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71-SWatch


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Some schools are closed or delayed this morning due to icy conditions.
Here's a look at the list.. take SchoolWatch

7Clifton-Forge


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TAPE# 96-108
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A city of 45- hundred residents is thinking about reverting to town status.
Clifton Forge's city council is debating the idea right now.
Jay Moore has the story.
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SUPER=03-Clifton Forge; :00
SUPER=01-Dick Magnifico/Clifton Forge City Manager; :12
SUPER=01-Mac Campbell/Clifton Forge Mayor; :26
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(( For more than 10 years, there's been talk about whether Clifton Forge would be better off on it's own or joining the county.
Like any other city, Clifton Forge faces rising costs and the need for capital improvements.
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((DICK MAGNIFICO/CLIFTON FORGE CITY MANAGER: WE HAVE A NUMBER OF NEW BUSINESSES IN THE CITY ITSELF AND I THINK CLIFTON FORGE IS EMERGING AS A LIVELIER COMMUNITY THAN IT HAS IN THE PAST.))
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But others feel that's not enough.
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((CAMPBELL: CLIFTON FORGE IS A VERY SMALL CITY WITH PRETTY TIGHT BOUNDARIES AND NOT A LOT OF ROOM TO EXPAND SO OUR TAX BASE IS RELATIVELY FIXED. ))
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Campbell says the public has a misconception when it comes to turning to a town.
A town can still function as an independent entity and provide services.
The mayor says often there's a perception of loss of control.
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((CAMPBELL: QUITE HONESTLY THE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF CLIFTON FORGE WOULD DICTATE THAT THERE'S NOT A LOT OF CONTROL ANYWAY BECAUSE YOU CAN ONLY DO WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD TO PAY FOR.))
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((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME CLIFTON FORGE DISCUSSED GOING TO A TOWN STATUS. IN 1993 AN ECONOMIST PREPARED A REPORT SHOWING ALL THE ADVANTAGES.))
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but city council nixed it before residents could get a chance to vote on it.
Some of those members still sit on today's council.
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((CAMPBELL: I GUESS WHAT'S CHANGED IS SOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS HAVE HAD TIME TO SERVE ON THE CITY COUNCIL AND SEE THE DIRECTION THE CITY'S GOING.))
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Both the city manager and mayor agree that residents need to take a look at the BIG picture before making any decisions.
Voters will ultimately have the final say in a referendum.
Jay Moore, News 7, Clifton Forge.))

7Fire-Command


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TAPE# 97-4
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A new strategy in Lynchburg may improve firefighting efforts.
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The Hill City's fire department is implementing a new plan that will govern the way its crews fight fires.
Mostly, the incident command plan helps organize the personnel on a fire scene, taking some of the stress off the person in charge of the operation.
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IN Q=What it does

((BATTALION CHIEF LES PUCKETT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WHAT IT DOES IT ACTUALLY MAKES ASSIGNMENTS TO DIFFERENT ENGINE COMPANIES OR DIFFERENT UNITS ON THE SCENE, SO THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHICH ASSIGNMENT THEY HAVE, WHICH JOB OR TASK THEY HAVE TO SEE TO, AND IT LESSENS THE CONFUSION QUITE A BIT.))
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Puckett was busy teaching the department's battalion chiefs the intricacies of the incident command system this week.
It should take effect city- wide by February.
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7WEATHER


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Taking a look now at your Monday forecast, today will be partly sunny with highs in the upper 40's.
Nighttime temperatures will be in the mid 30's.
Looking ahead, expect some wet weather later in the week.
Temperatures should warm into the 50's. cutopen
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551-SWatch


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School is still out for a number of students in our region.
We also have a few delays this morning.
Here's a look at the list.. take SchoolWatch

55Fire-Command


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TAPE# 97-4
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A new plan in Lynchburg may help break down the chaos at a fire scene.
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The idea is make firefighting efforts more more organized.
The Hill City's fire department is implementing the new strategy that will govern the way its crews fight fires.
Mostly, the incident command plan helps organize the personnel on a fire scene, taking some of the stress off the person in charge of the operation.
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((BATTALION CHIEF LES PUCKETT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WHAT IT DOES IT ACTUALLY MAKES ASSIGNMENTS TO DIFFERENT ENGINE COMPANIES OR DIFFERENT UNITS ON THE SCENE, SO THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHICH ASSIGNMENT THEY HAVE, WHICH JOB OR TASK THEY HAVE TO SEE TO, AND IT LESSENS THE CONFUSION QUITE A BIT.))
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Puckett was busy teaching the department's battalion chiefs the intricacies of the incident command system this week.
It should take effect city- wide by February.
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55Bedford-Water


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A popular central Virginia tourist and recreation area may be the answer to Bedford County's water problems.
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As an alternative to dry wells and water that's trucked-in, the county wants to build a high-tech water treatment plant at Smith Mountain Lake.
Officials have been working on the plan for two years.
They estimate the cost of the plant at 750-thousand-dollars.
Building of the plant could begin in the spring.
First, though, county officials must receive approval from state agencies.
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55WEATHER


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There are several school closings and delays this morning.
We will continue to flash them across the screen throughout the morning.
Taking a look now at your Monday forecast, today will be partly sunny with highs in the upper 40's.
Nighttime temperatures will be in the mid 30's.
Looking ahead, expect some wet weather later in the week.
Temperatures should warm into the 50's. cutopen
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81-SWatch


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We still have a number of schools closed or delayed this morning.
Here's a look at the list.. take SchoolWatch

8NEW-CENTURY


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TAPE# 96-107
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Some familiar faces will take on different roles as the New Century Council restructures.
As Denise Allen reports, the council has a number of new projects on its agenda.
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((The New Century Council is turning its attention from planning to implementing.
This shift in direction also includes phasing out full time employees, including that of executive director Bev Fitzpatrick.
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((BEV FITZPATRICK/NEW CENTURY COUNCIL EXEC. DIR.: WE'RE GOING TO DO MORE WITH LESS AND WE FEEL LIKE WITHOUT HAVING A FULL TIME STAFF WE MAY BE ABLE TO USE SOME OF THAT FUNDING IN A MORE APPROPRIATE WAY AS WE CHANGE FROM VISIONING TO IMPLEMENTATION.))
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((TOM BROCK/FORMER CHAIRPERSON: AND WHAT WE'RE REALLY GOING TO FOCUS ON IS FUNDING SPECIFIC PROJECTS WE THINK ARE GOING TO HAVE A MAJOR REGIONAL SIGNIFICANCE.))
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The New Century Council has decided to focus on six projects. pre pro
On the top of the list, regional commerce parks. Governments in the region can earn money by investing in an industrial park in another locality.
Also on the list business and educational partnerships to train the work force.
Promoting tourism and the New River Valley's Technology Corridor are other projects.
The council also plans to use the internet to get the word out that southwest Virginia is open for business.
And the council plans to continue reinforcing the volunteer leadership already in place.
But they say the commerce park is most important to the region's economic health.
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((BROCK: WHAT THIS ALLOWS FOR US TO DO IS REALLY PROVIDE PRODUCT FOR THE MARKETING ORGANIZATION IN THE REGION TO BE ABLE TO BRING NEW BUSINESS PARTICULARLY MANUFACTURING INTO THE AREA.))
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Fitzpatrick will still work with the New Century Council as a consultant.
Both he and Brock say these are long term projects which could benefit the regions in the decades to come.
Denise Allen News 7.))

8Bedford-Water


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Smith Mountain Lake has provided recreation for years, and soon, it may provide drinking water.
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SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Last Year;


As an alternative to dry wells and water that's trucked-in, the county wants to build a high-tech water treatment plant at Smith Mountain Lake.
Officials have been working on the plan for two years.
They estimate the cost of the plant at 750-thousand-dollars.
Building of the plant could begin in the spring.
First, though, county officials must receive approval from state agencies.
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8Blood


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TAPE# 96-109
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The American Red Cross is making an urgent appeal for blood donations in our area.
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There's a critical need for Type O blood-- the most common type.
The shortage is attributed to the usual holiday decline in donations-- combined with the continuing spread of flu in the region, and the recent winter weather that forced the cancellation of several blood drives.
To be eligible to donate you must be at least 17- years- old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in reasonably good health.
You can donate every 56 days.
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8WEATHER


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Taking a look now at your Monday forecast, today will be partly sunny with highs in the upper 40's.
Nighttime temperatures will be in the mid 30's. Temperatures should warm into the 50's. Looking ahead, expect some wet weather later in the week.