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[7-11-Franklin-Search]


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An elderly Franklin County man is still missing, after nearly 50 rescue workers spent several hours yesterday searching a 15 square mile area.
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Authorities say George W. Walker wandered away from the Franklin Manor Rest Home between six and eight yesterday morning and hasn't been seen since.
Henry, Pittsylvania, and Roanoke County E-M-S workers are helping with the search.
Police say Walker is a 68 year-old black man and was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, and brown pants and tennis shoes.
He's about five foot-seven and 139 pounds.
Police are asking people with information to contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.
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The search was halted overnight because of darkness, but will resume today.

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Franklin County police have identified the victim in a weekend shooting as 19-year old Mickey Ellis.
Authorities say Ellis was shot in the face during an argument Saturday night at a McDonald's parking lot in Rocky Mount.
Police arrested Randy Moran (MOR-ANN) in connection with the shooting.
Ellis was transferred to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
His condition is NOT known.

[7-11-R'bridge-Taxes]


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Folks in Lexington and Buena Vista will be shelling out a little more money for real estate taxes.
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Lexington's City Council recently approved a three-cent tax hike.
That raises the total tax to 72-cents for every 100 dollars of assessed value.
The increase prompted some concerns that city residents are being overtaxed.
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((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON CITY MGR.: ANY TIME YOU RAISE TAXES IT'S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT LEXINGTON HAS ONE OF THE LOWEST TAX RATES OUT OF ANY OF THE OTHER CITIES IN VIRGINIA. LAST TIME I LOOKED WE WERE ABOUT THE FIFTH LOWEST. AND, I THINK RAISING IT THREE CENTS IS REASONABLE.))
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Buena Vista residents will also likely get a three-cent hike in their real estate taxes.
However, city officials are currently reassessing the value of area real estate.
And, they say that increase could change when their reassessment is complete.
Glasgow officials voted NOT to change real estate taxes this year.
Increases in Buena Vista and Lexington go into effect July first.

[7-11-Bike-Cops]


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More Roanoke Police officers will be travelling on two wheels this summer.
With the help of a federal grant, the city is expanding its bike patrols.
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Over the weekend, additional officers began patrolling four neighborhoods. That number will expand as more uniforms and equipment arrive.
A grant from the U. S. Justice Department is paying for the program, and so far 60 officers have completed the bicycle training course.
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((OFFICER DAVE BOYER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: EVERYONE I'VE TALKED TO IS DYING TO GET OUT THERE AND RIDE AND USE THE SKILLS THEY'VE LEARNED IN THE SCHOOLS AND GET OUT THERE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I THINK EVERYONE WANTS TO TRY TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS AND WITH THE AID OF THE BIKE HOPEFULLY WE CAN DO THAT.))
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Officials say the goal of the program is to strengthen the partnership between the community and the police department. The additional bike patrols will not take away from the department's normal patrols.
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Time now to check your holiday forecast--
Partly cloudy skies today, with some isolated thunderstorms possible.
Highs in the upper 70s.
Mostly cloudy tonight, with a chance of thuderstorms.
Lows in the mid to upper 50s.
Looking ahead...
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The capital murder trial of one of two white men accused of killing a black man in Grayson County is set to open this week.
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Louis Ceparano could get a death sentence if convicted of killing and robbing Garnett Johnson at an all-night drinking party last July.
The other suspect, Emmitt Cressell Jr., is expected to testify at Ceparano's trial, which opens Wednesday.
Authorities say Johnson was set on fire, and then his corpse was beheaded.
The Justice Department is investigating whether the slaying was racially motivated but won't make a ruling until the state trials are over.
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[45-11-Ninth-District]


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Republican Joe Barta is expressing confidence in a matchup with long time Congressman Rick Boucher.
The Radford opthalmologist
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won the Republican nomination Saturday, at the district convention in Wytheville.
Though Democrat Rick Boucher was first elected to Congress in 1982, and has easily turned away all challengers since, Barta says 1998 will be different.
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((JOE BARTA/R- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: THIS IS THE BEST CHANCE IN A LONG TIME TO UNSEAT MR. BOUCHER AND ONE OF THE REASONS IS THIS TIME THERE'S GOING TO BE A CLEAR CHOICE IN THE CANDIDATES. MR. BOUCHER AND I ARE NOT MUCH ALIKE. I'M A CONSERVATIVE, HE'S NOT. I'M MARRIED AND I HAVE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, HE DOESN'T. I'M A VETERAN. HE'S NOT A VETERAN.))
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Barta predicts his campaign will raise more money than any of the Republican challengers since 1984.
And with a relatively low turnout expected in the November election, he says a strong Republican showing could mean defeat for Boucher.

[45-11-Festival-Roundup]


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Sunday may have been wet but that didn't dampen spirits of folks attending Festival in the Park.
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The rain fell hard in the morning, delaying the fun in Elmwood Park.
Food vendors and craft show exhibitors were counting on clearer skies for the afternoon.
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((ROBERTA FAVITTA/CRAFT SHOW EXHIBITOR: WE DON'T HAVE THE WEATHER CHANNEL IN MY ROOM AND I'M A WEATHER CHANNEL ADDICT, SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO, BUT I'VE GOT MY FINGERS CROSSED.))
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With a festival that spans two weekends, organizers say they've learned to prepare for the rain, and enjoy the breaks between the clouds.
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((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: THE ONE THING IS THERE'S REALLY NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT THE WEATHER SO YOU PLAN FOR IT AND YOU JUST GO WITH IT AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.))
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The weather did improve yesterday afternoon, and the bicycle time trial on Mill Mountain came off as planned.
Festival in the Park continues today with activities in Elmwood Park, and the Saturn Festival Cup Bike Race downtown.
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[45-11-Re-enactment]


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A civil war skirmish played a part in Bedford County's holiday weekend.
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Union forces and members of the Liberty militia met near Bedford in June, 1864.
Yesterday, Reenactors from central and western Virginia recreated the confrontation on the grounds of the Elks National Home.
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((BETTY MCKINNEY/BEDFORD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: ALTHOUGH THEY WERE PUSHED BACK, THEY DID HOLD THEM OFF LONG ENOUGH TO LET GENERAL JUBAL EARLEY GET HIS TROOPS IN PLACE. THEN WHEN THEY WENT TO LYNCHBURG, THE UNION TROOPS WERE PUSHED BACK ALL THE WAY TO THE PEAKS OF OTTER.))
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The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event.
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Partly cloudy skies, with some isolated thunderstorms this afternoon.
Highs in the upper 70s.
Turning mostly cloudy tonight, with a chance of storms.
Lows in the mid to upper 50s.
The four day forecast is calling for more unsettled weather through Wednesday...
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[8-11-Franklin-Search]


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The search for a missing elderly Franklin county man has ended.
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Authorities say George W. Walker was found early this morning at a bus stop at the Intersection of 200 and Route 40.

The 68 year old man had wandered away from the Franklin Manor Rest Home yesterday morning.
E-M-S workers from Henry, Pittsylvania, and Roanoke Counties searched for him throughout the day until darkness called off the search.
Walker is said to be in good condition but is being hospitalized for observation.
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The U- S Senate race comes around again in two years--
But Virginia's mostly likely candidates, Democrat Chuck Robb and Republican George Allen, aren't announcing their intentions yet.
Robb won't say yet whether he plans to seek another term. But he said his decision won't be influenced by a recent poll showing Allen holding a ten percentage point advantage in a possible head-to-head race.
Allen said most people who want him back in politics are pushing for a Senate bid against Robb rather than another run for governor a year later. Allen said he's listening to what people say and is getting closer to making a decision.

[8-11-R'bridge-Taxes]


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If you own a home in either Lexington or Buena Vista, you'll soon be paying higher real estate taxes.
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Lexington's City Council recently approved a three-cent tax hike.
That raises the total tax to 72-cents for every 100 dollars of assessed value.
The increase prompted some concerns that city residents are being overtaxed.
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((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON CITY MGR.: ANY TIME YOU RAISE TAXES IT'S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT LEXINGTON HAS ONE OF THE LOWEST TAX RATES OUT OF ANY OF THE OTHER CITIES IN VIRGINIA. LAST TIME I LOOKED WE WERE ABOUT THE FIFTH LOWEST. AND, I THINK RAISING IT THREE CENTS IS REASONABLE.))
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Buena Vista residents will also likely get a three-cent hike in their real estate taxes.
However, city officials are currently reassessing the value of area real estate.
And, they say that increase could change when their reassessment is complete.
Glasgow officials voted NOT to change real estate taxes this year.
Increases in Buena Vista and Lexington go into effect July first.

[8-11-Re-enactment]


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America's Civil War heritage was brought to life over Memorial Day weekend in Bedford county.
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Union forces and members of the Liberty militia met near Bedford in June, 1864.
Yesterday, Reenactors from central and western Virginia recreated the confrontation on the grounds of the Elks National Home.
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((BETTY MCKINNEY/BEDFORD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: ALTHOUGH THEY WERE PUSHED BACK, THEY DID HOLD THEM OFF LONG ENOUGH TO LET GENERAL JUBAL EARLEY GET HIS TROOPS IN PLACE. THEN WHEN THEY WENT TO LYNCHBURG, THE UNION TROOPS WERE PUSHED BACK ALL THE WAY TO THE PEAKS OF OTTER.))
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The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event. A memorial service and 21- gun salute followed the re-enactment at the Bedford County Courthouse .
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Before we finish up this morning, here's another look at your holiday forecast--
Partly cloudy, with some isolated thunderstorms possible.
Highs warming into the upper 70s.
Mostly cloudy tonight, with a chance of more thunderstorms.
Lows in the mid to upper 50s.
The extended forecast is calling for a chance of more showers or storms as you head back to work tomorrow...
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