Virginians to consider tax exemption proposal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians were being asked to decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes.

The amendment’s sponsor, Loudon Republican Del. David Ramadan, said he learned from a constituent that Virginia already offers a real estate tax exemption to veterans who became completely disabled as a result of their military service but not surviving spouses of those who were killed while serving in the military.

“I did not think that was fair,” Ramadan said.

The General Assembly has unanimously passed Ramadan’s legislation twice, with an election in between votes, allowing the voters to have a voice on changing the Virginia Constitution.

The exemption would apply only to the spouse’s principal place of residence and would end if the surviving spouse remarried. A surviving spouse would not have to be a Virginia resident at the time of the service member’s death to receive the exemption.

Ramadan said he expects the fiscal impact proposed exemption to be minimal, though he does not know how many individuals will be impacted.

“Regardless of the numbers, it’s the least that we can do and it’s simply a fairness issue,” he said.

Virginians have supported other proposed constitutional amendments by large margins, including a 2012 vote to limit the government’s ability to seize private property for economic development needs, and 2010 vote to give tax breaks to disabled veterans and the elderly.

NRCC Comic-Con schedule of events announced

New River Community College has announced the schedule of events for its first Comic-Con on Saturday, November 1.

All events will take place on the NRCC campus in Dublin in Edwards and Martin Halls.

Updates on guests and dealers attending and other details may be found by visiting<>.

A schedule and map can be accessed by clicking on this link: Comic_Con_2014_Program

Obituary for Frank McNeil Winkle

Frank McNeil Winkle, 68, passed away Thursday, October 23, 2014 at his home in Dublin. He was retired from Lynchburg Foundry with 38 years of service and a member of Newbern Community Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Margaret Winkle.
1443956_profile_picSurvivors include his wife of 49 years, Judith Ellen Blevins Winkle; sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin Winkle and friend Rebecca Snider of Dublin, Jeff and Michelle Winkle of Pulaski, and Ricky and Karen Winkle of Dublin; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Clayton Perry of Dublin; canine companion, Snoopy; brother, Thomas W. Winkle of Troy, MI; grandchildren, Chad Perry, Carlie Perry, Josh Winkle, Noah and Bryce Winkle, Adam Winkle and his wife Amanda and Brooke Winkle and friend Gage Duncan; step grandchildren, Amber and River Hollar, Tiffanie Branch and husband Travis, and Whitney Perry; great grandchildren, Bentley Winkle and Payton Winkle; and step great grandchildren, Brantley Hollar and Maggie and Chase Branch.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Newbern Community Christian Church with Rev. Jeff Curtis officiating with visitation from 12 noon until 2. The family requests all his fellow car club members to drive their cruisers to the memorial service.
The Winkle family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.

Obituary for Bernice Ellen Lawson Wirt Marshall

Bernice Ellen Lawson Wirt Marshall, age 81 of Radford passed away Monday, October 27, 2014 at the NRV Medical Center.

Born May 26, 1933 in Radford, she was the daughter of the late Ben & Mabel Harrell Lawson. Her brother, Jack Lawson also preceded her in death.

She had worked at Imperial Reading Textile and was a school bus driver for Pulaski County Schools for 16 years.

She is survived by her 


Mike Wirt & Rena Farley – Radford

Benny & Nilsa York Wirt – Pulaski

Buddy Wirt & Elizabeth Martin – Floyd


Travis Michael Wirt                                         Audrey Lee Wirt &Travis Cox

Benny Lee Wirt, Jr.                                          Terry Joseph Wirt

Kory Lee Wirt & Caitlin Phillips

Great Grandchildren-

Hannah Grace Wirt, Harper Sage Wirt, Cambrynn Rhea Phillips

Brother-Jerry Lawson – NC

Sister- Sylvia King – MD

Sister-in-law-    Jeane Thompson – Roanoke


Dana Lee Wirt and Melissa Earles

Numerous Nieces & Nephews 

Special friend- Leona Merrix 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday-October 31, 2014 at the Bower Funeral Home  Chapel– Pulaski. Interment will follow at the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM Thursday evening at the Funeral Home.

Special “thanks”  to Carilion Hospice and nurse, Debbie  Jones for their loving care.

To send the family your online condolences, visit

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


Smyth County man arrested for reckless handling of firearm


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Virginia State Police

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, Virginia State Police arrested Buddy A. Shepherd, 62, of Smyth Co., and charged him with one count of reckless handling of a firearm. The arrest occurred after state police were notified of a call for shots fired outside a residence located at 1298 Laurel Valley Road in Smyth County at approximately 8 p.m., Monday (Oct. 27th).  The incident was the result of a verbal altercation which began between Shepherd and a family member. Shots had been fired from a weapon but no one was injured. 

Following the altercation, Shepherd returned to the residence where police attempted to make contact with him for several hours. No one else was inside the home. Shepherd was eventually arrested without incident where he was taken to the Southwest Regional Jail and released on bond. 

The Smyth County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

Obituary for Troy Lee Boyd “PawPaw”

Troy Lee Boyd “PawPaw”, age 67 of Pulaski passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the Lewis-Gale Hospital – Pulaski.

Born February 1, 1947 in Franklin County he was the son of the late Abedan Boyd and Minnie Brammer Austin. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Jimmy Austin.

He is survived by his 


Kathleen Boyd – Pulaski


Cheryl  Boyd and Whitney Boyd –  both of Pulaski


David Boyd – Pulaski

Dale Windle – Troutville

Mark Windle & wife, Lori – Pulaski


Katie and Brayden Boyd

David Higgins

Brandi, Xoie and Emelia Dunagan

Sierra, Sommer, Ty and Alyssa Windle

Brother & Sister-in-law

Calvin R. & Patricia Boyd – Pulaski


Brenda Hooper – Pulaski

Dorothy Foard – MD

Funeral services will be held   Wednesday 2:00 p.m., October 29, 2014 at the Bower Funeral Home – Chapel, Pulaski Interment will follow at the Shiloh Cemetery.

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

To send the family your online condolences, visit

Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the Boyd Family.