Obituary for Marvin Richard Sutphin

Marvin Richard Sutphin, age 73 of Christiansburg passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 in the New River Valley Medical Center.

Born June 21, 1941 in Pulaski County, he was the son of the late Columbus Franklin Richard Sutphin and Goldie Dalton Sutphin. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, and two brothers.

He was retired from RAAP.

He is survived by

His wife of 46 years- Joyce Sweeney Sutphin-Christiansburg

Son- Richard Sutphin and ,Claren-Christiansburg

Grandchildren-Sophie Rose Sutphin and Rucker Boone Sutphin


Funeral services will be held Tuesday 1:00 p.m., November 25, 2014 in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with Pastor Tommy Shafer officiating.

Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Bower Funeral Home.

To send online condolences, visit

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



Obituary for Bennie Delano Dean

Bennie Delano Dean, age 75 of Pulaski, died Thursday Morning, November 20, 2014 at his residence.  He was born on April 1, 1939 in Wythe County, and was the son of the late Bulah Mae Lilly Dean and Walter Ceymore Dean.  He was a 32 year employ of Xaloy in Pulaski, and was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, W.C Dean, Everette Dean, Marlon Dean and Bobby Dean;  two sisters, Wilda Pennington and Betty Stewart, and a grandchild, Nicole Rohlfs.  He is survived by his wife, Gena Bryant Dean of Pulaski;  four daughters;  Delaina Gallimore of Pulaski, Jenice Lasky of Dublin, Juanita Leuffgen of New Jersey, and Debra Rohlfs of New Jersey.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Victoria Gallimore and Talitha Gallimore, along with Jeffrey, Corey, Kevin, Scott, Daniel, Sarah and Greg.  Funeral services will be held Monday, November 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Seagle Funeral Home, with the Rev. Randall Lawrence officiating.  Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 7 until 9 p.m.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.  540-980-1700

Two killed in Nov. 7 crash identified

From Capt. J.B. Saunders
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
The Medical Examiners office in Roanoke has identified both persons killed in the accident on Rt. 11 between Dublin and Pulaski on Nov. 7, 2014.
The Driver of the 1995 Ford pickup was Timothy Wayne Jones, 45 of Pulaski and the passenger was David Eugene Rupe, 53, also of Pulaski.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

Obituary for David Eugene Rupe

David Eugene Rupe, age 53 of Pulaski died Friday, November 7, 2014 due to an automobile accident.

Born December 3, 1960 in Pulaski he was the son of Jean Carolyn Workman Rupe and the late Daniel (Dan) Rupe. His companion, Brenda Underwood Lawson and also his best friend, Tim Jones also preceded him in death.

Rupe,David017David liked working with his hands; he was a great mechanic and carpenter. He never knew a stranger. David had a heart of gold – he would help anyone who needed it. Those who knew him loved him – he will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his 

Mother-                      Jean Carolyn Workman Rupe – Pulaski

Brother-                      Craig & Maria Rupe – Pulaski

Sister   –                       Sandra Rupe Vaughan – Pulaski


Amanda Rupe

Amber Dunagan

Great Nephew-          Isaiah Dunagan

Great Niece-   Ayanna Akers

Special Aunt   -Lona Workman Abell

Special Cousin/Sister -Teresa Abell Newman

Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins 

A memorial service will be held  Monday 2:00 p.m., November 24, 2014  in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with the Pastor Mary Morris officiating.

The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the Bower Funeral Home.

To send the family your online condolences, visit 540-980-6160

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

Webb forms exploratory committee for White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb launched an exploratory committee to consider a Democratic presidential campaign in 2016, taking the first official step in what could become a challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Webb announced the exploratory committee in a message posted from his Twitter account late Wednesday, making him the first candidate of either of the two major political parties to take official, initial step toward running for the White House.

“A strong majority of Americans agree that we are at a serious crossroads,” Webb wrote in a message posted to a website for his committee along with a 14-minute video address. “In my view, the solutions are not simply political, but those of leadership. I learned long ago on the battlefields of Vietnam that in a crisis, there is no substitute for clear-eyed leadership.”

The former Virginia senator has hinted at a possible presidential campaign for months and made campaign appearances this fall with Democrats in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. But he would be considered a long shot against Clinton, who will be the leading Democratic candidate for president if she runs again.

Webb’s surprise announcement, released shortly before midnight, sets off the possibility of a primary challenge to Clinton. The field that could also include Vice President Joe Biden, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who is considering running in the Democratic primary.

Steve McMahon, a Democratic strategist and veteran of presidential campaigns, said Webb could offer bipartisan appeal to an electorate soured by gridlock in Washington. “Whether he can overcome Hillary Clinton’s enormous, overwhelming advantage is something that only time will tell,” he said.

Webb’s decision to form an exploratory committee increases the likelihood that Clinton will face some type of primary challenge, which could also include O’Malley running on a record in Maryland respected by many liberals and Sanders offering an independent streak.

“With O’Malley on the left and Webb on her right, Secretary Clinton may have a perfect opportunity to triangulate,” McMahon said.

The message from Webb included appeals to Democrats who have struggled during the economic recovery and criticized political leaders for being too close to Wall Street. The former senator also makes the case for a shift in foreign policy that cautions against overseas entanglements.

Webb said the nation faces major obstacles in governing and pointed to domestic and foreign policy items that need to be atop the agenda. “We need to put our American house in order, to provide educational and working opportunities that meet the needs of the future.” He noted the stock market has nearly tripled during “this so-called ‘recovery'” while income levels and loans to small business owners have decreased.

He said the U.S. needs to “redefine and strengthen our national security obligations, while at the same time reducing ill-considered foreign ventures.”

Webb acknowledged he would face considerable challenges in a presidential bid, saying “early support will be crucial as I evaluate whether we might overcome what many commentators see as nearly impossible odds.” The committee will allow Webb to raise money and travel the nation to test the waters for a potential campaign.

The 68-year-old Vietnam War veteran served as Navy secretary under President Ronald Reagan. He defeated Republican Sen. George Allen in his 2006 Senate campaign, serving one term. In the message, he said he entered the race against Allen only nine months before the election and trailed by 30 percentage points before prevailing.

Webb cast himself as an outsider, saying, “In politics, nobody owns me, and I don’t owe anybody anything, except for the promise that I will work for the well-being of all Americans, especially those who otherwise would have no voice in the corridors of power.”

“All I ask is that you consider the record I am putting before you, and give me the opportunity to earn your trust,” he said.

Clock ticking to claim $1m Va. Powerball prize

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The clock is ticking for the holder of $1 million Powerball ticket to claim the prize.

The Virginia Lottery says a ticket bought at Getty Mart in Sterling for the June 21 drawing matched all five numbers but missed the Powerball. The ticket will expire at the close of business on Dec. 18 if it isn’t claimed.

Under Virginia law, winning tickets expire 180 days after the drawing.

The winning numbers were 5-6-37-41-54. The Powerball number was 26.

The Lottery says six $1 million Powerball tickets have been sold in Virginia so far this year.

Humane Society Celebrates Success at Annual Meeting

The Pulaski County Humane Society is the Comeback Kid of nonprofit organizations.  After announcing in July it may have to shut down due to lack of funding, the group experienced an outpouring of community support  unseen since opening it offices in the new Pulaski County Animal Shelter in 2005
The group’s board of directors attributed skyrocketing medical expenses as the primary cause of the financial meltdown. As a result, the board suspended spay/neuter clinics while it regrouped and sought out new funding sources for the clinic. Enough funding came through and the humane society will resume low cost spay/neuter clinics in January.
That’s just one success the group plans to announce at its Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, December 8th at Dublin Town Hall. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. After a brief update and review of year end stats, members in good standing will vote on directors to serve on the 2015 board. All members are urged to attend. Pet lovers wanting to have a hand in saving the most voiceless souls in our society—homeless dogs and cats—are also welcome to attend the meeting a become new members. Refreshments will be served, so please RSVP your attendance to 540-674-0089 or email by December 5th.

Pulaski County a Green Schools Challenge winner

33 School Divisions Certified as “Green School Divisions”

From Va. School Boards Association

Nine school divisions received top awards in the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association’s (VSBA) Green Schools Challenge, a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local school division and the broader community. This is the sixth year the awards were given out.

Nine category winners were recognized today at the VSBA Annual Convention being held in Williamsburg. In addition, 33 school divisions were recognized as being Certified Green School Divisions by implementing new actions and adopting new policies that earn the divisions “green points”. The VSBA Green Schools Challenge was sponsored by Moseley Architects and ABM Building & Energy Solutions.

Green Schools Challenge Winners

Student Population Under 5,000
First Place: Pulaski County Public Schools
Second Place: Buckingham County Public Schools
Third Place: Middlesex County Public Schools

Student Population 5,001 – 10,000
First Place: Frederick County Public Schools
Second Place: Fairfax City Public Schools
Third Place: Manassas City Public Schools

Student Population 10,001 & Up
First Place: Virginia Beach City Schools
Second Place: Roanoke County Public Schools
Third Place: Augusta County Public Schools

VSBA Certified Green School Divisions

Platinum Certification (175-200 “green points”)
Albemarle County Public Schools
Arlington County Public Schools
Culpeper County Public Schools
Cumberland County Public Schools
Frederick County Public Schools
Gloucester County Public Schools
Henry County Public Schools
Isle of Wight County Public Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools
Nottoway County Public Schools
Pulaski County Public Schools
Roanoke County Public Schools
Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Gold Certification (150-174 “green points”)
Augusta County Public Schools
Buckingham County Public Schools
Charlotte County Public Schools
Chesapeake City Public Schools
Fairfax City Public Schools
Fairfax County Public Schools
Franklin County Public Schools
King William County Public Schools
Manassas City Public Schools
Middlesex County Public Schools
Newport News City Public Schools
Shenandoah County Public Schools

Silver Certification (125-149 “green points”)
Accomack County Public Schools
Goochland County Public Schools
Halifax County Public Schools
Henrico County Public Schools
Hopewell City Public Schools
Montgomery County Public Schools
Prince William County Public Schools

Green Certification (100-124 “green points”)
Fauquier County Public Schools

About the Virginia School Boards Association
The Virginia School Boards Association, a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards, promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training, and services. The Association offers conferences, information, training, and counseling designed to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s educational leaders.


SALEM – Due to a tractor-trailer incident, the left lane traveling southbound Interstate 81 at mile marker 135 in Roanoke is currently closed. A tractor-trailer hauling sugar has overturned. Traffic control is in place.

There is an estimated time of four hours to re-open the southbound left lane on I-81. Responders are in the area and wreckers have arrived on the scene.

Traffic is currently backed up for four miles. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes and to watch for emergency vehicles and wreckers in the area.

For updates, visit or follow us on twitter at @511southwestva or @VaDOTSalem.


Donations sought for Southwest Virginia veterans cemetery volunteers “wreath laying cemetery”

Staff Report

Local and interested friends from across Southwest Virginia have joined together to form an organization for the purpose of supporting the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery located in Dublin.

One purpose of the group is to collect donations for the placement of live holiday wreaths for each of the veterans’ gravesites.  Wreaths are made possible by generous donations from individuals and organizations throughout the year.

This past year, the SWVAVCV provided live wreaths for 350 burial sites.  As the number of gravesites increases each year so will the amount of wreaths needed.  With your help and support we hope to continue the laying of wreaths for this year and the coming years.

Contributions for the Wreath Program can be mailed to:

Mrs. Mary Lou Summers, Chairman

Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery Volunteers

P.O. Box 11373

Blacksburg, VA  24062-1373

Make checks payable to: Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery Volunteers or SWVAVCV

If enough funds are not raised to place a wreath on every gravesite, wreaths will be placed in garden sections on a rotational basis.

Each year the wreath program will be the second Saturday in December at the Committal Shelter at the cemetery. Event details will be provided at a later date.