Boil water notice lifted for Newbern Heights

Water testing results have come back, and the boil water notice is now being lifted for Town of Pulaski water customers that live in the Newbern Heights area of Pulaski County.

Thanks Town of Pulaski for your hard work in restoring water service to the area!

Locker Room: Who wants it?

By Dan Callahan

The Patriot

Who wants it? Just three little words, doesn’t total but 10 letters. In life and in football, much is determined by “Who Wants It?” Sometimes it’s not size, speed, talent or any of those obvious things. Sometimes the issue is decided on the gridiron by who wants it the most? Twice already the playoff issue could have been decided by Pulaski County’s football team. Twice it didn’t get it done. Here comes chance number three at Hidden Valley Saturday.

The numbers are close, both teams need to win the game for the same reason. The playoffs are possibly in the balance. Maybe it will be a game played with great intensity. Maybe the enthusiasm will run high. It should be like that, but the question is “Who Wants It?” Which team will take the field and take the game, rip it away from the opponent? That’s the question. It’s not enough to simply be good in big games. You must be locked in. Your goal should be to rip the spirit out of the opponent, find out how strong their “want to” is. This is chance number three for the Cougars. We’ll see.

Pulaski County is 11th in the latest VHSL 4A West Region Ratings. Drop below 12 and the season ends abruptly. The Cougars have little space to work with, but a strong finish and Pulaski Co. could move even as high as a 5th or 6th seed and host a home game when the playoffs begin. The wiggle room is gone, but the opportunity to climb and accomplish is still very much there. It comes down to “Who Wants It?”

Woodgrove is the region’s top rated team, Wm. Byrd is second, 3- Salem, 4- Millbrook, 5- Amherst, 6- Dominion, 7- GW-Danville, 8- E.C. Glass, 9- Heritage-Leesburg, 10- Loudoun Valley, 11- Pulaski Col, 12- John Champe.  Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, and Sherando are the lurkers for the moment.

Cougar Numbers:

Pulaski County continues to put up some big numbers this football season. The Cougars are averaging 42.6 points per game, and the defense is allowing only 11.7 per game. The defensive number is just as impressive as the offense. The opposition has yet to reach a total of 100 points. The Cougar stoppers have given up just 94.

Hunter Thomas continues to have a banner senior season with 1,581 yards rushing on 141 carries, an 11.2 yard per carry average, and a per game average of 198 yards. Thomas presently has 4,087 career rushing yards. That’s 327 short of Josh Calfee’s record. Thomas has scored 21 touchdowns on the season and a two-point conversion for 130 points as he ranks high in Timesland in all categories.

Quarterback Bryant Grubb continues to add to his numbers with 542 yards rushing on 80 carries, a 6.75 average. Grubb now had eight touchdowns for 48 points. Jamall Edmonds also has eight TDs for 48 points, and 412 rushing yards on 73 attempts. A per rush average of 5.5.

Grubb is now 34 of 70 passing, right at 50 percent for 623 yards and five touchdowns. His leading receiver has been tight end Jeff McDonald who has nine catches on the season for 218 yards, and a hefty 24 yard per catch average.


It’s kind of becoming the American Way in some respects. I find it regrettable and it’s popping up far too often in public school athletics. It has long since been determined that Carroll County has basically forfeited any opportunity it has to accomplish anything in football because the Virginia High School League has allowed the Cavaliers to back away, and play down level teams in the hopes of being more competitive. I don’t want to appear unsympathetic. I hate losing. It’s difficult to deal with and to do it almost every time out has to be extremely discouraging. I get all that, we’ve had some difficult times in recent years at Pulaski County, but to give up and say I can’t, just doesn’t sit well with me. If you recall, even Christiansburg, a team that was riding high just three or four years ago, explored the same avenue two months ago.

Now Nelson County has done it. That football program will leave the AA Dogwood District for the next two seasons and play an independent 10-game schedule, and is voluntarily ineligible for VHSL playoff consideration. People want to state it in different terms as if that makes it better, but it doesn’t.  Nelson County is backing away from competition among schools of the same size, and playing smaller schools so it can win some games. In other words, we’re not good enough, so rather than figure out how to go about becoming more competitive let’s just keep dropping down in the level of play until we find some other schools that are bad enough so we can win. Bottom line, that’s what it is.

Beginning next football season Nelson County will face schools such as Bath County, Page, Craig County, Grace Christian, George Mason, and Strasburg. Officials at Nelson say they hope to rebuild their program over the next couple of years and return to the appropriate level of competition. I really do wish them luck if that is the goal. It’s hard watching kids consistently lose. I get that. However, I don’t ever want to look at a kid and tell him he can’t compete either.

It’s a tough spot, but I do know this. If Nelson County really does want to be competitive and return to the Dogwood District and play Group AA size schools the way it’s supposed to, first and foremost, the school system must make a commitment. Realize what you need to do to get better, and do it. Pulaski County schools has only recently gone through a very like process. Your leadership either wants to make a commitment, and create a positive environment so its young people have an appropriate opportunity to compete, or it doesn’t. We are fortunate to have such leadership in our school system today. I hope that’s what happens in Nelson County.

Worst Statement in all of Sports:

“This Play is Under Further Review.” Are you sick of that yet? Just like a government that judges its success by how many new laws and regulations it puts in force, the game of football is being grossly over-legislated. They said replay would eliminate all the questions. No it hasn’t, it’s only added questions. There’s an ACC game in Boston, wait a minute, we need to call Greensboro. There’s an SEC game in Florida, wait a minute, we need to call Birmingham. The Big 10 even gives replay camera to on-field officiating crews so they can watch the replays just like they guys back in Indianapolis who are eating free pizza.

So what has happened is just what happens to us in our everyday life. When government tells me it is about to make a major change in an important aspect of life, just duck, the haymaker is on the way. Most new laws and regulations are for the satisfaction of special interest groups and the political elite who benefit from the new law. The rest of us, we pay for it, and suffer. Now I suffer through countless replays, and listen to announcers who spend countless boring minutes explaining to me the same thing over and over, and telling me this runner may have touched his elbow, and debate for 15 minutes the quality of a simple tackle. And frequently it’s all determined by how the officiating crew determines a play, and many times, different officiating crews don’t see the same thing the same way.

Throw the instant replay out, and while you’re at it, throw a lot of people in Washington out with the wash as well. Anybody that wants a new law, or add to the rules, throws them all out.

Pulaski Police collect 175.4 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs

On Saturday, October 22nd, the Pulaski Police Department participated in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The goal of this service is to help prevent misuse of unused, unwanted, or possibly dangerous prescription or over-the-counter medications, and to prevent potential health and safety hazards by using the old method of throwing the medications in the garbage or flushing them down the toilet.

The event took place at Food City in the town of Pulaski.  This site alone collected 175.4 pounds of unwanted medications.

Pulaski Police would like to thank Food City for hosting the event, and the community for making this another successful Prescription Take Back.

By authority of Officer M.R. Jennings



Pulaski County is full of some great small businesses where area residents can shop! And this year The Patriot, the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce and Pulaski On Main are partnering to promote these awesome small businesses throughout the county on Small Business Saturday!

pulaski-county-chamber-logoNovember 26 – the day after “Black Friday” – is known nationally as “Small Business Saturday!” The event was launched in 2010 by American Express to generate interest and revenue for independently owned local businesses.

pulaski-on-main-logoWhen you “shop local” the impact is tremendous! In 2014, an estimated $14.3 billion was spent at small businesses on “Small Business Saturday,” and in 2015 some 95 million people supported the day by shopping local.

According to an article published by the American Independent Business Alliance, a 2012 study by Civic cropped-Patriot-logoKEEP1-6-12.jpgEconomics showed that “on average, 48 percent of each purchase at local independent businesses was re-circulated locally, compared to less than 14 percent of purchases at chain stores.”

Just to make this special event even more fun locally, we are sponsoring a “Selfie Contest!” Participants are invited to take a “selfie” of yourself shopping at one of the participating businesses and YOU could win a prize for “most unique” or “best” selfie. Post it with hash tag #shopsmallpulaski and we’ll put your picture on display at one of two locations – the Pulaski County Visitor Center and Pulaski On Main! Not only will you be recognized as a “shop local” supporter, but we get to see your creative side as well.

So come on out and join the fun and get your crazy on, while bolstering the local economy  at one or more of our participating businesses such as Blue Ridge Fudge Lady, Draper Mercantile and the Draper Village, Indian Creek Hardscaping (Christmas Trees at Fairlawn Shopping Center), Martin’s Pharmacy, and Northwest True Value Hardware just to name a few!

It’s going to be so much fun!

Any businesses wishing to participate should call Pulaski on Main at 540-440-8773 or the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce at 540-674-1991 to get your packet of info and to see how you can be a part of Shop Local – Shop Small – Shop Pulaski County!

Obituary for Katherine Irene Quesenberry Farlow

Katherine Irene Quesenberry Farlow, age 85 of Dublin passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Lewis-Gale Hospital, Pulaski.

Born February 1, 1931 in Pulaski she was the daughter of the late Arthur Lee Quesenberry & Pierce Alma Linkous Quesenberry. Her husband, Billy Eugene Farlow and eleven brothers and sisters also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her


Cliff & Debbie Farlow – Radford

Debra & Larry Quesinberry – Dublin

Blake & Debbie Farlow – Fayetteville, NC


Bill Farlow, Leanna Farlow, Greg and wife, Robin Quesinberry, Amber Martin, Brittany and Cameron Farlow

Great Grandchildren

Gavin Reno, Alexis Lytton, Jada Quesinberry, Carly Quesinberry

Great Great Grandchild

Rori Harris

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM – Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel with Rev. Bobby Ward officiating. Interment will follow at the Shiloh Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 12:00 noon until service time.

A special thanks from the family goes to Carillion New River Valley Medical Center, Highland Ridge Rehab and Lewis-Gale, Pulaski for all their help and support.

To sign the online guestbook, please visit

Bower Funeral Homes – Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.

Hokies in charge of ACC’s Coastal race if they win out


AP Sports Writer

Virginia Tech is exactly where it wants to be at this point in the season: tied for the ACC’s Coastal Division lead in the loss column and in control of its chance to play for its fifth conference championship.

The No. 25 Hokies (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) can significantly enhance their chances Thursday night at Pittsburgh. The Panthers (5-2, 2-1) also share the loss-column lead, although they have played two fewer division games than No. 22 North Carolina (6-2, 4-1) and one fewer than the Hokies.

Virginia Tech holds the tiebreaker against the Tar Heels, having beaten them 34-3 on Oct. 8, but in their first season under coach Justin Fuente, the Hokies are disinclined to look any further than the game just ahead. They won’t even allow themselves to feel too good about reappearing in the AP Top 25.

“Of course we like being in the Top 25, but at the end of the day, we just want to win a football game, regardless of whether we’re in the Top 25 or if we’re not ranked at all,” rover Terrell Edmunds said Monday, before offering a mantra for this team. “We just want to go out and play Virginia Tech football and go 1-0 each week.”

The Hokies’ last appearance in the Top 25 came two weeks ago, when consecutive routs of Boston College, East Carolina and North Carolina allowed them to rise to No. 17. But they were stunned 31-17 at Syracuse and fell out again before getting back to their dominant ways in a 37-16 victory against Miami last Thursday night.

The Panthers, though, present a significant challenge. They have won four in a row at Heinz Field against Virginia Tech, and are tied for 22nd nationally in scoring at 38.4 points per game.

Coach Pat Narduzzi, in his second season, said he was pretty frank with his team about what’s at stake in the game.

“I told our kids, it’s right there for you, the pursuit and what you want is right there for you,” he said Monday. “It’s there for the taking. Everything you wanted to do at the beginning of the season is sitting right in front of you on this Thursday night.”

On defense, Pitt is fifth nationally at stopping the run, but 122nd against the pass.

Virginia Tech prefers to be a run-first team, but quarterback Jerod Evans has proven more than capable of getting things done through the air in his first season with the Hokies. He’s thrown for 19 touchdowns with just two interceptions.

“They’re a heavy run-stop team,” Evans said. “They will force you to throw in man-to-man coverage.”

Evans is comfortable doing that because he’s got plenty of targets he trusts to come down with the ball. Isaiah Ford has 36 catches and five touchdowns. Bucky Hodges has 25 catches and five touchdowns. And five other receivers have at least one touchdown reception this year.

Defensive coordinator Bud Foster, a holdover from the teams that have struggled at Heinz Field, said it’s not the venue but the way the Panthers have played, and the way the Hokies have played, that produced the losses.

Now, with the Hokies angling for their first ACC title game berth since 2011, it’s time to end the skid.

“If we want to stay in the hunt, we need to win it,” Foster said. “… It’s been a couple years since we’ve been in this position, but these games get more and more important as we move forward in the season.”


No. 5 Louisville looks to maintain edge against Virginia

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has regained its swagger and the fifth-ranked Cardinals want to keep it.

The Cardinals (6-1, 4-1 ACC) visit Virginia (2-5, 1-2) on Saturday looking to build on their 54-13 rout of North Carolina State that moved Louisville up two spots in the Top 25. Coach Bobby Petrino was pleased with how thorough his team was on offense, defense and special teams — all of which were motivated by talk about how physical the Wolfpack were.

“It was maybe our best performance of the year,” the coach said Monday.

While Louisville’s poll position improved, Petrino shrugged off the idea that lopsided victories might be necessary to grab the playoff committee’s attention with the first rankings due out next week. As long as the Cardinals keep winning, the coach believes the rest will fall into place.

Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson meanwhile seems to be putting more things into his impressive repertoire.

The Heisman Trophy front-runner has 34 touchdowns after rushing for a 36-yard score and passing for three others with precision that impressed Petrino and his teammates. Jackson’s best TD pass might have been his 74-yarder to Jaylen Smith in stride down the middle, though a strong case has been made for his 16-yard scoring pass to Jamari Staples threaded through several defenders.

“I thought it was coming to me at first and I look over and Jamari caught it,” said tight end Cole Hikutini, who later caught a 3-yard TD pass from Jackson. “It’s ridiculous how accurate he is and how much he’s improved his accuracy and his confidence in the past year.”

Blanton Creque restored consistency to the Cardinals’ kicking game after setting a single-game school scoring record for a kicker with 18 points, including four field goals between 24 and 37 yards. Louisville’s defense had one of its best efforts this season in holding N.C. State to just 250 yards and making three interceptions leading to 17 points. The Wolfpack trailed 44-0 before scoring two third-quarter TDs that seemed to fire up the Cardinals’ defense even more.

“We come with a mindset and objective to get goose eggs,” said linebacker Jonathan Greenard, who grabbed his first career pickoff in the win. “Toward the end of the game we got sort of complacent, so after they scored those two touchdowns we just had to put the foot on the gas and end it.”

Louisville now prepares for Virginia with hopes of starting quick again and pouring it on, which would be an change from its previous visit to Charlottesville two years ago.

Petrino was just in his third game of his second stint as Cardinals coach then and trying to sort out a muddled quarterback situation. Will Gardner and Reggie Bonnafon both had uneven performances in a 23-21 loss that seems so long ago for many reasons.

Louisville returns more formidable this time with a Heisman-contending QB and playoff aspirations. The Cardinals are favored by 28 points but promise not to look past the Cavaliers, who have lost two in a row under first-year coach Bronco Mendenhall.

“We’ve just got to come back, work hard and challenge their maturity,” Petrino said. “I think our guys are hungry; we just need to stay hungry.”


PCPC to conduct ceremony of remembrance Thursday

The Pulaski Community Partners Coalition (PCPC) will conduct a brief ceremony of remembrance as part of the National Red Ribbon Campaign this Thursday, October 27 at 12 noon on the lawn of the historic courthouse in downtown Pulaski. Red Ribbon Week is designed to raise public awareness about the death and destruction that can be caused by drugs. See more on the Red Ribbon Campaign at

Hokies back in AP Top 25 at No. 25

1 Alabama (60) 1524 8-0 1
2 Michigan (1) 1446 7-0 3
3 Clemson 1382 7-0 4
4 Washington 1373 7-0 5
5 Louisville 1276 6-1 7
6 Ohio State 1143 6-1 2
7 Nebraska 1083 7-0 8
8 Baylor 1063 6-0 9
9 Texas A&M 1007 6-1 6
10 West Virginia 997 6-0 12
11 Wisconsin 980 5-2 10
12 Florida State 725 5-2 13
13 Boise State 716 7-0 14
14 Florida 654 5-1 15
15 Auburn 641 5-2 21
16 Oklahoma 626 5-2 16
17 Utah 584 7-1 19
18 Tennessee 572 5-2 18
19 LSU 352 5-2 25
20 Western Michigan 349 8-0 20
21 North Carolina 328 6-2 22
22 Navy 251 5-1 24
23 Colorado 207 6-2 NR
24 Penn State 193 5-2 NR
25 Virginia Tech 110 5-2 NR

Dropped out: No. 11 Houston, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 23 Ole Miss

Others receiving votes: Washington St. 84, Houston 67, Oklahoma St. 62, Arkansas 14, Troy 6, Southern Cal 5, San Diego St. 2, Pittsburgh 2, SMU 1

Radford Police seek help over blow dart incident

On October 22, 2016 at approximately 9:15 pm the Radford City Police Department responded to the area of Radford University in reference to a subject that had been assaulted. The victim reported that he was walking in the 500 block of Tyler Avenue when he was shot with a blow dart from a passing vehicle. The victim received a minor injury and was treated and released by Radford EMS. The vehicle was described as a silver or light in color passenger car. The vehicle was last seen headed south on Tyler Avenue.

This incident remains under investigation by the Radford City Police Department. No other information will be released at this time. Anyone with information in reference to this incident should call Officer M.L. Mansdoerfer at 540-731-3624.