The economy shifts again in Southside.
Hundreds of jobs are lost in one area while another gains dozens.
And winter makes an early arrival in parts of our region.
We'll search out the snowflakes.
Tonight on News 7 Sports, the college hoops season tips off this weekend for area schools, the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame announces its new inductees, and
Uva is set to battle Maryland with second place in the ACC on the line.
Wow, sustained winds in the 30 mile per hour range and occasional gusts to 50. The weekend is a bit better. We'll check that out in a moment.
News 7 is next.
Bad news for an already struggling industry in Southside Virginia.
More textile jobs are disappearing.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
The economy in the Danville area is already hurting.
Now another familiar name in Southside textiles is cutting jobs.
231 workers at V-F Playwear in Danville will lose their jobs.
The company blames continuing cost pressures and weaker consumer demand for the decision.
About 210-workers will remain at the facility.
The plant makes children's clothing under the Health-tex label.
The V-F Playwear layoffs will be completed by February.
The news out of another textile plant is better.
Sara Lee Intimate Apparel is expanding its Woolwine plant in Patrick County.
An addition of about 13-thousand square feet holds a new dye system for wide-elastic fabrics and lace.
Officials say 15 jobs were created and that 30 more are expected when they reach full capacity levels.
About 300 employees work at the facility.
V-Dot and State Police are on guard in the New River Valley...as a wind advisory is in effect throughout the night.
Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 50-miles-per-hour...and already folks are seeing a few snow flurries.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens joins us now from Blacksburg...to tell us how officials are handling the tough weather. Myranda, are you staying grounded out there?
Shannon, it's going to take a lot more than 50-mile-per-hour winds to blow me away...
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But, believe me when I tell you it is very cold, and very windy out here.
And even though the light snow isn't sticking to the ground, both police and V-Dot are warning drivers passing through the area to be careful.
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The low temperatures and high winds could greatly affect driving conditions...especially with so many people traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.
V-DOT has already put out an alert of some isolated slick spots along Interstate-77, north of Wytheville...but, so far no accidents have been reported.
Still, police warn the high winds, alone, could cause problems for drivers.
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((THEY'VE WORKED...SEVERAL ACCIDENTS))
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Now, police also warn drivers to be cautious, particularly when crossing bridges and overpasses, which tend to freeze before the roads.
V-Dot says it has a few salt trucks already loaded in case they're needed.
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Obviously, folks will want to bundle up...wherever they're headed tonight.
I'll turn it over now to Robin so we can find out just how long will have to put up with this cold weather...Robin?
Virginia now has a powerful tool to help locate missing children.
Governor Mark Warner announced that starting today the Amber Alert system is in place statewide.
The plan coordinates a response among police, broadcasters and V-DOT in the event of a child abduction.
Officials say the disappearance of nine-year-old Jennifer Short highlights the importance of having an emergency alert plan throughout the state.
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((COL. GERALD MASSENGILL/STATE POLICE CHIEF; I THINK JENNIFER SHORT EPITOMIZES TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL THE REASONS WE NEED THIS.))
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: GOD FORBID WE HAVE ANY FUTURE ABDUCTIONS OF CHILDREN BUT WE'LL PUT THIS PLAN RIGHT INTO ACTION AND HOPEFULLY BE ABLE TO RECOVER THE CHILD AND APPREHEND THE PERPETRATOR MUCH QUICKER BY GETTING THE WORD OUT TO THE PUBLIC.))
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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children credits similar Amber Alert plans with recovering at least 19 children nationwide.
Education, public safety, and social services.. areas once considered safe from the state budget axe are now back on the table according to state lawmakers.
The Senate finance committee met in Danville this week to discuss Virginia's economic outlook.
The General Assembly has to trim another 700 million dollars next year to make up for the revenue shortfall on top of the cuts Governor Mark Warner has already made.
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((SEN. MARTIN WILLIAMS/R-NEWPORT NEWS: IT'S GOING TO COME FROM SERVICE AREAS THAT ARE REALLY GOING TO HIT HOME WITH FOLKS. IT'S GOING TO BEGIN FOR THE FIRST TIME TO REALLY HIT EVERYDAY PEOPLE AND THE SERVICES THEY EXPECT AND HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FOR YEARS FOR VIRGINIA, BUT I GUESS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A REAL ACCOUNTING OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS ABOUT WHAT'S IMPORTANT FOR VIRGINIA.))
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: THE BOTTOM LINE WITH THIS SITUATION IS EVERY STATE IS FACING IT, YOU HAVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY AND YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS. UNLIKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WE DON'T HAVE A PRINTING PRESS.))
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Hawkins says legislators are anxiously awaiting Governor Warner's budget which will be released December 20th.
Concerts, hockey and basketball games and childrens shows... It's been a busy month at the Roanoke Civic Center.
So will the trend continue? Find out what some city leaders think next on News 7.
Plus see why just making the state playoffs is cause to celebrate at one area high school.
In the last month, the Wiggles, Alan Jackson and the Other Ones have kept the Roanoke Civic Center hopping.
Throw in basketball and hockey, and city officials say they're thrilled with the turn of events.
The first three weeks of November have been in stark contrast to the same period a year ago, when business faltered after the September 11th terrorist attacks.
The slowdown at the civic center caused some to question the city's deal with Clear Channel Entertainment that brought the Dazzle, and the promise of more concerts to Roanoke.
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((BILL CARDER/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: BUT CLEARLY THIS YEAR THINGS HAVE TURNED AROUND, AND THEY'RE WORKING VERY HARD TO GET THESE EVENTS IN HERE AND I THINK THEY'RE A DIVERSE GROUP OF EVENTS. YOU KNOW YOU GO FROM WIGGLES, TO ALAN JACKSON TO THE GRATEFUL DEAD THAT'S AS DIVERSE AS YOU CAN GET.))
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And City Council member Bill Carder says he's confident the trend will continue.
A national natural food store chain is a step closer to coming to Roanoke.
The city's planning commission has approved a re-zoning request for land on the corner of Franklin and Wonju.
Painter Properties wants to build an upscale shopping center called Ivy Market.
Wild Oats, a popular natural food store is a prospective tenant
Local residents are pushing for the store - saying the Valley needs one.
The store is not a guaranteed tenant, but if the deal works, owners hope to start construction early next year.
City Council must now approve the rezoning.
The next meeting is scheduled for December 16th.
The Marriot hotel chain is back in town... operating a Courtyard by Marriot on Ordway Drive.
It's the first Marriot property in Roanoke since the company sold its airport hotel several years ago.
That building is now a Wyndam.
The new Courtyard took about a year to build.
Officials say they hired 50-employees to start and that 15-more may be hired.
The hotel is designed to target the business traveler.
Amenities include a business library, two phone lines in every room and what 's called a "24-hour grab and go marketplace."
Investors cashed in profits from the previous two sessions.
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The DOW dropped 40 points.
NASDAQ gained one.
Got a million dollars or so to spare?
If so, a minor league ballpark near you could soon bear your name.
Lynchburg officials today said the 1999 sponsorship deal with local developer Ann Merritt Hutchinson has been nullified at her request.
Hutchinson had donated a million dollars over twenty years to have the city's baseball park named for her Campbell County resort.
Now the city's looking for a new sponsorship deal.. estimated between one and two million dollars.
Five skyboxes are also up for grabs.
High school football teams from E-C Glass and G-W Danville are accustomed to playing in the postseason, but for Franklin County it's a brand new experience.
Not only did the Eagles from Rocky Mount knock off those perennial powers this season, but- -as Richard Lesko points out- -they're traveling into new territory.
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For the first time in Franklin County High School history, the football team is playing in the V-H-S-L playoffs after a 9-and-1 regular season.
That feat has the school and the county excited. Teachers had the option to let their students see the team load up for its four and a half hour bus ride to square off with Osborne Park High School in Manassas.
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((SHAUN FRALIN/FRANKLIN COUNTY STUDENT; THE FACE? YOU GOT TO DO SOMETHING. I WANT THEM TO WIN AS BAD AS THEY WANT TO WIN, SO YOU'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING.))
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((BILLY MILES/FRANKLIN COUNTY HEAD FOOTBALL COACH; THIS WEEK HAS BEEN A HECK OF A WEEK FOR US, THE STUDENT BODY IS EXCITED, AND WE'RE EXCITED FOR THEM. NOT ONLY THE STUDENT BODY BUT THE FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION AND EVERYBODY HERE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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To make the trip easier Franklin County High closed two hours early, so students and faculty could avoid heavy traffic to see the game.
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((BENNY GIBSON/FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL; OUR PRIMARY REASON FOR DOING THIS IS SAFETY. ALOT OF OUR KIDS DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO GO UP 81 NORTH ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON.))
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((RICHARD LESKO/RLESKO@WDBJ7.COM; ABOUT TEN BUSSES CARRYING PLAYERS, CHEERLEADERS, PARENTS AND STUDENTS WILL BE TRAVELING NORTH TO ATTEND THE GAME. SCHOOL OFFICIALS HOPE THE EAGLE CROWD WILL HELP OFFSET OSBORN PARK'S HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE.))
And even if the Eagles don't come away with the win, their first ever trip to the playoffs is still cause for celebration.
Richard Lesko, News 7, Rocky Mount.))
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And kickoff is set for 7:30 tonight in Manassas.
Coming up, the Cavs try to end Maryland's 8 game winning streak, the Tech women open the season against Roanoke native Lynn Agee and UNC-Greensboro, plus
Billy Wagner gets the call to the hall. We'll explain next.
The 7 and 4 Virginia Cavaliers battle 18th ranked Maryland tomorrow at 5:30 in Charlottesville.
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The Terps, who beat the Wahoos last year in College Park, have not won back to back games in the series since the 1990-1991 seasons.
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And the Wahoos' annual in state clash with Virginia Tech has been set for a 3-30 kickoff next Saturday and will be televised by ESPN.
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It's a big weekend all around the ACC including Florida State at N.C. State, and right here on Your Hometown Station it will be North Carolina and Duke at high noon.
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That one is followed up by the always fun Iron Bowl clash between Auburn and Alabama at 3-30. The Tigers still have a shot at the SEC West title.
"Six" is the big number for the Virginia Tech women as they open the season tonight at home against UNC-Greensboro.
The Hokies are after their "sixth" straight season with at least 20 wins, but they are debuting "six" new players tonight.
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We will have highlights of this game tonight on News 7 at 11.
The college hoops season tips off in earnest all around the state this weekend. Tonight the Byron Samuels era gets started as Radford heads to the state capital to battle the Richmond Spiders, while Virginia entertains Long Island University at U-Hall. The Hokie men are underway with Saint Bonaventure in the Virgin Islands as we speak.
And tomorrow afternoon, VMI opens the season against Liberty in a 2pm tip. Plus, the Salem Bank & Trust tournament takes center stage at Roanoke College. The Maroons take on Greensboro at 7 o'clock, while Ferrum faces Goucher. The finals will be Sunday afternoon at the Bast Center.
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This year's class of inductees for the Salem -Roanoke Baseball hall of fame
has been announced.
The headliner this year is Tazewell County native Billy Wagner.
The Houston Astros' closer, who played collegiately for Abe Naff at Ferrum, will be inducted in February.
He will be joined by former Hokie Leo Burke, former Salem GM Morris Cregger and former Salem Pirate Doug Nelson.
Also, entering the hall of fame in February - is former Glenvar baseball coach Larry Wood.
Meals at the Rescue Mission are a little sweeter today thanks to some local students and a well-known hotel.
Third Graders at Oak Grove Elementary School teamed up with Double Tree's Hotel Roanoke for the "Teaching Kids to Care" program.
The class teaches kids the importance of sharing warmth and love.
Today, the course culminated in the delivery of two-thousand-two chocolate chip cookies to Roanoke's Rescue Mission.
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((DREW WESLEY/3RD GRADER: WE HELD A VOTE AND PEOPLE VOTED FOR PLACES THEY'D LIKE TO DELIVER THE COOKIES TO AND THE RESCUE MISSION ENDED UP GETTING THE MOST VOTES.))
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((MARIE ELENA APRILE/3RD GRADER: IT'S RESPECTFUL BECAUSE PEOPLE FEEL HAPPY THAT YOU'RE CARING FOR THEM.))
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Three-thousand students across the country today joined Double Tree hotels in giving away more than two-hundred-thousand cookies.