Angry parents and community members gathered as Covington City School Board members met to discuss the issue.
But, officials still weren't able to come up with a resolution.
David Johnson is in our Roanoke newsroom with more.
Jean, the apparent issue that was considered was over how Coach Brad Morton disciplined his running back Antonio Hill following a rival loss to Alleghany High School this past Friday.
(Rollcue: this past Friday.)
[IN Q=The community]
[SUPER=04-Last Friday; :00]
[SUPER=07-Jim Skeens; :23]
[SUPER=01-Audra Hill/Antonio's Mother; :45]
[SUPER=01-Sean Workowski/Antonio's Attorney; 1:04]
[OUT Q=to be postponed.]
((The community is stirred up because of what supposedly took place after the game.
Friends and family of the player say Coach Morton kicked Hill off the team.
They also allege that the coach refused to let the player ride the bus home from Alleghany, leaving him to walk home.
But others close to the scene say that's not the way it went down.
[IN Q=WE WERE JUST]
((JIM SKEENS; WE WERE JUST SITTING THERE TALKING AND HIS STEP MOTHER CAME UP AND GOT HIM OFF THE BUS WHILE WE WERE TALKING. NOW MY SON AND MY DAUGHTER IN LAW WAS CLOSER TO THE BUS AND THEY HEARD HER ASK IF ANTONIO COULD RIDE ALONG WITH THEM AND COACH MORTON SAID HE THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE THE BEST.))
[OUT Q=BE THE BEST.]
But Antonio Hill's mother says the coach still neglected his responsibility to her son.
[IN Q=I'M NOT SURE]
((AUDRA HILL/ANTONIO'S MOTHER; I'M NOT SURE WHAT WAS SAID. I WAS NOT THERE. BUT THE POINT IS I AM HIS SOLE LEGAL GUARDIAN. NO ONE HAS THE AUTHORITY TO TAKE HIM FROM THE SCHOOL SYSTEM EXCEPT FOR ME.))
[OUT Q=FOR ME.]
The case was investigated by the school board, which was ready to consider the matter.
But a decision was delayed.
[IN Q=AT THIS TIME]
((SEAN WORKOWSKI/ANTONIO'S LAWYER; AT THIS TIME, ANTONIO'S MOTHER HAS REQUESTED THAT THE COVINGTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING NOT BE HELD THIS EVENING. BECAUSE OF MR. MORTON'S COOPERATION, THE MEETING, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING WAS GOING TO BE POSTPONED.))
[OUT Q=TO BE POSTPONED.]
The school board granted that request, giving the coach and player the opportunity to work things out.
The two are supposed to meet tomorrow at an undisclosed place and time to talk about it.
Two men were hurt tonight when their pickup truck flipped on Route 460 near Lynchburg and caught fire.
It happened around 8:15 in the eastbound lanes near Candler's Mountain Road.
The truck bounced off the guardrail for several yards before overturning.
The two occupants were thrown from the vehicle, but a passerby helped pull them to safety.
[IN Q=Like I said]
((TERRY SHOEMAKER/HELPED VICTIMS: LIKE I SAID, I SEEN DUST IN THE AIR, SEEN FLAMES. COULDN'T SEE NOTHING, IT WAS LIKE BEING IN THE DESERT.))
[SUPER=01-Terry Shoemaker/Helped Victims; :00]
[OUT Q=in the desert.]
Both men were taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where their conditions are "not" known.
The accident is under investigation.
Virginia's second year of parimutuel horse racing is going into the first turn.
The latest news on Colonial Downs is decidedly better than the troubled reports from last year- except for the news from Wall Street.
That's where 2-point-6 million shares of the track's stock traded hands in the last week.
Ellen Qualls reports on the state's sudden interest in a possible mystery investor.
[IN Q=We have no]
[SUPER=01-Ian Stewart/Colonial Downs COO; :00]
[SUPER=03-New Kent Co; :10]
[SUPER=01-Jim Weinberg/Colonial Downs Attorney; :18]
[SUPER=04-September 7; :31]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(([sot tape two 10:56:06 ]
((IAN STEWART/COLONIAL DOWNS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: WE HAVE NO IDEA WHO THE IDENTITY OF THIS PERSON IS OR WHAT THEIR ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE IS, BUT AS I SAID WE'RE CALLING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE THIS AND PROSECUTE 'EM IF NECESSARY.))
The racing commission had set a five percent threshold.
One legally can't purchase more race track stock without the commission's approval.
[sot tape two 11:01:20]
((JIM WEINBERG/COLONIAL DOWNS ATTORNEY: THIS IS A GATE THAT EVERYONE MUST PASS THROUGH TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE NO DISQUALIFYING FELONIES, THAT EVERYONE'S BACKGROUND WHO'S INVOLVED IN THE OWNERSHIP OF THE TRACK IS AS PURE AS SNOW.))
There was good news though.
The unique turf track that was NOT ready last year is finally open-- drawing a different kind of horse and gaining the track national attention.
This year, the average amount being bet at the New Kent County track is at a record level.
And, all four satellite wagering facilities are now turning a profit.
[sot ATTACH STANDUP HERE]
As for the mystery investor or investor, he, she, or they may NOT be revealed until early October.
That's when a filing must be made with the S-E-C.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
He's known to some as the Mother's Day Killer.
It was Mother's Day 1991 when he fatally shot his wife and five month old baby, and arranged their corpses cradling one another in bed.
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape;]
Now, Kenneth Manuel Stewart, Jr. is defying expectations again, as the first man in Virginia to choose the electric chair since 1994.
Virginia has executed 30 killers by lethal injection since it became a choice.
But prison officials say they've tested the chair every month since '94, and will test it twice next week.
Stewart's attorney says he may have made the decision as a result of a continuing depression he's suffered.
His execution is scheduled for next Wednesday.
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[In Q=President Clinton is]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery, AL; :33]
[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI; :50]
[SUPER=01-David Whitfield/Northwest Captain; 1:00]
President Clinton is attending a State dinner tonight-
Earlier he took media questions- the first since the Starr report was released.
When asked if he would resign the President merely said Americans want him to go on.
[IN Q=I'm trying to]
((I'M TRYING TO DO THE STILL QUITE PAINFUL WORK THAT I NEED TO DO WITH MY FAMILY IN OUR OWN LIFE. I'M DETERMINED TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY AND FOCUS ON THE ISSUES THAT ARE BEFORE US.))
[OUT Q=ARE BEFORE US.]
When asked whether he lied under oath, the President sidestepped the question and urged the public not to get mired in the details.
Mourners in Alabama bid a final farewell to one of the state's favorite sons.
The body of former Governor George Wallace was carried from the State Capitol Building.
Wallace was a staunch segregationist who later recanted his racist views.
Wallace who was 79 when he died on Sunday.
For the first time since a 15 day pilots strike Northwest Airlines is back in the air.
Northwest operated about a fourth of its schedule today- about 430 flights.
[IN Q=We're glad to]
((DAVID WHITFIELD/NORTHWEST CAPTAIN: WE'RE VERY GLAD TO BE BACK IT WAS A LONG TWO WEEKS. I THINK WE'RE ALL GLAD TO BE BACK.))
[OUT Q=to be back. (double out)]
By Monday the airline hopes to be back up to full speed resuming all 17-hundred of its daily flights.
[Fade music UP]
[Out Q=its daily flights.]
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still to come--
parking next to a federal courthouse in Roanoke is too close for comfort for some officials.
We'll tell you what changes they're making.
And, we'll hear from a holocaust survivor about the horrors of Auschwitz. .when the news continues.
[OUT Q=..NEWS 7 SPORTS""]
((Hey Jean this Mike Stevens back in sports office and as always on Wednesday it's Lady's night! Steve Mason will drop with Hometown Hoops weekly plus, we'll keep an eye on the Mac Daddy tonight as he swings in Pittsburgh.
The human vacumn cleaner is coming to the valley next February, the Braves win their 98th of the season, and Michael Jordan is being sued for $20 million bucks.
Plus, Jeff Hostetler quits the Redskins tonight.
The details tonight on News 7 sports.))
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A request from the state means a one-year delay in building a new power line.
Still, American Electric Power says there's a reason to be encouraged by the state's request.
Yesterday, the state asked A-E-P to study an alternative route for the proposed high-voltage line.
Instead of running from Wyoming County, West Virginia, to Cloverdale...
The alternative would connect power stations in Wyoming and Jackson's Ferry, which is in Southeast Wythe County.
Even though studying the alternative will set back the date a power line could be built, A-E-P is heartened by language in the State Corporation Commission's request...
Language that says a new power line would protect Southwest Virginia's supply of electricity.
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[IN Q=the focus]
((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: THE FOCUS OF THE PROJECT, AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT SINCE THE BEGINNING IS: IT'S NEEDED TO SERVE THE CITIZENS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. WE'VE SAID THAT THE SCC HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE THE PROJECT BASED ON THE NEEDS OF THE CITIZENS OF SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/American Electric Power;]
[OUT Q=southwestern virginia]
The group that has most vocally opposed the power line didn't have any public comments today.
But privately, members of the group believe A-E-P ultimately will win permission to build the line.
You can't park at the federal building anymore.
The Poff building was one of the last federal buildings in the country that maintained public parking on the grounds. Not any more. The 20 spaces were painted over last week.
[IN Q=These are security]
((LARRY MADDOX/U.S. MARSHAL: THESE ARE SECURITY MEAUSURES THAT HAVE STARTED SINCE THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING. WE'RE IN THE PROCESS, AS FUNDS BECOME AVAILABLE, TO TRY TO ENHANCE THE SECURITY WITHIN THE BUILDING TO MAKE IT A SAFER ENVIRONMENT FOR THE EMPLOYEES HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Maddox/U.S. Marshal]
[OUT Q=employees here.]
Five hundred federal employees work here. Another 500 people visit the Poff building every day.
They'll have to find a spot on the street or in one of the commercial parking lots nearby.
The United Nations diplomat at the center of the efforts to disarm Iraq was in Roanoke tonight.
And Richard Butler had a sober message for students and faculty at Virginia Western Community College.
[IN Q=What seems to be the case]
((RICHARD BUTLER/CHIEF U.N. WEAPONS INSPECTOR: WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE CASE TODAY, TONIGHT HERE IN PEACEFUL ROANOKE IS THAT WE ARE ONCE AGAIN ON THE VERGE OF A POSSIBLE CRISIS WITH IRAQ.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Butler/Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector;]
[OUT Q=crisis with Iraq.]
This past Monday, Butler says Iraq's parliament threatened to end all cooperation with his inspectors, unless the U-N security council took steps toward ending economic sanctions.
Butler says the U.N. won't give in, that it's too important to make sure Iraq gets rid of its weapons of mass destruction.
It's a history lesson you can't get from a text book.
A survivor of the Holocaust shared his personal horror story tonight with a crowded auditorium at Averett College in Danville.
Our Christy Hubley was there.
[IN Q=All eyes were on Benjamin]
[SUPER=01-Benjamin Jacobs/Holocaust Survivor; :17]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :39]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]
((All eyes were on Benjamin Jacobs as he recounted gruesome details of his life in Nazi death camps.
He was a young man in Poland at the start of World War Two.
When he spoke to News 7, he recalled how quickly things changed for the Jews under German occupation.
[IN Q=It was immediately such a]
((BEN JACOBS/HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR: IT WAS IMMEDIATELY SUCH A CHANGE OF LIFE IN THE FACT THAT WE WERE NOT ANY LONGER CITIZENS. WE WERE NOT POLISH. WE WERE NOT GERMAN. WE WERE NOTHING. WE WERE JUST PEOPLE THEY COULD DO WHATEVER THEY WANTED TO DO. AND SO THEY DID. AND SO THEY DID.))
[OUT Q=and so they did. (2x)]
Jacobs was imprisoned at Auschwitz for four years.
There, he used his skills as a dental student to survive-- working on the teeth of the living-- and pulling gold fillings from the teeth of the dead.
[IN Q=You have to do something]
((BEN JACOBS/HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR: YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING, YOU DO IT. EVEN SO YOUR HANDS WERE TREMBLING AND YOUR FOREHEAD WAS SWEATING YOU HAD TO DO IT YOU DID IT.))
[OUT Q=you did it.]
Remarkably, Jacobs survived the wrath of Hitler.
So many other Jews did not.
He feels it's his obligation to the innocent victims to tell his story and theirs.
[IN Q=Perhaps this is the ]
((BEN JACOBS/HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR: PERHAPS THIS IS THE REASON THAT I SURVIVED LETTING THE WORLD KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.))
[OUT Q=know what happened.]
Jacobs has published one book-- the Dentist of Auschwitz-- he's working on a second.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
Up next--it captivated tv audiences in the 1970's..
Now, actors in Nelson County plan to bring John Boy and the rest of the Walton's family to the stage.
More when the news continues.
In the 1930's, hundreds of area families were forced out of their homes to make way for the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The controversy became the plot for one of the most popular episodes of the t-v show "The Waltons".. now that show is being reproduced on a Nelson County stage.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
[IN Q=It's a tale]
[SUPER=03-Nelson Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chris Baumer/Co-Director; :22]
[SUPER=01-Boomie Pederson/Co-Director; :40]
[OUT Q=News7, Nelson County.]
((It's a tale that many people in the Blue Ridge mountains remember all too well.
ONE SUMMER WE WERE TO LEARN THAT MAN COULD ALSO TAKE AWAY THAT WHICH THE LAND HAD GIVEN.
The showdown between the mountain folk and the government made for good t-v in the 1970's.. now the "Waltons" script has been adapted for the stage, and a play being performed at the Mountain Cove Vineyards.
[IN Q=The story]
((CHRIS BAUMER/CO- DIRECTOR: THE STORY TRANSLATES VERY WELL TO THE STAGE, SO I THINK THE CHALLENGE FOR US HAS BEEN REINVENTING THE STORY WITH A LOT OF LOCAL RESOURCES AND LOCAL COLOR.))
[OUT Q=and local color.]
[IN Q=Warner Brothers]
Warner Brothers still owns the rights to the t-v series, but Earl Hamner helped cut a deal where the play can only be performed here in Nelson County. And the directors say this is the best place for it.
[OUT Q=place for it.]
[IN Q=Well it's a]
((BOOMIE PEDERSON/CO- DIRECTOR: WELL IT'S A NATURAL SET. I MEAN THIS IS THE LAND THAT'S BEING TALKED ABOUT IN THE PARTICULAR PLAY AND HERE IT IS AND IT'S ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.))
[OUT Q=absolutely gorgeous.]
Earl Hamner will be on hand for Friday's premiere.
The show runs through October 11th. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Nelson County.))
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Michael Jordan may need to play another year to keep Heaven Corporation movie makers off his back.
The company is suing Michael for $20 million dollars.
Officials say he backed out of a contract to make the movie "Heaven is a Playground." As a result the movie bombed.
The company says the $20 million represents what it would of made had Jordan starred in the movie.
Instead it grossed a pitiful $168 thousand.
No response from the Jordan camp.
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As if things couldn't get any worse for the Washington Redskins, last night veteran quarterback Jeff Hostetler quit the team!
[SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00]
Yesterday Hostetler met with head coach Norv Turner to vent his frustration over being placed third on the depth chart behind Trent Green and Gus Frerotte.
The 15 year veteran emerged from the meeting, cleaned out his locker, removed his name plate and drove home to West Virginia.
Norv Turner would only say he was excused from practice. The coach says he doesn't know if Hostettler plans on coming back to the team.
Like the Redskins, the Buffalo Bills are off to an oh and 2 start.
The bulk of the blame so far has been applied to the Bills' offensive line.
Former E.C. Glass Reuben Brown reponded to the critics yesterday, in particular members of the media who cover the Bills on a regular basis.
[SUPER=01-Reuben Brown/Buffalo Bills Lineman; :00]
[OUT Q=...really care."]
With all due respect to Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, there are some other guys in the major leagues who can hit the long ball.
[SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Tuesday Night; :00]
This is the Indians Manny Ramirez, who Tuesday night hit a homer in three consecutive at bats against the Blue Jays.
[super=04-Last Night; :00]
Last night against the Twins in his first at bat he slammed another homer to tie a big league record for homering in his fourth straight at bat.
He hit another one last night to tie a big league mark with five homers in two games.
He now has 42 for the season.
[GRAPHIC=HALL OF FAME]
One of the best players around when I was growing up..
is coming to Salem for this year's Hot Stove banquet.
Robinson will be the guest speaker for the 8th annual Salem-Roanoke hall of fame induction ceremony that is set for February 14th of next year at the Salem Civic Center.
Brooks played for the O's from 1955 through 1977 and he was world series MVP when the O's won the title in 1970.
In 1983 he was inducted into the baseball hall of fame.
This year's inductees will be announced later this fall.
The Atlanta Braves picked up their 98th win of the year today by beating the Phils 5-to-1.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Phillies vs. Braves; :00]
Chipper Jones hit his
34th homer of the season in the 1st inning to alomost dead straight away center.
That put the Braves in front to stay.
Eddie Perez also got into the long ball act he jacked his 5th dinger of the year. The 2 run shot made it 3-to-nothing.
John Smoltz improved to 16 and 3.
He has won 11 of his last 12 starts.
Again the final, 5-to-1 Braves.
The Roanoke Wrath had an outstanding season this past year and today the team got some recognition.
[SUPER=04-1998 Season; :00]
Goalie Danny Britton has been voted the top goal keeper in the D3 professional leaguem in which the Wrath played.
He gave up only 11 goals all season, that's less than one a game.
The Springfield native hopes to be back with the team next season.
Still to come tonight we'll shift our attention to the hardwood
as Steve Mason joins us for this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
Time now to take it to the hoops with Steve Mason in this week's edition on Roundhouse Wrapup.
Tonight he begins by playing the numbers' game.
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Buffaloes vs. Blue Demons; :26]
[SUPER=03-Fort Chiswell/Indians vs. Fort Chiswell; :34]
[SUPER=01-Patty Brewer/Rural Retreat Head Coach; :44]
[SUPER=01-Danny Jonas/Fort Chiswell Head Coach; 1:06]
[SUPER=03-Moneta/Bengals vs. Golden Eagles; 1:12]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Black/Bassett Head Coach; 1:28]
[OUT Q=we'll see ya next week"]
((Three Rivers district front runner Floyd County is 7 and 3. Michelle Quisenberry is averaging 11 points and six steals a game.
Hohoheegee District power Rural Retreat is lead by senior guard Christy Osborne who should top the thousand point mark in her next two games. She's averaging 15 a game.
Mountain Empire's Fort Chiswell is 4 and 3 but have won two straight. 6'1" senior center Kelly Reynolds is averaging 21 points a game and drawing interest from Roanoke and Emory and Henry colleges. Chiswell is defending the district crown.
In double A's Piedmont District, this could be Lisa Blacks's best team in her 15 years. Four starters are back, including Heather Miller who is averaging 30 a game. with second leading rebounder Tierra balilies coming back from a sprained ankle, the Lady Bengals should be even tougher.
Dawn Coleman has one starter back and Jefferson Forest has it's hands full in the seminole District. Playing tough competition early, lie William Byrd, should force these young ladies to grow up fast.))
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And don't forget coaches and athletic directors around the area be sure to call in your final scores.
It's toll free and relatviely painless. Just dial 1-800-777-WDBJ.
Two scores that were called in tonight was from Blacksburg where the Indians lost to Lord Botetourt 62-to-56.
In high school volleyball tonight Franklin County stayed unbeaten with a three games to nothing shutout of GW Danville. The Lady Eagles are now 5-and-oh.