Coming up on NEWS 7...
Mandatory water restrictions could be on the horizon in Roanoke-- as conditions fail to improve at Carvin's Cove.
And, authorities search for a missing Franklin County man.
Tonight on the Big 7, college roundball highlights from the Tech men, the Roanoke women, the UVa women and the Virginia men -
who were in Missouri this afternoon hoping to avoid losing their third game of the week against the tough Tigers.
Along with winter temperatures comes winter precipitation... some snow to speak of, enters our forecast. Stay here for the details.
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((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: WE'RE LOSING ABOUT A TENTH A DAY AND SO WE PROBABLY HAVE 10 TO 12 DAYS DEPENDING ON THE RAINFALL WE GET COMING UP THIS WEEK.))
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The city of Roanoke is inching closer to mandatory water restrictions.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Most of you probably enjoyed those spring like temperatures we experienced over the past week.
But the nice weather did nothing to help the drought like conditions in our area.
And as Justin McLeod found out, that could produce some major problems in the coming weeks.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of Chris walking in woods]
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[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF CHRIS WALKING IN WOODS))
Taking a walk down to this creek in Salem, you get a clear picture (SHOT OF OUT OF FOCUS INTO FOCUS; 13:07:27) of just how dry it really is.
There's no water running in it, and the soil that is...looks and feels bone dry.
[IN Q=It's very very dry]
((CHRIS THOMSEN/DEPT. OF FORESTRY: IT'S VERY VERY DRY AND THE WARM WEATHER IN THE SPRING TIME WHEN IT USUALLY GETS WORSE IS NOT TOO FAR OFF.))
[OUT Q=too far off]
Chris Thomsen should know.
As a forester for the Department of Forestry, he's gearing up for the spring fire season.
It's a season that he fears could be worse than what we saw last fall. (FILE OF FALL FIRES)
[IN Q=Traditionally, you go into February]
((CHRIS THOMSEN: TRADITIONALLY, YOU GO INTO FEBRUARY PRETTY WET. YOU USUALLY GET THE WORSE ABOUT IN APRIL BUT THAT'S NOT TRUE RIGHT NOW.))
Right now, we are more than twenty inches below normal rainfall since last February.
And it will take more than four inches of rain just to saturate the top soil.
[IN Q=Another concern]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ANOTHER CONCERN IS HERE AT CARVIN'S COVE. CURRENTLY, THE WATER LEVEL HERE AT THE COVE IS 21 FEET BELOW THE SPILLWAY. ONCE IT HITS 22, MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS KICK-IN, AND CITY OFFICIALS WARN THAT COULD COME IN A MATTER OF WEEKS.))
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The mandatory water restrictions would start out with a partial ban on all outdoor watering from ten to seven.
But if the cove falls even further, the city of Roanoke will then implement stronger restrictions.
[IN Q=If we get to]
((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: IF WE GET TO 26 FEET BELOW THE SPILLWAY, THAT WOULD BE A COMPLETE OUTDOOR BAN ON WATERING SIMILAR TO THE 1999 EVENT.))
[OUT Q=to the 1999 event]
It's an event that will most likely repeat itself if we don't get substantial rain anytime soon.
And if this warm dry winter so far is any indication, we are clearly not of the woods just yet. (SHOT OF THEM WALKING OUT OF THE WOODS)
Justin McLeod, News 7.))[Search-Franklin]
Authorities are hoping the public can help in locating a missing Franklin County man.
They're searching for 38- year old Jim Richardson of Rocky Mount.
Richardson was last seen Friday afternoon in the area of Riverview Street in Rocky Mount.
The Franklin County Search and Rescue Team along with search teams from Botetourt, Pittsylvania and Henry County and Richmond began combing the area Saturday evening.
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[IN Q=Also working with us]
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((ALSO WORKING WITH US IS THE TOWN OF ROCKY MOUNT POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND VIRGINIA STATE POLICE.))
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Richardson is six foot one and weighs 160- pounds.
He has shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes and is very slender.
If you have any information you're asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff's office.
The Roanoke Valley's museums and other cultural organizations were in Richmond last week, trying to persuade state lawmakers they deserve funding.
And it now appears, they may get some help.
Representatives from the arts council and other organizations buttonholed lawmakers and manned a booth in the General Assembly building.
They even distributed fortune cookies with messages detailing the importance of cultural organizations in the Roanoke Valley.
They were highlighting the new master plan shared by 16 different groups in western Virginia.
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[IN Q=We're really trying to put the message]
((SUSAN JENNINGS/ARTS COUNCIL OF THE BLUE RIDGE: WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO PUT THE MESSAGE ACROSS THAT THE ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY ARE WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM AND THAT WE ALL STAND TOGETHER. WE ALL WORK TOGETHER ON COLLABORATIVE THINGS AND FUNDING IS IMPORTANT FOR THE WHOLE GROUP.))
((BETH POFF/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: SO IT'S BEEN A LITTLE OF AN EDUCATIONAL TYPE OF THING TO SHOW PEOPLE WHAT WE DO HAVE. BUT ALSO SHOWING THAT TOGETHER THE IMPACT THAT STATE FUNDING HELPS OUR ORGANIZATIONS HELPS THE WHOLE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA REGION.))
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[OUT Q=the whole southwest Virginia region.]
Governor Warner did not include any funding for non-state agencies in his budget proposal.
But this week House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith and other lawmakers told local officials they expect to provide at least some funding for cultural organizations in western Virginia.
A Christiansburg woman is keeping history alive through the lens of a camera.
Anna Fariello takes pictures of crumbling buildings she comes across while traveling through the back roads of Virginia.
Her work is now on display at the History Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke.
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[SUPER=01-Anna Fariello/Photographer; ]
((AT NO TIME WILL THIS TYPE OF BUILDING BE BACK AMONG US AND I THINK IT KIND OF REPRESENTS A VERY ROMANTIC VIEW OF THE PAST AND THE FACT THAT EACH ONE CONTAINS MEMORIES IN HISTORY IS WHAT DRIVES ME.))
[OUT Q=what drives me.]
Fariello's work will be showcased through March 24th.
Crews are still cleaning up a train derailment that happened early this morning in the New River Valley.
The Norfolk Southern coal train derailed in Eggleston just after three A-M.
24 cars were involved, eight ended up on their sides.
The company says it was able to keep other trains moving by detouring other cars around the accident.
Environmental inspectors have been sent in to check for any possible hazards, but since it is coal, Norfolk Southern does NOT expect any problems.
The train was headed from Bluefield to Norfolk.
Still ahead on News 7, a local elementary school gets a clean bill of health, after leaky pipes are found in a restroom...
and a pair of local military personel report from Afghanistan on national television, while gearing up for the Superbowl... More on that in just a moment, but first let's check in with Jacey in the WeatherCenter.
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We do have one school announcement for tomorrow...
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In Wythe County, the Scott Memorial Elementary School will be closed tomorrow.
Officials blame a problem in the heating system.
All other schools in Wythe County will be open tomorrow.
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A local man is playing a big role in this year's Superbowl.
But you won't see him on the field in New Orleans... you'll find him in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Mark Pleasants is an anchor for the American Forces Network.
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FOX Sports flew him to Afghanstan to do a live report during the pre-Superbowl show.
His family watched the broadcast with pride and fear from their home in Salem.
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[IN Q=Sure I was excited]
((SHIRLEY PLEASANTS/MARK'S MOM: SURE I WAS EXCITED BUT THEN AGAIN ITS SORT OF SCARY BECAUSE HE'S GOING RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING AND WHO KNOWS WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN NEXT. SO WE'VE PRAYED A LOT THAT HE'LL BE SAFE AND ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT WILL BE WITH HIM.))
((BUTT BUTT BUTT))
((SGT. MARK PLEASANTS; I'M FROM ROANOKE VIRGINIA TYRONE FROM RIGHT NEXT DOOR IN LYNCHBURG.))
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[OUT Q=next door in Lynchburg]
During the broadcast, Pleasants interviewed a soldier from Lynchburg.
He said the troops would take time away from the war to watch the game.
The newest clothing store in Valley View Mall opened its doors today.
Shoppers crowded the Old Navy store today on its grand opening. The store sells everything from jeans, khakis and t-shirts to sleepwear.
The Old Navy company is owned by the Gap.
The Valley View location is just one of more than 650 Old Navy stores around the world.
Problems at one Franklin County school appear to be solved.
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Teachers and students complained of a strange odor at Lee Waid Elementary school in Rocky Mount.
Maintenance workers determined the problem was most likely coming from the boys bathroom.
Last month, crews replaced leaky pipes as well as removed absestos from other parts in the school.
Now that the work is completed, school officials say the odor has disappeared and students are no longer having headaches or becoming nauseous.
Still ahead, the Virginia Cavaliers lost their third straight game, falling to Missouri, and Virginia Tech falls short to Saint Johns. Mike Stevens will have highlights and more...
but before that, an author from Lynchburg is proving that it's never too late to get a pen and write your memories down. We'll have that and more, coming up.
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If you've ever written down that "Great American Novel", but haven't thought about sending to a publisher, the focus of our next story may have you heading to your mailbox.
Iva Burford is Lynchburg's newest author.. at the tender age of 90.
Steve Smallshaw has her story in this week's "Virginia Profile".
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(( When Iva Burford's father died in 1917, her mother found the task of raising four children on her own to be too much.
So Burford and two of her sisters were sent to the Miller Orphanage in Lynchburg.. it was a place of strict rules.. where the word "smartypants" would get your mouth washed out with soap, but it was also a time filled with friends, outings and opportunies Iva and her sisters might not have had at home.
((IVA BURFORD/AUTHOR OF "NOW THE SONG": I THINK I HAD A GROWING UP TIME THAT FEW PEOPLE HAVE.))
[OUT Q=few people have.]
Burford left the Miller Home in 1930 and went on to college and to raise a family of her own.
But every time she passed the stately building, memories of her childhood there would come flooding back.
((AND I LOOKED AT IT ONE DAY AS I PASSED AND SAID TO MYSELF 'THERE STANDS, IN ALL ITS BEAUTY, GIVING LIFE AND OPPORTUNITY TO HUNDREDS OF YOUNG GIRLS WHO ENTER AND COME OUT AS YOUNG LADIES AND NO ONE SINGS ITS SONG'. AND THAT JUST CAME TO ME, AND I THOUGHT 'I'VE JUST GOT TO WRITE IT.'))
[OUT Q=to write it.]
"Now the Song" was conceived in 1947.. but it took more than fifty years to be born.
With the help of Lynchburg College and Warwick House publishers, Burford's stories of growing up in an orphanage are now available in hardback.
((YOU NEED TO BUY IT FIRST..))
Copies of the book were flying off the shelves this weekend as Burford enjoyed that new-author perk of a booksigning in her hometown.
Burford had to help finance the printing of the first 500 copies herself, but its financial success is not important to her.. teaching people about the Miller Home and what it meant to so many young girls is.
((BURFORD: AND SOMEONE SAID TO ME AFTER THIS BECAME KNOWN, EVEN AFTER THE BOOKS ARRIVED, 'YOU HAD TO BE BOLD TO WRITE ABOUT GROWING UP IN AN ORPHANAGE', AND I SAID 'THAT'S THE VERY REASON I WROTE THIS, I HOPE IT CAN CHANGE THE MINDSET OF SOME PEOPLE LIKE YOU'.))
[OUT Q=people like you.]
She's also changing the mindset that 90 is too old to be publishing your first book.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Sports Tease]
Coming up on this Super Sunday - some not-so super results for the Hokies and the Cavaliers.
The UVa do come up big in the ACC as do the Roanoke women.
And Speedweeks 2002 is underway in Daytona with the Rolex 24 hour endurance race.
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The Virginia Cavaliers, who were ranked fifth in the nation before this week began, were in Columbia, Missouri this afternoon trying to avoid their third setback in this seven day stretch.
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The Cavs would get an eyeful of Missouri's Kareem Rush, the younger brother of former Roanoke Dazzle player Jaron Rush. Kareem hits for 15 points in the first half as Missouri led by two points - 40 to 38 at halftime.
The back and forth transition style continued after intermission as Roger Mason gets the ball to Keith Jenifer. The great ball fake gets him the fingeroll as UVa make it 62-to-60 with under 8 to go.
The Cavs would stay within striking distance as Roger Mason Junior hits the two pointer with his toe on the line to keep it a two point game with under three minutes to play. Mason had 13.
Virginia's inside players also did their best to keep this one close. J.C. Mathis hits 6 of 7 shots, scored 13 and grabbed 7 rebounds.
And freshman Elton Brown continues to play like a senior. He had 12 points this afternoon as the Cavs shot 55 percent for the game.
But as has been the case of several occasions - UVa commits 20 turnovers and loses its third straight 81-to-77.
The UVa women's team was home this afternoon at University Hall for an important ACC clash against N.C. State.
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The Wolfpack, like Virginia has some youth especially at the guard spot, and in the first half the NC State backcourt with Nanna Rivers played well. As did State's inside force senior Talisha Scates.
But UVa is starting to gel as a team a little bit at this stage of the season. Senior Telisha Quarles comes down off the break and pulls up for a three pointer to give the Cavs a two point lead.
Then watch freshman Brandi Teamer, who led UVa with 22 points, miss the shot, but Bethany LeSeuer will scrap with the State players inside, make the steal and then convert the hoop.
Virginia beats N.C. State 61-to-57 to improve to 12-and-9 overall and 5 and 5 in the ACC.
The Virginia Tech Hokies were in the Cassell this afternoon hosting the St. John's red Storm and trying to break a nasty losing streak.
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32 hundred and 15 fans turned out in Blacksburg to see if Tech could end a 9 game losing skid.
St. John's star Marcus Hatten was a non-factor in the opening half as he netted just this one three point basket.
Meanwhile Tech got a bushel basket full of points as big Terry Taylor banged the boards and dropped in 11 for the Hokies in the first 20 minutes.
Brian Chase also got into the act by getting out on the break and dropping in this deuce. Chase had 11 in the opening half, as well as the Hokies led 32-to-28 at halftime.
Hatten would finish with a game high 19 points, but the Hokies' zone bothered him as he only made 5 out of 14 shots from the field.
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Carlos Dixon, who was just 2-of-10 got Tech within two points with this bomb with under four to play, but again Tech can't close as the Hokies lose their 18th straight Big East game 72-to-63.
In the ODAC this afternoon, the Roanoke College women took on Hollins at the Bast center.
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Hollins' Mandy Nichols the Troutville native came into the game needing just three points to top 1000 for her career.
Sometimes players struggle on days like this, but Mandy was on fire. She scored a game high 19 points hitting 9 out of 10 shots from the floor.
But Roanoke was too deep for Hollins.
All 15 Roanoke players dressed out, and all 15 scored at least one point.
Katrina Williams and Crystal Barrett led the way.
As Roanoke wins it easily 79-to-53.
Also this afternoon, the W&L women beat Shenandoah by 20. While in men's ODAC play - Bridgewater beat Emory & Henry by 10 and W&L topped Lynchburg 66-to-59.
Speedweeks 2002 opened in Daytona this weekend with the 24 hours of Daytona.
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Kevin Doran in this , who got his start racing short track stock cars on dirt and spent three years as a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series owner, won his fifth Rolex 24 today.
A number of Winston Cup stars took part in the event. Robby Gordon's team finished second.
Kyle Petty also raced again this year in a Porsche GT3R.
Kevin Harvick also was part of team that took part in the 24 hour race on the 3 and half mile course.
And finally, forget all this groundhog talk. Here's sure sign that spring is definitely on the way.
The defending college baseball champs from the University of Miami
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opened up defense of their title this weekend with a 3 game series against the University of Tennessee.
The Canes won the series 2 games to 1 by coming from behind today to beat the Vols 9-to-4.
Kevin Howard's two run rbi to center field in the 8th inning was the big blow that got the comeback started.
Last night the Vols broke Miami's 18 game winning streak dating back to last season.