The U-S District Judge in the Paula Jones harassment case announced all
evidence collection pertaining to Monica Lewinsky will be stopped.
Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr says it's necessary to put the evidence
gathering on hold in the Jones case because lawyers in that case were
interfering in the criminal investigation.
Lewinsky's lawyer, William Ginsburg met with Starr on Thursday to negotiate
an immunity deal.
Those talks apparently failed.
Shortly after the talks Lewinsky and Ginsburg were seen leaving the
A single car accident in Campbell County killed one person yesterday
afternoon and seriously injured a second.
The car was heading north on Route 501 between Brookneal and Gladys.
Witnesses estimate the car was travelling about 100 miles an hour when it
crashed into a tree.
IN Q=A witness to the actual accident
((TROOPER BRIAN CHILDRESS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: A WITNESS TO THE ACTUAL
ACCIDENT SAID HE WAS IN THE PROCESS OF PASSING THREE VEHICLES THAT WERE ALSO
HEADED NORTHBOUND. HE MET A VEHICLE TRAVELLING SOUTHBOUND, HAD TO CUT BACK INTO
HIS TRAFFIC LANE QUICKLY. IN THE PROCESS OF DOING SO, THAT'S WHEN HE LOST
CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE.))
SUPER=01-Brian Childress/Virginia State Police;
OUT Q=that's when he lost control of the vehicle.
The driver died at the scene. State Police identify him as 19-year old
Jamie Lee Pillow, of Brookneal.
A woman who was riding in the car was taken to the hospital with serious
injuries, but there's no word tonight on her condition.
A three car accident in Christiansburg left one woman dead.
It happened around six yesterday evening on Roanoke Street.
Rescue workers took 66 year old Lila B. Lester to Montgomery Regional
Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver, Cletus Lester Junior is
in stable condition.
There's no word on other injuries and police are still investigating.
TAPE# Morning Sports
In Sports, we have highlights of last night's high school basketball action
and off the ice news from the Roanoke Express.
Roy Stanley is here with the details.
Good Morning Roy.
IN Q=Good Morning Denise and Andrew
OUT Q=Stay with us
This past week showed us that it's never easy to clear snow and ice from
But in Fairfax County, V-Dot is going high-tech, using satellites and
computers to keep track of trucks.
Teri Okita has more.
IN Q=V-Dot has always
SUPER=03-Fairfax Co.; :00
SUPER=08-Rene Hamilton/VDOT; :36
SUPER=01-Tom Barnes/VDOT; 1:07
OUT Q=and repairing potholes.
That was Teri Okita of affiliate W-U-S-A.
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Investigators are looking for a North Carolina man believed to be a witness
to Thursday's fatal bombing of an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama.
The warrant issued Friday is for 31-year-old Eric Robert Rudolph and his
gray Nissan pick up truck.
Officials stress they are NOT close to making an arrest in the case.
IN Q=THERE WERE WITNESSES
SUPER=01-Doug Jones/U.S. District Attorney;
OUT Q=EXPLOSION SITE
An off-duty police officer was killed and an employee was
The clinic might reopen as early as next week.
ANCHOR=Denise sat am
The First Union Operations Center was evacuated yesterday following a bomb
About 4:30 Friday afternoon someone called and said there was a bomb in the
building on Plantation Road.
The center was evacuated as state and Roanoke County police searched it with
a bomb sniffing dog.
Nothing was found.
After a few hours, workers were allowed back in the building.
About 100 youngsters packed the Parkway Wesleyan Church last night to renew
their Christian faith.
And, leaders of the event say in light of recent events in the news it's
Stacey Martin has more.
IN Q=Let's talk about
SUPER=01-Frank Priaino/Pastor; :13
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :25 (QUICK)
SUPER=07-Justin Tuesberg; 1:04
OUT Q=SM, News7, Roanoke.
(( Let's talk about sex, why not? The alleged affair between Bill Clinton
and Monica Lewinsky is pushing sex front and center among Americans--including
those who may be too young to handle it.
SOT 18.21.55 - 18.22.07 tape #1
IN Q=This day and
((FRANK PRIAINO/PASTOR: THIS DAY AND AGE, HAVING BEEN A PASTOR FOR 13 YEARS, I
SENSE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE ARE LIKE, IT'S THAT SAYING AGAIN, "WELL, IF THEY CAN DO
IT, WHY CAN'T I?" AND THAT'S THE IMAGE THAT'S GIVEN.))
OUT Q=image that given.
Leaders at the Christian event say the scandal is a recent example of the
loose morality they are combating.
SOT 18.22.44 - 18.23.00 tape #1
IN Q=Our goal is
((FRANK PRIAINO/PASTOR: OUR GOAL IS SIMPLY TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEE WE CAN
MAKE RIGHT CHOICES NO MATTER HOW MANY WRONG CHOICES ARE MADE IN OUR SOCIETY,
GOD STILL EXPECTS US EVERYONE OF US TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE.))
OUT Q=the right choice.
On this night teens are hanging out at a church enjoying the tunes
SOT 19.47.40 - 19.47.45
and taking a swing at a challenge about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and
SOT 20.00.56 - 20.01.06
IN Q=You want to
((JUSTIN TUESBERG: YOU WANT TO FIT IN BUT YOU WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING TOO,
SO IT'S LIKE YOU'RE REALLY TORN BETWEEN WHAT YOU KNOW IS RIGHT AND WHAT YOU
WANT TO DO. SO, IT'S REALLY TOUGH.))
OUT Q=it's really tough.
SOT 20.16.10 - 20.16.25
IN Q=While this night
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING:WHILE THIS NIGHT IS ABOUT TEENS TAKING
RESPONSIBILITY, COUNSELORS HERE POINTED OUT IT'S A CHALLENGE THAT'S SHARED BY
PARENTS, HELPING THEIR CHILDREN TO MAKE SENSE OF MIXED MESSAGES IN ORDER TO
MAKE WISER DECISIONS. SM, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke.
Alleghany and Bath County take home victories on the hardwood last night.
And The Roanoke Express eeks out a victory against Louisville.
For those scores and more here's a look at the scoreboard.
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SUPER=0097-j/Alleghany/57//Blacksburg/51///j/Bath Co./70//Craig Co./31///;
SUPER=0097-j/Floyd Co./83//Shawsville/33///j/G.W. Danville/77//Amherst/47///;
SUPER=0103-/Phoenix/3//Buffalo/3//Tie In Overtime//Carolina/0/j/N.Y.
OUT Q=.......last score."
From the action in the late night sports world we have a little bit of
And we travel to three different countries to give it to you.
SUPER=03-Vancouver, BC/Fox Sports;
Our first stop is British Columbia where we find Brian Noonan picking up the
loose puck for Vancouver's second score of the night.
This Dave Andreychuk goal was the
only one for the Devils.
And The Canucks win 3-to-1.
Next we fly off to Melbourne, for the Women's Australian Open finals.
Martina Hingis and Conchita Martinez SUPER=03-Melbourne, Australia;
with the long volley, Martinez wins the point with a tight shot down the line.
But Hingis answers with this ace.
And becomes the 1998 open champion beating Martinez 6-3, 6-3.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/NBA-KXTX;
Back state-side now for the Jazz and the Mavericks.
Dennis Scott drills the three pointer for Dallas.
Utah and John Stockton on the break, Karl Malone takes the feed in for the
score, draws the foul.
He had 29 and the Jazz dance to a 104-94 win over Dallas.
(Toss to Andrew for Weekend Diner)
Today the weekend diner turns its back on the news 7 employees, and ventures
out into the world of real life, non TV people.
Brenda Bowman wrote us a letter-- and now she gets the chance to share her
recipe with the world.
It's that easy.
IN Q=weekend diner music
OUT Q=wonderful apron...WOMAN GIGGLES...
((The Weekend Diner this morning takes us to Brenda Bowman's house in Roanoke
County/Salem Brenda, How does it feel to be the first ever NON news 7 employee
on the weekend diner? IT FEELS GREAT-- IT FEELS LIKE A GREAT PRIVILEGE, I
WATCH WDBJ ALL THE TIME, MY HOMETOWN STATION. Sounds great, our news director
and our general manager will be very glad to hear that...now we're going to
make Hummingbird cake-- it's very simple to make, and we're going to start out
with the dry ingredients. OK, I'M GOING TO DUMP IN 3 CUPS OF FLOUR, And the
next thing is two cups of sugar. THERE'S TWO CUPS OF SUGAR. you told me you
were going to measure this perfectly. YEAH. There we go, there's one
tablespoon exactly of baking soda. Now, a little bit of cinnamon. Do we have
salt here, or are we going to wing it? We'll wing it with the salt. MIX IT UP
AT A LOW SPEED, THE DRY INGREDIENTS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT TO BLEND TOGETHER.
TO MAKE YOUR CAKE REAL NICE AND FLUFFY, SO THERE ARE NO CLUMPS IN IT. We've
already added the dry ingredients, now we are going to add the fruit and the
nuts. Now you're just a country cook, so you don't cut them up, NO... ALL I DO
IS PUT THEM IN THERE, NORMALLY YOU WOULD CHOP EM TO PRE MEASURE THEM, BUT THREE
TO FOUR MEDIUM SIZE BANANAS WILL DO. All right, we are going to put the pecans
in and well ,a nd the next time you see this-- Oh my goodness, we lost a
banana. All right, now we're filling up the nine by thirteen pan here. How
long do we need to let this cook? YOU NEED TO COOK IT FOR ONE HOUR AT 350
DEGREES. All right, we're now frosting it with a wonderful tasting cream
cheese frosting, But we're not done until we top it with....PECANS. Thanks
very much for letting us come to your kitchen for weekend diner, and of course
thank you very much for the wonderful looking apron. HAHAHAHAHA....))
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If you'd like a copy of today's recipe, drop us a self-addressed, stamped
You can see the address there on the screen.
And, don't forget if you'd like to be on the weekend diner, just like Brenda
Bowman of Roanoke County, send us a note with your recipe, name, address and
ANCHOR=Denise 2 shot
Here's a look at today's top stories.
Iraqi officials are accusing the United Nations of conspiring with the U-S
and Israel in a plot against Iraq.
And Secretary of State Madeline Albright says the U-S has "significant
force" ready if necessary.
Two people are dead from car accidents yesterday.
Police say 19-year-old Jamie Lee Pillow was killed when his car crashed into
a tree in Campbell County. Witnesses say the vehicle was going about 100
miles an hour.
And Christiansburg police are investigating an accident on Roanoke Street
that killed 66-year-old Lila B. Lester.
Federal officials are searching for a possible witness in Thursday's
abortion clinic bombing.
31-year-old Eric Robert Rudolph's grey pickup truck with North Carolina
plates was spotted near the clinic after the blast.
ANCHOR=Denise 2 SHOT
And that's what's making news on this Saturday January 31.
We'll be back in just a minute.
U-S Secretary of State, Madeline Albright says if force is eventually used
against Iraq it will be "significant force."
At a news conference in London, Albright told reporters she's skeptical that
diplomacy can defuse the crisis with Baghdad.
Meanwhile IN Baghdad, more United Nations personnel have moved from their
houses to hotels.
Baghdad's refusal to allow U-N Inspectors into the presidential sites has
sparked US warnings of military action to force Iraq to comply with UN Security
Council demands for full and unconditional access.
Iraq is criticizing the Chief U-N arms inspector of siding with the U-S and
Israel in a plot against Iraq.
Virginia lawmakers are just a few votes away from banning assisted suicide.
Now a Virginia man who took his wife to Doctor Jack Kevorkian to die is
Ellen Qualls has his story.
IN Q=In June
SUPER=07-Ralph Jones; :O8
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( In June of 1996, Ralph Jones took his wife Lona to end her life.
((HERE WE ARE GOING OFF TO MICHIGAN NOW. AND THE NAGGING THOUGHT ON ME WAS
ALWAYS THAT WE'RE GOING AWAY FROM HERE, GOING AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE THAT WE KNOW
AND THE THINGS THAT WE'RE COMFORTABLE WITH, SOMEWHERE ELSE TO DIE.))
((I WAS VERY RESENTFUL OF HAVING TO SNEAK OUT OF HERE LIKE THAT.))
Secrecy is mandatory when you seek the help of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
This is the attitude that's about to become law in Virginia.
((MARK EARLEY/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE JACK KEVORKIANS
ADMINISTERING TO OUR PEOPLE WHO ARE TERMINALLY ILL. WE HAVE GREAT DOCTORS IN
VIRGINIA. WE HAVE GREAT HOSPICES. WE HAVE GREAT HEALTH CARE FOR PEOPLE WHO
ARE IN TERMINAL ILLNESSES. WE DON'T NEED TO SUBJECT THEM TO THE LIKES OF DR.
But for Lona Jones, Kevorkian was the sane option.
((WHEN IN FACT DR. KEVORKIAN HAD RECEIVED ENOUGH DOCUMENTATION THAT HE FELT
LIKE HE COULD TELL HER THAT HE WOULD ASSIST HER, IT WAS LIKE THIS GREAT VEIL OF
WEIGHT WAS LIFTED OFF OF HER. HER WHOLE DEMEANOR CHANGED BECAUSE SHE FELT LIKE
SHE HAD AN OPTION WITHOUT GOING TO THE VERY DEPTHS OF THAT DISEASE.))
That disease was an aggressive brain tumor, that withstood surgery,
chemotherapy, and radiation only to regrow.
As a neuro-orthopedic nurse, with training in hospice care, Lona Jones
understood her fate.
((SHE WAS HAVING A SEIZURE ALMOST EVERY OTHER DAY. SHE HAD DECIDED IT WAS
INTOLERABLE. AND THEY HAD AGREED WHEN HER LIFE BECAME INTOLERABLE THAT SHE
WOULD SEEK HIM FOR SOME SORT OF FINAL CONCLUSION.))
A year and a half later Ralph Jones has NO regrets.
((REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU SAY IT IT'S SUICIDE AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT IN
THESE CASES TO ME IT REALLY ISN'T. THEY'RE ALREADY DYING. AND SO THEY'RE IN
THE DYING PROCESS, AND SO THERE'S THIS SEVERE DETERIORATION THAT'S TAKING
PLACE. AND SO ALL THEY'RE DOING REALLY IS SPEEDING THE DYING PROCESS. AND SO
YOU CAN TAKE THE THEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT AND SAY THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT TO BE
LEARNED FROM SUFFERING. SURE THERE IS. BUT SOME OF WHAT I LEARNED IN THE
SUFFERING THAT WENT ON IS NOT SOMETHING I REALLY CARED TO LEARN. IT CERTAINLY
DID NOT HELP ME IN ANY WAY. NOR DID IT HELP HER.))
Virginia's General Assembly has voted once to ban assisted suicide.
The bill must pass again this year to become law.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
Directors of cultural organizations in our community are used to the
nail-biting ups and downs that come with asking for state funds.
But this year has just left them bewildered.
In this week's Eye on Virginia Kelly Zuber looks at how the change of tune
in Richmond is playing at a museum near you.
SUPER=01-Ken Schutz/Science Museum of Western Va.;:22 (quick)
SUPER=20-Kelly Zuber;1:30 (quick)
SUPER=01-Mark Scala/Art Museum of Western Va.;1:36
SUPER=01-Kay Houck/Va. Museum of Transportation;2:11
OUT Q=Kelly Zuber, News 7.
((In December, outgoing Governor George Allen traveled statewide bringing
news of more money for museums.
By January, Governor Jim Gilmore amended the budget, taking back millions of
the anticipated museum dollars to offset his car tax campaign promise.
IN Q=I heard about it on your newscast
((KEN SCHUTZ/SCIENCE MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA:I HEARD ABOUT IT ON YOUR
NEWSCAST. ONE NIGHT YOU TURN ON THE TELEVISION AND IT'S GONE. ))
OUT Q=it's gone.
Ken Schutz of the Science Museum of Western Virginia believes the community
will suffer because of missed opportunities.
His museum has been operating at the same level of state funding for the
past decade, yet expenses are climbing.
IN Q=We have sort of options
((KEN SCHUTZ: WE HAVE SORT OF OPTIONS, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, ON REALLY
GREAT TRAVELING EXHIBITS. THESE THINGS ARE EXPENSIVE. WHEN WE WANT TO BRING
DINOSAURS, AND WE DO BRING DINOSAURS TO THE MUSEUM, THE RENTAL COST IS
30-THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH. SO FOR A STANDARD VENUE YOU'RE LOOKING AT A
100-THOUSAND DOLLAR EXPENSE.))
OUT Q=100-thousand dollar expense.
And Schutz says this year's ongoing money battle will make it difficult to
earn recognition from the American Association of Museums.
IN Q=I'm afraid it's going to harm
((KEN SCHUTZ: I'M AFRAID IT'S GOING TO HARM OUR CHANCES FOR ACCREDITATION WHICH
WILL HAVE THE LONG TERM EFFECT OF HARMING OUR CHANCES FOR OUTSIDE FUNDING,
OUTSIDE THE REGION THAT COULD REALLY SECURE OUR FUTURE.))
OUT Q=secure our future.
Two floors down at Center In the Square, the Art Museum of Western Virginia
also had its hopes dashed for renovating it's children's gallery, Art Venture.
The art museum director says state funds received in the past have helped
bring art to area school children.
IN Q=Before we had any support from
((MARK SCALA/ART MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA: BEFORE WE HAD ANY SUPPORT FROM THE
GOVERNMENT WE WERE JUST REALLY GETTING OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS OFF THE GROUND.
ONCE WE STARTED RECEIVING SOME SUPPORT FROM THE STATE GOVERNMENT WE WERE ABLE
TO GO FROM PROBABLY SERVING ONE THOUSAND TO TWO THOUSAND A YEAR TO NOW WHERE WE
CAN REACH 20 TO 25 THOUSAND A YEAR.))
OUT Q=20 to 25 thousand a year.
Across town, the director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation thought
she had secured the state money to build a pavillion over the outdoor exhibits
to protect them from the elements.
The funds were in Governor Allen's original budget but disappeared in
Governor Gilmore's amendment.
IN Q=It was just so wonderful to have
((KAY HOUCK/VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION: IT WAS SO WONDERFUL TO HAVE THE
STATE OF VIRGINIA SEEMINGLY RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF ITS CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
AND THEN HERE WE ARE HAVING IT BASICALLY TAKEN AWAY.))
OUT Q=basically taken away.
Among the other casualties of cutting-- Mill Mountain Zoo, which has tried
several times to secure additional state money had its 366-thousand dollar
request pared back to just 55-thousand dollars.
Hardest hit was the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville
which lost nine-million dollars for construction of a new museum.
While the state budget has not yet been passed by the general assembly,
museum directors in our area believe the chances of restoring the museum money
in the face of the car tax issue are slim.
Kelly Zuber, News 7.))
IN Q=I'm Steve Pardon
OUT Q=news-7 saturday morning.
GRAPHIC=world around us
Bird-lovers around the world are watching Jacksonville Florida.
They're flocking to one woman and her parrot.
Jessica Jallings has more.
IN Q=she walks like
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL; :00
SUPER=01-Allyn Bruce/Parrot Owner; :10
SUPER=01-Jessica Jallings/Reporting; :33
SUPER=01-Dr. Rhoda Stevenson/Exotic Bird Hospital; 1:10
OUT Q=save a precious life.
That was Jessica Jallings, reporting.
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American Electric Power says there's been enough study of its plan to build a
high voltage power line.
A-E-P yesterday asked the state to reject a call for additional study on the
The power line would run from West Virginia to the Roanoke area.
Project opponents last month filed a motion asking the State Corporation
Commission to look into the matter further before endorsing the plan. The
coalition of citizens' groups suggests three shorter power lines would lessen
the impact on residents.
In its ten-page response filed today, A-E-P says delaying a decision on the
power line has "no basis in law" and would be costly.
Can you imagine taking 50 stray animals home with you -- then taking care of
Tina Tenret shows us what happens when puppy love turns to pandemonium.
IN Q=It's tough to
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Judi Butterworth/Animal Owner; :16
SUPER=01-Lynda Johnson/Animal Rights Advocate; 1:04
OUT Q=Botetourt County
(( It's tough to say no to puppy eyes.
Judi Butterworth fell for that look, when she brought home her first stray
about ten years ago.
Now she's mom to 20 dogs and 25 cats and as she says, she's in over her
IN Q=I took in
((JUDI BUTTERWORTH/ANIMAL OWNER: I TOOK IN STRAY PUPPIES THAT DIDN'T HAVE A
HOME AND NOW I'M HAVING A HARD TIME YOU KNOW. BUT I LOVE EM TO DEATH. I'M
TRYING, I'M DOING ALL I CAN TO DO THE BEST I CAN FOR EM.))
OUT Q=for em
Butterworth calls each animal by name...
IN Q=nat sound
((nat sound: Butterworth calls Sara))
But she can no longer afford a bag of cat food and a bag of dog food every
IN Q=Judi Butterworth
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: JUDI BUTTERWORTH HAS HAD TO PAY $279 IN COURT FEES FOR NOT
HAVING RABIES SHOTS OR DOG TAGS FOR SOME OF THESE DOGS. BUT AN ANIMAL CONTROL
OFFICER SAYS HE'S BEEN BY RECENTLY, AND SHE'S ALWAYS BEEN OUT CLEANING THE
CAGES. AND HE SAYS THERE'S ADEQUATE HOUSING FOR ALL THESE ANIMALS.))
OUT Q=for all these animals
Butterworth's children built these cages -- one houses seven cats.
Most of the dogs are tied to trees but Butterworth is there to untangle the
She says she feeds, walks and plays with them every day.
IN Q=Her heart's
((LYNDA JOHNSON: HER HEART'S IN THE RIGHT PLACE BUT NO IT'S NOT ENOUGH. THEY
NEED TO BE IN OUT OF THE COLD, THEY NEED TO BE IN OUT OF THE MUD AND THE RAIN,
THEY NEED TO HAVE CONSTANT SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER. THEY NEED MEDICAL
OUT Q=medical care
Most of these animals are NOT spayed or neutered --
Butterworth says she's spent $800 at the vet for animals like Betsy, who has
She's learned her lesson the hard way.
cover this bite
IN Q=If you see babies
((IF YOU SEE BABIES OUT THERE, THAT ARE HUNGRY AND THEY NEED FOOD, FEED 'EM BUT
DON'T TAKE 'EM HOME WITH YOU UNLESS YOU CAN AFFORD TO HAVE EM FIXED AND YOU
KNOW MAYBE TAKE IN ONE -- NOT A LOT.))
OUT Q=not a lot
Butterworth wants to find loving families for some of these animals -- still
trying to fix the problem that began when they were dumped by the roadside.
Tina Tenret, News7, Botetourt County.))))
GRAPHIC=time off afr
Dixie Caverns is just a hop, skip, and jump away for most people in
But its owner says it's a natural wonder that we shouldn't take for
In this week's edition of "Time Off", Kimberly McBroom gives a tour, and a
REMINDER of this local treasure.
IN Q=I think people
SUPER=01-Connie Hausman/Dixie Caverns Owner; :00
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7, Salem
((CONNIE HAUSMAN/DIXIE CAVERNS OWNER: I THINK PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE'RE HERE, BUT
THEY DON'T THINK ABOUT US. IT'S JUST KIND OF LIKE, THEY'VE LIVED HERE ALL
THEIR LIVES, AND THEY DON'T THINK ABOUT COMING UP. ))
Dixie Caverns is pretty easy to find...located directly on U-S Routes 11
Hausman's been running things for the last decade, taking over where her
father left off.
((MY FAMILY'S OWNED IT FOR 40 YEARS, BOUGHT IT IN 1956 DURING A BANKRUPTCY
AUCTION AND MY FAMILY IS THE FOURTH OWNER OF THE CAVE AND THIS PROPERTY. ))
The caverns first opened to the public back in 1923--
As legend has it, Dixie Caverns was first discovered by accident during
the Civil War.
((THEY TELL US, YOU KNOW, THAT DURING THE CIVIL WAR, SOME CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS
WERE HUNTING OVER THE HILLSIDE. THEY HAD A DOG WITH THEM. THEY DOG FELL INTO
THE HOLE IN THE NATURAL OPENING, WHICH WE'LL SEE LATER IN THE CAVE AND THE
CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS CAME IN AFTER IT, AND THAT'S WHY THE CAVERNS ARE CALLED
"DIXIE CAVERNS". ))
Hausman is very protective of the caverns-- attempting to remove any rock
from them is strictly forbidden.
Also under Hausman's protective wing-- the BATS, which she says get a bad
rap because they're basically harmless creatures.
((AND CAVES ARE THEIR HOME, AND WE SEEM TO FORGET THAT THEY BELONG HERE AND WE
And if you can't remember your grade school science lesson, Hausman clears
up some of the common confusion about cave formations.
Stalactites hold "tight" to the ceiling, stalacmites "might" reach the
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THE CAVES STAY ABOUT 54 DEGREES ALL YEAR ROUND,
MAKING THEM A FAIRLY WARM PLACE TO VISIT EVEN ON THE COLDEST OF WINTER DAYS. ))
And after you've ventured through the caves and back out into the light of
day, you can visit any one of several kinds of gift shops.
The mineral shop features rocks and stones from South America, as well as
from the Continental U-S.
Flowers, candles, and pottery are also for sale.
And no matter what the calendar says, the holiday spirit is always alive
in the year- round Christmas shop.
By the way, the CAVERNS are also open year- round EXCEPT on Christmas Day.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Salem.