ENDANGERED MISSING CHILD ALERT

From Virginia State Police

THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AND THE VIRGINIA MISSING CHILDREN CLEARINGHOUSE HAS ISSUED AN ENDANGERED MISSING CHILD MEDIA ALERT ON BEHALF OF THE CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ON 1/28/15 AT 1145 HOURS

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Aysia Monique Lewis

THE CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR AYSIA MONIQUE LEWIS, 16 YEARS OF AGE, HEIGHT 5’3, WEIGHT 155 LBS, WITH BROWN EYES AND BROWN HAIR, WEARING: BLUE JEANS, BLACK FLEECE JACKET AND TAN MOCCASISNS.

THE CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER AND WAS LAST SEEN AT CHRISTIANSBURG HIGH SCHOOL.  THE CHILD MAY BE IN THE COMPLANY OF DONALD BRUCE QUESENBERRY JR.  THE SUBJECT IS DESCRIBED AS, 33 YEARS OF AGE, HEIGHT 5’7 FEET, WEIGHT 195 LBS, WITH BROWN EYES AND BROWN HAIR.

(2) Bruce Quesenberry

Bruce Quesenberry

THE SUBJECT MAY BE DRIVING 2002 NISSAN ALTIMA 4D WITH ILLINOIS REGISTRATION V975074.  POSSIBLY HEADING SOUTH TO FLORIDA

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

PLEASE CONTACT THE CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 540-382-3131 OR THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AT 1-800-822-4453.  (1-800-VACHILD)

Norfolk Southern to close Roanoke building, move 500 jobs

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Northern Southern plans to move about 500 jobs from Roanoke to Atlanta or Norfolk later this year.

The railroad company announced Tuesday that the affected workers can opt to relocate with their positions. The jobs are in marketing, accounting, information technology and other departments.

The employees work in Norfolk Southern’s office building in Roanoke. The company says it plans to close the building, which has 203,000 square feet of office space.

Norfolk Southern says in a news release that the moves are being made to make better use of its real estate assets, foster departmental synergies and streamline its management workforce.

The headquarters of Norfolk Southern’s Virginia Division will remain in Roanoke.

Sheffey announces he won’t seek re-election

Staff Report

Joe Sheffey is in his 28th year on the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors – the last 20 he has served as chairman.

This, however, will be his last year he announced Monday night at the end of the board’s regular monthly meeting for January.

Sheffey, representing the Cloyd District, said this will be his last year on the board and he will not seek re-election next November when the five seats on the board will be up for re-election.

Sheffey said he made the decision after talking with family, and noted he had informed the other four individual members of the board prior to Monday’s meeting.

We’ll have more on Sheffey’s announcement in this Friday’s edition of The Patriot.

 

Court: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell will be free during appeal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has approved former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said McDonnell’s appeal raises a substantial question of law or fact that could warrant reversal or a new trial.

The court also ordered that briefs in the case be filed by March 2 and set a May 12 hearing.

A jury last year found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of taking gifts and loans from a vitamin executive in exchange for promoting his products.

McDonnell was scheduled to begin his two-year prison term Feb. 9.

Federal prosecutors had opposed McDonnell’s request to remain free on bail pending his appeal.

 

Kindergarten registration schedule for Pulaski County Schools

Here is the schedule for Kindergarten Registrations for the 2015-2016 school year in Pulaski County:
CRITZER ELEMENTARY – Monday, March 2, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
PULASKI ELEMENTARY – Tuesday, March 3, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
SNOWVILLE ELEMENTARY – Thursday, March 5, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
DUBLIN ELEMENTARY – Monday, March 9, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
RIVERLAWN ELEMENTARY – Tuesday, March 10 – 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

Virginia state income taxes prepared for free!

From Trina Rupe

Pulaski County Commissioner of the Revenue

Once again, some of the tax preparers in Pulaski are telling customers that we are not preparing State Income taxes this year.  We had the same problem with the same office telling their customer that we did not prepare the State Taxes.  This is not the truth. We are preparing the State taxes again this year as a free service to our citizens.  Please do not let a tax business talk you into paying for having your State taxes done when we do them the simple basic returns for free.

The Pulaski County Commissioner of the Revenue Office is offering free state tax preparation again this year for the community. All you need to do, is to bring in your already prepared Federal Tax Return to our office and we will prepare your Virginia State tax for no charge. We will also file your return directly into the tax department’s system so that will make for a very fast refund for the taxpayers. The tax department once again is requiring that filers either have direct deposit to their checking or savings account or receive a debit card. No paper checks will be issued again this year unless you are a first time filer or have a debt set off filed against you. We are seeing a turn around time of about 5 days unless someone has a filed a debt set off against your account as to where you will not receive your full refund.

There have been rumors that we are charging to prepare state taxes this year and that we are also not filing out returns this year due to problems we had last year. We did not encounter any problems last year with the preparation of the taxes, only with the debit cards that the State issued instead of a paper check. People were having difficulty using their debit cards and were being charged a fee for each transaction on the cards. We are preparing and processing tax returns. If you go to a tax preparer to get your federal prepared, you have the option to come to us to prepare your State return for Free. The tax preparers charge to prepare your State in addition to the amount charged to prepare your federal return. All we ask, is that you bring a copy of your prepared federal return with you when you come to the office.

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Obituary for Avis June Hollandsworth Reynolds

Avis June Hollandsworth Reynolds, age 83 of Pulaski passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 at her home.

Born June 9, 1931 in Indian Valley she was the daughter of the late Clive & Ruby Quesenberry Hollandsworth. Her sisters; Ruth Gallimore, Bessie Cox, Majella Myers, brother; Hubert Hollandsworth, several nephews and niece also preceded her in death.

She attended the Pulaski Primitive Baptist Church. A retired nurse – she was an employee of the Pulaski Community Hospital for 39 years.

She is survived by her 

Husband of 61 years

William “Bill” Reynolds – Pulaski

Son & Special Daughter-in-law

Danny & Martha Reynolds – Hiwassee

Brothers

Randolph & Edith Hollandsworth – Greensboro

Larry & Sandra Hollandsworth – Hiwassee

Sisters

Ardith Harris – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Joyce & Don Henley – Radford

Joan Henley – Bent Mt.

In-laws

Ralph & Pat Reynolds – Powatan

Ronnie & Janice Reynolds – Richmond

Several nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm – Thursday at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski with the Brother Don Singleton officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 pm – Wednesday evening at the Funeral Home.

Special Thanks from the family goes to – Melissa Vanhorn, Medi-Home Hospice, Dr. Osemobor and Dr. Ojomo for the care and help during her hours of need. Good friends; Larry & Mary Bland of Dublin and Nickee & Bubba Ratclif – Dublin.

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

Bower Funeral Chapel – Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.

Middle school parents night planned at PCHS

Attention Parents of 8th graders at Dublin Middle School and Pulaski Middle School
There is a meeting for parents of all 8th graders on Monday, February 9 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM in the Pulaski County High School Little Theatre.  At this time Principals and Counselors will review with parents various topics that will help to make a smooth transition from middle school to high school.  Registration for ninth grade classes will be also discussed.  The meeting will end with a tour of the high school for those interested.  All parents are encouraged to attend as we work together to prepare your student for high school.
In case of inclement weather, February 16 will be the make up date.
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Obituary for Janie Rosetta Nunn Mitchell

Janie Rosetta Nunn Mitchell, age 93 of Pulaski passed away Friday, January 23, 2015 at Heritage Hall, Rich Creek. Born May 29, 1921 in Bland County, she was the daughter of the late Roney Nunn & Sally Morehead Nunn. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lee Mitchell; sisters, Mary Shelton, Aileen Woolwine; brothers, Ralph Nunn, James Nunn and Roy Nunn; great granddaughter, Amber Martin, and son-in-law, Julius Long.

She was a member of the Church of God. Mrs. Mitchell worked in numerous jobs in textile, and a cook for Pulaski County Sheriff’s office, YMCA, and Randolph House for Adults.

She is survived by her Children- Barbara & Clyde Martin – Mt. Airy, Patricia “Trish” & J.W. Bowman – Draper, Darnell & Virginia Mitchell – Dublin, Janice Long – Pulaski, Kenny Mitchell – Pulaski, Terry Mitchell – Pulaski.

10 Grandchildren- Nineteen Great Grandchildren- Two Great Great Grandchildren

Sister and Brother-in-law- Lorene & Donald Gibson – Bluefield.

Brother & Sister-in-law- Lloyd & Sue Nunn – Rocky Gap/.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday 2:00 p.m., January 27, 2015 in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Don Scott officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Bower Funeral Home. To send the family your online condolences, visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com Bower Funeral Home-Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the Mitchell family.

McDonald’s earnings fall; changes afoot to woo customers

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald’s isn’t lovin’ it, and it’s going to do something about it.

The world’s largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back. This includes slowing down new restaurant openings in some markets.

The Oak Brook, Illinois, company’s stock rose slightly in morning trading because its earnings beat Wall Street expectations.

An important sales measure fell in all of McDonald’s major markets because of economic uncertainty, a food-safety scandal in China and the changing tastes of diners.

Chief Financial Officer Peter Bensen said in a statement that McDonald’s has a 2015 capital expenditure plan of about $2 billion and is targeting fewer restaurant openings in its most challenged markets.

“We believe this lower level of capital spending is prudent while we work to regain our business momentum and improve the sales and profitability at our more than 36,000 restaurants around the world,” he said.

For the period ended Dec. 31, McDonald’s earned $1.1 billion, or $1.13 per share. That compares with $1.4 billion, or $1.40 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding 9 cents per share for a supplier issue, earnings were $1.22 per share.

The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.20 per share.

Revenue fell to $6.57 billion from $7.09 billion. This fell short of the $6.73 billion that analysts polled by Zacks expected.

Sales at locations open at least 13 months edged down 0.9 percent on weaker traffic. In the U.S., the metric declined 1.7 percent on fewer customer visits, tough competition and increased expenses.

Since late 2012, McDonald’s has twice replaced the president of its flagship U.S. division while fighting to hold onto customers. The company is dealing with competition on a number of fronts, including convenience stores that are selling more food and smaller chains such as Chipotle that market themselves as being of higher quality.

In hopes of changing negative perceptions about its food, McDonald’s recently invited customers to ask questions about its ingredients and sourcing. It also launched a new marketing campaign intended to play up the “loving” in its “I’m Lovin’ It” slogan and associate its name with that positive emotion.

The company is also trying to simplify its menu, and offer people greater flexibility in customizing orders. It plans to offer an option that lets people build their own burgers on a touchscreen in 2,000 of its 14,000 restaurants sometime this year.

McDonald’s is also simplifying its menu and focuing more on local tastes to bring customers back.

In Europe, sales at locations open at least 13 months fell 1.1 percent, hindered by softness in France and Germany and consumer confidence issues in Russia and the Ukraine.

The figure dropped 4.8 percent in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa segment because of the impact of a supplier issue on sales and profitability in China, Japan and some other markets.

Last year an undercover TV report in China showed one of McDonald’s major suppliers repackaging meat that was alleged to be expired. The claim has not been publicly confirmed by the supplier or the government. The plant stopped operations, and many of McDonald’s restaurants in the country were left unable to sell burgers, chicken nuggets and other items. The chain’s reputation took a hit as well.

Bensen said that McDonald’s is still on track with its goals for 2014 through 2016. These include returning $18 billion to $20 billion to shareholders through dividends and stock buybacks; refranchising at least 1,500 restaurants and reallocating resources to higher growth initiatives.

Shares of McDonald’s Corp. gained 17 cents to $91.06 in morning trading.