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Dear readers, thank you for standing with us in this time of great uncertainty. Our lives have been turned upside down by an enemy no one can see. Unprecedented steps have been taken in an attempt to stop the spread of what, depending on whom one trusts, will either wipe us out or is more hy…

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Wednesday morning, Editor-in-Chief Mark Thornton went to the Jones County School District Central Office on Highway 11 to report on a specially called “public” meeting to discuss the district’s plans for combating the COVID-19 virus.

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Add to the ever-growing list of consequences of the COVID-19 virus the need to get all Mississippians connected via the internet. It was disappointing to read Jones County School District Superintendent Tommy Parker saying there will be no instruction, even online, because too many people in…

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There is no template for the times we’re living in. The bad news is, there are plenty of people out there who believe they have the answers, and when they post them, tens of millions of people share them. It becomes even more difficult than usual to distinguish fact from friction.

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In the 1980s film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” a student opines on why Ferris was absent from school. She said, “My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with a girl who saw Ferris pass-out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess …

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The timing of the celebration of freedom of the press is interesting considering that more people than usual are blasting the media, including our own publisher in his upcoming Saturday column. Instead of enjoying “Sunshine Week,” in all of its possible connotations, they are sitting in the …

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March 16-20 is Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for the community

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In the days immediately following the terrorists’ attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans were told, ad naseum, to continue living their lives. Don’t let the terrorists win.

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One facet coming from the rising international crisis of the Covid-19 virus is that America can no longer rely so heavily on the Chinese — or any foreign country – for so many of our daily goods.

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The weather is warming up and the thoughts of Santa Claus and Christmas movies are far from the average person’s minds. But there is an everlasting teaching moment from the Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” that is apt today as Americans tackle the coronavirus.

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A few things to ponder before you go to sleep tonight — don’t forget to set those clocks ahead one hour, there is no “s” in Daylight Saving Time and it is a completely worthless endeavor to manipulate the clocks twice per year.

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Approximately 18,000 people live in the City of Laurel, according to the U.S. Census Bureau using 2018 estimates because censuses are only completed every 10 years. Of that number, an estimated 4,500 are under the age of 18 and, hence, ineligible to vote. That leaves about 13,500 residents o…

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In a couple of weeks, those of us in journalism will celebrate “Sunshine Week.” It’s the one week we remind ourselves — and our engaged readers — of the year-’round effort to shed light in the dark corners where roaches thrive. The light, or even the threat of it, has a disinfecting effect. …

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Anyone who is a regular reader of this newspaper — these opinion pages, in particular — knows that we aren’t afraid to call ’em like we see ’em. Whether it’s a criminal or a cop, a prosecutor or a perp-protector, a judge or a jury, we will place the criticism where we believe it belongs. We …

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One of the characteristics of Laurel Main Street and the Jones County Chamber of Commerce we salute the most is their ability to think outside the box when it comes to attracting people to our community and keeping those who live here busy with plenty of fun activities.

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In less than nine months, another presidential election will be in the books. The entertainment value of what has become national politics in an election year will not subside. The next eight-plus months will be another roller-coaster ride.

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When you see us at the scene of a crime or wreck, we aren’t there to exploit your pain or to “sensationalize” your tragedy. We’re there to give as much accurate information as possible. A handful of haters will disagree … but we will counter with this simple question: How do we benefit by us…

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As you have noticed over the past month, on each Tuesday, the Leader-Call will have a poll question, which appears on our online site www.leader-call.com. With one exception, the poll has been posted and the people have responded in great numbers.

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These days, we are enjoying a good relationship with our local and area law enforcement agencies. That’s always a plus — for them, for us and for our readers.

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Mississippi casinos are rolling in a revenue stream that two decades ago would have seemed impossible. The addition of sports gambling at Mississippi casinos 18 months ago has led to an economic boom — and one that is poised for even more with the March Madness basketball tournament looming.

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In the county that launched the grassroots — and highly influential — Citizens Against Corruption, it is only appropriate that it is a Jones Countian tackling corruption statewide on a massive scale.

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The relationship between law enforcement and the media is much like a seesaw. Invariably, the media and law enforcement have to work together for the common good, but sometimes it is with trepidation on both sides. 

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It is human nature to make mistakes. From referees to highway workers to the highest senior level engineers at NASA, everyone makes mistakes. 

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In the spirit of the Super Bowl world of sports gambling, let’s take it up a notch: What will be the next “bombshell” to rock the Donald Trump presidency?

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On the last publication day of each month, the Leader-Call presents the Bobcat Jr. section. It is informative, educational and a huge hit among the young people of this area — and their teachers, too.

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For at least the 26th time since the beginning of last year, a felony suspect has avoided a day in court due to the failure of the previous administration of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department to serve timely warrants.

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What if the Congressional Democrats, most notably House of Representative members, would see things the same way District Attorney Tony Buckley saw in a case reported on today’s Page A1.

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For weeks now, one of the burning questions among locals has been, “What will Alex Hodge do next?” Conventional wisdom says that he wouldn’t want to just run his multimillion-dollar B-Clean business because, with a few more years working a job in state or local government, he would become fu…

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In the wake of any tragedy, national leaders will lock arms, stand on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and sing patriotic songs in harmony. The show is one of “unity” and that “in the face of tragedy, Democrats and Republicans can come together.”

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to celebrate the achievements not only of a lone man, but of his mission and an entire race. 

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We were heartened to see the commitment of new Sheriff Joe Berlin to begin deputizing officers from other agencies within Jones County. Cooperation is always the prudent road to travel and that sentiment is stronger when talking about law enforcement.

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Anyone who tries to traverse Laurel via 13th and 5th avenues certainly can understand and appreciate Councilman Tony Wheat’s frustration with the speed at which those roads are being fixed. But we also must temper that frustration by always remembering the dire conditions those roads were in…

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Read the Leader-Call enough and it becomes apparent that there are plenty of “frequent fliers” on the jail docket. The majority of those commit petty crimes. Sometimes a night in the drunk tank or a fine suffices until the inevitable next offense.

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As the state legislature takes over, one of the most pressing issues will be one that has seemingly gone unseen for many years. The riots, violence and killings at Mississippi prisons in the past months will deal newly elected Gov. Tate Reeves a genuine crisis to begin his first term.

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Long before Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, when a child went missing, the information might appear only in local newspapers, on news stations or even on milk cartons. Most missing children alerts were local, though. Only a few made the side of milk cartons.

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We were sad to see that our neighbors Adam Trest Home and Slowboat Brewery are closing their doors at the beginning of the new year. Kenny and Carrie Mann poured themselves into their massive renovation project and dream long before they poured their first Slowboat craft beer, and Adam and L…

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During the Barack Obama administration, we were quick to rail against the ridiculous spending habits of the federal government. Ballooning federal spending had the debt calculator spiraling toward $18 trillion. Unfunded liabilities were in the hundreds of trillions of dollars. He was a Democ…

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The following list shows what the president of the United States has accomplished in three years — all of which he has accomplished while under constant assault of befuddling impeachment accusations. 

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Early Thursday morning saw a new start for South Central Regional Medical Center — the facility locked the doors of its old emergency room and opened those of its new one.

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Three weeks and four days from today, some new faces will take over the Jones County Board of Supervisors, judges, constables, other elected county officials and the sheriff’s department.

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Pearl River Resort, which oversees the Bok Homa Casino, is making giving a worthwhile endeavor this holiday season. All one has to do is donate at least $1 to the Salvation Army at the Leader-Call’s official Salvation Army Red Kettle to be entered into a drawing for four free season passes t…

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In the history of our ownership of the Leader-Call, we never have played movie reviewer. But sometimes the topic of a movie is so important, it’s worthy of space in this newspaper. Editor’s note: We have not seen the movie, only watched the trailer. It is not showing in Laurel, but is showin…

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West Jones’ football team on Friday night ran into a buzzsaw wearing maroon and white. Picayune High School ran its way to the Class 5A state championship and halted West Jones’ quest for a return to the state championship game. 

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With Thanksgiving and Black Friday in the rearview mirror, we can turn our undivided attention to Christmas. It’s going to be a short shopping season, so the stress that so many people put on themselves during this time of year may be intensified.

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The most frequent complaint we receive here at the Leader-Call is that we are too negative — “Why can't y’all have more positive news on the front page?” some people will ask.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Greenberg summed up his method of column writing with this: “First I pull out a gun and start shooting, then I draw bull’s eyes around the holes.” Perfect description. That’s how good, persuasive opinion writing is done. The columnist has a point of view, then supp…

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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…