Obituary for Robert Lee Harvey

Robert Lee Harvey, age 80 of Dublin passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015 at his home.

Born July 9, 1934 in Flattop, West Virginia he was the son of the late Henry Harvey and Ida Smart Harvey.

He is survived by his


Janet Louise Harvey – Dublin


Robert Lee (Melissa) Harvey, Jr. – Winchester, VA

Richard Lynn (Rochelle) Harvey – Columbia, SC


Casey Harvey              Caroline Harvey

Nathan Long                Katrina Harvey

Keanna Warmsely


Frank (Shirley) Harvey – Fruitland Park, FL 

Many nieces and nephews 

Sadly missed by his pet


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM – Tuesday at the Dublin United Methodist Church with Rev. Kathy Parker Wilson officiating.

To send the family online condolences, visit

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

Brewster to address graduates at NRCC’s 46th annual commencement


New River Community College’s 46th annual commencement will take place on Friday, May 15, in 117 Edwards Hall on the NRCC campus in Dublin. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Thomas Brewster

Dr. Thomas Brewster

Dr. Thomas Brewster will address the graduates. Brewster serves as Superintendent for Pulaski County Public Schools. He had previously served the school system as Deputy Superintendent of Schools. Brewster has also served as a teacher, principal and university professor.

As Superintendent, Brewster has worked to strengthen the partnership with New River Community College by expanding dual enrollment opportunities and opening the first Governor’s STEM Academy in Pulaski County. During his tenure, Pulaski County Public Schools has been designated National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education, a National Distinguished Title I School two years in a row by the United States Department of Education, and was successful in being awarded 1st place in the Virginia School Board Association Green School Challenge. Brewster was also the recipient of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Business Executive of the Year award.

Brewster recently served on the Education Transition Team for Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe, and was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Community College Board. He had been appointed by Governor Kaine to the Virginia State Board of Education in 2006.

Brewster was born and raised in Virginia and educated in Virginia’s public schools and universities. He holds degrees from Bluefield College, Radford University and completed his doctorate at Virginia Tech. Brewster currently resides in Falls Mills, Virginia, with his wife, Debra, and three daughters (London, Sahara and Milan).

Approximately 450 degrees, diplomas and certificates will be conferred during the ceremony.

A live-feed of the commencement ceremony will be provided on NRCC-TV (channel 2, Pulaski County only) and over the internet via NRCC’s website at

Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the T.J. Anderson Student Lounge on the lower level of Martin Hall with music provided by The Old Pros Big Band Orchestra.

NRCC’s associate degree nursing program will hold a separate pinning and graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 13.


Obituary for Debra Austin Leighton

Debra Austin Leighton  With a heavy heart but feeling so, so, lucky to have had her in our lives for as long as we did, we share with you that Debra Austin Leighton died peacefully Thursday, April 23, 2015 Leighton obit picsurrounded by the love and support of so many of her family and friends.  She is survived by her husband David Leighton of Fairlawn, her children Nicki Leighton, Jeremy Leighton and Shanna Leighton; parents, Bunk and Mary Austin of Radford, her sister Donna Wickline of Radford, her brother Greg Austin of Asheville, NC, and her grandchildren Eleanor Scardina, McKenzie and Mareya Leighton and many other loving relatives, friends, and children she took into the home and loved.  Always the life of the party and radiating positivity and love we will honor her wishes with a small ceremony at the Christiansburg Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., with family receiving friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. and a celebration of her life and spirit will be Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. at Bull and Bones at the River located in the clubhouse of the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech.  Constantly giving and thinking of others, we ask that you remember by making a donation to the Ronald McDonald House in Durham, Micah’s Backpack, or Heifer International in lieu of flowers.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.  540-980-1700

Obituary for Robert D. Yonce

Robert D.  Yonce, age 80 formerly of Pulaski passed away Saturday,April 25, 2015.

He lived  all of his life in Pulaski (891 Dillon Street last address), until November, 2013, when he went to live with his son and daughter-in-law in Kingston, TN, due to health reasons.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Jean Via Yonce, and his two grandchildren, Christopher Dale Yonce, and Stephanie Charlene Yonce. He was  also preceded by his father, Joe Yonce, and mother, Eliza Millirons Yonce, as well as three sisters, Vada Edwards, Beulah Viars, and Viola Davis.

He was a long time employee of Canteen Vending at his retirement, and previously worked for Pepsi Cola.
He was also a long time member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Pulaski.

He is survived by his only child,Michael Yonce and wife,Debbie;a nephew ,Robert Viars;
Sister -in-law, Darlene Covey and niece,Cindy Pagans.

Funeral services will be Tuesday 2:00 pm , April 28, 2015 in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Scott Robertson-Gouge officiating. Interment will follow at Thornspring Cemetery,Pulaski.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:00 pm until service time.

To send online condolences,visit
Bower Funeral Home,Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the Yonce family.

Radford police investigating home invasion, robbery

Lt. R. A. Wilburn             

Radford City Police Department

At approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Radford City Police were called to the 400 Block of Sanford Street in reference to a home invasion and robbery that had just occurred.

Upon arrival, officers were advised that two males entered the residence, displayed handguns and demanded money and cell phones.

The victims described the white male as approximately 6′ tall wearing a grey hoodie and the black male approximately 5’ 5” tall wearing a dark hoodie. Both subjects covered their faces during the robbery.

The victims, two females and one male ranging in age from 20-22 years old, were not injured during the robbery. Several items were removed from the residence.

This case is under investigation. Anyone with information in regards to this crime is asked to call the Radford City Police Department at (540) 267-3212.

NPS: report shows 23 million visited Va. attractions

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The National Park Service says its Virginia attractions saw nearly 23 million visitors in 2014.

A report released Thursday by the park service shows that those visitors spent nearly $1 billion in the state, resulting in 14,753 jobs.

The sesquicentennial of the Civil War was marked at many national parks in Virginia, including Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park and Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Nationwide, the report says about 30 percent of visitor spending was for lodging, followed by food and beverages at about 20 percent.

Obituary for Bonnie June Stoots Combs

Bonnie June Stoots Combs, age 68 of Pulaski passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in the Lewis Gale Hospital-Salem.

Born December 2, 1946 in Pulaski, she was the daughter of the late Lona Mae Stoots. She was also preceded in death by one Son, William Combs and Aunt, Amanda Craig.

She was retired from Jefferson Mills, Pulaski with over 30 years of service.

She is survived by her


Carolyn Combs Parlier-Draper

Bobby Combs-Pulaski.

Missie Reese & husband, Russell Reese-Pulaski

Susan Sadler- Pulaski

Five Grandchildren

Chelsea Rupe, Bradley Rupe, Christopher Combs, Casey Reese and Sammi Reese




Mary Jean

Loving Companion-

Ben Cartrette- Pulaski

Funeral services will be held Saturday 2:00 p.m., April 25, 2015 in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with Rev. Jerry Collins officiating.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Pulaski.

To send online condolences, visit

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

Obama says he takes full responsibility for hostage deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he takes “full responsibility” for a counterterrorism operation that inadvertently killed an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida.

Obama says he profoundly regrets the deaths of Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto.

The president says the men were killed during a mission that targeted an al-Qaida compound in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He says the mission was “fully consistent” with guidelines for conducting counterterrorism missions in the region.

Obama says there was no information showing the hostages were being held at the al-Qaida compound.

Bond denied for Va. mom whose son was found in septic tank

PULASKI, Va. (AP) — A judge has denied bond for a Pulaski County woman whose 5-year-old son was found dead in a septic tank.

Media outlets report that Pulaski County Circuit Court Bradley Finch said he believes Ashley Jennifer White is a flight risk.

Finch’s decision came Tuesday on a bond appeal by White. A Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge had denied White bond last week.

White and her husband, Paul Thomas, each face two counts of felony child abuse and neglect.

One charge involves the couple’s son, Noah, whose body was found March 26 in the septic tank on the family’s property. Prosecutors say they’re awaiting the results of autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The other charge is linked to the couple’s infant daughter.

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