Coming up on News 7-
The scene of an unsolved murder goes on the auction block today.
Veterans and the nation pause to remember Pearl Harbor.
Find out why some say winter is the best time to visit Mill Mountain Zoo.
Plus, highlights of high school football playoff action.
News 7 is next.
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[IN Q=I was surprised]
((FRANK ARRINGTON: I WAS SURPRISED THAT THIS MANY PEOPLE CAME OUT FOR THIS AUCTION.))
[OUT Q=for this auction]
Hundreds turn out for a chance to bid on the home where an unsolved murder took place.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]
Several months ago, it was a crime scene.
Today, it was the scene of an auction.
More three hundred people gathered this morning to bid on the Short family home, business, and belongings.
Justin McLeod has more on the sale and the family's growing frustration.
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[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Floyd Anderson/Auctioneer; :10]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Crumb/Ferrum Resident; :34]
[SUPER=01-Frank Arrington/Short Family Member; :49]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Henry county]
((((NAT SOUND OF AUCTIONEER AT 12:47))
This is not your typical auction.
This is after all the Oak Level home of the late Michael, Mary, and Jennifer Short.
[IN Q=We've probably got]
((FLOYD ANDERSON/AUCTIONEER: WE'VE PROBABLY GOT 75-PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE HERE ARE SPECTATORS, THEY JUST WANTED TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON.))
[OUT Q=was going on]
What went on Saturday is an auction of the family's home, personal property, and equipment from Michael's mobile home-moving business.
The auction began at 10 and took more than six hours to complete.
In the end, Bobby Crumb of Ferrum paid 83-thousand dollars for the home and additional property.
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[IN Q=What's it like buying]
((BOBBY CRUMB/FERRUM RESIDENT: WHAT'S IT LIKE BUYING A HOUSE THAT WAS THE SCENE OF A GRUESOME MURDER LIKE THIS? IT'S NOT GOOD, NOT GOOD I DON'T FEEL LIKE.))
[OUT Q=don't feel like]
That is why Crumb has no desire to live here.
In fact, he plans to sell the home and the property.
[IN Q=It's almost like]
((FRANK ARRINGTON/SHORT FAMILY MEMBER: IT'S ALMOST LIKE NO A LOT OF PEOPLE HAS AN INTEREST IN IT BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED HERE.))
[OUT Q=what happened here]
But many did have an interest in seeing inside the home.
There's the carport where Michael was found dead, the room where investigators found Mary, and the bedroom where Jennifer was taken.
There was no evidence of the slayings remaining in the house except dust from fingerprinting.
[IN Q=This auction brings some]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THIS AUCTION BRINGS SOME BUT NOT COMPLETE CLOSURE FOR THE SHORT FAMILY. AFTER ALL, A KILLER IS STILL ON THE LOOSE. IT'S BEEN NEARLY FOUR MONTHS SINCE THE SHORT'S WERE FOUND MURDERED AND AUTHORITIES HAVE YET TO MAKE AN ARREST IN THIS CASE.))
[OUT Q=in this case]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF THE AUCTION))
Several of the Short family members showed up for the auction.
They are frustrated but optimistic.
[IN Q=Four months later]
((FRANK ARRINGTON: FOUR MONTHS LATER WE'D LIKE TO SOMEBODY BE INCARCERATED FOR THIS BUT WHEN THAT HAPPENS IS ANYBODY'S GUESS.))
[OUT Q=is anybody's guess]
Until then-- the family says it will remain hopeful this mystery will one day be solved.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Henry County.))
The Short's personal property went for approximately fifty- seven thousand dollars, bringing the total for the auction to more than 140-thousand dollars.
Another death in southwest Virginia has been blamed on this week's snow storm.
65- year old Homer Godbey of Montgomery County died Thursday after falling outside.
Police say Godbey was stranded in the snow for about six hours before his nephew found him.
He died at the hospital later that day from hypothermia or a heart attack.
Two other deaths in southwest Virginia have also been attributed to the storm.
An electrical short in the attic is to blame for a fire in Roanoke County this morning.
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Firefighters were called out to this house on the 16- hundred block of Indian Rock Road just before 6 o'clock .
The family of four was asleep at the time, but no one was injured.
It took firefighters about forty minutes to put out the blaze.
The Town of Vinton proved it's better late than never.
Hundreds lined the streets of downtown this afternoon for the annual Christmas parade.
The event was originally scheduled for Thursday night but the city postponed it because of this week's snow storm.
This year's parade featured the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Regimental Band, several area dance groups, and even an appearance by the Grinch himself.
Santa Claus also paid a visit on the back of a fire truck.
It was an "Olde Virginia Christmas" at the Booker T- Washington National Monument this weekend.
Nearly three- hundred people braved the cold to take a candle- light tour of the Burrough's Plantation as it was during the Civil War.
Workers with the National Park Service dressed in period costumes to tell the story of both the Burroughs and the slaves.
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[IN Q=I talk about freedom]
((DIANNE HARRIS/HOLLINS UNIVERSITY STUDENT: I TALK ABOUT FREEDOM AND HOW MUCH WE WANT THE UNION ARMY TO WIN AND I ALSO HOPE THAT BY NEXT BIG TIMES THAT WE WILL ALL BE FREE. SO THIS IS A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS BETWEEN THE SLAVES VERSION OF CHRISTMAS, WHICH IS THE BIG TIMES, AND THE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION THAT THE MASTER AND THE MISTRESS OF THE PLANTATION WOULD CELEBRATE.))
[OUT Q=plantation would celebrate]
Visitors also got to see how people decorated for the holidays during the Civil War.
And, park service workers also explained why the year 1864 was so significant in Booker T. Washington's life.
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[IN Q=They could tell]
((TIMOTHY SIMS/NATIONAL PARK SERVICE: THEY COULD TELL THAT THERE WAS A CHANCE THAT FREEDOM MIGHT BE IN THE AIR FOR THEM AND SO FOR BOOKER T. WASHINGTON THIS WOULD BE HIS LAST CHRISTMAS SPENT IN SLAVERY.))
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[OUT Q=spent in slavery]
This is the second year the park service has sponsored the event.
Animals also like to get into the holiday spirit.
The Mill Mountain Zoo held its annual "Holiday Celebration with the Animals" this afternoon.
Kids got the chance to look at the animals, visit with Santa, and take part in several arts and crafts type activities.
Zoo officials say winter is the best time to visit the zoo.
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[IN Q=The visitors love this event]
((BECKY BEARD/MILL MT. ZOO: THE VISITORS LOVE THIS EVENT BECAUSE THEY REALLY GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE ACTIVE ANIMALS BECAUSE THEY ARE MUCH MORE ACTIVE WHEN IN THE COLDER MONTHS.))
[SUPER=01-Becky Beard/Mill Mt. Zoo]
[OUT Q=in the colder months]
K-92 and the Marine Corps also teamed up to help with the "Toys for Tots" fundraiser.
Everyone who brought an unwrapped toy got 92 cents knocked off the price of admission.
Several local teams try to advance in the high school football playoffs...
and it's a fiesta in Miami, as the Hurricanes earn the right to play in the National Championship game with a win over Virginia Tech. We'll have highlights a little later in sports.
The White House is taking a skeptical view of today's arms declaration from Iraq.
Iraqi officials handed over the report in compliance with a U-N resolution.
Iraq says the 12- thousand page document will prove it does not have weapons of mass destruction.
In his weekend radio address, President Bush was quick to remind Iraq, that this is the final test.
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[IN Q=The declaration must be ]
((THE DECLARATION MUST BE CREDIBLE AND ACCURATE AND
COMPLETE, OR THE IRAQI DICTATOR WILL HAVE DEMONSTRATED TO THE WORLD ONCE AGAIN THAT HE HAS CHOSEN NOT TO CHANGE HIS BEHAVIOR.))
[OUT Q=change his behavior. ]
In other Iraqi news today-- Saddam Hussein delivered an apology to Kuwait for his 1990 invasion, but blamed Kuwaiti leaders for stealing Iraq's oil and working with the U-S to attack Iraq.
It's been 61- years since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
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About 150- people gathered today for a commemorative ceremony on the U-S-S "Arizona" Memorial.
The group included survivors and their families.
More than 21- hundred Americans were killed in the surprise attack on the U-S Navy base.
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began at 7:55 A-M Hawaii Time on December 7, 19-41.
No word yet from United Airlines on whether it will seek bankruptcy protection.
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United confirmed its board of directors held a special meeting today.
The cash-strapped airline is facing debt payments of 920- million dollars in a few days and has been denied federal loan guarantees.
Union leaders have said a bankruptcy filing is unavoidable.
A 21- year old ballet and belly dancer is on top of the world.
Miss Turkey Azra Akin beat out 92- contestants to take home the title of "Miss World".
The pageant was moved to England after Muslim-Christian rioting in Nigeria left more than 200- people dead.
Rebekah Revals of North Carolina represented the United States and was among the ten finalists.
Still ahead, a warm up may be in store for tomorrow. Brent will be along with the forecast in just a bit...
plus, we'll take a trip to Christmas past in Salem. Stay with us, there's much more to come on News 7 at 11.
Many people enjoy decorating for the holidays, but some take it to a new level.
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young gives us just a sample of the Salem Museum's Bicentennial Holiday Homes Tour.
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[IN Q=Every Christmas season the Salem Museum invites you inside...]
[SUPER=01-Karen Bermudez/Salem Museum; :13]
[SUPER=07-Charlotte McDonald; 1:13]
((Every Christmas season the Salem Museum invites you inside a handful of the city's most spectacular homes.
But this year, the event has been tailored to fit in with Salem's 200th birthday.
[IN Q=We wanted to represent the bicentennial.]
((KAREN BERMUDEZ/SALEM MUSEUM: WE WANTED TO REPRESENT THE BICENTENNIAL SO WE NEEDED AN OLD HOUSE AND WE TRIED TO GET ALL THE WAY UP TO THE VERY NEW.))
[OUT Q=all the way up to the very new.]
One of those "old houses" is the Duval-Oakey House on East Calhoun Street.
The 1880's Victorian is all but overflowing with history, not to mention decorations.
[IN Q=You can see the perid furniture...]
((KAREN BERMUDEZ: YOU CAN SEE THE PERIOD FURNITURE AND ALL THE ORNAMENTS LEE'S PUT AROUND. AGAIN, THE WOOD CARVING FRAMES AND STAINED GLASS ON TOP OF THE DOORS. IT'S JUST AN AMAZING HOUSE.))
[OUT Q=an amazing house.]
Not to mention, perfect for a holiday tour.
Until just recently, the stately manse was know throughout the city as "The Christmas House".
[IN Q=T his is where the Christmas Shop had their ornaments and angel displays and trees, in this room.]
[OUT Q =and trees, in this room.]
Speaking of trees, here's a peak inside the McDonald House where owner Charlotte McDonald prefers her decorations come straight from nature.
[IN Q=It's done in the Federal Style.]
((CHARLOTTE McDONALD: IT'S DONE IN THE FEDERAL STYLE, INTERIOR IS WILLIAMSBURG. LOTS OF FRESH THINGS WILL BE ON THE TOUR, FRESH DECORATIONS, FRESH HOLLY, FRUIT AND MAGNOLIA.))
[OTU Q=fresh holly, fruit and magnolia.]
The 1930's era home is boasts two Christmas trees, each festooned with ornaments of sentimental importance.
The parlor tree sparkles with reminders of her travels while the tree in the family room is a bit less formal.
[IN Q=This is our country tree.]
((CHARLOTEE McDONALD: THIS IS OUR COUNTRY TREE, WE CALL IT. IT HAS SOME HANDMADE ORNAMENTS MY CHILDREN DID MANY YEARS AGO AND THINGS I'VE COLLECTED FROM VARIOUS PLACES... KIND OF A FUN TREE.))
[OUT Q=kind of a fun tree.]
The tour runs from one to five Sunday December 8th.
for tickets, contact the Salem Museum.
Shannon Young, News 7, Salem.))
Virginia Tech and Miami combined for 101 points this afternoon in the Orange Bowl, but the Hokies defense just couldn't come up with a stop when it needed to. The Hurricanes rang up 550 yards of offense and rolled to the Fiesta Bowl with a 56-45 win.
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL/ABC Sports; :00]
Frank Beamer knew his squad would have to play a near perfect game this afternoon.
It didn't happen. Tech fell behind 21-zip thanks to Willis McGahee who tallied 6 TD's and rushed for 205 yards today.
Bryan Randall took a shot to the mouth in the first half, and gave way to Grant Noel for one play. Noel came in cold and promptly threw a 7 yard TD to Ernest Wilford. Tech trailed 35 to 21 at the half.
Miami led 49 to 21 in the third quarter when the Canes go to the bag of tricks, but Jarrett Payton's pass for Ken Dorsey is picked off by Willie Pile and he takes it 97 yards for the touchdown and it was 49 to 27.
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Lee Suggs scored for the second time on the day to bring Tech to within 12 to start the 4th quarter.
But Ken Dorsey found Kellen Winslow for another score and Miami wins it 56 to 45.
There will be no return engagement for Bridgwater in this year's Stagg Bowl.
This afternoon - the previously unbeaten Eagles were knocked off in the quarterfinals 38-to-32 by Trinty.
[SUPER=03-Bridgewater/Division 3 Quarterfinals; :00]
Snow blanketed Rockingham County late Wednesday night and Thursday and it took a huge effort from the college community to get Jopson Field ready to host the visitors from San Antonio, Texas.
The Eagles played well enough to win this one as backup tailback Marcus Washington put on a show for the home fans as he rushed for 162 yards on 22 carries - including this 69 yard dash in the first half.
Another freshman, fullback Robert Matthews also played tough as he gallops in from 12 yards away. In all, the Eagles rushed for for 262 yards.
Senior quarterback Robbie Jenkins also did a decent job as he completed 15 passes for 213 yards and this TD toss to fellow senior Brian Ratliff.
But the Eagles ended up losing by "6" thanks to number 6.
Roy Hampton riddled the Eagles secondary for 481 yards and four touchdown passes.
Hampton - who has now tossed 42 TDs this season has amassed over 15 hundred yards in three games against the Eagles.
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Former Northside star Brad McCrady closed out his career at Bridgewater with a fumble recovery, but Trinty advances 38-to-32.
Semifinal Saturday in the state football playoffs included several intriguing matchups. We start in Ridgeway where the Magna Vista Warriors entertained Heritage. The two met back in Week Four of the season with the Warriors posting a 35-18 win.
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The Warriors were fired up as they went after their 11th straight win.
But the Pioneers had visions of avenging their only loss this season. In the first quarter, Craig Ford hands the pigskin to Kevin Payne who crashes in from two yards away. But Magna Vista led 7-6.
The Warriors Alexay Hairston then calls his own number and takes off on a 52 yard gallop down to the one yard line leading to a touchdown. Joe Beckelheimer's crew trailed though 18 to 13.
A little later, Ford takes advantage of some good Heritage field position and sneaks in from a yard out.
Heritage had the big lead 30 to 13 at the half.
Magna Vista went to the air to get back in this one. Hairston finds Tony Johnson who breaks a few tackles and rambles into the endzone for a 30 to 20 ballgame.
Late in the game, the Hairston put it up again, this time for Byron Taylor in the zone. But the
comeback comes up short. Heritage pulls the mild upset 30 to 27 over Magna Vista. They'll play the state championship in Lynchburg.
[WIPE to ENG!!]
[SUPER=03-Bedford/Golden Wave vs. Minutemen; :00]
In Bedford, the Liberty Minutemen tried to ride the Golden Wave of Grundy.
Liberty led 7-nothing before fullback Chris Spinner waltzed ten yards untouched into the endzone for a 14 to nothing cushion.
A little later, Liberty goes to the bag of tricks. Dakota Leftwich takes the pigskin on the reverse and scoots 25 yards for a first down.
That setup this. Quarterback O.B. Blake keeps on the option and scores from 26 yards out and the Minutemen led by 21.
Not to be left out, the defense did its part. Chris Luck picks off Grundy quarterback Dillon Reece which
led to a field goal and Liberty went on to take care of Grundy 37 to 8. Chris Watts and company will play in the state finals at Liberty University next week.
In the single-A, Division 2 ranks, Bath County traveled to Wise to face off with Appalchia for the second straight year in the semifinals. And the Bulldogs made sure that the Chargers would not win back to back state titles.
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Bath County made the trek to Carl Smith Stadium on a 20 game winning streak.
Once again this week, backup quarterback Joey Crouse got the start for the Chargers in place of Jacob Phillips.
In the first quarter, Appalachia's William Honeycutt runs it in from 2 yards out. The Bulldogs took an 8 to nothing lead.
In the second, the Bulldogs Josh Mabe goes over from the one stretching the Appalchia lead to 14-zip.
Just before halftime, Mabe took it into the endzone again on another 1 yard TD run. The Dogs were throwing the shutout 22 to nothing at the half.
The Chargers then inserted Phillips at quarterback in the third quarter.
On their second possession of the half, Phillips found the endzone on a four yard rush cutting the deficit to 22-6.
But Appalchia scored 20 straight points from there. Honeycutt tallied two second half TD's and had three for the game as Appalachia whacks Bath County 42 to 14.
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[SUPER=01-Will Fields/Bath County Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tom Turner/Appalachia Head Coach; :16]
[OUT Q=this will do us."]
Appalachia will get William Campbell next week. The Generals rolled over Mathews today 55 to 7.
[WIPE to ENG!!]
[SUPER=03-Wytheville/Devils vs. Maroons; :00]
In Division 2, George Wythe hosted the Blue Devils from Gate City.
Tryus Gardner got the Maroons party started as he takes the handoff and scoots into the zone for a 23 yard score. George Wythe was on top 7-nothing.
It was 14-7 Wythe before the Devils Isaiah Spivey keeps for a Gate City score, knotting the game at 14 apiece.
The defenses stepped up in the second half. Gardner comes up with the big hit on Tyler Kilgore. This game went to overtime tied at 14.
Wythe got the ball first and on second and goal from the five, QB Grant Throckmorton sneaks up the middle untouched. The PAT was good and it was 21-14.
Gate City was down to its last chance on fourth down. Spivey hits Will Hubbard with a perfect strike for the score.
[SUPER=36-Gate City/20/George Wythe/21/Final in OT;]
On the point after, kicker Enoligh Gardner pulls the kick wide left and George Wythe advances to the state final just barely, 21 to 20 over Gate City.
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[IN Q=That's all you..]
[SUPER=01-Grant Throckmorton/George Wythe Quarterback; :00]
[OUT Q=had a big stop."]
Blacksburg was one basket better than Robert E. Lee High school today in the group 2A girl's state basketball championship. Steve Mason has a recap.
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[SUPER=03-Salem/Group 2A Girl's State Basketball Championship; :00]
[SUPER=01-Britney Anderson/Scored 32 Points in State Championship; :17]
[SUPER=01-Jordan Phillips/Blacksburg Junior Guard; :39]
[SUPER=33-Robert E. Lee/54/Blacksburg/56; :53]
[SUPER=01-Ashley Young/Blacksburg Senior Forward; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Mickey McGuigan/Blacksburg Head Coach; 1:12]
[SUPER=01-Dan Bonner/Lee Head Coach; 1:24]
[OUT Q=....news 7 sports"]
((The state championship trophy was held high by the entire Blacksburg team but no one earned it more than Britney Anderson. The senior racked up 32 points and broke the VHSL girl's record for points in the three game state tournament with 87.
Her Indians faced a tough Dan Bonner coached Fighting Leemen team. Lee more than held it's own with several nifty set plays early and when Anderson went to the bench early in the first half with foul trouble Lee took advantage, going into halftime up 28-26.
Phillips hit this jumper at the third period buzzer and the Indians were up 45-39 with eight minutes to play.
Anderson drew her fourth foul with about six minutes to play and Ashley Young decided it was her turn. Anderson would not foul out and led her team to the 56-54 state championship win.
The state title is Blacksburg's first since 1993, in Salem, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
[WIPE to ENG!!]
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In boys action tonight--a doubleheader at Hidden Valley. Cave Spring's Billy Hicks liked what he saw from his Knights.
Teddy Sanders makes the good pass to Troy Kaase for the lay-in and the Knights were rolling over Turner Ashby.
[SUPER=33-Turner Ashby/60/Cave Spring/76/;]
T-A's Brian Bocock answers with a sweet dish of his own to Chase Jarvis, but Cave wins by 16, 76 to 60.
In the nightcap, RE Lee took on homestanding Hidden Valley.
Tyler Crawford was doing his thang for the Leemen, nailing the three ball from the baseline.
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The Titans tried to hang in as Corey Snell goes right down the lane for the bucket, but RE Lee wins in a big way 65 to (------------)