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The search continues for a missing starkville man..

31-year-old cory baughn was last seen leaving his apartment on stark road on november 12th.

It's believed he was last traveling east on highway 82.

Starkville police and baughn's friends and family say they're concerned.

Our cash matlock joins us live in the studio with the latest details on the case.

Earlier today i spoke with cory's sister katie... she says they think cory was headed home to see his father in alabama when he disappeared.

She's says the last time she spoke to her brother, was that tuesday before lunch.

Katie hearn is cory baughn's younger sister.

She says she has a close relationship with her brother, so when she didn't hear from him for a few days... she began to worry.

"he never broke contact, even if we were arguing or something.

That just wasn't in his character at all."

The baughn family is originally from lynn, alabama, but cory had just recently moved to starkville for a job at express oil change.

Hearn says her father was not expecting a visit form cory on the 12th since it was in the middle of the week.

"dad had understood on that sunday conversation that cory was just having a normal work week.

He didn't mention anything about coming home to dad's."

Cory's white nissan 360z is also missing.

Hearn, her father, and 85 volunteers scoured the area searching for any traces of the vehicle.

"if he'd run off of a roadway, we'd of seen him for sure that day.

In previous days to saturday, me and my dad had independently just went there and drove from daylight till dark just looking for him."

"we've been getting assistance from a lot of agencies, both public and private.

We've also had some state organizations doing some drone work and things like that."

Hearn says the past few days have been painful, especially after unexpectedly losing her mother this past march.

"i just try not to think about the thought of losing my mom and my brother in the same year.

I've had trouble sleeping and eating and all the things you'd expect, but i'm just not allowing myself to grieve yet because we don't know what's happened to cory, so..."

If anyone has any information they are asked to contact the starkville police department.

"we need to work together as a community to find mr. baughn, and hopefully this individual is safe."

"if they've got anything that they even remotely think that was concerning that cory may have verbally said, call the starkville police department, please.

Even something small may be a big lead and we don't realize it at this point."

Cory baughn is 5'10 and weighs 165 pounds.

He has brown hair, and brown eyes.

If you have any information, contact the starkville police deparment at 662- 323-4134.

Take gfx off top an argument leads to an aggravated assault charge.

63-year-old jerome cooper was arrested this past saturday.

Sheriff eddie scott says his deputies and west point police went to a home on section road to investigate.

There was an argument and then there was a gunshot.

No one was injured.

Scott says west point pd has taken over the investigation.

The police department has not released any information about the incident.

Wipe to vo choctaw county deputies continue to investigate a deadly weekend shooting, as the victim's name is released.

Investigators say kennis pratt was shot multiple times at his seward road home.

Deputies were first called about a missing person about 9 pm on friday.

After deputies searched the property, pratt's body was found.

Information about what may have led up to the shooting isn't being released.

No arrest has been made.

The mississippi bureau of investigation, along with the choctaw county sheriff's department and coroner's office are investigating.

Wipe to vo a former pickens county sheriff is ordered to serve 18 months in prison.

David abston was sentenced this morning in a birmingham federal courtroom.

He pleaded guilty back in june to one count of wire fraud and filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors say abston scammed a food bank and his church to get jail food at low cost and boost his income.

A state law, at the time, allowed sheriffs to pocket excess jail food funds.

Abston must pay 51 thousand dollars in restitution.

He was sheriff for over 30 years.

Centred up a guntown woman fired for being a whistleblower will be getting damages for lost income.

A lee county jury sided with heather walters, who filed suit after she was fired from the caregiver firm brandi's hope.

Walters argues she was let go after reporting suspected abuse of a patient.

The attorney general's office did make an arrest of a worker, based in part on her information.

Brandi's hope claims walters violated company policy by using her personal phone to take pictures of the alleged abuse.

Walters attorney says her client was awarded $100,000.

Another longtime columbus police officer is resigning.

Rhonda sanders confirms to wcbi that she submitted her resignation this morning.

She will take some time during the month of december to care for her father.

Her last official day will be december 15th.

Sanders, who has been with cpd for 23 years, says she has accepted a new opportunity starting in january.

Her resignation comes on the heels of captain ric higgins, who turned in his notice last tuesday.

Higgins was the commander of the patrol division at cpd.

First look stinger first look summary: we're watching 2 systems that will impact the region on this busy thanksgiving week.

The first will come tuesday eving/night in the form of showers and storms. some strong to severe storms are possible.

Another potent storm system is expected to drive a cold front through the area sometime saturday or saturday night.

Yet more strong to severe storms will be possible during that time.

Thankfully the weather should remain quiet wednesday, thursday, and friday for folks doing any traveling around the region at 5 a.m.

Mississippi became the 45th state to have a lottery.

Residents can now test their luck at their local stores.

While players are taking a chance, it should be a ?win?

For the state..

Up to 80 million dollars in lottery proceeds will go to roads and bridges.

Our stephanie poole joins us live with more on how lottery ticket sales are going for the first day.

There are four scratch off tickets available and that will cost you anywhere from one dollar to five bucks// over one- thousand retailers around the magnolia state have signed up to participate and they're hoping it'll pay off with more business in their stores.

Thousands of mississippians are crossing their fingers taking a chance on winning a prize in the mississippi lottery.

Manager of west point sprint mart tammie rood says by lunch time, over 150 people had been in to buy tickets " i think it's going to get a lot of people's attention and i think the more winners you're going to have and stuff it's going to make people even more hungry for the tickets."

Rood says the lottery will hopefully attract more customers to her store.

" i think it's going to really up our sales on everything.

Anywhere from the gas, to the cigarettes to the beer, everything."

Retailers who are in small towns like vardaman are noticing the difference.... manager of mounce supermarket josh james says around 75 customers have purchased scratch-off tickets since they opened this morning.

" i know along of people are still at work right now and they haven't had a chance to come get it.

Probably towards the end of the week and holidays starts everybody is getting off work, when payday hits they'll probably buy a few more tickets at that time.

" james is hopeful the large crowd of lottery players will soon turn into permanent shoppers .

" there's been a few i've never really seen before and then we had a lot of our regulars come in and buy tickets.

There are ones who have just come in for the lottery but i have seen a few come in today and buy groceries and pick up a few tickets on their way out and that's really why we're hoping for is stuff like that."

There are a few things to keep in mind if you plan to play... you must be at least 21 years old and you have 90 days to claim your winnings with a photo id.

Reporting live in columbus, stephanie poole, wcbi news.

Take vo off top the first ticket went to the woman who fought for years to bring a lottery to mississippi..

There was a lot of fanfare this morning as district 69 state representative alyce clarke and an elvis impersonator arrived for the purchase.

Clarke has been pushing the idea of a lottery for about 20 years.

Initially she wanted it to go to education.

However, clarke says she's excited mississippi is moving forward with a good idea to fix the state's highways.

"if we had done something about it when we first started working on it, our roads and bridges would not have been in the condition that they are in but it's better late than never."

Clarke also reminded lottery customers not to buy every ticket in the store because you only need one ticket to win.

Stinger talk about your ?golden?

Years, a couple of ladies in columbus are marking a milestone.

We take a look at a special anniversary when we come back..

Centred baptist golden triangle is celebrating a combined 100 years of service..

Today hospital employees recognized addie clay and betty brackett for their careers.

Both women have been working at the hospital for 50 years.

As a matter of fact, they were working there ?before?

It was baptist.

Dozens of doctors, nurses and other personnel shared stories, hugs, and a lot of laughs as they celebrated the milestone.

Both women say they have no plans of stopping anytime soon.

The years will go by fast if you don't count them each year.

If you just do it routinely, you don't have to worry about it.

It'll pass by fast."

"if you're working, keep on working if you're able.

Do your job, be on time.

Do the best you can."

Ms. clay's family says they've tried to plan four retirement parties but each time, clay says she can't retire and keeps on working.

Centred up the staff council at mississippi university for women is making sure some families in columbus have a happy thanksgiving..

The group delivered van loads of thanksgiving baskets this morning to the columbus housing authority to be distributed.

The baskets were packed with food and household items. "w" staff members say this is just one way to support the community that supports them..

The "w" is a community first college and university.

So being able to help the needy and the elderly during the holiday season is of utmost importance to us.

It's something that we do every year.

So we definitely try to make sure this something that is carried on through our traditions.

All of the items were donated by students, faculty, and staff at muw.

Stinger wx open sunny, drier, and cooler weather will continue for 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 stinger egg bowl week is officially here....two of the state's brightest stars could run wild on thursday.... more on then the rivalry next in sports... while most of us won't be running on thanksgiving day thanks to all the turkey, dressing, and potatoes that'll be may be the only thing happening during the 2019 egg bowl two of the sec's most efficient running games will meet in starkville....with two dynamic centerpieces in the offense...the challenge will be stopping them starting with mississippi state... joe moorhead and bob shoop will be tasked with slowing down john rhys plumlee....the sec's leading rushing qb....back to back games of more than 170 yards on the ground moorhead says ole miss offensive coordinator rich rodriguez is using plumlee exactly as he has with speedster quarterbacks of the past for ole'll be about containing the sec's leading rusher, kylin hill hill and the bulldogs gashed ole miss in 2018 on the ground...the columbus native adding 108 to a 300 yard rushing day it's been the theme all year...teh bulldogs go as kylin goes, and matt luke is very aware of number eight "it's kylin hill.

He's the leadg rusher in the sec.

He's a very, very good player.

He does a great job of making people miss, breaking tackles, yards after contact.

All those things he's very good at.

Both quarterbacks can run the football.

When you add that dimension, you have to account for all 11 guys all the time and then the play action off them."

The 2019 egg bowl in starkville....6:30 kickoff on espn... the road team has four straight in the battle for the golden egg...that being the longest streak since the road team won five straight from 1994 to 1998 the bulldogs need a win to clinch bowl eligibility...the rebels could get in at 5-7 with a win....but would need a lot of help --kylin hill msu --john rhys plumlee ole miss --southern miss jack abraham --jackson state keonte hampton --tracy thompkins --liam vincifora --hunter mceachern --alcorn state qb felix harper --mississippi college detric hawthorn --delta state qb junior faulk when we return...chief meteorologist keith gibson will have a last look at your forecast.

You are watching wcbi news at six.

Take the state fire marshal wants to make sure your thanksgiving doesn't go up in flames..

With a little help, the fire marshal's office demonstrated the dangers of over-filling a turkey fryer with grease.

Officials also showed how not fully thawing your turkey can have deadly consequences.

Oil and water from a partially thawed turkey have a violent reaction, then grease overflows and hits the flames of the fryer.

Fire experts say there are many things that could go wrong.

A list of safety recommendation s is on our website, wcbi dot com..

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