Governor McAuliffe Announces 250 New Jobs for Grayson County

Core Health & Fitness LLC to invest $2 million in commercial fitness products manufacturing operation

 RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Core Health & Fitness LLC, a leader in developing and marketing advanced strength and cardio equipment for the fitness industry, will invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit operation in Grayson County.

The facility has manufactured Nautilus commercial products for more than 34 years. Virginia successfully competed against California and China for the project, which will create 250 new jobs.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “The addition of Core Health & Fitness LLC to Grayson County’s corporate roster is tremendous for a region that has suffered from recent employment loss. With this investment, the company will build on the existing product line and revitalize an operation that has manufactured Nautilus commercial products for more than three decades, creating 250 new, valuable jobs. Grayson County’s history in producing commercial fitness, wellness and rehabilitation products makes it a great fit for Core Health & Fitness, and we are confident that this project will be of great economic benefit to Southwest Virginia.”

Structure fire claims house off Mt. Olivet Road

From the Pulaski Fire Department

According to Pulaski Fire Chief Bill Webb, the Pulaski Fire Department received a call at 10:23 PM Sunday of a structure fire at 4096 Evans Street off Mt. Olivet Rd.

Upon arrival heavy fire with a partial roof collapse was reported.

The residential structure was declared a total loss at $40,000 and was unoccupied at the time. There were no injuries.

Pulaski Fire Department personnel were back in service at 3:03 AM Monday morning. PFD responded with 23 personnel and 3 fire apparatus. Dublin, Draper responded with personnel and tankers, Newbern responded with county air/light truck. REMSI and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office also responded to assist.

The cause is under investigation.

Mariners Win Again In Extras

Wayne Taylor’s solo blast propels Pulaski to 7-4 win

By MATT WURZBURGER

Media Intern 

The Pulaski Mariners (17-14) and Bristol Pirates (9-20) were unable to settle matters in regulation Tuesday night. The two teams took the game into 11 innings where the Mariners secured a 7-4 victory.

Bristol was held to only one hit through the first six innings of the game, but their bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh inning when they scored three timesfor a two-run advantage.

The Mariners responded for one run in the eighth to tie the game at three all, and that is where the score would remain for two-and-a-half innings.

The top of the 11th started off with a bang. Wayne Taylor hit a leadoff home run to right field to begin a four-run barrage. Pulaski scored three more runs without the benefit of an RBI hit. Pirate pitchers hit two Mariners, threw two wild pitches, and issued four walks in the final inning.

Peter Miller (2-1, 0.92 ERA) won the game for Pulaski. He pitched the closing two-and-two-thirds innings while surrendering only three hits.

Obituary for Robert Lee “Bobby” Gibson

Robert Lee “Bobby” Gibson, age 32 of Pulaski died Thursday, July 17, 2014 as the result of a vehicle accident.

Born October 13, 1981 in Vallejo, CA., he was the son of Jack Jasper Gibson of Pulaski and the late Violet Marie Davis Gibson.

Surviving 

Father

Jack Jasper Gibson – Pulaski

Sisters-

Diane Marie Kebaili – Blacksburg

Patricia Sue Gibson – Rochester, NY

Two nieces

Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Trail Family Cemetery, Hiwassee.

Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 p.m. in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Bower Funeral Home, P.O. Box 796, Pulaski, VA 24301 to help family with final expenses.

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

540-980-6160

 

Pulaski County governmental meetings for August

  • Monday, August 4th, Pulaski County Civil War committee, Pulaski County Court House, New River Room, 7:00 p.m., (Contact:  Anthony Akers, Interim Assistant County Administrator, 143 Third Street, NW, Suite 1, Pulaski, VA 24301, 540-980-7705, aakers@pulaskicounty.org).  This committee oversees planning events in commemoration of our history.
  • Wednesday, August 6th,, New River Valley Airport Commission, NRV Airport Terminal Building, 5:00 p.m. (Contact:  Danny Wilson, Interim Community Development Director, 143 Third Street, NW, Suite 1, Pulaski, VA 24301, 540-980-7710, dwilson@pulaskicounty.org ),  This committee is responsible for the oversight of the decisions and activities related to the NRV Airport.
  • Thursday, August 7th, Pulaski Encouraging Progress (PEP) Steering Committee, New River Community College, Edwards Hall, Room 208, 8:00 a.m., (Contact:  Kim Wright, Technical Assistant Clerk, 143 Third Street, NW, Suite 1, Pulaski, VA 24301, 540-980-7710, kwright@pulaskicounty.org.)  This committee is responsible for promoting economic development and growth in the County.
  • Friday, August 8th, Commission on Children & Family, Dept. of Social Services, Maple Shade Offices, Commerce Street, Pulaski, VA, 8:30 a.m., (Contact:  Anthony Akers:  143 Third Street, NW, Suite 1, Pulaski, VA 24301, 540-980-7705, aakers@pulaskicounty.org.)  This committee is responsible for the oversight of Community Services Act (CSA) funding to children & families in need of those services.
  • Tuesday, August 12th, Pulaski County Public Service Authority, Pulaski County Administration Building, Board Room, 9:00 a.m.  (Contact:  Gena Hanks, Executive Secretary, 143 Third Street, NW, Suite 1, Pulaski, VA 24301, 540-980-7705, ghanks@pulaskicounty.org)  This committee is responsible for the oversight of water, sewer and garbage issues and concerns for the Pulaski County citizens.
  • Tuesday, August 12th, Pulaski County Planning Commission, Pulaski County Administration Building, Board Room, 7:00 p.m. (Contact: Danny Wilson, Zoning Administrator, 143 Third Street, NW, Suite 1, Pulaski, VA  24301, 540-980-7710, dwilson@pulaskicounty.org).  This committee oversees zoning issues related to Pulaski County properties.
  • Tuesday, August 19th, Industrial Development Authority, 11:00 a.m., Pulaski County Administration Building, Downstairs Conference Room. (Contact:  Danny Wilson, Zoning Administrator, 143 Third Street, NW, Suite 1, Pulaski, VA 24301, 540-980-7710, dwilson@pulaskicounty.org.)
  • Tuesday, August 19th, Pulaski County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, 7:00 p.m., County Administration Building, 143 3rd Street, NW, Suite 1, Pulaski, VA 24301.  Contact:  Danny Wilson, Zoning Administrator, 540-980-7710, dwilson@pulaskicounty.org) The deadline for submitting zoning applications to the Pulaski County Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals is August 15th  to be reviewed in September.  (Contact:  Danny Wilson, Zoning Administrator, 143 Third Street, NW, Suite 1, Pulaski, VA  24301, 540-980-7710, dwilson@pulaskicounty.org).  This is for anyone wishing to request rezoning to current property or appeal a decision to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
  • Monday, August 28th, Pulaski County Board of Supervisors meeting, Pulaski County Administration Building, Board Room, closed session 5:30 p.m., regular session 7:00 p.m. (Contact: Gena Hanks, Executive Secretary, 143 Third Street, NW, Suite 1, Pulaski, VA  24301, 540-980-7705, ghanks@pulaskicounty.org).  The Board of Supervisors is the government seat for Pulaski County to oversee the County budget and concerns of Pulaski County citizens.
  • Thursday, August 31st, Joint Pulaski County Telecommunications Committee and the Pulaski County Wireless Authority, Pulaski Information Technology Department, Maple Shade Offices, 90 Commerce Street, 6:00 p.m., (Contact:  Timothy Barnes, 994-2575, tbarnes@pcva.us ).  These committees are responsible for telecommunications needs including internet, phone, and cable and wireless services for the citizens of the county.

 

Griffith Congratulates New River Valley Airport Commission on Grant Award

 Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) today issued the following statement after learning that the New River Valley Airport Commission has been awarded a $228,000 Federal Aviation Administration grant which will help fund the design of a parallel taxiway at the New River Valley Airport in Dublin:

“Congratulations to the New River Valley Airport Commission on securing this grant award.  I applaud the efforts of those who worked to secure the funding to help advance this project.”

Obituary for Franklin Paul Morris

Franklin Paul Morris, age 88 of Veterans Hill Road – Pulaski passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Pulaski Health & Rehab Center.

Born April 21, 1926 in Winston Salem, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Clive Morris & Sarah Saul Morris. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II.

He is survived by his

Wife

Louise Havens Morris – Pulaski

Daughters

JoAnn Hypes – Dublin

Dana Marie Bishop – Draper

Sons

Danny Ray Morris – Radford

Robbie Allen Morris – Dublin

Step Daughter

Betty Wilson – Dublin

Sisters

Dorothy Simpkins – Radford

Judy Harrison – Georgia

Brothers

Marvin Morris – Christiansburg

J.T. Morris – Shawsville, VA

4 Grandchildren &     5 Great Grandchildren 

Funeral services will be held Thursday 2:00 p.m., July 24, 2014 the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with Rev. Danny McGlothlin officiating. Interment will follow in Newbern Cemetery with military honors conducted at the graveside by the Pulaski VFW Post# 1184.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.

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

Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the Morris family. 540-980-6160

Obituary for Keith Richard Dauel

Keith Richard Dauel, 44, of Pulaski, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was an employee of Chandler Concrete in Christiansburg.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert C. Dauel, paternal grandparents, Walter and Beatrice Dauel, and maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Helen Carlson.

Survivors include his sons, Justin Richard Dauel of Dublin and Ryan Chase Dauel of Pulaski; his fiancée, Tammy Sue Melvin and her sons, Tyler Edward Windle and Trey Emerson Windle, all of Pulaski; his parents, Bonnie C. and Gary Eckman of Draper; brothers, Robert Dauel of Burlington, ILL, Kurt Dauel of Snowville and Gary Eckman of Crystal Lake, ILL; special friends, Dave and Phala Hancock of Pulaski; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Open Door Baptist Church in Pulaski  with Rev. Kelly Howlett officiating.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the Riverview Park in Radford with Rev. Mike Blouse and Rev. Mike Dickerson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Pulaski County Humane Society, PO Box 1046, Dublin, VA 24084 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123-1718.

The Dauel family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.
www.mullinsfuneralhome.com

Obituary for Ralph (Wayne) Hawley

Ralph (Wayne) Hawley, 66 of Pulaski, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Gordon & Iva Merle Vest Hawley; and grandson, Ryland Gordon Hawley. He was an avid NASCAR fan and raced back in the 60’s and early 70’s. Wayne never missed the opportunity to pull a prank or make someone laugh. These memories will be cherished forever.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Nixon Hawley; son & fianceé, Ralph Gordon Hawley & Hawley, Ralph Wayne (Newspaper)Pamela Lynn Walls; daughters & son-in-law, Heather Rustica & Anthony Wayne Crawford, Roxann Hawley, Dawn Martin; grandsons, Bradley Norford, Kyle Rowland; granddaughter, Kelly Hawley; great-granddaughter, Kaleigh Kendrick; brother & sister-in-law, Calvin & Helen Hawley; sisters & brothers-in-law, Melba Bower, Hazel & Gerald Link, Polly & Milo Simmons; aunt, June Vest; niece & nephews, Holly Sparrer, Mark Link, John Hawley, Timmy Bower, Jay Bower; special four-legged friend, his dog, Daisy Mae.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Calvin Hawley officiating. Interment will follow in the Jacksonville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.maberryfuneralhome.com

Va. Lottery warns consumers of lottery scams

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Lottery is launching a campaign to warn people about fake lottery scams.

Officials say the “Play Smart” campaign is aimed at informing both lottery players and non-players to be careful when someone tells they’re told they’ve won a large prize.

While the scams take many forms, officials say that in most cases, criminals email or call to tell intended victims they have won a large prize. Then the crooks try to get the person to send money or personal information.

The “Play Smart” campaign includes a public service announcement for TV and radio, as well as a brochure filled with tips on how to avoid being scammed.