Coming up on news seven at six area farmers are the latest victims of the
And will V-M-I be forced to allow women in the all male military institute--
the six-year legal battle is coming to a head.
In sports, North Carolina ends Clemson's unbeaten streak Marcus Camby was
admitted to a New York Hospital today and the Steelers are headed to the Super
You might call today's weather our reward after all the heavy snow.
The clouds stayed away-- and so did the cold air.
The sunshine sticks around through tomorrow.
For some area farmers the recent snow storm meant loss revenue-- for others
it was just a nuisance.
As Denise Allen reports, farmers are facing new challenges when mother
nature dumped two and a half feet of snow last week.
IN Q=The snowfall
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Henderson/Dairy Farmer; :15
SUPER=01-James Firebaugh, Jr./Farmer; :52
OUT Q=News 7
((The snowfall didn't stop milk production at Jeff Henderson's dairy farm.
But Henderson couldn't move the milk and ended up dumping 10-thousand pounds.
((JEFF HENDERSON/DAIRY FARMER: THE MILK TRUCK COULDN'T GET HERE. THE DRIFT
AND THE ROAD CONDITIONS. THE MILK TRUCK JUST COULDN'T MAKE IT ALL THE WAY
AROUND. HE GOT WHAT HE COULD GET AND TOOK IT TO THE PLANT AND SOME PLANTS HE
COULDN'T GET TO.))
Henderson will be re-embursed for his product by the Mid-American Dairymen
((BUT IT'S STILL NOT GETTING TO THE PLANTS AND TO THE CONSUMER, SO SOMEBODY'S
GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR IT AND I THINK IT'S MORE OR LESS PASSED OUT BETWEEN
ALL OF US.))
30 inches of snow gives new meaning to working hard on the farm.
Farmers say they spend four hours on chores that normally take an hour.
First, just getting to the cattle was a problem.
((JAMES FIREBAUGH, JR/FARMER: WE COULDN'T WALK IN IT. IN PLACES THERE WERE
FOUR, FIVE OR SIX FEET DEEP DRIFTS. WE HAD TO MOVE IT TO GET TO THE CATTLE.))
((HENDERSON: WE JUST ENDED UP PUTTING SACKS OF GRAIN ON OUR BACKS AND CARRYING
HAY BAILS THROUGH THE SNOW DRIFTS AND WADING THROUGH THEM UP TO OUR WAISTS JUST
TO GET TO THE CATTLE.))
The Firebaughs used a back-hoe to break the ice on their ponds and then
cleared a path so the cattle could get to their water supply.
The warmer temperatures seem to be a welcome relief to everyone.
But with two more months of winter yet to come, these farmers say they're
prepared to face mother nature's wrath again--before the spring thaw.
Denise Allen News 7. ))
The recent snow storms have also made getting around difficult.
And for the disabled winter weather can make leaving the home impossible.
Wheelchairs don't move through snow and ice very well.
The winter weather also changes the terrain, making it difficult for the
blind to find their way.
Christene Montgomery, a member of the Mayor's Committee For the Disabled,
says keeping your sidewalks clear will help.
But she says staying in touch with your neighbors is the most important
thing to do.
And it's not just the disabled that need help making it through the snow.
Montgomery says you should also check in on people who are injured and on
crutches or use canes.
IN Q=the elderly
((CHRISTENE MONTGOMERY/MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR THE DISABLED: THE ELDERLY AND
SOME PEOPLE THAT ARE PARALYZED HAVE IMPAIRED CIRCULATION. SO THEY HAVE A
DANGER OF FROST BITE. SO THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO STAY OUT AS LONG, TO DO THE SNOW
REMOVAL IF THEY COULD.))
SUPER=01-Christene Montgomery/Mayor's Committee for the Disabled;
OUT Q=IF THEY COULD
Montgomery also wants to remind everyone that the disabled often need help
Many need assistance around the house or getting to the grocery store.
The anchor stores at Potomac Mills Mall opened today for normal business
hours -- after being forced to close because of a sagging roof.
VO-NAT 15:47 (Saturday)
The rest of the mall is expected to reopen tomorrow.
The Prince William County mall was evacuated yesterday when the sagging roof
was discovered near the main entrance and a clothing store.
Potomac Mills is one of the nation's largest malls.
Regional business leaders hope Roanoke County's accomplishment will
translate into more jobs.
The county dedicated the Spring Hollow Water treatment System yesterday.
The facility can provide up to 23 million gallons of water a day to the
Business leaders say this alleviates one problem when trying to attract
industry to the region.
SOT water trment 11:49:17
IN Q=water is very
((BEV FITZPATRICK/NEW CENTURY COUNCIL: WATER IS VERY ESSENTIAL FOR THE
INDUSTRY AND THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS. THIS GIVES US ONE MORE ASSET THAT WE
CAN SELL AS A REGION. TO THOSE COMPANIES THAT MIGHT LOOK HERE AND SAY GOSH WE
DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT.))
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/New Century Council;
OUT Q=WORRY ABOUT THAT
The Spring Hollow Reservoir holds more than three million gallons of water.
The reservoir and the treatment facility cost around 75-million dollars to
It will be a few weeks before water treated at the facility is available to
GRAPHIC=US Supreme Court
Justice Department lawyers will make their final arguments before the U-S
Supreme Court this week in the
government's bid to force the Virginia Military Institute to admit women.
The six-year legal battle comes to a climax Wednesday.
The Clinton administration will ask the nation's highest court to force
the state-supported school to admit women.
The lawyers also plan to argue that Mary Baldwin College's women leadership
program is unconstitutional.
V-M-I is one of two state-supported, male-only military colleges
in the nation.
SUPER=03-Charleston, SC/File Tape;
The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, also is under legal attack -- but
that dispute is at a standstill pending the outcome of the V-M-I case.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Area blood banks were one of the many casualties of the recent heavy
An old school learns some new tricks.
Jay Moore has the story up next.
wx ad lib
Well, we didn't see the cloud cover we were expecting to see-- instead high
pressure brought some much- needed sunshine.
Today's highs soared way above normal-- up into the 50's just about
Temperatures will moderate to the 40's during the week ahead.
And we'll have new storm to talk about by Wednesday-- But this one's only
expected to bring some rain.
We'll have more for you in the forecast-- stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
TAPE# 95-112;edit of 95-14 (Glasgow)
When Glasgow Elementary School closed several years ago, the doors were
chained shut and the windows boarded up.
But last month the eyesore re-opened.
Jay Moore tells us how the school is once again benefiting the community.
IN Q=Small children
SUPER=03-Glasgow; :00 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-Helen Cash/Skyline Manor Manager; :33
SUPER=01-Edith Wallace/Skyline Manor Resident; :50
(( Small children use to roam these halls.
But now a different age group is learning its way around the old
The town and county teamed up with a private company to turn this....
IN Q=In 1939
((JAY MOORE/REPORTER: IN 1939 GLASGOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OPENED. IT CLOSED IN
THE 80S AND NOW HAS REOPENED AS A HISTORIC LANDMARK. ))
OUT Q=historic landmark.
The historical aspect helped the town get financial aid to turn the school
into 32 apartments.
They're designed for one TO two people who are 62 or older, handicapped, or
IN Q=The building
((HELEN CASH/SKYLINE MANOR MANAGER: THE BUILDING HAD JUST ABOUT GONE. IT NOW
CAN BE USED AND HOPE MAKE USE OF FOR A LONG TIME AND TO HELP THESE ELDERLY
PEOPLE WHO NEED PLACES TO LIVE. ))
OUT Q=places to live.
Edith Wallace found she needed a new place to live when it became too
difficult for her to get in and out of her home.
IN Q=It was hard
((EDITH WALLACE: IT WAS HARD FOR ME TO GET UP AND DOWN THE HILL SO I HAD TO
FIND A LEVEL PLACE TO LIVE.))
OUT Q=place to live.
The manor has many nearby conveniences.
IN Q=The post office
((HELEN CASH: THE POST OFFICE IS ACCESSIBLE. THE BANK IS ACCESSIBLE. WE HAVE
OUR GROCERY STORES AND FILLING STATIONS. SO EVERYTHING IS RIGHT HERE THAT
THEY'LL NEED. ))
OUT Q=they'll need.
The residents pay according to their monthly income.
And water and sewer are included.
With all this what more could residents what....
IN Q=I'm planing
((EDITH WALLACE: I'M PLANING ON MAKING A LOT OF FRIENDS HERE. I NEED PEOPLE
TO TALK TO. ))
OUT Q=to talk to.
It may be awhile before Wallace has anyone to talk to.
Currently, there's only two people living there.
But by roll call next month, management expects classes to be half full.
In Glasgow, Jay Moore, News 7.))
The Red Cross is in urgent need of YOUR help.
Blood donor drives have been among many cancellations during the past week
and a half because of the snow.
Blood is in such demand that officials say some elective surgeries have been
canceled when the possibility of a transfusion was expected.
Red Cross officials scheduled an emergency blood drive to help alleviate the
The drive is all day tomorrow-- a holiday for some.
Officials hope that many will decided to celebrate Lee-Jackson-King Day by
giving the gift of life.
IN Q=it might be
((NORMA TOMLINSON/RED CROSS HEAD NURSE: IT MIGHT BE YOU OR ME THAT NEEDS THE
BLOOD. SO WE CERTAINLY NEED TO GET AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE CAN AND I UNDERSTAND
THEY HAVE INCREASED THE STAFF FOR MONDAY SO WE WOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE MORE
SUPER=01-Norma Tomlinson/Red Cross Head Nurse;
OUT Q=MORE PEOPLE
The drive is tomorrow at the Roanoke Donor Center on Church Avenue.
The hours are 8-30 to five in the afternoon.
All blood types are needed.
The big snowstorm last weekend impacted a lot of area businesses,
and the possibility of a strike at Bell Atlantic melts away.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Tuesday; :17
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Perhaps the only retailers benefitting from the Blizzard of 96 were the ones
selling shovels, sleds, and groceries.
Dominion Hardware in Danville, for example, had no shortage of customers.
Most stores weren't as lucky...the ones at the malls closed for two days.
For them, the Blizzard of 96 compounded the losses from a so-so holiday
The largest law firm in our area has become even bigger.
Woods, Rogers and Hazlegrove has merged with a Charlottesville firm and will
also open a new office in Washington, D-C.
First Union earned one-and-a-half-BILLION-dollars last year, as reported in
a statement that includes its latest acquisition, the First Fidelity bank.
And Bell Atlantic and the union representing more than 12-hundred workers in
our area have reached a tentative agreement on the most general issues in their
The union members have worked without a contract for five months.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it dropped 120
points, closing at 5061-point-1-2.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
VO-NAT 95-82 (Bacova)
A new employer in Alleghany County is putting the finishing touches on its
Bacova Guild is opening a plant in Low Moor.
It will employ close to 350 people.
IN Q=We will be
((PAT HAYNES/BACOVA GUILD C.E.O. WE WILL BE IN THE PROCESS OF INTERVIEWING FOR
100 JOBS IN ABOUT TWO MONTHS. WE'RE GOING TO START SOME PRE-EMPLOYMENT
TRAINING AND PRELIMINARY JOB INTERVIEWS PROBABLY BY THE END OF THIS MONTH.))
SUPER=01-Pat Haynes/Bacova Guild C.E.O.;
OUT Q=of this month.
The company had hoped to move in by the end of the month.
Bacova officials say it could take two months to phase in the plant.
SUPER=03-Bath Co./File Tape;
The company, based in Bath County, makes a variety of household goods, like
doormats, rugs, and personalized mailboxes.
Also this week, one of the first casualties of the lackluster Christmas
season for retailers.
Buster Brown Apparel will close a Smyth County sewing plant this spring,
laying off more than 200 employees.
The company says the primary reason for the closing is poor holiday sales.
The plant was temporarily closed several years ago for similar reasons.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
Roy will have the latest in sports, including who is making the trip to
Tempe for the Super Bowl.
SOT 595-33 37:20
And a viewer gives us feedback on a story we ran about an incident involving
two Virginia Tech football players.
MUSIC UP FULL
News-7's Feedback is back, with a viewer's comments on the controversy
surrounding a couple of Virginia Tech football players.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean.
IN Q=A story in our noon
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( A story in our noon newscast on the federal lawsuit filed against Tech and
football players Tony Morrison and James Crawford brought a reponse within
minutes from a viewer in Blacksburg.
She sent an E-mail note, defending the university's system for handling
complaints such as this, in which a student accused the players of raping her.
"Because of the sensitive nature of this issue it is the (alleged rape)
VICTIM'S choice as to whether or not the case is tried by the University
judiciary system or taken to criminal
court. The lawyer [for the student] just made it sound like it is university
handle cases internally and diminish the severity of the accusation, and
this is just not so. If the victim does not want to involve other family
members or expose details to public scrutiny, she may choose to keep all
information within the confines of the university. While I do not know any
details of this case, I do know that the university judiciary system has
worked fair and justly in the past."
Whether you want to respond within minutes of seeing a news story, or want
to reflect a bit, you can get in touch with us by mail at News-7 Feedback, PO
Box 7, Roanoke, Virginia, 24022.
Send your faxes to Feedback at area code 540-343-7269.
And for E-mail, our address is WDBJ7@teleweb.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
And coming up, North Carolina knocks Clemson from the unbeaten ranks the
Cowboys and Packers are battling in Irving.
And the Pittsburgh Steelers survive a last second Hail Mary pass to beat the
Indianapolis Colts and advance to the Super Bowl.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to the Superbowl for the first time
Bam Morris scored from the one yard line with over a minute left as the
Steelers beat the Indianapolis colts 20 to 16.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/NBC SPORTS; :
It was a battle of field goals in the first and second quarter Cary
blanchard's 36 yarder gave the Colts a 6 to 3 lead.
Pittsburgh scored the only touchdown of the first half Neil O'donnell
throwing the 5 yard touchdown pass to Kordell Stewart and the Steelers led 10
to 6 at the half.
Both teams added field goals in the third and in the fourth Jim Harbaugh
hooks up with Floyd Turner on the 47 yard touchdown pass and the Colts took the
16 to 13 lead.
But Pittsburgh answered. O'donnell goes to the air and he hits Ernie
Mills, who makes a super coach on the sideline for a big gain all the way to
the Colt one yard line.
Two plays later Morris takes the handoff and bulls his way over for the
score and Pittsburgh took the 20 to 13 lead.
But the game came down the final
SUPER=30-Pittsburgh/=20/Indianapolis/=16;play Harbaugh throws the Hail Mary
into the end zone the ball slips through Aaron Bailey's hands and hits the turf
the Steelers win it 20 to 16
The Cowboys and Packers are slugging it out in Irving this evening.
Michael Irvin's caught two touchdown passes and Brett Favre has thrown two
and the game was tied at 17 to 17 until Dallas scored to take a 24 to 17 lead
at the half of the divisional championship game.
Clemson is no longer among the ranks of the undefeated. The Tigers Ran
into a hot North Carolina team this afternoon at the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/JP-RAYCOM; :
Dean Smith's young Tar Heels got the jump on the Tigers early.
Jeff McGinnis pulls up and nails the baseline jumper and North Carolina led
27 to 20 half way through the first half.
Clemson would take it to the hoop Greg Buckner on the drive scores the
layup and the Tigers trailed 27 to 22.
But Carolina was just to strong on this play Antwain Jamison takes the
alley oop and slams it down and the Tar heels led 42 to 25 at the half.
With Merl Code out with an injury Buckner was the only offense the Tigers
had he picks up the lose ball and scores.
Carolina continued to control the SUPER=33-North
Carolina/=86/Clemson/=53=;game and the Tar Heels end Clemson's unbeaten streak
with the 86 to 53 win at the Dean Dome.
Massachusetts Forward Marcus Camby is being evaluated in a New York
Hospital this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Olean, NY/SPORTSCHANNEL; :
Camby collapsed in the hall way just before today's tipoff with St.
bonaventure. He was taken to the hospital and remains there in stable
Tyrone Weeks filled in for Camby and scored 15 points as top ranked
Massachusetts beat St. Bonaventure.
For that and all of the scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=....GREEN BAY."
1996 could be a banner year for Bill Davis racing and Driver Ward Burton.
The two joined forces to produce their first career win last season and now
they're hoping for more.
Mike Stevens has more from Thomasville, North Carolina.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=04-1995 Season; :00
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/October 22, 1995; :12
SUPER=01-Ward Burton/Driver MBNA Pontiac; :25
SUPER=03-Thomasville, NC; :44
SUPER=01-Bill Davis/Burton's Car Owner; :59
SUPER=03-Mooresville, NC; 1:25
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
Following the newscast, we'll show you a complete listing of schools still
closed or delayed due to the recent weather.
Those will appear on the bottom of your screen during the C-B-S Evening
SS=News 7 at 6
That's going to do it for News 7 at 6.
See you at 11.