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WCBI News at Six - November 18, 2019

Thanks for joining us tonight// the lowndes county school board is one step closer to appointing a new superintendent// board members are meeting now, and are expected to discuss the 3 finalists for the job tonight// our quentin smith is at that meeting and joins us live with more... quentin??

Scott, the meeting got underway at 5:30 and this is an announcement that many people are anticipating.... last week the board and a handful of stakeholders had a chance to interview the three candidates... tonight..

The board is expected to make a decision..

This is a decision we'll be following closely all throughout the night, and we will have much more on this meeting, as well as which action the board chooses coming up tonight on wcbi news at 9 and 10.

But for now... reporting live in lowndes county , quentin smith, wcbi news..

Take developing story stinger a man charged with shooting his wife and leaving her for dead will not go to trial// adrian golden was scheduled to go to trial tuesday for attempted murder// today, he pleaded guilty to that charge in calhoun county circuit court// golden is accused of shooting his wife, kimberly sisk, in bruce during the summer of 2017// golden was on the run for nearly a year and a half before he was captured in texarkana, arkansas// his sentencing is scheduled for friday// wipe to vo a shannon man will serve life in prison for the killing his mother on mother's day back in 2017// 36 year old antonio gladney admitted he argued with his mother at her home and then hit her in the head with a garden tool// her body was found in the carport as gladney fled// while in jail, gladney also attacked a jail officer and was charged with aggravated assault of an officer// gladney was sentenced to life for the murder and 25 years for the assault charge// wipe to vo a columbus man is charged with aggravated assault after an argument turns violent.

56-year-old issac brown was arrested after police say he cut another man// this happened yesterday evening on peach street on the city's north side// chief fred shelton says both brown and the victim knew each other// police say they were in an altercation when the victim cut// that person was taken to the hospital and shortly released// bond has not yet been set for brown// first look stinger first look summary: nice and mild weather will be the story for the middle of the work week.

Wet and potentially stormy weather awaits for friday and perhaps even early saturday as an area of low pressure rolls our way out of the desert southwest.

Monday night: clouds and stars with perhaps a stray sprinkle or two.

Lows in the upper 30s with light wind.

Tuesday-wednesday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Highs in the mid 60s to around 70.

Lows near 40 tuesday night but well into the 40s wednesday night.

Thanksgiving is just a week and a half away and the community benefit committee's turkey drive is happening now// it's one of the biggest thanksgiving feasts in columbus// hundreds of meals are prepped and delivered to take out to the elderly or disabled// even more people come dine at stokes beard elementary// every year dozens of volunteers team up to help out the community// and they need your help now by donating turkeys and cash donations to help prepare all the fixings// this year what's great about what we're doing, we had a storm earlier this year so we're going to feed anybody that's in need.

You don't have to be elderly or disabled, anybody that's in need in lowndes county, we're going to feed them."

Butted to "it's just beautiful that the community is coming together to work together on this.

It shows some real community love for each other and support for each other."

If you'd like to donate just stop by the salvation army on main street or the columbus recreation department// during the holidays, many people organize or donate to area food drives.

Families, children, and the homeless are some of the ones in need... but there's another group that is often overlooked.

Our cash matlock joins us live in the studio with more on the story.

Scott, when people think of retirement, they think of living out their golden years with their savings or perhaps with social security.

However, experts in the golden triangle say living on a fixed income, in many cases, is simply not possible.

Sometimes, senior citizens have to choose between paying bills... or eating... "our seniors are the forgotten group out there.

Nobody cares about them... but i do, and the people that work here do."

Rudy johnson is the executive director for the golden triangle regional planning and development district.

He's worked with the area agency on aging for almost 30 years.

He say's elderly people who live on fixed incomes often face tough decisions.

"we go into homes where their social security check is $400 a month.

So, when you talk about medicine, what is somebody going to do?

Are they going to buy their medication?

Are they going to pay their electricity bill?

Are they going to pay their water bill?

Are they going to pay their gas bill?

... or are they going to eat?"

That's why johnson, through state and federal funding, helps run a meal delivery service for the elderly and disabled.

The service delivers about four hundred thousand meals a year to seven different counties.... but there are still folks on the waiting list.

"we shouldn't have anybody on a waiting list, but when we serve four hundred thousand, we just run out of money."

Area food pantries often step in to pick up the slack.

"we collect food all through the year.

We help people all through the year.

It's busier this time of the year, though."

Tatiana burgess is a cashier at the starkville salvation army.

She says the majority of the people who come in looking for food... are elderly.

"that's typically most of all the people that we help because they're retired most of the time, so they can't go to work, so they just come here and ask us if we can help them with as much as we can."

Burgess says, technically, her store is only supposed to help out if it's an emergency.

"sometimes it's not really an emergency, but you just know.

People just aren't able to help themselves at the moment, so i just try to use my best judgement on it and help them out as much as i can."

Johnson hopes that one day senior citizens will better served in the community.

"when is the last time you saw a commercial about a senior needing a home delivered meal... or a senior needing a meal, period?... you know, i love animals, but every time you turn your tv on, you see a dog, and you see people wanting to take care of that dog."

Walking talking reporter tag johnson says there are about two to three hundred people waiting to be put on the meal delivery program within the golden triangle region and surrounding counties.

Cash, could some of these senior citizens apply for welfare or other programs?

Well, scott, some of these seniors are ?already?

On welfare.

Experts say, sometimes they only qualify for 15 dollars a month..

And when you're living on a fixed income, often times, you other money is tied up in medication or utility bills, or rent.

Alright, thank you cash for that report.

Take vo off top when your thanksgiving meal is for a party of about 4 ?thousand?

You need to get an early start.

Volunteers at the tupelo salvation army spent several hours this morning preparing green bean casseroles for next week's feast.

The casseroles will be frozen until next week, when hundreds of volunteers will help prepare lunch for the annual outreach at the carnation street community center.

"to me this is thanksgiving, because it's a time to help somebody, serve somebody and maybe make a difference in their life."

Johnson started the annual thanksgiving feeding more than fifty years ago, by cooking the meal at her house.

If you'd like to volunteer thanksgiving morning, just show up at the tupelo salvation army.

Feeding begins at 1030..

Wipe to vo operation christmas child kicks off this week// through november 25th, families, churches, and other groups will be filling up shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and other items to send to children overseas// this year, they're hoping to collect more than 39-thousand gifts in the columbus region// since 1993 operation christmas child has delivered more than 168 million gift filled shoeboxes in more than 160 countries// to find a drop off location close to you, just visit samaritan-purse- dot-org-slash-o- c-c// stinger a mural celebrating the history of an area town is now coming into focus..

We get a closer look when we come back... centred a mural depicting the history of a northeast mississippi town that sits in two counties is coming into view as allie martin reports, the project is the culmination of a community's vision and one artist's dedication.

When tony bullard began work on the nettleton mural in june, his canvas was the entire north brick wall of the town's library .

Five months later, after countless gallons of paint , bullard is making progress on the town's mural, one brush stroke at a time.

"it has been incredible, met a lot of wonderful people and been a great experience."

The corinth based artist was commissioned to paint a mural showcasing nettleton's history.

He is working with a committee of locals who have helped find old photos bullard is using for scenes on the 70 foot wide mural.

For bullard, details are key, including signs for soft drinks, shadows and 3 d effects, and of course people in the photos, who will have a spot on the mural.

Bullard hopes the mural will be a favorite spot for pictures.

"the tiger, we wanted to have tiger down so students , schools could come and do photo shoots here, scene on far left, people can come have photos made."

Standup bridge it is a time consuming process because of the attention to detail, and every scene has at least two coats of paint.

Bullard doesn't want the mural to look like a new painting when finished, instead, he wants it to look like a road map showing the town's history.

I'm fascinated with trains, anything to do with trains i like, i was interested to learn about railroad history and that fdr came through here."

Bullard says the colder weather has slowed his work down a bit, but he could be finished early next year.

In nettleton, allie martin,.

Wcbi news centred up bullard says there will be a celebration once the painting is complete.

And prints will be available of the finished mural.

Stinger wet and potentially stormy weather awaits for friday and perhaps even early saturday as an area of low pressure rolls our way out of the desert southwest.

Monday night: clouds and stars with perhaps a stray sprinkle or two.

Lows in the upper 30s with light wind.

Tuesday-wednesday: mostly sunny wet and potentially stormy weather awaits for friday and perhaps even early saturday as an area of low pressure rolls our way out of the desert southwest.

Monday night: clouds and stars with perhaps a stray sprinkle or two.

Lows in the upper 30s with light wind.

Tuesday-wednesday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Highs in the mid 60s to around 70.

Lows near 40 tuesday night but well into the 40s wednesday night.

Thursday: partly to mostly cloudy.

Highs near 70.

A few showers are possible but we're keeping the rain chance less than 20%.

Friday-saturday: areas of rain and storms are possible friday, friday night, and the first part of saturday morning.

Early model projections suggest 1/2" to 1 1/2" of rain may occur.

This could obviously affect high school playoff football on friday so stay tuned for updates regarding that.

Mild highs near 70 are favored on friday with much colder low 50s for highs on saturday.

Sunday-monday: sunny skies return along with seasonably cool temperatures in the 50s and low 60s.

Lows fall back to around freezing.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, instagram, and the wcbi news app wet and potentially stormy weather awaits for friday and perhaps even early saturday as an area of low pressure rolls our way out of the desert southwest.

Monday night: clouds and stars with perhaps a stray sprinkle or two.

Lows in the upper 30s with light wind.

Tuesday-wednesday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Highs in the mid 60s to around 70.

Lows near 40 tuesday night but well into the 40s wednesday night.

Thursday: partly to mostly cloudy.

Highs near 70.

A few showers are possible but we're keeping the rain chance less than 20%.

Friday-saturday: areas of rain and storms are possible friday, friday night, and the first part of saturday morning.

Early model projections suggest 1/2" to 1 1/2" of rain may occur.

This could obviously affect high school playoff football on friday so stay tuned for updates regarding that.

Mild highs near 70 are favored on friday with much colder low 50s for highs on saturday.

Sunday-monday: sunny skies return along with seasonably cool temperatures in the 50s and low 60s.

Lows fall back to around freezing.

Stay connected with customers of the city point water association take note.

There will be a system-wide flushing this week, starting at highway 6 south on tuesday, and ending at highway 6 north on friday.

The flush can disturb particles in the water.

Residents are advised to check their water to make sure it's clear, especially before doing laundry..

Stinger positive news for alabama quarterback tua tongue-a-va-lo- a....even though he'll miss the rest of 2019 the latest on the alabama star, next in sports... for the second straight year, ole miss head softball coach mike smith has faced consequences from the athletic administration ole miss has placed head softball coach mike smith on administrative leave...first reported by ole miss spirit... in the report, administration say it is a personell matter, and that the school is conducting an external audit of the softball program smith was suspended for the opening weekend this past season for an undisclosed violation smith has led ole miss to four straight ncaa tournaments, and the program's first two super regional appearances alabama junior quarterback tua tagovailoa underwent successful surgery on his hip monday, and now begins his long road to recovery alabama's medical staff says they expect tua to make a full recovery...but no specific timetable has been made as to how long recovery will be head coach nick saban was asked today if the time since the injury had him second- guessing the situation....here is what the head coach had to say "he didn't have a problem with his ankle.

Certainly didn't look like he had a problem with his ankle, which would have been the only reason not to play him in the game.

It's an sec game.

Typically you play the best players on your team at every position.

So why wouldn't we play him?

If i knew he was going to get hurt, i wouldn't have played him.

And if i knew he was goign to get hurt, and if i knew if any player would get hurt id have taken raekwon out, id have taken ruggs out, id have taken them all out.

Unfortunately, we dont have that kind of hindsight."

On those other injuries, both raekwon davis and henry ruggs are considered questionable for the game against western carolina mississippi state needs to win out in order to contiune it's nine-year bowl appearance streak....and with the egg bowl less than two week away....the bulldogs are hoping to stay focused game by game the bulldogs face off against fcs opponent abilene christian on saturday....missis sippi state 7-0 all-time against the southland conference.... joe moorhead saying his team needing to stay focused for saturday with the big rivalry coming up on thanksgiving day "we need to be focused on the task at hand.

Certainly everyone knows what's looming on the back end of this.

Huge game, huge rivalry game.

Our focus will turn to that the second the clock hits zero with abilene christian.

But right now all of our guys focus and attention, the players and the staff, are focused on doing the things to get win number five and beat abilene christian.

Then when the clock hits zero, it'll be full steam ahead for the last game."

Mississippi state and abilene christian kick off at 6 pm in davis wade on saturday a record breaking day for ole miss freshman quarterback john rhys plumlee earns him his second straight sec freshman of the week honor in the loss to top ranked lsu, plumlee rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns, setting the ole miss rushing record by a freshman and a qb plumlee currently ranks second in the country in rushing yards by a quarterback when we return...chief meteorologist keith gibson will have a last look at your forecast.

A lot of heavy hearts in montpellier community today// the man who many folks there knew as "papa" white has passed away// back in september our cameras caught up with 98-year- old bill white// white had a passion for knitting caps for pre-mature born babies that were in nic-u's across the u-s// white was also a united state's veteran// his daughter taught him the craft with a youtube video and the it quickly became a hobby for papa white and his wife// white passed away from congestive heart failure sunday morning// last look stinger




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