James Phillips

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The annual sports challenge at the Central Mississippi Fair has been renamed as the Community Sports Challenge in an effort to get more participants. The event, formerly known as the Corporate Sports Challenge, is now open to any civic organization, small business or church group. “This is definitely a community friendly event and we...
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A social media policy is now in place for members of the Kosciusko Fire Department. The Kosciusko Board of Aldermen approved the policy, at the request of Fire Chief Duane Burdine, during its meeting last week. “I think this is a good thing,” Mayor Jimmy Cockroft said. “This is something that I have been considering for any...
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The Attala County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution Monday to inform the public of the intent of the county to issue bonds to pay for the new jail construction. Scott Pickle, the attorney for the county, said the resolution is needed any time that the county issues bonds. “This shows the county is within its debt limit and...
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Is it possible to forget how to ride a bicycle? That was a question that I pondered recently before attempting my first bike ride in more than 25 years. Maybe I had not forgotten how to ride a bike, but I was fairly certain that I would not be able to balance one. As a child, bike riding was never really my thing. I loved to zoom down the...
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Hidden in the back of a downtown Kosciusko building is a mechanical contraption that not many people know is there. A whimsical carousel, built in the 1970s, is being called a “hidden jewel” by some who think it could provide a tourism boost for the city. The carousel, located in the warehouse section of the Ivey National office...
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The Kosciusko School District released its 2014-2015 budget at a public hearing Thursday afternoon. Many community members were concerned the budget could force an ad valorem tax increase for citizens in Kosciusko. “We are not raising taxes,” Superintendent Tony McGee said. “There were a lot of comments on social media...
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With the recent 50-year anniversary of the Freedom Summer, one Kosciusko resident has spent several occasions sharing stories from his time as a reporter during the civil right movement. W.C. “Dub” Shoemaker, former owner and publisher of The Star-Herald, recently spoke to the Kosciusko Rotary Club and shared several stories from...
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The family of a Kosciusko man who drowned on July 3 in Leake County described him as a hero. Julius Joseph Reed, 41, was on a picnic with his daughter, Jersey; his son, Jonathan and three of their friends on the Pearl River about three miles south of Carthage. The group was swimming when the daughter got into trouble in the water. Early...
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When do we stop being children? Is there a certain age when someone magically loses the little child inside them? It has got to be a gradual thing. You don’t just go from being childlike one day to grown up the next. In our society, we are told from a very early age that we’ve got to start growing up or we need to be more...
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