2015 Harvest Craft Night at The Marketplace

American Craft Week is upon us again and with that, Harvest Craft Night at The Marketplace! The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Pulaski invite you to shop local today from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Historic Train Station in downtown Pulaski. Sponsored by The Patriot, Harvest Craft Night will feature music from Audio Rain, pumpkin painting with 4-H Teens in Action, glass blowing, and a variety of local artisan crafts, baked goods and harvest produce. West Wind Winery and Virginia Eagle Distributing will be selling beverages and Bo’s & Weezy’s Fried Chicken and Fiesta Quesadilla will be serving made to order dinners. This fun, family friendly event will be one you don’t want to miss! Bring your friends and enjoy a fall evening filled with creativity, local culture, great food, music and fun!

Homecoming game, halftime photos available

See our photo album from Pulaski County’s Homecoming victory over Patrick Henry last Thursday night by visiting our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pulaskicounty-patriot

Thanks to Rena Wilson and the Pulaski County Touchdown Club for the great images!

Obituary for Aulcie Mae Ritter

Aulcie Mae Ritter, age 80 of Dublin passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Pulaski Health & Rehab Center.

Born March 17, 1935 in Bland County she was preceded in death by her parents,  a son-Mickey Lane Funk , one brother, and two sisters.

She is survived by her


Roger (Ashley) Funk – Dublin

Velda Ellis – Ballard, WV


Erica Funk,Kevin Funk,Teena Lovern

Tammy Mann,            Donna Collins

6 Great Grandchildren-

Sister   -Hazel Corbin – MD.

A memorial service will be held Thursday – October 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Bower Funeral Chapel-Pulaski with the Rev. Dale Akers officiating.

To sign the online guestbook, visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com

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

PCHS Theatre Arts to present “The Addams Family”

The PCHS Theatre Arts Department will be presenting the new musical THE ADDAMS FAMILY starting this Saturday evening at 7:30. There will be six performances to get people in the Halloween Spirit. The Play was a recent Broadway hit that ran for almost two years. Featuring all of your favorite characters: Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester, Grandmama, and Lurch (along with special appearances by Cousin It and Thing).

Wednesday is all grown up and has fallen in love with the young and handsome (and very normal), Lucas Beineke (whom she met while out with her crossbow in Central Park. Now, they are engaged, but they haven’t told their parents. Cue the “situation” of a dinner at the Addams Family home with the regular cast of characters and Lucas’ ultra- conservative parents. What could go wrong? Besides EVERYTHING! Will true love win out in the end or will it be a very unhappy ending? It’s Uncle Fester to the rescue (along with about twenty ghostly ancestors from the Addams’ crypts).

The show features music from award- winning Broadway composer, Andrew Lippa and a script from Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Come see the show that will have you in stitches. Choreography is by Matt Ridley from Elite Dance Academy.

Performances are Saturday October 10 at 7:30, Sunday October 11 at 2:30, Thursday October 15 at 7:30, Friday matinee October 16 at 12:30 (bring your lunch to the show!), Saturday October 17 at 2:30, and Sunday October 18 at 2:30. Tickets are just $5. For more information contact Jeff McCoy at 540-643-0339 or jmccoy@pcva.us.

Obituary for Melissa (Missy) Gail Stump Ratcliffe

Melissa (Missy) Gail Stump Ratcliffe, 48, of Pulaski, left her earthly body at her home on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. She was born January 20, 1967 and follows her parents: Henry James Stump and Alice Gallimore Lawson to the Heavenly Kingdom.

Missy is survived by her dogs, Boo-Boo and Jack; and sisters, Lynn, Marsha and Brianne. She also leaves behind a very special wicked step-mother, Michele; brother in law, Rocky; niece, Leanna; nephews, Rocky, Dakota and Colten; and great nephew, Levi. She will be greatly missed by many other family members, loved ones and friends.

Missy was always thinking of others more than herself and is known as a rescuer of strays. Both four legged and two legged creatures had a place of refuge. Everyone that knew Missy, knew that her dogs were her world. We ask in lieu of flowers, please donate to an animal shelter or Humane Society so that she can live in the hearts of her dogs and loved ones.

We are working very hard to honor her wishes. Her instructions were to be cremated and taken to her mother.

For anyone that wishes to remember her, the family will receive visitors and celebrate her life on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lower level of Faith Bible Church, 110 Lagrange St. Pulaski, VA.

The Ratcliffe family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com

Max Meadows woman dies Saturday in three-vehicle crash

By Corinne N. Geller

Public Relations Director

Virginia State Police

At 5:52 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper E.B. Hallman responded to a three-vehicle crash in Wythe County. The crash occurred Saturday, Oct. 3, on Interstate 81 at the 77 mile marker.

A 2002 Ford Ranger pickup truck was traveling south on I-81. As it changed lanes to pass a 2011 Buick Lucerne, the driver of the Ranger, Wesley A. McGee, lost control causing the pickup to run off the left side of the interstate and strike the guardrail. The pickup then spun around and was struck in the side by the Buick. The impact of that crash caused the Buick to strike a southbound tour bus.

McGee, 47, of Max Meadows, Va., was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the crash.

His wife and passenger, Misty D. McGee, 41, of Max Meadows, Va., was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the pickup truck. She died at the scene.

The Buick’s driver and two passengers – all from Connecticut – were transported to Wythe County Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

No one on the bus was injured.

It was raining heavily at the time of the crash. Wesley McGee was charged with failure to maintain control of his vehicle.

The crash remains under investigation.

Obituary for John “Jack” William Wade

John “Jack” William Wade, formally of Dublin and currently Warm Hearth Village in Blacksburg, passed away on Friday, October 2, 2015.  He was born in Fillmore, UT on December 3, 1932 and was the youngest son of the late Estella and Arthur w. Wade.  WADE, JACK AND LOUISEHe was also preceded in death by his brothers Franklin E. and Ronald L. Wade and sisters Louise Lessing and Nancy Helen Adams.  He was a 1951 graduate of Millard High School in Fillmore, UT and attended the University of Utah on an athletic scholarship.  Upon graduation in 1955 he married his college sweetheart Louise H. Saute.  He served in the U.S. Air Force, 1st Lieutenant;  Boy Scouts of America, professional, Roanoke County Parks and Recreation, Athletic Director, Camp Winnebago, Administrator, Caledonia, MN and retired from the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, Fishersville, VA as a supervisor in Theraputic Recreation.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Louise H. Wade of Warm Hearth Village, one son Michael E. Wade and daughter-in-law (Sherry), of Bella Vista, AK, two daughters Melody M. Wade, resides with Jennifer Martin in a host home in Pembroke, VA and Wendy L. Curry and son-in-law John of Jasper, GA.  Five grandchildren, Melissa Moore and her husband Bruce of Miami, OK Wendi A. Russell of Miami, OK Ryan, Dylan, Caryn Curry, of Jasper, GA.  Three great-grandchildren, Tyler Moore of Miami, OK, Noah, and Ellie and Florence Wade of Miami.  He was a member of the Dublin Baptist Church, a past president of the Dublin Lions Club.  He served as a coach in Special Olympics VA for over thirty years;  member and president of the New River SAMS Camping Club;  adjunct faculty at New River Community College;  current member and past president of the Light and Lively Bowling League.  He enjoyed watching athletic events, woodworking, drawing and traveling with his wife Louise.  He was a fun loving person and enjoyed life to the fullest.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dublin Baptist Church 100 Hawkins Street Dublin, VA 24084.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Special Olympics VA 1100 South Main Street Suite B Blacksburg, VA 24060.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski, VA.  540-980-1700

Obituary for Debra Dianne Thompson

Debra Dianne Thompson, 61 of Pulaski, died Friday, October 2, 2015 at New River Valley Medical Center.  She was born on September 4, 1954 in Pulaski Co., and was the daughter of Mamie Lee Wyatt Blevins and Jacob Avery Blevins.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, James (Jim) Blevins and a sister-in-law, Marcia Blevins.  She is survived by her husband, Frank Rangley Thompson of Pulaski:  three daughters;  Ashley Ann Coble and her husband Cam of Pulaski, Jennifer Lea Eller and her husband Dane of Draper, and Opal Genett Hancock and her husband Timmy of Pulaski:  four brothers;  Fred Blevins and his wife Joyce of Pulaski, Roy Blevins and his wife Debra of Graham’s Forge, Larry Jr. Blevins of Pulaski, and Ronald Blevins and his wife Olekia of Pulaski:  a sister-in-law;  Wanda Blevins of Pulaski:  seven grandchildren;  Zane and Seth Coble, Kaylea, Isabella and Corbin Eller, Hannah and Aaron Hancock, along with a special friend, Minnie Early and several nieces nephews and cousins.  Funeral services will be held Monday, October 5, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Seagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Dale Akers officiating.  Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends on Sunday at the funeral home from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Flowers are appreciated, but for those who wish, they may make memorial contributions to:  Rockin’ R Robotics % Dalton Intermediate School 60 Dalton Drive Radford, VA 24141 (memo: D. Thompson Memorial).  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.  540-980-1700