Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX--
A high ranking member of Virginia's Democratic party will step down.
A follow up on two Floyd County brothers that BOTH lost their businesses to
fire a year ago.
And we'll see how folks celebrated a chilly Easter holiday.
In sports, highlights from four major league baseball games on this Easter
day, an explosion on the grand prix raciing circuit, and maike stevens chats
with Jeff Gordon, Bobby labonte, and Sterling marlin.
Easter's usually a sure sign of Spring--
But a freeze warning's in effect tonight in some locations-- and tomorrow
promises more cold temperatures, and even some snow showers.
There's no word yet on what caused a fatal accident in Franklin County this
State Police say 30- year- old Ronnie Lee Markham of Vinton was pronounced
dead at the scene of the accident around five o'clock.
According to Trooper J-K Johnson, Markham's 19-87 Saab four door was heading
northbound on route 2-20, just south of route 6-19, when it ran off the right
side of the road and overturned.
The trooper's report says it doesn't appear that Markham was wearing a
An accident involving a motorcycle and a pick-up truck sent one man to the
25-year-old Eddie Lee Clements, of Roanoke County, is in stable condition at
Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police say Clements' motorcycle struck a pick-up truck driven by 47-year-old
Roy T. Danson.
Danson was attempting to make a left turn when the accident occurred.
Danson was not injured.
The accident happened around 2:30 on Dale Avenue in Roanoke.
It is still under investigation and charges are pending.
A bucket of ashes appears to be the cause of a house fire in Roanoke County
that left a family homeless.
The fire investigator says a bucket of ashes from the fireplace was placed
on a cardboard box in the basement of the Poplar Drive home.
And apparently heat from the ashes ignited the box.
They say the house received 25-thousand dollars of heat and smoke damage to
The owner received minor injuries when he tried to put out the fire.
The family will not be able to return to the house until damaged electrical
wiring is repaired.
The fire marshal wants to warn everyone that ashes stored in a metal bucket
can stay hot up to 14 days.
The owl has risen from the ashes.
A little more than a year a go The Owl Hollow Horse Farm burned to the
It's still a work in progress, but slowly the nationally renowned horse farm
is getting back on its hooves.
Denise Allen has the story.
IN Q=Last year
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Diane McBroom/Owl Hollow Horse Farm; :10
SUPER=01-Steve McBroom/Owl Hollow Horse Farm; :28
OUT Q=News 7.
((Last year this farm--known for its Morgan Horses--was devastated by fire.
What was left had to be leveled.
((DIANE MCBROOM/OWL HOLLOW HORSE FARM: THE ONLY WAY I CAN DESCRIBE IT IS, IF
YOU'VE EVER LOST YOUR WALLET JUST MULTIPLY THAT BY EVERY THING YOU OWN AND
THAT'S HOW IT FELT.))
((BANG. BANG. BANG.))
Now 14 months later the new barn is almost complete.
The McBrooms say fire accelerated changes they were already planning to
((STEVE MCBROOM/OWL HOLLOW HORSE FARM: IT'S CAUSED US TO BECOME AN AWFUL LOT
SMALLER THAN WE WERE. WE HAD A 42 STALL FACILITY BEFORE THE FIRE. THIS NEW
FACILITY IS 17 STALLS.))
((WE WERE COMING TO THE REALIZATION THAT WE NEEDED TO EXPAND THE THOROUGH-BRED
AND WARMBLOOD BUSINESS AND THAT THE MORGANS, WHILE WE LOVE THEM THE MOST, WE
NEEDED TO EXPLORE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES.))
Their house was also destroyed in the fire.
Now they're living in an apartment above the barn, but for 14 months this
was their home and business office.
To say the least, the 33 foot travel trailer was crowded with two children,
dogs and a cat.
((EVERYBODY BRUSHES THEIR TEETH AT THE SAME SINK AND THE SAME TIME, CROWDED IN
A LITTLE SPACE. YOU JUST LEARN HOW TO GET ALONG AND SHARE. YOU LEARN HOW TO
PUT YOUR SHOES AWAY INSTEAD OF LEAVING THEM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLOOR.))
Soon there will be plenty of room for shoes in the middle of the
floor--their new house will be finished by August.
The McBrooms say since the fire they've learned to appreciate everything
life has to offer.
Denise Allen News 7. ))
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :00
Steve is not the only McBroom trying to rebuild after a fire.
His brother Swede McBroom lost a woodworking business in blaze just two
months after the horse farm went up in smoke.
The fire claimed all of Swede McBroom's antique woodworking tools.
Swede is also a musician.
And he lost instruments and a music collection he acquired while in Europe.
It's been a year since the fire and now Swede says his business looks
promising once again.
IN Q=NOW WE'VE
((SWEDE MCBROOM/BOOTHE CREEK WOODWORKING: NOW WE'VE ALMOST COMPLETED
REBUILDING AND WE'RE GETTING ON WITH WORK. WE HAVE OUR FIRST JOB NOW. THE
MUSIC HAS BEEN GOING VERY WELL FOR THE LAST THREE OR FOUR MONTHS. WE BUILT THE
SUPER=01-Swede McBroom/Boothe Creek Woodworking;
OUT Q=THE STUDIO FIRST
Swede says the fire was devastating and nearly wiped out his business.
But it did offer a hidden benefit.
The fire allowed him to build a separate studio for his music.
IN Q=WE BUILT BACK
((WE BUILT BACK QUITE A BIT SMALLER THAN THE ORIGINAL WORKSHOP. WE HAD PLANNED
TO DOWNSIZE ANYWAY AND MOVE DOWN HERE. BUT WE DIDN'T PLAN ON A FIRE MAKING THE
OUT Q=THE MOVE POSSIBLE.
Fire investigators say the fire was accidental.
And Swede says it's taken a while but he's recovered.
Now it's back to the business of custom designing woodwork and making
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Virginia's Democratic Party spokeswoman is stepping down and moving to North
And Roanoke County is feeling the fallout of the failed 37- million- dollar
But first let's check in with Kimberly...
Wx ad lib
Well, we just can't seem to get a break from wintry weather-- not even for
the Easter holiday.
Partly to mostly sunny skies shone-- but temperatures stayed chilly.
Tonight's lows will drop into the 20's and 30's-- a Freeze Warning has been
issued for the foothills of the Blue Ridge and in the Western Valleys.
And as if that wasn't enough-- light snow showers return to the forecast
More on this unseasonable weather-- coming up.
MUSIC UP FULL
Virginia's Democratic Party will be searching for a new spokeswoman.
Gail Nardi resigned yesterday as director of communications of the
She's taking a similar job in North Carolina.
She says she felt it was time for a change of scenery.
She begins her new job next month.
G-O-P senatorial hopeful Jim Miller says he wants to use the office to bring
more african- americans into the party.
Miller is challenging Senator Warner for the party's nomination for Warner's
Miller said yesterday that if after his first term there aren't more blacks
in the party -- quote "I will count that I have failed in a very significant
Miller said he would use a what he called a senator's "moral authority,
visibility and influence" to correct what he said has been a shortsighted
neglect of minorities by Republicans nationally.
The nominee will be chosen in a June 11th open primary.
The Kroger supermarket chain avoids a costly strike by its workers,
and Shenandoah Life Insurance gets some assurance about its customer service.
We recap the week's top economic stories in southwest and central Virginia
with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Tuesday; :20
OUT Q=NAT SOT
More than three-thousand unionized workers from Kroger supermarkets in our
area reconsidered their strike vote from last Sunday and decided to stay on the
Many of the younger members of the rank and file felt a dollar ten wage
increase over a five year period was insufficient.
Botetourt County signed a deal made in steel this week.
On Tuesday it announced that the Meadville Forging Company of Pennsylvania
will build a new plant in Buchanan that will hire 75 people over the next two
and a half years.
The New River Valley Economic Development Alliance has hired one of its
founders as its new executive director.
Officials selected Dublin businessman Hiawatha Nicely from a pool of 70
Roanoke's Patrick Henry Hotel is no longer in the Radisson chain.
The hotel's general manager said the reservation arrangement was not cost
Some high marks for Shenandoah Life, which has more than 200 employees in
An independent research firm says the insurer received a 100-percent
satisfaction rating from its business customers.
A Mecklenburg County department store chain is growing.
Peebles Incorporated says it plans to merge with Carlisle Retailers, which
operates seven stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 96-points,
closing at 5682-point-88.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Roanoke County voters rejected a 37- million dollar bond issue for schools
on Tuesday, but the referendum may have a lasting impact on the county.
Bond issue opponent Don Terp says the two- month debate has insured that
more citizens will be involved in county planning and politics.
IN Q=They're going to have
((DON TERP/BOND ISSUE OPPONENT: THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT
THE CITIZENS HAVE TO SAY AND WHAT THE CITIZENS WANT TO DO, BECAUSE IT FINALLY
CAUGHT UP WITH THEM. IT JUST DID. THE TERRIFIC SPENDING THEY'VE BEEN DOING IN
THE LAST FOUR YEARS, LIKE A BUNCH OF DRUNKEN SAILORS, HAS JUST GOT TO STOP.
THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT AND I THINK THE CITIZENS HAVE SENT THAT MESSAGE TO
SUPER=01-Don Terp/Bond Issue Opponent;
OUT Q=have sent that message to them.
But with the county's failure to approve financing for a new south county
high school, bond issue advocate Terri Langford says regional divisions may be
the legacy of the referendum.
IN Q=I've heard a lot of people
((TERRI LANGFORD/BOND ISSUE ADVOCATE: I'VE HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE
CALLED ME, AND THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF NUMBERS, HAVE SAID THAT THEY'VE ALWAYS
SUPPORTED THE OTHER AREAS AND NOW WE HAD A CRITICAL NEED AND WE WERE NOT
SUPPORTED, SO I THINK IT WILL HAVE FAR- REACHING EFFECTS.))
SUPER=01-Terri Langford/Bond Issue Advocate;
OUT Q=far- reaching effects.
In the wake of the bond vote, south county parents have urged the school
board not to fund improvements at Northside High School and Glenvar Middle
School until a county- wide study of school needs is completed.
MUSIC ON TAPE
The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for much of the
We'll see how local gardeners are doing in preparation.
It wasn't so warm this morning either, as folks were heading to church.
MUSIC UP FULL
Forget the traditional Easter bonnet.
You needed a winter hat and coat for church services this morning.
Many in Southwest Virginia began the holiday morning in church.
The below normal temperatures didn't stop them from celebrating a
IN Q=we're celebrating
((CROZIER DRAPER: WE'RE CELEBRATING EASTER BY GETTING TOGETHER WITH OUR FAMILY
AND GOING TO BRUNCH. THEN WE'RE GOING TO OUR HOUSE AND JUST SPENDING TIME
ELIZABETH GILLIS: I USUALLY ATTEND CHURCH AND MY FAMILY USUALLY COMES. AND
WE HAVE EASTER DINNER AND ENJOY THE FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FAMILY.))
SUPER=07-Crozier Draper; :00
SUPER=07-Elizabeth Gillis; :12
OUT Q=WITH THE FAMILY
The temperatures didn't stop the Easter Bunny from hopping from home to
Though sources say the change to day-light savings made his job a bit more
highlights from 4 major league matinees to bring you, a scary moment in
grand Prix racing as a car explodes in flames,
and Mike Stevens serves up and easter conversation with Cup champion Jeff
Gordon, Bobby Labonte and the slumping Sterling Marlin.
We start in "Hot"lanta where the defending World Champs dropped Braves fans
an Easter Sunday basket filled with a win and lots of runs to go along.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Cardinals vs. Braves; :00
Easter apparel was not required but a welcome sight at Fulton County
Chipper Jones got the Braves going in the bottom of the first with this two
run homer to left center. JOnes SUPER=35-Atlanta/=13/St. Louis/==3;
went 4 for 4 with 4 RBI's.
Marquis Grissom joined 4 other teammates who homered. His grand slam in the
second put the Braves up 6-1.
Ryan Klesko also entered the homerun derby. Atlanta pounds the St. Louis
Cardinals 13 to 3.
wipe to #eng!!!!
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada/Rockies vs. Expos; :00
The national league East was busy. Atlanta rival Montreal dominated
Colorado 9 to 1. Batman gave the Easter bunny a break today!
Moises Alou got the Expos on the board first with this RBI single in the
first inning. 1-zip Montreal.
On to the 4th where Sherman Obando SUPER=35-Montreal/==9/Colorado/==1;
put the game away with this two run shot that gave the Expos a 4-nothing
cushion and Montreal tops the Rockies by 8.
In the NL Central, Chicago met West division power Los Angeles in what
turned out to be a tight battle at Wrigley.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Dodgers vs. Cubs; :00
When the game is close...you gotta have defense. Mark Grace provided it. he
makes the diving play on Ismail Valdes in the second.
The Dodgers Raul Mondesi delivered SUPER=35-Chicago/==5/Los Angeles/==4;
the offense. Mondesi..with the two run homer in the fourth that put L.A. up 3
nothing but the Cubs rally and win 5-4.
After losing their first three games, the American League champs seem to be
back on track as the Indians beat Toronto today for their second straight win.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Blue Jays. vs. Indians; :00
If this guy only new that millions of viewers would see him with the
bunny ears on.
Four Indians would hit homer runs. In the fifth, Manny Ramirez smacks this
solo shot off the left field wall to give Cleveland a 3-2 advantage.
Then came time for the ugliest easter bunny contest. cast your votes.
Albert Bell accounted for a pair of homers and the Indians ground the Jays
The Avalanche lost to Prince William today 6-nothing. pitcher Doug Million
fell in his season debut. Salem gave up 16 hits and committed 3 errors.
Better news from the Hill City. Lynchburg downed Wilmington 3-zip behind
homeruns from Jose Guillen and Adrian Brown. Now the numbers.
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
To the fast track. The Grand Prix of Argentina provided some explosive
highlights on this easter.
SUPER=03-Buenos Aires; :00
Check this out. Pedro Diniz's car is engulfed with flames as he spins on
the track. rescue workers hustled to the wreck as the driver ran from the
flames. He was not seriously hurt.
Damon Hill would go on to win the race.
The Winston Cup stars are enjoying a rare Sunday off to celebrate the Easter
Holiday with their families.
The first six races of the season have provided a mixed bag of results for
three of the top Chevy teams on the circuit.
Mike Stevens has more on Gordon, Marlin and Bobby Labonte.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Three Wins In 1996; :24
SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/15th In Points Standings; 1:16
SUPER=01-Sterling Marlin/11th In Points Standings; 1:48
SUPER=01-Larry McClure/Owner - Kodak Chevrolet; 1:58
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
(( After beginning the season with a dead last finish at Daytona and an
horrendous run at Rockingham, Jeff Gordon has returned to the form that brought
him a championship last season.
The Rainbow Warriors who were dressed in all black while testing at
Martinsville last week, never doubted themselves - although many others did.
((JEFF GORDON/THREE WINS IN 1996:))
The first four races of the season were a total disaster for Bobby Labonte.
The Interstate battery team that won three races last season, barely finished
races early on. But Darlington and Bristol have put Joe Gibbs team back in the
((BOBBY LABONTE/15TH IN POINTS RACE:))
Perhaps the most frustrated team of 1996, is the Abingdon based
MOrgan-McClure race bunch. After leading the points race most of the first
half of last year, Sterling Marlin The Kodak Chevy team have only one top 10
finish in the first six events in 96.
((STERLING MARLIN/11TH IN POINTS RACE:))
((LARRY MCCLURE/OWNER - KODAK CHEVROLET:))
And we'll be in Wilkesboro on Friday for Winston Cup qualifying for the First
Union 400. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for tonight.
Mostly clear skies and light winds will provide the environment for
another night of subfreezing conditions along the foothills of the Blue
Ridge and in the Western Valleys.
This has gardeners, who started their planting early, running for cover.. so
One green thumb in Roanoke County put plastic over his prize plants.
IN Q=It's kinda
((CHARLIE YOUNG/GARDENER: IT'S KINDA HARD TO GET AN EARLY GARDEN STARTED IN
WEATHER LIKE THIS. YOU CAN SEE WHAT WE'RE HAVING TO DO TO GET ONE STARTED
HERE. WE THOUGHT WE WAS GETTIN' ONE IN EARLY BUT IT DIDN'T HARDLY PAN OUT THAT
OUT Q=pan out that way.
Temperatures are expected to drop close to freezing in the Roanoke
In deeper portions of the Shenandoah Valley, readings as cold as the lower
to mid 20s are possible...leading to a hard freeze.