Busy news week.
It started with the surprising news that Osama bin Laden had been found. and killed. More details are coming out everyday. I have a feeling we'll be getting little tidbits for a longtime to come. President Obama has said the U.S. won't be releasing pictures of the dead terrorist who was reportedly shot in the head. What do you think? Should the pics be released? Do you want to see it?
In Halifax County, a man was found dead, stuffed in a well. (The premise reminds me of the book/movie Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King.) A woman, her mother and 15-year-old son are now charged with the crime. Police say the man, Eric Wynn, was her husband and father to the 15-year-old. According to a search warrant, the 15-year-old admitted to shooting and killing his father.
And, in lighter notes - Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot. I was excited to watch the ceremony & pomp and circumstance that surrounded the event. It did NOT disappoint! :) Weddings are nice to begin with, but that of a prince & princess, well.. :) Thanks to everyone who got up early and came to the Lyric Theater in Blacksburg for a viewing party. Wonderful time :)
Thanks also going out to the thousands who came out to the chili cookoff in downtown Roanoke yesterday. I started off with a CLEAN, white t-shirt, before it was over - I was chili covered! hahaha looked like I had gone through some sort of chili war! :)
Talk soon! Until then, take care of one another!
"Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress." ~Bruce Barton
Change has come to Your Hometown Station.
Our longtime anchor, Keith Humphry is retiring at the end of May. Keith has been a staple at News7 for 31-years. AMAZING! Since I got here more than 7-years ago, Keith has tackled topics and told stories that have left me in AWE! My favorite part of a "Keith story" is what I call the "nugget." He ALWAYS captures a moment. Whether it's someone getting caught in a lie or in an unsavory situation - if Keith Humphry winds up on your doorstep- you know it will be good (well, at least for the viewer!)
Watch throughout the month of May as we celebrate Keith's many accomplishments and take a look back at some of his biggest stories.
You may have also noticed Hollani Davis has some new responsibilities. Hollani, who anchored our weekend evening newscasts, is now anchor of News7 at 11 and the 10 o'clock newscast on My19. (She takes over for our good friend Natasha Ryan who has gone to Seattle. p.s. Natasha's doing great and loving her new state!)
We've also had some behind the scene changes.
Regardless, here at News7- we're still committed to providing news from your area in a straight-forward, no nonsense manner.
If you have a story idea- please feel free to send it to me - firstname.lastname@example.org
And, be sure to check our the News7 team on facebook and twitter. (Susan Bahorich Wdbj and sbahorich, respectively..)
In the meantime, be good to each other & I'll check in soon!
I've really been slacking on this blog. WHEW!
I have ideas, but then my inner monologue kicks up: 'Is that appropriate for a work place blog?' 'Hmmmm, probably not!' - and then it's back to the drawing board.
THEN, that wandering inner-monologue is silenced by a weather event like the one our neighbors suffered through last week. Two tornadoes ripped through Pulaski County Friday night (4/8.) The pictures of the devastation are like something out of a movie. I'm not sure if it's just because I expect tornadoes in the Mid-West or what, but the damage is more than I expected.
Day in and day out, News7 pretty much reports on how the economic downturn has been tough on local families. You'd never know it. These same families -who are barely making end meet- are donating what they can to their neighbors in need. WOW. IT'S AMAZING! :) No, really- it makes me so PROUD to call Roanoke ~ "home." :)
While 100s of homes and buildings were damaged and destroyed - AMAZINGLY only 8-people suffered minor injuries.
If you'd like to help the victim of the Pulaski tornadoes, our website has a number of resources.
Here's one page that might be a good starting point:
And, in the wake of everything, I think this quote rings especially true!
“The most important things in life aren't things.” ~Anthony J. D'Angelo
Take Care Everybody!
Sex ed. It's a topic that gets the attention of parents, students and administrators. (And seems to strike fear into the hearts of all involved!)
Right now, it's an issue that has students speaking out in Massachusetts.
Students in Boston city schools want more & better sex education and access to condoms.
Today, CNN opened the topic up to the court of public opinion.
Most of the students polled said they learned about sex from porn. (yes, pornography) OH BOY.
I understand the argument that parents should be having these conversations with their children, but many aren't. And, what happened to sex ed in schools? Don't they still have that?
I remember growing up, my mom had "the talk" with me. Looking back, I don't think I understood most of what she said, I'm not sure how much even registered. But, I do know when "family living" came up in middle school - it wasn't the first time I heard I had heard about puberty, changes and "the birds and the bees." (Did I mention parents had to sign off on their child's participation in this one-hour class that lasted the week?)
In high school, a sex ed portion was worked into our health class. (Imagine a co-ed class full of 14-year olds. There was a lot of blushing and embarrassment!)
Things have changed in the dozen or so years since I've been in high school. Real life pregnant girls star in their own t.v. show. Pregnancy "pacts" have been reported at high schools across the country. Just the other week, there was push up bikini top for 7-year-olds. Yes, we live in a highly sexualized society. It's scary. I don't know how parents deal with it. BUT, I do know teen pregnancy has been around for a LONGTIME. (I can hear you at home saying 'no it hasn't.' Yes, yes it has. Back then, pregnancy spurred a lot of "shotgun weddings." Maybe that's the difference? Teens today don't always get married when they're pregnant. ahhhh, but I digress)
Isn't it always said, "knowledge is power"? I believe that. Really, I do.
I know it's a difficult subject, but you need to talk to your child about the changes they're going through and sex. What better way to make sure you're child is living by the morals that are important to you and your family. Because really, if you don't - they may get misinformation from their friends, the internet or god forbid, porn.
Need some direction to get the ball rolling? Try out these sites: