Lynchburg residents still have to bag-it and tag-it so their garbage will be
Council member Robert Garber's been fighting to get rid of the trash tag
system, claiming it's a financial burden on elderly and low-income residents.
Garber says the city can easily afford to offer free trash collection.
He tried to bring the issue to a vote during last night's council meeting.
IN Q=Will you be
SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=picked up free.
But most council members said before they voted, they wanted more
information about how much it would cost the city to get rid of the trash tags.
IN Q=I certainly do not
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00
OUT Q=down the line.
By a 5 to 2 vote, council voted to table the trash tag issue until next
TAPE#net (edit of 97-24)
Known for housing people with nowhere else to turn, the Roanoke Rescue
Mission wants to expand its reach.
It is planning an expansion that includes a shelter for women with drug
Some neighbors say it's time for the mission to turn somewhere else.
IN Q=Members of the Southeast
SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester-Johnson/Rescue Mission of Roanoke; :17
SUPER=01-Richard Nichols/Southeast Action Forum; :46
SUPER=07-Caroline Camilleris; :56
SUPER=07-Lenora Williams; 1:14
OUT Q=be better
(( Members of the Southeast Action Forum aren't exactly rolling out the red
carpet for the center for drug- addicted mothers.
SOT tape 1 9:36:56
((THIS ISN'T FAIR. ROANOKE COUNTY'S NOT TAKING CARE OF ANYBODY. I HAVEN'T
HEARD A SINGLE THING THAT THEY'RE TAKING CARE OF, EXCEPT TO SEND THEM TO
SOT TAPE 2 11:17:55
((JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION OF ROANOKE: RIGHT NOW, IN ROANOKE,
THERE ARE 4,000 WOMEN WHO ARE LIVING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND IN MY
NEIGHBORHOOD, AND IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD WHO ARE CHEMICALLY ADDICTED. THEY'RE
ALREADY HERE. ))
Sylvester- Johnson says the shelter would be for women taking part in a
year- long residential recovery program.
She says there are NO plans for additional TRANSIENT beds.
But residents feel the shelter already has more than it, or the
neighborhood, can handle.
SOT tape 2 10:27:03
((RICHARD NICHOLS/SOUTHEAST ACTION FORUM PRESIDENT: WE'VE GOT A BIG PROBLEM
DOWN THERE WITH WHAT I CALL DERELICTS, OR THE HOMELESS PEOPLE, AND THE WINO'S.
BECAUSE THEY'RE URINATING ON PEOPLE'S PROPERTY. THEY'RE THROWING TRASH AND
STUFF AROUND. I MEAN, IT'S JUST GOTTEN OUT OF HAND. ))
SOT tape 2 10:30:01
((CAROLINE CAMILLERIS: I DON'T WANT ROANOKE CITY TO BE A MAGNET FOR THESE KIND
OF PEOPLE. I WANT TO KEEP IT NICE. ))
SOT tape 3 11:24:44
((JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION OF ROANOKE: YOU DON'T BUILD A RESCUE
MISSION TO DRAW PEOPLE IN CRISIS. YOU BUILD A RESCUE MISSION BECAUSE THERE ARE
PEOPLE IN CRISIS. ))
Still, southeast residents want it someplace else.
SOT tape 2 10:20:29
((LENORA WILLIAMS: I FEEL LIKE IT'S A BURDEN ON SOUTHEAST. I THINK SOUTHEAST
DESERVES BETTER, AND WE COULD BE BETTER. ))
But both sides differ on just how to make that happen.
The Southeast Action Forum says it's getting support from other
neighborhood groups in its fight against the mission's expansion.
A locksmith undergoes cross examination today in Denver as testimony resumes
in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
Yesterday, he testified that a key found in an alley near the bombed out
Murrah Federal building fits the Ryder truck used in the blast.
According to government witness
Michael Fortier, suspect Timothy McVeigh parked a getaway car in that alley.
One thousand dollars is the price one Roanoke Developer must pay for
violating the city's soil and erosion ordinances.
The city had filed CRIMINAL charges against Phillip Bane for failing to
bring his 11-home project up to code.
Bane is in the process of developing the property on Autumn Lane.
This was his second trip to court.
In his November trial Bane was fined one thousand dollars with NINE hundred
of that suspended.
Yesterday the judge reimposed that fine stating Bane had failed to keep the
property up to code.
Bane was also fined 50-dollars each for a covered storm drain and violating
a stop work order.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-33)
For four years the Blue Bird Bus plant has sat empty- This summer that could
change- If all goes as planned the plant will come to life again.
Blue Bird used to be one of the area's largest employers.
Now Des Champs (day-SHOMS) Laboratories will join with Buena Vista,
Lexington, and Rockbridge County to buy the facility.
SUPER=03-Natural Bridge Station/File Tape;
The locally owned company will move some of its air control systems work to
The purchase is hailed as a great example of regional cooperation.
IN Q=The total
((DAVID CLEPPINGER/THE ROCKBRIDGE PARTNERSHIP: THE TOTAL SALE PRICE OF THE
BUILDING IS TWO POINT SIX FIVE MILLION DOLLARS FROM BLUE BIRD. OF WHICH DES
CHAMPS LABORATORIES WILL PAY ONE POINT EIGHT FIVE MILLION AND WE'LL PAY 800
SUPER=01-David Cleppinger/The Rockbridge Partnership;
OUT Q=800- thousand.
The local governments involved each have a stake in a new industrial park
going on part of the site.
IN Q=We actually
((BOB BERKSTRESSER/ROCKBRIDGE CO. SUPERVISORS CHMN.: WE ACTUALLY HAVE A
LIMITED NUMBER OF PLACES RIGHT NOW THAT DO HAVE WATER AND SEWER THAT ARE
AVAILABLE FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT. AND THIS WAS A PARCEL THAT WE COULD PUT
TOGETHER QUICK AND PUT SOMEBODY IN AN EXISTING BUILDING.))
SUPER=01-Bob Berkstresser/Rockbridge Co. Supervisor;
OUT Q=existing building.
The move should help Des Champs (day-shoms) increase its area workforce to
almost 400 people.
A collision between a car and a truck loaded with cinderblocks took one life
The driver of this hatchback was exiting Interstate-81 onto Route EIGHT in
The car apparently pulled out in front of a Marshall Concrete truck and was
hit broadside in the driver's door.
Police have not yet released the name of the victim.
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Just moments before-- a tractor trailer loaded with lumber overturned on I-
81 in Christiansburg.
The driver was pinned between the cab and the guardrail--
Rescue personnel say his injuries are not life-threatening.
One northbound lane between exits 114 and 118 was closed for cleanup.
An up and coming Roanoke company should add to Virginia's image as "The
Data Systems Consulting has a growing share of corporate clients, mostly in
the life insurance industry.
The software development company has designed programs that put thousands of
insurance forms on a single disk, saving field agents storage space and time.
The products have been impressive enough that G-E Capital just invested
THREE-MILLION- dollars for a minority interest in the company.
IN Q=It is
((RUSS ELLIS/DSC PRESIDENT AND CEO: IT IS A PROCESS THAT ALLOWS US TO EXPAND
GREATLY IN THE TOOLS THAT WE BUILD AND BUILDING OUR OWN INFRASTRUCTURE, AND
BRINGING MORE PEOPLE IN TO HELP US CREATE THIS PRODUCT.))
SUPER=01-Russ Ellis/DSC President and CEO;
OUT Q=this product.
D-S-C began the year with 18 employees.
By the end of the year it expects that number to grow to 40.
Whether the neighbors like it or not-it looks like the Ninth Street Galaxy
will be moving out to make way for a new Revco drugstore.
Owners of the grocery store are still waiting for the final word from their
But a spokesman for the Revco drug store chain confirms it plans to build a
new store on the site.
Residents of the neighborhood say they're not happy with the news.
IN Q=Something needs to be said
((THOMAS TEETER/SOUTHEAST ROANOKE RESIDENT: SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE SAID.
SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. THEY TALK ABOUT NEIGHBORHOODS STAYING TOGETHER.
WELL, THIS IS THE LINCHPIN OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.))
SUPER=01-Thomas Teeter/Southeast Roanoke Resident;
OUT Q=of this neighborhood.
Owners of the Ninth Street Galaxy would like to relocate, but finding
another site in southeast Roanoke will be difficult.
The new drugstore could open as early as February of next year.
GRAPHIC=raising the bar
With new Standards of Learning set to be implemented in Virginia's schools
next year, teachers are wondering whether THEY will measure up to the higher
While they're in favor of improving the state of education, some teachers
feel the standards will be too much for certain students to handle.
Educators are worried that their own performance evaluations will be
directly tied to student test scores.
IN Q=I can see
((BONNYE NEWTON/MATH TEACHER: I CAN SEE HOW A SITUATION COULD VERY EASILY ARISE
THAT TEACHERS FEEL PRESSURED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE STUDENTS ARE TEST- WISE,
THAT THEY KNOW THE INFORMATION AND BASICALLY HOW TO PERFORM THE TESTS THAT ARE
BEING ASKED ON THE TEST.))
SUPER=01-Bonnye Newton/Math Teacher; :00
OUT Q=asked on the test.
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We'll have more from the teachers point of view in part three of our series
"Raising the Bar.. Virginia's Schools", tonight on News 7 at Six and Eleven.
A locksmith will be back on the witness stand today at the Oklahoma Bombing
trial to describe the lock and keys of the Ryder truck believed to have been
used in the bombing.
Yesterday, prosecutors revealed that a painstaking search after the blast
turned up an ignition key for the bomb truck.
The key was found in an alley, where according to government witness
Michael Fortier, a getaway car was stashed by suspect Timothy McVeigh.
An heir to the Du Pont chemical fortune has been sentenced to 13 to 30 years
for the murder last year of Olympic wrestler David Schultz.
Pennsylvania officials must now decide whether or not John du Pont will
serve all or part of that sentence in a mental hospital.
Du Pont was convicted of third-degree murder, but was found
He is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic.
In Albuquerque, New Mexico SWAT teams have ended a tense standoff with a
machete wielding suspect.
Police were called to the man's home when neighbor's complained he was
threatening them with the machete.
The suspect retreated into his home when police arrived, emerging
occasionally to wave the machete at them.
The police managed to engage the man in a conversation and, when he let his
guard down they subdued him with beanbag guns and pepper spray.
A proposed expansion to the Roanoke Rescue Mission is NOT good news to some
The five million dollar addition would include housing for drug-addicted
women with children...
But some residents are NOT feeling very neighborly about the idea.
They fear existing problems in Southeast Roanoke could escalate.
SOT tape 2 10:31:57
IN Q=I see men
((CHRISTINE PROFFITT/SOUTHEAST ACTION FORUM: I SEE MEN, WOMEN, WALKING UP AND
DOWN THE STREETS. THERE'S AN ALLEY BEHIND MY HOME. THEY DESTROYED THE
ALLEYWAY., THEY URINATE IN THE ALLEY WAY. THEY SAY THINGS TO MY KIDS AND THE
NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS. IT'S DISGUSTING, IS WHAT IT IS. ))
SUPER=01-Christine Proffitt/Southeast Action Forum;
OUT Q=is what it is
But the Mission's director says the year-long residential program will
actually improve the neighborhood.
SOT tape 2 11:16:41
IN Q=Instead of living
((JOY SYLVESTER- JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION OF ROANOKE: INSTEAD OF LIVING NEXT DOOR
TO SOMEONE WHO IS A DRUG DEALER, OR LIVING NEXT DOOR TO SOMEONE WHO IS LIVING
THE LIFESTYLE OF A SUBSTANCE ABUSER. IF A PERSON HAS BEEN THROUGH THIS
PROGRAM, CHANCES ARE YOU'RE GOING TO GET BACK A GOOD CITIZEN AND A GOOD
SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester-Johnson/Rescue Mission of Roanoke;
OUT Q=a good neighbor
Meanwhile, the group says it has the support of other neighborhood groups,
and plans to continue its fight to prevent the expansion.
They met, they discussed and they decided..
but one question that went unanswered was teacher salary.
Andrew Freiden has the story.
SUPER=01-Robert Bashore/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :02
SUPER=01-Robert Crouch/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :23
SUPER=01-Dale Wheeler/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :50
SUPER=01-William Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator; 1:05
((ROBERT BASHORE/BEDFORD SUPERVISORS: FORTUNATELY FOR THE CITIZENS OF BEDFORD,
WE HAVE A MUCH BETTER SCHOOL SYSTEM THAN WHAT WE'RE PAYING FOR. ))
Now the school board is paying for three years of operating in the red.
It's asking the Board of Supervisors for 2.2 million dollars that it needs to
finish out the fiscal year.
((ROBERT CROUCH: I WITNESSED A PUBLIC HEARING-- THE LARGEST I'VE EVER SEEN IN
THE COUNTY AND THE MESSAGE WAS CLEAR... ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THIS MONEY. ))
((WHAT CAUSED THE PROBLEM...CAN YOU ANSWER THAT? I THINK TRADITION... ))
The Fiscal year ends July 1st.
And the school board is 500 thousand short of what it need to pay June
And that leaves nothing to pay the other bills.
((DALE WHEELER/BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: THE WAY I SEE IT RIGHT NOW, I DON'T HAVE
2.1 MILLION DOLLARS... ))
One concrete decision was made--
The county and the school board will move towards a CENTRALIZED PURCHASING
((WILLIAM ROLFE/COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: STATE CODE SAYS THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD
HAS TO APPROVE ALL PURCHASES AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO ISSUE CHECKS UNLESS THERE'S
A PURCHASE ORDER THAT'S APPROVED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD.
The Board of Supervisors put off the final budget decision until next monday
That's when they'll decide whether or not to bail the school system out this
year, and how much it will allocate for next year's budget.
Andrew Freiden, News 7, Bedford County.))
Harry Nickens wants another term on the Roanoke County board of supervisors.
The Vinton Democrat announced yesterday he'll seek his party's nomination
for another four-year term.
Nickens has some opposition for the nomination, from Vinton pharmacist David
TAPE#net (edit of 97-20)
More than four years ago, 200 people at the Blue Bird Plant were put out of
work when the bus manufacturer shut down.
Since then, there's been speculation surrounding who might move into the
site once occupied by one of Buena Vista's largest employers.
Yesterday residents got an answer.
Buena Vista, Lexington, and Rockbridge County have signed a deal which will
let Des Champs (dey-shoms) Laboratories expand its business into the former
Blue Bird bus plant.
IN Q=So Des Champs
((DAVID CLEPPINGER/THE ROCKBRIDGE PARTNERSHIP: SO DES CHAMPS GETS THE BUILDING
AND 30 ACRES, AND WE GET 46 ACRES AND WE'RE GONNA TURN THE 46 ACRES INTO A
SMALL INDUSTRIAL PARK.))
((HAROLD KIDD/BUENA VISTA MAYOR: IT IS A RELIEF FOR ALL OF THE COMMUNITY TO
FIND SOMEONE HERE. AND PUT I GUESS THE MAIN THING IS TO HAVE THIS PLACE
EMPLOYED, HAVE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WORKING HERE.))
SUPER=01-Nick Des Champs/Des Champs Laboratories; :00
SUPER=01-Harold Kidd/Buena Vista Mayor; :07 QUICK
OUT Q=put people to work.
Some call the two- million- dollar Blue Bird sale a historic agreement
because of the cooperation between three local governments.
Each one will get tax revenues from an industrial park going on another part
of the site.
Debate at last night's Lynchburg City Council Meeting included the city's
controversial trash tag system.
The repeal of the trash tag ordinance is one item on a lengthy city council
Council member Robert Garber has been pushing to get rid of the tags, saying
the city does NOT need the revenue the system generates.
Trash tag supporters say getting rid of them would shorten the life of the
city landfill and discourage recycling.
Most council members said before they voted, they wanted more information
about what it would cost.
Council voted to table the trash tag issue until next month.
The latest in a series of very intense public service announcements will be
unveiled today in Washington, D-C.
IN Q=you chose
OUT Q=of your life.
The "Highways or Dieways" spots are aimed at preventing one thousand deaths
and two thousand injuries that occur yearly on the nation's railway crossings
The P-S-A's were developed to shock viewers into thinking twice about the
very real dangers of attempting to cross railway tracks and trespassing onto
Forty eight states will get the opportunity this summer to air the
A fatal accident in Christiansburg yesterday between a compact car and a
truck loaded with cinderblocks.
It happened as the driver of a Mercury hatchback exited Interstate 81 onto
Police say the car pulled into the path of a Marshall Concrete truck, which
skidded but was unable to stop.
The driver of the car died on the way to the hospital.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County seal
New businesses are welcome in Roanoke County, but NOT at the expense of some
of the valley's green.
Thanks to a 45- thousand dollar gift from an un-named donor, the county
plans to acquire 34 acres of land atop Green Ridge... to preserve its natural
Officials say this is just the first piece of property they hope to buy for
the Ridgetop Protection Plan.
IN Q=We in Roanoke
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISOR'S CHAIRMAN: WE IN ROANOKE COUNTY, THE BOARD OF
SUPERVISORS AND THE STAFF ARE GOING TO WORK THROUGH THIS AS BEST WE CAN TO MAKE
SURE WE TAKE A LOOK, A CONCERTED LOOK TO EACH RIDGE LINE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY.
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Supervisor's Chairman;
OUT Q=throughout the county
The deal to purchase the Green Ridge property could be finalized by the end
of the month.
Economists are split on Republican Jim Gilmore's proposed personal property
Stephen Fuller of the Governor's Advisory Board of Economists said Gilmore's
estimates are based on overly optimistic revenue projections.
But George Mason University economics professor Mark Crain said recent
history suggests Gilmore may be right about continuing robust growth.
Gilmore last week proposed phasing out the personal property tax on
most cars and trucks over four years.
He said revenue growth would
allow the state to reimburse local governments the one-billion
dollars they would lose.
The Chicago Bulls closed out their Eastern Conference semifinal series with
the Atlanta Hawks, winning 107-to-92.
For last night's scores let's check the boards.
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