[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon]

There is a verdict tonight in the murder case against Bernard Walker.
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[VO-NAT]

And, it was the day the lights went out in Christiansburg. We'll have the latest on today's blackout.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - Brandy Bailey is honored back in her hometown this afternoon. The Express is on the Roundhouse and so is Steve Mason with Roundhouse Wrapup.
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[VO-NAT]

Plus, the home of the Avalanche is about to become the home of ACC baseball for the 2003 and 2004 tournaments in Salem.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Looks like a return to more seasonal temperatures this week and conditions should stay on the dry side. We'll check out the complete forecast in just a few minutes.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[OUT Q=by the foreperson]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


A 20 year old killer is found guilty in the Death of Reaco Hilton
It happened inside a Roanoke convenience store last Christmas Eve.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Good evening, I'm Young.
Keith will join us in a moment.

[Walker]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#01-50 TC1:26:15]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The jury in the case settled on a verdict tonight.
Bernard Walker was found guilty... but NOT guilty as charged.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Shannon/Microwave]


Keith Humphry's at the court house tonight with more on the jury's decision.
[Live=Keith Full/Microwave]
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(Rollcue:HILTON HAD A WEAPON)
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[***KEITH'S MIC HOT***]
(adlib into bite)
(Rollcue:argument it was self defense.)
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[SUPER=01-Shay Bolden/Witness]
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[OUT Q=living right now.]
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[***KEITH'S MIC HOT***]
(DAVE WILL CALL TO GET OUT)
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[Newberry]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


First-degree murder charges have been certified against a Wythe County teen. 16-year-old Jordan Newberry is accused of stabbing and killing his father, 33-year-old Ronnie Newberry in October. The boy also faces malicious wounding charges stemming from an attack on his mother. A grand jury is scheduled to hear the evidence next month to decide if there's enough for indictment.

[Power-Failure]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-56 TC30:30]
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Many Southwest Virginia residents are back on line after spending most of the day without power.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]

A-E-P says wind knocked down lines and damaged equipment across the region this morning. Officials say power was restored in two stages by this afternoon. In Christiansburg, the outage forced schools in the region to send students home early. The Montgomery County Courthouse, also without electricity, closed for the day at noon.
At the height of the problem, A-E-P says 58-hundred customers across Virginia were affected.
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[Deeds-Maddux]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-51 TC1:51:35]
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Six weeks can be an awfully short amount of time, especially when it comes to running a political campaign.
But that's the challenge facing two politicians looking to take over for the late Emily Couric in the Virginia Senate.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Steve/Lynchburg Bureau;]


Steve Smallshaw caught up with both Creigh Deeds and Jane Maddux today on the final lap of a hectic race.
[LIVE=Steve/FULL Lynchburg Bureau]
[SUPER=@ssm1]
[SUPER=05-Lynchburg]


Shannon, both candidates say it has been a fast and furious campaign and they're ready for this election to be over.. and as always, success will hinge on which party does the best turning out its base.
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[IN Q=When the campaign]
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[SUPER=01-Creigh Deeds/(D) 25th District Candidate; :34]
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[SUPER=01-Jane Maddux/(R) 25th District Candidate; 1:04]
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(( When the campaign season is just six weeks long, a politician can't afford to miss greeting a single voter.. even in the middle of an interview.
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((...MEET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE... GOTTA SHAKE THIS HAND.. I'M CREIGH DEEDS, I'M RUNNING FOR SENATE, I'D APPRECIATE YOUR CONSIDERATION.))
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Bath County Democrat Creigh Deeds is looking to trade his House of Delegates seat for a spot in the state Senate.

But the going has been tough, as both candidates have battled the calendar and voter apathy.
Average turnout for special elections statewide has run close to 13 percent.
[SOT 23:05:10]

((CREIGH DEEDS/D- 25TH DISTRICT CANDIDATE: WE NEED TO DO BETTER THAN THAT. WE NEED TO DO BETTER THAN THAT I THINK TO WIN, WE NEED TO DO BETTER JUST BECAUSE IT'S A RIGHT THAT PEOPLE CAN'T TAKE FOR GRANTED AND TOO OFTEN WE DO.))
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[OUT Q=often we do.]
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((HEY JERRY, NICE TO SEE YOU..))
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Republican Jane Maddux faces an uphill battle in a redrawn 25th that stretches from the West Virginia state line to her home base of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
Maddux ran and lost to Couric two years ago.. the late senator's legacy has hung heavy over this campaign.
[SOT 23:18:59]

((JANE MADDUX/R- 25TH DISTRICT CANDIDATE: WE ALL HAD GREAT AND ENORMOUS RESPECT FOR EMILY BECAUSE SHE AND I RAN A GREAT RACE LAST TIME, VERY POSITIVE AND VERY ISSUE-ORIENTED AND THAT'S WHAT I'VE CONTINUED TO DO.))
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((DEEDS: I THINK TO A LARGE EXTENT WHOEVER'S ELECTED SENATOR HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO HER CONSTITUENTS TO TRY TO DO THE BEST THEY CAN TO LIVE UP TO THE STANDARDS SHE SET, IT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH.))
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[LIVE=Steve/FULL Lynchburg Bureau]
[SUPER=05-Lynchburg;]


Maddux's campaign manager confided to me today this is an election Jane Maddux probably has no business winning..
[DOUBLE BOXES=Steve & Shannon/Lynchburg Bureau;]


..but with strong enough turnout in the more conservative areas of the district, it's possible she can pull the upset.

[Warner]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jsc]
[TAPE#=01-59 TC1:35:12]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Warner]


Mark Warner has added his first Republican to his cabinet.
Today, the Democratic governor-elect named Jane Woods to be Secretary of Health and Human Resources.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Woods is a former delegate and state senator from northern Virginia.
She chaired several committees on healthcare and education while serving in the General Assembly.
Woods said she can't wait to get started.
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((JANE WOODS/SEC. OF HEALTH-DESIGNATE: I THINK THIS IS JUST A FABULOUS DAY OF OPPORTUNITY TO TOUCH POSITIVELY THE LIVES OF VIRGINIANS ACROSS THIS ENTIRE COMMONWEALTH.))
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Warner noted that he selected Woods for her vast knowledge of Virginia health care and her strong reputation with both Republicans and Democrats.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=NONE]


Police break up a drug deal inside Amherst County High School.
That story's still ahead on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And Franklin County Supervisors say the weather's been so dry, they're asking for an agricultural state of emergency.
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[Franklin-Library]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-58 TC21:29]
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Franklin County's dreams of opening a library branch got a boost today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Ron Willard offered to donate a one-acre parcel of land in his Westlake Towne Center.
The Smith Mountain Lake developer says a library branch would complement his "Mayberry" concept for the complex... which includes shops, a golf course, a YMCA and other county offices.
Franklin County's library board urged the Board of Supervisors to accept the offer.
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((BONNIE JOHNSON/LIBRARY BOARD CHAIR: IT IS THE ONLY COUNTY OF ITS SIZE THAT DOES NOT HAVE AT LEAST ONE BRANCH LIBRARY. THAT'S NOT SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF. ))
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[OUT Q=should be proud of.]
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[VO-NAT]


The parcel of land is worth about 100-thousand dollars.
The Board said it wants to find a location for its MAIN library before accepting one for a branch.
It plans to study the Smith Mountain Lake location further.
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[Drought]


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[wipe wipe wipe]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Franklin County is asking the Governor for relief from the drought.
The Board passed a resolution calling for a state of emergency.
The dry weather has affected 72-thousand acres of pasture... an estimated 2-point-6 MILLION dollar loss to farmers.
Drought conditions also took their toll on 36-thousand acres of hay land ... causing 650-thousand dollars in damage.
As a result, pasture land was overgrazed... and farmers have had to delve into winter feed supplies.
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[County-Super]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-53 TC57:11]
[GRAPHIC=Bob Johnson]


Roanoke County today parted with 16-year supervisor Bob Johnson.
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[IN Q=I appreciate you]

((I APPRECIATE YOU AS A FRIEND. I GIVE THIS TO YOU WITH THE BEST WISHES, AND I HATE TO SEE A FRIEND GO.))
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Johnson served as Chairman of the Board for five years in the late eighties and nineties.
Fellow supervisors honoted his work on Spring Hollow Reservoir, the development of the Reed Mountain Fire and Rescue station, and helping Roanoke County win the National All American "City" award.
Johnson's wife, two daughters, and grandchildren attended his send-off today.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=When you]

((BOB JOHNSON/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR; WHEN YOU LOOK BACK... 18 YEARS, THAT'S HALF OF MY ADULT LIFE I SPENT WITH MOST OF YOU FOLKS. YOU HELPED ME BURY BY DAD.))
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[OUT Q=my dad.]
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Former Supervisor Richard Flora beat-out Johnson in the Hollins District last month.
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[Sentencing-Walker]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The jury in the Bernard Walker case has come back with a sentence.
They set his punishment at 40 years in prison on the murder conviction... and three years to serve on the firearms charge.

Keith Humphry will have more tonight at 11.[Amherst-Drugs]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Two Amherst County high school students are facing drug charges after a bust at the high school last week.
Sheriff's authorities say a teacher witnessed a suspected drug transaction Friday and alerted the school resource officer.
One teen is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, the other faces a similar cocaine charge.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
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A strong jump in November housing construction boosted stock prices today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW climbed 106 and a half points.
NASDAQ gained 17.
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[Link-Museum]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC45:04]
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Plans for a new museum devoted to the work of photographer O. Winston Link promise much more than artistic images of the railroad.
So says Link's friend and associate, Tom Garver.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Garver worked as a photographic assistant to Link in the late 50s, and he served as Link's agent for the last seven years of the photographer's life.
He's now working with Center in the Square to develop plans for the museum that will be housed in the old N&W passenger station.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I want people to come]

((TOM GARVER/LINK MUSEUM CURATOR: I WANT PEOPLE TO COME INTO THE O. WINSTON LINK MUSEUM AND WHEN THEY LEAVE THEY'RE GOING TO SAY THIS IS ABOUT SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST RAILROADS AND STEAM LOCOMOTIVES. THIS REALLY DEALS WITH A CULTURE AND A HISTORY AND A TRADITION IN AN AREA THAT I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT.))
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[OUT Q=that I didn't know about.]
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Garver says he is pleased with the region's enthusiasm for the project, and that he senses a willingness to do what's necessary to make the Link museum a first rate attraction.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, the ACC baseball tournament is coming to the valley. Guess which locality got it? Plus, Brandy gets some sweet recognition, and
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[VO-NAT]

and Steve Mason has the latest edition of Roundhouse Wrapup - with news concerning Perry Florio and much more right after this break.
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[S-ACC]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-109 13419TC]
[GRAPHIC=CITY OF SALEM 4005]


The City of Champions has added another feather to its cap today. This afternoon the city of Salem was awarded
[GRAPHIC=ACC]

the prestigious ACC baseball tournament for the years 2003 and 2004. Carey Harveycutter and his staff wrestled it away from the boys on tobacco road.
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[OUT Q=...CHRISTMAS PRESENT."]
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And one that will again put Salem on the map at a small cost. The structure of the ACC baseball tournament makes it a win-win situation for the city.
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[VO NAT CON'T] The city's immaculate track record in hosting major championships like last Saturday night's Stagg Bowl certainly helped sway the ACC selection committee. Having the household name schools of the ACC should in return help Salem fill the stands at Salem Memorial.
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[TALENT=MIKE]
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The ACC tournament will be in Tampa this coming May, before setting up shop at Salem Memorial the following springs.


[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm,]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-106]
[GRAPHIC=Express]

The Express battles Greensboro at seven tonight. Roanoke is 2 and OH against the Generals.
[graphic=round house wrap up full screen!!!!!!!! 18050]

But tonight's game was only part of some big news for the Express today. Steve Mason explains in our first installment of Round House Wrap up.
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[SUPER=01-Rick Kowalsky/Express Right Wing; 1:20]
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[OUT Q=....Round House Wrap Up"]
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((In the midst of the headache from trading talented Mike Omicioli in return for two players that unpredictably have not panned out, league coaches gave Perry Florio a dose of aspirin Tuesday when they unanimously selected him to coach the Northern Conference in the January 22nd ECHL all star game at Trenton. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) Florio has the Express firing on all cylinders on the power play where Roanoke leads the ECHL in extra man goals with 40. ((:))
The ECHL Northern Conference player all star ballots will be released Thursday. Three Northern conference G.M.'s, including Florio, were polled on all star selections and Rick Kolwalski was a unanimous choice. Duncan Dalmao and Vern Fiddler were also mentioned. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

[S-Brandy]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-111 1844tc]
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The greatest softball player to ever come out of the Roanoke Valley was recognized today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]

Northside product Brandy Bailey who is now a freshman at Mississippi State University was honored by the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors for her many accomplishments during her prep days. Brandy was a high school all-American with a 26-and-1 varsity record. She tossed 12 no-hitters and struck out a mind-boggling 344 batters in her high school career.
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[S-MLB]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]

It's been a busy day in the big leagues with a number of name players switching uniforms. For starters the Royals have signed former Yankee Chuck Knoblauch to a one year deal. Tino Martinez, another popular Yankees is now with the Cardinals. He inks a three year in St. Louis. The Yanks also re-signed Sterling Hitchcock. The Rockies get former Red - second baseman Pokey Reese. And John Rocker has left the Indians. He is now with the Texas Rangers.


[RV-Contest]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=tsa]
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Christmas came early for one Roanoke man today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Terry Loomis is the winner of a 2001 Gulf Stream Conquest motor home in the "Great RV Giveaway."
The contest was jointly sponsored by Gulf Stream Coach and Workhorse Custom Chassis.
Loomis beat out more than forty thousand entries for the grand prize.
The RV is worth more than forty-five thousand dollars.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I was expecting]

((TERRY LOOMIS/CONTEST WINNER; I WAS EXPECTING TO SEE THE LADY WHO SAID I WAS A FINALIST. I THOUGHT I WAS JUST GOING TO FILL OUT SOME PAPERWORK, SO I HAD NO IDEA I WAS THE WINNER.))
[SUPER=01-Terry Loomis/Contest Winner]
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[OUT Q=I was the winner]
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith was on hand to help deliver the prize.
The contest was held nationwide at RV rallies, shows and events.
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