The Laurel Police Department celebrated five promotions and one job change

Posted on: October 25, 2021

On Monday October 25, at 10:00 a.m. Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee, Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox and the friends and family members of six LPD officers met in the city council chambers to celebrate several staff promotions.

Corporal Michael Washington was promoted to Shift 4 Patrol Sergeant.

Corporal John Windsor was promoted to Shift 1 Patrol Sergeant.

Sergeant Mark Brewer was promoted to Shift 4 Patrol Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Michael Reeves was promoted to Captain over the Criminal Investigations Division, Narcotics, and Juvenile.

Additionally, Lieutenant Doug Dickerson was moved to the Criminal Investigations Division.

Laurel Police Department Receives Thank You from Grand Isle PD

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In a letter dated October 18, 2021 Grand Isle, Louisiana Chief of Police Scooter Resweber wrote to thank Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox and his team for their recent donations. The letter read as follows:


RE: Letter of Appreciation

Dear Chief Tommy Cox,

Our entire department appreciates your efforts and the assistance Laurel Police Department has given our officers. It’s really commendable to see an agency from another state put forth such efforts for our department & community.

Please accept my sincere gratitude for the monetary gifts given throughout the Grand Isle Police Department.

Wishing all the best.


Scooter Resweber


The letter was in response to the Hurricane Ida relief efforts coordinated by the LPD and Laurel Fire Departments earlier this month. One such event was the Emergency Relief Drive held to support Grand Isle residents. The drive, held on October 1 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  allowed Laurel Walmart shoppers to make donations of cash or non-perishable items for distribution to those affected in August by Hurricane Ida.

October 28th Proclaimed First Responder Appreciation Day

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At 9 a.m. on Monday, October 25th, Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee signed a proclamation to declare October 28, 2021 First Responder Appreciation Day in the City of Laurel.

The proclamation read as follows:

Whereas, individuals, both career and volunteer, from 911 dispatchers, law enforcement, fire, emergency, medical services, search and rescue, dive and other organizations in the public safety sector, come together as first responders to protect and aid the public in the event of an emergency; and

Whereas, first responders provide the single most important role in keeping Laurel/Jones County safe; and

Whereas, first responders protect us and provide lifesaving care to those in need twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week – often placing themselves in harm’s way to do so; and

Whereas, first responders are a vital part of every community who maintain safety and order in times of crisis; and

Whereas, Laurel/Jones County is fortunate to have highly-trained, deeply committed men and women serving this community as first responders; and

Whereas, the City of Laurel wishes to express gratitude to our first responders for their dedicated service and in acknowledging their vital role in the quality of life for our citizens

Now, therefore, I, Johnny Magee, Mayor of the City of Laurel, Mississippi, do hereby proclaim October 28, 2021 First Responder Appreciation Day in the City of Laurel, and encourage the community to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

In observance of First Responders Appreciation Day, the Nahoula Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and the Veteran’s Memorial Museum in Laurel will host a reception at the Veteran’s Memorial Museum at 920 Hillcrest Drive in Laurel on Thursday, October 28th from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

The event will feature free donuts provided by Garcia’s Donuts as well as coffee and juice. The event is open to all active and retired law enforcement officials, fire fighters, EMT/paramedics, dispatchers, hospital staff members, power company staff members, National Guard members, and veterans.

It will be held as a drive-though event, although those who wish to tour the museum while they are there will be welcomed to do so. There will also be a drawing for a gift certificate to The Knight Butcher.

The proclamation and reception are part of a larger National First Responders Day that was established by the United States Senate in 2019 that designating each October 28th as National First Responders Day.

LPD to Take Old Meds on Saturday

Posted on: October 22, 2021

The Laurel Police Department will be accepting unused and expired medications on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

LPD Hosts Blood Drive

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The Laurel Police Department partnered with Vitalent Blood Services to host a blood drive in their parking lot on Friday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. The drive was part of the department’s monthlong Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign.

Temporary Road Closure on 3rd Avenue

Posted on: October 20, 2021

Repairs are being made in the city that will require 3rd Avenue between Kingston St. and 10th Street to be closed for the rest of the afternoon. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.

LPD to Host Blood Drive

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The Laurel Police Department will partner with Vitalent Blood Services to host a blood drive on Friday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  The drive is part of the LPD’s ongoing Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign.

Laurel Pumpkin Patch Returns

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The First United Methodist Church is hosting its annual pumpkin patch fundraiser to benefit the church’s youth ministry. Pumpkins, which start at just $1.00, are available for purchase Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The fundraiser will continue until Saturday, October 30th.

Why Don’t You Just “Kurl Up and Dye”?

Posted on: October 15, 2021

Soon, telling someone in Laurel to “Kurl Up and Dye” won’t be an insult but rather an invitation to visit the city’s newest beauty supply store.

Kurl Up and Dye Beauty Supply will officially open its doors on Saturday, October 16.  However, owners Ira Martin, Jr. and LaQuanda Barnes hosted the Jones County Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 14 to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new business.

“I would like to thank everyone for coming out and sharing this moment with us,” Martin said to his guests. “We’re excited.”

Martin said the he was most excited about “opening a business in the town that I am from and we are looking forward to serving the community.”

This is Martin’s second business venture. His first is a logistics company. He and a friend, who has since passed away, had always dreamed of opening a retail store. With his new business partner, LaQuanda Barnes, at his side Martin can finally see that dream become reality.

But he and Barnes weren’t the only ones who are optimistic about the venture. “Kurl Up and Dye!” Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said prior to the ribbon cutting. “It’s a great name and it’s going to be a great business. One thing about Laurel, we fix hair!”

Martin’s parents, Ira Martin, Sr. and Shirley Martin, also joined in the celebration which included a brief reception with door prizes and refreshments. “We are a large, close-knit family and we support each other,” Shirley explained.

Kurl Up and Dye is located at 1514 West 10th Street in Laurel next to Tillery Dental clinic.

Residents are Set to See Marked Improvements in Their Sewer, Water Systems

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Some Laurel residents can expect to see improvements in their sewer and water systems as a result of extensive work in two locations. Currently, the city is undertaking a project to replace the sewer and water lines and services on south 16th Avenue from Queen Street to Hwy. 11 and on Martin Luther King Avenue from Chantilly Street to East 20th St.  Water and sewer services refers to the pipes that join the residence to the main line.  In addition to these changes, the city will complete storm drainage work, install new meters, and place new asphalt on the streets. Some parts of these location will also receive curb and gutter work and sidewalk improvements.

Much of the sanitary sewer pipework will be completely replaced but the parts that are not, will be rehabilitated. The rehabbing process involves installing a new cured-in-place liner in the pipe and curing it- essentially ensuring that the inside of the pipe is new.  The new water pipes will be larger diameter pipes to increase flow and to increase water pressure in homes in the area.

According to Brent Quick of Neel-Schaffer, much of the current pipework is estimated to be from the 1950s or 60s and has expended its life. “It’s definitely time to make that upgrade at both locations,” he said.

Suez, the company contracted by the city to maintain sewer and water system, has received several complaints about water pressure and a lack of sewage drainage in both locations, Quick explained. “We are hoping to increase the water pressure and the sewage drainage,” he said.

As a part of the process, traffic near these areas has been temporarily redirected. However, T.L. Wallace, the contractor performing the construction, reported that the road closure on south 16th Avenue should end and the road is expected to be reopened to through traffic around the first week of November. Work at the Martin Luther King Avenue site is expected be completed next spring.