Up next on News 7 at 6...
Fire destroys a house in Bedford County... firefighters are looking for the
And one of the Heaven's Gate cult members has roots in Southwest Virginia.
Easter Sunday sports and we have a preview of the mens national
championship-- the women play tonight.
Radford baseball's Chris Carr offers an inspirational message,
and there is nothing inspiring about losing Jeff Jablonski; BUT the Express
should have him back. we'll explain.
Wind advisories are up for tomorrow, and some quick SNOW showers may sneak
into the Highlands.
Complete details ahead.
SS=news-7 at six
Good Evening, I'm Eric Earnhart.
Firefighters spent the early morning hours battling a blaze that destroyed a
Bedford County house.
No one was home when the fire broke out.
It started around 4-30 on route 7-55 in the Goodview section of the county.
Fire officials believe the blaze originated in a bedroom on the second
They're not sure exactly what sparked the fire.
IN Q=my wife woke
((JAMES WEEKS/NEIGHBOR: MY WIFE WOKE ME UP AND SAID SHE SMELLED SMOKE AND I
GOT UP AND LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AND THE HOUSE WAS FULLY INVOLVED. I'M ON THE
CHAMBLISSBURG RESCUE SQUAD AND I IMMEDIATELY GOT ON THE RADIO AND RADIOED
OUT Q=RADIOED BEDFORD
Fire fighters say the construction of the house is partly to blame for the
IN Q=number one they're
((BRIAN WEEKS/STEWARTSVILLE FIRE DEPT.; NUMBER ONE, THEY'RE A BALLOON
CONSTRUCTION WITH NO FIRE STOPS AND THE HEAVY TIMBER CONSTRUCTION OF THESE
OLDER HOMES IS LIKE LIGHTING A MATCH TO IT BASICALLY.))
SUPER=01-Brian Weeks/Stewartsville Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=TO IT BASICALLY
The Darby family who lives there, was not home at the time.
No one was injured.
The house is a total loss.
Your chances of getting jury duty in Virginia are dropping.
Jury trials in the state have dropped by almost 60 percent.
The drop is tied to sentencing guidelines and the elimination of parole.
Before the state abolished parole, five percent of all criminal cases were
tried by jury.
That number is down to 2-point-2 percent.
Under the new sentencing guidelines, offenders must serve at least 85
percent of their sentence.
One of the members of the Heaven's Gate Cult in Califorina was from
26 year old Michael Sandoe was one of the purple-shrouded victims found in
the cult's mansion.
Sandoe attended high school in Abingdon, where the principal says he was
elected class president his senior year.
Sandoe's mother says he joined the army after he graduated, became a
paratrooper and served in Desert Storm.
She say she had no idea he was involved in the Heaven's Gate's cult.
NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick's diagnosis of leukemia is attracting national
attention to the need for more bone marrow donors.
The marrow center of the Virginias is gearing up local registration efforts,
working to increase the national databank of donors.
The price tag is often a barrier.
It costs 47 dollars to become a donor.
IN Q=a lot
((A LOT OF CORPORATE SPONSORS HELP. THEY PAY FOR THE TISSUE TYPING OF THEIR
EMPLOYEES. SO ULTIMATELY IT'S A TAX WRITE OFF TOO. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Lovelace/Bone Marrow Donor Center;
OUT Q=off too.
Roy Walker received a marrow transplant two years ago. He says the cost is
worth a human life.
((ROY WALKER/BONE MARROW RECIPIENT: I WOULDN'T BE TALKING TO YOU RIGHT NOW IF
IT HADN'T BEEN FOR SOME KIND PERSON WHO HAD DONATED HIS MARROW. ))
SUPER=01-Roy Walker/Bone Marrow Recipient;
OUT Q=his marrow
To find out how to organize a marrow registration drive, call
1-800-marrow-2, or 985-3512.
Many Botetourt County residents pride themselves on their deep historical
But it's apparent there was a rich history long before the area was even
given the name "Botetourt."
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=Botetourt Center
SUPER=01-Ned McElwaine/Botetourt Co. Asst. Administrator; :11
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :17
SUPER=01-Mike Barber/Preservation Technologies; :50
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Botetourt County
((Botetourt Center at Greenfield represents a significant part of this
But measures are being taken to make sure the site's history is not
IN Q=Instead of
((NED MCELWAINE/BOTETOURT COUNTY ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR: INSTEAD OF LOSING
THAT, WHAT WE DECIDED TO DO WAS TO TRY TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT WAS HERE. ))
OUT Q=was here
Enter a team of archaeologists.
During the past year they've dug up hundreds of Native American artifacts...
including fire crack rocks and pieces of ceramic pottery.
The artifacts found here at the Greenfield site are believed to have come
from the Tutelo Indian Tribe... which inhabited this area some 1000 years ago.
end stand up
The scientists believe these items amount to prehistoric garbage... scrap
material the Indians left behind.
They call these artifacts "common discoveries."
IN Q=We very
((MIKE BARBER/PRESERVATION TECHNOLOGIES: WE VERY RARELY FIND UNBROKEN TOOLS AND
THINGS THAT ARE IN REALLY GOOD CONDITION BECAUSE IF THEY WERE IN GOOD CONDITION
AND STILL USEABLE, THE NATIVE AMERICANS TOOK THEM WITH THEM. ))
OUT Q=with them
For now, all of the pieces are being taken to Salem for examination.
But they will be returned and displayed at a preservation area once
Botetourt Center at Greenfield is complete.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
Christians all over the world celebrated Easter today.
The Holy day commomerates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Southwest Virginians poured into area churches to celebrate religious
In recent years the holiday has become less traditional-- known for Easter
bonnets and spring fashions, not to mention the Easter Bunny.
But church goers say observing the religious aspects of the holiday puts
more meaning into the celebration.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
an early spring may make humans happy, but how does it affect your pets?
The story, when NEWS-7 returns...
Plus, local gardeners are getting warmed up too. We'll have some tips for
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MUSIC UP FULL
Before you get TOO ready for spring-- let's brace for another quick burst of
Wind advisories are in effect up and down the east coast--
That'll be the story tomorrow, as we get some rain and MAYBE some snow
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TAPE# Mini Open
In a couple of days, phone calls between Christiansburg and Roanoke or
Salem will no longer be charged as long distance.
Bell Atlantic has extended the local calling service in response to customer
A task force set up through the Christiansburg-Montgomery County Chamber of
Commerce collected over 700 signatures on a petition requesting the service.
It will mean a slight increase in local rates for Christiansburg customers.
The toll-free calling takes effect Tuesday.
A loosely affiliated group of banks from Virginia and North Carolina are
bucking the industry's consolidation trend.
While larger banks replace branches with more A-T-Ms, community banks like
the Central National Bank in Lynchburg are opening new offices.
((WORTH CARTER/CENTRAL NATIONAL BANK CEO: I HAVE A SLANG WAY OF SAYING IT, I
CALL IT EYEBALL TO EYEBALL BANKING WHERE YOU HAVE PEOPLE WORKING AND SERVING
PEOPLE AT A PRICE THEY CAN AFFORD AND AT HOURS THEY CAN GET TO THE BANK AT
THEIR CONVENIENCE. NOT GOING THROUGH MACHINES OR TELEPHONES. JUST COMING AND
DOING BUSINESS WITH PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Worth Carter/Central National Bank CEO;
OUT Q=with people.
C-E-O Worth Carter says he's simply giving customers a choice.
One of Central National's sister banks, the First National Bank of Rocky
Mount, also opened a new location last week in Roanoke.
New jobs are on the way in Pittsylvania County, and supporters of casino
gambling at the Greenbrier still have a few cards left to play.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in our area with the
News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Wytheville/File Tape; :40
SUPER=03-Greenbrier Co., WV/Thursday; :57
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
As News-7 first reported, Shorewood packaging is shutting it's Roanoke
90 people, including truckers, mechanics, and office personnel will be
For the second year in a row, Governor Allen has vetoed a 700- thousand
dollar appropriation for the Roanoke's College of Health Sciences.
The College is NOT in danger of closing though.
A major manufacturer of gloves and slippers is bringing new jobs to
Aris Isotoner is moving into the East Bowles Distribution center on Route
29- in Blairs, with initial plans to employ 100- people.
D-S-M Engineering Plastic Products has announced it's laying off up to 50
wage and salaried workers at its Wytheville plant.
The company, formerly called the Polymer Corporation, is reorganizing to
It appeared backers of bringing casino gambling to the Greenbrier had the
deck stacked against them.
But now a new proposal is speeding through West Virginia's legislature, and
the issue appears to be heading for a local referendum.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average dropped 64 points, the Nasdaq Composite was down five.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
While most people are enjoying Spring, Fido and Fluffy may not be so happy.
An early spring may mean an early beginning to the flea and tick season.
Area veterinarians are suggesting pet owners start their pest protection
program early as well.
Fleas can cause worms-- and ticks are responsible for the spread of lime
disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Doctors say the new products on the market make it easy for owners to
protect their pets.
IN Q=THESE NEW PRODUCTS
((DAVID ROLFE/VETERINARIAN: THESE NEW PRODUCTS YOU PUT THEM ON THE SKIN ONCE A
MONTH. THE NEW TICK COLLARS ARE A LOT SAFER THAN THEY WERE IN THE PAST.))
OUT Q=IN THE PAST
Rolfe says he's already seen evidence that fleas and ticks are going to be
persistent this year.
IN Q=USUALLY WHEN WE
((USUALLY WHEN WE HAVE A MILD WINTER AND HUMID SPRING WE'LL SEE THE TICKS START
EARLIER. JUST LAST MONTH I SAW TWO DOGS WITH TICKS AND THAT'S IN FEBRUARY AND
THAT'S THE EARLIEST I THINK I'VE SEEN THEM.))
OUT Q=I'VE SEEN THEM
Rolfe warns that fleas and ticks can cause serious bites which lead to hot
spots, so it's important for owners to learn how to properly protect their
Spring is also a busy time for gardeners--especially if they grow roses.
Now is time to remove rose canes damaged by winter weather and prepare for
First this master gardener recommends removing the old mulch and any dead
Leone' (Lee-OH-nee) Bomberger prunes her roses to a height of 18 inches.
IN Q=THAT HAS AN
((LEONE BOMBERGER/MASTER GARDENER: THAT HAS AN OUTSIDE BUD GROWING THAT WAY
AND CUT JUST ABOVE THAT ONE YOU WANT TO KEEP TWO OR THREE STRONG CANES BUT
SINCE THESE PLANTS ARE STILL YOUNG I'M GOING TO KEEP THESE FOUR CANES.))
SUPER=01-Leone Bomberger/Master Gardener;
OUT Q=These four canes
Bomberger recommends using a 10-10-10 fertilizer for your first feeding of
Then begin spraying program of fungicides and pesticides when the first
This should be done every 10 days.
IN Q=if you should
((IF YOU SHOULD DEVELOP BLACKSPOT REMOVE THE LEAVES WITH THE SPOTS ON THEM
STRAIGHT AWAY. THEY WILL NEVER RECOVER AND THEY'RE JUST A LIABILITY FOR THE
OUT Q=FOR THE PLANT
After the initial feeding you should fertilize your roses once a month,
rotating with a super phosphate fertilizer and one with sodium nitrate.
Roses need lots of water so you should soak the roots once a week.
Bomberger and her husband volunteer at Roanoke's Fishburn Rose Garden.
Coming up, Andrew will fill us in on how long this warm weather will last,
and Victory Stadium gets ready to drop the green flag on racing....details just
around the corner.
No one became an instant millionaire last night.
The Virginia Lottery says there was no big winner in yesterday's
five-point-five million dollar Lotto drawing.
dissolve to numbers
In case you missed them, the winning pick six numbers are
ten, 12, 14, 18, 21 and 39.
Wednesday's jackpot rolls over to an estimated six-point-five million
There were no winners in the Cash Five game.
GRAPHIC=Victory Stadium Speedway
A new season begins at Victory Stadium Friday night.
April 4th is the first of 20 race dates at the Roanoke speedway.
Construction crews installed the last guardrails yesteday so drivers could
go for a practice run.
Four classes will compete on the short track.
Danny Taylor says the mini-cup, full-size, late model stock cars and a
rookie division will provide something for every fan.
IN Q=OF COURSE WE
((DANNY TAYLOR/VICTORY STADIUM SPEEDWAY: OF COURSE WE HAVE A LOT OF SPECIAL
THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON. MONSTER TRUCKS A COUPLE OF TIMES THIS YEAR. THRILL
SHOWS, FIRE WORKS. A LOT OF THINGS FOR THE FAMILY TO COME OVER AND HAVE SOME
LEISURE ENTERTAINMENT IN ROANOKE.))
SUPER=01-Danny Taylor/Victory Stadium Speedway;
OUT Q=ENTERTAINMENT IN ROANOKE
Tickets cost 10 dollars and children under 10 get in free.
Taylor says racing sponsors will offer coupons for admission as well.
The Express loses it's leading scorer for a short time, we will hear from
Kentucky All-American Ron Mercer,
as well as words of wisdom from former William Byrd ace and now Radford
University baseball player Chris carr.
GRAPHIC=Womens' final 4.
Tonight at 8:30; the lady Vols of Tennessee will try and complete the task
of winning back to back national championships. But Old Dominion stands in
The NCAA womens title game will tip off from the Riverfront Coliseum in
Cincinnati, Ohio. Tennessee has the motivation of knowing the lady Monarchs
beat them by 11 back in January.
The game will most likely hinge on how well ODU can contain UT ALL-American
Camique Holdsclaw, who scored 31 points in the Lady Vols win over Notre Dame in
the final four. Highlights at 11.
The road to the final four has now been traveled. Arizona and Kentucky
will play for the NCAA mens basketball national championship tomorrow night
right here on your Hometown Station at 9pm.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/Yesterday; :00
It will be a tale of two different appearances in the final game. Behind a
combined 44 points from guards Miles Simon and Mike Bibby; Arizona and coach
Lute Olson earned their first ever shot at the title by beating North Carolina
66-58 at the RCA Dome. Olson knows how dangerous Kentucky is; especially with
their balanced shooting ability.
((LUTE OLSON/ARIZONA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Lute Olson/Arizona Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...3 point line"
SUPER=04-Minnesota vs. Kentucky;
Kentucky earned a shot at it's second straight title by beating Minnesota
78-69 in the second semifinal yesterday. One major concern is the muscle cramps
all american forward and former Oak Hill star Ron Mercer experienced.
((RON MERCER/KENTUCKY FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Ron Mercer/Kentucky Forward; :00
OUT Q=...deal with it"
The Wildcats will have to deal with the quickness of Miles Simon, Mike Bibby
and the slashing big men of Arizona.
IN Q="I think
((RICK PETINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Petino/Kentucky Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...ball club"
A trio of afternoon NBA games on the menu today. Toronto and Indiana came
out on top. The Knicks and the Magic also entertained on this Easter Sunday.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/NBC; :00
New York's Chris Childs didn't score the most, but did give new meaning to
the word rainbow shot with this beauty from somewhere.
Tempers flared in this one as Patrick Ewing and Horace Grant drew
That only fueled Pat's fire, as he forgets about an injured tricep to score a
game high 33 points and 13 boards.
Penny Hardaway led the magic with 21 points, but Ewing was the man, giving the
Knicks a lift after losing 5 of 8. They win 101-86 at the O-rena.
GRAPHIC=Kelly cup playoffs
The Express will play Hampton Roads in the first round of the ECHL playoffs
Roanoke fell to the Admirals 6-nothing last night at the Round House.
The team has suffered another temporary loss; this one coming before
tonight's game against the Ice Caps in Raleigh.
Express leading scorer Jeff Jablonski, who has 52 goals on the season, has
been loaned to the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League. This should
be only a temporary move.
Eric Landry, whop has been with The Flames, is back with the team.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Admirals vs. Express;
Last night the Admirals shut out the Express at the Round House. Rod
Taylor scored one of 6 unanswered goals for Hampton Roads.
The NHL was busy this afternoon. The Mighty Ducks and the Blackhawks were
winners, lets check out the
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/Kings vs. Devils; :00
Devils/Kings game. Thats Larry Robinson; ex-Jersey assistant with LA.
New Jersey would win 5-2 thanks to Bill Guerin. Guerin scored twice in the
opening period and the Devils never SUPER=31-New Jersey/5/Los Angeles/2;
looked back, tallying 4 first period goals in route to a 5-2 victory.
Jersey is now 12-3 and 1 in it's last 16 games.
The Radford University baseball team is 1 and 4 in the Big South after
dropping a double header to UNC Greensboro yesterday. It has been a challenging
season for former William Byrd ace Chris Carr as well.
An injured pitching shoulder; said to be rotator cuff tendinitis has
relegated Carr to a lot of standing around. Coach lew Kent would have used Carr
as the starting closer if healthy. Carr has learned a great deal from the
IN Q=It just
((CHRIS CARR/INJURED RADFORD PITCHER:))
SUPER=01-Chris Carr/Injured Radford Pitcher; :00
OUT Q=...all the way"
Carr has played some first base and is doing some designated hitting.
OUT Q=job done"
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