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Two cautionary tales have emerged over the past week from a Hollywood A-lister and a quarterback destined for professional athletic stardom. 

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We must say we were a bit tickled — and honored — when Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee made a point during Tuesday’s City Council meeting to laud the Leader-Call for its headline in Saturday’s paper about the final holdup of the Beacon Street Corridor project. Just to put into perspective on how l…

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The death of George H.W. Bush marks the end of an era. He is the last president from the Greatest Generation. And he was perhaps one of the most qualified presidents in history, serving as a heroic fighter pilot in World War II, a baseball player at Yale, a businessman, then in Congress, as …

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Most of what’s written or said relating sports to the real world is preachy, full of platitudes. Though it’s 100 percent accurate and applicable to draw parallels between the games we play and the life skills we use in work environments and relationships, those statements are usually made fr…

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Do you remember when Donald Trump descended the escalator more than three years ago announcing his run for president? We do. This newspaper became big — dare we say YUGE — supporters of the president because he talked frankly about the grandeur of being an American. He wrapped himself in the…

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Tuesday afternoon after our editorial was written on the status of the iconic lighting of Mason Park each Christmas, one of the organizers came into the office declaring a hopeful victory. A group of mostly young people, buoyed by local businesses, pledged their help in varying capacities.

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In December 2016, the Laurel Leader-Call publicized a desperate plea from organizers of the iconic Mason Park Christmas light display. Organizers of one of the most unique sights in Mississippi were pleading for volunteers to help with a process that is laborious for an army, let alone a sma…

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Let us first say that we love each and every one of you who pick up this newspaper three days per week. You are the lifeblood of this operation and without you, there would be no us.

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Many times over the years, we have come to the defense of people who have been put in the cyberworld’s version of the public pillory for a misstatement, a misstep or an obviously out-of-context statement.

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Early Monday morning, a worker at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art was taking down the banners welcoming visitors to the DaVinci Machines exhibit. The removal was a sad end for one of the most popular exhibitions ever to come to the museum at 5th Avenue and 7th Street.

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When egomaniacal Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge led what amounts to an invasion of property in the Johnson Community in July to arrest two senior citizens, it was a gross abuse of his power. He ordered a lieutenant and two deputies to round up a war hero and his wife, handcuff them, subject…

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In a 2012 floor debate on a bill upping the alcohol content in beer in the Mississippi House of Representatives, the always-entertaining Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville, while trying to convince conservative colleagues to vote for the bill, uttered the following gem: “If you Baptist and …

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Jones County has a unique opportunity come Tuesday night — there is a chance that 2 percent of the U.S. Senate would be Jones County natives.

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The charges against Board of Supervisors President Jerome Wyatt were a surprise — only because we were told by a credible source a couple of weeks ago that another supervisor was being investigated by state Auditor Shad White’s office. Other people who are in positions of authority said they…

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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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It’s that time of year when political ads are dominating the airwaves. You can’t make it through a series of commercials on local TV or radio without seeing/hearing the candidates and/or their surrogates begging for votes.

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“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever.” — Jim Valvano

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Last week in Texas, hopefuls for the U.S. Senate — Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke — participated in a live television debate so that the people of Texas would get an unvarnished look at where each candidate stood on the issues. Cruz, the incumbent, went into the lion’s den fo…

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People in the law enforcement profession are often frustrated by the fact that they can’t be everywhere all the time. They’re usually called to crimes after they’ve happened. To be able to stop one in progress is rare and rewarding.

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For the past 99 years — including this one — the South Mississippi Fair has called the Laurel Fairgrounds home. And what a wonderful home it has been — and will continue to be.

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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…