Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Twice the number of homes in half the time... that's Habitat for Humanity's
vision for Lynchburg.
And an airborne classroom- -three students at a time take flight out of
Roanoke- -many for the first time.
We'll hear from a few.
Clouds bearing rain are headed in late tonight through tomorrow. Expect
some messy mixing of precipitation in the higher elevations tomorrow afternoon.
I'll have the latest from the News 7 Weather Center.
It won't be the Tour DuPont anymore.
The annual bike race that passes through central and southwest Virginia has
lost DuPont as its main sponsor.
DuPont has been involved in what's been called America's premier cycling
event for eight years.
The company had said that 1997 would be its last year.
But today, DuPont said it was pulling out as of today because of UNmet
Dupont blamed THOSE on a lawsuit between the event's owners, which has put
planning for the race six months behind.
The Tour has made stops in Roanoke, Blacksburg, Lynchburg and dozens of
communities in between over the years.
Medalist Sports, the event's promoter, says it's unclear right now whether
there will be ANY race next year.
They were polite -- but Don Beyer won few converts today at the Virginia
Farm Bureau's annual meeting.
IN Q=I've got
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I'VE GOT LETTERS FROM SOME OF YOU AND PHONE CALLS FROM
OTHERS. AND I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND MY POSITION.))
OUT Q=my position.
Beyer defended his support of FDA regulation of tobacco sales.
A "Q and A" session afterwards elicited only one question.
IN Q=If as you
((JERRY JENKINS/LUNENBURG CO. FARMER: IF AS YOU SAY YOU FEEL THAT THE VIRGINIA
LAWS REGARDING USE OF TOBACCO BY MINORS ARE GOOD AND SUFFICIENT, THEN WHY WOULD
YOU GO OUT ON A LIMB AND SUPPORT BRINGING IN FEDERAL MANDATES THROUGH THE
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WHAT THE NATIONAL APPROACH GIVES US IS A UNIFORM SENSE
THAT IN AMERICA WE DON'T WANT KIDS TO SMOKE. IT'S STILL LEGAL FOR ADULTS.
AMERICANS CAN CHOOSE.))
((TOM WEST/HALIFAX CO. FARMER: IT OFFENDED ME A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE HE DEFENDED
HIS POSITION. I WAS HOPING HE WOULD TAKE A LITTLE BIT SOFTER POSITION.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Jenkins/Lunenburg Co. Farmer; :00
SUPER=01-Tom West/Halifax Co. Farmer;
OUT Q=softer position.
Beyer is the Democrats' only candidate for Governor next year.
Republican candidate Jim Gilmore will address the Farm Bureau tomorrow.
A day after Virginia Public Safety Secretary Jerry Kilgore formally kicked
off his bid for Attorney General, Governor George Allen has named a successor.
35- year old director of the Department of Juvenile Justice Patricia West
joins the cabinet.
IN Q=I've been
((PATRICIA WEST/PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY-APPOINTEE: I'VE BEEN PRIVILEGED TO
SERVE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION FOR THE LAST TWO AND A HALF YEARS AS THE DIRECTOR
OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE. AND TO BE PART OF THE LEGACY OF A
GOVERNOR WHO KEEPS HIS PROMISES. MANY OF THOSE PROMISES THAT YOU MADE AND
FULFILLED HAVE BEEN DIRECTLY IN THE PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARIAT.))
SUPER=01-Patricia West/Public Safety Secretary-Appointee
OUT Q=Safety Secretariat.
As director of the Department of Juvenile Justice, West helped usher a
reform of juvenile laws through the legislature.
She's also presided over a department currently under investigation by the
U.S. Justice Department for alleged abuses of juvenile inmates at one of the
state's seven juvenile facilities.
They've built 130 low- income homes over the last eight years.. now
Lynchburg's Habitat for Humanity chapter figures to double that number in the
next FOUR years.
It's being made possible by a 3-quarter million dollar grant from Habitat
for Humanity International.
The money will help revamp one existing Lynchburg neighborhood, and build
two brand new subdivisions by the year 2000.
IN Q=The grant we're
((KEVIN CAMPBELL/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: THE GRANT WE'RE GETTING IS JUST TO SET
THE STAGE, IT'S JUST TO MAKE THE SITES AVAILABLE, TO BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE
AND DO THE DEMOLITION WHERE WE NEED TO. THE HOUSE CONSTRUCTION MONEY, AS
ALWAYS, IS GOING TO NEED TO BE RAISED LOCALLY AND THAT WILL BE ABOUT THREE AND
A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.))
SUPER=01-Kevin Campbell/Habitat For Humanity; :00
OUT Q=3 and 1/2 million dollars.
A fund-raising campaign will get underway sometime in 1997.
Lynchburg's Habitat chapter ranks as the 16th largest among 12- hundred
Across the country there's a massive consolidation going on in the funeral
But in our area, there will soon be more competitors.
Len Besthoff has the story.
IN Q=For two
SUPER=01-Allen Simpson/Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home; :19
SUPER=01-Sammy Oakey/Oakey Funeral Home; 1:08
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
For two decades Allen Simpson worked for the Oakey Funeral Home in Roanoke,
now he's striking out on his own.
He and a partner are investing nearly two- million- dollars to open their
own funeral home, which will market itself toward rapidly aging baby boomers.
SOT TAPE ONE 11:23:59
((ALLEN SIMPSON/SIMPSON-THARP FUNERAL HOME: THEY'RE COMING IN FROM OTHER AREAS
AND HAVE DIFFERENT IDEAS ABOUT WHAT FUNERAL SERVICES SHOULD BE, AND THEY'RE
BRINGING IN NEW IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES THEY'VE HAD IN OTHER PLACES, WE HOPE TO
EMBRACE THOSE TYPES OF THINGS.))
OUT Q=of things.
The Roanoke market has been dominated by three funeral homes with a long
history in the area...Hamlar and Curtis, Lotz, and Oakey.
Simpson and his partner Skip Tharp are undaunted, because Tharp successfully
launched similar funeral home concepts in Lynchburg and Bedford County, even
though there were several dominant, established players there.
SOT 11:24:41 TAPE ONE
IN Q=We have
((SIMPSON: WE HAVE FOUND THAT THIS HAS BEEN VERY VERY SUCCESSFUL IN THE
BEDFORD AREA AS WELL AS LYNCHBURG, IT SEEMS AS THOUGH PEOPLE LOOK FOR THIS TYPE
OUT Q=of thing.
Oakey is disappointed Simpson left, but believes there's room in the market
for another competitor.
SOT TAPE THREE 1:47:11
((SAMMY OAKEY/OAKEY FUNERAL HOME: ANYTIME YOU SEE A NEW PLAYER IN THE
PROFESSION WE'RE IN, I WOULDN'T WANT TO SAY WE'RE WORRIED, BUT WE'RE INTERESTED
TO SEE HOW THEY'RE GOING TO PROVIDE SERVICE.))
OUT Q=provide service.
SOT TAPE THREE 2:17:26
((Right now the average cost for a funeral in our area is about 55- hundred-
dollars, but who knows? There's speculation that this new competition could
mean lower prices. Len Besthoff, News-7.))
OUT Q=News-7. ))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
one and a half million dollars does some good deeds in the Alleghany Highlands.
And "come fly with us" was the invitation extended to some schoolkids
IN Q=We're trying
((WE'RE TRYING TO GIVE THEM A GOOD TIME, GIVE THEM A TOUR OF THE AIRPORT AND
SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE TO FLY IN A SMALL AIRPLANE.))
OUT Q=small airplane
We'll go along for the ride and see what the first time passengers thought.
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What if your job was giving out presents, so your world would be a better
This job isn't a fantasy... it's happening in the Alleghany Highlands.
Eric Earnhart reports.
IN Q=It's not Santa's
SUPER=01-Mary Litts Burton/Assistant Superintendent; :16
SUPER=01-Lewis Nelson/Alleghany Foundation; :37
SUPER=03-Clifton Forge; 1:01
SUPER=01-Dr. Ron Goings/Library Board Chairman; 1:10
OUT Q=Eric Earnhart, News 7
(( It's not Santa's workshop, but the Alleghany Foundation is delivering an
important gift to the children of the Alleghany Highlands.
A million dollar grant will put nurses in Alleghany County and Covington
IN Q=at the present time.
((MARY LITTS BURTON/ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT; AT THE PRESENT TIME OUR FACULTY
MEMBERS OR SECRETARIES ADMINISTER MEDICATION, DURING TIME THAT THEY SHOULD BE
TEACHING, AND THEY DID NOT FEEL QUALIFIED TO HANDLE THIS RESPONSIBILITY.))
OUT Q=handle this responsibility
It's part of the foundation's mission to improve the health, and quality of
life in the highlands.
IN Q=if you can improve
((LEWIS NELSON/ALLEGHANY FOUNDATION; IF YOU CAN IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN
EARLIER ON THEN YOU WILL IMPROVE THEIR CHANCE OF GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THEIR
OUT Q=of their education
The foundation was born when Alleghany Regional Hospital was sold to
Columbia last year, creating a 35 million dollar grant fund.
An 11 member board considers grant requests from non-profit organizations...
like the Clifton Forge library, which was about to double it's space... but a
200 thousand dollar cost overrun stopped their project cold...
IN Q=the only other
((DR. RON GOINGS/LIBRARY BOARD CHAIRMAN; THE ONLY OTHER ALTERNATIVE WE HAD WAS
TO GO TO THE CONTRACTOR AND ASK THEM TO START CUTTING OUT THIS ROOM AND THAT
ROOM AND MAKE IT SMALLER AND GENERALLY LOSE OUT ON A LOT OF WHAT WERE WERE
OUT Q=were gonna do
Goings calls a the grant from the foundation an early Christmas present that
put the project back on track...
And the foundation's gift bag isn't empty... it will give out 1 to 2 million
dollars each year.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
Governor Allen is pledging to have sprinklers installed in high-rise
dormitories at Virginia's colleges and universities.
The question is, will students have to foot the bill?
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Muse Hall is
SUPER=01-Keith Bolton/Blacksburg Fire Chief; :25
SUPER=01-Bob Nicholson/RU Asst. Facilities Mgr; :37
SUPER=01-Dave Nutter/VT University Relations; :57
OUT Q=News 7 Blacksburg.
(( Muse Hall is Radford University's only high- rise dorm, housing 800
students on 13 floors.
At Virginia Tech, Slusher towers 12 stories above campus, along with four
other seven-floor dorms.
Officials from both universities and firefighters say the buildings are
safe, with smoke and fire alarms, fire extinguishers, stand-pipes for fire hose
hookups, and non-combustible construction.
((KEITH BOLTON/BLACKSBURG FIRE CHIEF: CONCRETE AND CINDERBLOCK CONSTRUCTION,
ALL THE FIRE WE WOULD HAVE IS COMPARTMENTIZED INTO THE INDIVIDUAL DORM ROOMS,
SO THE SPREAD OF FIRE IS MINIMIZED. ))
((BOB NICHOLSON/RU ASST. FACILITIES MANAGER: GRANTED YES, THERE'S ALWAYS A
CONCERN OF WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO, AND SPRINKLERS ARE ONE THAT WE'VE RECOGNIZED.
IN A LONG-RANGE PLAN WE'VE LOOKED AT TRYING TO ADD THOSE TO OUR BUILDINGS.))
The problem is finding the money. Governor Allen says he will, but dorm
construction, operation and upkeep is currently paid for through student fees,
NOT state funds.
((DAVE NUTTER/VT UNIVERSITY RELATIONS: AND IN PREVIOUS YEARS WHEN WE'VE HAD TO
UPGRADE FIRE ALARMS AND SYSTEMS, THAT HAD TO COME OUT OF THE COST TO STUDENTS.
Governor Allen says raising student fees is among several options being
considered. The cost to add sprinklers to Tech's five high-rise dorms is
estimated at more than five and a half million dollars. That breaks down to
about 58 dollars per student over the next 20 years. Tracy Altizer, News 7
A down day on Wall Street.
The Dow lost 19 points, closing at 64 hundred 23.
NASDAQ gave up three points.
A flight of fancy.
For the students from Rockbridge County it was the ultimate field trip.
A tour of the Airport and a flight over the Roanoke Valley.
They ranged from white-knuckled first-time fliers to seasoned veterans of
flight... 140 kids from Maury River Junior High were out of class ...on a
IN Q=(NAT SOT: Air traffic)
SUPER=07-Rebecca Windsor; :13
SUPER=07-Lena Rentz; :29
SUPER=07-Cynthia Vess; :38
SUPER=01-Art Cournoyer/Pilot; :50
SUPER=07-Edward Henderson; 1:05
OUT Q=I like it a lot.
NAT SOT: air traffic
On a brisk and breezy late autumn morning, it was bound to be a little
rough at 2-thousand feet over Roanoke... what pilots call turbulence, and the
rest of us know as a rough ride.
((REBECCA WINDSOR: IT WAS SORT OF SCARY IN A WAY. BUT IT WAS FUN. I ENJOYED IT
A LOT. AS IN WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FEET BACK ON THE GROUND. YEAH.))
OUT Q=the ground, yeah.
It was the first time Lena Rentz had been up in a plane, and she'd been
really looking forward to it.
IN Q=What were you
((What were you expecting?
LENA RENTZ: SCARY.
And was it as scary, more so or less?
IT WASN'T AS SCARY AS I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN.))
OUT Q=would have been.
IN Q=Were you
((Were you scared?
CYNTHIA VESS: NO, NOT SCARED AT ALL.
Did you have any queasiness at all?
OUT Q=at all? No.
The national Experimental Aircraft Association came up with the idea a few
years ago to acclimate kids to flying.
IN Q= Hopefully, we're going
((Art Cournoyer: HOPEFULLY, WE'RE GOING TO INSTILL SOME YOUNGSTERS TO BE PILOTS
AND AIRLINE STEWARDESSES AND FLIGHT CONTROLLERS AND ALL THOSE TYPES THINGS IN
THE AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY.))
OUT Q=aircraft industry.
Not all the students from Maury River were new-comers to the air.
My seat-mate in the back of Art Cournoyer's single-engine plane took it all
IN Q=It's sort
((EDWARD HENDERSON: IT'S SORT OF LIKE A ROLLER COASTER. MOST KIDS WOULD
PROBABLY LIKE IT. I LIKE IT A LOT.))
OUT Q=it a lot.
Coming up on a busy Wednesday night in sports, the Hokies dominate the Big
East postseason honors.
Nascar car owner Rick Hendrick is indicted by a federal grand jury. I'll have
the latest on Richlands head coach Dennis Vaught.
Plus, remember Ed Green, the former coach at Roanoke College? He's back in
the valley and Roy Stanley has his story tonight in sports.
The Virginia Tech Hokies dominate the Big East football conference's
postseason awards that were handed out this afternoon.
Tech placed 6 players on the all-conference first team
plus, head coach Frank Beamer was named the coach of the year in the league
for the second straight season.
And quarterback Jim Druckenmiller was named the Big East's co-offensive
player of the year, an award he shares with Syracuse's Donovan McNabb.
Senior tightend Bryan Jennings joins Druckenmiller on the first team all-Big
East squad, along with center Billy Conaty, running back Ken Oxendine and
Freshman kicker Shayne Graham.
Cornell Brown was a first team defensive selection.
Six Hokies made second team all-conference including Brandon Semones.
Now a number of Tech fans have been worrying about Frank Beamer's possible
departure to Alabama.
But tonight it looks like that job is going to Mike Dubose.
The Tide's current defensive coordinator will officially be given the job
this coming Monday, according to several reports out of Alabama.
While Beamer is not going to Alabama to coach; he IS in Houston, Texas
tonight with Tech All-American defensive end Cornell Brown for the annual
Lombardi award ceremony. The award honors the top lineman in the country.
IN Q="I really hope
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :
OUT Q=...does it the right way"
Whether it's Lexington, Patrick Henry or Richlands, trouble controversy and
Dennis Vaught can't seem to stay from each other.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
News 7 Sports learned last night that the Richlands head football coach
Dennis Vaught was being investigated by school officials for ordering his
players to injure Grundy star quarterback, Jason Copenhaver and lineman Luke
Owens during their October 4th game.
Copenhaver suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his
RIGHT knee in the game.
This afternoon both Richlands high school and the athletes attorney
confirmed that the matter has been resolved to everyone's satisfaction.
Sources tell us that Vaught will lose his job as coach over the incident.
Rick Hendrick, the man whose cars and drivers captured the Winston Cup points
championship each of the past two years, was indicted by a federal grand jury
SUPER=04-1996 Season; :00
Hendrick owns the cars driven by Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte, but problems
involving his cars dealerships, namely his Honda lots are the reason for this
The 15 count indictment says Hendrick paid bribes to executives of Honda of
America in exchange for preferential treatment.
Terry Labonte reacted to the news this afternoon.
IN Q="You know...
((TERRY LABONTE/HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS DRIVER: ))
SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/Hendrick Motorsports Driver; :00
OUT Q=...JUST FINE.
The Roanoke College Maroons open their conference schedule tonight at home as
they take on Emory & Henry in a seven o'clock tip at the Bast Center.
Already this season Page Moir has passed his Dad and moved into third place on
the College's all-time wins list behind Buddy Hackman and Ed Green.
And speaking of Green, it's been 7 years since he left Roanoke for Myrtle
But Roy Stanley says the former Roanoke Head Coach is back in the valley.
doing what he likes to do best, Coach.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Salem/1989 Season; :00
SUPER=01-Ed Green/Addison Teacher & Coach; :21
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
((After 14 years as a successful head coach ar Roanoke College, Ed Green Packed
his suit case and headed south to become the Athletic Director at Coastal
Well, Green is back in the valley teaching and coaching the 7-th and 8-th
graders at Addison Aerospace Magnet School.))
((ED GREEN/TEACHER AND COACH AT ADDISON MAGNET SCHOOL: ))
((Green left Coastal for an assistant's principal's job in Pennsylvania.
But in 1994 he suffered a hip injury and it coast him an assistant coaching
job in New Orleans,))
((Green was a candidate for the coaching positions at both Patrick Henry and
And Green eventually hopes to get back to the clip board and whistle in
the near future.))
((Although he's a native of Pennsylvania, Green still calls Roanoke his home.
Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
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(toss to Jean)
Amherst authorities say a body found in the Northern end of their county may
be the driver of a car found abandoned in Lynchburg yesterday. The body of a
black man in his 20s was discovered by a highway worker off Route 617. He'd
been shot once in the head and it appears his body was dumped along that road.
Sheriff Jimmy Ayers says the victim possibly matches the description of a man
who'd been driving the Nissan Pathfinder found in Lynchburg.