Barnes Paper & Janitorial Supply Finds Home in Kosciusko

Clif Barnes and his father Eddie have been in business together since 2003.

“We’re a family-owned business,” said Eddie. “A father, two sons, and their families.”

Armed with a proven track record of customer service with Barnes Paper & Janitorial Supply, Clif and Eddie joined another father-son duo, Butch Bingham and his son Daniel, to open a Kosciusko location. This new venue now compliments their existing facilities in Greenwood and Clarksdale. (more…)

Debut of 2016-17 Newcomers & Visitors Guide

The Star-Herald, in collaboration with the Kosciusko Attala Partnership (KAP), has released a brand-new Kosciusko Newcomers & Visitors Guide. In addition to background on the community, the guide highlights resources, attractions, KAP’s partner businesses/organizations, + more! (more…)

Attala Works: A Community Effort & Key First Step

On Wednesday, August 3 The Attala Center of Holmes Community College hosted employers, elected officials, and community stakeholders for a kickoff info session regarding Attala Works, a collaborative workforce initiative with the Kosciusko Attala Partnership.

By Kel McDowell, CEO, Kosciusko Attala Partnership:


In today’s economic landscape, workforce is paramount.

And for both our existing employers and those assessing where to do business – Attala County is no exception. (more…)

A Family Tradition: Patterson Jewelers has been a staple of Kosciusko square since 1950

This story was originally published in The Star-Herald.

By James Phillips

Patterson Jewelers has been a staple in downtown Kosciusko for more than 60 years. The store, currently owned and operated by Jimmy and Paula Patterson, was opened in 1950 by Jimmy’s father, Jack Patterson.

Jimmy Patterson started helping around the store at a young age and went to his first jewelry school at 14. “They didn’t want to teach me because I was so young,” he said. “I ended up with the highest grade in the class.” (more…)

Stephen Franks to Serve as Chairman-Elect of Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association

Stephen Franks has been elected to serve as Chairman Elect of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association (MADA). Franks is the dealer principal of Chevrolet–Buick–GMC in Kosciusko and Crowson Auto World in Louisville.
MADA, a statewide organization, represents the new car and truck dealers in Mississippi. Members of MADA create an estimated 15,718 jobs, $350 million in payroll, $97 million in income taxes, and $5.5 billion in total sales having a significant impact on Mississippi’s economy.

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Leslie Woods named Operations Supervisor in Atmos Energy’s Kosciusko Office

Leslie Woods is the new supervisor of the Atmos Energy team in Kosciusko. He replaces David Skinner, who is now a supervisor in Jackson.

“Leslie will continue the Atmos Energy tradition of delivering superior customer service in a safe and reliable manner,” said Brian Broussard, Vice President of Operations for Atmos Energy in Mississippi. “His diverse experience will play a vital role in the continued development of the Kosciusko and Louisville employees.” (more…)

Rewindz Rewarding: McKnight finds her place as consignment shop owner

This story was originally published in The Star-Herald.

By James Phillips

Rewindz, a children’s consignment shop on the downtown square in Kosciusko, started out of one mom’s search for affordable clothing for her own children.

Melanie McKnight, owner of the store, said she spent a lot of time and money traveling to the Jackson area to buy clothes for her children.

“Children’s clothes are so expensive so I would go there to find the best deals at consignment shops,” McKnight said. “One day, when we were shopping, my husband looked at me and asked why I couldn’t open up a consignment shop here.” (more…)