James Phillips

4 weeks 3 days ago
The transformation of two burned out buildings in downtown Kosciusko into two colorful pocket parks is nearing completion.  Volunteers with Kosciusko Main Street and city workers have spent several hours over the last week working on the parks, which are located inside the old Alfa and City Cleaners buildings on Jefferson Street. Old...
4 weeks 3 days ago
Autumn Lewis represented Attala County in the 65th Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant last week in Hattiesburg.  Lewis, a 2013 Kosciusko High School graduate, is studying pre-radiological sciences at Holmes Community College where she has earned a spot on the Dean’s List. She is also an ambassador, football and basketball...
4 weeks 3 days ago
The Attala County Board of Supervisors is currently in the process of accepting letters of intent from healthcare entities interested in leasing Monfort Jones Memorial Hospital. According to the legal notice placed by the board in The Star-Herald, the lease would be for no more than 50 years, but may expire no earlier than 2036. Other minimum...
4 weeks 4 days ago
Over the weekend, Major League Baseball held its Hall of Fame induction ceremony for 2014. The three players enshrined for this year were Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddox. While I pay attention to who is placed in the Hall of Fame each year, I paid extra close attention this year because I have had the opportunity to meet all three...
5 weeks 4 days ago
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...
5 weeks 4 days ago
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...
5 weeks 4 days ago
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...
5 weeks 4 days ago
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...
6 weeks 4 days ago
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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