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

Posted yesterday 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.


Copes' wife says twin accusers had behavioral problems at Palmer Home

Posted 11/30/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The wife of a former Palmer Home employee accused of sexually abusing children testified Thursday her husband was charged after more than a year of a strained relationship with one of the two alleged victims.


Third female claims to be victim in Copes trial

Posted 11/29/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A witness in the sexual battery trial of a former Palmer Home employee is claiming to be a third victim of sexual abuse, and there appears to be at least one document to back up her story.


Copes attorney sanctioned during trial

Posted 11/29/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The attorney for a former Palmer Home employee accused of sexual battery was formally sanctioned in Lowndes Circuit Court Wednesday after he referred to a victim's medical history in front of the jury.


Alleged victims testify in sexual battery trial of ex-Palmer Home house parent

Posted 11/28/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Twin sisters who once lived at Palmer Home for Children testified Tuesday that as children they sometimes woke up to their house parent sexually assaulting them.


Some area restaurants remain open for Thanksgiving

Posted 11/21/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the last several days, chef Beth Rogers has been preparing a Thanksgiving meal -- for more than 100 people.


Former employee of Lowndes health clinic charged with embezzlement

Posted 11/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former employee of Lowndes County Health Department has been indicted for embezzlement.


City faces lawsuit from bystander injured in officer-involved shooting

Posted 11/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County woman shot as a bystander in an officer-involved shooting in Columbus a year ago has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the officer she says shot her.


Russian-roulette-style game claims New Hope man's life

Posted 11/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 20-year-old man has died after he and several others were apparently playing a Russian roulette-style game over the weekend.


'A better deal': Plea agreements incentivize defendants to admit to crimes, keep the justice system moving

Posted 11/11/2018 in Area

Starkville resident James Bardwell had a choice. He could go to trial for sexual battery and two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon. Or, he could accept a plea agreement from the state to confess to the weapons charges, spend the next 18 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and not have to register as a sex offender when released.


After 30 years of helping women at Recovery House, Johnson to retire

Posted 11/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly every time the board of trustees for Recovery House meets, Executive Director Stephanie Johnson is there with a letter from a woman who has been touched by the program.


182-year-old Beckrome to be demolished

Posted 11/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An antebellum house in north Columbus is slated to be demolished.


Ricky Ball Shooting: Judge denies new grand jury for Boykin

Posted 11/2/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County circuit judge ruled Thursday not to drop the manslaughter indictment against a former Columbus police officer involved in a fatal shooting three years ago.


Traveling Smithsonian exhibition on its way to Columbus

Posted 11/2/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Agnes Zaiontz saw the Water/Ways traveling Smithsonian museum exhibition in Pickwick, Tennessee last year, she immediately loved it.


Chasing the dream: Jackson businesswoman recounts journey from South Korea to the United States

Posted 10/31/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 1975, 18-year-old Jeanhee Kang arrived in the United States with $40 in her pocket and hope that she could make her dreams come true.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 'Know your body'

Posted 10/26/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When lifelong Columbus resident Laverne Greene-Leech learned she had breast cancer and would need surgery followed by months of chemotherapy, she went to the store and bought some wigs and colorful scarves to wrap around her head.



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