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Old 03-05-2009, 19:26   #1
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So, Tell me a little bout Mississippi

Hi Guys! I think I am about to be offered a position with a construction company in Laurel, MS after being unemployed since November and (having never been there) I would like to know a little about the area and the state. I will be making between $50 and $55 thousand per year. Will I be able to live comfortably on that there? How gun friendly is the state? How gun friendly is that specific area? Generally what is life like there? I greatly appreciate yalls help in this matter.

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Old 03-06-2009, 06:17   #2
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Where are you coming from? If you come to Mississippi from "up north" with a "yankee attitude" and a desire to educate and reform us, you will not like the state.

But if you blend in and hunt and fish and like football, you'll love it and you'll be welcomed with open arms (pun intended).

I am some distance from Laurel but have been all around the state for 50+ years, and I assure you that you will find Mississippi a very gun friendly state. The only area you would find unfriendly is the capital city (Jackson) which is the very place you are most likely to NEED a gun.

On that salary you will be OK.

If you have school age kids, you will probably need to anticipate the cost of private schooling. The Feds destroyed our public schools 50 years ago.
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:36   #3
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I grew up (off and on) in Laurel, some of my best friends and my wife's family still live there. It's a nice town. Not much growth right now, but lots of population shifts in recent years. Putting it bluntly, I've seen a lot of white flight from the city to the county, especially to the Western side of the county, because of the city's tax schedule getting ridiculous (and crime shooting up in town).

Laurel is a prototypical Southern small town. Everyone who's a local keeps up with everyone else. Faith plays a major role in the community. If you're new, and you're a Christian, get in with a church and you'll quickly make friends and network. Several great churches there, like First Baptist and Highland that have some wonderful people in them-of course, there are numerous smaller churches that are very active as well.

The school districts on the West side of Jones county are the best if you have school age kids. Cost of housing is a bit higher on that side, but not too bad unless you just have to be in the "in" neighborhood or something. Hey, population of the county is around 75K, so it's still pretty rural. When I was in HS, I went to the city HS, R.H. Watkins. At the time it was a great school, no real issues. Now it's a pretty rough school from what I know. I'd stick to county schools all the way.

As far as guns and shooting, hey, it's Mississippi! They love their guns and shooting sports, so bring 'em if ya got em. That's not saying the neighbors want you shooting too close to the house or at all hours, just that the mentality is pretty open. Lots of sports for kids around. Dixie Youth baseball is huge down there, and church league basketball is big as well (some of my worst altercations as a youth came-you guessed it-in church league). Soccer is gaining popularity.

You'll like Laurel if you want a slower, simpler pace of life. It's close enough to Jackson, Hattiesburg, and New Orleans to allow you to get to bigger cities if you like, with more shopping and cultural influence. It's only about 2 1/2 hours from Destin/Ft. Walton beach (look it up if you haven't been there, it's heaven). There are public access hunting areas, and numerous hunting clubs you can join.

Good luck!

Edit: Oh, and don't make the mistake of trying to say that any football conference outside of the SEC is superior, even if you believe it is. You're squarely in the middle of SEC country, and even if they aren't a Mississippi State fan (go dawgs) or an Ole Miss fan, they'll be a Bama or LSU fan, or Tennessee fan....
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I would have thought the locals would pull for "Mississippi Normal College" or as it was later known "State Teachers College" and now "University of Southern Mississippi".
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I would have thought the locals would pull for "Mississippi Normal College" or as it was later known "State Teachers College" and now "University of Southern Mississippi".
Used to run down and watch that hot shot quarterback play for Southern Miss when he was a Jr. and Sr.... What was his name? Oh, yeah, Favre, Brett Favre. That was him. Guy was fearless back then, not much changed.
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Old 03-11-2009, 20:46   #6
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You'll be living about 50 miles south of me, pretty close.

At 50-55K, you'll live pretty good there and not too far from whatever activity you might like. You'll be in a gun-friendly area & state. Your vehicle is considered part of your home property so you're good to go with firearms anywhere in there,

If you need to go shopping, Meridian is 50 miles north, Hattiesburg about 30 southwest.
If you want to go to the coast, you're about an hour and a half from it...casinos there too. There's a couple more casinos north of you in Philadelphia, about 60 miles.
If you want to go hunting or fishing, basically walk out your backdoor.

In Meridian, we have a top notch shooting range/club. It's the local LEO/SWAT course but shooting club members are allowed to shoot there with several ranges for handguns, rifles and shotguns. Even skeet ranges. Here's the link, you might want to join this one:
http://www.meridianshootingclub.org/Home_Page.php

What else would you be interested in?
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Old 03-11-2009, 21:09   #7
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Wiley, I'm a MS boy, but please. The MS gulf coast is one naaaasty beach-was before the casinos, and is now, just sleazier. For real beaches, either Gulf Shores or the Destin/Ft. Walton area is the ticket.
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Old 03-11-2009, 21:18   #8
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Hey I only said they were an hour and a half away, didn't say anything about the condition!

It's still a good place to catch a boat and go fishing though.
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Old 03-11-2009, 23:32   #9
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Wiley, are you in Meridian? We need to get together and shoot sometime soon. My dad lives in Meridian and I come visit a good bit.
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Wiley, are you in Meridian? We need to get together and shoot sometime soon. My dad lives in Meridian and I come visit a good bit.

You bet! Where you coming from?

I'm about to re-up with the shooting club and I'm in desperate need of target practice so we can head out there.
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:39   #11
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I'm in the Delta! I lived in Meridian for 3 years though with dad, finished high school there then went to MCC for a year before going to Ole Miss.
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I'm in the Delta! I lived in Meridian for 3 years though with dad, finished high school there then went to MCC for a year before going to Ole Miss.

I thought I had answered this, sorry!

That's funny cause I travel in the Delta on Tuesday every week.... run from Meridian to Greenwood then to Indianola, Cleveland after that then back to Meridian. It's a fun day.

Did you go to MHS in town? I live just a couple of blocks from there and probably know your dad.
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Old 04-17-2009, 21:44   #14
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I live about 30 minutes east of Laurel around Waynesboro. It's freakin hot and humid in the summer. That my biggest complaint.
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