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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The following list shows what the president of the United States has accomplished in three years — all of which he has accomplished while under constant assault of befuddling impeachment accusations. 

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Early Thursday morning saw a new start for South Central Regional Medical Center — the facility locked the doors of its old emergency room and opened those of its new one.

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Three weeks and four days from today, some new faces will take over the Jones County Board of Supervisors, judges, constables, other elected county officials and the sheriff’s department.

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Pearl River Resort, which oversees the Bok Homa Casino, is making giving a worthwhile endeavor this holiday season. All one has to do is donate at least $1 to the Salvation Army at the Leader-Call’s official Salvation Army Red Kettle to be entered into a drawing for four free season passes t…

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In the history of our ownership of the Leader-Call, we never have played movie reviewer. But sometimes the topic of a movie is so important, it’s worthy of space in this newspaper. Editor’s note: We have not seen the movie, only watched the trailer. It is not showing in Laurel, but is showin…

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West Jones’ football team on Friday night ran into a buzzsaw wearing maroon and white. Picayune High School ran its way to the Class 5A state championship and halted West Jones’ quest for a return to the state championship game. 

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With Thanksgiving and Black Friday in the rearview mirror, we can turn our undivided attention to Christmas. It’s going to be a short shopping season, so the stress that so many people put on themselves during this time of year may be intensified.

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The most frequent complaint we receive here at the Leader-Call is that we are too negative — “Why can't y’all have more positive news on the front page?” some people will ask.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Greenberg summed up his method of column writing with this: “First I pull out a gun and start shooting, then I draw bull’s eyes around the holes.” Perfect description. That’s how good, persuasive opinion writing is done. The columnist has a point of view, then supp…

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Lame duck is a common political phrase. It refers to the time between an election and when a new administration takes power. In presidential politics, it is the time between the election in early November and the swearing-in of the new officials on Jan. 20. Locally, it is the time between El…

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According to the Urban Dictionary, something is said to have “jumped the shark” when it has reached its peak and begun a downhill slide to mediocrity or oblivion. It’s said to have been coined by Jon Hein, who has a web site, jumptheshark.com, and now a book detailing examples, especially as…

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We love our readers. They are the best around — educated, well-spoken and understand the importance of having a locally owned newspaper to keep eyes on the happenings in the city and county.

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We took great pride in the news that not only did the South Jones Band of Braves win the Class 5A state championship, but Stringer High’s band won the Class 1A state title.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mississippi is a tinder box right now. Rain has been sparse. Temperatures have been sky-high. The air has been bone dry. Combined, those ingredients make for a terribly dangerous situation.

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 Although the thermometer isn’t showing it, we are entering the best time of year to be in Jones County — if only that big, hot dry ridge of air would leave once and for all. It has been a tough summer, with temperatures soaring into the 90s almost every day since, heck, we can’t remember th…

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Over the years of our ownership of The ReView of Jones County and, for the past almost seven years, the “Our View” section of Page A4 has touched on topics as widespread as legalizing gay marriage, the state flag, Facebook and City Hall. The one we have tackled most, though, in an effort to …

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Two years before Columbine High School became a household name due to a mass shooting in 1999, Luke Woodham killed two students and injured seven at Pearl High School in Rankin County. Woodham’s shooting, it could be said, ignited modern-day school shootings.

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The governor’s race is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in recent history. We have an unlikable candidate in our state’s party of choice when it comes to statewide races and a likable candidate in our state’s most distrusted and despised party.

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Today’s Page 1 story about Clyde Rayner is disturbing. To even fathom that someone could stoop to such levels, especially with the most vulnerable among us, is as disheartening as it is horrific.

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The North Dakota oil fields are booming, as are those in Texas. The regeneration of the American oil and gas industry is churning along with the power of a million locomotives. America is now the largest producer of oil in the world, no longer dependent on the Middle East.

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Kenny Rogers responded to a car crash several years ago on West Drive. The occupants of the car was a young family on their way to school. They were late and going too fast when their car couldn’t take a sharp turn. What Rogers came upon horrified him.