Next on News Seven.
Franklin County officials are trying
to determine if a tornado touched down this afternoon.
A house was picked up and moved from it's foundation.
Voters will go to the polls in a couple of days to pick a Republican
candidate for the U- S- Senate.
And a high school student has the right key to a brand new car.
News Seven is next.
Franklin County officials and the National Weather Service are trying to
determine if a tornado touched down this afternoon.
A house under construction was ripped off its foundation shortly before four
during a period of heavy rains.
The house was 90 percent complete before the storm.
The builder of the house was surprised upon seeing the wreckage.
IN Q=Well, uh--it was
((TONY FEAZELL/HOME BUILDER: WELL IT WAS KIND OF SADDENING, A LOT OF LABOR
WENT INTO IT, A LOTTA SWEAT, SOME HOT DAYS THE PAST FEW WEEKS. ))
SUPER=01-William Feazell/Home Builder;
OUT Q=few weeks.
A National Weather Service Meteorologist says that tornados are rare in our
region-- and that if they happen, they are often brief and relatively weak.
Whatever tore through the area picked the house up and moved it 100 feet
from its foundation and carried debris up to two miles away.
Witnesses said they heard noises like a jet or a roaring freight train in
About 30 pastors from burned-out Southern churches met with Attorney General
Janet Reno and other officials today.
Some complained that the investigations have focused more on church members
and clergy than outside suspects.
Reno says the government "will devote whatever resources are necessary to
solve these crimes."
Federal investigators held a press conference to confirm that.
IN Q=But the point is
((DEVAL PATRICK ASST. ATTY GENERAL FOR CIVIL RIGHTS: BUT THE POINT IS WE WILL
SOLVE EVERY ONE OF THESE. AND THOSE WHO ARE OUT THERE, WHO ARE PERPURTRATING
THESE CRIMES AND HAVE NOT YET BEEN CAUGHT, REST ASSURED WE WILL CATCH YOU AND
WE WILL PROSECUTE YOU TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.))
SUPER=01-Deval Patrick/Asst. Attorney Gen. for Civil Rights;
OUT Q=extent of the law.
More than two hundred federal agents are currently working on the case.
Israeli police say two people are dead in a drive-by shooting.
SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;
A police spokesman says two mortally wounded people were found in a car
outside a village midway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
A police official says the double shooting was "probably a terrorist
But there's been no claim of responsibility.
This would be the first terror attack in Israel since voters elected
hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahu as their next prime minister.
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to pick a Republican candidate for
the U- S- Senate.
Incumbent John Warner and Jim Miller are vying for the space on THAT ticket.
The winner will face Democrat MARK WARNER in November.
Incumbent John Warner chose the open primary over a party convention.
The term "open" means all registered voters can have a hand at determining
IN Q=IT'S CALLED THE
((DIANE ST. JOHN/ROANOKE CO. REGISTRAR: IT'S CALLED THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY,
BUT BECAUSE WE DO NOT REGISTER BY PARTY IN VIRGINIA EVERYONE IS ELIGIBLE TO GO
VOTE. 17-YEAR-OLDS CAN GO VOTE AS LONG AS THEY WILL BE 18 BY THE NOVEMBER
SUPER=01-Diane St. John/Roanoke Co. Registrar;
OUT Q=NOVEMBER ELECTION
Turnout may be the deciding factor in the June 11th vote.
A light turnout is expected to benefit the challenger Jim Miller.
Analysts say crossover is not usually a factor, but if there is crossover
Harry Wilson says it may benefit MILLER.
IN Q=ALL THOUGH REPUBLICAN
((HARRY WILSON/ROANOKE COLLEGE POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPT.: ALL THOUGH REPUBLICAN
ACTIVISTS CLAIM IT WOULD BENEFIT WARNER IN REALITY IF THE DEMOCRATS WERE
THINKING LOGICALLY THEY'D PROBABLY THINK JIM MILLER IS AN EASIER CANDIDATE TO
BEAT IN NOVEMBER THAN JOHN WARNER. AND THEY WOULD CROSSOVER TO ACTUALLY VOTE
SUPER=01-Harry Wilson/Roanoke Col. Political Science Dept.;
OUT Q=VOTE FOR MILLER
All the regular voting polls will be open on Tuesday.
Diane St. John says primaries are held at the taxpayers expense.
She says Roanoke County will spend nearly 20-thousand dollars on Tuesday's
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
A new addition to Virginia's Explore Park will be an attractive wedding
The restoration of a theatre in Lynchburg will soon get underway IF a
magical couple is successful.
But first, let's check in with Patrick--
Wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
After more than a half century most of Breckinridge Middle School will be
demolished to make room for progress.
750 graduates of what used to be William Fleming High School returned to
their alma mater today
Denise Allen caught up with a few of them.
IN Q=francis sanderson
SUPER=01-Francis Sanderson/Class of '35; :11
SUPER=01-Bill Ballentine/Class of '62; :40
OUT Q=news 7
(( Francis Sanderson spent nearly 40 years of her life at William Fleming High
School--first as a student, then she worked 34 years as the principal's
((FRANCIS SANDERSON/CLASS OF '35: I GUESS I ENJOYED BEING WITH THE KIDS. THEY
SEEMED TO ENJOY COMING IN THE OFFICE.))
Hundreds of William Fleming survivors reunited to remember the ole days--the
days when Breckinridge Middle was William Fleming High school.
The school is more than 60 years old.
Many of the fixtures are original.
For instance, these chalkboards are actually slate painted green.
But after this school year, not much of the old building will remain.
((BILL BALLENTINE/CLASS OF '62: I WAS TOLD EVERYTHING FROM THE FRONT HALL TO
THE REAR OF THE SCHOOL WILL BE TORN DOWN AND THEY'RE GOING TO BUILD A NEW
SCHOOL FROM THE GROUND UP BEHIND THAT.))
Bill Ballentine says there's not much memorabilia left from old Fleming High
He says when the new high school was built most of the old school's awards
Out of 300 trophies and plaques only 12 remain.
Ballentine says that's a shame because these graduates are a tight knit
community and the school should be remembered.
((THIS SCHOOL HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE UNDER-DOG SCHOOL. IT WAS THE UGLY STEP-CHILD
THAT WAS ADOPTED BY ROANOKE CITY IN THE ANNEXATION OF 1948 OR 49. IT WAS A
SMALL SCHOOL. STARTING WITH PROBABLY 250 STUDENTS.))
Francis Sanderson says she stayed so long because she loved it.
And she, like the hundreds of other graduates, just came to walk the halls
one more time.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The second person killed in Friday afternoon's accident on Route 220 in
Botetourt County has been identified.
Kirk McCall of Hershberger Road was a passenger in a car that collided with
a tractor trailer.
McCall was thrown from the car and died at the scene.
38- year- old Edward Tyrone Lee of Roanoke was the driver of the Isuzu
Impulse that swerved and collided with the logging truck.
The truck driver, Johnny Douglas Roach, suffered minor injuries.
It'll take a lot of elbow grease, some major fundraising, and maybe a little
bit of magic to renovate one of Lynchburg's majestic old buildings.
Steve Smallshaw reports on a couple that just might be able to provide the
SUPER=04-Courtesy: Spencer Productions; :00
SUPER=08-Kevin Spencer/Magician; :16
SUPER=01-Cindy Spencer/Magician; :42
SUPER=01-Phyllis Withers/Academy of Music Chairman; 1:02
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( natsot performance
For 12 years, illusionists Kevin and Cindy Spencer have been dazzling
audiences and turning heads with their award- winning, high-tech performances.
IN Q=If we can't
((KEVIN SPENCER/MAGICIAN: IF WE CAN'T HAVE FUN, THEN WHY DO IT? WE THINK THAT
TRANSLATES IN THE SHOW PRETTY MUCH, THE AUDIENCE HAS A GOOD TIME, THEY HAVE A
LOT OF FUN, WE HAVE A LOT OF FUN.))
OUT Q=lot of fun.
Their act has taken Kevin and Cindy all around the world, onto some of the
most famous stages in America.
Now, a run- down theater in their own hometown will benefit from a little
IN Q=I remember walking
((CINDY SPENCER/MAGICIAN: I REMEMBER WALKING UP THE STEPS STANDING IN THE
BALCONY AND THINKING I'M NOT IN LYNCHBURG ANY MORE. IT'S JUST SUCH A GEM.))
OUT Q=such a gem.
Like most others who see it for the first time, the Spencers have fallen in
love with Lynchburg's Academy of Music theater.
The 90- year- old building has fallen into severe disrepair, but efforts to
restore it are underway.
IN Q=We see a
((PHYLLIS WITHERS/ACADEMY OF MUSIC CHAIRMAN: WE SEE A MAGNIFICENT BUILDING. WE
LOOK AT IT AND IT'S A LITTLE SHABBY RIGHT NOW, BUT IT STILL LOOKS PRETTY GOOD
OUT Q=good to us.
It will look even better with a couple million dollars' worth of
Raising the money won't be easy, but the Spencers' benefit performance this
month will kick things off nicely.
IN Q=Somebody once
((KEVIN SPENCER: SOMEBODY ONCE MADE THE STATEMENT THAT IT WAS GOING TO TAKE
MAGIC TO BRING THAT OLD THEATER BACK TO LIFE, AND WE HOPE THIS IS THE BEGINNING
OUT Q=beginning of that.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
If you want to see the Spencers perform, the show is scheduled for the night
of June 28th, at the E.C. Glass High School auditorium.
Again, all proceeds benefit the Academy of Music restoration project.
The price of gas is down for the first time this year.
A nationwide survey conducted by the oil industry says the average price of
gas went down one-point-two cents from the survey two weeks earlier.
Prices had been on the rise since November, when the average price per
gallon was a dollar-15.
The drop is attributed to the effect of lower crude oil prices and the end
of a supply shortage.
Allegheny and Henry Counties both land new manufacturing plants,
And a Pulaski sock-making plant is expanding.
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-Lynchburg/File Tape; :21
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Wednesday; :32
SUPER=03-Low Moor/Friday; :52
OUT Q=NAT SOT
campbell radios 96-46
In a controversial decision, Campbell County has chosen Ericsson of
Lynchburg to provide its new radio system.
The county's board of supervisors reversed an earlier decision in which
awarded the contract to a big Ericsson competitor.
FIRST COLONY FILE 94-44
A Lynchburg company with nearly 800 employees may be sold.
First Colony Life Insurance says it's considering a number of alternatives
to increase the value of its stock.
New industry file 96-40
A British company has made good on its promise to make a 25 million dollar
investment in Henry County.
Drake Extrusions opened its carpet and upholstery fiber plant, which should
eventually have about 120 people.
More expansion for the Renfro company in Pulaski.
The addition at the sock plant will create about 200 new jobs by 1997.
The Alleghany Regional Commerce Center has its first tenant.
This week the Bacova Guild dedicated its new manufacturing facility, where
400 people are making things like doormats, rugs, and personalized mailboxes.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose about 54
points, closing at 5697.11.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Unemployment numbers are down for the state.
It was three- point- eight percent for April... the same as it was in March.
The Roanoke Valley came in at two- point- five percent.
Lynchburg wasn't far behind, with a two- point- nine percent rate.
A new location and a second life for a Botetourt County landmark.
The Mountain Union Church will be relocated to Virginia's Explore Park.
Built in 18-88, the church was donated to Explore by the Fincastle
It is now being REconstructed on the park's Roanoke County site.
More than one hundred donations, large and small, have helped to pay for the
relocation of the building.
IN Q=It's going to be available year- round
((RUPERT CUTLER/EXPLORE DIRECTOR: IT'S GOING OT BE AVAILABLE YEAR- ROUND
BECAUSE IT'S UP HERE ON THE RIDGE NEAR WHERE THE ROANOKE RIVER PARKWAY COMES
INTO THE PARK, WHERE THE WELCOME CENTER WILL BE BUILT, WHERE THE BRUGH TAVERN
RESTAURANT WILL BE OPEN YEAR- ROUND. SO I CAN SEE IT USED FOR WEDDINGS, WITH
RECEPTIONS AT THE TAVERN. I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR,
MOST- USED BUILDINGS IN EXPLORE PARK.))
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Explore Director;
OUT Q=in Explore Park.
Because the building is not quite as old as park officials first believed,
they decided not to include it in the 1830s Blue Ridge Settlement.
The church sits on a bluff overloooking the homestead.
The church and the ministers' home that will be built nearby will represent
the fourth time period depicted at Explore.
The others include a native american village, a frontier fort and settler's
cabin-- and the Blue Ridge Settlement.
Soft Music Under
When News 7 continues,
The Mill Mountain Star acting as a weather forcaster?
That's what one viewer wants to see.
News 7 feedback is up next.
Another teenager is on the road in a new set of wheels.
An Appomattox girl won the car at Valley View Mall today.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke City Council has voted to change the Mill Mountain star from White
to Red after every alcohol and drug related traffic fatality.
And that's the topic of this week's Feedback.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean.
IN Q=A viewer from Roanoke
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( A viewer from Roanoke says "The proposal to use the Mill Mountain Star to
indicate deaths (of any cause) is not very uplifting for a city wanting to
project a progressive appearance. Why not use the Star to a real plus
advantage? It already has yellow, red and blue. Add a white strobe light for
the center and change its use to an indicator of weather for the next 24 hours.
Showing red would indicate warmer, blue colder and yellow to signal not much
change. The strobe light could indicate precipitation due (either snow or
rain). At present the Star is a somewhat outdated symbol bcause it doesn't do
anything except show as a star. Let's put it to work that would be seen and
appreciated by a large number of people in the valley for many years to come."
If you have any ideas about topics in the news or our news coverage, send
your letters to News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
And E-mail goes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))
The Chicago Bulls are one game from the sweep in the N-B-A championship
series against the Seattle Supersonics.
Chicago won game three tonight 108 to 86.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/NBC SPORTS; :
The Bulls led by 24 at the half but Seattle rallied in the second half Shawn
Kemp goes inside the Sonics trailed 69 to 56.
Chicago came out hot in the third Michael Jordan makes the move and hits
the jumper and gets fouled the bulls led 78 to 61.
Gary Payton comes right back and he nails the jumper off the glass but the
sonics still trailed 81 to 63.
Chicago started to pull away Scottie Pippen pulls up and hits the three
pointer the bulls led by 22.
And Chicago iced the game the next SUPER=33-Chicago/108/Seattle/=86;trip
down the floor Luc Longley with the jam for two of his 19 and Chicago wins it
108 to 86.
The Chicago White Sox pulled out the broom on the Orioles in Baltimore this
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/HTS; :
An aerial shot of the beautiful Camden Yards this afternoon.
And Baltimore padded its lead in the bottom of the third. Rafael Palmeiro
gets all of this pitch for a solo home run and the Orioles were on top 4 to 2.
The White Sox answered in the fourth. Danny Tartabull drives this pitch
into the stands for a two run homer but the White Sox trailed 6 to 4.
Chicago would take the lead in the fourth. Robin Venture hits a clutch
SUPER=35-Chicago/=12/Baltimore/==9; double scoring Dave Martinez the White
Sox led 7 to 6 and Chicago wins it 12 to 9.
Jason Isringhausen pitched his first major league shutout this afternoon as
the Mets beat the Marlins 3 to nothing.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/FOX SPORTS; :
The Young fans were at Shea this afternoon enjoying the game.
New York got on the board in the bottom of the third. Butch Huskey takes
this pitch over the wall for a solo homer and the Mets jumped out in front 1 to
The Marlins came up with this big defensive play. New York's Todd Hundley
hits this shot to second base and Florida doubles the runner off at first to
end the inning.
Isringhausen scattered six hits and SUPER=35-New
York/==3/Florida/==0;struck out 10 for his first win in six starts New York
beats Florida 3 to nothing.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/WGN; :
A foggy day at Wrigley field in Chicago as the Cubs hosted the Expos.
And Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg hit this three run homer into the fog
and it was all the Cubs needed to beat the Expos.
For that and all of today's pro scores lets go to the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
And coming up, A Russian wins the French Open rain cancels the final round
of the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame golf tournament.
And Ernie Els goes wire to wire in winning the P-G-A's Buick Classic.
Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov picked up his first Grand Slam title today
Beating Michael Stich in the finals of the French Open.
SUPER=03-Paris, France/NBC SPORTS; :
Kafelnikov and Stich battled from the first serve of the opening set. The
Russian kept Stich on the baseline and he saved three break points to win the
Stich had his moments early in the match he would save two break points in
the second and he broke Kafelnikove to take a 2 to 1 lead in the third.
Kafelnikov broke back at 4-all in the third set and he took a 4 to nothing
lead in the tiebreaker and the Russian would finish the match winning in
straight sets 7-6, 7-5, 7-6.
Ernie Els set a record for margin of Victory today going wire to wire and
winning the P-G-A's Buick Classic.
SUPER=03-Harrison, NY/CBS SPORTS; :
No one challenged Els in today's final round this birdie at the 9-th hole
put him at 13 under par.
Els led by as many as 10 strokes in today's round he misses the birdie putt
at 18 but still finishes with an even par 71 for a total of 271, 13 under par.
His 8-stroke victory is the largest on the tour in three years.
IN Q="Even last
((ERNIE ELS/BUICK OPEN CHAMPION: ))
SUPER=01-Ernie Els/Buick Open Champion; :
OUT Q=....see what happens."
Steve Elkington, Tom Lehman, Jeff Maggert and Craig Parry tied for second
Tom Weiskopf had an easy day in the final round of the Pittsburgh Senior
He shot a 2 under par 70 and finished at 11 under par to win the
tournament. J.C. Snead tied for second three strokes back.
SUPER=03-East Lansing, MI/ESPN; :
Michelle McGann's win in the L-P-G-A Oldsmobile Classic was not so easy.
She had to make this 18-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to beat
Meg Mallon was third one shot off the pace.
GRAPHIC=Hall of Fame
Mother Nature wiped out the final round of the 23-rd Roanoke Valley Hall
of Fame Golf tournament this morning.
The heavy morning showers turned the course into literally a great big water
Several fairways at the Roanoke Country Club, the site of the tournament's
final round, were flooded and tournament directors decided to cancel the event.
Its the first time the event has been canceled because of the weather in
Jake Allison was ready to go head to head with the field and defend his
title but He's the winner anyway after leading the first two rounds of the rain
shortened Hall of Fame golf tournament.
Allison shot a 69 at Countryside on friday and he followed that with a 71
at Ole Monterey Country Club yesterday.
Allison's two round total of 140, two under par was good enough for a two
Adam Harrell and Danny Hopkins tied for second place at 143 while Scott
Hunter and Greg Burns shared third place with Mike Stinnette.
Botetourt is the club champion with 886 Blue Hills is second followed by
Hanging Rock, Hunting Hills and Hidden Valley.
GRAPHIC=Hall of Fame
Dot Bolling's lead after the first round gave her the women's title after
being a runner up four times.
Bolling shot a four over par 76 in the opening round at Ole Monterey for a
three shot win over 1984 champion Kathy Hull and Marilyn Bussey.
Bolling's Hidden Valley team finishes second four strokes behind
Blue Hills was third and Roanoke Country Club fourth.
SUPER=03-Foxboro, MA/ABC SPORTS; :
The U.S. National team took the first step towards defending its U-S cup
title in soccer.
With the score tied 1 to 1 Claudio Reyna scored the winning goal in the
75-th minute of the match as the United States beat Ireland 2 to nothing.
The U-S will next play Bolivia Wednesday night in Washington.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
An Appomattox high schooler got a great-- end of the school year present
today at Valley View Mall.
Four students from 34 participating schools won a chance at winning a car by
attending their after prom parties.
Addrienne Williams was one of 136 high school students who had a chance at a
brand new car at Valley View Mall.
The car contest is the final event of the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse
Coalition's After Prom season.
William's key fit the lock perfectly and she walked away with a brand new
Hyundai donated by First Team Hyundai.
IN Q=I had to ask the lady to pinch
SUPER=01-Addrienne Williams/Appomattox Co. High School;
OUT Q=the streets of Appomattox.
There have been no alcohol related deaths or injuries on prom night since
the late 19-80's when RAYSAC first began after prom parties and this grand