Up next on News 7 at Six... 5 Virginia Colleges are asked to ban alcohol....
And some people actually did observe Nude Hiking Day on the Applachian Trail today...
In sports, The Leaders are still on the course at the U.S. Open the Winston Cup Drivers were in Pocono.
And Denise Allen has a report on a sports for horses that will be part of this years Commonwealth Games.
A heat wave is gripping much of the US.
We'll feel the heat this week as well, with daytime highs near 90.
Details coming up.
A Tennessee woman is in the hospital after crashing her car along I-81.
State police say Claire Marie Hayes Johnson, of Chattanooga, swerved to avoid being hit by another car entering traffic off of exit 109.
Johnson crossed the southbound lane, struck an embankment and landed in a ditch.
Authorities say she was taken to Radford Community Hospital where her condition has not been released.
No one else was injured, but traffic was slowed to a crawl for about an hour.
A motorcycle accident in Bedford County injured four people earlier this afternoon.
It happened along Route 1-22 shortly after 2.
Police say the driver of one of two motorcycles travelling together lost control and slammed into the other.
One person was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The other three were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
Police say the victims included Grady and Patricia Deatherage of Collinsville and Gary and Donna Thurman of Penhook.
United Methodists Churches are asking five Methodist colleges to ban alcohol.
The request came at the group's annual conference in Virginia.
The measure was proposed by delegate Andrew Pearson of Winchester.
Schools in Virginia supported by The United Methodists include Ferrum, Randolph-Macon Women's College, Randolph-Macon, Virginia Wesleyan and Shenandoah University.
There's no word yet on what the schools plan to do about the request.
Virginia is halfway home in the race to get state computers ready for the year 2000.
This year the General Assembly approved 48 million dollars to upgrade computers that aren't programmed to recognize the year 2000.
By the time the year 2000 gets here, taxpayers will have spent 115 million dollars on the problem, and state officials are hoping the computers will be ready.
Today marks the Summer Solstice, the first day of the season.
For some Appalachain Trail hikers that means baring it all in an effort to become one with their surroundings.
David Johnson has more on "Nude Hiking Day".
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It is said that people do it as a way to get closer to nature.
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((DON MACDOUGALL/APPALACHAIN TRAIL CONFERENCE SPOKESMAN; THEY'RE OUT HERE IN THE WOODS AND THEY'RE COMMUNING WITH NATURE. SO WHAT BETTER WAY TO DO IT THAN TO HIKE NAKED. I MEAN YOU'RE AS FREE AS EVERYTHING AROUND YOU.))
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It is unknown why those who participate do it.
And, no one seems to know how the tradition got started.
Some speculate it can't be too comfortable.
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((MACDOUGALL; I HAVE A HARD TIME HIKING WITHOUT A SHIRT ON, LET ALONE WITHOUT A PAIR OF SHORTS. YOU COME THROUGH SOME AREAS THAT ARE FAIRLY WOODED AND THE GRASSES SOMETIMES AREN'T MOWED REAL WELL SO YOU GET STUFF STRATCHING AGAINST YOU. IT'S ONE THING WHEN IT'S ALWAYS ON YOUR LEGS AND ARMS, BUT WHEN IT'S ON PLACES THAT AREN'T NORMALLY EXPOSED, IT CAN BE KIND OF UNCOMFORTABLE.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; MACDOUGALL SAYS NUDE HIKERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO TAKE THEIR CHANCES IN PLACES LIKE SINKING CREEK MOUNTAIN RATHER THAN THE MORE POPULAR SPOTS LIKE MACAFEE'S KNOB. BUT APPARENTLY NOT EVERYONE IS FAMILIAR WITH SINKING CREEK MOUNTAIN.))
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((MACDOUGALL; IF YOU'RE INCLINED TO BE HIDING OR TRYING TO COVER UP WHEN YOU SEE PEOPLE IN THOSE AREAS, YOU WOULD HAVE TO DO THAT ALL DAY LONG. AND YOU WOULD ALSO BE APT TO OFFEND PEOPLE THERE.))
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Something this group is not too concerned with.
The penalty for getting caught hiking in the buff can be a fine for indecent exposure.
David Johnson, News 7, Catawba.
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Straight ahead--hundreds of former soldiers from the Vietnam War gather for a reunion in North Carolina.
And, history came to life earlier this afternoon in Roanoke County at a Civil War ceremony.
We'll have more about that coming up in a few minutes but first let's get an update on the weather with Andrew Freiden.
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The Vietnam War changed the lives of many soldiers and their families 30 years ago.
Yesterday, hundreds of soldiers who survived the war met once again in North Carolina.
Ryan Deal has more.
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Relatives of men who fought and died in the Civil War paid tribute to their ancestors today.
The "Sons of Confederate Veterans" hosted a "living history" ceremony near Route 3-11 in Roanoke County.
That's very close to the site of part of David Hunter's Retreat after fighting in the Hanging Rock battle.
That all happened on this day in 1864.
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((ROBERT "RED" BARBOUR/SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS; HUNTER WAS RUNNING LOW ON AMMUNITION IN LYNCHBURG AND GENERAL EARLY WAS HAVING THE TROOPS LOADED ON TRAINS. COMING IN AND GETTING OFF, THE TOWNS PEOPLE WOULD CHEER. SO IT LOOKED LIKE HE WAS RECEIVING TROOPS ALL NIGHT. SO DAVID HUNTER DECIDED TO PULL OUT.))
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The re-enactment was complete with replicas of the clothing from that period and the artillery that was used.
These "guns" are said to be hand-crafted at Dixie Caverns and have been used in documentaries, including most recently "The Day Lincoln was Shot".
A celebration that began more than 130 years ago is still going strong to this day.
Radford was one of several national sites for the "Juneteenth (June-Teenth) Festival".
The celebration commemorates the signing of the "Emancipation Proclamation"--that put an end to slavery.
The document was signed in January of 1863.
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((PAUL HENDRICKS/EVENTS COORDINATOR; IT TOOK UP TO TWO YEARS BEFORE THE SLAVES IN GALVESTON, TEXAS KNEW THAT THEY WAS FREE. AND THAT CELEBRATION WAS JUNE 19TH, 1865. AND THIS IS WHY THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO MAKE JUNE 19TH THE NATIONAL HOLIDAY.))
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The Festival includes cultural arts and crafts, international quisine, and Raggae music.
More than a dozen bands performed over the weekend.
Hendricks proposes to bring the Juneteenth celebration to Roanoke in the near future.
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Up next, VDOT crews are preparing for their work week--that means some delays along major roadways.
We'll have updates on this week's Road Report.
And, many residents in Lynchburg probably think of Fort Early only as a local park.
But, it has a lot of historical significance as well.
More on that when the news continues.
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It was the only site in the Hill City where troops clashed during the Civil War.
However, it's still largely a secret to this day.
Steve Smallshaw has more about Fort Early in this week's Virginia Profile.
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(( Just about any Lynchburg resident could tell you where to find Fort Avenue.. but ask them where Fort EARLY is and you might get just a blank stare.
The historic site for which the street is named is not exactly Lynchburg's best- known tourist spot.. but the folks who run it are nevertheless proud of what they have.
((THIS IS A PICTURE OF GENERAL DAVID HUNTER, WHO COMMANDED THE UNION ARMY AGAINST LYNCHBURG.))
A devastating fire in 1980 almost convinced the city to turn Fort Early into a neighborhood park, but concerned citizens stepped in and rebuilt the reception hall and museum.
It's a single room dedicated to the
only fighting Lynchburg saw during the Civil War.
In 1864, the Hill City was a vital supply line for General Robert E. Lee's army.. its hospitals were filled with Confederate wounded.
On June 18th, Union general David Hunter decided to attack.. but the defenses thrown up by Jubal Early and a phantom train helped keep the city free.
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((FRANCES HEDRICK/FORT EARLY WOMENS CLUB: THEY HAD A TRAIN FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE AND AFTER THEY BROUGHT THE SOLDIERS IN, THEY CONTINUED TO RUN IT BACK AND FORTH AND THEY WOULD HAVE GROUPS OF MEN AND SOLDIERS ON THERE AND THEY WOULD MAKE THIS BIG NOISE, AND SHOUTING AND EVERYTHING, AND SO IT WAS FELT THAT THE UNION ARMY THOUGHT REINFORCEMENTS WERE COMING.))
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Some say had Early not saved Lynchburg, the Civil War would have ended well before Appomattox the following April.
But still it remains one of central Virginia's lesser- known historical sites.
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((HEDRICK: THEY HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO OFFER THAT FORT EARLY DOESN'T. BUT NONETHELESS, WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING THE ORIGINAL BREASTWORKS OF THE BATTLE OF LYNCHBURG IN 1864, AND I THINK IT FITS RIGHT IN THERE WITH IT.))
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The Fort Early museum is available for tours by appointment only.
But thanks to Jubal Early, the grounds are open year- round.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Some changes to report in construction of a new segment of Route 122 in Bedford County.
And, it'll be slow moving along a portion of I-81 this week as bridge repairs get underway.
Here's Stacey Martin with this week's Road Report.
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((VDOT plans to begin re-paving portions of Route 311 this week in Roanoke County. Crews may close one lane there, and minor delays are expected.
In Bedford County the new section of Route 122 is now open to traffic. However, the southbound lane of the existing Route 122 is still closed to some traffic.
Detours are set up along Routes 6-08 and 8-06.
Elsewhere around the region..
a new bridge is being built along Route 615 in Botetourt County over Roaring Run.
Traffic is being detoured around the construction site.
In Wythe County, VDOT crews are repairing a bridge along Interstate 81. Southbound traffic will be squeezed down to one lane between exits 70 and 67.
That's it for this week's Road Report.
I'm Stacey Martin.))
And coming up in Sports, Payne Stewart the leader at the U.S. Open is still on the course, Scores from this afternoon's Major League Baseball action.
Plus we'll check in at the Yard where the Orioles come up short against the Toronto blue Jays.
The weather has been a big factor at Pocono as the Winston Cup Drivers compete in the Pocono 500 this afternoon.
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A shower came through the area about 45 laps into the race it it was red flagged for over an hour while the track was dried.
Jeff Gordon would take off like a bullet on the restart but a couple of laps later Jeremy Mayfield takes the lead from Gordon.
The third caution of the day would come out when Ricky Rudd loses an engine. Rudd went to the garage area and out of the race.
Dale Earnhardt, who had one of the fastest cars in practice, would work his way through the field he was in 10th place on lap 97.
Mayfield's car was strong enough that he was the leader at the halfway point of the race.
South Boston's Ward Burton was having a good run but he ran out of gas on the track and had to pit.
The cars are still on the track and Darrell Waltrip was the leader with 27 laps to go. We'll have the finish of the race tonight at 11.
The ancient art of dressage is now a competitve sport.
Men and women compete against each other for gold medals in the Olympics.
And next week equestrians will be vying for top honors in the Commonwealth Games.
Denise Allen has more.
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Once exclusively an activity of Royalty, it has since developed into a competitive sport.
These exercises use to prepare these steeds for the
battlefield, now horse and rider are fighting for good scores in the ring.
Dressage is a method of training which develops the horse's three natural gaits.
Competitors say it requires the power of gymnastics and the grace of ballet.
In the beginner levels of Dressage the horse and riders perform figures such as circles and serpentines.
The team is judged on the smoothness of transitions from a walk to a cantor or a trot to a halt.
The competition has three phases, dressage being the first.
After the completing the first two phases the horses endurance is tested in the third phase, stadium jumping.
The Commonwealth Games' Equestrian competition is June 27th.
About 150 riders are participating in the event at the Green Hill Equestrian Center in Salem.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.
The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays hooked up again this afternoon at Camden Yard.
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The ball was jumping out of the park as Ray Miller watched from the Dugout.
Toronto would take the lead in the first inning. Shawn Green getting all of this pitch it ends up over the right field wall for a solo homer and a 1 to nothing lead.
The Blue Jays would add two more in the top of the second Ed Sprague hitting this two run homer over the left wall to make the score 3 to nothing Jays.
Baltimore got its first score of the game in the
bottom of the third Harold Banes connects for this solo homer to make it 3 to 1 and Toronto goes on to win it 7 to 3.
Plenty of action on the Diamonds this afternoon lets check some of the scores.
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Payne Stewart struggled early in today's final round at the U.S. Open. Stewart started the day with a four shot lead but Bogeys at 4-th and 7-th holes and he would only lead by three shots.
Lee Janzen and Bob Tway were chasing Stewart at 2 over par.
Paul Azinker had the low round of the Open. He had 8 birdies today on his way to a 65. Jeff Sluman shot 68 and Mark O'Meara would finish the round today with a 69.
Stewart, Janzen and Tway are still on the course we'll have the final rundown tonight at 11.
The United States dropped its second game in the World Cup Soccer championship. Brian McBride would score a goal in the 87-th minue but Iran beats the United States by a score of 2 to 1.
The U.S. is 0 and 2 at this point in the soccer championship.
In other action this afternoon, Germany and Yugoslavia would play to a 2 to 2 tie and Argentina won big beating Jamaica by a score of 5 to nothing.
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