Coming up on News Seven at Six-- area residents are still mopping up and
drying off after this week's flash floods.
And a court watchdog group says the Roanoke Valley's Court system is
In sports, Georgia Tech beats Virginia Roanoke College wins at the Bast
Center and highlights from the Crestar Classic.
Another round with Mother Nature has left some areas water- logged--
But the colder temperatures are helping out.
More details coming up in the forecast.
Some 150 students at Virginia Military Institute are receiving medication
It's a precaution, after a freshman,
18 year old Scott Hickey, died yesterday from a blood disease.
The disease is caused by the same bacteria associated with meningitis.
Denise Allen was on campus today and she has the latest.
IN Q=Freshman cadet
SUPER=01-Mike Strickler/VMI Spokesperson; :12
SUPER=01-Adelle Zmarzly/Roanoke City Health Dept.; :46
OUT Q=News 7
Freshman cadet Scott Hickey was majoring in Civil Engineering.
Today flags at VMI were flying at half staff in honor of the Staunton
Hickey's life was cut short by a rare infection.
IN Q=he was manager
((MIKE STRICKLER/VMI SPOKESPERSON: HE WAS MANAGER OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM IN THE
FALL. IN HIGH SCHOOL HE WAS VERY ACTIVE IN 4-H, PRESIDENT OF HIS YOUTH
OUT Q=HIS YOUTH GROUP
Hickey was given Tylenol for a fever and other flu-like symptoms here at the
When Hickey's condition worsened, the school physician sent him to the
emergency room at Stonewall Jackson Hospital.
IN Q=THEY WERE GOING
((THEY WERE GOING TO AIRLIFT HIM TO CHARLOTTESVILLE, BUT WHEN THEY GOT HIM UP
IN THE AIR HE HAD AN ARREST. THEY COULDN'T HANDLE THAT ON THE HELICOPTER SO
THEY BROUGHT HIM BACK.))
OUT Q=THEY BROUGHT HIM BACK
Hickey died from a rare blood infection caused by a bacteria called
Neisseria Meningitides(nih SEAR ee uh men IN JI Ditties) which often causes
The bacteria is actually so common an estimated five to 20 percent of the
population carries the germ in the its throat.
The bacteria is airborne or spread by contact.
The incubation period for the disease is one to 10 days.
IN Q=the severity of
((ADELLE ZMARALY/ROANOKE CITY HEALTH DEPT.: THE SEVERITY OF ANY ILLNESS
DEPENDS ON THREE FACTORS: ONE IS HOW MUCH OF A DOSE OF THAT GERM YOU GET, HOW
DISEASE PRODUCING THAT GERM IS AND HOW SUSCEPTIBLE THAT PERSON MIGHT BE.))
OUT Q=MIGHT BE
Symptoms of meningitis vary, depending on the cause-- but may include:
--Stiff neck & back
And Adelle Zmarly says it can even be prevented by good personal hygiene.
For instance don't share drinks.
If you're ill wash your hands and of course a healthy lifestyle with proper
diet and exercise.
The infection is treatable.
150 people at VMI have been given the antibiotic Rifampin to prevent the
bacteria from taking any more lives.
Denise Allen News 7.
Several communities are still mopping up after yesterday's flash floods.
The situation has improved in most areas today.
The rains have settled and water levels have started to fall back--however,
some public officials say the battle has just begun.
In most areas emergency crews are out pumping basements, surveying damage,
and cleaning up the mud.
No deaths or injuries have been reported because of the floods.
Most primary roads are open again, except for Bath County-- Route 220 and 39
are still closed.
Bath County officials report this flood caused more damage than the flood of
"85" because it was unexpected and the heavy rains fell over a short period of
The situation is still very serious in West Virginia's Greenbrier Valley,
Flooding there has shut down Route 60 between Lewisburg and White Sulphur
Communication in the area is very difficult; phone and power service has yet
to be restored in many places.
School officials tell us the communities of Caldwell, Alderson and parts of
Rutherford have sustained severe damage.
The National Guard has been called in to prevent looting in the area.
Residents forced from their homes are staying in shelters.
More than a dozen Virginia Tech students returned to school from the recent
winter break to find their apartments had been burglarized.
Now Blacksburg Police have arrested four teenagers and charged them with
more than 100 counts of burglary, larceny and vandalism.
Items taken reportedly include moeny, clothing, and compact discs.
Three of the youngsters are 13; the fourth is 14 years old.
They are in custody at the Juvenile Detention Home in Christiansburg.
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Still ahead on News-7,
Are you getting left behind on the information superhighway?
Computers can be intimidating if you haven't ever logged on--we'll have some
advice for beginners, as we preview this weekend's "On Record".
That story and much more coming up.
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High pressure's making for a cold weekend-- but at least a fairly calm
As many areas are recovering from flooding problems, the chilly
temperatures are helping out by preventing any further snow melt.
Meanwhile, a weak disturbance could bring some light snow showers to the
region early tomorrow-- but no significant amount is expected.
I'll have more for you in the forecast-- please stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
Does the Internet and all the talk about computers confuse you?
Are you wondering what it's like to be On-Line?
This week's On Record looks at computers for beginners.
As Jean Jadhon reports, getting started isn't as hard as you think.
IN Q=This is what
SUPER=02-Doyle Edgerton/Roanoke Electronic Village; :15 quick!
SUPER=02-Cortney Martin/Blacksburg Electronic Village; :19
SUPER=01-Cortney Martin/Blacksburg Electronic Village; :37
SUPER=01-Tom Ceceros/Va. Western Community College; :59
OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke
((This is what it looks like to be On-line. You can read magazines, find out
about government or even learn about News 7.
You can also spend- by shopping at the electronic mall.
You can even chat with folks all over the world.
DOYLE EDGERTON/ROANOKE ELECTRONIC VILLAGE: A LOT OF THE INTERNETS REALLY ALL
ABOUT ALL THE GLOBAL COMPUTERS SHARING INFORMATION.
CORTNEY MARTIN/BLACKSBURG ELECTRNOIC VILLAGE: THERE IS A WEALTH OF INFORMATION,
GOVERNMENT INFORMATION, EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES. THERE'S JUST NO END TO WHAT
YOU'LL FIND OUT THERE.
More and more people are getting in on the computer craze but you don't
have to own a computer or spend a lot of cash to get on line.
MORE AND MORE WE'RE SEEING PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTERS THAT PEOPLE CAN USE FREE OF
CHARGE FOR INSTANCE AT THE BLACKSBURG ELECTRONIC VILLAGE WE HAVE COMPUTERS SET
UP IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. FOLKS CAN GET A FREE E MAIL ACCOUNT AND THEY HAVE
ACCESS TO EVERYONE ON THE INTERNET.
Jean Jadhon/News 7: The Web, the Internet, E-Mail. The lingo can be
overwhelminging if you're new at it, but it doesn't have to be. Learning
computer talk and how to travel the superhighway is easier than you might
TOM CECEROS/VA. WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE: ONCE THEY GET THROUGH THE WINDOWS
APPLICATION WHICH TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF TIME BUT ONCE THEY GET ACCUSTOMED TO
THE MOUSE IT'S NOT MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE ROYAL REMINGTON TYPEWRITER OF THE
FIFTIES AND SIXTIES.
For more about what it's like to be on line and how to get started join me
for On Record Sunday morning at eleven. Jean Jadhon News Seven Roanoke.))
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When News 7 returns,
Another busy afternoon in college and high school hoops.
Roy will have Crestar Classic highlights for you.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
Some lucky person in the Roanoke area is 25 thousand dollars richer tonight.
Virginia lottery officials say there was one winning ticket sold for Friday
night's Cash Five drawing.
The ticket--bearing the numbers seven, eight, 12, 14 and 17--was sold in
No tickets worth 100 thousand dollars or 50 thousand dollars were sold.
The battle over Powerball and Keno in the General Assembly has yet to begin.
And so far, Governor George Allen is remaining mum on the proposed games.
IN Q=I think people
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK PEOPLE CAN MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES ON IF
THEY WANT TO SPEND THEIR MONEY ON THE LOTTERY OR NOT. WHETHER I SUPPORT IT OR
NOT, I DON'T PARTICULARLY CARE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER TO BE HONEST WITH YOU ABOUT
KENO OR POWERBALL. AND THAT'S WHY I SAID IF THE LEGISLATURE PASSES A BILL
RESTRICTING THE LOTTERY DEPARTMENT'S AUTHORITY TO DO THAT, I'LL SIGN THE
OUT Q=sign the bill.
Allen used almost 70- million dollars to balance his budget in anticipation
of gambling revenues.
Despite criticism from Senate Democrats, he won't say how he would plug the
hole if lawmakers reject his gambling proposition.
And coming up, William Fleming takes national ranked Science Hill to the
wire in the Crestar Classic Roanoke slips by Randolph-Macon.
And Georgia Tech hands the Virginia Cavaliers another Atlantic Coast
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
One day after losing their head coach, the William Fleming Colonels tipped
off the Crestar Roundball Classic today at the Salem Civic Center, taking on
the number 3 ranked team in the country, Science Hill of Johnson City,
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Colonels vs. Hilltoppers;
With Marshall Ashford at the reins, Fleming played like the ranked team
Back to back buckets by James Stokes gave the Colonels a six point lead
Fleming led by 19 early in the second. Brad Dunleavy goes to the hole and
But the Hilltoppers started to click. Virginia Tech recruit Nathan Bailey
finds the range on this three pointer.
Then watch Michael Lewis throw the SUPER=33-Science Hill/=56/William
lob to Jovann Johnson who jams it down, and Science Hill hangs on to win it 56
The Virginia Cavaliers dropped another A-C-C game. Georgia Tech beats the
Cavs this afternoon by 20, 90 to 70.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/WSET; :
Jeff Jones and the Cavaliers fell behind early.
Stephon Mauberry pulls up and hits the three pointer and the Yellow
Jackets led 28 to 14.
Virginia's Norman Nolan takes it to the hoop and scores but the Cavaliers
trailed by 13 late in the first half.
Georgia Tech continued to have the hot hand and the Yellow Jackets led at
the half by 23, 44 to 21.
Virginia's Curtis Staples got hot in the second half hitting this three
staples finished the game with 20 points.
Georgia Tech comes right back going outside for the trey and a 20 point
lead with 11-minutes left in the game.
Courtney Alexander finished the SUPER=33-Georgia
Tech/=90/Virginia/=70;day with 26 points but the Cavaliers come up short in
Atlanta 90 to 70.
After a blowout win over Guilford earlier this week the Roanoke College
Maroons squared off with Randolph Macon this afternoon hoping to take over
third place in the ODAC.
SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs. Yellow Jackets;
Paige Moir's club had their hands full with Hal Nunley's troops.
Tim Braun finds a cutting Mike Ball and Roanoke led by six in the first
But Macon went on a run to tie things up. Kurt Axe finds Matt Meehan
inside for the easy deuce.
Kevin Sigafoes then knocks down a longe range bomb for 3 of his 16 points
on the day.
Roanoke led by 12 at the break SUPER=33-Roanoke/=85/Randolph-Macon/=83;
thanks to this leaner by Jason Bishop, and the Maroons hang on for the 85 to 83
Top Ranked U-Mass gets a win without center Marcus Camby for that and all
of this afternoon's college scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
Former Radford and Old Dominion head coach Oliver Purnell has found a
home in Dayton and the Flyers are quickly adjusting to Purnell's style of play.
IN Q="It was
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Thursday Night; :08
SUPER=01-Oliver Purnell/Dayton Head Coach; :
OUT Q=........of those teams."
((It was 1988 when Purnell began his head coaching career at Radford
He returned to Southwest Virginia Thursday night his Flyers taking on
11-th ranked Virginia Tech. And Purnell seems to have found a home in
((OLIVER PURNELL/DAYTON HEAD COACH: MY FAMILY'S THERE, WHICH IS THE MOST
IMPROTANT THING, BECAUSE I'M SO IN AND OUT MY LIFESTYLE AND JOB IS PRETTY MUCH
THE SAME IN TERMS OF DOING SOME TRAVELING, THAT KIND OF THING. BUT THEY ARE
VERY HAPPY THERE. IN A PLACE WHERE BASKETBALL IS IMPORTANT. ))
The Flyers were 11 point underdogs in the Cassell but they took the Hokies
to the wire and had a shot at winning the game.))
((OLIVER PURNELL: AGAINST THE 11TH RANKED TEAM IN THE COUNTRY ON THEIR HOME
COURT TO BE IN A POSITION TO HIT A SHOT AND WIN...SORT OF AT THE BUZZER, AND TO
GET THAT SHOT. GOTTA GIVE CREDIT TO OUR KIDS.))
((It's those kind of games that Purnell says will take the Flyers to the next
Dayton's 9 wins at this point in the season tops last seasons win total and
after two years under Purnell the program appears to be headed in the right
((OLIVER PURNELL: I THINK THE SKY'S THE LIMIT. AS LONG AS THE LEAGUE STAYS
WHERE IT IS IN TERMS OF HI PROFILE TEAMS. TECH, UMASS, TEMPLE. WE SIMPLY WANT
TO BE ONE OF THOSE TEAMS.))
The Roanoke Express is in Charlotte tonight for a 7:30 meeting with East
division rival Charlotte at Independence Arena.
The Checkers have been Roanoke's achilles heel of late; beating the
Express in the the two teams last four battles.
Roanoke currently holds fifth place in the division and is 2 points out of
4th and 7 points behind the third place Checkers.
Roanoke's inconsistency and playing three FULL periods of hockey are the
issues the team must address to win games like tonight's.
The Consolation and semi finals rounds are over and the championship round
of the Virginia State tournament is almost complete.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :
Virginia and Virginia Tech both had a good showing in the tournaments first
round and both teams are using the competition for future events.
IN Q="For the last
((LENNY BERNSTEIN/UVA HEAD COACH: ))
((JERRY CHEYNET/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Lenny Bernstein/UVa Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Jerry Cheynet/Tech Head Coach; :16
OUT Q=......to be tough."
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