Some Lexington church-goers are giving thanks under a new roof.
And, a brief but powerful winter storm makes for a slippery Sunday.
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One area congregation is counting its blessings.
This morning, members of Lexington Presbyterian Church returned to the sanctuary a fire destroyed more than two years ago.
Justin McLeod has more on the fire, the finished product, and the faith that kept the church going.
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[SUPER=01-Olivia Patton/Church Member; :15]
[SUPER=01-Francile Elrod/Church Member; :29 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Randy Harrison/Former Pastor; 1:27]
[SUPER=01-Mike Strickler/Church Member; 1:40]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Lexington]
((((NAT SOUND OF CONGREGATION SINGING AT 1:15:34; COVER WITH OUTSIDE LOBBY SHOT AT 1:28:10))
It's a day that's more than two years in the making. (NAT SOUND OF SINGING)
Now Lexington Presbyterian has a permanent place to call home again.
[IN Q=We're so excited]
((OLIVIA PATTON/CHURCH MEMBER: WE'RE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. AND IT'S JUST SEEMS, I REMEMBER THE DAY OF THE FIRE AND IT SEEM THIS DAY WOULD NEVER COME.))
[OUT Q=never come]
Here's the reason why.
In July of 2000 a fire destroyed the sanctuary and the steeple.
[IN Q=I'm just amazed]
((FRANCILE ELROD/CHURCH MEMBER: I'M JUST AMAZED THAT THEY'VE GOT IT, IT LOOKS IDENTICAL TO THE WAY IT HAD BEFORE.))
[OUT Q=it had before]
Just take a look at the pews.
They look exactly like the ones that local craftsman added in 1899.
Outside the church, workers restored the steeple to look the way it did before the fire.
This whole restoration project cost nearly four million dollars.
[IN Q=Since the fire]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: SINCE THE FIRE, WORSHIP SERVICES HAVE TAKEN PLACE HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IN MANY WAYS, CHURCH MEMBERS SAY IT HAS BROUGHT THE CONGREGATION CLOSER TO TOGETHER AND THE CHURCH EVEN GREW DURING THAT TIME. THAT IS WHY IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO BEGIN THE SERVICE HERE IN THIS ROOM.))
[OUT Q=in this room]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF BAGPIPES AT 1:00:01))
From there, a procession took place through the streets of downtown Lexington.
The congregation then gathered in front of the church.
The minister knocked on the door and the usher welcomed the congregation in.
((NAT SOUND OF USHER TALKING AT 1:01:40 "MAY YOUR FAITH IN GOD BE AS STRONG AS THESE OLD WALLS. PLEASE JOIN US."))
Many who did saw the restored sanctuary for the first time.
[IN Q=I wanted to]
((RANDY HARRISON/FORMER MINISTER: I WANTED TO GET THE IMPACT WITH CONGREGATION MARCHING IN AND HAVING THE FIRST SERVICE THERE.))
[OUT Q=service there]
Those services will see even more improvements in the future.
The arrival for the church's organ is still five years away.
[IN Q=We've got a organ]
((MIKE STRICKLER/CHURCH MEMBER: WE'VE GOT AN ORGAN THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PUT IT IN THAT WAS BEING BUILT FOR A CHURCH IN SAN FRANCISCO THAT ISN'T QUITE READY FOR THEIRS AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT IN A MONTH OR TWO.))
[OUT Q=month or two]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF HYMN BUT SHOTS OF PEOPLE WALKING OUT AT 51:08))
For now, Lexington Presbyterian is back on its feet.
It is a church whose history is well cemented in the past (SHOT OF FIRE), present, (SHOT OF SERVICE) and the future. (SHOT OF SIGN AT 49:46)
Justin McLeod, News 7, Lexington.))
A snow storm this morning took many of us by surprise.
It dumped several inches in some parts and caused hazardous road conditions throughout the area.
This car flipped on its side just after ten this morning on the northbound side of Interstate 81 near Natural Bridge.
A driver and a passenger suffered minor injuries.
State Police believe the weather contributed to the accident.
Several hours and several inches later, a multi car accident took place southbound on 81 near Natural Bridge around 12:30.
One vehicle crashed into a tractor trailer, several others ended up in a ditch.
Further south just over the line in Botetourt County, two vehicles ended up in the woods, another hit the guardrail just after one this afternoon.
The drivers and passengers suffered just minor injuries.
The right lane was closed for awhile causing a slowdown on the interstate.
One day after Chad Pennington and Mike Vick picked up their first playoff wins, Cleveland's Kelly Holcomb tried to do the same against the Steelers.
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The two teams didn't wait until gametime to start mixing it up. This was 45 minutes beforehand.
The Browns let their play speak for itself in the first half. Holcomb went up top for Dennis Northcutt who hauled it in for a 32 yard score and the Browns were on top 14 to nothing. At one point it was 24-7 in the second half.
To the fourth quarter now. Holcomb finds former Hokie Andre Davis for his 3rd TD pass of the game. It was 33-21 Browns. Holcomb threw for 429 yards in the contest.
It was 33-28 with under a minute to go when Tommy Maddox handed the pigskin to Chris FuMa'tu Maafala. He scored from two yards out. The two point conversion was good and Pittsburgh led 36-33.
The Browns tried to get into field goal range, but Andre King couldn't get out of bounds and the Steelers won a wild one 36 to 33.
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[SUPER=01-Butch Davis/Browns Head Coach; :05]
[SUPER=01-Bill Cowher/Steelers Head Coach; :15]
[OUT Q=ahead of us."]