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Jones County Board of Supervisors decides on DHS location

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM)- The Jones County Department of Human Services has decided to move to Ellisville.

Monday, the Jones County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 against re-visiting their previous DHS decision. The board voted earlier this month to move DHS to Ellisville, but the city of Laurel asked the board to keep DHS in Laurel.

Supervisors Jerome Wyatt and Johnny Barnett were the only two in favor of that.  Board president, Andy Dial said it was time to move past the issue.

"We are going to go to the center part of the county," said Dial. "People have to travel from Eastabuchie and Ovett and other places.  It's just putting it in the center of the county where it feasible to travel from.  I know a lot of people from Laurel use it, but the fact is everything else is down there and it's convenient, so we'll go with that."

Dial also said the board will start taking bids for construction on the new facility over the next few months.

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