WCBI NEWS at 10 - 10/20/2020

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WCBI NEWS at 10 - 10/20/2020

WCBI NEWS at 10 - 10/20/2020

Open show open show open show open as mississippians are starting to go back to some of their usual activities---many are going back to in-person worship.

And one church is sharing their experience with a covid-19 outbreak.

The church is now saying---they don't think there's a way to completely foolproof in- person worship.

But as courtney ann jackson explains, they're trying to reduce the risks.

Pastor jay richardson has been out of the hospital for about a month now following a five day stay.

Jay richardson, highland colony baptist senior pastor: "not only did i have covid, our worship pastor had covid, our executive pastor's wife had it so he had to be quarantined.

And so we didn't have enough people to actually lead a service."

Highland colony baptist moved services online for two months at the start of the pandemic.

When they returned to in-person worship in may---they added a second worship service and spaced out chairs in the sanctuary.

All in an attempt to limit the risks.

"we had done so well, for so long."

14 weeks with no issues and then..

"it spread very, very quickly.

We probably had as many as 25 people in our church.

Almost all of those were connected in one way or another to our music ministry.

Or to they ran a live group, which is like sunday school with somebody who's in the music ministry.

" since the outbreak at the end of august---they've made a few more adjustments.

More spacing in the choir loft.

The band moved off the stage to allow for more spacing.

And the small groups aren't meeting for now.

Even still---richardson feels like the outbreak happened despite their best efforts.

"oh, yeah, it can it can happen.


I mean, it slips in through the smallest crack.

So i think it's naive to think it can't happen to you to think that even if you're doing everything that you're supposed to do."

State health officer dr. thomas dobbs noting there are scenarios that do increase the risk of transmission at churches.

"that's really a prime place to spread it.

Folks are happy to see one another, expressing their emotions in fellowship and singing.

Singing is a bad way to spread it."

The state health department did not release specifics this week but did mention there have been more outbreaks in churches.

Mention there have been more outbreaks in churches.

Top new restrictions implemented by governor tate reeves do not impact churches.

However... three counties in the wcbi viewing area start their day under a mask mandate ordered by reeves.

Lee, itawamba and chickasaw counties are three of the nine under the mandate.

Social gatherings are also limited to no more than 10 people inside and fifty people outdoors.

Chickasaw county sheriff james myers hopes folks will do their part to help prevent the spread of this virus.

"what we are going to do we are going to handle it by a case by case basis.

The feedback that we are getting from the whole community from different places all around the county, is good feedback.

I think most people are going to adhere to it and so you know, we are just going to handle it by case by case basis and encourage folks to follow the mandate and right now we are getting a lot of good feedback."

Myers says he was surprised chickasaw county was included in the new orders.

Here's the latest numbers from the mississippi state department of health... 730 new covid-19 cases today and 31 deaths chickasaw, itawamba and lee counties have numbers that concern state health officers.

Itawamba is reportig 14 new cases.

Lee has 36 new cases.

And, chickasaw is showing 6 new cases.

Lowndes has added 10 new cases, oktibbeha has 12.

More than 97 thousand mississippians are presumed recovered.

This means there are 10 thousand 445 presumed active cases in the state.

More people are in the hospital today with confirmed or suspected symptoms. that number stands at 664.

161 of those patients are in i.c.u.

First look stinger summary: above average temperatures will continue through the weekend.

Rain chances will go up friday and saturday as a weak cold front comes into the region.

A stronger front by the middle of next week could usher in cooler air but it's still uncertain.

Tuesday night: clear and quiet.

Lows a few degrees either side of 60.

Light wind.

Wednesday: mostly sunny.

Warm afternoon highs in the mid 80s.

Winds se 5-10 mph.

An autopsy is expected to be an autopsy is expected to be complete this week after an oktibbeha county man is shot and killed in his front yard.

The victim, 27-year- old ronald grayer, was identified by neighbors.

Family members tell wcbi the man was discovered in his vehicle by a relative shortly after 1:00 this morning.

They say he had been shot multiple times.

The shooting happened down a long drive, just off of blair road, near the intersection of blackjack.

Investigators with the oktibbeha county sheriff's department spent much of the day on the scene.

Mbi has also been called in to investigate.

The sheriff's department has executed several search warrants in connection to the case.

Oktibbeha county coroner micheal hunt sent grayer to the state crime lab.

If you have any information about this deadly shooting call the oktibbeha county sheriff's department.

Top you're supposed to get rid of politicians at the ballot box, not by swiping their signs.

The louisville police department posted this video on its facebook page today.

Officers are reminding folks during the run-up to the november general election that it is illegal to remove, alter, or deface campaign signs.

Louisville police also want to talk to the driver of this truck that was caught on surveillance video throwing a political sign in the back of his pick-up and driving away.

Call the police department if you have any information.

Some msu fans leave a disabled veteran without a ride.

Now, police want to give those accused thieves a different ride.

A ride in the back of a patrol car.

Mississippi state university police say these three men were involved in the theft of the hoveround mobility scooter.

The incident happened at davis wade stadium during the msu - texas a&m game last weekend.

If you have any information, call msu police.

Stinger wx open summary: above average temperatures will continue through the weekend.

Rain chances will go up friday and saturday as a weak cold front comes into the region.

A stronger front by the middle of next week could usher in cooler air but it's still uncertain.

Tuesday night: clear and quiet.

Lows a few degrees either side of 60.

Light wind.

Wednesday: mostly sunny.

Warm afternoon highs in the mid 80s.

Winds se 5-10 mph.

Wednesday night: clear and quiet.

Lows in the 60s.

Thursday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Just a slight chance of a shower.

Highs in the mid 80s.

Thursday night: variably cloudy.

Lows in the 60s.

Friday: clouds increase.

A 40% chance of showers and storms. highs in the low 80s.

Saturday: variably cloudy.

A few lingering showers are possible but the rain chance is just 20%.

Highs in the 70s to low 80s.

Sunday: partly cloudy.


Highs in the low to mid 80s.

Next week: we're forecasting highs in the 80s through at least tuesday as our region remain ahead of another cold front.

Some rain and storm activity could return but it's all based on if/when that front arrives.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, instagram, and the wcbi news app stinger "it was right here where a clay county sheriff's deputy saved a young boy's life.

The incredible story ahead on wcbi."

"it was right here where a clay county sheriff's deputy saved a young boy's life.

The incredible story ahead on wcbi."

Cash 3 lottery gfx goes here imagine watching your child clinging to life... choking on a piece of food... the first thing you do is panic and look for help.

It happened to a clay county mother.

Then a deputy patrolling the area happened to drive by the chaotic and scary scene.

Wcbi's stephen pimpo tells us how a child was saved thanks to some quick thinking and training.

"'help me, my baby's dying, my baby's dead, help me, help me!

I know you can help me."

Just a typical day...that's what lieutenant cassondra smith says she was having before she heard those words.

The clay county sheriff's deputy says she was out doing her routine wellness checks in west point friday "i'm always checking on the older people in the neighborhood."

Just before noon, lieutenant smith says ishekee edwards drove up to her at the corner of pinkerton and waverly road with her unconcious son dj.

"i was panicking and i was saying 'please save my baby, please save my baby, if there's anything you can do.'" edwards says she drove off looking for help after her 1-year-old son choked on a cut-up hot dog "he was limp and he was a little stiff."

Su: lt.

Smith began administering cpr to little dj right here on the side of the road.

"my training jumped in as to how i was trained and how i was supposed to do this cpr on this baby vs.

An adult."

It wasn't long before lt.

Smith found the hotdog stuck in the child's throat.

"once my finger hooked it i pulled it out of his mouth and he gasped for breath and he started breathing and i let her know that he was ok."


Smith called it a miracle that she was there.

"thank god that she was there and she rescued my son."

After making sure dj and his mother got to the hospital safely...lt.

Smith says she broke down and wept.

"i feel blessed...knowing that i was able to do something to serve a purpose and save a life."

Stinger covid-19 continues to provide issues for ole miss..

Next in sports the most recent players it has impacted... spx spx open ááátake monitor graphicááá it's the bye week for mississippi state football... bulldogs head coach mike leach confirmed that star running back kylin hill is still away from the team due to personal reasons... despite his crew dropping it's last three..

Leach says the team is still trending in the right direction we seem pretty good, we seem pretty good.

The biggest thing right now is we're trying to eliminate all distractions.

We've been sticking together and working hard.

We've got a few that are happy about the fact that it's finally their time to start.

There's a natural excitement around that.


ááátake mon gfxááá mississippi state head basketball coach ben howland said earlier today that the bulldogs big 12/sec challenge matchup will be announced wednesday... and the rest of the schedule will come out in two weeks lot of turnover on the bulldogs roster after reggie perry and robert woodard declared for the nba draft and tyson carter graduated... ben howland's groups have won at least 20 games in each of the last three seasons... but only one ncaa tournament appearance and no wins in the big dance... but he's excited about this year's group..

, we've added a couple of more transfers to give us some added experience.

Jaylon johnson is really going to help us when it comes to shooting the ball from the perimeter.

He's doing it consistently.

Then j-d davis who transferred from alabama back here.

We're excited to have him he's strong, has a good presence, good hands and good feet for the game.

Despite the defense showing improvement against arkansas after a lackluster performance against alabama the week before...the offense was actually the issue for the rebels in fayetteville last weekend... they had seven turnovers in the 33-21 loss..

The defense showed improvement saturday... even while missing defensive starters tariqious tisdale and jakorey hawkins due to covid-19... head coach lane kiffin says the team has seen more covid-19 cases in the past three days and says it has made things very challenging..

Kiffin: the problem is the contact tracing.

Those guys can't test out.

They continue testing negative but you can't bring them back for 14 days.

That's the part that is really frustrating.

Schools have different rules and say 'oh i think you were around that guy.'

In some cases school a will play a guy in the same exact situation where school b doesn't and that is what is really frustrating.

Mississippi state quarterback turned wide receiver garrett shrader took to twitter this afternoon to announce his entrance into the transfer portal..

He threw for just under 1200 yards and 8 touchdowns along with five interceptions last season..

Along with 600 rushing yards and six tds on the ground the sophomore only tallied one reception for eight yards this year... ááátake monitor gfxááá it's time to take a look at our lineman of the week.... for week 7... ááátake gfxááá the honors this week will go to noxubee county... how about those tigers?

They defeated hatley 60-0 and certainly won the battle in the trenches... they had 346 yards and improved to 4-1 on the season after the win..

Noxubee county also hasn't allowed more than 15 points in a game all season long... the tigers have only given up 41 points this year through five games... that's less than 10 per game... it'll be a fun one this friday when they hit the road to take on jeff roberts' crew at choctaw county on the road..

ááátake gfxááá a couple of quick high school football notes for you... our courtney robb reports five people within the starkville football program have tested positive for covid 19..

They have a bye this week... will forfeit next week against warren central and are expected to play clinton on november 6th gfx ááátake gfxááá some other high school football news... starkville academy's matchup with jackson academy has been cancelled... jackson academy made the announcement on twitter they said the decision was made to protect their athletes with only two weeks to go until the playoffs... this game will not be made up... battle between the warriors....corinth at pontotoc 3rd set.....caroline howard with the set up for sadie stegall for the kill and the point!

Pontotoc up 18-16 same set....audrey hamill sets up de'aisha browner with the leaping kill for another pontotoc point!

Next play....scout waldrop with the lob....audrey with the shot.....corinth cant return it pontotoc goes onto get the win 3 sets to 1.....they advance to state!

Over in mantachie...the mustangs taking on walnut...winner advances to state 1st set....walnut strikes....the wildcats get the shot....grazes the net and drops for the point later...mantachie's darby pits sets up madison jones for the kill....point mantachie same set....pitts again with the set up....alexis leach gets the kill this time but the mustangs fall in 5 sets to mantachie....walnut last look stinger last look last look stinger last look last look last

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