In your face! A "light dusting" becomes six or eight inches of snow- -a
foot in some places.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: a look at what's next.
Ever had to harp at your kids to practice the piano? You may find Melanie
Moon's story of grade- school kids plucking at your harp strings.
Tonight in sports, a quick look back at last night's Dudley Award ceremonies
Plus the Stagg Bowl combatants have arrived in Salem.
Unfortunately the welcoming committee had to roll out a BULLDOZER instead of
the welcome mat for Rowan and Wisconsin-Lacrosse.
Big events come in threes...first the snow...up next freezing rain & snow,
then bitter cold to close out the weekend. The weather forecast is very
Our first big snowfall was certainly a surprise, but it was tamed by rising
Depending on where you live, you may have seen up to a foot of snow.
Despite some melting, Len Besthoff took note that the snow is nevertheless
getting people in the mood for the season.
Len, one hour after sunset- -I imagine the melted snow is fixing to freeze
up again... getting slippery out there?
Keith I can tell you that I'm watching my step out here because you never
know when you're going to hit a nasty ice patch, either on the road or your own
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=01-Bill Clark/Roanoke Public Works;:27
SUPER=03-Danville; (VERY QUICK!!!)
OUT Q=Nat Sot
The waning rays of sunlight help homeowners in their mad scramble to get rid
of any slush or snow left on a paved piece of their property.
SOT off roanoke pmsnow 05:27:29
IN Q=Well I just
((SAM MITCHENER: WELL I JUST GOT HOME A LITTLE WHILE AGO, JUST TRYING TO
SHOVEL SOME OF THE SNOW BEFORE IT FREEZES UP LATER IN THE DAY.))
OUT Q=later in the day.
Nat Sot spreader
In shady spots, it remained tough going all day...even tire chains didn't
help this Roanoke salt spreader come to the aid of a delivery truck.
The city of Roanoke says even though 90-percent of its sidestreets are
clear, its trucks will stay on the move.
IN Q=We urge
((BILL CLARK/ROANOKE PUBLIC WORKS: WE URGE PEOPLE TO GET THEIR SIDEWALKS CLEAN
AND GET THEMSELVES PREPARED LIKE WE HAVE TO, NEVER SURE WHEN THE NEXT ONE'S
GONNA BE RIGHT ON TOP OF US.))
OUT Q=top of us.
Earlier there was no way to avoid the slippery conditions.
As you can see here in the New River Valley, even the snowplows had a hard
time of it.
Nat Sot lyh plane
Lynchburg had to close its airport for a short time, but most runways got
cleared pretty quickly and things got back on schedule.
Southside Virginia, which usually loses out when it comes to snowfalls, got
a dusting...but it melted away pretty quickly...so most of the fun was left to
students to the north and west who got the day off.
Nat Sot kids sledding
Of course Keith, earlier in the day people who braved the snowy roads found
themselves stranded or involved in some fender-benders.
But the Virginia Department of Transportation is now on top of the
situation, only warning folks about the slush that could become ice rather
(QUESTION: Now what about things like the power companies or mass transit, how
did they do today?)
(Keith ad lib intro to Robin on 2 shot)
ROBIN ON NEWS SET
(Robin tosses back to Keith)
We have some weather-related closings to tell you about for tonight and
tomorrow. Here is the latest to come into our newsroom---
Warrants were served today on the three suspects in the abduction and
murder of a Virginia Tech student.
Ben Lilly is now set to be arraigned tomorrow morning, along with his
brother, Mark and the third suspect, Gary Wayne Barker.
BEN Lilly is being held apart from the other two men. Barker and MARK Lilly
have apparently been co-operating with investigators.
The Sheriff's office in Montgomery County is asking for the public's help
in locating the man who actually witnessed Alexander DeFillippis being
abducted in Blacksburg Tuesday night.
A Henry County man charged with second degree murder a month ago is now a
SUPER=03-Henry Co./November 2;
The judge dismissed the case today against 37- year old Phillip Staples
Green for lack of evidence.
Green was accused of killing 39- year old Hubert Boris Oaks.
Police say Green was dating Oaks' estranged wife at the time of the
The judge indicated he couldn't tell who fired the first shot.
The case could still be presented directly to a Grand Jury, but
Commonwealth's Attorney Bob Bushnell says he will NOT pursue the case unless he
gets new evidence.
TAPE# edit of 95-11
You can't be in two places at once.
And now it seems you can't hold two high- profile political jobs at once.
That's apparently what's behind Secretary of Administration Michael Thomas'
decision to withdraw as a candidate for the chairmanship of the state
Critics had charged that holding both jobs would be a conflict of interest,
citing Thomas' duty to the taxpayers and what would be a partisan political
position as chairman.
Last week, current Chairman Pat McSweeney said he had a problem with a
member of the Cabinet also serving as a political leader.
McSweeney is not seeking a second term.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---
a warning about drinking and driving this holiday season---from those who know
only too well the sometimes devastating results.
And a retired general tells why SHE would order Virginia Military Institute
to "fall in" with the government.
The search for a missing plane piloted by a Lynchburg man has been called
SUPER=03-Webster Co., WV/Nov. 30;
The Civil Air Patrol says it won't look anymore for the plane that
disappeared November 28th near Webster Springs, in central West Virginia.
The white plane, lost in fog and snow, was piloted by 31-year-old Colin
Campell of Lynchburg.
More than 300 volunteers spent 180 hours searching the rugged, mountainous
terrain for the plane.
Tonight law enforcement officers and other's gathered
to deliver a serious message for the holidays: Don't Drink and Drive.
Dozens of people signed a pledge- wall.
Family members and others who have lost loved ones hung memorial ornaments
on a Christmas tree.
George Pelton knows about the tragedy first hand.
IN Q=I got involved
SUPER=01-George Pelton/3-D Campaign;
OUT Q=can happen to anyone (pauses) Anybody.
The pledge wall will stand through January first at the Hospitality Suite at
The general public is invited to sign it.
They say VMI's state- supported, all- male education is out of step with
They say they it makes adjustment to real military life tough for VMI
Cadets, and tough on the women who may command them.
They are the 17 current and retired female military leaders who filed a
"friend of the court" legal brief against VMI this week.
Ellen Qualls has one of their stories.
IN Q=Retired Brigadier
SUPER=03-Accokeek, MD; :00
SUPER=03-Lexington/File Tape; :16
SUPER=@Ellen2; :49 QUICK
SUPER=01-Brig. Gen. Pat Foote/U.S. Army, Ret.; :53
SUPER=03-Staunton/File Tape; 1:17
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Accokeek, Maryland.
(( Retired Brigadier General Pat Foote knows a little something about
She served in Vietnam, became the first woman faculty member at the Army War
College, and as the commanding general of Fort Belvoir -- the second woman to
command a major Army installation.
VMI really irritates Pat Foote.
((BRIG. GEN. PAT FOOTE/U.S. ARMY, RET.: THIS ENVIRONMENT IS REALLY HYPED ...
THAT IS OBSOLETE.))
Not only obsolete, but Foote says, having nothing to do with building skills
to lead others.
Or skills to be led by a woman commander.
Cynical observers might question the timing of this brief, as the U.S.
Supreme Court finally prepares to hear VMI's case next month.
Foote indeed says she was contacted by a law firm which told her...
((THE BRIEF WAS BEING PREPARED, AND PARTICIPANTS WERE BEING SOUGHT.))
But she's a willing partner, with strong feelings.
((THE MERE IDEA THAT MARY BALDWIN... LUDICROUS, OF COURSE IT DOESN'T.))
((I'D LIKE TO SEE WOMEN BECOME PART OF A RICHER VMI TRADITION THAN WE HAVE
Tomorrow night, the women of the Virginia Women's Institute of Leadership
beg to differ.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Accokeek, Maryland.))
Trigon earned the wrath of Attorney General Jim Gilmore earlier this year
for what he called "deceptive billing practices."
Today, the state's largest insurer earned Gilmore's endorsement in its bid
to become a FOR- profit company with publicly- held stock.
The payoff is that Trigon will establish a 159- million dollar public
endowment for higher education in Virginia.
IN Q=For five
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: FOR FIVE MONTHS, WE HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING AN
IMPORTANT LEGAL ISSUE: WHETHER THE PUBLIC AS A WHOLE HAS AN OWNERSHIP INTEREST
IN TRIGON. WHETHER THE PUBLIC SHOULD RECEIVE A SHARE OF TRIGON'S ASSETS WHEN
THEY ARE DISTRIBUTED. IN SHORT, WHETHER TRIGON MUST REPAY THE PUBLIC FOR
PUBLIC BENEFITS THAT TRIGON HAS ENJOYED.))
OUT Q=has enjoyed.
One of those benefits has been not- for- profit tax breaks.
Gilmore says the endowment is the largest in Virginia.
Much of it will go toward medical research at state-supported universities.
October provided a mixed bag of results when it comes to unemployment in
In Roanoke, it remained unchanged at three- and- a- half percent.
The Lynchburg area rose slightly, to four-point-six-percent.
Statewide, it dropped to four-point-four-percent.
That's the lowest October rate in six years.
Early holiday hiring is thought to be one of the reasons for the
improvement, along with teachers and others in the education field heading back
to work in the fall.
The stock market fell sharply today.
The Dow dropped almost 40 points.
Analysts say nervous investors were selling their holdings to take profits
before the year ends.
NASDAQ was also down, nearly nine points.
For 25 years 9 little harps sat idle in elementary schools throughout
Now they're making heavenly sounds at the hands of some young musicians.
Melanie Moon has the story.
SUPER=01-Dr. Steve King/Supervisor of Fine Arts;
SUPER=01-Melissa Smithlin/Harp Student;
OUT Q=News 7.
Seven weeks ago these fourth and fifth graders couldn't read music let alone
pluck a harp string, now they're playing some familiar Christmas tunes and
getting ready for their first concert.
SANGHEE UHM/HARP INSTRUCTOR:START WITH THE D WAIT, D,E, F.
The idea of a youth harp ensemble was the brain child of Sanghee Uhm, a
Korean born, U-S educated harpist.
She came across the harps during a visit to one of the schools.
DR. STEVE KING/SUPERVISOR OF FINE ARTS ROANOKE CO. SCHOOLS: SANGHEE JUST KIND
OF FELL IN LAST SPRING, THAT YOU'VE GOT THESES 9 HARPS, YOU KNOW WE NEED TO DO
SOMETHING WITH THEM SO WE CAN USE THEM.
And use them she has.
SANGHEE:THREE AND A FOUR C,C,D,D,E, GOOD ONE MORE TIME YOU GOT IT.
And these young harpists have caught on quickly, despite the fact they are
only around the harps twice a week for just a few hours.
But Its time they use well and have no problem giving up.
That's even in spite of the blisters and sore fingers.
MELISSA SMITHLIN: IF YOU PLUCK TOO HARD YOU GET DENTS, AND YOU GET CUTS FROM
THE STRINGS AND IT GOES SO FAST.
REBECCA PAXTON: I FIGURE THAT LEARNING THINGS AND HARP WOULD HELP ME IN MUSIC
CLASS AND SCHOOL TO KNOW THINGS AND HELP ME LATER ON IN LIFE.
PAUL KIM: I WANT TO BE GOOD IN MUSIC AND I WANT TO BE GOOD HARPIST.
There are only about a dozen harp ensembles in the entire nation. These
youngster don't really seem to understand how unique this program is right now
they're most interested in making beautiful music together, in Salem, I'm
Melanie Moon, News 7.))
Tonight in sports, Cornell Brown wins the Dudley award.
The weather plays havoc with the Stagg Bowl preparations, filling the stands
and forcing the two teams to practice inside on the gym floors this
afternoon at Salem High School and Andrew Lewis.
Today's early morning snow has served as the annual minor catastrophe that
greets Salem and the Stagg Bowl.
But Steve Mason says; a little pre-planning and a lot of hard work should
allow the Division Three National Championship to go off without a hitch.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Scott Sampson/Salem Stadium Manager; :19
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Salem City Manager; :34
SUPER=01-Wayne Burrow/Assistant Dir. of Championships; :55
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
The two teams, Rowan and Wisconsin-LaCrosse, arrived in the valley this
afternoon to begin preparation for Saturday's Stagg Bowl.
SUPER=03-Salem/This Afternoon; :
The heavy snow fall that hit the valley last night forced both teams to go
indoors for this afternoons practice at Salem High School.
IN Q="We just want
((ROGER HARRING/EAGLES HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Roger Harring/Eagles Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....game plan."
Rowan, who appeared in the first Salem Stagg Bowl in 1993, knew anything
was possible once it arrived in town. And as a result the Profs were ready for
IN Q="We kind
((K.C. KEELER/PROFS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-K.C.Keeler/Profs Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.......inside tonight."
Keeler hasn't forgotten his trip to the valley in 1993 when he had to coach
his team in a driving snow against Mount Union.
By the way the Profs lost to the Purple Raiders in that game 34-to-24.
For the second straight year a defensive end has outpointed a couple of
offensive stars to win the coveted Dudley Award.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Last Night; :00
Virginia Tech defensive end Cornell Brown received 10 of a possible 13 votes
from selected media members across the state, to beat UVa's Tiki Barber for the
IN Q="I would like...
((CORNELL BROWN/1995 DUDLEY AWARD WINNER:))
((TIKI BARBER/SECOND IN THE DUDLEY VOTING:))
SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/1995 Dudley Award Winner; :00
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Second In the Dudley Voting; :14
OUT Q=...improvement next year."
VMI's Thomas Haskins finished third in the balloting.
Cornell Brown also celebrated making his fourth all-american team last night
earning honors from the Associated Press.