James Phillips

5 weeks 13 hours 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...
5 weeks 13 hours ago
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...
5 weeks 13 hours ago
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...
5 weeks 16 hours ago
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...
5 weeks 16 hours ago
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...
6 weeks 11 hours ago
Officials with the Mississippi Development Authority gave a presentation to the Kosciusko Board of Aldermen last week, highlighting assets the group found during a day-long tour of the city earlier this year. Sonny Thomas, deputy director of the Asset Development Division of MDA, told board members that his group was overall impressed with...
6 weeks 11 hours ago
Plans for a new Holmes Community College facility in Kosciusko are ongoing with advertising for bids on the project going out this week. “Holmes Community College is very excited for the residents of Kosciusko, Attala County and the surrounding area as the new facility is on track to open bids on Aug. 12,” said Nancy McRight,...
6 weeks 12 hours ago
Thousands of dollars worth of fishing equipment was recently taken from The Country Club located on Highway 12 in Kosciusko. Attala County Sheriff Tim Nail announced Monday that much of that equipment had been recovered. Nail said items taken from the club included fishing poles, batteries and tackle. He estimated the value of the stolen items...
6 weeks 12 hours ago
The Attala County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to advertise for construction of a new county jail and sheriff’s office. This is the second time this year the board had advertised for bids on the new jail. Bids were originally opened in February, but costs were much higher than the county and its architects expected. New plans for...
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