Ahead on News-7 at Eleven--
A winter weather advisory is in effect for Southwest Virginia.
One store is charging customers to return merchandise.
And an unusual tribute to Princess Diana in Richmond.
Good evening, I'm Tonya Flory sitting in for Jean Jadhon.
Hoover Color and union officials say they have reached a tentative
A federal mediator met with both sides today in Wytheville.
They agreed to a tentative contract tonight.
They'll vote on that offer tomorrow at noon.
Nearly all of the Pulaski County plant's hourly workers are on strike.
The company makes the color used in Crayola crayons and other products.
Union members were dissatisfied with the company's original offer for a
number of reasons-- including retirement, wages and insurance.
They were also upset with Hoover Color's proposed absentee policy.
GRAPHIC=American Red Cross
Although the holidays often revive the spirit of giving, that's not the case
when blood is concerned.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports the agency has issued an urgent appeal for
IN Q=Leslie Sowers
SUPER=01-Leslie Sowers/Blood Donor; :11
SUPER=07-William Dickinson; :19
SUPER=07-Beth Hendricks; :33
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Leslie Sowers & William Dickinson found a few minutes on the day after
Christmas to give blood at the Roanoke donor center of the American Red Cross.
Both have made it a habit.
IN Q=This is about my 32nd time
((LESLIE SOWERS: THIS IS ABOUT MY 32ND TIME GOING SO, I DON'T GET TO COME QUITE
AS OFTEN AS I'D LIKE BUT O TRY TO COME DOWN WHEN I CAN.))
((WILLIAM DICKINSON: NOTHING TO IT. NOTHING TO IT. IT'S QUICK AND EASY, EASY
WAY TO HELP OUT.))
But they didn't have a whole lot of company.
Every year, the holidays take their toll on the flow of donors, and so the
Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for donations of all blood types.
((BETH HENDRICKS/AMERICAN RED CROSS: SO WE HAVE A CURRENT NEED THAT IS PRETTY
MUCH OUR AVERAGE, BUT THE DONOR BASE IS LOW. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TRAVELLING. A
LOT OF PEOPLE AREN'T ACCESSIBLE FOR US TO GET A HOLD OF AND ASK THEM TO COME IN
OUT Q=come in and donate.
Compounding the problem is the fact that many people delay elective surgery
until after the holidays.
That means demand for blood will increase with the start of the new year.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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The American Red Cross will be holding community blood drives in central
and western Virginia next week. For times and locations call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.
For several months Franklin County's animal control officers have had their
Inmates who used to do the daily chores at the shelter were pulled from the
trustee-work program after complaints about their contact with the public.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./File Tape;
Circuit Judge B.A. Davis has re-instated the inmate program.
And in the New Year the inmates will resume the same duties as before.
IN Q=THAT IS CLEANING
((CLAUDE WEBSTER/EMERGENCY SERVICES DIR.: THAT IS CLEANING THE KENNELS AND THE
RUNS. MAKING SURE THE ANIMALS ARE FED EACH DAY.))
SUPER=01-Claude Webster/Emergency Services Dir.;
OUT Q=FED EACH DAY
Webster says the decision was made after the Board of supervisors decided to
hire a full-time shelter operator.
These changes will help the shelter be more accessible to the public.
The old Troutville High school has sat vacant for several years, but now
there's debate concerning what to do with the 70-year old Botetourt County
Troutville officials don't know what they want to do with the school, except
that they want it to remain standing.
IN Q=IT'S A LANDMARK
((JEWELL TYNDALL/TROUTVILLE MAYOR; IT'S A LANDMARK IN OUR TOWN. THE MAJORITY OF
CITIZENS IN THIS TOWN GRADUATED FROM THIS SCHOOL. I'VE HAD RELATIVES GRADUATE
FROM THIS SCHOOL. WE'RE VERY CLOSE TO THE SCHOOL. ))
SUPER=01-Jewell Tyndall/Troutville Mayor;
OUT Q=TO THE SCHOOL.
Botetourt County Supervisor Bill Loope says razing the building is an
option, but he'd rather see the property renovated.
An auctioneer recently made an offer to purchase and rennovate the building.
((BRENT WITT/REBEL YELL AUCTION CO.; GEOGRAPHICALLY, IT WOULD WELL SUIT WHAT
OUR NEEDS ARE, BUT ALSO IT WOULD SAVE THIS BUILDING AND I DO THINK IT NEEDS TO
BE SAVED. WHETHER MY COMPANY CAN SAVE IT OR WHOEVER MAY CHOOSE TO SAVE IT. I DO
THINK THAT IT NEEDS TO BE SAVED. ))
SUPER=01-Brent Witt/Rebel Yell Auction Co.;
OUT Q=TO BE SAVED.
Witt's initial proposal was rejected-- the Board of Supervisors will
consider his new request at its January meeting.
Some Roanokers proved that old traditions die hard.
Tonight, eight debutantes had their coming out into society at a modern
Stacey Martin has more.
IN Q=This is not
SUPER=01-Nikki Brown/Debutante; :14
SUPER=01-Barbara Brooks/Altruist Club; :36
SUPER=01-Keyana Jackson/Queen Debutante; 1:09
OUT Q=SM, News 7.
(( This is not the way you'd picture a high school basketball forward --in
white satin and lace curtsying to her partner and proceeding to do a waltz.
SOT 06.12.12 - 06.12.30
IN Q=As we walk
((NIKKI BROWN/DEBUTANTE: AS WE WALK IN THE ESCORT IS ON THE LEFT OF YOU, YOUR
HANDS ARE SIDE BY SIDE. HIS HAND IS IN A FIST YOURS IS ON TOP OF HIS AND YOU
JUST STEP UP HOP LIGHTLY STEP AGAIN. YOU START OF YOUR LEFT, THEN YOU END UP
DANCING AT THE END OF IT.))
OUT Q=end of it.
Brown and seven other debutantes came out into society at the 46th Annual
Debutante Ball sponsored by the Altruist Club.
SOT 06.02.50 - 06.03.09
IN Q=This is what
((BARBARA BROOKS/ALTRUIST CLUB: THIS IS WHAT WE CALL THEIR DEBUT INTO SOCIETY
AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE I CAME OUT AS A DEBUTANTE BACK IN 1956 AND I
ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A PART OF THE ALTRUIST CLUB BECAUSE OF THE MEMORIES I HAD
OF COMING OUT AT THE DEBUTANTE BALL. TO ME IT'S A VERY SPECIAL EVENT.))
OUT Q=very special event.
The debutantes were also competing for college scholarships and performed
community service and maintained good grades to meet some of the requirements.
Keyana Jackson of Roanoke took the top prize, but said hers wasn't a solo
SOT 08.55.41 - 08.55.53
IN Q=My grandparents, they
((KEYANA JACKSON/DEBUTANTE: MY GRANDPARENTS, THEY REALLY WORKED HARD AND MY
MOTHER AND ALL MY FRIENDS THEY REALLY WORKED HARD AND I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING
THAT THEY'VE DONE. I'M GRATEFUL FOR IT.))
OUT Q=grateful for it.
Jackson says the scholarship will come in handy as she prepares to attend
Shenandoah University where she plans to major in music therapy.
Stacey Martin, News 7.))
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(*******Toss to Andrew*********)
A Roanoke woman's tribute to Princess Diana is raising eyebrows and a few
We'll have that coming up on News-7 at Eleven.
And who is pulling the plug on one of television's most popular programs?
We'll find out in just a moment.
Many viewers plan their Thursday nights around this popular show-- now after
nine years as a blockbuster hit, the "Seinfeld" cast will perform their last
curtain call this season.
The show's creator, Jerry Seinfeld has decided that it's time to say
Seinfeld said he wants to end the show on top and he wants to do it
The sitcom has been a factory for national catch-phrases often poking fun at
IN Q=Now they'll
((NOW THEY'LL THINK WE'RE GAY NOT THAT THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT))
OUT Q=with that
Despite his success as one of the highest paid actors on television --he
reportedly makes a million dollars an episode--off-screen, Seinfeld has
admitted the premise for the show was a gamble.
IN Q=I'm proud...
((JERRY SEINFELD/CBS "60 MINUTES":AND THAT I TURNED OUT TO HAVE SOMETHING
BECAUSE I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Seinfeld/CBS "60 Minutes";
OUT Q=really know.
Show business gurus are already predicting the final episode scheduled to run
in May--will be one of the highest rated programs in the history of television.
It's been 12 months of leaks and accusations, but no arrests in the JonBenet
Ramsey murder case.
The 6-year old beauty queen was found strangled and beaten in the basement of
her Boulder, Colorado home last Christmas--
SUPER=03-Marietta, GA; 17:07 (4:00 national feed)
She's buried in the metro Atlanta community of Marietta, Georgia.
Her parents have moved to Atlanta...and authorities say the Ramsey family is
STILL the focus of their investigation into the child's death.
Some experts on the case predict the killer may never be found.
Tourists visited JonBenet's grave in Atlanta and home in Boulder yesterday
A candlelit vigil was also held to remember Jon Benet on the anniversary of
The tributes to Princess Diana continue to pour in, as the year of her death
comes to a close.
But one of the oddest may be right here in Virginia -- the brainchild of a
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=It's kind
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((IT'S KIND OF NICE ACTUALLY. I DON'T KNOW WHO DID IT BUT IT'S PRETTY COOL.))
IT is this wall mural, on the side of a bar in Richmond.
Reactions about it's appropriateness, artistic quality, and placement run
((I FEEL PRETTY HONORED THAT EVEN LOCALLY WE'RE HONORING HER. AND SHE LIVED SO
FAR AWAY. SO IT SHOWS HOW MUCH SHE TOUCHED PEOPLE'S LIVES.))
((I THINK IT OUGHT TO BE LOCATED AT A DIFFERENT AREA.))
Roanoke resident Page Childress used to live in Richmond.
But she did NOT return our phone calls about the project she commissioned...
and on closer inspection it may NOT have turned out just as she'd hoped.
((YES IT'S A NICE PICTURE. I SAW IT WHEN THEY WERE WORKING ON IT. I THOUGHT
IT WAS A REAL NICE TRIBUTE TO PRINCESS DIANA. Do you see the skulls on the
crown? I HADN'T PAID ANY ATTENTION TO IT. OH THAT'S NOT RIGHT.))
((THEY'LL PROBABLY BE MOVED ON THE PICTURE, BUT NOW THAT YOU MENTION THE
SKULLS...YEAH IT LOOK CRAZY NOW.))
Richmond mural and graffiti artist Ed Trask must have drawn his inspiration
from his surroundings.
But at least it doesn't have the anatomical detail of one of his other local
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Grand Forks, North Dakota will NEVER be the same.
Eight months ago- flood waters swept through the area-- carrying with it
people's homes and memories.
Teresa Hamilton has the story of one couple who chose to rebuild in the New
IN Q=After 29
SUPER=07-Linda Sachs; :15 QUICK!!
SUPER=04-WDAZ TV; :25
SUPER=07-John Sachs; :54 QUICK!!
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
(( After 29 years of marriage-- John and Linda Sachs NEVER dreamed they'd be
That was before the "Red River of the North" took their hometown by storm.
IN Q=They said
((LINDA SACHS:THEY SAID PACK A BAG THAT WILL LAST YOU FOR TWO DAYS BECAUSE
THAT'S THE ONLY AMOUNT OF TIME THEY THOUGHT THAT WE WOULD BE GONE-- WE NEVER
ONCE IN OUR WILDEST DREAMS EVER THOUGH WE'D BE GONE FOR OVER THREE WEEKS. ))
OUT Q=over three weeks.
The Sachs spent that time with family in Virginia-- NEVER knowing what might
When they did speak to a neighbor, it wasn't promising.
IN Q=She just
((JOHN SACHS:SHE JUST SAID MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS WHEN YOU COME OVER THE
BRIDGE BECAUSE, SHE SAID, IT'S UNBELIEVABLE AND IT WAS. ))
OUT Q=it was.
Indeed-- the Sach's lost three quarters of their belongings.
For John that meant 31- years of fire fighting memorabilia.
For Linda-- mementoes from years of bowling.
Yet-- a sense of humor prevailed.
IN Q=I recall
((JOHN SACHS: I RECALL ONE FELLOW THAT THEY ASKED HIM IF HE'D MOVE HIS PONTOON
BOAT OUT OF THE YARD, HE SAID, HE'D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO IF IT WAS HIS, IT
WASN'T HIS PONTOON.))
OUT Q=his pontoon.
The Sachs were blessed in that the first floor of their home was spared.
But in their heart, they KNEW, Grand Forks would never be the same.
That's when they decided to move to Christiansburg-- where John's mother
and their daughter both live-- and the weather's NOT so bad.
IN Q=In North Dakota
((IN NORTH DAKOTA, WHEN THE WIND BLOWS THERE'S NOTHING TO STOP IT, YOU KNOW,
YOU GET THE BRUNT OF THE WHOLE THING, YOU KNOW, WINDCHILL FACTOR HERE, IS NOT A
GREAT DEAL COMPARED TO UP THERE. ))
OUT Q=up there. (laughter.)
This holiday season-- the Sachs have a lot to be thankful for.
The countless volunteers-- and a grandchild on the way-- one they'll get to
see as often they like-- now that they're ALL in the same hometown.
Teresa Hamilton-- NEWS 7.))
Coming up on News-7 at Eleven, it could be called the biggest return day of
Area malls were packed all day.
And it could cost some folks to return those unwanted gifts.
We'll tell you where and why.
It was a day of bargain hunting -- rather than returns -- at area malls
Prices were slashed as store owners tried to move merchandise quickly.
What did NOT move quickly were lines.
SOT 13:42:20 Tape 2
IN Q=We went into JC Penney
((NICOLE HALE/SHOPPER: WE WENT INTO J.C. PENNEY. THERE WAS A LOT OF BUYING AND
EXCHANGING. A COUPLE OTHER STORES WE WENT INTO -- PEOPLE WERE MOSTLY BUYING SO
IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE BUYING))
OUT Q=are buying
Shoppers dug through stacks of leftover Christmas cards and wrapping paper.
Others took advantage of the sales to pick up late Christmas gifts -- and
No matter what the purchase, the profits kept store owners happy.
IN Q=From what we've seen
((NONA HEGARTY/WALDENBOOKS MANAGER: FROM WHAT WE'VE SEEN SO FAR THIS WEEK WE'RE
DOING QUITE A BIT BETTER THAN WE HAVE BEEN FOR MOST OF THE FALL SO I THINK WITH
ALL THE SALES THAT ARE BEING PROMOTED, ALL THE STORES ARE PARTICIPATING, MALLS
EVERYWHERE WE'RE GOING TO SEE A NICE TREND GOING UP.))
SUPER=01-Nona Hegarty/Waldenbooks Manager;
OUT Q=nice trend going up
Many agree Christmas is not yet over -- as spirits and sales continue to run
While choosing a Christmas gift for someone isn't always easy, returning it
is getting harder at one major electronics retailer.
At Circuit City, if the box has been opened, the person returning the gift
pays a 15 percent "re-stocking" fee -- even if the receipt is presented.
That surprised many shoppers.
IN Q=So was that re-stocking fee
((MYRA DENAPOLI/N. GRANBY, CT; ))
SUPER=01-Myra DeNapoli/N. Granby, CT
OUT Q=telling me
Circuit City has 493 stores across the country, but is only testing the new
return policy in five cities.
Some shoppers say it will make them check their list twice next year.
IN Q=Will that affect
OUT Q=at least in this store.
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SUPER=334-Snow Showers/1" Possible/30-32/Snow Showers/2" Total/33-37;
Express highlights and news plus, highlights from all three opening day games
at NationsBank Holiday Classic.
Also, the Hokies land in Jacksonville and Barry Sanders cracks a joke.
But first, it was no joke last year in the playoffs when the upstart Jaguars
shocked the Broncos.
This time around Denver won't be shocked, but the Broncos may be surprised by
the Jags cockiness.
((KEVIN HARDY/JAGUARS LINEBACKER:))
((JEFF LAGEMAN/JAGUARS DEFENSIVE END:))
SUPER=75-Kevin Hardy/Jaguars Linebacker; :00
SUPER=75-Jeff Lageman/Jaguars/Defensive End; :12
OUT Q=...FAT RING."
wipe to scores
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0096-/Orlando/81/j/Indiana/107//R. Smits 20
pts//Cleveland/88/j/Charlotte/96//Glen Rice 26 pts/;
SUPER=0096-j/Miami/88//Detroit/74//Tim Hardaway 15 pts//New
Jersey/96/j/Minnesota/116//Marbury 22 pts & 11 assists/;
SUPER=0096-j/Washington/97//Dallas/95//C. Cheaney 21 pts//Boston/86/j/San
Antonio/101//D. Robinson 34 pts/;
SUPER=0104-j/Huntington/1//Roanoke/0//Final In Shootout/j/Richmond/4//Hampton
Roads/3//Admirals at Express Sunday/;
OUT Q=.........last score.
take a break
The Roanoke Express opened a wicked stretch of games in which the team will
play 8 night out of the next ten.
The rigorous run began tonight at home against Huntington.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Blizzard vs. Express; :00
Goalie Daniel Berthiaume needed all the rest he could get in between plays
and periods tonight because he was a busy man.
Duane Harmer helps force the issue with the tough defense behind the net, but
the puck gets back out front and Berthiaume has to resort to the butterfly
save. It's a scoreless game after a period.
The Express had a number 6 power play chances tonight, but they could not get
the puck past goalie Chris Wickenheiser as he smoothers Dave Stewart's shot.
Wickenheiser had 34 saves, plus five more in the shootout as Roanoke loses it
1-to-nothing. The two teams play again tomorrow night in Huntington.
wipe to eng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER=04-This Season; :00
In one more Express note, News 7 Sports has learned that defenseman Regan
Stocco has left the team after signing a professional contract with a team in
Stocco was hampered in Roanoke with a hip flexor injury that forced him to
miss 7 games this year.
This will be his second stint in Europe.
The other Civic Center was also hopping tonight as the NationsBank Holiday
Hoops tournament began its three day run in Salem.
SUPER=03-Salem/Floyd Co. vs. Salem; :00
In tonight's final game of day one, Alan Cantrell and his Floyd County
Buffaloes went head to head with the Salem Spartans.
Salem would get physical from the start, Herschel Thomas with the power drive
and the dish inside to big Manuel Lewis for the bang off the blocks.
Spartan boss Charlie Morgan would look for a little help in containing
Floyd's Travis Cantrell, as the Buffalo senior wheels and drills 2 of his game
high 28 points.
But Thomas is tough in transition. Here he makes the steal, uses his muscle
to get up court and then finds Troy Johnson inside for the layin.
Salem wins it 78 to 66.
wipe to eng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER=03-Salem/Fleming vs. William Byrd; :00
In the second game of the day, Paul Barnard and his Terriers from William
Byrd took on Triple-A member William Fleming.
The Colonels' Rasul Majied gets the nice bounce pass inside to Scott Byrd,
who scores 2 of his game high 16 in traffic to give the Colonels an early lead.
Byrd's Josh Wheeler drives the ball inside and he dishes the rock to Byron
Craddock for the layin, and Byrd takes a one point lead.
Fleming would get tough on the boards with Michael Fleshman working for the
The Colonels win it 54-to-38.
wipe to eng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER=03-Salem/Cave Spring vs. P. McCluer; :00
The first game of the day pitted Nelson Fox's single-a Parry McCluer Fighting
Blues against Triple-A member Cave Spring.
The Knights would play well this afternoon as Mark Snodgrass hits the three
pointer in the third quarter to give the Knights a 40-to-25 lead.
The Blues would fight back as best they could with Garth Humphries leading
the break. He missed, but David Downs gets the putback.
But this one would be all Cave Spring as Corey Paxton dishes to Michael
Hamlar just like they did on the football field as Cave wins it 77-to-54.
SS=NATIONS BANK HOOPS
Tomorrow's three games are set for three, 5:15 and seven o'clock at the Salem
The National Football League gave Barry Sanders a belated Christmas present
The Detroit Lions all-pro running back was named the NFL's offensive player of
the year by the Associated Press.
Sanders had two thousand and 53 yards in 16 games this year and rushed for 11
Amazingly, this is the first time he has ever won this honor.
IN Q="I can...
((BARRY SANDERS/NFL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:))
SUPER=01-Barry Sanders/NFL Offensive Player of the Year; :00
OUT Q=...THE YEAR OFF."
Still to come on this Friday night, Marshall looks to rev its engine at the
Motor City Bowl,
and Frank Beamer and the Hokies land in the Ville and immediately get to work
preparing for the Tarheels.
The Virginia Tech Hokies left Roanoke this morning at eight and got right
down to business as soon as they landed in Jacksonville.
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL; :00
Frank Beamer had his team on the practice field just a few hours after the
team's charter touched down.
The Hokies worked out at a private high school in Jacksonville, and the team
is dead serious about it's New Year's day Gator Bowl matchup with North
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...tomorrow's practice."
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And be sure follow the Hokies' Jacksonville Journey all next week right here
on News 7 Sports as Steve Mason and photographer Greg Moore bring us LIVE
reports from Northern Florida via STARLINK - all next week right here on Your
No matter what Tech and UNC do to start the Gator, they will have a tough
time topping the start of tonight's Motor City Bowl in Pontiac Michigan.
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/ESPN; :00
All-American Randy Moss led the Thundering Herd of Marshall against Ole Miss.
On the second offensive play of the game Mississippi scores from the one yard
line to make it 7-to-nothing just 24 seconds into the game.
But on Marshall's first play from scrimmage, quarterback Chad Pennington
drops back and hits a streaking Moss for an 80 yard score. That's 14 points
SUPER=36-Marshall/ /Mississippi/ ;
in the first 41 seconds of the game.
Ole Miss _________ it ____ to ____.
It was a day for bargains but in Georgia today, the words "Day After
Christmas Sale" took on new meaning.
SUPER=X5052 (LOADS FX)
SUPER=X5045 (STARTS FX)
SUPER=75-Union City, GA;
A dealer near Atlanta held his annual used car sale, clearing out his lot
and revving up buyers with the chance to get a set of wheels for less than $10.
IN Q=You were the second
((You were the second person picked? YES. And what car did you get? A BUICK
CENTURY. How much did you pay? $3.99. $3.99 for a Buick Century? YEP. AND IT
SOUNDS GOOD. I'M GOING TO ROLL IT OUT.))
OUT Q=roll it out
But it was more than a sale.
To get one of these cars you also needed a little luck. The bargains went
to those picked in a lottery.
The car dealer says it's his way of playing Santa.
IN Q=We price cars
((WE PRICE CARS FROM $7.00....THAT'S ALL I CAN GIVE YOU.))
SUPER=75-Steve Rayman/Car Dealer;
OUT Q=I can give you
SUPER=X5043 (CLEARS FX)