The electricity's back on again- -finally--for many in the South Boston
area... as clean- up continues in the aftermath of the storm.
We've got a LIVE report for you in a moment on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And some favorable reviews for the newly renovated- -though behind
schedule- -Stonewall Jackson Middle School.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville with the
A youngster takes the top prize at New River Valley Speedway, many of last
week's weather delayed Friday Football Extra games are set for tonight.
And, the Carolina Panthers are breathing a sigh of relief
as Kerry Collins injured knee is just sprained.
Late summer weather over the region with a line of showers in the mountains.
The forecast and a peek at Hortense coming up.
The waters are receding, the power is coming back on. And life in Southside
is regaining a sense of normalcy.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/StarLink
Steve Smallshaw is in Riverdale which along with South Boston was one of the
hardest hit by the flood waters.
Steve I know that conditions there are changing from hour to hour, how are
things there right now?
A 60 year old Gretna man, John Perkins Senior, was killed in a flood-
Perkins was reported missing by his family on Friday after he failed to
arrive for a doctor's appointment in Lynchburg.
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department says he was killed this weekend
when flood waters swept his vehicle into a culvert near the intersection of
route 29 and 3-64.
Perkins' body was found late Saturday night in a swollen stream about a mile
from his car.
Heavy rain and flooding from Hurricane Fran claimed another two lives in the
New River Valley Friday.
21- year- old Anthony Long
lost control of his car on Meadow Creek Road in Riner.
Long and his passenger... 16- year- old Susan Meadows died when they ran
into a small creek.
Friends and family are grieving the loss.
IN Q=My brother
((PATRICIA REDDEN/SUSAN MEADOWS' AUNT: MY BROTHER IN- LAW CAME DOWN AND TOLD US
ABOUT IT. AND IT WAS JUST A SURPRISE. AND FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT... IT'S JUST
HARD TO BELIEVE. ))
SUPER=01-Patricia Redden/Susan Meadow's Aunt;
OUT Q=to believe
Authorities report Hurricane Fran is responsible for 12 deaths across the
Authorities believe faulty wiring in a clock radio started a fire this
morning in Montvale.
It took about 30 minutes to bring the fire at the Ridgeview trailer park
No one was hurt. Paul Mitchum, his wife, and five kids, heard the smoke
alarm and got out safely.
Their home is a total loss.
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=Wipe wipe wipe
..As is this two- story house in the Elliston section of Montgomery County.
A fire broke out around 2- 45 this morning.
It was discovered by a sheriff's deputy making a routine patrol.
IN Q=Very heavy
((PUG WELLS/ELLISTON FIRE CHIEF: VERY HEAVY SMOKE IN THE HOME AT THE TIME HE
FOUND IT. HE TRIED TO ENTER AND COULD NOT GET IN-- OR COULD NOT GO VERY FAR IN.
ALSO ONE OF OUR FIRE FIGHTERS CAME BY AND NEITHER COULD GET IN. ))
SUPER=01-Pug Wells/Elliston Fire Chief;
OUT Q=get in
Chief Wells said it took about an hour to bring the blaze under control.
But he said the biggest problem was a heavy black smoke... which gained
intensity from either paneling or foam rubber.
It was so strong that the deputy who discovered the blaze had to be treated
at a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation.
No one was home at the time of the fire.
The investigation is being handled by the Montgomery County Sheriff's
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--a spending challenge between millionaires in
the race for U-S Senate.
and students are returning to class at one school, even as work crews
put the finishing touches on renovation work. But first let's check in with
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MUSIC UP FULL
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Republican incumbent John Warner is trying to take away the only advantage
his opponent appears to have: money.
John Warner reminded Mark Warner today of his challenge to put a spending
cap on their Senate campaigns.
Multimillionaire Mark Warner had already offered to shake on a cap that
equalled John Warner's last three campaign bills -- but the Senator didn't take
him up on it.
Mark Warner took time from a campaign appearance today to say "too late."
IN Q=I'm gonna spend
((I'M GONNA SPEND WHATEVER IT TAKES. I'M GONNA PUT IN WHATEVER ENERGY AND
RESOURCE IT TAKES TO GET THE VOTERS OF VIRGINIA TO UNDERSTAND JOHN WARNER'S
VOTING RECORD, WHERE MY POSITION ON THE ISSUES ARE, AND WHO'S GOT THE VISION TO
TAKE VIRGINIA INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. So you're backing away from a limit. I'M
NOT BACKING AWAY FROM ANYTHING. But you said--NO WHAT I SAID WAS "YOU ADD IT
ALL UP." MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE SHOOKEN HANDS THAT DAY. REMEMBER? HE DIDN'T.
OUT Q=remember that.
John Warner says he spent about 3-point-6 million dollars over his last
Mark Warner says he believes that number is actually higher.
Mark Warner's ALREADY spent more than two million of his own money.
A quick holdup...and some fast police work...in Botetourt County today.
About 1:20 this afternoon, a branch of the Bank of Fincastle was robbed, by
a man wearing a green ski mask.
IN Q=He just ran
((SGT. DELBERT DUDDING/BOTETOURT COUNTY INVESTIGATOR: HE JUST RAN IN THE DOOR,
JUMPED ACROSS THE DESK, WENT TO THREE TELLER DRAWERS, TOOK THE CASH AND THEN
FLED ON FOOT.))
SUPER=01-Delbert Dudding/Botetourt Co. Investigator;
OUT Q=fled on foot.
The man did NOT appear to have a weapon.
Just a few minutes later, a Botetourt County deputy saw the robber, ran
after him and chased him down.
The deputy ALSO found the money a short time later.
The man he arrested is 30-year-old David Ray Martin of Botetourt County.
Victor Cucci will not serve any additional time in prison for cheating on
The Covington businessman still has another eight years in prison ahead of
him for drug running and money laundering.
A federal judge in Roanoke today sentenced Cucci to nine months in prison,
concurrent with the original 14-year sentence. So Cucci will serve the
additional time for tax evasion while he's finishing up the time he got in the
His wife, Janet, was fined 15-hundred dollars... to be paid at the rate of
100-dollars a month.
JANET Cucci failed to FILE a tax return, but wouldn't have owed the
government anything if she'd filed individually.
The public finally got its chance to speak out on Trigon's bid to become a
private, for-profit corporation.
The State Corporation Commission has begun several days of public hearings
on the fate of the state's largest health insurer -- with only about 15 members
of the public slated to speak.
SOT TAPE ONE 08:49:17
IN Q=The 88
((JEAN ANN FOX/VA. CITIZENS CONSUMER COUNCIL: THE 88-POINT5 MILLION DOLLAR
COST OF THE CO-PAY SCANDAL IS BY FAR THE LARGEST, BUT BY NO MEANS THE ONLY
INSTANCE IN WHICH THIS COMMISSION AND OTHER AGENCIES OF GOVERNMENT HAVE FOUND
THAT TRIGON, LED BY THE CURRENT MANAGEMENT SHOWED A LACK OF WHAT CAN ONLY BE
JUDGED AS INTEGRITY.))
sot TAPE TWO 09:26:04
((TOM BUEHLER/INDEPENDENT INSURANCE CONSULTANT: ALMOST ALL COMPANIES THAT DO
ANY ... EQUITABLE WAYS TO THE POLICYHOLDERS.))
SUPER=01-Jean Ann Fox/Va. Citizens Consumer Council; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Buehler/Independent Insurance Consultant; :18
OUT Q=to the policyholders.
Trigon's policyholders overwhelmingly approved the bid Friday.
The company says it must become for- profit to survive.
The stock market surged in fairly quiet trading.
The Dow climbed 74 points, closing at 57 hundred 33.
NASDAQ was up nine points.
Summer vacation finally ended today for more than 500 students at Stonewall
Jackson Middle School.
The start of classes was delayed a week, as workers scrambled to complete
the construction there.
This morning, Joe Dashiell reports a controversial project received good
marks from students, parents and teachers.
IN Q=While Stonewall Jackson students
SUPER=01-Helen Townsend/Jackson Principal; :16
SUPER=01-Carolyn Hoyt/Teacher; :36 quick
SUPER=01-Donna Dickerson/Parent; :45
SUPER=@Joe1; :56 quick
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((While Stonewall Jackson students were heading to class, Jack Waddell was
putting the finishing touches on a segment of sidewalk.
While classes were taking up their first assignments, workmen were laying
For a few weeks at least, the construction and classwork will coexist.
IN Q=They're going to stay
((HELEN TOWNSEND/JACKSON PRINCIPAL: THEY'RE GOING TO STAY OUT OF OUR WAY DURING
THE DAY AND THEY WILL WORK AFTER HOURS SO THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR SCHOOL DAY RUN
AS SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE.))
OUT Q=as smoothly as possible.
In 1995, demolition of the old Jackson Middle School angered some in the
Southeast Roanoke neighborhood.
But the new building opened to favorable reviews from students, parents and
IN Q=I think the kids
((CAROLYN HOYT/TEACHER: I THINK THE KIDS IN THIS AREA NOW WILL BE READY FOR THE
21ST CENTURY WITH THE TECHNOLOGY, WITH THE USE OF COMPUTERS AND I REALLY SEE
THAT WE'VE UPGRADED EVERYTHING.))
((DONNA DICKERSON/PARENT: IT IS A BIG CHANGE, BUT WE WENT INSIDE THIS MORNING
AND THEY LET US LOOK THROUGH THE SCHOOL AND IT'S BEAUTIFUL, THEY'VE DONE A
WONDERFUL JOB. I THINK THE KIDS ARE REALLY GOING TO ENJOY IT.))
OUT Q=going to enjoy it.
Stonewall Jackson is still a work in progress, but most of the construction
should be complete in a few weeks, virtually all of it by the end of October.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Coming up tonight in sports, the Panthers get come good news this afternoon
concerning quarterback Kerry Collins.
I'll rundown the list of rescheduled games set for tonight involving Friday
Football Extra teams.
And Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville with our Monday night report
on the Virginia Cavaliers.
Virginia has it's sights set on this Saturday's high noon meeting with
Maryland at Scott Stadium in both schools ACC opener.
Steve mason says both player and coach offered a break down of this past
weekend'd win over Central Michigan.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/This Afternoon; :00
SUPER=01-Jamie Sharper/UVa Linebacker; :08
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Central Michigan vs. Virginia; :18
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/16 Carriers, 147 Yards Rushing; :30
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; 1:11
SUPER=01-Tim Sherman/103 Yards Passing Saturday; 1:19
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
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A number of last Friday night's high school football games were played over
the weekend, but many more are on tap for tonight.
Here's a look at the schedule of teams set to kick things off this evening.
go to pinnacle boards
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Catholic/7:00pm/Rockbridge Co.//Robert E. Lee/7:00pm;
SUPER=55-Cave Spring//Jefferson Forest/7:30pm/Bassett//Chatham/7:00pm/Pulaski
SUPER=55-Bland Co.//Grayson Co./7:00pm/Rustburg//Nelson Co./7:00pm/;
The Carolina Panthers continue to amaze folks around the NFL.
Yesterday they beat the Saints
22-to-20 to stay unbeaten on the season.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :00
Even more amazing is the fact that the second year expansion is now 9-and-9
in the franchises first 18 games.
No one enjoyed yesterday's win more than Sam Mills, the former Saint.
((SAM MILLS/PANTHERS LINEBACKER:))
((JOHN KASAY/5 FIELD GOALS YESTERDAY:))
SUPER=01-Sam Mills/Panthers Linebacker; :00
SUPER=01-John Kasay/5 Field Goals Yesterday; :07
OUT Q=...PLAY TOUGH."
The bad news for the Panthers is that Kerry Collins had to leave the game
with an injured knee.
He underwent an MRI exam today and the he only has a mild sprain. The
Panthers have a week off before playing the the 49ers so, Collins should be
ready to go.
Week two winds up tonight with the Packers entertaining the Philadelphia
Eagles at Lambeau field.
GRAPHIC=NEW RIVER SPEEDWAY
The New River Valley crowned its 1996 Late Model Stock car champion last
night after a long season that began back in April.
SUPER=03-Radford/Last Night; :00
Chad Harris, who came into the race with the points lead, started on the pole
and stayed up front for nearly 70 of the race's 100 laps.
But Johnny Rumley, who is second all-time in career wins at the track behind
only Ronnie Thomas, went to the front in the familiar number 26 Chevrolet owned
by Martinsville's Clarence Pickeral.
Rumley would win the race, but Harris's third place finish would be good
enough to give the young Stuarts Draft native the track championship in just
his third year at the track driving a car owned by Larry Dunn.
Harris finished the year with one win, while Six Pack Cundiff had 4,
Roanoke's Tony McGuire won five times this season, and Jeff Agnew picked up 6
SS=hold New River
Although the points championship is settled, New River will host one more race
on October 19th, a 250 lap $10 thousand dollar shootout.
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It's a first for this area--a prime time newscast.
And it makes its debut tonight.
2 shot Keith and Connie
Connie Stevens is here to tell us about News 7 Prime Time.
Keith News 7 Prime Time will be on W-E-F-C Television at 10 p-m.
If you are a cable subscriber in Roanoke, Christiansburg or Radford we're on
Salem cable viewers can tune us in on channel seven.
Here's a list of the other communities where NEWS-7 Primetime is on your
If you don't have cable you can find NEWS-7 Primetime on channel 38.
We'll have the latest news, weather and sports--plus some unique features
that will keep our viewers up to date.
2 shot Keith and Connie
So we hope you'll join us tonight at 10 for News 7 Prime Time on WEFC--and
then of course stay tuned for News 7 at 11, right here on Your Hometown