Sid Clower is finished as Henry County's administrator and head of the public service authority.
Both boards voted last night to oust the embattled leader-- one day after he pleaded guilty to stealing nearly 800- thousand dollars in public money.
But county officials aren't done with Clower just yet.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
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[IN Q=All in favor]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Adkins/Henry Co. PSA Vice-Chairman; :27]
[SUPER=01-Tim Hall/Henry Co. Spokesman; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Paula Burnette/Henry Co. Supervisor; 1:08]
[OUT Q=didn't say anything.]
[in q= All in favor]
((ALL IN FAVOR RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND... IT'S UNANIMOUS.))
[out q= it's unanimous.]
The Henry County Public Service Authority didn't take long to make a decision regarding its former leader.
Members voted unanimously to terminate Sid Clower as head of the county's water authority.
But the board isn't through with its former top official.
The agency plans to sue Clower to recover its missing money-- a tough decision for a board that's still reeling from the past three months.
[sot 15:23:38 tape 1]
[in q= I know he ]
((I KNOW HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST ADMINISTRATORS THAT THIS COUNTY HAS EVER HAD LEAVING OUT THIS ONE INSTANCE AND HE HAD A COMPASSIONATE HEAR FOR PEOPLE AND HE TURNED DOWN RAISES HE TOOK A TEN PERCENT CUT BUT OF COURSE HE COULD AFFORD IT UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES.))
[out q- under the circumstances.]
All kidding aside-- the P-S-A says it has also taken on a new philosophy.
County spokesman Tim Hall says Clower was questioned numerous times about invoices-- but says Clower always had an answer and was taken at his word.
[sot 15:27:59 tape 1]
[IN Q= The invoices]
((THE INVOICES FOR THIS ACCOUNT WENT DIRECTLY TO SID, I CAN GUARANTEE YOU THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.))
((THAT PROCESS IS GONE.))
[out q= that process is gone.]
[sot 00:40:59 tape 2]
[in q=You know]
((YOU KNOW I GUESS THAT'S THE SAD THING, THAT IT WAS SO PERSISTENT, SO CONTINUOUS, YOU KNOW, NO ONE PICKED UP ON IT AND I WOULD HOPE THAT THERE IS NO ONE WHO KNEW ABOUT IT AND YOU KNOW DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING.))
Sid Clower is also out as Henry County Administrator... Supervisors voted to fire Clower shortly after the PSA made it decision. Clower had been suspended from both jobs after being indicted in April.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Henry County.
The drought may be sapping water supplies everywhere ... but Roanoke County wants citizens to know it has PLENTY.
The Spring Hollow Reservoir is pumping out 11 million gallons a day ... selling 4 million of it to Roanoke City.
The reservoir CAN produce 15 million gallons of treated water a day ... so officials say no conservation measures are needed.
All the same, county officials say the time has arrived to build a regional water authority.
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[SOT 29:58 - 30:07]
[IN Q=We're ]
((BUTCH CHURCH/CHAIRMAN: WE'RE READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO WORK OUT SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BE FIT FOR OUR PEOPLE AND THE CITIZENS OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
[OUT Q=of the Roanoke Valley.]
The county is still taking extra precautions because of the drought.
It's bringing several old wells back on line and working reservoir employees overtime.
Lynchburg officials say they don't see a need to implement any kind of water restrictions either.
That's because in addition to its main supply at the Pedlar Reservoir, the city can also draw water from the James River.
Authorities say the reservoir is about 70 inches below the spillway and dropping fast.. but the James is a reliable backup, even in the driest of times.
They plan to start drawing from the James sooner, rather than later.
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[IN Q=Not so much]
((STEPHEN BONTRAGER/LYNCHBURG UTILITIES: NOT SO MUCH URGENCY BUT GO AHEAD AND PLAN TO UTILIZE OUR RESOURCE AND HOW WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND DO THAT. SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE GOING TO START DOING IS START PULLING IN JAMES RIVER WATER A LITTLE BIT SOONER THAN WHAT WE NORMALLY WOULD JUST TO GO AHEAD AND STOP THE FREE-FALL IN THE RESERVOIR.))
[SUPER=01-Stephen Bontrager/Lynchburg Utilities Director]
[OUT Q=free-fall in the reservoir.]
Bontrager (BAHN-tray-ger) predicts the Pedlar will drop to 160 inches below the spillway sometime this summer.
That is the minimum level that the city can draw water, before switching to river water entirely.
Making national news--
President Bush is in the Canadian Rockies for the G-8 Economic summit that begins today.
Among the items on the agenda, the war on terrorism.
Last night, the President pushed his mideast plan ina meeting with Canadian Prime Minister (Zhan) (kreh-TYEN) Jean Chertien.
The prime minister backs the call for Democratic elections by Palestinians, but he isn't supporting President Bush's suggestion that Yasser Arafat be removed from power.
NASA is grounding all of its space shuttles.
[SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Center, FL;]
Officials say mysterious cracks were found on fuel lines of space shuttles "Atlantis" and "Discovery."
Engineers say they have never seen this before, and don't know if the cracks are dangerous.
Yesterday, NASA indefinitely postponed next month's scheduled launch of shuttle ``Columbia'' so it, too, can be checked.
In business news, Another major accounting scandal has hit corporate America--
This time it involves telecommunications giant World Com.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is ordered the company to file a report, explaining how executives were able to hide nearly four- billion dollars in expenses.
The S-E-C may not be alone in investigating what could possibly be
one of the biggest accounting scandals in U-S history.
"The Washington Post" reports the Justice Department has begun a criminal investigation.
A source says Alephia Communications is in the process of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The nation's sixth largest cable T-V company had been scrambling to sell assets-
Adelphia provides cable service to a number of area communities.
The Federal Reserve will announce its decision on interest rates later today.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((NO ACTION - THAT'S WHAT'S EXPECTED TODAY WHEN THE FEDERAL RESERVE WRAPS UP
ITS TWO DAY MEETING ON INTEREST RATES. GIVEN THE DISMAL STOCK MARKET
PERFORMANCE AND A TEPID ECONOMIC RECOVERY, FED CHIEF ALAN GREENSPAN AND
FELLOW POLICYMAKERS ARE EXPECTED TO LEAVE INTEREST RATES RIGHT WHERE THEY
ARE FOR THE TIME BEING.
INVESTORS GET ANOTHER SNAPSHOT OF THE ECONOMY WITH REPORTS ON MAY DURABLE
GOODS ORDERS AND NEW HOME SALES...
PALM INC IS ON A STOCK TO WATCH TODAY...
THE MAKER OF HANDHELD ORGANIZERS LOST 3 CENTS A SHARE IN THE LATEST
QUARTER, THAT WAS RIGHT ON TARGET AND SALES WERE BETTER THAN EXPECTED.
THE MARKET'S SIZZLE TURNED TO FIZZLE ONCE AGAIN BY THE CLOSING BELL...
DESPITE REPORTS THAT SHOWED CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AND EXISTING HOME SALES ARE
THE DOW SURRENDERED A TRIPLE POINT GAIN, TO END 155 POINTS LOWER
THE NASDAQ GAVE UP 36 POINTS OR MORE THAN 2 PERCENT.
AND SHARES OF MARTHA STEWART LIVING OMNIMEDIA RECOVERED A BIT UP 8 PERCENT
AFTER MONDAY'S 21 PERCENT PLUNGE AS REGULATORS CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE THE
DOMESTIC DIVA FOR INSIDER TRADING IN THE IMCLONE STOCK SCANDAL.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ...
AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Stafford Delegate Bill Howell is on his way to becoming the next Speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates.
Another of his potential rivals for the seat, Delegate Phil Hamilton of Newport News, bowed out of the race yesterday.
As the field of candidates continues to narrow, most Republicans say that Howell has the support to assure his election in January as the successor to Speaker Vance Wilkins.
Governor Mark Warner had some advice for House Republicans who are meeting in July to choose the next Speaker.
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[IN Q=The caucus would operate at its own peril]
[OUT Q=not what we want here in Richmond.]
Howell, who was first elected to the House in 1988, is the only announced candidate for Speaker.
A Lynchburg man has won his fight to put steel doors on his home.. despite the fact that he lives in a historic district where such doors are prohibited.
As Steve Smallshaw reports, historic preservationists hope last night's city council decision doesn't "open the door" for more radical changes.
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[IN Q=Since he bought]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Slaughter/Homeowner; :22]
[SUPER=01-Joe Seiffert/Lynchburg Council Member; :33]
[SUPER=01-Melanie Mott/Historic Preservation Commission; 1:15]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( Since he bought his house twelve years ago, Bobby Slaughter figures he's spent about forty thousand dollars improving it.
Now, with a daughter headed to college he's hoping to save a little money by installing less expensive and more energy-efficient steel doors.
The problem is Slaughter lives in the Diamond Hill historic district.. where such modern changes are not allowed.
((BOBBY SLAUGHTER/HOMEOWNER: BASED ON MY NEEDS AS A HOMEOWNER, WHERE DO MY RIGHTS STOP AT? THIS IS MY HOME AND THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO PUT ON IT. WHAT SOMEONE ELSE CAN TELL ME WHAT THEY THINK I SHOULD PUT ON IT I THINK IS UNFAIR.))
[OUT Q=is unfair.]
((JOE SEIFFERT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: IF THE STEEL DOOR IS PAINTED WHAT WOULD BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WOOD DOOR AND A STEEL DOOR AS FAR AS IT BEING PAINTED? PEOPLE WOULDN'T KNOW.))
[OUT Q=wouldn't know.]
But the national guidelines recommend using only wood doors to match what was originally on the house.
For that reason the local historic preservation commission denied Slaughter's original request.. but city council voted 4 to 3 to overrule them.
Slaughter calls it a victory for the common man.
((SLAUGHTER: I HOPE THIS SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE IN RIVERMONT THAT THEY CAN STILL BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE WHAT THEY WANT TO ACHIEVE NOW THAT THEY ARE A HISTORIC DISTRICT AS WELL.))
[OUT Q=as well.]
((And that has preservationists worried that city council may have set a dangerous precedent.. that by over-riding the historic district guidelines in this one case, are they now more likely to do it again?))
[OUT Q=do it again.]
((MELANIE MOTT/HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION: WE'LL SEE IN THE FUTURE. I CAN'T SPEAK FOR THEM I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL COME UP IN THE FUTURE, BUT I AM DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS DECISION.))
[OUT Q=with this decision.]
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
The man who ran the D-Day memorial foundation... until just after the National Memorial was dedicated ...declared his innocence in court.
Yesterday, Richard Burrow said he is NOT guilty of defrauding the Foundation, the taxpayers or banks.
His arraignment was attended by a large crowd of supporters- -including the former CHAIRMAN of the Foundation.
[IN Q=We all wanted]
((WE ALL WANTED TO HAVE THE MEMORIAL READY AND PRESENTABLE FOR THE VETERANS, FOR THE PRESIDENT AND FOR THE POPULATION. THE CONTRACTORS WERE THREATENING TO LEAVE THE JOB. AND IT WAS A MAD SCRAMBLE TO FIND THE MONEY.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Slaughter/Former D-Day Foundation Chairman]
[OUT Q=mad scramble to find the money.]
Slaughter says Burrow worked tirelessly to get the Memorial ready for last year's dedication. He cannot believe that what Burrow did amounts to a crime.
Burrow was released on bond, pending trial in September.
Roanoke County is no longer home to the state's largest illegal tire dump.
The Keeling Tire dump -- once a Superfund site filled with millions of tires -- is now clean and green.
These are pictures taken of the site last week.
Federal and state agencies removed 10-thousand tons of tires and waste.
It took only three months to clean up...
Officials say NO groundwater was contaminated.
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[SOT 38:22 - :29]
[IN Q=We really]
((FUZZY MINNIX/CAVE SPRING DISTRICT: WE REALLY DODGED THE BULLET THERE AND I'M GRATEFUL IT CAME OUT SO WELL.))
[OUT Q=out so well.]
After the county gets reimbursed, officials estimate it will have spent 50-thousand dollars on the tire fire.
The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental Quality spent more than two MILLION dollars.
In business news this morning, WorldCom has reportedly uncovered what appears
to be one of the largest corporate frauds in history.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
((GOOD MORNING THIS WEDNESDAY THE 26TH OF JUNE.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
IT'S WHAT MIGHT BE THE LARGEST CORPORATE FRAUD EVER.. JUST SURFACING AT WORLDCOM.
AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION OF THE STRUGGLING TELECOM HAS DISCOVERED MORE THAN 3 3/4 BILLION DOLLARS IN HIDDEN EXPENSES ..BLESSED BY ACCOUNTANT ARTHUR ANDERSEN AND BY TWO MANAGEMENT TEAMS OVER THE LAST FIVE QUARTERS.
ON THE NEWS, WORLDCOM FIRED ITS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER.
ON WALL STREET AFTER A MISERABLE DAY FOR STOCKS ON TUESDAY.. LOOK FOR TELECOMS TO BE HIT BY THE WORLDCOM PROBLEMS..
ALSO TODAY.. DURABLE GOODS NUMBERS.. NEW HOME SALES.. AND THE FED'S DECISION ON INTEREST RATES.
IT'S AN ALL OUT PRICE WAR.
BUY.COM TARGETS AMAZON.COM ON BOOK SALES NOW.. SAYING IT WOULD BEAT AMAZON'S PRICES BY 10 PERCENT,.
THE PUSH COMES JUST DAYS AFTER THE BUY DOT COM SAID IT WOULD OFFER FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF $49 OR MORE AS IT SEEKS TO LURE MORE SHOPPERS TO ITS ONLINE STORES SELLING BOOKS AND CDS, ELECTRONICS, COMPUTERS AND KITCHENWARE.
CELL PHONES, IT APPEARS, ARE NOT COSTING US THAT MUCH MORE ...
THE LATEST FROM ECON ONE'S MONTHLY PRICE SURVEY... IN 25 CITIES ACROSS THE U-S THE AVERAGE RATE IS UP... A WHOLE SIX CENTS.
THE NATIONAL AVERAGE MONTHLY BILL: $37.12 .. WITH HIKES IN NEW YORK, BOSTON, PHILLY, DALLAS AND WASHINGTON.
OF THE 25 CITIES, COSTS WERE UP IN TEN, DOWN IN FIFTEEN.
CINCINNATI BY THE WAY WAS THE PRICIEST, EVEN WITH A BIG DROP DOWNWARD.
.. SACRAMENTO THE CHEAPEST.
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP BUSINESS HAPPENINGS..
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A former Floyd County teacher has pled guilty to having a sexual relationship with a child.
In court yesterday, 51-year-old Donnie M. Quesenberry was sentenced for taking indecent liberties and carnal knowledge of a child.
The judge ordered Quesenberry to serve two and a half years in prison and then spend more than seven years on probation.
State Police say the abuse spanned several years but involved one child.
Though Quesenberry taught seventh grade at Indian Valley Elementary School, officials say the crimes did NOT take place on school property.
Roanoke police are investigating a "LAGER" larceny.
Officers say someone stole four kegs of beer from Roanoke nightspot Corned Beed and Company.
They believe the theives broke into a locked outdoor walk-in cooler Monday night.
Roanoke County dispatchers also received an anonymous phone call from a pay phone yesterday morning stating that the kegs were being stolen.
Police would like to speak with whomever made that call.
Contestants for this year's "Miss Virginia" pageant are in Roanoke..
The preliminaries begin in just two days, but yesterday the contestants spent some time at Hunting Hills Country Club, for the "Miss Virginia Cup" golf tournament.
Money raised from the tournament will benefit the pageant's scholarship fund.
Miss Virginia 2001 -- Megan Shanley -- says she's had a great year but she's ready to pass her title on to someone else..
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[IN Q=16:43:35 "It's definitely a bittersweet thing...]
((MEGHAN SHANLEY/MISS VIRGINIA 2001; IT'S DEFINITELY A BITTERSWEET THING BECAUSE THIS BECOMES YOUR JOB FOR THE YEAR AND SO I'M VERY PROUD OF THE POSITION AND YOU WANNA MAKE SURE THAT IT GOES TO SOMEONE WHO CAN HANDLE THE JOB AND SOMEONE WHO'S GONNA USE IT TO DO GOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Meghan Shanley/Miss Virginia 2001;]
[OUT Q="use it to do good"]
This year's "Miss Virginia" will receive a 16-thousand dollar scholarship, and a chance to compete in the Miss America pageant.