SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. (AP) _ The woman who survived a shooting that killed two journalists while they were conducting an interview on live TV is being honored for her courage.
Local media report that Vicki Gardner recently received the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives “Resilience Award.” It’s a new award the group created to give executives who successfully lead their chambers while facing difficulties.
Gardner is the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber. She was shot in the back while giving a live interview on WDBJ last August.
Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed in the shooting. Authorities said the shooter, Vester Lee Flanagan, later died of a self-inflicted wound.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – A man whose wife was injured when her personal watercraft exploded on Smith Mountain Lake is hoping to track down the good Samaritans who helped her so he can thank them.
Sixty-one-year-old Jeanne Mosher suffered broken bones, burns and other injuries when her personal watercraft blew up Tuesday morning. Virginia fisheries officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.
Her husband, Doug Mosher, tells The News & Advance that he heard the explosion and ran to a dock, where he found his wife face-up in the water. He flagged down a family passing on a boat, and some children jumped in the water with him to keep his wife stabilized while their father called 911.
Mosher says in the chaos of the moment, he didn’t get their names.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – A college student studying communication and minoring in dance and performing arts has been crowned Miss Virginia. The Roanoke Times reports Miss Greater Richmond, Michaela Sigmon, took the title Saturday night during a competition at the Berglund Center in Roanoke. She wins a $20,000 scholarship and will compete in the Miss America pageant, which will be held Sept. 11 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 21-year-old Sigmon is a native of Chesapeake and a junior at Old Dominion University. The first runner-up was Miss State Fair of Virginia, Harlie Dale. Dale graduated from Virginia Tech and earned a master’s degree from Liberty University. She receives an $8,500 scholarship.
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