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Lowndes county will have a new sheriff a month earlier than expected..

At today's lowndes county's board of supervisors meeting sheriff mike arledge announced that he would be resigning as of december 1st.

The board appointed chief deputy greg wright to serve as interim sheriff for the month of december.

Sheriff - elect eddie hawkins says he declined the interim role, because he still has a few things to finish up before taking office in january.

Arledge served as sheriff for two terms before deciding not to run for re-election.

At the meeting he said he wanted to retire a month early due to family obligations that would keep him out of the office.

Wipe to vo arledge isn't the only lowndes county law enforcement officer leaving his post.

After serving for 38 years, constable joe ables is stepping down from his position.

Family, friends, and community members gathered at justice court to wish ables a happy retirement.

He started his career in 1981 and has worked tirelessly for people in the county..

He decided not to run for re- election this year.

His son, joe jr., will step into the role in january " all i can say it's differen and it's nice.

Enjoy all these folks here and appreciate what they've done.

" ables will officially retire from his position as constable at the end of december.

His son, joe jr., will be sworn in january 20.

A local k9 team is finding it challenging to keep the streets safe, because their patrol vehicle isn't safe..

So, their community is getting creative to help them out..

Our rylie livingston talks with the k9 handler to find out more..

She joins us live from west point.

Aundrea, here in west point... attempts to get financial aid for the k9 officers have fallen short.

But now a non- profit organization is working on their biggest project yet.

It's been a long two years for west point police sergeant arnie cade and his k9 partner kenzo.

Inadequate equipment and ábudgetsá have made it hard for them to get their job done.

"we've had issues with th vehicle overheating.

The internal temperature that car raises in kenzo's life's in jeopardy.

We've had the current issues we're having now is the car cuts off driving down the road."

The issues are not only inconvenient, but also dangerous..

"it's got electrical issues, cu the blue lights on to make a traffic stop and spark shoot out from under the bottom of it, they've not been able to determine where that's coming from.

So luckily we've been blessed with some cooler weather where i don't have to run the air conditioner.

But it's in pretty bad shape."

Now a nonprofit from florida is joining the effort.

"we are trying to raise mone to replace kenzo's k9 unit his vehicle.

They're called k9's united.

Miss debbie johnson is spearheading this.

She's trying to launch a campaign which actually started about two weeks ago, to help people to donate the money in order for her to purchase the vehicle."

The goal is 35,000 dollars for the new vehicle and gear.

So far over they've managed to secure 7,000 of that.

Social media has helped take the campaign to the next level and people from all over the country... and the world are donating.

"it means everything.

I spen more time with kenzo, than i do my own family we're either working or traing, and to know that his life's in my hands and not be able to ensure his safety.

It's tough stuff, how long."

For more information on how you can donate visit our website at wcbi dot com.

Reporting live in west point - rylie livingston - wcbi news... take new at six stinger leave anchor mic up wipe to gfx after being on the run for a few days, a murder suspect in verona is in custody// 29-year-old charles brandon is charged with murder.

Monday evening investigators say 50-year-old walter gillespie was fatally shot// the shooting happened at the corner of 8th street and johnson avenue in verona// chief johnny patterson says investigators zeroed in on brandon as a suspect// with the help us u-s marshal's and the mississippi bureau of investigation, brandon was arrested last night in verona// his bond is set at one million dollars// wipe to gfx a tupelo man is being held without bond accused of child abuse// 29-year-old joshua oakley is charged with felony child abuse after investigators say staff at the north mississippi medical center called police to report the possible abuse// early wednesday morning a 6-year- old boy was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries// police say those injuries were not an accident// police say oakley was dating the child's mother and babysitting the young boy// oakley was booked into jail on wednesday// today he made his initial court appearance where bond was denied// wipe to gfx starkville police are looking for a missing man// 31-year-old richard "cory baughn hasn't been seen since tuesday afternoon// police and his family say they're concerned for his welfare// he was last seen leaving an apartment on stark road traveling east on highway 82// anyone with information is asked to call starkville police// first look stinger summary: generally quiet weather will be with us over the next 6 days with some wet weather possible by next thursday and friday.

There will be a moisture starved system that will spread high clouds our way sunday and monday but we don't expect any rain and this time.

Friday night: clear and chilly.

Lows in the upper 20s.

Northerly winds 2-6 mph.

Saturday: sunny skies from sunrise to sunset.

Highs in the mid 50s with northerly winds 5- 10 mph.

Conditions look great in starkville for the msu- alabama game.

You'll need students from an area high school had a chance to see how medical professionals work together in real life situations.

The drill underlines the importance of teamwork among medical professionals and gives soon to be high school graduates a chance to learn more about career paths in the medical field.

Allie martin has more.

As the ambulance pulls up with the patient nats healthcare professionals are drawing on their skills, experience and teamwork nats this drill is graphic and as close to real world as possible.

Nats itawamba community college's health science division hosted the "code blue and red" dri at the health science education center at the tupelo campus.

"we wanted a way to showcas the healthcare team, this is a new emphasis in health care education called interdisciplinary studies."

For each emergency simulation, students and faculty from the five health science programs demonstrated what they would do in a real life situation.

"we used paramedi technology for ambulance and ems services, associate degree nurses for patient care in emergency room, respiratory technology came in for trauma and breathing treatment, radiographic did x rays and surgical involved in patient who went to surgery."

As medical professionals did their work, a group of students from saltillo high school were watching and learning.

Sydney duggar will graduate in december.

She will start at icc in january and plans on becoming a nurse.

Duggar says the emergency simulations were intense .

"i've been shadowing wit labor and delivery and stuff like that so i haven't seen trauma, it's not what i thought, a lot more than what i thought.

You don't think stuff actually happens like , their guts fall out, but it really does happen."

After the emergency simulations, duggar and her classmates heard from icc students, faculty and health care professionals , and had a chance to ask questions about different career paths available.

In tupelo allie martin, wcbi news this is the first time icc has held "code blue an red" organizers plan to invite other high schools to similar events.

Take vo off top first responders, community members and civic leaders in okolona spent part of their day learning to prepare for, prevent, and react to incidents like an active shooter// security expert cooper dixon reviewed the layouts of the campuses in the school district, their policies and procedures regarding visitors on campus and other issues that can help determine how well a potential target is protected.

And then led those in attendance through a tabletop exercise.

Dixon says there are many common sense things people can do to help prevent criminal acts.

"biggest thing in a schoo setting is building a good relationship with school children so they will tell you things going on in a community, because nine times out of ten there have been red flags missed by adults, law enforcement,so a lot of times children know what's going on, just a matter of them telling the adults."

City and school leaders will review findings from the exercise and incorporate that into the district's safety plan.

Stinger area economic developers give a report on the region's workforce, and roll out a vision for the coming year..

Area residents, business, and elected leaders get an update on economic development in the golden triangle.

The golden triangle development link briefed the community on a study of jobs in the region, and around the state.

Gtr link also unveiled the golden triangle regional workforce analysis by younger associates.

Link ceo joe max higgins says the committee is actively searching for more recruitment within the region.

" since the link, we've bee born in investment, capital investment by year, and we went over how we rank by year in national rankings as far as metropolitans in the country.

Then we went over a fairly ambitious plan next year to get out and get the word out about what we have here."

For more information about gtr link and the workforce study, visit out website at w-c-b- i-dot-com.

Wipe to vo airbus helicopters in lowndes county is celebrating two milestones... the company has been in operation for 50 years in the u.s and 15 years in the state of ms. airbus is a major supplier of aircraft for the u.s. government..

President of airbus helicopters romain trapp says without the determination of his team, airbus would not be where it is today.

" i'm very proud of th success of airbus today, because at the end of the day it's really the success of our employees, the dedication and the engagement which made us the number one helicopter manufacture in the world."

Over 200 guests attended the celebration.

Stinger wx sunny, drier, and cooler weather will continue for the end of the week now that the cold front has pushed through the area.

Rain chances slowly increase through the weekend and into early next week as our next cold front approaches.

Monday will be our best chance for showers and storms. wednesday night: cooler air will continue to move in overnight tonight with lows in the low to mid 40s.

Winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph.

Thursday-friday: we'll see plenty of sun for the end of the week with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.

A nice breeze out of the north will help to keep us comfortable through the day.

Morning lows will be in the 40s, so you may have to add an extra layer as you head out the door.

Saturday-sunday: temperatures will return to the mid to upper 70s for the weekend as a few showers slowly creep back into the area.

We'll keep rain chances lower for saturday, but there could be a few more showers on sunday as a cold front approaches.

Either way, the weekend overall will be pretty nice as many of us won't see rainfall and will see plenty of sunshine.

Monday: showers and storms will develop through the day and will likely last into the evening.

Some storms could produce heavy rain and gusty winds.

Temperatures will top out in the mid 70s by the afternoon spx open welcome here to studio in a week 13 tom hubbell chris bolton great playoff game of these teams. they don't mind, i talking about louisville want to talk to us.

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Late today, cbs announced it will re-air the young and the restless overnight at 3:00 a.m.

Cbs pre-empted the young and the restless today with live hearings from washington dc.

Again, the young and the restless will air overnight here on wcbi at 3:00 am.

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