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WCBI NEWS AT TEN - July 25, 2019

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WCBI NEWS AT TEN - July 25, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT TEN - July 25, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT TEN - July 25, 2019

2 we begin tonight with an update to a story we first brought you last night..

Columbus police identify the suspect in a wednesday night shooting on sylvan road.

53 year old henrietta squires is being charged with domestic violence - aggravated assault.

Squires is accused of shooting a 56 year old man in the chest following a domestic argument at a home in the 700 block of sylvan road.

The victim is believed to be squires' boyfriend.

He was taken to baptist golden triangle, but later moved to n-m-c in tupelo.

Squires' bond is set at 25 thousand dollars... take new at 10 stinger tonight for the first time we're seeing video of ally kostial in the oxford square.

The city of oxford released video they say shows kostial leaving a bar in the square prior to her murder.

22-year-old brandon theesfeld of texas was arrested and charged with murder.

Kostials body was found over the weekend along buford ridge road.

A deputy patrolling found her body.

We're also hearing from theefeld's attorney.

Here's what he had to say.

I haven't seen any of the evidence.

I want to fully interview the defandant in this matter and see what we can discover on our own.

There's a lot of clutter out there, a lot of people commenting online which is to be expected.

There's great interest down here."

Photos of theesfeld and kostial were posted to social media in december of 2016// funeral arrangements for ally are scheduled for this weekend.

First look stinger first look summary: lots of sun remains on tap for friday and the weekend.

Our comfortable air mass will trend towards a more humid air mass by the sunday and that could lead to a stray shower or storm.

Better rain and storm chances come back next week.

Thursday night: clear, quiet, and comfortable.

Lows in the low to mid 60s with light and variable wind.

Noxubee county residents got a chance to hear a progress report on their school district since the state takeover nearly a year ago... interim superintendent rod broadnax presented a state of the schools address... our quentin smith was there.

He joins us live in the studio with more...'

Scott... tomorrow marks one year since governor phil bryant declared a state of emergency in the noxubee county school district.

The district went under state control because of numerous, financial, personnel and safety issues.

The superintendent says that's all in the past now... and the district is continuing to make positive strides in the right direction.

Nat there's a lot to celebrate in the noxubee county school district.

"we're celebrating ou students and how far we've come."

See..

The district is in the process of overcome a dark cloud that was hanging above their heads... they're currently under state control..

But during thursday's state of the schools address... superintendent rod broadnax says they're already making huge improvements...both academically and financially... "when i first took over w were 800 dollars in the hole.

Now we have 2 point 6 million dollars in our fund.

We i first took over we only had 170 thousand dollars in our cash flow .

Now we have 1.

2 million dollars in our cash flow."

Though those numbers are right where the district wants them to be, broadnax says it took some tough decision making to get to this point.

"we had to close down som elementary schools and i had to cut some positions."

During his speech, broadnx unveiled his 5 year strategic plan to get the school district back on track.

Goal number one is to... increase student achievement through accountability, academic growth, and effective instruction.

Goal #2 is to recruit, select, hire, and retain highly effective personnel.

Goal #3 is to become financially sound through effective budgeting and spending practices.

Goal #4 is to create a culture and climate that engages all stakeholders to produce an environment that is conducive to learning.

And the last goal is to improve and sustain the technology infrastructure to support student learning outcomes.

The school district hopes to become a "b" district by the e of the school year, and if they follow this plan, district leaders are confident they'll accomplish this goal.

"we want to show peopl rurakl areas can come from out of state control and be effective."

Another area the district made improvments to is teacher staffing..

Noxubee county school district will begin the school year with nearly every teaching position filled.

By the 2021 school year, broadnax says his goal is for them to be an "a district.

Candidates for county and state office share their visions for the future in starkville.

Candidates for the board of supervisors and the district 38 house seat took questions from are residents at the greenboro center tonight.

The local chapters of zeta phi beta sority and phi beta sigma fraternity along with the oktibeha county chapter of the naacp hosted the forum..

Organizers say it's importatnt to know where each candidate stands on the issues.

We wanted to have a community forum in which the interested voters and everyone could come out and hear from the candidates one last time before the primary so they can make an informed decision based upon what the candidates have to say about certain questions and certain topics primaries are august 6th a state agency will soon get a new leader.

Governor bryant is appointing former fbi special agent in charge christopher freeze as the next executive director of the department of human services courtney ann jackson caught up with freeze to discuss how he'll approach the job.

When christopher freeze retired from the fbi, he made it his mission to work on helping communities overcome the challenges tied to adverse childhood experiences.

"a lot of that revolves aroun the physical, emotional and sexual abuse, emotion and physical neglect..things that go on in the household that are dysfunctional."

And he notes that dhs touches on a lot of those issues in providing services to families who need help.

"this is a great opportunit for me to learn more hands-on but also to bring what i've learned and what i know to the table and try to provide a perspective on what trauma- informed care means and how to best do that in an agency as large and important as dhs."

But he's taking on an agency that is multi-layered and in need of changes according to the most recent auditor's report focused on how state agencies are using federal dollars they receive.

"money is always an issue often times you don't have enough and what you do have, you try to make the best use of.

So, in this case if there were things the state auditor found that we can correct and make better so that we're making sure all available dollars go to the citizens of mississippi...that's what we're going to do."

The report found dhs didn't follow legal requirements to make sure people were actually eligible for programs like snap and tanf.

It noted they didn't keep basic documents with a full list of grant recipients.

For several--they didn't monitor to determine if money was being spent in accordance to the law.

Freeze will take on the role of executive director august 1.

Courtney ann jackson, wcbi news stinger wx open summary: lots of sun remains on tap for friday and the weekend.

Our comfortable air mass will trend towards a more humid air mass by the sunday and that could lead to a stray shower or storm.

Better rain and storm chances come back next week.

Thursday night: clear, quiet, and comfortable.

Lows in the low to mid 60s with light and variable wind.

Friday: mostly sunny and warm.

Highs around 90.

Variable winds between 3 and 7 mph.

Friday night: clear and quiet.

Lows in the mid to upper 60s saturday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Highs around 90s.

Lows saturday night in the upper 60s.

Sunday: partly cloudy and warm.

Highs around 90.

Just a 20% chance of a spotty afternoon shower or storm.

Higher rain chances across southern and southwestern ms & al.

Next week: we're boosting rain chances monday - wednesday due to tropical moisture returning and a weak cold front moving towards the region.

Daily rain and storm chances go up to around 40%.

Steamy highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s settle back in along with lows in the lower 70s.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram mass will trend towards a more humid air mass by the sunday and that could lead to a stray shower or storm.

Better rain and storm chances come back next week.

Thursday night: clear, quiet, and comfortable.

Lows in the low to mid 60s with light and variable wind.

Friday: mostly sunny and warm.

Highs around 90.

Variable winds between 3 and 7 mph.

Friday night: clear and quiet.

Lows in the mid to upper 60s saturday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Highs around 90s.

Lows saturday night in the upper 60s.

Sunday: partly cloudy and warm.

Highs around 90.

Just a 20% chance of a spotty afternoon shower or storm.

Higher rain chances across southern and southwestern ms & al.

Next week: we're boosting rain chances monday - wednesday due to tropical moisture returning and a weak cold front moving towards the region.

Daily rain and storm chances go up to around 40%.

The city of amory is gearing up for a weekend full of activities and the police chief has some tips to help everyone have a fun and safe time.

Amory's junior auxiliary is holding a "bac to school bash'" saturday at frisco park.

And saturday evening, "cruisin amory" will tak place on what many know as the "loop.

'cruisin amory" was started as a nostalgic way to rember a teenage tradition for many, and it's expected to drive a lot of traffic into downtown amory.

Amory's police chief has a few safety tips for participants.

"some people allow childre to ride on tops of vehicles, out of tops, sitting on top of vehicle, out of sun roof and that just can't be permitted, we don't want it to be marred by some tragedy that happened, we want it to be a great time, it takes one slight mistake to have an accident, if you have someone unrestrained or sitting on top of a vehicle out of a t top, those are things you see in a controlled environment of a parade, but it's not something you see in this event."

The loop runs through main street and different parts of highway 278.

Stinger it's a ábigá birthday and a ábigá present for a columbus woman... we find out áwhereá she's celebrating every three seconds, someone is in need of blood.

Here's more on the importance of blood donation in our health talk with baptist.

Hi, i'm sandy kilburn, medical technologist and blood bank supervisor at baptist memorial hospital golden triangle.

I want to talk to you some more about blood donation.

Here at baptist golden triangle, we transfuse an average of 215 units of red blood cells every month to an average of 92 patients.

Recipients include cancer patients, sickle cell anemia patients, patients with other types of anemia, surgery and trauma patients and premature or sick newborns.

As you can see, the need is great and a reduction in donor turnout can put the blood supply of our nation, our state and our hospital at a critically low level.

Donating blood is a safe process.

A sterile needle is used only once and then discarded.

Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history/mini physical, donation and refreshments.

Every donor is given a mini physical checking the donor's temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.

The actual blood donation typically takes less than ten to twelve minutes.

The average adult has about ten pints of blood in his body.

Roughly one pint of blood is given during the donation.

A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every didty-six days or double red cells every one hundred twelve days.

All donated blood is tested for hiv, hepatitis b and c, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals.

Join us next time you can help replenish area blood supplies tomorrow at baptist golden triangle here in columbus..

B-m-h is hosting a blood drive from 11 - 30 a-m until 5 - 30 p-m at the outpatient pavilion conference center..

Roll vo in monitor it's a special day for who i would call, one of columbus's most joyful women.

Mary bush is celebrating a big birthday and one big surprise.

"today is you're birthday yes it is.

You get move into your new house.

Sure is and i love it.

I haven't spent no night but i am tonight."

At 90 years young mary bush is full of life.

"i'm happy.

I'm feeling happ today.

Shed a little tear and having a good time with my family."

Her 90th birthday happens to be the day she moves into her new home built by volunteers with habitat for humanity.

Something she's been waiting for.

"oh i'm excited.

I've got th truck loaded in front of my door.

I'm ready to come."

To help celebrate the milestone there's cake.

And her most prized possessions.

Her kids, who came from as far as abilene texas.

"oh we've got tons of work t do.

We've got to get everything in place.

Work that ms. bush says she's going to let them do.

"i'm gonna bring my bed bac there and when i get tired of helping them i'm going to get in my bed."

Roll vo in monitor she applied for a habitat home after her home had to be torn down due to mold.

The family tried other avenues before habitat but mary says this simple advice changed everything.

Habitat homes are built by volunteers.

Homeowners also pay their own mortgages.

Stinger the high school football tour makes the trip to noxubee county to check in with the tigers...see in true mississippi state fashion, samantha ricketts waving that cowbell loud and proud while being introduced as the newest head softball coach ricketts, comes into a different but good situation after serving as an associate coach, she's already familiar with her team she knows the bulldogs strengths and weaknesses and is ready to make the necessary changes to get the bulldogs on the road to the women's college world series it's going to really depend on, a lot of it doing with the pitching.

It's gotten away from the one star pitcher in our game.

It's more about the pitching staff.

So, that's really what my focus is why is the pitching and finding the right pitching coach because i think we need a staff.

It's not just going to be one arm that gets us there.

It's going to take a group of pitchers that's been developed and that have the trust in their training and know their role.

If one's a middle relief and one knows she's a closer that's kind of where they stand.

I think that's going to really help us to move forward as far as our plan with the pitching.

That's going to be the biggest difference finding our way into a regional and a super regional."

Plans for the upcoming basketball season being made...match-ups have been released for the big 12/sec challenge mississippi state will tip off against fellow ncaa tournament competitor oklahoma games are set to begin on january 25th by noxubee county standards...last year was a down year... in tigers country...state championship are the expectations..a nd a lot of new faces will be charged with bringing a sixth gold ball to macon, mississippi the noxube county tigers are the 33rd stop on the high school football tour ááábillboardáááá the tyrone shorter era at noxubee county has come to a close...opening the door for a familiar face to take the reigns former player and assistant coach teddy young is now the leader of the tigers..young stepping up to the challenge of continuing success for his hometown team.

"it's a dream come true.

Played here, won my first state championship here.

Won the state championship as the offensive coordinator and assistant coach.

So i'm still getting used to it.

Sometimes i wake up and i still can't believe myself."

"he's been getting on my tail lot, so that really built my bond with him a lot.

The off season work, well, like right now, we're getting at it.

A little trash talking here and there."

A new head coach will lead a lot of new faces..the tigers will be a young bunch after losing 20 talented seniors from a season ago... change happening everywhere in macon, and forcing key players in new positions....most notably leading tackler marlon windham taking on the role of quarterback "at first, when i first started, was a little nervous.

I didn't know if i could do it or not.

But my team needed a quarterback, so i stepped up."

"i've been coaching them sinc they were in peewee.

This senior class, i'm blessed with a great senior class.

Don't have too many, have like twelve, but they're leaders.

The younger kids are looking up to them, and i feel like i can put my prints on the program the way i want it."

The theme of new doesn't just stop in the locker room..noxubee county's reign of terror over class 4a has come to an end, with the tiger's reclassification to region 4-3a so a new head coach, new players, new region.... but there's only one thing that doesn't change in noxubee county, and that's the pursuit of the gold ball "they hungry.

They hungry t get to hattiesburg.

That's all they talk about.

Getting to hattiesburg, getting to hattiesburg, and i think they've been working hard.

They've been working hard, showing up to summer workouts.

They know it starts in the weightroom."

"the group of guys i got, well they push me hard and i push them hard.

We stay on each other tail a lot.

We don't want no less from nobody."

"it's a lot of people sleepin on us.

Just go out and show out."

The new era in noxubee county begins with a monster rivalry showdown...a home meeting with the louisville wildcats in week one.

With the tigers on the high school football tour, tom eble, wcbi sports."

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