We're not out of the winter woods yet, but it looks like the worst weather
is ALMOST gone.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, comprehensive storm coverage- -along with a
local Army reserve unit gearing up for deployment overseas.
And we assess the bottom line of Tech's bowl appearance ...in dollars and
In sports, Mike Stevens will check in with us from Charlotte with a report
on the Carolina Panthers, we will also hear from a former UVa star now with the
and Rick Mast gives us an update on how things are going with his new Butch
Mock Racing team.
Winter Weather Advisories stay up for some lingering freezing drizzle.
Bundle up after that. Readings drop into the teens this weekend.
Winter is back in southwest and central Virginia.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
Len Besthoff says the messy mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain that
blanketed the region over the past 24 hours has left a varied set of
conditions. Here's Len.
Keith as the day went on crews got a handle on the thin layer of snow and
other icy matter, and many streets are now passable.
But if you're looking for a reason to stay off the roads, take a look at
what we found in Floyd County just a little while ago.
SUPER=07-Glenn Waldron; :00
SUPER=01-Robert Christian/Professional Auto Towing; :41
SUPER=01-Michelle Bono/Roanoke Information Officer; 1:05
OUT Q=more than usual.
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IN Q=Fog's coming
((GLENN WALDRON: FOG'S COMING IN, LOT OF PEOPLES GONNA HAVE TO BE CAREFUL.))
OUT Q=be careful.
On route 221 thick patches of fog have cut visibility down to 50 yards in
some places, and while road crews have made a lot of passes up here, odds are
this thin, harmless looking layer of mush will be a road hazard.
IN Q=The side
((GLENN WALDRON: THE SIDE ROADS ARE GETTING RIGHT ICY GETTING SLIPPERY AGAIN.
IF IT FREEZES TONIGHT IT'S GOING TO BE RATHER TREACHEROUS.
OUT Q=rather treacherous.
And if you think we're out of the woods on the possibility of power outages,
think again....that's ice on those branches.
Here's the good news...many main roads have been successfully cleared,
keeping towtruck crews just a little busy.
IN Q=State police
((ROBERT CHRISTIAN/PROFESSIONAL AUTO TOWING: STATE POLICE ISSUED A WARNING
THIS MORNING AND EVERYONE PRETTY MUCH LISTENED TO THEM.))
SUPER=01-Robert Christian/Professional Auto Towing;
OUT Q=to them.
And nearly all of the more urban parts of our area fared well.
Danville had just a little bit of morning ice.
In Lynchburg, the roads are pretty clear, and the city is not plowing the
residential streets because there's not enough snow.
Roanoke is clearing streets, and it's having an easier time of it, because
after the past few years, the city came into this winter better prepared.
SOT tape two 00:10:49
IN Q=We have six
((MICHELLE BONO/ROANOKE INFORMATION OFFICER: WE HAVE SIX NEW SPREADERS THAT
ARE OUT ON THE STREET FOR THIS STORM. WE'VE GOT A VERY LARGE SUPPLY OF SALT,
ABOUT THREE TIMES MORE THAN USUAL.))
OUT Q=than usual.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
The weather is prompting about a dozen schools in our area to cancel classes
for this evening; many more are also closed tomorrow.
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Here is the latest information: Classes called off for tonight at Danville
Community College, Dominion Business School and E-C-P-I of Roanoke.
Evening classes also cancelled at Jackson River Tech Center, Mary Baldwin
College and National Business College in Roanoke.
No night classes at New River Community College, Patrick Henry Community
College and Sylvan Learning Center.
And no night classes at Virginia Western Community College
Appomattox County has cancelled classes for Friday, along with Bland County
and Campbell County.
Carlisle School is closed tomorrow, as is Carroll County. Covington city
schools will operate on a two hour delay.
Craig County schools are closed Friday; Dayspring Christian Academy is
closed; Faith Christian Pre-School will operate on a two hour delay.
Also closed tomorrow: Franklin County, Giles County, and Grayson County.
Henry County and Martinsville city schools closed tomorrow; Roanoke's
National Business College will have no day or evening classes on Friday.
Also closed on Friday: Nelson County, Patrick County, and Rockbridge County.
Stanleytown Baptist Academy and Wythe County schools are closed tomorrow.
Employees at a Henry County furniture plant reportedly ran for cover when a
co-worker allegedly shot his girlfriend inside the factory.
It happened this morning at the "Bassett Superior Lines" plant where the
victim and suspect were employed.
Investigators say 35- year old Timothy Dexter Walton was apprehended inside
the plant shortly after the shooting.
Walton apparently left his work station, pulled out a sawed off shotgun, and
fired at least two shots in the direction of 37- year old Susie Penn.
No one else was injured.
So far, authorities have questioned about a dozen witnesses who were in the
IN Q=The first
((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:THE FIRST FEW MOMENTS WERE CHAOS,
EVERYBODY WAS FLEEING, TO LEAVE THE AREA, FEARING WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THEM,
SOME PEOPLE JUST KNEW SOMETHING HAD HAPPENED AND THAT THEY NEEDED TO FLEE, AND
SOME DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HAD HAPPENED, SOME HEARD WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS AN
EXPLOSION, BUT WAS IN FACT A GUNSHOT. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=was a gunshot.
Penn underwent surgery this afternoon, but her condition is unknown.
Investigators believe she may have been trying to end a relationship with
Walton is being held in jail without bond.
If you thought the battle over single sex education in Virginia was over,
you weren't in Virginia's Senate today.
Ellen Qualls brings us some fightin' words over VMI.
IN Q=First he said
SUPER=01-Sen. Warren Barry/(R) Fairfax; :04
SUPER=01-Linwood Holton/Former Governor; :53
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
First he said he was just venting his spleen.
((SEN. WARREN BARRY/R-FAIRFAX: IT'S THE WEAKNESS OF MEN THAT HAS BEEN CREATED
WHEN WE SAY TO MEN THAT YOU'VE GOT TO BE AN AGGRESSIVE WARRIOR. BUT WE SAY
THAT THIS AGGRESSIVE WARRIOR HAS GOT TO EXIST IN A SOCIAL SLUMBER PARTY. WHEN
YOU PUT OIL WITH WATER IT SEPARATES. WHEN YOU PUT MILK WITH CREAM IT SEPARATES.
WHEN YOU HAVE GASOLINE AND YOU MIX IT WITH MATCHES IT'S EXPLOSIVE.))
But when questioned later, Senator Barry said he was laying the groundwork
for legislative action.
It's NOT clear what he has in mind.
NAT SOT BREAK
It was also Explore Park day at the Assembly.
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: USUALLY WHEN THE DELEGATES AND THE SENATORS
SEE WHAT EXPLORE'S ALL ABOUT THEY SEE THAT'S IT'S NOT SOME PET PROJECT OF ONE
DELEGATE OR ANOTHER.))
Remember the project was once dubbed Dickieworld, after House Majority
Leader and patron saint Dick Cranwell.
((LINWOOD HOLTON/FORMER GOVERNOR: THOSE THINGS-- THEY'RE MOSTLY DONE IN FUN.
AND I DON'T THINK ANY SERIOUS HARM WAS DONE.))
Today Cranwell left the talking up to the less controversial former
And a new video helped make the case for three million dollars in water and
Meanwhile, Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum taking the push to overturn a newly
discovered medical marijuana law one step further.
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: THE ISSUE WAS NOT BROUGHT BY ME. THE ISSUE WAS BROUGHT
BY THOSE WHO ...HEROIN, WHICH IS A MUCH MORE DEBILITATING DRUG THAN
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN SAYS HE WOULD PROBABLY SIGN THE BILL TO REPEAL THE
MEDICINAL USE OF MARIJUANA. WE DON'T YET KNOW WHAT HIS STANCE IS ON THE
MEDICINAL LEGALIZATION OF HEROIN LAW HE HELPED PASS IN 1988. ELLEN QUALLS,
NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--a loss in the Orange Bowl still translate into
big dollars for Virginia Tech. So how will the school spend it?
and some Army reservists in Salem are preparing for a long stint away from
home, as they are called in to support the U-S effort in Bosnia.
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MUSIC UP FULL
Note: **Anchor tag**
About 100 "weekend warriors" in Salem were sworn in today as regular U-S
IN Q=Detachment, attention
SUPER=01-Jerry Shepherd/Christiansburg; :27
SUPER=01-Beverly Owens/Virginia Beach; :52
SUPER=01-Vanessa Payne/Roanoke; 1:12
OUT Q=happy about that.
OUT Q=at ease
This reserve unit, a Garrison Support detachment, was placed on alert the
week before Thanksgiving for possible deployment overseas.
Now the troops have been told they're definitely going to Europe... part of
the Army's peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.
At least a few were due to get OUT of the reserves next month.
Now they'll be in Europe for at least the next FOUR months.
((LOOKING FORWARD TO IT AND I'M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. RIGHT NOW I JUST
WANT TO HURRY AND LEAVE, SO I CAN GET BACK.))
Now that they're on active duty, they need more equipment and additional
NAT SOT "I'll take it." 12:28:15
trying on field jacket
The weather has provided a perfect training ground for driver's ed.
They've got to learn how to navigate narrow snow-covered highways and read
international road signs.
IN Q=How many
((HOW MANY 22-YEAR OLDS GET TO GO OVER TO EUROPE AND TO MEET FOREIGNERS AND
WORK WITH THE UNITED NATIONS.))
OUT Q=United Nations.
Owens has never been out of the state.
She and her fellow soldiers will backstop troops based in Europe who will
be re-deployed to Bosnia.
Vanessa Payne was about to join the the Roanoke County Police force, just
((WELL SEE I'M MP TOO, AND THEY'RE SENDING ME AS A COOK.
Sounds like the Army at work.
IN Q=So you're going
((So you're going to be in Germany, cooking.
COOKING. MY CHIEF WASN'T REAL HAPPY ABOUT THAT.))
OUT Q=about that.
Chief John Cease would rather she get some on-the-job training in police
work while she's gone.
The detachment ships out Saturday night and will be overseas by January
They called it phase three of "Operation Crackdown".. sheriff Mike Brown's
attempt to put a dent in the drug traffic in Bedford County.
News7 was there as arrest teams rounded up nearly two dozen suspects last
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Their schedule
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Lt. John McCane/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :17 (quick!)
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :34
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( Their schedule pushed up by the threat of snow, dozens of officers from
across central Virginia gathered Thursday night to send a message to the drug
dealers of Bedford County.
First a briefing, and then around eight o'clock, the arrest teams got their
natsot briefing 8:09:15
((THEIR TARGETS WILL BE FOUR, TEN, SIXTEEN AND TWENTY SEVEN.))
They were then armed with folders detailing the crimes and descriptions of
each suspect, the product of six months of undercover work where agents bought
crack cocaine from some of the county's biggest drug dealers.
IN Q=We believe we
((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO.: WE BELIEVE WE HAVE ARRESTED AND PERFECTED
CASES AGAINST THE MIDDLE AND UPPER LEVEL CRACK COCAINE DEALERS IN BEDFORD
OUT Q=in Bedford County.
Around nine they hit the road, fanning out across the county.
natsot dog barking
In places like Moneta, Body Camp, The Ridge and Johnson's Mountain, agents
found what they were looking for... nearly two dozen of the suspected drug
dealers on their list, along with small amounts of marijuana and cocaine.
IN Q=We haven't erased
((MIKE BROWN: WE HAVEN'T ERASED IT, WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN RID OF IT COMPLETELY, BUT
I CAN ASSURE THE PEOPLE OF BEDFORD COUNTY WE'VE MADE A BIG DENT IN IT IN THE
LAST THREE, THREE AND A HALF, FOUR HOURS.))
OUT Q=four hours.
And Brown promises to keep chipping away in the coming months.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
Stocks were back on the fast track after yesterday's drop.
The Dow was UP 76 points, closing at 66- hundred- 26.
NASDAQ gained six points.
Virginia Tech may have lost the Orange Bowl game against Nebraska, but
financially, it's coming out a winner.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Nebraska's tireless defense
SUPER=03-Ft. Lauderdale/December 31; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Bourne/Assoc. Athletic Dir.; :29
OUT Q=News 7 Blacksburg.
(( Nebraska's tireless defense and in-your-face offense may have had the
Hokies seeing nothing but red in the Orange Bowl.
But now Tech officials are seeing green, and it has nothing to do with the
grass at Pro-Player Stadium.
If you subtract the one-point-two million dollars in travel expenses, Tech's
take-home pay from the Alliance appearance still adds up to a cool two-
Officials are still identifying ways to use the money. Most will go into a
cash reserve fund, some will go for academic initiatives.
((JEFF BOURNE/ASSOC. ATHLETIC DIR.:IT MIGHT BE AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSORSHIP, IT
COULD BE A PROJECT OF SOME KIND, A SPECIAL ACADEMIC PROJECT, AND WE THEN TAKE
THOSE MONIES AND TRANSFER THEM BACK TO THOSE NEEDS. SO IN A WAY IT'S A A WAY
FOR THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK TO THE UNIVERSITY. ))
Bowl money is also benefitting other campus sports.
Money from the previous two bowls has allowed Tech to build a new track and
soccer complex and women's softball field, all of which are still under
It has also boosted the athletic department's cash reserves.
((THIS MONEY HAS ACTUALLY ALLOWED US TO BUILD UP AN OPERATING RESERVE AND HAVE
MONEY IN THE BANK, WHICH WE'VE NEVER HAD BEFORE. SO IN THE EVENT THAT THE RAINY
DAY SHOULD COME AT SOME POINT IN TIME WE COULD DEAL WITH THAT. ))
With the Orange Bowl earnings included, the reserve for 1997 is projected at
four million dollars.
To give you some perspective, Bourne says just the interest on that amount
would fund three of Tech's non-revenue sports. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
We will here from Jeff lagemen, one of Virginia's former standouts. He's
gonna talk about the Jaguars mind set going into the New England game, plus we
will have an interview with Rick Mast,
and Mike Stevens will have a report from Erickson Stadium in Charlotte with
The 1997 NASCAR Media Tour rolled on throughout the Carolinas today.
Rockbridge Baths own Rick Mast's new year and new team are doing well.
SUPER=03-Mooresville, NC; :00
Just check out his new team's complex. Mast is in his first season with
Butch Mock Motorsports where he will drive the Remington Ford.
((RICK MAST/DRIVER OF REMINGTON FORD:))
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Driver of Remington Ford; :00
OUT Q=....we'll see"
The Express practiced for about an hour this morning and then hit the Road
for hampton where Roanoke will meet the Admirals tomorrow night.
SUPER=03-Albequerque, NM; :00
In other minor league hocket news, this past Saturday, a WPHL game between
the New Mexico Scorpions and the Central Texas Stampeded turned into an all out
brawl on and off the ice.
Jock Maiohot brought players and security guards off the hard water for
this one. He was suspended for 20 games.
The buzz around the NFL is the Panthers...what about the OTHER expansion
team. Jacksonville can also reach the Super Bowl in only it's second year
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL; :00
with a win over the New England patriots this Sunday in the AFC
championship. The Patriots are lose, but so are the Underdog Jaguars,
especially former UVa star Jeff lageman.
((JEFF LAGEMAN/JAGUARS DEFENSIVE END:))
((BILL PARCELLS/PATRIOTS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Lageman/Jaguars Defensive End; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Parcells/Patriots Head Coach; :16
OUT Q=...we won't"
Most of the snow and ice missed the Charlotte area today. But Mike Stevens
says the Carolina Panthers won't be so lucky when they arrive in Green Bay,
Wisconsin tomorrow. He and photographer Lynn Eller caught up with the team
before it left the Queen City this afternoon.
SUPER=04-Last Weekend; ;08
SUPER=01-Mark Carrier/Panthers' Wide Receiver; :27
SUPER=01-Kevin Greene/Panthers' Linebacker; :38
SUPER=01-Wesley Walls/Panthers' Tight End; 1:07
OUT Q=News 7 Sports
The 5 and 6 Virginia Tech men's basketball team will try and rebound from
losses to Xavier and Duquesne tonight at the Castle against 4 and 6 William and
Mary. Game time is 7pm.
6 and 6 Radford hosts 6 and 6 UNC-Asheville at the Dedmond bubble in the
Highlanders Big South opener. Game time is 7, highlights of both tonight at 10
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