And now there is ONE... the G-O-P nomination for Lieutenant Governor goes to
John Hager, by default.
A report on NEWS 7 at SIX will explain that one.
And Lowe's in Christiansburg says "we'll leave the light on for you" -
-FLASHING on and off, in case of emergency.
Tonight on News 7 sports, Steve Mason reports on one of the best kept secrets
in the valley for area wrestlers, George Lynch is all set for his area
basketball camp this summer.
and the Glenvar girl's softball team is on the diamond this afternoon looking
to stay unbeaten against Single-A competition.
The Dan River is out of its banks but will be cresting tomorrow in South
Boston....dry weather continues in the Wednesday forecast.
A LIVE report from RIVERDALE tops NEWS-7 NEXT!
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A Halifax County community isn't taking any chances. Earlier today,
business owners in Riverdale began packing up as they prepared for the Dan
River to crest.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from Riverdale where folks are getting set for the
next 24 hours.
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IN Q=There's not
SUPER=01-Lemuel Powell/Riverdale Businessman; :00
SUPER=01-Callie Dunn/Riverdale Business Owner; :18
SUPER=01-Ray Conner/Riverdale Business Owner; :37
OUT Q=out of here
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((Keith Q&A:Teresa, what is the scene there right now?)
A surprise move just a few weeks after the man who's raised 1-point-4
million dollars to run for lieutenant governor kicked off a campaign with a 22
stop tour around the state.
Coleman Andrews is dropping out of the race.
He entered a news conference on crutches from what he shrugged off as a
sports mishap...but focused on his responsibilities to his children as the
reason for the decision.
IN Q=All things
((ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL...MAKES THE IMPOSSIBLE.))
((BERT ROHRER/VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY: HE AS YOU KNOW DID NOT ...SITUATION WAS.))
SUPER=01-Coleman Andrews/Former Lt. Governor Candidate;
SUPER=01-Bert Rohrer/Va. Democratic Party; :07
OUT Q=situation was.
Andrews has faced some controversy over the declining stock price in his two
businesses...and a foray into a possible gambling operation that he later
pulled the plug on.
Lynchburg's city council was talking trash again today.. specifically the
future of the city's controversial trash tag system.
Four of the seven city council members say the city can afford to offer
residents free trash pickup.
But some council members remain unconvinced.
They're worried that doing away with the trash tags will discourage
recycling and shorten the life of the city's landfill.
IN Q=Our landfill may
((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: OUR LANDFILL MAY FILL UP QUICKER AND
WE MAY HAVE TO BUILD ANOTHER LANDFILL AND THAT'S VERY EXPENSIVE. AND SO THIS
THING REALLY NEEDS TO BE STUDIED OUT BEFORE WE MAKE ANY DECISION. AND I'M
PERFECTLY WILLING TO CHANGE IF SOMEONE SHOWS ME THAT THERE'S A BETTER WAY TO DO
THIS. I AM PERFECTLY WILLING TO DO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Davenport/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=to do that.
A vote on the trash tag system could be weeks away.
Davenport and two other council members want to study the potential impact
It could be as little as a week--or as long as four months-- before
furloughed Norfolk- Southern workers find out where they're heading.
The affected Roanoke employees heard that this morning during a two- hour
meeting at the Tanglewood Holiday Inn.
They were also handed a list of potential cities they could be transferred
Norfolk Southern officials have said the workforce shift is necessary to
comply with new Federal Railroad Administration safety rules.
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A routine audit of the buyout plans of former state workers who retired in
1995 shows some mistakes.
The state's Workforce Transition Act trimmed the state work force by five
But of the 32- hundred who used the Act to retire early, state auditors have
found problems with eight of the first 164 they've looked at.
IN Q=Our retirees
((OUR RETIREES NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THEIR
PAYMENT, WE WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH THEM, OR THEIR AGENCY WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH
THEM RIGHT AWAY. THIS IS A ROUTINE AUDIT PROCESS THAT SHOULDN'T CONCERN ANYONE
OVERLY OR CONCERN THEM AT ALL.))
SUPER=01-Bill Leighty/Va. Retirement System;
OUT Q=at all.
The Virginia Retirement System says the problems came from mistakes made by
the retirees' agencies.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
The stress of serving as peacekeepers in Bosnia can take a toll--
but Danville National Guard members find the goodwill part of their mission
is rewarding. In the second part of our series, we'll go along with the
Southsiders as they visit the countryside and the people.
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Living and working in Bosnia has had a lasting impact on a group of National
Guard troops from Danville.
News 7's Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco were with some of
the soldiers as they visited the countryside and got a first hand look at the
poverty that is a fact of life for so many.
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SUPER=01-Chris Wiles/Danville National Guard Member; :10 quick
SUPER=01-Recardo Faulkner/Danville National Guard Member; :47 quick
OUT Q=News 7 Bosnia Herzegovina
(( Sufficient food, shelter and clothing are things many of us take for
But in the town of Ostro Brdo day to day necessities are a luxury.
IN Q=You come
((CHRIS WILES/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:YOU COME TO A PLACE LIKE THIS AND
SEE HOW POOR SOME OF THESE PEOPLE LIVE, IT REALLY MAKES YOU APPRECIATE WHAT YOU
HAVE BACK HOME. ))
OUT Q=back home.
Most homes here don't even have running water.
Some material items are also in short supply-- the American and Swedish
soldiers do what they can-- bringing food and supplies, but mostly a friendly
HEY YOU, CANDY, CANDY.
The community of roughly 200 has always been poor-- even before years of
ethnic and religious fighting.
It's the children that touch the soldiers' hearts.
IN Q=When they
((SGT. RECARDO FAULKNER/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER: WHEN THEY SEE US COMING
THEY INSTANTLY RUN TO US, WANT TO SHAKE OUR HANDS, THEY DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH,
BUT THEY'VE MASTERED THE PHRASE, HEY YOU, HEY YOU. ))
OUT Q=hey you.
It's a phrase Sargent Tim Redden is used to hearing--the pencils he gives
away are a favorite.
IN Q=Is it
((REPORTER SPEAKS: IS IS IT LIKE THIS EVERY TIME YOU COME UP HERE?
TIM REDDEN/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:EVERY TIME!! ))
OUT Q=every time.
The children aren't the only ones who look forward to a visit.
On this particular trip, Reuben Anderson went a step further-- offering a
patch to the town's mayor-- one like he wears back home.
IN Q= See I'm a
((REUBEN ANDERSON/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:SEE, I'M A POLICE OFFICER,I
WANT TO GIVE YOU THE CITY PATCH FROM THE CITY OF DANVILLE.
SEE, WEAR IT RIGHT HERE. ))
OUT Q= right here.
TAKE STAND UP:
At times there's no limit to what the soldiers will do. In one instance, the
Swedish actually arranged to have two containers donated here so that locals
could use them as houses.
The containers, which are like the ones used by the Swedish soldiers living
at Camp Odin, had to be flown in because of steep terrain.
An elderly woman, unable to speak, used sign language to express her
IN Q=IT WAS
((RECARDO FAULKNER/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:IT WAS JUST UNBELIEVABLE, IT
MAKES YOU REALLY SIT BACK AND BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE DO HAVE IN AMERICA.
CHRIS WILES/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:SOMETIMES YOU THINK THINGS BACK HOME
ARE PRETTY BAD BUT THEY REALLY DON'T COMPARE TO HOW BAD IT IS HERE SOMETIMES.))
OUT Q=here sometimes.
Serving in Bosnia has opened the soldiers' eyes in other ways-- at times
like this, when they know they're making a difference, it makes the time away
from home -- a little easier.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Bosnia- Herzegovina.
The Lowes in Christiansburg is helping residents plug into faster emergency
Lowe's is donating two thousand dollars worth of Smart-Alert safety
The devices will be distributed through the Christiansburg and Blacksburg
police and fire departments and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Once installed, three flicks of a light switch will activate Smart-Alert to
help emergency personnel locate a residence.
((DON CROMER/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPT.: YOU TURN THE LIGHT ON, THEN OFF AND
THEN BACK ON AGAIN AND THE DEVICE WILL FLASH AND IT WILL ALERT EMERGENCY
SERVICES IF THEY'RE COMING TO YOUR HOUSE. ))
((JOE TUCCIARONE/LOWES MANAGER: WE SELL A LOT OF SAFETY PRODUCTS IN OUR STORE
AND WE FELT LIKE THIS WAS A WAY WE COULD GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Don Cromer/Christiansburg Police Dept.;
SUPER=01-Joe Tucciarone/Lowe's Manager;
OUT Q=to the community.
The devices will be distributed to senior and disabled citizens, people with
life- threatening illnesses and families who couldn't otherwise afford them.
Stock prices soared today in a rally sparked by signs that inflation remains
well in hand.
The Dow gained 179 points closing at 69 hundred 62.
NASDAQ climbed 25 and a half points.
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The last time Tultex made headlines it was in the midst of a union drive
The union succeeded.
Since then, so has the Martinsville company.
Last year Tultex had double digit sales increases in some of its largest
Shareholders, including NASCAR's Richard Petty, appeared pleased with its
progress at the company's annual meeting.
IN Q=The sales
((JACK COOPER/TULTEX SHAREHOLDER: THE SALES ARE UP AND THE OPERATING MARGINS
ARE UP. LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE DOING FINE TO ME, THEY'RE DOING VERY WELL.))
SUPER=01-Jack Cooper/Tultex Shareholder;
OUT Q=very well.
IN Q=While business
((CHUCK DAVIES/TULTEX CEO: WHILE BUSINESS IS ALWAYS TOUGH, COMPETITION, WE
STILL HAVE SOME VERY EXCELLENT COMPETITION. I THINK WE'RE DEFINITELY GAINING
GROUND AND IMPROVING OUR COMPETITIVE POSITION.))
SUPER=01-Chuck Davies/Tultex CEO;
OUT Q=competitive position.
Later this week we'll have more on the turnaround of one of the area's
largest employers, in an in- depth interview with the C-E-O of Tultex.
The CHAIRMAN of Tultex is playing a key role in the rebound of a Roanoke
John Franck (FRANK) and his cousin Will Pannill (PANEL) liked Quibell
products so much, they wanted a stake in the company... which sells sparkling
water and teas.
When Quibell filed for bankruptcy last year, the Martinsville businessmen
provided a loan so production could resume.
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IN Q=Recently they
((JOHN FRANCK/QUIBELL INVESTOR: RECENTLY THEY CAME OUT OF BANKRUPTCY. WE HAVE
CONVERTED OUR LOANS INTO EQUITY. SO WILL AND I OWN TWO THIRDS OF THE
SUPER=01-John Franck/Quibell Investor;
OUT Q=the business.
Franck and Pannill will both assume leadership positions with Quibell.
They intend to have the company return at least initially to its core
products: spring water, sparkling waters, and teas.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the Cubs win their fourth game in their
last five outings after that horrendous start.
We'll check out some softball action from Glenvar, plus George Lynch is ready
to crank up his annual basketball camp.
And speaking of camps, Steve mason will tell us some area youngsters have
been taking to the mat this Spring to prepare themselves for next Winter.
The NBA playoffs resume tonight with the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets
looking to complete first round sweeps of the Magic and the Timberwolves.
Sweeping is in vogue this week.
Last night the Jazz swept the Clippers.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Last Night - TNT; :00
And the Knicks took care of the Hornets in three straight.
Despite a gutsy effort from Charlotte, the Knicks were too much to handle in
the hive as they win game three and the series 104-to-95.
The Pistons-hawks series and the Suns-Sonics best of five matchup also resume
George Lynch's playoff hopes ended early about midway through the season with
the struggling Vancouver Grizzlies.
But their loss is the valley's gain and George is now getting ready for his
7th annual Hometown Basketball camp in mid June.
((GEORGE LYNCH/VANCOUVER GRIZZLIES FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-George Lynch/Vancouver Grizzlies Forward; :00
OUT Q=...OFF COURT SKILLS.
WIPE TO PINNACLE BOARD
George's camp will again be held at William Fleming high school from June
16th through the 20th.
It is open to boys and girls ages 7 through 13 for fundamentals.
And there also will be an advanced section of the camp for those 14 & 15 year
And if you would like more information you can call 982-0536.
Wrestling in the Roanoke Valley is growing thanks in large part to
Christiansburg head coach Kevin Dresser.
Steve Mason has more on the empire he is building right here in the Roanoke
Valley and in surrounding localities.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Kevin Dresser/Wrestling Academy Founder; :
SUPER=01-James Giarla/Salem Wrestler; :
SUPER=01-Rob Bowman/Lord Botetourt Wrestler; :
SUPER=01-Vince Waid/11 Year Old Wrestler; :
SUPER=01-Jan Sessor/Roanoke Valley Wrestling Pres.; :
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((After building Grundy into a state powerhouse; Kevin Dresser needed new
challenges. He's found them. In addition to revitalizing Christiansburg's
program; Dresser has started three off season wrestling academies in the
Roanoke Valley, New River Valley and in Southwest Virginia
The Roanoke Valley academy has rolled out the mats at Hidden Valley Junior
High where the Christiansburg coach helps his immediate competition; like
William Byrd's Chris Madonia; who placed fourth in the state this past season.
Every Monday night for 13 weeks; about 75 grapplers attend the academy
sessions. After just 6 weeks; wrestling the opposition in off season practices
has already helped area athletes.
Dresser is a hands on coach who is teaching toughness from every angle.
10 and 2 Glenvar played host to Giles today in a softball contest at Green
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Spartans vs. Highlanders; :00
The lady Highlanders came in to the game guarding an undefeated mark
against all single A competition.
In the top of the first, watch freshman pitcher Hallie East strike out this
Giles batter and Glenvar goes into the bottom of the inning with a shutout
The lady Highlanders didn't waist anytime getting on the board. Sheree
Thompson brings in a run on this infield bullet; Glenvar led 3-nothing after 1.
In the bottom of the second; Thompson connects on this pitch. The shot to
left scores Sarah Henderson from third base. Glenvar was out in front 5-nothing
in the second and right now it is ___-__.
Not long ago, the Chicago Cubs were riding a 14 game losing streak and headed
no where in a hurry.
Now the Cubs have four of their last five games including today's 14-to-8
pounding of the Expos.
SUPER=03-Chicago/Expos vs. Cubs - WGN; :00
Last night the Cubs beat the Expos 5-to-2.
Today they gave up five runs before there were three outs in the top of the
first inning, as Darrin Fletcher and Henry Rodriguez unloaded on Steve Traschal
to make it 5-to-nothing.
But Brooks Kieschnick hit two homeruns including this massive shot over the
road on Sheffield avenue and SUPER=35-Montreal/8/Chicago/14;
off the side of a building as the Cubs come back to beat the Expos 14-to-8 for
their sixth win of the year.
And finally, in just a couple of minutes the Virginia Tech baseball team will
lock horns with the University of Tennessee in the third annual Hokie-Smokie
classic in Kingsport, Tennessee.
The Vols won 10-to-8 in 1995, and Tech won 3-to-2 last year.
We'll have highlights of the game for you tonight on News 7 at 11.
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That's News 7 at Six.
Coming up at 11, the Bedford school board meets to continue working on the
school budget. A meeting last week drew hundreds of parents, teachers and
students upset about possible program and staff cuts.
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