James Phillips

6 weeks 5 days ago
Fargo Assembly of Mississippi is one of the larger employers in Attala County, but that fact is not widely known. The business, which opened originally in 1980 and was purchased by North Dakota-based Fargo Assembly Company in 2004, constructs wiring harnesses for a variety of vehicles. The Kosciusko plant, which is the only one in Mississippi...
6 weeks 5 days ago
Most people probably do not believe in love at first sight. Honestly, I do not know if I believe in it myself, but I do remember the first time I laid eyes on the girl who would one day become my wife.  In September 1983, I was a mere 5 years old. I had just been shaken up by the biggest thing that had happened in my young life —...
7 weeks 5 days ago
Residents in Mississippi will have to show a photo identification at the polls for first time when placing a vote on June 3. The election will be the first since the Voter ID law was enacted, and Attala County Circuit Clerk Wanda Fancher said she does not expect the change to cause any problems. “I don’t think it is going to be a...
7 weeks 5 days ago
A celebration of area veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars support event is scheduled for Saturday at the Attala County Coliseum.  The event is a fundraiser for Mississippi District 6 of the VFW. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 for a family of four. Activities will include games and entertainment for kids as well as cake walks. There...
7 weeks 5 days ago
The Kosciusko Board of Aldermen appointed voting delegates for the Mississippi Municipal League during a meeting last week. Alderman Tim Kyle was voted as the delegate, while Alderman Henry Daniels was named first alternate and Mayor Jimmy Cockroft was named second alternate. “I know I’ll be there, but it is good to have a couple...
8 weeks 5 days ago
A new veterans’ service officer was approved for Attala County Monday. The Attala County Board of Supervisors accepted the recommendation of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars group and named John Pumphrey as the new VSO. “He has the qualifications and he was recommended, so I think this is the person for the job,” District...
8 weeks 5 days ago
  After hearing from Attala E-911 Director Liz Perteet, the Attala County Board of Supervisors are considering imposing a fee on residents who use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services for their home phones. Perteet explained the county currently collects fees for landlines and wireless phones, but no fees are collected for...
8 weeks 5 days ago
What could be better than a picnic on a small patch of green grass on a sunny May day? How about if that family feast was on a mere few feet from a headstone? It sounds weird. But it happens just about every weekend in May in many areas of the South, including the part of Alabama where I was born and raised. It is called Decoration Day....
9 weeks 5 days ago
Kosciusko resident Owen Oliver knew being the chairman of the 45th annual Natchez Trace Festival would be a big undertaking when he accepted the volunteer position. Oliver did not know how big a responsibility the job would be until planning for the event began. “The festival is a much bigger event than most people realize,” Oliver...
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