Claytor Lake drawdown approved for Nov. 5

From Pulaski County and FOCL
Claytor Lake Drawdown is a vital time to plan on doing your shoreline work.
Drawdown Approved: AEP has received permission from FERC for a three foot drawdown in November.
Drawdown will begin Wednesday, November 5 at 8 am and will be lowered 1 foot per day to 3″ down on Saturday, November 8th.
The lake will begin refilling on Sunday November 16th to be back to full pond by Wednesday November 19th.
Please make plans to do any shoreline work during those times. Remember that showing that drawdown is used and returning and counting mussels is essential to keep drawdown.

Obituary for Barbara Ann Kennedy Sutphin

Barbara Ann Kennedy Sutphin, age 70 of Pulaski, died Thursday, September 25, 2014 at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.  She was born on July 19, 1944 in Pulaski, and was the daughter of the late Virginia Thornton Kennedy and Ralph C. Kennedy.  She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Pulaski.  She is survived by a son;  Hubert L. (Cowboy) Sutphin of Pulaski;  two sisters;  Debbie Archer and her husband Kenny of Pulaski, Sarah Brown and her husband Charles of Plano, TX.  She is also survived by one granddaughter;  Britteny DeGraffenried and her husband Dominique of Bluffton, SC along with their children, Myles and Millee.  Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Seagle Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Memorial Christian Church Cemetery in Draper.  The family will receive friends Tuesday at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.

Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in US

DALLAS (AP) — A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday.

Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation and that the hospital is following Centers for Disease Control recommendations to keep doctors, staff and patients safe.

The hospital had announced a day earlier that the patient’s symptoms and recent travel indicated a case of Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region.

The CDC has said 12 other people in the U.S. have been tested for Ebola since July 27. Those tests came back negative.

Four American aid workers who have become infected while volunteering in West Africa have been treated in special isolation facilities in hospitals in Atlanta and Nebraska, and a U.S. doctor exposed to the virus in Sierra Leone is under observation in a similar facility at the National Institutes of Health.

The U.S. has only four such isolation units but the CDC has insisted that any hospital can safely care for someone with Ebola.

According to the CDC, Ebola symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus.

Jason McDonald, spokesman for the CDC, said health officials use two primary guidelines when deciding whether to test a person for the virus.

“The first and foremost determinant is have they traveled to the region (of West Africa),” he said. The second is whether there’s been proximity to family, friends or others who’ve been exposed, he said.

U.S. health officials have been preparing since summer in case an individual traveler arrived here unknowingly infected, telling hospitals what infection-control steps to take to prevent the virus from spreading in health facilities. People boarding planes in the outbreak zone are checked for fever, but symptoms can begin up to 21 days after exposure. Ebola isn’t contagious until symptoms begin, and it takes close contact with bodily fluids to spread.

 

Fire Marshal offers heating equipment safety tips

By TODD GARWOOD

Pulaski Fire Marshal / Code Officer

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Almost half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening. For more tips / information on home fire safety, call the Pulaski Fire Marshal’s office at 994-8664

  • Check with your insurance company before installing a fuel burning stove. Some insurances have certain conditions to be met prior to coverage.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Do not attempt to “Burn the Chimney Clean”
  • Never dispose of trash by burning it in a woodstove.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your kitchen oven to heat your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. Never use flammable liquids in wood stoves.
  • If using a fireplace, make sure it has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container and cold to touch before dumping them outside. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. Hot embers can easily start an outdoor fire and put your home and neighbors in jeopardy.
  • All fuel burning equipment should be vented to the outside and owners need to install C O detectors (carbon monoxide) to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least twice a year. A great way to remember is when the time changes, change your batteries. Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years. This includes those that are hardwired.

7 Va. localities designated drug trafficking areas

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Six cities and one county in Virginia are getting help from the federal government to reduce drug abuse and drug trafficking.

Tazewell County and the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach have been designated as high intensity drug trafficking areas.

The designation increases the localities’ access to federal resources and information sharing among federal, state and local law enforcement.

The localities are among 26 counties and cities in 11 states that received the designation.

Office of National Drug Control Policy acting director Michael Botticelli announced the designations on Monday in a news release.

10 Things to Know for Today

The Associated Press

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

1. HONG KONG LEADER: BEIJING WON’T BACK DOWN

Leung Chun-ying says the central government will not rescind its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub as pro-democracy protesters set a deadline for a response to their demands.

2. WHO WILL BE GRILLED OVER WHITE HOUSE INTRUSION

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will face lawmakers for the first public accounting of the details surrounding a security breach at the executive mansion.

3. HOW CHINA TRIES TO REINFORCE CLAIMS TO DISPUTED ISLES

Beijing uses Chinese tourists to push sovereignty in its territorial disagreement with Vietnam over the Paracels.

4. WHAT HAPPENED TO GITMO CLOSURE PLANS

The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay grinds to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process.

5. FAMILIES WAIT IN AGONY FOR WORD ON EBOLA PATIENTS

As the death toll from the disease soars, social workers and psychologists struggle to keep pace and notify relatives, who must wait outside of crowded clinics for fear of contagion.

6. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER PLAYS KEY ROLE IN MIDTERMS

Harry Reid is not on the ballot but his maneuvering takes place on the floor, where he’s gone to extraordinary lengths to protect his Democrats from taking tough votes.

7. THIRD-GRADERS FACE PRESSURE

Since Florida pioneered the idea of mandatory third-grade retention for missing reading targets in 2002, such laws have spread to about nine states.

8. COLORADO COURT CONSIDERS POT FIRING CASE

The case over legality of off-duty smoking highlights the clash between state laws that are increasingly accepting of marijuana use and employers’ drug-free policies.

9. SEATING JURY TO DETERMINE JODI ARIAS’ PUNISHMENT WON’T BE SIMPLE

Dozens of potential jurors are disqualified after telling the judge they know too much about the case to be impartial.

10. GOVERNMENT TO UNVEIL COMPANY PAYMENTS TO DOCTORS

Consumer groups call the disclosure program the “Sunshine Act,” and say it’s overdue.

Obituary for Wanda Louise Smith Jones

Wanda Louise Smith Jones, age   82 of Pulaski passed away Sunday, September 28, 2014 in the Pulaski Health Care Center.

Born August 8, 1932 in Draper (Delton community), she was daughter of the late James Garfield Smith and Mayme Roberta King Smith. Her husband,  James Lewis Jones and one sister, Peggy Hummell and niece, Debbie Bach also preceded her in death.

Wanda was active in the Homemakers Club, Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary of Haymarket, the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts where she was a Den Mother, Little League score keeper and Boosters Club of Brentsville. She lived in Gainesville, Virginia for 40 years. Wanda loved crafts, outdoors, and her flowers, especially roses.

Surviving

Son s & Daughters-in-law

Michael Lewis Jones & Phyllis Hudson Jones-Pulaski

Ronnie Lee Jones & Teresa Jones-Boston, VA

Daughters

Karen L. Jones – Warrenton, VA

Rebecca L. Fridley – Amissville, VA 

Five Grandchildren

Maile, Christopher, Ronnie, Jr., Ashley and Amber 

Great Grandchildren

Gavin, Erin, and Baby to be – Karsyn

Nephew

Alan Bach

Great Niece

Amanda Rose

Funeral services will be held   2:00 PM – Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, with Minister Cliff Mc Lawhorn officiating.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 PM until service time at the funeral home.

To sign the online guestbook, visitwww.bowerfuneralhome.com

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

Ninth District Traveling Staff Office Hours for October

Congressman Morgan Griffith’s Ninth District STAFF will be available at the following locations during the month of October:

October 8, 2014 

Radford:   10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Radford Public Library

Meeting Room

30 West Main Street

Radford, VA

 

Pulaski County:   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pulaski County Library

Meeting Room

60 3rd Street NW

Pulaski, VA

 

October 28, 2014 

Pulaski County:   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dublin Town Hall

Route 100, 1 mile North of I-81

Dublin, VA

** Please contact the Christiansburg Office at 540-381-5671 or the Abingdon Office at 276-525-1405 with any questions.

 

Pulaski P.D. to undergo re-accreditation assessment

From Ofc. Megan Jennings

Pulaski Police Dept.

A team of assessors from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) will arrive on October 6, 2014 to examine all aspects of the Pulaski Police Departments policy and procedures, management, operation, and support service, Chief Gary Roche announced today.  The Department will be seeking its third accreditation award.

Verification by the team that the Pulaski Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said.

The Pulaski Police Department has to comply with 185 standards in order to gain accredited status, Chief Gary Roche said.  Chief Gary Roche added, that accreditation is a body of standards designed to increase a law enforcement agency’s capabilities to prevent and control crime; increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement service; increase cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and with other agencies of the criminal justice system; and increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies, and operations of the agency.

The Accreditation Manager for the Pulaski Police Department is Lieutenant Andy Anderson. He said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from other Virginia accredited agencies.  The assessors will review written material, interview individuals, and visit offices and locations where compliance can be witnessed.

Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted re-accredited status, Lieutenant Andy Anderson stated.

Accreditation status is granted for four years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.