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There aren’t many series on any level of sports that have gone uninterrupted over the last 100 years, but world wars, depressions and natural disasters have not been enough to stop Laurel and Hattiesburg from meeting on the gridiron.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi announced they have joined a Congressional Review Act challenge to stop President Joe Biden’s mandate requiring private businesses to require COVID-19 vaccines for their employees. 

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West Jones survived a late surge from Laurel to win the Leader-Call’s Battle for the Belt championship, 24-21. But the victory seemed insignificant in comparison to the loss of fellow Mustang Cade Thompson last Wednesday. The Mustangs honored their fallen teammate by marching onto the field …

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West Jones community mourns the loss of Mustang senior Cade Thompson

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It was a one-sided affair in favor of West Jones heading into the fourth quarter, but two late touchdowns from Laurel erased the 24-7 lead the Mustangs held heading into the fourth. West Jones did just enough on the final drive of the game to gain a first down with under a minute left to sec…

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       South Jones scored on an interception return for a touchdown early in the first quarter and that is about all the success the Braves could find. Laurel cruised to a win with 47 unanswered points. Javante Caldwell passed for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Kiron Benjami…

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Laurel Christian School girls' soccer team continued its winning tradition by downing Indianola Academy 2-0 at Jackson Prep on Monday to win back-to-back state championships. The Lady Lions (15-2) were never in much danger as they controlled possession for the majority of the game and kept p…

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Eight turnovers were too much to overcome as Brookhaven (2-4, 1-1) defeated Laurel (2-4, 1-1) 24-12 at King Field in Brookhaven. Six fumbles and two interceptions were the main causes for the Tornadoes’ offensive woes, and head coach Ryan Earnest takes full responsibility for his team’s shor…

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In Mississippi, there are few traditions stronger than high school football on Friday nights. From the time boys take the field for the first time in their youth football leagues, the dream is usually the same – play and be a star for their high school football team. 

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Three first-quarter touchdowns and a stout Wayne County defense was too much for South Jones to overcome in Waynesboro on Friday night. After going into halftime down 41-0, the Braves showed some fight in the second half, scoring 15 unanswered points. Lane Brumley led the Braves with 54 yard…

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The Northeast Jones defense and special teams took full control early and never relented. The Tigers (2-1) ran away with a 26-6 win.

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It was not pretty, but Laurel made enough big plays at the right times to survive on the road against Mendenhall, 24-21. The win pushes the Tornadoes to 1-2 after forfeiting their first two games. 

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West Jones’ Ken Russell rushed for two first quarter touchdowns, and Joshua McDonald matched him with two in the second quarter. That was all the Mustangs needed to take a 28-0 lead into halftime and essentially ice the game. 

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The Dixie Youth World Series invited teams from 11 states to Laurel to experience not only two weeks of baseball but to soak in America’s hometown.

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Barstool Sports and SMAC Productions announced their first co-production, “Coach Prime,”  featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders, will premiere Aug. 29 through Sept. 2 on Barstool Sports. 

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Peyton Manning could have chosen any number of people to be his presenter when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past weekend. Archie Manning knows it.

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The Dixie Youth World Series kicked off Friday, July 30 in Laurel with youth baseball teams from Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia in different divisions vying for the World Series Title.

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After months of anticipation and intense preparation, the Dixie Youth World Series has officially arrived in Laurel. For two weeks, teams from across the Southeast United States will descend upon Laurel to participate in the pinnacle of Dixie Youth baseball. 

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In basketball, it’s called an “and one.” Get fouled on a made shot, a bonus is given.

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By the time Saturday's paper finds its way into your home, I’ll be preparing to say one final goodbye to my grandfather, Marvin Boyles, who was called to his heavenly home Thursday morning. 

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With the unusual circumstances surrounding the 2020-21 season, NCAA officials decided to give student-athletes an extra year of eligibility. Earlier this week, Ole Miss began rolling out the names of seniors who have chosen to return next fall for one more season with head coach Lane Kiffin …

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In an unforgettable contest with the outcome remaining uncertain until the final minute, there was never any doubt who the West Jones Mustangs were playing for; and in the midst of the celebration of their 33-27 victory over West Point for their first football state title in school history, …

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For the third straight year, West Jones is headed to the 5A South State championship.Friday night, the Mustangs will travel to Pascagoula to take on the Panthers for an opportunity to represent the 5A South in the first state title game to be played at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium s…

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West Jones wreaked revenge on Laurel in Friday night's Round 2 matchup, defeating the Tornadoes 42-21 Between the Bricks to earn a spot in the 5A South State title game for the third consecutive year. This time, they'll travel to Pascagoula to take on the Panthers, who defeated Hattiesburg 3…

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As the old saying goes, a lamp that is lit for others will brighten your path as well. Few understood this better than Dennis Bohannon, who dedicated much of his life to lighting paths for student-athletes in Jones County.“Coach Bo,” as he was affectionately called, never viewed his gift of …

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The first time Laurel and West Jones met this season, the two teams were battling for bragging rights and the Leader-Call’s Jones County Championship belt. When they meet again on Friday night, the Mustangs and Tornadoes will be fighting for a spot in the 5A South State title game. 

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Earlier this month, as the MHSAA regular season reached its end, I wrote that I believed either Laurel or West Jones would be at Veterans Memorial Stadium the first weekend in December to compete for a 5A state championship. As we prepare for Week 2 of postseason play, a prediction that seem…