Obituary for Richard Arlen McCroskey

Richard Arlen McCroskey, age 74 of Pulaski passed away Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Born March 13, 1942 in Narrows ,he was the son of the late Penny & Kathleen Songer McCroskey.

He was retired from Lynchburg Foundry with over 38 years of service.

He is survived by his

Children-

Richard D. McCroskey – Pulask,i

Michael D. McCroskey – Giles County,

Shannon & Michael Altizer – Pulaski,

Laura McCroskey – Moneta,

Mark McCroskey – Pulaski.

Brothers-

James McCroskey – Giles,

Walter McCroskey – Dublin.

Special Family-

Amy Dalton,

Judy Dunford,

Jennifer Foutz.

Mr. McCroskey’s wishes were to be cremated. The family has chosen to honor him privately.

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

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

Obituary for Karen Jean Pratt

Karen Jean Pratt, 65, of Draper passed away Friday July 29, 2016 at her home. She was born in Chicago on April 29, 1951 and was the daughter of the late Richard and Dorothy Norris. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Rita Watkins. She was a member of the Draper’s Valley Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her Husband, Stuart Pratt

Daughters, Hannah Pratt

Rebekah Pratt-Sturges and husband Jonah

Rachel Jacob and husband Jeremy

Sisters, Kathy Gardner

Cherryl McGinnis

A celebration of her life will be held Monday, Aug 1st at 2pm from the Draper’s Valley Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Roland Mathews officiating. The Family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall after the service. In lieu of Flowers the Family wishes gifts be sent to the Draper’s Valley Presbyterian Church 2755 Old Balitmore Road, Draper, VA 24324. Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.

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Obituary for Glen Jackie “Jack” Sexton

Glen Jackie “Jack” Sexton received his ultimate healing on Thursday, July 28, 2016.  He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Alex and Luella Sexton, 2 brothers, Jimmy and Billy Sexton and his daughter, Tammy Sexton.

He is survived by this wife of 56 years, Ethel Sexton, his brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Evelyn Sexton, his daughter and son-in-law, Teena and Bobby Osborne, one granddaughter, Kendra Osborne, one grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Andrew and Brittany Osborne and 2 great-grandchildren, Madilynn and Keagan Osborne.

Jack was retired from Coca-Cola after 35 years of service.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Shiloh Christian Church, 3092 Lowman’s Ferry Road, Pulaski, VA  24301

Visitation will be at Stevens Funeral Home on Sunday at 3:00. The memorial service will follow at 4:00 on Sunday.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.

Calm Before The Storm

IMG_8154Todd Bruce of Pulaski submitted this photo taken Thursday at the New River Valley Fair in Dublin – just before a storm hit the area, featuring some 20 minutes worth of sideways rain. The fair continues today and winds down for another year on Saturday night. If you haven’t gone yet, there’s still time!

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10 Things to Know for Friday

By The Associated Press

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

1. AS CONVENTION WRAPS, DEMOCRATS GIRD FOR TIGHT CONTEST

Even as Clinton and her supporters argue Trump is unqualified for the Oval Office, they recognize the businessman connects with some voters in a way she does not.

2. CLINTON’S HISTORIC NOMINATION CAUSES LITTLE STIR OUTSIDE US

After all, dozens of female leaders have served across Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and Australia.

3. POPE’S MASS IN POLAND DRAWS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS

Francis, visiting Eastern Europe for the first time, praises countless “ordinary yet remarkable people” who held firm to their Catholic faith throughout adversity in the former Communist-ruled nation.

4. WHAT’S CAUSING JITTERS IN ADVANCE OF RIO GAMES

If there’s ever a headache for anti-terror forces, it’s the Olympics — and Brazil has almost no experience combatting terrorism.

5. NO RETRIAL FOR MAN CONVICTED IN CHANDRA LEVY SLAYING

Prosecutors say they can no longer prove their case in the 15-year-old killing of the Washington intern who was romantically linked with former congressman Gary Condit.

6. WHY RESIDENTS OF BATTLE-TORN ALEPPO SAY THEY’RE STAYING PUT

Many are rejecting an offer of corridors to leave the besieged Syrian city, saying they can’t trust the Assad regime’s promises.

7. EXPERTS TRY TO EXPLAIN SURGE IN MASS KILLINGS ACROSS GLOBE

One syndrome that could be surfacing is contagion, in which one attack rapidly inspires imitation attacks.

8. $536M MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT CLAIMED

Someone has come forward in Indiana with the winning ticket for this month’s huge jackpot, officials say, but no details have emerged about the winner.

9. WHICH UNDERWATER CREATURE’S EXISTENCE HAS BEEN CONFIRMED

Scientists say genetic tests show that a mysterious, unnamed species of beaked whale only rarely seen alive by Japanese fishermen does indeed roam the northern Pacific.

10. COLLEGE FOOTBALL ABANDONS PLAN TO HOLD PLAYOFFS ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

The move, prompted by tumbling TV ratings, ensures the semifinal games will now be played either on a weekend or a holiday.

Today in History

By The Associated Press

Today is Thursday, July 28, the 210th day of 2016. There are 156 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 28, 1976, an earthquake devastated northern China, killing at least 242,000 people, according to an official estimate.

On this date:

In 1540, King Henry VIII’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed, the same day Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.

In 1655, French dramatist and novelist Cyrano de Bergerac, the inspiration for a play by Edmond Rostand, died in Paris at age 36.

In 1794, Maximilien Robespierre, a leading figure of the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine.

In 1821, Peru declared its independence from Spain.

In 1866, British children’s author Beatrix Potter was born in London.

In 1914, World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

In 1932, federal troops forcibly dispersed the so-called “Bonus Army” of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington to demand payments they weren’t scheduled to receive until 1945.

In 1945, a U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York’s Empire State Building, killing 14 people. The U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89-2.

In 1959, in preparation for statehood, Hawaiians voted to send the first Chinese-American, Republican Hiram L. Fong, to the U.S. Senate and the first Japanese-American, Democrat Daniel K. Inouye, to the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000 “almost immediately.”

In 1984, the Los Angeles Summer Olympics opened.

In 1995, a jury in Union, South Carolina, rejected the death penalty for Susan Smith, sentencing her to life in prison for drowning her two young sons (Smith will be eligible for parole in 2024).

Ten years ago: Actor-director Mel Gibson went into an anti-Semitic tirade as he was being arrested on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, on suspicion of driving while drunk; Gibson later apologized and was sentenced to probation and alcohol treatment. A gunman who witnesses said identified himself as a Muslim American walked into the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and opened fire, killing a woman, Pamela Waechter, and wounding five others before he was arrested. (Naveed Haq was later convicted of aggravated first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of release.) Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia was inaugurated for a second term, 16 years after leaving office.

Five years ago: The body of the military chief of the Libyan rebels’ National Transitional Council, Abdel-Fattah Younis, was found dumped outside Benghazi along with those of two top aides. The president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., died in a fall in his Atlanta home seven months after taking office; he was 57.

One year ago: President Barack Obama wrapped up his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, where he urged African leaders to leave office peacefully after their terms expired. It was announced that Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Naval intelligence analyst who had spent nearly three decades in prison for spying for Israel, had been granted parole. In a case that outraged animal lovers, Zimbabwean police said they were searching for an American who had shot and killed a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil during a bow hunt; Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, issued a statement saying he thought everything about his trip was legal. (Officials in Zimbabwe later said Palmer had not broken the country’s hunting laws.) Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game was upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Darryl Hickman is 85. Ballet dancer-choreographer Jacques d’Amboise is 82. Musical conductor Riccardo Muti is 75. Former Senator and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Bradley is 73. “Garfield” creator Jim Davis is 71. Singer Jonathan Edwards is 70. Actress Linda Kelsey is 70. TV producer Dick Ebersol is 69. Actress Sally Struthers is 69. Actress Georgia Engel is 68. Rock musician Simon Kirke (Bad Company) is 67. Rock musician Steve Morse (Deep Purple) is 62. CBS anchorman Scott Pelley is 59. Alt-country-rock musician Marc Perlman is 55. Actor Michael Hayden is 53. Actress Lori Loughlin is 52. Jazz musician-producer Delfeayo Marsalis is 51. Former hockey player turned general manager Garth Snow is 47. Actress Elizabeth Berkley is 44. Singer Afroman is 42. Country musician Todd Anderson (Heartland) is 41. Rock singer Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) is 40. Country singer Carly Goodwin is 35. Actor Jon Michael Hill (TV: “Elementary”) is 31. Actor Dustin Milligan is 31. Actor Nolan Gerard Funk is 30. Rapper Soulja Boy is 26. Pop/rock singer Cher Lloyd (TV: “The X Factor”) is 23.

Thought for Today: “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.” — From the Tao (dow) Te Ching, the sacred book of Taoism.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

By The Associated Press

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

1. FIRESTORM FOLLOWS TRUMP’S URGING OF FOREIGN MEDDLING IN US POLITICS

The billionaire businessman sets off an instant debate by encouraging Russia to find and make public Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.

2. WHICH VOTERS OBAMA BELIEVES CLINTON MUST APPEAL TO

The same women, minority and young voters who powered his rise appear crucial to her campaign as well.

3. PROSECUTORS ABANDON CASE AGAINST POLICE IN FREDDIE GRAY’S DEATH

More than a year after the black man suffered a broken neck in a police van, the effort to hold six Baltimore officers criminally responsible for the death collapses.

4. JUDGE OKS JOHN HINCKLEY’S RELEASE

The man who attempted to assassinate President Reagan will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital and live full-time in Virginia.

5. HOW POPE IS REACTING TO EXTREMISTS’ BRUTAL SLAYING OF FRENCH PRIEST

The pontiff warns grimly that the world is at war — but he cautions against labeling it a war among religions.

6. CRACKDOWN IN TURKEY SHOWS NO SIGNS OF EASING

The government discharges hundreds of military personnel and orders dozens of media organizations to close.

7. FEDERAL RESERVE SEES REASONS FOR OPTIMISM

The Fed’s more upbeat tone on the U.S. economy revives the prospect that it will resume raising interest rates as soon as September.

8. WHY FACEBOOK IS FORCE-FEEDING MOBILE MESSENGER APP TO MORE PEOPLE

It’s part of the social network’s effort to reel in a bigger audience for advertising and other moneymaking opportunities.

9. SCIENTISTS CALCULATE RISKS OF IMMOBILITY

Not exercising and sitting all day turn out to be as dangerous as being obese or smoking.

10. WHO’S MAKING WAVES WITH NEW HAIRDO

Lionel Messi dyes his hair peroxide blond — meaning the Barcelona forward will stand out even more in matches.

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I-77 crash involves tractor trailer hauling relief supplies

From Virginia State Police

At 8:45 p.m., Tuesday (July 26), Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash at the 12 mile marker on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.

A tractor-trailer traveling north on I-77 hydroplaned, which caused the vehicle to run off the left side of the interstate, run through several hundred feet of guardrail and go down a steep embankment. The tractor-trailer finally came to rest at the bottom of a ravine. It was raining heavily at the time of the crash.

A detour was set up so the tractor-trailer could be removed from the ravine and pulled up to the interstate – which required four heavy-duty wreckers at one point – and for VDOT to make necessary guardrail and roadway repairs.

The driver, William S. Allgood, 68, of Ringold, Va., was not injured in the crash. The tractor-trailer was loaded with 35,000 pounds of relief supplies for flood victims.

Crash remains under investigation.

Today in History

By The Associated Press

Today is Wednesday, July 27, the 209th day of 2016. There are 157 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 27, 1996, terror struck the Atlanta Olympics as a pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park, directly killing one person and injuring 111. (Anti-government extremist Eric Rudolph later pleaded guilty to the bombing, exonerating security guard Richard Jewell, who had been wrongly suspected.)

On this date:

In 1789, President George Washington signed a measure establishing the Department of Foreign Affairs, forerunner of the Department of State.

In 1866, Cyrus W. Field finished laying out the first successful underwater telegraph cable between North America and Europe (a previous cable in 1858 burned out after only a few weeks’ use).

In 1921, Canadian researcher Frederick Banting and his assistant, Charles Best, succeeded in isolating the hormone insulin at the University of Toronto.

In 1946, American author, poet and publisher Gertrude Stein, 72, died in Neuilly-sur-Seine (NU’-yee-suhr-sehn), France.

In 1953, the Korean War armistice was signed at Panmunjom, ending three years of fighting.

In 1960, Vice President Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president on the first ballot at the Republican national convention in Chicago.

In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to assess the causes of urban rioting, the same day black militant H. Rap Brown said in Washington that violence was “as American as cherry pie.”

In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.

In 1976, Air Force veteran Ray Brennan became the first person to die of so-called “Legionnaire’s Disease” following an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.

In 1980, on day 267 of the Iranian hostage crisis, the deposed Shah of Iran died at a military hospital outside Cairo, Egypt, at age 60.

In 1995, the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington by President Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.

In 2003, comedian Bob Hope died in Toluca Lake, California, at age 100.

Ten years ago: Floyd Landis’ stunning Tour de France victory just four days earlier was thrown into doubt when he tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the race. (Landis was stripped of his title for doping.)

Five years ago: A Russian space official (Vitaly Davydov) said that once the mammoth International Space Station was no longer needed, it would be sent into the Pacific Ocean. Julio Lugo scored from third base on a blown umpire’s call at the plate, giving the Atlanta Braves a post-midnight 4-3 win in 19 innings over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ervin Santana pitched the first solo no-hitter for the Angels in nearly 27 years, striking out 10 and leading Los Angeles over Cleveland 3-1. Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu, 42, was found dead of an apparent suicide in the affluent Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes.

One year ago: President Barack Obama, during a visit to Ethiopia, unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” The Boy Scouts of America ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.

Today’s Birthdays: TV producer Norman Lear is 94. Actor Jerry Van Dyke is 85. Sportscaster Irv Cross is 77. Actor John Pleshette is 74. Actress-director Betty Thomas is 69. Olympic gold medal figure skater Peggy Fleming is 68. Singer Maureen McGovern is 67. Actress Janet Eilber is 65. Rock musician Tris Imboden (Chicago) is 65. Actress Roxanne Hart is 62. Country musician Duncan Cameron is 60. Comedian-actress-writer Carol Leifer is 60. Comedian Bill Engvall is 59. Jazz singer Karrin Allyson is 54. Country singer Stacy Dean Campbell is 49. Rock singer Juliana Hatfield is 49. Actor Julian McMahon is 48. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (NIH’-koh-lye KAH’-stur WAHL’-dah) is 46. Comedian Maya Rudolph is 44. Rock musician Abe Cunningham is 43. Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn is 42. MLB All-Star Alex Rodriguez is 41. Actor Seamus Dever is 40. Actor Jonathan Rhys (rees) Meyers is 39. Actor Blair Redford is 33. Actress Taylor Schilling is 32. Singer Cheyenne Kimball is 26. Golfer Jordan Spieth is 23. Actress Alyvia Alyn Lind is nine.

Thought for Today: “We are always the same age inside.” — Gertrude Stein (1874-1946).

Man dies after being arrested by Virginia police officers

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police are investigating the death of a man who collapsed in the back of a squad car.

Christiansburg town spokeswoman Melissa Powell said police arrested 59-year-old Leonard J. Karr without incident Monday afternoon after he was reportedly acting strangely outside the Microtel Inn & Suites.

Her statement says he was arrested on a probation violation without any use of force and put in handcuffs in the squad car.

Powell says that the officer said Karr appeared to be “in distress” when they arrived at the magistrate’s office 17 minutes later. He was unresponsive by the time rescue personnel arrived, and died at a hospital Monday evening.

Police have released no more details, and the cause of death was not immediately clear.