Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Montvale Elementary lambasted by Rush Limbaugh. We'll tell you why.
A town of 417 people with leaders who share an up-beat message... and a
mayor whose claim to the position goes back three generations.
Tonight in sports, Lord Botetourt's Andrew Green picks up a 10 thousand
dollar scholarship, Brett Butler undergoes cancer surgery this afternoon,
and a former UVA football star is shot three times on the streets of
How do we spell relief from the heat? Cold front does the trick. Back to a
pleasant forecast for the rest of the week.
A Roanoke company known for its sparkling water may soon have a new owner.
The Quibell Corporation has had its share of woes, mostly stemming from an
argument with the company that makes its uniquely shaped bottles.
Production has been halted for a month.
The company's attorney says just as Quibell was trying to resolve its
problems, some beverage companies expressed an interest in purchasing it.
The Soho Beverage Company from northern Virginia apparently has the best
IN Q=It's not really a bailout
((ANDY GOLDSTEIN/QUIBELL ATTORNEY: IT'S NOT REALLY A BAILOUT. SOHO IS A
COMPANY THAT IS IN THE INDUSTRY. THEY HAVE SOME PRODUCTS OF THEIR OWN. IN
FACT THEY'RE INTERESTED IN MARKETING AND MANUFACTURING THEIR PRODUCTS OUT OF
THE FACILITY IN ROANOKE SO THEY'RE GOING TO PAY A STRONG PRICE.))
SUPER=01-Andy Goldstein/Quibell Attorney;
OUT Q=strong price.
Soho's owner says of Quibell, "it's a great brand name, great product, it
has built up a very good brand niche".
If the deal goes through, Soho intends to keep producing Quibell products.
The two sides are in intense negotiations.
They say only one large roadblock stands in the way of a deal, but they
won't say what it is.
A Bedford County school was the talk of a national radio program today.
Rush Limbaugh lashed out at Montvale Elementary school officials during his
daily syndicated talk show, heard locally on W-F-I-R radio.
Limbaugh was angry about a teacher at the school who confiscated one of his
books from a fourth grader who was reading it.
SOT 00:13:17 - 00:13:24
IN Q=I just think
((RUSH LIMBAUGH/TALK SHOW HOST: I JUST THINK THAT THEY'RE LIBERALS. THERE ARE
LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES AND IF THEY'RE LIBERALS THEY'RE NOT TOLERANT. IT'S
JUST THAT SIMPLE.))
OUT Q=just that simple
The incident happened last Thursday during a classroom reading period.
The teacher reportedly objected to the use of the word "condom" in chapter
12 of Limbaugh's book.
But the student's father says the book should not have been taken away.
SOT 09:37:20 - 09:37:28
IN Q=He believes in
((THOMAS GARDNER/PARENT: HE BELIEVES IN WHAT RUSH SAYS BECAUSE WE ARE A
CONSERVATIVE HOUSEHOLD AND MOST OF THE STUFF IS COMMON SENSE STUFF.))
OUT Q=common sense stuff
Like Limbaugh, Gardner believes the real reason for the school's action is
the "liberal bias" of school officials.
But during a telephone interview the school's principal said he didn't
consider himself a liberal.
Ron Mason said the word condom was repeated throughout the chapter and was
not appropriate for fourth graders.
Mason says he still has the book and intends to hold onto it for now.
Meanwhile Gardner is demanding the book be returned to his son in class.
Drinking heavily, high on cocaine, consumed by rage... Mitzi Horton can't
explain why she nearly choked an elderly man to death, then drove around for
days with Vernon Laughon locked in the car trunk.
IN Q=I don't know
((MITZI HORTON: I DON'T KNOW WHY IT HAPPENED. VERNON'S ALWAYS BEEN GOOD TO ME.
WE NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS. I WAS IN A RAGE AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY.))
OUT Q=understand why.
* * * Keith ON ENG * * *
At her sentencing hearing today, the 32-year old abductor said she'd
consumed three pints of bourbon, two CASES of beer, some wine and four rocks of
She also had her 6-month old daughter in the car with her, when she choked
the 83-year old victim "within an inch of his life," then dumped him,
unconscious, in the trunk.
IN Q=I wanted
((I WANTED AT THAT POINT IN TIME, I WAS SO MAD, YES I WAS. I COULD HAVE KILLED
HIM. I COULD HAVE, BUT IT WASN'T IN ME TO DO IT. SO I DIDN'T.))
OUT Q=so I didn't.
Judge Dianne Strickland sentenced Horton to serve a total of 14 years for
robbery and abduction... though two of those years will be devoted to drug and
alcohol- abuse treatment.
A jury in North Carolina has ordered White-supremacist, William Pierce, to
compensate a black family.
Pierce lives in the Pocahontas town of Mill Point, West Virginia.
He's the author of the "Turner Diaries," a book that describes the overthrow
of the federal government and the elimination of blacks and Jews.
A jury in Bryson, North Carolina found the book inspired a white-
supremacist to kill a North Carolina black man in 1991.
The panel ordered Pierce to pay 85-thousand dollars to the family of the
That's the amount of profit Pierce made when he sold a home two years ago.
Pierce is appealing.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six-
A new generation of leaders is about to take charge and hopes to do great
things in one community.
And imagine a school with no grades. We'll take a look at an alternative
education program in Blacksburg celebrating 25 years.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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Starting today there's a new face on Lynchburg City Council.
Reverend Carl Hutcherson Junior attended his first city council work session
this afternoon, just hours after he was sworn in during a city hall ceremony.
Hutcherson says he's ready to hit the ground running.
IN Q=We're ready to
((REV. CARL HUTCHERSON/NEW L'BURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WE'RE READY TO GET STARTED,
WE'VE BEEN DOING SOME HOMEWORK AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING ON BOARD
AND WORKING WITH THE OTHER MEMBERS OF COUNCIL.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Carl Hutcherson/New L'burg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=members of council.
Hutcherson won a special election for one of the at- large seats on council,
replacing Dr. Robert Vogel.
State law required him to take office within thirty days of his victory.
A construction worker escaped with only minor injuries this morning when he
fell off a bridge in Giles County.
Workers are building a new bridge to replace the old steel truss structure
on River Road in Pembroke.
22 year- old Joe Keffer of Pembroke plunged head-first onto some boulders
about 30 feet below.
He was treated for facial injuries and released from Giles Memorial
14 teenagers at a group home in Floyd County were awaken overnight by smoke
The fire broke out around three this morning.
When firefighters arrived at the Tekoa Group Home they found flames shooting
through the roof.
A lamp bulb appears to have set some bed sheets on fire.
Staff members think it was accidental.
IN Q=One of the boys
((ROBERT SISK/GROUP HOME MANAGER: ONE OF THE BOYS WAS AWAKEN IN THE MIDDLE OF
THE NIGHT BY A SENSATION OF LIGHT OR HEAT OR SOMETHING. A LAMP WAS APPARENTLY
ON FIRE BESIDE HIS BED. HE GOT UP AND TRIED TO PUT IT OUT BY PUTTING IT ON HIS
BED, THEN HE WENT NEXT DOOR TO GET HELP FROM ANOTHER KID.))
SUPER=03-Robert Sisk/Group Home Manager;
OUT Q=from another kid.
The home was partially damaged.
One person suffered minor injures.
State police are investigating.
The teen residents are now staying at local shelters.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
The third announcement in just over a year that a semiconductor plant will
locate in Virginia has the Allen Administration gloating.
But just how accurate is Governor George Allen's new catch phrase "the
Ellen Qualls takes a look.
SUPER=03-Manassas/August 1995; :08
SUPER=04-Courtesy of Motorola; :14
SUPER=01-John Accordino/VCU Urban Planning Professor; :33
SUPER=04-Courtesy of Siemens-Motorola; 1:02
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
A 1-point-5 BILLION dollar plant and 15- hundred jobs for Henrico County.
A potential four BILLION dollars in investment, and four thousand jobs for
Motorola in Goochland County.
Three BILLION dollars to invest, and up to five thousand jobs.
The Governor beams a bold claim back from a foreign trade mission.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: ONE THING THAT STRIKES ME IN TALKING WITH BUSINESS
LEADERS HERE IN EAST ASIA IS THERE RECOGNITION OF VIRGINIA'S EMERGENCE AS THE
((JOHN ACCORDINO/VCU URBAN PLANNING PROFESSOR: DOES IT MEAN THAT WE ARE
ANYTHING LIKE SILICON VALLEY? AND I WOULD SAY THE ANSWER IS DEFINITELY NO.
IT'S A GOAL. IT'S AN INTERESTING GOAL.))
Even a Republican close to the Administration admits the claim's a bit
These are after all manufacturing jobs -- high tech -- but manufacturing,
not research and development or corporate level.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: HOW DO YOU SAY WAFER IN JAPANESE? Uh. Wafer.))
Experts point out that computer wafer plants are at the bottom of the high
Unlike Boston or Silicon Valley, where the brain trust fuels what they call
propulsive economic activity.
((JOHN ACCORDINO/VCU URBAN PLANNING PROFESSOR: IN OTHER WORDS, THERE'S NEW
CREATIVE ENERGY GOING INTO NEW PRODUCTS, NEW PROCESSES ALL THE TIME. AND IT'S
SORT OF CONTINUALLY BUILDING. WE DON'T HAVE THAT HERE. BUT CERTAINLY, CHIP
PLANTS ARE GOOD.))
Good -- but not best.
Without more work on this, the experts say Virginians aren't at the head of
the class to do more of the work on this.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A down day on Wall Street. The Dow dropped 12 and a half points, finishing at
57 hundred 36.
NASDAQ lost three and a half points.
Until now the community of Iron Gate has perhaps been best known for its
speed limit, and the town sergeant's enforcement of it. But that may be about
Beth Myer says: recently- elected town leaders hope to give Iron Gate a new
IN Q=All many people
SUPER=03-Iron Gate; :00
SUPER=01-Jackie Leathers/New Council Member; :22
SUPER=01-Lethia Fisher/Iron Gate Mayor-Elect; :38
OUT Q=Beth Myer News 7, Iron Gate.
((All many people know about the small town of Iron Gate in Alleghany County
is the often strictly enforced 35 mile an hour speed limit on Route 2-20 as it
cuts through the town.
But beyond the noise and traffic on the highway, there's a lot of energy in a
new group of leaders that hope to do great things for this town of 417 people.
10 38 43 00 - 10 38 50 00
IN Q=This is a
((JACKIE LEATHERS/NEW COUNCIL MEMBER: THIS IS A SMALL TOWN, BUT IT IS AN UP
BEAT TOWN. WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE IT MORE PLEASANT FOR OTHERS TO MOVE IN AND
HAVE MORE BUSINESSES COME IN TO TOWN.))
OUT Q=in to town.
Jackie's father is Otis Payne, Iron Gate's current mayor. Payne played a big
role in recruiting the town's newest and youngest leader.
10 54 03 00 - 10 54 15 00
IN Q=Our current mayor
((LETHIA FISHER/IRON GATE MAYOR-ELECT: OUR CURRENT MAYOR CALLED ME AND SAID I
HAVE A FAVOR TO ASK OF YOU. HE TALKED ME INTO DOING THIS. I'M GRATEFUL FOR
THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS. ))
OUT Q=to do this.
Lethia is a University of Virginia graduate and lobbyist by trade. She works on
economic issues and hopes to use her experience in state government to
accomplish some specific goals for the town... including better cooperation
between the county and Iron Gate.
10 55 19 00 - 10 55 33 00
IN Q=Citizens who live in Iron Gate
((LETHIA FISHER/IRON GATE MAYOR-ELECT: CITIZENS WHO LIVE IN IRON GATE PAY
TAXES TO THE COUNTY AND PAY TAXES TO THE TOWN, BUT DON'T GET TRADITIONAL
SERVICE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY GET. THEY DON'T GET WATER, SEWER OR
GARBAGE PICK UP, SIDEWALK REPAIR OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. ))
OUT Q=anything like that.
The family connection is important to Lethia. Her great grandfather served
as mayor of Iron Gate and her grandfather served on town council. She lives in
the house in which her father was born... and she will be using the gavel her
great grandfather once used.... when she takes over in July. Beth Myer, News
7, Iron Gate. ))
Coming up tonight in sports, a former UVa football player is shot in
Richmond, Brett Butler undergoes successful cancer surgery, they're gearing up
for pole night in Charlotte,
And we'll introduce you to this year's winner of the 10 thousand dollar Don
Holliday golf scholarship.
The Don Holliday Golf tournament, the area's most popular charitable golfing
event tees off later next month, but this morning the organizers
of the event celebrated their 10th anniversary by awarding a $10 thousand
dollar scholarship to Lord Botetourt high school senior Andrew Green.
The Cavalier golfer has a 3 point 96 grade point average and he plans to put
the money to good use over the next five years at Virginia Tech.
IN Q="I want to...
((ANDREW GREEN/HOLLIDAY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT:))
SUPER=01-Andrew Green/Holliday Scholarship Recipient; :00
OUT Q=...ALONG THAT LINE."
Green already has some on the job training for his chosen career. For the
past couple of years he's worked at the Botetourt County Club helping with
((CHRIS ROUSE/BOTETOURT C.C. PRO & GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Chris Rouse/Botetourt C.C. Pro & General Manager; :00
OUT Q=...all three."
The tournament's scholarship committee also awarded $1000 dollar scholarships
to former Glenvar standout Ray Harrell, who just finished his freshman year on
the George Mason golf team.
Tech freshman, Robert Seagle, from Salem also received a $1000 grant.
The tournament and the scholarship are named in honor of Don Holliday, a
former district sales manager for PIedmont, who died of cancer in 1985.
Former University of Virginia football standout Greg McClellan is in a
North Carolina hospital recovering from gunshot wounds.
Officials say the former UVa defensive back was shot three times while
sitting in his car in a recent incident. He is reportedly in stable condition
at a Winston-Salem hospital.
McClellan was a three year starter for Virginia from 1990 through the 1993
Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Brett Butler underwent three hours of
cancer surgery today to remove cancerous lymph nodes and tissue from the right
side of his neck.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00
According to Dr. William Grist, Butler's prospects for recovery are good.
Butler will begin radiation treatments in two to three weeks.
According to the doctor, 70 percent of the patients with this type of
cancer make a full recovery.
Butler's wife was at his side through out the surgery.
IN Q="i think
((EVELINE BUTLER/I THINK HIS MAIN CONCERN WAS HE SAID HE WANTED ME TO BE THERE
WHEN HE WOKE UP TO EXPLAIN EVERYTHING TO HIM SO THAT HE WOULD KNOW EVERYTHING
RIGHT AWAY. AND I TOLD HIM I WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH IT 5 TIMES, HE'S NOT
GOING TO REMEMBER MUCH FROM TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Eveline Butler/Brett's Wife; :00
OUT Q=....much from today"
The Atlanta Braves hammered the Cubs 18-to-1 last night as former Danville
Brave Jermaine Dye continues to impress.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Last Night; :00
Dave Justice's replacement hit homerun in his first major league at bat last
Friday night, and watch him get the job done with his glove last night as he
robs Ryne Sandberg.
Dye is the first Danville Brave to make it all the way to the big leagues.
Qualifying is set for tomorrow night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for this
Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/1995; :00
Last year Jeff Gordon set an event qualifying record with a speed of 183
point 861 miles an hour.
Bobby Labonte qualified on the outside of row number one, but he's not too
sure those speeds can be duplicated tomorrow night.
IN Q="WITH THE...
((BOBBY LABONTE/1995 COCA-COLA 600 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/1995 Coca-Cola 600 Winner; :00
OUT Q=...AGAIN THIS YEAR."
Photographer Lynn Eller and I will be Charlotte tomorrow night with LIVE
reports via STARLINK on News 7 at 5,6 and 11.
Time trials get underway at 7.
GRAPHIC=High School Hoops
As news 7 sports told you last night, former assistant Billy Hicks was
named the new Cave Spring head basketball coach.
Now that the 30 year old has the job it's time to get to work.
IN Q="We have
((BILLY HICKS/NEW CAVE SPRING BASKETBALL COACH:))
SUPER=01-Billy Hicks/Cave Spring Boys Basketball Coach; :00
OUT Q=...with that"
Four Lady Maroons have been selected to the Brine Intercollegiate Women's
lacrosse All American team.
Senior Kirsten Wagner is a first tema All-American, while juniors Amy
Waldman and Lisa Franzino made the second team. Sophomore Ali Ogelsby was
selected to the third team.
In 1971 a small group of parents in Blacksburg started an alternative
The Blacksburg New School is now 25 years old, and still dedicated to its
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=The G and the H
SUPER=01-Alex Keen/Kindergarten Students; :18 QUICK
SUPER=01-Nicole Joshi/Third Grade Student; :22
SUPER=01-Kate Morgan/BNS Teacher; :32
SUPER=01-Jackie Bixler/BNS Parent; 1:08
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((THE G AND THE H, THEY DON'T REALLY MAKE ANY SOUNDS, SO LET'S COVER THOSE UP
AND MAKE THE I LONG.
Reading, writing and arithmetic are essential for every child.
The difference is in the way they're taught.
At the Blacksburg New School, parents and teachers design the curriculum.
((What have you been learning about?
ALEX KEEN/KINDERGARTEN STUDENT: BATS, AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES. ))
((NICOLE JOSHI/THIRD GRADE STUDENT: SOME MATH THAT WE DO IS FUN, AND WE DO
And instead of grading, students get written evaluations.
((KATE MORGAN/BNS TEACHER: I THINK THEY'RE MORE RELAXED AND THEY'RE ABLE TO
LEARN MORE, AND LEARN MORE AT THEIR OWN SPEED, THEIR OWN PACE, INSTEAD OF
HAVING TO KEEP UP WITH THE STANDARDIZED TESTS AND KEEP UP WITH EACH OTHER.))
The school has four paid teachers, and this year 31 students in grades K
Besides paying tuition, parents work a minimum of one hour a week, doing
everything from cleaning the building to serving as teachers aides.
suWith the debate over public funding for charter schools, this is a school
that's survived 25 years without it. And if public funds were to become
available, it's questionable whether the parents here would even want it.
((JACKIE BIXLER/BNS PARENT: IT MIGHT COMPROMISE THE KIND OF PROGRAM THAT WE
OFFER HERE, ESPECIALLY IF THEY STARTED TRYING TO MANDATE A PARTICULAR PROGRAM.
On the school's silver anniversary, supporters say they'll continue
News 7. ))
providing what they feel is a golden opportunity in education. Tracy Altizer,