Coming up on News Seven at Six, a U-V-A football player is arrested and
charged with driving under the influence.
And fire prevention is a priority for most area officials.
We'll have a live interview.
In sports, Bath County and Giles win high school regional championships this
afternoon and Florida whips up on Florida State in the Swamp.
Perfect driving weather as you head home from the holiday get- togethers.
The fair weather continues through Monday.
Early this morning a Lynchburg man was killed after being thrown from his
Police say 36-year-old, Brian Kent Dooley was traveling north on route 8-11
in Bedford County around 1-30.
He apparently lost control of his Corvette as he rounded a curve.
The car hit an embankment and flipped.
He died at the scene.
Another Lynchburg man died from an accident that happened in Amherst County.
Around seven last night, 53-year-old Cedric Neal Hartless was headed north
on route 29.
Police say Hartless ran into the back of a pickup truck that stopped on the
Police say it appears he was not wearing his seatbelt.
Hartless died at Lynchburg General Hospital.
As of yet no charges have been filed.
TAPE# net-a; (FB94-2)
University of Virginia place kicker Rafael Garcia has been arrested and
charged with driving under the influence.
Danville police say Garcia was arrested early Thursday morning.
He is a native of Barcelona, Spain, who came to Danville as an exchange
high school student.
The 21-year-old junior is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Danville
General District Court.
Earlier this week, he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's best kicker.
One U-V-A football fan was serving up humble pie this morning.
Attorney Robert Bersch spent the day paying off a bet by serving customers
at the Texas Tavern in Roanoke.
Bersch and Tavern owner John Bullington bet on the outcome of the Tech/U-V-A
If U-V-A had won Bullington would have served Cavalier coach George Welsh
and 12 of his players a free meal.
But since the Hokies downed U-V-A 36-to-29, it was Bersch who was working
for free as a counterman.
IN Q=this is
(( ROBERT BERSCH/UVA FAN: THIS IS FUN AND HAD WE NOT HAD THIS I WOULD HAVE
BEEN DEVASTATED AFTER THE GAME WAS OVER, BUT THIS TOOK THE PRESSURE OFF AND
GAVE ME SOMETHING ELSE TO TURN MY ATTENTION TO.
JIM BULLINGTON/TEXAS TAVERN OWNER: AS YOU KNOW BOB IS AN ATTORNEY. THE
PUBLIC AT CAN AT LEAST FOR A DAY SEE AN ATTORNEY DO AN HONEST DAY'S WORK.
HOW GOOD OF A WAITER IS HE?
WELL CONSIDERING HIS BACKROUND HE'S GOT A WAYS TO GO. HE'S DOING VERY WELL
SO FAR. WE'RE DOING A LOT OF INTENSIVE WORK WITH HIM.))
SUPER=01-Robert Bersch/UVa Fan; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Bullington/Texas Tavern Owner; :11
OUT Q=with him.
Bullington says he supports both schools.
This little wager was done in the name of charity.
All the tips Bersch earned as a counterman help fund the Kiwanis Christmas
Party for the children of the West End Center.
'Tis the season for gift giving.
That means BIG profits for retailers.
And often even BIGGER bills for the consumers.
Denise Allen has some tips on how to financially survive the season and keep
that jolly feeling after the holidays end.
IN Q=It may sound
SUPER=01-Tom Nasta/Financial Planner; :06
SUPER=01-Bob Scarborough/Bank Manager; :56
OUT Q=News 7
((It may sound simple, but before you hit the malls, take a look at your
((TOM NASTA/FINANCIAL PLANNER: PEOPLE CAN ASSESS THEIR OWN FINANCES AND JUST
SEE WHAT THEY CAN SPEND. THAT'S A QUESTION WE DON'T REALLY ASK OURSELVES TOO
Examining your finances is just the first step.
But Nasta says what comes next takes a lot of will power.
((NASTA: YOU HAVE TO SET PERIMETERS OF HOW MUCH MONEY YOU'RE GOING TO SPEND
AND KEEP IN MIND THE AMOUNT OF MONEY YOU SPEND DOESN'T EQUATE GOOD GIFT GIVING.
PEOPLE APPRECIATE THOUGHTFUL PRESENTS.))
If you're short on cash Nasta says you should consider making some of your
You could make crafts or maybe cook a meal for a friend.
And he says the best way to avoid a cash shortage is to plan ahead.
Look for bargains throughout the year.
And start saving NOW for next year.
Many lending institutions offer interest bearing Christmas accounts.
((BOB SCARBOROUGH/BANK MANAGER: YOU WON'T MISS THE MONEY. IT'S A VERY
SYSTEMATIC WAY OF GETTING MONEY FOR CHRISTMAS. IT IS 100-PERCENT FDIC INSURED
UP TO 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS. SO IT'S SAFE.))
And these financial experts say it's a safe bet your holidays will be more
joyful if you avoid impulse buying and look for the meaning of Christmas inside
yourself instead of inside your wallet.
Denise Allen News 7. ))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
The Homestead Resort is getting excited about another traditional Christmas
And a retail analyst talks about consumer spending habits at this time of
IN Q=Consumers have
((CONSUMERS HAVE KEPT THEIR PURSE STRINGS TIGHT ALL YEAR LONG AND THEY REALLY
DON'T SHOW ANY SIGNS OF LOOSING THEM FOR THE UPCOMING CHRISTMAS SEASON.))
OUT Q=selling season.
wx ad lib
Hard to believe Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is coming soon when
Mother Nature's giving us such typical FALL weather.
Daytime highs reached the mid- 50's-- which is just where we ought to be.
If you're going to be travelling back home tomorrow-- you shouldn't have any
Tomorrow's pleasant forecast-- plus next week's outlook, coming up.
MUSIC UP FULL
General firearms season opened last week, and judging by the crowds at area
malls, the Christmas shopping season is open too.
Most retailers are relying on this busy time of year to boost yearly sales
Jay Moore talks with a retail analyst who says some companies are thriving,
while another may face Chapter 11.
IN Q=Christmas time
SUPER=01-Kenneth Gassman/Retail Analyst; :12
OUT Q=News 7.
((Christmas time is the key season for retailers.
In fact, some make 100 percent of their profits in November and December.
And what gifts will bring in the dollars this holiday season?
IN Q=We think the
((WE THINK THE MERCHANDISE THAT'S GOING TO BE SOLD THIS CHRISTMAS WILL
REPRESENT THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE.))
OUT Q=in life
Those items include things like jewelry, computers and upper end apparel.
((OUR BEST PICK IN THE APPAREL AREA FOR AN APPAREL REBOUND IS SOMETHING LIKE
STEIN MART. STEIN MART CARRIES BETTER APPAREL AND THEY HAVE A NICHE THAT'S
DIFFERENT FROM OTHER RETAILERS.))
Analyst predict the nations' number one retailer may be stale this year.
IN Q=The names that
((THE NAMES THAT PROBABLY WON'T DO WELL WILL INCLUDE WAL*MART. THOSE FOLKS CAN
ONLY HOPE CHRISTMAS 96 WILL BE BETTER.))
OUT Q=will be better.
IN Q=And how about
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: AND HOW ABOUT WALMART'S BIGGEST COMPETITOR. IN THE
PAST YEAR, KMART HAS CLOSED MORE THAN 150 STORES AND GASSMAN SAYS IT MAY ON THE
BRINK OF FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY.))
OUT Q=filing for bankruptcy.
((IT WOULDN'T TAKE BANKRUPTCY FOR FINANCIAL REASONS BUT IT WOULD TAKE
BANKRUPTCY TO DUMP 200-300 UNFAVORABLE STORE LEASES SO THEY COULD GET BACK ON
THEIR FEET. ))
Standing strong in the consumer electronics area is Circuit City.
It continues to take the market share away from everyone.
((IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHETHER ITS BEST BUYS, SOUND ADVICE, ULTIMATE
ELECTRONICS, OR ANY OTHER NAMES PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW. CIRCUIT CITY CONTINUES
TO GROW RAPIDLY.))
And although consumers have kept the purse strings tight for most of the
year, you probably won't be able to tell much of a difference when rolling into
Jay Moore, News 7.))
When it comes to Holiday tradition the Homestead is no exception.
This year the Bath County Icon erected this 20- foot Christmas tree with
more than a thousand lights and 200 boxes of tinsel.
The Christmas tree was imported from North Carolina.
Homestead officials say the holidays are a family tradition for many
IN Q=It's such a
((SUSAN HRUSKA/HOMESTEAD PUBLIC RELATIONS: IT'S SUCH A MAGICAL PLACE OVER THE
HOLIDAYS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE SNOW STARTS TO FALL. WE'LL OPEN OUR SKI SLOPES
DECEMBER SIXTEENTH. WE'VE ALREADY HAD QUITE A BIT OF SNOW FALL FOR THE SEASON.
WE'RE EXPECTING A GREAT WINTER SNOW WISE. AGAIN WITH THE LIGHTS TURNED ON AT
NIGHT, WITH THE SNOW ON THE GROUND AND SURROUNDING THE MAJESTIC TOWER IT'S A
BEAUTIFUL PLACE OVER THE HOLIDAYS.))
SUPER=01-Susan Hruska/Homestead Public Relations;
OUT Q=place over the holidays.
Hruska says New Year's is the most popular time of year.
She say their rooms are usually sold out.
It's that time of year again when many folks plan to hit the slopes.
Several ski resorts hope to open within the next two weeks.
Snowshoe-Silver Creek is already open.
Timberline plans to open next Friday.
While Cannan Valley and Winterplace project a December 8th opening.
Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County also plans to open on the 8th.
The Bryce Resort hopes to open by the 9th.
And the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs is planning a December 16th opening.
Twenty-six years ago they were part of an experiment.
Today they gathered to remember old times.
Nearly three decades ago, Roanoke educators broke from traditional teaching
methods and let students help plan their school day.
Raleigh Court Elementary's sixth grade class of 19-69 met in the cafeteria
The braces are gone and so is a little hair off the top, but they all seemed
to agree the feelings of friendship are still there.
Back in '69 overcrowding prompted school officials to turn a storage room
into a classroom.
The class had only 16 members.
There were no desks.
The students sat around tables.
IN Q=because we weren't
((BARBARA KAPLOWITZ/CLASS MEMBER: BECAUSE WE WEREN'T SITTING AND MEMORIZING
THINGS WE WERE ACTUALLY DISCUSSING, VOTING ON CURRENT ELECTIONS. WE GREW
((SADIE WADE/1969 RALEIGH COURT ELEM. PRINCIPAL: YOU DON'T THINK YOU'RE DOING
ANY GOOD, BUT WHEN THE CHILDREN TELL YOU IT WAS THE BEST TIME IN THEIR LIVES,
THEY ENJOYED IT SO MUCH YOU KNOW SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENED.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Kaplowitz/Class Member; :00
SUPER=01-Sadie Wade/1969 Raleigh Court Elem Principal; :10
OUT Q=HAD TO HAPPEN
Eleven of the 16 class members, their families and former teachers attended
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Several fires in the past few weeks have made fire prevention and education
more important than ever.
We'll have a live interview with a Roanoke firefighter up next.
MUSIC UP FULL
With the recent rash of fires in our area and cold weather upon us-- fire
prevention is a priorty.
On Tuesday, a woman died in a house fire in northwest Roanoke.
Investigators say the fire was caused by the woman smoking in bed.
A house fire also claimed the life of a southeast Roanoke woman two weeks
Fire officials believe that blaze started in the chimney.
And in Franklin County earler this month a fire at a mobile home killed two
Officials say the cause of the fire was flamable material left near a
portable electric heater.
ANCHOR=Ron 2 shot
SUPER=01-Ed Crawford/Roanoke Firefighters Assoc.;
Joining us here today is Ed Crawford of the Roanoke City Firefighters
toss to Roy
And coming up, Highlights from the Division one and two Region C high school
football games this afternoon.
And in the swamp the Gators take the bite out of the Florida State
The Giles Spartans have captured the Division Two Region C football
championship beating Lebanon this afternoon 35 to 14.
SUPER=03-Giles/Spartans vs Pioneers; :
The house was packed as the Spartans hosted the Pioneers in the regional
Leading 7 to nothing in the first quarter, Kevin Slusser goes up the right
side for a 37 yard run before being tackled at the 11 yard line putting the
Spartans in scoring position.
On the very next play, Reggie Hofton takes the snap and scores carrying a
player into the end zone with him from the 11 and the Spartans led 14 to
In the second quarter the Pioneers are looking to get on the board.
Quarterback Ryan Cowden hands off to Tommy Johnson who fumbles its picked up by
Cowden who scores from 14 yards out to make it 14 to 7 Giles.
Early in the third with the Spartans leading 21 to 7 at the Lebanon 38
Hofton takes the snap and goes 62 yards up the right sideline for the score and
the Spartans win it 35 to 14.
IN Q=First audio
((STEVE RAGSDALE/GILES HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Steve Ragsdale/Giles Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......very very well."
The Division one Region C championship goes to the Bath County.
The Chargers routing the Bland Bears 52 to 7.
IN Q="it was
SUPER=03-Hot Springs/Bath Co. vs Bland Co.; :00
SUPER=36-Bath Co./=52/Bland Co./==7; :32
SUPER=01-Ed Selfe/Bland Co. Head Coach; :43
SUPER=01-Steve Isaacs/Bath Co. Head Coach; :56
OUT Q=....had a heck of a season."
The bragging rights in the state of Florida belong to the Gators this
Florida beating Florida State this afternoon 35 to 24.
SUPER=03-Gainesville, FL/ABC SPORTS; :
The Gators were ready to take on the Seminoles at home this season.
Florida got off to the good start when quarterback Danny Wuerffel goes to
the air and hits Jacquez Green on this 22 yard touchdown pass for a 7 to 3
The Gators led 21 to 6 when Wuerffel goes to the air again this time he hits
Chris Doering on the 20 yard touchdown strike and Florida took the 28 to 6
Florida State opened the third quarter with Warrick Dunn Scoring from the
three yard line to make it 28 to 14 Gators.
But Florida answered that score. SUPER=36-Florida/=35/Florida
State/=24;Wuerffel drops back and goes deep for Ike Hilliard on this 74 yard
touchdown strike, it was Hilliard's second score and the Gators beat the
Seminoles 35 to 24.
SUPER=03-Ann Arbor, MI/ABC SPORTS; :
In Ann Arbor this afternoon 18-th ranked Michigan spoiled Ohio State's bid
for a national championship by beating the second ranked Buckeyes.
The outcome sends Northwestern to the Rose Bowl as the Big 10
for that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=.....GRAMBLING/SOUTHERN U."
V-M-I will take Bart Ball on the rode tonight for a game against
The Keydets are hoping their style of play will keep the Mountaineers a
little off of their game.
IN Q="What's neat
((BART BELLAIR/VMI HEAD COACH: WHAT'S NEAT ABOUT OUR STYLE IS THAT WE PLAY SO
FAST, THAT IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO WE ARE PLAYING. OUR KIDS EXECUTE ACCORDING TO
WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO, SO IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER WE'RE PLAYING
WASHINGTON AND LEE OR NC STATE OR NORTH CAROLINA, WHO WE ALL PLAY. THEY'VE GOT
TO BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME, THEY'VE GOT TO SHOOT THE
BASKETBALL, SO THAT'S THE VERY POSITIVE THING ABOUT OUR STYLE. HOWEVER, AGAIN
IT WORKS THE NEGATIVE WAY, BECAUSE YOU CAN ALSO PLAY DOWN TO YOUR COMPETITION.
AS WELL AS PLAYING UP. AND SO THAT'S THE ONE KIND OF KINK IN THE SYSTEM SO TO
SUPER=01-Bart Bellair/VMI Head Coach;
OUT Q=.....so to speak."
and Lee basketball live from Cameron Hall this Tuesday night.
And don't forget, Your Hometown Station will televise the V-M-I Washington