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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.

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They call themselves “The Squad,” but they should be better known as CREEPS — Committee to Re-Elect the President.

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In America today, there might not be a more despicable human being than accused pedophile and sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. If he is proven guilty and ever is brought to true justice — that is if his power and influence don’t win again — he should rot in the deepest bowels of the deepest prison.

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In April 2017, Vice President Mike Pence was roundly ridiculed for saying that he would not be alone with any woman except his wife.

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So far in 2019, a total of 19 children have lost their lives in hot-car deaths in the USA. The children ranged in age from infant to 4. 

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When Sheriff Alex Hodge turned down a request by the grassroots group Citizens Against Corruption to participate in a debate we weren’t too surprised. The three-term sheriff who is seeking a fourth term did not want to answer tough questions from an outside source.

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Many of you, especially those adept at Facebook, might have heard the name “John Johnson.” He or she is a Facebook ghost and a frequent and fierce critic of Sheriff Alex Hodge. He or she also is not affiliated with this newspaper.

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Sheriff candidates Joe Berlin, Macon Davis and Paul Sumrall pulled few punches during a recent roundtable discussion. We would much rather have had a complete field of candidates for a debate, but Alex Hodge turned down the offer made by the political action group Citizens Against Corruption.

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This following was handed out to all candidates when they went to the Jones County Circuit Clerk’s office to get qualifying papers to run for office. Please read it closely and make your own determinations. No need for us to editorialize.

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Walk into the office of the Laurel Leader-Call, look to the right and notice the number of awards adorning the wall. From the earliest days of The ReView of Jones County through this past weekend’s Mississippi Press Association awards, the plaques and framed certificates show a history of ne…

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We chuckled at the national news media making a big deal of presidential polling that showed every Democrat in the race, if the election were today, would defeat Donald Trump.

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Presidential elections get the most headlines. Other national political elections — senators and House members — get some good pub, too, especially if a candidate for a national office is from our backyard. State elections affect our lives, too, but no election season is more important to th…

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Remember last year’s senatorial election in Mississippi? On one side was Republican swamp-dweller Cindy Hyde-Smith. In the other corner was the conservative brawler from Ellisville Chris McDaniel. Mike Espy ran as a Democrat, but most of the attention was on McDaniel and Hyde-Smith.

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Any man can become a father, the age-old saying goes, but it takes a real man to be a dad. Sunday will honor those who go the extra mile to be tough and fair, kind and loving. Sunday will honor the ones who stuck around during the tough times — and every father knows there are tough times. S…

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We were a bit surprised that Greg Burroughs decided to sue the City of Laurel and members of the Laurel Police Department. We thought he would be happy with the not guilty verdict on manslaughter charges in the death of his girlfriend and he would spend his time, or his attorneys’ time, focu…

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One of our greatest fuels is knowing that there are good people out there who have our back. The readers of this newspaper, those who have endured this almost indescribable ride we have all shared, are what drives us. Here is why you have stuck by us.

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Several stories in the past few issues of the Leader-Call show the bravery and heroism of ordinary people sent into extraordinary circumstances. We hope you have read them all and appreciate the sacrifices.

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We would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the death of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who was a major political player for our state for almost a half-century, first in the House of Representatives, then in the U.S. Senate, where he became chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee.

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Chris McDaniel is a ridiculously popular public official in Jones County. His stances on freedom, liberty and limited intrusion from government forces is in lockstep with many, many conservative Mississippians. He wants to end the politics as usual, whether it be in Washington, D.C., Jackson…

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Turn on any television station or check the mail and you likely will be inundated with “Happy Memorial Day” sales. While we are all in favor of commerce and do love to get good deals, the messaging around that is terribly flawed.

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Laurel is home to a jewel that is the Veterans Memorial Museum. We are a patriotic community that flies the red, white and blue and holds our military servicemen and women in reverence. The sacrifices our military have given for this nation are immeasurable.

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The excruciating wait came to an end for the West Jones Mustangs Thursday night at Trustmark Park in Pearl. The school had finally captured a state championship in one of the three big sports — football, baseball and basketball.