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Madeline Martin Ward, 70, of Buena Vista died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Madeline Martin Ward, 70, of Buena Vista died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

Born May 5, 1944, in Lexington, she was a daughter of the late Pooley Black and Vivian Martin. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Buena Vista.

Surviving are her husband, James Ward; children Sharon Richardson, Paula Hubbard, Nadine Richardson (Louis Watson), Cindy Fisher and husband Willie, and Patrick Richardson; step-children Shemecka Ward and James Gregory Ward; grandchildren Marcus Tyler, Keshawn Fisher and Tameah Fisher; and one step-granddaughter, Aleah Ward.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Green Hill Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Buena Vista Man Killed In Crash

  • Written by Roberta Anderson

A Buena Vista resident was killed in a motor vehicle accident Saturday evening shortly after 9:30 on Timber Ridge Road (Va.716) approximately one mile north of Forest Grove Road (Va. 703), according to a report from the Virginia State Police.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1994 Chevrolet model 1500 truck that was being operated by Stuart Wayne Fitzgerald, 48, was traveling northbound on Timber Ridge Road when it ran off the left side of the roadway striking several trees before overturning.

Fitzgerald was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

Judge Rejects Plea Deal In W&L Student's Death

  • Written by Roberta Anderson

An effort to reach a plea agreement in the case of a former Washington and Lee University student facing multiple charges resulting from a fatal motor vehicle accident last December was rejected Thursday by Judge Michael Irvine in Rockbridge County Circuit Court.

Attorneys for Nicholas Perry Hansel, 22, of New Orleans, La., and Rockbridge County Commonwealth’s Attorney R.N. “Bucky Joyce met in the judge’s chambers for several hours to discuss the terms of the agreement. Irvine referred to the necessity of a closed process because the evidentiary material being presented could influence a jury if the case should go to trial.

Irvine said that although he appreciated the efforts to resolve the case, “the agreement does not serve justice.”

With Irvine’s rejection of the plea agreement, the case must now be heard by a different judge.

Hansel was the driver of an SUV Dec. 3 that ran off the roadway, hit a tree stump and overturned on Turkey Hill Road. Hansel has been indicted on felony charges of aggravated involuntary manslaughter relating to an automobile accident, driving while intoxicated causing maiming and assault and maiming while driving under the influence. He was also indicted on misdemeanor reckless driving and DUI, first offense; and on a civil charge of refusing to take a breathalyzer test, first offense.

There were 10 people in the vehicle, including the student, Kelsey Durkin, 21, of New Canaan, Conn., who was killed. Two of the other students were seriously injured.

Candidates File For Special Elections

  • Written by Ed Smith

Tim Petrie will apparently be serving on Buena Vista City Council for another three years.

Petrie, recently appointed to the seat formerly held by Lewis Plogger, was the only candidate to file to run in a special election Nov. 4 to fill the remaining three years of Plogger's term. The filing deadline was this past Friday, Aug. 15.

In Glasgow, meanwhile, there will be a contested race in a special election, also on Nov. 4, to fill the remaining year of former Town Council member John Hill's term. Monica J. Dock and E.L. “Lee” Duke are vying for this seat.

The special election in Glasgow is separate from the Nov. 4 regular elections for three other seats on Town Council. In the regular election, incumbents Roger Funkhouser, Michael Turner and James “Sonny” Williams are being challenged by R. Guy Kindle and Thomas “Tom” McClanahan. The three winners in the regular elections will serve two-year terms.

GOP To Open Headquarters

  • Written by Submittted

The grand opening of the Rockbridge Republicans' new headquarters at 9 N. Main St. in Lexington will be this Monday, Aug. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. Del. Ben Cline will join Chairman Roger Jarrell in welcoming members.  Refreshments will be served.