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…)

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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“A Step Back in Time” Recognized with Award by Mississippi Main Street

“A Step Back in Time,” a September 2015 event that showcased the history of Kosciusko’s historic downtown through portrayals of prominent figures in the city’s history (for background, see this story from BreezyNews), was recognized at Mississippi Main Street’s 27th Annual Awards Luncheon. (more…)

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…)