Our Staff






JAMES PHILLIPS, editor/publisher

James Phillips was named editor/publisher of The Star-Herald in July 2013. As publisher, he is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the newspaper. Most of his nearly 18-year newspaper career has been spent in management positions in Alabama - most recently as editor of The Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper. James lives in Kosciusko with his wife, Andrea, and their four children: Stone, Breeze, Daisy, and Joy.






CINDI COMPTON, advertising manager

As Advertising Manager, Cindi is responsible for overseeing advertising sales efforts of the newspaper. Cindi began her career with The Star-Herald in 1999 in advertising sales and was promoted to General Manager in 2009. She lives in Kosciusko with her husband Jason and has three children Justin, Erin and Jeff and three beautiful granddaughters Kadence, Aubrey and Harley.






DAPHNE DABBS, bookkeeper

Daphne Dabbs joined the Star-Herald staff in 1985 and through several acquisitions has maintained her employment in the business office.  She is responsible for the bookkeeping and circulation duties.  Daphne and her husband, Datwin, live in Kosciusko.  They have four daughters, Amber, Emily, Casey and Carrie, and 11 precious grandchildren.





NANCY GREEN, lifestyles editor

Since 1955, Nancy has been a member of The Star-Herald staff in positions ranging from first duties as a teletypesetter to her current job as Lifestyles Editor. She has seen a complete revolution in newspapers through the advancement of technology. She has experienced progress in providing a service of keeping the community abreast of its happenings. She is a native of Attala County, a graduate of French Camp Academy and Clark Memorial College. She was married to Charles Green for 42 years prior to his death in 2002.


STAN BEALL, sports editor

As sports editor, Stan is responsible for the content and layout of the sports section of The Star-Herald.  Being an avid sports fan and former high school and junior college athlete, the ‘love for the game’ brought Stan back to the sidelines and dugouts as an award-winning freelance sports photographer and writer.  He began taking photos for The Star-Herald in 2006, and after a 12-year career in law enforcement and seven years in sales, Stan became the sports editor in 2012.  Stan still freelances for several publications in both words and pictures, but his main focus is to bring the highest quality sports section to this community that gives our student-athletes and ‘weekend warriors’ the recognition they deserve.  He lives in Ethel with his wife, Tammy, and has three sons, Parker, Ryan and Hayden, who keep him equally as busy with sporting events of their own.



ELTON WRIGHT, sports writer

As a part-time employee, Elton is responsible for stats, box scores, short briefs, football preview stats, baseball preview stats, schedules and rosters. Elton also writes stories when needed and he works on Monday and Tuesday of each week. He works on a daily schedule that runs each week. Elton was sports editor for five years beginning in 1998 and has been part time after a year leave of absence. Elton lives with his wife Lynn, and two children, Sandy and Sam in Attala County. Before Elton came to work for The Star-Herald, he was a coach and teacher of 33.5 years.