Obituary for Edward Kenneth Newton “Kenny”

Edward Kenneth Newton “Kenny”, 74 of Dublin, Va., passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.  Born April 21, 1940 in Pulaski, Va., he was the son of the late Charles William Newton “Shirl” and Rosella Taylor Marshall.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Helen Jennings Newton, great grandson Parker Kelly Bond and stepfather C.H. “Windy” Marshall.

Survivors include his wife Nancy Young Newton of Dublin, Va., daughter Cindi Newton Newton,E002Eastwood and Robert Eastwood of Draper, VA,  son, Keith Edward Newton and wife Carla Turner Newton of Glenvar, VA.,  stepson, Cliff Phillips and wife Kim Phillips of Draper, VA, stepson, Patrick Phillips and wife Amanda Phillips of Draper, VA,  grandson Chad Bond and wife Cady Bond of Pittsburgh, Pa, granddaughter Brittney Webber of Draper, VA, grandson Colin Newton of Glenvar, VA,  step grand son ,Samuel Laschkewitsch of Sebring, Fl, step granddaughter Madison Phillips of Draper, VA., Step grandson, Grayson Phillips of Draper, VA, Step grand daughter Sarah Phillips of Draper, VA, Step grandson, Josiah Phillips of Draper, VA and great grandson Karson Bedwell of Draper, VA,  step mother, Bess Newton of Pulaski, VA and two special Aunts Nancy Richardson and Jane Newton and special uncle, Charlie Richardson -all of Pulaski

Also survived by many friends at Wendy’s Coffee Club in Pulaski where he resided as “President”, also his special little dog ,Zoie.

The family will receive friends at Bower Funeral Home in Pulaski, Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00pm with the service immediately following.  Rev Dennis Martin officiating with Rev Jeff Curtis providing prayer and scripture reading.

Interment Service will be at 1:00 pm Sunday, October 26, 2014 at  Highland Memory Gardens in Dublin

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Flowers are appreciated or donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at

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

In Virginia US Senate race, final candidate forum

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Republican rival Ed Gillespie made their final joint appearance Thursday, rehashing familiar talking points that largely focused on issues relevant to Hampton Roads.

The forum was hosted by the Central Business District Association, with each candidate answering questions on stage separately. The candidates received the questions in advance. Topics included sea level rise and military spending cuts.

Warner touted endorsements from Republicans, including Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms. Meanwhile, Gillespie noted Warner usually sides with President Barack Obama.

Before the election, Warner and Gillespie agreed to eight joint public forums throughout the state. Two included recent debates that were televised statewide. Their first debate was held in July in West Virginia.

Gillespie is the former chairman of the Republican National Committee and is considered an underdog in his bid to unseat Warner.


The Hampton Roads economy depends heavily on military spending, and Gillespie faulted Warner for allowing automatic spending cuts known as sequestration to take place. Warner said the only other option was for the nation to go into default. He noted that Republican leaders also voted for sequestration.

Warner said sequestration still is a bad policy, calling it “stupidity on steroids.”

To strike a budget deal and end sequestration, Warner said the country needs to take on entitlement spending and revisit the tax code.

Gillespie said that sequestration should be replaced and that the only way it can happen is for Republicans to take control of the Senate.


The Hampton Roads region routinely floods during even minor storms, and flooding is expected to worsen because of sea level rise. Warner said that sea level rise and man-made climate change are clearly linked. He said Gillespie doesn’t believe climate change is caused by humans.

Gillespie denied that characterization. He said in two debates that he’s had with Warner that he believes there’s ample evidence of climate change and that man contributes to it. Gillespie said sea level rise is a major concern and that he believes the federal government has a role to address it, including seeking funding.


Warner repeatedly cast himself as someone who works well with Republicans and reaches across the aisle anytime he develops legislation. He said he starts from the center and works his way out, rather than working from the extremes. He called Gillespie a partisan.

Gillespie said that while Warner talks a lot about bipartisanship, his votes are routinely in alignment with Obama. Gillespie said that if he’s elected, his view on partisanship would be to support anything that will “ease the squeeze” on Virginians, regardless of the sponsor’s party.

“If it doesn’t, I will fight against it. I don’t care what any president says of either party, any Senate leader says of either party,” he said. “If the bill doesn’t ease the squeeze on hard working Virginians and make it easier for the unemployed to find work, I will fight it.”

Hidden Valley High says bring a canned food item to the game Friday night, get $1 off your ticket price

According to Scott Vest, Athletic and Activities Director at PCHS, Hidden Valley High School (where the Cougars play Friday night) says that anybody who brings a canned food item (Feed America Program) to the game tomorrow night will get one dollar off the purchase price of a ticket. This is for the varsity football game Friday night at Hidden Valley.


The New River Health District will hold walk-in flu vaccine clinics at each of its local health departments on Friday, Oct. 24. No appointments are necessary. For those with vaccine coverage, the health department will bill your insurance carrier. For those without such coverage, the vaccine is free. Supplies of free vaccine are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Clinic hours are as follows:

8 – 11:30 a.m.             Floyd County Health Department

123 Parkview Rd., SE

Floyd, VA 24091

8 – 11:30 a.m. Giles County Health Department

120 North Main Street

Pearisburg, VA 24134

8 – 11:30 a.m. Radford City Health Department

212 Third Avenue

Radford, VA 24141

8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.       Montgomery County Health Department

210 South Pepper Street, Suite A

Christiansburg, VA 24073

1 – 4:00 p.m.              Pulaski County Health Department

170 Fourth Street, NW

Pulaski, VA 24301

“We’ve already documented cases of influenza this season in the New River Valley, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health recommend vaccination each year for everyone 6 months and older,” said Margaret O’Dell, M.D., director, New River Health District. “Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially severe complications, and this unique ‘drive-thru’ approach is proven to be a fast and efficient way to vaccinate a large number of folks in a short time.”

“The timing and duration of flu seasons vary – they can occur from early fall to late spring – so you should get the vaccine as soon as it’s available,” said Brenda Burrus, RN, MSEd, nurse manager senior for the New River Health District. “It takes up to two weeks to develop the vaccine’s full protection, and the benefits last for up to a year.”

All persons aged 6 months or older should be vaccinated against influenza each year. Particular effort should be made to vaccinate people at higher risk for influenza complications, including:

  • Pregnant and postpartum women, or those who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
  • Persons over 65 years of age, including residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;
  • People who have chronic lung or heart problems, including asthma; and
  • People who have other serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, cystic fibrosis, anemia, cancer, weak immune systems (including those with HIV) or a seizure disorder.

To help prevent the spread of influenza to people in high risk groups, those who live with people in a high risk group and healthcare workers should also receive an annual influenza vaccine. Travelers to countries outside of the U.S. may also need to consider influenza vaccination, even at different times of the year.

Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is a serious disease caused by the influenza virus that affects the respiratory tract. It is highly contagious and generally spreads from person-to-person when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can be transmitted even before flu-like symptoms appear. A person usually becomes sick one to three days following exposure to the virus. Typical flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.

To minimize your risk of contracting or transmitting the flu, follow these simple steps:

  • Get vaccinated;
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds;
  • Cover your cough, either by using a disposable tissue or coughing into your sleeve, not your hand; and
  • Stay at home when you are sick.

For more information, call the New River Health District at 540-585-3300 or visit

2014 Southern Christmas Show Trip Announced­­

The Radford Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Sunshine Tours bus trip to the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte, NC on Wednesday, November 19th.  The bus will depart at 6:00 a.m.

The fee will be $28.00 per person based on a full bus load and advance reservations are required.  Please note, the fee per person is subject to change depending on the amount of participants.

The Southern Christmas Show is a festive way to kick off the holiday season.  The show features Christmas Tree Lane with dozens of Fraser firs and holiday designer rooms decorated by top interior designers.  In addition, there will be tiny trains and miniature villages and The Enchanted Village with marvelous doll houses and miniature scenes, all created by the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (N.A.M.E.)  Over 500 merchants are set up to help you find something for everyone on your shopping list!

Cafeteria-style food, as well as concession-style food will be available and popular choices are roasted nuts and piping hot strudel as well as hand dipped chocolates.

Standard size push wheelchairs are available on a first-come basis at the front entrance coat check.  Rental is $1.  Over 150 benches are available to sit and rest throughout the show, and seating is available at many of the food areas.

More information is available by calling 540-731-5517.

Searchers rescue lost hiker in Montgomery County

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — Police say a hiker is in good condition after being rescued from a heavily wooded area in Montgomery County.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says searchers found the 76-year-old woman around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Bottom’s Creek area near the borders of Floyd and Roanoke counties. It took rescue teams another hour and a half to get the woman out of the woods due to the density of the area.

The sheriff’s office says the woman called dispatchers around 5:30 p.m. Monday and reported she was lost.

Assisting in the search were numerous fire departments, rescue squads, search and rescue teams, and law enforcement agencies.

First Lady Helps Virginians Stay Warm This Winter

~ 2014 Fuel Assistance Application Deadline Is Nov. 14 ~ 

RICHMOND, Va. – First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe is leading efforts this fall to make sure there is help available for low-income Virginians who have difficulty paying their heating bills.

The First Lady appears in a new Public Service Announcement encouraging individuals and families to apply for fuel assistance through the Energy Assistance Program, which is implemented by the Virginia Department of Social Services. Applications are being accepted now through Friday, Nov. 14.

“No Virginian should have to face the winter months without heat, so I’m encouraging them to submit an application, as soon as possible, to their local department of social services,” said Mrs. McAuliffe.

The program assists with various types of energy sources, including electricity, natural and liquid propane gas, oil, kerosene, coal and wood. Families and individuals must apply through their local department of social services office.

“Last year, Virginia experienced a pretty harsh winter, and we anticipate similar conditions this year. This program is designed to ensure eligible citizens have access to the heating assistance they need,” said Margaret Ross Schultze, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services.

To qualify for Fuel Assistance, the maximum gross monthly income for a one-person household cannot exceed $1,265.  For a household of four, the maximum gross monthly income is $2,584. Nearly 126,000 households received assistance last year.

The VDSS Energy Assistance Program is funded by the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant. LIHEAP provides funds to states to assist low-income households in meeting their home energy needs.

“This program is essential to many Virginia families who struggle to pay their winter heating bills,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “We appreciate this federal program, which helps Virginia meet the needs of thousands of Virginians.”

For more information on the EAP, visit, to screen for services, or to apply online, visit


Radford Police Department Asking for the Public’s Help Identifying a Suspect


From Radford City Police
On October 19, 2014 at 1:29 a.m. officers responded to the 1200 Block of East Main Street for a fight in progress. A subject reportedly brandished a firearm and pointed it at bystanders before officers arrived, then left in a gold 4 door sedan.
Please contact Detective Cross at 540-267-3191 or call the Crime Line 540-731-5040 if you have any information about this incident or can help identify this suspect.

Virginia Department of Health Provides Ebola Information in Multiple Formats

877-ASK VDH3 Ebola Hotline Now Open 

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) opened an Ebola Hotline today to help answer questions from the public and provide the most up-to-date information to Virginians.

The number — 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343) — is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Virginia’s 211 Call Center will be handling these calls using frequently asked questions (FAQs) developed by VDH.

“Virginians are understandably concerned about their risk of catching Ebola,” said State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP. “My colleagues and I at VDH have heard those concerns and are responding through multiple channels, including the newly opened VDH Ebola Hotline.”

Additional questions from the public not on the FAQs list are added to the FAQ document on the VDH website daily. Any updates or changes in guidance are also included in that information. Updates and answers to the FAQs are also shared daily via the VDH website, Facebook and Twitter.

“VDH and I will continue to work tirelessly to do our very best to protect people in Virginia from Ebola,” said Levine. “We want to be sure people have the most accurate and timely information to be able to make good decisions to protect their health.”

Griffith Statement on Continued Lack of Obamacare Transparency

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement on the failure of Obama Administration officials to release health insurance rates for 2015 until after the November midterm elections:
“At a May Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing, I asked representatives of some of the nation’s largest health insurance providers about their companies’ Obamacare rates for 2015.  The insurance executives would not commit to sharing their proposed rates with Congress, but did indicate that they would be submitting them to the Department of Health and Human Services and certain states by the end of June.”

“I have made it clear in the past that I want the President and Obamacare officials to release data on the premium data for the 2015 plans in a reasonable timeframe, and not play political games with this important information.  I even introduced a bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to release the information to Congress within 30 days of receiving it from insurers.  At the time, I introduced this bill in an effort to increase transparency and ensure that the American people are not kept in the dark for political reasons.  Clearly my efforts to have this Administration keep its promise to be transparent and not play political games with the Obamacare rate increases have been unsuccessful.”

“Instead of transparently sharing this information with the American people, the Administration has chosen to wait until after the midterm elections.  Why?  The answer is clear: prices are going up, and in some states they are going to go up a lot.  And the President is afraid to admit yet another failure of his Obamacare promises.”

“Also notable is the fact that a former head* of Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (which is responsible for implementing Obamacare) has filed suit, arguing that HHS is improperly hiding the insurers’ requested rates for 2015 in violation of Obamacare itself.”

“The Administration’s failure to release this important data is a sure sign that it is bad news for the American consumer.  As the old saying goes, ‘The proof is in the pudding.’  But when the Obamacare cooks refuse to bring their ‘pudding’ out of the kitchen while the customers wait impatiently, one has to believe it’s a bitter dish.  Otherwise, the President and his allies would most certainly want to give the American people a taste.”

“I call on the President to do the right thing and release the new Obamacare insurance rates by Tuesday, October 28 – one week before the election – so the American people will know the facts before going to the polls.”

Video of Griffith questioning insurance providers about health insurance premium rates and other issues with Obamacare can be found here.



On Friday, May 9, 2014, in an effort to increase transparency and ensure that the American people are not kept in the dark for political purposes, Griffith introduced the Insurance Rate Transparency Act (H.R. 4633).  This bill would require that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) submit specific health insurance premium increase information to Congress within 30 days of receiving it from insurance providers.