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Monday Profile: Columbus resident recalls unusual Air Force career

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Hal Bullock was three days into a mission on a Navy vessel in the Pacific in the mid-1990s, China began firing missiles into the Taiwan Strait -- turning what had been a training mission into planning a potential war.


Artesia murders may be related to attempted drug deal

Posted 1/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County court documents show the man arrested for killing three people in Artesia Tuesday may have been involved in an attempted drug deal.


Suspect charged with capital murder for Artesia killings

Posted 1/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Oktibbeha County man has been arrested for the murder of three people in Artesia Tuesday afternoon.


Artesia residents lean on each other to cope with triple homicide

Posted 1/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sitting in the front yard of her Artesia home Wednesday, Latecia Shelton was keeping one eye on her two of her three children as they drove a toy truck around the yard. Just down the street from her residence, crime scene tape still fluttered in the wind where it was blocking off 23 Mobile Dr. -- the scene of a grisly triple murder the day before.


Baptist trauma surgeon teaches Heritage students how to aid blood loss victims in emergencies

Posted 1/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Wednesday, the juniors and seniors in Heritage Academy's Anatomy and Physiology class learned their ABCs. That is, Alert, Bleeding and Compression, which Dr. Brad Beckham, director of trauma services at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, told them was the way doctors with trauma experience recommend remembering how to control bleeding in life-threatening situations.


Retail Coach: Developers interested in Leigh Mall

Posted 1/7/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of a firm tasked with recruiting retail for Columbus indicated multiple developers have expressed interest in buying Leigh Mall.


Kirkland's closing at Leigh Mall

Posted 1/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Leigh Mall is losing another store. Kirkland's, a retailer selling home-decor items and gifts, has plans to close its doors on Jan. 28, according to store manager Michelle Gray.


Community Counseling Services to take on Recovery House's programs

Posted 1/2/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As of this week, Community Counseling Services will take over the running of Recovery House.


Area schools' 'unsung heroes' honored with a vacation away from the house

Posted 12/31/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the 21 years she's worked as a custodian for Columbus Municipal School District, Cynthia Lewis never expected to be chosen as one of the district's "heroes."


Fire Station 4 delay due to redrawing plans for electrical, HVAC work

Posted 12/28/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than two years after city officials broke ground on a new fire station on Airline Road, the future Fire Station 4 for Columbus Fire and Rescue sits empty.


Themed dance, costume parties to ring in new year in Golden Triangle

Posted 12/27/2018 in Area

Zachary's customers on Saturday should come ready to party like it's 1999 -- or at least 19-something.


'Lions (and tigers) at the door': Cedarhill holds third annual raffle to win weekend at Caledonia animal sanctuary

Posted 12/21/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Once a year, up to four guests get to spend a weekend with lions, tigers and hundreds of other animals at Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary in Caledonia.


A Christmas tradition in New Hope: Visitors can walk through family's large light display during 'open yard' event this weekend

Posted 12/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jimmy Cook was standing in the check-out line in Walmart a few days ago when a woman he didn't know approached him to ask him when he was going to put his Christmas lights up.


CHS student charged as juvenile for threat

Posted 12/18/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A student at Columbus High School is being charged with cyberstalking after posting on Facebook over the weekend that he planned to shoot a firearm at the school Monday.


Facebook gun threat lands student in jail

Posted 12/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus High School student is in custody after he apparently made a Facebook post threatening to shoot the school.


A Night of Holiday Hope: Community Outreach Office plans Christmas party for 100 needy children

Posted 12/10/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Glenda Buckhalter, community outreach coordinator for the city of Columbus, recently learned six homeless children she works with are not expecting anything for Christmas.


CPD adds explosive-detecting dog to force

Posted 12/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first time Columbus police officer Cpl. Roman Sones rode in the car with his new partner, the partner stuck his head out from the back seat and licked Sones on the back of the ear.


A $10 BMW: Lowndes courthouse employee wins luxury car in raffle for St. Jude Children's Hospital

Posted 12/6/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last week, Ann Marie Langford, a deputy circuit court clerk, drove her Land Rover from home to her job at the Lowndes County Courthouse. She drove her new 2018 BMW 3201 back.


Shooting victim had tense relationship with ex-girlfriend

Posted 12/5/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An arrest affidavit The Dispatch obtained from Lowndes County Justice Court sheds light on the tumultuous relationship between a weekend fatal shooting victim and the woman he was allegedly attacking when he was shot.


Former Palmer Home house parent sentenced to 40 years for sexual battery

Posted 12/1/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former house parent at Palmer Home sentenced to spend 40 years in prison told a jury Friday he did not molest three girls living with him at the Columbus children's home.



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