The Hometown Paper of Phillip TickleYour daily hometown newspaper, still operated and printed locally since 1906www.southwesttimes.comWednesday, May 10, 2017SPORTS50 Jefferson Yarns closed, but not dead yetBy MELINDA WILLIAMSA manufacturingfixture in Pulaskisince 1938, Jefferson Yarns(formerly JeffersonMills) has closedits doors, althoughhope still existsthat the textileplant can securenew financing andreopen [email protected] surgeThe president of one of Pulaski’s last textile industriesconfirmed Tuesday the plant has shut down, but he isn’tready to drive a nail in the business’ coffin yet.Marc Bishop, a 22-year employee of Jefferson YarnsInc., said the Valley Street plant was shut down Fridayafter a North Carolina financier decided to cut off funding. Without finances, there was no choice but to ceasesee YARNS page 3Plenty of PCHS Cougarsfound their way to theplate early in Tuesday’sgame against Blacksburg.Joblessnumbersnot whatthey seemINSIDEBy BROOKE J. [email protected] fetePCHS choirs present theirannual spring concertThursday at the highschool’s Little Theatre.Courtesy photoGood SamaritanAlertness, quick thinkingand a willingness to act bya school employee averteda possible vehicle tragedy.Several members of Radford University’s Department of Geology faculty and student Antonio Conde were joined by RU President Brian O. Hemphill (far left) and Dean of the ArtisCollege of Science and Technology Orion Rogers (far right) to present geological maps toarea Boy Scouts, Scout leaders and directors at the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation.Radford University geology departmentdonates maps to local Scout reservationRAnother recordThe Nasdaq compositeindex soared to anotherrecord, offsetting strugglesby energy stocks.Miss your paper?Want to advertise?Have a story idea?Call 980-5220 M-F8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.The Southwest Times 50 ADFORD – As a communityservice project, a team of RadfordUniversity Department of Geology faculty and students has beenmapping the geology of the 14,000-acre BlueRidge Scout Reservation in Pulaski County.After several years of research and mapping, the group completed the project andrecently presented two framed geological maps to area Scouts and Scout leadersduring a ceremony in Radford University’sCenter for the Sciences.Preparation for the project began in late2015. Field work followed in spring 2016.Geology student Antonio Conde compiledthe map using GIS, ArcMap and Adobe Illustrator. He also used the team’s mapping,a 1968 map from a Ph.D. dissertation bysee MAPS page 3Although the U.S. Department of Labor is reporting an all-time highin job openings, therewas an uptick in the jobless rate across many localities in the New RiverValley for March.“Volvo had a temporary layoff of both shiftsin March, and a lot ofpeople in the NRV workthere. Of course, this alsoimpacts local suppliers tothe company,” explainsPhyllis Conner, managerof the Virginia Employment Commission’s Radford office.Pulaski County’s unemployment rate increased from 5.1 percent in February to 7.5percent in March. Thesecond highest NRVincrease belonged toWythe County, whichwent from 5.8 to 6.8 percent between Februaryand March.According to the Labor Department, theU.S. saw 5.7 million jobopenings in March, oneof the highest rates sincethey began tracking thisdata in 2000. However,most of the openingsare for skilled labor jobssuch as electricians andsee JOBS page 2Arrests made in alleged gambling operationBy MELINDA [email protected] — Two North Carolinawomen are being held without bond at theNew River Valley Regional Jail on chargesthey were running an illegal gambling operation in Hillsville.Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce saysthe arrests of Candy Elmore Campbell, 41,and Crystal Gayle Neeley, 34, both of Statesville, N.C., were the result of a week-longCandyElmoreCampbellCrystalGayleNeeleynot provide details ofundercover investigation byhis department.Anycash,illegal devicesor other itemsused for gamblingwereconfiscated,accordingtoYonce. He didthe type of gamblingoperation it was alleged to be.The women were arrested at 231 Farmers Market Road, Suite 6, in Hillsville, butYonce did not specify whether that was thelocation of the alleged operation.Neeley and Campbell are charged withconducting an illegal gambling operation,aiding and abetting the operation of an illegal gambling operation, allowing illegalgambling to be conducted without notifyingsee ARRESTS page 3

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 PAGE 2 www.southwesttimes.comWEATHERToday’s weatherForecast for Wednesday, May 10, olk72/58N.C. 2017 AccuWeather, Inc.TODAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYShowers likely, withthunderstorms alsopossible and a highnear 75. Showersovernight, with a lowaround 57.Showers likely, withthunderstorms alsopossible and a highnear 68. Showerslikely overnight, witha low around 51.Pulaski County High School choral director Angela Talbert (center) and thePCHS choirs.PCHS spring concert features choirsBy BROOKE J. [email protected] Pulaski County HighSchool choral department presentsits annual spring concert at 7 p.m.Thursday.The show at PCHS’ Little Theatre features about 60 studentsfrom the advanced concert choir,ladies ensemble and beginningconcert choir.“The choirs will present a widevariety of music that is sure toplease everyone in attendance,”Partly sunny, with achance of showerssays Angela Talbert, PCHS choral the Disco, and the advanced choir and a high near 76.director. “As expected, there will be women will perform “All I Need is Chance of showersselections from traditional choral an Angel” from “Grease Live.”overnight, with a lowliterature as well as a few Broadway“There will truly be something around There will also be some familiar music that may be a bit unexpected.”She explains that the boys ofthe choral department will perform the classic “In the Still of theNight” by Boyz II Men, while theladies ensemble will rock out toBon Jovi’s “Livin’ On a Prayer.”The beginning choir will sing“Nine in the Afternoon” by Panic atfor everyone no matter their tastein music,” Talbert assures. “Ifyou’re looking for a great eveningof entertainment, this is a performance you will enjoy. It will be anight of great music and great funfor the entire family.”Theater doors open at 6:30 p.m.Admission is free, and donationsare gladly accepted. Call 540-6430747.Openings remain for golf tournamentBy BROOKE J. [email protected] are stillavailable for golf teamswanting to participatein the second annualEdna Loftus Young LifeGolf Tournament set forFriday.The 18-hole, par 3 golftournament begins at 10a.m. with a putting contest at Draper Valley GolfClub. Lunch is scheduledfor noon, followed by a 1p.m. shotgun start.Prizes will be awardedfor first-, second- andthird-place teams. Prizeswill be awarded on all 18holes, and someone canwin a car for a hole-inone.Money raised throughthe golf tourney go to thelocal branch of YoungLife, a nondenominational, international Christianoutreach started in 1939by a young seminar-ian and minister in Texas.Proceeds are earmarkedspecifically for the summer camp program ofRadski, the RadfordPulaski branch of YoungLife.Although the Radski branch has held thetournament for 13 years,this is the second year theevent has been held as theEdna Loftus Young LifeGolf Tournament. Loftus, who passed April 18,2016, became involvedwith planning the annualtournament from the moment she joined YoungLife.Thevolunteer-ledprogram is comprised ofcollege student and adultleaders sharing the minis-try with non-churchgoinghigh schoolers, many ofthemunderprivileged.The teens are invited to aclub meeting each weekin Dublin or Radford forfellowship, games and afree meal.Students from Radford University, most ofwhom were once teensin the program, are nowthe leaders who spendthe most time with Radski teens. The programrecently expanded intoDalton Intermediate andDublin Middle School.“They invest timesand their lives with theseyoung people, befriendingthem, hanging out withthem, taking them places,helping them work,” saysLynn Loftus, the daughterof Edna Loftus.The summer camp is 600 per student, but, shesays, that includes chartering a bus, horsebackriding, zip-lining, moun-JOBScontinued from page 1carpenters. The shortageof electricians is driving up wages as employers compete to fill theiropenings.“A list of factors areactually contributing tothe unemployment ratelocally,” Conner says.As she explains, sincethe information is usuallygathered around the 12thof each month, layoffsand unemployment signups that occur aroundthat time will influencethe final numbers.“It doesn’t mean theentire month had a highunemployment rate,” sheadds.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,Local Area Unemployment Stats (LAUS) datafor counties is determined by a buildingblock approach calledthe “handbook method.” This method relieson data from severalsources – Central Population Survey, CurrentLabor Force Estimates,Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the state’s unemployment insurancesystems. City rates aredetermined by the ACS,annual population esti-mates and UI data.MontgomeryandFloyd counties only increased one-tenth of apercent to 3.8 and 4.1, respectively, between February and March. CarrollCounty increased from5.1 to 5.7 percent.Radford’s jobless rateactually decreased, goingfrom 5.3 to 4.9 percentin March. Giles Countyalso decreased, goingfrom 4.9 to 4.6 percentbetween February andMarch. The state’s unemployment figures also decreased, dropping twotenths of a percent to 3.8in March. The nationalunemployment rate decreased two-tenths of apercent to 4.5 for March.According to VirginiaLabor Market data, 1,221individuals in the Blacks-burg, Christiansburg andRadford area filed unemployment insuranceclaims in March, or 259more than filed in February. In Pulaski County,586 individuals filed unemployment insuranceclaims in March, whichis 178 more than filedthan February.Although the finalnumbers aren’t out forApril, Conner says thepreliminary data indicates a decline in claimsfiled for Pulaski County.“The data, along withadditional information,shows that the surge inunemployment claimsin March was temporary,which should result inlower local unemployment rates once they areposted for April,” Connersays.tain biking and more.The golf tournamententry fee is 300 per team.Mulligans and Red Teesare each 5, with a maximum of four per team.Sponsorships are stillavailable.To register a team, goto com or

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 PAGE 3 www.southwesttimes.comOBITUARIESCOMMUNITY CALENDARTodayRenter ed. workshop setNew River Community Action issponsoring a free renter educationworkshop for individuals and businessowners from noon to 2 p.m. at PulaskiLibrary, 60 Third St. N.W., Pulaski.Refreshments are provided. Register atleast two days prior to the workshop at980-5525 or [email protected] Story Time setPreschool Story Time for childrenages 2 to 5 is 11 a.m. at Pulaski Libraryon Third Street in Pulaski. Youngerand older siblings also are welcome.No registration is necessary.ThursdayRetired teachers meetThe Pulaski County Retired Teachersmeet at 5 p.m. at Shoney’s in Dublin.Mary Catherine Stout will presentthe program “The Battle of Cloyd’sFarm,” and how it affected the NewRiver Valley. Call Barbara Laymanat 540-980-1496 or Elinor Farmer at549-239-1601.Bluegrass jam session setA bluegrass jam session for playersof all ages is 6 to 8 p.m. each Thursday. The event is at the Pulaski Senior Center, across the street fromthe Post Office. Join the jam by playing an instrument or singing, or justlisten. Call John White at 440-0459or John McElroy at 320-3688.Democrats meetPulaski County Democrats meetat 6:30 p.m. in the General DistrictCourt Room at the Pulaski CountyCourthouse, 45 Third St. NW, Pulaski. Among the agenda items is elec-tion of a secretary. Contact SuzanneBowen, chair of the Pulaski Democratic Party, at 540-980-4664 or [email protected] sale scheduledRadford Public Library hosts a booksale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Hardback books are 1, paperbacks are50 and there is a free table.Golf tournament setEdna Loftus Memorial Young LifeGolf Tournament begins with a putting contest at 10 a.m. at Draper Valley Golf Club, followed by a noonlunch and a 1 p.m. shotgun start.Hole-in-one wins a car. Call 540818-3215 or email [email protected] Out Hunger setLetter carriers are collecting bags ofhealthy, nonperishable food items aspart of the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Suggested food itemsinclude beans, canned tuna in water, peanut butter, soup, vegetables,pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, oatmealand other whole grains, cannedfruit, canola or olive oil, and cannedmeats. Do not donate items that haveexpired or are in glass containers.Place bags of food by your mailboxfor letter carriers to deliver to a localfood bank or pantry.Flea market plannedThe Pulaski Flea Market is 7 2 p.m. on Commerce Streetacross from the historic train depot in Pulaski.Man sought for throwing money at kidsBy MELINDA [email protected] — Radford City police are investigating a “suspiciousincident” in which amale motorist apparently threw dollar billsat children outside Riverbend Apartments onMidkiff Lane Mondaynight.City spokeswomanJenni Wilder says a parent called police to report that her childrencame inside her resi-ARRESTScontinued from page 1law enforcement, illegally possessing gambling devices and unlawfully operating a gambling room. Neeleyalso is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.The investigation is ongoing, and Yonce says he expects additional charges.dence with money andtold her a white male inhis 30s to 40s threw thebills out a car window atthem.The incident allegedly occurred around 6:50p.m. The man is believedto have been driving awhite Subaru stationwagon with stripes onthe side.Wilder asks that anyone having informationon the incident or malesubject call the policedepartment at 731-3624.The investigation iscontinuing.Karen Ann SheppardKaren Ann Sheppard, 54, of Pulaski, Va., passed away Friday, May 5,2017, at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski.She was born March 17, 1963.She is preceded in death by hermother, Edna Marie Sheppard, andher sister, Cindy Clark.She is survived by her daughters,Candice Viar of Pulaski and LindseyViar of Draper, Va.; grandchildren Joseph Wyatt from Draper, and Nicholas Viar and Hadden and Olivia Akers, all of Pulaski; five sisters; and onebrother.Memorial service will be noonSaturday, May 13, at Abundant LifeChurch in Pulaski. Visitation will beone hour prior to the service.Stephen Douglas English IIIStephen Douglas English III, 82, of Roanoke, Va., and formerly of Pulaski, Va.,passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017.Arrangements are pending by Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.Police: Chase, wreck medically relatedBy MELINDA [email protected] say two wrecksand a high-speed pursuit in Dublin Saturdayapparentlystemmedfrom a motorist’s medical condition.Dublin Police Sgt.Buck Dowdy said thestring of incidents began at 12:20 p.m. whena pickup truck beingdriven by Glenn Edward Puckett, 77, of Stuart, struck a vehicle onRoute 100.Officer J.R. Andersonset up watch at New Riv-er Valley Fairgroundsto await the truck’s approach. When the vehicle failed to stop, apursuit started at 12:25,according to Dowdy.He says Anderson’sreport indicates thechase reached speedsof more than 100 mphas it passed New RiverCommunityCollege.The truck then exitedRoute 100 onto BroadStreet (Route 11), headed north.Despite a speed limitof 35 mph, Dowdy said,the truck allegedly wasgoing 70 as it passedBucko’s Pantry. He saysit traveled in a centerturn lane for a whilebefore turning left ontoRuebush Road.The chase came toan end when the trucktraveled through severallawns and collided withan embankment at theRuebush Road/BlennaCourt intersection.Dowdy said authorities determined Pucketthad a medical conditionthat may have contributed to the incident.Charges are pendingfurther investigation, henoted.MAPSRobert McDowell (Virginia Tech),scanned maps provided by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals andEnergy and GIS files of the reservationprovided by the Boy Scouts. Condegave a presentation on the methodsused to create the final map at the Geological Society of America meeting inDenver last September.Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill, along with geologyfaculty and project leaders AssociateProfessor Beth McClellan, ProfessorEmeritus Bob Whisonant, ProfessorSkip Watts, instructor George “Paki”Stephenson, Conde, Dean of the College of Science and Technology Orioncontinued from page 1Rogers and Department of Geologychair Jonathan Tso were on hand topresent the maps to Scout leaders atthe ceremony.“For a geologist, to be able to dothe work we most enjoy and providea service to our community is the bestof both worlds,” McClellan said. “Thisexperience is just the beginning; weare planning more Radford Universitystudent mapping projects in the area,as well as future field trips and projectswith the Boy Scouts.”For more information on the mapping project, email McClellan at [email protected] or Stephenson [email protected]“continued from page 1operation, notify customers and let its 31 remaining employees go.He stressed the company, a processor of synthetic yarns, will be ableto make its final payroll.“We had a lot of dedicated employees whohave given a lot of goodyears and hard work”to the company, Bishopsaid. “I hope they find[jobs] fast — and I hopeit’s back here.”Bishop has been busyworking the phones in aneffort to find new financing or a buyer for thecompany so productioncan begin again. Whilehe’s had some nibbles,he’s not ready to declareor guarantee a catch.“It’s sad that it comesdown to this. We’ve beenhere since 1938, but 2016was the worst year in thecompany’s history,” hesaid. The start of 2017hadn’t been much betteruntil recently, when orders started picking up.“It’s a shame, because2015 was a fantasticyear and, overall, I really thought we wouldbe able to get more money for the employees,do some things to thebuilding and equipment,and even get some newequipment. Then 2016happened and there wereso many factors [that affected business], it’s hardto explain.”In 2015, the companyhad about 60 employees. With mandates ofthe Affordable Care Actand “a lot of other factors,” Bishop said the“numbers were allowedto dwindle.” Attrition ac-I’ll work until it’sabsolutely overto try to save it.Marc Bishop, PresidentJefferson Yarns”counted for part of thereduction in workforcein 2016, and then 10 employees were “cut off ” inearly April of this year.Bishop said he alsoplans to approach local government officialsabout any incentivesthat might be availableshould he find a prospective financier or buyer.“They have done anincredible job hangingon in the face of enormous competition,” Pulaski Economic Development Director JohnWhite said of JeffersonYarns. He noted thatBishop has “done a reallygood job” running thecompany since the October 2014 death of CEODavid Spangler.Jefferson Yarns andBondCote Corp. werethe last textile companiesremaining in Pulaski. Foryears, textile and furniture industries were thelifeblood of Pulaski andPulaski County, but mostare now gone.Of course, PulaskiCounty Economic Development Director Michael Solomon wouldlike to see the companycontinue operating.“We’d love to talk tohim and see if there’sanything we can do tohelp,” Solomon said ofBishop. “Without havingtalked to him or knowingthe situation, I can’t saywhat we could do, butsometimes it’s as simpleas putting him in contactwith people we know.”He noted that theremight be some state program availab