Danville police say an eight-month old baby died after his mother left him in a parked car for nearly four hours.
Police say Pamela Susan Walton of Milton, North Carolina, left her son Zakary in the car while she went to work just after eight yesterday morning.
When she returned around noon, the infant was unresponsive.
The baby was prouncounced dead at the hospital.
Police are still investigating.
A Pulaski County woman has testified before a National Institutes of Health Committee on Children's Health issues.
Karen LaPlante (Luh-PLAHNT)is well versed on the topic, her two-year old is waiting for a heart transplant.
Virginia has no emergency funding for children's health and medicaid only covers lower income families or those in a health institution.
The LaPlantes are about to reach the limit on their private insurance.
They'll run out of coverage just about the time Courtney will be ready for a new heart.
Courtney was born with severe congenital heart defects, and after repeated hospitalization, her immune system would reject a new heart right now.
She's on medication at Roanoke Community Hospital and her parents hope when she's healthier, a heart will be available.
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[IN Q=She's a ]
((KAREN LAPLANTE/COURTNEY'S MOTHER:SHE'S A WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL GIFT FROM GOD AND THEN WE'VE ALSO HAD GIFTS FROM PEOPLE BECAUSE 38 BLOOD PRODUCTS AND TISSUE DONATION ALREADY AND NOW WE NEED ONE MORE GIFT FROM HUMAN BEINGS, BUT LIKE I SAID I APPRECIATE EVERY DAY I HAVE.))
[SUPER=01-Karen LaPlante/Courtney's Mother; ]
[OUT Q=day I have]
Courtney's doctor, pediatric cardiologist Joelle (Joe-EL) Miller says there's a 90-percent chance her immune system will be ready to accept a heart in the next few weeks.
Danville's Diebold (DEE-bold) Incorporated plant is cutting one-fourth of its workforce.
46-(Dee-bold) Diebold workers found out yesterday they would NOT have a job.
No one at the Southside plant-- which manufactures automated teller machines-- would talk to News 7.
But a corporate spokesperson in Ohio says poor business conditions are to blame for the job losses.
He also says the company is eliminating 600-jobs company wide.
Diebold says more layoffs are possible if business doesn't pick up.
126-people remain employeed at the plant in Danville.
A Franklin County man died early yesterday morning, when his home caught fire.
Firefighters were called to the home on Trail Drive around Two A- M.
They were able to contain the flames to the kitchen of the four- room house.
But 26-year old Craig Edward Jones was apparently overcome by the smoke, and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Inverstigators say the cause of the blaze was accidental, starting near an electric stove.
The family and friends of Lt. Michael Blassie will finally be able to say a proper good bye.
The soldier once buried in the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier will be laid to rest
[SUPER=03-St Louis, MO;]
this morning at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St Louis, Missouri.
DNA tests identified the Vietnam War pilot 26 years after he was killed in the line of duty.
[IN Q=we know]
((WE KNOW THERE'S MIA'S FROM ALL WARS AND THEY'RE STILL BROTHERS, SISTERS, FATHERS, LOOKING FOR THEIR LOVED ONES HOPING TO FIND SOME CLOSURE. THIS FAMILY IS BLESSED. THEY'RE FINALLY GOING TO GET SOME CLOSURE FOR THEIR BROTHER AND SON.))
[SUPER=02-Steve North/Vietnam Veteran;]
[OUT Q=BROTHER AND SON]
A funeral mass was held yesterday.
Today's graveside service will include an honor guard, 21 gun salute and an Air Force military fly over in the "missing man" formation.
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Convenience store owners are teaming up with the state police and local law enforcement to fight crime.
The stores are often the target of thieves.
Now owners are arming themselves with information.
[SUPER=03-Boones Mill; :00]
[SUPER=01-Buddy Davis/State Police; :17]
[SUPER=01-Danny Fralin/Cannadays Manager; :48]
[OUT Q=coming down]
The management of Cannaday's Convenience Store is getting a lesson in crime prevention.
Rural stores are often the target of criminals. Six people have died in robberies of convenience stores in the central Virginia, this year.
[IN Q=14:04:01 what we're]
((BUDDY DAVIS/STATE POLICE: WHAT WE'RE DOING IS GOING AROUND TO ALL THE CONVENIENCE STORES IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND MAKING SUGGESTIONS TO THE OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT ON HOW THEY CAN INCREASE THEIR SECURITY.))
[OUT Q=increase their security]
First the state police and local law enforcement case the area looking for trouble spots.
The suggestions maybe be as simple as adding more exterior lighting, making doors and windows more secure, or just cleaning up the trash.
[IN Q=14:28:12 and we]
((TROOPER DAVIS: AND WE FOUND SIMILARITIES IN ALL THE VICTIMS, IT'S EERIE AND THE RURAL STORES SEEM MORE SUBJECT TO THE PROBLEM THAN THE NEWER MORE MODERN STORES.))
[OUT Q=more modern stores]
[IN Q=24:25:23 THE STORES]
((DANNY FRALIN/CANNADAYS MANAGER: THE STORES WERE ALWAYS REALLY CLUTTERED, HIGH SHELVES AND IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE THE ICE BOX ALWAYS CAME INTO PLAY AS A HIDING PLACE FOR SOMEONE TO JUMP OUT. THAT'S WHY WE MOVED OURS.))
[OUT Q=MOVED OURS AROUND]
[IN Q=25:47 I've]
((I'VE GOT A LOT OF THINGS IN THE WINDOW. A LOT OF IT WILL BE COMING DOWN.))
[OUT Q=coming down]
State Police will also review management's money handling policies during the safety survey.
Trooper Davis says they're going to keep tabs on these stores to see what suggestions were taken and if these improvements helped make convenience stores safer.
More than 100 students are getting a headstart on college life.
They're attending the Summer Scholars Program at Washington and Lee University.
Most of the students are academically above-average.
They participate in the program to get used to the extra responsibilities and tougher academic standards they'll face at college.
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[IN Q=It's an introduction]
((CHRISTOPHER STEPHAN/SUMMER SCHOLAR STUDENTS: IT'S AN INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE LIFE AND MAINLY LIVING ON YOUR OWN AND TIME MANAGEMENT AND FINDING YOUR OWN TIME IN THE DAY TO BE ABLE TO SOCIALIZE AND TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE BECAUSE IT'S PRETTY HARD. IT'S A STEP UP EDUCATIONALLY THAN WHAT WE'RE USED TO.))
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[IN Q=They take three]
((MIMI ELROD/OFFICE OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS: THEY TAKE THREE COURSES--COLLEGE LEVEL COURSES. AND, IT HELPS THEM LEARN. THE TEACHERS EXPECTATIONS ARE DIFFERENT. COLLEGE TEACHERS HAVE DIFFERENT EXPECTATIONS THAN DO THEIR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS.))
[SUPER=01-Christopher Stephan/Summer Scholar;:00]
[SUPER=01-Mimi Elrod/Office of Special Programs;:15]
[OUT Q=high school teachers.]
The students came from 32 states and three foreign countries including Thailand and Switzerland.
Most of the students end up applying to Washington and Lee.
The university, on average, accepts about half of those applicants.
A two-thousand pound stress reliever?
Bedford County resident Gary Collins says there are such things-- and they're roaming his farm.
Steve Smallshaw has our story.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gary Collins/Buffalo Farmer; :09]
[SUPER=01-Michelle Boblett/Buffalo Farmer; :39]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.]
(( It used to be a 14- hour work day was nothing unusual for Gary Collins.
He'd still be at it if it wasn't for a heart attack he suffered in 1991.
[IN Q=The heart attack]
((GARY COLLINS/BUFFALO FARMER: THE HEART ATTACK CHANGED ALL THAT. THE HEART ATTACK WAS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE, IT'S A WAY OF MAKING ME STOP AND TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES AND ENJOY WHAT GOD HAS GAVE US RIGHT HERE ON THIS GREEN EARTH.))
[OUT Q=this green earth.]
Under doctor's orders to relieve stress, Collins was travelling through South Dakota when he saw his first real live buffalo.
In 1993, he and his fiancee Michelle Boblett bought their own bison.. now a heard of 27 graze their 140- acre farm near Thaxton.
[IN Q=It's been a]
((MICHELLE BOBLETT/BUFFALO FARMER: IT'S BEEN A GREAT EXPERIENCE. IT'S GREAT BEING ABLE TO WAKE UP EVERY MORNING AND LOOK OUT IN YOUR FIELD AND SEE A HERD OF BUFFALO. THEY'RE SUCH A FASCINATING AND SPIRITUAL ANIMAL.))
[OUT Q=spiritual animal.]
What began as a hobby has grown into a thriving business.
A two thousand pound bison will yield about 700 pounds of low- fat, low- cholesterol meat.. perfect for people like Gary whose heart conditions restrict their diets.
[IN Q=With less]
((COLLINS: WITH LESS CHOLESTEROL THAN CHICKEN OR TURKEY, FOLKS THAT COULD NEVER EAT RED MEAT COULD EAT BUFFALO.))
[OUT Q=eat buffalo.]
Even at five dollars a pound, Collins says he'll never get rich farming buffalo.. but a sunny day spent with these beautiful and graceful animals can be just what the doctor ordered.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))[Sports-Plays]
In late night sports action we travel to California to hoop it up with the WNBA.
Eastern division leader Charlotte puts a sting on the Sacramento Monarchs.
Charlotte's Vickie Bullet fired away in the second half drilling two in the paint here.
Bullet again with the bucket helps the Sting to a 63-55 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs.
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Now how about a dream trip to Lake Tahoe for a round of golf with some NFL and NHL stars.
Billy Joe Tolliver showed up for the Isuzu Celebrity Golf Tournament, his second try gets him out of the bunker.
And some guys are good at any sport they try, take a look at this effort by Mario Lemieux, maybe after hockey he'll go to the PGA.
[ANCHOR=Denise 2 shot**]
[TAPE#=Wknd Diner TC]
(toss to ANDREW for Diner)
For Months we've been hitting the road in search of our area's best hometown recipes.
This week, I stayed at my place, and found a recipe I've been enjoying for years.
[IN Q=nat sound]
((IF YOU'VE WONDERED HOW I GREW UP SO BIG AND STRONG MY MOM'S NOW GOING TO COOK FOR US ONE OF OUR FAMILY RECIPES. RIGHT MOM?
OKAY, WHAT ARE WE DOIN' TODAY.
We're going to make Nectarine Chicken. One of Andrew's favorites.
IT'S GREAT. YOU HAVE MY WORD ON IT. ALL THE OTHER ONES I SAY THE RECIPES ARE GREAT ON WEEKEND DINER, BUT THIS ONE.
I HAVE TO SAY IT'S GOOD.
And especially good now because it's the right time of the year to make Nectarine Chicken because they're fresh in the market.
GREAT. LET'S GO. SEE WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING. ALRIGHT WE STARTED OUT LAST NIGHT. Right?
Last night we marinated 4 chicken breasts in lots of..lots of lemon juice, basil fresh from Andrew's yard and lots of garlic.
And all we're going to do now is put these in the oven and broil them. About 5-6 minutes on each side. Now it would be even better if you had a grill and you could put them outside.
BUT I DON'T HAVE A GRILL SO WE'RE GOING TO BROIL THEM. BUT THAT WORKS AS WELL?
SO THESE GUYS GO IN AND IT WILL TAKE ABOUT 5 MINUTES ON EACH SIDE?
AND IN THE MEANTIME WHAT ARE WE GOING TO START TO DO?
In the meantime we're going to make our sauce. It's called Nectarine Sauce and this is the really yummy part of it. And what we're going to do is we're going to chop up 2 nectarines. We already started this morning doing the chopping but we can do some more now. We're going to chop up nectarines, red peppers, and red onions. And you can see how pretty this is with all these colors together. And what we're going to do is mix them all up and we're going to season them with olive oil, lime juice and salt.
ALRIGHT, WE'RE HALF WAY DONE HERE, RIGHT? SO IT'S TIME TO FLIP THESE GUYS OVER. AND THEY SMELL PRETTY GOOD, RIGHT MOM?
It smells great to me. You know what. If you don't like basil and you prefer celantra you can use that instead.
VERY GOOD. LOOKS LIKE ABOUT ANOTHER 5 MINUTES OR SO. NOW THIS IS THE PART OF THE RECIPE THAT'S THE BEST. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THIS INTERESTING SALSA HERE. MOM, WHAT DO WE DO?
What we're going to do is marinate it with about a third of a cup olive oil. We use a little bit less so I'm going to start with about just a little bit less than a third of a cup.
Two tablespoons of lime juice.
VERY GOOD. AND THIS IS WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL, RIGHT?
This is what makes it so special. And just a little bit of salt. And mix it up. Don't you think those colors are great Andrew?
And don't forget. This is the time of year to make this because you're not going to be able to get those nectarines in the winter.
WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE THESE GUYS ARE DONE SO WE'LL GRAB ONE OF THESE CHICKEN BREASTS.
Okay, let's go. So all you do now is take your chicken and put it on a plate and it's ready to serve. Excuse my fingers here. What we like to do is put the salsa on the middle of the table and let everbody pass the bowl around and put plenty on top.
It's colorful and very very healthy.
OKAY. YOU LIKE TO SERVE IT WITH CORN ON THE COB.
Andrew likes it with corn on the cob. His Dad likes it with rice.
BUT YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH SERVE IT WITH ANYTHING BECAUSE IT KEEPS THE GUYS IN THE FRIEDEN FAMILY HAPPY, RIGHT.
ALRIGHT. THANKS ALOT MOM FOR BEING ON THE WEEKEND DINER.
It was my pleasure. Ready for lunch, Andrew?
ALRIGHT. LET'S EAT.
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If you drop in a self-addressed, stamped envelope, we'll send you this recipe.
You can see the address there on the screen. You can also check out our web site under the weekend mornings section.
And, don't forget if you'd like to cook your family recipe on the weekend diner, send in a note with your recipe, name, address and phone number.
[ANCHOR=Denise 2 shot]
Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Attorney General Mark Earley cited Southern Pawn for charging excessive interest rates on loans and for collecting storage and service fees not allowed by state law.
In a settlement with the Attorney General, Southern Pawn has agreed to pay 25-hundred dollars in civil penalties and another 2-thousand to cover the cost of Earley's investigation.
Lt. Micheal Blassie will be laid to rest this morning at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St Louis, Missouri.
Blassie was once buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
DNA tests confirmed his identity.
Today's graveside service will include an honor guard and a 21 gun salute.
An eight month old baby died in Danville yesterday after being left in a parked car for nearly four hours.
Danville Police say the mother, Pamela Susan Walton of North Carolina, left her son in the car while she went to work.
Police are still investigating.
And that's what's making news on this Saturday July 11-th.
We'll be back in just a minute.
Christiansburg police spent the night trying to end a standoff.
Police were called to the Smokey Ridge Apartments just after nine last night after a woman said she was held under water in the bath tub by a man.
When police arrived, the man, armed with a shotgun, barricaded himself inside the apartment.
Negotiators tried to talk the man into surrenduring, but were unsuccessful.
The Montgomery County SWAT Team entered the building just after 4:30 this morning and arrested William Coleman.
He's charged with abduction, attempted malicious wounding and possesion of a firearm.
Southern Pawn and the state attorney general's office have reached a settlement.
The shop just off the city market on Campbell Avenue has agreed to pay 25-hundred dollars in civil penalties and another 2-thousand to cover the cost of the investigation.
The A-G cited Southern Pawn for charging excessive interest rates on loans and for collecting storage fees and service fees not allowed by state law.
In a news release issued yesterday, Attorney General Mark Earley noted Southern Pawn had already corrected some of the problems before he began investigating.
News 7 tried to contact Southern Pawn, but got no response.
Why was forensic crime novelist Patricia Cornwell Governor Jim Gilmore's biggest financial backer? The mystery's been solved.
Cornwell donated a total of 150- thousand dollars to Gilmore's gubernatorial campaign last fall.
She told News7 last night that she supported the Republican because she felt he would make the best governor.
[IN Q=And I helped]
((PATRICIA CORNWELL/AUTHOR: AND I HELPED JIM GILMORE BECAUSE I THINK THEY'RE GOOD PEOPLE, WHO CARE ABOUT INDIVIDUALS, AND A WAY THAT SOMEONE TREATS AN INDIVIDUAL IS HOW HE'S GOING TO TREAT THE WHOLE POPULATION IN THE STATE OR A COUNTRY, SO WHEN I BELIEVE IN SOMEBODY, THAT'S WHAT I DO.))
[SUPER=01-Patricia Cornwell/Author; :00]
[OUT Q=what I do.]
Cornwell was in Lynchburg last night, signing copies of her latest novel "Point of Origin".
The book's heroine, Kay Scarpetta, is based on Virginia medical examiner Doctor Marcella Fiero.
You can expect to pay more for milk this summer.
Also for cheese, ice cream and other dairy products.
Tina Tenret shows us why -- and tells us whether there's any relief in sight.
[IN Q=Cows don't churn]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Geneva Nichols/Shopper; :20]
[SUPER=01-Melvin Montgomery/Dairy Farmer; :36]
[SUPER=01-Kay Montgomery/Dairy Farmer; 1:14]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County]
((Cows don't churn out as much milk in the summer.
The shortage pumps up prices -- 20 cents more per gallon next month, about eleven cents more in September.
Supermarkets say they will pass the cost onto consumers.
At the Sav-a-Lot, customers have already shelled out twenty cents more per pound of butter in the past six months.
[IN Q=Well I ]
((GENEVA NICHOLS/SHOPPER: WELL I DON'T LIKE IT CAUSE I'M A CONSUMER NOW BUT WHEN I WAS SELLING IT I LIKED IT. I SAID YES, LET IT GO UP.))
[OUT Q=GO UP]
Farmers say this price increase is only a drop in the bucket -- they say if they are going to survive milk prices must double.
[IN Q=This coming month]
((MELVIN MONTGOMERY/DAIRY FARMER: THIS COMING MONTH WE WILL RECEIVE ABOUT 15 PERCENT LESS THAN WE DID IN 1978 .... BEHIND 1978 PRICES))
[OUT Q=BEHIND 1978 PRICES]
Dairy farmers in the South have an especially hard time -- with heat and high feed prices sucking up their profits.
About 50 farms have already folded in Franklin County over the past seven years.
And farmers say the ultimate price of this trend could be much more than twenty cents.
[IN Q=Once there]
((ONCE THERE ARE ENOUGH ... EASILY))
[IN Q=One idea]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: ONE IDEA IS THE SOUTHEASTERN COMPACT WHICH WOULD LET FARMERS IN THIS AREA OF THE COUNTRY SET THEIR OWN MILK PRICES INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE NATIONAL STANDARD. FARMERS HOPE THAT MEASURE WILL BE INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS NEXT YEAR. TINA TENRET, NEWS7, FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
[OUT Q=Franklin County]
You know what they say about first impressions.
A new ethnic restaurant in Danville is hoping to make a good one.
The Miyako Japanese Steak and Seafood Restaurant celebrated its grand opening yesterday.
Owners decided to share some of their first profits with three community organizations.
The Free Clinic of Danville, God's Storehouse, and the Danville Lifesaving Crew each received a 500-dollar donation.
[IN Q=We choose because we think]
((PETER ZHOU/MIYAKO JAPANESE RESTAURANT: WE CHOOSE BECAUSE WE THINK WHICH ORGANIZATION HAVE BIG IMPACT FOR COMMUNITY AND ALSO SECOND CONSIDERATION IS WHICH ORGANIZATION NEED MORE SUPPORT AND MONEY.))
[SUPER=01-Peter Zhou/Miyako Japanese Restaurant;]
[OUT Q=more support and money.]
The Miyako Japanese Restaurant hopes the donations will show Danville it wants to be a long-standing member of the community.
The restaurant opened to the public last night.
Andrew and our movie reviewer Anna Wentworth are standing by with our weekly movie review.
[Double Boxes/Denise and Andrew]
They're going to tell us about the new movie "Small Soldiers" right?
If "Toy Story" didn't fill your appetite for toys who could walk and talk, you may want to head to the theaters.
"Small Soldiers" opened last night.
And Anna Wentworth joins us in the studio with a review.
What did you think, Anna?
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"Small Soldiers" has wonderful animation, but will probably find a limited audience..
Gregory Smith is Alan, a young boy who has gotten into a lot of trouble in the past, but is trying to straighten out. Alan convinces a deliveryman to let him try out some new toys, called commandos and gorgonites to sell in his father's toy store.
What no one knows is that a zealous designer has put military microprocessors in the toys; and although the Gorgonites are passive; the commandos are not and they go to war against Archer, the emissary of the Gorgonites; and against Alan, as Archer's protector.. The commandos are clever and ruthless and use as weapons whatever comes to hand.
The movie requires a lot of suspension of disbelief. And it takes a whileto get to the inevitable battle between Alan and Archer; and the Commandos.
[SUPER=18-Anna's Grade - "C+"]
"Small Soldiers" gets a C-Plus. It will probably appeal to pre and early teenaged boys and be a relatively painless experience for the parents who have to take them to this PG-13 movie. Andrew?
( ad lib)
(toss to break)
C and O Railroad enthusiasts travelled back in time yesterday aboard a dining car in Clifton Forge.
The car dates back to 19-22 and has been refurbished and renovated to its original look.
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[IN Q=Clifton Forge has]
((MARGARET WHITTINGTON/C&O HISTORICAL SOCIETY: IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS TO COME AND VISIT THE HEADQUARTERS AND SEE THE ARCHIVES AND SEE THE ROLLING STOCK AND HAVE LUNCH ON THIS BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED DINING CAR.))
[SUPER=01-Margaret Whittington/C & O Historical Society;]
[OUT Q=restored dining car.]
It's called, "Gadsby's Tavern" after a colonial tavern George Washington used to frequent.
Members of the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society were served lunch aboard the train.
They later returned to Lynchburg to continue with their annual conference that's been going on since Wednesday.
Today the group visits Roanoke's Transportation Museum.
Are you ever too old to workout?
One Roanoke man proves age really doesn't matter when you want to stay in shape?
He's 93 and still hitting the gym like a teenager.
Wallace 'Rip' Bishop is the longest continuous member of the YMCA in the nation.
He joined the "Y" in 19-10 when he was just six-years old.
Now 88 years later, Bishop is still a loyal member and more in shape than ever.
[IN Q=Do enough work]
((WALLACE 'RIP' BISHOP/YMCA MEMBER: DO ENOUGH WORK AROUND HERE YOU'LL STAY FIT. GET IN THE POOL AND SWIM A COUPLE OF MILES AND YOU WILL KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.))
[SUPER=01-Wallace "Rip" Bishop/YMCA Member]
[OUT Q=you are doing.]
His daily rountine includes swimming a few laps.
So far, he's covered more than five-hundred miles in the pool and he's adding to that everyday.
Many at the "Y" say he provides motivation for all.
It's touted as the "Official Historical Outdoor Drama of the Commonwealth"--
But for people who live in or near the New River Valley, "The Long Way Home" is simply the survival story of one of their own.
In this week's "Time Off," Kimberly McBroom profiles this long- running summer theatre tradition.
[IN Q=For 27 years,]
[SUPER=01-Kathleen Harshberger/Director; :15]
[SUPER=01-Crystal Farris/"Betty Draper"; 1:25]
[SUPER=01-Hillary McAndrew/"Mary Draper Ingles"; 1:42]
[OUT Q=News 7, Radford]
(( For 27 years, frontierswoman Mary Draper Ingles' Journey "The Long Way Home" has played out on this stage.
Her heroic tale was passed on from her youngest child, and eventually spun into this play by Earl Hobson Smith.
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((KATHLEEN HARSHBERGER/DIRECTOR: OUR CURTAIN GOES UP AT 8:30, AND THIS PLACE ACTUALLY BECOMES MAGIC. THE SUN SETS BEIND THE STAGE, AND IT'S COOL, AND WE TELL A STORY THAT'S ACTUALLY TRUE.))
And one that actually happened in this area.
In July of 1755, Mary Draper Ingles was taken captive by the Shawnee Indians from what is now the Virginia Tech campus.
Ingles was taken all the way to Big Bone Lick in Kentucky-- that's where she made her well-documented escape.
As the story goes, she battled hunger, cold, and fear during her 43- day, 850 mile journey back home.
But what may impress audience members the most is that the play is performed on the same land where Ingles returned to her family, and lived until her death in 18-15.
[SOT TAPE 1 0:54:54 ]
((KATHLEEN HARSHBERGER/DIRECTOR: THEY HAVE A SENSE OF PILGRIMAGE. THEY USUALLY KNOW THE STORY AND YES, THEY GET VERY INVOLVED IN THE STORY AND THEY GET VERY SURPRISED AT HOW INVOLVED THEY GET INTO IT.))
It's a survival story that also pulls in the cast of 55 actors and dancers who bring the events to life.
Of those are an attorney, a computer specialist, and several high school and college students.
For them, the history lesson is lasting throughout their summer vacation.
[SOT tape 1 1:01:31]
((CRYSTAL FARRIS/"BETTY DRAPER": IT'S HELPED TO GIVE ME A PICTURE OF HOW PEOPLE LIVING THEN DID LOOK UPON SETTLING A NEW COUNTRY AND PUSHING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE WILDERNESS AND TRY TO LIVE WITH THE INDIANS AND LIVING IN FEAR, OR TRYING TO BE FRIENDS.))
[SOT tape 1 1:05:39]
((HILLARY MCANDREW/"MARY DRAPER INGLES": IT'S ONE OF THOSE STORIES THAT JUST ENCOMPASSES WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT, YOU KNOW, AND GOING FOR WHAT YOU WANT AND PERSEVERING.))
You can share the journey at the Ingles Homestead Amphitheatre all summer long, Thursdays through Sundays.
Tickets are 10 dollars for adults, five dollars for children 12 and under.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Radford.))
Next week, Kimberly will head up to Lexington to another outdoor stage, the Lime Kiln Theatre.
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[GRAPHIC=Did you see that]
Finally this morning, Did you see that?
There's just a little time left to see the Salem Fair
But you may not want to miss these two big attractions.
They're billed as the world's biggest pig and alligator.
The world's largest pig weighs more than 11-hundred pounds, which can make for some heavy-duty eating.
[IN Q=he eats]
((Joanne Isaac: HE EATS CORN APPLES AND MILK, ABOUT 15 TO TWENTY POUNDS A DAY.))
[OUT Q=a day]
And Buddy the alligator?
[IN Q=HE ATE 2 ]
((HE ATE TWO CHICKENS AND TWO BEEF ROAST HE EATS THE CHICKENS WHOLE, AND THE BONES AND ALL. AND IT TAKES A COUPLE DAYS TO DIGEST, SO HE WON'T BE EATING FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. SO WE'RE SAFE))
[OUT Q=SO WE'RE SAFE]
The Salem Fair wraps up tomorrow.