Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
Hurricane Bertha hits North Carolina. We'll have a live report.
There may be new life for Natural Bridge High School-- if a Rockbridge
Businessman gets his way.
And the Commonwealth games got off to a roaring start at Victory Stadium.
News 7 is next.
Hurricane Bertha is churning northward.
Bertha is weakening as she treks along the North Carolina Coast.
Sustained winds have dropped to 85 miles an hour.
SUPER=03-Natural Bridge Station;
The old Natural Bridge High School may be reopening. Not as a school, but
as a home for an expanding business.
Des Champs (DAY-choms) labs hopes to move in next year.
And some high flyers drop in on the Commonwealth games opening ceremonies.
We'll have a bird's eye view.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Hurricane Bertha is losing strength tonight, as it tears through North
But with sustained winds in excess of 85 miles per hour, many localities are
without power tonight-
Downed trees, damaged roofs, and flooded streets are a common sight.
Dave Fehling joins us live from Nags Head, North Carolina
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/CBS News;
SUPER=05-Nags Head, NC;
OUT Q=now back to you.
Virginia Beach is getting battered tonight as Bertha makes her way up the
The worst is yet to come for the Tidewater region.
But Ellen Qualls has the story up to now.
SUPER=01-Joanne McCord/Sandbridge Resident; :00
SUPER=03-Virginia Beach; :05
SUPER=01-Jerry Smith/Tourist ;:39
SUPER=01-Jimmy Kellam/Va. Beach Fire Chief; :46
OUT Q=Virginia Beach
Jean tosses to Robin in the WX Center
1105PM WEATHER CUT-IN
SS=NONE ROBIN IN WX-CENTER
LIVELINE/FULL SATELLITE LOOP
BERTHA STATS PAGE
SS=NONEROBIN TOSS BACK
A Natural Bridge company is expanding.
Des Champs (DAY-choms) Labs is working on a new project, renovating a former
The expansion should mean up to 50 new jobs within the next year.
Jay Moore reports.
IN Q=Nicholas Des Champs
SUPER=03-Natural Bridge Station; :00
SUPER=01-Nicholas Des Champs/Des Champs Labs; :11
SUPER=01-Maynard Reynolds/Rockbridge Co. Board of Supervisors; :32
OUT Q=News 7.
(( Nicholas Des Champs is taking steps to renovate the former Natural Bridge
High School for his business expansion.
He's in the final stages of purchasing the property from the County Board of
IN Q=We needed office
((NICHOLAS DES CHAMPS/DES CHAMPS LABS: WE NEEDED OFFICE SPACE AND THEY HAD A
SCHOOL THAT NEEDED A LITTLE WORK. I THINK WE CAN MAKE IT WORK. ))
OUT Q=make it work.
If the deal goes through...
The school will house Des Champs' two newly formed subsidiaries.
One for leasing its products, the other.. will produce electronic cooling
The company plans to move its sales, marketing, and product development to
IN Q=Dr. Des Champs
((MAYNARD REYNOLDS/ROCKBRIDGE CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: DR DES CHAMPS HAS BEEN
A GOOD NEIGHBOR TO ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY SINCE HE'S BEEN HERE. I'M WELL PLEASED
WITH WHAT'S TRANSPIRED SO FAR IN THE PURCHASE OF NATURAL BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL. ))
OUT Q=high school.
The former home to the Rockets opened in 19-39 and CLOSED in '92 due to
Since then it HAS NOT been maintained.
IN Q=When you look
((NICHOLAS DES CHAMPS/DES CHAMPS LABS: WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BUILDING AND THE
WORK THAT HAS TO BE DONE. YOU REALLY DON'T LOOK AT HOW IT'S DETERIORATED OVER
THREE OR FOUR YEARS. YOU LOOK AT THE STRUCTURE AND YOU ENVISION WHAT IT CAN BE
AND THAT'S WHAT I HAD TO DO.))
OUT Q=what I had to do.
Des Champs opened in 19-90.
The company manufactures a device that ventilates a building while saving
energy at the same time.
Just last summer it built a new structure on the last available space in the
IN Q=I think it's going
((REYNOLDS: I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE GOOD FOR DES CHAMPS LABS AND IT'S GOING
TO BE GOOD FOR ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY. ))
OUT Q=for Rockbridge County.
IN Q=Des Champs says
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: DES CHAMPS SAYS HE HOPES TO HAVE THE DEAL WRAPPED UP
WITH COUNTY BY THE END OF THE MONTH. AS FOR THE BUILDING, IT SHOULD TAKE A
YEAR BEFORE IT'S COMPLETELY RENOVATED. IN NATURAL BRIDGE, JAY MOORE NEWS 7.))
OUT Q=Jay Moore News 7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, Roanoke's mayor expresses concern about the area's
and we'll tell you why Diana will soon be called the woman formerly known as
MUSIC UP FULL
Authorities say alcohol was to blame for a man hit by a train in Campbell
County early this morning.
It happened around 3:15 where the railroad tracks cross Route 6-80 near
22-year old Lewis Noel Junior of Madison Heights was lying on the tracks
when he was struck by a northbound Norfolk Southern freight train.
The train's wheels severed Noel's feet from his legs, and doctors were
unable to reattach them later at Lynchburg General Hospital.
He remains in serious condition there tonight.
Police say Noel had been drinking prior to the accident.
An examiner considering a local convenience store's beer license today
heard the story of a 17-year old convicted drunk driver.
We are not naming the young man who's drinking led to the death of a
teacher last December.
Today he estimated that he'd been in the Riverside Quickette store buying
beer 15 to 25 times BEFORE the fatal crash.
The incident prompted County Police to conduct an undercover investigation
at the store two weeks later.
Two people- -each TWENTY years old- -were sent in to buy beer.
Sherri Willis admitted she sold it to them, pleading guilty in court. But
the judge dismissed the case.
IN Q=The judge
((BRIAN LEPERE/UNDERCOVER BEER BUYER: THE JUDGE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, "HE
DOESN'T LOOK EVEN CLOSE TO 21."))
SUPER=01-Brian LePere/Undercover Beer Buyer;
OUT Q=close to 21.
Two other store clerks were called to testify on the owner's behalf. They
both said they had never seen the young man who caused the fatal wreck in the
But they disputed the owner's contention that there's never been a male
clerk at the store.
The hearing examiner will decide what- -if anything--happens to the
Quickette's beer license.
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers says he's concerned about the future of the
Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. He's asking the city manager to
Roanoke provides one half million dollars, the majority of the bureau's
Bowers says the resignation of director Martha Mack-ey has raised questions
about the future of the organization and he's asking for a report within 60
Former television newsman John Chancellor has died.
N-B-C says Chancellor died today at his home in Princeton, New Jersey.
The veteran reporter, anchorman and commentator underwent treatment for
stomach cancer in 1994.
Chancellor began his career in journalism at "The Chicago Sun Times" before
moving to N-B-C in 1950.
While at network he reported from more than 50 foreign countries.
He anchored the "N-B-C Nightly News" from 1970 to 1982.
John Chancellor was three days shy of his 69th birthday.
Gay Marriages may not be recognized by the Federal Government.
The house voted to define marriage as the union of a man and woman-
The bill counters the Hawaii case that could make it the first state to
legalize same sex marriages.
((I FIND IT IMPLAUSIBLE THAT TWO MEN DECIDE TO COMMIT THEMSELVES TO EACH OTHER
THREATEN A MARRIAGE A COUPLE BLOCKS AWAY.))
((I DON'T THINK CONGRESS SHOULD BE FORCED BY THE HAWAII STATE COURT TO
RECOGNIZE MARRIAGE BETWEEN TWO MALES OR TWO FEMALES.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Barney Frank/(D) Massachusetts; 00
SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Barr/(R) Georgia; 10
OUT Q=two males or two females.
The president says he'll sign the bill.
Princess Diana may lose her title, but she'll come away with a bundle of
Buckingham Palace has confirmed tabloid reports that Britain's Prince
Charles and Princess Diana have agreed on a divorce settlement.
Diana will reportedly receive a lump sum in the millions of dollars, but she
will relinguish any claim to becoming queen of England.
The couple has been separated for 3 years.
The divorce should be finalized August 28th.
MUSIC ON TAPE
Coming next on News 7, Bertha teaches the Governor's school a quick lesson,
and we'll meet a group of people who think nothing of jumping out of a
perfectly good plane.
MUSIC UP FULL
They may not be meteorologists themselves, but some high school students
have been busy this week keeping an eye on Bertha's progress.
They're part of a weather forecasting team at the Governor's School for
Math, Science and Technology.
The students are spending four weeks at Lynchburg College learning all
aspects of meteorology, and using computers to track storms like Hurricane
IN Q=It seems to
((JACOB GORDON/STUDENT: IT SEEMS TO BE A REALLY CONVENIENT WEEK TO BE DOING
THIS. WE HAD A FEW THUNDERSTORMS THE FIRST DAY WHICH IS ANOTHER FOCUS OF OUR
CLASS, AND OUR INSTRUCTORS HAVE BEEN REALLY INTO TEACHING US ABOUT THE
SUPER=01-Jacob Gordon/Student; :00
OUT Q=about the hurricanes.
The students are quick to point out that this is more than spending summer
vacation in a classroom.
IN Q=You get to
((JENNIFER DAVIS/STUDENT: YOU GET TO BE WITH A CLOSEKNIT GROUP OF PEOPLE FOR A
MONTH OR SO, 200 OF US, AND I GUESS IT'S LIKE A COMMUNITY, PEOPLE WHERE WE CAN
GET TOGETHER AND DO THINGS AND HAVE FUN AND JUST LEARN.))
SUPER=01-Jennifer Davis/Student; :00
OUT Q=and just learn.
About two hundred students are attending this year's Governor's School.
SUPER=330-Periods Of/Showers/68-70/Turning Partly/Sunny/86-88;
SUPER=331-Flash Flood/Watch/68-72/Cloudy Skies/Clearing Late/88-90;
SUPER=334-Mostly/Cloudy/60-62/Partly Sunny/And Warmer/83-86;
The Commonwealth games offically began this evening as thousands of athletes
packed Victory Stadium for the opening ceromonies of the games.
The Golden Knights entertained the fans with a specatacular sky diving
The games run through Sunday. over 9 thousand athletes wil compete in 44
different sports over that period. Now, tonight's numbers.
wipe to boads!!!
SUPER=0091-j/Boston/11//Detroit/3//Vaughn Grand Slam//New
York///Baltimore///Postponed Due to Bertha/;
SUPER=0092-j/St. Louis/13//Chicago/3//Gant, Gaetti-2 HR's
Each/j/Philadelphia/5//Montreal/3//Mulholland Complete Game;
Gets 3rd Save;
SUPER=0092-/Florida/3/j/Atlanta/6//Jones 2 Run HR//San Diego///Colorado////;
SUPER=0093-/Salem///Lynchburg///Postponed Due to Rain/;
With one stroke of the pen..on the dotted line, Michael Jordan signed the
richest one year contract in team sports today.
An unnamed Chicago Bulls official says Jordan signed a 1 year pact for 25
million dollars. The four time NBA MVP reacted to the signing from the links.
((MICHAEL JORDAN/BULLS GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/Bulls Guard; :00
OUT Q=....that we have
One other NBA note. Larry Johnson's agent says LJ is now a New York Knick.
No deal has been announced yet but Agent george bass says the Charlotte
Hornet forward is being traded to New York in return for Anthony mason and brad
Morgan Shepherd, Jimmy Spencer, Ward Burton, Michael Waltrip, Rick Mast,
Todd and Brett Bodine and Jeremy Mayfield were just a few of the Winston Cup
drivers who will have to qualify again tomorrow in order to make the field for
Sunday's Jiffey Lube 300 at New Hampshire.
Ricky Craven, however, captured the pole.
SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/ESPN; :00
Craven set a new track record with a speed of 129.379 miles per hour. It is
Craven's second career pole in just 48 starts.
Defending champ Jeff Gordon qualified 16th in the number 24 Dupont Chevy
While points leader dale earnhardt qualified 5th. now here's the top 25.
wipe to boards!!!
SUPER=0107-1.Ricky Craven/129.379 MPH/2.Bobby Hamilton//3.Bobby
Labonte//4.Kyle Petty//5.Dale Earnhardt;
SUPER=0107-6.Ernie Irvan//7.Geoff Bodine//8.Ken Schrader//9.Dick
SUPER=0107-11.Joe Nemechek//12.Robert Pressley//13.Hut Striklin//14.Sterling
SUPER=0107-16.Jeff Gordon//17.Rusty Wallace//18.Lake Speed//19.Darrell
SUPER=0107-21.Ted Musgrave//22.Mark Martin//23.Terry Labonte//24.Jeff
Baseball lost one of it's brightest stars today when Minnesota twin all
star Kirby Puckett announced his retirement.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/This Evening; :00
Puckett called an news conference this evening. His 12 year career was
cut short by blurred vision from glaucoma.
IN Q="I can't see
((KIRBY PUCKETT/RETIRING FROM BASEBALL:))
SUPER=01-Kirby Puckett/Retiring from Baseball; :00
OUT Q=...everybody'd here"
To soccer. The Riverdawgs are hot. How hot, tonight they improved to 7 and
3 in their division.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Mustangs vs. Riverdawgs; :00
The Dawgs exploded in the first half and the Washington Mustangs never
caught up. The man..was Jeff Knittle. The midfielder notched the hat trick in
the win, here he opens the game with this cannon that fines the twine.
The dawgs were tough at the other end. Aaron Ewert has no fear as he gobbles up
the rock, Riverdawgs win 5-1.
Virginia Tech announced today that four former Hokies atheletes have been
inducted into the University's Sports Hall of fame.
In his first try, Charlotte's Dell Curry was elected. Curry was an All
American hoopster when he played at Virginia Tech in the 1980's. Dell was an
Also, trackman Dick Arnold was inducted as well as golfer Connie Sellers,
and football star George Smith.
We're hardly through with sports, when we come back Frank Anzalone express's
and Roy Stanley makes his rounds at various commonwealth game sites.
With his new 2 year contract locked away in the safe, Roanoke Express coach
Frank Anzalone talked about the future of the team taoday.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Past Season; :00
Under Anzalone, the Express has made the playoffs each of the last three
years, but the team will have a new look this season.
IN Q="I think
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...for the Express"
While the opening began tonight, the real competition began earlier today.
Roy Stanley has the first commonwealth games report.
IN Q="The River...
SUPER=01-Betty Barr/Tennis Coordinator; :18
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :32
SUPER=01-Wally Beagle/Baseball Coordinator; :46
SUPER=01-David Carter/Girls Basketball Coordinator; 1:06
OUT Q=......news 7 sports.
((The Rivers Edge sports complex was just one of several sites for the tennis
Tennis has become a popular sport of the games. Over 200 players have
entered this years competition.
And this year some of the state's top junior players are chasing the gold
((BETTY BARR/TENNIS COORDINATOR: ))
((There's more interest in baseball than the games are able to accommodate.
So only four teams will take part in the games. But the group is some of
the finest sophomores and juniors in the state and they get a chance to
showcase their skills to college and pro scouts.))
((WALLY BEAGLE/BASEBALL COORDINATOR: )) ((Boys and Girls basketball has always
been a big draw for the Games.
But because of a couple of rules changes, The teams in the girls
competition has gone beyond last years tournament.))
((DAVID CARTER/COORDINATOR GIRLS BASKETBALL: ))
((The Games will continue through the weekend. Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
When most people think of a plane- they don't think of jumping out.
Not the Golden knights.
This U-S Army team jumped to help open tonight's commonwealth games at
SUPER=01-Corp. Brian Mayer/Golden Knight; (go by time!)
OUT Q=JOB IN AMERICA"
((Imagine jumping out of this plane-
It's all in a day's work for this elite group.
They are the United States Army Golden Knights- getting ready for their
next jump- over Victory Stadium in Roanoke.
The group jumps between 4 and five hundred times a year.
((I DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.. IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL))
maybe not a big deal,but something that takes a great deal of training-
SOT STANDUP TAKE #2 IN AT 3:43:40
Taking off with the team is different than your typical flight. or
starters it's loud.
The doors to the plane are wide open- but you see some great views.
The team suits up- checks their gear out- goes over their planned jump- and
then takes the stop out of the plane- This jump from about 3 thousand feet.
IN Q=AT THAT ALTITUDE
((AT THAT ALTITUDE ))
OUT Q=LIKE YOU'RE FLYING
((the only think you really ))
OUT Q=looks to the crowd
Definitely a crowd pleaser here- the team members hit on their mark X'd on
IN Q=if you put your arms forward
OUT Q=you'd like to.
IN Q=I love it
OUT Q=best job in America