A local Marine killed in Iraq is home for good.
And, wine may be flowing at Chateau Morrisette but water's a different story.
Showers are moving through the New River and Mountain Empire. We will check their progress in a few moments.
News 7 is next.
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Family and friends say their final goodbyes to a Covington Marine who died while serving in Iraq.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Keith is off tonight.
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Marine Staff Seargent Ryan Howard died two weeks ago, when his helicopter went down near Baghdad.
Military officials say the helicopter had engine problems.
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Today Myranda Stephens attended Howard's funeral in Covington, where he grew up.
Shannon, nearly 300-people came out to pay their last respects to Howard,
who they remembered as a good provider, and a great Marine.
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During the service, Howard's wife, Amy, said goodbye to her husband in a letter that she read aloud.
In it, she called him by his first name, John, and said that she knew he was thinking of her and their children during his last moments -- and that the war was finally over for him.
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Fellow Marines carried Howard's flag draped casket to the burial site about ten miles away from where the services were held.
He was laid to rest in the Palenstine Cemetary -- next to the Presbyterian church where he grew up.
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Family and friends say they will remember Howard as a man of courage and integrity.
For Edna Craighhead, his death reminded her of her own son, who died at the age of 21 in Vietnam.
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The 25-year-old Marine was actually on his second mission in Iraq when he died.
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Shannon, family and friends say they have comfort knowing he's in a better place.
A Pulaski Company that treated military tents and tarps with a toxic chemical has paid the government one- point- seven million dollars.
And today, an employee was sentenced to probation.
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In May 2003, criminal investigators searched BondCote facilities in Pulaski and Dublin.
Later they filed charges against the company for certifying its fabric was free of toxic materials.
While the health risk to soldiers was low, a chemical the company used to prevent fading can cause cancer.
Today, Bondcote technical manager Darrell Wayne Holden was described as a loyal employee who had no intention of harming anyone.
He was sentenced to two years probation and fined one- thousand dollars.
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It will be a while before two southside communities make a decision about merging school systems.
The Martinsville and Henry County school boards today voted to further study the issue.
The Chairman of the city school board says the results of the *last* study were not comprehensive enough for either side to make a decision to merge.
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((JIM JOHNSON/CHAIRMAN, MARTINSVILLE SCHOOL BOARD: THE MERGER STUDY RESULTS CAME OUT AND WE COULDNT' THINK OF APPROPRIATE WORDING TO GET BOTH BOARDS TO AGREE TO A MERGER SO WE DECIDED TO STUDY THREE MAJOR ISSUES THAT COULD BE OBSTACLES.))
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The first area of study encompasses finances, facilities, funding, debt and budgets.
The second will address the makeup of the merged school board.
Members of the city board are currently apointed while county members are elected.
The third obstacle to be researched will cover salaries and benefits.
The committee will be comprised of memebrs of both boards and will hire a consultant to facilitate.
Can John Kerry take Virginia in this year's presidential election?
His supporters think so, and they've been travelling the state trying to convince others.
The Kerry campaign is sponsoring a bus tour called "America Can Do Better" and it stopped in Lynchburg this morning.
Supporters are riding along, talking about issues like taxes, the economy and health care.
Most polls show President Bush with a slight lead in Virginia, but within the margin of error.
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((TONY WELCH/DNC PRESS SECRETARY: AS LONG AS YOU'RE CLOSE TO 50-50 THIS FAR OUT AND I THINK WE ARE, THEN I THINK THAT MEANS YOU'RE IN REALLY, REALLY GOOD SHAPE. AND FRANKLY, I THINK THAT IT SHOWS YOU THAT THE PRESIDENT IS VULNERABLE IN THIS ELECTION, BECAUSE IF YOU'RE THAT CLOSE RIGHT NOW IN THIS STATE, THEN IT MEANS YOU'RE DOING THE RIGHT THINGS.))
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The bus tour will also visit West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
President Bush is also taking his campaign on the road.
An eight state tour leading up to the Republican National Convention begins Thursday and will make a stop in Wheeling West Virginia on Sunday.
One local city plans for the future while one town plans to bust out of its boundaries.
Those stories are still ahead on News 7 at Six.
Plus Chateau Morrisette has plenty of wine, but water is another story.
Still ahead, how Virginia's second largest winery is dealing with the problem.
First Fincastle announced its plans to break out of its confined space, now the town of Troutville is following suit.
As Susan Bahorich tells us - Troutville is hoping a boundary adjustment will help the town and its citizens as the area grows.
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((Louie Corbett and his wife have lived in Botetourt County for more than half their lives. But, if Troutville goes through with a proposed boundary adjustment - Corbett could be moving.
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((LOUIE CORBETT, BOTETOURT CO. RESIDENT: I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE A BIG ADVANTAGE OR DISADVANTAGE TO ANYONE, IT'S JUST TIME MOVING ON....))
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The idea isn't a new one. Town officials have been batting an expansion around for nearly four-years, but now officials want to stop talking and start acting.
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((BILL RADER, TROUTVILLE MAYOR: AS YOU CAN SEE THIS BLUE LINE HERE IS TROUTVILLE NOW AND A LOT OF THESE BOUNDARY LINES CUT THROUGH PEOPLE'S PROPERTIES AT 45-DEGREES.))
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While the adjustment is still in the planning stages- Mayor Bill Rader hopes to see Troutville expand to the interstate on the northside and to the National Forest on the other. He says the adjustment would add only about 100-new residents and a small amount of revenue from vehicle decals.
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((BILL RADER, TROUTVILLE MAYOR: IT PROBABLY WOULDN'T BRING A LOT OF BENEFIT TO THE TOWN, IT MIGHT HELP SOME OF THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE- MORE INPUT INTO GOVERNMENT AND WE NEED A FEW MORE PEOPLE IN THE TOWN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GOVERNMENT.))
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Plans are still a year from completion, so in the meantime- residents will wait and wonder...
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((BARBARA FRALIN, BOTETOURT CO. RESIDENT: I REALLY DON'T THINK IT WILL BOTHER ME MUCH AT ALL. WON'T MIND BEING IN THE TOWN OF TROUTVILLE- IT'LL SUIT ME FINE.))
And, town officials hope everyone else is just as accepting...
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A North Carolina man is charged with causing a wreck on Route 220 in Franklin County.
State Police say a straight box truck driven by Frances Thomas of Reidsville struck a Toyota Tercel at the intersection of Wirtz Road and 220.
The Tercel had been waiting in the left turn lane for the light to change.
The accident happened around 2:10 this afternoon.
The driver of the Tercel, a man from Harrisonburg, was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Thomas is charged with reckless driving.
State police say a rollover accident near Smith Mountain Lake today took the life of the 60 year old driver.
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Police say James Everett Pulley was NOT wearing a seat belt, when he ran off Smith Mountain Road near Lumpkin's Marina in Pittsylvania County.
Pulley was ejected from his S-U-V and pronounced dead at the scene. Police say he had no passengers.
Oil prices fell for the third day in a row, but that failed to inspire investors.
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The DOW gained 26 points.
The NASDAQ lost two points today.
A Radford businessman who pled guilty to check kiting has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.
Today, a judge also ordered 49- year- old Robert Adam Sypniewski (sip-NESS-ski) to pay restitution of more than 350- thousand dollars.
Sypniewski operated several fuel related businesses and passed checks between banks to cover a cash flow problem.
What started as a modest effort to exchange checks, his attorney said, snowballed into a much larger problem.
Sypniewski cooperated with investigators and today he told the judge he was very sorry. He said he never intended to defraud the banks.
Joan Foster used to serve pancakes in a restaurant.
Bert Dodson once chased down a suspected rapist.
And Jeff Helgeson would like to have dinner with Daniel Boone.
Those are just a few bits of personal information that came out during the start of Lynchburg city council's annual retreat today.
The seven members took part in a "getting to know you" exercise before talking about the city's priorities for the next year.
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((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: IT GIVES US A CHANCE TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHERE OTHER FOLK ARE COMING FROM AND WHERE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ON COUNCIL ARE COMING FROM. AND IT GIVES US A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THE VISION, THE PRIORITIES THAT COUNCIL HAS ADOPTED AND TO SEE IF THEY CONCUR OR WHETHER THEY HAVE NEW IDEAS, NEW VISIONS OR NEW PRIORITIES THAT THEY WANT TO ESTABLISH.))
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Council also discussed the results of a recent citizens' survey which revealed that more than 70 percent felt Lynchburg was an above average or excellent place to live and to raise a family.
We travel to Low Moor to check out Alleghany's football team, two NFL quarterbacks have new contracts
and fans will get a look at the youthful Hokies against USC this weekend, Tech's first media day of the season coming up.
Saturday's BCA Classic marks the first time in school history that Va. Tech has played USC.
And Mike Stevens says for many of the Hokies - it will be a baptism under fire.
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(( More than 20 redshirt or true freshmen will be in uniform on Saturday night - and nine of those are either in the starting lineup or serving as a primary backup.
It's no lie - 10 freshmen will suit up on the defensive side alone and on offense - wide receiver Josh Hyman is one of two Hokies who will not only play - bt start.))
Our Friday Football Extra camera spotlight Alleghany today.
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The Mountaineers are rebuilding in some areas this pre season and must replace several seniors but second year head coach Jack Baker likes what he sees.
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Alleghany breaks in a new quarterback but all state caliber receiver Bosco Williams is back and feels solid about the Mountaineers skill players.
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Two NFL quarterbacks have new deals.
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Former Dallas Cowboy Quincy Carter, who was the focus of reports that said he failed a drug test, has a one year deal with the New York Jets. Carter will back up Chad Pennington, giving the club an experienced second stringer.
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Phillip Rivers, the fourth pick in this year's N-F-L draft, finally came to terms on a six-year deal worth 40 and a-half
(m) million dollars with the San Diego Chargers. The package includes a 14 and a-quarter (m) million-dollar signing bon
us, and incentives that could boost the contract by ten (m) million.
Nextel Cup series drivers are in Bristol Saturday for the Sharpie 500. There are 12 races remaining and several top drivers have already been eliminated under the new points system.
Jamie McMurray is still in the hunt, 70 points out of 10th spot and is ok with the new system.
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A local vineyard may soon be able to "squeeze" out some more tourist dollars.
Floyd County's Chateau Morrisette is the second largest winery in the state and its preparing to grow even more.
A new federal loan of more than 175-thousand dollars will help the winery build a new water system.
The new system became a crucial need this year after the vineyard's insurance company threatened to cancel the insurance because of inadequate water supply.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER: THE WATER SYSTEM WILL ALSO SERVE FLOYD AND PATRICK COUNTY. AND IF THERE'S A FIRE IN THE AREA, THE FIRE TRUCKS COULD BRING THERE FIRE EQUIPMENT HERE LOAD WATER FROM THE HYDRANTS ON THE CHATEAU PREMISE AND PUT OUT ANY FIRE.))
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The 26 year old vineyard attracts more than 150-thousand visitors each year and employs more than 85 people in Floyd and Patrick counties.
The new water system will be up and running next week.