The sale of a Roanoke downtown landmark is all but a done deal.
News 7 has learned that the Heironimus building is under contract.
Calvin Powers of Vinton signed the deal to purchase the building about a
The closing date is in March.
Powers declined to comment when contacted by phone this afternoon.
Heironimus had a long history in downtown Roanoke, first coming there in the
It closed last January.
Powers owns several businesses in this area, including The Carpet Shop and
Powers Fence in Fairlawn.
Tonight we bring you a little more analysis of the stunning turnaround
staged by Norfolk Southern in its pursuit of Conrail, the dominant rail carrier
in the northeast.
Len Besthoff has been following the story from the beginning and files this
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/November 1996; :00
SUPER=01-George Brammer/Stockbroker-A.G. Edwards; :42
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
On Friday Conrail shareholders gave the thumbs down to a merger plan with
C-S-X, a rival of Norfolk Southern.
Until the last minute, many analysts predicted C-S-X would win, since going
into the balloting, it had more than 30- percent of the votes on its side.
The defeat surprised George Brammer.
He has closely followed the bidding war between C-S-X and N-S for Conrail,
since he represents dozens of current and former N-S employees that own its
Brammer says a majority of the Conrail shares are owned by mutual fund
managers that wouldn't go along with the C-S-X bid because N-S has a better
IN Q=The mutual
((GEORGE BRAMMER/STOCKBROKER-A.G. EDWARDS: THE MUTUAL FUNDS THAT OWN LARGE
BLOCKS OF CONRAIL CAME OUT OPENLY AND SAID THEY WERE AGAINST, ABSOLUTELY
AGAINST THIS DEAL THAT IS BEING PUT TOGETHER BY CSX AND CONRAIL, AND THEY VOTED
AGAINST IT IN BLOCKS AND THAT IS WHAT STOPPED THIS VOTE FROM GOING FORWARD.))
OUT Q=going forward.
Even after the vote, Conrail has insisted it will not merge with N-S.
But Brammer says if boardmembers continue to refuse competing offers,
shareholders just might kick them out of office.
SOT 05:33:01 bd mem replaced
IN Q=It's a long
((BRAMMER: IT'S A LONG PROCESS, BUT CERTAINLY THE SHAREHOLDERS CAN REPLACE
BOARD MEMBERS. AND IF THE BOARD AND THE SHAREHOLDERS DISAGREE, THEN YOU HAVE A
LENGTHY DISCUSSION AND BOARDMEMBERS CERTAINLY CAN BE REPLACED AND THE
SHAREHOLDERS CAN WIN OUT.))
OUT Q=can win out.
N-S appears to be showing more confidence now.
In it's latest release it says, whatever happens, we will move forward.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Republican Attorney General candidate Gil Davis is ending his legal
obligation to a Pittsylvania County woman who has a video tape she says raises
questions about his character.
Davis, who also represents Paula Jones, has filed papers in Henry County
requesting that he be removed as Ramona Hine's attorney of record.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./January 15;
Davis represented Hines in a lawsuit against a Martinsville television
This week she released excerpts from a video tape that shows Davis drinking
and talking about arranging a playboy magazine photo-shoot.
A spokesperson for Davis said he couldn't comment, because he was bound by
their attorney-client relationship.
She said Davis would make a statement when he is removed from Hine's case.
A "dreamer, a doer and a friend".
That's how colleagues are remembering Lynchburg city councilman Junius
Haskins died of an apparent heart attack during a trip to Washington D-C
Steve Smallshaw has more.
IN Q=Junius Haskins
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Yesterday; :09
SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Council Member; :28
SUPER=01-Bob Davenport/Lynchburg Council Member; :46
OUT Q=Steve Smallshaw, News 7.
(( Junius Haskins was among a group of city officials who traveled to
Washington D.C. today, asking for federal help in renovating Lynchburg's old
The group was on its way to see Senator Chuck Robb when Haskins
collapsed...efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Councilman Carl Hutcherson grew up with Haskins, and played with him around
that old train station.
Hutcherson and his colleagues agree
it was somehow fitting that Haskins died doing what he loved best.
IN Q=And I think
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: AND I THINK HE REALLY WANTED TO
GO.. OUR NATION'S CAPITOL.))
((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: IF JUNIUS HASKINS COULD HAVE PICKED A
PLACE.. THAT HE'D HAVE PICKED.))
OUT Q=that he'd have picked.
Steve Smallshaw, News 7.))
Starting Monday morning, city flags will be flown at half-staff until
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
Roanoke City decides the future of development on Mill Mountain.
And if you leave your dog out in the cold, you could be in for a big
We'll tell you why next.
These frigid temperatures can take a toll on your pets and if you don't take
proper care of your animals during these times it can take a toll on your
wallet as well.
Area animal control officers say they've been receiving many calls
concerning animals out in the cold with no shelter.
You must provide a place for your pets to seek shelter from the elements or
face possible charges.
SUPER=01-Chris Dillman/Salem Animal Control;
OUT Q=severe negligence
If pet owners don't heed the officer's warning, the penalty is a 200 dollar
The mountain mother nature built has stood the test of time.
Now the Mill Mountain Development Committee is building a blueprint to
preserve the area for future generations.
Denise Allen sat in on a "visioning retreat" today.
IN Q=Mill Mountain is more
SUPER=01-Jim Trout/Roanoke City Council;
SUPER=01-Carl Kopitzke/Committee Chairman;
OUT Q=News 7
(( Mill Mountain offers more than just a view.
Its development committee members say it's the symbol of Roanoke City's
The nine member committee spent the day on the mountain preparing for the
City residents sat in to ensure the mountain is protected from over
Betty Field walks the mountain everyday and says what happens here is
important to everyone, especially since the mountain holds the source of the
Crystal Spring water supply.
IN Q=in the future
OUT Q=underneath the mountain
City Councilman Jim Trout says keeping the commercial development minimal
seems to be the most likely avenue.
IN Q=we have museums
OUT Q=or Northern Virginia
But still the committee has many options to consider, such as a tram to the
top of the mountain and general maintenance to the star and park.
IN Q=do we want
OUT Q=plate right now
The committee is now prioritizing its options.
They hope to be able to present a preliminary blueprint to city council in a
couple of months.
Denise Allen News 7.))
For high school seniors entering their final semester, a big decision is
Where will they go to college?
But perhaps the even bigger question is how will they pay for it?
Financial aid experts at area colleges say there are more sources for
funding now than ever before-- the key is to start looking early.
IN Q=We really encourage
((DR. JULIE SINA/VA TECH FINANCIAL AID DIR.: WE REALLY ENCOURAGE STUDENTS AS
THEY'RE LOOKING AT THEIR SCHOOLS AT THE SAME TIME THEY'RE INTERVIEWING AT
SCHOOLS-- THAT THEY AT THE SAME TIME ASK ABOUT WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL AID. WHAT
IS THE SCHOLARSHIP POSSIBILITY AT THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS THEY'RE CONSIDERING.
BECAUSE EACH OF US HAS OUR OWN SET OF DEADLINES. EACH OF US HAS OUR OWN SET OF
FORMS, AND SO YOU WANT TO BE SURE AT THE SAME TIME YOU KNOW HOW TO APPLY FOR
ADMISSION, YOU KNOW HOW TO APPLY FOR MONEY.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Julie Sina/VA Tech Financial Aid Dir.;
OUT Q=apply for money
Meanwhile, school officials say better access to financial aid is making
college more of a buyer's market.
IN Q=I would think
((TOMMY BLAIR/ROANOKE COLLEGE FIN. AID DIR.: I WOULD THINK THERE'S AN
UNDERLYING GOAL IN THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICES IN THE STATE-- THERE IS A CERTAIN
AMOUNT OF COMPETITION. WE'D LIKE TO DO THE BEST TO DO OUR JOBS TO PROVIDE THE
STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE WHERE THEY'D LIKE TO GO TO SCHOOL, NOT WHICH
SCHOOL THEY CAN AFFORD. ))
SUPER=01-Tommy Blair/Roanoke College Financial Aid Dir.;
OUT Q=they can afford
To learn more about finding money for college, as well as long-term
financial planning-- tune in to On Record tomorrow morning at 11.
Mike Stevens will have an overview of your hometown stations broadcast of
the Radford basketball game today, the Hokies and rams battle it out in A-10
as due four other fellow hokies as Jim Druckenmiller tries to impress the
NFL scouts in the senior bowl.
Virginia Tech fell to Rhode Island today 73-52 in front of 6 thousand 424
at the Cassell.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Rams vs. Hokies; :00
Tech was gunning for it's third conference win.
The Hokies jumped out to a 7 nothing lead before the Rams closed in,
thanks in part to Tyson Wheeler. All of his 15 came in the form of 5 three
Tech fought back. Ace Custis to Troy Manns; he's gonna drive and hit the
jumper for 2 of his 9 points on the day.
Manns returns the favor, giving to Ace, but Custis was held to only 8
points and 11 rebounds in this one.
Keefe Mathews was the only Hokie in SUPER=33-Rhode Island/73/Virginia
double figure scoring, knocking down 10 points, Tech trailed 28-24 at the half.
The rams Michael Anderson tallied 21 as Rhode Island improves to 5 and OH in
the A-10, tech falls to 2 and 3, 8 and 7 overall.
The Radford mens basketball team shined for the WDBJ cameras today as the
Highlanders topped Big South rival UNC-Greensboro 72-58 in your Hometown
Stations live broadcast.
Lets check in with our broadcast crew at the Demon Center.
SUPER=01-Ron Shelburne/Radford Hall of Famer; :34
SUPER=01-Eric Bowens/13 Points, 6 Rebounds; 1:45
SUPER=01-Anthony Walker/15 Points, 6 Assists; 1:54
SUPER=01-Randy Peele/Spartans Head Coach; 2:00
SUPER=01-Corey Reed/19 Points; 2:07
OUT Q=....to you steve"
Virginia Tech's, Cornell Brown, Jay Hagood, Torian Gray,
and Jim Druckenmiller played in the annual Senior all star game in Mobile
SUPER=03-Mobile, AL/ESPN2; :00
Druckenmiller would try to impress Redskins coach and North skipper Norv
Druck looked good early, connecting on this 47 yard completion to kansas
State wide receiver Kevin Lockett. The perfect touch pass would put the north
in scoring position.
But Druckenmiller threw this interception in the roll out to kill the drive.
Pat Barbes from California, then tied the game at 7 all in the second quarter
on this 17 yard TD pass to Alonzo Johnson.
Tiki Barber, James Farior and Jamie Sharper represented Virginia on the South
team, Tiki caught this pass from Jake Plummer, but the north wins 35-14.
Former Hanging Roch pro Chip Sullivan fired a par 72 today in the 4th round
of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at La Quinta Country Club out in California
We learned moments ago that Chip has made the cut.
He's 10 under for the tournament.
Chip plays tomorrow at Indian Wells.