Obituary for Freda Joy Warf Edmonds

Freda Joy Warf Edmonds, age 80 of Pulaski passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at her home. Born February 27, 1934 in Wilco West Virginia she was the daughter of the late John Clyde Warf & Minnie Catherine Cox Warf. Her husband – Everett Lee Edmonds, Sr., son – Ricky Edmonds and number of brothers and sisters also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her

Two Daughters and Sons-in-law

Sandy & Paul Turpin – Pulaski

Mary Catherine & Tommy VonGarlem – Hughesville, MD

Son- Gary Wayne Edmonds – Pulaski

Grandchildren

Jacob Edmonds,          Taylor Edmonds, &     Megan Turpin Riggs.

Great Grandchildren

Tanner & Cody Edmonds, Hayden Riggs and on the way, Harper Kate Riggs

Brothers

Bobby Warf & wife, Shirley Warf – Dublin

John Warf, Jr. – Draper

Eddie Warf & wife, Helen Warf – Myrtle Beach, SC

Sisters-

Gladys Ingram-Pulaski

Patsy Hall- Pulaski

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon – Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Pulaski Church of God (Refreshing Center) on Bobwhite Blvd., – Pulaski with Pastor Jerry Collins officiating.

Interment will follow at the Draper Valley Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery, Wythe Co.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM until service time Saturday at the Church.

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

Bower Funeral Chapel, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the Family.

Military: Jet in Virginia crash based in Mass.

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — An Air Force jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday, shaking the ground and frightening residents, and officials said the pilot’s status was unknown.

No injuries were reported on the ground, but authorities were still trying to reach the crash site — located through its heavy smoke coming from a mountainside — on Wednesday.

The pilot of the single-seat aircraft was with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard in Westfield, spokesman Maj. Matthew Mutti said.

The jet was on a standard training exercise with no munition onboard, Mutti said. He didn’t say where it was headed or release the pilot’s name.

Military officials in Washington told local authorities in Augusta County that they had lost communication with a jet, according to Augusta County dispatcher Becky Coynter. She said witnesses reported an explosion-like noise just before 9 a.m.

“It’s the loudest noise I’ve ever heard,” 63-year-old Rebecca Shinaberry, who lives on a farm about two miles away, told The Associated Press. “(It) just shook the ground and from my house we could just see a big plume of smoke.”

Deerfield is about 135 miles northwest of Richmond.

McAuliffe orders cuts to Virginia state agencies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is ordering state agency heads to come up with across-the-board budget cuts for the next two years in order to cope with a more than $880 million budget shortfall.

McAuliffe’s chief of staff, Paul Reagan, sent a memo to agency chiefs on Friday ordering them to come up with suggestions on how to cut 5 percent from their budgets this fiscal year and 7 percent next year.

“Please ensure that your recommendations are both practical and consistent with preserving the known priorities or directives of the governor as much as possible,” Reagan said in the memo. “This is a time of great economic uncertainty and your leadership will make a difference as we face these challenges.”

He also emphasized the need to find recurring cuts, instead of one-time savings. And Reagan told agency bosses not to make budget cut suggestions that “simply pass on additional costs to another state agency.”

Reagan said suggested budget plans could include increasing fees for outside parties.

The across-the-board cuts did not apply to higher education institutions, which would be the focus of targeted reductions later, Reagan said.

The agency heads were directed to submit their proposed budget plans to the governor’s office by Sept. 19.

McAuliffe announced the $880 million budget hole earlier this month and said that state officials will have to make “a series of hard decisions that will test our ability to protect our core priorities and balance our budget.”

Officials said $346 million will have to be found in fiscal year 2015 and $536 million will be needed in fiscal year 2016.

AAA projects increase in Labor Day travel in Va.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More Virginians are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend, reaching a new post-recession high for the state.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says that the number of people taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home is anticipated to increase slightly this year.

That’s more than 964,300 Virginians traveling during the Thursday through Monday holiday weekend.

The majority of Virginians are expected to travel by car and gas prices have brought a welcome relief to motorists. Prices in Virginia are down about 4 percent per gallon compared with the same time last year.

Motorists are being reminded to buckle up and drive sober and distraction-free while traveling for the upcoming holiday.

10 Things to Know for Today

The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. TOUGH ISSUES REMAIN FOLLOWING GAZA TRUCE DEAL

Israel and Hamas agree to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting, but barriers to lasting peace persist — such as Palestinian appeals for the end of a Gaza blockade.

2. FREED AMERICAN JOURNALIST BACK HOME

Peter Theo Curtis who was held by a Syrian extremist group of nearly two years is reunited with his family in Boston.

3. EX-FLA. GOV. CRIST CONTINUES POLITICAL COMEBACK

Democratic voters select him as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the Sunshine State.

4. WHY CORPORATE INVERSIONS ARE RISING

More and more U.S. companies are merging with foreign ones to avoid American taxation.

5. WHO GIVES ‘POSITIVE ASSESSMENT’ OF UKRAINE SUMMIT

Russian President Putin suggested he was encouraged following talks for a peace plan in Eastern Ukraine, while Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko also voiced support.

6. TWITCH SALE SHOWS VIDEO GAMES HAVE COME OF AGE

Amazon’s commitment to buy the online gaming community for $1 billion highlights the value of revenue streams coming from gamers.

7. AFGHANISTAN’S FINANCES SLOW DOWN AHEAD OF TROOP WITHDRAWAL

A rise in violent attacks combined with fears over the country’s political future is hurting its lopsided economy.

8. WHERE FOOD SHORTAGE MEANS BULGING WAISTLINES

Most Venezuelans can’t find enough to eat so they are binging on empty calories.

9. FIFA, CANADA FACE HEAT OVER WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

Athletes and fans including Tom Hanks are criticizing plans to hold the 2015 soccer tournament on artificial turf and not grass.

10. NEW FALL TV SHOWS WORTHY OF FIRST-NIGHT LOOK

FOX’s “Red Band Society” and ABC’s “Black-ish” are among the fresh autumn crop of programs.

Pulaski Police, PCPC taking back unwanted prescription drugs Sept. 27 at Food City

From Officer Megan Jennings

Pulaski Police Dept.

On September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pulaski Police Department, Pulaski Community Partners Coalition (PCPC), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Food City in the town of Pulaski.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—more than 2,100 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

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Obituary for Crongie Marzelle (C.M.) “Phil” Phillips

Crongie Marzelle (C.M.) “Phil” Phillips, age 81 of Dublin passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Radford Health and Rehab Center.

Born October 19, 1932 in Pulaski County he was the son of the late Kenneth Clark Phillips & Edna Covey Phillips. His wife; Sandra Lynn Counts Phillips preceded him in death in 2013.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy having served during the Korean War and he was an active member of the Pulaski V.F.W. Post 1184

He is survived by his

Children

Keith & Linda Phillips – Taylors, SC

(Grandchildren – Tom & Michelle)

Karen Phillips – Chesapeake, VA

 Step-Children

John & Angie Thomas – Charlotte, NC

(Grandchildren – Bailey, Olivia and Alex).

Rhonda & Tim Almarode – Dublin.

(Grandchildren – Jordan & Ashley)

Special Kitty Companion-Sadie Mae.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM – Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with the Rev. Paul Goshorn officiating.

The visitation will be held Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

A private family entombment will be held at the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Pulaski VFW Post # 1184 or the Newbern Methodist Church, P.O. Box 427, Newbern, VA. 24126.

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

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

Army: Shooter injured self, no others on Va. base

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) — A female soldier with a gun inside a key building turned the weapon on herself, causing an injury, but didn’t wound any others as a heavily trafficked Virginia Army base temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning.

Early reports indicate that the soldier fired one shot inside a four-story building that is the headquarters for the Army’s Combined Arms Support Command, according to a military news release. The shooter was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and her condition wasn’t known, according to the Army. VCU confirmed that it received a patient from Fort Lee but did not give other details.

The Army statement did not identify the shooter and said officials would not immediately release any further information.

Fort Lee is 25 miles south of Richmond and 130 miles from Washington. It is the Army’s third-largest training site, according to Fort Lee’s website. Its daily population is about 34,000, with members from all branches, their families, civilians and contractors. The Army website also cites enormous growth and renovations at Fort Lee over the past decade as a result of realignment and closures of bases across the U.S.

CASCOM is responsible for training more than 180,000 students annually. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons became the new commanding general of CASCOM on Aug. 22.

10 Things to Know for Today

The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. WHO ASKS FOR ‘DAY OF SILENCE’ TODAY

The father of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Missouri, sends out a plea for peace as he lays his son to rest.

2. 6.0 CALIFORNIA QUAKE CAUSES INJURIES, POWER OUTAGES

The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sends scores of people to hospitals, sparks fires, damages historic buildings and knocks out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

3. U.S. JOURNALIST HELD BY AL-QAIDA-LINKED GROUP RELEASED

Peter Theo Curtis of Massachusetts is freed less than a week after the horrific beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants.

4. OBAMA RETURNS FROM VACATION TO NEW CRISES

The president, who spent 15 days in Martha’s Vineyard, faces new challenges in Ukraine and Missouri, as well as the growing threat of Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

5. WHY ISRAEL’S LEADER TRIES TO LINK HAMAS, IRAQ EXTREMISTS

Israel’s prime minister tries to capitalize on the gruesome video of an American journalist’s beheading by the Islamic State extremist group, saying Hamas is an equally vicious foe.

6. E-CIGARETTES MAY BE LAST RESORT TO HELP SMOKERS QUIT

The American Heart Association wants tighter regulations on popular nicotine-vapor products but says they could help people stop smoking eventually.

7. HOW HOTELS ARE RAKING UP THE FEES

Guests are being charged for many services like early check-in, bed-type guarantee and even luggage storage.

8. WHAT THREATENS $9B FLORIDA CITRUS INDUSTRY

Blame a mottled brown bug no bigger than a pencil eraser and a disease called “the yellow dragon.”

9. PEDIATRICIANS: BACK TO SCHOOL BETTER WITH LATER START TIMES

The American Academy of Pediatricians says delaying classes till at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb lack of sleep for teens which is linked to poor grades, bad health and even car crashes.

10. BEYONCE DAZZLES AT THE MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

The diva closed the show with a 20-minute performance in a night where Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Eminem took home trophies.