eternity … A home run clears the light tower in center field and might still be going … The winning 3-pointer…

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Imagine a hypothetical of four members of an animal rescue organization getting an anonymous tip that there could be rampant animal abuse on a property in the same county as that organization is located.

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It’s time for revival. It’s time believers ask God to send revival to America. 

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I been called to jury duty four times and four times I went. It ain’t fun!

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Some very disrespectful individual(s) stole flowers from my parents graves at Memorial Gardens for the third time. 

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Chris McDaniel is a ridiculously popular public official in Jones County. His stances on freedom, liberty and limited intrusion from government forces is in lockstep with many, many conservative Mississippians. He wants to end the politics as usual, whether it be in Washington, D.C., Jackson…

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When all is said and done involving the miltary-style raid on the property of two senior citizens in the Johnson Community, it will be defined as a failure… an absolute and utter failure on so many levels.

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Turn on any television station or check the mail and you likely will be inundated with “Happy Memorial Day” sales. While we are all in favor of commerce and do love to get good deals, the messaging around that is terribly flawed.

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Contrary to the image of potheads as peaceful stoners, “cannabis-dependent psychotic patients were four times as likely to be violent,” according to a study cited by Alex Berenson in his magnificent new book, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence.” “No o…

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We are living in interesting times with issues like abortion, trade talks with China, stock market losses, immigration crisis on the border, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, floods and storms, President Trump and two dozen Democrats running for president. 

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Laurel is home to a jewel that is the Veterans Memorial Museum. We are a patriotic community that flies the red, white and blue and holds our military servicemen and women in reverence. The sacrifices our military have given for this nation are immeasurable.

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The excruciating wait came to an end for the West Jones Mustangs Thursday night at Trustmark Park in Pearl. The school had finally captured a state championship in one of the three big sports — football, baseball and basketball.

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My younger daughter Alison graduates from medical school this week and then will be heading off to the bright lights and medical residency program of Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. Her older sister Emily will be taking a few days off from her career as a senior editor with The Observer i…

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On Sunday, July 8, 2018, I sat in the Jones County Justice Court covering the case of a young man who had shot an arrow through a dog’s head. As the unofficial animal-abuse beat reporter, I covered the vast majority of those cases.

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Big news out of the White House recently! After a beehive of activity, Jared Kushner will finally be unveiling his comprehensive immigration plan!

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The war on law enforcement continues, and that’s a sad commentary for the times we live in.

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America was founded on the novel idea that the people could rule themselves if law were king. Actually, Lex Rex (Law is King) dates back at least to Samuel Rutherford’s book by the same name published in 1644. They didn’t have the Internet back then, and publishing books was fairly spotty, s…