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On Monday evening, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate David Baria of Bay St. Louis hosted a town hall-style meeting at the Laurel train depot. He is taking his message directly to the people in the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 general election, when he will take on incumbent Roger Wicker.

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In November 2008, Barack Obama overwhelmingly won the presidential election, sweeping a Democrat into office after eight years with the Republican George W. Bush in office.

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On Tuesday, a 32-year-old who initiated dog fights was found guilty by a jury of 12 men and women and sentenced to three years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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On Thursday morning, the Today show opened with the latest partisan revelation in the ongoing confirmation battle of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. More criticism of the president’s “insensitivity,” more comments about scribblings in high school yearbooks …

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Pardon our progress. Those words should adorn  signs around downtown Laurel come Saturday and the annual Loblolly Festival, the city’s largest annual street party.

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For nearly two months, Cindy Hyde-Smith’s campaign said she could not possibly participate in a debate with her three Senate challengers because her schedule in Washington, D.C., was just too full. 

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In the growing soap opera that the United States of America has become, the latest character to enter the story is a professor from an unknown college in California making claims that reek of political shenanigans, the likes of which the real working people of America cannot stand. That is w…

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We are heartened to report on today’s front page that the Animal Rescue League of Laurel will continue operations. Thanks to pleas from the ARL, published in this newspaper, the organization has received an outpouring of financial support and a wave of people wanting to volunteer.

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It was little more than a week ago that our front page made light of the impact of Tropical Storm Gordon. In the edition prior to that, we cautioned in this very space about “dire forecasts” that only turn out to be a drizzle can create “hurricane fatigue” and cause people to stop heeding th…

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The Laurel Police Department on Thursday morning, while most of the city was still sleeping, swept up a dozen suspected drug dealers. Of the 12 arrests, LPD Narcotics Sgt. Vince Williams said only one of them had not been on the LPD radar or had not served time on drug charges.

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Through all the soap-opera-esque turmoil that the national media keep focusing on, the economy continues to make strides that have rarely — if ever — been matched. Nearly every economic indicator is booming. Unemployment across all racial and gender spectrums is low. Growth is at levels not …

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Most Americans in their 30s can tell you where they were and what they were doing on Sept. 11, 2001. We remember the fear as the second plane struck the sec- ond tower. And then the third hit the Pentagon. And then the fourth was headed toward the U.S. Capitol or White House, we later learne…

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If only we had carried an anemometer inside the courthouse in Ellisville on Monday morning and set it up outside on Tuesday night. Then we would know for sure which storm was stronger — Hurricane Hodge and his band of supporters or Tropical Storm Gordon and his band of breathless forecasters.

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An old man tells a story of when he was a boy somewhere “up there” — you know, Yankeeland. Winter had hit with a vengeance and snow fell and fell and fell.

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It seems like every year, as people are posting pictures and memories of Hurricane Katrina, another storm begins brewing and the forecast calls for it to affect the Gulf of Mexico.

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Although the summer swelter shows no signs of subsiding — at least not yet — under the Capitol dome in Jackson, it is Christmas morning.

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Leader-Call chief Mark Thornton roamed the sidelines Saturday night in Hattiesburg covering the Tigers vs. Golden Tornadoes football game. The fourth quarter was ticking away when a fight broke out. Get 10,000 people together in a stadium and there is always a chance of a fight breaking out,…

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Chris McDaniel has taken plenty of punches since joining the fray in a run for the U.S. Senate earlier this year. Each time he has gotten up and punched back. Against the ropes against a candidate with more money, more resources and more powerful “Establishment” friends, the Ellisville brawl…

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    A 21-year-old woman in the dawn of her adult life is involved in an automobile accident on Interstate 59. She is not wearing a seat belt and when the car flipped after being struck from behind, the woman was partially ejected from the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Last year, coach Keith Braddock and the Northeast Jones Tigers had a season we won’t soon forget. No, their results weren’t that great on the field. They finished 3-7. But longtime followers of the program will probably be talking about the 2017 team as much as they talked about the 1996 tea…

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On the night of June 1, 2017, Greg Burroughs and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair, went to a downtown Laurel restaurant. He had five bottles of beer, while she had five glasses of wine.

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The City of Ellisville will ban large trucks from using Highway 29 through downtown — known as Holly Street and then Church Street. Signs have been erected and a mandatory legal notice (Page 9) is included in this edition.

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The Free State of Jones skate park is a fantastic idea that, organizers hope, will bring people to Daphne Park. Drive around downtown in the evenings and it is apparent that many people skate. Excitement abounded when the City of Laurel called on bids for construction of the park.

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The Boston Globe issued a call for journalists, especially those in the newspaper business, to write an editorial about their importance in retaining a democratic republic. We echo Thomas Jefferson’s thinking when he said, “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the ve…

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Amazingly, the Russia collusion probe that has tried to attract the nation’s attention away from everything positive happening in the USA, is showing no signs of letting up. From everything we can glean, there is no timetable to wrap up the probe, no scope for the probe, no parameters from t…

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A couple months ago, a young man from Pearl River Community College called me asking about doing some sports writing.

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It is apparent reading the Leader-Call’s Facebook page that far too many of the “keyboard warriors” have no actual knowledge of a newspaper. First, a bit of our history. In 2007, Jim Cegielski, Mark Thornton and a few others — some good, some bad — opened The ReView of Jones County because t…

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Despite all of the column inches and airtime that have been dedicated to the July 11 Lyon Ranch Road Raid, we still believe that the most important quality-of-life issue in Jones County is the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ arbitrary early release of prisoners.

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I am pretty sure the first time I played Motley Crue for my mother, she shook her head and mourned for my generation.

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In 2014, the Laurel Leader-Call reported on the story of the family of a disfigured young girl who had gotten kicked out of a KFC in Jack- son because of the way the young girl looked. Almost immediately, we started to ask questions because the tale seemed so out of practice for a company th…

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This weekend marked six years since an incident that most Jones Countians will remember. It was the early morning of July 30, 2012 that Lt. Tony Stiles of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department stepped in front of the bullets of a psycho in Shady Grove, saving fellow officers and a hostage, b…

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The gladiators of autumn are at it. Under blistering sun, these Friday night heroes are pushed to the limits. Yet they push forth, for Friday nights will be here soon and they all need to be in tune for it to come together.

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The worst people in the world are those who abuse children, the elderly, the handicapped and animals, and I put them in that order for a reason. To me, people who abuse children are the vilest of all creatures, but people who abuse the elderly and handicapped are pretty close behind.

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Late-night talk-show hosts and political pundits are often criticized for putting out half-truths that support their motives, whether it’s making a joke or making a point. That’s all fine as long as the viewer keeps in mind that the people talking are not neutral. They all have an agenda, wh…

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Nick was my last dog. He was an English setter whose head, face and countenance were befitting of a show dog. And those eyes. They showed a sweet sadness, a gratefulness — or maybe it was relief — every time a hand reached out to him with an offer of affection or food.

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“It is those overall relationships that have torn me to shreds these last two weeks. The question I continue to ask myself, ‘If it was that bad out there and was under probe for three months, why did not one member of SCAR call me and say, ‘Sean, we have a serious problem with Mary Ellen?’”

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Chris McDaniel’s golden moment to sway senate voters in the months leading up to the November election will unfold on Thursday, Aug. 2, when he will speak at the Neshoba County Fair, the preeminent political gathering in the state.

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Sometimes when elected officials spend too long in a job, it goes to their head. That seems to be the case with Sheriff Alex Hodge, who doesn’t seem content with simply being the best sheriff he can be.No, Hodge now wants to be a TV star, he wants to be a social-media maven directing his loy…

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In Thursday’s Leader-Call, we ran a front-page story in regard to the raid on Lyon Ranch Road with the head- line “Starvation?” The story did nothing but give facts in regard to the amount of money that Mary Ellen Senne spent on dog food each month, complete with documentation in the form of…

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When the calendar creeps toward this time each summer, visions of young boys and girls playingbaseball at the Sportsplex at the annual Dixie YouthWorld Series are clear.Laurel has hosted the 11-state event three times — 2009, 2013 and 2016 — with the last one featuringworld series in five di…

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With one click of a button, I can have anything I want delivered to my front door in two days for prices you cannot find anywhere?But when I found a book I had been wanting to read, I wanted something different. I wanted a library card.Yes, I am 44 years old without a library card.Ah, the li…

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If we can take one thing away from the animal-abuse raid on a Johnson Community home that led to the seizure of 89 dogs and cats, it’s that the need for even more adequate shelter and housing in Jones County for animals found, seized, surrendered or rescued should immediately become a focus. 

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Had Donald Trump stood at the lectern Monday night to announce his selection for the Supreme Court and he nominated Jesus for the next post, 49 Democrats would vote no. And, yes, we know the likelihood that if the shoes were reversed, the voting outcome would be the same, as our government c…

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This is a tricky subject since it’s on the editorial page — a page where no advertisements are allowed. That’s one message that is the same on editorial pages across the country: our opinion can’t be purchased.

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Brett Favre, hero quarterback who rose from blue-collar Gulf Coast obscurity to Southern Miss icon to everyone’s All-American, is now a shill for everything that is wrong with American politics. Not that he doesn’t have the right to support Cindy Hyde-Smith, but because his name recognition …