Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A teacher allegedly killed by a 16-year old drunk driver.
An advance look at the governor's budget plan... and some reaction.
And fire gutted the structure- -25 years ago today- -but community spirit
survived, along with priceless documents in Fincastle.
In sports, The Express talks about sinking the Admirals, Roy Stanley paid
the Virginia football team a visit to discuss the Peach Bowl,
and the Hokies, who returnd to practice today; can rest at ease for now;
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer says Georgia is NOT on his mind.
The weather deal is very fine for mid-December. Sunshine returns and
temperatures respond nicely.
A teacher of home- bound children died last night... mowed down in her own
neighborhood by a speeding car.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;
Bonnie Kitts was out walking with her husband after dinner-- not far from
their home in the Woodbridge subdivision.
The car struck the 45- year- old teacher, then went up an embankment into
someone's yard, through an ornamental rock garden, over some six-by-six
landscape timbers, hit two small trees and came to rest on Kingsmill Drive.
The 16- year- old driver was charged with driving while intoxicated. Today
they added a charge of aggravated IN-voluntary manslaughter. The Commonwealth
will try to prove the boy showed "reckless disregard for human life." He faces
one to 20 years, if convicted.
The victim taught home-bound children in Roanoke County and Salem.
Her own son attends Glenvar High School with the boy who was driving the
car. They're on the tennis team together.
A broken gas line sent two- dozen Salem workers to the hospital.
Employees at Crest Uniforms smelled gas around noon.
Soon, workers started getting sick from the fumes.
Company officials then evacuated the building-- while emergency crews
located the problem.
IN Q=An unfortunate
((TOM SPANGLER/CREST UNIFORMS: AN UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT WITH A TOW MOTOR THAT
BROKE A HALF INCH NATURAL GAS LINE WHICH HAD A FLOW OF GAS FOR APPROXIMATELY
THREE MINUTES. THE GAS WAS TURNED OFF. THE PROBLEM WAS CORRECTED. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Spangler/Crest Uniforms;
OUT Q=was corrected
There were not enough ambulances to take the workers to Lewis- Gale
So most of them were transported by SCHOOL BUS.
The sick employees experienced nausea and headaches from the gas fumes.
A Tennessee judge says he doubts a North Carolina trucker will ever be set
Sean (Seen) Goble (GO-bull) pled guilty today to murdering two women at
truck stops in Tennessee, including one whose body was found in southwest
The 29- year- old man was sentenced to two consecutive life terms.
The murders occurred in Greene and Jefferson counties in Tennessee.
IN Q=He will serve
((BERKLEY BELL/DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL: HE WILL SERVE HIS TIME HERE IN
TENNESSEE IN OUR CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM. HE WILL THEN HAVE TO GO TO NORTH
CAROLINA AND AT SOME POINT AND SERVE IN THE SYSTEM OVER THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Berkley Bell/District Attorney General;
OUT Q=over there.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/File Tape;
One of Goble's victims was Brenda Kay Hagy.
Her body was found last January in Washington County.
Goble also faces charges in the murder of another woman in North Carolina.
Prosecutors say he plans to plead guilty to second-degree murder there and
get another life term.
A committee of civilians and Richmond police officers has decided that one
officer's deadly use of force against a Danville man was reasonable and
Richmond Police Chief Jerry Oliver made the announcement this afternoon.
Marco Loney (LOW nee), of Danville, was shot in the back in August, while
fleeing from Officer Jeffrey Miles.
Chief Oliver calls the fatal shooting tragic, but strongly concurs that
Miles should be returned to duty.
A grand jury had previously refused to indict the officer.
The Loney family has a civil suit pending against the police department.
Tepid enthusiasm greeted the first leaks today about George Allen's new two-
year budget proposal.
Among the highlights, a one-time bonus next December for state workers and a
three- percent pay raise in December 1997.
IN Q=The Allen Administration
((DEL. JAY DEBOER/D- PETERSBURG: THE ALLEN ADMINISTRATION SEEMS TO HAVE COME
LATE BACK TO THE TABLE OF SEEMING TO CARE ABOUT PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. AND I'M
CERTAIN THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A WELCOME PROPOSAL IN MANY OF THEIR
HOUSEHOLDS. BUT I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THAT IT'S GOING TO GET THE GOVERNOR'S
PICTURE PUT BACK ON THE MANTLE.))
SUPER=01-Del. Jay DeBoer/(D) Petersburg;
OUT Q=the mantle.
The biggest stumbling block for the Governor may be that schoolteachers are
excluded from next December's bonus plan-- and disappointed by the year- after
IN Q=The Administration
((ROB JONES/VA. EDUCATION ASSOC.: THE ADMINISTRATION IS SAYING THAT WE WANT TO
HAVE THE HIGHEST ENTRY LEVEL TEST FOR TEACHERS. THE HIGHEST PRAXIS SCORES IN
THE NATION, OUT OF ONE SIDE OF THEIR MOUTH. AND THEN OUT OF THE OTHER SIDE OF
THEIR MOUTH, THEY'RE SAYING THAT WE WANT TO OFFER LESS THAN COMPETITIVE WAGES.
WE WANT HIGH STANDARDS, BUT WE WANT TO HAVE SUBSTANDARD WAGES.))
((SEN. JOE BENEDETTI/GOP FLOOR LEADER: I ANTICIPATE THAT WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF
HEAT OVER THAT. YOU KNOW, SORRY, WE'D LOVE TO DO IT. WE JUST CANNOT DO IT FOR
SUPER=01-Rob Jones/Va. Education Assoc.;
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Benedetti/GOP Floor Leader; :22
OUT Q=for everybody.
The Administration has come up with a quarter-BILLION more dollars in
projected revenue over last month's predictions.
The nitty gritty of the budget will be revealed next week.
Time is running out once again for the Federal Government.
Republicans and Democrats exchanged balanced budget offers today, but talks
Unless an agreement is reached by midnight, a portion of the government will
THIS Federal shutdown would force 280- thousand workers off the job
Here in Roanoke, the most affected agency seems to be Veterans Affairs.
Only 14- percent of its work force would actually be working, and officials
say they'll be very limited in their duties.
IN Q=All we will
((JIM MAYE/VETERANS AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: ALL WE WILL BE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY DO IS
TO ANSWER PHONE CALLS, TAKE PEOPLE'S CLAIMS, ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THE
SITUATION MAY BE. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Maye/Veterans Affairs Director;
OUT Q=situation may be
Maye (MAY) says his office will take new claims, but there'll be no one to
A bad situation could get worse for Veterans Affairs. If an agreement is
not reached by Thursday, January checks for vets will be delayed.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
There's still News 7 to come, up next, a Lynchburg neighborhood crys foul
over the city's proposed sports complex,
and we'll take a look back at this date in 1970 and see how that day
permentantly changed the history of Botetourt County.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A multi- million dollar sports complex that would bring a new minor league
baseball stadium to Lynchburg is now facing a legal challenge.
Residents who don't want the facility in their backyard are taking their
fight to court.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Sandusky residents
SUPER=01-Tom Leebrick/Residents' Attorney; :16
SUPER=01-Bob Hackworth/Sandusky Resident; :27
SUPER=01-Gary Case/Developer; 1:03
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Sandusky residents have made good on their promise to keep fighting a
proposed 17- million dollar sports complex for their neighborhood.
Concerns over traffic, noise and light pollution have led them to sue
Lynchburg city council for giving the project the go- ahead last month.
IN Q=The citizens are
((TOM LEEBRICK/RESIDENTS' ATTORNEY: THE CITIZENS ARE CONTENDING THAT BY PASSING
THE AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE AND BY PASSING THE CONDITIONAL USE
PERMIT, THAT THE ACTION OF COUNCIL WAS ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS.))
OUT Q=and capricious.
IN Q=Basically we feel
((BOB HACKWORTH/SANDUSKY RESIDENT: BASICALLY WE FEEL LIKE THE CITY COUNCIL HAS
BETRAYED THE CITIZENRY OF SANDUSKY AND ARE TRYING TO FORCE SOMETHING THAT IS
NOT GERMANE TO THAT AREA DOWN THEIR THROATS.))
OUT Q=down their throats.
City attorneys have not yet been served with the lawsuit.
Once they are, they'll have 21 days to respond.
IN Q=No matter what
((No matter what happens in circuit court, developer Gary Case says it won't
have much of an effect on his plans. It will take about twelve months to
complete all the feasibility studies and arrange the financing for the sports
complex, and Case hopes by then the legal wranglings will be over.))
OUT Q=will be over.
IN Q=We think it's
((GARY CASE/DEVELOPER: WE THINK IT'S A CASE WITHOUT MERIT, THAT'S WHAT OUR
LEGAL PEOPLE TELL US, BUT THEY CERTAINLY HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHALLENGE IT IN
COURT IF THEY WANT TO.))
OUT Q=they want to.
Challenging it is proving to be expensive for the Sandusky residents, who
have gone door to door to raise money for their legal fight.
IN Q=Why should we
((BOB HACKWORTH: WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO GO OUT AND HIRE LAWYERS TO FIGHT FOR OUR
OUT Q=our own rights.
Hackworth says residents could live with a complex of just Little League and
But developers say none of that is affordable without the minor league
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
The U-S Supreme Court has more friends these days.
A recent "friend of the court" brief from high-ranking, successful women in
uniform sided with the government, urging Virginia Military Institute to admit
An answer to that came today from seven educators and experts in leadership
with their own "friend of the court" pleadings.
They say the women's leadership program at Mary Baldwin College is
"committed to the advancement of women."
The states of South Carolina, Wyoming and Pennsylvania also filed friend-
of- the- court briefs on behalf of V-M-I.
Twenty- five years ago today, the Botetourt County Courthouse went up in
Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports on the fire and the indelible memories it left
IN Q=By daybreak on December 15th
SUPER=03-Fincastle/Dec. 15, 1970; :00
SUPER=01-Judge George Honts/Botetourt Co. Circuit Court; :10
SUPER=01-Benja Sprinkel/Fincastle Fire Chief; :20
SUPER=01-Pat Honts/Researcher; :48
SUPER=01-George Holt/Former Circuit Court Clerk; 1:03
OUT Q=JD News 7
((By daybreak on December 15th 1970, the Botetourt County Courthouse was in
ruins. A malfunctioning furnace had set the building ablaze.
IN Q=It looked exactly like
((GEORGE HONTS/CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE: IT LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE THE INTERIOR OF AN
EMPTY CARDBOARD BOX BURNING, THE FLAMES WERE JUST A SWIRLING PATTERN INSIDE THE
((BENJA SPRINKEL/FINCASTLE FIRE CHIEF: WE COULDN'T REALLY DO ANYTHING AS FOR
THE INTERIOR. WE TRIED A WHILE, BUT FOR THE MOST PART IT WAS EXTERIOR. WE
COULDN'T DO ANYTHING WITH IT AFTER THAT.))
OUT Q=after that.
The columns of the courthouse and parts of the exterior walls survived the
blaze, and here in the Clerk's Office, the fire- proof vault did its job.
IN Q=All these old court records
((ALL OF THESE OLD COURT RECORDS, THE OLD SURVEY RECORDS ALL DATE BACK TO THE
1770S AND THEY'RE BASICALLY IRREPLACEABLE DOCUMENTS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN
OUT Q=would have been destroyed.
In the days following the fire the court moved next door, and the community
pitched in to clean- up and rebuild.
IN Q=It was unbelievable
((GEORGE HOLT/FORMER CIRCUIT COURT CLERK: IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE HOW EVERYBODY
PULLED TOGETHER WITH ONE COMMON GOAL AND THAT WAS TO GET IT BACK.))
OUT Q=get it back.
And get it back they did... reopening a rebuilt courthouse five years after
fire left it an empty shell.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
On Wall Street today, fierce computer trading pushed the stock market
The DOW lost five and a-half points in the heaviest trading day ever on the
The DOW still managed to gain 20 points for the week.
NASDAQ lost nearly eight points today.
The annual Gallery of Local Artists in Christiansburg has put out the "Help
Wanted" notice for someone to keep it going next year.
For the last seven years the Gallery has opened from Thanksgiving through
Christmas to market the wares of artists in the New River Valley.
((NELL FREDERICKSON/CO-ORGANIZER: WE'VE GOT ABOUT, CLOSE TO 80 ARTISTS IN HERE
EXHIBITING WITH US THIS YEAR, AND ALL LOCAL PEOPLE, AND JUST A WIDE VARIETY OF
THINGS. IT'S AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN FIND IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD. ))
SUPER=01-Nell Frederickson/Gallery Co-Director;
OUT Q=your own backyard.
The Gallery is non-profit, and after artists and overhead are paid, any
leftover proceeds go to groups such as the New River Arts Council.
But Frederickson and her co-director Barbara Capps are calling it quits
after this year, and so far have had no luck finding volunteers to take the
((WE'RE FEELING IT'S GROWING AND WE NEED TO GROW WITH IT. SO WE'RE LOOKING FOR
SOME NEW, ENERGETIC PEOPLE TO COME IN AND POSSIBLY TAKE OVER OUR TWO
OUT Q=our two positions.
This year the gallery is open in the New River Valley Mall through New
Two businesses from our area will team up on the NASCAR circuit next season.
Grand Piano and Furniture of Roanoke will be an associate sponsor of the
Wood Brothers Racing Team from Patrick County.
Veteran driver Michael Waltrip will be driving the Wood Brothers car next
This marks the third season in a row that Grand has sponsored a racing team.
This year it teamed up with Jeff Burton from South Boston, and the Stavola
(stuh-VO-luh) Brothers Team.
The year before it sponsored John Andretti (ann-DRETT-eee) and the Hagan
(HAY-gun) Racing Team's Chevrolet on a limited basis.
Frank Beamer returned from the coach of of the year festivities in
Houston today and said Blacksburg is where he wants to be,
and Roy Stanley was in Charlottesville today for a visit with some ticket
buyin fans and the Cavaliers, who talked about the Peach Bowl.
GRAPHIC=FRANK BEAMER/GA. ?
Speculation has been running high this week that Virginia Tech head coach
Frank Beamer might leave the Hokies to coach the Georgia Bulldogs.
Beamer arrived back in Roanoke this afternoon after spending the last two
days in Texas.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00
And before heading out of the airport and back to Blacksburg, Beamer took a
couple of minutes to address the Georgia coaching vacancy, that at this point
is not on his mind.
IN Q="The only...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...END OF THE STORY."
Tech finished up exams this week and returned to the practice field at 12:30
Beamer was a little late getting on the field due to his return flight from
Last night he was honored as one of this year's top six college coaches.
IN Q="YOU KNOW...
OUT Q=...I REPRESENT THEM."
Ironically, the Tech basketball team, without Beamer, plays Georgia tomorrow
night in the Georgia Dome.
When the Virginia Cavaliers take the field for the Peach Bowl later this
month the largest bowl crowd in UVa history will be in the Georgia Dome.
Roy Stanley has this report.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Virginia vs Florida State; :00
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :14
SUPER=01-Terry Holland/UVa Athletic Director; :37
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Linebacker; 1:02
SUPER=01-Todd White/Defensive Tackle; 1"10
OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
The Roanoke Express is in Norfolk for a 7:30 meeting with Hampton Roads
The Express trails Hampton by 3 points in the East Division and can cut
that lead to 1 against the tough, physical Admirals.
IN Q="They got
((DAVE STEWART/EXPRESS CAPTAIN:))
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/2ND RATED ECHL GOALIE:))
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Captain; :00
SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/2nd Highest Rated ECHL Goalie; :15
OUT Q=...for us"
On October 29th, Modified race car driver Kenny Minter died in an auto
Tomorrow, his fellow competitors form the Southern Modified Racing Teams
will hold an auto show, auction, and dinner to benefit the Minter family.
From 10 am until 4pm at the Old Moore's building on business 220 North in
Martinsville, NASCAR fans can purchase merchandise from Dale Earnhardt, Jeff
Gordon and many others.
(toss to Jean)
A Roanoke D-J is not only on the air tonight but he's also in the air.
Jean Jadhon is here to fill us in.
That's right, Keith.
J-93 point five and the Marine Corp have teamed up to get bicycles for
unfortunate kids in the Valley.
Slam Duncan and Staff Sergeant Steve Garner are suspended 93 feet in the
They'll be broadcasting live around clock until Monday morning.
We'll tell you why this crazy stunt is helpng kids in need.
So Keith, people will want to hang around for that story -- plus all the
day's news, weather, and sports at 11.