WCBI NEWS AT SIX - JULY 4, 2019

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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - JULY 4, 2019

WCBI NEWS AT SIX - JULY 4, 2019

Good night.

Good evening everyone... a bicyclist is hit by a vehicle in east columbus this afternoon.

The crash happened in the 700 block of alabama street.

A suv collided with the bike.

Columbus police chief fred shelton says the accident remains under investigation and not many details can be released at this time.

The bicyclist was taken to baptist golden triangle and later air lifted to another medical facility.

The columbus police department swears-in more officers but still has openings to fill.

Mayor robert smith swore-in the officers this week.

Police chief fred shelton says that brings the department's number up to 59 officers.

He says cpd should have 61 patrolmen.

The department will host a career day on july 13th.

Shelton will be looking for entry level and lateral transfer applicants.

The city did implement a hiring freeze back in april but have allowed certain departments to maintain a staffing minimum.

You see these types of posts quite often on social media.

A post of police officers caught doing an act of kindness.

But often times that's as far as the recognition goes.

Recently three columbus police officers were handed accommodation awards.

A letter written to chief shelton from a columbus resident is shining a bright light on the dedication of those behind the badge at the columbus police department.

Our scott martin catches up with two of them and shares their story.

Aundrea, these two officers are the definition of what it means to serve your community.

We even got to see them in action while filming this story.

Partners in the field, patrolmen madison and burns were born to protect and serve.

"i got into this profession t make a difference.

To protect those who can't protect themselves.i just wanted to have a sense of purpose.

Each and every day i clock in to work everyday and hopefully in someone's life i can make that difference."

Madiso a few weeks back the men were on the scene of a fender bender on highway 45 near the old rite aid.

A lady involved frantic at what happened.

"i approached them and tol them everything was going to be okay."

Burn "a car can be replaced but life cannot and once we told her that and kind of made her feel okay about he situation she calmed down."

Madiso it was that kind of service that made an impact.

Madison and burns were given accommodation awards for a small token that painted a bigger picture.

"i can't always pay my officer what they deserve.

But just a simple police accommodation, a certificate as i call it, my i love me wall, sometimes when i look at these little plaques it reminds me of what i've done or what i've accomplished."

Chief shelton shelton calls it a morale booster and he wants to hear from residents.

In a bit of irony, while shooting this story a woman with a flat tire pulled up to cpd for help.

Madison and burns didn't hesitate to help out.

"everyday you lace up thos boots, go towards with a 100 percent.

It shows we can wake up each morning and love what we do, which we do.

Patrolman madison says it's not about show and tell it's just working in a field he loves in a community he calls home.

It's more than just writing tickets, it's more than taking guys to jail.

We're out here and we really care and we'll continue to do that whether we get accommodated or not, but it feels good to say thank you."

Both patrolmen dedicated their awards to all law enforcement who daily make the sacrifices.

Another officer, patrolman john compton was also awarded for his role in a grand larceny investigation.

First look stinger first look thursday evening: isolated to scattered showers and storms should end by 10 p.m.

This evening.

Most spots will be ok for fireworks but there is always the chance that one of these isolated storms may drift over the wrong place at the wrong time.

Temperatures will fall from the mid to upper 80s early in the evening to the low 80s and upper 70s by 10 and 11 p.m.

Winds are going to go calm and time goes by.

Thursday night: variably cloudy, warm, and muggy.

Lows heat, humidity and rain didn't keep hundreds of people from an annual independence day celebration in alcorn county.

Wcbi's allie martin has more from the grounds of the old jay sent uh courthouse.

Every year, tim prewitt and his family make the drive from tupelo to the old courthouse, named after the battle of san jacinto in texas.

But don't pronounce it that way.

"jacinto, if you say it jacinto you're obviously from out of town."

The jacinto fourth of july festival began forty years ago, and has become known for its political speeches.

Candidates for local, state and federal offices are given a few minutes to talk to the crowd from a flatbed trailer.

Nats standup bridge the rain caused some folks to leave a little bit early but most people in the crowd had made up their mind about the candidates.

People come here every year to see old friends, make new ones, enjoy the fellowship and celebrate the nation's birthday.

"my grandfather was mayor o rienzi, so we understood this was a political event as well, really what it seemed like to me was a big family reunion, a lot of people getting back together and spending time together."

"i love patriotic celebration as a veteran and proud american, i love to get together with other people who are crazy about the red, white and blue and i love the opportunity to meet all these candidates, and love the opportunity to interact with people in all these communities.

" many of the political speakers took time to thank veterans and first responders in the crowd.

In jacinto, allie martin, wcbi news .

The jacinto event is considered the second largest political speaking event, behind the neshoba county fair.

July 4th is about a month away from the primary elections.

Today, smithville finds a way to celebrate independence by promoting our democracy.

Political candidates took front stage today at memorial park.

There was also entertainment in between the stump speeches.

Folks could even participate in the watermelon eating and seed spitting contest!

For organizers, this is a celebration of our country and a town on the rebound.

"eight years ago we were hi by the tornado, and we are wanting to bring our community together and this is a way we can do it.

Smithville is rebounding, finally.

We have houses going up.

We want people that are not from here to be able to come to our town."

There was also patriotic themed events throughout the day.

The fireworks begin at 9 tonight.

A local community organization is using the 4th of july holiday to honor the men and women who serve.

The halos in millport are hosting their annual fireworks show at the town's walking park tonight.

As part of the festivities, they have built a memory wall that will have the names of people in the community who are serving or áhaveá served in the military.

Almost 200 names have been submitted.

The wall will be illuminated during the fireworks show later tonight.

The event also features entertainment, food, and a contest for the most patriotic costume.

A perfect 4th of july celebration.

Private first class tyler tate from starkville is greeted by family and friends at golden triangle regional airport.

Tate just wrapped up his 6- month avionic mechanic training at fort euthis, virginia.

He's been learning about the complex avionics equipment used to fly army planes.

As an avionics mechanic, he'll play a critical role in keeping army planes and their equipment safe and up to date.

Thank you for your service, private tate and welcome home.

Stinger towns across the viewing area are celebrating this independence day... we check in live on starkville's welcome back... family fun - food - and fireworks are on the schedule in starkville tonight..

The city is hosting an independence day extravaganza and you still have time to get out there and enjoy the night.

Our tyler hull got there early... he joins us live with what you can expect tonight... i am here in this article supports the parking lot the festivities are is underway we have thousands we have families in the environment and later on i know i was thetime afavoringstairsandblanketstosh owa local uber driver says the july 4th holiday has kept her busy.

Annie barkley has been the past couple of days taking riders to parties, family gatherings, and to and from local hotels.

She says she did pick-ups until around 3 o'clock this morning.

She says a lot of people visiting from out of town would prefer a driver take them where they need to go.

And even some locals like the convenience of having someone else do the driving.

Here in columbus we don't have any public transportation like starkville and tupelo so we're trying to get the word out they're probably five or six of us here just get on the uber app and it shows you where the cars are there like little ants on the app and you can see where they're at barkley says she especially hopes people who've had too much to drink will call for a ride.

To use uber, simply download the app and request a driver.

Scattered showers and storms should end by 10 p.m.

This evening.

Most spots will be ok for fireworks but there is always the chance that one of these isolated storms may drift over the wrong place at the wrong time.

Temperatures will fall from the mid to upper 80s early in the evening to the low 80s and upper 70s by 10 and 11 p.m.

Winds are going to go calm and time goes by.

Thursday night: variably cloudy, warm, and muggy.

Lows in the low to mid 70s.

Friday: highs in the low to mid 90s with heat indices in the low 100s at times can be expected during peak heating.

There is a continuing 30% chance of pop- up showers and storms. friday night: variably cloudy, warm, and muggy.

Lows in the low to mid 70s.

Saturday: we're going to keep the rain chance at 30% but that may need to be adjusted up a bit in later forecasts, especially for the evening hours.

Highs will be in the mid 90s in many spots with heat indices in the low 100s.

Lows in the 70s hang around saturday night, along with the chance of a few storms. sunday: rain and storm chances go up to around 50%.

This may keep highs mainly in the low 90s and heat index values in the upper 90s but it all depends on how many storms manage to pop up.

Next week: fairly standard summer weather is going to remain in place across the region.

A safe bet keeps the rain chance in the 30-40% range each day.

Highs in the low to mid 90s and high humidity mean afternoon heat indices may climb into the 100?-105?

Each day.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram this evening.

Most spots will be ok for fireworks but there is always the chance that one of these isolated storms may drift over the wrong place at the wrong time.

Temperatures will fall from the mid to upper 80s early in the evening to the low 80s and upper 70s by 10 and 11 p.m.

Winds are going to go calm and time goes by.

Thursday night: variably cloudy, warm, and muggy.

Lows in the low to mid 70s.

Friday: highs in the low to mid 90s with heat indices in the low 100s at times can be expected during peak heating.

There is a continuing 30% chance of pop- up showers and storms. friday night: variably cloudy, warm, and muggy.

Lows in the low to mid 70s.

Saturday: we're going to keep the rain chance at 30% but that may need to be adjusted up a bit in later forecasts, especially for the evening hours.

Highs will be in the mid 90s in many spots with heat indices in the low 100s.

Lows in the 70s hang around saturday night, along with the chance of a few storms. columbus drivers are greeted to a patriotic surprise this morning on highway 45.

A giant american flag was attached to a privately owned fire truck, that was set up in the median the owner, jim bourland, says he likes to park the truck in highly visible places on holidays.

He bought the 100 foot ladder truck from a volunteer fire department in altoona, pennsylvania.

Bourland also takes to the trucks to festivals.

Stinger the high school football tour continues with stop number eleven.

More on the baldwyn bearcats after thanks for tuning in.

I'm chris bolton.

The next stop on the high school football tour checks in with the baldwyn bearcats.

A team that is continuously working to rebuild after losing lots of experience.

Baldwyn is stop #11 on the high school football tour.

The baldwyn bearcats have always been riddled with success.

After losing lots of experience, 2018 was the first time the bearcats didn't see a division championship now after being reclassified to 1a the bearcats hope to be the team to beat once again michael gray, head coach: " think the biggest thing is dropping down to 1a you have so many region games that you don't have as many non-division games.

So that will help us going forward."

Mark rowan, senior rb/lb: "even though we're goin down there's still no reason to look down on any 1a team.

We still gotta stay humble.

That's what messed us up last year.

We weren't humble enough.

So we just have to go out there and even though it's a new division we still have to go out there and do our thing."

As the bearcats continue to rebuild the experience they've lost in recent years coach gray continues to be impressed by the work ethic his team brings to practice every day.

Gray: "we had a really goo spring.

They pushed each other in the weight room.

When they're here they're pushing each other to get better every day.

With a young team that's what you want to see because it will pay off eventually if they continue to work hard."

Joseph harper, junior mlb/c: "last year was my first yea starting out.

Now i know where to go and what to do this year.

This building as a whole team because we were a young team.

It's just helping us grow."

Even though the rebuilding process is normal for most teams, after last season this baldwyn team feels as though it's playing with a chip on its shoulders.

Rowan: "that 3-8 season las year you know we had some inexperienced players.

Nobody wants to go 3-8.

So, that's basically the goal.

To have a better record than last year."

After not making an appearance in the division championships after five straight of course another goal is to get back to that bearcat tradition.

Gray: "they got their feeling hurt last year.

We fought a lot of injuries early and we were not as athletic and skilled as we have been in the past.

That was just graduation and injuries takes care of that.

I think they got a little upset last year the way they finished the season so i think that's a shot in the arm they'll take with them."

Rowan: "a lot of people don' know we've picked up this summer and how hard we have worked.

So we just have to go out there and prove all the haters wrong."

Baldwyn will begin to prove the haters wrong with its first match-up against kossuth on august 23rd.

With the bearcats on the high school football tour, courtney robb wcbi sports.

ááábillboardááá hail state hoops continues to rack up the wins on its international tour..using a combined 61 points and 29 boards from jessika carter and rickea jackson to defeat taipei 93 to 85.

5-star freshman rickea jackson continues to ball scoring 33 points 7 rebounds and 4 steals.

Mississippi state will face slovakia tomorrow at 10:30am....msu will win

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