Coming up on News 7-
A search gets underway for a missing hiker in Roanoke County.
Florida prepares to certify its official vote total.
The town of Buena Vista bids farewell to a century old landmark.
Plus, Mike Stevens will have a live report from Blacksburg where the Hokies just defeated U-V-A.
NEWS 7 at eleven is next.
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No matter who wins the certified vote in Florida--- the legal battles will continue.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Democrats plan challenges of results from Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, and there could be more.
Terisa Estacio is in West Palm Beach, Florida with the story.
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((With thousands of ballots still left to count, election officials geared up for an all-night, marathon session in Palm Beach county. They're trying to review all the questionable ballots ... before Sunday's 5pm
JUDGE BURTON/PALM BEACH CANVASSING BOARD:"WE'RE GONNA GO AROUND THE CLOCK IF WE HAVE TO, TO GET IT DONE."
In Broward County, election workers are much closer to the finish line.
But a decision to include questionable absentee ballots in the manual count rankled GOP observers.
WILLIAM SCHERER/REPUBLICAN LAWYER:"YOU'VE TOLD THESE LAWYERS TO BRING YOU MORE VOTES."
JUDGE ROBERT W. LEE/BROWARD CANVASSING BOARD CHAIRMAN:"I'LL ASK THE DEPUTIES TO CLEAR THE COURTROOM AND MR. SCHERER IS NOT WELCOME BACK IN THIS ROOM. HE CAN WATCH THE PROCEEDINGS FROM OUTSIDE."
Republican leaders later criticized the Broward canvassing board.
GOV. MARC RACICOT/(R) MONTANA: THEY'RE NOT LOOKING FOR VOTES. THEY'RE NOT DISCERNING VOTES. THEY'RE MAKING VOTES.
GEORGE MITCHELL/(D) FORMER U.S. SENATOR: HAND RECOUNTS ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE LAW AND WITH PAST PRACTICES IN FLORIDA, IN TEXAS, AND ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
Both candidates tried to stay out of the spotlight ... as they pushed ahead with their court fights. on Saturday, George W. Bush filed new lawsuits in five Florida counties ... challenging the rejection of many
overseas military ballots.
This, as Vice-President Al Gore prepared to contest the final tallies in some Florida counties -- including Miami-Dade -- where the hand count was stopped.
Meanwhile, supporters on both sides, are becoming increasingly restless... in this election waiting game.
TERESA ESTACIO: FLORIDA SECRTARY OF STATE, KATHERINE HARRIS, PLANS ON CERTIFYING FLORIDA'S VOTE TOTALS ON SUNDAY EVENING. BUT WITH THE U.S. SUPREME COURT SET TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS FROM BUSH AND GORE LAWYERS LATER IN THE WEEK, FLORIDA'S CERTIFICATION MOST LIKELY WON'T BE THE LAST WORD IN THIS
HISTORIC ELECTION BATTLE.
TERISA ESTACIO, CBS NEWS, WEST PALM BEACH))[Missing-Hiker]
A search is underway at Dragon's Tooth in Roanoke County for a missing hiker.
Authorities aren't releasing the young man's name.
They say he was hiking with friends and called police around five p-m saying he'd become separated from the group.
Officials say they lost contact with the man when his cell phone battery went out.
Authorities say that was about five hours ago.
Virginia Tech and U-V-A fans didn't get much cooperation today from Mother Nature.
The rainy weather made travel difficult for just about everyone trying to make their way to Blacksburg to watch the Hokies and the Wahoos.
Traffic was slow moving not only on Route 460 in Montgomery County but also along Interstate 81.
The weather and heavy traffic also contributed to a number of minor accidents.
No serious incidents were reported.
As for the game...We'll have a complete wrap-up, coming up in sports...
For now, though, let's check in with Leo in the weather center.
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A 22-year-old woman was shot this morning in what the Montgomery County Sheriff's department believes was a hunting accident.
The accident occurred near Ironto around 8:30 ..
The woman was taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital.
Her name and condition have NOT been released.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is investigating.
One of the last general stores east of the Mississippi is in Buena Vista.
But at the end of December the local landmark will be shutting its doors.
Kate Weidaw takes us inside the store and tells us there is a way to keep this piece of history alive.
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Walking into the General Store is like walking back in time.
It opened in 1891 and many of the antiques that sit on the shelves were once sold there.
Even the original safe from Barker Jennings, a hardware company in Lynchburg, is still being used today.
((DON LORRIER: THIS STORE HAS BEEN PART OF THE AREA FOR 5 GENERATIONS OF LOCAL SHOPPERS AND SO MANY PEOPLE COME IN AND AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFE THEY'VE WORKED HERE.))
Don Lorrier and his wife Lynn bought the store in 1989 from the Knight family who had run it since 1902. They took on the General Store as a pre-retirment project that lasted 11 years.
Now the pair is ready to retire and are looking to sell the shop.
((DON LORRIER: WE TRIED FOR QUITE A WHILE TO FIND A BUYER ALMOST A YEAR BUT FOR MOST PEOPLE IT'S TO BIG OF A PROJECT OR TO MUCH HARD WORK.))
But that hard work has been a joy to the Lorrier's. The store has become the number three tourist spot in Rockbridge County for folks from as far away as England.
((LYNN LORRIER: WHEN THEY STARTED COMING IN FROM ABROAD IT SURPRISED US AND THEN WE BEGAN TO GET PEOPLE WHO CAME BACK MORE THEN ONCE AND THEY'D SAY WE'RE HERE AGAIN FROM ENGLAND.))
((THIS IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE STOPS, I LOVE TO COME IN HERE ALWAYS HAS UNIQUE THINGS TO VIRGINIA.))
Over the years, visitors have left their thoughts in the store's guest book.
((LYNN LORRIER: I TOOK THE WRONG ROAD AND DIDN'T REGRET IT.))
But without a buyer all the memories will be packed up in boxes or sold at auction when the doors close sometime in December.
((LYNN LORRIER: THAT'S PROBABLY THE SADDEST PART AT THIS POINT IS THAT WE DON'T HAVE SOMEONE TO PASS IT ONTO BECAUSE FOR US IT WAS HAVING SOMEONE ENTRUST A REAL PIECE OF HISTORY AND WE'D LIKE TO SEE IT CONTINUE.))
((DON LORRIER: NOT MUCH LEFT TO DO THEN CLOSE IT UP AND SELL EVERYTHING OFF AND CLOSE IT UP AGAIN.))
Kate Weidaw News 7 Buena Vista.))
Tis the season to start your Christmas shopping .. but it's also a time when many give to the less fortunate.
Today was the first drop off day for the Community Christmas Store in Roanoke County.
Every year the store gives hundreds of families in the valley Christmas gifts.
Organizers say they need folks to donate new clothes, toys, and appliances.
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((DEANNA SHEPPARD: PACKAGES OF SOCKS AND UNDERWEAR WOULD BE REALLY GOOD, ALSO NEW OUTFITS FOR CHILDREN AND HOUSE HOLD ITEMS.))
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Items can be dropped off at the Community Christmas Store every Saturday until Christmas.
The store is located at Cave Spring Corners.
Senator-elect George Allen was in the national spotlight today.
That's still ahead on NEWS 7 at eleven.
And who will be making housecalls to Virginia's inmates?
A changing of the "guard" is in the works.
We'll be right back.
The state is taking over inmate medical treatment at two Southwest Virginia supermax prisons.
That's because the Commonwealth is NOT renewing its contract with the company "Correctional Medical Services" -
which has been providing health care for inmates at Red Onion Prison near Pound, and at the
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Wallens Ridge correctional facility in Wise County.
Dozens of inmates at the prisons have filed lawsuits against the private company, claiming they received inadequate care.
The current contract expires in January.
While Carilion's C-E-O and President plans to retires soon, he says that won't stop his work on the Carilion Biomedical Institute..
Tom Robertson says he will continue to serve as the chairman of the Board of Directors for the project.
He says it's a keen interest of his -- and he's pleased it's progressing very well.
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((TOM ROBERTSON: WE HAVE FUNDED FOUR MILLION DOLLARS IN GRANTS WE HAVE 50 PROJECTS GOING. WE HAVE A LOT OF FACULTY IN CHARLOTTESVILLE AND BLACKSBURG INVOLVED. BUT IT'S A LONG TERM PROCESS AND WE SAID IT WAS AT LEAST SEVEN YEARS.))
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Robertson says he believes the institute holds potential for the region but says it's going to require a lot of work.
He will retire from Carilion effective January 15th.
Robertson will be replaced by Edward G. Murphy, who also plans to serve on the institute's board.
Senator-elect George Allen found himself in the national spotlight today.
Allen provided the Republican response to the President's weekly radio address.
He highlighted Social Security - saying the non-Social Security surplus should be treated as a well-run business.
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SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ONCE WE TAKE CARE OF THESE PRIORITIES WE SHOULD OFFER
THE DIVIDENDS TO YOU THE SHAREHOLDERS, THE OWNERS OF THE GOVERNMENT.))
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The Hokies are handed a Holiday treat as they wrap up the Wahoos.
Highlights are still ahead in sports.
And Christmas present is looming in our future...
But after the break, we'll celebrate Christmas past.
Stay with us.
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In this season of giving, imagine spending Christmas with few gifts, no tree, no freedom..
In this week's "Time Off" Shannon Young takes us to the Booker T. Washington National Monument for a glimpse into slavery's Christmas past.
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((It'll be cold.
It'll be dark.
And the scenery will be bare.
So what will draw hundreds of people to an old farm in Franklin County on a frosty night in December?
How about an annual holiday event at the Booker T. Washington National Monument.
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((Christmas in Old Virginia is a focused look on how Christmas was celebrated during 1864 this year. We're gonna talk about how the Civil War was affecting the people on the homefront as far as festivities and their traditions, owners and slaves during this period of time.))
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On two evenings next week the park's staff will provide tours by lantern light.
They'll be dressed as members of the Burroughs Family who owned this 207-acre homestead.
Sinclair will take on the role of Jeremiah, a slave.
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((The slaves always looked at Christmas as "The Big Time instead of just Christmas 'cause it was a week of Sundays. It was a week where they didn't have to do any field work, any laborious work. All they had to do was feed the animals and cook.))
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Decorations and gifts were sparse.
But the season was no less special.
After leaving the farm Booker T. Washington recalled Christmas on the plantation as rich with feeling and sensation.
He wrote about the slaves who were allowed to return to their families during the holiday season, often the only time of year they were allowed a reunion, and of the trees "glittering with icicles" and the "Christmas odors" that filled the air.
In 1864, the farm was also infused with hope.
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((They're thinking they're about to be free, or they might be free. Lincoln's plan, the Emancipation Proclamation, has already been announced in this area. They already know if the Union wins they're gonna be free. This might be their last Big Times. How would that make them feel?))
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((Now, the history of slavery probably doesn't come to mind when you think of the holiday season. But the program the Park Service has planned may actually give you a deeper appreciation for your family's holiday traditions.))
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((Slavery is a big part of our past. It's one of the things a lot of people think the foundation of America was built on, at least in the South. That's our foundation so we have to learn about it and we have to learn from it.))
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And, just maybe, the lessons you take from the tour will help light a fire in your heart that's strong enough and warm enough to overcome the cold and the dark.
Shannon Young, News 7, Franklin County.))
Tours are free and will take place at 5:30 and 6:30 on Friday December first and Saturday the second.
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A damp cool evening greeted Virginia and Virginia Tech tonight in their annual battle for state bragging rights.
Mike Stevens was at Lane Stadium for the big state showdown, Mike.
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((ROLLCUE:...to remember in more ways than one.))
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Georgia Tech improved to 9 and 2 with this afternoon's 27 to 15 win over Georgia.
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3-rd ranked Miami and Boston College squared off in the Big East today.
The Hurricanes rallied from a 6 to nothing first quarter deficiet and came on to rout the Eagles 52 to 6.
And here's a look at today's college scores.
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The Salem Spartans are headed back to the state playoffs.
This afternoon in Ridgeway, The Spartans beat Magna Vista 43 to nothing in the Division Four Semi-finals.
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The Magna Vista Band working the field before the start of the game.
Salem is back to punt but Magna Vista's Lewis Taylor can't handle the ball Kirby Hamilton recovers the ball in the end zone for the T-D and the Spartans led 7 to nothing.
The Spartans get it back after a Warrior fumble, David Christenson hands off to Manuel Lewis who takes it from 6 yards out for the score and Salem led 13 to nothing.
Then in the second quarter Christenson passes to Shawn Hefner for the 27 yard touchdown pass play to make it 20 to nothing and the Spartans win it 43 to nothing.
Pulaski County's season ended today in the Division Five Semi finals The Cougars losing to Heritage of Newport News 22 to 17.
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The Cougar's coming into the stadium in front of a decent crowd on this rainy day.
Pulaski County scored on its first possession as Frank Cobbs takes the handoff and scores up the middle from the 5 to make it 7 to nothing Cougars.
But the Hurricanes got defensive blocking this punt that was recovered by Rudolph Foye who takes in from the 8 and the score was tied at 7 to 7 in the second quarter.
The Cougars took a 10 to 7 lead at the half but on the Hurricanes first drive of the third quarter Michael Johnson takes the handoff on the draw up the middle going 65 yards for the touchdown to make it 14 to 10 in the third and the Hurricanes win it 22 to 17.
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The Chargers of Bath County beat Rye Cove this afternoon 42 to 18.
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In the first quarter Jacob Phillips goes to the air for the 26 yard touchdown pass play and the Chargers led the game 14 to nothing.
But Rye Cove comes right back Quarterback Travis Petell scores from the one yard line on the quarterback sneak bo make it 14 to 6 Bath Co.
The Eagles cut the lead to 2 when Patel calls his own number and he takes it down the field on this 53 yard touchdown run to make it 14 to 12 Bath Co.
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But the Chargers pulled away in the second quarter Phlipps goes to drew Rider on the T-D pass and Bath County wins the Division One Semi Finals beating Rye Cove 42 to 18.
Rustburg advances to the state semi finals with a 7 to nothing win over Gate City.
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The Red Devils coming out fired up and ready to bring it home.
In the first quarter with no score Rustburg working the ground game. The handoff goes to Eric Scott he takes it outside for a 20 yard pick up.
This time the Red Devils take it to the other side Aaron Lassiter picks up some nice yardage before being pushed out of bounds at the 6 yard line.
A couple of plays later Rustburg sticks to the ground game Tony Jefferson gets the call and scores from the 5 yard line to make it 7 to nothing Rustburg and the Red Devils hold on for the 7 to nothing win.
In the Division Two semi finals, Honaker beats Giles this afternoon 21 to 9.
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The Spartans going through their pre game drills.
Honaker quarterback Heath Miller hands it off to Neil Sample and he bulls his way up the middle for the 4 yard T-D and the Tigers led 14 to nothing in the first quarter.
But the Spartans come right back Cooney Ratcliff takes the pitch from the single wing and scores on the 35 yard run but Giles trailed 14 to 7.
The Tigers answered the call on third and goal Miller again hands it off to Neil Sample who scores up the middle from 3 yards out and Honaker wins it 21 to 9.
Northside and Laurel Park squared off tonight in the Region Three girls quarterfinals.
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The Lady Vikings huddle before the opening tipoff.
Northside's Brittnie Hughes passes to Jessica Wilkerson who tapes a step and hits the three pointer.
But the Lady Lancers come back hitting the offensive board and getting this two pointer to keep the game close.
The Lady Vikings come back Wilkerson goes down the lane but passes to Charlotte Bjerndell who hits the jumper and Northside goes on to win it 68 to 43.
Over at Northside, Glenvar and Appalachia went head to head in the Region C quarterfinals.
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Glenvar coach Bryan Harvey huddles with his Lady Highlanders.
Appalachia's Erica Varner passes to Rashanna Jackson who makes the layup and the Lady Bulldogs led by 5.
The Lady Highlanders come back Amanda Kite passes to Allison Fasnacht who makes the jumper to cut the Bulldog lead to 2.
Jackson again throws the pass this time to Erica Counts who scores the three and Appalachia goes on to win it 39 to32.
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