Woolworth's is out- -Lowe's may be expanding.
On NEWS-7 at SIX tonight we'll peddle through the latest business cycle.
We'll see how an angry real estate agent or two retaliate against
homeowners who sign on with "For Sale By Owner."
And it doesn't look like pot... it's not. Try selling that to the eye in
In sports, words from the Lynchburg Hillcats, the Carolina League number one
team in the North. We will also take you overseas to the British Open,
and bring you back home for look at the final round of the City County.
The weather was quieter today..only some isolated storms in south-central
Virginia. And it looks like the big easy will get the big rain. Details just
Companies seem have their own life cycles... just like people.
Montgomery Ward has recently filed for bankruptcy.
Today Woolworth's announced it's closing its 400- plus discount stores
across the U-S, including its Roanoke and Danville stores.
Len Besthoff says the cut-throat retailing style of the 90's leaves few
SUPER=01-Skip Bennington/Woolworth's Customer;
SUPER=01-Peggy Swaine/Woolworth's Customer;
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
People were saddened, but not altogether shocked at word of Woolworth's
IN Q=I don't know
((SKIP BENNINGTON/WOOLWORTH'S CUSTOMER: I DON'T KNOW, IT'S KIND OF
DISHEARTENING, YOU KNOW YOU GET USED TO THE PLACE, YOU GET USED TO THE PEOPLE,
IT WAS REALLY A LETDOWN, WE'RE REALLY GONNA MISS EVERYBODY.))
OUT Q=miss everybody.
The store had been bleeding red ink.
In the last quarter alone the discount stores lost 24- million- dollars.
IN Q=I just
((PEGGY SWAINE/WOOLWORTH'S CUSTOMER: I JUST THINK THAT THE MALLS ARE RUNNING
THESE STORES OUT OF BUSINESS. AND IT'S NOT LIKE IT USED TO BE, CAUSE THESE
USED TO BE THE STORES YOU WENT SHOPPING TO.))
OUT Q=shopping to.
The Towers Mall is confident it will be able to replace the Roanoke
Woolworth's with something else, it's even in the midst of expanding to add a
Hollywood Video and two other stores.
IN Q=One reason
((One reason people aren't Woolworth's as much anymore is because they can find
items cheaper and in some cases more easily at the next generation of
retailers, known as the "big box" superstores.))
OUT Q=big box superstores.
Take Lowe's, for example.
The hardware juggernaut is moving in the opposite direction of Woolworth's.
Roanoke County says it has discussed the possibility with Lowe's that it
will put a second superstore in our area, very close to the WalMart on route
A developer has been getting options on a number of homes where the Lowe's
store would sit.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
The Woolworth's chain dates back to 1879.
Nationwide it has 36- hundred full- time and 56- hundred part- time workers.
It staffs an average of about 25 people in each store.
More and more people are trying to sell their own homes.
They'd rather keep the proceeds than pay real estate agents six or seven
thousand dollars in commissions.
IN Q=They've built
SUPER=01-Sam Maxey/"For Sale By Owner"; :00
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :36
SUPER=01-Brenda West/Home Seller; :46
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; 1:26
SUPER=01-David Spisak/Home Buyer & Seller; 1:37
OUT Q=you bet.
((THEY'VE BUILT UP AN EQUITY THERE. WHY SHOULD THAT MONEY GO TO SOMEBODY ELSE
TO DO A JOB THAT THEY CAN VERY EASILY DO FOR THEMSELVES?))
Sam Maxey bought and sold real estate as an agent for 20 years before he
"retired" to the publishing business.
He claims "For Sale By Owner" Magazine has taken five million dollars in
commissions away from Roanoke Valley realtors.
((UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE NOT THE MOST POPULAR PEOPLE IN TOWN. THAT'S ALRIGHT.))
Individual home buyers and sellers swear BY them.
SOT 10:46:35 -audio only over listing
((THEY'RE WONDERFUL PEOPLE TO WORK WITH.))
Brenda West had her home in Hardy listed in "For Sale By Owner..." even
came close to settling with a buyer. The deal fell through and now she's listed
with Barker Realty.
Along the way, somebody stole the sign out of her front yard... one of
several "For Sale by Owner" signs to disappear around the same time in the same
((WELL, I THINK THERE WAS AN ANGRY AGENT OUT THERE THAT WANTED TO SABOTAGE THE
SALE WHICH I THINK WAS CRUEL.))
She got a lot of calls from agents. Most were very nice. They wanted her
to list the house with THEM.
She says a few got pretty ugly with her.
SOT 10:48:50 * * *
((I WAS UNDER-CUTTING THEM $6,7,8,000, WHATEVER YOU CHOSE TO LIST YOUR HOUSE
AT, BUT IT'S MONEY OUT OT THEIR POCKET.))
((NOT LONG AGO SOMEBODY STOLE ALL THE "FOR SALE BY OWNER" MAGAZINES OFF THE
RACK AT THE LOCAL GROCERY STORE AND PUT THEM IN A TRASH CAN. MAXEY HIRED A
PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WHO CAUGHT THREE PEOPLE ONE OF WHOM ALLEGEDLY WORKED FOR A
LOCAL BROKERAGE COMPANY.))
Homeowner David Spisak says "For Sale By Owner" doesn't replace the need for
real estate agents, but he's sold on F-S-B-O, having recently bought AND sold
homes with it.
SOT David 15:46:45
((WE DID IT OURSELVES. WE WEREN'T INTIMIDATED BY THE PROCESS. AND WE SAVED A
LOT OF MONEY. AND I'LL SHOW YOU OUR FAMILY ROOM THAT WE WERE ABLE TO COMPLETE
BECAUSE OF SOME OF THAT.))
Between the sale of their old house and the purchase of this one, he
figures they saved $15,000 in commissions.
And that's the real point, says Maxey.
SOT 11:30:05 -the bottom line
((THE MONEY IN THEIR POCKET AFTER THE SALE, YOU BET.))
OUT Q=you bet.))
The Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors doesn't care to say much about
Sam Maxey and his magazine.
But the association points out: licensed agents sold 36-hundred homes last
year in Roanoke- -427 million dollars worth of real estate. So they figure
F-S-B-O is not having that much of an impact.
A year after he says he took the blame to protect her, convicted killer Paul
Michael Dalton implicates his sister in the crime.
19- year old Mary Kathryn Dalton pled NOT guilty today in Pittsylvania
County to the 1995 murder and robbery of 72 year old Aubrey Adkins.
Paul Michael Dalton says his sister asked Adkins to meet her alone so she
could buy marijuana, but when he arrived with his grandson, Mary Dalton asked
Adkins to return later after dropping off the child.
Paul Michael Dalton alleges when Adkins returned, MARY Dalton spoke to him in
At that point he says his sister's boyfriend, Joseph Smith, shot and killed
Mary Dalton told investigators Adkins never returned after leaving with his
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, Botetourt County tries to deal with the flood
of new residents,
and You say "tomato," I say "tomhato," -- but a Montgomery County farmer says
let's call the whole thing off as police mistakenly raid his tomato
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14- tomato plants have propelled a Montgomery County man into the spotlight.
But it's not the kind of attention reserved for a prize winning plant.
On Tuesday-- state police hovering over Raymond Millirons' garden in Riner
thought they spotted marijuana.
But authorities on the ground quickly found out-- they had zeroed in on
This is the second time in three years authorities have searched their
((RAYMOND MILLIRONS:I'VE NEVER HAD ANY DRUGS, DON'T USE DRUGS AND DON'T HAVE
ANY USE FOR DRUGS.
DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT A POT PLANT LOOKS LIKE?
RAYMOND MILLIRONS:I WOULDN'T KNOW ONE IF I SEEN IT AND SOMEBODY ELSE, I DON'T
THINK, KNOW WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE IF THEY SEEN IT, BUT I WON'T MENTION ANY NAMES.
SUPER=07-Raymond Millirons; :00
OUT Q=any names. (laughter).
Millirons isn't mad about the mistake-- but he IS embarrassed by all the
He just hopes-- his garden won't be subjected to any UNwanted attention NEXT
Al Bedrosian says he's a working man, and wants to see state government
back in the hands of the citizens.
Bedrosian is challenging longtime incumbent Dick Cranwell for his seat in
the House of Delegates this fall.
If elected, he says he would support term limits, as well as limits on the
number of bills introduced in the General Assembly.
IN Q=The example
((AL BEDROSIAN/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: THE EXAMPLE THAT I GIVE, THAT
YOU HAVE 3,000 PIECES OF LEGISLATION IN A 45- DAY SESSION. THEU'RE GETTING
NINE MINUTES. SO, WHERE YOU MAY THINK, "WOW, WE'RE CUTTING THE AMOUNT OF BILLS
THAT CAN BE PASSED. BUT HOW MUCH TIME CAN SOMEONE BE GIVING WHEN THEY'RE
SPENDING NINE MINUTES ON A BILL? AND I THINK THAT'S A WASTE OF TIME AND A
WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY. ))
SUPER=01-Al Bedrosian/(R) House of Delegates;
OUT Q=taxpayer money
The first- time politician is also calling for recesses during both General
He says this would allow legislators to spend more time with constituents
A lot of us around here just prefer the peace and quiet of small town life
to the hassles of living in large metropolitan areas.
Botetourt County is one area dealing with this mixed blessing as its
Tonya Flory tells us how the natives are making room for newcomers.
IN Q= In the 90's
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator; :01
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :07
SUPER=01-Jim Johnson/Va Cattlemen's Assoc.; :18
SUPER=01-Ray Sprinkle/Realtor Developer; :48
OUT Q= News 7.
IN Q= In the 90's
((JERRY BURGESS:IN THE 90'S IT'S BEEN THE FASTEST GROWING LOCALITY IN THE
ROANOKE VALLEY, AVERAGING ABOUT TWO-PERCENT A YEAR INCREASE IN POPULATION))
OUT Q= in population.
The trend of outmigration from the cities is a mixed blessing, demanding more
services and schools in suburban and rural areas, and sometimes putting a
strain on those who make their living off the land...
IN Q= We were here
((JIM JOHNSON:WE WERE HERE AND OUT AGRICULTURE WAS HERE AND SOME PEOPLE ARE
MOVING IN AROUND US AND IT GETS A LITTLE TOUGH))
OUT Q= little tough
But if they're willing to sacrifice the family farm they grew up on, the value
of the property is double or even triple.
IN Q= Farming is very
((JERRY BURGESS:FARMING IS VERY TOUGH NOW AND SO THEY'RE OPPORTUNITY TO SELL
THAT LAND AT A GOOD PRICE IS SOMETHING THEY FEEL LIKE THEY DESERVE))
OUT Q=like they deserve
although in most cases the sentimental attachment is stronger than the
IN Q= In some situations
((JIM JOHNSON: IN SOME SITUATIONS YOU'LL SEE HOUSES SPROUT UP ALL THE WAY
AROUND THE FARM AND WE'RE SEEING SOME OF THAT ALSO))
OUT Q= of that also
IN Q= There basically running
((RAY SPRINKLE:THEY'RE BASICALLY RUNNING SHORT OF GOOD LAND TO BUILD ON IN
ROANOKE COUNTY. WE HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF BEAUTIFUL LAND IN BOTETOURT WITH
BEAUTIFUL VIEWS AND THAT'S WHY PEOPLE WANT TO COME DOWN HERE))
OUT Q= come down here
IN Q= This wide open
((TONYA FLORY:THIS WIDE OPENED FIELD WILL SOON BE DOTTED WITH HOMES, BUT THE
INFLUX OF RESIDENTS WON'T COST BOTETOURT COUNTY TAXPAYERS. ACCORDING TO ZONING
REGULATIONS, THE DEVELOPER HAS TO BUILD THE WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM))
OUT Q= sewer system
IN Q= We built
((JERRY BURGESS:WE BUILT AND OPENED TWO NEW MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN THE PAST TWO
YEARS AND WE'RE RENOVATING AND EXPANDING THE HIGH SCHOOL RIGHT NOW, SO WE'RE IN
PRETTY GOOD SHAPE))
OUT Q= good shape
Subdivisions and industrial parks continue to crop up along route 220 and all
over this once rural community...Tonya Flory, News 7.
The growth of the Roanoke region as a whole, including Botetourt County,
will soon be the subject of a new book.
The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, R-R Donnelley- and- Sons,
Platinum Publishing, and other local business will produce a book very similar
to ones written about other cities in the U-S.
The Chamber believes this will be a great tool to promote the region.
IN Q=This is a
((JOHN STROUD/ROANOKE. REG. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: THIS IS A HARD BOUND, HARD
COVER BOOK THAT YOU PUT ON YOUR COFFEE TABLE. IT'S CALLED A COFFEE TABLE BOOK.
IT'S USED IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR RECRUITING OF INDUSTRY, IT'S USED BY
COMPANIES TO RECRUIT EMPLOYEES, AND IT'S JUST A REAL FINE PUBLICATION.))
SUPER=01-John Stroud/Roanoke. Reg. Chamber of Commerce;
The book will be even be printed here, at the new, state- of- the- art plant
R-R Donnelley has built in Valley Techpark along route 460 on the western end
of Roanoke County.
Wall Street retreated from yesterday's record setting sessions.
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The DOW fell more than 18 points to close at eight-thousand-20.
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The Ferrum College Police Department is ARMED with new standards.
The Public Safety office is now a full- fledged police department- -right in
the middle of campus.
The 24-hour- a- day law- enforcement agency has some added responsibility-
-not only to the students- -but the entire community.
Along with the new title comes a boost of self-esteem.
IN Q= I guess
((PHILLIP YOUNG/POLICE OFFICER:I GUESS THERE IS AN INCREASED SENSE OF PRIDE
BECAUSE I CAN DISTINGUISH MYSELF BETWEEN BEING A SECURITY GUARD FOR THE COLLEGE
AND BEING A POLICE OFFICER FOR THE COLLEGE.))
SUPER=01-Phillip Young/Police Officer;
OUT Q=for the college
Hiring standards have also risen.
Officers get drug screenings and F-B-I background checks.
Ferrum College becomes just the third private school in the state to have its
own police department.
A noted companion of Stonwall Jackson will be buried in Lexington this
The Confederate legend's horse, Little Sorrel, will be laid to rest at VMI
Little Sorrel's hide, complete with saddle and bridle, will still be on
display at the VMI museum.
But his cremated skeleton will be buried at the base of Jackson's statue
outside the VMI barracks.
That's close to where the horse lived for a time after the Civil War.
Jackson rode the horse through his famous Valley campaign in 1862.
And he was on Little Sorrel when he was shot and killed by his own men a
year later at Chancellorsville.
GRAPHIC=New River Valley Speedway
The New River Valley Speedway opened its gates for some special visitors
36- children with disabilities toured the track and rode in the pace car as
part of a summer program in the New River Valley.
IN Q=We're working
((SANDRA WESLEY/"LEISURE DIRECTION" SUPERVISOR:WE'RE WORKING WITH LEISURE
DIRECTION AND IT'S A SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM. IT LASTS FIVE WEEKS AND IT'S
FOR CHILDREN WITH SOME KIND OF DISABILITY. ))
SUPER=01-Sandra Wesley/"Leisure Direction" Supervisor; :00
OUT Q=of disability
This is the second year the speedway has hosted the group and it continues
to be a crowd pleaser.
IN Q=This is
((MICHAEL SKEEN/PARTICIPANT: THIS IS THE FUN PLACE THAT I'VE EVER BEEN AND THIS
IS THE GREAT PLACE TO BE HERE.))
SUPER=01-Michael Skeen/Participant; :00 QUICK!!!!!
OUT Q=be here.
The participants spent the day looking at race cars and getting signatures
of the new people they met.
The program is designed to help children with disabilities increase self-esteem
The Hillcats and the Aavlanche are gearing up for home games tonight, Dot
Bolling continues to roll at the City County,
and overseas; Tiger gets the attention; but not the first round British Open
lead, highlights in sports
Just a few minutes ago, News 7 sports leanred that former Cave Spring and
Virginia star Tiki Barber has come to terms with the NFL's New York GIants. His
contract is for three years. No monetary terms have been relased at this time
because other players contracts are still being negotitated.
Brother Ronde is still negotiating his contract with Tampa Bay.
We start on the diamond with the Lynchburg Hillcats, who wrap up a 9 game
homestand tonight at City Stadium against Wilmington before hitting the road
for a week.
The 'Cats have dropped 3 out of their last 4 games, but were able to eek
out a one run win last night over the Blue Rocks.
Despite the recent mini slump, Jeff Richardson's club has maintained its
position atop the Carolina League's Northern Division with a record of 16 and
11, thanks in no small part to some good starting pitching.
IN Q="We've played well...
((JEFF RICHARDSON/HILCATS MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Richardson/Hillcats Manager;
OUT Q=...a lot of ballgames."
Tonight's first pitch is at 7:05.
at historic City Stadium.
The salem Avalanche is also at home. Tonight at Salem Memorial Stadium; the
Av's will complete a three game series with Frederick. This is the rubber
match. Salem is 14 and 13 in the second half of the season and has won 5 of
it's last 10. Game time is 7pm.
Tiger Woods might attracting the most attention at the British Open; but Jim
Furyk and Darren Clarke played the best first round.
SUPER=03-Troon, Scotland/ESPN; :00
Tiger Woods' arrival created quite a stir in Troon Scotland; but the men
to watch in the first round were Jim Furyk and Darren Clarke.
Furyk is tied for the lead with Clarke. Both fired 4 under 67's. Here on
14; a par 3. Furyk finds the green on the nice tee shot.
He was at 4 under going in to the hole and his long putt finds the cup for
the birdie and he was at 5 under.
Clarke; a pro out of Ireland; played a magnificent first round. Here on 11;
with a putter from off the green; he nails it and Clarke was at 4 under through
Tiger Woods fired a one over 72 and triple bogeyed 11.
GRAPHIC=City County Logo
Hidden Valley's Dot Bolling added another gem to her crown this afternoon
winning the Roanoke City County Golf Championship at Hunting Hills.
Roy Stanley has this report on Bolling's four win this summer.
IN Q="Bolling could...
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Marilyn Bussey/Tied For Second; :28
SUPER=01-Dot Bolling/Wins Third City County Championship; :41
OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
((Bolling could see the championship at the end of the tunnel but winning here
third city county title was no ride through the park.
Marilyn Bussey, Janet Cochrane and Valeta Pitman kept the pressure on
Bolling throughout the final round.
Bolling rolled in a birdie putt at the 8-th hole that gave her a little
cushion. But the group finished the front in 40.
Bussey got to within two strokes on the back nine but she three putted the
green at the par three 15-th hole to open the door.))
((MARILYN BUSSEY/TIED FOR SECOND: ))
((DOT BOLLING/WINS THIRD CITY COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP: ))
((Bolling shot 75 in the final round and her total of 225 gave her a six shot
win on Bussey and Cochrane who tied for second at 231.))
((ROY STANLEY STANDUP: ))
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