Obituary for Margaret Harrell Dalton

At 5:49 am on June 30, Margaret Harrell Dalton, of Pulaski, entered the gates of Heaven and celebrated with a healed body and restored sight. Her family is excited for her and know that her first sights were of God, her parents, Ott and Fannie Harrell, her husband of 66 years Harding Dalton and her grandson Adam Dalton, and her brothers and sisters who she was looking forward to seeing again. Our mother was a loving and kind woman who showed her love to her family daily. She taught us to love, have respect for one another and of course how to flat foot.

Left to join her whenever God decides it is time are her daughters, Sandra (JR) Jones, Kathy (Monroe) Breedlove, Candy (Don) Walters, Penny (John) King, son Danny (Sharon whom she loved as her own daughter) Dalton, 5 granddaughters and 5 grandsons, 13 great grandchidren, sister Lorane (Ed) Tate and brother-in-law Blane Montgomery and many nieces and nephews.

Please help us celebrate her life Saturday from Steven’s Funeral Chapel. Visitation is from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and service at 3:00 pm. Burial will follow in the Newbern Cemetery, Pulaski, County.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, VA.

Obituary for Gilbert Virgil Fisher

Gilbert Virgil Fisher, age 90 of Pulaski passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Virginia Veteran’s Care Center in Salem.

fisher001Born May 3, 1926 in Elbert, WV he was the son of the late Harmon & Effie Yates Fisher. Also preceding him in death were his first wife, Minnie Mae Fisher, brothers; Ed, Luke, Harley, Cliff and Clarence Caudell, & Gene Fisher sisters; Edith Richardson, Bertha Richardson, Ruth Coppolino, Ruby Wilson, grandson; Aaron Dwayne Hedge.

Gilbert was a veteran of the United States Navy having served in World War II and had over 37 years of service with the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.

He attended the IPPC Church, Pulaski.

He is survived by his 

Wife-                    Dorothy Irene Terry Fisher

Daughter-           Lou((Tim) Robertson

Stepson-              Charles (Iona) Rose

Grandson-          Glen (Carmen) Hedge

Great Grandson-                              Mathew McNeil

Great Granddaughter-                  Sadie Riddle

A number of nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM – Sunday, July 3, 2016 at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski with Pastors Mary Morris and Andrew Dean officiating.

Interment will follow at the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin with military honors conducted at the graveside by the Pulaski VFW post #1184.

The family will receive friends Sunday one hour before service time.

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

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

Pulaski County closes Draper Mountain Overlook due to bear activity

bearThe Draper Mountain Overlook has been temporarily closed due to bear activity. We will inform the public when we believe the site is safe to utilize again.

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. FRESH DETAILS EMERGE ON DEADLY ATTACK IN TURKEY

The three suicide bombers who carried out the Istanbul airport attack were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a senior Turkish official says, and a medical team is working to ID the bodies.

2. WHAT WILL STAND AMONG OBAMA’S MOST GLARING FAILURES

When he leaves office, the president despite his efforts will leave behind an overwhelmed immigration system, with some 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally.

3. PENTAGON ENDS ONE OF LAST BANS ON SERVICE IN ARMED FORCES

Transgender people will now be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military.

4. WHICH BRITISH POL IS HALTING BID FOR PRIME MINISTER

Victorious anti-EU campaigner Boris Johnson says he won’t seek the office after the defection of a key ally.

5. US STOCKS RALLY THIRD DAY IN A ROW

The latest gains add to the market’s rebound from the brief but steep slump that followed Britain’s vote to leave the EU a week ago.

6. DRIVER USING CAR’S SELF-DRIVING MODE KILLED IN COLLISION WITH TRUCK

The fatality in Florida in the first reported in the U.S. using the new technology.

7. WHITE HOUSE THROWS PUERTO RICO A LIFELINE

Obama signs a rescue package for the financially strapped island, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt.

8. WHO’S RAISING EYEBROWS AT POLITICAL EVENTS

Warm-up acts at Trump’s campaign rallies sometimes stir up controversy as well as crowds with ethnic and religious remarks.

8. MANUAL LABORERS SEEN AT RISK FOR SUICIDE

A study of suicides by occupation in the U.S. shows the highest rates for farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen.

10. SCARLETT JOHANSSON TAKES CROWN AS TOP EARNER

Her films have earned more than $3.3 billion, making her Hollywood’s highest-grossing actress ever.

State Police: New firearms laws go into effect Friday

Concealed Handgun Permit Reciprocity &

Background Criminal History Checks for Private Sales

From Virginia State Police

RICHMOND – Among the many new laws going into effect July 1, 2016, will be two that impact Virginia concealed handgun permit holders and those engaging in private firearms transactions at Virginia gun shows.

Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit Reciprocity and Recognition: As of July 1, 2016, the Commonwealth of Virginia will recognize all valid concealed handgun or concealed weapon permits and licenses issued by another state (to include the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands) provided the following requirements are met:

  1. The holder of such permit or license is at least 21 years of age; and
  2. The permit or license holder carries a photo identification issued by a government agency of any state or by the U.S. Department of Defense or U.S. Department of State; and
  3. The holder displays the permit or license and such identification upon demand by a law-enforcement officer; and
  4. The permit or license holder has not previously had a Virginia concealed handgun permit revoked.

Although the new law requires Virginia to grant recognition to all states that issue permits, other states are not required to recognize or authorize Virginia permit holders to possess a firearm in their state. For more information on which states recognize Virginia resident and non-resident concealed handgun permits, please go to the Virginia State Police Website at www.vsp.virginia.gov.

Voluntary Criminal Background Checks for Private Transactions at Virginia Firearms Shows: Also effective July 1, 2016, is the opportunity for those privately buying or transferring firearm(s) at a gun show in Virginia to request a criminal background check on the buyer. Code of Virginia 54.1-4201.2 enacted by the 2016 Virginia General Assembly requires the Department of State Police to be available at every firearms show held in the Commonwealth to make, upon request, determinations in accordance with Code of Virginia 18.2-308.2:2 of whether a prospective purchaser or transferee is prohibited under state or federal law from possession of a firearm in private transactions. A background check in a private sale ensures that the gun is transferred only to a person lawfully eligible to possess firearms and provides evidence to the seller of diligence to protect against the illegal transfer of firearms.

Participation in these background checks is strictly optional and based upon agreement entered into by the firearms seller and recipient. Additional state police personnel will be set up on-site at firearms shows to provide the background check for a fee of $2. The recipient will be required to complete a form attesting to their eligibility to possess firearms and present one, valid, government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, Virginia Identification card) or military documentation. The background check verification conducted through the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center takes approximately three minutes to complete.

For additional information on one’s eligibility to purchase a firearm in the Commonwealth, please go tohttp://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_PurchaseEligibility.shtm

Today in History

By The Associated Press

Today is Thursday, June 30, the 182nd day of 2016. There are 184 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 30, 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded in Washington, D.C.

On this date:

In 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin (blahn-DAN’) walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Niagara Falls as thousands of spectators watched.

In 1865, eight people, including Mary Surratt and Dr. Samuel Mudd, were convicted by a military commission of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. (Four defendants, including Surratt, were executed; Mudd was sentenced to life in prison, but was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson in 1869.)

In 1908, the Tunguska Event took place in Russia as an asteroid exploded above Siberia, leaving 800 square miles of scorched or blown-down trees.

In 1912, Canada’s deadliest tornado on record occurred as a cyclone struck Regina, the provincial capital of Saskatchewan, killing 28 people.

In 1921, President Warren G. Harding nominated former President William Howard Taft to be chief justice of the United States, succeeding the late Edward Douglass White.

In 1936, the Civil War novel “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell was first published by The Macmillan Co. in New York.

In 1949, “The Missouri Waltz” became the official state song of Missouri.

In 1958, the U.S. Senate passed the Alaska statehood bill by a vote of 64-20.

In 1963, Pope Paul VI was crowned the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1971, the film fantasy “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder, was released by Paramount Pictures.

In 1985, 39 American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner were freed in Beirut after being held 17 days.

In 1994, an Airbus A330 passenger plane crashed after takeoff from Toulouse, France, on a test flight, killing all seven occupants.

Ten years ago: A tired-sounding Osama bin Laden praised slain Iraq insurgent Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (AH’-boo MOO’-sahb ahl-zahr-KOW’-ee) in an audiotape. The government of the Netherlands resigned over a failed attempt to strip Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a prominent Somali-born critic of Islam, of her Dutch citizenship.

Five years ago: The U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued an indictment naming four suspects in the assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri (rah-FEEK’ hah-REER’-ee), including a high-ranking Hezbollah militant linked to the 1983 truck bombings at the U.S. and French embassies in Kuwait. (Hezbollah has refused to extradite the suspects, who are being tried in absentia.) Conservative TV commentator Glenn Beck said goodbye to Fox News Channel, airing his final show before going into business for himself.

One year ago: A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president with a promise to tell voters the truth “whether you like it or not, or whether it makes you cringe every once in a while or not.” An Indonesian Air Force transport plane crashed, killing at least 121 people on board and 22 on the ground. Actress Jennifer Garner and actor Ben Affleck announced plans to end their 10-year marriage.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Lea Massari is 83. Actress Nancy Dussault is 80. Songwriter Tony Hatch is 77. Singer Glenn Shorrock is 72. Actor Leonard Whiting (Film: “Romeo and Juliet”) is 66. Jazz musician Stanley Clarke is 65. Actor David Garrison is 64. Rock musician Hal Lindes (Dire Straits) is 63. Actor-comedian David Alan Grier is 60. Actor Vincent D’Onofrio is 57. Actress Deirdre Lovejoy is 54. Actor Rupert Graves is 53. Boxer Mike Tyson is 50. Actor Peter Outerbridge is 50. Rock musician Tom Drummond (Better Than Ezra) is 47. Actor Brian Bloom is 46. Actor Brian Vincent is 46. Actress Monica Potter is 45. Actress Molly Parker is 44. Actor Rick Gonzalez is 37. Actor Tom Burke is 35. Actress Lizzy Caplan is 34. Rock musician James Adam Shelley (American Authors) is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Fantasia is 32. Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps is 31.

Thought for Today: “The man who has done his level best is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.” — B.C. Forbes, Scottish journalist (1880-1954).

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. WHAT THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP WOULD HOPE TO GAIN FROM THE TURKEY AIRPORT ATTACK

If it is behind the carnage, it would be in keeping with its accelerated tactic of exporting terror, apparently aimed at deflecting attention from mounting losses in Syria and Iraq.

2. LEADERS OF CANADA, MEXICO AND THE U.S. PUSH BACK AGAINST ISOLATIONISM

Obama, Trudeau and Pena Nieto defended their calls for freer trade and warned against easy solutions peddled by “demagogues.”

3. CONGRESS CLEARS PUERTO RICO RESCUE BILL IN RARE SHOW OF BIPARTISAN UNITY

The package aims to help the U.S. territory, teetering on economic chaos, with its $70 billion debt.

4. EU LEADERS SAY UK MUST ACCEPT EUROPEAN WORKERS OR GIVE UP SEAMLESS SINGLE MARKET

The 27 other EU nations set out a united strategy ahead of complex departure negotiations with Britain.

5. HOW MUCH TIME AMERICAN ADULTS ARE SPENDING USING MEDIA EACH DAY

An average of 10 hours, 39 minutes each day on smartphones, tablets, TV, radio, computers and video games, according to a Nielsen study — an hour more than last year.

6. MCCONNELL’S TASK OF SHIELDING GOP SENATORS FROM TRUMP UPHEAVAL

The Senate majority leader’s strategy includes setting up votes on issues that will help vulnerable incumbents and pushing for an independent super PAC focused on Senate Republicans.

7. WHOSE RESEARCH WAS KEY TO THE SUPREME COURT RULING AFFIRMING ABORTION RIGHTS

A University of Texas team produced research so prolific in their scrutiny of women’s health laws that a state health official lost his job for collaborating with them.

8. WHY THERE IS HOPE FOR MOTHERS FED UP WITH LOUD, CUMBERSOME BREAST PUMPS

A growing number of startups are trying to come up with designs that use soft silicone parts or keeping their noise level down to make it easier for mothers to work and pump simultaneously.

9. PHELPS, FRANKLIN QUALIFY FOR RIO AT U.S. SWIMMING TRIALS

Phelps is heading to his fifth Olympics after winning the 200-meter butterfly, while Franklin bounced back from disappointment with a second-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle.

10. MISS TEEN USA DROPS THE SWIMSUIT PORTION OF ITS COMPETITION

The pageant will replace the bathing suit section with an athletic wear competition.

Obituary for Barbara Jeanette Hardin

Barbara Jeanette Hardin, age 73 of Pulaski passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Radford Health & Rehab Center.

Born June 20, 1943 in Maryland she was the daughter of the late Jesse Estel Kennedy, Sr. and Ruby McFarland Kennedy. Her daughter, Beverly McCroskey and grandson, Allen Hardin also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her

Children

Charles (Michelle) Hardin – Princeton, WV

Fred “BooBoo” (Faye) Hardin – Radford

Brenda McGrady – Pulaski

Rebecca (Kevin) Winkle – Dublin

16 Grandchildren             10 Great Grandchildren

Brothers

Jesse (Janet) Kennedy – Rocky Gap

Walter Glenn (Phyllis) Kennedy – Dublin

Ace Calvin (Rose) Kennedy – Rural Retreat

Sister

Ruth (Winfred) Keene – Pulaski

A host of nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM – Friday, July 1, 2016 at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski with Pastor Winfred Keene officiating. Interment will follow at the Old Dublin Cemetery with the family serving as pall bearers.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM – Thursday evening at the Funeral Home.

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

The family will be meeting at the home of Winfred/Ruth Keene (Thornspring Road – Pulaski).

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

New laws go into effect on Friday

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A series of new laws is set to go into effect on Friday, including parts of a landmark gun compromise between Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican lawmakers.

The gun measures will allow more out-of-state concealed-handgun permit holders to legally carry guns in Virginia while prohibiting people subject to permanent protective orders from carrying firearms. Police presence will also be required at gun shows for voluntary background checks. Virginia also will join several states that keep secret the identities of suppliers of lethal injection drugs, under a measure approved by the McAuliffe and the Republican-controlled General Assembly amid growing concern over the state’s ability to carry out capital punishment.

Here’s a look at some other new laws:

THINK OF THE CHILDREN:

Several new laws will affect children. Come Friday, anyone who smokes in a car with children under eight will be subject to a $100 fine. Virginia’s public elementary schools will have to provide 20 minutes of physical activity a day for students. And 16- and 17-year-olds looking to get hitched will have to get a judge’s permission before getting married, a new law designed to help prevent child abuse.

FANTASY TIME:

A new law regulating fantasy sports industry and specifying that fantasy sports betting is not “illegal gambling” becomes law Friday. The bill, signed by McAuliffe this month, formally legalizes and regulates sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings, requiring them to pay a $50,000 initial registration fee and submit to regular outside audits. Some smaller fantasy sites have said it will force them to stop doing business in Virginia.

ANIMALS AMONG US:

Virginia will now allow the hunting of wild bird and animals with a slingshot, except for deer, bear, elk and turkey. Cities in Virginia will now be able to adopt new rules prohibiting the feeding of deer, with a $50 fine per violation.

And if you get caught fraudulently trying to pass off your pouch as a service dog, you could be slapped with a misdemeanor charge.

Today in History

By The Associated Press

Today is Wednesday, June 29, the 181st day of 2016. There are 185 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 29, 1956, actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in a civil ceremony in White Plains, New York. (The couple also wed in a Jewish ceremony on July 1; the marriage lasted 4 1/2 years).

On this date:

In 1767, Britain approved the Townshend Revenue Act, which imposed import duties on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper and tea shipped to the American colonies. (Colonists bitterly protested, prompting Parliament to repeal the duties — except for tea.)

In 1880, France annexed Tahiti, which became a French colony on December 30, 1880.

In 1913, the Second Balkan War broke out as Bulgaria attacked Serbia and Greece, its former allies from the First Balkan War.

In 1927, the first trans-Pacific airplane flight was completed as Lt. Lester J. Maitland and Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger arrived at Wheeler Field in Hawaii aboard the Bird of Paradise, an Atlantic-Fokker C-2, after flying 2,400 miles from Oakland, California, in 25 hours, 50 minutes.

In 1941, Polish statesman, pianist and composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski (een-YAHS’ yahn pah-dayr-EF’-skee) died in New York at age 80.

In 1954, the Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer’s access to classified information.

In 1966, the United States launched airstrikes on fuel storage facilities near the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong (HY’-fahng).

In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a trio of death sentences, saying the way they had been imposed constituted cruel and unusual punishment. (The ruling prompted states to effectively impose a moratorium on executions until their capital punishment laws could be revised.)

In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Morrison v. Olson, upheld the independent counsel law in a 7-1 decision (the sole dissenter was Justice Antonin Scalia).

In 1992, the remains of Polish statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski (een-YAHS’ yahn pah-dayr-EF’-skee), interred for five decades in the United States, were returned to his homeland in keeping with his wish to be buried only in a free Poland.

In 1995, the space shuttle Atlantis and the Russian Mir space station linked in orbit, beginning a historic five-day voyage as a single ship. A department store in Seoul (sohl), South Korea, collapsed, killing at least 500 people. Actress Lana Turner died in Century City, California, at age 74.

In 2003, actress Katharine Hepburn died in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, at age 96.

Ten years ago: The Supreme Court ruled, 5-3, that President George W. Bush’s plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law. The government announced it had recovered a stolen laptop computer and hard drive with sensitive data on up to 26.5 million veterans and military personnel, and that the data was not accessed or copied.

Five years ago: In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, a panel in Cincinnati handed the administration a victory by agreeing that the government could require a minimum amount of insurance for Americans. Greece fended off bankruptcy as lawmakers backed austerity measures in the face of riots that left more than 100 injured.

One year ago: A deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug, midazolam, in lethal-injection executions. (Executions that employed midazolam took longer than usual and raised concerns that the drug did not perform its intended task of putting inmates into a coma-like sleep.) A car bomb killed Egypt’s chief prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, in the country’s first assassination of a senior official in 25 years. Stanley Cup winners Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Sergei Fedorov and former NHL star Phil Housley were among the seven newcomers in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Today’s Birthdays: Movie producer Robert Evans is 86. Songwriter L. Russell Brown is 76. Singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys is 73. Actor Gary Busey is 72. Comedian Richard Lewis is 69. Actor-turned-politician-turned-radio personality Fred Grandy is 68. Rock musician Ian Paice (Deep Purple) is 68. Singer Don Dokken (Dokken) is 63. Rock singer Colin Hay (Men At Work) is 63. Actress Maria Conchita Alonso is 59. Actress Sharon Lawrence is 55. Actress Amanda Donohoe is 54. Actress Judith Hoag is 53. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is 53. Rhythm-and-blues singer Stedman Pearson (Five Star) is 52. Actress Kathleen Wilhoite is 52. Producer-writer Matthew Weiner is 51. Musician Dale Baker is 50. Actress Melora Hardin is 49. Rap DJ Shadow is 44. Actress Zuleikha Robinson is 39. Country musician Todd Sansom (Marshall Dyllon) is 38. Singer Nicole Scherzinger is 38. Comedian-writer Colin Jost (johst) is 34. Actress Lily Rabe is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Aundrea Fimbres is 33.

Thought for Today: “Words can sting like anything, but silence breaks the heart.” — Phyllis McGinley, American poet and author (1905-1978).