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[TALENT=Keith]

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Coming up on News 7 at 6 we'll meet a few of those hoping to make the leap from manual labor to the technology sector... a fresh start with a new company.
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[TALENT=Keith]


And get some wide ranging perspective on the Confederate History Issue.

[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Tonight on news 7 sports, the Express opens the playoffs against Johnstown. W&L, Lynchburg College and Rockbridge County high school hire new coaches.
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[VO-NAT]

And the Salem Avalanche arrives in town for its first workout at Salem Memorial.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


A rude drop in temperatures this evening with snow showers in the mountains. A big change in 48 hours though. Details ahead.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]




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[SOT 1:20:04]
[IN Q=I think 1400 jobs]

((I THINK 1400 JOBS WILL GIVE ANY LOCALITY A GOOD SHOT IN THE ARM.))
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[OUT Q=shot in the arm.]
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Hundreds of hopefuls turn out for a shot at a job with one of the area's largest new employers.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[EchoStar]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-09 TC1:14:28]
[GRAPHIC=EchoStar Job Fair]


In February, EchoStar Communications came to Christiansburg to check out the workforce.
Today, the company is back to hire.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Marya/Microwave]


Marya Jones brings us the details on EchoStar's job fair today.
[Live=Marya Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


Keith, as of 5:00, more than a-thousand hopefuls had thrown in their applications to join the satellite dish company.
EchoStar officials said that turnout marks the beginning of a beautiful partnership with southwestern Virginia.
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[IN Q=Workers came excited]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Angela Greer/West Virginia Resident; :28]
[SUPER=01-Curtis Johnson/Former NR Castings Worker; :49]
[SUPER=01-John Eaton/Former NR Castings Worker; :54]
[SUPER=01-Soraya Cartwright/EchoStar VP; 1:10]
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[OUT Q=teach you anything.]

(( Workers came excited... and eager to fill EchoStar's first 600 jobs.
It was a chance for EchoStar officials to show the workforce what it was all about...
[NATSOT 1:05:54 - 1:06:00]

((IS THE WORK HARD? YOU BET? ARE THE HOURS LONG? DARN RIGHT? AND THE REWARDS? AWESOME.)) [RUNS:06]
And for area workers to show what they had to offer...
[SOT 1:30:37 - :40]

((ANGELA GREER: SALES, TYPING COMPUTER SKILLS, I'LL GIVE IT ALL TO THEM.)) [RUNS:03]
Angela Greer and her friends drove an hour and a half from Beckley, West Virginia to put in their applications.
[SOT 1:30:09 - :20]

((ANGELA GREER: I BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO BE WORTH IT. (WHY IS THAT?) THE PAY MAINLY. YOU DON'T FIND THAT KIND OF PAY IN BECKLEY ... I'M DEFINITELY WILLING TO TRAVEL FOR IT.)) [RUNS:11]
The job fair also drew many people who recently lost their jobs.
John Eaton and Curtis Johnson used to work at New River Castings. But they welcome a new high-tech job environment.
[SOT 1:28:35 - :40]

((CURTIS JOHNSON/NR CASTINGS WORKER: I THINK IT'S A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PEOPLE OF OUR PLANT AND OTHERS AROUND US IN THE COMMUNITY.)) [RUNS:05]
[SOT 1:27:54 - :1:28:00]

((JOHN EATON: I MIGHT LIKE SITTING BEHIND A DESK OR WHATEVER THEY MIGHT HAVE ME DOING. THEN AGAIN I DON'T KNOW. I GUESS EVERY JOB I GOTTA GET USED TO.)) [RUNS:05]
The jobs offered ranged from technical computer jobs to plant maintenance... with a base pay of $8.50 an hour.
But company officials say that's just a starting point... with lots of room for growth.
[SOT 1:34:15 - :30]

((SORAYA CARTWRIGHT/ECHOSTAR: OUR DOOR IS OPEN. WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT. WE DON'T CARE WHAT PEOPLE LOOK LIKE OR WHAT BACKGROUNDS THEY COME FROM. WE LOOK FOR CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS AND IF YOU HAVE THOSE, WE BELIEVE WE CAN TEACH YOU ANYTHING.)) [RUNS:12]))
[Live=Marya Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


EchoStar hopes to hire 600 workers from job fairs today and Thursday... to begin taking calls in May. The rest by fall.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Marya/Microwave]


Keith?

[Nylstar]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


A little good news is coming Thursday for laid off textile workers in Henry County.
Nylstar (NILE-star) -- a high-tech textile company -- will expand its current plant in Henry County.
Sources tell NEWS 7 Nylstar will add 50 workers.
It currently employs about 200.

[Confed-Month]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#00-06 TC345:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Today is the anniversary of the assassination of the Martin Luther King, Junior.
Governor Jim Gilmore picked it to sign into law a separate King holiday in Virginia-- moving the holiday for Confederate generals Lee and Jackson to the prior Friday.
But tomorrow he says he'll proclaim Confederate History Month in Virginia.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Micro]


Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom to give us the latest.
[Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave]
[SUPER=@Ellen1;]
[SUPER=05-Richmond;]


Keith, we've been telling you about complaints on this issue from Gilmore's former juvenile justice director.
We told you about former K-K-K leader David Duke's weekend visit to the Richmond area.
Today, the state N-double-A-C-P said there's NO room for compromise.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=As the old]
[SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/Virginia NAACP; :00]
[SUPER=@Gilmore; :15]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Henry Marsh/(D) Richmond; :28]
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[OUT Q=more conciliatory.]

((
[sot 10:18:30]

((SALIM KHALFANI/VIRGINIA NAACP: AS THE OLD STATE SONG USED TO SAY, WE ARE NOT GONNA BE CARRIED BACK TO OLD VIRGINNY.)) [runs:07]
There is NO wording of a proclamation honoring Confederate history that would be acceptable to the state's foremost black civil rights organization.
[sot 10:55:17]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE PROCLAMATION IS MOST EXPLICIT THAT IT DENOUNCES SLAVERY AND RECOGNIZES THAT THAT WAS NOT A GOOD PART OF VIRGINIA HISTORY. BUT THAT THERE ARE OTHER PARTS OF VIRGINIA HISTORY THAT OUGHT TO BE RECOGNIZED IN A FAVORABLE WAY.)) [runs:13]
[sot 10:22:18]

((SEN. HENRY MARSH/D-RICHMOND: IF WE WERE TO SAY WE CAN HONOR THE NAZIS, AND HAVE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST EXPECTED TO SUPPORT THAT, I THINK HE CAN UNDERSTAND HOW THIS PROCLAMATION IS OFFENSIVE TO MANY VIRGINIANS.)) [runs:17]

[sot 10:56:10 ]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IT MAY BE GRATING TO HIM AS AN INDIVIDUAL, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT, OR EVEN TO OTHER INDIVIDUALS. BUT TO OTHERS IT IS A DIFFERENT APPROACH. AND WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THE VIEWS OF ALL OF US AS VIRGINIANS. AND HAVE TO BE MORE CONCILIATORY.)) [runs:15]))
[Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Richmond;]


The Governor's proclamation acknowledges the "noble spirit and inspiring leadership of great Confederate generals and leaders."
It also says slavery is "abhorred and condemned by Virginians."
A little bit of history on what former governors have done: George Allen celebrated Confederate heritage with his proclamations.
Doug Wilder merely recognized Civil War history with a denunciation of the Confederacy and its legacy of defending slavery.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/StateMicrowave]
(Question: So the actual proclamation will be issued tomorrow?)

ELLEN: That's right. And the Governor has NO plans to change the wording.

[Athey]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-05 TC35:12]

[GRAPHICNone]
A Martinsville man now faces charges from a fiery hit and run accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./Nov. 18, 1999;]


25 year old Blake Warren Athey (A-thee) is charged with walking away from his car after he a utility pole.
His passenger, 21-year old John W. Tunnell, was stuck in the burning car for nearly an hour and lost both his legs.
A trial date has not been set.
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[Harris]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-60 TC1:46:56]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A dying man's last words are helping Roanoke prosecutors build their case against his killer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Witnesses who testified in court today say 36- year old Paul Wright told them Mike Harris was the man who stabbed him.
[SUPER=04-November 14;]


Harris admits he inflicted the fatal stab wound to his friend's back but his attorney say he's NOT guilty of murder.
Harris' attorney told the jury his client had been drinking and snapped when the victim allegedly fondled Harris while he was sleeping.
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[SOT 14:01:23]
[IN Q=He's going]

((STEVE MAHAR-MILANI/HARRRIS' ATTORNEY: HE'S GOING TO TELL YOU HE GOT TUNNEL VISION, HE WAS SEEING BLACK, SAW A KNIFE, REACHED DOWN, PULLED THE KNIFE AND STABBED MR. WRIGHT THROUGH THE BLANKET.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Mahar-Milani/Harris' Attorney;]
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[OUT Q=the blanket.]
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Prosecutors say Harris then left in the victim's car and later robbed a convenience store before being arrested in Washington County.
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[Richardson]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC43:22]
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[WIPE/WIPE/WIPE]

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[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/September; ]


Roanoke prosecutors will get help making their case against accused murderer Timothy "Nippy" Buford from the other suspect in the crime.
Buford is accused of killing 19- year old Prentice Jordan at a Roanoke night club.
Today-- 16 year old Tremaine Richardson pled guilty to second degree murder as part of a plea agreement.
In exchange-- he's now agreed to testify against Buford.
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[SOT 00:07:16]
[IN Q=Mr. Tremaine ]

((MR. TREMAINE RICHARDSON'S CONTENTION IS BASICALLY AS MS. DEWEASE STATED THAT HE WAS THERE THAT NIGHT, THAT HE DID GO BACK IN WITH A FIREARM AND HE DID SHOOT AT THE GROUND IN THE AREA OF PRENTICE JORDAN, TWO TIMES, HOWEVER HE DOES NOT CONTEND HE WAS THE ONE WHO SHOT ANY OF THE BULLETS THAT STRUCK MR. JORDAN IN THE BACK.))
[SUPER=01-Rhonda Overstreet/Richardson's Attorney;]
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[OUT Q=in the back.]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]


Yesterday, a judge found Buford NOT competent to stand trial. However, a new trial date was set in case his status changes.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


A big tax hike is in the works in Pittsylvania County-- find out why when News 7 at Six returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And nearly three decades of searching ends with a tearful reunion for two sisters.
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[Sisters-Reun]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC27:02]
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A family was created today at the Roanoke Regional Airport. Two women met their sister for the first time. Tina Tenret follows them through the anticipation and the tears.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=07-Alice Jordan; :16]
[SUPER=07-Linda Jordan; 1:17]
[SUPER=@Tina2; 1:27]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke]



[Pitts-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-04 TC1:03:24]
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Pittsylvania County home owners could soon be paying more taxes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]


The county board of supervisors proposed a nearly 95 million dollar budget which means a 28 cent tax hike.
The money is needed to pay for fire and rescue equipment, rural roads and most of all school expenses.
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[SOT 50:07]
[IN Q=The upcoming]

((DONALD JOHNSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SCHOOLS: THE UPCOMING TEACHER SHORTAGE IS NO LONGER UPCOMING IT'S HERE AND IT'S REAL.))
[SOT 1:00:00]

((DAN SLEEPER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. ADMINISTRATOR: IT'S USUALLY MUCH LARGER THAN THEY EVER APPROVE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE BOARD IS DOING. DON'T EXPECT ANYWHERE NEAR 28 CENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Donald Johnson/Pittsylvania Co. Schools; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dan Sleeper/Pittsylvania Co. Administrator; :06]
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[OUT Q=28 cents.]
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[VO-NAT]


A public hearing is scheduled for April 19th.
We'll hear more about the need for school funds tonight on News 7 at eleven.
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[Halifax-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=None]
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Halifax County property owners could also see a tax hike in the near future.
County supervisors are evaluating several options .. between a three and 10 cent tax increase.
The board is also looking at raising fees for things like building permits and land use.
A final budget proposal is not expected until mid May.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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After 500 point drops in both the Dow and Nasdaq earlier in the day, bargain hunters saved the day on Wall Street.
[TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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[SUPER=x5102;]
[SUPER=430-y/46.85/11175.08/y/74.82/4148.86/y/2.56/110.20;]


The Dow closed just 47-points lower while NASDAQ lost 75-points.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index dropped two and a half points.
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[Floyd-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-02 TC1:24:43]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire]


The medical examiner has identified the victim in Sunday night's fire in Floyd County.
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[SUPER=03-Floyd Co./Sunday]


Anthony Paul Allen died of smoke inhalation. His body was so badly burned, it took until today... using dental records ...to positively identify him.
Allen was a cousin to homeowner Christopher Johnson. Allen died ten days shy of his 24th birthday.
The fire was caused by a short in the main electrical line to the house.
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[Dillard]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The treasurer of the Blue Ridge Fire Department confessed to stealing five thousand dollars from the department.
57-year-old William Dillard today admitted he stole the money over the last ten years.
The judge ordered him to serve 250 hours community service and repay the money.
Not only did Dillard pay back the five thousand dollars, he also donated an extra 25-hundred dollars.
The fire department has since tightened up accounting procedures.

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, the Avalanche arrives in the valley on the same day two ODAC schools hire new basketball coaches. Plus, Rockbridge County has a new head football coach and Steve Mason is staying cool at the Roundhouse.
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[VO-NAT LIVE MICROWAVE]

[STEVE MASON WILL AD LIB TO BREAK]

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[S-Perry]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-65 13:29]
[GRAPHIC=Express/Johnstown-Kelly Cup Playoffs]


The Express opens the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs against Johnstown in a little over a half hour.
[Double Boxes=Mike/Steve/Microwave]


Steve Mason joins us from the Round House with...let me get this right Steve, a young Express assistant coach who is also an old Chief?
[Live=Steve/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :00]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke; :00]


Mike, I don't know if he wants to admit this but Perry Florio not only played for the Johnstown Chiefs in the early 90's but he was a captain and he is still the Chiefs all time leader in playoff points, and, get this, every year in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the town hold Perry Florio day. Perry your response to this.

[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Assistant Coach; :00]



Perry, I also here that your mom is still a member of the Johnstown fan club? What kind of player were you and can help the Express tonight with insight into how the Chiefs system works?
[PLEASE B-ROLL OVER SECOND ANSWER]
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[SUPER=03-Johnstown, PA/1993;]
[RUNS=:18!!!!!!!!]
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[AFTER B-ROLL COME BACK TO STEVE AND PERRY ON CAMERA]
[Live=Steve/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke; :]

Keys to tonight? One other note, head coach Scott Gordon also played for the Chiefs during the 1989 season and as a goalie, he lead the Chiefs to the ECHL finals.
[Double Boxes=Mike & Steve/Microwave]


Mike face off is at seven, _________will start in goal, highlights at 11.[S-Avalanche]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-53 tc 2:02:04]
[GRAPHIC=avalanche]


The Avalanche slid into town yesterday and today the players and coaches met the media.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]


The Salem roster boasts a lot of new faces. And according to management several hot major league prospects.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=we do]
[SUPER=01-Alan Cockrell/Avalanche Manager; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jerome Alviso/2nd Year Avalanche Player; :20]
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[OUT Q=pretty good team]
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[anchor=mike]
[ss=hold]


The Avalanche opens the 2000 season this Thursday in Winston Salem.

[S-W&L]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-54 tc 2:02:04]
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A familiar face is taking the helm of the Washington and Lee men's basketball program.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington;]


Jeff Lafave served as interim coach this past season and today the univeristy announced the "interim" had been taken off his title.
[SUPER=04-This Season;]


Lafave was an assistant with the Generals during the 1998-99 season.
And in 99-2000 season he led W and L to a better than expected six place finish in the ODAC and the Generals first win in the opening round of the conference tournament in 10 years.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=if you look]

((JEFF LAFAVE/W AND L MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH: IF YOU LOOK AT THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON NOT ONLY DID WE CLOSE THE GAPS, IF WE GET BEAT WE WERE MORE COMPETITIVE AND WINNING A GAME IN THE ODAC TOURNAMENT IS SOMETHING WE CAN HANG OUR HAT.))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Lafave/W&L Men's Basketball Coach;]
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[OUT Q=hang our hat]
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[S-Hornets]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-55]
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[wipe to eng#!!!!!!!!!!!!]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]

At Lynchburg College this afternoon, a familiar name and face stepped up to accept the position of head basketball coach for the Hornets. Ron Carr, who was an assistant at Virginia Tech under both Charlie Moir and Frankie Allen before taking over the head coaching ranks at Longwood, returns to the college hardwood after spending last year at Rockbridge County high school.

He replaces the retiring Joe Davis.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I THINK...]
[SUPER=01-Ron Carr/New Lynchburg Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=...LYNCHBURG COLLEGE."]
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[S-Trophy]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-63]
[GRAPHIC=ROCKBRIDGE CO.]

Speaking of the Wildcats, Rockbridge County named Billy Mills the school's new head football coach today. Mills is from Chilhowie. He played college ball at Emory & Henry and last year served as a high school coach in Chattahooga. He beat out 30 other applicants to replace Jamie Talbott.