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…)

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.

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)