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WCBI News at Ten - Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Enforcement bust a dog fighting ring in north mississippi.

Thanks for joining us tonight, i'm jory tally.

And i'm cash matlock... a dog fighting ring has been busted in pontotoc county sheriff leo mask confirms one person has been arrested mask says the investigation is still active and more arrests are expected the sheriff said he plans to release more details about the dog fighting ring and arrests tomorrow.

A longtime northeast mississippi law enforcement officer says the support of his family and his faith in god helps him confront lou gehrig's disease.

Wcbi's chad groening has more.

Ken hawes and his family at home in satillo.

Ken retired from the tupelo police department in january of last year, after nearly 30- years on the force.

In 2017 he was named law enforcement officer of the year by crime stoppers of northeast mississippi.

But after looking forward to retirement and slowing things down, this past fall things changed.

"he started having speech trouble in september of last year.

And then we went to the doctor finally in november.

When he saw the doctor he was pretty quick to recognize als and several tests and a lot of things he had to go through to confirm that diagnosis, but they did confirm that diagnosis."

"of course we got over the initial shock of being diagnosed with als.

And luckly i have wonderful family that take good care of me."

And hawes says his faith is very important.

"it's a simple story.

I love god with all my heart, all my soul, and this disease may take my body but will not take my soul because it belongs to jesus christ."

"we know that no matter what comes, there's going to be happy days and there's going to be some tough days but we know he's already there and he's going to take care of us."

And ken and vermon have had the blessing of two daughters madison and mary christian.

"we were shocked!

You know we're young daughters and at this age we didn't think that we would have to go through something like this at such a young age and even our father and our mother being such a young age too, so we were shocked.

We still are but we're dealing with it, we're thankful for the support and for the lord giving us strength to get through it."

"yeah, i mean we we pretty devastated but somehow god has given us strength to get through this.

I mean so that's our only source of strength."

A week from today there will be a spaghetti luncheon fundraiser for ken hawes at faith baptist church in satillo at noon.

Singing to give back to the tornado victims in columbus..that's the mission of one local choir the building bridges of hope hosted a gospel choir benefit concert today to help those impacted by the recent tornado.

The event was held at the trotter convention center for impacted families and volunteers.

Eight different groups volunteered at the concert and all of their proceeds collected from the concert will back into the community.

"this is just another way of showing support uh to the citizens and uh i just want to thank all the people that attended uh this gospel program all the different groups that uh decided to show up for this program and do this is honor of the uh the ones that was affected by the tornado."

All proceeds will go towards the victims to assist with food, clothing, and shelter.

School funding will be a topic of discussion this week for mississippi lawmakers.

Senator angela turner-ford was in tupelo this weekend for meet me at the monument.

That's where we met up with the west point native.

She says she's prepared to battle for more funding for mississippi public schools.

Turner-ford also says she opposes the efforts by some of her colleagues to divert some state dollars to private schools.

You know school funding is a priority of mine and it's an issue i believe is very important.

I think over the past few years we've seen the percentage that has been allocated to public education has decreased.

But that's not what i like and i'm sure there are people who think alike me.

We want adequate education.

We want good education for all of our public schools..

The 2019 session runs through april 7th.

First look sunday night: clear and calm with lows in the 30s.

Areas of frost are possible, especially north of us-82 so you in honor of st.

Patrick's day today, people and pets celebrated in columbus today.

It's a part of the st.

Patty's paw-ty parade and event hosted by zachary's.

The parade helped raised money for the columbus lowndes humane society.

A group of motorcyclists and non-other than mother goose herself lead the group from hitching lot farmers market all the way to zachary's.

Dozens of dogs and puppies and even a small pony were among the paraders.

Events like the st.

Patty's paw-ty parade really benefit animal shelters.

It's something that really helps the columbus- lowndes humane society.

Dozens of people and their pets attended the st.

Patty's pawty at zachary's early sunday afternoon.

The event included 5 different area bands, huck's catering, and a pet parade zachery's owner doug pellum says he's been throwing st.

Patrick's day celebrations for over 10 years now... but this is the second time the event has raised money for the local humane society.

"i'm a big dog lover myself, and wanted to help out any way we could."

"all the money raised is going to go directly to the humane society.

It's going to help with all kinds of needed items."

Humane society director karen johnwick says last year's party raised over 9 thousand dollars, and they hope to raise even more this year.

"we are really low on food and pet supplies.

All of the animals that are coming in-- we're doing more for them now.

Heart worm treatments and such, and of course all of that adds up really quickly."

"a lot of people think maybe they're got this new fancy building on the other side town and they don't need help any more, but they need a ton of money and a ton of help with everything that's going on."

And event organizers say it's not just the animals that are benefiting from the day's events... "it's been an exhausting three weeks for the whole community, and i'm glad we had perfect weather for this.

It really gets the community together.

It gets all different parts together and after something so bad, it's going to be a beautiful day."

"we needed something, a spark, to just makes things... you know, a nice event to go out and have a good time at today."

Event organizers say the hope to see the event grow even bigger next year.

The oktibbeha county humane society receives a $150,000 grant.

The grant comes from petsmart charities.

It's to support the ochs fido fixers spay and neuter clinic, which is the shelters low- cost spay and neuter program.

The program helps make the surgery more affordable and accessible for pet owners.

Ochs director of development and community relations martha thomas says the shelter is grateful for the grant and the support from petsmart charities.

The money will allow the shelter to offset the costs of surgery for more pet owners and will help reduce pet homelessness in starkville.

For more information you can head on over to our website at wcbi.com https://www.och sms.org/spay- neuter/ for more information health is always important especially for little ones.

That's what we're learning about on this week's mom to mom.

Sarah pannell: h i think it the diet exercise and easily you want to early ... healthy meal every single day ... milk and water exercise ... manuel your plate if you later ... overall i reckon we are quality of sleep ... turned to health before that time when the maddie tosses to break sunday night: clear and calm with lows in the 30s.

Areas of frost are possible, especially north of us-82 so you may need to protect some tender vegetation once more out of an abundance of caution.

Monday - tuesday: look for temperatures in the upper 50s to mid 60s out and about under a sunny sky with north winds.

A quick dry cold front slides through monday morning giving us another reinforcing shot of cool dry air.

Lows at night are in the 30s.

Wednesday - thursday: look for temperatures in the mid 60s for highs.

A weak cold front comes in again wednesday afternoon into thursday morning.

An isolated shower and increasing clouds are possible but i suspect dry air wins out.

Lows at night are in the 40s.

Friday - sunday: southerly flow returns and temperatures climb into the 70s the bulldogs and the rebels are officially headed to the big dance..more on the match-ups next in sports happy selection sunday...one of the most highly anticipated days of the entire year where teams find out whether or not the postseason continues or doesn't for the first time since 2002...the first time in 17 years...both mississippi state and ole are going dancing in march and it's been a decade since mississippi state has been in the ncaa tournament...the last time the bulldogs competed in the round of 64 was back in 2009 back then state played washington and was the 13-seed but now the bulldogs land themselves in as the 5 seed for a match up to 12 seeded liberty the first round match-up between the two teams will take place in san jose, california head coach ben howland and his team, specifically his seniors saying this bid to the tourney is not only exciting but something they've been working on for the past four years howland: this is the greatest sporting event in all of sport in america.

There's so much excitement about the ncaa tournament.

One of the big reason's is there's so many upsets.

The little guy so often more than we'd ever expect beating..like last year: the umbc win over virginia.

It was unbelievable.

The first time its ever happened a 16 won a upset.

That's what makes this so exciting.

It includes all levels of division one.

So it's just thrilling for us to be a part of that.

The reason you want the high seed is you want that seeding to come true."

Holman: "we knew that the program was struggling when we first got here but we kept our word and we stayed true to our ground and promised that we were gonna get it back on top.

Were proud of each other and our team and our coaches and everyone that believed in us to help us get back to this stage."

Weatherspoon: "we just had our emotions so that's over with now it's time to get down to practicing, seeing what liberty can do and try to get ready to win the game."

And the ole miss rebels having a good ole time... ole miss receiving a bid into the ncaa tournament for the first time since 2015... the rebels receive the 9 seed in the tourney and will match up against the 8 seeded oklahoma in columbia south carolina ole miss finished out the season with a conference record of 10- 8...and overall record of 20-12..

It's the best conference record for ole miss since that 2015 season head coach kermit davis and his players talked about how special this moment and opportunity are for the rebels kermit davis :"it never changes.

It never gets old.

It was a great experience and just to have an ole miss fan base that was so eager.

Just think this is only the 9th time in the history of the school so it hasn't been that many times.

It's something we hoped and ross and i talked about in the interview that you're in this position after working like crazy and that you know you have a chance to be in the tournament and a chance to be in before selection sunday comes."

Terence davis: "i like the fact that it happened before i was able to leave college and i'm glad that i chose to comeback to school.

It was the best decision i ever made!"

Tyree: "when i was in high school, i remember kids used to watch on their laptops in class.

Teachers yelling at kids watching on their phones going to the bathroom watching games so this is where you showcase what you can do and i just thank god for the opportunity."

Mississippi state still awaiting its fate in the ncaa women's basketball tournament and the fate for the sec champs will be decided tomorrow...the bulldogs are hosting a selection show at the humphrey coliseum the bulldogs look for its third consecutive trip to the final four doors open for the event tomorrow at 4:45 in case you missed it....auburn and tennessee battled it out for the sec title... auburn made tennessee look like newcomers.....au burn with the beatdown on the volunteers...the final in the sec title game was 84-64 auburn the tigers claim the southeastern conference tournament title...it's the first time auburn has won the sec tournament since 1985 also it's the first time in four years that kentucky hasn't won the sec tournament game 3 of ole miss alabama.

Rebs trying to win the series and bounce back from yesterday's loss.

3rd inning, scoreless game, 2 runners on, 1 out, wil freeman pitching to anthony servideo who singles one to right field.

That's gonna bring home tim elko.

Jacob adams advances to 3rd.

Rebels take a 1-0 lead.

Next batter, grae kessinger lines one down the 3rd base line for a double!!!

That's gonna score adams and servideo puts on his jets coming around 3rd and slides in at home safe!!

Rebs are turnt!!

Just like that, they take a 3-0 lead.

Kyle cameron now in to pitch for the tide.

Still in the 3rd inning, thomas dillard singles one to right that brings home kessinger adding another run to the rebels lead.

They go onto pour in 7 runs in the 3rd!!!

And ole miss wins big and take the series 2- 1 as well with a final of ole miss 12 alabama 2.

The rebels will get back to action with a midweeker on tuesday to arkansas pine bluff in oxford we're going to take a quick break but when we come back maddie will have a final look at weather.

Sunday night: clear and calm with lows in the 30s.

Areas of frost are possible, especially north of us-82 so you may need to protect some tender vegetation once




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