Tonight on News 7, Carroll County deputies are trying to sort out a New Years Eve murder.
And while many spend the holiday indoors watching football... others brave the cold to celebrate outdoors.
In sports, new years day always means lots of bowling action from around the country, we will check out the Outback and Cotton bowls
and Mike stevens will have a complete report on the Hokies tough loss to Florida State in the gator Bowl.
A developing storm will likely bring the white stuff to the east coast. Who might see accumulations? That's the big weather story tonight.
News 7 at Six is next.
[IN Q=Carvins Cove]
((CARVINS COVE IS SUCH A POPULAR LOCAL RIDING SPOT THAT IT'S A GREAT WAY TO KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR, CELEBRATING IT AT YOUR FAVORITE PLACE.))
[OUT Q=your favorite place.]
Some hardcore biking enthusiasts put their mettle to the pedal today, braving sub- freezing temperatures to ring in the New Year at Carvins Cove.
Good evening, I'm Joy Sutton.
Keith and Shannon are off today.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Six]
For many of us, New Year's Day means plopping down in our favorite easy chair, grabbing the remote and slipping into a football- induced coma.
Somehow, venturing out into the sub-freezing temperatures never enters into the plan.
But for others it's a day to celebrate the great outdoors, regardless what the thermometer might say.
Steve Smallshaw tries to explain why.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=They started at]
[SUPER=03-Carvins Cove; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tad Finnell/Roanoke Valley Birdwatching Club; :21]
[SUPER=01-Brian Lang/Bike Ride Organizer; :50]
[SUPER=01-Maynard Keller/Bicyclist; 1:14]
[OUT Q=News7, Botetourt County.]
(( They started at daybreak, wrapped in multiple layers of clothing and armed with binoculars and telescopes.
((OKAY, IF YOU LOOK STRAIGHT ABOVE THAT GULL...))
For the Roanoke Valley Birdwatching Club, New Year's Day is a traditional time to get together, scan the skies and enjoy a hobby that you might say is..
..for the birds.
((TAD FINNELL/ROANOKE VALLEY BIRDWATCHING CLUB: IT'S JUST A HOBBY THAT SOME PEOPLE PURSUE, OTHER PEOPLE KIND OF SIT BACK AND SAY 'WHAT'S GOING ON?'))
[OUT Q=going on?]
By noon, they had spotted nearly fifty different species of birds, including this flock enjoying the water at Carvins Cove.
Security remains tight at the cove.. you still need to register for a pass before casting your line or hitting the trails.
But it didn't stop this group of cyclists, who also have made it a habit to gather here every January 1st and ring in the New Year on two wheels.
((BRIAN LANG: IT'S SO MUCH FUN, IT'S A COMBINATION OF GETTING TO SEE ALL YOUR FRIENDS THAT YOU DON'T SEE THAT MUCH THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, GETTING TO RIDE YOUR BIKE THAT YOU DON'T RIDE MUCH AT THIS TIME. DOING SOMETHING HEALTHY ON NEW YEAR'S, GETTING GOOD EXERCISE, FRESH AIR, SUNSHINE..))
[OUT Q=fresh air, sunshine.]
Notice he forgot to mention the temperature.
In the teens at daybreak, it had barely hit 30 by mid-day.
((BRIAN LANG/BIKE RIDE ORGANIZER: IF YOU LAYER UP AND DRESS FOR IT AND MAKE UP YOUR MIND YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE FUN, YOU WILL.))
[OUT Q=you will.]
((MAYNARD KELLER/BICYCLIST: MY WIFE'S A RUNNER, SHE RAN UP TO THE MILL MOUNTAIN STAR THIS MORNING, NOW IT'S MY TURN TO DO SOMETHING.))
[OUT Q=to do something.]
Even if others don't understand it.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Botetourt County.))
Carroll County has already recorded its first murder of 2002.
Sheriff Warren Manning says deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call in the Cana section of the county last night.
That's where 30- year- old Jody Bowman had been shot... Bowman later died at Northern Surry Hospital.
Authorities have charged 34- year- old Shannon Dawn Towe with Bowman's murder.
No other details have been released.
A Rocky Mount woman is starting the New Year without a home after fire gutted her apartment last night.
The blaze was reported just before nine at the Candlewood Apartment complex on Court Street.
Emergency crews arrived to find smoke and flames pouring from a basement apartment in building "F".
The rest of the building was evacuated while crews from four volunteer companies battled the fire.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=As far as]
((SGT. DON BROWN/ROCKY MOUNT POLICE DEPT.: AS FAR AS WE CAN DETERMINE AT THIS TIME, IT WAS A CURLING IRON THAT WAS LEFT ON IN THE BEDROOM OF THE APARTMENT. Reporter: And the person who lived there wasn't home? THAT'S CORRECT, SHE HAD LEFT THE APARTMENT AND INADVERTENTLY LEFT THE CURLING IRON ON.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Don Brown/Rocky Mount Police Dept.]
[OUT Q=curling iron on.]
The apartment, rented by Rita Thomas, was gutted.
Parts of the building suffered smoke and water damage.
Authorities in Danville say debris in a floor furnace ignited this morning, causing heavy damage to a home there.
Smoke was showing when firefighters responded to Garland Street around eight A-M. The flames were contained to two rooms of the house, but the damage from fire, smoke and water was heavy.
One person was treated at the scene for burns by the Danville Lifesaving Crew, but no one was not taken to the hospital.
The group that runs Patrick County's only hospital is considering a plan to sell it.
R.J. Reynolds Memorial filed for protection from creditors in bankruptcy court two years ago.
The hospital's director says selling it to a private company might be one way to enhance service and restore some operations that have been cut.
A bankruptcy judge in Lynchburg would have to approve any sale.
Officials say everything is in the preliminary stages right now, and that they're doing this to keep their options open.
Racing fans could get another shot at special license plates.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News Seven at Six
And we'll look back on the biggest stories of 2001 next.
The terrorist attacks of September 11th overshadowed all other news in 2001.
But other events commanded our attention here in western and central Virginia.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has our annual list of the year's top stories, as selected by the News-7 staff.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=At number seven]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 2, 2001; :00]
[SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Roanoke Prosecutor; :21]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 10, 2001; :30]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/November 6, 2001; :47 Quick!]
[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/Governor-Elect; :50]
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/February 18, 2001; 1:27]
[SUPER=03-Bedford/June 6, 2001; 1:34]
[SUPER=03-Arlington/September 11, 2001; 2:10]
[OUT Q=McKean, News-7.]
(( At number seven on our list of the year's top stories, is the murder of a young woman from Goodview in Bedford County. A few days after Tina Foster disappeared last winter, the body of the Hooters waitress was found in her car in the parking lot of a motel.
A soldier from Fort Lee, Christopher Haynes, is charged with her murder and is awaiting trial.
[SOT Caldwell 01:27:00, tape 00-51]
((I JUST DON'T KNOW...BEAT HER TO DEATH))
Another high profile murder suspect continued to make news last year.
[SOT GAY, 00:52:56, tape 01-16]
((I WAS DRIVEN INSANE TO DO WHAT I HAD TO DO))
Ronald Gay pleaded guilty in the shootings at the Backstreet Cafe, an attack that was commemorated by Roanoke's gay community and its supporters a year later.
The change in the fortunes of the Democratic party was number five on our list.
[SOT Warner, 35:34, 01-60]
((WE LAID OUT A PLAN FOR VIRGINIA'S FUTURE, A PLAN THAT DIDN'T FOCUS ON SOUND BITE SOLUTIONS OR THREE WORD SLOGANS)).
Mark Warner was elected governor, and running mate Tim Kaine, lieutenant governor in November. Republican Jerry Kilgore will be the new attorney general.
They take office, preparing to deal with a huge budget shortfall that threatens the final year of the car tax cut, and forced cultural institutions to slash spending and services.
Coming in at an appropriate spot on our list, at number 3, was the death of the Intimidator. Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash in February in the final lap of NASCAR's signature event stunned racing fans, and left the sport facing questions about driver safety standards.
The dedication of the National D-Day Memorial in June brought hundreds of veterans, and the commander in chief, to the city that lost so many of its sons in so short a time sixty years ago.
[SOT Bush, tape 01-41]
((YOU HAVE RAISED A FITTING MEMORIAL TO D-DAY, AND HAVE PUT IT IN JUST THE RIGHT PLACE.))
By the end of the year, though, financial problems had brought on the resignation of most of the memorial's board members, and a state police review of its books.
And as our top story of 2001, the September 11th terrorist attacks on America.
Among the victims in the plane crash at the Pentagon, a sailor and William Fleming graduate from Roanoke, Donald Young.
Firefighters raised thousands of dollars in memory of their fallen colleagues...
new security procedures appeared at Roanoke's airport.
And those were some of the stories your hometown station brought you in the first year of the 21st century.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))
Wall Street celebrated the beginning of 2002 by taking the day off.
The markets will re-open tomorrow.
Southside's newest delegates talk about reviving the area's economy.
That's next on News 7 at Six.
And it was not a happy new year for the Hokies.
Mike Stevens will join us from Jacksonville for a Gator Bowl wrap up.
[GRAPHIC=VA State Capitol]
When the General Assembly re-convenes in Richmond next week, the House of Delegates will include more than 20 new members.
It'll be "trial by fire" for the "freshman class" in the state legislature, as lawmakers grapple with a state budget that is more than a BILLION dollars out of balance.
Two of those newly- elected legislators met last week with business leaders in the Martinsville- Henry County area and outlined some of their priorities.
Danville's Danny Marshall borrowed a line from Senator Charles Hawkins, to express one of his primary concerns.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=One of the]
((DEL-ELECT DANNY MARSHALL/(R) - DANVILLE: ONE OF THE THINGS WE DO IN SOUTHSIDE: WE EXPORT TOBACCO. WE EXPORT TEXTILES. WE EXPORT FURNITURE. BUT WE ALSO EXPORT OUR YOUTH. THE PROBLEM WE'RE HAVING IN SOUTHSIDE: WE'RE NOT HAVING ENOUGH OPPORTUNITIES HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Del.-Elect Danny Marshall/(R) Danville]
[OUT Q=enough opportunities here.]
He says young people go off to college and don't come back.
Another freshmen delegate hopes to ensure that funds from the tobacco settlement remain in Southside Virginia.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=That money has]
((DEL-ELECT ROBERT HURT/(R) - CHATHAM: THAT MONEY HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOUR AN AREA OF VIRGINIA THAT HAS BEEN UNIQUELY DEVASTATED BY THE LOSS OF THAT INDUSTRY OR THAT ECONOMY.))
[SUPER=01-Del.-Elect Robert Hurt/(R) Chatham]
[OUT Q=or that economy.]
Delegate- elect Robert Hurt wants to make sure other members of the General Assembly- -in other parts of the Commonwealth- -don't get their hands on the money he figures was meant for southside.
Franklin County Delegate Allen Dudley says the state must offer more incentives to bring businesses into southside and southwest Virginia.
He's proposing legislation that would give tax breaks to companies that create at least 25 new jobs in an economically distressed area. Current law allows tax incentives for companies that create at least 50 jobs.
Dudley also wants to see motorsports license plates in Virginia. He plans to introduce a bill that would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to sell license plates commemorating any driver, track or other aspect of motorsports.
Mike Stevens will have a complete wrap up of the Gator Bowl
and we will have highligth from some of today's other bowl games, including Oklahomas win over Arkansas.
The 16th ranked Virginia tech Hokies fell to 24th rated Florida State in the Gator Bowl earlier today 30 to 17. Mike Stevens and photographer Greg Moore have all of your pre-game and post game notes from Jacksonville, Florida.
[SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL; :14]
[SUPER=01-Lee Greenwood/Recording Artist; :35]
[SUPER=36-Florida State/30/Virginia Tech/17; 2:36]
[SUPER=01-Nathaniel Adibi/2 Quarterback Sacks; 2:44]
[SUPER=01-Andre Davis/158 Yards Receiving; 2:49]
[SUPER=01-Jarrett Ferguson/VT Fullback; 2:56]
[SUPER=01-Chris Rix/Gator Bowl MVP; 3:02]
[SUPER=01-Javon Walker/FSU Receiver; 3:14]
[SUPER=01-Bud Foster/VT Defensive Coordinator; 3:24]
[SUPER=01-Grant Noel/269 Yards Passing, 1 TD; 3:30]
[OUT Q=.....News 7 Sports."]
The defense of tenth-ranked Oklahoma smothered Arkansas as the Sooners beat the Razorbacks 10-to-3 in the Cotton Bowl.
[SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/WFXR; :00]
Oklahoma tied a school record by racking up nine sacks. Roy Williams had two of them. Rocky Calmus made eleven tackles and recovered a fumble. The Sooners held Arkansas to
50 offensive yards on 55 plays. The Razorbacks had only six first downs, and two of those were by penalty.
Quarterback Nate Hybl scored the game's lone touchdown on a one-yard run in the first quarter. O-U ends its season with an 11-and-2 record.
In the Outback Bowl, South Carolina took on Ohio State.
[SUPER=03-Tampa FL/ESPN; :00]
Number-22 Ohio State almost completed the biggest comeback for a victory in college football bowl history. The Buckeyes wiped out a 28-point deficit in the second half only
[SUPER=34-South Carolina/31/Ohio State/28;]
to fall to South Carolina 31-to-28 in the Outback Bowl. Daniel Weaver nailed a 42-yard field goal on the final play to win the game.
The Gamecocks end their season at 9-and-3. The Buckeyes close the book on a 7-and-5 season.
The Citrus Bowl also kicked off today as
Tennessee would battle Michigan. The Volunteers would whip the Wolervines 45-to-17.
Florida coach Steve Spurrier confirms that Rex Grossman won't start at quarterback when the Gators play Maryland in the Orange Bowl tomorrow. And Spurrier says the Heisman Trophy runner-up might not play at all. Grossman was one of five players who missed a curfew. Brock Berlin will get his first career start.
[TAPE#=Almanac #2 19:55]
As we enter the new year it appears that mother nature is making a strong statement with storms all over the country. What is normal for us? Here's Leo Hirsbrunner with our January almanac.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=well, we're entering]
[OUT Q=I'm meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner.]
[MUSIC CONTINUES FOR 1:00]