Woodard Named OWBGC Youth of the Year

This story was originally published by The Star-Herald in December 2016.

By Nancy Green

Zahria Woodard has been named Youth of the Year at the Oprah Winfrey  Boys and Girls Club and will compete with representatives from other clubs for the state title.

The 18-year-old senior at Kosciusko High School is the daughter of Randy and Alicia Fuller.

Zahria has been associated with the Kosciusko club since she was five. In her presentation for the state level of competition she said she will tell of her longtime association with the Boys and Girls Club where she is currently on the junior staff. She will tell of the benefits which have helped her to maintain her A and B  scholastic average and dealing with struggles in life.

At KHS she is a member of the Color Guard in the Big Red Marching Band and the chorus. She also serves on the Mayor’s Youth Council.

At Christian Liberty M.B. Church she sings in the choir and is on the Praise Team. She serves as secretary of the youth division of the National Council of Negro Women.

As Youth of the Year, she has a choice of receiving a laptop or an ipad. Winner of the state title will be awarded a scholarship.

She plans to attend Mississippi State University to major in physical therapy.

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…)

Evans provides leadership for local boys and girls club: Organization serves nearly 200 children per year

This story was originally published in The Star-Herald.

By Joseph Brown

Providing a safe and stable place for today’s youth has been the sole mission of the Oprah Winfrey Boys and Girls Club of Kosciusko/Attala County.

The club chief executive officer Donald Evans has worked to instill that message since arriving at the 15-year-old club in 2013. (more…)

Pokémon Go in Kosciusko (gyms, poke stops, + more)

Pokémon, the mega-popular fad of the late 1990s/early 2000s, is back with the smart phone-based Pokémon Go.

What is Pokémon Go? Allow this post from Vox to explain:

In simple terms, Pokémon Go uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokémon “appear” around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokémon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokémon in the game.

Importantly, there’s plenty of Pokémon Go fun to be had in Kosciusko — whether a resident, guest, or traveler on the Natchez Trace. (more…)

Kosciusko Attala Partnership Announces Launch of Kidz Discovery Summer Workshop Series

Registration deadline Friday 6/3, 5:00pm

This workshop series is being launched with the intention of expanding the horizons of young people in Kosciusko and Attala County. Through this series of stimulating workshops, area youth have the opportunity to explore and discover new interests throughout the summer.

Application can be downloaded here. (more…)

As chairman, Selmon excited for the 47th annual Natchez Trace Festival

Now in its 47th year, the Natchez Trace Festival has long been an enjoyable spring hallmark of Kosciusko that celebrates both the community and the Natchez Trace.

The festival chairman for 2016, MarKeith Selmon, is eager to further enhance the event by building on the hard work of his predecessors.

“Last year’s festival chair, Cindy Deason, did a superb job making the Natchez Trace Festival a fun, family-oriented event,” Selmon said. “I’m excited to build upon that even more.” (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…)

Exciting News for The Dance Company

After seven years as Kosciusko’s premier dance instructor, Nicki Richardson, will be stepping down as the owner and director of Beautiful Feet Dance School. Nicki is pleased to announce that the current competition dance director, Drew Myers, will become the new owner and director of the school.  Drew will be offering both competition and recreational dance programs for ages 3-18.  (more…)