Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Bertha bears down on the coast.
We'll see if we can get a LIVE report in here between lashes from the
And the story from Rustburg of a man sitting on the railroad tracks,
We'll see what happened to him in a moment.
In sports, Michael Jordan has a new contract, Frank Anzalone talks about
the future od the Express,
and we will recap last night's fight that turned into a riot at Madison
A very unwelcome visitor has come ashore in the tarheel state. Heavy rains
will be the top weather story for south central Virginia tonight.
Hurricane Bertha crashed onto the shores of North Carolina this afternoon
with winds topping 100 miles-per-hour.
The eye of the storm passed through Cape Fear, North Carolina uprooting
trees, causing power outages and destroying homes.
Up to eight inches of rain have been reported so far.
Most residents and tourists have fled the area following mandatory
evacuations, but at least one woman stood her ground vowing to go head-to-head
with the storm.
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IN Q=I'm going to read
((NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT/WRIGHTSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA;
I'M GOING TO READ A MAGAZINE WITH A FLASH LIGHT AND FIGHT IT OUT.))
OUT Q=fight it out
The latest information indicates the hurricane is 25 miles south of
Wilimington, North Carolina making its way north toward the coast of Virginia.
Hurricane warnings remain in effect along the coast of the North Carolina up
to well into Virginia.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/StarLink
The good news up the coast at Virginia Beach is that a hurricane has made
landfall...and once again it is someone else's problem.
Ellen Qualls is on the boardwalk.
How's the weather there?
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(Rollcue: batten down the hatches)
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IN Q=At lunchtime
SUPER=03-Virginia Beach; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Richardson/Charter Boat Captain; :15
SUPER=01-Jerry Swean/Coastal Geologist; :27
SUPER=01-Joanne McCord/Sandbridge Resident; :49
SUPER=01-Fern Wright/Tourist; :52
OUT Q=down here
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Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/StarLink
Keith tosses to Robin in the WX Center
6:05PM WEATHER CUT-IN
SS=NONE ROBIN IN WX-CENTER
LIVELINE/FULL SATELLITE LOOP
DOPPLER/FULL HURRICANE LOOP
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An Amherst County man lost both his feet when he was hit by a train near
Rustburg this morning.
Police say 22- year- old Lewis Noel Junior had been drinking, and was
sitting on the tracks near the crossing with Route 6-80.
Around 3:15, the Madison Heights resident was hit by a northbound Norfolk
Southern freight train.
The train's wheels severed Noel's feet. Rescuers were able to recover both,
but doctors at Lynchburg General Hospital were unable to re-attach them.
Noel remains hospitalized in very serious condition tonight.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, a local convenience store defends itself
against charges it sold alcohol to a teenager who killed a teacher in a drunk
and we'll see how students at the Governor's school are learning a lesson from
their new teacher Bertha.
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After riding around drinking vodka for an hour, a 16-year old honor student
stopped at a convenience store last December to buy beer.
Within the hour he had struck and killed a school teacher just a block from
her own home in Roanoke County.
IN Q=The story was
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :10
SUPER=10-Sherri Lynn Willis/Former Store Clerk/March 15; :37
SUPER=04-December 14, 1995; :57
SUPER=01-Brian LePere/Undercover Beer Buyer; 1:17
OUT Q=then you're guilty.
(( The story was repeated today at the Alcoholic Beverage Control board's
The young man- -now 17- -told the hearing examiner he'd bought beer-
-illegally- -at the Riverside Quickette as many as 25 times... an average of
once every 10 days between his 16th birthday and the fatal crash.
ABC cited the store for three violations... all allegedly involving store
clerk Sherri Willis.
IN Q=Do you get
((Do you get any guidance as a store clerk on these things, that you're
required to always "card" somebody, no matter what they look like?
OH, YES. THEY ASKED ME IF THE OWNERS EVER WENT OVER THE LAW, YOU KNOW, THE ABC
LAW. I SAID OH, YOU KNOW YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO "CARD," BUT ACTUALLY GOING OVER
THE RULES AND STUFF, NO. I DON'T HE'S EVER DONE IT WITH ANYBODY.))
OUT Q=with anybody.
She did not testify today and no longer works there.
Store Owner Fred Dotson told the hearing examiner that he tells his
employees to card anyone who LOOKS under THIRTY. "No I-D, no sale," says
All this began when the teenager with a point-2-1 blood alcohol level mowed
down Bonnie Kitts two weeks before Christmas.
Because he said he got the booze from Riverside, County police enlisted two
20-year olds to buy beer there.
Willis sold them each a six pack, pled guilty in court. The judge found
her NOT guilty.
IN Q=My opinion
((MY OPINION WOULD BE: "YOU SAY YOU DID IT, THEN YOU'RE GUILTY."))
OUT Q=then you're guilty.))
LePere turned 21 just yesterday.
The ABC hearing examiner will make a ruling on Dotson's wine and beer
license- -perhaps by the end of next week.
The 28th commander of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant has assumed his
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Wojciechowski (wo-juh-HOW-skee) was most recently
chief of the Army Environmental Center's Base Closure Division.
He managed a staff of 27 engineers and scientists in conducting
environmental investigations and restorations.
Wojciechowski says the environment and safety will be his top priorities at
the arsenal, as well as seeking commercial tenants to offset downsizing.
((LTC PAUL WOJCIECHOWSKI/RAAP COMMANDER: BECAUSE I WAS INVOLVED IN SOME OF THE
BASE CLOSURES I KNOW HOW DRASTIC IT CAN BE IN COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY.
REALLY THE KEY TO SUCCESS FOR US HERE IS TO BRING IN MORE COMMERCIAL VENTURES.
SUPER=01-LTC Paul Wojciechowski/RAAP Commander;
OUT Q=more commercial ventures.
Wojciechowski assumed command from Lieutenant Colonel John Loyd.
Loyd received a meritorious service award for his leadership and
accomplishments during his two years at the arsenal.
It was a day for pomp and circumstance at the Old Dominion Job Corps Center
in Amherst County.
Diplomas were conferred on nearly seventy students during graduation
exercises at the center.
The ceremonies came a week after Job Corps student Linel Miller was killed
and twelve others injured when their van crashed during a holiday outing.
The tragedy was in the minds of many graduates today.
IN Q=That's one thing
((GRANVILLE TACKETT/JOB CORPS GRADUATE: THAT'S ONE THING ABOUT THE STUDENTS,
THAT THEY STICK TOGETHER. WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS HERE JUST LIKE
ANYWHERE IN A SMALL TOWN OR A SMALL COMMUNITY, EVERYBODY STUCK TOGETHER,
SUPPORTED EACH OTHER THROUGH THE WHOLE THING.))
SUPER=01-Granville Tackett/Job Corps Graduate; :00
OUT Q=the whole thing.
Tackett graduated today with a nursing degree, and already has a job lined
up in his hometown of Newport News.
The Job Corps helps students across the state finish their high school
education and learn a trade.
On Wall Street today, the stock market continued to lose ground.
The DOW lost nearly ten points closing for the week at 55-hundred-11.
NASDAQ lost three points.
It makes "sense"... and for places like Ferrum, it may make dollars, as
Town officials met with the state tourism director to find out how they can
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=The Town
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :04
SUPER=01-Pat McMahon/VA Division of Tourism; :41
SUPER=01-Carthan Currin/Franklin Co. Tourism Committee; 1:01
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Franklin County
(( The Town of Ferrum wants to be put on the map.
The community is trying to become a state certified tourism destination...
and now Virginia officials are helping out.
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When most people think of Ferrum, they think of Ferrum College.
Officials here say, yes, they want the school to be recognized.
But they also say there are a number of other places to see.
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Easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major selling point... plus the
addition of Interstate- 73 could potentially draw a crowd.
Local officials want to make sure passerbys know that Ferrum offers tourist
attractions... and they want to promote such places as the Blue Ridge Institute
Museum and Farm House.
IN Q=When you put
((PAT MCMAHON/VIRGINIA DIVISION OF TOURISM: WHEN YOU PUT THOSE ALL INTO KIND OF
A MIX, YOU BEGIN TO HAVE A DESTINATION IN ITS OWN. AND THERE ARE A LOT OF
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES THAT TOURISM IS BECOMING A PART OF THEIR MIX BECAUSE
OF THE DIFFERENT ASSETS THEY HAVE AVAILABLE TO THEM. ))
OUT Q=available to them
Franklin County officials are also exploring their options.
They want a bigger piece of the tourism pie... and came to the meeting to
find out how.
IN Q=I think
((CARTHAN CURRIN/FRANKLIN COUNTY TOURISM COMMITTEE: I THINK WE ARE TURNING A
CRITICAL POINT IN OUR HISTORY AND THE STATE DIVISION OF TOURISM WILL HELP US
PULL THOSE THINGS TOGETHER AND GO FORWARD. ))
OUT Q=go forward
For Ferrum and County officials, moving forward will likely entail a Formal
Strategic Planning Committee... which could be formed later this year.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Franklin County.))
We will check in on the Riddick Bowe fight that turned into a riot last
night, Michael Jordan signs a new contract,
and Roy stanley takes us around Roanoke for a look at the first day of the
commonwealth games competition.
Qualifying for this Sunday's Jiffey Lube 300 at New Hampshire
International Speedway in Loudon started around 5:15 and is still going on at
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Defending champion Jeff Gordon paced the infield waiting for his qualifying
Winston Cup points leader Dale Earnhardt did get a chance to qualify.
Earnhardt is 4th fastest right now. Bobby Labonte just took the third spot.
Ricky Craven is on the pole. we will have the complete results at 11.
Riddick Bowe won by disqualification last night in one of the weirdest
nights in boxing history, one that turned into a riot.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/HBO; :00
Bowe won when his opponent Andrew Golota was disqulified after hitting
Riddick with 4 low blows.
After the disqualification, Bowe's corner charged Golota's. Golota was hit
over the head with a walky talky as the ring filld with people.
Perhaps the best punch thrown, was this hard left you will see at the top
of the screen.
Golota's trainer, Lou Duva, was taken away on a stretcher and is in the
The Franchise is staying in Chicago.
Michael Jordan has agreed to a one year contract with the Bulls. No terms
were released today but the four time league M-V-P has indicated that he wants
at least 18-million dollars per season.
Charlotte's Dell Curry has been elected to the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of
Curry was an All American when he played at tech in the 1980's.
Joining Curry in the Hall are trackman dick Arnold a three time southern
Conference champion in the 440-yard dash.
Connie Sellers, who sparked tech to 17 straight golf wins over state teams.
And the Late George Smith, a fullback linebacker who helped lead Tech's 1932
team to an 8 and 1 record.
Just a day after signing his new 2 year contract, Roanoke Express coach
Frank Anzalone talked about the future of the team.
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"
The opening ceremonies are this evening but the Commonwealth games kicked
off today with the start of several events.
Roy Stanley has this 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.))
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A group of high school students also has been watching Hurricane Bertha's
progress with great interest.
Steve Smallshaw has their story.
SUPER=01-Jacob Gordon/Student; :34
SUPER=01-Dawn Newcomb/Student; 1:05
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
((SO THE EYE IS PROBABLY ABOUT IN THIS SECTION, YOU CAN SEE THE WINDS COMING
OFF IN THIS DIRECTION, AROUND. AND IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO FOLLOW A PATH LIKE
THIS, STALL, THE COLD FRONT'S GOING TO COME THROUGH, WHICH IS THERE AND PUSH IT
OFF TO SEA THIS WAY.))
OUT Q=to sea this way.
Believe it or not, this is NOT a hurricane tracking center in Florida.
These are high school students, part of a weather forecasting team at the
Governor's School for Math, Science and Technology.
They're spending a month here at Lynchburg College, learning all aspects of
Hurricane Bertha was an unexpected bonus.
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
OUT Q=about the hurricanes.
IN Q=You might wonder
((You might wonder why 200 high school students would want to spend part of
their summer vacation in school, but the rising juniors and seniors here at the
Governor's School say there's more to it than just sitting in a classroom.))
OUT Q=a classroom.
In fact, with the high technology equipment, and the relaxed social
atmosphere, many say this is a little taste of college.
IN Q=It gives you
((DAWN NEWCOMB/STUDENT: IT GIVES YOU A WHOLE OTHER PERSPECTIVE OF LEARNING
BESIDES HIGH SCHOOL AND TEXTBOOKS, HERE YOU HAVE THE INTERNET AND COMPUTER LABS
AT YOUR ACCESS AT ALL TIMES.))
OUT Q=all times.
So whether it's lasers or lightning, these students are discovering summer
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
school can be even better than the real thing.