[11Elton-Concert]

[ANCHOR=Denise]

[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#99-8 20:32]
[GRAPHIC=Elton John]


He did NOT come with a big band or lots of backup singers, but Elton John's music came through loud and clear.
Stacey Martin was at the concert and has this report.
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It was an event thousands of people were waiting to see ever since the Rocket-man announced his tour stop in Roanoke.

This show was built as just an evening with Elton John, his piano, and his music. [nat-sound]
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These solo performances will take the singer to many smaller cities including Roanoke and Birmingham, Alabama--one city where he says he's never played before. It's the type of tour thats been a long time coming for the rock star.
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[nat-sound]
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For the most part fans saw a softer, simpler side of Elton John performing many favorites from his early days of rock-and-roll including "Your Song". [nat-sound]
[IN Q= while your in the world]
[OUT Q= good evening Roanoke-(clapping)]
[Runs=:18]
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((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: HE NOW HEADS TO CHATTANOOGA, TENNESEE WHERE THERE ARE STILL TICKETS AVAILABLE. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
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[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


No word from the peace talks in Kosovo, despite the passing of the deadline for an agreement.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rambouillet, France;]


Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is still meeting with Serbs and ethnic Albanians in France.
Albright arrived in early this morning to make a last ditch effort at sovling the crisis.
NATO says it'll launch missile attacks if the Serbs and Albanians don't sign a deal.
But the Yugoslav president says he will not allow NATO troops into Kosovo to oversee a peace agreement.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Albanians]

((PLEURAT SEJDIU, K.L.A. POLITICAL REPRESENTATIVE: THE ALBANIANS HAVE DECIDED TO SACRIFICE EVERYTHING FOR THE FUTURE OF FREEDOM, SO FROM HERE WE'RE COMING TO THE QUESTION OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. FOR US IT'S INDEPENDENCE AND NOTHING LESS.))
[SUPER=01-Pleurat Sejdiu/Albanian Representative;]
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[VO-NAT]


The Ethnic Albanians are seeking independance from The Serbs.
The dead line for an agreement was six this morning.
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[DUI-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=SAT am]
[WRITER=vga]
[TAPE#=99-12 2:09]
[GRAPHIC=accident]

Alcohol is to blame for two accidents last night in Roanoke City.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke City]

The first happened on Williamson Road around 10:30. A 1997 Saturn was entering Williamson Road from a private lot when it was struck by a 1973 Dodge. The driver of the Dodge was charged with DUI.
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[Anchor=Denise]
[Graphic=None]

Another accident involving alcohol happened at Jamestown Apartments in Southeast Roanoke. The driver of a 1982 Chrysler was pulling out of the parking lot around 8:30 last night when his car struck the building causing 8-thousand dollars damage to one of the apartments. Police say the driver was charged with DUI.


[Robbery-Arrest]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=98-77 1:36:15]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Pulaski police have made an arrest in a recent bank robbery.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


They picked up 39 year old Michael Anthony Hight around 9 last night at his Pulaski home.
Investigators say Around 9-30 am on February 5-th a man entered the Community National Bank and gave the teller a note demanding cash.
The note also indicated the man had a gun.
The suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

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[Anchor=Denise]
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Police say Hight has been charged with Bank robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
He is being held at the Pulaski County jail without bond.

[Abuse-Sentence]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A man and his ex-girlfriend have been sentenced for abusing the woman's 19-month old son. The man and the child's mother were charged last July after they brought the child to a hospital vomiting blood and covered with bite marks and bruises.
Yesterday, A Franklin County judge departed from sentencing guidelines when he sentenced William Roy Ingram to 20 years in prison. Ten years were suspended from his sentence.
The child's mother, Rebecca Andrews received a 5 year sentence for child neglect.
The judge suspended all but 15 months of her sentence.

[11Penn]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-1 37-59]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Patrick County truck driver has been completely cleared of five federal felonies.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 22]


Earl Penn was charged in a conspiracy to kill a federal witness.
An informant had told the D-E-A that Penn put up a 10-thousand dollar bounty on the witness.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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His lawyer got a letter from the U-S Attorney yesterday indicating the feds had gotten false information. Their informant lied, so all charges against Penn will be dismissed.

[K-9]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=99-25 tc 00:09]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Seal ]

[ANCHOR Tag ANCHOR tag]
Dogs have worked along side people in many capacities, from acting as a handler's eyes to standing beside a soldier during times of war.
A select few carry a badge and work to protect and serve the community.
Earlier this week videographer Preston Seamon and I spent the afternoon with the Roanoke County Police K-9 unit.
Meet officer John Hoover and his partner of almost a year officer Axle.
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Coming up in our second half hour we'll see these k-9 officers apprehend a fugitive and locate hidden illegal drugs.

[toss to weather][11Puppy-Beaten]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=ame]
[TAPE#=99-6 20:57]
[GRAPHIC=Dog Beating]


Roanoke Police have arrested a man believed to have beaten a puppy in Southwest Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Just over a week ago, Teresa Harmon told police that she'd found her dog in an a alley, beaten with its mouth taped shut.
Sheeba is feeling better now, but still has a scar.
Thursday, Roanoke police arrrested 19-year old James Anthony Via and charged him with animal cruelty.
It was apparently a random incident- Harmon says she does NOT know Via, who's being held in the Roanoke city jail, without bond.
Harmon says from now on, she's only letting her dogs outside, with supervision.
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[Explosions]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]


Rescue workers fear the worst for four people trapped in the rubble of a chemical plant near Allentown, Pennsylvania.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Allentown, PA;]


The plant exploded last night.
Searchers are using dogs and infr-red equipment to look for victims, but it's slow going since the building is unstable.
Hypothermia is a big threat for anyone trapped below the steel beams and rubble since they've been exposed to the cold for hours.
Investigators don't know what caused the blast.
Two people pulled from the rubble are in critical condition, while six others were treated and released.
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[11shooting]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=vvo]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


A man remains in critical condition at Roanoke memorial hosptail this morning after a shooting last night in Roanoke. Rodney Brent McNair was found by police with an apparent gunshot wound to the neck. Witnesses say the shooting followed a fight involving a dozen people at the intersection of Chapman Avenue and 14th Street.


[11Haygood-Sentence]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-79 1:27:51]
[GRAPHIC=lEGAL sCALES]


The victim of an attack outside Lynchburg General Hospital last year says she thinks hospital officials are still trying to cover up what happened.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Melanie Curnutte (ker-NOOT) was attacked at knifepoint outside the hospital's emergency room on April 29th.
She says security video of the incident would back up her claim that hospital guards could have prevented the attack.
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((MELANIE CURNUTTE/ATTACK VICTIM: AND I WAS TOLD MY TAPE HAD BEEN ERASED ON MAY 1ST, ON MAY 8TH AND ON MAY 29TH. AND IF MR. DARREL POWERS WOULD LIKE TO GIVE ME ONE ANSWER, ONE CONCLUSIVE ANSWER, I WOULD BE HAPPY.))
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[VO-NAT]


Hospital officials say the video was erased as part of its routine recycling of its tapes.
Curnutte's attacker.. John Major Haygood- got a three- year prison term yesterday.
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[11Bedford-Investigation]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-81 1:14:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Bedford County authorities have charged a man with embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a charity he was raising money for.
39- year- old Anthony R. Perrow was arrested Thursday on grand larceny and embezzlement warrants.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Forest]


Perrow was the former head fundraiser for the Forest Athletic Association, which is raising money to improve its recreation center on Route 811.
Authorities say Perrow, who also claims to be a contractor, was writing checks and buying equipment that never showed up on the construction site.
As much as 60- thousand dollars remains unaccounted for.
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[11State-police]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat am]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=98-7 25:24]
[GRAPHIC=More Patrols]


You might want to think twice about speeding on Interstate 81 through Montgomery County tomorrow. A planned patrol will take place. Governor Gilmore says The way to put more troopers on the Interstate is to have them spend less time in court.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


That was part of Governor Gilmore's proposal, when he ordered State Police to step up enforcement on I-81.
One would think more troopers... issuing more speeding tickets.... would bring more cases to court.
Trooper Gary Chaffin says, as it is now, state police could spend all day- -everyday day- -writing tickets.
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[SOT 13:32]
[IN Q=You could]

((YOU COULD. YOU GET ON THIS INTERSTATE 81 OUT HERE- -AND WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO CHANGE IT, BUT YOU COULD PUT IN EIGHT HOURS OUT THERE ON THE INTERSTATE, AND YOU BE OUT OF PAPER BEFORE THE END OF THE DAY. THERE'S THAT MANY VIOLATIONS OUT THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Chaffin/State Trooper]
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[VO-NAT]


He believes the saturation patrols- -like the one planned for tomorrow in Montgomery County- -may slow people down, so there'll actually a drop in the number of court cases.
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[2K-9]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=99-25 tc 02:21]
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[SUPER=01-Chris Reynolds/Roanoke Co. Police Dept.; :18]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Monday; :37]
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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Officer Reynolds and Argos have been together for five years. Training is an ongoing process for both, the handler and dog go training exercises twice a month to sharpen their skills.

[11Electric-Dereg]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat am]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=98-82 57:37]
[GRAPHIC=Deregulation]


De-regulating the state's electric utility industry may actually increase rates for southwest Virginians.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; ]


But local lawmakers were powerless to slow the process in Richmond yesterday-- in the last committee action before the full House votes next week.
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[SOT 14:03:18]
[IN Q=If you]

((SAM CHURCH/UNITED MINE WORKERS: IF YOU WILL LOOK, IN SOUTHWEST ESPECIALLY, WHERE OUR UNION REPRESENTS OUR PEOPLE, THERE IS SOME OF THE LOWEST RATES IN THE UNITED STATES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.))
[SOT 14:20:37]

((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-WARM SPRINGS: ALMOST 70-PERCENT OF THE TAX PAID IN BATH COUNTY COMES FROM VIRGINIA POWER. BUT I REPRESENT A LOT OF COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN, THAT ARE OUT IN THE COUNTRY, AND HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT OF A GREAT DEAL OF THE PROSPERITY WE'VE HAD IN THIS COMMONWEALTH.))
[SOT 14:54:44 ]

((EVA TIEG/VIRGINIA POWER: WE WILL HAVE TO SPEND A LOT OF SHAREHOLDER MONEY TO BE ABLE TO PUT THE SYSTEMS IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THE TRANSITION IS NOT DISRUPTIVE TO CONSUMERS IN ANY WAY.))
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[SUPER=01-Eva Tieg/Virginia Power; :31 ]
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum tried to slow deregulation down a year.
Woodrum says it's natural for the electric companies to want to make money.
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[General-Store]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Saturday AM]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Time Off]
[GRAPHIC=Time Off]


If you've ever been to Buena Vista, you've seen the Old General Store.
Over the course of a century, it has sold everything from dynamite to ice cream.
Times have changed, but old- fashioned, friendly service is alive and well at this landmark store.
Here's Kimberly McBroom with this week's "Time Off".
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[IN Q=Thank you...]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :01]
[SUPER=01-Don Lorrier/General Store Owner; :16]
[SUPER=@Kimberly1; 1:40]
[SUPER=01-Bennie Fauber/Longtime Customer; 2:35]
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[OUT Q=McBroom, News 7, Buena Vista.]
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[SOT 10:46:52]

((LYNNE LORRIER/GENERAL STORE OWNER: THANK YOU. YOU ALL HAVE A GOOD DAY.)) [RUNS:02]
No one in Buena Vista remembers a time when the Old General Store wasn't here...
Opening its doors in 18-91, it's been in existence longer than the TOWN.
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[SOT 10:49:56]

((DON LORRIER/GENERAL STORE OWNER: THE BOOM WAS BROUGHT ON BY THE DISCOVERY OF IRON ORE. SO, BUENA VISTA DID NOT BECOME A TOWN UNTIL 1892, A FULL YEAR LATER. SO, IT MAY BE THE ONLY STORE THAT YOU'LL EVER BE IN THAT CAN SAY IT'S A YEAR OLDER THAN THE TOWN IT'S IN.)) [RUNS:14]
Don and Lynne Lorrier are only the store THIRD set of owners, having bought it 10 years ago.
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[SOT 10:50:30]

((DON LORRIER/GENERAL STORE OWNER: WE PRESERVED AS MUCH AS WE COULD OF THE ORIGINAL WOOD FLOORS AND TIN CEILING, AND THE SQUEAKS...EVEN THE SQUEAKS. THAT'S AN IMPORTANT THING IN A GENERAL STORE. THE FLOOR'S GOT TO SQUEAK.)) [RUNS:10]
The Old General Store is a rare place where you can buy the every- popular bib overalls on one side of the store....and fulfill all your food and hardware needs on the other side of the store.
All this, with constant reminders of the past...
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[SOT 10:53:24]

(( DON LORRIER/GENERAL STORE OWNER: WE TRY TO USE AS MANY THINGS AS WE CAN.. THIS COKE MACHINE IS FROM 1953. THE WAY TO HAVE A COKE IS IN A BOTTLE. Kimberly McBroom: In a glass bottle. LORRIER: THERE YOU GO, MY DEAR. McBroom: All right, thank you very much. )) [RUNS:14]
You can still buy hand- dipped ice cream here..
And you can enjoy a leisurely game of checkers while waiting for someone ELSE to do the shopping.
There are more than 600 items on display.
Many were purchased here years ago, when "ringing up the sale" meant just that...
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[SOT 10:59:28]

((DON LORRIER/GENERAL STORE MANAGER: SO, THE EMPLOYEE WOULD PUSH HIS KEY, AND THEN HE'D PUT IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE SALE, AND RING IT UP WITH A CRANK HANDLE, NOTHING ELECTRICAL ABOUT THIS ONE.)) [RUNS:11]
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: IN A COMPANY TOWN LIKE BUENA VISTA, THERE WAS A REAL EFFORT TO KEEP THE LOCAL ECONOMY BOOMING. THE GENERAL STORE CERTAINLY DID ITS PART...BY USING ITS OWN CURRENCY.)) [RUNS:08]
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[SOT 11:41:52 **b-roll with coin shots]

((DON LORRIER/GENERAL STORE OWNER: THEY WOULD GIVE THEM NO MORE THAN 20 PERCENT IN CASH, AND 80- PERCENT IN TRADE OR IN STORE- ISSUED SCRIPT, WHICH WAS IN THE FORM OF BRASS COINS. AND THE REALLY INTERESTING THING IS, THEY CONTINUED TO USE THOSE BRASS COINS UNTIL 1973, WHEN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT STEPPED IN AND SAID, "NAH, WE'RE THE ONLY ONES LEFT IN AMERICA MAKING OUR OWN MONEY.)) [RUNS:25]
The Lorriers say they're prices are competitive with the BIG guys..
But the most PRICELESS thing you'll find here is customer loyalty.
Bennie Fauber still comes around to shoot the breeze on occasion...he first visited the store during World War Two.
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[SOT 12:08:36 ]

((BENNIE FAUBER/LONGTIME CUSTOMER: WELL, IN LATER YEARS, I BOUGHT LEATHER AND THEN I BOUGHT DYNAMITE HERE FOR CLEANING UP LAND AND SO ON. Kimberly McBroom/News 7: Wow! Find a little bit of everything here then. FAUBER: YEAH. I COULD FIND THINGS HERE THAT I COULDN'T FIND ANYWHERE ELSE.)) [RUNS:12]
And while the floors DO creak...it's only because they've had to carry a slow, but steady parade of happy customers.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Buena Vista ))





[Profile-Preview]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat. Morning]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=Va Profiles]
[GRAPHIC=Va Profiles]


Music is an integral part of Olen Gardner's life.
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[VO-NAT 1:05:40]
[SUPER=03-Riner;]


The Carroll County native was playing banjo and making his own instruments at around age five.
Gardner went on to play banjo for singer and musician Charlie Monroe, the brother of legendary bluegrass singer Bill Monroe.
But Gardner, who now lives in Riner, quickly decided life on the road didn't fit with his desire to be with his children and to devote his life to the Lord.
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[SOT ]
[IN Q=In 1957 ]

[OLEN GARDNER/MUSICIAN:IN 1957, WHEN I BECAME A CHRISTIAN, AND COME OFF THE ROAD, NOW I'M NOT SAYING YOU CAN'T BE A CHRISTIAN, BUT I HAD A DESIRE TO BE IN MY LOCAL CHURCH AND WITH MY COMMUNIYT AND BEING ON THE ROAD WOULD NOT HAVE EVER FIT ME AGAIN.]
[SUPER=01-Olen Gardner/Musician;]
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[OUT Q=me again.]
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[VO-NAT]


After foregoing life on the road, Gardner eventually became a teacher.
These days-- he repairs instruments for friends.
He also recently repaired a guitar for country music star Ricky Van Shelton.
[take pinnacle board=9403 ESSc]


For more on Gardner's life and Van Shelton's visit-- tune in tomorrow for our special series "Virginia Profiles"on News 7 Sunday Morning.
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[Hoop-Mornin]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat.Morning]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SAT PROMO]
[GRAPHIC=BIG SOUTH 6119]


Your Hometown Station turns into "Your Hometown Hoops" station later today with a LIVE college basketball broadcast.
Here's Mike Stevens with the details from Radford.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Well guys...]
[SUPER=@mike1; :00]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/January 30; :16]
[RUNS=:45]
[OUT Q=...LUNCH TODAY."]

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