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Hattiesburg airport director: Essential Air Service program needs to be revised, not eliminated

By BECKY GILLETTE The proposed elimination of the Essential Air Service (EAS) program under the budget proposed by President Donald Trump is of concern in rural states such as Mississippi, where four of the seven commercial service airports in the state receive EAS subsidies. Getting rid of the program is not a new idea. » Read complete story at HATTIESBURG ...

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Lott Furniture reaching 100th birthday during a time of downtown Laurel renaissance

By BECKY GILLETTE Back in the 1940s, Blues musician Blind Roosevelt Graves sang and played his guitar in front of Lott Furniture at 320 Front Street almost daily. “He and his brother, Uaroy, drew massive crowds to Front Street just to hear them play, locals and travelers alike,” said Rodney Rowell, who owns Lott Furniture with his wife, Angie. “It’s ...

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Laurel Mercantile a “store of curiosity” helping revive downtown Laurel

“It is amazing the kind of life you can live in Mississippi”   By BECKY GILLETTE Three Laurel couples, including one whose HGTV Home Town pilot on renovating historic homes in Laurel had 2.2 million viewers, recently opened a new store downtown, Laurel Mercantile at 414 Front Street, that sells only unique items that have to reach the bar of being such high quality ...

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Union says wage offers by Howard Industries are too low

JACKSON — A union at Howard Industries, one of Mississippi’s largest industrial employers, is protesting what it sees as low wage offers in contract negotiations. Local 1317 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers planned a news conference Wednesday in Laurel to criticize the wage increases offered by the maker of electrical transformers. Union members have already voted down three ...

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'Free State of Jones' movie begins filming in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS — The Civil War drama “Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConnaughey, has started shooting in Louisiana. McConnaughey plays Newton Knight, who rebelled against Confederate authority in Mississippi’s Jones County. Other actors include Gugu Mbatha-Raw who appeared in “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights;” Keri Russell, who has appeared in “Felicity” and “The Americans” and Mahershala Ali, who has ...

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McDaniel seeking 3rd term in Mississippi Senate

JACKSON — Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican who lost a U.S. Senate race last year, says he’s seeking re-election to the Mississippi Legislature. The 43-year-old attorney from Ellisville said Thursday that he will run for a third term in state Senate. He’s the first candidate in District 42, entirely in Jones County. Friday is the qualifying deadline for statewide, ...

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Severe weather slams Mississippi; 4 killed

JACKSON — Severe weather slamming the southern U.S. two days before Christmas killed at least four people, flipped cars, knocked out power to thousands and damaged several homes and businesses. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency for two southeastern counties where officials say four people died in the storms and several more were injured. His office said thousands ...

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Weather Service discovers tornado touched down in Pine Belt

JONES COUNTY — The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado touched down Sunday night in Jones County. A survey team examined the path of the twister yesterday, estimating it had top winds of 95 mph and was on the ground for 2.7 miles in an area east of Laurel near Masonite Lake. The team rates the tornado EF-1 on ...

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Jones County launches leadership 'masters program' to mark 25th anniversary

LAUREL — Nearly 500 individuals have participated in Leadership Jones County (LJC) since the first class in 1990. Developed to identify and prepare the community’s future leadership resources, LJC has provided Jones County with a network of current and emerging leaders who possess the skills and sense of commitment to improve our community. LJC has been a model for many ...

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