Coming up on News 7-
One county tries to re-ignite it's economic development-
While some teaching jobs are going in schools in another county-
Plus an arrest in that major tire fire in Roanoke County.
and look one guy decided to do with his fence.
News 7 at Eleven is next.
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((I JUST FEEL REALLY BAD THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE DISCONTINUED.))
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Forced to cut more than a million dollars from its budget, the Henry County School Board eliminates more than two dozen positions.
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School Board members say it was a painful decision, one they hoped to avoid.
But tonight, they voted to eliminate positions, reduce spending, and implement new fees.
Joe Dashiell has more details on how they did it.
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[IN Q=The Henry County Schools ]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-James Beckner/Assistant Superintendent; :16]
[SUPER=01-Kathryn Wickline/School Board Chairman; :58]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Henry County]
((The Henry County Schools were faced with a seven figure shortfall... one-point- six million dollars less than the school board requested... one million less than the schools received this year.
Administrators say they tried hard to minimize the pain.
[IN Q=It would not be accurate]
((JAMES BECKNER: IT WOULD NOT BE ACCURATE TO SAY NO DAMAGE OR NO HARM, NO SUFFERING, BUT MINIMAL DAMAGE, TRYING TO SPREAD IT AROUND AMONG VARIOUS CATEGORIES OR ACTIVITIES.))
[OUT Q=categories or activities.]
Officials found the most money by eliminating positions... 12 custodians, 9 teachers, 2 guidance counselors, 2 clerical positions, and the public information office.
In addition, they voted to move the Center for Community Learning and the Adult Program to save rent... reduce field trips and the use of substitute teachers, implement a driver's education fee, reduce the purchase of library supplies and instructional materials, and cut other expenses for technology, travel, capital outlay and postage.
[IN Q=This has been a very tough decision]
((KATHRYN WICKLINE/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THIS HAS BEEN A VERY TOUGH DECISION TO HAVE TO MAKE TODAY AND I FEEL IF WE COULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO MOVE AHEAD WITH THE RECONFIGURATION OF SCHOOLS THIS YEAR, WE COULD HAVE BEEN WAY AHEAD OF THE GAME.))
[OUT Q=could have been way ahead of the game.]
Despite the budget cuts, school board members did approve a one percent salary increase for designated employees.
Board members say they felt that had to make an effort to offer more competitive salaries.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Henry County))
A 14-year-old boy is charged with setting the fire that burned millions of tires in Roanoke County.
Police say he confessed to setting it with a lighter.
It started on March 23rd -- along a road that borders the tire dump.
It spread to one-thousand acres of brush and more than 2-million tires.
Police say a brush fire set nearby three weeks LATER led them to the boy.
Someone spotted a group of kids running away from THAT fire ... and among them, investigators found their suspect.
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[IN Q=It's reassuring]
((ELMER HODGE/COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: IT'S REASSURING TO ME. I HOPE IT'S REASSURING TO THE PUBLIC THAT WE AGGRESSIVELY PURSUED THE FIRE AND THAT WE WERE ABLE TO APPREHEND A PERSON.))
[OUT Q=apprehend a person.]
The tire fire has cost 3-MILLION in federal, state and local dollars.
The boy is charged with intentionally setting brush on fire -- a MISDEMEANOR, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of 25-hundred dollars.
Prosecutors say he COULD be held liable for the cost of fighting the fire, though they say it's unlikely that any money will be recovered.
After months of negotiations -- Trigon and Carilion have reached an agreement.
That means 120 thousand Southwest Virginians will remain "in-network" at Carilion.
Trigon wanted a bigger discount on health care services than any of Carilion's other insurance partners.
But according to Carilion, all partners are now on a level playing field.
The new deal will last until September of 2007.
Rescue workers who have toiled at Ground Zero gave thanks today at historic St. Paul's church.
The undamaged church is just one block from the world Trade Center site- It became a rest and service center for the workers.
As Jamie Colby reports- today's mass is part of ceremonies ending the recovery operation at Ground Zero.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY]
[SUPER=01-Angela LaManna/Grief Counselor]
[SUPER=01-Michael Bloomberg/New York City Mayor]
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((ONE OF AMERICA'S LARGEST AND MOST HEARTBREAKING RECOVERY EFFORTS HAS
COME TO AN END.
TUESDAY NIGHT MARKED AN EMOTIONAL CONCLUSION TO THE MASSIVE CLEANUP AT
WORKERS CUT DOWN A GIANT COLUMN OF STEEL THAT STOOD AS A TRIBUTE TO
VICTIMS... COVERED WITH MESSAGES -- AND PHOTOS OF THOSE LOST, THE BEAM WILL NOW BECOME PART OF A PERMANENT MEMORIAL.
IN THE SHADOWS OF THE WRECKAGE, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH STOOD STRONG... OFFERING SANCTUARY TO THOUSANDS OF WORKERS.
GIVING COMFORT, AND A HOT MEAL -- IN THE MOST TRYING OF TIMES.
SOT: Firefighter Michael Bellone/NYFD
"For the last 8 months this was our family."
IN A FINAL FAREWELL MASS - VOLUNTEERS SAID GOODBYE TO THEIR NEWFOUND FRIENDS.
SOT: Angela LaManna/Grief Counselor
"It's gonna be hard, especially hard for those who don't have closure,
but even those who do have closure."
SOT: Firefighter Rich Lehy/NYFD
"It's hard, I wish there was more that everybody could do."
NOW THAT RELIEF EFFORTS ARE COMPLETE - THE CHURCH WILL CLOSE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE SEPTEMBER 11TH... AND RE-OPEN LATER THIS SUMMER.
AND AT GROUND ZERO -- EFFORTS WILL NOW SHIFT FROM RECOVERY, TO
(MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG/(R) NEW YORK CITY "We owe it to those who gave their lives for freedom on 9/11, and we owe it
to all the people in free world to show that the terrorists cannot beat us and they will not.")
ONE FINAL CEREMONY WILL MARK THE OFFICIAL END OF RECOVERY EFFORTS.
THURSDAY MORNING -- A SERIES OF BELLS WILL TOLL, SIGNIFYING THE EXACT TIME THE SECOND TOWER COLLAPSED.
JAMIE COLBY, FOR CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
To create new jobs and hold on to existing ones...
That's the goal of an organization officially formed tonight in the Alleghany Highlands.
Teresa Hamilton has more on the historic undertaking.
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[SUPER=01-Dusty Rhodes/Clifton Forge Mayor; :09 ]
[SUPER=01-Alan Williams/Iron Gate Mayor; :37]
[SUPER=01-Cletus Nicely/Alleghany Co. Board of Supervisors; :49]
[SUPER=01-Temple Kessinger/Covington Mayor; 1:08]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Clifton Forge.]
(( The men and women gathered in this room are here for a common goal-- to promote economic prosperity in the Alleghany Highlands.
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((DUSTY RHODES/CLIFTON FORGE MAYOR: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE'VE DONE IT IN THIS FASHION AND I THINK IT SPEAKS WELL NOT JUST OF THE GOVERNMENT BODIES BUT OF THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY TO DO THAT.))
[out q= to do that.]
The group is made up of elected leaders from Alleghany County-- as well as the towns of Iron Gate and Clifton Forge-- along with the city of Covington.
Together they signed an agreement to form the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation.... which, for now, will be funded with local money.
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((ALAN WILLLIAMS/IRON GATE MAYOR: NOT ONLY TO CREATE NEW JOBS BUT TO TRY TO SHOW THE EXISTING JOBS THAT WE'RE BEHIND THEM AND TRY TO WORK WITH THEM TO TRY TO KEEP THEM HERE.))
[out q= keep them here.]
((CLETUS NICELY/ALLEGHANY CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: PERSONALLY I REPRESENT ALLEGHANY COUNTY BUT ON THE WHOLE YOU REPRESENT THE WHOLE HIGHLANDS AND WHAT'S GOOD FOR ONE IS GOOD FOR ALL.))
The corporation will take over the marketing responsibilities of the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Authority- which filed for bankruptcy last year.
But before officially getting down to work-- the four localities must first hold public hearings.
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((TEMPLE KESSINGER/COVINGTON MAYOR: I CAN NOT SEE A GROUP WANTING TO COME IN IF YOU HAD A LOT OF STRUGGLES AND IN THE PAST THAT'S BEEN THE CASE BUT THIS IS NEW ERA IN THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS, I FEEL THAT I THINK TONIGHT WE DEMONSTRATED IT.))
[out q= tonight we demonstrated it.]
Much of the ground work has already been laid... office space is already being leased here at Dabney Lancaster community college and the search for an executive director will begin soon.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Clifton Forge.))
Franklin County's library will make an old building it's new home.
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County supervisors voted tonight to buy the old Peebles department store building in Rocky Mount.
They've set aside one and a half MILLION dollars.
The town of Rocky Mount has pledged up to 500-thousand.
That will allow renovation of about 70 percent of the Peebles building ... and they'll do the rest later.
The present library is overcrowded.
Supervisors and town council agree that the Peebles building appears to be the best option for the money available.
Police raid a drug house and find a daycare center.
Details when News 7 returns.
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((AMID MISSTEPS AND MISMANAGMENT, THE FBI GETS A TOTAL OVERHAUL. I'M TERI OKITA IN WASHINGTON WITH THE DETAILS OF THIS MASSIVE REORGANIZATION.))
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(( Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports office as the Avalanche and Red Wings battle in game six. Carolina Hockey are left out in the cold by a lack of Stanley Cup tickets.
Region Three softball was in the spotlight tonight in Lynchburg.
Another top coach is leaving Bath County.
Childress shakes things up in Welcome.
And we'll have news of the Roy Stanley Memorial golf event tonight on the Big 7.))
The F-B-I is launching a massive re-structuring- and hiring hundreds of agents.
It comes in response to criticism in the wake of 9-11.
Teri Okita has details.
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[SUPER=01-Robert Mueller/FBI Director; 00 quick! ]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/Reporting; 46 ]
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(( Responding to the post 9-11 realities requires a redesigned and refocused FBI.
MUELLER UNVEILED A TOP 10 LIST OF FBI PRIORITIES, INCLUDING PROTECTING THE U-S FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS, ESPIONAGE, AND CYBER-TERRORISM. TO DO THIS, THE BUREAU WILL BUILD STRONGER TIES WITH THE C-I-A, OVERHAUL ITS ANTIQUATED COMPUTER SYSTEM, AND HIRE MORE THAN 900-NEW AGENTS WITH SKILLS IN COMPUTERS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES.
AND MUELLER OWNED UP TO CRITICISM THAT FBI HEADQUARTERS FAILED TO HEED WARNINGS LAST SUMMER FROM SEVERAL FIELD AGENTS THAT TERRORIST ACTIVITY WAS GOING ON PRIOR TO 9-11.
Our analytical capability is not where it should be. We have to do a better job managing, analyzing,
and sharing information.
Teri Okita/Reporting: In order to beef up homeland security, the FBI will also transfer hundreds of its agents from their traditional roles of investigating bank robberies and fighting white-collar crimes to counter-terrorism duties. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))
Imagine sending your kids to daycare in a drug house?
That was apparently happening in Indiana-
When detectives acted on a drug tip they showed up a house.
Not only did they find drugs and guns- but they found the residence was also being used as a daycare center.
The loaded guns and drugs were all within reach of the children.
Police found marijuana, a couple of scales and 13-thousand dollars in cash. They also found loaded weapons.
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[IN Q=As a babysitter]
((ALBERT HESSMAN/GREENWOOD POLICE CHIEF: AS A BABYSITTER, KIDS IN AND OUT, THE ACTIVITY OF KIDS IN AND OUT THERE. TO HAVE THIS STUFF LAYING THERE YOU HAVE GOT TO WONDER HOW EXPOSED CHILDREN WERE TO THIS AND WHAT VARIOUS CHILDREN MAY HAVE SEEN OR COULD HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH OR WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.))
[SUPER=02-Albert Hessman/Greenwood Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.]
The 38 year old Debora Baker faces a number of charges- It's not known yet whether she is a licensed day car provider.
16-year-old (Gay-lynn) Gaelen Wood was remembered in Pulaski today...
This afternoon hundreds filled the First United Methodist Church for a memorial service.
Police say the 11th grader died from a cocaine overdose early Saturday morning. Her mother says she was depressed.
At today's service, Gaelen's friends spoke and sang in her honor.
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((PAMLA WOOD/GAELEN'S AUNT; MY FAMILY IS DEVASTATED BY OUR LOSS THROUGH THE GRACE OF FAMILY FRIENDS AND EACH OTHER WE WILL MOVE FORWARD ALWAYS HURTING BUT NEVER FORGETTING OUT LOVE FOR GAELEN AS WELL AS HER LOVE FOR US ALL.))
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[OUT Q=LOVE FOR US ALL.]
Police are charging 31-year-old Edward Lee Carter with 2nd degree felony murder for Gaelen's death. They believe he sold her the drugs.
A young man- -not quite 18 at the time- -chased down another young man in Roanoke last Summer and shot him.
Today Jamar Anthony Gray was still not ready to admit that.
He did not contest the charges, though.
The prosecutor said evidence indicated the handgun was held sideways when Ryan Fischer was shot in the back of the neck.
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((BETTY JO ANTHONY/CHIEF ASSISTANT COMMONWEATH'S ATTORNEY; MANY OF OUR YOUTHFUL DEFENDANTS SEE THAT ON TV AND THINK IT'S THE COOL WAY TO SHOOT. SO THEY LIKE TO TURN THEIR WEAPONS SIDEWAYS.))
[SUPER=01-Betty Jo Anthony/Chief Assistant Commonweath's Attorney]
[OUT Q=TURN THEIR WEAPONS SIDEWAYS.]
The prosecution says it was a drug deal gone bad.
Gray was sentenced to serve 23 years in prison for murder and use of a firearm in the commission of murder.
A former head coach to the Franklin County High School cheerleaders was acquitted today of embezzlement.
Jacqueline Powers had been accused of stealing 22-hundred dollars from her squad.
At the end of a three day trial, a judge in Rocky Mount cleared her on all counts.
Powers coached the Eagles' cheerleaders from 1991 to 2000.
A financial audit in 1999 determined some of the squad's money for new uniforms was missing.
But today the judge said prosecutors failed to prove that Powers was the one who took it.
Area emergency crews get ready to answer the call... to raise money for special olympics.
That's still ahead on News 7.
They say fences may make good neighbors.
But it's ingenuity that make this fence a whole lot more interesting.
Another body has been pulled from the Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma, bringing the death toll from an Interstate bridge collapse to 14.
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The medical examiner's office in Tulsa says thirteen victims died from drowning- and one from blunt force trauma.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board say the tugboats steering mechanism was in working order- they're checking the boats global positioning system- and they want to interview the captain.
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[IN Q=The crew member]
((GEORGE BLACK/NAT. TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD; THE CREW MEMBER TALKING TO THE CAPTAIN ON THE BRIDGE. HE REPORTED NO PROBLEM IN HIS BEHAVIOR. HE DID NOT SEE ANYTHING UNUSUAL IN HIS ACTIVITIES.))
[SUPER=01-George Black/Nat. Transportation Safety Board; ]
[OUT Q=in his activities.]
The NTSB is also awaiting toxicology results.
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((THERE WILL BE FULL DRUG SCREENING ON THE BLOOD AND URINE AND WE WILL HAVE THE RESULTS FOR YOU WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.))
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The pilot was admitted to the hospital immediately after the accident.
State Troopers and the Roanoke County Police are "pulling" together to raise money for Special Olympics.
On June 29th, police, fire and EMS departments will compete in a Fire Truck Pull.... they'll battle to move a 40-thousand pound fire truck in the shortest amount of time.
After the Truck pull...a 5-K Police Pursuit will take place on a closed road course.
The five kilometer run is open to all runners.
Both events will be held at Green Hill Park in Roanoke County.
All proceeds benefit Special Olympics.
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The Red Wings look to stay alive.
Regional high school action continues tonight.
Another coach is leaving Bath County, and we'll have details of the first annual Roy Stanley Memorial Golf Tournament.
But first in tonight's Extra Point -
This is the cover of the brand new Athlon Sports, Eastern College football preview magazine.
Jerry Spangler of the Anderson News Agency that distributes these throughout the area says this magazine will be in stores one week from today.
The best place to hunt one down next Wednesday will be Kroger and Wal-Mart.
The magazine hails Tech as the next Running Back U. with Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones.
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We begin on the ice where the Colorado Avalanche went looking for the clincher and trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Avalanche facing the Detroit Red Wings in game six of the Western Conference Championship Series.
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The Red Wings got physical and mixed it up in an attempt to tie the series at three-games-apiece.
In the first, the Red Wings get a gift. Patrick Roy makes a save, but then drops the puck right into the goal. The Red Wings take a 1-to-nothing lead after one while Roy goes to the locker room to try and figure out what happened.
In the second, Detroit scores again. Darren McCarty comes away with the steal, flys down the ice, and literally finds the six inches of the goal that Roy doesn't have covered for a 2-to-nothing lead.
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Detroit beats Colorado 2-to-0 to force a 7th and deciding game in Detroit on Friday night.
The Regional play continued last night across the region.
In Lynchburg yesterday evening - the Region Three tournament continued with semi-final action as the might Rustburg Red Devils battled Amherst County.
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Rustburg, the 1999 State Double A champs were fired up and ready for this one.
Amherst would take to the plate first as Beth Brightwell gets some of Toni Jordan as she singles into left field.
Jordan would make up for it on defense. Melissa Viar rips this one right back to the mound, Jordan gets her glove on it and makes the nice recovery and the out at first.
Then Rustburg would get the offense going. Bottom of 2 Brandi Baldwin hammers it to short, Brightwell bobbles it, tries to make the play at first but Baldwin beats the throw.
Later that same inning with Baldwin on third, Melissa Claybrook lays down the nice Sacrifice bunt, and that plates Baldwin to put the Red Devils up 3 - 0.
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Rustburg beats Amherst County 6-to-5 and will now play Northside for the Region 3 title Friday at Heritage.
In Region Three baseball action last night at Calfee Park in Pulaski - Jefferson Forest hammered Heritage 12-to-nothing.
Jim Thacker's juggernaut will now battle Amherst tomorrow for the regional title.
The Lancers beat Alleghany last night 4-to-1.
Already this year Forest has beaten Amherst 3 times.
That game likely will be played at Heritage high school Friday night at 7.
GW Danville lost to Albemarle in the NW regional.
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In Region 3 soccer last night - Salem beat Jefferson Forest in sudden death overtime 2-to-1.
While Byrd shutout Nelson County 2-to-nothing.
And the Byrd boys won, as well last night beating Brookville 4-to-nothing.
Region 3 will play a soccer doubleheader tomorrow night at 5:30 & 7.
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First Bath County lost its head football coach to Heritage High School. Now, the Chargers have lost their head basketball coach to the college ranks.
News-7 Sports has learned that head basketball coach Terry Bradley has resigned to take over as Athletic Director at Concord College -- a Division two school in Athens, West Virginia.
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Bradley -- seen here in the white shirt -- was also Chris Jones right hand man on the football staff at Bath County.
Bradley helped coach the defense and special teams. The West Virginia native is a former associate athletic director at Furman University. His twin brother Jerry is the head basketball coach at Greenbrier East High School in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
If Roy Stanley were still with us, he no doubt would have been on the golf course this week taking advantage of the great weather.
It's been 7 weeks since he passed away and this morning Your Hometown Station is pleased to announce the date for the first annual Roy Stanley Memorial Golf Tournament.
The tournament will take place on Sunday August 18th at the Hanging Rock Golf Club in Salem.
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[SUPER=01-Billy McBride/Hanging Rock Pro & Roy's Friend; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Bell/WDBJ Program Director; :39]
[SUPER=01-Paul McPherson/Western Va. Officials Association; 1:03]
[OUT Q=...TO HIM THERE. HA HA!]
((BILLY MCBRIDE/HANGING ROCK PRO & ROY'S FRIEND:))
(( Roy's love of the game isn't the only reason for the tournament. In fact it is simply a vehicle for achieving a much more meaningful goal. Along with Hanging Rock and WDBJ, the Western Virginia High School Football Officials Association hope to make Roy's memory live on forever in the form of two partial scholarships.
((MIKE BELL/WDBJ PROGRAM DIRECTOR:))
((PAUL MCPHERSON/WESTERN VA. OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION:))
The Captain's Choice event will have two shotgun starts on August 18th with room for 240 to 300 players. The event's organizers say there also is room for additional sponsorship.))
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Along with the golf Tournament, we also will have an auction on Thursday night August 15th at the Salem Civic Center. You can get more information on both events by checking out our web site at WDBJ7.com or by calling (540) 777-3241 that's 777-3241.
If you think the decor in YOUR neighbor's yard is a bit strange -- take a look at this...
A man in Oregon created a fence around his yard made of bicycles. But that's not all of his attractions... there's a parking meter, telephone booth, and even a telephone shaped birdhouse...And if you're visiting - there is a 'customer's parking only' sign just for you.
Actually, there are no customers coming around - just passersby who never seem to forget the landmark fence.
When a man found out Richard Horner lived in Corvalis he had asked Horner---
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[IN Q=He said how far...]
[OUT Q=know where we live...laughs]
Horner says he has a storage place full of bikes that people have given him, and that collecting bikes and other odds things has been his hobby for about 10 years.