Striking workers at a Pulaski County plant get a new contract offer and
could vote on it tomorrow.
And prison inmates will soon be back helping man's best friends at the
Franklin County S-P-C-A.
Tonight in sports, the Express gets set to rock the roundhouse against
Cave Spring has already won a game as the NationsBank basketball tournament
opens in Salem.
And they just left Roanoke this morning, but the Hokies have already worked
out in Jacksonville today.
We'll hear from Frank Beamer tonight in sports.
We start out before midnight with a cold rain, then snow begins to fall-- up
to 4 inches in the New River Valley.
the forecast details are coming up.
News-7 at Six is next.
Good evening, I'm Tonya Flory.
Keith Humphry has the night off.
A federal mediator is helping Hoover Color and union officials hammer out a
Nearly 30- of the plant's hourly workers are expected to vote on the latest
offer tomorrow afternoon.
They've been on strike now for about two weeks.
They were dissatisfied with the company's original offer because they said
it did NOT include a retirement plan and would increase insurance costs.
They were also upset with Hoover Color's proposed absentee policy.
The Pulaski County plant makes the color used in Crayola Crayons and other
A Lynchburg man is in stable condition after he was stabbed during an
argument this afternoon.
It happened in the 11- hundred block of Eleventh Street around 2.
Police say 27- year- old Calvin Cox used a steak knife to stab 24- year- old
Samuel Lambert in the left shoulder.
Lambert is still being treated at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Cox is charged with malicious wounding.
A decision by the Franklin County Board of Supervisors has prompted a judge
to re-instate an inmate work program at the animal shelter.
The news is welcomed whole-heartily by animal control officers.
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In September, circuit judge B.A. Davis pulled the inmates off the S-P-C-A
work detail because of concerns about their contact with the public.
County Supervisors have since decided to hire a full-time shelter operator
who will watch over the inmates.
IN Q=IT MEANS WE'LL
((CLAUDE WEBSTER/IT MEANS WE'LL BE ABLE TO EXTEND OUR HOURS AND BE OPEN TO THE
PUBLIC A LITTLE LONGER. IT WILL CERTAINLY TAKE SOME OF THE PRESSURE AND WORK
OFF OF THE TWO ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS. THEY'VE HAD TO DO FOR THE LAST TWO
SUPER=01-Claude Webster/Emergency Services Dir.;
OUT Q=LAST TWO WEEKS
The inmates will be responsible for cleaning the kennels and feeding the
This will give animal control officers more time to respond to calls.
Most people in Troutville have walked its halls.
And now with an uncertain future, they're raising questions as to what will
become of the local landmark.
David Johnson has more.
IN Q=SEVERAL, IN FACT
SUPER=01-Brent Witt/Auctioneer; :29
SUPER=01-Jewell Tyndall/Troutville Mayor; :53
OUT Q=NEWS 7, TROUTVILLE
((Several, in fact, most of Troutville residents graduated from this old high
school. It's been around since 1926 and served most recently as a Goodwill
Industries facility until last year.
In October, a local auctioneer offered Botetourt County's board of
supervisors a hundred dollars for the structure along with 150-thousand dollars
in renovations over five years, including a leaking roof and a non-existant
((BRENT WITT/AUCTIONEER; IN OUR NEW PROPOSAL, WE HAVE NARROWED THAT DOWN TO A
ONE YEAR PERIOD, IN WHICH 80-TO-95 PERCENT OF THE RENOVATION WORK WOULD BE DONE
WITHIN ONE YEAR.))
Witt has also upped the ante regarding the 100-dollars, although he's not
saying how much.
The board turned down the initial offer, causing some Troutville officials
to speculate that the board had undesirable plans for the school.
((JEWELL TYNDALL/TROUTVILLE MAYOR; IT'S ONE OF THEM IS TO DEMOLISH IT. WE IN
THE TOWN DO NOT WANT TO SEE THE SCHOOL DEMOLISHED BECAUSE OF THE MEANING TO THE
Efforts to prevent the school from being destroyed are underway.
((IT'S THE ONLY THING WE HAVE THAT IS STANDING THAT FEELS VERY IMPORTANT TO
But Supervisor Bill Loope, who represents Troutville, says demolition of the
building is but one option the board is looking at, but not leaning toward.
He says the board has not made any decisions.
Witt's new proposal will be made public at the supervisors meeting next
month. Loope says even then, the issue may not be resolved.
DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; BILL LOOPE SAYS AS FAR AS THE SCHOOL IS CONCERNED,
HE WANTS TO DO WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF TROUTVILLE RESIDENTS.
HE SAYS HE PREFERS THAT THE SCHOOL BE RENOVATED AS OPPOSED TO TORN DOWN.
DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, TROUTVILLE.
It's a season of giving and shopping.
Today, the day after Christmas, people woke up at the crack of dawn to
continue the shopping frenzy.
Double Boxes=Tonya and Tina/Microwave
Tina Tenret is at Valley View Mall in Roanoke.
Tina, is it chaos there?
Live= Tina Full/Microwave
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(Rollcue: patient and polite. )
SUPER=01-Amanda Taylor/Shopper; :00
SUPER=01-Tim Glover/Babbage's Store Manager;
SUPER=01-Nona Hegarty/Waldenbooks Store Manager;
SUPER=01-Cindy Ballard/Salvation Army;
OUT Q=were before.
Live= Tina Full/Microwave
( ad lib)
Double Boxes=Tonya and Tina/Microwave
(Question: Any Advice to shoppers?)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
They lost nearly 30 years of memories to flood waters, now they're
starting over in Christiansburg.
That family's story is ahead on News-7 at Six.
And her death was one of the biggest stories of the year.
Coming up we'll find out why a Richmond mural honoring her is raising
eyebrows and a few complaints.
But first let's check in with Andrew in the Weather Center.
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MUSIC UP FULL
The Associated Press has dubbed Princess Diana's death the news event of the
One Roanoke woman was so touched by the tragedy that she's put 25- hundred
dollars of her own money into a tribute -- one that's drawing mixed reactions.
Ellen Qualls checked it out.
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.))
Countless families are still getting their lives in order eight months after
flood water ravaged Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Teresa Hamilton introduces us to couple who decided to establish new roots
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.))
An abreviated day on Wall Street. The DOW gained
TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE
19 points, closing at 76- hundred- 79.
Nasdaq gained nearly 12- points.
GRAPHIC=American Red Cross
For the American Red Cross, keeping adequate supplies of blood on hand
becomes a struggle this time of year.
When people hit the road to visit relatives or head for the shopping mall,
the number of blood donors declines
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-LIF.
Coming up tonight in sports, one unopened gift left under the tree was
delivered to Barry Sanders today.
The Hokies arrive in Jacksonville, the Nations Bank high school hoop-a-thon
is underway in Salem.
And the Roanoke Express begins a wicked stretch of games tonight at the
Roundhouse - appropriately the whirlwind ECHL tour begins with the Blizzard.
The Virginia Tech Hokies flew out of Roanoke this morning at eight and soon
after touched down in Jacksonville.
And no the Hokie did not head for the Jacksonville beaches.
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 don't forget you can follow the Hokies' Jacksonville Journey all next
week as Steve Mason and photographer Greg Moore bring us LIVE reports from
Northern Florida via STARLINK - next week right here on Your Hometown station.
A lot of folks no doubt got Express tickets for Christmas, and many plan to
use them tonight as the Huntington Blizzard blows into town for a 7:30 skate
with Roanoke at the Roundhouse.
Huntington is coming into the game after getting blitzed by Richmond 9-to-2
in its last time out.
IN Q="They are...
((MIKE PERON/EXPRESS FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Mike Peron/Express Forward; :00
OUT Q=...STAY AHEAD."
Staying ahead will be a challenge for the Express over the next ten days.
During than span of time, Roanoke plays eight games, starting with tonight's
rematch with a Huntington.
IN Q="This is basically...
((JEFF LODER/EXPRESS CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Loder/Express Center; :00
OUT Q=...BE FINE."
And News 7 sports has learned that defenseman Regan Stocco has signed a
professional contract with a team in Italy and is no longer with the Express.
In 15 games he had 3 points and missed 7 contests with a hip flexer. This is
Stocco's second trip overseas. He played in Austria last year.
After tonight's game Roanoke and Huntington play again tomorrow night in West
Virginia. Then Sunday at six, Roanoke is back home at Civic Center skating
against Hampton Roads.
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS
The holiday break has failed to bring the area high school basketball action
to to halt.
This afternoon, the three day NationsBank holiday tournament tipped off at
the Salem Civic Center.
SUPER=03-Salem/Cave Spring vs. P. McCluer; :00
In the opener, Nelson Fox brought his talented single-a Parry McCluer team up
from Buena Vista to take on 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.
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SUPER=04-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 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
Right now Fleming leads it 37-to-19 in the second half.
In the nightcap, Salem hosts Floyd tonight at 7 o'clock. The tournament
continues tomorrow and then winds up on Monday night.
The National Football League handed out one of those day after Christmas
presents to Barry Sanders this afternoon.
The Detroit Lions all-pro running back was named the NFL's offensive player of
the year by the associated Press.
Sanders became just the third man in NFL history to rush for 2000 yards in
one year this season.
He had two thousand and 53 yards in 16 games this year and rushed for 11 TDs.
Barry and the Lions play Tampa Bay in the playoffs this Sunday.
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Teens are often told to stay on the straight and narrow--by getting good
grades and saying no to drugs-- but they're not often rewarded for it.
Well, all that's changing later tonight for at least three girls.
They'll be recognized at a debutante ball and will receive thousands of dollars
towards their college tuition.
That story and much more is coming up on News-7 tonight at Eleven.
We hope to see you then.