Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Republicans from all over Virginia are arriving in Salem tonight.
They're singing the praises of their favorite candidate, but the state
convention promises anything but harmony.
AND we'll waltz you down to Blacksburg where you'll find ballroom dancing is
sporting some new-found popularity.
Tonight in sports, Jeff Gordon wins his second straight pole, you can fish
for free this weekend in Virginia's fresh water streams, Jeff Jestadt is a
and the Salem Avalanche is back in the house tonight opening a five game home
stand at Salem Memorial Stadium.
Planning outdoor activities tomorrow, fear not. The forecast is sunny and
mild. Details straight ahead.
GRAPHIC=GOP State Convention
Virginia Republicans have come together physically tonight in Salem and
Roanoke. But there's little chance they'll come together emotionally over the
1996 U-S Senate race.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Microwave
Ellen Qualls is at the party's quadrennial convention tonight at the Salem
Civic Center. Ellen, how did this affair kick off today?
(Ellen ad lib)
(Rollcue: polls on June 11th)
SUPER=01-Trixie Averill/GOP Activist;
SUPER=01-Don Duncan/6th District GOP Chairman;
SUPER=01-Pat McSweeney/Virginia GOP Chairman;
OUT Q=get out of the kitchen
(Ellen ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Microwave
(Keith question: What's on the agenda if John Warner's not?)
A 16- year old Henry County teen was already on probation when he set out on
a two month crime spree last fall that ended in murder.
Today Tommy Helms pleaded guilty to the charges rather than face a jury.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=16- year old
SUPER=08-James Vaughn/Victim's Father; :29
SUPER=01-Bob Bushnell/Henry Co. Commonwealth's Atty.; 1:01
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville.
(( 16- year old Tommy Helms was silent as he was escorted from the Henry
County Courthouse to a waiting car.
IN Q=Would you
((WOULD YOU LIKE TO APOLOGIZE TO THE FAMILY OF LAVINA SCALES. ))
OUT Q=Lavina Scales.
15- year old Lavina Scales was the young woman authorities say Helms
confessed to killing.
Her body was found last fall along a roadside in Bassett.
The two had dated-- But as far as a motive-- the only one given in court was
an indication Helms was upset with her.
Lavina's father and older sister were in the courtroom.
((JAMES VAUGHN/VICTIM'S FATHER:IT'S WINDING DOWN, IT'S WINDING DOWN AND WE'LL
BE ABLE TO GET ON WITH OUR LIVES AND TRY TO PUT IT BEHIND US AND EVEN THOUGH
IT'S HARD. I KNOW SHE THINKS ABOUT IT EVERYDAY, BECAUSE I KNOW I THINK ABOUT IT
EVERY SINGLE DAY. ))
OUT Q=every single day.
In the past, James Vaughn has lashed out at Helms. But today he chose to
talk with and comfort the young man's family.
According to testimony-- Helms only has a seventh grade education.
Prosecutor Bob Bushnell would like to see Helms placed in a juvenile
detention facility until he's 21.
((BOB BUSHNELL/HENRY CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY:THE JUVENILE FACILITIES ARE GEARED
TO DEAL WITH DANGEROUS PEOPLE, VIOLENT PEOPLE OF HIS AGE. AND I THINK THAT'S
THE APPROPRIATE PLACE FOR HIM TO START WHAT I THINK WILL BE A VERY LENGTHY
PERIOD AS AN INMATE. ))
OUT Q=as an inmate.
When Tommy Helms is sentenced in August he faces a maximum of two life
sentences, plus 53- years. Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Martinsville.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
It reminds many of a time gone by, but ballroom dancing is making a comeback
with the younger crowd.
and is it a Freedom of Speech issue or a just a nuisance? Preparing for
another big weekend, Roanoke's Festival in the Park is caught up in a legal
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
GRAPHIC=Festival in Park
Festival-in-the-Park goers may find themselves approached this weekend by a
person handing out political literature, seeking signatures on a petition.
A federal judge ordered Festival organizers to let...
Jay Rutledge exercise his first amendment rights THIS weekend, after he says he
was threatened with arrest at Festival in the Park LAST weekend.
Festival Director Wendi Schultz wants an appeals court to overturn the
IN Q=People will be
((PEOPLE WILL BE INUNDATED WITH WHAT I CALL "STUFF." AND THAT'S NOT WHAT
THEY'RE AT FESTIVAL FOR. THEY'RE NOT THERE TO LISTEN TO POLITICAL SPEECHES.
THEY'RE NOT THERE TO LISTEN TO ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER. THEY'RE THERE TO HAVE A
GOOD TIME. THEY'RE THERE TO BE ENTERTAINED. ))
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival Director;
OUT Q=to be entertained
Schultz says litter is another problem.
SS=Festival in Park
So far... no word on whether the appeals court will stay the order and hold
a hearing on this.
Authorities in Franklin County have stepped up their search for a cat that
may have rabies.
Officials are looking for a black cat that was attacked by a rabies
A local resident killed the raccoon but the cat got away.
There is some concern the disease could spread.
Experts are warning residents to beware of animals acting abnormally.
SOT 12.49.08 - 12.49.27
IN Q=If it's a
((MARVIN WOODES/PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER;
IF IT'S A NORMAL ANIMAL, YOUR OWN PET THAT'S NORMALLY DOCILE AND IT BECOME
AGITATED...STARTS GETTING AGRESSIVE; THAT'S ABNORMAL. IF AN ANIMAL IS NORMALLY
AGGRESSIVE AND JUST STARTS LAYING DOWN AND YOU CAN'T RUN 'EM OFF...SHO 'EM OFF,
THEN THAT'S SOMETHING YOU WOULD LOOK FOR.))
SUPER=01-Marvin Woods/Public Safety Officer;
OUT Q=would look for
Authorities say people scratched, licked or bitten by a rabid animal should
wash the infected area thoroughly, then see a doctor.
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
The thin blue line got a little longer today with the swearing in of four
new police officers in Lynchburg.
Family members helped pin badges on each new officer during ceremonies in
the old Court House building.
IN Q=I'm excited
((DAVID SHANTON/NEW L'BURG POLICE OFFICER: I'M EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH
THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S JUST POLICE OFFICERS MAKING A
CHANGE IN THE COMMUNITY, IT'S SOMETHING WHERE WE TAKE PART AND WORK TOGETHER
WITH THE CITIZENS. IT'S EXCITING.))
SUPER=01-David Shanton/New Lynchburg Police Officer; :00
OUT Q=it's exciting.
The department's longest serving officer, Commander Ronald Coleman, says he
remembers well his own swearing- in 33 years ago.
IN Q=The oath
((CMDR. RONALD COLEMAN/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THE OATH OF OFFICE IS BASICALLY THE
SAME AND I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU, I ENJOY POLICING JUST AS MUCH TODAY AS I DID THE
FIRST NIGHT ON THE JOB.))
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Ron Coleman/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=on the job.
The new officers are filling the voids left by retirements and attrition
within the department.
It's official.. the Ericsson Corporation will be building a new state- of-
the- art regional radio system for central Virginia.
Contracts for the 11- million dollar project were signed this morning.
Lynchburg, Amherst County, Bedford County and Bedford City are paying for
It will allow emergency crews from different jurisdictions to communicate
with each other.
IN Q=It's tough to
((TONY WARE/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR: IT'S TOUGH TO BE OUT ON THE FIRING LINE
SOMETIME AND NEEDING HELP AND NEEDING TO GET HOLD OF THE DISPATCHER OR
SOMETHING AND YOU CAN'T GET BACK TO 'EM. YES, WE REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO BEING
ABLE TO WORK UNDER THIS SYSTEM.))
SUPER=01-Tony Ware/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :00
OUT Q=under this system.
Officials say the multi- million dollar deal is an example of regional
cooperation at its best.
IN Q=By cooperating
((DR. GEORGE FATH/ERICSSON V.P.: BY COOPERATING YOU GET BOTH THE ABILITY TO
HAVE A STATE OF THE ART COMMUNICATION, YOU GET THE ABILITY TO COORDINATE
AMONGST THE MUNICIPALITIES, AND YOU GET IT AT ABOUT A THIRD OF THE PRICE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. George Fath/Ericsson V.P.; :00
OUT Q=third of the price.
Officials estimate it would cost a locality 35 million dollars to purchase a
similar system on its own.
The new radios should be up and running within a year.
On Wall Street, amidst concern about rising interest rates, the Dow took a
tumble--dropping 50 points and
finishing the week at 56 hundred 43.
NASDAQ gained almost 10 points.
The music was pleasant, the steps were smooth.
But if you thought dances like the waltz and the foxtrot were part of an era
gone by, a ballroom dance camp at Virginia Tech may pleasantly surprise you.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Slow, quick quick slow
SUPER=01-Dan Radler/Dance Camp Instructor; :15
SUPER=01-Pamela Weaver/Dance Camp Organizer; :21
SUPER=01-Norma Shapiro/Dance Camp Participant; :48
OUT Q=News 7 Blacksburg.
((SLOW, QUICK, QUICK, SLOW, LADY OUTSIDE ))
It's the dance craze that's sweeping the nation.
It's not a new craze by any means.
It's just that a new generation is minding the music and the step.
((DAN RADLER/DANCE CAMP INSTRUCTOR: IT'S VERY, VERY BIG ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES ALL
ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW. IT'S DEFINITELY UNDERGOING A RESURGENCE. ))
((PAMELA WEAVER/DANCE CAMP ORGANIZER: SEVERAL UNIVERSITIES HAVE BIG DANCE
PROGRAMS AND THERE'S A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE REALLY GETTING INVOLVED AGAIN.))
The craze has caught on so much that dancers have managed to glide their way
to inclusion in the 2000 Olympics.
And this July, they'll take part in a statewide competition in Roanoke.
Camps like these help create the winners.
((NORMA SHAPIRO/DANCE CAMP PARTICIPANT: THE BALLROOM DANCERS GO THROUGH AS MUCH
PHYSICAL TRAINING AS ANY OTHER ATHLETE, AND THEY NOW CALL THIS DANCESPORT. ))
((VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH GAMES WILL HAVE DANCESPORT THIS YEAR ON A COMPETITIVE
BASIS FOR THE FIRST TIME.))
((TRIPLE STEP, TRIPLE STEP, ROCK RECOVER. ))
The sound and step of swing has also taken hold again. Tech even has a
swing club. Camp organizers Pam Weaver and Ken McCleary hope to start a
ballroom club as well.
su The workshop will culminate in a dance here at Virginia Tech tomorrow
night, with a 17-piece orchestra. If you feel inclined to put on your dancing
shoes, the public is invited
at a cost of 15 dollars per person. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Blacksburg. ))
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Avalanche is back home for a five game
Big news tonight concerning Express star Jeff Jestadt.
And I'll have qualifying highlights and results from Dover as Rick Mast and
boys try to run down Jeff Gordon.
The Winston Cup cars completed first round qualifying in Delaware this
afternoon for Sunday's Miller 500.
25 spots at the Dover Downs International Speedway were up for grabs and a
number of local drivers were quick today.
SUPER=03-Dover, DE/Speedvision; :00
For starters, Rock Mast, who had a top ten finish last Sunday night in the
Coke 600, kept the momentum going today by qualifying tenth at 153 point 1
miles an hour.
South Boston's Ward Burton had one of the fastest cars in practice and in
time trials as he qualified third at a speed of 153 point 899 miles an hour.
And Dick Trickle was blazing today as he grabbed the outside pole position at
153 point 9 miles an hour.
But he couldn't quite top Jeff Gordon, who won his second straight pole
((JEFF GORDON/WINS MILLER 500 POLE - 154.785:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Wins Miller 500 Pole - 154.785; :00
OUT Q=...on sunday."
Dale Jarrett who won at Charlotte qualified his Ford in the sixth spot.
While Dale Earnhardt had a decent run grabbing the 14th starting spot.
Sterling Marlin celebrated his new 5 year contract with MOrgan-McClure racing
by qualifying 19th.
Now here's the top 25.
wipe to pinnacle boards
(/////SPORTS CHYRON MOTION/////)
SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=400-=1/Jeff Gordon/154.785/=2/Dick Trickle/=3/Ward Burton/=4/Terry
SUPER=401-=6/Dale Jarrett/=7/Bobby Labonte/=8/Rusty Wallace/=9/Kenny
SUPER=401-11/Brett Bodine/12/Mark Martin/13/Geoff Bodine/14/Dale
SUPER=401-16/Ricky Rudd/17/Derrike Cope/18/Jeff Burton/19/Sterling
SUPER=401-21/Ernie Irvan/22/Bobby Hillin/23/Johnny Benson/24/Jimmy
OUT Q=...John Andretti
The Salem has 16 games left in the first half of the Carolina League and the
Avalanche is right in the thick of the pennant race.
Salem returns to Memorial Stadium tonight for a three game series with the
After 10 days on the road, The Avalanche is currently riding a four game
But Salem will play 12 of its final 16 games at home and the Avalanche is
currently three games out of first place behind Durham in the Southern
IN Q="I want to...
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER: ))
OUT Q= ....come out and play."
Game time tonight at Memorial Stadium is 7 oclock.
The Dallas Mavericks named current Bulls assistant Jim Cleamons their new
head coach this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :00
Cleamons will stay with the Bulls through the playoffs, and he's already
taking a realistic approach to his first head coaching job.
((JIM CLEAMONS/NEW MAVS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jim Cleamons/New Mavs Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...HAVE MY CHAIR.
This weekend would be the perfect time to break out the fishing pole and
hit the river, lakes and streams.
June third through the 9-th is National Fishing Week. But this Saturday
and Sunday the Department of Games and Inland fisheries will allow anyone to
fish in the fresh water of the state without a license.
The idea is to help people discover the joys of fishing, the fastest growing
sport in the state.
IN Q="its good
((BUD LAROCHE/REGIONAL FISHERIES MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Bud LaRoche/Regional Fisheries Manager; :
OUT Q=......life long hobby."
The weekend of free fishing will not be allowed in designated stocked trout
The Roanoke Express management is busy at the East Coast Hockey league
meetings, head coach Frank Anzalone is waiting on a contract extension, and one
member of last year's team is changing diapers.
SUPER=04-1995-96 Season; :00
Jeff Jestadt, the leading goal scorer in Express franchise history is now a
His wife Mary Kay gave birth to their first child, an 8 pound 6 ounce boy
His name is trevor James Jestadt.
Daddy says he'd like to play in Roanoke again next season, but we'll have to
wait and see how that pans out.
For months, faculty members at a Botetourt County school have been hungry
for better manners from their students.
For a few hours today, their appetites were satisfied.
Scott Prince explains.
IN Q=From the kitchen
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co; :00
SUPER=01-Weldon Martin/Principal; :28
SUPER=@Scott1; :39 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=01-Marlene Minnix/Parent; :57
SUPER=01-Travis Carter/Student; 1:14
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Botetourt County
((From the kitchen, it looks like any other school lunch.
Nat-sound (mashed potatoes into tray)
But step inside the cafeteria.
There is definitely something different going on.
The students are all dressed up.
Tables are adorned with flowers.
And a waterfall!?
It's Manners Day at Breckinridge Elementary school in Fincastle.
A time when students are asked to look their best... and to be on their best
IN Q=What we're
((WELDON MARTIN/PRINCIPAL: WHAT WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO DO IS TO REINFORCE WHAT
PARENTS DO WITH THEIR CHILDREN IN THE HOMES AND OUR TEACHERS DO ON A DAY TO DAY
BASIS. TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO USE GOOD MANNERS AND BE MORE CIVIL IN THE WAY
THEY ACT WITH ONE ANOTHER. ))
OUT Q=one another
Stand up (second one!!) 11:15:06
((Yesterday, the children had a "seminar" on proper etiquette.
And as you can see from some of them, it had varying effects.))
End stand up
While the kids were chowing down on the main course... moms and dads were
serving up desert-- cherry cobbler on silver platters.
Parents say Manners Day has made an impact OUTSIDE of school.
IN Q=This week
((MARLENE MINNIX/PARENT: THIS WEEK AT HOME I'VE NOTICED MY CHILDREN HAVE REALLY
IMPROVED THEIR MANNERS. ))
OUT Q=their manners
But no matter what setting you put them in... it seems kids will always be
There are some, however, who have gotten the message.
IN Q=Is it important
((REPORTER QUESTION: IS IT IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO USE GOOD MANNERS? TRAVIS
CARTER/STUDENT: YES. REPORTER QUESTION: HOW COME? SO OTHER PEOPLE DON'T THINK
YOU'RE A PIG. ))
Scott Prince, News-7, Botetourt County.))
OUT Q=a pig