Coming up on News 7, politicians are in the home stretch as elections are
just 10 days away.
And a local minister wants his own version of the Million Man March in
In sports, Virginia Tech wins a big game in Morgantown, the Generals of
Washington and Lee win at home, and Steve Mason has a story on a different
Lingering showers and thunderstorms in some areas today--
Meanwhile, the windy conditions will make for a blustery night all across
The count down has just begun.
There's only 10 days until elections and many politicians are out STUMPING
And at Ferrum College, local politicians were REALLY stumping.
Denise Allen explains.
IN Q=Thousands of
SUPER=01-Roddy Moore/Blue Ridge Folklife Festival; :18
SUPER=01-Shirley Jamison/Franklin Co. School Board Cand.; :26
SUPER=07-Charlie Skala; :52
OUT Q=News 7
Each year, thousands of people travel to Ferrum for the Blue Ridge Folklife
But this year organizers decided to renew a tradition.
IN Q=people always
((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL: ))
OUT Q=USE IT THIS YEAR
IN Q=I'VE BEEN
((SHIRLEY JAMISON/FRANKLIN CO. SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE: ))
OUT Q=AT ANY TIME
SOT NAT SOT 13:30:48
IN Q=THEY ASKED
((THEY ASKED ))
OUT Q=ANYBODY ELSE
The stumps were not set up on the main drag of the festival.
And listeners say the site should be changed next year so the forum will
attract more people.
IN Q=IF YOU'RE
((CHARLIE SKALA: ))
OUT Q=LET THE PEOPLE TALK
IN Q=WE HAVE
OUT Q=FOR THEM
IN Q=THEY'RE BUSY
OUT Q=FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES
Festival organizers say candidates are not allowed to hand out campaign
They say stumping is a way to get back to basics, giving candidates the
chance to speak, while preventing festival-goers from getting caught up in a
sea of handshakes with politicians and their workers.
Denise Allen News 7.))
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County Seal
Politicians were also at Northside High School to check out the Roanoke
County Visioning report.
Citizens were invited to tell county leaders what they thought about the
proposed blueprint for the county's future.
The reports is made up of statements from focus groups such as economic
development, education and resource preservation.
300 people participated in the development of the plan which outlines the
county's future through the year two-thousand ten.
IN Q=we expect
((JIM SEARS/STEERING COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON: WE EXPECT THE BOARD AND COUNTY
ADMINISTRATION TO FOLLOW THOSE VISIONS AND AS CITIZENS WE HAVE TO KEEP A CHECK
ON THAT AND MAKE SURE THAT WE UPDATE OUR PLAN AND HOLD THE COUNTY AND ELECTED
OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THOSE VISIONS.))
SUPER=01-Jim Sears/Steering Committee Chairperson;
OUT Q=for those visions.
But not every one was happy with what they found.
Joe Grissom is against the ridge protection plan.
He says it would prevent him from building on his property.
IN Q=i really don't
((JOE GRISSOM/COUNTY RESIDENT: I REALLY DON'T HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. I
FEEL THEY'VE ALREADY GOT THEIR MIND MADE UP. I JUST WANT THEM TO KNOW I'M
TOTALLY AGAINST IT.))
SUPER=01-Joe Grissom/Roanoke Co. Resident;
OUT Q=against it
This was the last chance for citizens to comment on the report before it is
given to the county supervisors later this year.
GRAPHIC=VA State Seal
State Employees will have some extra time off during the holiday season.
Governor Allen says workers will get three more days off between
Thanksgiving and New Year's.
Some workers and Democrats dismiss it as a ploy by the Republicans to sway
workers to vote for them on November 7th.
Allen's spokesman says the time off is to reward workers for their
dedication and hard work.
In previous years, employees also have gotten extra holiday time.
GRAPHIC=Va State Seal
Some state lawmakers now say it's time to "fish or cut bait" on charter
schools in Virginia.
The controversial concept was both ballyhooed and trashed by this year's
Now, the Democrat who chairs the study committee says his group has studied
other states' charter schools long enough.
He says lawmakers will have to decide how they feel about parents and
teachers running a public school -- accountable only for results.
IN Q=It really I think
((DEL. PAUL COUNCILL/D-FRANKLIN: IT REALLY I THINK BOILS DOWN TO THE CONCEPT.
I BELIEVE THAT WE OWE IT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO PRESENT THE BEST BILL THAT
SUPER=01-Del. Paul Councill/(D) Franklin;
A new, less controversial bill is emerging from the ashes of the one
recommended by the Governor's Champion Schools' commission this year.
SOT 03:54:19 DEMOS TAPE
IN Q=I don't think we'd
((ROB JONES/VA. EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: WELL I DON'T THINK WE'D WANT TO JUDGE
THE COMMITTEE UNTIL WE SEE THE BILL THAT THEY COME UP WITH. BUT THEY'RE ASKING
THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. THEY'RE SAYING WHAT DO YOU DO WITH TRANSPORTATION? WHAT
DO YOU DO WITH ADMISSION POLICIES? HOW DO YOU FAIRLY FUND THE CHARTER SCHOOLS
WITHOUT DIVERTING FUNDS FROM THE CURRENT PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO FUND THESE NEW
CHARTER SCHOOLS? THAT WAS OUR PROBLEM -- ANOTHER PROBLEM WE HAD WITH THE
GOVERNOR'S BILL LAST YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Rob Jones/Va. Education Association;
OUT Q=last year.
One of the major concerns for this committee is how to handle special
education students who need more expensive services.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Local politicians are in the home stretch of the fall campaign.
Joe Dashiell has the story in this week's On Record.
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Some pretty wild weather last night as a cold front moved through-- bringing
showers and thunderstorms to some areas.
Meanwhile, the windy conditions continue this evening-- as well as the
chance for more showers.
But the rain should end later tonight.
A milder forecas is on the way-- We'll tell you what that is, coming up.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Danville Heritage Preservation Association is throwing its support
towards a Southside Republican running for a seat in the House of Delegates.
It's endorsing Nancy Keel.
The Republican is running against Democratic incumbent Whitt Clement.
Local H-P-A President Wayne Byrd says Keel would be a great asset for honest
change in state government.
The association is a non- profit organization that promotes Southern
symbols, culture and rights.
Oliver North is in Roanoke tonight offering his support to Republican
North is the main attraction at a private fundraiser for Senator Brandon
Bell and House hopefuls Trixie Averill and Newell Falkinburg.
The candidates are hitting the home stretch of the fall campaign, and
tonight Joe Dashiell takes a look at the races and their rhetoric.
IN Q=With control of the General Assembly
SUPER=03-Vinton/October 6; :05
SUPER=01-William Fralin/Roanoke GOP Chairman; :16
SUPER=01-Al Wilson/Roanoke Demo. Chairman; ; :27
OUT Q=JD News 7
((With control of the General Assembly hanging in the balance, Governor George
Allen has been on the air and on the stump... campaigning for republican
candidates across the state.
To a certain extent, the elections have become a referendum on Allen's
IN Q=I think it's clear
((WILLIAM FRALIN/ROANOKE CITY REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN: I THINK IT'S CLEAR THAT SOME
MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WERE OBSTRUCTIONIST AND STOOD IN HIS WAY AND
TRIED TO KEEP HIM FROM BEING ABLE TO PUT INTO PLACE PROGRAMS THAT HE THOUGHT
WERE NECESSARY FOR THE COMMONWEALTH.))
((AL WILSON/ROANOKE CITY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN: THERE IS NO DISPUTING THE
GOVERNOR IS WELL-LIKED AROUND VIRGINIA. THE PROBLEM IS HIS POLICIES HAVE NOT
SHOWN TO BE AS POPULAR AS THE GOVERNOR HIMSELF.))
OUT Q=as the governor himself.
Whether or not the voters look beyond the candidates in each individual
race, the Roanoke party chairmen agree the elections offer a choice of
IN Q=The folks in the Roanoke Valley
((AL WILSON/ROANOKE CITY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN: THE FOLKS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY
AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA NEED TO THINK HOW THEY WANT TO SEE THE
GOVERNMENT RUN FROM THIS POINT ON, WHETHER THEY WANT GOOD RESPOSNIBLE
LEADERSHIP THAT GOING TO SEE THAT WE CONTINUE OUR PAY-AS-WE-GO SYSTEM OR
WHETHER THEY WANT THE KIND OF LEADERSHIP THAT'S GOING TO CUT SOCIAL PROGRAMS,
THAT'S GOING TO TAKE MONEY AWAY FROM PROGRAMS LIKE MEALS-ON-WHEELS AND FROM
((WILLIAM FRALIN/ROANOKE CITY REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN: ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE
AMOUNT OF CRIME THAT WE HAVE NOW? ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH HOW LONG PEOPLE ARE
STAYING IN PRISON NOW? ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE EDUCATION YOU'RE CHILDREN ARE
GETTING? AND IF YOU'RE SATISFIED WITH THE STATUS QUO THEN VOTE ONE WAY, BUT IF
YOU'RE LOOKING FOR CHANGE, YOU OUGHT TO VOTE REPUBLICAN.))
OUT Q=vote republican.
To hear more on the upcoming elections, watch the public affairs program On
Record, tomorrow morning at Eleven.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
MUSIC ON TAPE
We'll take a look at a place Bette Midler calls the biggest bathroom she'd
ever played in.
And thousands of people gather in Ferrum for the annual Blue Ridge Folklife
MUSIC UP FULL
Maybe it's the smell of the food that draws them to Ferrum.
Thousands of visitors at the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival may also be
traveling to see the coon, mule jumping contest or maybe to hear bluegrass
Whatever the reason, organizers say the 22nd annual event was a success.
Story telling was a big draw at the festival.
Performers say it's a way to pass on history.
Visitors also packed the hillside to watch the Virginia State Coon Mule
And what festival is complete without an antique tractor and steam engine
Organizers say the festival is a way to keep regional folk culture and
Richmond is calling it the state's largest historic theater-
That theater is re-opening this weekend.
It WAS the Mosque.
Now it's Richmond's Landmark Theater.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Doug Wilder
SUPER=03-Richmond/1990; :00 QUICK
SUPER=01-Bill King/Richmond Rec. & Parks; :13
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Doug Wilder threw an inaugural party here in 1990.
Today, six million dollars down the road, the theater formerly known as the
Mosque is actually ready for prime time.
((BILL KING: WOW. IT'S JUST SO NEAT. ANYBODY WHO'S SEEN A SHOW IN WHAT USED
TO BE THE MOSQUE, AND ENJOYED THE ATMOSPHERE IN THE MOSQUE, CAUSE IT'S ALWAYS
BEEN A REALLY SPECIAL BUILDING...))
((IT'S SO PERFECT. IT IS SO GLITTERING. IT IS SO GORGEOUS. I'M TEMPTED TO
SAY IT'S WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION JUST TO GO IN AND SEE THE BUILDING.))
The Shriners -- who favor Arabic and Moorish symbols -- opened her doors 68
But out of religious correctness, the Mosque sign is now in the collection
of a local museum.
And gone now is the peeling plaster, and the layers of wax and dirt that
covered so many tiles -- prompting Bette Midler to dub the theater the biggest
bathroom she'd ever played.
((I MEAN, CHECK IT OUT. WHEN YOU WALK IN THE LOBBY AND YOU SEE THE LOBBY, AND
YOU SAY "THIS IS ALL NEW STUFF, RIGHT?" NO IT'S NOT. IT'S JUST THAT YOU'RE
SEEING IT ALL FOR THE FIRST TIME BECAUSE IT'S ALL BEEN POLISHED AND CLEANED AND
Ray Charles is this weekend's headliner.
For decades, the likes of Elvis, Duke Ellington, and Aretha Franklin have
drawn people to these seats.
But with three grand lobbies and acres of art, theater-goers may no longer
care if they get back from intermission in time.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
And coming up, The Braves look to win the World Series tonight Steve Mason
has a report on another football game.
And Virginia Tech wins its sixth game in a row with a big win over West
Virginia in Morgantown.
For the First time since 1967, Virginia Tech has posted six wins in a row.
This afternoon in Morgantown, the Hokies shut out West Virginia 27 to
SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV/CREATIVE SPORTS; :
The Hokies got on the board with 8-minutes left in the first quarter on
Atle Larsen's 43 yard field goal to make it 3 to nothing.
West Virginia had the ball on the Hokie 49 after a Blocked punt. But Tech
Linebacker Cornell Brown Sacks Chad Johnston for a big loss forcing the
Mountaineers to punt.
The Hokies capped a long drive when Dwayne thomas takes the handoff and
bounces to the outside to score from 9 yards out and the Hokies led 10 to
nothing in the second quarter.
Tech's defense continued to put on the pressure. This Johnston pass is
batted in the air Larry Green pulls it in and scores from 38 yards out and the
Hokies led 17 to nothing at the half.
Tech added 10 points in the fourth quarter Jim Druckenmiller throws on the
run to tight end Bryan Jennings who scores from 37 yards out and the Hokies
beat the Mountaineers 27 to nothing.
IN Q="Anytime you
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: ANYTIME YOU CAN COME IN THIS PLACE AND BEAT A
PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR. THE WEST VIRGINIA PROGRAM, COACH
NEHLEN, WE HAVE REPECT FOR THEM, I CAN TELL YOU. AND TO BEAT THEM--IT'S A
GREAT WIN FOR US))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....win for us."
S-W & L
GRAPHIC=W & L football
The Washington & Lee Generals were looking to sew up consecutive winning
seasons for the first time since 1989-90 with a victory today over Bridgewater
at Wilson Field in Lexington.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Eagles vs. Generals;
Frank Miriello became the head general earlier this week when school
officials removed the term interim from his title.
The visiting Eagles got on the board following a blocked punt. Chris
Bryant bulls in from a yard out and Bridgewater led it 7-nothing.
W & L cut the lead to 7-3 on this 29 yard field goal by Drew Thomas in the
The Generals capitalized on an Eagle fumble when quarterback Brooks Fischer
scored on this 2-yard keeper for a 10-7 lead.
W & L struck again before the half. SUPER=36-Bridgewater/=13/Washington &
J.P. Josephson takes it in and the Generals go on to win it 24 to 13.
V-M-I loses on the road at Western Carolina while Ohio State, Tennessee and
Penn State pick up wins.
For those and all of today's college scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=first score
GRAPHIC=Ed and Sandy Lee Cup
The 21st annual Virginia Rugby Union State Championships known as the Ed
and Sandy Lee Cup filled Green Hill Park today. Steve Mason has more on the
first day festivities.
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SUPER=03-Green Hill Park/Today; :00
SUPER=01-Johnny McLean/Va. Rugby Union President; :13
SUPER=01-Jim Halley/Virginia Tech Flanker; :43
SUPER=01-Summer Clayton/JMU Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Cara Maloney/Buffalo Consumer; 1:25
OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
((The wind was not the only thing that was rough. This gentleman suffered
a broken noes and was carted off the field in an ambulance.
((JOHNNY MCLEAN/VA.RUGBY UNION PRESIDENT:))
28 mens and womens teams made up three divisions in the two day tourney. In
the collegiate men's; it seemed no one could break Virginia Tech's stride. the
Hokies were chasing their 4th straight Ed Lee Cup and they showed know signs of
slowing down against William & Mary.
((JIM HALLEY/VIRGINIA TECH FLANKER:))
On the womens side; the blue and gold of the Naval Academy made it's debut,
but the team to beat was defending state champion James Madison.
((SUMMER CLAYTON/JMU CO-COACH:))
the rules are the same for all divisions. Each games consists of 2, 40
minute halves and a "try" or score is worth 5 points. One vender scored big
points with his Buffalo stew and buffalo burgers.
((CARA MALONEY/BUFFALO CONSUMER:))
There were Rugby balls, and hats for sale...and of course Rugby shirts. The
day wrapped up with the seniors division and Roanoke's club looked in top form.