James Phillips

1 day 8 hours ago
After organizing an Easter basket drive for children at a Jackson hospital, a 5-year-old Kosciusko girl was able to deliver those baskets last week. Allie Grayce Gibson, the daughter of Kevin and Rhonda Gibson of Kosciusko, has suffered from a rare blood and spleen disorder her entire life. Having hereditary spherocytosis has kept Allie Grayce...
1 day 8 hours ago
Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday an expense reduction which will eliminate more than $2 million in operating expenses over the next years. The move is an effort to address the worsening financial condition at the hospital. The expense reduction will reduce labor expenses by 22 percent, resulting in the elimination of 35.5...
1 week 1 day ago
Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday an expense reduction which will eliminate more than $2 million in operating expenses over the next years. The move is an effort to address the hospital's worsening financial condition. The expense reduction will reduce labor expenses by 22 percent, resulting in the elimination of 35.5...
1 week 1 day ago
The Kosciusko Class of 2014 made history with its prom Saturday night. The prom, with its “Great Gatsby” theme, became the first KHS prom to be held on school property. The prom committee, made up of parents of seniors, organized the event, which was held inside a large tent in the parking lot of the high school. “At the...
1 week 1 day ago
A firm hired by the Attala County Board of Supervisors to analyze the financial standing of Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital has recommended the facility be leased or sold. Officials with Jackson-based BKD CPAs and Advisors met with supervisors last week to go over the analysis, which included a 150-page report. The full report could not be...
1 week 1 day ago
For millions of people, the next few days are quite sacred.  Tomorrow is Good Friday, which is a day set aside by Christians to remember the crucifixion of Jesus. Sunday will mark Easter (my preferred term is Resurrection Sunday), which is when believers celebrate the resurrection of the crucified savior.  The week before Easter (...
2 weeks 1 day ago
State Auditor Stacey Pickering has released a study of the financial health of rural, publicly owned Mississippi hospitals. Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko was listed as the hospital with the most concern financially. The study gathered data from audited financial reports from 2009-2012 and includes 25 hospitals in Mississippi...
2 weeks 1 day ago
Ashlee Kate Blackwell, a senior at Kosciusko High School, was crowned Miss Natchez Trace Festival 2014 Friday night. Blackwell is the daughter of David and Shelli Blackwell. Her extracurricular activities include soccer, Crown Club, Mayor’s Youth Council, DECA and Teen Library Council. “I’m really excited about this honor...
2 weeks 1 day ago
FRENCH CAMP — The small town of French Camp was a busy place Saturday as two events brought in hundreds of people. The Camp of the Rising Son, a summer camp for children, held a fundraiser 10k/5k run and an open house Saturday morning. The camp will celebrate 36 years this summer and is open to children ages 7 to 12. More than 800...
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