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For the past six years, Laurel has played host to a Mardi Gras parade. After it was revealed in this newspaper that the parade was run by crook George Kilgore, who is still serving time in prison for horrific neglect of his wife and child, the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police t…

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In 2009, a grassroots movement known as The TEA Party drove the first dagger into the heart of the Establishment. Regular, ordinary folks who saw the writing on the wall for higher taxes and massive spending rose in unison to chant “Taxed Enough Already.” The TEA Party led to massive changes…

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The 217 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted in favor of a second impeachment of Donald Trump are complicit in turning the equivalent of the political death penalty into nothing more than an indictment. Law scholars will tell you that a decent prosecutor could get a ham san…

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This year’s celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be different, and not just because the pandemic is limiting or eliminating gatherings. In the racially charged culture of today and the opportunists stoking the embers, the voices of division will drown any that call for true unity.…

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Without much fanfare and with little objection, the Mississippi Legislature and then Gov. Tate Reeves finalized the changing of the State of Mississippi flag. The official change came after an overwhelming majority of voters chose to make the change.

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On Monday, congressional Democrats are expected to introduce a second wave of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. One year ago, they impeached the man for a phone call to a foreign leader, a phone call that has proved to be far from an impeachable offense. The House voted…

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For the months following the contentious presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden preached to the American people that this has to be a time to come together and to heal. He wanted a different Washington, D.C., where there is no blue America and red America — more plagiarism since he stole …

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We received a heartfelt note attached to a subscription renewal recently. The note came from the Tillerys — longtime readers of this newspaper and pillars of the community. Attached to their own renewal was a pledge for a year’s Leader-Call subscription for “someone less fortunate.” Bravo!

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All political eyes will be on Georgia today (Tuesday) as a pair of Senate runoff elections will decide the balance of power at the highest levels for at least the next two years.

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Ringing in this New Year will be different than any year in our memory. There won’t be much revelry or large gatherings. There won’t be many champagne corks popping the dawn of a fresh start. Such is life at the close of 2020.

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The Capital of Country Music was rocked by an apparent “lone wolf” terrorist on Christmas morning. Since then, news reports have surfaced with a few facts and a lot of speculation. That’s the m.o. these days. There’s time to fill on all these networks, so pundits with enough letters beside t…

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Two or three times most years, we don’t print a newspaper on our regular schedule. We always give readers plenty of notice … and yet we’re always inundated with phone inquiries about why subscribers didn’t receive a paper. It’s flattering that our dedicated readers want their paper. 

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In San Francisco, the radical Left wing is renaming schools across the city. The latest on the chopping block is Abraham Lincoln — the man who freed the slaves. The reason for his name’s removal from the school? He did not cherish Black lives enough. Yes, you read that correctly — the man wh…

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Several weeks ago, Leader-Call Publisher Jim Cegielski opined on the possibility of fracturing  the current United States of America. Others — not many — have also opined on this subject, examining whether the nation as it is now is beyond reconciliation. Is it humanly possible to be split s…

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Many of us, albeit scaled back, will be celebrating the Christmas and New Year’s holidays over the next two weeks. It has been a trying year filled with tumult, forever marked by the Chinese-born COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our friends and neighbors are without jobs or struggling to get the n…

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With 10 shopping days left until Christmas, let’s send a message. Let’s pass on the cheaply made — likely in sweat shops — Chinese crap at Walmart, take that money and do something good with it.

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When the history books are written centuries from now — if history and books are still permitted — the early 21st century rise of 24-hour, corporate-owned media will be considered one of the greatest abominations in American history. It will go hand-in-hand with the death of newspapers. Acco…

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The Ellisville Police Department is about halfway to getting its officers outfitted with body cameras. Now it is time to get them across the finish line.

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Jones County businesses and officials have been great in showing their support of the West Jones Mustangs. Wow, did they step up to support West Jones High School in its quest for a state championship. The Mustangs eclipsed that mountain, something that has been painfully elusive for one of …

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In this season of thankfulness and giving, let’s take a minute to celebrate a story that you haven’t read about. It’s two stories that didn’t happen — 1.) A big fight with the Board of Supervisors over the Jones County Sheriff’s Department’s budget and 2.) The demise of the sheriff’s departm…

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We’ve likely all heard it, and probably a few of us have said it: Why should I take the time to cast a ballot? My vote won’t really count …

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We are always hesitant to take out our frustrations on the “national” media. In an ever-diminishing way, we are in the same business. But it is hard to believe sometimes.

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The Bible tells us that there are no degrees of sin. That serves as yet another reminder that “His ways are not our ways.” If it were up to us, anyone who steals from a charitable organization would be charged with something more than a misdemeanor such as petit larceny. Our penalty would be…

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As COVID, elections, divisions and such rip away at us daily, let us take a few moments to be thankful:

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While the feasts might be scaled down a bit, Thanksgiving will still be a day filled with family and, of course, food. If we can offer a piece of advice: Take care of your grocery shopping now and get it over with. 

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Can you believe some governors are banning Thanksgiving gatherings inside private homes? No, we’re serious. Governors in at least two states have deemed that the most American of all holidays is canceled. A turkey leg to all of them!

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Gov. Tate Reeves is taking some heat nationally for saying that if a national mask mandate is ordered, he will, for the most part, ignore it and do what is best for his constituency. The pushback he received mostly came from national voices. Mississippi residents should be applauding.

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Let’s not pretend that we know what went on behind the cardboard blockers put up in areas where votes were being tallied. Let’s not pretend that we have any facts claimed from Nevada where witnesses have said they saw a group in a Biden-Harris van filling in ballots. And let’s not pretend to…

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For nearly four years, Donald Trump supporters have been beaten over the head with negative news. From the second he legitimately defeated the loathsome Hillary Clinton — and for a long time before that — we were told he stole the election. Rabid Democrats on Inauguration Day were hysterical…

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Thursday’s Election Day headline calling the turnout in Jones County “historic” truly was just that. Circuit Clerk Concetta Brooks reported that 68 percent of eligible voters in Jones County came out to the polls to cast ballots. The turnout exceeded anything Brooks has seen in her tenure as…

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The show is beginning — and it is going to get ugly. The presidential election is in flux and likely will stay there for quite some time. No matter what happens, half of the country will be livid.

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Did you ever think you would see the day that businesses in cities across America are boarding up days before an election? It’s true, amazingly, that business owners across America are anticipating election night violence to erupt nationwide.

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Though we don’t let it sway us one way or the other, opinions about initiatives 65 and 65A are not cleanly divided by the usual left and right political lines. Supporters in both camps are a mix of either. There are Republican lawmakers who support both, for example.

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In 2016, the Laurel Leader-Call made a rare political endorsement. We weighed both the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns, what it would mean for America and the direction this country would take. We were confident that Trump would shake up Washington, D.C., like no other candidate e…

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Ask anyone in Mississippi to break down and put, in English, the meaning of Initiative 65 and 65A — the medical marijuana initiative — and the answer is the same: we have no idea.

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Imagine for a moment that you are a football coach. Thirty minutes before kickoff, you meet at midfield with the opposing coach and the “zebras” — sports slang for the officials. The zebras go over the ground rules and the coaches return to their respective locker rooms to get ready for the …

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A short history lesson will show that when the Laurel Leader-Call is involved with an informational election-year production, it is wise to show up and participate.

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Are the days of free expression coming to an end? Are we on the path to central planners who decide what we can see and what is banned as if we were in North Korea?

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We ended our Tuesday editorial decrying the decision of the City of Laurel Special Events Committee for canceling the Pine Cone Drop three months before it was set to take place by writing that Jones County needed some good news.

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Three months ago, in early August, scientists from Harvard as well as leading physicians from the state were characterizing Mississippi as the next great COVID-19 hotspot. The cases were spiraling out of control, hospitals were getting overwhelmed and highly charged adjectives were all the rage.

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Today (Saturday) marks the final day of National Newspaper Week, an annual celebration of the importance of newspapers to American society. If ever a time in America needed newspapers, it is now.

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Becky Stewart, the executive director of the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter, summed up the challenges of fighting domestic abuse in the age of COVID-19. She said, “Around the globe, governments have implored residents to stay home to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. But for domest…

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Sergio Garcia is a name most golf enthusiasts will recognize. He has been a constant presence on the Professional Golf Association Tour for decades and is a former Masters winner.

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There’s an old saying: “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” Thursday’s front-page photo of  Laurel police Chief Tommy Cox standing next to Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin during a press conference announcing an arrest in a slaying at a local motel speaks volumes about the state of local law enf…

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It should be no surprise that the weather forecast for Saturday is perfect. Of course it is. After a miserable-as-usual summer made even more miserable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the forecast is for perfect Loblolly weather.

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Five weeks from today (Tuesday), voters across the nation will vote for the next president of the United States. In one of the most contentious election cycles in a polarized country, it is hard to believe that there are many people who actually remain undecided.

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Like clockwork, when an announcement about an improvement project comes out of City Hall, a vocal segment of our population immediately responds on social media with the same chorus — What about fixing the potholes in the streets?

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In February 2016, we had a feature story and editorial with wise words and observations from Charles Pickering, the retired federal judge from Jones County. His dear friend and hunting buddy Supreme Court Justice Antonin “Nino” Scalia had just died, and it immediately became a political issu…

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Less than two weeks from now would have been the annual Loblolly Festival. We are still saddened that the premier event in Laurel will not happen because of COVID-19 and the lack of interest from vendors.

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In the most classic example of absurdity run amok, consider the city of Minneapolis, Minn. After the tragic, horrific killing of George Floyd, who literally had his last breath choked out of him by a maniacal police officer, riots and looting ran rampant. The loudest voices protesting the ac…