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'I still like the T-38': Columbus native recalls being the first to land trainer plane at CAFB

Posted about 2 hours ago in Columbus & Lowndes County

For 55 years now, the T-38 jet trainer has been a familiar sight in the skies over Columbus. Used as the primary aircraft for training U.S. Air Force fighter and bomber pilots, there have been untold thousands of T-38 takeoffs and landings at Columbus Air Force Base, which currently has 91 of the T-38s at its disposal.

Photos: Candlelight vigil in Artesia

Posted about 2 hours ago in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tessie Poindexter, the mother of Mauricio Nance; Christina Bell, Mauricio's sister-in-law; and other community members gather with candles during a vigil Friday at the Community Center in Artesia for the victims of a Tuesday triple homicide victims.

Heritage regains Apple Distinguished School status

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy almost wasn't recognized as an Apple Distinguished School this year. Nearly missing the deadline, director of instructional technology Janet Lewis and teacher Brad Kidder called Heritage Academy's Apple representative and submitted the school's paperwork last-minute.

Artesia murders may be related to attempted drug deal

Posted yesterday 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.

Johnson to leave post as public affairs head for CAFB

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Richard Johnson assumed the role of public affairs director for the 14th Flying Wing at Columbus Air Force Base, even his nickname seemed to make him a unique fit for the job. For almost 15 years, Johnson -- known by airmen and community members alike as "Sonic" -- used his credentials as a training pilot and his passion for sharing the story of CAFB with the community.

MUW confirms on-campus shooting was self-inflicted

Posted 1/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities have confirmed a Jan. 4 shooting on the Mississippi University for Women campus was intentionally self-inflicted, according to information the university released this morning.

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.

Triple homicide shocks Artesia

Posted 1/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Danielle Price was asked to do something Tuesday evening she never dreamed she would have to, but it was a task that will haunt her the rest of her life. The Artesia resident, along with her mother, identified the body of her cousin, Mauricio Lamarcus Nance, one of three men found dead from apparent gunshots in a mobile home in the small Lowndes County town.

Local Airbus plant shows operations to European guests

Posted 1/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Steffen Weyer visited America for the first time Tuesday afternoon, receiving his visa just last Thursday. Weyer, a journalist in Germany for dpa-AFX, toured the Columbus Airbus facility as a part of the North American Airbus Tour. He was one of more than 30 European journalists and Airbus representatives worldwide who visited the facility.

County will get no hospital trust funds from 2018

Posted 1/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the two firms who managed Lowndes County's hospital trust fund portfolio provided their year-end reports to County Administrator Ralph Billingsley, the information confirmed what Billingsley already knew: For the first time in the five-year history of the investment program, the county will have no dividends to pull from the account.

 

Three dead in Artesia shooting

Posted 1/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A person of interest has been detained for questioning in the shooting deaths of three people in Artesia Tuesday afternoon, Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge has confirmed.

 

CMSD, others to get back taxes from Sanderson Plumbing

Posted 1/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District plans to use more than $125,000 from a Sanderson Plumbing bankruptcy case for the district's capital improvement plan and maintenance plan.

CVB approves agreement funding festivals

Posted 1/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau has formally agreed to fund seven local festivals this year, pending the renewal of a 2-percent restaurant sales tax.

CMSD: Final decision on Shannon slated for Jan. 29

Posted 1/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A final decision on whether Columbus Municipal School District's former deputy superintendent Craig Shannon will get his job back will come by the end of the month.

Taco tantrum leads to arrest

Posted 1/14/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is in custody after he jumped the counter at Taco Bell Sunday and attempted to open the restaurant's cash register.

MUW names new vice president of administration and CFO

Posted 1/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women has announced Mark Ellard as its new vice president of administration and chief financial officer.

Lien joins Dispatch staff as local government reporter

Posted 1/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Amanda Lien has joined The Dispatch staff as local government reporter for Columbus and Lowndes County.

City considers converting all street lights to LED

Posted 1/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus leaders are considering an estimated $2.8 million project to take ownership of all the city's street lights and replace them with more energy-efficient LED lights.

End of the Younger days: Neese to retire from chancery clerk post after 16 years in office

Posted 1/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lowndes County Chancery Clerk Lisa Younger Neese thinks about her inspiration to seek public office, she looks at a photograph sitting on top of a cabinet in her office. In the frame is the face of her late father, Charles Jerome Younger, who served as the longtime chancery clerk before Neese succeeded him in 2002.

 

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