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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.

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Do you remember the feeling? That sad, hollow, empty, angry, distraught feeling you had on that day, 18 years and 1 day from this day, when more than 3,000 of our brothers and sisters were killed in terrorists’ attacks.

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Friday night’s football game between Laurel and Wayne County should have been elbow to elbow. Fans should have started to arrive early, maybe tailgate and trash-talk a bit. L-Town! War Eagles. It should have been a huge financial gate for the cash-strapped Wayne County School District. 

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It’s going to be a scorcher today under sunny skies in Jones County and one of the best musical events of the year will take place today (Saturday) starting at 3 p.m. at Laurel’s Slowboat Brewing Co.

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At times, we like to acknowledge and give an “atta-boy” to those who we work for. No, we are not giving a special thanks to owner/publisher Jim Cegielski, although he certainly deserves it for having the backbone to stand up for what is right and then having a staff that stands up beside him. 

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We don’t do public relations for anyone. We have a well-earned reputation for calling ’em like we see ’em, and that’s something that won’t change. 

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One of the most contentious local election cycles in memory ended Tuesday night with Republican runoffs in Jones County. Now it is time to move forward.

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Anyone can log onto Facebook and create a profile that allows that person to be a critic or fan of anything. In a click, anyone can give opinions on everything from the color of a dress, to an earthquake in China to divisive political races — and most anyone in the world can see it and respo…

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We can only imagine how awkward the request from Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves came across to conservative firebrand Chris McDaniel when Reeves asked for his endorsement for governor.

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There was a character on Saturday Night Live whose catchphrase was, “Simmer down now!” That’s what we want to say to all of the people with this sky-is-falling mentality when it comes to politicians. You see it at the national, state and local level. Heck, it may have made its way to middle-…

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In the most unique elections in some time in Jones County, conspiracy theories have abounded between Sheriff Alex Hodge’s fan club and both the residents of this county and this newspaper. Our 13-month feud over photos of dog food and receipts has exposed some wounds Hodge likely would rathe…

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We were saddened to see the reaction of so many when the results for Tuesday’s elections came out. In most races, even those going to runoffs, the chatter stayed at a minimum.

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In many parts of this country — and this state, in particular — there was a time when White supremacy ruled. En masse, they followed the same drummer that the White race was more superior to the Black race. The racial invectives, how Blacks were portrayed, how they were treated — chattel sla…

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The voters spoke clearly Tuesday night in Jones County that they are in no mood for anyone who wants to push for higher taxes. The largest of those with hands out was Sheriff Alex Hodge, who has requested a more than $3 million more per year to run the department. That increase would lead to…

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There are a handful of Facebook groups, consisting mainly of the same couple dozen people, who constantly post about the misinformation about the sheriff being printed in the “Leader-Liar” (an oh-so-clever nickname for which there’s no basis because none of them can cite a single lie we’ve w…

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Sheriff Alex Hodge spoke with a stenographer from a free weekly shopper/advertiser earlier this week, and he took down the words of the county’s top law enforcement official/lay preacher and businessman as if they were spoken from the mountaintop: “We treat everybody equally, we treat everyb…

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Recent actions in New York City against the police are sickening. In two separate videos that have, of course, “gone viral,” thugs mock police, dump water over their heads and hit one in the head with a bucket.

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Most residents are aware that Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge and the Leader-Call have been at loggerheads for the last year. The reason for that, like the fuse that starts most feuds, is downright silly. More on that in a minute …

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Imagine for a moment your family’s budget, for the likely very few of you who have a family budget. The bread-winners make really good bread — lots of it — but their spending habits go right along with it.

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Many readers and commenters on the latest story involving Sheriff Alex Hodge’s raid on the property of an elderly couple in southern Jones County are missing the point of this entire story.

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Below is the story of the shepherd boy and the wolf, written by Aesop. We feel it appropriate in this day and age if instead of reading the word “wolf” you insert the word “racist” or “racism.” 

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“I promised that if we were given papers and process and warrants, that we would serve those, and we’ve done that,” Sheriff Alex Hodge said nine days ago. Six days after that statement, two more felony suspects had their cases kicked out of court for Sixth Amendment violations.