The first women have been accepted to the Virginia Military Institute.
As the application process continues, the school has to undergo some
Denise Allen attended today's board of visitors meeting and has more.
IN Q=The Virginia Military Institute
SUPER=01-Addison Hagan/First Class Pres.;
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent;
OUT Q=News 7
(( The Virginia Military Institute has accepted four women through early
15 women have applied overall.
The business of admitting women has directed the board of visitors attention
to next year.
To make the transition easier the present corp of cadets ask the board for
better communication between the corp and the administration.
IN Q=THERE'S A SLIGHT
((ADDISON HAGAN/FIRST CLASS PRESIDENT: THERE'S A SLIGHT PERCEPTION OF THE
CORP--IT'S HARD TO DECIDE IS IT THE COMMANDANT MAKING THESE DECISIONS BECAUSE
HE WANTS THEM FOR HIS OFFICE OR ARE THE CHANGES BEING DONE FOR THE ADMISSION OF
WOMEN. THE CORP CAN'T TELL.))
OUT Q=CAN'T TELL
The simple logistics involved in admitting women is overwhelming.
Dorms need to be modified and of course there is still the issue of whether
women should be required to shave their heads.
General Josiah Bunting says he and his staff are doing their own
recognizance work by visiting other service academies.
Bunting says VMI may have a difficult time recruiting top female candidates
away from these schools because of their national prominence and the military
benefits they offer.
He says the Air Force Academy has been admitting women for 20 years and
women make up just 9 percent of enrollment.
Bunting says they are doing their best to attract women at VMI.
Earlier this week, a federal judge ordered VMI to provide quarterly reports
outlining their progress.
The Justice Department had wanted VMI to submit a formal plan.
IN Q=IT AFFIRMS OUR
((GENERAL JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI: IT AFFIRMS OUR AUTONOMY. IT AFFIRMS TO US HE
TRUST US TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR VMI AND THE YOUNG WOMEN WHO WILL COME HERE.))
OUT Q=COME HERE
The state government is providing more than five million dollars to help VMI
make the transition to a co-ed institution.
But Bunting says only time will help those connected with VMI cope with the
loss of what he calls a precious heritage.
Denise Allen News 7.))
While four women have been accepted to VMI, there's is no word that any of
the applicants have made a committment to enroll.
A Galax man died in an early morning accident.
Police say 39-year old Jerry Lee Jones was killed when the car he was riding
in crashed on Meadow Street in Galax.
The single vehicle accident happen around 3-30.
Police say the vehicle was reported stolen from Newport News in November.
The driver is in serious condition in a North Carolina Hospital.
His name is not being released pending further investigation.
Another passenger was treated and released from the hospital.
The state's Democratic party has decided to stick with using a convention to
nominate its candidates for the '97 election.
That was decided at today's central committee meeting.
The party will choose its nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and
attorney general May eighth through the tenth in Richmond.
Some Democrats had pushed for a primary instead of a convention.
Former state chairman Paul Goldman says a primary would involve more voters.
However, the idea was never mentioned at today's meeting.
Republicans will nominate their candidates in a June primary.
The Dumas Hotel will be rocking once again tonight.
This is the first annual "Holiday on Henry Street."
The festival is a fundraiser for the hotel, formerly known as the Henry
Street Music Center.
Organizers are getting ready for tonight's shin-dig right now.
The festivities start at 8-30 with a winter fashion show and of course
IN Q=WE'LL HAVE JAZZ
((WILLIAM PENN/THE DUMAS HOTEL MUSIC CENTER: WE'LL HAVE JAZZ, IT WILL BE
MOSTLY SEASONAL MUSIC. WE HAVE A GIRL, DIANA LYNN, THAT WILL BE SINGING AND MY
GROUP THE WILLIAM PENN TRIO WILL BE PERFORMING.))
SUPER=01-William Penn/The Dumas Hotel Music Center;
OUT Q=WILL BE PERFORMING
Tickets are 25-dollars a person or 45-dollars a couple.
Total Action Against Poverty is sponsoring the event.
The money raised will be used attract well known musicians to perform at the
Penn says they would like the Dumas Hotel to become an educational,
entertainment and arts center.
Today's Army-Navy game has more meaning than just the bowl ramifications.
The hundred year old rivalry stirs emotion in both alumni and football fans
The West Point Society invited graduates from both academies to Hidden
Valley Country Club to celebrate the century old competition.
West Point graduate Randy Heard remembers being ordered to cheer for Navy
during the 19-43 contest when war left the Navy stands empty.
IN Q=TO SHOW GOOD
((RANDY HEARD/WEST POINT CLASS OF '45: TO SHOW GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP WE DIVIDED
THE CORP OF CADETS IN TWO. HALF OF US HAD TO ROOT FOR NAVY AND WE WEREN'T
ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT IT. NAVY WON THAT GAME.))
SUPER=01-Randy Heard/West Point Class of '45;
OUT Q=WON THAT GAME
Twenty years later ARMY tried to use psychological warfare to win the game.
That 1963 game is a special memory to many NAVY fans.
IN Q=army had a good
((CHUCK SALDARINI/NAVY CLASS OF '65: ARMY HAD A GOOD TEAM AND SHOWED UP AND WE
HAD A SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK NAMED ROGER STAUBACH. THEY SHOWED UP IN WHITE
SHOES, THE ARMY TEAM, AND THEY GOT THEIR BUTTS HANDED TO THEM. IT WAS A
WONDERFUL MEMORY. BUT THE LAST FOUR YEARS HAVEN'T BEEN SO GOOD FOR US.))
SUPER=01-Chuck Saldarini/Navy Class of '65;
OUT Q=GOOD FOR US (quick out)
(Come out on two-shot)
( And the bad luck continues for Navy.
(Army beats Navy 28 to 24)
Coming up in sports...
Salem wins a state football championships plus we'll have the highlights
From the Brookville, Danville and Giles games.
The wait is over for the football crazed fans in Salem, as the Spartans
finally captured a state championship in football this afternoon.
Mike Stevens has more on Salem's 20-to-12 win over Sherando in the Division
Four title game.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Sherando vs. Salem; :00
SUPER=01-R.J. Beckwith/Two Touchdown Passes; :34
SUPER=01-John Hancock/Two Touchdown Receptions; 1:05
SUPER=01-Ricky Eubank/Salem Receiver & Defensive Back; 1:25 QUICK
SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; 2:24
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
(( Victory stadium served as a neutral site, but there was never any question
as to who was the home team in this battle.
Salem also did a better job of neutralizing the rain and mud in the first
half by forcing three Sherando turnovers, still the Spartans trailed with 3
minutes left in the half.
But R.J. Beckwith took care of that with this strike over the middle to John
Hancock giving Salem a 7-to-6 lead at halftime.
The Spartans were the recipients of 2 good omens to start the third quarter,
first - Paul Jackson rips off a huge gain right of the middle, but the Sherando
tacklers rips the ball loose - finally the Salem would recover.
A couple of minutes later the sun came out and Hancock went back in the zone,
hauling in another Beckwith toss over the middle to make it 14-to-6 Salem with
7:21 left in the third.
But this one was far from finished - as Sherando comes back and moves the
ball down inside the Salem 10.
But the Spartans defense would throw down a goal line stand of the ages
stopping the Warriors on 2 straight downs from the one to preserve their lead.
The unselfish Spartans then unleased freshman Denis Haley up the middle, and
his 20 yard gallop seemed to out the game away making it 20-to-6 with 7:20 to
But on another fourth and goal Kelly Washington finds Brad Payton for the
short TD chopping the lead to 20-to-12.
But there would be no last second comeback on this day! Jamie Garst seals the
deal with the interception, and Salem proves that the third time is the charm
beating Sherando 20-to-12 for the Division 4 state crown.
Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))
In Spotsylvania, Brookville came up short in the Division three state final
losing to James Monroe 7 to nothing.
SUPER=03-Spotsylvania/Brookville vs James Monroe; :
The Bees came into the game ready to play on the muddy and this guy had a
face full in the first quarter.
Brookville's James Lomax comes up with a big defensive play around the
left end and throws the Yellow Jackets quarterback for a loss of 10 yards.
James Monroe scored the only points of the game in the third quarter when
Shannon Wallace took it over the right side from the 40 and the Yellow Jackets
led 7 to nothing.
But the Bees could not answer the SUPER=36-James
Monroe/7/Brookville/0/;third quarter score and James Monroe puts the sting on
to win it 7 to nothing.
IN Q=First audio
((MARK LINEBURG/BROOKVILLE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Mark Lineburg/Brookville Head Coach;
OUT Q=.......championship game.."
G.W. of Danville put up a fight but the Eagles lose in the finals of the
Division six state championship game to Chantilly 7 to nothing.
SUPER=03-Fairfax/G.W. Danville vs Chantilly; :
For the second week in a row, the Eagles had to deal with the rain and a
Danville led 7 to nothing in the first quarter then chantilly's Mark Matthie
bulls his way over from the one yard line to tie the score at 7 to 7 in the
Chantilly then began a drive in the fourth quarter and Mike Scipione goes
to the air and hits Mike Wrobel on this pass play moving the ball inside the
Eagle 10 yard line.
A couple plays later Matthie takes SUPER=36-Chantilly/14/G.W.
Danville/7/;the handoff and scores from the one yard line and Chantilly wins
the championship beating Danville 14 to 7.
The Giles Spartans came up a little short this afternoon losing to Powhatan
in the division two state finals 20 to 8.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Giles vs Powhatan
Giles county entered E.S. Poates field at Midlothian high school just
outside of Richmond were keeping the ball dry would be the hardest task all
the Indians of Powhatan would get on the bord first when Chris Paguette
hits Rod Robinson from 7 yards out to make it 7 to nothing.
Powhatan would score again on its next possession when Paguette would take
the boot leg around the right side on fourth down and slip past the Spartan
defender and score from 24 yards out and it was 14 to nothing at the half.
Giles would move the ball in the second half as Chris Ratliffe keeps the
ball and gets knocked out of bounds on the Indian 9 Yard line.
Two Plays later Chris Hutchinson takes the handoff and scores from the one
yard line but Giles comes up short losing 20 to 8.
IN Q="When last
((STEVE RAGSDALE/GILES HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Steve Ragsdale/Giles Head Coach; :
OUT Q=....came up short today."