Hopefully, the rest of the season will be fairly quiet. As I am sure you are aware, our community suffered yet another tragedy last week on the Virginia Tech campus. I was about to leave after the noon newscast, when we were all told to head back into the studio for special reports on the campus shooting. It was surreal, the way it all began unfolding...and very similar to the way April 16th began. I am deeply sorry for the loss of Officer Deriek Crouse, and my heart goes out to his family and his fellow lawmen. But I am grateful that there weren't even more victims. I suppose we will never know the motive, or get an answer to the question we all have, "Why?"
Monday, November 28
Good morning to you. Hope you had the chance to check out our newly enhanced News 7 Mornin' today! We are happy to have our new co-anchor, Seth Kovar join our morning family. Seth is from Waco, Texas, and will be the fourth member of News 7 Mornin. Please drop him an email at email@example.com to officially welcome him to the Roanoke Valley! We had our first dual anchor show this morning. And aside from a few minor technical glitches, I think all went well. As always, let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. And while you're at it, head over to Twitter and follow me at KimberlyWDBJ for news updates!
One other thing... a little movie review from me. Two BIG thumbs up for "The Muppets." I took my kids to see it last night, and it was fabulous. And yes, I cried when Kermit and Miss Piggy sang "The Rainbow Connection." I thought the movie was well done, and well cast, and the music was terrific! As we were walking out of the theatre last night, my son asked if we could buy it when it comes out on DVD...Absolutely!!!!
Friday, November 25
Hello there, and thanks for stopping by! Hope you are enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Our Thanksgiving was great. We took the kids to my mom's house for a delicious lunch with family. Afterwards, we were all pretty stuffed, so we all ventured outside to throw the football and frisbee. It was a little breezy, but the sun was shining and it was just beautiful. I consider myself a thankful person, and I do have many blessings. I try to remember those every day, not just on the holiday itself. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the little daily dramas at home and/or work. But you just have to put things into perspective. Be grateful for what you have...after all, it could always be worse! Okay, enough of the sermon...just enjoy your weekend!
Friday, November 11
It's been QUITE an eventful week in news. Election Day...the Penn State sex abuse scandal....missing Bedford teen Audrey McCombs' discovery in Kentucky. I was thankful to hear that 16-year-old McCombs was found safe, and I hope she is able to emotionally recover from her ordeal. I am sure there is a lot more to the story that we may never really know.
As for the Penn State story, the allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky are just unreal. Of course, my heart goes out first to the victims, and I also feel for the families of Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky, who will no doubt endure a lot in the coming weeks and months because of the scandal. The fallout also casts a dark shadow on the university's students and staff, who had nothing to do with what happened. We don't know all of the facts. Hopefully, the whole truth will come out, and justice will be served. It's a tough story to handle for most anyone. But as a mom, hearing about things like this really gets to me. It's just another example of how we can't be too careful when it comes to where and with whom our children spend their time.
Friday, November 4
Hi there, and welcome to November! It's a rainy Friday morning, but Jay Webb says we're in for a sunny weekend. So, just hang in there for a few more hours.
Hope you and your family enjoyed Halloween. Somehow, we have ended up with SEVERAL bags/pumpkins full of candy. Both of my children scored big while out trick-or-treating. But that is almost an afterthoughtm after all of the Halloween parties, festivals, etc. that happen before the holiday. And it is always hard to judge the exact number of trick-or-treaters coming to your home. I think we ended up with about 50 or so. I apparently bought too much candy, and now have wall-to-wall sugar at my house! I will definitely donate a good chunk of it...will just have to figure out how to do it without the kids knowing!
And now that Halloween is a memory, what are some good holiday gift ideas? If you have some suggestions for children and/or adults, send them my way. We're all thinking about our budgets these days. So if you have ideas on how to make Christmas wishes come true, without breaking the bank, email them to me at email@example.com.
Monday, October 24
Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I'm starting to get used to these sunny fall weekends. I think we've definitely taken advantage of the weather, having done a lot of pumpkin picking/fall festival going, etc. On Sunday, we went to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus at the Roanoke Civic Center. I think the kids enjoyed the "pre-game" festivities as much as the show itself! Chris was fascinated with the man on stilts, and had fun trying some tightrope walking himself (not too far off the ground).
It's been a busy day in the newsroom. We started off the day following up on the reported bomb threat situation at Southern Virginia University in Rockbridge County. The campus was temporarily placed on lockdown, but re-opened later. All classes are now running as usual. Two people were questioned, but were later released.
We'll of course, have the latest on that story coming up today on News 7 at Noon.
And one more note, now that the weather is getting cooler, feel free to email me your suggestions for fun holiday activities and/or gifts for the family that won't break the bank. Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.