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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - June 28, 2019

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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - June 28, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT SIX - June 28, 2019

Have a great good evening..

A man just out of prison on a manslaughter charge is back in jail.

He's accused of robbing a sulligent bank.

51-year-old johnny lynn cordell is charged with theft first degree, along with robbery and burglary third degree.

He was arrested by sumiton, alabama police this morning and later brought back to lamar county.

Cordell is being held in the lamar county jail without bond.

The walker county, alabama man was just released from prison in april.

Sulligent police chief rick mcdaniel says cordell walked into first national bank, just before noon, on thursday.

Cordell is accused of giving two teller's a note and leaving with a bag full of cash.

Several agencies worked together to find cordell in less than 24 hours.

Mcdaniel says sumiton police were a big help in the case.

More charges are possible in the investigation.

Cordell also has a probation hold on him in walker county.

Wipe to gfx monroe county deputies are looking for a man they want to question about a grand larceny investigation.

Investigators want to talk to corey todd about a breaking and entering and grand larceny charge.

If you know where todd is tonight, call the monroe county sheriff's office.

Take developing story stinger the city of starkville wants to expand its borders but not everybody wants in... our rylie livingston talks with city leaders about how public input can make a difference.

She joins us in the studio with more.

It's a fear many people have..

Speaking up but being ignored.

Today starkville city leaders want to put that concern to rest.

It's been over a week since residents of university estates voiced their concerns about a proposed annexation during a public hearing in starkville... "i think the residents o university estates made it very clear that our home is outside the city limits we don't trust the city we don't want to be a part of it and if those homeowners had wanted to live in our city that they would have lived within our city we need to recognize that."

Those concerns were heard loud and clear.

Now it looks like the city is going to make some changes.

"i have just looked at area that would be different, that would exclude these folks, but what makes sense for us to continue that path of growth.

Which is not really much different other than coming outside the e.

Lee blvd.

Area and not incorporate those folks that live in the university estates."

Cases like this illustrate the need for public hearings.

Leaders want to hear the concerns and plan accordingly.

"first of all we are a servic of the people.

We work for the people this is their city hall this is their government and they have a right to be heard."

"it's important for us to hea people it's important for us to know what it is that they're thinking and what their concerns are and if you're not in favor of it tell me why so we can have a dialogue about why my vision is different than your vision."

Mayor spruill is hoping that once the changes are presented at the next board meeting the city can move forward.

"i'm hopeful the board wil agree to proceed with drafting an ordinance that will reflect the changes that were made or going forward with the ordinance that was originally approved some measure of that hopefully with the changes that of been made ."

The city will be hosting another public hearing on tuesday.

Centred up starkville leaders are also looking at some parking problems. ips group gave a presentation on parking meters at the board of aldermen's work session, today..

The company rep says the meters could help business and restaurants.

Meters would potentially eliminate the need for parking enforcement officers marking car tires.

They could also generate more business..

"it creates turnover when yo start charging a little bit of a fee for people to park it keeps employees from parking in spaces and staying there all day or keep someone from parking and then going to another town with riding with friends it just freeze up those bases because they're limited and it's costing them something they also pushes them out to the free areas and get them out of the downtown areas."

The meeting was just an information session.

Downtown, midtown, and the cotton district could be potential test areas for the meters.

First look stinger first look friday night: isolated showers and storms are possible during the evening but they'll fade away after sunset.

Skies will be variably cloudy but some fog may develop.

Lows should be in the upper 60s.

Saturday: partly cloudy and warm with afternoon highs either side of 90.

The heat index should push into the mid 90s.

Some pop-up showers and storms are possible but the rain chance is just 30%.

Take vo in monitor it's not always easy carrying a badge.

There's danger.

And, for some - trust issues.

But in starkville, one police officer is building a relationship with some of the city's youngest citizens.

Our cash matlock is in our studio with the story of how officer will simon is teaching by doing - how to protect and serve.

Remember the book - all i really need to know, i learned in kindergarten?

The very young students at mighty oaks day care are learning what it means to be a good citizen of the world from their newest friend.

"as soon as i come up, it's lik whatever they were doing, they just stop and just come to the gate.

Just 'hey i want stickers!

I want stickers!

Can i see your bike?

What do you do?

What is that?'

That right there is awesome to me...it's a joy that nothing else can fulfill."

Starkville police officer will simon drives by mighty oaks child development center almost every day while on duty.

He says the children always wave to him as he passes by, so one day... he had an idea.

"now you're all official junio deputies."

"the next time i came by i jus blew the horn at them and they were just so ecstatic, so one time i just came on in and they all just met me here at the gate.

It just went from there.

The relationship started, and they just look forward to seeing me every time i pass by, you know."

And it's a relationship that teachers at mighty oaks say they encourage.

"i don't know what made hi make that decision, but it was a great one.

He just decided to pull into our parking lot and then he got out and he talked with the kids for about an hour.

They had so many questions.

They were so excited.

He ended up making them official junior deputies, and that just made their whole week."

Now, officer simon stops by almost weekly to bring the children small gifts like drawings or stickers... "what you don't want me t leave?

But i have to go back to work!"

And they give something back to him in return... "it kind of does something fo me.

It let's me know, hey my presence is meaningful.

My presence is more than just giving someone a ticket or something like that.

So, just that energy that they give off to me, it lets me know that hey, if i can continue doing something small, day by day, that could make a small or possibly major impact on their lives."

Officer simon hopes his impact will help change the public's opinion of law enforcement for future generations.

Reporter: "what does a polic officer do?"

"'they help the people that ar hurting sometimes."

"give us stickers.

"they keep bad guys fro messing things up."

"he brings us treats.

"they see a hero that they se on tv or in movies and things like that in person.

They understand that one day they can be that if they choose to be."

And officer simon hopes his influence doesn't stop with the children at mighty oaks... "it's not for me.

It's not for an other media outlet to put a type of shine on myself.

It's for the kids and the unaware people, the uneducated people, of what we do and why we do what we do."

Take vo in monitor teachers at the daycare say it's important for children to feel safe when law enforcement is around.

Stinger summer is funtime for the young and the young at heart... we take a look at how some ábigá kids are getting into the season... centred people in the tupelo area had an opportunity to properly dispose of old or unwanted electronic items. "keep tupel beautiful" hosted an electronics recycling event at computer universe.

People were able to drop off items such as phones, computers, printers, television sets and other unused electronic items..

Organizers say the event gives people a chance to clear out broken, or outdated equipment the árightá way... "it's very important not t throw your electronics in the dump, for one it just ends up in the landfill and sits there, so it's important to dispose of them properly and for them to recycle them and turn into something else, we have a lot of renewable use resources and we want to try to preserve those as much as we can."

This is the second year "keep tupel beautiful" ha organized the electronic recycling day.

Centred up residents of an assisted living facility get an early start on july fourth celebrations with a summer bash.

Magnolia manor of tupelo held the celebration and invited families of residents to enjoy activities such as dancing, games, food and even a water slide.

It was an opportunity for residents of magnolia manor to share in some summertime fun with friends and family members magnolia manor hosts two big events every year, one in the summer and another at christmas.

Stinger weather open summary: fairly standard summer weather is on tap for this weekend and all of next week, including the 4th of july holiday.

Look for a daily 20-30% chance of showers and storms and seasonably warm highs in the low 90s.

Friday night: isolated showers and storms are possible during the evening but they'll fade away after sunset.

Skies will be variably cloudy but some fog may develop.

Lows should be in the upper 60s.

Saturday: partly cloudy and warm with afternoon highs either side of 90.

The heat index should push into the mid 90s.

Some pop-up showers and storms are possible but the rain chance is just 30%.

Saturday night: any rain or storm activity will fade in the evening.

This will set up a quiet night with lows around 70.

Sunday: another seasonably warm and humid summer day is on tap for us.

Highs will be in the low 90s with heat index values in the mid to upper 90s.

Pop-up showers and storms may develop with the chance of rain holding steady at 30%.

Activity will diminish during the evening once again.

Next week: no big weather maker is going to affect the region so we're going to maintain a persistence type forecast& meaning what happens one day will tend to happen the next.

Highs stay in the low 90s with heat index values approaching 100.

Lows drop into the low 70s.

Expect a daily 20-30% chance of rain and storms with most activity occurring during the heating week, including the 4th of july holiday.

Look for a daily 20-30% chance of showers and storms and seasonably warm highs in the low 90s.

Friday night: isolated showers and storms are possible during the evening but they'll fade away after sunset.

Skies will be variably cloudy but some fog may develop.

Lows should be in the upper 60s.

Saturday: partly cloudy and warm with afternoon highs either side of 90.

The heat index should push into the mid 90s.

Some pop-up showers and storms are possible but the rain chance is just 30%.

Saturday night: any rain or storm activity will fade in the evening.

This will set up a quiet night with lows around 70.

Sunday: another seasonably warm and humid summer day is on tap for us.

Highs will be in the low 90s with heat index values in the mid to upper 90s.

Pop-up showers and storms may develop with the chance of rain holding steady at 30%.

Activity will diminish during the smithville seminoles are up next on the high school football tour... the noles want more than division titles..hear their plans for the upcoming season next in sports... spx open the high school football tour continues on with region 2-1a our fifth stop checks in with the seminoles of smithville the seminoles return with more experience than the season before hopeful that it will make all the difference unexpected is the word the smithville seminoles used to describe the run it made in 2018 with a much younger squad last year, the seminoles were surprised that the lack of experience didn't hold them back now for the upcoming season, they're setting the expectations even higher michael campbell, head coach: "what they did last year t step up and play hard it really surprised us a little bit, but we've got good kids that just outwork everybody and that's kind of what we did last year."

Jabril smith, senior rb/ss: " think we're all on a revenge trip.

We're ready to get after it.

I think we want a state championship.

We want to get past north half cause we've been there three years.

Our senior group has been there three years and hasn't gotten past there.

So we want to get past that this year."

That younger squad has grown older.

Smithville returns over ten seniors this season but also has some important holes to fill on the field.

Regardless, these seminoles aren't concerned.

Smith: "everybody talks abou how we're losing lineman.

That's the talk every year but we still come out and put thousands of yards up in rushing" campbell: "we've got som young guys that are going to have to step up just like the guys last year stepped up.

We've got some other young guys we're going to have to fill and replace and move on.

We've got some talent we feel like can do that.

It'll just be a learning experience.so game one we'll be learning and hopefully by the end as were finishing up division we'll be where we want to be and those guys will be playing the type of football we think they can play."

An important key to this year's success is going to be focusing less on the past and more on the present.

Campbell: "last year was las year and it's over with.

We can't lean on that.

We're not north half contenders anymore.

We're a brand new team and we've taken on a new identity.

It'll be interesting to see how that takes off.

We're playing fast and physical.

That's been our brand of football."

The new season for smithville begins august 23rd against belmont and it might be a different team but its still smithville against the world.

Campbell: "just like last yea we don't want to overlook anybody.

We want to take every week seriously, prepare for it and then move onto the next."

Jordan wardlaw, senior wr/olb: "we never tak anybody lightly.

We're trying to get into everybody's head and have each other's back."

Reporting in smithville on the high school football tour, courtney robb wcbi sports.

áábillboardááá the weekend featuring the myrtle hawks and the t-c-p-s eagles then we kick next week off with the noxapater tigers..followe d by the okolona chieftains...back into region 2-1a for those keeping track at home, go to our twitter and facebook accounts at wcbiendzone to see the schedule... victory christian's michael tate signs to continue his football career with delta state tate was a dominant force on the field for the eagles...averagin g almost 13 tackles a game, while recording 8 sacks in his career.

Tate says the recruiting process was stressful, but in the end, he's off to play college ball close to home "i was excited for it.

I was gla i got to sign.

A lot of folks thought i wouldn't sign.

Just glad i got to sign, it's a blessing.

I still get to play the sport i love, and go to college.

Get all that done.

It was stressful, but worth it."




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