Coming up next on News 7 at Six ..
There's snow in our forecast, but V-DOT says "bring it on!"
We'll have a live report.
Organizers raise thousands of dollars for a little boy hurt at Dragon's Tooth..
And there are new details in the case of a dog found skinned in Franklin County.
In Sports, Northside and Bassett played for the Group Two A girls state basketball title today at the Salem Civic Center.
And Rustburg is the Division Three state football champs.
The first significant snowfall of the season looks to be heading our way.. I'll have the details and possible accumulations coming up......
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - as old Man Winter prepares to deliver our first significant snow of the season.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for portions of the News 7 viewing area...And we're all under a winter storm watch.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner is in the weather center with the latest.
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Kate Weidaw is live in Roanoke with more.
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((ROLLCUE:...whatever mother nature brings.))
((JASON BOND/VDOT: WHENEVER IT COMES WE'LL BE OUT THERE TO PUSH THE SNOW WE'LL START GOING INTO 12 HOUR SHIFTS AND WORK AROUND THE CLOCK UNTIL THE SNOW IS REMOVED.))
The plows were loaded up with salt and sand yesterday in anticipation of tonights snowfall. Crews will hit the road when the snow starts sticking. And many folks were thinking ahead today. The Kroger at Tanglewood mall has been packed with shoppers. The manager says they've had all 12 lanes open since 10-30 this morning and it's been non stop.
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A dog found skinned in Franklin County earlier this week apparently died of natural causes.
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The animal was taken to Virginia Tech for in-depth testing.
An autopsy report released today says the 8-year-old hound dog died when its colon ruptured.
The report says the dog was skinned four to six hours after it died.
An investigation in to who skinned the animal and why is ongoing.
The Planned Pethood Clinic in Franklin County has established a "Cruelty Investigation Fund" to offset expenses incurred in cruelty investigations like this one.
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Donations may be made to The Planned Pethood Clinic...P-O-Box 298...Boones Mill...24065.
A fundraiser for the 12- year old boy injured at Dragon's Tooth surpassed everyone's expectations.
The community, including the Cave Spring Boys Basketball team, came out today to raise money for the family of Sam (Bread-uh-gur) Brediger.
The Hidden Valley Junior High seventh grader, who loves sports, is recovering after falling last month while hiking with friends.
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((BILLY HICKS/CAVE SPRING BASKETBALL COACH: A LOT OF OUR KIDS ON THE TEAM KNOW THIS YOUNG MAN AND YOU KNOW WE JUST FELT LIKE THIS IS A CHANCE FOR US, WE GET SO MUCH SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY THIS IS A CHANCE FOR US TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY BACK.
TERRI LANGFORD/ORGANIZER: WE WANT TO MAKE SURE, THEY, WHILE HE'S RECUPERATING AND DOING THE THINGS HE NEEDS TO DO, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY, THAT WE CAN HELP THEM WITH THEIR FINANCIAL NEEDS.))
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More than 100- people took part in today's fundraiser.
And, organizer say they expect to reach their goal of 10- thousand dollars.
A new art gallery in the star city showcases works of art from international and local artists.
Mountain Magic Gallery just opened on Buck Mountain Road near the intersection of Route 220.
The owners say their goal is to bridge the gap between culture, gender and race through art.
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((NADINE BANNARD/MOUNTAIN MAGIC GALLERY: WE ALSO WANT TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN ARTISTS. WE FEEL THAT ALL ARTISTS ARE ARTISTS REGARDLESS OF THEIR STATUS OR THE NAME THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO CREATE FOR THEMSELVES WHETHER THEY CREATE A MASTERPIECE IN THEIR BASEMENT STUDIO WHILE THEY WAIT ON TABLES DURING THE DAY OR THEY'RE CARRIED IN MUSEUMS ALL OVER THE WORLD TO US THEY'RE AN ARTIST.))
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A reception will be held tonight from seven to nine P-M.
Three international artists are displaying their works as well local artists Natalie Smith and Polly Branch.
Still ahead on News 7 .. Political scientists gather in Salem to offer their opinions on the election process..
...while Lawyers and judges offer their own opinions on dimpled ballots and illegal votes.
The latest in the race for the White House is coming up after the break.
The Presidential Election saga continued in a Tallahassee, Florida courtroom today, as attorneys for George W. Bush and Al Gore fought over dimpled ballots and illegal votes.
Teresia Estacio has the latest.
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((LAWYERS FOR AL GORE AND GEORGE W. BUSH FILLED THIS SMALL TALLAHASSEE
COURTROOM TODAY ... TO TAKE ON ONE VERY LARGE QUESTION -- SHOULD
14-THOUSAND BALLOTS FROM TWO FLORIDA COUNTIES BE COUNTED BY HAND?
DAVID BOIES/GORE ATTORNEY: "WE HAVE ALLEGED THAT THE CERTIFIED RESULTS REJECT A NUMBER OF LEGAL
VOTES AND INCLUDE A NUMBER OF ILLEGAL VOTES."
BARRY RICHARD/BUSH ATTORNEY:
"PRESUMABLY WHAT MR. BOIES IS SAYING IS THAT THE LEGISLATURE INTENDED TO
GIVE THE LOSING CANDIDATE THREE FREE SHOTS AT THE BASKET."
AFTER OPENING ARGUMENTS, AN ELECTION EXPERT FOR THE GORE TEAM TRIED TO
SHOW VARIOUS WAYS PUNCH BALLOT DEVICES CAN FAIL, AND WHY A HAND COUNT IS
NEEDED TO DETERMINE SOME VOTES.
KIMBALL BRACE/PRES., ELECTION DATA SERVICES: "IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE THAT AN INDENTATION IS MADE IF THE MACHINE IS NOT
CLEANED OUT ON A REGULAR BASIS AND THERE'S CHAD BUILD-UP, AND THEREFORE
THE VOTER MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PUSH DOWN AS FIRMLY."
MEANWHILE, FLORIDA REPUBLICAN LEADERS HAVE ANNOUNCED THEY WILL CALL A
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION ON WEDNESDAY ... TO CHOOSE THE STATE'S
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS ... IN CASE THE COURTS OVERTURN A BUSH VICTORY.
AS THE LEGAL AND POLITICAL BATTLES PLAYED OUT IN FLORIDA, VICE
PRESIDENT GORE SPENT THE DAY WITH FAMILY ... WHILE GOVERNOR BUSH MET
WITH TOP G-O-P LEADERS AT HIS TEXAS RANCH. THEY DISCUSSED A FUTURE WITH
A NEW CONGRESS AND A NEW PRESIDENT.
GOVERNOR GEORGE W. BUSH:"WELL I'M SOON TO BE THE INSIDER. I'M SOON TO BE THE PRESIDENT."
TERESA ESTACIO: MENTION NINE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES WORKING TODAY ... NO IDICATION WHEN
THEY WOULD RULE.))
Lawyers and judges aren't the only ones spending their Saturday trying to determine who our next President will be.
A group of Political Scientists met in Salem today to discuss the election process.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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As attorneys for Bush and Gore battle it out in the courtrooms, voters are continuing to rally behind their candidate. Political scientists say this election is fascinating... but they say the saga will soon be over.
((CHARLES BULLOCK: I THINK WE'RE REAL CLOSE TO THE END RIGHT NOW.))
Charles Bullock a Professor from the University of Georgia says most voters think Gore lost the election.
((CHARLES BULLOCK: MOST OF AMERICANS EVEN THOUGH A LOT OF THEM DID VOTE FOR GORE THEY THINK HE IS THE LOSER AND ITS GOING TO BE A HARD TIME FOR HIM TO REVERSE THE OPINION IN THE PUBLIC AND ITS GOING TO TAKE SOME DRAMATIC WIN IN THE COURTS AND HE'S NOT SCORING THAT YET.))
And while the courts may decide the end result of this election Professor Matt Holden says there is another option.
((MATT HOLDEN/U. OF VA: THE END RESULT IF THE TWO SETS OF COURTS HAVE ACTED IS THAT GORE HAS ANY SHOT OR THE BUSH TITLE IS QUESTIONABLE I HAVE NO DOUBT NOW THAT THE FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE WILL EXERCISE ITS RIGHT AND INTERVENE AND THAT WILL DECIDE THAT MATTER FOR THEM.))
One thing both experts can agree on, this election will most likely bring more voters to the polls next election.
((CHARLES BULLOCK: MAYBE THIS PLANS THE SEED OF A CIVIC CONCERN SO THAT PEOPLE WILL BE EAGER TO LEARN ABOUT CANDIDATES AND ISSUES BE INFORMED AND ACTIVE VOTERS IN THE FUTURE.))
But right now most eyes are on the candidates waiting to see who the next President will be.
Kate Weidaw News 7. ))[Tease#2]
Still ahead on News 7 .. Holiday spirits are flowing at one local winery.
We'll take you there.
And this is proof you're never too old to stop toying with Legos...
A creative competition is coming up.
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The Christmas spirit is making one area vineyard drunk with festivities.
Shannon Young drinks in the view at Valhalla Vineyards in today's Time Off.
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((When the weather outside is frightful, there's one place, high above the Roanoke Valley, you can count on for a steady climate and holiday hospitality.
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((We actually had this cave blasted.))
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It's the cave 60-feet below ground at Valhalla Vineyards.
The temperature inside hovers between 55 and 60-degrees year 'round.... perfect conditions for aging wine.
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((This is what people come to see 'cause it's unique and it's exciting and they haven't seen a wine cave before with all the barrels aging.))
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Debra Vascik and her husband Jim founded the winery just a few short years ago.
Already the winery is making a name for itself and attracting fans.
This year Debra proudly displays the Virginia Governor's Cup for her 1998 Syrah.
She's the first female winemaker ever to win the award.
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((The winery's usually closed between November and May. The grapes have already been harvested and there isn't much happening in the cave. But this year Valhalla's making a special holiday exception.))
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((We had so many people that said, 'won't you please open up at Christmastime. I have all my family in and friends and we just are looking for something new and different to do.'))
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The idea of a seasonal celebration took root.
On Saturday, December 23rd the winery will open between one and four in the afternoon for yuletide festivities with a twist.
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((For our Holiday Open House we're gonna decorate the cave with Christmas decorations ... so it'll be extra special to come in and just really enjoy the holiday and tour and celebrate a really unique aspect of Roanoke.))
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[IN Q=In finding this site...]
((In finding this site, we're one of the highest places in Roanoke. We overlook the whole valley, so it is like Heaven on earth up here... so the name suits well with Valhalla.))
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So, even if it is cold outside, the Vasciks invite you to the vineyard to bask in the warmth of friends, family and the richness of a wine made with love.
Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke County.))
Playing with legos took on new meaning today in Blacksburg.
The first Virginia Lego League Tournament took place at Cassell Coliseum.
The 60 teams involved took an 8 week course on mechanical design, problem solving, and team work before they set out to build a robot.
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((CHARLES NUNNALY/ORGANIZER: EVERYONE HAS A COMMON SET OF PARTS THEY BUILD A ROBOT TO SOLVE A COMMON PROBLEM THEN THEY COME IN HERE AND THEY HAVE 4 OR 5 ASPECTS RELATIVE TO JUDGING THEY HAVE THE COMPETITION TABLE BEHIND US.))
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Students between the ages of nine and 14 took part in the competition.
More then 20 awards were handed out for team spirit, presentation, and best round in competition.
And coming up in sports, The Group Two A state girls basketball champion was crowned at the Salem Civic Center this afternoon Rustburg wins a state football championship.
And Navy beats Army in the Military showdown in Baltimore this afternoon.
We begin our state championship Saturday world tour with the Division Four championship game between the two time defending state champion Salem Spartans and the team they beat last year Park View Sterling.
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The Spartans came onto the artificial surface at Bridgeforth Stadium playing the role of the underdogs against the Patriots.
Just like last year this one was tight. David Christianson rolls out and hits Sean Hefner on the right sideline. He picks up good yardage into Park View territory.
That catch and run would help set up Nic Schmitt's 45 yard field goal that splits the uprights and makes it 3-to-nothing Salem.
But Park View would answer that with a kick of its own. Brandon Develli will knock in this three pointer. Park View led 10-to-3 at the half.
But Salem would rally and tie the game at 10-all heading to the fourth quarter.
The Spartans win it 17 to 10.
Postgame tonight at 11.
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Rustburg played mistake free football to hold off Turner Ashby nine to six in the Double A, Region three title game.
Denise Allen has more.
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Rustburg hadn't brought home a state championship since 1993 and the Red Devils were hungry to start a new decade with a trophy.
They moved the ball 70 yards in their first possession. Eric Scott breaks through the line for 35 of them to set up a Red Devil field goal.
The Knights took their first possion on their own 20 and methodically moved the ball into Rustburg territory.
When it looked like the Red Devils had them stopped, quarterback Travis Reznik waits for the reciever to make his move. Larry Hensley's 30 yard grab is good for the score. The Knights miss the extra point and take the six to three lead.
After the touchdown Turner Ashby comes back with a successful on side kick and starts another series at the Rustburg 24.
But the Red Devil defense hung tough and on fourth and 16 at the Rustburg 25, TJ McCray intercepts Reznik's pass in the endzone and the Red Devils are on their way.
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Tony Jefferson on his own 32 takes the pitch, breaks to the sideline, then sees an opening and cuts back across the field beating the pack for the 68 yard go ahead score. Rustburg nine-six at the half.
The scoring cooled off in the the final two quarters. McCray intercepts Turner Ashby's last gasp and the Red Devils win the title, nine to six
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Denise Allen News 7 sports.
At Williams Stadium on the Liberty University campus, Bath County and Riverheads hooked up in the Group A Division 1 championship game.
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The two teams meet at mid field for the coin toss.
Bath gets on the board first midway through the second quarter Michael Bush takes it in from the six yard line and the Chargers led 6 to nothing.
But Riverheads came right back getting the ball to Chris Shiflett and he takes it in from the one yard line and the score was tied at the half at 6 to 6 and Riverheads completes a perfect season with the 26 to 12 win.
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It was an all-local affair in the girls Group Two A state championship this afternoon as Bassett took on Northside.
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These two teams met way back at the beginning of the season with Northside getting a 62-to-60 win.
This afternoon Northside's Charlotte Blerndell spins in the lane and scores, but the Vikings are fighting an uphill battle to get on top.
Bassett's Rhonda Perkins nails the deep two point basket to keep the Bengals in front in the first half.
But Northside comes back to take the lead 34-to-33 as Lauren Ellis finds Brittany Hughes with the nice bounce pass.
But Bassett would go on a 21-to-4 run the rest of the way as Shirley McCall
drives and scores. Bassett wins it 54-to-38 and claims Henry County's first Group Two A state title since Drewry Mason won one back in 1977.
Army and Navy would tee it up this afternoon in Baltimore.
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Turnovers usually determine the winner in this military showdown.
Trailing 20 to 7, Army's Mike Wallace fumbles the ball and Navy's Brad Wimsatt picks it up and scores from 3 yards out to make it 27 to 7 Navy.
The Army the favor later in the quarter Calvin Smith blocks the punt and its recovered by Ben Woodruff who returns it 7 yards for the score but Navy wins it 30 to 28.
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