[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

National Catalog calls in an order for nearly 900 more workers in Martinsville and Henry County.

NEWS 7 begins with a LIVE report on new job opportunities for an area that desparately needs them.

[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - we'll check softball on the college and high school front. Plus, two more triple a powers decide to drop in classification, as Fleming
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and EC Glass high school look to move to the Group Two A ranks next season.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Two words for you tonight. Record heat. More on that just ahead.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=ejo]
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Hundreds of jobs are coming to Southside, 875 to be exact in the next six months.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Henry-Industry]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-06 TC1:22:55]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


Folks in Martinsville and Henry County have the National Catalog Corporation to thank.
Today the company announced it's expanding.
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Surae Chinn was at the press conferrence and is now in our Danville newsroom.
[Live=Danville Full/Danville Bureau]
[SUPER=@Surae1;]
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Keith, some officials are hoping that about a fourth of the city's unemployed may go back to work because of this corporation. Two reasons why the city and county are celebrating-- the number of jobs that will be available and the company is starting to hire tomorrow.
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[IN Q=The National Catalog]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bob Rhudy/National Catalog Corp. G. M.; :20]
[SUPER=01-Sherry Ramsey/Patrick Henry Dev. Council; :32]
[SUPER=01-Gearold Feury/Distribution Director; :59]
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[OUT Q=start tomorrow morning;]

(( The National Catalog Corporation has seen tremendous growth. Today it announced it needs more space and more people. The company says they want to expand the distribution center in Henry County and call center in Martinsville because of the location and availalbe workforce-- helping the unemployement rate is just icing on the cake.
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((BOB RHUDY/NATIONAL CATALOG CORP. G.M. : IT'S A WONDERFUL FEELING TO BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY...TIME THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH.)) [RUNS:08]
Developement officials say the timing couldn't have been better.
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((SHERRY RAMSEY/PATRICK HENRY DEV. COUNCIL; WE HAVE A LOT OF DISPLACED WORKERS THAT ARE GOING TO RUN OUT OF BENEFITS. THESE JOBS ARE CREATED IMMEDIATELY..GREAT NEWS.)) [RUNS:10]
In this Henry County distribution site only 4 thousand packages are going out. By the completion of the expansion it will ship about ten time that number every day. Distribution director Gearold Feury says once the catalog order call comes in..the order comes through here.
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((GEAROLD FEURY/DISTRIBUTION DIRECTOR: AS THEY GO THROUGH THEY'RE TAKEN OUT ...OUTBOUND SHIPPING BOX.)) [RUNS:13]
[SOT 4:46;30]

((SHERRY RAMSEY/PATRICK HENRY DEV. COUNCIL; THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR MARTINSVILLE AND HENRY COUNTY TO BE ABLE TO PUT ..START TOMORROW MORNING.)) [RUNS:15]))
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And as I understand it the Virginia Employment Commission will handle the applications.
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[Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-11 TC35:44]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex Strike]


Eight months ago today, hundreds of rubber workers walked off the job at the Rubatex plant in Bedford seeking better working conditions.
There's been no movement in negotiations between the two sides since, but there WILL be movement in the streets next week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford/File Tape]


The Local 240 union has been granted a parade permit for Saturday, May 20th in downtown Bedford.
Officials say the parade and rally are designed to show the community the union is still standing strong in its ongoing dispute with Rubatex.
Labor leaders from across the country are being invited to speak.
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[NAACP]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-22 TC03:51]
[GRAPHIC=Martin Jeffrey]


Roanoke's N-double-A-C-P President abruptly resigned today in the midst of a family crisis.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Martin Jeffrey says his oldest son has been missing since Monday night.
City police consider Broderick Jeffrey a runaway and are following standard procedure in such cases in attempting to locate the 14-year old Fleming High School freshman.
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[SOT 10:08:30]
[IN Q=The tendency is to blame]

((THE TENDENCY IS TO BLAME YOURSELF. "MAYBE IF I SPENT MORE TIME AT HOME." I DON'T KNOW.))
[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Former Rke NAACP Pres.]
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[OUT Q=I don't know.]
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Though he'd been planning on stepping down before the Fall elections, Jeffrey says his son's disappearance has been an "epiphany," sort of a wake up call.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]


Jeffrey says he plans to go into the ministry. His father is a Baptist Minister and seven of his 13 brothers are preachers.

[Dehart]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-59 TC2:02:35]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Radford teacher and coach plead "no contest" today to stealing prescription drugs from his school.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


43-year-old James Anthony DeHart (DEE-hart) is a gym teacher at John Dalton Intermediate School.
He was videotaped taking prescription drugs used to treat learning disorders from a locked cabinet in the school.
His attorney says DeHart began using the drugs to keep his energy up during long work days.
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[SOT 10:54:31 - :42]
[IN Q=It wore him down]

((JIMMY TURK/DEHART'S ATTORNEY: IT WORE HIM DOWN AND HE FELT HE FOUND WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS AN EASY WAY TO CONTINUE WHAT HE WAS DOING AND IT WAS WRONG AND HE KNOWS THAT.))
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[OUT Q=he knows that.]
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DeHart will have to undergo one year of supervised probation and drug screening.
He's been suspended from teaching since he was charged.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]


His attorney says DeHart is now drug-free and ready to return to work.
The school board is scheduled to decide on that tonight.

[Layman]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-13 TC37:16]
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The marijuana producer they called the "phototron man" was back in federal court today.
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[V/O-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/1995]


Victor Layman has served his sentence. He was in court to see five others sentenced for their roles in keeping pot production going in the Roanoke Valley.
Like Layman and co-defendent Joe Bennet Smith, these defendants set up grow houses- -literally- -entire houses devoted to the manufacture of marijuana.
The amount of time they'll serve is based on the number of pot plants attributed to each defendant.
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[Eaton]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-05 TC1:18:38]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A grand jury will consider the case of a Henry County man who allegedly shot at two deputies.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./March 20]


Raymond Eaton is charged with two counts of attempted capital murder.
Today, five witnesses from the Sheriff's Department testified in Eaton's preliminary hearing.
Sheriff Frank Cassell took the stand and described the surrender after a nine- hour standoff.
The deputies Eaton allegedly fired upon also gave testimony.
The grand jury will decide in July whether the case will go to trial.
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[Senate-Race]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6p]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-12 TC42:29]
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A new poll shows a tight race between U.S. Senator Chuck Robb and challenger George Allen.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wakefield/April 19]


The likely Republican nominee has raised a lot more money for this fall's campaign than the Democratic incumbent.

But Robb is holding his own, in a survey released today by Virginia Commonwealth University.
41 percent of the people questioned back Allen; 40 percent prefer Robb.
18 percent are undecided at this point.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


Some big changes may be coming to Smith Mountain Lake
Find out what they are when News 7 at Six returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And some schoolkids get a fast-moving lesson in the Science of Speed.
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[Cox-Internet]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jsu]
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It's up to a hundred times faster than the residential dial-up internet service that uses a phone line.
It's called Cox At Home and will be available in parts of the Cox service area July first.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Joy/Microwave]


Joy Sutton is at the Patrick Henry Hotel where demonstrations of the high-speed internet service are underway.
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[SUPER=@Joy1;]
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[Pulaski-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmc]
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A brush fire burned about 15 acres of land in Pulaski County this afternoon.
The fire started around noon in the area around Mount Olivet Road.
It took crews about three hours to bring it under control.
A state forestry official says it appears it was started by an abandoned campfire.

[Lake-Plans]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC1:14:29]
[GRAPHIC=Smith Mt. Lake]

Smith Mountain Lake residents expect to hear any minute whether they've won land to build a retirement home and community center -- but the changes don't stop there. All kinds of new attractions are coming to Smith Mountain Lake. Tina Tenret brings us this update.
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[SUPER=01-Don Fink/SML Association; :33]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Smith Mountain Lake]

(( The new Y-M-C-A will open June first with strength and cardio machines and a full aerobics schedule.
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((nat sot hammer))

[RUNS:03] It's tucked underneath the Lewis Gale Clinic in Westlake Corner.
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((WE HOPE WE CAN DETERMINE ... FULL FACILITY HERE.)) [RUNS:15]
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Lake volunteers are also trying to lease at least part of these 400 acres to build a community center, retirement home, and cultural arts building, hoping to unify lake residents.
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[SOT 12:50:18]
[IN Q=If we had]

((IF WE HAD ... TO LIVE IN.)) [RUNS:16]
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Virginia Western Community College classes will also be taught at the lake starting this fall, ranging from computer technology to art appreciation. Tina Tenret News7 Smith Mountain Lake))

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Wall Street erased yesterday's losses. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW gained 178-points and NASDAQ climbed 115.
The Bloomberg News-7 Index gained more than a point and a half.
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[Racing-Exhibit]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=sch]
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A new exhibit has sped into Danville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Second graders from Lynchburg's Sheffield Elementary School got a sneak peak into the Danville Science Center's racecar display on the "Science of Speed."
They got to climb into racecars, learn about the dynamics of racing and the people and history behind the sport.
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[SOT 15:23:00]
[IN Q=It was put]

((GINNY LAUBINGER/DANVILLE SCIENCE CENTER DIR.: IT WAS PUT TOGETHER BY THE MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER AND IT HAS BEEN TRAVELING THROUGH OUT THE UNITED STATE. BUT WE WANTED TO BRING IT HERE PARTICULARLY BECAUSE IT HAS A GRAND TIE INTO OUR AREA. THIS IS THE VIRGINIA RACING REGION. DANVILLE LIES IN BETWEEN THESE WONDERFUL RACETRACKS.))
[SOT 15:20:38]

((LIZA DAVIS/2ND GRADER: I LIKE WATCHING HOW FAST THE CARS GO AND THE DIFFERENT KIND OF CARS.))
[SUPER=01-Ginney Laubinger/Danville Science Center Dir.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Liza Davis/2nd Grader; :16]
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[OUT Q=different kind of cars.]
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The exhibit is open to the public beginning this Saturday.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Tonight in sports, some high school softball action is on the way. Plus, Roanoke College tunes up for the NCAA's that start tomorrow.
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[VO-NAT]

And we'll examine the implications of all the redistricting that is one the table in front of the Virginia High school league.
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[S-VHSL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-61 13416tc]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL Logo]


The Virginia High school league's redistricting committtee is scheduled to meet in Charlottesville two weeks from today. This afternoon was the deadline for public schools to announce their intentions for the next school year, and as expected, William Fleming will join Pulaski County is asking to be placed in the Blue Ridge district. The longtime Triple-A powers have experienced declining enrollments in the past few years allowing them to drop to Group Two A and leave the Roanoke Valley district. Fleming will be welcomed with open arms, but Pulaski's road to the Blue Ridge may be a little bumpier.
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[IN Q="It's anybody's guess...]

((JANE LAYMAN:))
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[OUT Q=...CARROLL COUNTY."]
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[VO NAT CON'T] Pulaski prefers the Blue Ridge over the Southwest district, but all kinds of factors other than competition have to be weighed before any decision is made.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="In Roanoke County...]

((JANE LAYMAN:)) ((SANDY HADAWAY/SALEM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
[SUPER=01-Sandy Hadaway/Salem Athletic Director; :15]
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[OUT Q=...in the classroom."]
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[talent=mike]
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If Pulaski and Fleming both join the Blue Ridge, and Alleghany and Rockbridge are rejected in their attempt to join the Valley district. The Blue Ridge will be at its maximum of 10 teams, while the Roanoke Valley will have only 3 left - PH, Franklin Co. and Cave Spring.









[S-GLASS]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=SP-66 2025TC]
[GRAPHIC=VHSL]

The movement is not limited to the Roanoke Valley.
For the first time in its history, E.C. Glass High School wants to abandon its Triple- A ranking and move into the smaller Double- A Seminole District.
Steve Smallshaw tells us why.
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[IN Q=E.C. Glass]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Susan Morrison/E.C. Glass Principal; :19]
[SUPER=01-Rose Flaugher/E.C. Glass Athletic Director; :47]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Peters/E.C. Glass Football Coach; :56]
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(( E.C. Glass officials will tell you this is not a move down, but a move OVER.
Geographically speaking, Glass sits smack in the middle of the Seminole District and already plays a lot of those teams.
Moving the Hilltoppers to Double- A will save the school both time and money.
[SOT 14:35:15]

((SUSAN MORRISON/E.C. GLASS PRINCIPAL: WITH THE EMPHASIS ON SCHOOL ACCREDITATION, STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND STANDARDS OF LEARNING, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE NEGATIVE IMPACT THAT THE AMOUNT OF TIME AND TRAVEL AND DISTANCE THAT THAT IMPOSES ON OUR STUDENT- ATHLETES.))
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Not only will students spend less time on a bus traveling to the games, Glass fans will have an easier time turning out to cheer them on.
That translates into bigger gate receipts, money which helps pay for all those sports teams and their equipment.


[SOT 14:43:42]

((DENNIS PETERS/HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: PARENTS ARE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO DRIVE HALF AN HOUR THAN THEY ARE AN HOUR AND A HALF TO SEE A GAME.))
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[OUT Q=see a game.]
[SOT 14:44:59]

((ROSE FLAUGHER/E.C. GLASS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: TO ME, MORE THAN THE MONEY FACTOR, IS JUST THE FACT THAT OUR KIDS ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PLAY CONTESTS IN FRONT OF A LOT OF PEOPLE AND OUR FANS ARE GOING TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL AND TO SEE OUR KIDS PARTICIPATE.))
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Seminole District schools will vote next week on whether to accept E.C. Glass.. a final vote from the V-H-S-L will come May 25th.
Steve Smallshaw, News7 Sports.))


[S-Cave]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-64 (40:58)]
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Cross county rivals Cave Spring and William Byrd hooked up over at Lynn Saunders Field today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Cave Spring vs William Byrd; :]


The non-district game was a warm up for both teams as they prepare for next weeks district tournament.
In the bottom of the first, Nikki Childress hits a line drive to cenerfield scoring Dawn Williams and the Lady Knights jumped out to the 1 to nothing lead.
It remained 1 to nothing until the bottom of the fifth. Cave's Emily Caldwell hits a grounder up the middle scoring Mary Thomas to make it 2 to nothing and Cave Spring was leading two to nothing after five innings.
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[S-Roanoke]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=Sp-69 tc 21:27]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke College]


The Roanoke College Softball team is ranked fourth in the nation with a 39 and three record.
The stellar season has earned the Lady Maroons the right to host the regionals of the N-C-Double-A Division Three Tournament.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=we took]
[SUPER=01-Alan Bayse/Roanoke College Head Coach;]
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[OUT Q=one game at a time]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/This Season;]


Roanoke College won the ODAC again this season, but it's the experience the team got in the Regionals last year that Coach Bayse hopes will help the team succeed this time around.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If we can]

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke]


Regionals start Friday morning at 10 at the Moyer Sports Complex. Roanoke College's game is at two.

[S-Chip]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-60 1:25:49]
[GRAPHIC=Chip Sullivan]


Ashley Plantation Golf Pro Chip Sullivan is competing for a chunk of the 400 thousand dollar purse up for grabs at the four day Buy.Com Richmond Open which began today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daleville; :00]


Sullivan, who spent a season on the PGA tour, tied for first in the qualifier for this tournament last week.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="you know]
[SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/Ashley Plantation Golf Pro; :00]

((CHIP SULLIVAN/ASHLEY PLANTATION PRO:YOU KNOW MY FIRST PRIORITY IS ASHLEY PLANTATION SO I'M NOT TAKING THESE EVENTS A SERIOUSLY AS I DID WHEN I WAS ON THE TOUR, BUT IT'S GONNA BE FUN, I'M GONNA SEE A LOT OF OLD FRIENDS OUT THERE AND WHO KNOWS, MAYBE I'LL PUT TOGETHER A FEW GOOD ROUNDS".))
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[OUT Q=....put together some good rounds"]
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[anchor=mike]

Chip is on the 17th hole at this time and is at four over par.[graphic=hold chip sullivan]