[GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire]
Big tobacco companies have a little more freedom after a federal appeals court rules in their favor.
The ruling stops attempts to regulate vending machine sales and ends the government's ability to regulate nicotine in cigarettes.
[IN Q=it eliminates]
((WILLIAM NOVELLI/ANTI-TOBACCO ADVOCATE: IT ELIMINATES THE FDA AUTHORITY TO HELP THE STATE PREVENT KIDS FROM BUYING THE PRODUCT AND IT ALSO PREVENT FDA FROM REGULATING THE MANUFACTURING, THE MARKETING THE ADVERTISING THAT REALLY ENTICES KIDS TO
SMOKE IN THE FIRST PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-William Novelli/Anti-Tobacco Advocate;]
[OUT Q=in the first place.]
The appeals court ruled the FDA overstepped its mission.
Stating--"Congress did not intend, the court, to delegate jurisdiction over tobacco...to the FDA.
He spent nine years in prison for the murder of a 12-year-old Virginia girl.
Now, he's been coaching kids basketball at a YMCA in New Jersey.
[SUPER=03-South Brunswick, NJ]
Glenn Barker's new occupation came to light just this week.
Authorities in New Jersey say he was working for the "Y" for about five months until he was fired.
And no one knew that Barker did time for killing a 12-year-old Charlottesville girl in 1983.
[IN Q=We're very concerned]
[SUPER=01-Glenn Berman/Middlesex Co. Prosecutor;]
((GLENN BERMAN/MIDDLESEX CO. PROSECUTOR: WE'RE VERY CONCERNED. WE THINK WE SHOULD BE. WE FEEL THERE ARE PARENTS OUT THERE WHO HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW, WHO DIDN'T KNOW, SO WE TOLD THEM.))
[OUT Q=we told them.]
Barker was paroled in 1992.
Henrico County authorities say Barker is still a suspect in the murders two years ago of a mother and her daughter.
You would think that "Megan's Law" would have brought Barker's record to light.
But it didn't. That's because those laws only require sex offenders to register with police, not child killers.
Authorities have arrested a third suspect in connection with the murder of a Bedford man in April.
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35-year old Jeffery O'Neil Kirkland was found murdered in his South Street home April 4th.
Kirkland's nephew, Robert Wright, and his brother, William Henry Kirkland were arrested hours later.
Now another nephew, 22-year old Rawlence Jermaine Wright, is facing murder charges.
No other arrests are expected.
State officials say a Smith Mountain Lake man has been overcharging residents for using water.
Now, residents are preparing to take action.
Tina Tenret has more.
[IN Q=The Waterworks Company]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Talbott/Resident; :17]
[SUPER=01-Bob Crocker/Resident; :27]
[SUPER=01-John Stevens/State Corporation Commission; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Frank Arrington/Resident; 1:15]
[OUT Q=from these people.]
((The Waterworks Company supplies water to the Overlook, Lakemount and Starwood subdivisions.
Owner Robert Winney is allowed to charge residents 67 dollars and 50 cents every three months.
Instead, he's charging up to 270 dollars.
[IN Q=On the bill]
((DAVID TALBOTT/RESIDENT: ON THE BILL HE SENT TO ME HE SAID DAVE, I'M NOT PLAYING GAMES.))
[OUT Q=playing games]
Residents say their water is often shut off without warning.
[IN Q=On two occasions]
((BOB CROCKER/RESIDENT: ON TWO OCCASIONS ... TURNED THE WATER OFF.))
[OUT Q=turned the water off]
The state has ordered Winney NOT to overcharge customers and NOT to turn their water off.
But last week residents again had no water.
Robert Winney blamed it on a majority shareholder, but the company has no stocks.
[IN Q=This harassment]
((FRANK ARRINGTON/RESIDENT: THIS HARRASSMENT HAS TO STOP AND IT'S GOT TO STOP NOW.))
The Commission dismissed Winney's latest bid for a rate increase, saying he disregarded their orders and confused customers.
Winney is ILLEGALLY operating without a Commission certificate.
But officials hesitate to take away residents' water source.
[IN Q=There has been]
((JOHN STEVENS/STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION: THERE HAS BEEN NO PUNITIVE ACTION TAKEN AGAINST HIM.))
[OUT Q=against him]
Residents have tried to buy the company -- last time Winney outbid them by eight thousand dollars.
That was right after he had declared bankruptcy.
[IN Q=If he doesn't]
((FRANK ARRINGTON/RESIDENT: IF HE DOESN'T GET HIS ACT TOGETHER ... FROM THESE PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=FROM THESE PEOPLE]
[IN Q=We called Winney]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: WE CALLED WINNEY BUT HE SAID ONLY NO INFORMATION AND HUNG UP. BUT WE DID FIND A LETTER HE WROTE TO COMMISSION OFFICIALS. HE WRITES, WE FEEL SCC STAFF AND THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT'S SOLE PURPOSE IS TO INTIMIDATE AND DEFEAT OUR REQUEST SO THAT WE WILL JUST GO AWAY AND SUFFER THE EMBARASSMENT IN SILENCE. TINA TENRET NEWS7))
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[IN Q=I'm Bob Lee]
[OUT Q=Saturday morning]
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[super=70-8/2/7/4/7/4/7;] Pick 3/Pick 4
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Residents of the town of Clover face a tough decision in the upcoming election.
Annul the town charter and become part of Halifax County-- or pay higher taxes to keep their town status.
Christy Hubley takes a look at the debate.
[IN Q=Clover. Population 198.]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Griles/Clover Mayor; :15]
[SUPER=01-Hurley Jackson/Clover Resident; :45]
[SUPER=01-Aubrey Dukley/Clover Resident; :48]
[SUPER=01-George Glover/Clover Council Member; 1:04]
[OUT Q=News 7, Clover.]
(( Clover. Population 198.
Established more than 100-years ago, the town now faces extinction.
Clover is basically bankrupt.
To keep the town alive, residents would have to foot a hefty bill.
[IN Q=Town property taxes]
((DEBBIE GRILES/CLOVER MAYOR: TOWN PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES WILL MORE THAN TRIPLE. RIGHT NOW THEY ARE 13-CENTS PER 100-DOLLARS. THEY'LL GO UP TO ALMOST 41-CENTS IF NOT OVER DEPENDING ON WHICH SERVICES ARE INVOLVED.))
[OUT Q=services are involved.]
Increased taxes would NOT cover needed town repairs-- like the water tower that desperately needs to be painted inside and out.
Clover would have to come up with 100-thousand dollars for that project alone.
The proposed solution to Clover's financial woes: become part of Halifax County.
But some residents say they don't want change.
[IN Q=It would be kind of hard]
((HURLEY JACKSON/CLOVER RESIDENT: IT WOULD BE KIND OF HARD IF YOU CHANGE IT BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN USED TO CLOVER FOR SO LONG.))
[OUT Q=for so long.]
[IN Q=I think it ought to]
((AUBREY DUKLEY/CLOVER RESIDENT: I THINK IT OUGHT TO STAY A TOWN. WHY? JUST BECAUSE IF YOU JOIN THE COUNTY THEY'LL BE OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED IN IT.))
[OUT Q=involved in it.]
Council members assure residents Clover may lose its identity as a town, but it will never lose its character.
[IN Q=The town limit signs, the ]
((GEORGE GLOVER/CLOVER COUNCIL MEMBER: THE TOWN LIMIT SIGNS, THE CORPORATE LIMIT SIGNS WILL CHANGE, BUT WE'RE STILL GOING TO BE CLOVER AND WE'RE STILL GOING TO BE THE COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=to be the community.]
The final decision rests in the hands of Clover's 85 registered voters- who will cast their ballots for or against charter annulment this November.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Clover.))
In preseason football, former Cave Spring and UVA star Tiki Barber had 11 yards on three rushes in the Giants loss to Jacksonville last night.
Jaguar Tavian Banks, reversed his field and skates 59 yards for the score. The rookie from Iowa had 81 yards in Jacksonville's 24-10 win over the Giants.
New York's only T-D comes from the play the whistle department. Amani Toomer makes the 15 yard catch and while the Jags are protesting the play, Toomer gets up and runs for the score. But it doesn't matter Giants drop this one 24-to-10.
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/Braves-WTBS;]
Across the continent now to Los Angeles, where Andres Galarraga hits his 37th home run over the right center field wall. It's a three run shot gives and the Braves lead the Dodgers.
Raul Mondesi makes up some of the difference with this solo shot, but Atlanta goes on to win five to two.
In the WNBA, Phoenix gets the win on plays like this one from Bridget Pettis. Pettis takes the feed and sinks the three pointer.
Sandy Brondello tries to keep the Detroit Shock close with this driving score, but the Mercury would rise to the 84-59 win.
And the Mercury's Jennifer Gillom writes her name in the record books with this three pointer.
Gillom becomes the only the second WNBA player to score 1000 points. Cynthia Cooper is the other.
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[TAPE#=Wknd Diner TC 37:41]
(toss to ANDREW for Diner)
We're staying right here in Roanoke for today's weekend diner.
[ANCHOR= Andrew Full]
And for the first time-- we brought the finished product in to work, so the whole crew could sample it.
[IN Q=nat sound]
[OUT Q=MY PLEASURE]
(( I'M ON MY BEST BEHAVIOR BECAUSE BOB LEE'S JOINING US HERE - OUR GENERAL MANAGER. BOB, THANKS FOR LETTING US COME INTO YOUR KITCHEN HERE THIS MORNING.
Thanks for coming out.
ALRIGHT, NOW TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOUR GOING TO COOK FOR US.
The World's Easiest Beefstew Casserole. This is a good wintertime dish and we're close enough to fall to start thinking about it.
ALRIGHT, LET'S DO IT.
We cook it, put it in a crockpot in the morning, it's ready when you come home at night. I start with 2 pounds of chuck steak. I'd rather get that than stew meat. Cut it up into bite-size cubes.
ALRIGHT, LET'S HAVE YOU DO IT FOR US?
I've got another piece to work on now. Once the meat is all cut into cube-sizes, Andrew, I use a little worchestershire sauce and some seasoned salt to flavor the dish.
TO BRING OUT THE TASTE..
Yes. To taste.
AND YOU SAID IT WAS REAL EASY, SO ALL YOU DO IS SPRINKLE THE STUFF ON THERE AND ONE BY ONE WE'RE GOING TO KEEP PUTTING ON MORE INGREDIENTS INTO THE CROCKPOT, RIGHT?
We are indeed. Yes. I like a lot of worchestershire. Other people might want to try it a little more lightly at first and build up from there. Then we dump it in.
ALRIGHT, DO IT.
You'll want to use onion to taste too. You might not like as much onion in it as somebody else might.
I LIKE TO PUT GOGGLES ON WHEN I'M CUTTIN UP ONIONS.
That's not a bad idea. This is pungent, we need the Smell-A-Vision here. I'll just cut a couple of good-size slices which we'll chop up and add to the mix after everything else is ready. Then a can of tomato soup goes in. This is the easy part.
THAT WAS PRETTY EASY.
That's why we can call it the World's Easiest Beefstew. I made a mess, didn't I.
A half a can of water. It's getting easier all the time.
THIS IS EASY.
This is one thing I insist on, the little baby peas in the silver can. If you don't like green peas you can substitute green beans, almost anything else.
YEAH, THEY LOOK A LITTLE SMALLER THAN NORMAL.
Got it. And now, I should have peeled these potatoes before you got here. We'll peel and cut in cubes 2 potatoes and add those to the mix. Whatever size you think. We're there. Let's look at the ingredients and be sure we didn't miss anything. Ah, the bay leaf.
WE DID MISS THE BAY LEAF. HOW ABOUT YOU HUNT THAT DOWN, I'LL PUT THE POTATOES AND ONIONS IN THERE AND WE'LL GET READY TO ROLL. THIS IS REMARKABLY EASY, JUST CHOP THE STUFF UP.
Throw it in.
AND LET THE CROCKPOT DO THE WORK, RIGHT?
Yeah. And the one thing you need to know if you're not somebody who cooks regularly with bay leaf is, when the stew is done take the bay leaf out so nobody bites into the darned thing. Where's the bay leaf?
WHAT DO THINK? DID WE FIND IT?
It's here somewhere.
WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT, LET'S PRETEND AND HOW ABOUT WE COME BACK TO IT.
ALRIGHT. IN GOES THE BAY LEAF.
In goes the bay leaf.
WE LEAVE THAT A MINUTE. WE MIX UP A LITTLE BIT. LET IT WAIT ALL DAY.
Mix it up. Turn it on low. Let it cook all day. When you come home tonight it's ready.
OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TOMORROW AT WORK, HOW ABOUT THAT.
ALRIGHT, WE'LL SEE YOU THEN. THANK'S FOR LETTING US COME TO YOUR HOUSE.
Thank you very much.
ABOUT 10 HOURS LATER THIS IS WHAT WE GET.
There it is. The World's Easiest Beef Stew. The first thing we want to do. We brought this to the station. It's cooked all day. We want to fish out this bay leaf so nobody eats it.
Get rid of it and then I'm going to give it a stir.
THE BOUQUET... THE SMELL IS VERY NICE HERE. IT'S FILLING UP THE WHOLE KITCHEN AND THE BACK HALL AT THE STATION.
If only it were SMELL-A-VISION, right?
Alright, you sample this and tell me what you think.
LET'S DO IT. YOU TALK ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE OVER THERE WAITING TO COME GET A BITE. VERY GOOD! GOOD STUFF - THE WORLD'S EASIEST BEEFSTEW. THE CROWD'S GATHERING.
Let's turn them loose.
THANKS A LOT. BOB LEE ON THE WEEKEND DINER.
Thank you. My pleasure. ))
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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.
President Clinton is spending the weekend preparing for is grand jury appearance on Monday.
Un-named sources are suggesting the he will change his story concerning his alleged affair with Monica Lewinsky.
[IN Q=a lot of ]
((MIKE McCURRY/WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: THERE ARE QUITE A FEW PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY KNOW...BUT THOSE THAT DO KNOW AREN'T TALKING.))
[SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/White House Press Sec.;]
[OUT Q=president will give.]
A legal loophole could save the President from perjury charges.
Clinton will testify via closed-circuit television from the White House.
Aides say the President will likely address the nation Monday evening.
The baby-switching case is putting officials at the University of Virginia on the defensive and offering apologies for their mistake.
The school's president made an apology yesterday, in an open letter published in state newspapers.
John Casteen said the incident has brought "unspeakable sorrow" to the families involved.
Earlier this week, the chief of staff at the UVA medical center said everyone there shares the families' grief.
[IN Q=This has been]
((DR. TOM MASSARO/UNIV. OF VIRGINIA HEALTH SYSTEM: THIS HAS BEEN A PERSONAL AND AN INSTITUTIONAL TRAUMA FOR ALL OF US.[:06] AND I THINK THE PERSONAL SIDE IS THE GREATER OF THE TWO, BECAUSE MOST OF US ARE FAMILY PEOPLE.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Tom Massaro/Univ. of Virginia Health System;]
[OUT Q=are family people.]
Casteen promises that the hospital will do everything possible to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.
ONE of the supervisors responsible for the Giles County Department of Social Services financial woes says he doesn't regret his decision.
The department has NOT been able to pay its bills since the board recently failed to approve the department's monthly appropriation.
The decision has meant the agency has NOT been able to meet its payroll or pay the county's foster parents.
Supervisors Larry Blankenship and Bobby Williams voted against releasing the funds.
Blankenship says he has questions about the way the department is spending its money-- and that those questions still haven't been answered.
Board Chairman Jay Williams, on the other hand, voted for releasing the funds.
((JAY WILLIAMS/BOARD CHAIRMAN:HOPEFULLY WE CAN TAKE CARE OF IT AND IF WE CAN'T FOR SOME REASON TAKE CARE OF IT, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE STATE PEOPLE WILL COME IN AND TAKE CARE OF IT, THE BILLS WILL BE PAID.))
[SUPER=01-Jay Williams/Board Chairman; :00]
[OUT Q=be paid.]
Williams says a special meeting will be held today in hopes of resolving the situation before the state gets involved.
We'll have more tonight on News-7 at Eleven.
[GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal]
Mentally ill patients dying in the state's care.
Over-medicated patients confined to a hospital-- when they may be well enough to go home.
Those were some of the findings of a consultant's report-- the Geller Report-- released last month.
So we sent our camera inside one of the state's largest hospitals-- Western State in Staunton.
In the second part of her special report, Ellen Qualls finds a system begging for the attention politicians are finally paying it.
[IN Q=There's a patient]
[SUPER=01-Marcia Garrison/Western State Hospital Nurse; :28]
[SUPER=01-John Beghtol/Western State Hospital Admin.; :38]
[SUPER=01-Mary Ann Bergeron/Assoc. of Comm. Service Boards; 1:04]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.]
(( There's a patient at Western State Hospital who is so violent, he's kept in his own closely guarded suite of rooms.
We could shoot no video in the forensics unit-- where criminal suspects become volatile in the presence of a camera.
These patients are NOT the norm at Western State--
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It's a hospital brimming over with OTHER mentally ill people who experts say could live and work back in their home communities.
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((MARCIA GARRISON/WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL NURSE: THAT'S THE PHILOSOPHY OF OUR HOSPITAL. THAT EVERY PATIENT GOES BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY.))
Western State didn't need the Geller Report to know it was needlessly warehousing patients.
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((JOHN BEGHTOL/WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR: I SPOKE TO STAFF THIS MORNING ABOUT THAT. SOMEONE SAID "OH ALL THIS PUBLICITY." AND I SUGGEST THEY MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AT IT AS "HOW MANY YEARS HAVE WE GONE WHEN WE WISHED FOR ATTENTION."))
Because with attention-- most especially from the Governor -- may come much needed money.
Care of a patient in a state hospital may cost 100- thousand dollars a year.
But sending him or her home may NOT be much cheaper.
((MARY ANN BERGERON/VIRGINIA ASSOC. OF COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARDS: LET ME SAY THAT RESOURCES FOR THE COMMUNITY SYSTEM ARE ABYSMAL. THEY'RE ABYSMAL. WE ARE ONE OF THE LOWEST IN THE COUNTRY, IF NOT THE LOWEST BY NOW.))
((JOHN BEGHTOL/WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR: I THINK THE BOTTOM LINE FOR US AND THE OTHER HOSPITALS IS WHAT WILL BE THERE FOR THE COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARDS? WILL THE MONEY BE THERE FOR NEW HOUSING? PARTICULARLY FOR MOBILE TEAMS THAT CAN RESPONSD TO A MENTALLY ILL CLIENT AT TWO A-M IN THE MORNING ON SUNDAY NIGHT?))
The Governor's commission won't report back until December.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM Mornin']
As they get ready to go back-to-school, some Roanoke youngsters have found a way to have fun while preparing for the classrooms and their future.
The local Y-M-C-A held its monthly "Fun Night" program last night.
David Johnsonwas there for part of the festivities.
[IN Q=Maureen Perdue is]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Perdue/Parent; :08]
[SUPER=01-Latese Perdue/Participant; :29]
[SUPER=01-Millard Bolden/Program Director; :56]
[OUT Q=in contact with.]
(( Maureen Perdue is one of several parents who drops her kids off once a month at an overnight, all night lock down.
[IN Q=THEY REALLY ENJOY IT]
((MAUREEN PERDUE/PARENT; THEY REALLY ENJOY IT AND IT'S GOOD WITH COACH BOLDEN AND MS. TRENT AND THEM. THEY HELP GET THEM STARTED AND GET THEM READY.))
[OUT Q=THEM READY.]
The program is supervised by adult volunteers.
And for just seven dollars each month, kids are provided with recreational activities and food.
[IN Q=I LIKE TO]
((LATESE PERDUE/FUN NIGHT PARTICIPANT; I LIKE TO KEEP MY GRADES UP SO I CAN DO GOOD THINGS AND HAVE FUN AND STUFF. THE FUN NIGHT THAT'S HERE RIGHT NOW, IT'S GOOD FOR ME TO HANG OUT AND JUST HAVE FUN. GO SWIMMING AND SKATING AND STUFF LIKE THAT. JUST TO COME AND STAY OVERNIGHT UNTIL 7 THE NEXT DAY. WITH NO PARENTS, NO NOTHING, JUST HAVE FUN.))
[OUT Q=JUST HAVE FUN.]
But there's more to this than just having a good time.
Officials also teach the youngsters how to prepare for life.
[IN Q=WE'LL BRING IN]
((MILLARD BOLDEN/PROGRAM DIRECTOR; WE'LL BRING IN SOME INTERVENTION PROGRAM'S FOR THE LITTLE KIDS. LET THEM KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY MEET STRANGERS. TONIGHT WE'RE FOCUSING ON BACK TO SCHOOL. WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO GET THEM TO SET SOME GOALS AND SORT OF GET THEIR THINKING TOGETHER. TO GET READY TO GET BACK IN SCHOOL AND DO WELL IN SCHOOL.))
[OUT Q=IN SCHOOL.]
Motivational speakers from all walks of life are also brought in to talk with participants about real world issues.
[IN Q=DRUG CONTROL, GUN CONTROL]
((BOLDEN; DRUG CONTROL, GUN CONTROL, BIKE SAFETY, WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU MEET A STRANGER, PERSONAL HYGIENE. WE TRY TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUES THAT YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE TO FACE EVERYDAY. MAYBE CALL THEM LIFE SURVIVAL SKILLS. AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, WE'LL BE ABLE TO ESTABLISH A BALANCE IN THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT WE COME IN CONTACT WITH.))
[OUT Q=IN CONTACT WITH.]
Most of us learned the basics about the civil war in grade school history class.
And we're about to learn more--
The site where General Robert E- Lee agreed to surrender to General Ulysses S- Grant is just part of what's long been a national historical park in Appomattox.
Kimberly McBroom takes us back in time to the Civil War era in this week's "Time Off".
[IN Q=The village ]
[SUPER=01-Ron Wilson/Park Ranger; :23]
[OUT Q=KM,News 7, Appomattox.]
(( The village at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park looks much look it did back in April, 1865.
Only now, it's groups of tourists walking the old trails that used to carry stage coaches.
Appomattox is the topic of many chapters in history books, but a visit here is more true- to -life.
[SOT TAPE 1 2:31:52]
((RON WILSON/PARK RANGER: THEY WANT TO COME TO ACTUALLY THE PLACE AND SEE IT AROUND THEM IN A THREE- DIMENSIONAL CONTEXT.))
Visitors can learn from a variety of exhibits-- including printed materials, historical paintings, and fiber-optic maps.
And this living history presentation depicts a Union soldier who served provost duty here during the 18-60s.
Since 19-54, the village has been designated as a national historical park.
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: WILSON TAUGHT HISTORY FOR THREE YEARS BEFORE COMING TO THE PARK IN 1975. EVEN THOUGH THIS ISN'T A CLASSROOM, WILSON IS STILL EDUCATING KIDS AND ADULTS ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR AND HOW IT ENDED.))
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((RON WILSON/PARK RANGER: IT WAS HERE ON APRIL NINTH, PALM SUNDAY, 1865 THAT GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE MET WITH GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT AND THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA WAS SURRENDERED. HERE, THE BEGINNING OF THE PEACE PROCESS BEGAN.))
It was in the parlor of the McLean House, where Generals Lee and Grant sat down for their historic agreement.
The house is a re- construction, but most of the other 27 buildings in the village are originals.
Meanwhile, some restoration projects are scheduled to begin this Fall.
[SOT TAPE 1 2:29:07]
((RON WILSON/PARK RANGER: WE'LL BE RE-PAINTING THE INTERIOR OF THE MCLEAN HOME AND PUTTING DOWN FLOOR CLAWS, SOME RE- PRODUCTION CARPETING AND THERE SEEMS TO BE ALWAYS PROJECTS GOING ON, AS BUILDINGS NEED PRESERVATION WORK.))
Wilson says about 60- percent of visitors come from out-of-state, with school groups and families dominating most of the tourism during the warmer months.
The average cost of admission is two- dollars.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Appomattox.