Coming up on NEWS 7 at six.
Members of a Bedford County neighborhood hold a community meeting... but find "pounding the pavement" for help challenging after the road to their subdivision collapses.
Plus, how the words of Shakespeare are helping propel an area student to the Big Apple.
Tonight on News 7 Sports, Tech lays the wood to Villanova, Virginia can't get off the mat at Florida State,
and Randolph-Macon completes the ODAC sweep, winning the women's hoop tourney over Roanoke.
Cloudy skies with some rain and drizzle for your Saturday night. The complete forecast plus the March Almanac is coming up.
[IN Q=Right now we have]
((DEL SPRINKEL/SUBDIVISION RESIDENT: RIGHT NOW WE HAVE AN AREA TO WALK BY BUT THAT PART IS BEING UNDERMINED EVERYDAY BY THE WATER.))
[OUT Q=by the water]
The problem in one Bedford County neighborhood goes from bad to worse.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 6]
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Last weekend, flood waters washed away their road.
One week later, very little has been done to fix it so today residents met to find a solution.
But as Justin McLeod discovered--- help so far is hard to find.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Betty Nevills/Resident; :07]
[SUPER=01-Del Sprinkel/Resident; :31]
[SUPER=@justin1; :46 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Tim Andrews/Resident; 1:13]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Bedford County]
((((NAT SOUND OF RESIDENT ANGRY))
The people you see here are angry and frustrated.
[IN Q=I want to stop]
((BETTY NEVILLS/RESIDENT: I WANT TO STOP WALKING MYSELF TO DEATH. IT'S HARD I WILL BE 70 IN TWO WEEKS.))
[OUT Q=in two weeks]
The problem began a week ago here at the Oakcrest Hill subdivision in Shady Grove.
Residents lost their only access when a section of Piney Branch Road began to collapse last Saturday.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF WALKING AT 20:00:02))
They can now only get in and out through a narrow walking path.
[IN Q=My wife and I]
((DEL SPRINKEL/RESIDENT: MY WIFE AND I WALK A 1/2 MILE UP HILL. WE JUST MOVED INTO THE COMMUNITY IN NOVEMBER AND SO THAT WALK GETS TO BE A LITTLE TIRING.))
[OUT Q=a little tiring]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF MEETING))
Many of his neighbors feel the same way.
So Saturday more than fifty residents gathered to discuss their options.
[IN Q=Residents have been told]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN TOLD IT COULD COST ANYWHERE BETWEEN 11 AND 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO FIX ALL OF THIS AND SO FAR THE COUNTY SAYS IT CANNOT HELP SO MOST LIKELY THE RESIDENTS WILL HAVE TO PICK UP THE TAB SO THEY'RE HOPING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL STEP IN TO HELP.))
[OUT Q=in to help]
((NAT SOUND OF SUPERVISOR SPEAKING))
County leaders say the county cannot spend public money on a private road.
But residents are encouraged by Governor Warner's recent request for federal disaster assistance.
[IN Q=We're waiting to see]
((TIM ANDREWS/RESIDENT: WE'RE WAITING TO SEE IF THIS STATE EMERGENCY APPLICATION GOES THROUGH, IF IT DOES WE'RE HOPING BEDFORD COUNTY IS INCLUDED WITH THAT.))
[OUT Q=included with that]
((NAT SOUND OF ANGRY RESIDENT))
Some believe that will take too long and say the only solution is to do the work themselves.
In the end however, residents came to no clear consensus on what should be done proving the road to recovery will probably be a long one.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Bedford County.))
One place residents may turn to is the American Red Cross.
Since last weekend's floods, the Red Cross has helped more than 200 people.
The organization has already spent more than 100-thousand dollars and expects to spend another two thousand dollars before it's all done.
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[IN Q=Some folks come in]
((AMY WHITTAKER/AMERICAN RED CROSS: SOME FOLKS COME IN AND THEY JUST NEED FOOD ASSISTANCE, SOME FOLKS IN AND HAVE LOST EVERYTHING IN THEIR HOMES SO WE'RE PROVIDING A WIDE ARRAY OF THINGS DEPENDING ON THEIR NEEDS.))
[SUPER=01-Amy Whittaker/American Red Cross]
[OUT Q=on their needs]
A temporary service center has been set up at Ridgewood Baptist Church in Roanoke.
The Red Cross will make house calls to help those who cannot leave their homes.
Today volunteers visited a woman who injured her back after falling down the stairs during the flood.
Earlier today crews finished cleaning up a fuel spill at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
Just after six last night, a truck carrying jet fuel began leaking on the tarmac.
It took nearly three hours to stop the leak, but not before more than 300 gallons of fuel spilled out.
A private company was called in to clean it all up.
The Roanoke Fire Department says it appears a valve malfunctioned causing the truck to leak.
The incident did not cause any delays for flights coming in and out of the airport.
An annual fundraiser to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association has parked itself in Roanoke this weekend.
The 23rd annual M-D-A car show is taking place at the Roanoke Civic Center.
This year's show features nearly a hundred cars ranging from big to small, to old and new.
Money raised from this event helps fund programs for people in southwest Virginia who suffer from Muscular Dystrophy.
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[IN Q=It's been devestating]
((PAT SCHULZ/MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY PATIENT: IT'S BEEN DEVASTATING TO KNOW THAT HOW IT'S AFFECTED ME AND EVERYTHING WITH THE DIFFERENT STAGES YOU GO THROUGH, IT'S SIMILAR LIKE TO A DEATH.))
[SUPER=01-Pat Schulz/Muscular Dystrophy Patient; :]
[OUT Q=like to a death]
Locally, the association has raised more than a half million dollars from this car show.
The show continues tonight until ten and then again tomorrow from 10 to five.
A big thanks went out today for residents in Roanoke.
The city held its annual Citizen's Appreciation Day at the Valley View Mall.
It was a chance for the city to demonstrate all the programs and services Roanoke has to offer.
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[IN Q=We are really proud]
((DARLENE BURCHAM/CITY MANAGER: WE ARE REALLY VERY PROUD OF THE CITY WE WORK FOR. WE HOPE OUR CITIZENS ARE EQUALLY PROUD OF THE SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE AND THIS IS OUR WAY OF GETTING IN TOUCH WITH CITIZENS WHEN THEY DON'T NECESSARILY NEED OUR SERVICES BUT ARE EAGER TO LEARN WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/City Manager]
[OUT Q=have to offer]
Events took place inside and outside the mall.
Citizens got to see everything from city fire trucks and police horses, to the equipment officers use in the field.
This is the fifth year the city of Roanoke has organized a Citizen's Appreciation Day.
Still ahead on the newscast, some high school students are hoping for a trip to the Big Apple, by memorizing some immortal words from the Bard.
and more and more kids are participating in sports now, but what can you do to recognize injuries? Some coaches and teachers were discussing just that today.
If a child were injured while playing sports, would you know how to treat them?
Today-- a seminar was held at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital to help coaches and teachers recognize and treat emergencies.
Organizers say it's especially important to educate the public with more and more children playing sports.
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[IN Q=More and more ]
[SUPER=01-Sally Southard/Registered Nurse; ]
((MORE AND MORE CHILDREN ARE PARTICIPATING WHICH IS GREAT, GOOD FOR THEIR HEARTS AND LUNGS AND IT HELPS WITH OBESITY, AND SO WE'RE HIGHLY ENCOURAGING THAT, WE JUST WANT PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPERVISING THESE CHILDREN TO KNOW SOME OF THESE CHILDREN MAY HAVE AN UNDERLYING ILLNESS THAT THEY MAY NEED TO RECOGNIZE IF THEY DO GET INTO TROUBLE. BUT WE DO WANT THESE CHILDREN TO PARTICIPATE AND DO WHATEVER THEY WANT TO WHEN IT COMES TO SPORTS. ))
[OUT Q=comes to sports.]
Some of the topics covered included how to recognize and treat children suffering from asthma, low blood sugar, bee stings, sprains and dislocations.
To be or not to be was answered today at a Shakespeare competition.
The English-Speaking Union held a regional competition this morning at Hollins University.
Students from several area schools had to deliver a Shakespeare monologue or sonnet.
They were judged on their understanding of the text, the effectiveness of their delivery, and their originality.
Joshua Minnix of Staunton River High School won the competition.
He will now travel to New York City in April for the national competition.
Still to come on the newscast, Brent will be along with the full forecast,
and we're not horsing around, there's a lot of action at one attraction in Rockbridge County. We'll have that story up next.
A clarification now to a story we ran last week profiling "Bumper" Morgan.
Court records show James Bumbry, the Second was convicted of "brandishing a firearm"- -that is: pointing it at Deputy Morgan. He was not charged with actually shooting at him. As far as we know, the gun was not fired.
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The first two days of March will find the Virginia Horse Center buzzing with activity.
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young takes us to the Virginia Intermont Classic to get an equestrian education.
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[IN Q=First, you should know, both hunters and jumpers jump.]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Leslie Brown/Horse Show Manager; :23]
[SUPER=01-Eddie Federwisch/Director of Equine Studies; :55]
[SUPER=01-Tracey Weinberg/Amateur Owner; 1:10]
((First, you should know, both hunters and jumpers JUMP.
But that's where the similarities end.
[IN Q=What we classify as hunter horses...]
((LESLIE BROWN/HORSE SHOW MANAGER: [*****UNDER VIDEO*****] WHAT WE CLASSIFY AS HUNTER HORSES ARE HORSES THAT WOULD BE NICE TO TAKE OUT IN THE HUNT FIELD AND JUMP OVER COURSES LIKE WE HAVE IN THE RING. [****LESLIE ON CAMERA*****]JUMPERS ARE SIMILAR TO ONES SEEN IN THE OLYMPICS THAT JUMP OVER COLORED RAILS, HAVE TIME FACTORS INVOLVED IN THEIR SUCCESS AND THEIR CLASS.))
[OUT Q= in their success and their class.]
For four days every year, horses and their riders strut their stuff, and take classes.
But they're not the only ones furthering their equine education.
The show gives students at Virginia Intermont College the chance to literally learn the ropes.
[IN Q=One of the best things we've found...]
((EDDIE FEDERWISCH/DIR., EQUINE STUDIES, VA INTERMONT COLLEGE: ONE OF THE BEST THINGS WE'VE FOUND IS TO PUT THEM IN THE INDUSTRY FOR THIS WEEKEND GIVES THEM A PRETTY GOOD SHOT AT WHAT LIFE IN THE HORSE SHOW WORLD IS LIKE.))
[OUT Q=in the horse show world is like.]
One rider describes hunter riding as the constant reach for perfection.
But she says, no matter how good the run, there's always room for improvement.
[IN Q=It's sort of analogous to figure skating...]
((TRACY WEINBERG/AMATEUR OWNER, HUNTER RIDER: IT'S SORT OF ANALOGOUS TO FIGURE SKATING IN THAT IT'S ALL ABOUT STYLE AND FORM, CONSISTANCY, GRACE AND BEAUTY OVER THE JUMPS.))
[OUT Q=beauty over the jumps.]
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[IN Q=It's difficult for two live beings...]
((TRACEY: IT'S DIFFICULT FOR TWO LIVE BEINGS TO COME TOGETHER AT ONE MOMENT IN TIME AND TO PEAK SO, I THINK THAT'S THE INTRIGUING PART OF THE SPORT.))
[OUT Q=I think that's the intriguing part of the sport.]
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
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[IN Q=If you want to catch a hunter/jumper show...]
((SHANNON YOUNG/REPORTER: IF YOU WANT TO CATCH A HUNTER JUMPER SHOW BUT CAN'T MAKE IT THIS WEEKEND, TWO OF THE LARGEST ON THE EAST COAST WILL TAKE PLACE HERE AT THE VIRGINIA HORSE CENTER IN APRIL. AND IN MARCH, THERE'LL EB A PRESENTATION OF THE FAMED MONTY ROBERTS, THE MAN KNOWN AS THE HORSE WHISPERER. SHANNON YOUNG, NEWS 7, LEXINGTON.))
Coming up, the Roanoke women come up short in their bid for the ODAC tourney title, UVA gets scalped in Tallahassee, and
the Hokies celebrate Senior Day in style, by beating up on Villanova at the Cassell.
The Roanoke College Maroons were trying to make some history this afternoon by becoming the lowest seeded team in ODAC women's tournament history to win the championship.
[SUPER=03-Salem/ODAC Championship; :00]
The Maroons were seeded sixth this year and today they faced Randolph-Macon for the title with an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament on the line.
Roanoke was down nine at halftime, but got busy in the second half thanks to Kayce (CASEY) Smith, who bangs in the three pointer.
Then Rural Retreat product Chandra Forrester - gets good position down low and gets the bucket for Roanoke.
Smith will again show her stuff as she backs in an hits the fadeaway and the Maroons chop the lead in half.
Katrina Williams will later get the steal at midcourt, flip the pass to Lindsay Reynolds who scores on the layin and Roanoke has the game tied up with 12 minutes to go.
But Macon regrouped and reasserted its inside-outside supremecy as Emily Crider and Michelle Orton controlled the backboard.
And Megan Silva, the tournament's Most Valuable player lit it
up from the outside as Macon beats Roanoke 80-to-68 in the ODAC title game.
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[SUPER=01-Susan Dunagan/Roanoke Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Katrina Williams/10 Points in Final Game at Roanoke; :13]
[SUPER=01-Megan Silva/ODAC Tourney MVP; :26]
[OUT Q=...RIGHT NOW."]
The Virginia Tech Hokies honored seniors Brian Chase, Terry Taylor, and Eric Branham this afternoon at the Cassell and the club took another step towards making the Big East Tournament.
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Ricky Stokes and company led by 3 at the half and the Hokies opened the second half by making 12 of their first 15 shots.
Chase nailed four triples on the afternoon on his way to a 12 point day. Tech was on a 27 to 6 run.
Later, Chase was off the mark, but Bryant Matthews was there for the follow jam. He led the way with 17 points.
Branham then got out on the break and finished things off with another throw down. The Hokies rolled past 'Nova by a final of 88 to 62.
The Virginia Cavaliers are headed in the opposite direction. This afternoon, the Wahoos ran into a Seminole uprising in Tallahassee, losing their 6th straight contest.
[SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL/Comcast Sports Net; :00]
Pete Gillen benched Travis Watson for the game's first 13 minutes today.
Todd Billet stepped up in a big way, stroking five threes, in the opening half. He tallied 17 points in the first 20 minutes, but just two the rest of the day.
Tim Pickett was up for the challenge. Pickett scored a career high 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the 'Noles.
FSU opened the second half on a 24 to 6 run. Virginia scored just 22 second half points as Florida State picked up its fourth conference win 73 to 59.
[WIPE to ENG!!]
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Elsewhere in the ACC, Raymond Felton knocked in two free throws with 7.7 seconds left giving Carolina a one point lead.
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B-J Elder had his shot blocked at the other end and Carolina rallied from a ten point second half deficit to beat the Jackets 67 to 66.
The Cave Spring Volleyball team wrapped up the State 2-A Volleyball Championship this afternoon at Broadway High School in Rockingham County. The Knights finished off a perfect 29 and oh season by taking care of Fauquier in two games, 15-nothing and 15-3.
We finish up on the track where the Nascar Busch Series rolled the dice in Vegas with today's running of the Sam's Town 300.
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Qualifying was rained out, so Roush Racing's Stanton Barrett started on the pole for today's race.
Midway thru the event Larry Gunselman gets thrown into the wall by Eddie McKean bringing out the day's fourth caution.
Just a few minutes later, Bobby Hamilton, Junior taps Chris Bingham sending him into the concrete. During the ensuing caution, early leader Jeff Burton saw his day go up in flames and plenty of smoke. Right now, the race is under (------------)
the red flag for rain drops at lap 141 of 200. We'll have an update on the finish tonight at 11.