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Steep terrain and mud make it difficult for fire fighters trying to contain a forest fire that's burning in Botetourt County.
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And- a local man is honored for his heroics.


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In sports, The Roanoke Express is gearing up for the stretch run beginning with Pee Dee tomorrow.
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And North Carolina advances to the A-C-C tournament championship in Matt Doherty's first year as head coach.
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There was no trouble spotting smoke from a forest fire in Botetourt County today - the hard part - was getting to it.


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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.


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Passers-by have seen the fire burning on Foster's Knob all afternoon. But firefighters had a tricky time getting to the blaze... on the mountain located off of Route 460 on the Botetourt - Bedford County line.

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Kate Weidaw is near Foster's Knob with details.
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((ROLLCUE:... having a hard time get into the fire.))
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A woman remains in the neuro-trauma unit of Roanoke Memorial Hospital after her car was hit by a train yesterday.

Officials say 19-year-old Billie Jo Thornton went across the Norfolk Southern tracks in Troutville, right in front of the locomotives.
State police say Thornton suffered head injuries, broken bones, cuts and bruises in the accident.
Officials say the train crossing is marked - but has no flashing lights or crossing gate.




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Southside is set to receive a large chunk of Virginia's tobacco settlement money.
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Virginia has been awarded nearly 20- million dollars to help the state's tobacco growing regions diversify their economies. Of that sum-- 17 and a half million dollars will go to Southside Virginia. A 31 member commission group that controls half of the state's tobacco settlement money has voted to finance 26 economic development projects in Southside and southwest Virginia.
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Attorney General Mark Earley has gotten a big boost in the race for the republican nomination for governor.
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Earley is challenging Lieutenant Governor John Hager for the nomination. Yesterday-- Earley won 269 delegates to Hager's 139 in Newport News. That gives Earley an overall lead of 473 votes.... with two-thirds of convention delegates now selected.
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Despite advances in technology - some area students are going back to the 19-th century for their education. We'll explain...
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And it's not a regular order of business - Still ahead - Roanoke City Council honors a bystander who stopped a violent act in progress.
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Keith Weltons says he was blessed to be in a position to help someone else. Members of Roanoke City Council call him a hero.
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((VOICE OF MAYOR RALPH SMITH: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ROANOKE THAT KEITH PATRICK WELTONS BE THANKED AND RECOGNIZED BEFORE ALL THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE FOR HIS HEROIC CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SAFETY AND WELFARE OF OUR COMMUNITY.))
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On Monday members of City Council passed a resolution honoring Weltons, and the audience in council chambers gave him a standing ovation for his actions.
Weltons was leaving a downtown parking garage, when he realized something was wrong, and interrupted a violent assault.
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((KEITH WELTONS: IT WAS ONE OF THOSE EVENTS WHERE I KEPT SAYING MY BLESSINGS OVER AND OVER. I CAN'T TELL YOU, WHILE I WAS SHOOK UP AND MY FAMILY WAS SHOOK UP OVER THE EVENTS, AT THE SAME TIME I FELT TRULY BLESSED TO BE IN A POSITION TO DO THAT.)) ((MAGGIE GRAY/TRIGON HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER: YOU CAN TEACH PEOPLE ALL KINDS OF THINGS ABOUT SAFETY AWARENESS, BUT YOU CAN'T TEACH THEM TO CARE ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE AND THAT'S HOW WE FEEL ABOUT KEITH. HE KNEW SOMEBODY WAS IN TROUBLE AND HE TOOK THE TIME AND COURAGE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. AND WE'RE VERY BLESSED.))
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The victim of the attack attended the ceremony. She has recovered from the incident, and is now back at work. Since the assault, 200 of her coworkers at Trigon have signed up for safety awareness classes offered by a Roanoke City police officer.


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Some 35- hundreds friends and family gathered today to remember the Virginia National Guard airmen killed one week ago today.
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A memorial service was held in a Virginia Beach church to pay tribute to the victims. The 18- men died when their plane crashed while flying from Florida to Virginia. Blacksburg native-- Greg Skurupey was among those killed. The men were given full military honors.
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More trouble for Pulaski Furniture this week.
A sales slump is forcing the company to cutback its workforce.
Jennifer Miele explains in this week's business review.
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The Census numbers are in.. Virginia's overall population has grown by about a million people in the last 10 years... but according to the numbers, most people are moving out of Virginia cities and into the counties. [PRE PRO] [PRE PRO PAGE 2]
Danville took a huge hit... an 8 point 8 percent population drop. [ADD]
Roanoke lost one and a half percent of its population. [ADD]
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Pulaski Furniture laid off 36 people due to poor sales of curio cabinets.
While the company is still the nation's leader in curio cabinet manufacturing, official say inventory is just too high.
The company is hopeful the economy will pick up the second half of the year. [INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
The Fast Track Trade Show in Martinsville brought out the best in area businesses.
More than a hundred local companies strutted their high tech stuff. ((STEVE SHEPPARD/CHAMBER PRESIDENT: ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SPUR AN IDEA, AND IT MAY BECOME THE NEXT BIGGEST BUSINESS IN HENRY COUNTY OR MARTINSVILLE.))
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A local distributor is making high tech equipment a hot commodity for Martinsville Fire and Rescue services.
This heat sensor helps firemen find hot spots from outside a burning home, even in the dark of night. ((CHAD ANDERSON/EMS COORDINATOR: THESE CAMERAS COST ABOUT 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS A PIECE, BUT THE PRICE ON A LIFE, IS WELL BEYOND THAT.))
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Here's a look at the Dow and Nasdaq closing for the week.
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Forget TVs, cell phones and pagers... Coming up on News 7 -
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Some children these days... are going back to the 19-th century. We'll show you.
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Today's students are accustomed to a certain lifestyle - and a certain learning environment. But some of them are rethinking it - and reliving education from the 19th century. We're taking a trip to Hales Ford Academy in Franklin County in today's Time Off. Here's Shannon Young.
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School is in session. But this isn't your typical classroom... it's a scene from a history book come to life. Here at Hales Ford Academy life moves at the pace of the late 18-hundreds.
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((Well, it's living history. The students actually get to learn what it's like. They get to play the role of students from the 1890's and see what their day was like.))
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From taking on the identity of a child who once attended the Academy to sitting at wooden desks to warming their hands by a fire, students get to experience the olden days first hand.
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Dustan Turner is playing the role of John W. Hancock. Although he says he finds the school day to be slower than he's used to there are some aspects of the one room school house he wishes he could hang on to.
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Other students say there are some things they'd like to change.
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The building itself has undergone some changes. Built in 1854 to serve as Hale's Ford Baptist Church, the room then served as a public school and private residence before it was moved to the campus of Dudley Elementary School where an arsonist burned it down in 1990.
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((There're a few things that're in here that were saved. The chimney, I think and the foundation I believe was saved also.))
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Now, after being rebuilt to the original specifications, the school house is open for free tours to anyone who wants to experience a time warp.
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((Well, it's different because you've got different things. But it is interesting.))
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Shannon Young, News 7, Franklin County.))



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If you thought cheerleading was for girls - there's a Montgomery County boy saying - think again. And he's practicing what he preaches.
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Nine-year-old Zach Weller is the only boy on the 12-member pee-wee team of Christiansburg Spirit Explosion.
Zach watched his big sister cheer and decided to join.
His coach says he adds a new dimension to their routines - and in the six months that he has been with the squad it's been lots of work...
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But as you may imagine - being the only boy on the team isn't easy....
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[TAKE PROFILE PROMO FS] Tomorrow morning in our Virginia Profile we take a closer look at Weller's experience on the team.
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And coming up, The two teams in the A-C-C tournament championship are set a big time soccer coach visits the valley.
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And Joe Nemechek wins the Busch race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this afternoon.
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North Carolina has advanced to the A-C-C tournament championship.
The 6-th ranked Tar Heels knock off Georgia Tech 70 to 63.
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Matt Doherty going to the championship game for the first time as a coach.
The game was close in the first half, Brendan Haywood crashes the boards for the offensive rebound and put back to make it 18 to 16.
But the Yellow Jackets answered when Tony Aikins pulls up behind the line and hits the three pointer but Carolina lead by four at the half.
U-N-C led by as many as 13 in the second half but when T.J. Vines drives and scores drawing the foul the game was tied at 53.
Carolina answered when Jason Capel takes it to the hoop and scores on the reverse.
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But Forte carried the load with 27 points and the Tar Heels win the semi final game 70 to 63.
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Carolina will play Duke in the A-C-C championship game. Nate James tipped in the Jason Williams miss with a second left and The Blue Devils beat Maryland this afternoon 84 to 82.
And you can catch that A-C-C championship game right here on your Hometown Station tipoff tomorrow afternoon is 12:30.




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The High school state quarterfinals continue tonight. In group Three A Franklin county travels to Robinson High School to take on T.C. Williams while in girls action G.W. Danville faces Hayfield at Averett College.
In Group Two A Dan River and Heritage hook up at E.C. Glass.
And Parry McCluer travels to Virginia High for a Group A game against Council.


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Joe Nemechek would take the checkered flag in the Busch race today at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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Nemechek would build up a 10 second lead with 10 laps to go in the race and he crossed the finish line way ahead of Greg Biffle to win the Aaron's 312 for his 10-th win on the Busch Circuit.
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Michael Waltrip was third followed by Jeff Green and Todd Bodine.


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The Roanoke Express is anxious to get back on the ice. Roanoke begins the stretch run tied with Richmond for the second spot in the Northeast Division.
The Express is on the road tomorrow for a game with the Pee Dee Pride.
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Roanoke's next home game is March 13-th against Toledo.


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John Ellis, an assistant coach on the United States National women's team was in the valley conducting a clinc for the girls at Andrew Lewis Middle School.
Ellis says the soccer programs are strong at all levels throughout the country but he says there are some areas that need to be worked on.
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And Ellis says that's why its important that the younger players get the proper coaching.
And he said the middle schools are a good starting point.
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Ellis is affiliated with Southwest Soccer Association and the Valley A-F-C travel program.


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The Washington and Lee Lacrosse team picked up a big win in Division Three today.
Tom Burke scored 3 goals as the second ranked Generals beat fourth ranked Gettysburg this afternoon 8 to 7.

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