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Laurel is a TV star. That’s something locals are still coming to grips with as throngs of visitors wander the downtown streets, snapping photos, trying to see people and places who have been featured on the HGTV hit show “Home Town.”

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Gavin Newsom, one of the worst governors in the United States, staved off a recall election effort in California over conservative Larry Elder and a host of other candidates. Newsom won through a collective effort, smearing his opponent with racist language and actions that should have had B…

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As wildfires churn through the western United States and the South cleans up from Hurricane Ida, the shrieks of “climate change” are intensifying. President Biden, or whomever is telling him what to say, uses the term “existential threat” frequently in referencing “climate change.” The human…

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In the 1976 western movie “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” Lone Watie used the phrase “endeavor to persevere,” which characterized the life of the Indian after the Trail of Tears. Although all Americans are not Indians, we appear to be facing an “endeavor to persevere” moment brought to us courtesy…

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In my past articles, I’ve mentioned how it’s important to recognize an attack before it happens by enlarging your reactionary gap. Some attacks allow time to retrieve and execute a counterattack and some don’t. For this article, I wish to focus on attacks that don’t. If you wish to skip my r…

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Reading someone else’s words Thursday afternoon, President Biden plunged the sword of a tyrant into the heart of the Constitutional republic known as the United States. The president will force private companies that employ 100 or more people to not only make their employees get a shot, but …

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It’s not often that we respond directly to a commenter on one of our stories. That is not our job. We welcome commenters whether they agree or they vehemently disagree. Outside of profane language or libel, if you want your voice heard, we will allow people to hear it.

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Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly encountered what rational, clear-minded people face every day — the collective lack of a sense of humor mixed with a toxic brew of woke culture and political correctness. How he responded should be a textbook example for every one of us who is sick and t…

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The forecasts were eye-opening when it was first reported that Hurricane Ida was quickly gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico on a path similar to that of the mother of all storms, Katrina, and on the same date, no less. That’s all it took to get the attention of Mississippians. 

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Calls are starting — and will continue — for Joe Biden’s ouster as the President of the United States. He is clearly not physically or mentally able to handle the pressures of the most challenging job in the world. His first seven months in office also show that his judgment on issues from s…

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Welcome to America’s ‘Home Town!’

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The late Laurel police Chief Tyrone Stewart said many times that if he had his choice on who would succeed him at the helm of the LPD, it would be Tommy Cox. 

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We began the May 28, 2020, editorial about the death of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer this way:

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When Danny Rasberry approached the Leader-Call to join forces for a weekend of entertainment the likes of which the City of Laurel had ever hosted, we jumped on immediately.

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What do Brock Pierce, Kanye West and Roque De La Fuenta have in common? All appeared on the 2020 presidential ballot. At least six others did, too. None of them had a chance. Most of them had less than no chance. We are not psychologists and won’t delve into what drives people to believe in …

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How many times have you seen this on social media: Someone sees the following: “Girl reported missing in Batesville” She does her civic duty — at least she thinks — and just shares the original post, then moves on. But look at that post closely, and many times, it will be from months or year…

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Residents of Laurel interested in the future of their city have an obligation to tune in on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. for a mayoral debate on SuperTalk Laurel. The debate also will be available via Facebook Live on the Leader-Call’s Facebook page.

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Like most aspects of American society, the United States flag will draw out the passions of the people. Many see that symbol of a land of freedom and opportunity with men and women who have bravely sacrificed for its survival. They see the flag with reverence. They scowl when someone burns i…

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A well-known Laurel police officer who, if you have gotten a ticket for not wearing a seat belt you likely know, described the scene of a horrific accident he witnessed. It came at a curve when a mother and her children — unrestrained — were late for school. The car flipped. The mother was e…

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Laurel City Councilman George Carmichael summed up his feelings about the upcoming election juxtaposed against record-shattering sales tax rebate numbers this way: “And some people are wanting to make changes.”

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Gov. Reeves, we demand you call an emergency session of the state Legislature to remedy an egregious error in the state law that could have devastating consequences on the people’s ability to have ballot initiatives.

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Inflation is ravaging the American economy. The Southern border might as well have a huge neon VACANCY sign shining over it. The Middle East is in crisis. Gas prices are spiking with seemingly no one in charge of fixing it.

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In 2020, when a new virus known as COVID-19 first started to show itself, President Trump did an interview with Bob Woodward for yet another book on all that was negative about Trump. 

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Have you ever watched a press conference after a star professional athlete signs a humongous contract? Tom Smith is sitting with his agent, acting humble, knowing that he will make $30 million per year. He thanks his parents and God, then, inevitably, will answer a question with: “It wasn’t …

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The incredible success of the HGTV show “Home Town” has transformed our community. Laurel hit the lottery when the world got to see what was happening here. Ben and Erin Napier are the faces of the show and the movement, but they’d be the first to credit others who came before them and inves…

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Surely you have heard the detractors of this newspaper call us names. They’ll say: “Laurel Leader-Liar,” claiming that we make up our stories and print whatever we want whenever we want to print it. It is a defense from an entity that has no defense. If all else fails, just call the oppositi…

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In the fourth installment of the Leader-Call’s series on the most recent graduating class of drug court — which will be published Tuesday — Nicole McKee will be featured. She went from years of abuse through addiction and has come out on the other side. She now drives an ambulance, having tr…

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Living in the Free State of Jones, folks around here aren’t used to getting lectured to. Going back generations, before the War Between the States, the people of what is Jones County followed the tune of their own drummer. We never have cared much for an overreaching government in any form.

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It seems such a short time ago that we watched Ben and Erin Napier and a big swath of the Laurel community looking as nervous as a long-tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs waiting for the pilot episode of a new show called “Home Town.” 

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If not for the politically charged climate we’re in right now, the Ohio officer who shot and killed a teenager a fraction of a second before she stabbed another teen would be hailed as a hero, and rightfully so. 

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The conviction of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd was a just verdict. No one who saw the video of the officer’s knee on the neck of the handcuffed suspect for nine-plus minutes could disagree. 

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By the time today’s edition is sent to the printer, closing arguments will have been made and, possibly, a verdict reached in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. He is accused of killing George Floyd last summer by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

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At the 2019 Mississippi Press Association editorial awards presentation, the Leader-Call won first, second and third place in headline writing. The presenter commented, “That must be quite a headline-writing competition.” 

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Over the years, we have enjoyed a good working relationship with Jones County District Attorney Tony Buckley and his staff. There have been a couple of bumps along the road — no reason to rehash specifics here — but we maintained a professional relationship through the rough patches. 

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In the history of our Republic, the liberal side of politics believes that government is the answer and that government has all the answers. Whatever ails you, government will come to the rescue.

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Under any circumstance, a video of a man seen knocking over a woman and then beating her would raise the anger among anyone who saw it. In a widely seen video, a man pummels and humiliates an old woman who was walking home. Video shows onlookers paralyzed as this person who had just turned i…

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President Biden, the uniter and the one who said he would heal our racial divisions, delivered — and then repeated — one of the most vulgar claims ever uttered from the White House. He declared that the new voting law in Georgia — available at leader-call.com to those who actually want to re…

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What will be the cliff-moment for the woke, cancel-cultural lunacy we are living in today. Taking on Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head didn’t work, as the rabid, loud-mouthed, radical left wing mowed over those American icons as if they were riding in a Sherman tank. People and/or entities that …

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In three days, the voters of Laurel and Ellisville will go to the polls to chart the direction of their respective cities for the next four years. Presidential elections get the big headlines, but without question, the most important elections around here are the municipal elections and the …

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Before the paint dries on the so-called COVID relief bill — a $1.9 trillion slush fund made popular by buying off the majority of people with $1,400 checks — the progressive economic takeover is intensifying with a planned $2 trillion in “infrastructure” spending. More slush fund money.

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Juxtaposition. It’s one of those words that most of us have heard many times without quite knowing the meaning. The word is defined in the Online dictionary this way: “The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.”

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Folks, we are going nowhere, and we are headed there really fast.

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The latest statistic to come from the Mississippi Department of Health, which was released Monday, showed that there were 95 new COVID-19 cases reported and zero deaths. That, in itself, should be reason to be thankful. Mississippi is still closing in on 7,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 a…