Obituary for Arnold Wilbert “Jack” Stoots, Sr.

Arnold Wilbert “Jack” Stoots, Sr., age 91 of Pulaski passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Born April 4, 1923 in Pulaski, he was the son of the late James Monroe Stoots and Rachel Williams Stoots. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Naomi Tabor, and Anna Bell Rogers; one brother, Moro Stoots, and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Anne Stoots.

He was an active and devoted member of the First Church of the Brethren. He was employed by Coleman Furniture Company for 40 years and retired from Pulaski Furniture.

He is survived by

His wife of 72 years- Helen Campbell Stoots-Pulaski

Children and spouses-

Arnold Wilbert Jr. and Annette Stoots-Long, S.C.

Fay and Don Beverly-Dublin,

Susan and Troy Nichols-Dublin,

Richard and Shelby Stoots- Draper,

Scott and Shelia Stoots- Draper.

Eleven Grandchildren & Ten Great Grandchildren 

Sister- Mildred Thompson- Pulaski

Numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends 

Funeral services will be held Monday 2:00 p.m., April 21, 2014 at the Pulaski First Church of the Brethren with Pastor Frank Peters officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to the  Pulaski First Church of the Brethren,1749 Newbern Road, Pulaski, VA 24301.

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

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

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. UKRAINIAN MILITIA DENIES CALLS TO FREE BUILDINGS

Pro-Russian insurgents in the east who have been occupying government buildings say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

2. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SURVIVORS OF SUNKEN SOUTH KOREAN SHIP

Officials say they’re looking at whether the third mate ordered a turn whose degree was so sharp that it caused the ship to list.

3. TRAGEDY ON THE WORLD’S HIGHEST PEAK

An avalanche on Mount Everest kills at least 12 local guides, and three more are missing in the deadliest disaster in the mountain’s history.

4. WHAT’S IN THE NEW OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PRIVACY POLICY

It explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that online comments are in the open domain.

5. OBAMA TOUTS HEALTH CARE PROGRESS

New numbers on “Obamacare” enrollment are encouraging to the president, but still to be announced is how many of those were previously uninsured.

6. HOLY WEEK COMMEMORATIONS CONTINUE

Christians are marking Good Friday with prayers and processions through Jerusalem’s Old City, while Pope Francis joins a torch-lit Via Crucis procession later in the day.

7. HOW THE OFFICER KILLED AFTER BOSTON BOMBINGS IS BEING REMEMBERED

Sean Collier will be honored in a ceremony at MIT, and some 25 friends and family will run the marathon to raise money for a scholarship fund named for him.

8. CHINA SAYS ONE-FIFTH OF ITS FARMLAND IS POLLUTED

The admission by Beijing is a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party’s authoritarian rule.

9. NEW DETAILS ABOUT DEATH DURING A LONG 911 CALL

Search warrants say the man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a dispatcher had eaten marijuana-infused candy from one of Denver’s pot dispensaries.

10. WHO IS NOT SINGIN’ THE BLUES

St. Louis outlasted the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime to take Game 1 of its NHL playoff series.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

The Associated Press

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

1. ORDERS BY SHIP’S CREW DRAW SCRUTINY

As the doomed South Korean ferry listed severely, passengers say they were told to wait for rescuers, rather than try to escape.

2. WHAT’S IGNITING SUSPICIONS IN UKRAINE

The sophisticated firearms and battle-readiness of many pro-Russian insurgents suggest that they might be under direct Russian command.

3. MASSIVE SECURITY PLANNED FOR BOSTON MARATHON

Says the main race organizer: “I believe this will be the safest place on the planet on April 21.”

4. FOR DEMOCRATS, A SHIFT IN STRATEGY

The political climate for “Obamacare” suddenly looks brighter, possibly giving Democrats a chance to fight back on the GOP’s top issue this fall.

5. FIRETRUCKS COLLIDE IN LA SUBURB

Several people are injured in the crash involving two vehicles responding to a house fire, and one truck plows into a restaurant.

6. DIABETES-RELATED ILLS PLUMMETING IN US

The sharp drop in heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease is mainly attributed to better screening, medicines and care.

7. FLIGHT SIMULATOR BUSINESS FIRES HIGH-PROFILE INSTRUCTOR, CITING TARDINESS, DRESS

Mitchell Casado’s relaxed style of jeans and plaid shirts attracted wide attention during his frequent appearances on CNN as part of its coverage of the search for missing Malaysia Flight 370.

8. WHO WON’T RULE OUT FOLLLOWING IN PARENTS’ FOOTSTEPS

Chelsea Clinton, who has always denied any political ambitions, says she might indeed run for office someday.

9. JENNY MCCARTHY BREAKS NEWS ON ‘THE VIEW’

The show’s co-host reveals that she’s engaged to Donnie Wahlberg. It’ll be the second marriage for both.

10. WHERE MLS IS ADDING A FRANCHISE

Atlanta’s retractable dome stadium, scheduled to open in 2017, will be home to the fast-growing soccer league’s newest team.

Community Good Friday Service set for Friday at PCHS

good fridayOn Friday April 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. everyone is invited to a Good Friday Service for a time of worshiping together as One Church at the Pulaski High School “Little Theater.”

This will undoubtedly be an amazing time of unified prayer, singing, & participation in the Lord’s Supper in memory of the greatest sacrifice ever made.

Please be inviting friends, family, neighbors, & co-workers to join us for this opportunity.

We are so grateful for what the Lord is doing through His Church in Pulaski County!  So far, we have at least 5 other churches on board, & are praying that others would see the need for a unified mission for Jesus Christ here.  Come, worship together, and be a part of His mission!

Childcare will be provided from birth through preschool age children.

Upcoming Food Safety Trainings to Be Held

By Sarah D. Burkett, FCS Agent,

Pulaski County Extension Office

Are you or others that you work with interested in preparing food safely for the public?

Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne illness.  The overall cost of the public is high, with the estimated economic cost of foodborne illness approximately $77.7 billion dollars per year, or approximately $1,626 per foodborne illness case. (Center for Disease Control statistics)

The top factors which contribute to foodborne illness are:  inadequate cooking, improper holding temperatures, contaminated equipment, poor personal hygiene and food from unsafe sources.  Safe food handling and preparation by food handlers can dramatically reduce illness and health costs.

The New River Health District and Virginia Cooperative Extension team teach three food safety trainings to assure food is safely handled by food service managers, food managers, caterers, chefs, dietary managers, temporary food vendors and persons who prepare and serve food in other food service establishments.

Listed below are short descriptions of each training available and dates and locations for future trainings.  In addition, group classes are available upon request for groups of 12 or more.

16 Hour Training:  ServSafe Essential – Managers Certification Course for Foodservice Managers.  Cost:  $150.  Developed by the Education Foundation of the National Restaurant Association.  Designed for foodservice managers in hotels, restaurants, clubs, institutions; food and beverage managers; catering managers, chefs; and dietary managers.  Exam is required.  Participants successfully completing the course will receive a certificate from National Restaurant Association, valid for 5 years.

July 28 – August 4, 2014:  8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Montgomery County Government Center, 755 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg, VA

October 20 and 27, 2014:  8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Montgomery County Government Center, 755 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg, VA

4 Hour Training:  Cooking for Crowds for Temporary Food Vendors.  Cost:  $20.  Developed by Penn State University.  Designed for persons who serve and sell food to the public at temporary events and food festivals.  Exam is required.  Participants successfully completing the course will receive a certificate, valid for 3 years.  Displaying your certificate at event assures and reinforces the public’s confidence that you are providing a safe product and may also reduce liability and insurance costs.

May 1, 2014:  5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Floyd County Administration Building, 120 Oxford Street, Floyd, VA

May 12, 2014:  5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Giles Senior Center, 1320 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg, VA

June 9, 2014:  5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Montgomery County Government Center, 755 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg, VA

June 12, 2014:  5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Pulaski County Administration Building, 143 Third Street, NW, Pulaski, VA

6 Hour Training:  Serve Safe Foods for Food Service Workers and individuals.  Cost:  $20.  Developed by the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association.  Designed for persons to learn basic safe food handling procedures used in food service establishments (i.e. restaurants, cafeterias, caterers, high school students and individuals desiring to learn more about food safety.  Exam is required.  Participants successfully completing the course will receive a certificate, valid for 3 years.  This will verify your knowledge of food safety handling practices and may assist you in obtaining employment in the foodservice industry.

May 19, 2014:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Floyd Country Store, Floyd, VA

June 9, 2014:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Pulaski County Administration Building, 143 Third Street, NW, Pulaski, VA

July 30, 2014:  8:00 am to 2:30 pm, Montgomery County Government Center, 755 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg, VA

Please call Pulaski County Extension Office at 540-980-7761 for more information or to register for any of the scheduled classes.  If we do not have an established group of 12-15, last minute registration may result in an already cancelled class so call to get your name on the list soon.

Summit at Virginia Tech to spotlight STEM programs and partnerships in Southwest Virginia

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 16, 2014 – Stressing the vital need for high-quality education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the first Southwest Virginia STEM Summit will bring together educators, employers, and advocates in Blacksburg on May 2.

The aim of the daylong public summit is to identify current programs and partnerships, to create a network among STEM educators, and to enlist partners in new initiatives. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner will give welcoming comments by video, with state Sen. Phillip Puckett and Del. Joseph Yost speaking in person.

Guest speaker will be Karen Jackson, Virginia lead for the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and former deputy secretary of technology for the commonwealth and director of the Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance.

Keynote addresses will be given by Benjamin Knapp, director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech and professor of computer science; and Rebecca Kruse, evaluation director for the Army Educational Outreach Program Cooperative Agreement, led by Virginia Tech.

Representatives of public schools in Bland, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Smyth counties, local community colleges, Emory & Henry College, and Virginia Tech will take part in a panel to discuss current partnership programs.

The summit will be at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg. The cost is $50, which includes lunch. The registration deadline is April 25. Lodging is available at the hotel with a special rate for summit participants by calling 540-231-8000.

Details and online registration are available on the summit website (http://www.cpe.vt.edu/swvstem/). For more information, contact Professor Susan Magliaro, director of the Virginia Tech STEM initiative, by email (mailto:sumags@vt.edu) or at 540-231-8325.

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (http://www.clahs.vt.edu/) at Virginia Tech includes programs in the arts, humanities, social and human sciences, and education. The college seeks to illuminate human experience and expression by creating works of lasting scholarly, cultural, and aesthetic value; empower individuals to engage critically with the complexities of a diverse, global society; and foster the inquiry, innovation, and growth that produce individual and social transformation.

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This story can be found on the Virginia Tech News website:
http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2014/04/041614-clahs-stemsummit.html

Buckeyes add another transfer big man in Thompson

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Virginia Tech’s Trevor Thompson, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, says he’s transferring to play at Ohio State.

Thompson will have three years of eligibility remaining, most likely sitting out a year to begin playing in the 2015-16 season.

On his Twitter account, Thompson posted, “Well it’s official I’m a Ohio State Buckeye.”

Thompson is the second big man to transfer to Ohio State recently. Anthony Lee, a 6-9 forward, said late last month that he would graduate from Temple to transfer to Ohio State to play his final year next season.

Thompson, the son of former major-league baseball player Ryan Thompson, played in 29 games last season for the Hokies, starting in 10 while averaging 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds.

An Indianapolis native, he had also considered Indiana and Purdue.

Va. Tech massacre’s 7th anniversary to be marked

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The victims of the April 16, 2007, massacre at Virginia Tech will be remembered at ceremonies in Richmond and Blacksburg.

One remembrance is scheduled Wednesday in Richmond’s Capitol Square. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s chief of staff, Paul Regan, and Secretary of Education Anne Holton are scheduled to speak near the bell tower. The bell will be sounded following the reading of the names of each victim. The names will be read by Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran.

Later Wednesday morning, McAuliffe will attend the Virginia Tech Day of Remembrance on the Blacksburg campus.

Student gunman Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh) killed 32 students and faculty in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. He killed himself after the rampage.