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A house of worship turns to ash after an overnight fire// thanks for joining us tonight at nine// the fire happened at the prairie hill missionary baptist church// flames erupted around 11-last night.

No one was inside when the blaze broke out, and church members say the building hadn't been used since sunday// lowndes county fire coordinator neal austin says they're still working to determine the exact cause of the fire, but he does not suspect arson// " from my understanding this is a really old church or the community.

It's been here for a long time s is going to be a devastating loss for them.

And we have called in the fire marshall's office to assist us with the investigation."

"i couldn't hold the tears back.

I've started crying and i'm trying to hold them back now because it means so much to me.

Lord have mercy, we just have so much stuff here, so much history here, it's just unreal."

The church says it does plan to rebuild... some members plan to hold a worship service in the parking lot this up coming sunday// cw4 new at nine a scary accident on highway 45 alternate brings traffic in one lane to a standstill near west point.

A log truck and and pick up both damaged in the crash// it appears the log truck flipped over in the median losing the materials loaded up on the truck.

The accident happened in the northbound lanes.

No word of any injuries.

M-h-p is investigating the crash.

Cw4 developing story centered up the bond for a former elementary school teacher, charged with attempted murder, has been lowered.

Cari cullum was set to have a preliminary hearing today.

She was arrested after police say she allegedly drove her vehicle into columbus lake.

Today her bond was lowered from 400- thousand dollars to 150- thousand dollars.

Investigators believe cullum intentionally drove the car into the water with her toddler in the backseat back in september.

Sources tell wcbi cullum was attempting to commit suicide.

By the time officers arrived, a friend had pulled cullum and her daughter out of the vehicle.

A starkville man is accused of trying to break in to an apartment building.

40-year-old jocko brooks is charged with residential burglary and attempted aggravated assault.

The incident happened at an apartment on pitcher street in starkville tuesday night.

Brooks remains behind bars.

An oktibbeha county road project is continuing on schedule and will re-open soon.

Poor house road will be closed this weekend, but will re-open during the week of october 14th.

Crews are currently soil cementing the road.

Oktibbeha county district 4 supervisor bricklee miller asks drivers to not go around barricades blocking the road while it is being worked on.

The road is an important route for msu game day traffic.

First look summary: our next fall front will spark a line of showers and storms friday afternoon.

No widespread severe weather is expected but there may be some gusty storms with frequent lightning and heavy downpours.

Cooler air invades for the weekend with potentially heavier rain early next week.

Thursday night: partly cloudy and mild.

Lows in the 60s.

Some isolated showers are possible but the chance of rain is 20% or less.

Friday: look for variably cloudy skies in the morning followed by showers and storms in the afternoon.

Highs will be in the mid 80s out ahead of a cold front.

The strongest storm cells may produce gusty winds and in one month mississippians will vote for the person they believe should lead the state for the next four years.

All eyes are on candidates tate reeves and jim hood.

And what the candidates say could have a lasting impact with voters.

Our rylie livingston takes a look what people in our area are talking about.

Everyone is talking about education.

"i think i would like to see an emphasis on education that we need to really up our game in terms of education.

Lee winter "some of my concerns include education, and particularly early childhood education, making sure our teachers have the resources and the support, they need to help our children at an early age identify needs, they have maybe screenings for them."

Audrey tierney manning says candidates need to look at the cost of higher education.

The ihl board sets college tuition costs and the governor appoints the ihl board.

"the costs of college education, particularly at the universities, i believe it should be more affordable for people to come to college, you know, at any age."

Manning medicaid expansion and health care affects everyone.

"i think more mississippians need to be covered.

We're the unhealthiest state in the nation.

And we need to cover people with health insurance."

Ruth winter john campbell says he wants to see state leaders consider ways to grow small businesses.

"well, i'm concerned about small business, because that some i'm an entrepreneur, an inventor, and what small business we can be a plus to our community, this state by creating jobs that won't come at a certain way in terms of education."

John several voters say they want a governor who shoots straight and is honest.

Wcbi-tv will be hosting north mississippi's only live gubernatorial debate this monday night at 7:00 pm.

Attorney general jim hood and lt.

Governor tate reeves will be here in our studios for a round table discussion.

We'll also be taking questions from you at home.

Scott martin will be following social media and asking the candidates questions from you.

Use the hashtage wcbi debate on twitter.

Supertalk mississippi and mpb radio will carry the debate live monday night.

We'll talk bout road repairs, health care, teacher pay.

Topics that many here in the magnolia state want to hear more about.

"we've got to focus on ensuring that we have a workforce that's ready for the jobs of the next 50 years not the jobs of the last 50 years.

That's the reason that i have proposed a 100-million dollar in capital investment in workforce training throughout mississippi."

Butted to "this isn't about partisenship.

Building roads, fixing healthcare system, and education, those aren't partisenship issues.

We've got enough partisne going up on in washington.

I think the bright spot in this race for me is just seeing modern people come to the middle.

Republicans encouraged me to run and said they were going to vote for me you know, that's a positive change for our state and we can govern with that kind of coalition."

You can tune in live at 7:00 pm.

Wcbi will also livestream the debate on and on the wcbi app.

His creativity landed him in the spotlight on social media// now he's using that to better his future.

Our cash matlock starts off our new series where we behind the screen, next.

Cw4 9pm scott martin re entry roll vo in monitor if you're anything like me, you probably have a few hundred friends on facebook, and maybe a few more followers on twitter and instagram.

Most of them are ?true?

Friends and family members& but do you really ?know?

All of them?

Our cash matlock as more on some of those ?interesting?

People you may be following in a new segment we like to call "behind the screen" take a look.

"prologue " song playing.

For eagan tilghman, a 19 year old artist from meridian, this is the beginning of his biggest project to date.

It's the culmination of weeks of hard work and determination.

... but maybe it's not the beginning.

Maybe eagan's story began 2 years earlier& with a sudden boom of internet popularity.

Eagan, the oldest of 8 siblings, has a close bond with his brothers and sisters.

In the summer of 2017, eagan had a bright idea for a new game& "so, they asked me to paint their face like the joker.

So i did, and then it looked pretty good.

So, i threw him on like a little suit, and i took him outside.

I took a few pictures, and it was kind of cool.

So, then it kind of became like an every other day thing like 'hey, ya'll want to do like two-face this day or edward scissorhands?'" but everything changed with the film adaptation of stephen king's it--- prompting eagan to dress his little brother louise up like pennywise.

"i didn't have cash like falling out of my pockets to go make a costume with.

So, i go in the closet and i find a white blazer, some white tights and a dress.

I turned the dress inside out, tied it around his neck to look like the collar.

The blazer, i tied pom poms to each button and then made like a belt out of some spare yarn and fabric&" and the impromptu photo shoot& went viral.

"and next thing you know, it's all over the place.

It's in cosmopolitan, it's in like the local news.

It's like, there's a video on facebook that got 4 million views.

And it was just everywhere.

The director of the movie saw it and a few of the producers saw it.

Then finally the makeup crew or, not the makeup crew like on set, but the people that designed and sculpted and then produce the makeup to send to the set-- they saw it."

Eagan says he and his brother were then invited out to la for a tour of the shop where movie makeup and costumes are produced.

Now, two years after his viral success& eagan's dreams are bigger than ever before.

"i can do this.

And i can like make a living for myself.

And i don't have to like compromise or change myself to fit in and get just make it in the world.

I can like do it how i am.

And i love that."

Centered at desk if you thought that was impressive, you won't believe what eagan is doing now// part two of behind the screen airs tomorrow on wcbi news at 5 o'clock, and it explores eagan's latest project as well as what he has planned for the future// 2-shot roll wx open summary: our next fall front will spark a line of showers and storms friday afternoon.

No widespread severe weather is expected but there may be some gusty storms with frequent lightning and heavy downpours.

Cooler air invades for the weekend with potentially heavier rain early next week.

Thursday night: partly cloudy and mild.

Lows in the 60s.

Some isolated showers are possible but the chance of rain is 20% or less.

Friday: look for variably cloudy skies in the morning followed by showers and storms in the afternoon.

Highs will be in the mid 80s out ahead of a cold front.

The strongest storm cells may produce gusty winds and lightning but no widespread severe weather is expected at this time.

The heavies rain should be exiting to our east by early evening with showers lingering afterwards into friday night.

Friday night: mostly cloudy and cooler.

Some showers may hold on through the night.

Northwest winds will usher in cooler air during the night and wake up temperatures saturday morning should range from the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Saturday: our southeastern areas may have a deck of clouds for the first part of the morning but all spots should become mostly sunny during the day.

Plan on highs mainly in the upper 60s.

Lows saturday night may dip into the mid to low 40s.

Sunday: clouds are expected to increase and that may lead to more shower activity.

We're going to keep the rain chance at 40%.

Another day in the 60s is likely.

Early next week: rain chances drop on monday but they may quickly ramp up tuesday into wednesday.

As a matter of fact, several inches of needed rain may fall during this time across parts of the region.

It's just too early to tell who will get what.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram if you're like me these fall temps have made you no widespread severe weather is expected but there may be some gusty storms with frequent lightning and heavy downpours.

Cooler air invades for the weekend with potentially heavier rain early next week.

If you're like me these fall temps have made you want to open up your windows// but if you suffer from fall allergies, that could be a problem// we learn how to guard ourselves in tonights health talk with baptist// segment 3: how can you protect yourself against fall allergies?

Hi, i'm dr. justin garner and im part of the otolaryngology team at baptist memorial hospital-golden triangle.

I want to talk to you about fall allergies.

If you have fall allergies, there are some steps you can take to manage your symptoms. stay inside with the doors and windows closed when pollen is at its peak and keep a close check on pollen counts in your area.

Before you turn your heat on for the first time, clean your heating vents and change the filter.

Bits of mold and other allergens can get trapped in the vents over the summer and will fill the air as soon as you start the heating unit.

Other steps you can take include: ?

Use a hepa filter in your heating system to remove pollen, mold and other particles from the air.


Use a dehumidifier if you need to, to keep your air at between 35% and 50% humidity.


Wear a mask when you rake leaves so you don't breathe in mold spores.


Remove pollen from your skin and hair by showering frequently ?

Dry your clothes inside in the dryer instead of hanging clothes outside.


Have decaying leaves removed from your yard and gutters.

If your symptoms of sneezing, runny nose or itchy and watery eyes get worse in the fall, you probably have an outdoor fall allergy.

80% of people with seasonal allergies complain about these symptoms as well as problems with sleeping, being tired, having poor concentration and decreased productivity at school or work.

But the good news is, treatment is available.

Having your allergies properly identified and treated will help you and your family enjoy the season.

Join us next time for health talk with baptist.

A teen comes home to find a large goat asleep in his bathroom// how did it get inside?

Jeremy roth tells us next in take a look at this// there are unwanted guests and then there are really unwanted guests and a goat that smashes in your back door and takes a nap in your bathroom qualifies as the latter// jeremy roth has today's take a look at this!

Security cameras captured video of a goat that broke into an ohio family's home... and their teenage son's hilarious reaction to finding it.





The goat had escaped from a nearby farm and smashed its way into the keathley's home.

It wandered through the house and came to rest in a bathroom.

When 18-year-old logan came home from school and saw the damage, he called his mom.

That's when he discovered the culprit napping in the bathroom.



"holy $#% !

"there's a goat in the bathroom!"

I'll bet that smelled terrific .

Like ... goat-purri!

Ashland county officials responded, notified the goat's owner and removed the uninvited guest.

I'm just excited for fall and how can you not be with dazzling colors like these ... captured by a drone above the forks, maine.

As the weather gets cooler, scenes like this will be coming to your area.

The website has posted an interactive map to guide you.

It uses historical data and forecasts to predict peak fall moments across the country.

So grab your camera, a pumpkin spice anything ... and enjoy the colors.

For talat - i'm jeremy roth we'll have a last look at your forecast when we come back// there are some new babies at the memphis zoo.

The zoo introduced two new jaguar cubs today.

Both are female and were born at the zoo on september 4th.

They are not on exhibit just yet, so you're getting a behind- the-scenes peek at them.

In the coming weeks, the zoo will release details on a contest for the public to help name the cubs.

These are the first jaguar cubs at memphis zoo since cat country was built in 1993.


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