Tracking the storm.
Hurricane Bonnie is poised to come ashore tomorrow... COming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll have the expert's assessment of just when and where it'll hit and a LIVE report from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina from our own Ellen Qualls.
And the man who took money from a center for the mentally handicapped escapes a prison term.
Tonight in sports, two big golfing events are coming to the area, Matt Blundin the former UVa star quarterback is out of the NFL and back in the area.
And former Friday Football Extra player of the week Marcus Parker was among those getting cut today in the NFL as the Bengals let him go.
It looks like southwest and central Virginia will be spared any ill effects from Bonnie but our friends along the cost will take a pounding. Details coming up.
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Hurricane Bonnie is expected to come ashore somewhere along the mid-Atlantic by morning.
Robin Reed is here with the latest on this BIG storm.
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The weather story around here today is the heat.
It was bad enough to close many schools early, and more early dismissals are already scheduled tomorrow.
The ninety degree weather made un-airconditioned classrooms at Franklin County High School too hot for class.
Students were dismissed at one-thirty.
Windows and doors were opened for ventilation in the morning.
Benjamin Franklin middle school and the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration do have air conditioning but also bused students home early.
All three schools use the same transportation.
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Around 3-thousand students left school early.
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A few schools wil close early tomorrow.
Closing two hours early tomorrow--
Alleghany Highlands schools, Franklin County High School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, and the CATCE Center.
Edgemont Primary school in Covington will close Noon and there will be no Afternoon Kindergarten.
Also in Covington, Jeter-Watson Intermediate will close at 12:26
And Covington High School will close at 12:34
Nelson County schools will close at one tomorrow
Craig County and Smyth County schools will close at 1:30.
The weekend murder of a Pittsylvania County man was apparently the result of a domestic incident.
The sheriff's office today arrested 39-year old Victoria Shelton Sands for shooting her husband to death.
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44-year old Thomas Lee Sands was found dead Sunday night in his home on Callands Road in the Axton community.
An autopsy shows Sands was shot several times in the neck and chest.
Victoria Sands faces a first- degree murder charge and is being held in the Pittsylvania County jail without bond.
A Franklin County man who stole money meant for handicapped people is NOT going to jail.
35-year-old Jeffrey Krantz pled "no contest" to eight counts of embezzlement and obtaining money by false pretenses.
He is the former director of the Franklin County Development Center, where mentally handicapped adults make and sell baskets.
Krantz stole cash and charged about 16-hundred-dollars worth of personal items on the company credit card, including a trip to Virginia Beach.
But prosecutors offered to drop the felony charges to avoid a trial.
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Krantz must complete 100 hours of community service and will be on probation for 15 months, but the judge suspended a four year jail term.
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People at the development center say they're glad the event is behind them.
The current director says the center lost 40-percent of its business under Krantz's leadership.
But he says the center is now preparing new programs to bring more handicapped adults into the community.
More trouble for embattled Giles County commonwealth's attorney, Garland Spangler.
This time: in the form of the I-R-S.
The Internal Revenue Service has filed a lien against Spangler's assets.
The lien alleges Spangler owes more than 21-thousand dollars in federal taxes he withheld from his employees paychecks, over a three year period.
This is the latest set back for Spangler.
Less than two weeks ago, Spangler settled a lawsuit filed against him by a local newspaper for unpaid advertising bills.
The Virginia State Bar is also investigating Spangler for the way in which he handled several criminal cases.
Police have arrested a Danville teacher and former city councilman and charged him with a sex crime.
46-year old Dwight "Freddie" Willis is accused of soliciting oral sex from a male undercover police officer.
He was arrested last night, but the alleged incident happened July 17th in Ballou Park.
Willis is a teacher at the Langston Focus Center in Danville and served on city council from 1978 to 1986.
Willis is out on bond.
The superintendent of Danville Public Schools would not comment on the arrest or on Willis's employment status.
Bonnie continues her trek toward the Carolina coastline and thousands are fleeing her path.
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Ellen Qualls is on the southern tip of the Outer Banks in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.
What's situation there?
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It may take a little longer and a little more work, but one family says old-fashioned farming is worth the extra-effort.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Six.
And one of Washington and Lee's most famous alumni passes away at the age of 90.
Former supreme court justice Lewis Powell Junior died early this morning at his home in Richmond.
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He was a graduate of Washington and Lee Law School. The University holds a million and a half pages of his notes in it's archives.
Powell was considered a key figure on the court, casting the deciding vote when justices upheld affirmative action for the first time.
The Dean says much of what Powell was, came from his experience at W & L.
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Sullivan says the law school library recieves requests for copies of Powell's notes from all over the world.
The woman who was suspended from Virginia Military Institute's last year for punching an upperclassman has dropped out.
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V-M-I today confirmed that Angelica Garza left Post Saturday.
Garza- -seen here the day she visited V-M-I as a high school senior- -had returned this year to start all over again as a freshman.
She's the second in this year's group of women to leave.
Institute officials declined to identify the other student.
In addition to the two women, 25 men have dropped out of the freshman class that arrived a week ago.
The DOW was up by more than a hundred points at one point today.
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But it ended up only 36 points higher, closing at 86-hundred-three.
NASDAQ gained seven points.
Pesticides are one thing you won't find on Sue Reighard's (Rig-urd's) farm in Giles County.
When bugs plant themselves on her blueberry bushes-- she picks them off herself.
As Teresa Hamilton reports-- it's a way of farming that attracts folks of all ages to her Giles County farm.
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If you're old enough to walk, you're old enough to pick your own blueberries...
Blueberries grown the old fashioned way--- on the Windrush farm, just outside Newport.
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Sue Reighard (RIG-urd), her husband and daughter, have been growing eight to 900 bushes of blueberries for about three years, now.
County extension agent John Scott admits farming the organic way is harder-- but says it does have it's advantages.
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YEAH, HE JUST STARTED YESTERDAY AND HE'S BEEN EATING THEM BY THE HANDFUL.))
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If you'd like to pick your own--the Reighard's (RIG-urd) farm is open for business three days a week, generally from August through September.
Two years ago-- Hurricane winds wiped them out.
They hope-- Bonnie doesn't cause a repeat.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Giles County.))
Coming up tonight on the Big 7, some big golf news for area fans is on the way.
Plus, it was cut day in the NFL and some local talent was chopped.
And remember Matt Blundin. Well the former Chief and Lion is out of the NFL these days coaching high school football.
We'll tell you where right after this break.
It was cut day in the NFL as teams got down to the 63 player limit.
Unfortunately, the cuts hit Marcus Parker. The three time Friday Football Extra player of the week from Salem was released this afternoon by the Bengals.
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Parker's former Tech teammate and fellow fullback with the Hokies, Brian Edmonds, was cut by the Panthers.
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The Redskins cut 13 players today including two receivers. Number 14 Patrick Palmer, the team's sixth round draft pick out of North West Louisiana State.
Fellow receiver Eric Matthews, a 169 pounder from Indiana was also released today.
The Skins will have to cut a few more to get down to 53 players by Sunday.
Matt Blundin has felt the NFL ax before. And after a career as an NFL back up, the former Virginia standout quarterback has turned in his cleats for a clip board. Steve Mason has more.
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((Though the Kansas City Chiefs' 40th pick in the 1992 draft learned from NFL legend Joe Montana, Matt Blundin never had a chance to put that knowledge to use.
at 29, Blundin is studying for his masters at UVa and is the offensive coordinator at first year, double A Monticello high where he tutors the Mustangs three quarterbacks.
Blundin set Virginia's record for consecutive passes without an interception. But in 5 years, he played in only three NFL games, attempted 9 passes with two interceptions. His last, came with the Detroit Lions against the Redskins. While his NFL career was brief, Blundin has no regrets.
Blundin isn't the only former NFL player on the Monticello staff. Former Redskin linebacker Wilbur Marshall is a coach and teachers assistant. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
For the first time ever, the P-G-A's Senior Series golf tour will include a visit to Lynchburg this fall.
More than a hundred and forty senior pros will take part in a tournament at the Ivy Hills golf club the week of October 12th.
The tournament will feature a 100- thousand dollar purse, and will be carried by the Golf Channel.
City leaders say that should help put Lynchburg on the sports map.
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Tournament organizers are still looking for a corporate sponsor and about 150 volunteers to help out.
If all goes well, Lynchburg could become a regular stop on the Senior Series tour.
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The organizers of the always popular Tee off For Sight charity golf event at Hunting Hills will officially announce tomorrow that Donna Andrews of the LPGA and Lynchburg will be coming home to serve as guest pro for this Fall's event.
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And don't forget the NFL preseason rolls on this Thursday night right here on Your Hometoen Station as the Cowboys take on the Jaguar at eight.
The NFL back on WDBJ the way it should be.
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