Obituary for Bennie Delano Dean

Bennie Delano Dean, age 75 of Pulaski, died Thursday Morning, November 20, 2014 at his residence.  He was born on April 1, 1939 in Wythe County, and was the son of the late Bulah Mae Lilly Dean and Walter Ceymore Dean.  He was a 32 year employ of Xaloy in Pulaski, and was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, W.C Dean, Everette Dean, Marlon Dean and Bobby Dean;  two sisters, Wilda Pennington and Betty Stewart, and a grandchild, Nicole Rohlfs.  He is survived by his wife, Gena Bryant Dean of Pulaski;  four daughters;  Delaina Gallimore of Pulaski, Jenice Lasky of Dublin, Juanita Leuffgen of New Jersey, and Debra Rohlfs of New Jersey.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Victoria Gallimore and Talitha Gallimore, along with Jeffrey, Corey, Kevin, Scott, Daniel, Sarah and Greg.  Funeral services will be held Monday, November 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Seagle Funeral Home, with the Rev. Randall Lawrence officiating.  Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 7 until 9 p.m.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.  540-980-1700

Two killed in Nov. 7 crash identified

From Capt. J.B. Saunders
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
The Medical Examiners office in Roanoke has identified both persons killed in the accident on Rt. 11 between Dublin and Pulaski on Nov. 7, 2014.
The Driver of the 1995 Ford pickup was Timothy Wayne Jones, 45 of Pulaski and the passenger was David Eugene Rupe, 53, also of Pulaski.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

Obituary for David Eugene Rupe

David Eugene Rupe, age 53 of Pulaski died Friday, November 7, 2014 due to an automobile accident.

Born December 3, 1960 in Pulaski he was the son of Jean Carolyn Workman Rupe and the late Daniel (Dan) Rupe. His companion, Brenda Underwood Lawson and also his best friend, Tim Jones also preceded him in death.

Rupe,David017David liked working with his hands; he was a great mechanic and carpenter. He never knew a stranger. David had a heart of gold – he would help anyone who needed it. Those who knew him loved him – he will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his 

Mother-                      Jean Carolyn Workman Rupe – Pulaski

Brother-                      Craig & Maria Rupe – Pulaski

Sister   –                       Sandra Rupe Vaughan – Pulaski


Amanda Rupe

Amber Dunagan

Great Nephew-          Isaiah Dunagan

Great Niece-   Ayanna Akers

Special Aunt   -Lona Workman Abell

Special Cousin/Sister -Teresa Abell Newman

Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins 

A memorial service will be held  Monday 2:00 p.m., November 24, 2014  in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with the Pastor Mary Morris officiating.

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

To send the family your online condolences, visit 540-980-6160

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

Webb forms exploratory committee for White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb launched an exploratory committee to consider a Democratic presidential campaign in 2016, taking the first official step in what could become a challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Webb announced the exploratory committee in a message posted from his Twitter account late Wednesday, making him the first candidate of either of the two major political parties to take official, initial step toward running for the White House.

“A strong majority of Americans agree that we are at a serious crossroads,” Webb wrote in a message posted to a website for his committee along with a 14-minute video address. “In my view, the solutions are not simply political, but those of leadership. I learned long ago on the battlefields of Vietnam that in a crisis, there is no substitute for clear-eyed leadership.”

The former Virginia senator has hinted at a possible presidential campaign for months and made campaign appearances this fall with Democrats in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. But he would be considered a long shot against Clinton, who will be the leading Democratic candidate for president if she runs again.

Webb’s surprise announcement, released shortly before midnight, sets off the possibility of a primary challenge to Clinton. The field that could also include Vice President Joe Biden, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who is considering running in the Democratic primary.

Steve McMahon, a Democratic strategist and veteran of presidential campaigns, said Webb could offer bipartisan appeal to an electorate soured by gridlock in Washington. “Whether he can overcome Hillary Clinton’s enormous, overwhelming advantage is something that only time will tell,” he said.

Webb’s decision to form an exploratory committee increases the likelihood that Clinton will face some type of primary challenge, which could also include O’Malley running on a record in Maryland respected by many liberals and Sanders offering an independent streak.

“With O’Malley on the left and Webb on her right, Secretary Clinton may have a perfect opportunity to triangulate,” McMahon said.

The message from Webb included appeals to Democrats who have struggled during the economic recovery and criticized political leaders for being too close to Wall Street. The former senator also makes the case for a shift in foreign policy that cautions against overseas entanglements.

Webb said the nation faces major obstacles in governing and pointed to domestic and foreign policy items that need to be atop the agenda. “We need to put our American house in order, to provide educational and working opportunities that meet the needs of the future.” He noted the stock market has nearly tripled during “this so-called ‘recovery'” while income levels and loans to small business owners have decreased.

He said the U.S. needs to “redefine and strengthen our national security obligations, while at the same time reducing ill-considered foreign ventures.”

Webb acknowledged he would face considerable challenges in a presidential bid, saying “early support will be crucial as I evaluate whether we might overcome what many commentators see as nearly impossible odds.” The committee will allow Webb to raise money and travel the nation to test the waters for a potential campaign.

The 68-year-old Vietnam War veteran served as Navy secretary under President Ronald Reagan. He defeated Republican Sen. George Allen in his 2006 Senate campaign, serving one term. In the message, he said he entered the race against Allen only nine months before the election and trailed by 30 percentage points before prevailing.

Webb cast himself as an outsider, saying, “In politics, nobody owns me, and I don’t owe anybody anything, except for the promise that I will work for the well-being of all Americans, especially those who otherwise would have no voice in the corridors of power.”

“All I ask is that you consider the record I am putting before you, and give me the opportunity to earn your trust,” he said.

Clock ticking to claim $1m Va. Powerball prize

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The clock is ticking for the holder of $1 million Powerball ticket to claim the prize.

The Virginia Lottery says a ticket bought at Getty Mart in Sterling for the June 21 drawing matched all five numbers but missed the Powerball. The ticket will expire at the close of business on Dec. 18 if it isn’t claimed.

Under Virginia law, winning tickets expire 180 days after the drawing.

The winning numbers were 5-6-37-41-54. The Powerball number was 26.

The Lottery says six $1 million Powerball tickets have been sold in Virginia so far this year.

Humane Society Celebrates Success at Annual Meeting

The Pulaski County Humane Society is the Comeback Kid of nonprofit organizations.  After announcing in July it may have to shut down due to lack of funding, the group experienced an outpouring of community support  unseen since opening it offices in the new Pulaski County Animal Shelter in 2005
The group’s board of directors attributed skyrocketing medical expenses as the primary cause of the financial meltdown. As a result, the board suspended spay/neuter clinics while it regrouped and sought out new funding sources for the clinic. Enough funding came through and the humane society will resume low cost spay/neuter clinics in January.
That’s just one success the group plans to announce at its Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, December 8th at Dublin Town Hall. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. After a brief update and review of year end stats, members in good standing will vote on directors to serve on the 2015 board. All members are urged to attend. Pet lovers wanting to have a hand in saving the most voiceless souls in our society—homeless dogs and cats—are also welcome to attend the meeting a become new members. Refreshments will be served, so please RSVP your attendance to 540-674-0089 or email by December 5th.

Pulaski County a Green Schools Challenge winner

33 School Divisions Certified as “Green School Divisions”

From Va. School Boards Association

Nine school divisions received top awards in the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association’s (VSBA) Green Schools Challenge, a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local school division and the broader community. This is the sixth year the awards were given out.

Nine category winners were recognized today at the VSBA Annual Convention being held in Williamsburg. In addition, 33 school divisions were recognized as being Certified Green School Divisions by implementing new actions and adopting new policies that earn the divisions “green points”. The VSBA Green Schools Challenge was sponsored by Moseley Architects and ABM Building & Energy Solutions.

Green Schools Challenge Winners

Student Population Under 5,000
First Place: Pulaski County Public Schools
Second Place: Buckingham County Public Schools
Third Place: Middlesex County Public Schools

Student Population 5,001 – 10,000
First Place: Frederick County Public Schools
Second Place: Fairfax City Public Schools
Third Place: Manassas City Public Schools

Student Population 10,001 & Up
First Place: Virginia Beach City Schools
Second Place: Roanoke County Public Schools
Third Place: Augusta County Public Schools

VSBA Certified Green School Divisions

Platinum Certification (175-200 “green points”)
Albemarle County Public Schools
Arlington County Public Schools
Culpeper County Public Schools
Cumberland County Public Schools
Frederick County Public Schools
Gloucester County Public Schools
Henry County Public Schools
Isle of Wight County Public Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools
Nottoway County Public Schools
Pulaski County Public Schools
Roanoke County Public Schools
Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Gold Certification (150-174 “green points”)
Augusta County Public Schools
Buckingham County Public Schools
Charlotte County Public Schools
Chesapeake City Public Schools
Fairfax City Public Schools
Fairfax County Public Schools
Franklin County Public Schools
King William County Public Schools
Manassas City Public Schools
Middlesex County Public Schools
Newport News City Public Schools
Shenandoah County Public Schools

Silver Certification (125-149 “green points”)
Accomack County Public Schools
Goochland County Public Schools
Halifax County Public Schools
Henrico County Public Schools
Hopewell City Public Schools
Montgomery County Public Schools
Prince William County Public Schools

Green Certification (100-124 “green points”)
Fauquier County Public Schools

About the Virginia School Boards Association
The Virginia School Boards Association, a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards, promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training, and services. The Association offers conferences, information, training, and counseling designed to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s educational leaders.


SALEM – Due to a tractor-trailer incident, the left lane traveling southbound Interstate 81 at mile marker 135 in Roanoke is currently closed. A tractor-trailer hauling sugar has overturned. Traffic control is in place.

There is an estimated time of four hours to re-open the southbound left lane on I-81. Responders are in the area and wreckers have arrived on the scene.

Traffic is currently backed up for four miles. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes and to watch for emergency vehicles and wreckers in the area.

For updates, visit or follow us on twitter at @511southwestva or @VaDOTSalem.


Donations sought for Southwest Virginia veterans cemetery volunteers “wreath laying cemetery”

Staff Report

Local and interested friends from across Southwest Virginia have joined together to form an organization for the purpose of supporting the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery located in Dublin.

One purpose of the group is to collect donations for the placement of live holiday wreaths for each of the veterans’ gravesites.  Wreaths are made possible by generous donations from individuals and organizations throughout the year.

This past year, the SWVAVCV provided live wreaths for 350 burial sites.  As the number of gravesites increases each year so will the amount of wreaths needed.  With your help and support we hope to continue the laying of wreaths for this year and the coming years.

Contributions for the Wreath Program can be mailed to:

Mrs. Mary Lou Summers, Chairman

Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery Volunteers

P.O. Box 11373

Blacksburg, VA  24062-1373

Make checks payable to: Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery Volunteers or SWVAVCV

If enough funds are not raised to place a wreath on every gravesite, wreaths will be placed in garden sections on a rotational basis.

Each year the wreath program will be the second Saturday in December at the Committal Shelter at the cemetery. Event details will be provided at a later date.


Dress for Success New River Valley opens its doors to help women achieve success

DFS Open House photoBy Neesey Payne

Dress for Success New River Valley 

The boutique has a touch of pink, it’s chic and is the foundation of the organization’s operation. Dress for Success New River Valley is seeing a dream nearly three years in the making become a reality.

The non-profit is opening its doors to help women reach their full potential by providing them with professional attire, helping them secure a job, and giving them the training they need to continue to grow not only in their careers, but in life.

The New River Valley affiliate serves Pulaski, Floyd, Giles and Montgomery counties, as well as the City of Radford. It is part of a worldwide organization that has helped over 750,000 women get back on their feet and become success stories in their own communities.

Dress for Success is located in the New River Valley Business Center. Its office is set up like a boutique with inspirational sayings on the walls and professional attire in all sizes. It’s where women learn their potential and begin to feel confident on their career journey.

“Dress for Success’ mission is to help every woman find the right outfit, to empower her, to assure her that she can overcome obstacles and be successful,” said Executive Board Member Teresa Dickens.

Dress for Success works on referrals only. For example, an agency will refer a client who has an interview scheduled to Dress for Success. She will meet one-on-one with a career coach who will review her resume and cover letter. She will also go through a mock interview process to ensure she is confident in making a positive first impression. The client will then meet with a personal stylist who will assist her in picking out the perfect outfit for her interview. She’ll also get tips on how to style her hair and do her makeup.

“When you wear the appropriate clothes for the situation – whether it is a job interview, a business meeting or a presentation, it makes you feel more confident and self-assured. You can look in the mirror and you know you are the woman for the job. You can get it done!” said Dickens.

Once the client has secured a job, Dress for Success will supply her with a week’s worth of clothing that she can wear to work.

However, it doesn’t stop there. Dress for Success isn’t only about getting women ready for the interview process. The program is designed to help them grow in their careers through various training programs and workshops that range from how to be a leader in the workplace to financial literacy.

Members of the executive board have put a labor of love into making the organization a reality in the New River Valley. It took nearly three years to get Dress for Success up and running, but they believe all the effort has been worth it.

The organization recently held an open house for referral agencies and those interested in becoming a volunteer. Radford University President Penelope Kyle even stopped by to see what the organization is all about and learn how she could get involved.

“It is such an exciting time for women in the NRV. We received a very warm welcome by a number of potential referral agents and I believe Dress for Success New River Valley will have a significant and long lasting impact in the community,” said Lisa Puckett Hickam, executive board member.

Dress for Success also partnered with Long & Foster Realty and Blue Ridge Church last weekend for a suit drive that brought in 500 donations.

Workforce Unlimited is also working as a drop-off location for donations. It is located in the New River Valley Business Center in room 164. Donations can be dropped off Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dress for Success is looking for suits, shoes, casual work attire, jewelry, handbags, and scarves – anything that would be appropriate for a woman to wear in the workplace. Clothing donations must be laundered before they are dropped off.

The business center is located at 6580 Valley Center Drive, Fairlawn Va., 24141.

The organization is also looking for volunteers and referral agencies that are interested in helping women in the New River Valley. To learn more visit or email