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The search expands for two people who were on their way to visit family in Salem.

Why local charities could use more elves this year when it comes to helping the needy.
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And people in one neighborhood fight development.. We'll tell you why.
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Tonight on News 7 sports - the Holiday Hoopla event is all set for another run at the Salem Civic Center later this month.
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And the awards keep rolling in for Frank Beamer. Today, he was named ACC coach of the year.
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Time to shift gears from a cold rain to warmer rain Friday. That's followed by more temperature changes into the weekend. All the details coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Jean 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.

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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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It's the season of giving, but this year the giving is down.
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((NO IT'S NOT JUST DOWN A LITTLE IT'S DOWN A LOT. WE'VE NEVER HAD THIS SORT OF SITUATION EVER.))
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Keith is off tonight.

[Charities]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The Holiday season is a time to share but this year that sharing is falling short.
Donations are down at not just one, but several agencies-
That has volunteers scrambling.
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((The Angels looking down on angel trees in town may be disappointed-
Many of the gift request cards are still hanging... un-filled.
The League of Older Americans angel tree program serves seniors.. many homebound with no family. SUSAN WILLIAMS/LEAGUE OF OLDER AMERICANS: AND THEY WANT BLANKETS OR A ROBE OR A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR FOOD THIS THESE ARE NOT LUXURY ITEMS.
The cards on the Salvation Army Angel trees are usually gone by now.. but at Valley View mall the trees are still full of requests for families and children. JEAN JADHON/NEWS 7: TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF JUST HOW LOW THE DONATIONS ARE.. THESE PLASTIC BAGS REPRESENT FAMILIES IN NEED. SOME HAVE RECEIVED ONE OR TWO GIFTS.. BUT MANY ARE EMPTY NO ANGEL GIFT CARDS HAVE BEEN RETURNED.
Not just one, but several local charities are all dealing with the same thing..
The Salvation Army Stocking Drive- JONATHAN LEE: SALVATION ARMY: CURRENTLY WE'RE BEHIND WHERE WE WERE LAST YEAR. The Community Christmas Store in Salem... ANGIE APGAR/COMMUNIITY CHRISTMAS STORE: EVERYTHING'S BEEN A LITTLE BIT LOW THIS YEAR.
Some blame it on a slow economy.. JONATHAN LEE: ANTOHER PROBLEM WE'VE NOTICED IS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE SHOPPING ONLINE.
keeping them away from shopping malls- and opportunities to donate.
Charities are now scrambling-
The L-O-A and Salvation army have extended deadlines to return gifts.
Some agencies will buy what's needed- having faith the funding will follow. WILLIAMS: WE WILL GO SHOPPING THIS IS SO IMPORTANT WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE PRESENT. APGAR: WE'RE JUST HOLDING ONTO FAITH WE'LL BE ABLE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF EACH ONE OF THOSE FAMILIES.))
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The charities we spoke with say they welcome any kind of donation.. including money to help those in need.

[Missing-Women]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The search for a missing women and her granddaughter has been expanded in North Carolina- That's where the two are from. They were actually on their way from Kinston headed for Salem to visit family when they went missing.
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58 year old Gail Haddock-Dail and her granddaughter 15 year old Heather Roberts never made it to a birthday celebration for Dail's brother Grady Hewitt in Salem.
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Hewitt says there are many unanswered questions the family is trying to sort through.
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((GRADY HEWITT:WE'RE STILL LEFT HANGING OVER WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING, COMMANDER THOMPSON SAYS HE IS INVESTIGATING BOTH THE HOUSE FIRE AND THE MISSING COUPLE, MY SISTER AND HER GRANDDAUGHTER.))
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Dail's house burned to the ground a week before she went missing and Hewitt says the police are looking into a connection between the two incidents.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The last person to reportedly hear from Dail was her estranged husband who says she called him from her cell phone around three Tuesday morning asking for help. Authorities say the call used towers in Lenoir County North Carolina where the search for the missing travelers continues.

[Warner-Roads]


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Restoring public trust in V-Dot. Governor Mark Warner says it's one of his top priorities. Today he released an 824- million dollar transportation plan he believes is a step in the right direction.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Jennifer/State Microwave;]

Richmond Bureau Chief Jennifer Wishon joins us with the details. Jean, partnerships between the public and private sector
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dominate the governor's plan, along with new initiatives- including millions of dollars to upgrade Virginia railroads.

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((Governor Mark Warner has long said that Virginia can't rely on asphalt to solve its transportation problems. Today he put 23- million dollars behind his words.
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((MARK WARNER: WE CAN USE THAT SOURCE OF FUNDS TO BOND AGAINST, WE CAN THEN PERHAPS MOVE ON ISSUES LIKE THE TRANS-DOMINION EXPRESS, RAIL DOWN 81. WE CAN MOVE PAST THE DISCUSSION STAGE. THIS ISN'T GOING TO FUND THE WHOLE PROJECT BY ANY MEANS, BUT IT IS GOING TO ALLOW US TO MOVE PAST THIS SIMPLY BEING AN IDEA AND A WISH AND POTENTIALLY TURN IT INTO A REALITY.)) [RUNS18]
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The money would come from the state's three- percent tax on car rentals and railroad companies would be required to match any funding received by at least 30- percent.
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Warner also allotted 80- million to help localities manage road construction in their back yards. The state would put up money and training and give the locality control of important projects.
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More than 250 million will go towards paying off completed projects- including some along Route 460 and Interstate 81.
Republican Delegate Jack Reid says the plan is a good start, but knows there's lots of demands on the state's estimated 800- million- dollar surplus.
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((DEL. JACK REID: IT'LL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THIS PART OF THE BUDGET FITS IN WITH THE REST OF IT AND WHERE THE SURPLUS MONEY IS GOING TO BE USED.)) [RUNS06]
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It's expected that part of the governor's plan will be funded by surplus dollars - something members of both parties have advocated.
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Jean, we'll know for sure when the governor releases his budget next week.

[Capitol-Tree]


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It was pouring in Washington this afternoon.
But the rain failed to dampen the holiday spirit of dozens of proud Virginians, at the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree.
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A student from Highland County helped House Speaker Dennis Hastert turn on the thousands of lights on the 65-foot spruce.
The tree came from the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.
Children provided most of the 45-hundred ornaments, designed around the theme: "From Virginia--Birthplace of Presidents."
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It was once Bedford's temporary courthouse... Now leaders hope its new residents are permanent.
We'll show you when News 7 returns.
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Plus neighbors fear the effect a warehouse planned for this neighborhood will have on their own houses.
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Residents of one Alleghany County community are fighting a major industrial development that they say will ruin the area. Richard Lesko has the story.
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(( Residents in the Nicelytown section of Alleghany County are worried about what might be growing in their neighborhood. They're being told MeadWestvaco wants to build a 600,000 square foot distribution center in the community.
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((RANDY NICELY/NEARBY RESIDENT; I'M DEFINITELY NOT OPPOSED TO THE GROWTH OR THE WAREHOUSE, IT'S PART OF OUR INCOME IN THE AREA, IT SUPPORTS A LOT OF PEOPLE. BUT I DON'T THINK THEIR CHOICE OF LOCATION IS THE BEST CHOICE.)) [RUNS13]
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Residents say that's because while Nicelytown is a small community, it is virtually free of major development. Now they feel like they're being left out.
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((KAREN PUTNAM BARR/LANDOWNER; SO FAR WESTVACO HAS MET WITH THE SEVEN LANDOWNERS, BUT THEY DIDN'T MEET WITH THE OTHER RESIDENTS OF NICELYTOWN, AND I THINK THAT'S JUST AS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, AND WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO THEIR WAY OF LIFE AND THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD)) [RUNS14]
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In a statement, the company says the center is needed to stay competitive, but those who live in the area are worried about an increase in truck and rail traffic, and what comes along with it.
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((DREAMA MAYS/NEARBY RESIDENT; IF YOU'VE GOT 300 TRACTOR TRAILERS A DAY RUNNING UP YOUR COMMUNITY. DIESEL POLLUTION WILL BE ENORMOUS.)) [RUNS8]
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((RANDY NICELY/NEARBY RESIDENT; WESTVACO'S BEEN A GOOD NEIGHBOR, AND WE DON'T WANT THEM ANY DIFFERENT NOW. IT'S JUST WE WANT TO LET THEM KNOW HOW WE FEEL, AND WE DON'T WANT THIS IN OUR BACK DOOR IF THERE ARE MORE SUITABLE SITES AND WE FEEL THERE IS.)) [RUNS13]
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((RICHARD LESKO/RLESKO@WDBJ7.COM; MEADWESTVACO AND LANDOWNERS HAVE ALREADY HELD ONE MEETING ABOUT THE PROJECT, AND ANOTHER IS PLANNED FOR MONDAY. RESIDENTS HERE SAY THEY ARE NOT JUST LOOKING FOR ANSWERS, BUT ARE TRYING TO CHANGE MINDS AS WELL. RICHARD LESKO, NEWS 7, ALLEGHANY COUNTY.)) [RUNS15]
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Not too long ago, it was the heart of Bedford County's court system.
Now, a once-empty shell building is seeing some new life.
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Two businesses and a school now call Bedford's one-time temporary courthouse home.
East Coast Fabricators and Rhino Powder Coating Services made their move from Salem official with a ribbon-cutting today.
They're joined by a satellite campus of Central Virginia Community College.
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((WYATT WALTON/BEDFORD CITY-COUNTY I.D.A.: I THINK WE'VE TAKEN MIXED-USED DEVELOPMENT TO A NEW LEVEL, A METAL FABRICATOR NEXT DOOR TO A COLLEGE, BUT IT SEEMS TO HAVE WORKED OUT REAL WELL. BOTH SPACES ARE VERY ADAPTABLE TO THE TENANTS AND THEY SHOULD BE GOOD NEIGHBORS.))
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This is C-V-C-C's third branch campus.
It expects to enroll two to three hundred students once classes start in January.
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Stocks rallied on better than expected earnings from National Semiconductor. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW rose 59 points.
The NASDAQ gained three.
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[County-Jail]


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A new committee that will review plans for a regional jail is now taking shape in Roanoke County.
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Residents have raised strong opposition to building the facility on property near Dixie Caverns.
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County supervisors voted to create the Citizens Advisory Committee on Tuesday night, after opponents packed a public hearing.
By late this afternoon, board members had appointed six of the ten members.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The group's first meeting hasn't been scheduled, but the supervisors are developing goals for the group, and will expect a report before their meeting on January 11th.

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - Frank Beamer is the ACC's coach of the year. On of the area's high school icons is stepping down after this weekend,
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and some of the area's high school basketball teams are getting ready for a big after-Christmas tournament at the Salem Civic Center.
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Last year at this time - Frank Beamer needed his teflon to defelect the insults and criticisms that were being hurled his way. A year later, he's the toast of the college football world.
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This afternoon Beamer was named the ACC's coach of the year after leading the Hokies to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship and the league's automatic BCS bid in Tech's first year as a member. The Hokies were picked sixth in the preseason ACC media poll, but reeled off victories in their last eight games to post a 10-2 overall record and a 7-1 conference mark. Beamer received 69 votes in the balloting, outdistancing North Carolina coach John Bunting, who finished second with 29 votes. Miami coach Larry Coker and Virginia coach Al Groh each received one vote.
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Beamer was named the BIG EAST Conference's Coach of the Year in 1995, 1996 and 1999. And he was the consensus national coach of the year in 1999, as well.

[S-Carroll]


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Friday Football Extra has been in business for 21 years, but it can't touch the longevity of radio broadcaster Jim Carroll.
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This Saturday when Salem takes on Harrisonburg for the division four state title - Carroll will broadcast the game on the GAME - WGMN 1240. It will mark his final broadcast after 41 years of high school football. Carroll has done more than 500 games in his career at WROV and WGMN and for one season at old J-93, including his first game in 1964 between Cave Spring and Northside. Carroll was inducted into the Virginia high school league sports hall of fame in 1999. He will continue to do basketball games this winter on the GAME.
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[S-Holiday]


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The 2004 Holiday Hoopla Media Day luncheon served up a a warm meal and a hot tournament field today at the Salem Civic Center and that is where we find our Steve Mason.
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((STEVE MASON:))
((The tournament field was unveiled to an audience of coaches, players and athletic directors from the five hometown hoops teams and one of the many attractions this year will be Salem super soph Kenny Belton, who has already been offered but has NOT accepted a scholarship to UVa. His Spartans reached the 2004 state final four. Salem's talent plus the fact that out of town competitor Colonial Forge has a few Division 1 prospects. ((RANDY MECK:TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:))
The field includes Cave Spring, Hidden Valley, Salem, Gar-field, Osbourn, Patrick Henry, Colonial Forge and Roanoke Catholic in what should turn out to be the most anticipated holiday tournament since J.J. Redick and his state champion Knights participated in his 2001 senior year.)) ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) ((:))

[Literacy]


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During the last 20 years, the Literacy Volunteers of Roanoke Valley have helped more than 25- hundred people improve their ability to read and write.
Today, the organization recognized some of the men and women who have contributed to that success.
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The non-profit organization offers basic literacy programs, and English for speakers of other languages.
Last year, more than 350 people sought out literacy services, and 185 volunteer tutors responded.
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(( LANGUAGE IS THE KEY FOR EVERYTHING. WHEN YOU KNOW THE LANGUAGE YOU HAVE SELF CONFIDENCE, YOU ARE NOT ALONE YOU KNOW.)) (( THEY'RE SO PRO-ACTIVE IN LEARNING AND SO AMBITIOUS. IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD AFTER YOU'VE COME OUT OF A CLASS. THEY CHALLENGE THE TUTOR. THEY DON'T MAKE IT EASY ALWAYS AND THAT'S GOOD.))
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The organization also recognized the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, for adopting L-V-R-V as its publice service project this year. (--------------)