Coming up next on News 7 at 6, four people die after the brakes on their
station wagon literally fall apart.
And lightning starts a chemical fire in Bassett.
In sports, The Roanoke Wrath was back in action this afternoon Green Bay
loses running back Edgar Bennett for the season.
And veteran Alvin Harper will catch passes for the Redskins this season.
We have to deal with the oppressive heat for one more day-- then the middle
of the week is looking VERY comfortable.
The forecast details are coming up.
A station wagon crashed in Roanoke today killing four people.
Police say the car's brakes fell apart shortly before it entered a winding
Investigators found pieces of the brakes on the road at the city limits, so
hot they were melting the asphalt.
They say brake failure could have caused 47-year-old Anna Marie Talbert of
Boones Mill to lose control of the station wagon as she rounded a curve on
The car ran over a guardrail, flipped at least twice before landing on its
roof and catching fire.
Witnesses put out the flames and rescued two of the victims, but four others
died in the wreck including
Talbert and her 14-year-old son David.
14-year-old Sylvia K. Hess and her 13-year-old brother, Bryant, both of
Pennsylvania, also died.
Rescue workers took three other passengers ages 10 to 15 to area hospitals,
they're listed in serious condition.
In other accidents around the region-- 38-year old Anthony Wayne Cash of
Buchanan died this morning while walking along route 11 in Botetourt County.
He was struck by a car.
And, 17-year old Holly Lynn Lester of Danville also died this morning when
her car spun out of control and flipped over along route 41 in Pittsylvania
Fire destroyed two businesses in Bassett this morning.
Lightning struck Lilly Industries shortly before five igniting the chemical
Nearly 40 fire fighters from the Bassett and Collinsville Volunteer Fire
Departments were called in to douse the flames.
But chemicals inside the building made it impossible for fire fighters to
enter the building.
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((CHIEF ALTON HUNDLEY/BASSETT VOL. FIRE DEPT.: THERE WAS A GREAT DEAL OF HEAT
A LOT OF EXPLOSION. FORTUNATELY WE DIDN'T HAVE ANYBODY HURT BECAUSE OF THE
TYPE OF STANCE WE TOOK IN OUR FIRE FIGHTING METHOD.))
SUPER=01-Chief Alton Hundley/Bassett Vol. Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=fire fighting method.
The back half of the building was home to A and W Motors.
Lilly Industries is a furniture finishing subsidiary of Bassett Furniture.
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((CHIEF ALTON HUNDLEY/BASSETT VOL. FIRE DEPT.: IT WAS A COLOR MATCHING LAB SO
BASICALLY THEY HAD A VERY LIMITED SUPPLY OF CHEMICALS. THERE WAS A GARAGE ON
THE BACK AND WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SAVE A GOOD PORTION OF THE GARAGE.))
OUT Q=OF THE GARAGE
Fire fighters are baby sitting the scene until all the hot spots are out.
Bedford police are identifying yesterday's drowning victim as William
Preston Boyd, Jr. of Hardy, Virginia.
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Yesterday afternoon Boyd jumped from the Barton Creek railroad trestle down
135 feet into the lake during a pre-birthday celebration with friends.
Rescue workers recovered Boyd's body about an hour later.
He would have been 27 years old today.
Flooding in Poland is raising concerns here in western Virginia.
Roanoke County's sister city, Opole (oh-POLE-uh) is located in one of the
regions hit hardest by high water, and officials here are trying to determine
how they can help.
IN Q=So they don't have
((DON MYERS/ASST. ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: SO THEY DON'T HAVE ANY
ELECTRICITY. THEY DON'T HAVE A WATER SUPPLY. THE SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITY IS
GONE. SO JUST FROM A STANDPOINT OF THEIR PHYSICAL WELL-BEING THERE'S A CONCERN,
AND THEN FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE CITY ITSELF AND HOW LONG IT WOULD PROBABLY
TAKE TO EVER REBUILD IT IS REALLY A CONCERN.))
SUPER=01-Don Myers/Asst. Roanoke Co. Admin.;
OUT Q=really a concern.
Don Myers is one of the county officials who has visited Opole under a
four- year- old exchange program.
Flooding in the region has reportedly caused more than a billion dollars
worth of damage... making it the worst disaster on record for that region.
Thousands of people have been forced from their homes. Crops have been
destroyed and 28 bridges washed away.
IN Q=From my first trip
((DON MYERS/ASST. ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: FROM MY FIRST TRIP OVER THERE I
REALLY HAVE ADMIRED THE SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE OVER THERE. THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH A
LOT OVER THE YEARS AND CERTAINLY THAT'S IN THEIR FAVOR. I FELL LIKE THEY'LL
COME BACK, BUT IT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH.))
OUT Q=going to be tough.
Donations are being funnelled through the Roanoke Sister Cities
Organization, and county officials are looking into other ways they may be able
The Roanoke City Arts Show features some of the best art in the region.
Artists and painters from around the area submitted more than 400 pieces of
art -- and this year Roanoke Painter Gerry (JERRY) Bannon took top honors.
Andrew Freiden has the story.
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SUPER=01-Betsy Bannon/Artist; :18
SUPER=01-Gerry Bannon/Artist; :23
SUPER=01-Mark Scala/Chief Curator; :41
OUT Q=AF, NEWS 7
((Art is a family affair at the Bannon's house.
Gerry's wife Betsy's work was also featured in the show-- and her painting
was only two down from her husband's.
And their son Alex even has an easel in his parent's studio.
So you'd think Betsy would be a little jealous when her husband took home
((NO, I'M NOT, I'M REAL HAPPY FOR HIM. WE WERE REALLY EXCITED, BOTH OF US WHEN
WE FOUND OUT HE WON.))
((GERRY BANNON: TO HAVE WON, IS A REAL ICING ON THE CAKE, BUT IT'S NOT TAKEN
IN A COMPETITIVE SENSE.))
Gerry's painting was one of the smallest, and least ornate in the show, but
museum curator Mark Scala says that's part of what caught the juror's eye.
((MARK SCALA: THE TITLE IS SOMETHING OF A GIVEAWAY-- THE TITLE IS SEASONS 2--
FEBRUARY. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PAINTING ITSELF, YOU GET THE FEELING THAT
THE PLANT IS RIGID WITH ENERGY. AS IF IT'S FROZEN AGAINST THE FEBRUARY WIND.
IT'S REALLY QUITE SUBTLE, BUT I THINK QUITE MARVELOUS. ))
Both Betsy and Gerry concentrate on art full-time.
Gerry teaches at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville,
And Betsy teaches at Virginia Western.
((I WENT IN TO GRADUATE WANTING TO DO THAT, AND IT IS MY JOB, TALKING ABOUT
ART, DEALING WITH OTHER ARTISTS, YOUNG ARTISTS.))
((GERRY BANNON/ARTIST: MOST ARTISTS DO NEED TO HAVE A JOB TO MAKE MONEY BESIDES
THEIR WORK. TEACHING IS A REALLY WONDERFUL WAY OF BALANCING THE NEEDS OF THE
STUDIO WITH THE ECONOMIC CONCERNS-- THE NEED TO MAKE MONEY. I ENJOY IT VERY
close up of mixing paint.
The Bannons say mixing work, art and family makes for a winning combination.
Andrew Freiden, News 7.))
The show is presented by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
It continues until September 28th, at the Art Museum of Western Virginia,
which is located at center in the square in downtown Roanoke.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When we return,
we'll show you the rewards of seven years of labor as the Blue Ridge
Festival in the Park becomes a reality.
First let's check in with Andrew in the Weather Center.
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No agreement yet for negotiators trying to settle a contract dispute at
The contract at the Salem plant expired midnight Wednesday.
But a strike was averted when both sides agreed to extend the contract
through this coming Tuesday.
The two sides met today at an area hotel, but would not discuss details of
If an agreement isn't reached by Tuesday workers may decide to strike.
Yokohama is one of the area's largest employers with about 900 workers.
A massive bank merger rocks the Commonwealth and a plant closing could
benefit some Henry County workers.
Here's Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
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OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
((First Union has completed its first blockbuster merger in two years, and
it has taken place right here in Virginia.
The bank's purchase of Signet is not expected to impact a majority of the
2,000 employees First Union has in the Roanoke Valley, but it will move its
regional headquarters to Richmond.
Three years after financial problems nearly closed its doors, the Mail
America company in Bedford County is celebrating a reversal of fortunes.
Company officials broke ground for a 70- thousand square foot expansion to
their direct mail processing facility, which figures to create more than 100
700 workers at Yokohama Tire in Salem don't know when they'll get a new
But negotiators trying to cut a deal and avert a strike extended the current
labor agreement through early next week so the talks can continue.
Bassett Furniture will close a crib factory in Statesville, North Carolina,
transferring the work to one of its Henry County plants.
The company says the move may mean new jobs, but probably more hours for its
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average rose 223 points, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 22.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.))
Coming up next on News 7 at Six--
it's that time of year when you need a break from the summmer doldrums. We
have some suggestions coming up.
But, now a look at your weekend stocks.
[Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon/ETS]
[Main Bankshares/ Optical Cable/ Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Elec. Steel]
[Roanoke Gas/ Stanley Furn/Tultex/Valley Bank]
It's the middle of summer, and how may times have you heard your kids
If you're a little tired of hearing it, and maybe just a little bored
yourself, there are ways to break out of the summer doldrums.
Connie Stevens has more.
IN Q=It can be
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :12 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Dr. Mike Chiglinksy/Appalachian Counseling Center; :31
OUT Q=CS. Health Check.
It can be frustrating to parents-- the kids can't find anything to do this
summer, in a house bombarded with videos, toys, games....those once-crucial
At Roanoke's Appalachian Counseling Center, Mike Chiglinksy warns parents
that boredom sets in for kids OR adults, when they don't feel like they're
And that boredom he says, is usually found in a DIS-organized environment.
IN Q=What is probably
((MIKE CHIGLINKSY/APPALACHIAN COUNSELING CENTER: WHAT IS PROBABLY MOST
BENEFICIAL ON THE PART OF ADULTS, IS TO HELP THE CHILD FIGURE OUT AT LEAST SOME
ACTIVITIES THEY CAN PLAN FOR THEMSELVES THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE DAY-- BUT
BREAK THEM UP SO THEY SEEM TO STRETCH OUT OVER THE COURSE OF THE DAY
AND BRING SOME LEVEL OF INTEREST PERIODICALLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY))
OUT Q=throughout the day.
Chiglinksy says it's also important for adults to teach their kids how to
cope with "down time."
IN Q=We live in an
((WE LIVE IN AN ENVIRONMENT
WHICH IS CONSTANTLY BOMBARDED WITH STIMULI, WHICH SAY GO TO THE MOVIES, GO
HERE, LISTEN TO A ROCK VIDEO
BUT WE ALSO HAVEN'T DONE A VERY GOOD JOB IN TEACHING INDIVIDUALS HOW TO COPE
WITH NOTHING., HOW TO JUST COPE WITH QUIET, WITH PEACEFULNESS, WITH CALMING,
AND IT IS AS IMPORTANT TO TEACH THAT SKILL, AS IT IS IMPORTANT TO TEACH HOW TO
FILL UP THEIR TIME. ))
OUT Q=fill up their time.
The experts solution-- families should work together, to find creative ways
to get in some quality time-- with activities that don't involve money or long
Rather, try to take advantage of what's already in your everyday
environment-- but probably ignored, in the chaos of the school-year's busy
Connie Stevens, Health Check.))
The Blue Ridge Boosters enjoyed the spoils of two months worth of hard work
About 400 people came out to the Blue Ridge Festival in the Park.
The event celebrated the opening of the Blue Ridge park which has been in
the works for seven years now.
It has two baseball diamonds, a soccer field, tennis and basketball courts
as well as a playground for the little ones.
But that's just the start.
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((WE WILL HAVE A WALKING TRAIL ALL THE WAY AROUND THE PARK. WE WILL ALSO HAVE A
WALKING TRAIL AROUND THE SOCCER FIELD. THERE WILL BE -- THE TENNIS COURTS ARE
JUST ABOUT FINISHED. WE WILL HAVE VOLLEYBALL NETS GOING IN BESIDE THE
SUPER=01-Shenna Johnson/Blue Ridge Boosters;
OUT Q=beside the pavilion
County officials hope to have the park completed by the end of 1999.
The Boosters Club hopes to make the festival an annual summertime event.
And coming up, Gary Player wins the Senior British open highlights from
Major league baseball.
And the Steelers and Bears squared off in an exhibition football game in
The Roanoke Wrath remained undefeated this afternoon beating Charlottesville
United 3 to 2.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Wrath vs United; :
The Wrath was back at Victory Stadium for this afternoons contest with the
team from Charlottesville.
Roanoke led 3 to 1 when Forward Gary Rickets gets out on the break but his
kick is over the goal early in the second period.
The Charlottesville United comes up
SUPER=30-Roanoke/3/Charlottesville/2/;with a score in the second half Patrick
Sexton passes it to Ramon Rodgers and he boots it in from the side of the goal
but Roanoke wins by a score of 3 to 2.
The Pittsburgh Steelers opened their exhibition season in Dublin, Ireland
this afternoon beating the Chicago Bears 30 to 17.
SUPER=03-Dublin, Ireland/FOX SPORTS; :
The Golden Knights parachute into the stadium carrying American and Irish
Pittsburgh's Kordell Stewart puts the ball up in the air in the first
quarter hitting Charles Johnson on this 44 yard pass to the Bears three yard
A couple of plays later Jerome Bettis gets the handoff and scores from the
three yard line and the Steelers jumped out to the 7 to nothing lead.
Chicago trailed 13 to 3 in the SUPER=34-Pittsburgh/30/Chicago/17/; third
Darnell Autry takes the handoff breaks a couple of tackles and scores from 46
yards out but Pittsburgh Wins it 30 to 17.
The Washington Redskins spent a lot of money in the off-season to improve
their sorry defense that ranked 28th in the league a year ago.
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But the team also forked out some cash for some offensive firepower.
Seven year veteran Alvin Harper, who played against UVa in the 1990 Sugar Bowl
when he was with Tennessee, is trying to regain his Pro Bowl form with the
In his first four seasons in the league as a Cowboy - Harper averaged 20
yards a catch.
But injuries and an inexperienced quarterback in Tampa Bay the last two
seasons left him unproductive, but not bitter.
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((ALVIN HARPER/REDSKINS WIDE RECEIVER:))
SUPER=01-Alvin Harper/Redskins Wide Receiver; :00
OUT Q=...RECKON WITH!
Harper is playing behind Michael Westbrook.
But with a three year, $3 and a half million dollar contract he knows the
Skins expect him to play and produce quickly.
The Green Bay Packers won their N-F-L exhibition game yesterday beating
Miami 20 to Nothing.
But the Packers did suffer a loss in running back Edgar Bennett.
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI/WFOR; :
Bennett suffered a tear in his left achilles tendon in yesterdays game.
And the Packers say he will be out for the year.
Bennett gained 899 yards last year and he also caught 31 passes for 176
Bennett's loss means more playing time for Dorsey Levens who split time
with Bennett last year in the Packers backfield.
The Baltimore Orioles won big in Minneapolis this afternoon routing the
Minnesota Twins 9 to nothing.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/WNUV; :
Twins Manager Tom Kelly watches as his team falls behind in the first.
Cal Ripken rips this shot to right centerfield for a single scoring a run
and the Orioles jumped out to the 1 to nothing lead in the top of the first.
Baltimore led 2 to nothing then in the third Geronimo Berroa gets all of
this pitch for a three run homer over the left field wall and the Orioles led 5
Baltimore's B.J. Surhoff added SUPER=35-Baltimore/9/Minnesota/0/; another
homer in the seventh sending this pitch over the right field wall the Orioles
led 8 to nothing and Baltimore wins it 9 to nothing.
Four Cleveland pitchers held Oakland to six hits this afternoon as the
Indians downed the A's 4 to 2.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/SC-OHIO; :
Oakland manager Art Howe looking on from the Dugout.
The Indians led 1 to nothing when A's shortstop Tony Batista lets this
grounder go under his glove allowing Tony Fernandez to score from third and
Cleveland led 2 to nothing.
Still in the third, Brian Giles hits this fly ball to centerfield wall with
the bases loaded the ball is caught but Jim Thome tags and scores to make it 3
to nothing Indians.
Cleveland shortstop Omar Vizquel
SUPER=35-Cleveland/4/Oakland/2/;backedthe pitchers with the good defensive
plays here he makes a diving catch and throws out the runner at first Cleveland
wins it 4 to 2.
Gary Player has won his third Senior British Open golf title.
Player rolled in a 15 foot birdie putt at the second extra hole to edge
fellow South African John Bland.
Player shot a final round 4 under par 68 one of his best two rounds as a
senior player. The two finished tied at 10 under par 278.
Tom Wargo was the highest finishing American in sixth place at 282.
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