Coming up on news seven at six several Roanoke families are homeless after a
And the cold air has arrived but winter does not officially begin for weeks
and some schools in our area are opening late.
We'll have an update.
In sports, Did Bath County win the state championship; we will tell you soon
enough, highlights from week 15 of the NFL to come, and Radford wins in
The early morning low temperatures broke records--with wind chills as much
as 20 degrees below zero.
The arctic air keeps its grip over the region-- another bitterly cold night
Several Roanoke families are homeless this evening after a morning fire.
The house fire broke out around nine on Rorer Avenue.
Heavy smoke was coming out of a window from the rear of the house.
Fire officials say the blaze apparently started in an upstairs bedroom.
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((CAPT. CARL ROBERTS/ROANOKE CITY FIRE DEPT.: YOU HAD A BEDROOM COMPLETELY
BURNED UP AND IT STARTED TO GO UP INTO THE CEILING AND WE CONTAINED IT, BUT
THERE'S RIGHT HEAVY FIRE DAMAGE ON THE UPSTAIRS PART.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Carl Roberts/Roanoke Fire Dept.;
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The house is divided into three apartments.
The first floor apartments received smoke damage.
No one was injured in the blaze.
Fire officials say the cause appears to be accidental.
In Chatham this afternoon, firefighters battled a blaze that left two family
It happened on route 7-18 around 1-30.
No one was home during the fire.
It totally gutted the one story structure.
Two dogs died.
The fire is still under investigation.
In Roanoke, a tractor trailer accident closed an exit on 5-81 for several
hours this afternoon.
The driver was exiting 5-81 to Orange Avenue.
Witnesses told state police it appeared the load shifted before the truck
overturned on its side.
The driver says he was hauling an industrial steel press.
No one was injured in the accident.
And state police say no charges will be filed.
Cold winter air has arrived but the OFFICIAL beginning of winter is still
Temperatures were in the teens this morning-- and then the winds came.
Dble box Ron/Denise
Denise Allen is out in the cold.
Denise, what kind of problems have the frigid temperatures caused?
Ron, this type of weather can be deadly.
For most of the day there has been a wind chill advisory in much of our
These are the coldest temperatures of the season so far.
And when the mercury falls below freezing, the demand for beds in area
Roll cue:area shelters rises
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SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester-Johnson/Rescue Mission;
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Donato/Roanoke Memorial Emergency Room;
OUT Q=inside the tissue
Beds in the Rescue Mission are in high demand.
People from all walks of life seek refuge at the shelter.
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((JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION: SOME OF THEM HAVE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS
AND COLLEGE DIPLOMAS. AND PEOPLE THAT 20 YEARS AGO WE DID NOT SEE ON THE
OUT Q=ON THE STREETS
As the temperatures dip below zero, Joy Syvester-Johnson says it's important
to remember that many of the homeless are children.
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((WE HAD 27 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 IN THE SHELTER. WE HAD SOME NEWBORNS,
WHO WERE BORN IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS. A LOT OF TODDLERS. EVERY HIGH-CHAIR WAS
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In these temperatures even everyday activities can be dangerous.
It doesn't take long to develop frost nip, or in more serious cases, frost
bite, when wind chill is a factor.
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((DR. MICHAEL DONATO/ROANOKE MEMORIAL EMERGENCY ROOM: IF YOU START GETTING
PALE LOOKING CHEEKS OR YOU START GETTING NUMB THAT'S A WARNING. FROST BITE WE
HOPE TO PREVENT. THAT'S WHEN YOU HAVE ICE CRYSTALS INSIDE THE TISSUE.))
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Ron, Dr. Donato says if you're hiking or working outside use the buddy
system, so you can keep an eye on each other.
(QUESTION: Denise, what other tips did the doctor have?)
Ron, as you may know, it's recommended that if you're going to be outside,
wear several layers of clothing.
Also stay away from alcohol.
It actually accelerates the body's heat loss.
Dr. Donato also recommends eating a proper diet.
Remember to check in on your elderly friends.
And most of all just use common sense and go inside if you get cold.
As Denise just told you, this bitter cold weather is dangerous if you're
exposed to it for too long.
Several cities in the region, including Roanoke, set new record lows early
The cold, arctic air mass will keep affecting our forecast through
tomorrow-- then more moderate temperatures will return.
More chilly details coming up later in the forecast.
And the cold weather has some schools in our area on a delayed schedule
Let's take a look at the list.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
Averett college gets another large donation,
Some bikers donate their time and effort to help collect toys for tots.
The HOGS braved the cold to make sure Roanoke Valley tots had toys for
Each year the Harley Davidson Owners Group of the Roanoke Valley helps
Marine Reservist collect Toys for Tots.
Even Santa got on his Harley-- but he's used to the cold.
About a hundred more riders joined Saint Nick in making the annual journey
through Salem, Roanoke and parts of Roanoke County.
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((DAVE THOMPSON/HARLEY DAVIDSON OWNERS GROUP: WE HAVE BIG HEARTS. WE LIKE TO
HELP OUT LOTS OF PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY
THINGS WE DO THROUGH THE YEAR TO HELP OUT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
SSGT STEVE GARDNER/TOYS FOR TOTS: WE'RE COLLECTING TOYS ALL THE WAY UP TO THE
20TH. ALL THE TOYS WE COLLECT UP UNTIL THE 20TH ARE GOING TO BE FOR THE
CHRISTMAS DRIVE. ANYTHING COLLECTED AFTER THAT WILL BE STORED IN A WAREHOUSE
TO START OFF THE TOY DRIVE FOR NEXT YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Dave Thompson/Harley Davidson Owners Group; :00
SUPER=01-SSGT. Steve Gardner/Toys For Tots;
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Gardner says the Toys for Tots program will help at least seven thousand
families in the Roanoke Valley, Lexington, Christiansburg and Blacksburg.
A multi-million-dollar contract for one of Roanoke's largest employers-- and
more cutbacks for the New River Valley's industrial powerhouse.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Monday; :07
SUPER=03-Pulaski/File Tape; :16
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week; :26
SUPER=03-Natural Bridge/Wednesday; :46
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Harris Teeter will build a supermarket in Roanoke County that's DOUBLE the
size of most of its area locations.
It will open on a long-neglected corner on route 221 in the spring of 1997.
Jefferson Mills of Pulaski has some expansion plans on the drawing board.
The company's plan to purchase some new machines will help bring its
workforce above the 400 mark.
Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern has won the second largest contract in its
The Roanoke firm will design part of a communications system for six Florida
law enforcement agencies.
Union employees at Bell Atlantic have now worked four months without a new
The first formal negotiations between the two sides since September went
nowhere this week.
High demand for indoor air quality machines means new jobs for a Rockbridge
DesChamps Labs says it will expand and hire another 90 people.
Slack demand will bring more bad news for the Volvo-GM truck plant in
The company will cut another 200 jobs at the Dublin facility; that's on top
of 150 layoffs announced last month.
It looks like Covington's largest employer will be free of any labor strife
for a long time to come.
This week the paperworkers union inked a new six year deal with Westvaco.
And checking the unemployment figures for this October...Roanoke registered
a three-and-a-half-percent rate, Lynchburg came in at four-point-six-percent,
and statewide, the jobless rate was four-point-four-percent.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, the C-F-W directory assistance center in Clifton Forge has
become the site of a union movement.
The campaign by the United Paperworkers International Union went public this
week when it challenged C-F-W to a debate which come out of the organizing
The employees will vote on whether or not to unionize later this month.
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Averett College continues to be the receiver of large gifts.
The school this week was awarded 400- thousand dollars from the E. Stuart
James Grant Charitable trust.
The money will go toward construction of the college's new North Campus
The gift increases the college's overall endowment to more than eleven
Just last month, the school received nearly three- million dollars from a
former member of its Board of Trustees.
Averett College was founded in 18-59.
More than 27-hundred students attend the college at its main campus. And
another 20 or so satellite locations in Virginia and North Carolina.
Still to come on News- 7,
We couldn't find the professor or Mary Ann, but we found Gilligan.
He was stranded out at Valley View Mall.
Scott Prince visits a vet who doesn't deal with your average pets.
MUSIC UP FULL
If there's something wrong with your dog or cat, you'd probably take it to a
But what happens if your pet is a hedgehog... or an Angora rabbit?
As Scott Prince reports you might consider a different kind of vet.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Vanessa Rolfe/Veterinarian; :22
SUPER=01-Amy Patria/Pet Owner; :50
OUT Q=Scott Prince News 7
(( For Doctor Vanessa Rolfe, it's just your typical day at the office.
A pet iguana needs a check up, while a screech owl waits in the wings.
You won't find any dogs barking at this veterinary clinic, but you may hear
an eclectis squawking.
That's because Doctor Rolfe isn't your average vet.
She only treats EXOTIC animals.
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((DR. VANESSA ROLFE/VETERINARIAN: DURING VET SCHOOL MY LOVE FOR THE UNUSUAL
SORT OF EXPANDED. I LEARNED ABOUT THE REPTILES AND OTHER EXOTIC CREATURES THAT
I NOW TREAT. ))
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This is no fly- by- night operation.
Rolfe has been at her Salem location for almost a year and says there are
plenty of unusual creatures in Southwest Virginia to keep her busy.
The pet owners hope she STICKS with it.
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((AMY PATRIA/WHEN I FOUND OUT ABOUT VANESSA, THAT WAS WHEN I DECIDED I WANTED
AN ALL AVIAN VET. ))
OUT Q=AVIAN VET
So as long as senegals need blood tests and hedgehogs have cataracts, it
seems pet owners will continue to flock to Doctor Rolfe.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
A complete report on the way from the Bath County/Strasburg Group A
Division 1 state championship game today, we will also have the highlights from
the afternoon's NFL action,
plus a recap of the Stagg Bowl week that produced champions both on and off the
Bath County won the Group A, Division 1 state championship today, beating
Strasburg by ten on a cold afertnoon in Low Moor.
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SUPER=03-Low Moor/Rams vs. Chargers; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Isaacs/Bath Co. Head Coach; :48
SUPER=34-Bath Co./=30/Strasburg/=20; 1:28
SUPER=01-Ivan Franklin/Bath Co. Fullback; 1:37
SUPER=01-Jamie Carroll/Bath Co. Running Back; 1:47
OUT Q=....when we want to"
((Bath County die hards were not about to miss out on their schools first
ever shot at a state title; despite the sub freezing temperatures.
The Charger warm reception received a jolt early when Strasburg scored on
it's second offensive play of the game. Quarterback Caleb Hart gives to Frankie
Shoemaker who scoots down the right sideline for a 67 yard touchdown gallop and
the Rams led 6-nothing.
That touchdown and the cold combined to give the Chargers a wake up call.
Late in the second quarter, Anthony Pusey takes the rock and goes in from 12
yards out. Bath took the lead back 8-6.
But with 5 ticks left in the first half, Strasburg continued it's big time
playmaking with Shoemaker. This time he uses the left sideline fora 74 yard
touchdown and the Rams went into the half up 12-8.
The breaks started going Bath's way in the third. A bad snap and an even
uglier pass set up the Chargers second touchdown. Former Friday Football Player
of the week Ivan Franklin bulls in froma yard out and the lead was bath;s again
The rams answer with just over a minute left in the third quarter.
Shoemaker does the honors again on a 12 yard run and the lead had a agin
changed hands; 20-16 Rams.
The Charges received their state championship spark from Brandon Woodward.
Thanks to a second...and third effort he muscles into the end zone and bath
goes on to win it's first football state championship in school history with a
30 to 20 win.
Week 15 in the NFL means, among other things, playoff implications.
Dallas had a chance to clinch the NFC East title with a win in Philadelphia.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Cowboys vs. Eagles; :00
A cold one at Veteran Stadium. No water to drink on the sidelines.
Emmitt Smith put dallas on track for a 7-3 lead on this 10 yard run, he
scores in blue collar fashion; carrying the defender with him.
Then, the Cowboys larry Brown intercepts Rodney Peet's pass and returns
it 65 yards for the touchdown to give "Big D" a 17-3 advantage before the half.
The cold could not stop some water from running. Ricky Waters scores from 2
yards out. Philadelphia goes for 2 and gets it to close the gap to 3, 17-14.
The game came down to a Barry SUPER=30-Philadelphia/=20/Dallas/=17;
Switzer call to go for a first down with two minutes to go, Emmitt is stopped,
with the score tied at 17.
with 30 ticks left on the clock Gary Anderson boots a 42 yarder and The
eagles beat dallas 20 to 17.
The Detroit Lions beat the Houston Oilers 24-17 in Houston today to win
their 5th straight.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/Lions vs. Oilers; :00
The key connectionproved to be Scott Mitchell and Herman Moore. The tandem
found each other twice for two touchdowns on the day.
The Lions have now won 5 straight as they survuve a late scare from the
Detroit is now 8 and 6 on the season and appear headed to the playoffs.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/Bills vs. Rams; :00
In other NFL action, Jim Kelly threw 4 touchdown passes to lead Buffalo to
a 45-27 win over the St. Louis Rams.
Buffalo is now 9 and 5 on the season. Backup quarterback Mark Rypien started
in place of "Mr. Concussion; Chris Miller for the Rams and tossed this TD pass
to Todd Kitchen, but his team falls to 7 and 7; St. Louis has lost 6 of it's
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Bears vs. Bengals;
In Cincinnati; the Bengals dropped Chicago to 7 and 7 on the season witha
stunning 16-10 win. Doug Pelphrey kicked 3 field goals and Jeff Blake connected
with Darnay Scott on this 38 yard TD completion; the Bengals are 6 and8.
Chyron in motion
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A rough Stagg Bowl week in Salem had a great ending yesterday as Wisconsin-La
Crosse won the Division Three National title and, the city of Salem won the
respect of the NCAA.
The Wisconsin-La Crosse Eagles could have never played, much less have been
crowned national champs had it not been for the tireless work of many unsung
heroes in Salem, who worked with little sleep and unyielding energy to provide
the participants with a perfect playing field.
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((CAREY HARVEYCUTTER/STAGG BOWL DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Carey Harveycutter/Stagg Bowl Director; :00
OUT Q=...NEVER HAVE BEEN DONE."
Of course, the Stagg Bowl will be back in Salem this time next year, let's
just hope the snow doesn't invite itself again.
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
One soccer note, after beating Virginia in the semi finals; Duke lost to
Wisconsin 2 nothing in the NCAA soccer championship at the University of
The win marks the first title for Wisconsin in school history.
The Radford Highlanders ran their record to 4 and 2 last night with a come
from behind win over Middle Tennessee State at the Dedmon Center.
SUPER=03-Radford/Blue Raiders vs. Highlanders;
Ron Bradley's club was facing its 2nd team from the Volunteer state in 3
days, after beating up on East Tennesse Thursday.
Eric Parker gets things started right as he knocks down the turnaround
jumper in the post.
Then watch Anthony Walker go to the hole and finish the break with the easy
Walker's running mate in the backcourt, Jason Lansdown gets in the
SUPER=33-Radford/=92/Midd. Tenn. St./=77;
act as well, knocking down the mid range jumper and Radford wins it 92 to 77.
Bob Denver finally made it off the island.
And since then America's most famous castaway has been treating his fans to
The star of Gilligan's Island and Doby Gillis stop at Valley View Mall
He signed everything from hats to dollar bills, but his book "Gilligan,
Maynard and Me." was the main focus of the day.
In the book he answers popular trivia questions.
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Re-runs of his sitcom, "Gilligan's Island" have been airing for 31 years.
Denver says it's the physical comedy that keeps the show popular from
generation to generation.
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OUT Q=huh what (Double OUT?!?!?)
The actor signed autographs for more than six hours.
Mall officials say more fans came out to see Bob Denver than any other