Governor McAuliffe Announces 51 New Jobs in Carroll County

~ Andrews Farming Inc. and ANDCO Logistics, Inc. to invest more than

$5.6 million to expand operation ~

 RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Andrews Farming Inc. and its sister company, ANDCO Logistics, Inc., will invest more than $5.6 million to expand their agricultural production, warehousing and distribution operation in Carroll County. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 51 new jobs paying above the average prevailing wage.

Friends of Pulaski County Library plan Monthly Book Sale

Please join the Friends of the Pulaski County Library (FOL) for their monthly used book sale on Friday, November 7, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday, November 8, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Our used bookstore is located in downtown Pulaski across the street from the Pulaski Library on West Third Street.  Look for our large book sale banner!

Hundreds of hardback and paperback books (many like new) are available for sale.  Categories include, fiction, non-fiction, gardening, sports, religious, cooking, and many biographies.  Hardback books sell for $1 each, paperback books sell for $.50, and children’s books sell for only $.25.  A number of large print editions are in stock.   New plastic clear magazine holders are now available for only $1 each. These holders are a great way to organize your past editions.

Funds raised by the Friends of the Library are used to support the many activities of the Pulaski Library System.

For information on donating books to the Friends bookstore or joining our efforts, please contact Mr. Lance Hudnall at (276) 728-4626 or Mrs. Nancy Hudson at (540) 639-1950.

Please plan to join us on November 7th and 8th!  Your support is greatly appreciated.

County’s reassessment nears completion

The Pulaski County general reassessment is on the down slide in being completed. The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors hired Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group to perform the general reassessment for Pulaski County this year.

As of October 10, 21,474 parcels have been field inspected. This is approximately 94% of the total number of parcels for the county. In addition, about 19,585 parcels, approximately 86% have been updated in the new Proval assessment software. A process of proofing the Proval output records against the current Eagle records is roughly 56% complete. Adjustment of values to track 2014 sales data is being performed concurrently with the proofing process.

The current expectation is to complete the field inspection by the end of October and to complete all data entry and review by November 12th in order to mail value notices in late November. The new values have not been calculated yet, as they have to be ran through several processes before the values can be arrived at and set. After the notices are mailed out, the property owners will have the chance to come in and have an informal hearing with the Wampler-Eanes appraisal group if the property owner thinks the value assessed to their property is out of line. These hearings will be completed in mid-December if the schedule remains on tract. When you receive your new value notices, the telephone number and all of the necessary information will be listed on your notice that you will need to make an appointment to schedule a hearing about your property. The Commissioner of the Revenue Office cannot make adjustments to the new values, as that will have to be done by the Wampler-Eanes appraisal group as part of the reassessment.

Trina N. Rupe
Master Commissioner of the Revenue
Pulaski County

Pulaski County wins federal grant

Governor McAuliffe Announces Federal Grants to Improve School Safety and Mental Health Services for Students

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced last week the Commonwealth has been awarded two five-year federal grants totaling nearly $13.3 million to improve mental health services for students and expand programs to make schools safer by reducing violence and disruptive behavior.

A five-year “Project Aware” grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will provide more than $9.7 million between now and 2018 to support statewide training for teachers and other public school employees to respond to mental health issues in children and youth; and connect troubled students with appropriate community- and school-based services.

The Project Aware grant also will fund pilot programs in three school divisions — Montgomery County, Pulaski County and Fairfax County — to create safer learning environments by improving communication and coordination between public schools, mental health service providers and other public and private agencies that focus on the well-being of children and young adults.

In addition, a five-year “School Climate Transformation” grant from the U.S. Department of Education will provide more than $3.5 million to expand the “Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports” (PBIS) program to 45 additional school divisions. The PBIS approach to improving behavior and safety emphasizes consistent schoolwide rules, consequences and reinforcements for appropriate conduct, and intensive support and services for students engaging in disruptive behavior.

Currently, 61 of the Commonwealth’s 132 school divisions have implemented the PBIS approach. Funding from the School Climate Transformation grant will support training and technical assistance for the additional school divisions and supplement the nearly $1 million in annual state funding appropriated by the 2014 General Assembly for PBIS implementation.

Virginia is one of only nine states whose applications for the two grants were approved. States were required to explain in their applications how funded services would be integrated into a broader initiative to improve school climate and the well-being of students.

Funds sought for Mt. View Cemetery upkeep

The Mountain View Cemetery on Wilderness Rd was established in 1885.  It is adjacent to Mt. View United Methodist Church.  Many old graves are there as evidenced by the headstones and markers, some dating back to the mid 1840s.  Squares were sold that would accommodate approximately 8 – 10 graves.  Most of the squares are family owned.  Generations are laid there as their final resting place.  In the oldest part of the cemetery, some graves have no known family members to continue their upkeep.

As a child, I remember going with my family to the cemetery for my Dad to mow our “square.”  That was a once a week job during the summer months.  Everyone who owned a square was responsible for its upkeep.  A group of Church and community members worked together to establish a fund to pay for mowing of the cemetery.  The newest part of the cemetery was donated to the Mt. View Cemetery fund.  This is the area where new plots are now for sale.

We are now at a time, when additional funds are needed to assure that care of the cemetery is carried on for years to come.  Also, there are some projects that need to be done for general maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery.  If you have family members resting at Mt. View Cemetery or are interested in its upkeep, please consider making a contribution to the cemetery fund.  You can mail your contribution made payable to Mt. View Cemetery, c/o Patsy Hill. 5020 State Park Rd., Dublin, VA 24084

Dailey and Vincent to perform Christmas show at New River Community College

Dailey and Vincent graphic xmas 2014From NRCC

Grammy nominated bluegrass duo Dailey and Vincent will perform a “Spirit of Christmas” show at New River Community College on Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. They will perform a selection of Christmas music as well as bluegrass and gospel. NRCC is one of only 11 locations throughout the country to feature Dailey and Vincent’s Christmas show.

“Dailey and Vincent always put on an excellent show,” says Roger Adkins, NRCC Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club director. “It will be a lot of fun to have them here doing something a little different.”

Tickets for the show will go on sale beginning Monday, November 10, at 8 a.m. General seating tickets will be $25 and reserved seating tickets will be $35 and will available for purchase online only at www.nr.edu/fiddle.

General seating tickets may be purchased online, at the Pulaski County Visitor’s Center and at the NRCC Office of Workforce Development, Edwards Hall room 215. Online ticket purchases may be made by credit card only and will incur a $1 service charge per ticket.

Both Dailey and Vincent were raised in musical families and have played bluegrass music since they were children. Jamie Dailey has worked with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver as lead vocalist, baritone and tenor singer, bass player, and guitarist and has recorded with Dolly Parton and Rhonda Vincent.

Darrin Vincent began playing and singing bluegrass music as a child with his family band, The Sally Mountain Show alongside his sister, Rhonda Vincent. He was a member of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder and has performed and recorded with artists including Dolly Parton, Nora Jones, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Keith Urban and more.

Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include Anderson Audiology, Dublin; CVS Pharmacy, Dublin; Duncan Ford Lincoln Mazda, Blacksburg; Estes Auto & Truck Parts Inc., Pilot; Gregory Seeding Landscaping Company; King’s Tire Service, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Dublin; Pulaski Patriot, Pulaski; Shoney’s Restaurant, Dublin; Southern Furniture Warehouse, Radford; Southwest Outdoor Power Equipment, Radford; Trader’s Emporium and Jewelry Services, Dublin; UAW Veterans Local 2069 and Wade’s Supermarket.

Doors will open for the show at 6:30 p.m. Information is also available on the NRCC Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club website, www.nr.edu/fiddle. Questions may be directed to Roger Adkins at 674-3600, ext. 4307.

 

Obituary for IvaJo Clark Swinsburg

IvaJo Clark Swinsburg, age 85 of Draper passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Pulaski Health Care Center.

Born   May 4, 1929 in Pulaski, she was the daughter of the late John Harless Clark and Swinsburg,I001Velma Morefield Clark. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 1/2 years, Robert Richard Swinsburg; son, Terry Lee Swinsburg; sisters, Bettie Ann Chewning, Colleen Hall ,& brother, Charles Donald Clark.

She was a long time member of the Draper’s Valley Presbyterian Church.

Surviving –

Children-

Robert Stephen  Swinsburg and wife, Noriesse-   Belton, South Carolina

Rev. Robin Swinsburg, and wife, Joan- Bradenton, Florida

Roger Dean Swinsburg and wife, Paulette- Minneapolis, Minnesota

Step Daughter-

Carol  Cavendish and husband, Bernard- Roanoke

Four Grandchildren

Five Great Grandchildren 

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 11:00 A.M., October 22, 2014 Draper’s Valley Presbyterian Church with Associate Pastor Roland Matthews officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.

To send online condolences to the family, visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com

Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the Swinsburg family.

 

Pulaski Police probing motor vehicle thefts

From Officer M.R. Jennings

Pulaski Police Department

The Pulaski Police Department is investigating multiple motor vehicle thefts in the area of Northwood Drive and Willow Ave, in the town of Pulaski.

The vehicles stolen were left unlocked, and with the keys inside.

Pulaski Police would like to remind you to always lock your car doors, do not leave your keys inside the car, and report suspicious activity.

Half of all stolen vehicles are left unlocked, and almost 20 percent have the keys left inside the vehicle.

For questions, contact Pulaski Police Department at (540) 994-8680.

Underdog Gillespie says he sees path to victory

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In the final stretch of Elizabeth Dole’s successful 2002 Senate race in North Carolina, Ed Gillespie would get up every night at 2 a.m. to check on his candidate’s polling numbers. If the numbers were good, Gillespie, who was helping Dole’s campaign, would go back to sleep. If they were bad, he’d toss and turn all night.

At one point, Gillespie wrote in his 2006 book “Winning Right,” Dole kicked him off the campaign bus after a tightly wound Gillespie slammed a broken cell phone down on a tabletop.

But now that the seasoned GOP political operative and former White House adviser is himself a candidate in Virginia’s Senate race, Gillespie said he leaves the late night stressing to others.

“I made a decision from the outset that I was going to run as who I am on the things I believe in, give the voters of Virginia a clear choice of direction, and enjoy it,” Gillespie said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I sleep like a baby.”

But if he wanted to, Gillespie could find plenty to fret over in his underdog bid to unseat incumbent Sen. Mark Warner, a popular former governor seeking a second term. Like Warner and Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Gillespie is trying to transition from political operative to politician. But also like Warner and McAuliffe, who both lost their inaugural statewide races, Gillespie may not find success the first time around.

Polls have consistently shown Warner with comfortable leads, though recent polls show closer margins than a few months ago, and most pundit prognosticators are predicting that Virginia stays blue with relative ease.

Warner has also outpaced Gillespie in fundraising and has a 4-to-1 banked cash advantage going into the last weeks of the campaign, a slight surprise considering Gillespie’s past as chairman of the Republican National Committee and his ties to top GOP donors around the country.

A limited cash flow forced Gillespie to cancel most TV ads three weeks out from the election, though his campaign began a new statewide TV ad buy on Saturday. The new ad focuses on recent disclosures that Warner privately discussed potential job possibilities — including a federal judgeship — for the daughter of a former Democratic state senator whose resignation is being investigated by the FBI. Warner had denied any wrongdoing and no one involved has been charged with any crimes.

Warner won’t lack for resources to respond. Gillespie reported having about $2 million cash on hand for the final weeks of the campaign compared to Warner’s $8 million.

Making things harder for Gillespie is the fact that he’s had virtually no help so far from the outside groups that are spending millions in a handful of tight races around the country that could determine partisan control of the Senate.

But Gillespie said he’s maintained a sunny attitude about the race because of what he’s seen by racking up more than 53,000 miles in the last nine months on the campaign trail. He said he can feel that the momentum building on his side in a late-breaking state and said the media and pundits are missing what’s really driving the race: a sour economy that Gillespie said has been caused by President Barack Obama’s energy, health care and tax policies — and Warner’s support for them.

“Talk to people who are having a hard time filling their gas tank because the price of a gallon of gas is double what it was when Mark Warner took office,” said Gillespie. “This economy has been great for the top 1 percent, it’s been awful for people on hourly wages.”

The Warner campaign and its supporters have scoffed at Gillespie populist rhetoric, and spent millions reminding voters of Gillespie’s career as a Washington insider, including as a former lobbyist for the failed energy giant Enron.

Gillespie ran the RNC during President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election bid and then later moved into a second-floor West Wing corner office with views of the Rose Garden. He was a key adviser to Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 presidential bid.

And though not as wealthy as Warner, a former cell phone pioneer who is one of the richest members of Congress, Gillespie made a fortune lobbying and consulting for some of the country’s biggest corporations, including tobacco, energy, finance and other blue chip companies.

That past was an issue during Gillespie’s GOP nomination battle earlier this year against a tea party candidate, and Gillespie continues to face an enthusiasm gap within in his own party.

“He hasn’t motivated the tea party and the grassroots,” said Waverly Woods, chair of the Hampton Roads Tea Party, “but they are completely voting for him.”