Elaine Flory receives Virginia Tech’s 2014 Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Graduate Award

BLACKSBURG  – Elaine Flory of Dublin has received Virginia Tech’s 2014 Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.vt.edu) Outstanding Graduate Award.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class, the Outstanding Graduate Award recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership by a

Elaine Flory

Elaine Flory

graduating student from each of the university’s eight colleges. Recipients have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and are selected by faculty and students within the respective colleges.

Flory has excelled academically and was the recipient of the Dr. Jocelyn Leighty Rodgers Memorial Scholarship and the Andrea Walnes Memorial Scholarship. She was honored with induction into Chi Chapter of Phi Zeta, the national veterinary honor society.

She is a student member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, serving as vice president and fundraising chair; a member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology; and a member of the student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

After graduation, Flory will start an internship at an equine practice north of Burlington, Vt. Following the internship, she will either pursue a surgery residency or enter private practice.

Flory, who grew up on a dairy farm, received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia in 2007 and completed additional biology coursework at Radford University.

Wanda Foushee receives Virginia Tech’s 2014 Staff Career Achievement Award

BLACKSBURG  – Wanda Foushee of Dublin, Va., retired business manager in the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has received the university’s 2014 Staff Career Achievement award.

Foushee retired from the university in 2013 after 17 years of service.

Created in 2011 to recognize retiring staff members, the Staff Career Achievement Award (http://www.hr.vt.edu/compensation/employaward/staff-awards/staff-career-

Wanda Foushee

Wanda Foushee

achievement/index.html) is presented annually to as many as five individuals who have distinguished themselves through exemplary performance and service during their university career. Nominees must have served a minimum of 10 years at Virginia Tech. Each recipient is awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

Foushee, who joined the Virginia Tech community in 1995, was highly respected by her colleagues for her willingness to go beyond the scope of her assigned duties.She began working for the department as a fiscal technician and was later promoted to business manager.

Colleagues speak often of her outstanding problem solving skills, and her many contributions improved the department as a whole.

For example, when department reconfigured a teaching lab in 2000, the space needed a custom partition to effectively divide the large space. Short on time and money, the partition could not be fully  installed before the fall term began. Foushee, who wanted to ensure the success of faculty and students, took control of the project and purchased and sewed a heavy metal curtain together to divide the lab space on her own time, completing the task before classes began.

Foushee was also involved in several university-wide activities. She served as a member of the Society of Research Administrators International Virginia Chapter, attended business practices seminars, and served on search committees for the department head, operations manager, and manager of fiscal affairs. She also worked closely with job candidates, seminar speakers, and took a personal interest in the well-being of “her” students.

Colleagues say Foushee possesses a natural ability to work with a diverse population of individuals.

Obituary for Letha Florence Wright Williams

Letha Florence Wright Williams, age 86 of Pulaski passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at the
New River Valley Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday 1:00 pm in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel,
Pulaski with Rev. Dale Akers officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain Field Cemetery, Bland County.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12:00 pm until service time at Bower Funeral
Home, Pulaski.
Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the Williams family.

Mummau to return as Pulaski Mariners skipper

Mariners’ skipper will back in 2014 after two successful seasons in Everett

From the Pulaski Mariners

The Pulaski Mariners, Appalachian League Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, have announced that the parent Seattle organization has assigned former Pulaski manager Rob Mummau to return to manage the Pulaski club for the 2014 Appalachian League season.

Mummau (42) has twice previously managed the Pulaski club, in 2008 and 2011, leading the initial Pulaski Mariners squad to a first place regular season finish in the Eastern Division in ’08 with a 40-27 record only to lose to the West champion Elizabethton Twins in the playoffs. He returned to Pulaski to skipper the 2011 ballclub, finishing that season with a 32-36 record.  His overall record in the Appalachian League is 72-63 (.533).

For the past two seasons (2012-13), Mummau has been the manager of Seattle’s short-season class A ballclub in Everett, WA, the Everett Aqua-Sox, leading the Aqua-Sox to a first half Northwest League division championship in 2012 and an overall division championship in 2013.  Both the 2012 and 2013 Everett teams were eliminated in the playoffs.  Nonetheless, Mummau posted an impressive 90-62 (.592) winning percentage during his two years in Everett.  His overall managerial record for four seasons is a solid 162-125 (.564).

“I am excited to be returning to Pulaski” stated Mummau “We have always enjoyed the fans there, It is the place where I first managed and I consider the State of Virginia to be my second home.”

This is Mummau’s 22nd season in professional baseball.  The Pennsylvania native was drafted out of Virginia’s James Madison University in the 29th round of the 1993 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.  After a nine year playing career which included 5 seasons at the class AAA level, he became a coach and scout.  He remains a full-time scout with the Mariners when not managing.  Players signed for the Mariners by Mummau include Seattle’s young star third-baseman Kyle Seager.

Joining Mummau on the Pulaski staff this season will be Pitching Coach Jason Blanton, Hitting Coach James Lofton, Performance Coach Scott Burgett and Trainer Matt Corvo.

Mummau resides in Florida with his wife Anne and children Jake (10), Sam (9) and Maria (8).  They will report to Pulaski on June 15 along with the rest of the Pulaski Mariners’ squad to prepare for the season opener at Calfee Park on Thursday, June 19 vs. the Burlington Royals at 7 PM.

Attempted abduction reported in Radford

From Lt. Andy Wilburn

Radford City Police

At approximately 6:15 pm Saturday evening, Radford City Police responded to the 700 Block of Twelfth Street in the West end of Radford for a reported attempted abduction near the elementary school.

The attempt was reported by a parent who stated it occurred around 6 pm. Three children, between the ages of 7 and 8 years old, stated a small compact dark in color vehicle with two males inside approached them and offered them money to get into the vehicle.

The vehicle is believed to be an older model red and black Mitsubishi Eclipse or Camaro with a spoiler on the back. The bottom of the vehicle is believed to be red with a black hood and black on the sides below the doors. It may also be convertible. Some damage is believed to be on one side of the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle is believed to be a white male; the passenger is described as a dark skinned male possibly wearing a black hat. No other information is available at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the Radford Police Department at (540) 731-3624.

Obituary for Arnold Wilbert “Jack” Stoots, Sr.

Arnold Wilbert “Jack” Stoots, Sr., age 91 of Pulaski passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Born April 4, 1923 in Pulaski, he was the son of the late James Monroe Stoots and Rachel Williams Stoots. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Naomi Tabor, and Anna Bell Rogers; one brother, Moro Stoots, and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Anne Stoots.

He was an active and devoted member of the First Church of the Brethren. He was employed by Coleman Furniture Company for 40 years and retired from Pulaski Furniture.

He is survived by

His wife of 72 years- Helen Campbell Stoots-Pulaski

Children and spouses-

Arnold Wilbert Jr. and Annette Stoots-Long, S.C.

Fay and Don Beverly-Dublin,

Susan and Troy Nichols-Dublin,

Richard and Shelby Stoots- Draper,

Scott and Shelia Stoots- Draper.

Eleven Grandchildren & Ten Great Grandchildren 

Sister- Mildred Thompson- Pulaski

Numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends 

Funeral services will be held Monday 2:00 p.m., April 21, 2014 at the Pulaski First Church of the Brethren with Pastor Frank Peters officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to the  Pulaski First Church of the Brethren,1749 Newbern Road, Pulaski, VA 24301.

To send online condolences to the family, visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com

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

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. UKRAINIAN MILITIA DENIES CALLS TO FREE BUILDINGS

Pro-Russian insurgents in the east who have been occupying government buildings say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

2. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SURVIVORS OF SUNKEN SOUTH KOREAN SHIP

Officials say they’re looking at whether the third mate ordered a turn whose degree was so sharp that it caused the ship to list.

3. TRAGEDY ON THE WORLD’S HIGHEST PEAK

An avalanche on Mount Everest kills at least 12 local guides, and three more are missing in the deadliest disaster in the mountain’s history.

4. WHAT’S IN THE NEW OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PRIVACY POLICY

It explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that online comments are in the open domain.

5. OBAMA TOUTS HEALTH CARE PROGRESS

New numbers on “Obamacare” enrollment are encouraging to the president, but still to be announced is how many of those were previously uninsured.

6. HOLY WEEK COMMEMORATIONS CONTINUE

Christians are marking Good Friday with prayers and processions through Jerusalem’s Old City, while Pope Francis joins a torch-lit Via Crucis procession later in the day.

7. HOW THE OFFICER KILLED AFTER BOSTON BOMBINGS IS BEING REMEMBERED

Sean Collier will be honored in a ceremony at MIT, and some 25 friends and family will run the marathon to raise money for a scholarship fund named for him.

8. CHINA SAYS ONE-FIFTH OF ITS FARMLAND IS POLLUTED

The admission by Beijing is a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party’s authoritarian rule.

9. NEW DETAILS ABOUT DEATH DURING A LONG 911 CALL

Search warrants say the man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a dispatcher had eaten marijuana-infused candy from one of Denver’s pot dispensaries.

10. WHO IS NOT SINGIN’ THE BLUES

St. Louis outlasted the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime to take Game 1 of its NHL playoff series.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

The Associated Press

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

1. ORDERS BY SHIP’S CREW DRAW SCRUTINY

As the doomed South Korean ferry listed severely, passengers say they were told to wait for rescuers, rather than try to escape.

2. WHAT’S IGNITING SUSPICIONS IN UKRAINE

The sophisticated firearms and battle-readiness of many pro-Russian insurgents suggest that they might be under direct Russian command.

3. MASSIVE SECURITY PLANNED FOR BOSTON MARATHON

Says the main race organizer: “I believe this will be the safest place on the planet on April 21.”

4. FOR DEMOCRATS, A SHIFT IN STRATEGY

The political climate for “Obamacare” suddenly looks brighter, possibly giving Democrats a chance to fight back on the GOP’s top issue this fall.

5. FIRETRUCKS COLLIDE IN LA SUBURB

Several people are injured in the crash involving two vehicles responding to a house fire, and one truck plows into a restaurant.

6. DIABETES-RELATED ILLS PLUMMETING IN US

The sharp drop in heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease is mainly attributed to better screening, medicines and care.

7. FLIGHT SIMULATOR BUSINESS FIRES HIGH-PROFILE INSTRUCTOR, CITING TARDINESS, DRESS

Mitchell Casado’s relaxed style of jeans and plaid shirts attracted wide attention during his frequent appearances on CNN as part of its coverage of the search for missing Malaysia Flight 370.

8. WHO WON’T RULE OUT FOLLLOWING IN PARENTS’ FOOTSTEPS

Chelsea Clinton, who has always denied any political ambitions, says she might indeed run for office someday.

9. JENNY MCCARTHY BREAKS NEWS ON ‘THE VIEW’

The show’s co-host reveals that she’s engaged to Donnie Wahlberg. It’ll be the second marriage for both.

10. WHERE MLS IS ADDING A FRANCHISE

Atlanta’s retractable dome stadium, scheduled to open in 2017, will be home to the fast-growing soccer league’s newest team.