Coming up on News 7-
A plane crash in the Bahamas takes the life of nine people-- including a popular singer and actress.
A Kentucky man steps forward to claim one of the winning Powerball tickets.
And, an American couple find a unique setting in which to say "I do".
Stay with us, NEWS 7 is next.
[IN Q=Chatham likes to]
((CATHERINE MILLER: CHATHAM LIKES TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS. WE DON'T LIKE TO RUN AWAY FROM THEM OR CLOSE DOWN SOMETHING.))
[OUT Q=close down something]
A Southside community vows to take back their neighborhood.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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A playground is a place where you and your family expect to feel safe.
But residents in one Pittsylvania County neighborhood say their kids are in danger because of drugs and alcohol.
News 7's Justin McLeod has the story of a community that is fighting back.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of guys playing basketball]
[SUPER=01-Jerome White/Area Resident; :11]
[SUPER=01-Elton Pruitt/Chatham Mayor; :31]
[SUPER=01-Charles Hodnett/Area Resident; 1:14]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Chatham]
((((NAT SOUND OF GUYS PLAYING BASKETBALL))
This is the Clement Street playground in Chatham.
Its a place to enjoy a game of hoops or play on the swings.
This is also an area thats been plagued by problems.
[IN Q=People were just up]
((JEROME WHITE/AREA RESIDENT: PEOPLE WERE JUST UP IN THE PARKING LOT DRINKING AND STUFF LIKE THAT, IT WOULDN'T BE SAFE FOR A LITTLE KID OUT HERE LIKE THAT.))
[OUT Q=here like that]
The problems heated up this summer.
Visitors arrived to find people gambling and using drugs.
That forced area residents out of the park and into their homes.
Town officials considered closing the park.
[IN Q=I think the people]
((ELTON PRUITT/CHATHAM'S MAYOR: I THINK THAT THE PEOPLE REALIZED THAT WE WERE SERIOUS ABOUT, WE WERE NOT GOING TO HAVE THIS.))
[OUT Q=going to have this]
So the community went to work.
Concerned residents and town leaders met and discussed ways to save the park.
The consensus? The area needed better supervision.
[IN Q=Since that meeting the town]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: SINCE THAT MEETING, THE TOWN AND COMMUNITY HAVE COME TOGETHER TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS BEEFED UP PATROLS, THE TOWN IMPLEMENTED A CURFEW, AND THEY ALSO REMOVED SOME OF THE PICNIC TABLES TO DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM CONGREGATING.))
[OUT Q=people from congregating]
((NAT SOUND OF BALL BOUNCING))
The park is now bouncing back.
There's a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.
The town also put up new signs, fixed the equipment, and painted the basketball hoops.
Residents say their efforts are working.
[IN Q=Since our first meeting]
((CHARLES HODNETT/USES PARK: SINCE OUR FIRST MEETING WE'VE HAD A LOT OF SUPERVISION FROM THE TOWN POLICE, SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. THEY'RE RIDING AND OBSERVING THE AREA, ITS CLEANED OUT THINGS TREMENDOUSLY.))
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Saving it has been no walk in the park but area residents say the fight is worth it as long as everyone comes out a winner. (SHOT OF BASKETBALL GOING INTO HOOP).
Justin McLeod, News 7, Chatham.))
The town of Chatham will hold a block party on October sixth to dedicate the park in honor of a local resident.[Gov-P
According to a poll by the Washington Post, Democrat Mark Warner has built an early lead over Republican Mark Earley.
According to the poll-- Warner is ahead in every region of the state.
Statewide-- Warner leads Earley 51 percent to 37 percent with a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
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With 10 weeks before the election political observers warn that the gap between the two will decrease next month, when the battle heats up to election day on November 6th.
The poll also comes on the heels of Warner's August television-and-mail blitz, which cost him more than one-point-two million dollars.
Four lucky people hold tickets for the 295- million dollar Powerball jackpot.
But, so far, just one person has stepped forward to claim one of the tickets.
He's David Edwards of Kentucky-- a divorced father recently laid off from work.
Gretchen Carlson has more from Edwards who spoke with CBS radio earlier today.
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[SUPER=01-Al Greenwood/Ticket Buyer; :40 quick]
[SUPER=01-Susan Coryell/Ticket Buyer; :45]
[SUPER=01-Rick Wisler/NH Lottery; 1:15]
[OUT Q=don't lose the ticket.]
SOT COVERED BY GRAPHIC: (David Edwards: It's a god send.)
Up until now, the only claim to fame for the Cumberland Farms
convenience store in Rollinsford New Hampshire ... was that it sat on
the border of 2 states. Maine is right next door. But now, this store
will forever be known as a Powerball hotspot.
(powerball drawing nat)
After the drawing last night, news spread quickly this store had
sold one of the winning tickets. As the media started moving in ... so
did people wishing the tickets they had bought here had been the lucky
(SOT) (Al Greenwood -- Ticket Buyer)
"I listened to the numbers last night ... I knew i wasn't even close so
i had one number which was about typical."
(SOT) (Susan Coryell -- Ticket Buyer)
"I almost bought one and I was running late and so I didn't (at this
store?) yes because i live right across the bridge!"
The winning tickets will pay 74 million bucks ... and the winners
may not be identified for several days, but whoever won here could be
from a variety of states. In the days leading up to the big drawing,
people crossed state borders to get their hands on a Powerball ticket.
Here in New Hampshire, buyers came in from both Maine and Massachusetts.
"I can't wait to find out who it is!"
While everyone waits for the winners to come forward lottery
officials have some advice.
(SOT) (Rick Wisler - New Hampshire Lottery)
"First they need to sign the ticket ... put it in a safe place ... don't
lose the ticket!"
(Live close to come) officials say get a lawyer and an financial advisor
before calling them or talk about 30,000 dollar bonus for tis store will
go to corporate hq not the employees??
The other two tickets matching all six numbers were sold in Delaware and Minnesota.
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Officials say another 88 tickets matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball.
Five such winners are from West Virginia and will each receive 100- thousand dollars each.
A lottery spokeswoman says retailers in West Virginia sold
almost 15- million in tickets... for last night's drawing.
Lynchburg police say a woman jumped to her death from the Rivermont Avenue bridge shortly after 4-o'clock this afternoon.
Police say they do NOT suspect foul play.
They are not releasing her name until family members can be notified.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the plane crash
that killed singer and actress Aaliyah.
The young star was heading back to Miami when her plane crashed on an island in the Bahamas.
Chris Lawrence has the latest.
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[IN Q=On Sunday]
[SUPER=03-Marsh Harbour, Bahamas; :00]
[SUPER=01-Leeland Russell/Lead Investigator; :26]
[SUPER=01-Tiffany Baylis/Friend; :54]
[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/CBS News; 1:16]
On Sunday, investigators waded through swampland and picked through the
wreckage trying to find out what caused the crash that killed Aaliyah
and 8 others. Witnesses say the Cessna took off Saturdayclimbed
steeplythen banked hard and crashed just 200 feet from the end of the
runway. On impact the plane split into two halves and burst into flames.
(Leeland Russell, Lead Investigator)
"At that point the front of the plane split open and through everyone
out of the plane with the exception of the pilot."
(nat up of Aaliyah video)
The R&B singer was only 22 years old, but she already had a Grammy
nomination and a platinum album.
"I'm a happy girl. I'm doing what I love. There's no feeling like
getting up every day and doing what you dreamed of doing since I was a
Aaliyah was born in NY but grew up in Detroit where her closest friends
are still in shock.
(Tiffany Baylis, Friend)
"I really thought I was going to see her again. And to hear that it
happened like this"
Last year, Aaliyah made her acting debut in the film 'Romeo Must Die"
and she had signed on the star in the sequels to "The Matrix"
"I feel so blessed because everything I've always wanted is happening to
me, and I feel it's happening right on schedule."
More than five- thousand people packed a California church today for the six members of a Ukrainian family killed last week.
Nikolay Soltys is suspected of slashing the throats of his pregnant wife, three-year-old son and four other family members during a rampage last Monday.
Last night, "America's Most Wanted'' on Fox carried the case, generating more than 100 tips.
The bodies of Soltys' wife and son will be sent to Ukraine for
The others were buried today at a local cemetery following the service.
Still to come on News 7, it's back to school time for more area college students...
but some students are finding a few changes since last semester. We'll have the details coming up in just a few minutes. Stay with us.
Downtown Rocky Mount can soon be found on the worldwide web.
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The group, Community Partnership for Revitalization, has secured a grant that will allow it to develop a website to promote the downtown area as a great place to visit and shop.
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[IN Q=One of the ]
[SUPER=01-Sam Litton/Community Partnership for Revitalization; ]
((SAM LITTON: ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WE'RE HAVING IN SMALL TOWNS IS THAT WE'RE SEEING THAT STRIP MALLS IN OUTLINING AREAS ARE PULLING ALL OUR RETAILS OUT AND WE'RE TRYING T O ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO COME BACK INTO OUR TOWN.))
[OUT Q=our town.]
[VO-NAT 6 plus pad]
The web site is historic rocky mount dot com.
Officials say it should be up and running in about two weeks.
Students returning to the Averett Campus need to realize their college days are over.
Thats because this is the first year of Averett University.
Today, returning students began moving back into the dorms in preparation for the start of classes on Wednesday.
Many students believe becoming an university is a step in the right direction.
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[IN Q=I see we are getting]
((DARREN HODNETT/STUDENT: I SEE WE ARE GETTING A FEW MORE CLASSES AND A WHOLE NEW VARIETY OF STUDENTS. THERE'S A LOT MORE DIFFERENT OPPORUNITIES HERE NOW.))
((CRYSTAL STOKES/STUDENT: I THINK THE CLASSES ARE STILL GOING TO BE SMALL SO I, IT WILL BE THE SAME AS FAR AS THE CLASSES BUT AS FAR AS THE ACTIVITIES, EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE GOING TO BE BETTER.))
[SUPER=01-Darren Hodnett/Student; :00]
[SUPER=01-Crystal Stokes/Student; :07]
[OUT Q=to be better]
The University plans to hold several events in the upcoming weeks to celebrate the new university status.
Another big change is coming next year.
Frank Campbell plans to retire as Averett's president at the end of the spring semester.
The first day back to school may be unsettling for students in flood ravaged areas of West Virginia.
To help them adjust-- students in the town of Kimball in McDowell County will receive a free meal and school supplies when they head back tomorrow.
They'll also have the chance to talk to a counselor about the flooding that's ravaged the area.
Similar opportunities will be offered to students at other schools in flooded areas.
Still to come on News 7, Roy Stanley will join us with highlights from today's playoff races in baseball...
but before that, Galax is famous for its affection for bluegrass... One local store is making sure the music plays there year round. Stay with us, we'll have more in just a few minutes.
Archaeologists may have stumbled upon something for the history books.
They believe they've found the remains of James Madison's boyhood home.
[SUPER=03-Orange Co./July 1998;]
The remains were found less than a half mile from Montpelier--which is the peach-colored mansion that visitors see today in Orange County.
Madison's boyhood home was known as Mount Pleasant-- and burned when Madison was about 19- years old.
The notes are over for this years Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, but there's one place there where the music never stops.
Joe Dashiell has the story in this week's Virginia Profile.
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[IN Q=Main Street may be quieter]
[SUPER=01-Tom Barr/Barr's Fiddle Shop; :32]
[SUPER=01-Roddy Moore/Blue Ridge Institute; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Stevie Barr/Barr's Fiddle Shop; 1:32]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Galax]
((Main Street may be quieter since the fiddlers convention folded its tent two weeks ago... but you don't have to travel far in Galax to find a traditional tune.
[NAT SOUND OF MUSICIANS PLAYING TURKEY IN THE STRAW]
Barr's Fiddle Shop has been in business for more than 20 years... The seeds were planted in 1973, when famed fiddle maker Albert Hash persuaded Tom Barr to build his first instrument.
[IN Q=I was a stonecutter for 20 years]
((TOM BARR/BARR'S FIDDLE SHOP: I WAS A STONECUTTER FOR 20 YEARS IN THE GRANITE INDUSTRY, AND IT SEEMED LIKE THE WOOD KIND OF FIT IN WITH CUTTING STONE, CUTTING WOOD TOO YOU KNOW, SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT KIND OF GETS IN YOUR BLOOD WHEN YOU'RE WORKING WOOD, YOU JUST GET ATTACHED TO IT AND YOU JUST CAN'T SEEM TO DO ANYTHING ELSE.))
[OUT Q=can't seem to do anything else.]
Since that first fiddle, Barr has made more than 500 instruments, and he makes his living with a full-service music shop.
There are band instruments here, and electric guitars lining the walls, but it's the acoustic guitars, banjos, and fiddles that have made this shop a community center.
[IN Q=He's the chamber of commerce]
((HE'S THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR MUSIC IN GALAX VIRGINIA, SO HE'S SERVING A VALUABLE JOB FOR THE COMMUNITY HERE.))
[OUT Q=a valuable job for the community here.]
On a recent afternoon, Barr listened as his wife Becky, and son Stevie picked a tune for visitors.
[NAT SOUND OF MUSIC]
and talked of a revival of interest in the region's traditional music.
[IN Q=I've got people]
((STEVIE BARR/BARR'S FIDDLE SHOP: I'VE GOT PEOPLE I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH, IN HIGH SCHOOL, YOUNG TEENAGERS THAT SAID, "YOU PLAY THAT KIND OF MUSIC?" AND NOW THEY'RE SAYING, "CAN YOU TEACH ME HOW TO PLAY IT?" AND THAT'S ALL THEY WANT TO DO. IT'S COMING. IT'S COMING.))
[OUT Q=It's coming. It's coming.]
And for a community with such a rich musical tradition, that's good new indeed.
[NAT SOUND OF SONG ENDING]
Joe Dashiell News 7 Galax))
The Salem Avalanche dropped its second straight game to Kinston last night losing to the Indians 6 to 2.
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Even the little ones came out to cheer the Avalanche.
In the bottom of the fifth the Avalanche gets on the board Ryan Price hits this shot to right field scoring Tino Sanchez and the Avalanche led 1 to nothing.
Kinston came back in the seventh Ryan Church takes this pitch deep over the left field wall and the game was tied at 1 to 1.
The Indians scored again in the seventh Troy Cameron makes it back to back homers when he takes the pitch over the right field wall to make it 4 to 1 and the Indians win it 6 to 2.
The Avalanche wraps up the 3 games series with Kintson and its final regular season home game tonight.
Andruw Jones hit two homers yesterday to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 9 to 2 win over Los Angeles.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/WTBS; :]
The Braves led the game 1 to nothing after three.
Then in the top of the fifth, Shawn Green gets all of this pitch sending it deep over the right field wall for a solo homer to make the score 2 to 1 Dodgers.
The Braves take advantage of the long ball in the fifth. Jones belting this two run homer over the left field wall and the Braves jumped out to the 3 to 2 win.
Atlanta would add to that lead in the bottom of the sixth. Mark DeRosa smokes this pitch its a three run homer over the left field wall to make it 5 to 2 and the Braves go on to win it 9 to 2.
The Toronto Blue Jays completed a three game sweep beating Baltimore at Camden Yards 5 to 1.
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/CBS; :]
A beautiful afternoon at the Inner Harbor in Downtown Baltimore.
Toronto got on the board in the top of the first. Carlos Delgado hits a ground rule double to left field scoring Vernon Wells and the Blue Jays led 1 to nothing.
Then in the top of the sixth with the bases loaded Raul Mondesi hits this single to left field scoring two runs to make it 3 to nothing and the Blue Jays win it 5 to 1.
[SUPER=03-Tampa, FL/FOX SPORTS; :]
The White Sox and Devil Rays hooked up in Tampa.
Tampa's John Flaherty hits this double down the line in the left field corner scoring Russ Johnson and the Devil Rays tied the game at 2 to 2 in the bottom of the fourth.
But the White Sox would take the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Jose Canseco going deep over the right field wall for a solo homer and Chicago holds on for the 3 to 2 win over Tampa Bay
Chicago's Sammy Sosa joins St. Louis first baseman Mark McGwire as the only players to hit at least 50 home runs in four consecutive seasons.
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/WGN; :]
Sosa reached the milestone with a 2 run homer in the first inning against the Cardinals. He added a second homer giving him 8 homers in his last 10 games to move to within four of major league leader Barry Bonds of San Francisco.
Sosa has a pair of 3 homer games this month.
And here's a look at the afternoon scores.
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[SUPER=0092-j/San Diego/10//Florida/0////San Francisco/3//N.Y. Mets/6/7//;]
[OUT Q=...last score."]
Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk participated in the longest P-G-A tour playoff in 10 years.
And when it was over Tiger would defend his title in the N-E-C Invitational.
[SUPER=03-Akron, OH/CBS SPORTS; :]
The 2 exchanged pars for six playoff holes but on the seventh hole Furyk hit his tee shot in the trees.
Tiger was 140 yards from the green in the middle of the fairway. He hit a pitching wedge that landed on the green just inches from the cup setting up a birdie putt.
Woods made the birdie putt for his fifth win this season and his first since taking the Memorial on June third.
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[IN Q="it was...]
[SUPER=01-Tiger Woods/NEC Invitational Winner; :]
[SUPER=01-Jim Furyk/Finished Second; :]
[OUT Q=.....to watch."]
Earlier this year we told you about a unique summer long camp that Ashley Plantation was experimenting with this summer.
Instead of hosting junior golfers for a week long camp, the Ashley Plantation staff decided to spread their junior program out over the entire summer with kids coming one day a week for 8 straight weeks.
The results have been extremely favorable.
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[IN Q=WE DIDN'T JUST...]
[SUPER=01-Ryan Madore/Ashley Plantation Assistant Pro; :03]
[OUT Q=...OF TOMORROW."]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/August 2nd; :00]
Perhaps the most telling sign that the junior program is exploding at Ashley is the fact that the club had more participants than any other course on the Roanoke Valley Junior summer golf tour.
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[IN Q=I'm pretty proud...]
[OUT Q=...HAVING THEM."]
That's it for sports, have a great day everybody!
Georgia Tech won the battle of the A-C-C and Big East yesterday beating Syracuse in the Kickoff Classic 13 to 7.
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/ABC SPORTS; :]
The game was at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The Yellow Jackets set up the winning T-D when Marvius Hesters picked off this Troy Nunes pass and returned it the Syracuse 5 yard line in the second quarter.
Several Plays later George Godsey hands off to Joe Burns who bulls over from the one yard line and the Yellow Jackets win it 13 to 7.
Tiger Woods wins the N-E-C Invitational, more later on Mornin.
Many couples want their wedding to be special...
Thirteen couples from around the world fulfilled that desire today when they were wed in Thailand... on top of elephants.
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[IN Q= What's special about this]
((WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT
THIS FOR ME IS THAT THIS IS SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNIQUE. I DON'T KNOW
ANYONE ELSE IN THE STATES - POSSIBLY ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD - WHO CAN
SAY THEY GOT MARRIED ON AN ELEPHANT))
[SUPER=74-Julie Clayton/Washington, DC;]
[OUT Q=something completely unique.]
The traditional Thai ceremonies, including dance and music, were held at the Elephant Conservation Center.
The weddings were staged to highlight the glory and plight of the animals whose numbers have plunged dramatically in recent decades .
An even bigger elephant wedding is being planned for Valentine's Day, but before that, the elephants are gearing up to take part in the first ever elephant polo tournament.
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