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WCBI New at Six - 09/23/2020

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WCBI New at Six - 09/23/2020
WCBI New at Six - 09/23/2020
WCBI New at Six - 09/23/2020

Show open show open show open show open show open the economic hit for business owners during this year of covid19 is by now well documented.

Some businesses are taking a double hit.

Farmers rely on yield and sales.

But customers stayed away because of the virus.

And, now, the crops are drying - and dying in the fields.

A drought can make a lasting impact on a farm.

Wcbi's bobby martinez talked with a caledonia one farmer who says things aren't great down on the farm.

Tossing and turning.

"there's nights that i lay in bed and i don't sleep."

Just trying to find a solution... "sitting there trying to figure out what i'm going to do tomorrow and try to make sure bills get paid and stuff taken care of.

It'll worry you."

It's been quite the year for 31 year old farm owner william darnell..

He was just 14 when he started farming with his dad.

And of the 17 years in this business..

2020 has by far been the most challenging..

"covid19 hurt me bad because i sell a bunch of produce.

And when covid first hit my winter crops my winter produce crops was ready but i had to plow them under, i couldn't move them.

So i lost that money because covid hit i had nowhere to go with it because nobody could get out and shop or anything."

And fast forward to today..

Darnell is faced with another problem... drought has stunted his crops..

There's not even nothing on it like i mean this right here there's nothing there that's going to go straight to the combine and probably not even thrash off.

I mean you have one decent one now and then but the majority of it mean this right here there's nothing there that's going to go straight to the combine and probably not even thrash off.

I mean you have one decent one now and then but the majority of it there's nothing out there.

And with halloween just around the corner..

Darnell says his pumpkins are smaller than usual.

"this pumpkin right here, should be this size and with the drought, the water was just not there to fill them out.

So i've got pumpkins here that should be twice the size of what they are and they're not.

So everybody is just going to have to bear with me this year coming out here with his pumpkin patch and stuff because there was nothing i can do you know i didn't get the rain and i can't make it rain."

Reporting in caledonia bobby martinez wcbi news..

Darnell says for the crops that haven't fully grown - he will have to report it to his insurance company and hope he can make get some help back.

First look stinger first look summary: widespread steady to heavy rain is expected to continue into thursday as the remnants of tropical storm beta swirl through the region.

Total rainfall may range from 1" to 5" depending on where the heaviest band sets up.

Some flooding or flash flooding could occur.

There is also a small window of severe weather potential mainly south and east of columbus thursday if the air can become unstable enough.

This threat would be during the morning into the early afternoon if it were to occur.

Local wind damage and perhaps even a brief tornado can't totally be candidates in both the special elections held in our area on tuesday are headed to a runoff ballot.

State senator gary jackson retired this summer, leaving a vacant spot in senate district 15.

That district includes portions of choctaw, oktibbeha, montgomery and webster counties.

Oktibbeha county business owner bart williams and webster county educator joyce meeks-yates received the most votes.

They will advance to the runoff election on october 13th.

And for house seat 37, former lowndes county school superintendent lynn wright will face lowndes county businessman david chism in the runoff.

It's a surprise.

Actually about 30 minutes ago, it looked like lynn wright was going to win it outright, but as of now, it looks like it'll be a runoff.

And i'm really honored to be in a runoff with someone of lynn wright's stature.

Wright: we look forward to several more weeks, to getting out there.

And getting after it.

Again, the run off again, the run off getting after it.

Again, the run off election will be held in three weeks - that's tuesday, october 13th.

The number of covid-19 cases goes up again today.

State health officials are reporting 552 new cases and 24 deaths.

634 people remain in hospitals across the state with confirmed or suspected coronavirus symptoms. 175 of those patients are in i.c.u.

Lowndes county is reporting the most new cases in our area with 37.

Lafayette and lee both have 21.

More than 94- thousand people have tested positive for covid- 19 in mississippi.

More than 28- hundred have died.

Governor tates reeves began today's press conference with a declaration that mississippi would never return to the "national shut down days of the spring."

The governor says this will be challenging with the combination of both coronavirus, and flu season upon us.

An exact date for the availability of the covid-19 vaccine is uncertain, but governor reeves is pushing for áanotherá vaccine in the meantime.

It's possible for someone to contract both the coronavirus and the flu at the same time- reeves says too many of these cases could overwhelm the state's health care system.

"we don't want to have a healthcare system that has added stress from more people with the flu going to the hospital, in addition to the added stress of more people with covid-19 going the hospital, which at the end of the day, puts the integrity of our system in place."

The governor went on to say that he will be getting both vaccinations.

He is scheduled for a flu shot within the next few days.

A new study by a market research firm studying the religious beliefs and behavior of americans is asking pastors whether they think church attendance will rebound after covid 19.

Wcbi's allie martin has the results and reaction from local ministers.

The report by the barna group found forty-six percent of pastors expect a slight decline in attendance when covid 19 is over, while six percent expect a dramatic decline.

For local pastors, covid 19 has meant a year of challenges and opportunities.

Earlier this summer, belden baptist church opened its doors for in-person services.

Nats earlier this year, belden baptist went to online services because of covid-19.

It continues to provide that option for those who aren't quite ready to attend church in person.

Attendance has been down about 20 percent, but church leaders don't believe this will be a permanent drop.

"we have a lot of our elderly that are still staying at home, those that are staying away from the crowds, rightfully so, but we are doing facebook live, youtube live to minister, we have online sunday school, zoom , i do a devotion everyday, so we're doing things to continue to engage them."

Belden baptist found when it resumed its wednesday night activities more people showed up than before the pandemic started.

"we're unique, our location allows us to have nine high schools from the area, so a lot of our students don't go to school together, this is where they come together and see each other, so they were missing that social aspect of seeing their friends from other schools and other areas."

Dr. keith cochran is pastor of west jackson street baptist church.

He encourages pastors and church leaders to focus on people, instead of predictions and statistics about the future.

"for us as a church we need to go be the church by individually, one on one relationships, build those relationships with our neighbors, co workers so we can share the gospel then move them in a big group setting as we start growing and discipling new believers."

While the nationwide temporary closing of many churches has meant fewer people in the pews, church leaders say it's also an opportunity to re evaluate the the report by the barna group found forty-six percent of pastors expect a slight decline in attendance when covid 19 is over, while six percent expect a dramatic decline.

For local pastors, covid 19 has meant a year of challenges and opportunities.

Earlier this summer, belden baptist church opened its doors for in-person services.

Nats earlier this year, belden baptist went to online services because of covid-19.

It continues to provide that option for those who aren't quite ready to attend church in person.

Attendance has been down about 20 percent, but church leaders don't believe this will be a permanent drop.

"we have a lot of our elderly that are still staying at home, those that are staying away from the crowds, rightfully so, but we are doing facebook live, youtube live to minister, we have online sunday school, zoom , i do a devotion everyday, so we're doing things to continue to engage them."

Belden baptist found when it resumed its wednesday night activities more people showed up than before the pandemic started.

"we're unique, our location allows us to have nine high schools from the area, so a lot of our students don't go to school together, this is where they come together and see each other, so they were missing that social aspect of seeing their friends from other schools and other areas."

Dr. keith cochran is pastor of west jackson street baptist church.

He encourages pastors and church leaders to focus on people, instead of predictions and statistics about the future.

"for us as a church we need to go be the church by pastors at both churches say giving hasn't been substantially impacted.

There are many apps that allow church members to support the work of the church and its ministries.

Top the driver of an international freight truck has been taken to the hospital after the truck he was driving flipped over.

It all happened midmorning as the driver took the exit for 1-82 clayton village off of highway 82, heading west.

The driver attempted to turn back to the east.

That's apparently when the 18 wheeler overturned.

He was carrying a dry load.

But according to former oktibbeha county fire coordinator kirk rosenhan, there is some fuel leaking from the truck.

And witnesses tell wcbi it may take some time to clean up the mess.

The driver is reported to have minor injuries.

Some starkville high students take to the skies for a new type of learning adventure.

Today's assignment took the teens above the tennis courts for a flight pattern with a drone.

The unmanned aviation course gives students a chance to learn more about engineering practices, problem-solving, and technology.

Students are also learning hands-on flight control skills.

Before this lesson, students learned about flying drones using flight software.

"one of the careers i am interested in going careers i am interested in going into is aerospace engineering.

I love everything about it.

I love planes and all that.

You can also go into like flying drones around to scan towers to make sure there's no damage to them, like cell towers or these light poles right here and things like that."

Students can earn a remote pilot certificate from the faa during the two year course.

Stinger when we come back, two local attorneys share their thoughts about the legacy of supreme court justice ruth bader ginsberg.

You're watching wcbi news at 6.

It is a week of goodbyes for supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg.

Her body today at the supreme court for a private ceremony.

As the second women to be appointed as a justice for the highest court, ginsburg is remembered for her stand against gender discrimination and as a women's rights advocate.

And as our savannah gaido finds out, she is also remembered among women who lived life as an example.

When ruth bader ginsburg began law school in 1956, she was among a handful of women.

She was a wife, a mother, and a very determined student.

Her path from legal scholar to the highest court has not been smooth.

But it has been admired.

"she's a women, and she was able to effectuate change in our law like the vmi case and the goodyear case, she wrote "the great dissent", but that she is also able to work with others on the court to accomplish those goals."

Clay county prosecuting attorney michelle eastering says its important for people to know ginsburg was a consenus builder " people didn't know it, but her best friend on the court was anton scalia, justice scalia, who was completely to the opposite of her, but they worked together on matter of grave importance to the citizens of the united states."

Easterling and state senator angela turner ford are both on a professional path first laid out by lawyers like ginsburg.

Ford remembers reading the justice's opinions in law school, and feels the bar she set will be difficult to reach "being 87 years old and having a career in the supreme court that has spanned almost 30 years is going to be tough to master.

But i believe that it is important that for anyone who is appointed to that position look to her and her legacy as something to cherish, and to put in the hard work and certainly goals that we should attain.

Someone who has been on the court for that long is going to be difficult to replace."

"she has been a real icon in the lives of the law and lawyers in general, but certainly in women."

Ginsburg died september 18th from pancreatic cancer.

She will be the first woman to lie in state at the us capitol.

Stinger weather open summary: widespread steady to heavy rain is expected to continue into thursday as the remnants of tropical storm beta swirl through the region.

Total rainfall may range from 1" to 5" depending on where the heaviest band sets up.

Some flooding or flash flooding could occur.

There is also a small window of severe weather potential mainly south and east of columbus thursday if the air can become unstable enough.

This threat would be during the morning into the early afternoon if it were to occur.

Local wind damage and perhaps even a brief tornado can't totally be ruled out but it's just a conditional threat at this point.

Wednesday night: cloudy with widespread rain.

Lows in the 60s.

Winds e 10-15 mph.

Thursday: mostly cloudy with areas of rain and even a few storms. highs around 70.

The chance of rain is 90%.

Winds shift from the ese to the nw during the day between 5 and 15 mph.

Thursday night: cloudy with a few lingering showers possible.

Lows in the 60s.

Friday: cloudy skies to start with some breaks developing as the day wears on.

The chance of showers is just 20% or less.

Highs top out in the upper 70s.

Conditions for high school football are looking mainly dry and quiet.

Weekend: partly cloudy saturday with a low chance of a shower or storm on sunday.

Highs return to the low to mid 80s while overnight lows stay in the 60s.

Next week: mild early fall weather continues through at least tuesday but data suggest that a sharp cool down is possible starting wednesday after more powerful fall front passes.

Highs in the 70s are likely by thursday & friday along with lows in the low 50s and even 40s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, instagram, and the wcbi news app stinger mississippi state's offense gaining some positive momentum before summary: widespread steady to heavy rain is expected to continue into thursday as the remnants of tropical storm beta swirl through the region.

Total rainfall may range from 1" to 5" depending on where the heaviest band sets up.

Some flooding or flash flooding could occur.

There is also a small window of severe weather potential mainly south and east of columbus thursday if the air can become unstable enough.

This threat would be during the morning into the early afternoon if it were to occur.

Local wind damage and perhaps even a brief tornado can't totally be ruled out but it's just a conditional threat at this point.

Wednesday night: cloudy with widespread rain.

Lows in the 60s.

Winds e 10-15 mph.

Thursday: mostly cloudy with areas of rain and even a few storms. highs around 70.

The chance of rain is 90%.

Winds shift from the ese to stinger mississippi state's offense gaining some positive momentum before the opener.

More on the dogs after spx open this year there was no super bulldog weekend.

No maroon and white spring game to give us a preview or even just a hint at how mississippi state looks.

But patience is a virtue.

Saturday we will all get our first official look at msu's new air raid offense under head coach mike leach.

As the team gets closer to hitting the road to play lsu, the bulldogs offense may be turning a corner.

Quarterback kj costello spoke highly about the strides they've made as the weekend approaches.

"a switch flipped today for me.

I think it was the best practice since i been here.

Not just for me personally but as an offensive unit.

Energy.

Tempo.

Execution.

I felt like i was thinking the least that i've been thinking in two months which is fun.

I think i've never really played that way in stanford unless we were in the two minute drill so i kind of tapped into something good there.

We're going to try to build off that each day.

That's the standard moving forward."

Standard moving forward."

In oxford, ole miss prepares to face off against dan mullen.

Only this time, he won't be rocking the maroon and white.

Mullen and his florida gators bring to town an offense that averaged 430 yards a game led by all sec quarterback kyle trask.

Ole miss enters this weekend's matchup focused on making the gators one dimensional to better their chances of stopping one of the top teams in the conference.

"we have to stop the run.

That's the main thing.

Their offense is based on a lot of rpo's so if we stop the run that'll make them one dimensional.

He is a really good quarterback.

It's going to be hard to stop him, but we have to stop the run first.

If we do that, we'll be in better position to make plays."

"with the extension on the season, we've had more time to get ready so that can only help us.

I look at that as a positive."

Sec preseason media poll was announced.

Here's a look at how things shape up in the western division.

Of course, msu and ole miss would be tied to finish 5th in the division alabama comes in at #1 with the most first place votes as well!

Lsu second place.

Auburn third.

Texas a&m.

Is this year the year?

We'll see come in at fourth and arkansas is predicted to finish last in the west.

There were several players who had their name in the hat for player of the week, but one stood above the rest.

Earning the honor this week is tupelo christian prep senior quarterback khi holiday.

Holiday left the field in flames after throwing for 356 yards and 7 touchdowns then rushing for 204 yards and 2 more tds against french camp.

Holiday credits his team for putting him in position to have a night he'll never forget!

"a lot of green grass when i was running.

All i was seeing was my wide receivers hands go up when i needed to throw them the ball.

That's a new record for me.

It was a blessing to get that new record and i wouldn't have got it without my linemen and wide receivers.

Everybody came into the game with a lot of confidence.

We knew we were finna go out there and showout.

I didn't really think about that during the game.

I don't really think about what's going on or what's happening or what i'm doing.

We try to win so that's how we play."

Holiday and the eagles go up against the noxapater tigers this friday!

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