Sheriff’s Office seeking info on car break-ins, theft in Dublin

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several incidents of vehicles being broken into in the Highland Park and Oakwood Subdivisions in the Dublin section of Pulaski County.

There are several reports of vehicles being entered on Howell Drive, Tanglewood Drive, Brenda Avenue, Springer Avenue, Riner Drive, Patrick Avenue and Rigney Drive.

One car was reported stolen on Tanglewood Drive and was recovered by the Sheriff’s Office in the Town of Pulaski.

There is an ongoing investigation into these incidents.  If anyone has any information of any suspicious persons or vehicles in these areas in the early morning hours of today (August 1) you are asked to call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at 540-980-7800.


Stone Canyon Band to perform tonight in Jackson Park

Stone Canyon In ConcertStone Canyon is an adult contemporary band whose trademarks are a mixture of great vocal harmonies and outstanding musicianship.  Their sets cover a wide variety of styles that include the music of the Eagles, Crosby-Stills-Nash, America and many others.  Stone Canyon concerts are always upbeat and positive.  When the show begins, you will find yourself singing along!

Jeff Snyder – Lead Guitars, Pedal Steel Guitar, Mandolin & Vocals
Mike Whitlow – Guitars, Harmonica, Percussion & Vocals
Ken Nicely – Keyboards and Vocals
Jimmy Stone – Bass Guitar and Vocals
Ron Hall - Drums and Vocals

Visit the band on the web at:, and on Facebook at:  “a band called Stone Canyon”

The concert series is co-sponsored by the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley and the Town of Pulaski.  The concerts are held in Jackson Park located across from the municipal building from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  The concerts are free and open to the public.  Please bring your lawn chair or blanket.  Donna Jones/ Main Street Bistro will be providing concessions with her great homemade food.  Pulaski Theatre is the rain location for the concert series, times remain the same.  Please call the 540-980-7363 for additional information.  See you there.

Pulaski Loses to Danville 6-2

Mariners commit three errors in Missaki’s first loss


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The Danville Braves (24-15) got the better of the Pulaski Mariners (22-18) on Thursday night 6-2.

Daniel Missaki (3-1, 2.45) was not in his characteristic form. The righty yielded five runs on nine hits through five-and-one-third innings. Missaki struck out nine Braves.

Pulaski managed nine hits, but was unable to convert hits into runs. Gianfranco Wawoe doubled and scored on a Rafael Fernandez sacrifice fly in the third inning.

Fernandez would score the Mariners final run in the eighth inning on a left field single by Jay Baum.

Daniel Cordero (3-3, 5.72 ERA) started and won the game for Danville. He pitched six innings of one-run ball.

The two teams clash again on Friday night. The game begins at 7 pm.

Cougar football has begun!

By Dan Callahan

The Patriot   

They reported at 7:30 am. Great time of the day. The air is fresh. Not a lot of hustle and bustle. Your mind is clear. They hit the grass 30 minutes later. I’m talking Pulaski County football. The Cougars had their first official pre-season workout Thursday morning, and it lasted until almost 1 pm. It was a long, hard day, just what pre-season practices are supposed to be, but the youngsters caught a bit of a break, as the temperatures and humidity are well below the norm for July, but we all know that will not last.

New Cougar head coach Stephen James, his new coaching staff, and the squad took the field with enthusiasm. There appears to be an attitude of “we’re ready to go.” That comes from a summer of increased activity, both in the weight room, and on the practice field.

Certainly expectations for what is going to be a very young and inexperienced football team need to be tempered, but James is pleased with his charges. He likes their work ethic and attitude.

“These kids really do want to win and it’s been a while, and I’m sure the seniors really want to have a good final season, and I sure hope they do,” said James. “They have worked very hard all summer, and I’m confident they will continue working as hard as they can to get as ready for the season as possible. We had a good summer. It’s always a bonus when you have a group of kids that will work hard, and our kids have. We have gained a lot over the summer. I’m pleased with what we’ve accomplished, but we’re not where I’d like to be strength wise yet. This team is stronger, no question about that, but we still need to keep improving strength wise,” says James.

The summer workouts were tough, demanding, but the pace has even quickened this week and the workday is about twice as long. James says it should it be that way, but in this particular season, it has got to be that way.

“Our intensity level will increase this week. Both as coaches and players. The expectations will be greater. The hours will be much longer. It will be tough, but anything worthwhile usually is. We are going to work very hard. We are still very much in the catch up mode, and if we’re going to get where we need to be we must push hard.”

Most of the summer was spent pumping iron, heavy iron, on fundamentals, and learning base elements of James’ offense and defense. There were just two seven-on-seven sessions, but that is not a staple of James’ preparation plan. He concentrates much more on the physical aspect of things than the finesse areas. The Cougars will now begin the process of putting together the offensive and defensive schemes over the next two plus weeks. There is a great deal left to teach, and left to learn.

“We have maybe 25% of our offense in at this point. We’re worked on getting in the passing schemes, and we can run two plays pretty good I think,” laughed James, “but we have a long, long way to go. We’ve worked very hard on the fundamentals, but now we must take the next step. It’s like that old saying, we’ve got a long way to go, and a short time to get there.”

Photo Day will be at 2 pm on August 14. That’s one day before the first scrimmage action against Magna Vista, Abingdon, and Lord Botetourt. That will be followed by a “Benefit Game” against Giles on Friday, August 22. All pre-season action will be at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium/Joel Hicks Field.

Obituary for Harlie Madison Lefler

Harlie Madison Lefler age 4 of Draper passed away Monday July 28, 2014 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was a loving and caring Angel. Even at the age of 4 years, she loved hunting, fishing, especially farming, and riding her horse. She was a true LeflerDaddy’s girl and a farm girl. Harlie was born October 12, 2009 in Wythville.  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents James and Peggy Lefler.  She is survived by her parents Thomas (Mark) Lefler and Crystal Lynn Lefler of Draper. One brother Travis and his wife Tabitha and two sisters Brianna and Autumn all of Wythe Co.  One special Aunt Angie Clark and her husband Bruce of Pulaski.  One Uncle Mark Lawson of Wythe Co. Grandparents Allen and Donna Lawson of Wythe Co.  One Nephew, Takota Lefler of Wythe Co. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Christian Church, Draper with the Rev. Kelly Howlett officiating.  Visiting will be Friday at the church from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Interment will take place in the church cemetery.  The Family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Roanoke Memorial Hospital Pedi Nic Unit and all of the family that stayed with us, including Sharon Ryan and Ronnie Frazier. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.  540-980-1700H




Mariners Outlast Burlington 3-2 in 10

Spencer Hermann shines in Pulaski debut


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The Pulaski Mariners (22-17) required one extra inning to take the rubber match away from the Burlington Royals (18-21) 3-2.

Spencer Hermann (0-0, 0.00 ERA) made his Appalachian League debut for Pulaski. Hermann pitched six innings of no-run, four-hit ball and struck out two. He would not factor into the decision.

Carlton Tanabe mashed his first home run of the year in the sixth inning to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead. The left field blast scored Rafael Fernandez who reached base on a hit by pitch.

Burlington knotted up the score in the bottom of the seventh of Ugueth Urbina (1-2, 6.56 ERA). Manny Olloque and D.J. Burt came home on a double by Leland Clemmons.

The Mariners won the game with a one-run tenth inning. Pulaski scratched across the lone run without the benefit of a hit. Tom Verdi led off the inning by reaching second on a throwing error by Olloque. Two consecutive sacrifice bunts would bring Verdi home.

Trey Cochran-Gill (3-0, 0.00 ERA) struck out the side to close out the contest.

Pulaski now heads to Danville for a crucial series with the Braves. Wednesday’s win at Burlington brings the Mariners within two game of the division-leading Braves who play later tonight against the Kingsport Mets.

Virginia’s Popular Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Returns Friday

 School Supplies, Clothing and Footwear will be Exempt from Sales Tax 

RICHMOND, Va. – It’s time to make your shopping list because Virginia’s popular sales tax holiday for clothing, footwear, and school and office supplies begins Friday.

For the ninth straight year, many clothing items, shoes, and school and office supplies will be sales tax-free during the first full weekend in August, which is Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 3 this year.  It’s a great time to buy what you need while saving some money.

During the three-day event, most school and office supplies that cost $20 or less each, as well as clothing items and pairs of shoes priced at $100 or less each will be exempt from Virginia’s 5.3 percent state and local sales tax.  You’ll save even more in most Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads localities where the sales tax is 6 percent.  For example, if you spend $500 on qualifying items during the sales tax holiday, you’ll save $26.50 for tax exempt purchases.  You’ll save $30 in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

The list of tax-exempt items is the same as last year.  It includes pens, pencils, loose leaf ruled notebook paper, scissors, binders, backpacks, construction paper, sneakers, hats, shirts, dresses, jeans, bathing suits, diapers, T-shirts, and many more items.  There is no requirement that the purchases be made for school purposes.

All retailers who sell the exempt items are required to participate.

The tax-exempt items are available to anyone shopping in the state and there is no limit on the number of products you can buy tax-free, as long as each one qualifies under the guidelines.

“This is an event that benefits both consumers and businesses in Virginia,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe.  “Many families will be sending more than one child off to school soon and this gives them an opportunity to save money on purchases that are necessary to get them ready for class.  It also carries a universal appeal because everyone who wants to buy some clothes or office supplies can benefit during the three days of the holiday.  I urge all Virginians to go out and save some money, while supporting our retail community.”

If you can’t get out to the stores but still want to shop and save, online purchases of qualifying items are also tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday.

During the sales tax holiday, retailers may also choose to save taxpayers even more money by absorbing, or paying themselves, the sales tax on items that are not eligible for exemption.  In past years, many stores have taken advantage of this opportunity and some have sold everything in their stores tax-free.

An all-inclusive list of school and office supplies, a list of exempt clothing and footwear items, guidelines for shoppers and retailers, and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Department’s Sales Tax Holiday Information Center at

Virginia’s other two sales tax holidays are for hurricane preparedness in May, and for energy-efficient appliances and water-saving items in October.

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:


The strike that hit the crowded compound sheltering the war displaced comes amid Israel’s heaviest air and artillery assault in more than three weeks of conflict with Hamas.


Federal rescue workers are hampered by continuing rains and poor roads leading to the village of Ambe in the Maharashtra state where the disaster buried about 40 houses.


Officials in the city of Donetsk say 19 people are dead in fighting between the government forces and pro-Russian separatists.


Stocks take a tumble in Moscow after coordinated sanctions are aimed at increasing pressure on Putin to end his support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.


The measure is intended to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them, and make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department.


The region’s secession campaign promises profound consequences for the country as it emerges from its worst economic crisis in a generation, with the moneymaker as a major driver of growth.


In a weeklong effort by the FBI to rescue child sex trafficking victims last month, 168 juveniles recovered, some as young as 11. Among them was a group that particularly troubles child welfare advocates: those whose disappearance was never made known to authorities.


The country’s Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, it is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts and a police investigation.


The city officials are turning up the heat on Times Square costumed characters in a bid to rein in a summertime spike in badly behaving characters, such as the Spider-Man accused of punching a police officer recently.


Vin Scully, the 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer will return for his record 66th season with the team in 2015.

Obituary for William Dewey (Bill) Graham

William Dewey (Bill) Graham, 74 of Pulaski, died Monday, July 28, 2014 in Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Blacksburg.  He was born on March 11, 1940 in Providence Rhode Island, and was the son of the late Mary Adele Herndon Graham and William Graham obitDewey Graham.  He was a member of the First Christian Church, (DOC).  Bill attended Pulaski County schools, and then granduated from New River Community College.  He was also a former employee of Kroger in Pulaski.  He is survived by nieces and their spouse:  Terri and Rick Spring of Salem, Amy Shoemaker of Salem: a nephew;  Gary (Bo) Graham of Pulaski:  Aunt;  Frances N. Herndon of Roanoke:  special school mates and friends;  Jerry and Betty Anderson of Goldsboro, NC, Charles and Jewel Cutlip Kelly of Smith Mountain Lake:  longtime girlfriend;   Carolyn Puckett of Grahams Forge.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents;  James E. and Alice Ratcliffe Herndon:  paternal grandparents;  Mrs. And Mrs. Charles W. Graham:  a brother;  James Wesley Graham. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Seagle Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m.  Interment will follow in Newbern Cemetery.  Visiting with the family, will be Thursday from Noon until 2:00 p.m.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting   Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski, VA.  540-980-1700

Mariners Win in Burlington 3-1

Three-Run Third Inning Propels Pulaski to Victory


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The Pulaski Mariners (21-17) returned to winning form Tuesday night against the Burlington Royals (18-20). Pulaski took control of the game early on and never relinquished their grip.

Ricardo Pereira (2-2, 2.01) made his second start of the year for Pulaski. Pereira was nearly flawless—surrendering zero runs on three hits. Additionally, Pereira fanned six and earned the victory.

The Royals contributed heavily to their own downfall in the third inning. Errors on consecutive fielding attempts by Burlington starter Niklas Stephenson (1-3, 2.86 ERA) and a walk to Taylor Zeutenhorst loaded the bases.

With the bags loaded, Jay Baum singled into left field to score Zeutenhorst. Wayne Taylor and Daniel Torres brought home to final two runs on a walk and fielders choices, respectively.

Burlington scored once in the eighth inning against Jarrett Brown (1-1, 5.71 ERA), but Brown escaped with minimal damage. Peter Miller (2-1, 1.52 ERA) pitched a perfect ninth inning for his third save of the year.

The two teams play morning baseball tomorrow to decide the outcome of the series. The game is slated for an 11 am start.