Report: AG Herring to seek re-election, not run for governor

Staff Report

The Richmond Times Dispatch is reporting that Attorney General Mark Herring has announced that he will run for re-election as attorney general rather than seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor.

The Times Dispatch said his decision avoids a potentially divisive fight with Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for the party’s nomination.


Man being transported for mental evaluation escapes custody, later apprehended

From Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis

A 21-year-old male subject being transported to the Petersburg, Va. area for a mental evaluation by two Pulaski County Deputy Sheriff’s on Monday morning escaped custody for a period of time before being apprehended.

The officers stopped their vehicle when the subject demanded a restroom stop. A struggle to the ground ensued with one Deputy Sheriff as the handcuffed subject attempted to flee. He was able to leap free of the officer and fled as the second officer came from the rear of the police vehicle and was unable to apprehend or use his taser to halt the escape.

The subject ran into a densely wooded area as one officer pursued him on foot and the second officer secured the vehicle and called for assistance.

The Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police responded and the subject was apprehended several hours later after a thorough search of a wooded section of Dinwiddie County.

No injuries occurred during the incident.

There were no criminal charges on the subject as he was being transported for a mental evaluation only.

Phoenix Packaging Offers “Green” and Cost-saving Transportation Benefits to Employees

Radford, Va. – Phoenix Packaging joins a growing number of regional employers who recognize the benefits of commuters’ transportation choices. The company has partnered with RIDE Solutions to provide its employees with a transportation choice program to promote practical, cost-saving options for their commutes.

Reliable transportation is critical to employment. When employees have access to consistent and reliable commuting options, showing up to work and showing up on-time benefits both employer and employee. Phoenix Packaging has signed on to RIDE Solutions’ Workplace Partner program to help employees more readily identify and access the commute choices. This free employee benefit will improve their job access and save them money. It can also benefit Phoenix Packaging with reduced absenteeism and employee turnover.

“We are extremely excited to partner with RIDE Solutions in providing this benefit to our employees and to the surrounding community. This program is right in line with our corporate goals to promote our social responsibility and commitment to our employees and the environment,” said Mr. Ruben Mendez, HR Manager, after approving the partnership with RIDE Solutions.

Through its Workplace Partner program, RIDE Solutions partners with area organizations to implement employer-based alternative transportation programs. By working directly with area employers, RIDE Solutions can more easily educate employees about the cost-savings and environmental benefits of using alternatives even as little as one day a week. RIDE Solutions supports its employer partners with promotional materials, contests, communication plans, even bike racks and signage, all free of charge.

With this support, Workplace Partners dedicate themselves to improving the region’s air quality and providing an important transportation alternative for their employees, all the while reaping benefits like reduced parking demand, more space for customers, free employee benefits, and a smaller carbon footprint. Some of RIDE Solutions Workplace Partners are:

  • Carilion Clinic
  • Virginia Tech
  • Community Housing Partners
  • New River Community College
  • Rowe Fine Furniture
  • Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

More information about the Workplace Partner program can be found at

Three teens injured seriously Sunday in Carroll County crash

The photos depict Hillsville firefighters loading one of the patients into one of the helicopters. (State Police photo)

The photos depict Hillsville firefighters loading one of the patients into one of the helicopters. (State Police photo)

By Deborah Cox

Public Relations/Virginia State Police

Hillsville Fire, Carroll Fire & Rescue, Carroll Sheriff’s Department, and Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash Sunday, (Aug. 30) at 2:10 p.m. on Route 221, four-tenths of a mile north of Poplar Hill Road in Carroll County.

A 1997 Ford Ranger pick-up was travelling south when the vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned, ejecting all three occupants.

At this time, the driver of the vehicle is believed to be a 14-year old female, and the passengers were a 15 year-old female and a 17 year-old male.

All three individuals were transported to a landing zone at Hillsville Elementary School and were airlifted by three separate helicopters to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., with life-threatening injuries.

The accident was investigated by Trooper R.B. Phipps.  Charges are pending and the crash remains under investigation.


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Obituary for Deborah Regina Kennedy Archer

Deborah Regina Kennedy Archer, age 57 of Pulaski passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Born July 24, 1958 in Pulaski, she was the daughter of the late Ralph C. Kennedy and Virginia Mae Kennedy. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Sammy Thornton and sister, Barbara Kennedy Sutphin.



Kenneth David Archer-Pulaski


David Bradley Archer and partner, Robert D. Bradford -Pulaski

Krystelle Archer-Pulaski

Denise Shea Lewis-Dayton, OH

Christopher M. Lewis-Pulaski

Ashley and Tasha Hodge-Pulaski


Zayden, Kolden and Grace Harmon


Wanda Riddle

Sara Lynn Kennedy Brown (Charles)

Kenneth Thornton

Bobby Thornton

Jerry Wayne Mathena


Elizabeth C. Archer Mitchem-Wytheville

Funeral services will be held Wednesday – 11:00 AM, September 2, 2015 in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with Rev. Charles McPeak officiating. Interment will follow at the West End Cemetery, Wytheville.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to funeral time at Bower Funeral Home.

To sign the online guestbook, visit

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


Obituary for Alice Marie Lovern

Alice Marie Lovern, 89, of Pulaski, VA died Saturday, August 29, 2015 at her home.  She was born in Pulaski County on February 13, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Roy William Hughes and Fannie Mae Newton Hughes.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Lovern and by a grandson, Todd Turpin.

Surviving are:

Children – Carol Church

Jean Larue

Steve Lovern

Sandra Bergara

Franky Lovern

Numerous Grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren

Sisters – Linda Edwards

Betty Edwards

Best Friends – Virginia Carter

Jeanie Lovern

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at 2:00 PM from the Stevens Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dale Akers officiating.  Burial will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.  Visiting will be Wednesday from the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the service hour.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, VA.


Obituary for Judith Kaye Bandy Chrisley

Judith Kaye Bandy Chrisley, age 71 of Dublin passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015. Born February 15, 1944 in Pulaski she was the daughter of Mary Elizabeth Bandy and the late Lewis M. Bandy. Her husband, James Jerry Chrisley also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her

Mother Mary E. Bandy – Dublin

Daughter & Son-in-law Treva & Brad Pope – Dublin

Son & Daughter-in-law Michael & Cheryl Chrisley – Pulaski

Grandchildren Alyson, Brent & Justin Chrisley Rob Abbott & wife, Sara – Dublin

Visitation will be Tuesday 5:00-7:00 PM., September 1, 2015 at the Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.

Funeral services and interment will be PRIVATE for the family with Rusty Mullins officiating.

A special thanks to Megan Williford who came into our life and became a friend and part of our family. Megan is an angel from Heaven who made Judy’s last days more special and who Judy loved so much, “Judy called her, her little girl.” Words can’t express how much her presence and all that she did for Judy and our family. We love you and are so thankful and blessed you were here.

The family encourages donations in memory of Judy be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306 Charlottesville, VA 22901.

To send the family online condolences, visit Bower Funeral Chapels, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.