The Pulaski Community Partners Coalition (PCPC) will conduct a brief ceremony of remembrance as part of the National Red Ribbon Campaign this Thursday, October 27 at 12 noon on the lawn of the historic courthouse in downtown Pulaski. Red Ribbon Week is designed to raise public awareness about the death and destruction that can be caused by drugs. See more on the Red Ribbon Campaign at http://redribbon.org/about/
Dropped out: No. 11 Houston, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 23 Ole Miss
Others receiving votes: Washington St. 84, Houston 67, Oklahoma St. 62, Arkansas 14, Troy 6, Southern Cal 5, San Diego St. 2, Pittsburgh 2, SMU 1
On October 22, 2016 at approximately 9:15 pm the Radford City Police Department responded to the area of Radford University in reference to a subject that had been assaulted. The victim reported that he was walking in the 500 block of Tyler Avenue when he was shot with a blow dart from a passing vehicle. The victim received a minor injury and was treated and released by Radford EMS. The vehicle was described as a silver or light in color passenger car. The vehicle was last seen headed south on Tyler Avenue.
This incident remains under investigation by the Radford City Police Department. No other information will be released at this time. Anyone with information in reference to this incident should call Officer M.L. Mansdoerfer at 540-731-3624.
GRAHAMS FORGE, Va. (AP) — Mary Lin Brewer may be scared of spiders and graveyards.
But what does not scare her — and what may be scaring a lot of people these days — is what she calls the “chaos” of the upcoming presidential election.
When it comes to that, Brewer only laughs, saying, “I can make fun of the characters who are going to lead us. I never could have dreamed that these characters would pop up.”
But they did. And for Brewer, the director of the Major Graham Mansion, the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton feud is all just fodder for Brewer’s funny “Red, White and Boo” scare show.
Brewer boasts skeletal-style depictions of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on the barn walls of this complex, lying just north of Wytheville, Virginia.
“He looks bone-tired,” Brewer quipped, looking at Trump.
Then, glancing at a similar mocking of Clinton, Brewer asked, “What’s that, girlfriend? Oh, yes — she just sent me an email for a confirmation.”
Just below the presidential candidates you’ll find a coffin, where you can pose with family or friends.
“The boyfriend or the girlfriend gets in the coffin, and they pretend to be dead,” Brewer said. “And we take their picture. It’s hilarious.”
Even under cloudy skies, and even before opening, hundreds stand in line, paying $15 a head to be frightened, mildly harassed and chased by a chain saw.
“I’ve got a Statue of Liberty,” Brewer said, pointing. “I’ve got Uncle Sam.”
Both of those, of course, come across as patriotic. It fits the election-year theme.
But this mansion also has what makes all the young girls scream: a collection of clowns and scary faces.
And it’s ever-changing.
“That is the prison; it was the psycho ward,” Brewer said. “If we don’t change, we’re not scary.”
Each year, as many as 13,000 people brave back roads to get to the Major Graham Mansion, near both Interstate 81 and Interstate 77, by passing down a simply-scary stretch of gravel road.
“It’s worth the drive,” said Nicole Griffin of Charlottesville, Virginia. “It was just really cool to see.”
Consider this Southwest Virginia’s Disney World of haunted houses, according to longtime character actor Troy Black of Wytheville.
Black portrays a ghost buster this year. “And these guys are like family,” Black said. “I’ve been here for five years.”
Yet he wants more.
“I’d like it if they made it into, like, a small theme park,” Black said. “I’d like for it to be like this all the time.”
What’s here started on a shoestring budget in 2009, when it was just a makeshift haunted house. The haunted idea originated from Brewer as well as J.C. Weaver, the mansion’s owner and a musician.
Weaver, 75, has insisted that the mansion had ghosts, and he said he heard them while playing piano. “The spirits would hum with me,” he said. “And I’d tell people, and they’d laugh.”
Then a paranormal investigation group stopped in, and Weaver had them record the music — and even voices, he added. “They can call it haunted or whatever. But a spirit lives in this house.”
Ever expanding, the action now extends beyond the brick Major Graham Mansion, a house listed on the national historic landmark register; it was built in the 1840s.
Here at Halloween, however, history essentially takes a back seat to the season’s caustic crew of clowns, goths, bloody faces and spooky soldiers.
As many as 85 participating actors come from several close-by counties to stand in shadows and growl like animals in a moonshiner’s cabin. The backdrop includes a grisly ghost town, an abandoned mine shaft and what is believed to be a long-forgotten mess of toxic waste in an Appalachian creek.
You slip through a scary school bus, beware an albino werewolf and meet a wild woman trying to saw a body while incessantly screaming, “Come play with me!”
Brewer commands this army of actors, including Mickey Alford, who runs around the graveyard, acting like a zombie.
Before it’s all over, visitors meet the “Hillbilly Mutants.”
They also must pass through a squeeze room and dark tunnels.
It is easy to become disoriented, even confused.
“Claustrophobia is big,” Brewer said, smiling. “And you can’t go wrong with small, dark spaces. They deliver a big punch.”
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mitch Trubisky threw three touchdown passes and No. 22 North Carolina limited Virginia to one trick-play touchdown until the fourth quarter Saturday in a 35-14 victory.
Trubisky hit Bug Howard for 40 yards on a trick play, Thomas Jackson for 10 yards and Austin Proehl for 46 yards for touchdowns for the Tar Heels (6-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). North Carolina won its seventh straight in the series and ninth true road game in a row.
The Cavaliers (2-5, 1-2) got their first touchdown when they lined up for a field goal, had the entire offensive line split out far to the left, and snapper Evan Butts threw the snap 30 yards to his left to Matt Johns, the holder now acting as the quarterback. Johns quickly hit Butts for an 11-yard touchdown strike.
The Tar Heels led 14-7 at halftime and limited Virginia to 39 yards in the third quarter while opening a 28-7 lead.
“That’s when we felt like we got control of the game,” Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said. “We hated giving up that 13-play drive (for Virginia’s second touchdown), because at that point, we felt like if we could put the ball in the end zone again, then we could put it away.”
Elijah Hood ran for 107 yards and a 4-yard touchdown, and T.J. Logan scored on a 4-yard run.
Virginia has lost two in a row and has No. 7 Louisville coming to Scott Stadium next Saturday.
“Anytime you lose, I feel like it’s frustrating,” punt returner Daniel Hamm said. “Everybody wants to win. That’s what we come out here to do.”
North Carolina: The Tar Heels moved back ahead of Virginia Tech in the Coastal Division race by virtue of having one more victory. The Hokies (3-1 in division), however, beat UNC three weeks ago, so they hold the tiebreaker, but either Virginia Tech or Pittsburgh (2-1 in division play) will fall off the pace in the loss column when they meet Thursday night at Heinz Field. The Tar Heels beat the Panthers 37-36 earlier this month on Trubisky’s TD pass with 0:02 remaining.
Virginia: Virginia called several running plays on third-and-medium plays against the Tar Heels, curious because the Cavaliers could already be playing in nothing-to-lose mode if a bowl game remains their goal.
North Carolina returns home to face struggling Georgia Tech, which has lost the last two games in the series.
Virginia wraps up a three-game homestand at home against No, 7 Louisville and Heisman Trophy contender Lamar Jackson.
Clyde Eugene Branson, age 75 of Pulaski passed away Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Lewis-Gale Hospital, Pulaski.
Born August 31, 1941 in Pulaski County, he was the son of the late Chester Cecil Branson and Lillie Crowson Branson. His grandson, William Tyler Jennings and brothers, Alvin Lewis Branson, Marvin Earl Branson also preceded him in death.
He was a truck driver for 42 years.
He is survived by his
Wife of 54 years-
Sylvia Fern Branson – Pulaski
Kathy Elaine & Jerry Gravley – Pulaski,
Trish & Barry Banes – Bland,
Douglas Eugene & Rachael Branson – Pulaski,
Carolyn & Brad Jennings – Hillsville.
Gregory “Little Man” Eugene Branson, Amanda Beth Jennings, Becky Ratcliffe & Charles “Biggs” Ratcliffe.
Great Grandchildren– Blake and Bronson Ratcliffe
Doris Dickerson – Dublin,
Brenda Branson – Dublin.
Chester Lee Branson – Advance, NC.
Funeral services will be held Monday, 2:00 p.m., October 24, 2016 at the Bower Funeral Chapel, Pulaski with Rev. Don Sizemore officiating. Interment will follow at the Thornspring UMC Cemetery, Pulaski.
Visitation will be Monday from 12:00 until service time at 2:00 p.m.
The family would like to “thank” the nursing staff at Lewis Gale Hospital-Pulaski that helped keep him comfortable as possible.
The family will be meeting at the home of Doug and Rachael Branson,3857 Case Knife Road, Pulaski.
To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com
Bower Funeral Homes, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.
By Dan Callahan
Pulaski County remained in contention for a 4A West Region playoff berth and got its sixth victory of the season at home in Dobson Stadium Friday evening, rolling over Carroll County, 50-7. The Cougars are now 6-2 on the season, the Cavaliers 1-7.
Quarterback and defensive back Bryant Grubb and running back Hunter Thomas had huge games for Pulaski County. Grubb only ran with the football four times in the game, but scored three touchdowns, and also added a 48-yard run with a pass interception. Thomas ran 13 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
But Cougar head coach Stephen James was not happy with his team at the half, even though PCHS was up, 22-0. That changed quickly. In the third quarter in nine minutes and 40 seconds, Pulaski County scored four touchdowns and 28 points.
“I was not happy. We’re coming off a disappointing loss at Blacksburg, and we aren’t ready to play. This team needs to play with some emotion. I don’t care who you’re playing, where, or anything, we need to focus up. In the first half, I thought we just went through the motions. I didn’t see any fire in us at all. I was upset.”
Next Saturday in Roanoke, the Cougars face Hidden Valley is what has turned into a huge game. “We played better this week, but if we’re going to accomplish our goal, we need to understand it’s go time. We need to be ready to go at the toss of the coin and go hard for four quarters. We still need to execute much better and we can. We are not close to being as consistent as we need to be. We need to be the best we can be, physically, emotionally, and from an execution standpoint, and we don’t have much time to get that way,” said James.
Pulaski Co. got off to a sluggish start until Thomas popped a 45-yard touchdown run at the 6:55 mark of the first quarter, but just as last week, the extra point kicked was blocked again. J.T. Thompson recovered a fumbled punt attempt for the Cougars at the Carroll 14, but the offense couldn’t punch it in, but this time Ryan Castle nailed a 28-yard field goal for a 9-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
On the first possession of the second quarter Grubb zipped up the middle of the Cavalier defense, turned toward the sideline, and zoomed 78 yards for six. His two-point conversion pass was dropped. The reason for the earlier field goal was a dropped pass in the end zone. On the Cougars’ next possession Thomas marked off runs of 49 and 19 yards on back-to-back plays and on first and goal from the one, Grubb went over. Castle’s pat was good for a 22-0 lead, but the offense didn’t move on its final two possessions of the half.
It moved when the second half started. Thomas run for 32, then 16 and Grubb ran the option for six from seven yards out. Castle was good for 29-0. On the next possession Thomas ran for 33 to the end zone. Castle kicked it good again. Then to the power game and inside running of Jamall Edmonds who bowled over tacklers on a 13-yard touchdown run right up the chute. That was setup by a 21-yard pass completion to right end Jeff McDonald, and a 25-yard Thomas gallop. Then following the kickoff Grubb snatched a Carroll pass out the air and turned it into a 48-yard pick six. Castle got two more conversion kicks, and the Cougars had put up 28 markers in less than a quarter, and there was still 2:20 left in the third stanza, and Pulaski County was on top, 50-7!
That was it for the starting units for the Cougars and the game was put on a continuous clock, and the Cougar coaching staff got all the gold hats possible in the game. Carroll did manage to score in the fourth quarter on a nine-yard run by Colin Wells.
In addition to Thomas’ 217, the 5th time he has gone over 200 yards rushing in a game this season, Grubb finished with 85 on four carries, and Edmonds got 75 on nine runs. Grubb was only two of seven passing, but that number was not all his fault. For the second straight game, Cougar receivers found it hard at times to hold receptions. He did have the big hookup with McDonald good for 21 yards, and also connected with his brother C.C. Grubb for nine. The Cougars ran with the pigskin 31 times for 451 yards, and finished with 481 total yards of offense. Wells was the Cavaliers’ leading rusher with 39 yards on 11 carries. Carroll Co. managed to run for 100 yards on 47 carries out of its wishbone attack, but finished with only 99 yards total offense because the Cavs were one of 10 passing for minus a yard.
Pulaski County travels to Roanoke to face Hidden Valley Saturday, Game time is the usual 7 pm.
Altavista 42, William Campbell 14
Amherst County 27, Heritage-Lynchburg 26
Bayside 42, Ocean Lakes 7
Bishop Sullivan 44, Royal Imperial Collegiate, Ontario 6
Briar Woods 42, Chantilly 3
Broad Run 34, Oakton 6
Brooke Point 41, Stafford 0
Brookville 49, Liberty-Bedford 27
Buffalo Gap 38, Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg 0
Chancellor 63, Caroline 14
Clarke County 42, Riverside 14
Colonial Forge 40, Woodbridge 0
Courtland 13, King George 6
Culpeper 35, Manassas Park 14
E.C. Glass 23, Jefferson Forest 21
East Rockingham 38, Luray 7
Eastern View 38, Liberty-Bealeton 28
Fort Chiswell 14, Grayson County 13
Frank Cox 21, Granby 0
Franklin 36, Greensville County 12
Freedom (South Riding) 21, Rock Ridge 14
Freedom (Woodbridge) 25, Forest Park 20
Galax 54, Narrows 7
George Marshall 42, Wakefield 10
George Wythe-Wytheville 42, Patrick Henry-Glade Spring 0
Giles 47, Floyd County 0
Glenvar 18, Eastern Montgomery 7
Goochland 28, Central Lunenburg 14
Grafton 20, York 7
Graham 42, Bland County 0
Grassfield 36, Lakeland 20
GW-Danville 55, Bassett 14
Hampton 47, Menchville 0
Hargrave Military 41, Fishburne Military 0
Harrisonburg 40, Fort Defiance 6
Hayfield 42, Yorktown 13
Hermitage 35, Mills Godwin 20
Hidden Valley 56, Christiansburg 21
Highland Springs 56, Henrico 20
Indian River 48, Hickory 13
Isle of Wight Academy 38, Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot 6
James Madison 60, Fairfax 0
James Monroe 56, Spotsylvania 7
Kettle Run 13, Brentsville 6
King William 42, Middlesex 14
Landstown 21, Salem-Va. Beach 7
Lee-Springfield 41, TJ-Alexandria 12
Lord Botetourt 17, William Fleming 7
Loudoun Valley 48, Loudoun County 14
Magna Vista 38, Patrick County 0
Martinsville 50, Tunstall 0
Nansemond River 30, King’s Fork 19
Nansemond-Suffolk 54, Greenbrier Christian 0
New Kent 42, Warhill 28
Norcom 34, Churchland 6
Norfolk Academy 20, St. John Paul the Great 14
Norfolk Christian 27, Portsmouth Christian 18
North Cross 48, Fuqua School 21
Norview 27, Woodrow Wilson 6
Patrick Henry-Ashland 26, Atlee 14
Poquoson 44, Bruton 0
Potomac Falls 49, J.E.B. Stuart 6
Princess Anne 55, Maury 28
Pulaski County 50, Carroll County 7
Radford 19, Auburn 10
Riverdale Baptist, Md. 52, Paul VI 13
Riverheads 53, Wilson Memorial 6
Rural Retreat 55, Holston 7
Salem 21, Patrick Henry-Roanoke 7
South Lakes 42, Langley 14
Southampton 56, Windsor 0
Spotswood 14, R.E. Lee-Staunton 0
Stone Bridge 44, Tuscarora 7
Stonewall Jackson-Manassas 39, Osbourn Park 14
Stuarts Draft 52, Page County 13
Tallwood 21, Green Run 14
Union 65, Eastside 20
Varina 55, Armstrong 0
Western Albemarle 41, Fluvanna 0
Western Branch 30, Deep Creek 0
William Byrd 42, Alleghany 7
Woodgrove 56, Park View-Sterling 20
Woodside 15, Phoebus 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — North Carolina rebounded with a much-needed victory last week at Miami and the No. 22 Tar Heels look to keep pace in the ACC Coastal Division title race when they visit longtime rival Virginia on Saturday.
The Tar Heels (5-2, 3-1 ACC) are tied with Virginia Tech atop the division standings after the Hokies’ victory against the Hurricanes on Thursday night . North Carolina cannot afford another league setback if it hopes to win the division with its only loss a 34-3 against the Hokies.
Virginia (2-4, 1-1), in its first year under coach Bronco Mendenhall, has yet to beat the Tar Heels since Larry Fedora became coach five years ago, losing all four previous meetings, and six straight in the series.
Cavaliers quarterback Kirk Benkert sees progress in the team every week. He pointed to a 28-point first half last weekend in a loss to Pittsburgh as proof, but said working to keep the momentum going all game is sometimes a challenge.
“It’s good that we had a lot of success in the first half, but we need to sustain it,” he said. “You score 28 points in the first half and you think, well, you’re going to double it by the end of the game. Teams make adjustments and we just needed to execute what was called better. We just didn’t do that in the second half.”
The Tar Heels have won eight consecutive true road games, including two straight in Charlottesville. Two years ago, then-backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw a game-winning 16-yard touchdown pass in a 28-27 victory.
Trubisky now is the Tar Heels’ starter, and one of the ACC’s most efficient passers with 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He is looking forward to hostile of Cavaliers faithful.
“I think we like playing on the road. I think we like either getting booed or people rooting against us,” he said. “I don’t know, being the enemy? I think it gives us energy and I think we just feed off it honestly.”
Two weeks before winning at Miami, the Tar Heels also won at No. 13 Florida State, 37-35 .
Some other things to watch when North Carolina visits Virginia:
SWITZER WATCH: Ryan Switzer stands only 5-foot-10, but the Tar Heels’ top receiver has been a pass-catching machine of late. In his last four games, he’s caught 41 passes. With North Carolina deep threat Mack Hollins out for the season with a shoulder injury, Trubisky may look his way even more. Hollins also was North Carolina special teams captain, and finding replacements in those roles may be equally important for UNC.
SKILL GUYS: Virginia needs to do a better job of putting its skill players in position to make things happen. Taquan Mizzell had only 15 touches (12 runs, three receptions) in the 45-31 loss to Pitt , and WR Olamide Zaccheaus had just three receptions, but for 83 yards. Benkert threw deep all day against the Panthers, but would do well to look to complete shorter passes to his best players and see if they can turn them into long gainers.
ROAD SUCCESS: UNC hasn’t lost a game on an opponent’s home field since November 2014. The eight-game run is tied for fourth nationally behind only No. 2 Ohio State (20), No. 1 Alabama (10) and Iowa (nine). “I think this team is built tough,” safety Donnie Miles said of the road success.
SMOOTH SAILING? The Tar Heels went 2-1 in their grueling part of the schedule, with the road wins at Florida State and Miami sandwiched around the home loss to the Hokies. They should be favored in all their remaining games: at home against Georgia Tech, at Duke, at home against The Citadel and North Carolina State. Pittsburgh also has only one Coastal Division loss, but it came against the Tar Heels , giving UNC the tiebreaker in that scenario.
TURNOVERS: Both teams have struggled to force turnovers, and in a game like this, especially for undermanned Virginia, takeaways can be a great equalizer and even turn a game around in the blink of an eye.
AP sports writer Aaron Beard contributed from Chapel Hill. N.C.
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It is with sadness that we announce the passing and celebrate the life of Cornelia Gates Dobyns on October 20, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia. She has joined her predeceased husband of 60 years, James Robert (Bob) Dobyns and her parents; Willie Mae Preston Gates and Howard Preese Gates; brother, Thomas Jefferson (Jeff) Gates and sister, Wanda Lee Gates Schwarzmann.
She is survived by her twin sister Cordelia Gates Richards and her husband Bob Richards of Shawnee Mission, Kansas and two daughters; Robyn Neil Dobyns of Salem, Virginia and Rebecca Mae Dobyns and her husband, Mark Mitchell of Richmond, Virginia, sister in laws; Barbara Gates Phlegar and her husband Archie Phlegar of Blacksburg, Virginia, and Carolyn Todd Dobyns wife of Richard Allison Dobyns, Jr. (deceased) of Grasonville, Maryland, brother in law; Jack Schwarzmann, Cousins; Marcella Arline Schools Joel Silvey and wife Pat of Gibsonville, N.C., Coral Lee Gates Foster and husband Gerald of Virginia Beach, VA, Jackie Preston and wife Faye of Huddleston, Va, Billy Preston and wife Peggy of Bedford, VA, Fleeta Millard, Brenda Woodford and many nieces and nephews.
Cornelia was born an identical twin on November 26, 1929 in Norfolk, Virginia and spent her formative years in Blacksburg, Va. She graduated from Blacksburg High School in 1948 and from VPI & SU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1951. She met her beloved Bob at Va. Tech and they married in 1951. Cornelia was devoted to family, enjoyed an active and full life with her hobbies of painting, sports, and the observance of beauty in life, especially in nature and the change of seasons. As well as being a wonderful and dedicated mother and wife, she entertained many with her abilities as a hostess and great cook. Cornelia had a special place in her heart for children, and earned a certificate to organize a kindergarten for preschoolers in Pulaski from 1961-1963. She loved flying, and earned her pilot’s license to fly a single-engine plane in 1968. She was a member of the Virginia D.A.R. Chapter IV. Cornelia and Bob were youth leaders at the First Presbyterian Church of Pulaski and in 1976 traveled to Kananga, Zaire in Africa to spend two years in volunteer service to the Hospital and community. Cornelia and Bob lovingly started 5 scholarships at New River Community College and to date 124 students have benefited from these bequests. Cornelia and Bob traveled the world to see and appreciate the people and cultures but were always glad to return home to their roots (or beloved mountains of Southwestern Virginia). The Dobyns family would like to thank her many Caregivers for their compassionate devotion; with special appreciation to Pam, Faye, Ashley, Jennifer, Pat, Olivia, Tempest, Kimora and staff of Heartland Hospice and the MCV/VCU Parkinson’s Clinic. Her adventurous spirit, wry humor, and true grit will be greatly missed by her multitude of family and dear friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 25, from 4:00-6:00pm at New Dublin Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Virginia and her service will be on Wednesday, October 26 at 11:00am at New Dublin Presbyterian Church with burial at the New Dublin Presbyterian Cemetery. A meal will be served at the church following the burial. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be given to the New Dublin Presbyterian Church, the Nature Conservancy of Virginia or the Pulaski Fine Arts Building. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski. 540-980-1700