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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 …

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The journalism community is like any other profession. There’s a special camaraderie with those of us in community newspapers, forged by ink and metal plates, because we all live with the same pitfalls — long hours, low pay and lots of backlash. The smaller the market, the more magnified all…

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All of the outrage and hyperbole about the children of illegal immigrants being separated from their parents is mind-boggling. One commentator actually said the controversy is “this generation’s Vietnam.” And that’s not as outrageous as all of the comparisons to Hitler and Nazis, as we opine…

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Circuit Clerk Concetta Brooks’ Election Day runoff idea made so much sense. With a Democratic runoff that will likely draw the same number of people who could fill the gym at Northeast Jones, Brooks tried to be the best possible steward of the public’s money and ditch the expensive computer …

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This is a tough business. It is. We are not complaining, because we knew before getting into it that the business is tough. That is why so many people get into the business, realize its pitfalls and then just disappear. They can’t take it.

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At a time when the county doesn’t need any extra expenses, we were disappointed to learn that the cost of county employees’ health insurance is going up significantly. Unless the employees are asked to contribute more than $30 of the nearly $650-per-month premium the county pays for each of …

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It happened again twice this past week — at least the two that have made world news. The suicides of renowned fashion designer Kate Spade and the hanging death of chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain.

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By the time you are reading this, at least if you are a home delivery customer, we certainly hope that you have been to your polling place to vote in today’s Republican or Democratic primary.

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Confusion seems to be the name of the game when it comes to Tuesday’s elections, but it really isn’t confusing at all.

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Losing a child has to be among the most devastating things for a parent to endure. Losing a child in a preventable accident would make the loss even more painful. And if it was an accident that the parent caused … well, that would be torture.

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Law enforcement has been at the forefront of local conversation for the past couple of weeks. People often ask, “What’s the real story?” behind the chief’s abrupt leave of absence for “health reasons” or the sheriff’s budget battle with the Board of Supervisors.

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Memorial Day is often confused with patriotic days of celebration. July 4, the day a fledgling set of 13 colonies pledged their lives and fortunes to break away from the English crown is a day of celebration. Veterans Day is a day to celebrate the sacrifices of those who defended the ideals …

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A year has passed since the beginning of the largest, most egregious, government-sanctioned witch hunts in the history of the world. Nathaniel Hawthorne couldn’t have written a better script.

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Look to the right of this page at the story about the JCJC Lady Bobcats softball team winning their third straight Region 23 championship. A remarkable feat that could end up with a national championship by the end of this week.

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It’s the board vs. the badges in Budget Battle 2018. And we won’t know who the winner is until next year’s county elections.

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In decades of doing community newspaper work, one deals regularly with people who are known as the movers and shakers. Most of them are hard-working folks who go above and beyond to do what’s best for their families and their towns, and that’s their sincere mission. A few are shameless self-…

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We really wish we didn’t have to report on stories such as the one that appears on Page 1 in today’s newspaper about meth-smoking parents. 

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As the national media continues to focus on porn actors and fake Donald Trump scandals, we revisit an editorial from January 2016, one that not only correctly predicted Trump’s ascendancy to president, but also shows the spirit that swept him into office.

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Oh, isn’t this something, having a story in the New York Times about potential questions that would be asked if the president found himself under subpoena to appear before a grand jury for a charge that was completely made up relying on information that has never — and will never — be verified.