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WCBI New at Six - 07/30/2020

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WCBI New at Six - 07/30/2020
WCBI New at Six - 07/30/2020
WCBI New at Six - 07/30/2020

It's never easy to say goodbye.

Especially to a young person with a bright future.

That's why it was an emotional day in monroe county as the community says goodbye to one of its own.

This was the scene in amory as hundreds came out to celebrate the life of dylan pickle.

People lined up along main street waving their flags as the monroe county deputy made his way to his final resting place...and his final call... pickle was killed in the line of duty last friday after being hit by a car while manning a safety checkpoint in hamilton.

Fellow law enforcement....and members of the military came to show their respects.

Those close to pickle call him a hero, and say the service he gave to his community and country will never be forgotten.

" he really deserved this.

He was a genuine person, he would go out on his way for anybody, and to see the turn out and everybody showing him respect, he honestly deserved it."

" i see us as a nation losing respect for people who have given, so it's nice to be able to show my respect for someone like that.

Pickle was also a member of the mississippi national guard.

He was laid to rest at haughton memorial park.

He only had 24 years to leave his mark on his world.

And it's apparent dylan pickle did just that.

The young deputy made a huge impression on folks.

Wcbi's allie martin talks with a fellow deputy and a friend of the fallen young man... "dylan pickle was the best of us, you can go your entire life, may only meet one or two people that every single person who meets that person likes, that was dylan."

Oktibbeha county deputy drew jones was in the same national guard unit as dylan.

Both were selected for a 20 man personal security detail in syria because of their experience with law enforcement agencies.

Jones remembers his friend as a tireless soldier.

1 43 "some days we ran missions 7 days a week, somedays every other day, normal people, get tired and worn out and maybe complain.

Dylan never complained, he was never one to shy away from hard work."

After returning from the middle east, dylan used gi bill money to put himself through the police academy in moorhead.

The two men stayed in touch and jones tried to get him to apply in oktibbeha county.

4;11 "i may have begged him to apply, we had an opening at the same time he was at the academy, i even told him, don't know if my wife knew, he could live with us until we found him a place to stay, he said he's from monroe county, this is his home and this is where he always wanted to work."

Lieutenant david mitchell also saw that commitment to dylan's community.

Mitchell is called 'dad' by those on shift a at the monroe county sheriff's department, that's was dylan's time to work.

Mitchell remembers the 24- year-old new deputy always preparing for the chance to go out on patrol and was prepared for his new assignment.

5 44 "when he was working court and doing transport, when they didn't have any of those duties to do, he would work patrol.

Even on our night shift, he wasn't paid or anything, he would call and say, 'hey, can i come out and work with you tonight.'

Mitchell says shift a is like a family.

It's that family spirit he remembers in his last conversation with dylan.

3 30 "every saturday night, our shift has a pre- shift meal.

We usually meet 30 minutes before, this night, he was a few minutes late, i was picking on him about being late, he sat down, ordered fish and i made the comment, 'the fish will be swimming after awhile, he said, it's ok, you will let me go home boss man, i wish i could go back to that time, i put my arm around him and said, no, not letting you go home, i wish i could put my arm around him one more time."

In monroe county.

Allie martin.

Wcbi news dylan's friends say they are overwhelmed at the show of support from the entire community "dylan pickle was the best of us, you can go your entire life, may only meet one or two people centered a man born into a law enforcement family is named trooper of the year.

Trooper first class steven jones was honored today during the columbus exchange club meeting.

Jones has served in the mississippi national guard, been a volunteer firefighter, and worked for the starkville police department.

He became a state trooper in 2015 after graduating as a member of cadet class 61.

Jones is assigned to lowndes county.

The highway patrolman says the award is humbling.

Law enforcement in the third judicial district receive cultural sensitivity and de escalation training.

District attorney ben creekmore provided the educational session.

Former fbi special agent jeffrey artis led officers through role playing scenarios, similar to what they encounter everyday.

He says the goal is to help police better understand cultural differences and to diffuse any potential conflicts.

Artis believes social media has put law enforcement under the microscope.

" is law enforcement worse than it was, 40, 50 years ago, no.

But right now, everything a law officer does is potentially being recorded, that is being played millions of times , and individuals, that is their only view of law enforcement, because most people do not come in contact with law enforcement, part of this training is how to not put yourself in a situation unnecessarily, and don't allow it to become personal."

The d-a says this is the first time various departments have taken the training together and he expects more sessions in the future.

Stinger-sot take continuing coverage stinger local covid-19 cases skyrocket, as state case numbers soar above 57 thousand.

Here are the new virus numbers from the mississippi state department of health... one thousand 775 new cases were reported today, along with 48 deaths.

One thousand 245 people are in hospitals across the state with confirmed or suspected covid-19.

296 of those patients are in icu.

Locally, lowndes county has the most new cases with 89.

Tishomingo is reporting 47 new cases, lee has 46, lafayette has 34.

Governor tate reeves adds several counties in our neck our neck of the woods as covid-19 hotspots// lee, lowndes, noxubee, and pontotoc counties will now have to follow strict guidelines to help combat the spread of the coronavirus// it was last week when governor reeves mentioned he was watching the numbers in lee county// people living in these counties will be required to wear facemasks when out in public// gatherings will be limited to ten indoors and 20 outdoors// businesses will also have to make sure they're in compliance with guidelines from the mississippi state department of health// centered moving away from home is a first for most students.

And for many, this is the first time away from the family physician.

That's why muw has a medical team that looks after the college community.

Many students will rely on the school's medical staff during illnesses.

Sally pearson, a family nurse practitioner at the w says the university is prepared service students in need.

Pearson says she wants students to feel safe when on campus..

"we are ready to take care of them just from their physical exams. all the way to if they have an acute illness or anything like that so we are here for them and then we know how to refer if they need referrals."

Muw's campus health center website says students can get a covid-19 test with an appointment or even a flu shot.

Top for many students, part of the college experience is living together in dorms. muw still plans to move residents in - and soon.

Coming up a little later on wcbi news at 6, we'll show you how administrators plan to keep students safe and healthy in campus residence halls.

Our bobby martinez will have that story.

First look stinger first look summary: an area of low pressure and front will keep an enhanced risk of storms going in our region through saturday.

Any storm may produce lots of lightning, gusty winds, and torrential rainfall.

Some flooding is possible along with downed trees in the strongest cells.

Rain chances lower starting sunday and early next week.

Thursday night: a continuing chance of showers and storms. some storms may produce gusty winds and torrential rainfall.

Muggy lows in the 70s.

Winds sw 5-10 mph.

Friday-saturday: warm and muggy with a 60-80% chance of showers and storms each day.

Some storms may produce gusty winds and torrential rainfall.

Highs in a lowndes county home is a total loss after a fire.

Firefighters rushed to put out the blaze this afternoon.

It happened around 1pm on boxwood drive.

Firemen say the east side of the house was already on fire.

Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 were there to help put out the blaze.

Responded to the call for assistance.

District 2 volunteer fire chief andy grant says a father and his 5 kids escaped without injury.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Around 50 homes in oktibbeha county now have access to natural gas service.

Atmos energy joined the public service commission and msu president mark keenum at the mississippi horse park to formally announce an expansion of natural gas service in the city of starkville.

The project is part of atmos energy's rural expansion program.

The expansion in starkville will extend service to 50 current homes and another 200 planned homes.

If you have access to natural gas you can choose to use natural gas appliances.

Typically natural gas appliances are cheaper to operate than propane and in some cases depending on your electricity provider can also be cheaper.

We are just pleased to have this wonderful public private partnership that can help benefit our university but benefit the citizens in this county as well.

With help from the the psc, the utility has completed 54 projects in 28 communities.

Stinger suitcases and stereos.

Posters and clothes.

Some things about college never change.

But this year.

It's going to look different.

We'll show you how next on wcbi news move in day is just a few weeks away for those choosing to live on campus at mississippi university for women.

But there are some big changes to dorm room life.

Our bobby martinez is live on campus with more..

Bobby?

Joey, it feels like yesterday i was moving into my own dorm room in college..

But times are different now because of covid19.

It's a big enough life change to move to campus.

Here's what students need to know to make the transition from home to college.

Wcbi news change is expected for students living on campus..

"it's going to be a little bit different."

With the main focus being... "what's safer for the students.."

Andrew moneymaker, director of housing at the w, says campus life will be much different this semester because of covid19..

Sot - andrew moneymaker - director of housing - muw "we have assigned all students a room to themselves which typically we do have doubles we do have singles.

But for their safety we have given everybody a double room to practice the social distancing.

We've gone through all of our common areas we've wrapped up furniture and put it in storage again to space it out to eliminate those large gatherings."

And for those students moving in on campus?

"our move in is going to be pretty much contact-less.

Students will come in, come up to our check-in window where the ra's will already have their stuff together and they will basically slide their packet to them with all their information in there their room key, so there's no like real physical contact with that" as for the campus life?

Moneymaker says the university still do their part in keeping students entertained.

Sot - andrew moneymaker - director of housing - muw "we will still do our programming in the halls the biggest difference is it will be more virtual than us gathering in groups and doing something fun."

The fall semester here at the w kicks off august 17th..

Reporting live at the w bobby martinez wcbi news stinger 2-shot weather open summary: an area of low pressure and front will keep an enhanced risk of storms going in our region through saturday.

Any storm may produce lots of lightning, gusty winds, and torrential rainfall.

Some flooding is possible along with downed trees in the strongest cells.

Rain chances lower starting sunday and early next week.

Thursday night: a continuing chance of showers and storms. some storms may produce gusty winds and torrential rainfall.

Muggy lows in the 70s.

Winds sw 5-10 mph.

Friday-saturday: warm and muggy with a 60-80% chance of showers and storms each day.

Some storms may produce gusty winds and torrential rainfall.

Highs in the mid to upper 80s but a few low 90s are possible friday if there is enough sunshine.

Overnight lows in the 70s.

Sunday through next week: rain chances lower but some spotty storms can't be ruled out during the heating of the day.

Highs will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Slightly cooler lows in the upper 60s to around 70.

Tropics: tropical storm isaias will continue to track back towards florida and the east coast over the coming days becoming a category 1 hurricane.

It will have no bearing on our area or the northern gulf coast.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, instagram, and the wcbi news app stinger sec football is officially happening in 2020...find out the changes being made, next in sports spx open with the college football season on the horizon, here's some good news the s-e-c has finalized a plan to have a season this fall the s-e-c announcing this afternoon that football season will now have a 10- game, conference- only schedule beginning sept.26th the s-e-c title game will be also be pushed back two weeks to december 19th and is set to be held at mercedes-benz stadium in atlanta updated schedules are set to be released at a later time...no word just yet on how this will change the 2020 egg bowl summary: an area of low pressure and front will keep an enhanced risk of storms going in our region through saturday.

Any storm may produce lots of lightning, gusty winds, and torrential rainfall.

Some flooding is possible along with downed trees in the strongest cells.

Rain chances lower starting sunday and early next week.

Thursday night: a continuing chance of showers and storms. some storms may produce gusty stinger sec football is officially happening in 2020...find out the changes being made, next in sports with the college football season on the horizon, here's some good news the s-e-c has finalized a plan to have a season this fall the s-e-c announcing this afternoon that football season will now have a 10- game, conference- only schedule beginning sept.26th the s-e-c title game will be also be pushed back two weeks to december 19th and is set to be held at mercedes-benz stadium in atlanta updated schedules are set to be released at a later time...no word just yet on how this will change the 2020 egg bowl academy week keeps rolling along our next stop on the high school football tour checks in with the winona christian stars head coach junior graham is reloading his team after losing some key players to graduation however, the stars are just looking forward to the normalcy football brings winona christian is stop number 39 on the high school football tour áááintro bbááá winona christian is reloading the team in preparation for the upcoming season.

After losing a lot of talent to graduation, head coach junior graham welcomes in another big senior class to help move the stars in the right direction.

"we just want to keep getting better," graham said.

"we expect our kids to come in every year to compete, and compete at a high- level.

It's our job as coaches to put them in a sound scheme both offensively, defensively and special teams. if the kids are ready for the challenge,we just want e in every ball game.

If you're in every ball game you have a chance for victories."

The stars return after a 9-3 overall record and a second-round playoff appearance.

With all the current uncertainty surrounding high school football, the stars are focusing on putting in hard work to better themselves every day.

"they were hungry to get back in the weight room.

They were hungry to get on the practice field monday.

They understand it's difficult times but they love footbal, they love being a teammate," graham said.

With restrictions on scrimmages, the stars have had to utilize each other on the practice field more than ever before.

"we've just had to compete against ourselves.

When you don't have any 7-on-7 camps or any lineman camps to attend it puts all the weight on us to make sure to keep that competitive edge and so we competed as much as we could throughout the course of june," graham said.

Even after losing a good chunk of his team, graham says the stars are here's a look at

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