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 County Cooperative: Third generation business continues to build

This story was originally published by The Star-Herald in its 2017 special section

By Joseph Brown

Any business is bound to change and adapt with the times in this ever-changing world.

One local business that has shown it’s not afraid to change to bring in a different clientele is the Attala County Co-Op. The business that started as a group of farmers coming together to buy supplies at a discount has turned into a thriving farm supply and gift store. (more…)

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…)