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[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Mother Nature let loose with a possible tornado.
We'll show you the local damage.
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[VO-NAT :04]

And, a local nursing program faces a short life expectancy.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports our preseason high school football reports continue as we visit with William Campbell. Another ACC signal caller hits the world wide web,
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[VO-NAT]

and former Hokie Andre Davis is still sidelined with a knee injury at the Browns' camp in Berea.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Nature's heavy weather pattern produces another pounding today. On the flip side, cooler than normal weather in the forecast.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.

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[VO-NAT]

It moved in quickly and skipped town just as fast, but the damage left behind tells the tale... a possible tornado in the Roanoke Valley.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Keith is off tonight.


[ITT-Tornado]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=eki]
[TAPE#=03-35 TC09:21]
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The National Weather Service is investigating the severe overnight storm.
A preliminary report says a tornado may have touched down in North Roanoke County around one this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Most of the damage was at ITT Night Vision.
Strong winds damaged the administrative building, pushed over a fence, and damaged one employee's car.
But if you ask residents in the area, they only saw the aftermath of the storm.
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[SOT 08:50-08:55]
[IN Q=We did...]

((HAZLE HUFFMAN/RESIDENT; WE DID NOTICE A LITTLE COMMOTION BUT DIDN'T NOTICE ANYTHING SERIOUS.))
[SUPER=01-Hazle Huffman/Resident; ]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=didn't notice anything serious]
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The National Weather Service is still investigating the severity of the storm.
The owner of Sunnyvale Garage and Lawn Mower says the weather caused roughly 20-thousand dollars in damage to his business.
But even with the possible twister, business in the area was able to operate as usual.
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[DOUBLE ANCHOR BOXES=Shannon & Robin/WX CENTER]
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[Boty-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Officials are trying to determine if a lightning strike started a fire in Botetourt County this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


The fire broke out around 3:30 at a home on Cobblestone Drive in the Blue Ridge section of the county.
Flames tore through the roof of the house, much of which was gutted before crews from Botetourt, Bedford and Roanoke counties got the fire under control.
No one was hurt.
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[House-Fire]


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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Fire destroyed a home in northeast Roanoke this morning.
The two-story house in the 700 block of Bibb Street caught fire just after 10:30.
Crews had it under control in a few minutes.
Officials say the fire did about 75-thousand dollars damage, and that the house is a total loss.
The cause is under investigation.
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[Henry-School]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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The closing of the Pillowtex Plant in Fieldale is affecting more than just the laid off workers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape]


The Henry County school system will now face an additional 622-thousand dollar cut in local aid for the upcoming school budget.
That's because the county will lose 915-thousand dollars in revenue due to the Pillowtex closing.
With a loss of 1 and half million dollars already this year, the school system says the latest cuts could be drastic.
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[SOT 2:15:48]
[IN Q=Our budget is 80-percent]

((SHARON DODSON/HENRY CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: OUR BUDGET IS 80-PERCENT PERSONNEL SO ANY SIGNIFICANT CUT WOULD IN SOME FASHION IMPACT THE PERSONNEL. 622-THOUSAND IS THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT 14 FULL-TIME POSITIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Sharon Dodson/Henry Co. School Superintendent]
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[OUT Q=full time positions]
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Dodson does not rule out the possibility some teachers may lose their jobs.
The school board will discuss the latest cuts at its meeting Thursday morning.
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[Nursing-Program]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
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The cuts may mean some students will have to learn to do without.
It's a feeling familiar to those in the school of practical nursing.
Justin McLeod tells us why.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Marie Stone/Program Director; :33]
[SUPER=@justin1; :56]
[SUPER=01-Tiffany Guynn/Nursing Student; 1:19]
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[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Henry Co.]

((((NAT SOUND OF WOMAN PUTTING ON GLOVES AT 37:30))
They say it's a perfect fit. ((QUICK NAT SOUND OF INSTRUCTION IN THE CLASSROOM))
For nearly forty years, the Henry County school system has trained nurses of the future, like Barbara Draper.
[SOT 31:57]
[IN Q=I love the opportunity]

((BARBARA DRAPER/FUTURE NURSE: I LOVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP PEOPLE AND JUST WORK WITH THE PUBLIC.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=with the public]


What the public may not know is this program is in its last year.
The school system will eliminate it to save more than fifty thousand dollars a year.
Currently, 34 students are in the school of practical nursing.
[SOT 28:05]
[IN Q=We have a good]

((MARIE STONE/PROGRAM DIRECTOR: WE HAVE A GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT ARE ENERGETIC, POSITIVE, VERY ACADEMICALLY GOOD GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THIS YEAR BUT ALSO SAD WE DON'T HAVE AN UPCOMING CLASS.)) [Runs10]
[OUT Q=upcoming class]


Patrick Henry Community College will begin a similar program next fall but it will no longer be offered to high school seniors free of charge.
[SOT 31:34]
[IN Q=The students received]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE STUDENTS RECENTLY RECEIVED MORE BAD NEWS. THE MARTINSVILLE HOSPITAL STOPPED ITS ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION OF 33-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE PROGRAM SO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO PASS THAT LOSS ONTO THE STUDENTS.)) [Runs13]
[OUT Q=the students]

((QUICK NAT SOUND OF INSTRUCTION))
Students unexpectedly saw a tutition increase of 964 dollars.
Some received federal aid, others did not...forcing several to consider dropping out.
[SOT 36:46]
[IN Q=I thought about that]

((TIFFANY DUYNN/NURSING STUDENT: I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT AT FIRST I WAS LIKE MAYBE I WILL JUST TRY AGAIN BUT I SAID NO I'VE WORKED TOO HARD AND THIS PROGRAM IS TOO GOOD FOR ME TO DROP OUT.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=to drop out]


That may be smart....there continues to be a shortage of nurses and that means more jobs for an area that continues to lose them.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Henry County.))


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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=NONE]


A statewide anti-gang task force gets down to work.
We'll find out what's being done in Central and Southwest Virginia next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus Roanoke's own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame is finally set in stone.
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[Kilgore-gangs]


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They identify themselves with tattoos and hand signs and have names like Folk Nation and MS 13.
They are gangs and the state's attorney general say they are a growing problem in Virginia.
[DOUBLE BOXES=SHannon & Meghan/State Microwave;]


Meghan Muldoon is in Richmond with what the state is doing to address it.
[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=@Meghan1]
[SUPER=05-Richmond]


Attorney General Jerry Kilgore says gang activity is on the rise.
And he has formed a group to combat it.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF RAP MUSIC]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=@Kilgore; :]
[SUPER=01-Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :]
[SUPER=01-Keith Farmer/Straight Street Ministry; :]
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[OUT Q=STEP UP TO DO MORE.]

(( It is not often that you find lawmakers, police officers and the state's top attorney listening to rap music.
But at the first meeting of the Attorney General's Anti-Gang Task Force, the group was doing just that.
They want to know how gangs talk, look and act so they can learn how to stop their growing presence in the state.
[SOT 10:48:52]

((ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY KILGORE: IT IS LONG OVERDUE TO TAKE DEFINITIVE ACTION AGAINST GANG ACTIVITY IN VIRGINIA. WHETHER IT BE IN RICHMOND, IN FAIRFAX COUNTRY OR THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY, WE HAVE A GANG PROBLEM IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.)) [RUNS:14]
Law enforcement officials told the panel that the gangs in urban areas like Virginia Beach and Northern Virginia are looking to spread out.
And that one of the biggest problems communities face in fighting gang activity is failing to recognize it.
[SOT :05:02]

((CHIEF CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THIS IS IN FACT A STATEWIDE PROBLEM AND MAY ACTUALLY HAVE MORE OF AN IMPACT IN SMALLER COMMUNITIES BECAUSE THE RESOURCES ARE NOT AS AVAILABLE TO COMBAT IT.)) [RUNS:11]
The group is looking at putting stronger anti-gang laws on the books and more enforcement on the streets
They also want to get citizens and schools more involved.
[SOT 11:04:08]
[IN Q=it's going to be a]

((KEITH FARMER/STRAIGHT STREET MINISTRY: IT'S GOING TO BE A COMMUNITY PROBLEM NOT JUST REALLY THAT THE POLICE SAYING THERE AREN'T GANGS AND GROUPS EXISTING. THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO STEP UP TO DO MORE. )) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=step up to do more.] ))
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[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Richmond;]


Recommendations
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Meghan /State Microwave;]


Present them to the General Assembly next year.


[Craig-Administrator]


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Craig County is in the market for a new chief executive.
County administrator Matthew Collins resigned last night.
Collins took the job last August.
A county supervisor says he didn't want to renew his contract.

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Stocks closed sharply lower after bearish outlooks from Gillette and Costco [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW fell 150 points.
NASDAQ dropped 40 and a half.
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[Victory-Stadium]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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They lost a controversial vote, but opponents of the plan to build a new stadium and amphitheater in the city of Roanoke say they aren't giving up their fight.
Today, they promised to take action in court, and on the campaign trail.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & JoeD /NEwsroom;]


Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on a debate that is far from over.
Brian Wishneff was the point man for the group that opposed the new multi-purpose facility and favored renovation of Victory Stadium.
[LIVE= JoeD /FULL Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]


Though they lost a narrow vote that would have stopped the controversial construction, Wishneff says the group is leaning toward legal action, and definitely plans to be active in council elections.
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[IN Q=We're going to work as hard as we can]
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[SUPER=@Bestpitch; :47]
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[OUT Q=that's what I'm going to continue to do.`]
(([SOT]
[IN Q=We're going to work as hard as we can]

((WE'RE GOING TO WORK AS HARD AS WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT MR. BESTPITCH AND MRS. WYATT GET THROWN OUT OF OFFICE NEXT MAY.))
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[OUT Q=next May.]

Brian Wishneff wasn't in town for the controversial council vote, but reached today by telephone he said Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Decision aren't throwing in the towel.
He believes the stadium vote and other issues will still carry weight with the voters next Spring.
[SOT]
[IN Q=And there's a lot more disappointment]

((AND THERE'S A LOT MORE DISAPPOINTMENT OUT THERE THAT GOES WAY BEYOND VICTORY STADIUM, THAT WE HEARD FROM PEOPLE AS WE WERE COLLECTING PETITIONS, SO I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANY DOUBT WE CAN HOLD THIS FEELING UNTIL NEXT SPRING AND THEN THE FOLLOWING ELECTION.))
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[OUT Q=and then the following election.]

Council member Bill Bestpitch says he's confident council made the right decision, and if critics want to make it an issue next Spring, he says more power to them.
[SOT 21:37]
[IN Q=I'm more comfortable]

((I'M COMFORTABLE WITH MY POSITION REGARDLESS OF HOW IT PLAYS OUT IN AN ELECTION, JOE I'VE GOT TO VOTE THE WAY I THINK IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE LONG TERM FUTURE FOR THE CITY OF ROANOKE AND THAT'S WHAT I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO.))


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[OUT Q=that's what I'm going to continue to do.]))
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The grading work on the new stadium site has been completed, and construction could begin this fall, so it will be difficult Shannon for opponents to stop the project.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & JoeD /Newsroom;]

Wishneff argues that city officials mislead the public and their own consultants, allegations that he says will support a court challenge.


[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[TAPE#=SPORTS TEASE]
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Some NFL news for you tonight as some area stars and other with close ties are on the move. Anothter ACC player has a heisman web site.
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[VO-NAT]

Plus, it will be a tall task, but William Campbell is ready to follow in the footsteps of last year's unbeaten state title team.
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The Cleveland Browns training camp is rolling into in third week and still fourth round draft pick Lee Suggs is not under contract. But perhaps more concerning to the Browns
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Berea, OH; :00]

is the fact that Andre Davis's injured knee has not allowed him to get back on the practice field. Andre has fluid on the one of his knees and even though the MRI exam he had was negative - he has not practiced in over a week. He says its times like these when it's good to be surrounded by friends and former teammates.
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[IN Q=IT'S MORE A COMFORT...]
[SUPER=01-Andre Davis/Sidelined with Knee Injury; :00]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=...that you can talk to."]
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[S-NFL]


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All but two of the NFL's 32 first round draft picks are signed at this time. Ironically, the two holdouts both have ties to the Hokies' season of a year ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Last Season; :00]

Marshall's Byron Leftwich, who was taken 7th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars is still without a contract. Leftwich, was at one point expected to challenge Mark Brunell for a starting spot. And Willis MaGahee, the surprise first round pick of the Bills out of Miami has yet to sign. He was selected 23rd overall.
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[ANCHOR=MIKE]
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Also, the Houston Texans have released linebacker Shannon Taylor. The former Patrick Henry and UVa star was trying to make the team as a free agent linebacker.


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UVa quarterback Matt Schaub has some competition and some company in his quest to win the Heisman in his own conference.
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[VO-NAT]

Just a couple of weeks after Schaub launched his web site for Heisman, NC State's Philip Rivers has done the same. Philip Rivers dot com contains pictures, facts and full motion video of the Wolfpack's Heisman hopeful. Rivers is on track to break the ACC career passing yardage mark this season.
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[S-Generals]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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The Generals of William Campbell enter the 2003 season in command of the single A Division One ranks after posting a perfect 14 and OH season. And while Naruna's pride and joy suffered graduation casualties, Steve Mason says there will be no excuses this season.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Naruna; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brad Bradley/30-7 in Four Seasons at William Campbell; :25]
[SUPER=03-Harrisonburg/2002 Group A Div. One State Championship; :36]
[SUPER=01-Cedric Peerman/2,448 Rushing & Rec. Yards Last Season; :59]
[SUPER=@Steve2; 1:07]
[RUNS=1:44]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
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((Brad Bradley enters his fourth year with a stout 30 and 7 record, a state championship, a regional title and two district champion. He must replace 12 starters but the Generals are confident that this year can be as successful as last year. ((:))
Bradley does return UVa bound Cedric Peerman. The senior running back scored seven of his 50 touchdowns last season in William Campbell's 70 to nothing state championship win over Appalachia. The five foot 10, 190 pound Peerman is aware that producing another two thousand yard season will be challenging considering his name will be at the top of every team's scouting report. ((:)) ((:))
Peerman and the Generals play five double A and five single A schools this season and understand they will get everybody's best shot Friday night. ((:)) ((:))
The Generals open the season August 29th against Laurel Park. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))


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[go to pinnacle ffe page] And we'll take a look at an area school each and every night leading up to the 2003 season. Plus, on Friday night August 22nd, we'll have a special one hour preseason edition of Friday Football Extra. It's a look back at some of the best and worst moments of the past 19 years. It's comes your way from 7-8pm on Friday night the 22nd.
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[Grandin-Star]


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Contributors who helped save the Grandin Theatre will soon have their own walk of fame.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The sidewalk outside the Roanoke landmark became a construction zone this week, as workers began placing decorative concrete blocks.
Each star represents a one thousand dollar donation to the renovation project, and the Grandin Theatre Foundation sold more than six hundred.
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[SOT 20:26]
[IN Q=It's just a confirmation]

((KATHY CHITTUM/GRANDIN THEATRE FOUNDATION: IT'S JUST A CONFIRMATION THAT ALL OF OUR DONORS HAVE PAID TO KEEP THE THEATRE OPEN AND NOW THEY HAVE THEIR NAME ENGRAVED IN A STAR THAT THEY'LL BE ABLE TO COME AND BRING THEIR KIDS TO FIND AND IT WILL BE THERE FOREVER.))
[SUPER=01-Kathy Chittum/Grandin Theatre Foundation]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=be there forever.]
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[VO-NAT]


Contributors who have fulfilled their thousand dollar pledges will see the first stars in the sidewalk, and there is room for additional donors.
The theatre plans the official unveiling next week. (------------)