Lousiville’s Lamar Jackson wins Heisman Trophy

NEW YORK (AP) — Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.

The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.

Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers was fifth.

Watson, who finished third in Heisman voting last year, led a stacked group of contenders entering this season that included five of the top seven vote-getters in 2015.

Jackson outdid them all in his first season as Louisville’s full-time starter, accounting for 51 touchdowns and averaging 410 yards per game in total offense. He ultimately won going away, with 2,144 points to Watson’s 1,524. By percentage of possible points received, Jackson’s victory was the sixth largest in Heisman history, and he became the youngest winner at 19 years, 352 days.

Jackson is the first Heisman Trophy winner to play on a team that lost its last two games of the regular season since Tim Brown of Notre Dame in 1987. He’s the first to enter the postseason without a chance to win the national title since Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M in 2012.

No matter. Jackson did so much before November it was difficult to deny him the award because of a couple of missteps at the end.

He provided a signature moment against Syracuse, hurdling a defender on his way into the end zone, and then played his best against Louisville’s toughest competition.

In a romp over Florida State and a close loss at Clemson, Jackson threw for 511 yards, ran for 308 and accounted for eight touchdowns. After ripping apart Florida State in September, he earned the stamp of approval from his idol, former Virginia Tech and NFL star Mike Vick.

Jackson left that Oct. 1 game in Death Valley as a threat to run away with the Heisman, but losses to Houston and Kentucky, when he committed four turnovers, in late November provided an opportunity for others to sway voters.

Watson made the biggest surge, but ultimately fell short.

Jackson continues a recent trend of breakout stars winning the Heisman. He is the sixth player to win the award as either a redshirt freshman or sophomore, all since 2007, joining Manziel (redshirt freshman), Jameis Winston (redshirt freshman), Mark Ingram (sophomore), Sam Bradford (sophomore) and Tim Tebow (sophomore).

Jackson came to Louisville as a three-star recruit from Boynton Beach High School in Florida. Some colleges were not sold on him as a quarterback, but Jackson was such a dynamic talented Louisville coach Bobby Petrino altered his offense to accommodate Jackson’s speed and elusiveness.

Jackson flashed brilliance as a freshman and showed what was to come in the Music City Bowl against Texas A&M. He had 453 total yards and led Louisville to a victory.

Still, with so many well-established stars from Watson and Mayfield to running backs Christian McCaffrey of Stanford, Dalvin Cook of Florida State and Leonard Fournette of LSU, Jackson entered the season without much fanfare.

Just the way he likes it.

Jackson spent this season adjusting to newfound fame, growing into the role of face of the team and trying to stay out of the spotlight. He said he cut down on trips to the mall to avoid the inevitable crowds he drew.

He is about to become even more popular. Especially back in Louisville, where he has another year before he can even consider his next big jump — to the NFL.


High School State Championship Results

By The Associated Press

State Championships

Class 6A

Westfield 34, Oscar Smith 28, 2OT

Class 5A
State Championship

Highland Springs 35, Stone Bridge 29

Class 4A

Salem 31, Dinwiddie 27

Class 3A

Blacksburg 28, Staunton River 20

Class 2A

Appomattox 42, Richlands 7

Class 1A

Riverheads 49, Sussex Central 6

Obituary for Sandra June “Joe” Mabe

Sandra June “Joe” Mabe, age 63 of Pulaski went to be with the Lord Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at home. Born June 12, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Fred Lincoln Mabe & Dorothy Gravely Mabe. She was also preceded in death by a brother, William Mabe and one sister, Memphis “Sis” Mabe. She worked for Lowe’s Home Improvement until retiring with 20 years of service.

She is survived by

Sisters – Ruthie Mabe Simpkins – Pulaski, Dorothy Darlene Hopkins – FL,

Brother – Sam Mabe – Pulaski,

Nieces and Nephews Elaine (Wes) Roop, Janet (Tim) McPeake, Billy (Leah) Mabe, Shelly (Doug) Lawrimore, Richard (Valerie) Hopkins, James (Melissa) Farley, Steve (Trish) Farley, Kenny (Lisa) Farley

Special Pet – Katy Lynn

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM – Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski. Interment will be private.

The family will receive friends one hour before service time Saturday at the Funeral Home with Pastor David Vance officiating. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com Bower Funeral Homes-Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.

Volvo Trucks Awards a Volvo Highway Tractor to Pulaski County Schools


Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) Assembly Plant is awarding a 2009 Volvo highway tractor (above) to Pulaski County High Schools for the creation of curriculum for high school students to learn fundamental truck systems, assembly and repair techniques. Franky Marchand, vice president and general manager of NRV (bottom left), presented the tractor to Pulaski County Schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin Siers (bottom right) during the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at NRV.

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) Assembly Plant is awarding a 2009 Volvo highway tractor featuring a Volvo D16, a 16-liter 600 horsepower engine, to Pulaski County High Schools for the creation of curriculum where high school students can learn fundamental truck systems, assembly and repair techniques.

volvo-trucks-pulaski-county-schools-2“Securing a sustainable future for our families, communities and business partners starts here in the New River Valley Plant with the education and development of our youth,” said Franky Marchand, vice president and general manager of NRV.  “As professional truck builders, our people deliver premier products and strive to assure the ultimate customer experience through continuous improvement and personal development.”

The tractor will be awarded at noon Dec. 8 at NRV in conjunction with the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

“We work to inspire the next generation of truck builder through community- and industrial-based events, such as National Manufacturing Day,” Marchand said.  “Activities based on the sciences and engineering are one way to lay the foundation for jobs in the future.  Add hands-on training in manufacturing to the educational mix and you create a win-win opportunity for the student and our community.”

Obituary for Jennifer June Goins Greer

Jennifer June Goins Greer, age 46 of Fairlawn passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 after a lenghtly illness.

She was the daughter of June Hawks Goins and the late Charles Thompson Goins. Jennifer graduated from Radford University with a B.A. degree in English.

She is survived by

Husband – Daniel Patrick Greer-Fairlawn

Son – Jacob Benjamin Greer-of the home

Mother – June Hawks Goins-Pulaski

Brother – Christopher Goins-Pulaski

Memorial services will be held Saturday, 11:00 A.M, December 10, 2016. In the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the Humane Society of Pulaski County, P.O. Box 1046, Dublin, VA. 24084.

To sign the online guestbook, visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com

Arrangements Bower Funeral Home ,Pulaski

Radford Police Seek Assistance Identifying Two Individuals

pr-identify-two-males1-copyThe Radford City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance identifying pr-identify-two-males3-copytwo men in the pictures. The men are being sought in connection with a recently reported larceny. The men are pictured wearing a red sweatshirt and Cleveland Cavaliers basketball jersey. Anyone with information on the identity of these men may contact Detective McClanahan at 540-267-3211. Alternatively, anonymous tips may be left at 540-731-5040.




Obituary for Garry Wayne O’Dell

Garry Wayne O’Dell, age 63 of Hiwassee passed away Monday, December 5, 2016 at his home.

Born November 29, 1953 in Pulaski County he was the son of the late Irvin Clarence O’Dell and Phoebe Ann Dean O’Dell. Several brothers and sisters also preceded him in death.

He is survived by his


Kenneth O’Dell – VA

Byron O’Dell – TN

Brothers & Sisters

Sylvia Lanier – Pulaski

Cletis (Patsy) O’Dell – Draper

Randolph (Nancy) O’Dell – Hiwassee

Geraldine (John) Hayes – Dublin

Eloise (Randy) O’Dell – Dublin

Kenneth O’Dell – Raleigh, NC

A memorial service for Gary will be held 2:00 PM-Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Max Creek Baptist Church, Draper with Pastor Mike Coleman officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour before service time at the church

To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com

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

Obituary for Lucy Jane Butler Redd

Lucy Jane Butler Redd, age 94 of 832 4th Street, Pulaski passed away Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Lewis-Gale Hospital, Pulaski.

Born May 27, 1922 in Draper, Virginia she was the daughter of the late James & Ada Shucks.

Her husband, James Redd, sons – Joseph and Richard (Dickie) Redd, granddaughter, Sue Lockett, grandson, Bradley Williams, great grandson, Jordan Smith also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her  


Elizabeth Peoples – Pulaski

Shelva (Everett) Parks – Pembroke

Madeline Howard – Princeton, WV

Mary Brooks – Pulaski

Edith (Anthony) Boysaw – Pulaski

James (Drema) Redd – Pulaski

Charlotte (Jerry) Montgomery – Pembroke

William Thomas Redd – Pulaski

Kathy Williams – Pembroke

Brenda Redd – Pulaski

Daughter-in-law              Shirley Redd – Dublin

38 Grandchildren            29 Great Grandchildren                2 Great Great Grandchildren


Frances Muse – Roanoke


Sarah Redd – Roanoke

Many nieces, nephew and cousins

Special Friends

Toby & Annabel Turman

Pam Hensley

Carolyn Hodges & Family

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM-Friday, December 9, 2016 at the First Baptist Church on Magazine Street, Pulaski with Rev. Doug Patterson officiating.

A private interment will follow at the Shucks Cemetery – Barren Springs.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Church.

To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com

Bower Funeral Homes – Pulaski is handling arrangement for the Redd Family.


Obituary for Tammy Yvonne Prescott Johnson

Tammy Yvonne Prescott Johnson, age 53 of Pulaski passed away Monday, December 5, 2016 at her home. Born September 6, 1963 in Radford she was the daughter of James Lucas Prescott and the late Janice Lee Davis Prescott.

She is survived by her


James Lucas “Lukie” & Lois Goodman Prescott – Dublin


Donald Lee Johnson – Pulaski


Jeremiah Lucas Johnson – Pulaski

April Dawn Alley – Pulaski

Curtis Edward Johnson – Pulaski


Jessica Alley, Kacey Alley, Zack Johnson, Jeremiah Johnson, Leyland Johnson

Great Grandson         Andrevious Powell


James Prescott – Pulaski

John (Michea) Prescott – Pulaski


Debra (David) Osborne – Richlands

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM – Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski with Rev. David Osborne officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM – Thursday evening at the Funeral Home.

To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com

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

Obituary for Edna Smith Craig Fleeman Haley

Edna Smith Craig Fleeman Haley, age 94, of Pulaski, VA died Monday morning, December 5, 2016 at Highland Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Dublin.  She was born on September 15, 1922 in Pulaski County, and was the daughter of the late Roy Garnett and Fronia Carroll Smith.  Mrs. Haley was preceded in death by her son, Roy Garnett (R.G.) Craig, Sr; two cherished husbands, Pierce Garland Fleeman (1980) and Merle V. (Jim) Haley (1999); brothers, Garland Ray and Arland Roy Smith; a sister, Agnes Smith Crawford; a special cousin, Arnold Jordan (A.J.) Smith, Jr, and sister-in-law, Nellie Woods Smith.  She was retired from Jefferson Mills as a Lab Technician, and she worked during World War II and many years thereafter at the Radford Army Ammunitions Plant.  She is survived by her grandson Roy Garnett Craig, Jr., and his wife Kelli, and great-grandson Joshua Craig of  Fishers, Indiana; a brother, Stuart H. and his wife Virginia Smith of Draper, a sister Jean (Smith) and brother-in-law Fred Eiler of Knoxville; a daughter-in-law Iris (Penny) Craig of Noblesville, Indiana; nephews Jon and his wife Renee of Knoxville, and, Mark, and his wife Mitzi, great-nieces Lauren and Madison, and great-nephew Christopher Eiler of Knoxville, cousin-in-law Patricia Smith of Pulaski, a step-daughter Barbara (Haley) and her husband Lawrence Tuck II of Harrogate, Tennessee; and step-grandchildren, Lawrence and his wife, Lisa Tuck III of Knoxville, and Dana and her husband, Tim McDaniel of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Visitation will be Thursday evening, Dec. 8 from 6 – 8 pm at Seagle Funeral Home, 415 N. Jefferson Ave. Pulaski, VA 24301.  Funeral services will be Friday Dec. 9 at 3:00 p.m. officiated by Dennis Kinnan and Steve Marshall.  Interment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.  540-980-1700