New Briefs – July 1, 2017



County offices closed, Tuesday

The following Montgomery County offices and facilities will be closed in observance of Independence Day, on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4: County Administrative Offices, Health Department, Clerk of Circuit Court, Social Services, Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library, General District Court, Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court.

The following Montgomery County offices and facilities will be closed in observance of Independence Day, on Tuesday, July 4: Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority Administrative Offices (Open Monday, July 3. Closed Tuesday, July 4). Montgomery County Administrative Offices will re-open on Wednesday, July 5, at 8:30 a.m.

Waste management, Tuesday

There will be no refuse/recycling for the Northwest Quadrant. Makeup service will be Wednesday, July 5. Please have all refuse and recycling at the curb by 7 a.m.

Closed Town Council Work Session, Wednesday

Christiansburg Town Council will hold a closed work session on Wednesday, July 5, at 6 p.m. in administrative conference room of Town Hall. The request for a closed meeting is under Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711(A)(1), for the discussion, consideration, or interviews of prospective candidates for employment, assignment, appointment, promotion, performance, demotion, salaries, disciplining, or resignation of specific public officers, appointees, or employees of any public body. The closed meeting pertains to the Town Manager position.

Aquatic Advisory Board- Cancelled, Wednesday

The Aquatic Advisory Board will not meet in July. The next meeting is scheduled for August 2 at 4 p.m.

Blacksburg Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy registration

Blacksburg Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy will start Tuesday, Sept. 5 and will be held every Tuesday through Nov. 14 from 6-8 p.m.

To apply, contact Sgt. Tommy Sarver at or 540-443-1438 or Michele Dudash at or 540-443-1413 for an application. Applications can also be picked up at the Blacksburg Police Department, 200 Clay St., SW.

Blacksburg July 4 Parade Registration

The 31st annual July 4th parade in Blacksburg will set off at 2 p.m. from the Old Blacksburg Middle School on Main Street, travel along Main Street, and end near the Alumni Mall. This year’s theme is “Let Freedom Ring.”

Parade entries are needed, and can be floats, marchers, antique vehicles, wagons, bicycles, sports teams, businesses, horses, bands, race cars, scouts, etc.

The Mount Tabor Ruritan Club sponsors the parade, and also the movie “Annie,” which will be shown after the parade in The Lyric Theatre on College Avenue. It will be the ‘classic’ version, with sing-a-long subtitles.

The Town of Blacksburg will have music, food, and entertainments near the Recreation Center on 725 Patrick Henry Drive, beginning at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Call Parks & Rec at 540-443-1100 for information on the evening events. Registration information for the parade can found by contacting Gavin Faulkner at or 540-449-6178.

July Fish Fry, July 8

Mount Tabor Ruritan Club will hold its July Fish Fry on Saturday, July 8 from 5-7 p.m. at Slusser’s Chapel Picnic Shelter, 1543 Mount Tabor Rd, Blacksburg. All-you-can-eat fish, fries and slaw; Homemade desserts; and beverages. Adults-$8, children under 12-$4, (under 3)-free, carry-outs-$8. The Blacksburg Community Band will be playing. Held rain or shine. Call 540-449-6178 for further information. On Facebook at MtTaborRuritan.

Afternoon Tea Party with Special Guest Nikki Giovanni, July 9

The afternoon tea party will be held on July 9 from 2- 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Proceeds will benefit the continued restoration of the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center. Call (540) 558-0746 or email to reserve your spot today.

Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting, July 11

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Stuart Horse Artillery Camp 1784 will meet on July 11 at 7 p.m. at Ray’s Restaurant on Rt. 221, north of Floyd. Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) are also invited to attend. For further information, please call 216-233-8401 or 239-9864.

Art at the market, July 15

Come celebrate Blacksburg’s vibrant arts community by visiting this year’s Art at the Market with Breakfast at the Farmers Market located at 100 Draper Road NW.

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present Art at the Market, Blacksburg’s celebration of fine art and artists.

NRCC offering handgun safety class, July 18-20

New River Community College will offer a handgun safety class on Tuesday, July 18, and Thursday, July 20.

Both class meetings will take place from 6-9 p.m. at 206 Edwards Hall in Dublin. Range time will be offered on the Saturday following the class.

The cost of the course is $60.

The six-hour classroom portion of the course, instructed by Joey Williams, is required. However, range time is optional. The class is intended for individuals who are applying for a handgun permit through the courts, and will cover topics such as the nomenclature of revolvers and/or semi-automatic handguns and safety issues related to handgun ownership. Participants will also learn how to care for, maintain and store their handguns.

To register for this course, visit

Boating safety course for operators of boats and personal watercraft, July 23

The boating safety course will be held on Sunday, July 23 from 8-5 p.m. at Water’s Edge Building, Claytor Lake State Park, 6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive, Dublin. The course is taught by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 83 and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). Materials and instruction are free.

Bring a highlighter, pencil and lunch. Each graduate earns a wallet card showing successful completion of the class. Most major insurance companies endorse the course and allow insurance premium discounts to graduates.

This course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the United States Coast Guard. Children 12 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-Registration is required. Online Registration is available at For more information, contact Mendy Harman at or 540-494-3569.

3rd annual Jazz & Ribs Feast, July 28

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley and The Southwest Times are happy to announce Pulaski’s 3rd Annual Jazz & Rib feast will be Friday, July 28, 2017, 11 a.m. -11 p.m. in Jackson Park, located at 42, 1st Street, NW in Downtown Pulaski, Virginia across from the town municipal building.

Free Event. Music in the park – Jazz all day! Come hear Plunky Branch and the Oneness, Billy Crawford Band, and more. Ribs , food, beverages, and craft vendors. Bring a lawn chair, dancing shoes, and an appetite. Children’s art booth onsite too!

For additional information contact the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley at 540-980-7363 or