After losing more than 37-million dollars nationwide last year the
Woolworth's chain is closing up shop.
The retailer has over 400 stores across the U-S, including ones in Roanoke
IN Q=I'm very upset
((KATHY BENNINGTON/WOOLWORTH'S CUSTOMER: I'M VERY UPSET ABOUT WOOLWORTH'S
CLOSING. I'VE GROWN UP IN THIS AREA SINCE 1960. I'VE BEEN COMING TO
WOOLWORTH'S ALL MY LIFE. I'VE WALKED TO THE STORE AND COME UP AND GET CANDY AS
A CHILD. I'VE KNOWN THE LADIES AT THE LUNCH COUNTERS FOR YEARS AND YEARS.))
SUPER=01-Kathy Bennington/Woolworth's Customer;
OUT Q=years and years.
Woolworth's just couldn't keep up with the bigger, more modern retail chains
Nationwide it has 36-hundred full time and 56-hundred part time workers.
It staffs an average of about 25 people in each store.
In other retail news, it looks like Lowe's may add another superstore in the
Roanoke County says it has had discussions with the hardware giant about the
construction of another location along route 2-20 near Walmart.
A developer has been getting options on a number of homes where the Lowe's
store would sit.
Hurricane Danny is getting stronger and stronger off the coast of Louisiana
The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning from
Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. Danny is currently drifting to the
North- Northeast, and is expected to gain a little speed today.
SUPER=03-Grand Isle, LA;
Heavy rains and high tides are expected.
Officials are already evacuating coastal, low-lying areas.
The Mir space station crew has repaired damage from yesterday's onboard
mishap, but a bigger repair job is being postponed.
Yesterday, a crewmember
accidentally unhooked a vital cable. That caused Mir to tumble
for several hours before the crew could get it pointing toward the sun again so
its solar panels could again generate
All key systems have been restored.
But the tricky spacewalk to repair damage from a collision with a cargo
ship will be delayed until next month.
A 19- year- old woman is being tried for the murder of an elderly man.
Just last year her brother was convicted of the crime.
Both sides agree...
Mary Katherine Dalton relied on 72- year- old Aubrey Adkins for money and
He was devoted to her.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./December 1995;
But Mary Dalton's brother Michael says in 19-95, she lured Adkins to the side
of the road and left the passenger door wide open...
moments before her boyfriend shot and killed Adkins.
Mary Dalton wept yesterday as her brother testified against her.
Michael Dalton was convicted a year ago of murdering and robbing Adkins but
says he confessed to protect his sister.
Defense Attorney Bryan Haskins says Mary Dalton would have no reason to want
The Jury will return to the courthouse this morning to decide Dalton's fate.
TAPE#net (edit of 597-32)
An upgrade in the security at Ferrum College is more than just a few extra
The Public Safety Office has
gone from a private security department to a police department.
Training is the same as any other law enforcement agency in the state of
IN Q=It's given our
((MIKE GRICE/DIRECTOR OF FERRUM COLLEGE P.D.:IT'S GIVEN OUR OFFICERS SOME
OPTIONS AND GIVEN THEM SOME AUTHORITY TO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO NOT ONLY ON
PROPERTY, BUT OFF THE PROPERTY AS WELL))
SUPER=01-Mike Grice/Dir. Ferrum College Police;
OUT Q=as well.
It's a mutually beneficial relationship for the Franklin County Sheriff's
department and Ferrum Police Department.
IN Q=The sheriff's department
((PHILLIP YOUNG/FERRUM POLICE DEPARTMENT:THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS A LITTLE
FREER TO USE US NOW BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT WE'RE TRAINED TO HANDLE SITUATIONS
THAT MAY ARISE IN THE AREA.))
SUPER=01-Phillip Young/Ferrum Police Officer;
OUT Q=in the area
The new status also benefits students.
Working alongside sworn police officers, criminal justice students can take
what they've learned from books and put it into action.
Valley Metro have been driving for weeks withOUT a contract.
They met with Metro officials yesterday to continue negotiations.
One bus driver who spoke to News 7 said the company is reluctant to pay
drivers more money.
He believes the company is just trying to cut costs at the drivers' expense.
About one million dollars of Valley Metro's budget comes from federal
It's suspected that the company may not receive that money next year.
In that case, company officials plan to raise revenue by increasing fares or
cutting back on service.
Botetourt County is booming.
It's one of the fastest growing localities in Southwest Virginia.
And whether they're escaping the city or relocating from across the country,
(TONE-ya) Tonya Flory tells us they're coming in droves.
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.))
U. S. Marshalls arrested Ronald Campbell and Mike Ferro of Highland,
Virginia yesterday on drug possession charges.
Campbell was apparently carrying five kilos of methamphetamines with intent
to distribute them.
Police also arrested Ferro for possession of Methamphetamines.
Officials seized 139 thousand dollars in cash, and items including a road
tractor and vehicles.
The arrest ends a four year search for Ronald Campbell who was a fugitive.
Another search for drugs took state police did NOT prove so successful.
A garden caught the attention of a state police helicopter earlier this
Investigators on the ground quickly found out-- what the man in the sky
thought was marijuana--was nothing more than 14 tomato plants.
You might think "end" of the story-- but the Richmond Times Dispatch picked
up on what happened.
It's the second time in three years authorities "raided" the Raymond
(Mill-irons) Millirons' property.
IN Q=Well I
((RAYMOND MILLIRONS:WELL I THINK IT'S KIND OF RIDICULOUS THAT THEY DON'T, THAT
THEY CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARIJUANA AND TOMATO PLANTS, I THINK
THEY NEED TO DO A LITTLE SCOUTING AROUND AND LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT
MARIJUANA LOOKS LIKE.))
SUPER=07-Raymond Millirons; :00
OUT Q=looks like. (laughter).
The (Mill-irons) Millirons say they're not mad-- just a little embarrassed--
since they're now-- the talk of the neighborhood.
Tropical Storm "Danny" is now a hurricane.
A hurricane warning has been issued from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
Danny is slowly pushing its way through the marshes of south Louisiana
heading toward the coast of Mississippi.
SUPER=03-Grand Isle, LA;
Forecasters expect the storm to slide along the coast from
Mississippi to the western Florida Panhandle later today.
Residents of Grand isle and a half dozen other communities are
being evacuated as a precaution.
A Miami police investigator now says the murder of designer Gianni Versace
and the slaying of a man police describe as a gay doctor are not related.
SUPER=03-Miami Springs, Fl/Yesterday;
Yesterday, Investigators suspected a connection when a man fitting the
description of SPREE killer Andrew
Cunanan was seen running from the home of the physician.
It was less than 15 miles from where Versace was gunned down.
Cunanan is still the prime suspect in Versace's death and a suspect in the
murders of four other men.
In New York, friends and family of the victims of T-W-A flight 800 gathered
for tearful memorial services yesterday on the one year anniversary of the
explosion and crash.
SUPER=03-Long Island, NY;
The U-S Coast Guard laid wreaths of flowers in Long Island sound
where the 7-47 went down in flames.
SUPER=03-Smith Point Park, NY;
The flowers had been placed on the podium earlier in the day at a service to
remember the 230 victims.
The jumbo jet exploded 11 minutes after taking off from J-F-K
Contract negotiations continue with bus drivers for the Roanoke Valley's
public transportation agency, who have been on the job for weeks now with NO
Valley Metro management and union representatives held another negotiating
One driver we spoke with says company officials are trying to --quote "cut
costs and give the bus drivers less money."
But after the day's meeting officials with Valley Metro had few comments.
They say the negotiations are going fine and they will have a joint
statement when talks finish--that's expected to be Sunday.
The company was receiving about one million dollars in federal money.
But those dollars are NOT expected to be renewed next year.
That's led Valley Metro to focus on other ways of generating revenue.
The man running against Dick Cranwell for his seat in the House of Delegates
says lawmakers should spend more time in another house...their own.
Republican Al Bedrosian chose to announce his legislative reform ideas
right on his front lawn.
Bedrosian supports term limits, limits on the number of bills introduced
in the General Assembly, and recesses during those sessions.
But he says NO limits should be placed on education.
IN Q=The education issue
((AL BEDROSIAN/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: THE EDUCATION ISSUE IS
PARAMOUNT IN MY MIND BECAUSE I'VE GOT THREE CHILDREN AND I THINK WE NEED TO
OPEN UP THE DEBATE ABOUT EDUCATION. WE NEED TO OPEN UP THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS,
PRIVATE SCHOOLS, CHARTER SCHOOLS, HOME SCHOOLING. I THINK ALL THOSE IDEAS NEED
TO BE BROUGHT TO THE TABLE, BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE INSTITUTIONS HAS
PROVED SUCCESSFUL IN SOME AREA.))
SUPER=01-Al Bedrosian/(R) House of Delegates Cand.;
OUT Q=in some area
The businessman says he's running for political office in an effort to
help return state government to the citizens.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-45)
A new book, set to come out in November is focusing on the growth of the
Roanoke region as a whole, including Botetourt County.
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.
IN Q=We're gonna
((JOHN STROUD/ROANOKE. REG. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE'RE GONNA PRODUCE A BOOK A
HUNDRED AND SIXTY PAGE FULL COLOR BOOK, ON THE ROANOKE, NEW RIVER VALLEY,
COVINGTON, LEXINGTON, SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE REGION. WHAT WE CALL THE ROANOKE
ECONOMIC REGION. AND IT'S ABOUT PRIDE.))
SUPER=01-John Stroud/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 4-60 on the western end
of Roanoke County.
Stonewall Jackson's Civil War horse, Little Sorrel will now lay at the feet
of his master at Virginia Military Institute.
The cremated skeleton of Stonewall Jackson's Little Sorrel will be buried at
the base of his master's statue, on the V-M-I parade ground.
Jackson rode Little Sorrel in his famous Shenandoah Valley Campaign in
18-62. And he was riding the horse a year later when he was mortally wounded by
his own men at the battle of Chancellorsville.
Little Sorrel's mounted hide will remain on display at the V-M-I Museum.
TAPE#net (edit of 597-30)
Woolworth's is on its way out.
The five and dime stores are closing up shop for good.
The company has two stores in our area-- one in Roanoke and another in
Those employees will be among about ten-thousand others around the country
to lose their jobs.
Last year, Woolworth's lost 37-million dollars nationwide. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=I love
((PEGGY SWAINE/WOOLWORTH'S CUSTOMER: I LOVE THE STORE. THEY HAVE GREAT DEALS.
YOU CAN USUALLY COME HERE AND FIND ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT, INSTEAD OF HAVING
TO GO TO A MALL. WHICH IS RIDICULOUS SOMETIMES. SO, I'M REALLY UPSET THAT
SUPER=01-Peggy Swaine/Woolworth's Customer;
Nationally, Woolworth will convert about a quarter of its locations into
its Foot Locker and Champs specialty shops-- but no word on what will happen
with stores here.
wipe wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe wipe
In other retail news, it looks like the Roanoke Valley could get another
The hardware giant has discussed with Roanoke County the possibility of
locating a second "big box" location across from the Walmart on route 2-20 just
past Tanglewood Mall.
Lowe's already has a store at the Crossroads Mall in Roanoke.
Virginia has executed its 40th inmate since capital punishment resumed in
the United States in 19-77.
Roy Bruce Smith was put to death by injection last night for killing a
Manassas police officer in 19-88.
The 50- year- old Smith made a final statement about getting the last meal
he requested and then said (quote): "One man may die so the rest may live."
Smith had no visitors at his own request in his final hours.
He had declined to ask Governor Allen for clemency, and the Supreme Court
denied a stay.
Federal safety officials, testifying before Congress, are worried about
It's known as road rage-- and it's to blame for an increase in deaths on
the highway this past year.
IN Q=The so-called
((THE SO-CALLED 'REASONS' FOR 'ROAD RAGE' CAN BE INCREDIBLY TRIVIAL.
THAT MEANS THAT MOTORISTS ARE BEING SHOT, STABBED, BEATEN AND RUN OVER FOR
TOTALLY INANE REASONS, SUCH AS, "HE CUT ME OFF,"SHE WAS TAILGATING ME,"
"NO ONE GIVES ME THE FINGER," "HE WAS PLAYING THE RADIO TOO LOUD SO, I SHOT
SUPER=01-David Willis/AAA Traffic Safety; :
OUT Q=so I shot him.
A recent Triple-A study found the majority of aggressive drivers are men
About a third of the nation's car crashes and two-thirds of the nearly
42-thousand highway fatalities last year may have been caused by agressive
GRAPHIC=New River Speedway
The Pace Car at New River Valley Speedway hosted some special guests
Thirty-six children and young adults took turns spinning around the track
as part of a field trip.
They were taking part in the New River Valley's "Leisure Direction."
It's a five-week program designed to help those with disabilities gain
confidence and self-esteem-- while having a good time.
IN Q=I get
((RENEE BROWN/PARTICIPANT: I GET TO DO A LOT OF THINGS (GET TO DO A LOT OF NEW
THINGS?) NEW THINGS, NEAT THINGS. ))
SUPER=01-Renee Brown/Participant; :00
OUT Q=neat things
The trip to the speedway is one of several scheduled throughout the program.
Supervisor Sandra Wesley said the program helps the children relate to each
Marty Cordova led off the 12th with a homer before Minnesota tacked on
another run and beat Seattle.
For last night's scores from the dugout, let's check the scoreboards.
WIPE TO SCORES
OUT Q=....last score."