Next on News Seven--
Virginia Beach residents clean up the mess "Bertha" left behind.
And the V-M-I Board of Visitors met again today to discuss the future of the
In sports, The field is set for the Jiffy Lube 300 in New Hampshire Mike
Stevens checks in with a report on the Commonwealth Games and the Braves beat
We'll take a look at Tropical Storm Bertha, as she continues spinning along
the northeastern coastline.
Meanwhile, partly to mostly sunny skies are forecast where we live.
Virginia Military Institute is still pondering what to do about last month's
Supreme Court ruling on co-education.
The school's Board of Visitors met again today.
But Keith Humphry says the board still hasn't decided how to respond to the
IN Q=The Board's been
SUPER=01-Jim Roberts/VMI Board Member; :07
SUPER=01-Bill Berry/VMI Board President; :33 Quick!!
SUPER=01-Steve Fogleman/VMI Alumni Assn. President; :46
SUPER=01-Major General Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; 1:37
OUT Q=Humphry News-7.
Board members have been meeting for three days, largely discussing other
Today, but they decided to...
((DEVELOP A PLAN OF CO-EDUCATION FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE BOARD.))
The board HAS to begin planning to admit women.
While the alumni are poised on a distance ridgetop trying to marshal the
cavalry for a last- minute charge in the name of taking over the institute,
making it a private school, The Board of Visitors has no choice but to begin
exploring ways of complying with the Supreme Court's decision.
((while we are deeply disappointed by that dECISION, we will obey it.))
In the meantime the alumni Association and the Alumni Foundation are
scrambling to figure out whether they can afford to buy the place.
((STEVE FOGLEMAN/ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: WE'VE JUST GOT SOME QUESTIONS WE'VE GOT TO
RESOLVE OURSELVES, AND THEN WE'VE GOT TO PRESENT IT TO THE BOARD OF VISITORS.))
The Board itself cannot take any steps to make this a private institution.
SOT 12:27:10 -audio only
((as a state agency, we can't take ourselves over. ))
Those Alumni agencies could ask the Commonwealth to sell it to them, however,
even if the Board fails to endorse the request.
The alumni agencies and the Board of visitors are approaching it along two
((the board of visitors is examining coeducation. the alumni agencies are
examining privitization. and we will reach a conclusion to both of those paths
in sept. ))
SOT 12:26:45 standup
OUT Q=tape #2
((i would think 1998 would be a preferable date, however that's very
But General Bunting adds it is up to the Chief Federal judge in Roanoke to
approve a plan and set the timetable.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
Bertha checked in and out of Virginia overnight with a lot of sound and
fury-- but only downed trees, damaged utility lines, and a sandy mess on the
Farther inland, she spawned at least two tornadoes, but NO injuries.
Ellen Qualls wraps up the visit of the hurricane-turned-tropical storm.
IN Q=She was at
SUPER=03-Virginia Beach/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-George Thomas/Marine Scientist; :16
SUPER=01-Jeff Loomis/Virginia Beach Resident; :
SUPER=01-Rena Test/Virginia Beach Resident; :28
SUPER=01-Jerry Sweane/Coastal Geologist; :20
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Sandbridge.
(( She was at her worst in Virginia, an awe-inspiring experience.
But a long trip across North Carolina wore Bertha out.
Today, evidence of her visit was tough to find, and cleaned up quickly.
SOT 02:46:26 SATURDAY TAPE TWO
((GEORGE THOMAS/MARINE SCIENTIST: LOOKS LIKE THE LOWER PART OF THE BEACH HAS
BEEN DEFLATED. THERE COULD BE SOME PROBLEMS UP THE BEACH. IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE
THERE WAS MUCH OVERWASH OVER THE ROAD.))
sot SATURDAY TAPE TWO 02:42:10
((JEFF LOOMIS/VIRGINIA BEACH RESIDENT: I REMEMBER WORSE. I WAS REALLY HOPING
THAT IT WOULD BRING UP A LOT OF REALLY GOOD SURF.))
SOT SATURDAY TAPE TWO 03:08:01
((RENA TEST/VIRGINIA BEACH RESIDENT: I WAS TOLD THERE WAS A TREE ACROSS MY CAR
AND STUFF LIKE THAT. BUT THERE WASN'T. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, THE BAY WAS FLOODED.
THE DOCKS WERE UNDER WATER AND EVERYTHING. SO YOU KNOW, I MEAN IT WAS FUN.))
sot STANDUP SATURDAY TAPE TWO 02;36:30
((THE BERTHA STORY HAS A MORAL FOR VIRGINIANS -- WHO HAVEN'T SEEN A DIRECT HIT
FROM A HURRICANE SINCE THE 60'S. THIS WASN'T ONE EITHER. IT WAS A TROPICAL
STORM BY THE TIME IT GOT HERE.))
But whether you're on the coast, or in the flood-prone mountains, these
rapidly changing storms should always demand respect.
SOT FRIDAY TAPE THREE 10:12:10
((JERRY SWEANE/COASTAL GEOLOGIST: IF YOU DON'T MIND ME BEING FACETIOUS, I
THINK IT WAS LAST YEAR PAT ROBERTSON SAID HE PRAYS FOR THIS AREA AND STORMS
BYPASS US...HIT REALLY HARD.))
Bertha came early.
A long, and potentially deadly season will test everyone's theories about
the big one.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Sandbridge.))
Brian Sowers touched many lives.
And to honor his memory many people turned out for Brian Sowers Day at the
Vinton War Memorial.
17- year-old Brian Sowers, volunteered much of his time to his church and
He died last month from an undiagnosed illness.
Today his friends came out for a day of fun.
Several bands donated their talent.
There were two lines for the dunking booth-- one to sit on the hot seat--
the other to throw the balls.
IN Q=i just had
((VANESSA SOWERS/BRIAN'S MOTHER: I JUST HAD NO IDEA HE HAD THIS TYPE OF
INFLUENCE ON THIS MANY PEOPLE. IT'S BEEN OVERWHELMING. I'M PROUD OF EVERYONE
OF THEM . I'M PROUD OF WHAT BRIAN DID TO CAUSE THIS MANY PEOPLE TO SHOW UP.))
SUPER=01-Vanessa Sowers/Brian's Mother;
OUT Q=to show up
Many churches in the area helped organize the fund raising event.
The Sowers do not have medical insurance.
And all the money raised today will help them pay medical expenses.
IN Q=we constantly
((WE CONSTANTLY ARE THANKING THEM. TELLING THEM HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE IT AND
THAT WE LOVE THEM ALL AND I'M JUST PROUD THEY THOUGHT ENOUGH OF BRIAN.))
OUT Q=ENOUGH OF BRIAN
The Center for Disease Control is testing blood samples to determine Brian's
cause of death.
The Brian Sowers Fund has been set up at the Vinton Branch of NATIONSbank
for those who would like to make a donation.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six-
The race to represent Virginia in the U-S Senate continues.
John Warner and Mark Warner made their way through Southwest Virginia this
The halls of Natural Bridge High School may once again be bustling with
But first, let's check in with Kimberly...
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What's now Tropical Storm Bertha has crossed the mid- Atlantic and is now
hurrying up the Northeast coast.
We'll have the latest satellite imagery.
Meanwhile, closer to home, a few showers fell around the area this
Let's check out some of the numbers of the day...
MUSIC UP FULL
More jobs will be coming to Rockbridge County.
That's if Des Champs (DAY-schomps) Labs gets the nod from the board of
The company is hoping to purchase a former high school.
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.
The two Warners running for the U- S Senate made stops in Southwest Virginia
Republican JOHN Warner visited with members of the American Legion today.
Warner told Legioneers that the U-S needs to take a stronger stand against
terrorism and provide more security for troops overseas.
Challenger MARK Warner stopped in Roanoke LAST NIGHT to talk with Legion
The Democrat says the U-S needs to keep investing in military research to
maintain it's military might.
Both candidates addressed the American Legion Department of Virginia at the
78th Annual Convention.
A program in Bedford is offering teenagers a safe place to go.
Safe Haven has been open for a year and already its making an impact.
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=This is more than just a
SUPER=01-Jajuan Oliver/Safe Haven Participant;
SUPER=01-Nakia Shelton/Safe Haven;
SUPER=01-Paul Carper/Safe Haven Participant;
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Safe Haven;
SUPER=01-Libby Oliver/Safe Haven;
OUT Q=News 7.
This is more than just a softball game.
It's a part of a program that brings adults and children together.
Safe Haven's home is a trailer in the parking lot of Rain Tree Apartments in
It houses educational programs such as "Sexuality and You," and seminars on
But fun is also apart of the program.
IN Q=i like the
((JAJUAN OLIVER/SAFE HAVEN PARTICIPANT: I LIKE THE WAY WE GET TO GO ON TRIPS
FOR FREE. WE GO VARIOUS PLACES THAT MOST KIDS DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO
OUT Q=OPPORTUNITY TO GO
IN Q=ALL OF THEIR
((NAKIA SHELTON/SAFE HAVEN: ALL OF THEIR PARENTS WORK AND WE TRY TO SPEND TIME
WITH THEM JUST TAKE THEM OUT AND KEEP THEM OUT OF TROUBLE.))
OUT Q=OUT OF TROUBLE
STAND UP 13:33:58
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: OUTINGS SUCH AS THIS SOFTBALL GAME ARE JUST A PART OF
SAFE HAVEN. ORGANIZERS SAY THE PEACE PATROL IS ONE WAY THEY TRY TO TEACH THESE
CHILDREN TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.
IN Q=we go into
((PAUL CARPER/SAFE HAVE PARTICIPANT: WE GO INTO THE COUNTY HOME AND HELP OLD
PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE PEOPLE TO COME AND VISIT THEM. WE TRY TO MAKE PEACE.))
OUT Q=MAKE PEACE
IN Q=I'VE BEEN HERE
((BILL MCGUIRE/SAFE HAVEN: I'VE BEEN HERE SINCE AUGUST, THE BEGINNING. AND
I'VE SEEN GROWTH IN THE KIDS' LIVES AND IT'S BEEN REAL POSITIVE FOR ME AND FOR
OUT Q= AND FOR THEM
IN Q=THE ATTITUDES
((LIBBY OLIVER/SAFE HAVEN: THE ATTITUDES HAVE CHANGED IN A LOT OF THEM. THEY
LISTEN MORE THAN THEY USED TO, THEY DON'T CREATE AS MUCH OF A PROBLEM FOR US
OUT Q=FOR US NOW.
The Safe Haven program also offers assistance with homework.
During the school year tutors help the children every day after school.
The children say all of these activities make Safe Haven a cool place to
And next month instead of softball, it's a trip to Kings Dominion and
Denise Allen News 7.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 continues...
Kimberly will bring us the weather story-- including where Bertha is right
Roanokers where gazing skyward last evening.
We will see why people had stiff necks later in the newscast.
MUSIC UP FULL
How would you like to jump thousands of feet out of a plane?
It's not for everyone- but for the Golden Knights it's a way of life.
The U-S Army team last night helped open the commonwealth games at Victory
Jean Jadhon went aboard the plane with the team to see what it's like.
IN Q=Imagine jumping
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; 00
SUPER=01-Sgt. Travis Belt/Golden Knight; 12-15 very quick!!
SUPER=@Jean1; 22-26 quick!
SUPER=01-Corp. Brian Mayer/Golden Knight; 1:10
OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke."
((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-
The group jumps between 4 and five hundred times a year.
SGT. TRAVIS BELT/GOLDEN KNIGHT: I DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.. IT'S NOT A BIG
Maybe not a big deal for this group but something that takes a great deal
JEAN JADHON: SO WHAT'S IT LIKE TO FLY WITH THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS. WE DECIDED TO
SUIT UP AND FIND OUT.
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.
CORP. BRIAN MAYER/GOLDEN KNIGHT: AT THAT ALTITUDE YOU DON'T GET THE SENSE
YOU'RE FALLING BECAUSE YOU'RE SO HIGH UP IN THE AIR SO IT'S EXACTLY LIKE YOU'RE
STAFF SGT KRIS WARD/GOLDEN KNIGHT: THE ONLY THING YOU'RE REALLY THINKING ABOUT
IS HOW IT LOOKS TO THE CROWD.
Definitely a crowd pleaser here- the team members hit on their mark X'd on
IF YOU PUT YOUR ARMS FORWARD YOU GO BACKWARD. USING YOUR LEGS, ARMS, AND
SHOULDER AS FLIGHT CONTROLS YOU CAN MANUEVER YOUR BODY INTO ANY SERIES OF
MOVEMENTS YOU'D LIKE TO DO.
This group says it feels like flying- it's exciting and they say.
I LOVE IT. IT'S THE BEST JOB IN THE ARMY.
Jean Jadhon, News 7 Roanoke.))
And coming up, The field is set for the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire a
couple of drivers talk about the race.
And we'll check in on the second day of the Commonwealth games throughout
the Roanoke Valley.
The Commonwealth Games of Virginia began last Saturday, but the heaviest
competition throughout the valley is taking place this weekend.
Mike Stevens has a look at some of today's action.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Star City Skating; :00
SUPER=01-Scott Setchel/Roller Hockey Coordinator; :14
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Hilltop Lanes; :30
SUPER=01-Harold Stultz/Bowling Coordinator; :42
SUPER=03-Roanoke/The River's Edge; 1:06
SUPER=01-Carol Schmidt/Soccer Coordinator; 1:15
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The Jiffy Lube 300 at the New Hampshire International Speedway gets
underway tomorrow in Loudon.
SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/ESPN; :00
Ernie Irvan will start 6th, he posted a lap of 128.320 miles per hour to
secure the spot during first round qualifying yesterday. He is looking for a
higher finish than that.
IN Q="Last time
((ERNIE IRVAN/DRIVER OF HAVOLINE THUNDERBIRD: LAST TIME I WAS THERE, I
DOMINATED THE RACE FOR ABOUT EVERYWHERE BUT THE LAST 50 LAPS AND GOT TOUCHED UP
NI SOME STUFF AND WOUND UP WINNING THE RACE. BUT I HAD SOME ...THINK LOUDON'S
A GREAT RACTRACK IT'S GOT GREAT OWNERS, AND WE LIKE TO GO UP THERE AND MEET A
LOT OF DIFFERENT CROWD.))
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Driver of Havoline Thunderbird; :00
OUT Q=...different crowd"
First round qualifying did not turn out so well for Jeremy Mayfield. Cale
Yarborough's driver spun the RCA Ford during his run and will start 39th. To
him, that qualifying run symbolized the first half of the season.
((JEREMY MAYFIELD/DRIVER OF RCA FORD: WHAT YOU ALWAYS HOPE IS THAT THINGS WILL
GET BETTER AND WE USE THE FIRST PART OF THE SEASON AS A TEST SESSION YOU TAKE
EVERYTHING YOU LEARN THE FIRST PART AND YOU TRY TO MAKE THINKG BETTER THE
SECOND TIME AROUND, AND WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Jeremy Mayfield/Driver of RCA Ford; :00
OUT Q=...have a good year"
Rain washed out the final round of qualifying for the Jiffy Lube 300 at
the New Hampshire International
So Here is how the cars that failed to qualify yesterday will line up for
wipe to boards
SUPER=0107-26. Brett Bodine//27. John Andretti//28. Morgan Shepherd//29. Jimmy
Spencer//30. Ward Burton;
SUPER=0107-31. Michael Waltrip//32. Rick Mast//33. Bobby Hillin//34. Dave
Marcis//35. Greg Sacks;
SUPER=0107-36. Randy MacDonald//37. Bill Elliott//38. Johnny Benson//39.
Jeremy Mayfield//40. W. Dallenbach;
John Smoltz threw his second two hitter of the season as the Braves Beat
Florida 3 to nothing.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX SPORTS; :
The Olympic insignia on the side of the highway in Atlanta.
Smoltz would come through at the plate sending this line drive into right
field scoring Jeff Blauser who beats the John Sheffield throw and scores 1 to
Then in the sixth. Javier Lopez gets all of this pitch sending it over
the right field wall for a two run homer and the Braves jumped out to the 3 to
Smoltz strikes out 10 in winning SUPER=35-Atlanta/3/Florida/0/;his 15-th
game of the season and he also broke a three game losing streak as the Braves
beat the Marlins 3 to nothing.
Another twist in the brawl after the Riddick Bowe and Andrew Golota fight
Thursday night in New York.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/HBO; :
The report out of the Big Apple today is that Madison Square Garden
Officials will not pay Bowe his 5-million dollar purse until his manager Rock
Newman provides Police with the names of his people involved in the brawl.
16 people have been arrested and 22 others were injured. And only two
people have been identified as part of Bowe's entourage.
Bowe won the fight on disqualification.