[7-11Bedford-Fire]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=cutin]
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[TAPE#=02-47 TC52:06]
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A fire at a Bedford County wood plant was apparently started by sparks from a machine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


It took crews about a half hour to extinguish the blaze at the Gammapar plant in Forest around noon yesterday.
The fire was mostly contained to a dust collector at the rear of the main building.
Gammapar uses irradiation to make treated wood flooring products.. the irradiation facility was "not" affected by the blaze.
Company officials say it will take about a week to get that part of the plant back on line.
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[7-11Virginia-Guard]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=02-51 TC33:46]
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Two more National Guard units from western Virginia are headed for active duty.
The mobilization affects an engineering company in Big Stone Gap, and a quartermaster detachment in Staunton.
About 120 soldiers in all could be called up for at least a year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/November 4]


Like other units now serving from Virginia, they will begin pre-alert processing at their local armories and at Fort Picket early next month.
About 800 National Guard members are on active duty right now.
More than 300 others were called up and have finished their tour of duty.
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[7-11Fiddlefest]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-44 TC1:48:46]
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A new music festival will be coming to the Roanoke Valley next summer. The organizers hope to build on Western Virginia's history of rich musical tradition.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Galax/1995; ]


Every year, fans of bluegrass and old time music travel to Galax and other communities that host festivals and competitions.
Organizers of FiddleFest hope to make their own mark in July, with a week-long series of concerts, workshops, roundtable discussions and an invitational competition.
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[SOT 46:29]
[IN Q=This area is known]

((MIKE CONNER/FIDDLEFEST CO-CHAIR: THIS AREA IS KNOWN THE WORLD OVER FOR THIS MUSIC. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT. AND WE'VE JUST KIND OF LET IT SLIDE FOR A LOT OF YEARS. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECTIFY THAT, TO MAKE THIS SOMETHING IMPORTANT FOR THE CITY AND IMPORTANT FOR THE MUSIC.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Conner/FiddleFest Co-Chair]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=important for the music.]
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[VO-NAT]


FiddleFest will include a tribute to Don Reno, Red Smiley and the Tennessee Cutups, the bluegrass pioneers featured for many years on WDBJ's Top of the Morning Program.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


With a projected budget of 275- thousand dollars, organizers are lining up sponsors. And they estimate the event will require between 500 and one thousand volunteers.

[45-11Brown]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The Town of Vinton has been vindicated for firing its top two police officers three years ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Lieutenant Bill Brown claimed his right to due process was violated when he was confronted with a choice to resign or be fired in November, 1999.
[SUPER=04-File Tape]

But Federal Judge James Turk points out in a recent opinion "Brown was a sophisticated employee" who knew the grievance procedures. When confronted with a letter outlining the case against him, Lieutenant Brown read only one sentence before he resigned. The judge said: "...the plaintiff chose not to stand and fight...." A grand jury determined Brown had kept criminal evidence- -including guns and drugs- -in his office rather than in the evidence room.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=Legal Scales]

Judge Turk dismissed Brown's complaint against the town. He had already thrown out the claim filed by CHIEF of Police Ricky Foutz.

[45-11Short-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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Investigators hope the New Year will bring new leads in the murders of Jennifer Short and her parents.
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[VO-NAT]


It's been four months since Jennifer was abducted and Michael and Mary Short found shot to death in their Oak Level home.
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Investigators in Henry and Rockingham Counties took a break from the case for the holidays, but Sheriff Frank Cassell says at least two or three people from each department will stay on the case in 2003.
He says North Carolina carpenter Gary Bowman is still a "person of interest"... and that drug smuggler Michael Fulcher provided investigators with some leads to check out.
Fulcher told investigators he spoke with Bowman in jail, when Bowman was held as a material witness in the case.
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[45-11Blood]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=tha]
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[GRAPHIC=Blood Supply]

The American Red Cross is in need of blood donors.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg; ]

The Red Cross provides blood and blood products to 38 hospitals throughout central and southwestern Virginia as well as southern West Virginia. But donations have been down this holiday season-- so the Red Cross is asking for donors. This blood drive was held at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg.
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[SOT 13:55:10]
[IN Q=Today is good ]

((DIANNE MYERS/AMERICAN RED CROSS TEAM SUPERVISOR; TODAY IS GOOD, I'M SURPRISED FOR A GENERALLY ON THE MOBILES, WITH THE BUSES WE REQUIRE A SCHEDULED DONORS, YOU KNOW TIME SLOTS TO COME IN AND TODAY IT'S WALK IN, COME IN AS YOU WILL AND WE'RE JUST DIVIDING THEM UP BETWEEN THE TWO BUSES. ))
[SUPER=01-Dianne Myers/American Red Cross Team Supervisor; ]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=the two buses. ]
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[VO-NAT]

The local Red Cross said it was close to meeting today's goal for the Christiansburg blood drive. By mid-afternoon, 93- people had donated.
(XXXXXXXXX)

[WIPE TO PINNACLE]
For more information about upcoming blood drives, call 1-800-Give-Life.
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[8-11Thrasher-Bells]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=02-49 TC27:10]
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A church in Vinton will ring in the new year with the sounds of bells from Holland.

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[SOT 6:25]
[IN Q=BELLS]

((NATS: GOODWIN RINGING BELLS.))
[SUPER=03-Vinton;]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=BELLS.]
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[VO-NAT]


Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church bought 24 bronze and copper bells to put in its steeple.
The bells will replace the church's old electronic chimes and make it the only area church with a real carilon.
The bells will chime five times a day ... and will be controlled by both computer and keyboard.
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[SOT 9:08]
[IN Q=We'll have]

(( WE'LL HAVE SOME OF THE YOUNG FOLKS IN THE CHURCH HERE THAT ARE TAKING MUSIC LESSONS TO BE ABLE TO PLAY THEM ON SUNDAY MORNING. I'LL GIVE THEM HYMNS OR THINGS TO PLAY AND THEY CAN GO AT IT. AND THEY CAN HAVE A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE BY PLAYING THE REAL BELLS IN THE TOWER. ))
[SUPER=01-Earle Goodwin/Church Music Director;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=bells in the tower.]
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[VO-NAT]


Church members contributed 30-thousand dollars to have the bells made.
They weigh from five to 300 pounds each.
It will take about a month to install them ... but the congregation will get a preview of their sounds during the New Year's Eve service.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[8-11Lex-Church]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=jmc]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE ]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/July 2000]


Meanwhile, another area chuch is ready to celebrate its re-birth.
Next Sunday, Lexington Presbyterian Church will hold its first worship service in its historic sanctuary since a fire more than two years ago.
Workers have finished installing the pews, replacing the steeple and restoring the building that burned down in the summer of 2000.
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[8-11Brugh-Tavern]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=02-53 TC05:28]
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Explore Park's Brugh Tavern will close in January ... but there's a new purpose on the menu.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./1998;]


The company that runs the restaurant says it got too expensive.
It'll close January 5th.
But two men from Roanoke say the tavern has a future as a special events facility.
Bill Carder, a Roanoke Councilman and manager of the Patrick Henry Hotel is teaming up with a local caterer ... and working out a deal to run the place with Explore Park.
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[SOT 20:37]
[IN Q=It's always been]

((BILL CARDER; IT'S ALWAYS BEEN SORT OF A DESTINATION RESTAURANT. PEOPLE ARE GOING OUT THERE FOR A REASON, SO WHAT WE'RE REALLY GOING TO DO IS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT, START PROMOTING A LOT OF DIFFERENT SPECIAL EVENTS. :46, VIP SPECIALTY TYPE DINNERS, DINNERS THAT ARE DONE IN THEME OF THE TIME AND THEN TRY TO BUILD UP CLIENTELE THAT WAY. ))
[SUPER=01-Bill Carder;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=clientele that way.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Carder hopes to work things out with Explore Park next month and open the tavern for special events in the spring.


[8Goodbye]


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