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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - FEBRUARY 8, 2019

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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - FEBRUARY 8, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT SIX - FEBRUARY 8, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT SIX - FEBRUARY 8, 2019

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Several area schools are feeling the effects of this year's flu season .

Tupelo christian preparatory school cancelled classes today.

The campus was empty, as students stayed home.

Educators are hoping the time away kids a chance to get over the flu and keep they from getting others sick.

South tippah and north tippah school districts, along with kemper county were also closed today because of a high number of sick students.

The pediatric emergency department at the university of mississippi medical center in jackson has diagnosed more than 120 children daily over the past week.

Across the stateline, the lamar county school district is feeling the full impact of flu season..

This week alone, more than 300 students were absent due to illness..

Classes were canceled today... allowing teachers to disinfect all school buildings in the district.

Our quentin smith stopped by one of the schools... he joins us live in the studio with more... aundrea for most school districts... once 15 percent of the student population is out due to an illness..

They start looking at options such as canceling classes..

In the lamar county school district... they were just under that mark with 13 percent of students being absent this week... that has district leaders taking precautionary measures to prevent any and all viruses from continuing to spread... nat when the doors opened friday morning.... this was the sight at vernon elementary school.

Chairs were on top of the desks, hallways were empty, and no students were in sight..

" we just thought that it would be best to take this day and let our students out and get a three day weekend and try and get some of this sickness out of our schools and get some cleaning done."

Nat from wiping down walls....to mopping floors...to sanitizing the desks...teachers spent their morning giving the school a deep cleaning..

" they've come in and they're going through the buildings sanitizing it real good, cleaning all of the restrooms, classrooms, wiping down the desks and lockers, and just really sterilizing the building real good."

This past week, the lamar county school district saw a little more than 13 percent of its students miss school.... that rate was over 15 percent in some schools.

In all, 311 students were out sick.

"we love our kids, we want them to be here, but they can't learn if you're not at school.

It's hard to teach when 20% of your students aren't here.

It's hard to go on when half the class isn't here."

" we've seen a lot of checkouts taking place yesterday.

Some of them running fever, and we're not sure all of them are flu symptoms and we're not sure if all of them have the flu, but we do know that the flu is going around and we're just trying to take measures to make sure we're keeping our kids as healthy and safe as we can."

Lamar county superintendent vance herron has worked in the district for more than two decades, but he's never seen sickness sweep through the schools quite like this..

To help keep the bug in check, herron has some advice for parents of sick children..

"if our students are sick and running a fever, we don't need parents sending them to school.

They need to be 24 hours free of fever before they're brought back to school, also if the doctor tells you to stay out five days, stay out those five days even if you get to feeling better, take those five days."

Classes will resume on monday...... but again, if students haven't gotten over their illness, district leaders are recommending they stay at home until they've fully recovered.

It seems to be peak season for the flu.

This map from the centers for disease control shows widespread flu activity in mississippi and alabama.

The cdc reports 13 to 15 million people in the u.s. have been diagnosed this flu season.

About half of those patients went to a doctor and more than 155 thousand were hospitalized.

The flu is especially dangerous for infants, the elderly and those with pre- existing conditions.

Dr. william davis in vernon tells us many of his patients were diagnosed with influenza a.

There is a difference between a cold and the flu.

Symptoms the mississippi state department of health says people with the flu often have a high fever for days, along with head and body aches.

Patients also have to deal with extreme exhaustion and severe coughing.

See your doctor for treatment options.

First look stinger first look friday night: mostly cloudy and chilly with lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Wind chills may drop again into the lower 20s and upper 10s.

There is the potential for some very light sleet and/or some very light freezing rain as a disturbance zips overhead.

Abundant dry air throughout the atmosphere and near the surface is expected to preclude any significant impacts but be aware there may be some very light frozen precipitation during the night.

We're keeping the chance low at 30%.

Saturday: clouds should thing out a bit and that is expected to allow for slightly warmer highs in the mid to upper 40s.

Some spots could get into the low 50s if the planets align.

Northeasterly winds continue between 5 and 15 mph.

Take developing story stinger one of the suspects wanted in an aggravated assault case in okitbbeha county is now behind bars.

Lt.

Jon davis says 46-year-old jonathan fleming was taken into custody this afternoon.

Investigators say he was found at a residence in choctaw county.

Meanwhile, the search is still on for 46-year-old chad tharp.

The two men are accused of an aggravated assault incident along j-y turner road early thursday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office or crime stoppers.

A man wanted for armed robbery in oktibbeha county remains on the run, while another suspect goes to court.

26-year-old courtney clay is charged with burglary and armed robbery.

Her bond was set at two hundred thousand dollars this morning.

25-year-old joshua norman is still on the run.

He's considered armed and dangerous.

The alleged robbery happened on county lake road.

If you know where norman is, call golden triangle crime stoppers.

Three men plead guilty in connection with a 2011 columbus murder case.

Omar beard will spend 20 years in prison for manslaughter.

Cortez williams pled to depraved heart murder.

He was ordered to stay 20 years behind bars, in protective custody.

Court documents say threats have been made against williams. both men received credit for time served.

Meanwhile, michael ross was also pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

He was sentenced to time served in the lowndes county jail, which was five years.

A lowndes county jury found derrick bankhead was found guilty of capital murder last august.

All four of the men killed bankhead's cousin, eddie bankhead.

He was shot and killed during an armed robbery in july 2011 at his college street home.

An itawamba county man is in jail accused in the kidnapping and rape of a woman.

Robert christopher ellis was arrested this afternoon, after a sheriff's deputy spotted his silver pt cruiser parked on a gravel road.

Ellis was wanted in connection with an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault this past weekend.

Itawamba county sheriff chris dickinson says ellis may have held his victim captive for a couple of days, before she was able to escape.

This security video from a convenience store shows the moment the victim escaped..

The sheriff says ellis had another woman in the car when he was arrested today..

"i'm scared of what might have happened to her, because it was setting up for another attack, it didn't happen, but according to her that's what she thought was coming."

The victim from the weekend attack is recovering in the hospital.

Ellis faces several charges including kidnapping and sexual assault.

Stinger getting around starkville just got a little greener... we take a look at a new commuter option when we come back... welcome back... there's a new way to get around town in starkville.

Wcbi's stephanie poole tells us how some folks are going ágreená..

Transportation with a twist.

Lime scooter is bringing more foot traffic to downtown starkville.

" they just showed up, they have a test script have about 25 of them and they have been a huge hit, seen lots and lots on the streets."

The lime bikes are already a hit.

Now, operations manager, john usury,says he's eager to see how people react to the scooters.

" it's a test pilot to supplemet our e bikes, our multi mobile company.

We're trying to provide different ways of transportation and scooters in starkville, specifically because they are the next chapter."

With a quick scan and dollar ready, accessing a motorized scooter is simple enough.

Mayor lynn spruill says they are useful and not an impediment to the already active s.m.a.r.t transportation system.

" it gives a level of energy that just makes it fun so from that perspective from a serious transportation it certainly offers an alternative way to get around.

Whether it's older people or younger people everybody seems to be excited about it.

" reporting in starkville, stephanie poole wcbi news.

For now, you can find the lime scooters around the downtown area.

The decision to put scooters on the mississippi state campus is still up in the air.

Stinger weather open friday night: mostly cloudy and chilly with lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Wind chills may drop again into the lower 20s and upper 10s.

There is the potential for some very light sleet and/or some very light freezing rain as a disturbance zips overhead.

Abundant dry air throughout the atmosphere and near the surface is expected to preclude any significant impacts but be aware there may be some very light frozen precipitation during the night.

We're keeping the chance low at 30%.

Saturday: clouds should thing out a bit and that is expected to allow for slightly warmer highs in the mid to upper 40s.

Some spots could get into the low 50s if the planets align.

Northeasterly winds continue between 5 and 15 mph.

Saturday night: clouds increase and that will keep lows in the upper 30s to around 40.

Sunday: look for mostly cloudy but warmer conditions.

Highs in the 50s look to return as southerly winds kick in.

Monday-tuesday: warmer 60s build in but the trade off will be an increase in shower and storm activity.

Bouts of heavy rain are possible and there is still the chance of a few strong storms if some ingredients can sync up.

We'll be monitoring things throughout the weekend.

Friday night: mostly cloudy and chilly with lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Wind chills may drop again into the lower 20s and upper 10s.

There is the potential for some very light sleet and/or some very light freezing rain as a disturbance zips overhead.

Abundant dry air throughout the atmosphere and near the surface is expected to preclude any significant impacts but be aware there may be some very light frozen precipitation during the night.

We're keeping the chance low at 30%.

Saturday: clouds should thing out a bit and that is expected to allow for slightly warmer highs in the mid to upper 40s.

Some spots could get into the low 50s if the planets align.

Northeasterly winds continue between 5 and 15 mph.

Saturday night: clouds increase and that will keep lows in the upper 30s to around 40.

Sunday: look for mostly cloudy but warmer conditions.

Highs in the 50s look to return as southerly winds kick in.

Monday-tuesday: warmer 60s build in but the trade off will be an increase in shower and leaving the past in the rear view mirror is the key for the bulldogs with one of the nation's best teams up next more from the dawgs next in sports... take weather classroom billboard spx on to kentucky that's the mindset needed for mississippi state, with a big opportunity to bounce back after the gut wrenching loss to lsu... for a positive in starkville...msu has lost three straight midweek games....but has won each saturday bounceback game something ben howland hopes is the case tomorrow against the 5th ranked team in the country "they're the hottest team in the country.

I mean, they've won nine in a row, against good teams, on foreign courts much less their own.

They're playing great.

They're really good.

John's teams get better throughout the year, because they typically start with young guys.

So, as that team matures, see where they are from when they started, its amazing."

During it's 9-game win streak...kentuck y is outscoring teams on average by 16 points...including wins against msu, auburn, kansas, and south carolina tipoff inside the hump is set for noon, you can watch the game on wcbi it's been almost a week since hail state hoops has been in action....a week off to prepare for sunday's matchup against tennnessee a historically bad streak for tennessee to start the new year...losing 6- straight...includi ng one against former #1 notre dame..but four of the losses were by less than 5 points having won three straight...vic schaefer says don't look at the record when talking the lady vols "my message to our kids today was number one, you better be ready.

You better be having it in fifth gear from the jump.

Not first, or second, or trying to get it to third or fourth because they will flat smack you in the mouth and make you like it.

In transition and rebounding, those are all toughness things, as y'all know we're not the toughest team in the country right now.

We have issues of our own with toughness."

Caledonia's tanner holley joins the long list of talented athletes around the area to continue their football careers the feds senior signing with belhaven university holley says he sees similarities in the blazers football program and caledonia "i really like the coaching staff down there, and i feel like there program is kind of like how caledonia is, coming up, and it's going to be pretty special in the next couple of years, and i wanted to be a part of that."

"he's been a blessing for our football program, this first year, for my staff and myself.

To get to know him and his family, i couldn't be more happy for a kid to get the opportunity to extend his career playing football, what he wants to do, and be able to get a quality education at belhaven.

I'm proud for him, and proud for his family."

South pontotoc softball star mattie pilcher signs to continue her career with northeast community college pilcher helped lead the lady cougars to its first ever slow pitch softball state championship this past fall.... the all-state athlete led south pontotoc with a 621 batting average "i've always wanted to play at northeast ever since i was a little girl and my mom playing there and everything.

It just seemed like a big opportunity for me to be able to play there."

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