Street closures planned Saturday in Pulaski for “Color Me Cameron” event

From Pulaski Police Department

On Saturday April 4, 2015, from approximately 7:30 am till 11:00 am, part of Downtown Pulaski, including a section of Dora Hwy will be closed to through traffic.  The streets are being closed in support of the “Color Me Cameron 5K run and walk.”

The color run is a celebration of Cameron Fitzwater’s life that tragically ended in a single vehicle accident on Interstate 81 in Pulaski County, two months shy of his high school graduation.  All proceeds generated from the color run will benefit “The Cameron Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship Fund”.

You can find out more about the event and register at Color Me Cameron.

The following streets will be closed during the event;

  • South Jefferson Ave. from 1st South West. to West Main St.
  • West Main St. at North Jefferson Ave. to East Main St. and Duncan Ave.
  • One lane of 3rd North East to North Washington Ave.
  • A portion of North Madison Ave. from East Main St. to 5th North East
  • North Washington Ave. at 3rd North East to South Washington Ave. at 1st St. South West
  • Dora Hwy from South Washington Ave. to Birch St.
  • Commerce St. between South Washington Ave. to Valley Rd.
  • 1st St North West to 1st St North East to Duncan Ave.

West bound traffic on Dora Hwy at Birch St. will be detoured onto Birch St. to Russell St. to 5th South East to South Washington Ave. South bound traffic on South Washington Ave. will be detoured onto 1st St. South West to South Jefferson Ave to 2nd St. South West to Valley Rd. to Randolph Ave.  All streets will re-open as soon as the event is concluded.  Please consider this event while planning your Saturday schedule.

By Authority of

A.C. Meredith,


Pulaski Police Department

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Kindergarten signup set Tuesday, April 21 at Pulaski Elementary

Pulaski County Public Schools will be hosting another Kindergarten Registration night on Tuesday, April 21 at Pulaski Elementary School from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  The school is located at 2004 Morehead Lane, Pulaski, VA.  Parents will need to bring the following items: birth certificate, immunization record, medical physical and proof of residence.  The child will also need to attend.  Screenings and parent interviews will be conducted that evening during their visit.  The registration is for all residents of Pulaski County that will have a child turning 5 years old by September 30, 2015.  If you have any questions just contact me at 643-0737.  Thanks for sharing this information with our community.

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Obituary for William “Bill” Harrell Vickers Jr.

William “Bill” Harrell Vickers, Jr. 89, of Roanoke passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015.   William was born in Pulaski County, Virginia he was the son of William Harrell Sr and Elizabeth Herndon Vickers.

He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict.  Bill was loved dearly by his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Davis Vickers; two daughters, Gladys V. Whitlock, Shirley V. Carter; two brothers, Anthony L. Vickers, Douglas Vickers.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Theresa J. Smith; grandchildren, Teresa (James) Price, Tracy Whitlock, Diana (Wayln) Hall, Rob (Gina) Carter, Sherry (Joe) Conner, Connie (Mike) Kenny, David (Emily) Smith; sixteen great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; sister, Ann Hylton; numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015 at Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Dublin, VA.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 9:00 on Thursday at Oakey’s South Chapel.

Paul Torgersen, former Va. Tech president, dies at 83

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Tech President Paul Torgersen has died. He was 83.

University spokesman Larry Hincker said Torgersen died Sunday night. The cause of death was not immediately released. Hincker said Torgersen had experienced two bouts of cancer.

Torgersen served for two decades as dean of the College of Engineering before becoming Virginia Tech’s 14th president in 1993. The university’s Advanced Communications Information Technology Center building was named Torgersen Hall after he retired in 2000.

His wife of 60 years, Dorothea “Dot” Torgersen, died in October.

The Country Boys and the Dry Hill Draggers to perform at NRCC jamboree in April

The Country Boys

The Country Boys

Dry Hill Draggers

Dry Hill Draggers

The Country Boys and the Dry Hill Draggers will perform at New River Community College’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club jamboree on Saturday, April 11. The show will begin at 6 p.m. in Edwards Hall at NRCC in Dublin.

The Country Boys have been playing traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music throughout North Carolina and Virginia for over 40 years. The band originally formed in the late 1960s, with several lineup changes throughout the years. The present band is made up of Donald Clifton, Johnny Joyce, Tim Bowman, Billy Hawks, Kevin Easter and Doug Joyce. The band cites the Country Gentleman and the Osborne Brothers as some of their musical influences.

The Dry Hill Draggers have been playing old-time music for more than 30 years, travelling up and down the east coast, performing from New York to Alabama. Today, the band is the “new generation” Dry Hill Draggers and members are still carrying on the old-time sound of the Appalachian region with three second generation members: Stacy Boyd on doghouse bass, Jamie Boyd on claw-hammer banjo and vocals, and Jason Hambrick on guitar and vocals. The band also includes outstanding fiddle player Chris Prillaman. All the band’s members were born and raised in Franklin County and most reside there today.

Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include Anderson Audiology, Dublin; CVS Pharmacy, Dublin; Duncan Ford Lincoln Mazda, Blacksburg; Estes Auto & Truck Parts Inc., Pilot; Gregory Seeding Landscaping Company; King’s Tire Service, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Dublin; Pulaski Patriot, Pulaski; Shoney’s Restaurant, Dublin; Southern Furniture Warehouse, Radford; Southwest Outdoor Power Equipment, Radford; Trader’s Emporium and Jewelry Services, Dublin; UAW Veterans Local 2069 and Wade’s Supermarket.

The doors open at 5 p.m. for the show. There is no charge for admission; however, donations will be accepted to help pay travel expenses for the musicians. The jamborees are held the second Saturday of each month through April at NRCC, a Crooked Road affiliated venue.

More information about the NRCC Fiddle, Banjo, and Dance Club is available from Roger Adkins at 674-3600, ext. 4307, and online at .

Obituary for Brenda Gail Thornton Wilson

Brenda Gail Thornton Wilson, age 68 of Max Meadows passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015 at her home. Born February 23, 1947 in Radford she was the daughter of the late James Isaac Thornton & Iva Anna Cressell Thornton. Her daughter; Bridgette Nicole Wilson, grandson; Devon Isaac Akers and mother-in-law; Hazel Wilson also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her

Husband- Gordon Leon Wilson – Max Meadows

Children- Daniel Leon Wilson & Pamela Ann Cook – Max Meadows, Denise Wilson Sutphin – Max Meadows, Dawn Annette Smith & David Lee Smith – Wytheville, JoHanna Brooke Godbey & Christopher Scott Godbey – Dublin.

10 Grandchildren ,13 Great Grandchildren.

Brothers- James Allen & Connie Thornton – Pulaski, Donald Andrew & Lora Thornton – Pulaski, John Franklin & Cindy Thornton – Dublin.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM – Thursday, April 2, 2015 in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with Bishop Shad Wheatley officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM Wednesday evening at the Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.

To send the family your online condolences, visit

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

Memorial fund established for Noah Thomas

A memorial fund has been established for Noah Thomas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Noah Thomas Memorial Fund at National Bank of Blacksburg, 900 Memorial Drive, Pulaski, Virginia 24301 or any branch of National Bank.

Donated funds will be used to pay final expenses for Noah, with the remainder being placed in a trust for his little sister, Abigail.

Obituary for Noah Terry Thomas

 Noah Terry Thomas, age 5 of Dublin was found Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Born June 26, 2009 in Christiansburg, he was the son of Paul Thomas and Ashley White .He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Terry White and Paternal Grandmother and Grandfather, Ellen Fostek and Paul Thomas, Jr.

noahThomasHe was a kindergarten student at Riverlawn Elementary School in Fairlawn. Noah was in many ways your typical 5 year old boy. He liked to ride his bike, play with nerf guns and pretend he was Spider Man. He loved playing basketball and was especially excited when his team got to play against his cousin’s team.

Noah was very adamant when he found out that his sibling was going to be a sister, that in fact, he was having a brother.  It didn’t take long for him to fall in love with her and cherished his role as her big brother. What made him so special was his infectious smile and laugh. Noah’s smile was the type that could melt your heart and make you smile in return. He was carefree, happy, and loving. He usually would not leave you without a big kiss and a hug.

The family of Noah appreciates all the love and support this community and beyond has shown. Your thoughts, prayers and well wishes could not have been expressed on a better person than Noah. All who knew him would agree he was an angel on earth, and now his smiling face will forever be watching over us.

He is survived by his


Paul Thomas & Ashley White – Dublin

Little Sister

Abigail Thomas – Dublin

Maternal Grandmother

Sharon White – Fairlawn

Maternal Great Aunt

Denise Cales – Fairlawn

Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, neighbors, teachers and special friends.  

Funeral services will be held Wednesday 11:00 AM – April 1, 2015 at the Dublin United Methodist Church., 424 East Main Street, Dublin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Noah Thomas Memorial Fund at National Bank of Blacksburg, 900 Memorial Drive, Pulaski, Virginia 24301 or any branch of National Bank.

To sign the online guestbook, visit

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