[7-E-Fuller's-Last-Day]

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He has been the pastor of one of the largest churches in Roanoke for 38 years.
But yesterday Doctor Charles Fuller stepped down from the pulpit at Roanoke's First Baptist Church.
Joy Sutton has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Rev. Charles Fuller/First Baptist Church; 18]
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[SUPER=01-Katheleen LeFew/Church Member; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Trevor Holbrook/Church Member; 1:13]
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((NAT SOUND OF SERMON))
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Roanoke's First Baptist Church was packed as Doctor Charles Fuller gave his final sermon.
While Fuller says it's hard to say good bye -- he says he knows it's his time to go.
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[SOT 11:18:42]
[IN Q=With the senior staff]

((REV. CHARLES FULLER/FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: WITH THE SENIOR STAFF MEMBERS HAVING RETIRED IN FRONT OF ME. I'VE COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT THEY NEED A NEW PASTOR SO THAT HE CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RESHAPING OF A NEW STAFF AND TO LET THEM MOVE ON. FOR ME TO STAY HERE IS TO BE ONE WHO IS A HANGOVER))
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[OUT Q=them to move on]


Under the leadership of Fuller the congregation at First Baptist has grown from 2-thousand to about 6-thousand.
And since his arrival in 1961 -- the church building has also expanded.
An educational building was the first expansion, then in 1979 a family life center was added, and in 1992 a new sanctuary.
For churches members who remember his first sermon to those who have known him only a few years --- they all say he h

as made a difference in their lives and they will miss him dearly.
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[SOT 11:11:49]
[IN Q=From day one]

((KATHLEEN LE FEW/CHURCH MEMBER:FROM DAY ONE HE HAS BEEN MY PASTOR, MY FRIEND. A FRIEND I CAN STAND BY THROUGH SICKNESS AND DEATH.))
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[OUT Q=sickness and death]
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[SOT 11:15:28:]
[IN Q=Everytime he talks]

((TREVOR HOLBROOK/CHURCH MEMBER:EVERY TIME HE TALKS, HE TALKS LIKE HE IS TALKING FROM GOD AND IT MAKES EVERYBODY FEEL REAL GOOD))
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[OUT Q=feel real good]
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((NAT SOUND OF FULLER))
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Fuller says he too will miss the church but plans to stay in Roanoke and preach at different churches in the area.

And he will be back to visit.
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[SOT 11:16:32]
[IN Q=I just don't say]

((REV. CHARLES FULLER/FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH:I JUST DON'T SAY GOOD BYE. WHAT I'VE SAID SEVERAL TIMES IS I'LL SEE YOU IN THE GROCERY STORE.))
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[OUT Q=in the grocery store]
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[SOT 11:24:58]
[IN Q=And as First Baptist]

((AND AS FIRST BAPTIST SEARCHES FOR A NEW PASTOR MANY SAY THEY WILL NEVER FORGET THE LEGACY THAT PASTOR FULLER HAS LEFT BEHIND, NOT ONLY AS THEIR PREACHER, BUT AS THEIR FRIEND. JOY SUTTON NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
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[7-Chemical-Spill]


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Danville authorities have cleaned up a chemical spill on Route 29.
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Around six yesterday evening, the driver of a tractor trailer noticed chemicals leaking from the side and the back of his truck.
He pulled over, and called authorities.
About 20 members of Danville's fire and police departments and HAZMAT teams responded.
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They were afraid that the different chemicals on the truck could mix and cause a health problem.
But they were able to get the spill cleaned up by two this morning.
No homes were evacuated.

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Taking a look now at today's forecast, a wet start to this week. Expect showers and storms today with highs in the lower 70s. Look for partial clearing tonight, lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.

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[45-Tobacco-Farmers]


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Halifax County tobacco farmers are facing yet another obstacle in harvesting this year's crops.
This time frost threatens to diminish their crop yield.
Earlier this year, dry weather threatened the crops.
Now, farmers say the recent rains have cost them two to three days of harvest time.
That has made getting all the crop they have harvested before the first frost a race against time.
Farmers say the first frost generally hits the Halifax County area by mid-October.
Many got a scare last week when a cold front dropped the temperature to 34 degrees.



[45-E-Fire-Safety]


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It's Fire Safety awareness week.
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That's why the Catawba Fire Department decided to hold its first open house.
A fire truck demonstration showed how water is pumped out of the truck.
But this was also a time to remind people about fire safety.
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[SOT 11:27]
[IN Q=Look around your]

((KENNY ORR/CATAWBA FIRE DEPARTMENT:LOOK AROUND YOUR HOUSE MAKE SURE EVERYTHING'S SAFE AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SMOKE DETECTORS, MAKE SURE THEY WORK AND HAVE A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN))
[SUPER=01-Kenny Orr/Catawba Fire Department]
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[OUT Q=a fire escape plan]
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[VO-NAT]


The Catawba fire department is run by volunteers -- and has been around for 49 years.
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[45-Chemical-Spill]


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It took nearly all night, but Danville authorities have cleaned up a chemical spill on Route 29.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


At about six last night, the driver of a tractor trailer noticed chemicals leaking from the side and the back of his truck.
He pulled over, and called authorities.
About 20 members of Danville's fire and police departments and HAZMAT team responded.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


They were afraid that the different chemicals on the truck could mix and cause a health problem.
But they were able to get the spill cleaned up by two this morning.
No homes were evacuated.

[45-Retirement-Fuller]


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He's been behind the pulpit at Roanoke's First Baptist Church since 19-61 and yesterday Dr. Charles Fuller gave his final sermon as pastor.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The church was packed for yesterday, with many people traveling from other states to hear Fuller's final sermon.


While he says it's hard to say good bye --Fuller says he knows it's his time to go.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=With the senior]

((REV. CHARLES FULLER/FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: WITH THE SENIOR STAFF MEMBERS HAVING RETIRED IN FRONT OF ME. I'VE COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT THEY NEED A NEW PASTOR SO THAT HE CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RESHAPING OF A NEW STAFF AND TO LET THEM MOVE ON. FOR ME TO STAY HERE IS TO BE ONE WHO IS A HANGOVER))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Charles Fuller/First Baptist Church; ]
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[OUT Q=who is a hangover]
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[VO-NAT]


Under Fuller's leadership, the congregation at First Baptist has grown from 2000 to about 6000 members.
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[45-E-Craft-Show]


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[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-41 17:40:15]
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Some folks in Roanoke got a jump start on Christmas shopping over the weekend at the Roanoke Civic center.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Hundreds of artists from across the country came to sell their work at the Craftsmen's Classic Arts and Crafts Festival.
There were lots of items to buy like jewelry, pictures, pottery and other hand made items.
It was the 12-th year for the festival.
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Taking a look now at today's forecast, a wet start to this week. Expect showers and storms today with highs in the lower 70s. Partial clearing tonight with winds reaching 10 to 15 miles per hour. Lows tonight in the upper 40s to low 50s.

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[8-Retirement-Fuller]


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After serving as the senior pastor for 38 years at Roanoke's First Baptist Church, Dr. Charles Fuller said goodbye to his congregation yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


First Baptist was packed yesterday morning for the farewell sermon.
While Dr. Fuller says it's hard to say good bye -- he says he knows it's his time to go.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=With the senior]

((REV. CHARLES FULLER/FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: WITH THE SENIOR STAFF MEMBERS HAVING RETIRED IN FRONT OF ME. I'VE COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT THEY NEED A NEW PASTOR SO THAT HE CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RESHAPING OF A NEW STAFF AND TO LET THEM MOVE ON. FOR ME TO STAY HERE IS TO BE ONE WHO IS A HANGOVER))
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[OUT Q=who is a hangover]
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[VO-NAT]


Since taking over the pulpit in 1961, Fuller's congregation at First Baptist has grown from 2-thousand to about 6-thousand members.
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[8-Chemical-Spill]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
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Early this morning Danville authorities reported a chemical spill on Route 29 had been cleaned up.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


It all began six last night.
The driver of a tractor trailer noticed chemicals leaking from the side and the back of his truck.
He pulled over, and called authorities.
About 20 members of Danville's fire and police departments and HAZMAT team responded.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


They were afraid that the different chemicals on the truck could mix and cause a health problem.
But they were able to get the spill cleaned up by two this morning.
No homes were evacuated.

[8-E-Fire-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-43 20:52]
[GRAPHIC=fire safety]


Roanoke County residents are getting a lesson in Fire Safety.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Yesterday the Catawba Fire Department held its first open house yesterday.
A fire truck demonstration showed how water is pumped out of the truck.
It's all part of Fire Safety awareness week.
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[SOT 11:27]
[IN Q=Look around your]

((KENNY ORR/CATAWBA FIRE DEPARTMENT:LOOK AROUND YOUR HOUSE MAKE SURE EVERYTHING'S SAFE AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SMOKE DETECTORS, MAKE SURE THEY WORK AND HAVE A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN))
[SUPER=01-Kenny Orr/Catawba Fire Department]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=a fire escape plan]
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[VO-NAT]


The Catawba fire department is run by volunteers -- and has been around for 49 years.
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[8-Tobacco-Farmers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
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Halifax County tobacco farmers are facing yet another obstacle in harvesting this year's crops.
This time frost threatens to diminish their crop yield.
Earlier this year, dry weather threatened the crops.
Now, farmers say the recent rains have cost them two to three days of harvest time.
That has made getting all the crop they have harvested before the first frost a race against time.
Farmers say the first frost generally hits the Halifax County area by mid October.
Many got a scare last week when a cold front dropped the temperature to 34 degrees.



[8-E-Craft-Show]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-41 17:40:15]
[GRAPHIC=none]


This weekend, the Roanoke Civic Center was the place to get a head start on holiday shopping.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Hundreds of artists from across the country came to sell their work at the Craftsmen's Classic Arts and Crafts Festival.
There were thousands of items to buy like jewelry, pictures, pottery and other hand made items.
It was the 12-th year for the festival.
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[8Weather]


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For your Monday forecast, Showers and storms today with highs in the lower 70s. Partial clearing tonight with winds reaching 10 to 15 miles per hour. Lows tonight in the upper 40s.

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