Coming up on NEWS 7 at six...
Someone out there is 20- million dollars richer tonight.... after a winning lottery ticket is purchased in Roanoke.
Plus, a look at how the budget deficit could affect teachers and staff in the Henry County school system.
In sports, The Big South basketball tournament is leaving Roanoke but the league hopes to return, Cave Spring wins a regional championship.
And the Lady Cavaliers of Virginia come up short against Duke in the semi finals of the A-C-C tournament.
First fog, then showers, sunshine, and finally clouds all in one day... what's in store for tomorrow? More changes to talk about coming up.
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((SHARON DODSON/HENRY CO. SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S A LOT OF MONEY. WHAT CHOICE DO WE HAVE? OF COURSE WE WILL, BUT IT WON'T BE WITHOUT PAIN.))
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Major cuts are on the way to the Henry County school system.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamliton.
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Henry County is back where it started.
Earlier this week, the Superintendent asked the school board to scrap its controversial reconfiguration plan.
Now, administrators must find other ways to deal with a more than one million dollar budget shortfall.
Justin McLeod tells us how they plan to do it.
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[SUPER=01-Sharon Dodson/Superintendent of Schools; :34]
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((((NAT SOUND OF PUBLIC HEARING))
The plan to close and consolidate several schools had people fired up for months.
Now, a cooling off period.
It appears the school board will most likely kill the plan.
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[IN Q=I think it's great]
((LAUREN STUBBLEFIELD/FIELDALE-COLLINSVILLE JUNIOR: I THINK IT'S GREAT, IT'S JUST, I LOVE IT.))
((COURTNEY HALE/FIELDALE-COLLINSVILLE JUNIOR: THEY'RE ALL EXCITED. THEY'RE READY TO DO, STAY HERE.))
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But that excitement may be short-lived.
The school system is still facing a more than a million dollar budget shortfall next year.
And state law requires a school system to operate with a balanced budget.
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((SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: THE BIG ISSUE IS A MILLION AND HALF DEFICIT, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT? IT'S GOING TO AFFECT PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=to effect people]
The first to feel the effects could be the staff.
Dodson says teacher raises for next year are highly unlikely.
Another possibility? Teachers may have to pay more for health insurance.
[IN Q=Cuts in staff]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: CUTS IN STAFF ARE ALSO MOST LIKELY ON THEIR WAY. LAST YEAR, THE SCHOOL SYSTEM CUT NEARLY 60 POSITIONS MAINLY THROUGH RETIREMENT AND ATTRITION. THIS TIME AROUND, THOSE CUTS COULD COME IN THE FORM OF LAYOFFS.))
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((QUICK NAT SOUND OF TEACHING))
After all, 80-percent of the budget goes towards personnel.
Courses and other programs may also have to be cut.
And there may be very little money left to upgrade and fix aging buildings.
[IN Q=We have to deal]
((SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT: WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN DEALT TO US. THERE'S JUST NO WAY AROUND THAT. WE'VE GOT TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUES.))
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They are issues Dodson hopes to consult with the public.
She plans to set up a citizen's advisory committe to help her deal with a budget that must be completed by April 15th.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Henry County.))
The school board has not officially voted to end the reconfiguration plan.
It is expected to do so at its next meeting, scheduled for Thursday.
Many in Henry County are hoping the new head of the Commerce Office can help turn the economy around.
Wayne Sterling began working for the county in late October.
He is responsible for all aspects of the county's economic development program.
It is work that has even taken him out west.
Sterling has spent the last two weeks in the Silicon Valley hoping to attract new businesses to the area.
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[SUPER=01-Tim Hall/Henry Co. Spokesperson]
((TIM HALL/HENRY CO. SPOKESPERSON: ONE THING WAYNE STERLING BRINGS TO HENRY COUNTY IS NAME RECOGNITION. WAYNE STERLING CAN PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL A CEO AND THAT CEO KNOWS WHO HE IS AND THAT'S OPENED DOORS FOR US LITERALLY OPENED DOORS WITH WAYNE GOING TO VISIT COMPANY'S AND FIGURATIVELY IT'S OPENED DOORS BECAUSE PEOPLE NOW ARE AWARE THAT WE ARE TOGETHER, HENRY COUNTY AND WAYNE STERLING ARE TOGETHER.))
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Since January first, more than six hundred jobs have been announced in Henry County.
Sterling is expected to return from his trip and be back on the job this week.
There is a mystery in Roanoke tonight.
Who is Virginia's first Lotto South multi-millionaire?
The winning ticket was sold at this Kroger in the old Harris Teeter building on Brambelton Avenue.
The winner is still unknown.
But we do know he or she will receive 20-million dollars plus a one million dollar bonus.
The winner can choose one lump sum payment or 30 annual payments of 667-thousand dollars.
The one million dollar bonus is derived from jackpot funds reserved from the last "Lotto Virginia" drawing back in September.
The winning numbers are 21-26-27-32-33, and 34.
Volunteers are helping a Bedford County program keep rolling.
Roger Henderson recently briefed the Bedford County supervisors on the "Bedford Ride" program.
It's a program that provides transportation for disabled, low income or elderly residents who need a way to get to medical appointments or to a pharmacy.
Bedford Ride got its start in September--
Today it has 85 volunteers and by the end of the year hopes to provide transportation for residents throughout the county.
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[SUPER=01-Roger Henderson/Bedford Community Health Foundation; ]
((ROGER HENDERSON/BEDFORD COMMUNITY HEALTH FOUNDATION, INC. : WE HAVE THREE LEADERSHIP TEAMS FUNCTIONING AT THIS TIME ONE AT BEDFORD CITY WHICH DOES THE CITY AREA AND SURROUNDING COUNTY. ONE IN THE TAYLOR MOUNTAIN AND THAXTON AREA AND ONE IN BIG ISLAND. NEXT MONDAY, FORREST AND GOODE COME ON LINE, THE NEXT TEAM WILL BE MONTVALE AND THEN WE'RE HOPING FOR TWO TEAMS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE COUNTY LATER THIS YEAR.))
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The Bedford Ride program charges a small fee based on the distance traveled and the person's ability to pay.
If you would like more information-- you can contact Bedford Ride at 540- 587-3315.
Up next on News 7 at 6, a Blacksburg native is one of 18 National Guardsmen remembered after a deadly plane crash one year ago.
and a major expansion for a local company that is on the rise... More on that coming up... but first let's get a check on the forecast, here's Jacey in the Weather Center.
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Eighteen Air National Guardsmen from Virginia were remembered with a memorial today, one year after their plane went down in a field in Georgia.
One of those men was from Blacksburg.
Staff Sergeant Greg (Skir-pee) Skurupey and his unit were on their way home to Virginia after two weeks of training in Florida at the time of the crash.
Military investigators initially blamed the crash on the crew for improper loading... but the general who ordered the probe later blamed bad weather and equipment malfunctions.
The families of 11 of the Guardsmen killed have sued the plane's manufacturer and other companies - saying malfunctioning equipment was at fault.
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The shooting of a teenager in Roanoke last week was the main topic in the mail from viewers.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
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((The people who have written to us so far about the fatal shooting of Charlotte Brown on the porch of a house on Hanover Avenue are defending Hallis Jamison, the elderly homeowner charged in her death.
From Blue Ridge (Tom Bridges): "I would like to know why is Mr. Jamison, age 82, being charged with a crime and held without bail! I assure you that if a gang of teenagers came to my house after dark and started banging on the doors and windows, I would shoot more than one. Mr. Jamison should be released from jail immediately and given a medal."
From Bland (Bonnie Blankenship): "Regarding the arrest and possible charge of murder of the 82-year-old man, I think this is an outrage. The teenagers should have been off the streets at 11pm instead of harassing an old man who was minding his business. I feel he had every right to have the firearm and use it teenager or not. If someone was beating on my door and windows at this time of night or any other time with no apparent reason for being there, I would probably have done the same thing...When the people who have worked their entire life to have a safe, secure home have no more rights to protect it and live in peace something has happened to our law."
Your comments on the news stories of the week and our reporting are always welcome. Send us a letter...a fax...or an email.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
The world's largest bread manufacturing line is up and running in Roanoke.
Maple Leaf Bakery has just completed a 12 million dollar expansion at Roanoke's Center for Industry and Technology.
A formal ribbon-cutting will be held on Friday.
The Canada-based company has hired about 40 people to staff the facility.
Six people will operate the new bread line... and no one will ever have to handle the bread.
You can buy these locally produced baked goods at Wal-Mart stores across the region under the California Goldminer brand name.
Still ahead, the Lady Cavaliers run in the A-C-C tournament falls short at the hands of Duke... Roy Stanley will have highlights and more in sports...
and also, Covington officials are fired up about a celebration a hundred years in the making. We'll have that and more coming up...
It is one of the largest and most popular anti-drug programs in the country.
But the D.A.R.E. way may not be the best way.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education or D.A.R.E. as it's commonly known-- is taught in more than eighty percent of our nation's school systems.
It usually involves a police officer lecturing to kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol at the fifth grade level.
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((BONNIE ENGLISH/ROANOKE D.A.R.E. OFFICER: I THINK IF YOU CAN GET THE POINT ACROSS TO THEM EARLY AND GIVE THEM THAT POSITIVE ATTITUDE ABOUT DRUGS, THEIR FUTURE AND GOALS, I THINK IT'S THE BEST THING.))
[SUPER=01-Bonnie English/Roanoke D.A.R.E. Officer; ]
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But study after study suggests D.A.R.E. does very little to prevent teens from abusing drugs.
In fact, one study found kids who go through the D.A.R.E. program in elementary school are just as likely to use illegal drugs later as kids who don't.
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[IN Q=As soon as you go into]
((DR. TOD BURKE/RADFORD UNIVERSITY CRIMINALOGIST PROFESSOR: AS SOON AS YOU GO INTO THE SCHOOLS AND TELL VERY YOUNG PEOPLE DON'T DO SOMETHING THAT THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW EXISTED, IT'S POSSIBLE THEY MAY TRY IT JUST TO SAY I WANT TO SEE WHAT ALL THIS WHOPLA IS ABOUT.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Tod Burke/Radford University Criminalogist Professor]
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So why then is D.A.R.E. still being taught in school system's across our region?
We'll tell you why tomorrow on News 7 at six, in part one of Justin McLeod's series, "Truth or Dare."
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In 1902, citizens in Covington banded together to form one of the first fire departments in the Alleghany Highlands.
Now a hundred years later, Covington's Fire Department is taking a look back.
Richard Lesko has more in this weeks Virginia Profile.
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[SUPER=01-Wes Walker/Covington Fire Chief; 1:38]
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To some, progress comes under fire in Covington.
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((JERRY BURKS/2ND ASST. FIRE CHIEF; THERE WAS A SEVERE FIRE ON HAWTHORNE STREET THAT BURNED DOWN THREE HOUSES, SO THE CITIZENS OF THE COMMUNITY GOT CONCERNED AND DECIDED TO ORGANIZE A FIRE DEPARTMENT.))
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Those were the humble beginnings of the Covington Fire Department, which is now in the middle of celebrating its one hundredth anniversary.
The centerpiece of the celebration is a fire engine nicknamed Hezekiah that the department bought in 1927 for about 12 thousand dollars.
The truck was a marvel in its time, capable of pumping 1-thousand gallons of water per minute. Hezekiah has been refurbished and is fully functional but usually saves his sirens for parades.
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((JERRY BURKS/2ND ASST. FIRE CHIEF; WE'VE KINDA BUILT OUR CELEBRATION AROUND THE OLD TRUCK, WE'VE HAD JACKETS MADE UP FOR ALL THE MEMBERS AND HEZEKIAH IS ON THE BACK OF THE JACKETS. A LOT OF OUR LITERATURE AND PUBLICATIONS ARE FEATURING HEZEKIAH AND STORIES OF THE OLD TRUCK.))
[OUTQ=stories of the old truck.]
In addition to the truck and numerous photographs, the department is showing off a 1953 army surplus jeep that's been converted for firefighting use. It's on loan after sitting in a barn for nearly 20 years...
Also on display is an original hand drawn hose reel, one of the first pieces of equipment the department bought back in 1902. This was the latest in firefighting technology at the turn of the century.
Today, those pieces of history have sparked a lesson about firemen of the past.
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[INQ=It really has been a neat...]
((WES WALKER/COVINGTON FIRE CHIEF; IT REALLY HAS BEEN A NEAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ME, A LOT OF THE HISTORY I DIDN'T KNOW. I'D HEARD A LOT OF STORIES SITTING AROUND TALKING TO THE GUYS, BUT DIDN'T GET TO SEE A LOT OF IT OR EXPERIENCE IT AND NOW WITH ALL THE PICTURES AND THE ARTICLES, IT'S REALLY LIKE EXPERIENCING IT FIRST HAND.))
[OUTQ=experiencing it first hand.]
During the past century - changing technology has kept crews fired up about protecting lives and property in Covington... and the firemen of today say they are ready to battle blazes in the area for at least another hundred years
Richard Lesko, News 7, Covington.))
And coming up in sports, The Winston Cup Drivers were in Las Vegas today Boston College ends the regular Big East Season with a win.
And the Knights of Cave Spring now get ready for their first trip to the Group Three State tournament.
The Winston cup drivers were in Las Vegas this afternoon for the UAW Chrysler 400. Jimmy Spencer would dominate the race through the first 50 laps.
Rookie Ryan Newman was the leader at the halfway mark and Tony Stewart was running a strong second.
But Sterling Marlin was leading with 7 to go and he takes the checkered flag winning the U-A-W Chrysler 400. We'll have the highlights tonight at 11.
The Lady Cavaliers of Virginia almost pulled off the upset today losing to Duke 71 to 67 in the semi finals of the A-C-C tournament.
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Debbie Ryan's young team played the top seeded Blue Devils tough.
When Jocelyn Logan-Friend got the inisde backet the Lady Cavs trailed 13 to 12 in the first half.
Virginia then fell behind by 8 but when Telisha Quarles took it to the hoop knocking down the shot off the glass the lead was back to four.
But Duke gets the break inside as point guard Elania Beard taps in the miss to make the lead 7.
Virginia cut it to 2 late in the half but the Lady Blue Devils advance with the 71 to 67 victory.
Kobe Bryant of the Lakers and Reggie Miller of the Pacers have been suspended for two games without pay for a fight at the end of Friday Night's game in Los Angles.
Bryant was also fined 12-thousand 500 dollars while Miller has been hit with a 1-thousand dollar fine.
Both players will miss games tonight and Tuesday.
And here are some of the afternoon scores.
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Last night at Northside Middle School, Cave Spring won the schools first Northwest Region title beating Potomac.
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Now, The Knights have a week to prepare for next weekends opening game in the Group Three A state tournament.
And the Knights appear to be ready to make a run at that State title.
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[SUPER=01-Billy Hicks/Cave Spring Head Coach; :]
[SUPER=01-J.J. Reddick/Senior Guard; :]
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Cave Spring will play host to Heritage-Newport News in the quarterfinals and the game could possible be back at Northside Middle School.
The Winthrop men and Liberty women repeated as Big South tournament champions this weekend at the Roanoke Civic Center.
But next year the tournament returns to the Vines Center on the Campus of Liberty University.
And the format will change next year the top four seeded teams would host games on their home floor making every regular season game very important heading to tournament time.
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[IN Q="What that....]
[SUPER=01-Kyle Kallander/Big South Commissioner; :]
[OUT Q=.....game critical."]
But the league has not given up on bringing the championship back to Roanoke if the dates are avaliable.
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[IN Q="We would....]
[OUT Q=....in the future."]
The tournament had a 2 year run at the Roanoke Civic Center.