Up next on News 7 at 11...
Franklin County church members say they hope the teens who vandalized their
buildings learned something...
And we'll look at a plan to bring people back to downtown Bedford.
In sports, Fleming loses to Hampton in the Division Five state championship
game but the Colonels are talking about returning next year. Tech is set to go
bowling again this season.
And the Hokie Basketball team made a statement this weekend at the Harris
Teeter Pepsi Challenge in Charlotte.
We see the sun for the first part of Monday, then the clouds return and
moisture arrives Tuesday. And some of it might be of the frozen variety.
Details are coming up.
It was a day of worship for members of three churches in Franklin
County--three days after a group of teens vandalized the structures.
The teens spray-painted the churches with satanic symbols and other
David Johnson has more. (/////SOT/////)
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SUPER=01-Kevin Bowman/Fairmont Maptist Church; :26
SUPER=01-Reverend Bill Bare/Gogginsville United Methodist; :52
SUPER=01-Inv. Fred Jamison/Sheriff's Dept.; 1:02
SUPER=19-David Johnson; 1:32
OUT Q=News 7 Franklin County.
(( While there are no signs of the ill-effects now, less than 72-hours ago,
these churches were vandalized by five youths.
They smashed and shot-out windows and smeared Satanic symbols and racist
and anti-religious markings on the structures.
Total damage, nearly 30-thousand dollars.
But the buildings were cleaned up relatively quickly, thanks to help from
members of the churches, and other congregations.
IN Q=WELL, I THINK...
(( KEVIN BOWMAN/FAIRMONT BAPTIST CHURCH: WELL, I THINK IT'S UNFORTUNATE WHAT
HAS HAPPENED. I THINK THE RESULT IS THAT WE'VE BEEN DRAWN CLOSER TOGETHER AS A
WHOLE WITH OUR AREA CHURCHES AS WELL. WE ARE PRAYING FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE. WE
HOPE THEY LEARN AS A RESULT FROM ALL OF THIS. ))
OUT Q=...ALL OF THIS.
Inside this building, the furniture was destroyed and the Christmas tree
overturned, in addition to the exterior damage.
Investigators aren't sure of what sparked the incident, but they don't
believe it was racially-motivated.
IN Q=I THINK THAT...
((REVEREND BILL BARE/GOGGINSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH; I THINK THAT THEY
PROBABLY WENT FOR A JOY RIDE AND IT ENDED UP IN VANDALISM. ))
OUT Q=...IN VANDALISM.
The crimes were solved almost as quickly as the churches were restored.
IN Q=WE'VE BEEN LUCKY...
(( INV. FRED JAMISON/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.; WE'VE BEEN LUCKY IN CLEARING
THIS ONE REAL QUICK. I THINK IN THIS TYPE OF CRIME, I THINK WE WILL CONTINUE TO
CLEAR THEM QUICKLY IN FRANKLIN COUNTY BECAUSE WE HAVE GOOD COMMUNITY
COOPERATION AND THE DEPARTMENT USUALLY PULLS TOGETHER REAL WELL IN THIS TYPE OF
OUT Q=...TYPE OF CASE.
And after all five suspects confessed, yesterday, one of the accused went to
this church offering to make restitution.
IN Q=I WAS REALLY TOUCHED...
(( I WAS REALLY TOUCHED BY THAT. HER FATHER CAME IN FIRST AND THEN SHE SAID SHE
WAS SORRY; ))
OUT Q=...SHE WAS SORRY.
DAVID JOHNSON NEWS 7 REPORTER;
THE COMMUNITY SAYS THE THREE BOYS AND TWO GIRLS DID MORE HARM TO THEMSELVES
THAN TO THE CHURCHES. EACH HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY,
SOMETHING THAT WILL REMAIN ON THEIR RECORD. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, FRANKLIN
You see warnings about drunk driving everywhere during the holiday season,
but it appears they're not working.
Drunk driving arrests are up 17 percent this year compared to last year.
And, police say the number of fatal accidents on Virginia's highways are
also going up.
981 people have died so far this year--116 more than last year.
Meanwhile the victims of drunk drivers were remembered today in Washington,
Activists and victim's families came from around the nation to the National
Mothers Against Drunk Driving -- or MADD -- organized the annual candle
Each candle represented someone killed by a drunk driver.
Many residents of Bedford feel the city's future rests on preserving the
And members of the Wharton Memorial Foundation have a restoration plan which
they hope will draw visitors to downtown.
Denise Allen explains.
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SUPER=01-Fred Duis/Wharton Memorial Foundation; :10
SUPER=01-Claire Robertson/Wharton Memorial Foundation; :58
OUT Q=News 7.
(( The Wharton House is part of Bedford's beginnings.
It may not look like much now, but when the restoration is complete it will
IN Q=WE'RE TALKING
((FRED DUIS/WHARTON MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: WE'RE TALKING TO A RETAIL BUSINESS
NOW A SELLER OF COLLECTIBLES WHO'S EXCITED ABOUT COMING IN THE FIRST FLOOR HERE
AND THERE ARE OTHER POSSIBILITIES TO IN THE WAY OF EATERIES.))
OUT Q=IN THE WAY OF EATERIES
John Wharton's home sits in an historic district.
It was built in 1847 with cyprus and has hard pine floors--materials not
There are other unique features as well.
IN Q=THIS IS AN
((DUIS: THIS IS AN AREA OFF THE BASEMENT OF THE HOUSE. IT'S BELOW GRADE
THEREFORE IT WOULD BE SLIGHTLY WARMER.))
OUT Q=SLIGHTLY WARMER
IN Q=WE THINK IT
((WE THINK IT WAS AN ORANGERY OR AN AREA THAT WAS WELL LIT IN WHICH THEY COULD
KEEP HERBS AND OTHER FOODS THEY USED IN THE WINTER.))
OUT Q=IN THE WINTER
The Wharton family also helped build the church next door and the brick
house on the other side as well.
In fact some of Louise Wharton's garden still remains.
IN Q=THE GARDEN CLUB
((CLAIRE ROBERTSON/WHARTON MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: THE GARDEN CLUB HELPED
PRESERVE IT OVER THE YEARS. SHE WAS AN AVID WILDFLOWER COLLECTOR AND SHE
PLANTED THESE BEAUTIFUL PECAN TREES AND BOXWOODS WE USED IN THE MAZE.))
OUT Q=IN THE MAZE
Robertson and Du-is believe some of these boxwoods are nearly 75 years old.
The hope is to create a public garden which joins the three Wharton
buildings with the new public library--connecting the past with the present to
shape the future.
Denise Allen News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Christmas carolers were dishing out plenty of holiday cheer last night--as
the Festival of Lights celebration got underway.
The annual parade passed through Roanoke in spite of the chilly
We'll have the highlights for you in just a few minutes, but first
let's head over to Andrew Freiden in the weather center.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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Layoffs hit a Pulaski County sock manufacturer.
And a retail giant calls Covington its new home.
Scott Goldberg has those stories in this week's News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=A Pulaski County
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :07
SUPER=03-Kyoto, Japan; :20
SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :49
OUT Q=I'm Scott Goldberg.
((A Pulaski County sock maker is closing its Jefferson Avenue plant.
Come February, Renfro Incorporated is transferring 350-workers to the
company's Newbern Road plant.
Two hundred workers get pink slips.
In another hemisphere, delegates in Kyoto, Japan, are working on a solution
for global warming...
And, the Virginia Coal Council is watching their every move.
The council says forcing the U-S to cut carbon dioxide emissions could --
quote -- devastate Virginia's coal industry.
If you build a Wal-Mart they will come.
That's the hope in Covington.
City Council expects the superstore to anchor a new retail plaza in the
city's industrial park...
Bringing more stores and more shoppers to town.
In Buena Vista, the old Blue Bird Bus plant has a new tenant.
Des Champs Laboratories moved its manufacturing operations to town.
The air conditioner maker is growing and says more jobs are on the way.
A big rally on Wall Street.
Dow Jones Industrials shot up 326-points this week.
The Nasdaq climbed 33.
That's this week's News-7 Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Roanokers got into the Christmas spirit last night as the annual parade
marched through town.
Folks took to the streets to get a glimpse of this year's Festival of
Onlookers bundled up to brave the freezing temperatures--and took an
occasional sip of hot chocolate to stay warm.
But, the weather didn't seem to bother many of the performers --some of whom
looked like they had their own means of staying warm.
They along with Christmas carolers were out spreading holiday cheer.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Feedback
A story about a young hunter was the target in our viewer mail this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=The Falls family
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Tuesday; :01
((The Falls family of Botetourt County was mighty proud of nine-year-old
Victoria, for shooting and killing a bear on a hunting trip.
But a viewer from Radford says seeing the story definitely did NOT make her
"Children who are encouraged to be brave and express themselves freely with
pencil, paintbrush, raw hands in the dirt, creativity and originality reap
their rewards in self worth and inner strength, not with gun in hand and a dead
animal at their feet. (There's a difference between marksmanship and killing.)
Has this little girl ever achieved any previous recognition (scholastic,
community service, art, athletics?) Three schoolchildren have been just shot to
death, others seriously wounded by a 14 year old. We grieve and question each
child/gun tragedy. Another innocent animal has been sacrificed for
Is the Guinness Book beckoning? An NRA poster child? Endorsements? Triggers
Another holiday season of beauty, bright lights and colors and still praying
for peace on earth. A little girl with a gun and a dead bear does not paint a
Virginia, is there still a Santa Claus?"
We're a lot easier to reach at News-7 than our friend at the North Pole.
Letters go to News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke Virginia, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And to reach our moderated online forum, go to our web page, wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Roy Stanley will be along in a few minutes with some more highlights from
that Fleming-Hampton match-up yesterday.
And, Andrew Freiden will have the latest on Jack Frost.
That's coming up when the news continues.
Work on some construction projects is going well beyond the deadline--and
into the winter season.
Stacey Martin has an update and tips from V-DOT on winter driving in this
week's edition of Road Report.
IN Q=Straightening out the
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT; :19
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :35
OUT Q=I'm SM.
((Straightening out the curve along route 2-20 near the Roanoke, Franklin
County line is taking longer than expected.
VDOT now plans to continue its work through the winter season.
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IN Q=Also in Roanoke
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: THE WORK ZONE IS ABOUT A MILE AND HALF LONG. THAT'S GOING
TO STAY IN PLACE THROUGH THE WINTER. PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THAT AND SLOW
DOWN WHEN THEY'RE PASSING THROUGH THAT WORKZONE. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE
HELPING US OUT BY BEING PRESENT IN THAT AREA AND THAT IS HELPING TO KEEP THE
OUT Q=the speeds down.
In Botetourt County repairs continue to the Route 11 bridge. Only one lane
of traffic is making it across in each direction.
And, in Bedford County work continues to widen the road along Route 643.
Only one lane of traffic will be getting by.
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report.
I'm Stacey Martin.))
And coming up, Virginia Tech is headed to the Gator Bowl while Virginia is
still waiting on a call.
And Tiki Barber has a good day as the New York Giants beat Philadelphia to
hold on to first place in the N-F-C east.
Virginia Tech didn't get the Alliance bowl but the Hokies will play on
Tech puts its 7 and 4 record on the line against 10 and 1 North Carolina in
the Gator Bowl.
Syracuse will represent the Big East in the Fiesta bowl against Kansas
West Virginia's in the Carquest Bowl against Georgia Tech.
Virginia will not compete in the post season. The Independence Bowl
overlooked the Cavaliers and took L-S-U as its team to face Notre Dame.
Florida State gets the A-C-C alliance bowl and will play Ohio State in the
Yesterday in Norfolk, George "Kila" Miller and his staff got their first
taste of coaching in a state championship game.
That taste was bitter sweet as Hampton whipped the Colonels 51 to 8.
Fleming gave the Crabbers credit for winning their third consecutive
Division Five State Championship.
But he also sounded like a coach who's already made reservations for next
years game at Dick Price Stadium on the Campus of Norfolk State.
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SUPER=03-Norfolk/Colonels vs Crabbers; :
SUPER=01-George "Kila" Miller/Fleming Head Coach; :13
OUT Q=......see you later."
Green Bay's Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes as the Packers clinched a
first round bye with a 17 to 6 win over Tampa Bay.
SUPER=03-Tampa, FL/FOX SPORTS; :
Packer coach Mike Holgrem on the sideline in the first quarter.
Green Bay got on the board in the firstr quarter when Favre hooks up with
Robert Brooks on the 43 yard pass play to make it 7 to 3 Packers.
Bucs quarterback Trent Dilfer is back to pass but he gets sacked by Green
Bay's Reggie White for a loss. Dilfer injured his ankle and returned but was
not able to move the offense.
The Packers sealed the win in the SUPER=30-Green Bay/17/Tampa
Bay/6/;third quarter when Favre hits Dorsey Levens on the run to make it 14 to
6 and Green Bay wins it 17 to 6.
Tiki Barber rushed for 114 yards and caught a pass for a touchdown as the
New York Giants held on to first place in the N-F-C East with a 31 to 21 win
over the Philadelphia Eagles.
SUPER=03-Philadephia, PA/FOX SPORTS; :
The Giants enter the Vet for this afternoon's match up.
In the first quarter, New Yorks Jesse Armstead intercepts this Bobby Hoying
pass and he returns it 57 yards for the score and the Giants took a 7 to
But the Eagles came back to tie it at 7 to 7 when Ricky Watters takes it in
from the one as time was running out in the first quarter.
New York would take the lead again SUPER=30-N.Y.
Giants/31/Philadelphia/21/;in the second quarter. This time Kanell hits
Barber on the 11 yard touchdown pass and the Giants win it 31 to 21.
Kansas City knocks off Oakland the Bears beat the Bills and Pittsburgh
For all the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0100-j/Green Bay/17//Tampa Bay/6///j/New England/26//Jacksonville/20///;
SUPER=0100-j/N.Y. Giants/31//Philadelphia/21////Oakland/0/j/Kansas City/30///;
SUPER=0100-j/St. Louis/34//New Orleans/27////Seattle/24/j/Baltimore/31///;
SUPER=0100-/Atlanta/7//San Diego/0/3///Indianapolis/12//N.Y. Jets/0/3//;
OUT Q=....last score."
Virginia Tech made a statement in this weekends Harris Teeter Pepsi
Challenge at the Charlotte Coliseum.
On Friday the Hokies lost to South Carolina by one than last night 5-th
ranked North Carolina beat the Hokies 78 to 57.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/RAYCOM; :
Bobby Hussey watches as his Hokies hang close in the first half.
Eddie Lucas hits the first of his two first half three pointers and the
Hokies led by 2, 19 to 17.
But the Tar Heels go to Shammond Williams who hits a three pointer at the
Buzzer to end the first half Tech trailed by 3.
Carolina opened the second half SUPER=33-North Carolina/78/Virginia
Tech/57/;Vince Carter with the three pointer for an 8 point lead and the Tar
Heels win it 78 to 57.
SUPER=330-Mostly Clear/Winds Diminish/21-26/Mostly/Sunny/45-49;
Pizza lovers never had it as good as they do in Texas.
You say you like your pizza topped with mushroom, pepperoni and green
well how about some diamonds and emeralds?
That's what they're serving up in the Longhorn state.
We'll have that story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11.