Only these guys would be happy to know they couldn't find what they were
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The public schools shake- down in Bedford County.
And the shortage of rescue squad volunteers is amplified by the death of a
local high school freshmen.
In sports, Mark Martin captured the pole for the Food City 500, Roy
Stanley will have a report from Bristol, the Martinsville Speedway president is
now in a racing drivers seat,
and the final four teams went through final practices today before
tomorrow's double header!!
The rainy, cool season drags on. Saturday we get a break but Sunday we head
back into the wet mode.
Since taking office in January, Bedford County's new Sheriff Mike Brown has
been "dogged" in his pursuit of illegal drugs.
Today, the sheriff got some four-legged help with a search of the county's
Steve Smallshaw has our story.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Trooper L.A. Leake/VA State Police; 24
SUPER=01-Harold Jones/JFHS Asst. Principal; :53
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; 1:03
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( natsot sniffing 00:53:35 (1)
While Bedford County students had their noses to the grindstone, some other
noses were checking out the students' bookbags... their lockers.. and their
In response to citizen and student concerns about drugs in the schools,
Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown called in some canine backup Friday.
Four drug and weapon- sniffing dogs made a clean sweep of the county's three
IN Q=These dogs
((TROOPER L.A. LEAKE/VA STATE POLICE: THESE DOGS ARE TAUGHT IF THEY GET ANY
ODOR OF ANY KIND OF EXPLOSIVE OR WEAPON TO SIT, WHERE THE DRUG DOGS ARE TAUGHT
TO SCRATCH AND DIG IT OUT AND EVERYTHING.))
OUT Q=and everything.
Despite their hard work, the dogs turned up no illegal substances in any of
the three schools.
It was a police officer who discovered the only violation of the day...a cap
gun and billy club in one Liberty High School student's car.
Still, authorities say the sweeps were a success...simply because they sent
a message to the students.
IN Q=I think the
((HAROLD JONES/JFHS ASST. PRINCIPAL: I THINK THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR THAT IT'S NOT
JUST A THREAT, THAT IT CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN, THE DOGS WILL COME INTO THE SCHOOL
AND MAKE A RANDOM CHECK.))
OUT Q=a random check.
IN Q=We will come
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: WE WILL COME UNANNOUNCED, WE MAY BE BACK
TOMORROW, WE MAY BE BACK NEXT WEEK, IT MAY BE 30 DAYS FROM NOW, BUT WE WILL BE
OUT Q=will be back.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
Hillsville mayor Barton Cooley says his arrest on charges of driving under
the influence of alcohol is regrettable and embarrassing.
Cooley was stopped on North Main Street in Hillsville last night when a
sheriff's deputy noticed his car weaving.
Cooley told News-7 his blood alcohol content was point- one... two 100ths
over the legal limit.
Cooley says he has been distraught since his wife of 49 years died in
December, and just wasn't thinking.
He says his arrest will not affect his position as mayor.
Up for re-election in May, Cooley vowed to do his job until the voters throw
A Botetourt County high school student died yesterday after collapsing in
And the closest Rescue Squad couldn't respond because there wasn't enough
There's no indication in this case that a quicker response would have made a
life and death difference, but it does raise the question of whether there are
enough rescue volunteers in Botetourt County.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=A new promotional
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Ned McElwaine/Asst. Co. Administrator; :11
SUPER=01-Penny Firestone/Troutville Rescue Squad; :35
OUT Q=S.P., News- 7, Botetourt County
(( A new promotional campaign is trying to pump some new blood into Botetourt
County's rescue squads.
There's a shortage of volunteers across the county, and officials are
sending out a call for help.
IN Q=The Rescue Squad
((NED MCELWAIN/ASST. CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THE RESCUE SQUAD ASSOCIATION HERE IN
BOTETOURT COUNTY APPROACHED BOTETOURT COUNTY IN TERMS OF WHAT COULD BE DONE IN
GREATER ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT. ))
OUT Q=assistance and support
The problem was magnified yesterday, after a student collapsed and died at
Lord Botetourt High School.
The call should have been handled by the Troutville Rescue Squad, but its
only available crew was on another call, forcing the Fincastle Rescue Squad to
IN Q=The volunteerism
((PENNY FIRESTONE/TROUTVILLE RESCUE SQUAD: THE VOLUNTEERISM IS DOWN AND THAT
UNFORTUNATELY IS HAPPENING IN NUMEROUS AREAS ACROSS THE STATE OF VIRGINIA BUT
IT CERTAINLY IS A PROBLEM HERE. ))
OUT Q=a problem here
Wednesday, these pamphlets were mailed to every home in Botetourt County,
hoping to attract more volunteers.
But that's just one phase of this new recruiting process.
stand up 14:04:56
The county was able to start the recruitment campaign thanks to a five-
thousand dollar state grant.
Aside from the pamphlets, current members will be giving presentations to
Officials also hope to attract volunteers through the airwaves-- by way of
radio and television.
end stand up
There is no set goal for this campaign.
Officials just want to reverse this current trend, and get as many
volunteers as possible.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
For 23 years George and Chanie Trueheart have been the only black couple on
their street in Pulaski County.
It was never a problem until Saturday, when they looked out to see a cross
burning in their yard.
Seconds later, a rock shattered their front window.
Chanie Trueheart said she'd rather put the incident behind her than speak on
She's grateful to her neighbors for the support they've shown.
And the parents of the two teenage boys facing felony charges of cross-
burning and rock- throwing have apologized.
A tracking dog helped deputies arrested both teens shortly after the
The battle lines have been drawn in community meetings during the last two
And next week, both sides of the bond issue debate in Roanoke County must
turn out their troops.
Tonight Joe Dashiell reports on the final shots before Tuesday's referendum.
IN Q=Supporters have framed the referendum
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Don Terp/Bond Issue Opponent; :24
SUPER=01-Terri Langford/Bond Issue Supporter; :51
OUT Q=Joe D News 7
((Supporters have framed the referendum as a vote for education... the best
way to insure that Roanoke county doesn't fall behind with outdated and
But with most of the money, more than 30 million, going toward construction
of a new south county high school, the debate has become mired in controversy
about the project.
Most recently with this week's rainfall and questions about the suitability
of the site.
SOT TERP 02:25:45
IN Q=You can build a high school
((DON TERP/BOND ISSUE OPPONENT: YOU CAN BUILD A HIGH SCHOOL IN THE MIDDLE OF
THE ATLANTIC OCEAN IF YOU WANT TO. IF YOU'RE WILLING TO PAY FOR IT, THERE'S A
WAY TO DO IT., BUT THE SITE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE FROM THAT STANDPOINT. IT FLOODS
AND THAT'S A SERIOUS PROBLEM.))
OUT Q=and that's a serious problem.
Supporters insist the site is safe... School buildings will be out of the
And they say they hope voters won't be swayed by what they consider scare
tactics and misleading statements.
IN Q=We believe that once people
((WE BELIEVE THAT ONCE PEOPLE WALK IN AND CLOSE THE CURTAIN, THEY WILL REALIZE
THAT WE'RE NOT VOTING ON THE SITE. WE'RE NOT VOTING ON BRICKS AND MORTAT. WHAT
WE'RE VOTING ON IS HOW THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE COUNTY FEEL ABOUT EDUCATION.))
Both sides will be watching how many county residents register their
With a vote that may fall along regional lines, Tuesday's turnout will
likely set the county's course.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--the "new" 100 hundred bill is beginning to
And the bald eagle flies high again--after some help getting back on track.
We'll visit with the Virginia Wildlife Center.
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Good news for Virginia college parents and students.
Governor Allen announced today he wants to freeze in-state tuition through
the year two-thousand.
Allen's proposal comes after the general assembly agreed on the tuition
freeze through the year 1998.
Allen wants to extend that freeze for two more years.
We caught up with Virginia Tech's chief spokesman to get a reaction.
IN Q=this coming year
((LARRY HINKER/VA. TECH CHAIR SPOKESMAN: THIS COMING YEAR WE- LONG BEFORE THE
STATE INSTITUTED A FREEZE HAD GUARANTEED OUR STUDENTS COMING IN NEXT YEAR NO
TUITION INCREASE. WERE WORKING VERY HARD AND WE WOULD WELCOME ANY EFFORT TO
TRY TO HELP OFFSET ANY RISING COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION FOR THE STATE OF
SUPER=01-Larry Hinker/Virginia Tech;
OUT Q=for the state of virginia
Allen plans to submit the proposed freeze during his last year in office.
On the eve of the Roanoke Valley's 26th annual home show, a state- of- the-
industry- address by the head of the Roanoke Regional Homebuilders'
Joe Miller says severe winter weather has put off a number of projects and
created pent-up demand for new home construction.
Miller anticipates a lot of building will take place this spring in a number
of new subdivisions.
IN Q=We're looking
((JOE MILLER/ROANOKE REGIONAL HOMEBUILDERS ASSOC.: WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO
THIS YEAR IN OUR INDUSTRY. I THINK THIS YEAR'S GONNA BE A A GOOD YEAR. LAST
YEAR WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR US AND I THINK THAT'S GONNA CONTINUE.))
SUPER=01-Joe Miller/Roanoke Regional Homebuilders Assoc.;
OUT Q=gonna continue.
The number of homes under construction in the Roanoke Valley last year was
down slightly, mostly due to the weather.
But Miller expects an active season in areas like Botetourt County,
southwest Roanoke County, and those parts of Bedford and Franklin County near
Smith Mountain Lake.
Ten percent of the attorneys at southwest Virginia's largest law firm quit
They're opening their own firm Monday.
Seven Woods-Rogers lawyers will join Frank Flippen, setting up shop in the
old Grand Piano Corporate office space on Campbell Avenue.
The law firm of Flippen, Densmore, Morse, Rutherford and Jesse will practice
mostly corporate law.
A couple of workers at G-E in Salem have sued the company and the electrical
Clarence St. Clair and Joseph Farmer claim they were victims of a "back room
deal" between the company and what they refer to as "union bosses," Gerald
Meadows and Michael Shepherd.
The suit accuses G-E of providing "special benefits" to the union leaders
for going along with a plan to replace Farmer and St. Clair- -and others with
seniority- -with less experienced workers.
Though they tried several times to put the matter to a vote of the union
rank and file, they say, the union local wouldn't allow it.
R-R-Donnelley Incorporated is in an expansion mode in Virginia.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Month;
But that's not the case everywhere.
Last month the printing company announced plans to put a
multi-million-dollar facility in Roanoke County.
But it also says it will now CLOSE two plants in North Carolina and Arizona
because they are too isolated.
Almost a thousand jobs will be lost.
The curiosity level is almost as high as the skepticism level as Virginians
get their first look at the new hundred dollar bill.
The first noticeable re-design of American paper currency since 1928 is all
about beating counterfeiters.
But as the Federal Reserve in Richmond ships out the new and takes in the
old this week, Virginians who've had a peek say it's mighty funny looking.
IN Q=We have
((DOUG KETCHAM/BANK TELLER: WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS FROM PEOPLE.
MOSTLY PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHETHER WE'VE GOTTEN IN THE HUNDRED DOLLAR BILLS,
BUT THEN THEY DON'T BELIEVE THE AUTHENTICITY OF IT. THEY QUESTION THE LARGER
FACE. IT ALMOST LOOKS LIKE MONOPOLY MONEY.))
((KEMPER BAKER/FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF RICHMOND: I CAN'T SAY THAT I'M EXCITED
BY IT. I THINK IT'S A CHANGE. THERE'S A LOT INVOLVED FROM OUR END.))
SUPER=01-Doug Ketcham/Bank Teller;
SUPER=01-Kemper Baker/Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; :12
OUT Q=our end.
You'll just have to check with your bank as to when the new hundred is
If smaller denominations are more your style, the Federal Reserve Bank will
be phasing in new versions over the next several months.
The Dow finishes the week on a down note, dropping 44 points to close at 55
NASDAQ was up six and a half points.
He fought back from a devastating gunshot wound, a stressful four month
rehabilitation, and an annoying car ride in a dog cage.
But today, a Virginia bald eagle took to the sky once again along the James
Ellen Qualls has his story.
IN Q=Ouch, don't bite me!
SUPER=03-Prince George Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Ed Clark/Va. Wildlife Center; :13
SUPER=01-Dr. Phylis Raynor/Veterinarian; :36
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((nat sot (cage)
Ed Clark has dedicated his career to an ungrateful lot -- including this
adolescent version of America's national symbol.
Veterinarian Phylis Raynor has dedicated the last four months to a
overseeing a gunshot wound recuperation -- and she doesn't get much more
((ED CLARK: THIS BIRD REALLY MADE US PROUD TODAY... ))
((DR. PHYLIS RAYNOR: HE PASSED ALL THE TESTS THAT WE PUT HIM THROUGH... HE
EATS ON HIS OWN.))
Bites and pecks aside, the Virginia Wildlife Center in Waynesboro is
bursting with pride over this eagle.
nat sot of release
He's the first of the great birds to be successfully rehabilitated in the
new hospital and 200 foot long flight cage.
((SCIENTISTS HAVE FOUND 41 EAGLE NESTS ALONG THE JAMES RIVER THIS YEAR, MAKING
IT NATIONALLY IMPORTANT FOR EAGLES. AND NOT A BAD PLACE TO RECUPERATE FROM A
As for this eagle, he spent a about two minutes scanning the scene -- before
it was time to catch a breeze, and maybe a fish.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Prince George County.))
The Final four is just a day away. All four teams went through a final
practice today; we will hear from the coaches, Martinsville Speedway President
Clay Campbell unveils his new race tream,
and john calipari has made fianl preparations in hopes that his star Marcus
CVamby can beat Rick Petino. Words from all four final 4 coaches to come.
The NCAA final four is just a day away and the teams went through final
practices in East Rutherford, New Jersey
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/Today; :00
The Continental Airlines Arena had a good sized crowd on hand to watch the
The featured event is the Kentucky/UMass game. Rick Pitino is facing a
catch 22 situation in dealing with player of the year Marcus Camby.
IN Q="The other
((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
((JOHN CALIPARI/UMASS COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Pitino/Kentucky Coach; :00
SUPER=01-John Calipari/UMass Head Coach; :09
OUT Q=...both teams"
The other semi final pits Syracuse against MIssissippi State. The usual
down Jim Beheim reassured everyone that he's A-okay.
((JIM BOEHEIM/SYRACUSE COACH:))
((RICHARD WILLIAMS/MISSISSIPPI STATE COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jim Boeheim/Syracuse Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Richard Williams/Mississippi State Coach; :15
A couple of wrecks slowed down first round qualifying for Sunday's Food
City 500 at Bristol International Raceway.
But Mark Martin found the groove and won his 10th career pole for the sixth
race of the year. Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/Today; :00
SUPER=01-Len Wood/Wood Brothers Citgo Ford; :18
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Food City 500 Pole Winner; :55
OUT Q=....check the top 25"
WIPE TO BOARDS!!!
IN Q=FIRST QUALIFY
OUT Q=...25th qualifier"
Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell announced this morning that he
will drive on the late model stock car circuit this summer.
Campbell and his crew unveiled the new Taco Bell team this Morning at
the Williamson road restaurant.
He will enter 18 races at New River and then two at South Boston. He doesn't
expects special treatment from the other drivers.
IN Q="I get
((CLAY CAMPBELL/LMSC DRIVER:))
SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/LMSC Driver; :00
OUT Q=....president of speedway"