It is owned by Gin Creek Publishing, which purchased the name and subscriber list from CNHI in April 2012.
For a century Laurel's only daily newspaper, the paper was founded as The Laurel Daily Argus August 11, 1911, by Edgar G. Harris (1876-1953). It later changed its name to the Laurel Daily Leader The Laurel Morning Call and the Laurel Daily Leader combined to form an evening newspaper called The Laurel Leader-Call on February 2, 1930.
On September 1, 2011, the paper's owner, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., announced that the Laurel Leader-Call would begin publishing on a four-day schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. The newspaper's website continued to provide news, features, sports, photos and video on a daily basis until it shut down nearly seven months later.
CNHI folded the Leader-Call on March 29, 2012.
In April the Leader-Call name and subscriber list was purchased by Gin Creek Publishing, a local business that had published the weekly The ReView of Jones County since 2007. The ReView ceased operation and the Laurel Leader-Call was reborn as a three-day-a-week publication, beginning with the April 19, 2012, edition. New publisher-editor Mark Thornton said that "People who remember when the Leader-Call was family-owned remember that it was a much better paper then. We plan to restore that proud tradition."