Christmas Tree Recycling – Drop Off Locations

Posted on: December 15, 2016

The City of Laurel Tree Board, along with the Parks & Recreation and Public Works Departments will host its Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program beginning January 4 through January 18. The program features two drop-off locations available to City residents.

Drop-off Locations

Boston Park – 2321 Queensburg Ave
Daphne Park – 711 N 10th Ave 10th Street (pavilion parking lot)

How can I recycle a Christmas tree?

Curbside collection (For residents with yard waste collection only)
Bring tree to a designated drop-off locations

What kinds of trees are accepted for recycling?

Both green and flocked trees (fake snow) are accepted. For curbside and drop-off sites, all tree stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other tree decorations must be removed. No artificial trees. Christmas wreaths and swags can also be recycled with trees. Please remove all frames, wires and bows. Please do not illegally dump any other items at the drop-off locations.

For more information, please call the City of Laurel Parks & Recreation Department at 601.428.6452 during business hours.

Laurel Receives Statewide Community Forestry Award

Posted on: August 11, 2016

The City of Laurel was recognized as the Scenic Community of Mississippi for 2016. Each year a community is recognized for its efforts in maintaining a healthy community tree program. Laurel was recognized at the 2016 Statewide Urban Forestry Awards, July 29, 2016 at the Statewide Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure Conference in Gulfport, Mississippi. Since 1982, the awards are sponsored by the Mississippi Urban Forest Council and the Mississippi Forestry Commission. Walt Grayson, host of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Mississippi Roads, recently noted the beauty and historic importance of Laurel.

“The City of Laurel continues to demonstrate their care and appreciation of community trees and landscapes attracting both visitors and commerce to the city. Laurel is the oldest Tree City USA in Mississippi. For the past 34 years, Laurel has participated as a nationally certified Tree City USA. Laurel citizens play an important role in the “livability and charm” of this vital Mississippi community.”

Reageana accepts award in Gulfport, MS

Reageana accepts award on behalf of the City of Laurel.

Laurel was given special recognition for their work in urban forestry. The contributions to community forestry includes tree plantings in city parks and schools and informational workshops by the Laurel Tree Board.

“Trees play an important part in the quality and growth of all communities, urban and rural. Trees in our towns provide many benefits including economic enhancements, social benefits, and aesthetic value. Trees process storm water and reduce flooding, while providing shade during southern summers to reduce energy costs as well as improving property values and quality of life,” according to the Mississippi Urban Forest Council’s execute director, Donna Yowell.

The Mississippi Urban Forest Council is a statewide nonprofit organization assisting communities with implementing local tree programs. The Council offers a variety of programs to educate volunteers and community leaders on every aspect of community forestry and provides assistance with grants for local projects. For more information on community and urban forestry in Mississippi contact the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, executive director, Donna Yowell, (601) 672-0755 or visit the website here.

HGTV Orders Series

Posted on: February 23, 2016

Erin and Ben Napier revealed HGTV has ordered the series, Home Town. They made the announcement at the 5th Annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off in downtown Laurel, Miss.

“I think, in an era of ‘big-city living’, Home Town reminds folks of the value in going back to their home towns and doing what they can to be a part of them,” said Ben.

The show features the Napiers guiding home buyers through the process of choosing and renovating a home in a small, southern town. The design and implementation process relies heavily on the knowledge and assistance of local architects, craftsmen and business owners.

“Ben and I are incredibly excited for the opportunity to introduce the world to our precious town and the hardworking people in it,” said Erin. “It’s those people who demonstrate day-in and day-out that you don’t have to leave your small town to make a really big difference.”

Pre-production and casting for the show has started, though filming will not likely begin until summer. People in the process of buying a home in Laurel, Miss., in need of substantial renovation, who would like to be considered should contact

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HGTV Home Town To Air Sunday

Posted on: January 20, 2016

An HGTV show, Home Town, was shot over the summer in Laurel, Mississippi. The popularity of the premiere on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM CST will hopefully bring a host of visitors and economic resurgence to the City Beautiful. Erin and Ben Napier will help a couple, Ross and Laura Tew, find and restore an old home in Laurel. The 1-hour pilot episode will shine a light on the people, culture, architecture, natural beauty, and most of all, the small town spirit of Laurel, Mississippi and all of those who choose to call her home. If the pilot is successful, the show could become a series on HGTV.

“Home Town” airs at 11 a.m. Jan. 24 on HGTV.

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September Yard of the Month – Ward 1

Posted on: September 8, 2014



Shirley and Henry Drummond

Great pride and sense of community!

Henry and Shirley Drummond have lived in their home at 1804 General Pershing Street in Laurel for the past 27 years. They had the home built in 1987 and haven’t ever wanted to leave it. The Drummonds embody the spirit of the Ward 1 Yard of the Month award. “To inspire individuals to take greater responsibility for creating a clean and beautiful city though litter prevention, reduction of waste and community beautification.” This month’s winning yard boasts a well-landscaped front lawn and inviting front porch. Mr. Drummond says he keeps the grass mowed and the perimeter of the lawn edged and free of debris. The walkway and entry is quite attractive with a variety of plants and shrubs. Mrs. Drummond is most proud of her beautiful mature Magnolia tree. Their ranch-style home is situated on a corner lot, and as such, it is often It is a gathering area for local kids. “The kids like to play football in my yard, I guess because it is so big,” said Shirley. The Drummonds are sincere in seeing their neighborhood and community change for the better and see more people take pride. Mrs. Drummond speaks of starting a neighborhood association soon.

Flag Football Sign-ups Underway

Posted on: August 12, 2014

7-On-7 Adult League Flag Football Registration Deadline is fast approaching: August 30, 2014. Entry Fee: $15.00
All games will be played on Thursday and Saturday evenings.
To register, stop by the L.T. Ellis Center or call Stacy Comegys at

Youth Tennis Camp

Posted on: July 11, 2014

It’s not too late to register your child up for Youth Tennis Camp!!! Tennis camp is designed to teach tennis skills to children, ages 6-16, through fun interactive games and contests. Tennis is fun when some competition is mixed with laughs and achievable skill development. Classes will be held from July 14-19 from 9:00- 10:00 AM at Boston Parktennis. Cost is $15. Sign your child up today at the Ellis Center or by contacting Stacy Comegys- Laurel Parks & Recreation Program Supervisor at 601-422-5723 or e-mail at