James Phillips

2 weeks 6 days ago
With Kosciusko schools back in session for a week now, Superintendent Tony McGee said the school year has gotten off to a smooth start. “Everything has started smoothly,” McGee said. “Our administrators and teachers are already doing a fine job.” Two Kosciusko schools started the school year with new principals. John...
2 weeks 6 days ago
Some late summer cleaning at the Mary Ricks Thornton Cultural Center led some members of the Kociusko-Attala Historical Society to find a time capsule that was buried almost 100 years ago. Thomas Craft, a member of the historical society, said the capsule was almost trashed, but he accidentally opened it and found its contents to be...
2 weeks 6 days ago
Have you ever heard of Stevens Johnson Syndrome? I had not until about two years ago when I found myself inside the emergency room at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Earlier that day my daughter Daisy began screaming uncontrollably, saying her nose and mouth were “on fire.”  I was at work when I received a call...
2 weeks 6 days ago
The Attala County Board of Supervisors received one bid from a health care provider interested in a long-term lease of Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital. Scott Pickle, attorney for the county, said Wednesday morning Jackson-based Baptist Health Systems, was the only health care provider to answer the advertisement for leasees when they were due...
3 weeks 5 days ago
With classes starting back this week, Greenlee Elementary School in east Attala County will have a new leader. Culley Newman, a fourth-generation educator, was hired during the summer as the new principal at the school. “I am excited to be at Greenlee Elementary,” he said. “This is a great school. It is where two of my...
3 weeks 5 days ago
Letters of intent from healthcare providers interested in leasing Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital are due Tuesday, which has led the Attala County Board of Supervisors to set up two meetings for next week. Supervisors set a meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 8 a.m. to discuss amongst themselves the options regarding the hospital, while the...
3 weeks 5 days ago
A back to school event held at Jason Niles Park in Kosciusko Saturday was attended by more than 600 people. The annual Back 2 School Bash, sponsored by Kingdom Life Church, saw its biggest crowd in its six-year history. KLC Pastor Antonio Patterson said the event, which gave backpacks and school supplies to 150 area children, is an outreach...
3 weeks 5 days ago
The world record for the most hot dogs in a competition is held by a California man named Joey Chestnut, who ate 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes during the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2012. Chestnut has set the standard for competitive hot dog eating by winning seven straight Nathan’s competitions. For the first time in the 105-...
4 weeks 4 days ago
Since the 1800s, the courthouse square in Kosciusko has been a hub of activity for central Mississippi, earning the location its nickname of the “Beehive of the Hills.” In recent months, a resurgence in activity on the square has taken place after the opening of several new businesses. In late 2013, many area residents felt the...
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