Next on News Seven at Six.
A Narrows teenager has been identified in yesterday's fatal diving accident.
And Roanoke City Police say they're ready to crack down on noisy motorist.
In sports, we will check in on the ROC cycling hillclimb and the Crestar
Highlights from the 80th Indy 500 and it's competitor the U.S. 500, plus
major league baseball.
Clouds, showers, and cool temperatures linger on for this Memorial Day
A flash flood watch is in effect for far southwestern Virginia-- We'll have
the details in the forecast.
It was standing room only at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church in
Roanoke last night.
Hundreds gathered to pay tribute to 33 Emergency Medical Service providers.
The men and women have died in recent years, assisting sick or injured
Most emergency personnel accept the the dangers of their jobs, in order to
IN Q=you are there to
((GERALD MAYS: YOU ARE THERE TO SERVE THE PUBLIC. IF THE PUBLIC GETS IN DIRE
STRAITS, IT'S YOUR DUTY TO HELP THEM OUT, UNFORTUNATELY SOMETIMES, WE HAVE MORE
WORKING AGAINST US THAN WE HAVE WORKING FOR US. AND MEMBERS DO IN FACT LOST
THEIR LIVES ))
SUPER=01-Gerald Mays/Brookville-Timberlake Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=lost their lives.
Carter DeWitt Martin of Lynchburg was among those honored.
He lost his life last June while attempting to rescue flood victims.
Other local residents honored include...
Gerald Bostic of the Danville Lifesaving Crew,
James Griffin from Ridgeway District Volunteer Rescue Squad
Edwin Hook Junior and Kenith Patterson, both from the Lynchburg Lifesaving
And Randolph McCoy Senior from the Long Shop McCoy Fire Department.
The names of the honorees will be engraved on brass leaves and added to a
permanent memorial to E-M-S personnel who died in the line of duty.
Police have released the name of the Narrows teenager who died following a
diving accident last night.
Steven Dennis apparently slipped as he was preparing to dive off a cliff
into Wolf Creek in Giles County.
He hit his head on some rocks on the way down, and plunged about 30 feet
into the water.
It happened just before eight o-clock at a popular swimming area off route
Dennis was pronounced dead at Giles Memorial Hospital almost two hours
He was nineteen.
Roanoke City Police say they're going to crack down on travelling boom boxes
As temperatures rise, police say some citizens will be driving their
vehicles with the music blaring.
They say some loud music violates a city ordinance.
Police officials say they frequently receive complaints from citizens
because of the music.
Officers offer this tip for those who can NOT fight the urge to play their
IN Q=You either have to
((LT. R.A. BOWER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: YOU EITHER HAVE TO RESIST THE URGE OR
TAKE IT SOMEWHERE WHERE IT DOESN'T DISTURB ANYONE. TAKE IT OUT WHERE THERE IS
NO BODY TO BOTHER.))
SUPER=01-Lt. R.A. Bower/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=no body to bother.
Officers who hear music within a 50 foot radius of their car can issue a
Lieutenant Bower says some violations can carry up to a thousand dollar
The Virginia Museum of Natural History has a new director and, supporters
hope, some new momentum.
Tonight Joe Dashiell reports on the Martinsville Museum and the latest plan
to put its problems in the past.
IN Q=Even as the Virginia
SUPER=01-Stephen Pike/Museum Director; :20
SUPER=01-Ron Ferrill/Museum Supporter; :48
SUPER=01-Iliene Hite/Museum Supporter; :59
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Even as the Virginia Museum of Natural History has built an impressive
collection, officials have had to fight for its survival and fight off
challenges that would have moved the museum from Martinsville.
But three months after Stephen Pike signed on as director, he's convinced
the museum can be a leading and lasting force in the community.
IN Q=We kind of want to
((STEPHEN PIKE/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: WE KIND OF WANT TO MAKE A SPLASH AND SAY WE'RE
BACK HERE IN THE COMMUNITY. WE WANT TO RE- EMERGE IN THE COMMUNITY AND BE A
LEADING FORCE IN THE COMMUNITY'S GROWTH. AND TO REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITY? AND TO
REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITY. ABSOLUTELY. WE'RE GOING TO SUCCEED HERE.))
OUT Q=going to succeed here.
To that end, Pike is bringing in what he describes as a world- class
exhibit, one that will feature partial and complete dinosaur skeletons,
including Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Plans for the U-S debut may be ambitious, but supporters say that's exactly
what the museum and Martinsville needs.
IN Q=We have a tendency
((RON FERRILL/MUSEUM SUPPORTER: WE HAVE A TENDENCY TO MAYBE THINK WE'VE HAD A
LOT OF THINGS GONE AGAINST US HERE. MAYBE WE KIND OF FEEL A LITTLE BEATEN DOWN,
BUT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY PULL TOGETHER ON SOMETHING THAT'S VERY
((ILIENE HITE/MUSEUM SUPPORTER: FROM DAY ONE THIS WAS AN AMBITIOUS PROJECT. A
LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WOULD NEVER GO OVER, BUT IT HAS AND AS YOU WELL KNOW,
WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE IT.))
OUT Q=don't want to lose it.
And the ambition doesn't end with one new exhibit. Pike is already planning
an expedition that would send paleontologist Nick Fraser in search of a
Ultimately, the museum will need a new building if it is going to thrive.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Hard work gets recognized in Lynchburg.
V-DOT employees were honored for battling the heavy snow this winter.
And festival in the park participants forge on-- despite the dreary weather.
(Toss to Kim)
Wx ad lib
And dreary it is, Ron.
Overcast skies and showers have made it feel less like a holiday weekend.
Today's highs were mainly in the 50s and 60s-- Tomorrow's forecast promises
warmer temperatures in some areas.
However, you may still have to dodge a few showers if you plan to celebrate
We'll have all the details-- plus a look at the doppler radar.
MUSIC UP FULL
Rain threatened to wash out one of the busiest weekends of the year in
And while there were a few glitches, Roanokers and a valley full of visitors
didn't let a little rain get in the way.
IN Q=On the road and the sidelines
SUPER=01-Sandy Claytor/Chesterfield Co. Soccer Fan; :14
SUPER=01-Penny Williams/Roanoke Valley Volleyball Assoc.; :35
SUPER=01-Yvonne Hegney/North Carolina Artist; :50
SUPER=01-Bob Canales/South Carolina Craftsman; 1:15
OUT Q=and bring their umbrellas.
((On the road and on the sidelines of the soccer field, umbrellas were out
NAT SOUND OF SOCCER FAN 10:22:56
IN Q=KICK IT
(KICK IT HARD!))
...but a steady rain failed to stop the teams competing in the Crestar
Festival Soccer Tournament.
INTERVIEW WITH PARENT 10:25:47
IN Q=Never stops soccer
((SANDY CLAYTOR/CHESTERFIELD CO. SOCCER FAN: NEVER STOPS SOCCER FANS. WE PLAY
IN ANYTHING. WE'VE FROZEN. WE'VE BEEN IN THE HEAT. THIS ISN'T BAD, BETTER THAN
OUT Q=better than last year.
The teams took the field in Salem as the N-C-Double-A Division Three
Baseball Championships resumed.
And in Wasena Park, the volleyballs continued to fly, even as the rain
SOT PENNY WILLIAMS 11:01:11
IN Q=Volleyball players
((PENNY WILLIAMS/ROANOKE VALLEY VOLLEYBALL ASSOC.: VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS DON'T LET
A LITTLE RAIN GET IN THE WAY? A LITTLE RAIN, A LITTLE SNOW, WE GO OUT THERE AND
PLAY WHATEVER WE CAN.
AS LONG AS ITS NOT LIGHTNING, WE'LL STAY OUT HERE.))
OUT Q=stay out here.
Artist Yvonne Hegney wasn't so lucky. Without a tent to cover her pottery,
the morning rain sent her packing.
IN Q=I didn't bring a tent
((YVONNE HEGNEY/NORTH CAROLINA POTTER: I DIDN'T BRING A TENT, SO IT WOULD BE
SITTING OUT IN THE RAIN ALL DAY AND THEY'RE FORECASTING THUNDERSTORMS SO I HAVE
TO PACK UP. I HAVE ANOTHER SHOW I HAVE TO LEAVE FOR ON TUESDAY UP IN
CINCINATTI SO... SO YOU'RE OUT OF HERE? YEAH, UNFORTUNATELY, BUT EVERYONE ELSE
IS GOING TO BE STAYING.))
OUT Q=going to be staying.
Other exhibitors at Festival in the Park stayed dry... as they remained
under cover and in business.
IN Q=So a little rain
((BOB CANALES/SOUTH CAROLINA CRAFTSMAN: SO A LITTLE RAIN IS PART OF THE
BARGAIN? I GUESS. YEAH IT GOES ALONG WITH THE GAME. SO WE ACCEPT IT AND WE JUST
HOPE THAT THE PEOPLE ARE MOTIVATED ENOUGH TO COME OUT AND BRING THEIR
OUT Q=bring their umbrellas.))
SS=Festival in the Park
Barring any major downpours, Festival in the Park continues tonight and
tomorrow with a full slate of activities in Elmwood Park.
A union vote fails at the Times Fiber plant in Pittsylvania County,
and Singer Furniture is closing its Roanoke plant.
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-Martinsville/File Tape; :16
SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 3; :44
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Wednesday; :55
OUT Q=NAT SOT
A central Virginia bank completed it's merger with another bank from West
The Cooperative Savings Bank, which has 10 branches in greater Lynchburg and
Danville, is now part of One Valley Bank.
Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County is now affilated with
Carolina Medicorp of Winston- Salem, North Carolina.
CMI is a not- for- profit healthcare system serving Northwest North Carolina
and Southwest Virginia.
Instead of resuming production following a dispute with a bottle supplier,
the Quibell Corporation is now talking takeover.
A beverage manufacturer from northern Virginia has entered into talks to
purchase the Roanoke sparkling water company.
Another Roanoke company is also being sold.
The Holdren's appliance store chain says it has all but wrapped up a deal to
sell the business to a North Carolina investor.
TIMES FIBER FROM WED/THU
The United Steel Workers Union narrowly lost its representation vote at the
Times Fiber coaxial cable plant in Pittsylvania County.
This was not the first time organized labor attempted to come into the
OPTICAL CABLE FILE
A Roanoke County company that makes fiber optic cable keeps making the
At one point this week Optical Cable stock was selling well over 100-
dollars, it closed at 92 dollars a share Friday.
And 290 people who work at the Singer Furniture plant in Roanoke have a
month to find another job.
The company will consolidate its facility here with two operations it has in
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 75 points,
closing at 5762.82.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance has a new
The Alliance announced that Stuart- C- Gilbert will run the organization.
Gilbert recently was head of an economic development commission in Maury
County, Tennessee, where the Saturn Corporation is based.
The blizzards of this past winter may be long forgotten-- but not those who
helped us make it through the snow-packed roadways.
Last week, snow plow drivers at V-DOT headquarters in Lynchburg were honored
for their efforts during the winter of '96.
State senator Steve Newman had sponsored a resolution in the past General
Assembly recognizing the work of VDOT employees.
IN Q=It's far too
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: IT'S FAR TOO OFTEN WE SAY TO OUR STATE
EMPLOYEES THAT WHEN YOU'RE NOT DOING SOMETHING RIGHT THEY GET A PHONE CALL. BUT
QUITE HONESTLY THEY DO THINGS RIGHT MOST OF THE TIME AND THIS SNOWSTORM IS A
GREAT EXAMPLE OF IT, WHERE THEY HAD ALMOST 100 MILLION DOLLARS HAD TO BE
EXPENDED TO CLEAR THE ROADS DURING THIS HORRIBLE BLIZZARD.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=this horrible blizzard.
Newman's first son was born during the height of the January blizzard.
He says the hard work of the snow plow drivers enabled he and his wife to
reach the hospital safely.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
A viewer gives us feedback on a story we covered about possible reverse
Auto racing sponsorship-- it's the wave of the future for some local
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
A story about discrimination in the workplace brought a comment from a
viewer in Blacksburg.
Assignment Editor Joe McKean brings us this week's Feedback.
IN Q=The story was about
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./May 6;
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( The story was about the lawsuit filed by Greg Holdren, a former employee at
the Transkrit company.
He was he was fired for not meeting production goals.
But Holdren said several other press operators, including a woman, had worse
He says that's reverse discrimination and is taking Transkrit to court.
A viewer in Blacksburg says: "In the interview, the man and the news
reporter made it a point that a woman who also works at this
company was not fired even though she was not performing as
expected. This upsets me because this man said there were many
other people who also were not performing on the job but only
this one woman was pointed out as a problem. I understand that
reverse discrimination can occur, but if many other men were not
fired along with one woman, that is hardly discrimination of gender.
Perhaps it is another form of discrimination. I am frustrated
that women constantly have to prove that they deserve the jobs
they have and if they don't perform they should be the first to
go, not men in the same position. I have learned from personal
experience that I have to work much harder than my male co-workers
to maintain my position. I would appreciate in the future if your
reporters would not imply that women should be the first to be
fired when performances on the job are low.
If you'd like to comment on our news coverage or issues in the news, here's
how to get in touch with us:
Letters should be sent to News-7 Feedback, PO Box 7, Roanoke, 240422-0007.
Faxes go to Feedback, at 540-343-7269.
And our E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))
Area businesses are hoping to realize the benefits of racing team
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Last Week;
Last weekend two area companies hit it big when their driver, Michael
Waltrip, won the Winston Select race in Charlotte.
It was his first big splash in a Winston Cup event.
Grand Piano and Furniture of Roanoke is an associate sponsor on Waltrip's
Winston Cup Car.
M-W Windows of Rocky Mount is the main sponsor on his Busch series car.
The Vice President of Marketing at M-W Windows, says now that Waltrip has
hit the big time, his company will get a lot more exposure.
SOT FROM MW/GRAND RACING TAPE 02:59:53
IN Q=We're really
((MIKE FARRIS/MW WINDOWS: WE'RE REALLY GLAD TO SEE THE WIN ON MICHAEL'S
BEHALF. HE'S HAD SEVEN CAREER BUSCH SERIES WINS, AND WE'RE GLAD TO SEE HIM ADD
ONE ON THE CUP SIDE. I'M SURE THAT THIS IS GONNA ADD A NEW DEGREE OF
VISIBILITY BOTH TO HIM AS WELL AS TO MW'S MOTOR SPORTS MARKETING PROGRAM. SO
IT WORKED OUT GREAT ALL THE WAY AROUND FOR EVERYBODY INVOLVED.))
SUPER=01-Mike Farris/MW Windows;
OUT Q=everybody involved.
M-W Windows and Grand Piano have both been sponsoring race teams for several
years with other drivers.
This is their first year with Waltrip.
The 80th running of the Indianapolis 500 is in the books, as is the
inaugural U.S. 500, The crestar Classic wraps up it's 10th year,
while the cyclists in the ROC Hillclimb are still going strong, highlights
in a few!
Buddy Lazier took the checkered flag in the 80th running of the Indianapolis
500 earlier today.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00
All at the legendary speedway remembered Scott Brayton, who died while
practicing at the track recently.
The green flag did finally drop for the 33 car field, which had an
incredibly high number of rookie drivers, 17 was the count.
Several spins took place early in the race. Here Paul Durant spins out but
he was not injured.
The crashed would continue throughout the day here, Scott Harrington and
Lynn St. James get together and both are knocked out of the race. St. Lames
broke her left arm!
Buddy lazier stayed away from trouble. In fact, with just 7 laps to go,
Davy Jones was in the lead but crashed forcing the caution flag to come out.
Lazier went on to capture the Indy 500, his best finish prior to today in the
500 was 14th.
IN Q="You dream
((BUDDY LAZIER/WINNER OF INDY 500:))
SUPER=01-Buddy Lazier/Winner of Indy 500; :00
Most of the top drivers who usually race in the INdy 500 spent this day
racing in the inuaguaral U.S. 500 at Michigan international Raceway.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI; :00
One of the top drivers who defected was Jimmy Vasser, who was on the pole
for the U.S. 500. As the green flag dropped, Vasser would get into the days
first wreck. He and Adrian Fernadez get together. The race is still going on at
this time, we will have the complete results at 11.
GRAPHIC=Charlott motor speedway
On to other racing, NASCAR's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600 was supposed
to star at 5pm today, but the race in being delayed by rain at the Charlotte
Move over Tour DuPont. The Roanoke Oththropedic Hillclimb and the Saturn
Cup have taken over here in the Star City.
The ROC hillclimb hit the streets today. This is a time trial race where the
350 plus cyclists compete against the clock.
25 hundred dollars will be given for this mountain time trial, 600 going to
Amateurs to some of the world's top pros are competing.
IN Q="The great
((PATRICK OBERG/RACE DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Patrick Oberg/Race Director; :00
OUT Q=...roanoke director"
The 27 mile Saturn Festival Cup race is tomorrow afternoon.
The 10th annual Crestar Festival Soccer Tournament wrapped up today all
over the valley.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00
The Rivers Edge Sports Complex was just one of 5 cites the over 3 thousand
soccer players competed at over the weekend.
7 championships were held at Rivers Edge. The Youth 16 Roanoke Stars white
team highlighted the competition with 24 goals in three games.
IN Q=323 games
((DANNY BEAMER/TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Danny Beamer/Tournament Director; :00
OUT Q=...been great"
To the diamond we go. A big day for major League baseball matinees. We start
in the motor City.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Indians vs. Tigers; :00
Indians vs. Tigers. This fan was throwing down some hotdogs.
Dennis martinez was gobbling up batters. The ageless Indian pitcher led
Cleveland to the 5-nothing shutout on an eight hitter. He fanned 5 and walked
Yes, Cleveland would ring detroit's Belle. Albert Belle nails his 20th
dinger on the season..that is tops in the majors, 5-nothing Indians win.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Cardinals vs. Marlins;
In Miami...we are reverting back to are child hood with the bubble maker.
Marlins hosting the Cardinals. Gary Sheffield shows his bat savy, crushing
his 16th home run on the season, Florida downs St. Louis 8-2. now your numbers.
Wipe to boards!!
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score