Paul Torgersen, former Va. Tech president, dies at 83

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Tech President Paul Torgersen has died. He was 83.

University spokesman Larry Hincker said Torgersen died Sunday night. The cause of death was not immediately released. Hincker said Torgersen had experienced two bouts of cancer.

Torgersen served for two decades as dean of the College of Engineering before becoming Virginia Tech’s 14th president in 1993. The university’s Advanced Communications Information Technology Center building was named Torgersen Hall after he retired in 2000.

His wife of 60 years, Dorothea “Dot” Torgersen, died in October.

The Country Boys and the Dry Hill Draggers to perform at NRCC jamboree in April

The Country Boys

The Country Boys

Dry Hill Draggers

Dry Hill Draggers

The Country Boys and the Dry Hill Draggers will perform at New River Community College’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club jamboree on Saturday, April 11. The show will begin at 6 p.m. in Edwards Hall at NRCC in Dublin.

The Country Boys have been playing traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music throughout North Carolina and Virginia for over 40 years. The band originally formed in the late 1960s, with several lineup changes throughout the years. The present band is made up of Donald Clifton, Johnny Joyce, Tim Bowman, Billy Hawks, Kevin Easter and Doug Joyce. The band cites the Country Gentleman and the Osborne Brothers as some of their musical influences.

The Dry Hill Draggers have been playing old-time music for more than 30 years, travelling up and down the east coast, performing from New York to Alabama. Today, the band is the “new generation” Dry Hill Draggers and members are still carrying on the old-time sound of the Appalachian region with three second generation members: Stacy Boyd on doghouse bass, Jamie Boyd on claw-hammer banjo and vocals, and Jason Hambrick on guitar and vocals. The band also includes outstanding fiddle player Chris Prillaman. All the band’s members were born and raised in Franklin County and most reside there today.

Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include Anderson Audiology, Dublin; CVS Pharmacy, Dublin; Duncan Ford Lincoln Mazda, Blacksburg; Estes Auto & Truck Parts Inc., Pilot; Gregory Seeding Landscaping Company; King’s Tire Service, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Dublin; Pulaski Patriot, Pulaski; Shoney’s Restaurant, Dublin; Southern Furniture Warehouse, Radford; Southwest Outdoor Power Equipment, Radford; Trader’s Emporium and Jewelry Services, Dublin; UAW Veterans Local 2069 and Wade’s Supermarket.

The doors open at 5 p.m. for the show. There is no charge for admission; however, donations will be accepted to help pay travel expenses for the musicians. The jamborees are held the second Saturday of each month through April at NRCC, a Crooked Road affiliated venue.

More information about the NRCC Fiddle, Banjo, and Dance Club is available from Roger Adkins at 674-3600, ext. 4307, and online at .

Obituary for Brenda Gail Thornton Wilson

Brenda Gail Thornton Wilson, age 68 of Max Meadows passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015 at her home. Born February 23, 1947 in Radford she was the daughter of the late James Isaac Thornton & Iva Anna Cressell Thornton. Her daughter; Bridgette Nicole Wilson, grandson; Devon Isaac Akers and mother-in-law; Hazel Wilson also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her

Husband- Gordon Leon Wilson – Max Meadows

Children- Daniel Leon Wilson & Pamela Ann Cook – Max Meadows, Denise Wilson Sutphin – Max Meadows, Dawn Annette Smith & David Lee Smith – Wytheville, JoHanna Brooke Godbey & Christopher Scott Godbey – Dublin.

10 Grandchildren ,13 Great Grandchildren.

Brothers- James Allen & Connie Thornton – Pulaski, Donald Andrew & Lora Thornton – Pulaski, John Franklin & Cindy Thornton – Dublin.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM – Thursday, April 2, 2015 in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with Bishop Shad Wheatley officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM Wednesday evening at the Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.

To send the family your online condolences, visit

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

Memorial fund established for Noah Thomas

A memorial fund has been established for Noah Thomas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Noah Thomas Memorial Fund at National Bank of Blacksburg, 900 Memorial Drive, Pulaski, Virginia 24301 or any branch of National Bank.

Donated funds will be used to pay final expenses for Noah, with the remainder being placed in a trust for his little sister, Abigail.

Obituary for Noah Terry Thomas

 Noah Terry Thomas, age 5 of Dublin was found Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Born June 26, 2009 in Christiansburg, he was the son of Paul Thomas and Ashley White .He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Terry White and Paternal Grandmother and Grandfather, Ellen Fostek and Paul Thomas, Jr.

noahThomasHe was a kindergarten student at Riverlawn Elementary School in Fairlawn. Noah was in many ways your typical 5 year old boy. He liked to ride his bike, play with nerf guns and pretend he was Spider Man. He loved playing basketball and was especially excited when his team got to play against his cousin’s team.

Noah was very adamant when he found out that his sibling was going to be a sister, that in fact, he was having a brother.  It didn’t take long for him to fall in love with her and cherished his role as her big brother. What made him so special was his infectious smile and laugh. Noah’s smile was the type that could melt your heart and make you smile in return. He was carefree, happy, and loving. He usually would not leave you without a big kiss and a hug.

The family of Noah appreciates all the love and support this community and beyond has shown. Your thoughts, prayers and well wishes could not have been expressed on a better person than Noah. All who knew him would agree he was an angel on earth, and now his smiling face will forever be watching over us.

He is survived by his


Paul Thomas & Ashley White – Dublin

Little Sister

Abigail Thomas – Dublin

Maternal Grandmother

Sharon White – Fairlawn

Maternal Great Aunt

Denise Cales – Fairlawn

Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, neighbors, teachers and special friends.  

Funeral services will be held Wednesday 11:00 AM – April 1, 2015 at the Dublin United Methodist Church., 424 East Main Street, Dublin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Noah Thomas Memorial Fund at National Bank of Blacksburg, 900 Memorial Drive, Pulaski, Virginia 24301 or any branch of National Bank.

To sign the online guestbook, visit

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

Radford University President Penelope Kyle to retire in 2016

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle plans to retire next year.

Kyle and Rector Michael Wray announced on Monday that her retirement is effective on June 30, 2016. The Board of Visitors approved Kyle’s plan to retire on Saturday.

She has served since 2005 and is Radford’s first female president.

Wray says in a news release that Kyle has been a strong advocate of the university. He says her efforts have resulted in unprecedented support in funding capital construction and renovation projects, along with introducing new degrees and programs.

Wray says the board has begun planning for the search process to find a new president.

Obituary for Howard Ray “Spud” Chrisley

Howard Ray “Spud” Chrisley, age 69 of Max Meadows, Virginia passed away

Friday March 27, 2015 at Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem, Virginia after

a long illness due to Post Polio Syndrome. He was born on February 28, 1946

in Draper, Virginia to the late John Henry and Emma Lou Chrisley. He was

preceded in death by his brother Jesse Worrell and sister Mary Helen Asbury.        .

Devoted loving father, grandpapa and brother is survived by his daughter and

son-in-law, Sherri and Brad Williams of Max Meadows, son Jestin Ray Chrisley

of Max Meadows. Grandchildren Lauren, Ashley, Ali and Malachi Williams, Cora

and Emma Chrisley, siblings and spouses William (Bill) and Barbara Chrisley

of Dublin, Chris Chrisley and Chuck Boles of Harrisonburg, Emily and Rick

Ancik of Harrisonburg, Darlene and Jeff Davison of Harrisonburg, and several

nieces and nephews as well as special friends Dreama and Lacy Bowman,

Stephanie Boatman and family.

Spud will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

The family extends gratitude to the staff at Highland Ridge Rehabilitation

Center of Dublin, Lewis Gale Hospital of Pulaski and Lewis Gale Medical

Center of Salem for their compassionate loving care.


Celebration of Life will be held at Draper Valley Pentecostal Holiness

Church on Thursday April 9, 2015 at 7 pm officiated Rev. Mike Ingo.

The family will receive friends from 5 pm until service begins.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions, may be made in honor of Howard

“Spud” Chrisley to Lead Mines Rescue Squad 1057 Fort Chiswell Road Max

Meadows VA 24360 or Highland Ridge Rehabilitation Center 5872 Hanks Ave.

Dublin VA 24084.

Arrangements are being handled by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski and flowers

by Ideal Florist, Hillsville.

Davis: Efforts in Thomas case now turn to a death investigation

Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis released the following statement during a press briefing this morning:

Yesterday afternoon, myself and the FBI announced during a press conference that the body of Noah Thomas was recovered in a septic system near the family home in the Highland Road section of our county.

While we are saddened with this discovery, at this time our investigation will continue into the cause of Noah’s untimely death.  The initial phase of this investigation began with the report of a missing child and now efforts are being focused on a death investigation.

Jim Davis (web)On behalf of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the citizen of this county, I would like to extend my appreciation to the FBI, the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Emergency Services, and the Pulaski and Dublin police departments.  And I would like to thank the various local fire and rescue departments, a large number of professional search and rescue teams with trained specialty dogs, law enforcement officers from numerous surrounding agencies and hundreds of volunteer searchers and support workers.

I especially thank the Highland Road area residents and the numerous media outlets for their cooperation and help during this tragic event.

Moving forward this investigation will be focused on facts and physical evidence and it will not be driven by speculation nor rumors.  Official comments regarding this investigation will solely be released by my office,m and at such a time that a significant development occurs.  I ask that you would be cautious with rumors and speculation in reference to Noah’s death, as these statements often add more confusion and divert valuable investigative manpower.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with the FBI as we enter this phase of our investigation and we would like to encourage citizens to continue to provide us with any information or tips that may be helpful to our ongoing investigation. Please call our office at 540-980-7800.

Sheriff Jim Davis,

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office

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