[7S-Rockbridge-Firefighters]

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[TAPE#=98-78 38:35]
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Five Rockbridge County teenagers are guilty of helping firefighters set a series of fires.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./November;]


They were charged after a 19-month police investigation.
The teen-agers will be sentenced this spring.
They could spend time in a detention center or be asked to perform community service.
The adults, who have not yet gone to court, could face time in jail if they're convicted.
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[7E-Franklin-Football]


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[TAPE#=98-72 1:45:22]
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Franklin County is trying to go to the root of it's football problem.
It's been decades since the Franklin County High School team has had a winning season.
Tina Tenret reports.
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[IN Q=The Franklin County]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Fall 1998; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Little/Football Coach; :20]
[SUPER=01-B. A. Davis, III/Retired Judge; :42]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County]


((The Franklin County School Board wants to kick this team's losing streak.
From now on, football skills will be taught in kindergarten.
The middle school will have its own football coach.
High school athletes must sign a contract to weight-train.
And parents are expected to review past game films with the team.
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[SOT 12:42:09]
[IN Q=There's a lot]

((JERRY LITTLE/FOOTBALL COACH: THERE'S A LOT OF FRUSTRATION. IT'S TRYING TO INSTILL IN YOUR KIDS THAT YOU CAN BE SUCCESSFUL, YOU CAN PLAY ON THE SAME FIELDS AS THESE OTHER TEAMS.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=as these other teams]


But some critics would rather start over from scratch: can the coach, they say, and hire one from a winning team like Salem or Pulaski.
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[SOT 11:29:09]
[IN Q=I'd get in touch]

((B.A. DAVIS III/RETIRED JUDGE: I'D GET IN TOUCH WITH JOE HICKS OF PULASKI, I'D GET IN TOUCH WITH WILLIS WHITE AT SALEM AND ASK EM TO COME OVER HERE, REVIEW OUR PROGRAM, TELL US WHAT'S NEEDED, AND WHAT WE'RE DOING WRONG.)) [RUNS:15]
[OUT Q=we're doing wrong]


The school board is requiring the coach to make monthly progress reports -- the next one's in February.
Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County.))

[7E-High-School]


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Football wasn't the only item on the agenda for Franklin County school board members.
Plans were also drafted for four new schools.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


The school board is considering two options to deal with overcrowding.
Both plans call for a new elementary school between Boones Mill and Burnt Chimney.
They would also turn the current middle school into a second high school and build two new middle schools.
The big difference is one plan would keep sixth graders in middle school -- the other would drop them down to the elementary schools.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Franklin County parents will receive a written survey for their opinion.
The county supervisors will have the final say on which option is chosen.

[7E-Dinner-Theater]


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An old Roanoke movie theatre is getting a new lease on life.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The "Star City Cinema Grill" will open at Crossroads Mall by the end of this month-- and it's exactly what it sounds like. A theater with a full dinner menu, alcoholic beverages and table service. Three-50 will get you in to see evening movies, two dollars for the early shows.
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[SOT=00:02:35]
[IN Q=SATURDAY AND SUNDAY]

((DEBBIE STEELE/CO-OWNER & PRESIDENT; SATURDAY AND SUNDAY THERE WILL BE MATINEES FOR KIDS. THEN ON THE WEEKENDS AND EVENINGS THERE WILL BE MORE OF AN ADULT ORIENTED THINGS. YOU HAVE TO BE 18 OR BE WITH SOMEONE 18.))
[SUPER=01-Debbie Steele/Co-owner and President;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=SOMEONE 18.]
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[VO-NAT]

The facility will also serve as a sports bar, of sorts. Cinema Grill owners expect to open for business between January 22nd and 29th.
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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast..
Partly sunny and continued breezy today, as warm southwesterly winds push the highs up into the mid-50s.
Mostly cloudy tonight, but temperatures won't drop much. Look for lows in the mid-40s.
The extended forecast...
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[45S-Pluma-Stores]


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[TAPE#=98-65 1:54:23]
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Six outlet stores are the latestest victims of the cost cutting plan at Pluma.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chatham;]


One of those stores is in Chatham.
Pluma uses its outlets to get rid of irregularly-sewn clothing and close-outs.
The company said closing the Chatham outlet won't have any significant impact on personnel.
Last week, Pluma announced it is cutting 24-hundred jobs at sewing plants in Rocky Mount and Eden, North Carolina.
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[45E-Wilderness-Academy]


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[TAPE#=98-73 1:10:45]
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The state Education Department is getting invovled after a dangerous game at at a Botetourt County boarding school nearly leads to sexual assault.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./November;]


A student at the Wilderness Leadership Academy says he was almost sexually assaulted with a broomstick.
He says he was playing Pass Out-- he held his breath while a classmate punched him in the stomach so he passed out.
He came to, just as a fellow student was trying to sexually assault him.
The Education Department wants a written guarantee from school officials that boys will not play that game again.


But other than that, the school is improving facilities and pamphlets.
It must undergo a three-day review later this month in order to regain its license.
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[45E-Schools-Reopen]


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[TAPE#98-77 37:48]
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For the first time in weeks, there are no school delays or closings to report this morning.
Students are back in the classroom again after an extended holiday vacation because of winter weather.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


Many kids got an extra week off thanks to last week's combination of sleet, snow and freezing rain-- which made travel hazardous.
Blacksburg Middle school principal Gary McCoy says some students are wondering how the missed days will affect upcoming exams but overall seemed glad to be back.
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[IN Q=I think]

((GARY MCCOY/BLACKSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL:I THINK THE KIDS CAME IN A LITTLE SLEEPY THIS MORNING BUT AFTER THAT PICKED UP... AND WERE GLAD TO BE BACK. ))
[SUPER=01-Gary McCoy/Principal; :00]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=to be back.]
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[VO-NAT]


Students in Montgomery and Giles counties will get out later at the end of the school year to make up for the lost days.
Wythe County will remain on schedule.
Pulaski County has not decided what it plans to do.
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[45E-Skiing]


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[TAPE#98-82 18:40]
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While the winter weather closed schools, it opened up Virginia's ski resorts.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nelson Co.]


Unseasonably warm weather in early December kept both snow and the skiers off the slopes at places like the Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County.
But the recent cold snap has helped put everyone back in business.
Wintergreen officials say it's all part of operating a ski resort in the South.
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[SOT 00:16:15]
[IN Q=We had some]

((DAN ZUNKER/WINTERGREEN RESORT: WE HAD SOME WARM WEATHER THAT ACTUALLY BACKED US UP ABOUT A WEEK, BUT WE WERE SAYING AT THAT POINT AND WE'RE SAYING NOW, IF THAT WAS OUR JANUARY THAW, WE'LL TAKE IT. WE'LL TAKE IT AT THE BEGINNING OF DECEMBER RATHER THAN THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY WHERE IT TEND TO INTERRUPT OUR MOMENTUM. RIGHT NOW WE'VE GOT A LOT OF SKIERS UP HERE, THE WEATHER'S GREAT, THE CONDITIONS ARE PERFECT. SO WE'RE WELCOMING PEOPLE UP HERE AND IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE ANYTHING'S GOING TO SLOW DOWN, IT LOOKS LIKE THE WEATHER'S GOING TO CONTINUE LIKE THIS FOR A WHILE.))
[SUPER=01-Dan Zunker/Wintergreen Resort; :00]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=for a while.]
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[VO-NAT]


Zunker says all 19 of Wintergreen's slopes are open with a four to five foot base.
And snowboarders are starting to outnumber skiers on some of the slopes.
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Checking the Tuesday forecast now--
Partly sunny and breezy today, with warm southwest winds pushing highs in the low to mid 50s.
Turning mostly cloudy tonight, with lows falling into the lower 40s.
The extended outlook clouds up a bit, with some precipitation likely.
High temperatures will fluctuate for the next few days, with highs ranging from the 50s, back down into the 30s.
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The man who broke out of jail in Bedford County over the weekend has been caught.
Randy Penkert (PINK-hurt) was arrested early this morning at a motel in Williamsburg by the state police.
They got a tip that he was in the area. He didn't give the police any trouble.
The convicted car thief had been at large since Saturday.

[8S-Rockbridge-Firefighters]


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[TAPE#=98-78 38:35]
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An 18 month arson investigation has resulted in a guilty verdict for five Rockbridge County teenagers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./November;]


They were charged with helping firefighters set a series of blazes.
The teen-agers will be sentenced this spring.
They could spend time in a detention center or be asked to perform community service.
The adults, who have not yet gone to court, could face prison time if they're convicted.
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[8E-High-School]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-74 51:33]
[GRAPHIC=Franklin Co. Schools]


The Franklin County School Board wants to add four new schools..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


The board is considering two options to deal with overcrowding.
Both plans call for a new elementary school between Boones Mill and Burnt Chimney.
They would also turn the current middle school into a second high school and build two new middle schools.
The big difference is one plan would keep sixth graders in middle school -- the other would drop them down to the elementary schools.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Franklin County parents will receive a written survey for their opinion.
The county supervisors will have the final say on which option is chosen.

[8E-Stamps]


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[TAPE#=98-81 29:09]
[GRAPHIC=Postage Rates Up]


It was standing room only at the post office yesterday--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


One after another, patrons in search of one- cent stamps were turned away from Roanoke post offices.
By the time they got to the South Roanoke station, many had already been all over town.
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[SOT 16:03]
[IN Q=Then I went]

((THEN I WENT TO THE DOWNTOWN POST OFFICE WHICH HAD STAMPS, 25 PEOPLE IN LINE. I'VE BEEN THERE TWICE. TWO PEOPLE WORKING. NO SPECIAL LINE FOR ONE-CENT STAMPS.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Hyams/Postal Patron]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=1-cent stamps.]
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[VO-NAT]


The rate went up by one penny Sunday.
Thirty-three cent stamps-- in the form of generic "H-series" stamps-- are available... but that doesn't help those who've already applied thirty-two cent stamps to an envelope.
The postal service simply underestimated the demand.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Yeah, sold about]

((YEAH, SOLD ABOUT 40,000 PENNY STAMPS IN THREE DAYS TIME, ABOUT TWO TO THREE TIMES THE AMOUNT I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO SELL.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Ingram/U. S. Postal Service]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=going to sell.]
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[VO-NAT]


They expect to have more one-cent stamps today.
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[8E-Special-Olympics]


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[TAPE#98-76 49:28]
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No scandals at these Olympics...just a hundred special athletes taking going for the gold.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nelson Co.]


The 30th annual Special Olympics got underway with the lighting of the torch yesterday afternoon in Nelson County.
For some it was their first time on the slopes, but there were no discouraged faces.
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[SOT 00:14:16]
[IN Q=Attitude and the]

((STEPHANIE LOVELACE/TRAINER: ATTITUDE AND THE VOLUNTEERS WHO WORK WITH THE KIDS, GIVE THEM ENCOURAGEMENT. I'VE BEEN DOING THIS NOW FOR 20 YEARS, NOT WITH THIS GROUP.. THIS IS MY THIRD YEAR WITH THIS GROUP.. AND THE KIDS ARE REALLY EXCITED. A LOT OF THEM NEVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME OUT AND DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND THEY'RE REALLY EXCITED.))
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[OUT Q=they're really excited.]
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[VO-NAT]


Athletes will compete today in slalom and giant slalom events.
More than twenty Roanoke- area athletes are taking part in this year's winter games.
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Turning your attention now to weather--
Partly sunny and rather breezy today, with unseasonably mild temperatures in the lower 50s.
Turning mostly cloudy by tonight, cooling off into the lower 40s for lows.
The forecast is changeable over the next four days, with the possibility of rain or mixed precipitation and fluctuating temperatures...
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