News Briefs – June 14, 2017


NRCC offering handgun safety class this month, June 15

New River Community College will offer a handgun safety class on Thursday, June 15.

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

10th Annual Summer Solstice Festival, June 17

Downtown Blacksburg Inc. is hosting the 10th annual summer solstice festival on June 17, from 1-11 p.m. in Downtown Blacksburg. The event will host the Solstice Fest Craft Market with over 20 local vendors as well as Community Connections, a local non-profit group that provides fun, family activities. Other activities include Alberti’s Flea Circus, Water Wars, moon bounces, doggie costume contest, Circus Stella, live music, a beer and wine garden, festival foods, yoga on the lawn, and sand beach.

Dialogue on race, August 26

The Dialogue on race summer summit with sides will be Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. located at the Summer Picnic Summit at Nellie’s Cave Park. Catch up with friends and colleagues on combating racism in our community. You are invited to bring a friend and a side dish. Fried chicken will be provided.

Makes an appointment with FSA

To insure maximum use of your time and to insure that you are afforded our full attention to your important needs, please call our office ahead of your visit to set an appointment and to discuss any records or documentation that you may need to have with you when you arrive for your appointment.  For the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski, contact the office at 540-382-3961, extension 2.

The office is located at the USDA/Christiansburg Service Center, 75 Hampton BLVD, Christiansburg, Virginia.  The office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  To better serve you we ask that you arrive at the office no later than 4:00 PM.  The Service Center is closed on Federal Holidays and in some cases the office will open late or close early due to inclement weather conditions.  For those reasons also, we encourage you to call before you visit.

NAACP events: June 17, June 25

Please join us for our annual Juneteenth Celebration: Saturday June 17 at Rosa L. Peters Playground, 300 Depot Street NE in Christiansburg at 11 a.m. There will be entertainment, games, and food for sale.  Proceeds will benefit the Youth Council. All are welcome.

The June General Body meeting of the Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County NAACP will be held on Sunday, June 25th, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 500 Stuart St in Christiansburg.  The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome.  (Please note there will be no General Body meeting in July).

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, 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 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.

BHS Senior Portraits, July 24-26

Prestige Portraits will be at Blacksburg High School this summer to take Senior Portraits on July 24, 25, and 26. All appointments are scheduled through the photographer. For more information you can go to or call 540-389-9155

MCPS summer school, June 19

MCPS Summer School will be held from June 19-July 13, 2017, at Christiansburg High School. Registration for repeat courses is now open. New course registration begins May 1.

Active Adult Day, June 29

Active Adult Day will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, June 29 at the Meadowbrook Community Center. June’s event will feature an ICE CREAM SOCIAL! Come out for a fun game of bingo and win some neat summer prizes. Ice cream will be provided and everyone is encouraged to bring your favorite topping to share. Please call RSVP to register by Friday, June 26.

Senior Police Academy, July 17

The Christiansburg Police Department, Christiansburg Recreation Department and Christiansburg/Montgomery Triad S.A.L.T. Council are now accepting applications for the 2017 Senior Citizens’ Police Academy. The academy, which will be held July 17-21, from 9-3 p.m., is free and open to any citizen 50 years and older.

During the five-day course, participants will tour the Christiansburg Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, learn about the drug task force and vice units, meet the K-9 units, visit the firing range, hear from a variety of speakers and learn about self-defense, internet crimes against children, radar and DUIs, investigations, and evidence collection.

Applications can be picked up at Christiansburg Recreation Center. If you would like to have an application mailed to you or for more information, please contact Tammy Caldwell at (540) 382-2349, ext. 2003 or email: All applications are subject for review and approval. Participants will undergo a background check.

Mountains of Music, June 17

The Montgomery Museum is in need of volunteers for the Mountains of Music on Main event in downtown Christiansburg on Saturday, June 17. Help is needed with concession stands from 3-

7 p.m. Please call RSVP to sign up and for more details.

Farmacy Garden

A community garden is located right next to the Health and Human Services Building. Volunteers are needed to help the Montgomery County Health Department with the garden this season. The hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9-12 p.m.

They grow a wide array of vegetable crops, as well as fruit crops (and just installed some berry bushes and brambles.) All volunteers get to take home some produce, so this opportunity would be especially good for anyone that might need a

little extra help affording fresh fruits and veggies. They have 6 raised beds in the garden that are senior accessible (4 that you can work in from a seated position and two that you can work in standing). Call RSVP for more details.

Huckleberry Trail closed, June 14-15

During the week of June 12, crews will be making asphalt repairs and sealing the pavement on a portion of the Huckleberry Trail, with closures occurring Wednesday and Thursday.

On Monday, June 12, and Tuesday, June 13, Christiansburg Public Works crews will be making asphalt repairs to the trail, between Cambria Street and the bridge that crosses the railroad tracks at town limits (toward Blacksburg). During this time, the trail will be passable, but all traffic will need to use caution. Crews will have work zone signage in place, and Town staff will assist pedestrians and cyclists through the work zone.

On Wednesday, June 14, and Thursday, June 15, a contractor will be applying a sealer. The trail will be closed from the Renva W. Knowles Bridge over Peppers Ferry Road to the bridge over the railroad tracks at town limits.

This portion is the oldest section of the Huckleberry Trail in Christiansburg, and maintenance is important to improve and sustain the trail. We apologize for any inconvenience but hope this work will preserve the trail for many years to come.

Public Works hosts leaf and wood chip giveaway

The Christiansburg Public Works Department will be giving away leaves and wood chips on several dates in June, between 8-12 p.m.

The giveaways will be on Peppers Ferry Road, behind Walmart, near the proposed location for the North Christiansburg Regional Park. Come out to meet with Public Works employees and receive free leaves and wood chips for your garden!

The dates are as follows:

  • Friday, 8-12 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8-12 p.m.
  • June 23: 8- 12 p.m.
  • June 24: 8-12 p.m.

Apply: Board of Zoning Appeals

The Town of Christiansburg is now accepting applications for candidates for the Christiansburg Board of Zoning Appeals. The Board of Zoning Appeals is appointed to review appeals made by individuals with regard to decisions of the Zoning Administrator in the interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance and to hear and decide variance requests to the Zoning Ordinance.

Board of Zoning Appeals members are required to be Town residents, serve five year terms, and are compensated $25 per regular meeting attended and $25 per site visit. The Board meets on a monthly basis when there are pending cases to review. Board of Zoning Appeals candidates are recommended by Town Council and appointed by the Montgomery County Circuit Court. The position will become effective immediately for the remainder of the vacant term.

The Town will accept cover letters, resumes, and applications until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 in the Planning Department (first floor), Town Hall, 100 E. Main Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073. Applications are available by contacting Andrew Warren, Zoning Administrator/Planning Director by phone at (540) 382-6120 ext. 1130 or by e-mail at

Applications can also be picked up in the Planning Department during normal business hours: Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m.

League of Women Voters Roanoke Valley, July 16

The League of Women Voters in the Roanoke Valley will hold a general membership meeting on July 16 from 3-5 p.m. at the Roanoke City EMS fire station #5. The meeting is free. Please contact or if you have any questions.

Sounds of summer concert, Friday

The town of Pulaski and the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley are the co-organizers of the 2017 Jackson Park Sounds of Summer Concert series.  Our next concert, featuring The Domino Band, will be Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Jackson Park is located at 42, 1st Street, NW in Pulaski, Virginia across from the town municipal building. The concert, rain or shine, will have concessions and adult beverages available for purchase.

The Domino Band is a high-energy horn band based in Roanoke, Virginia, specializing in Classic R&B, Soul, and Old-School Funk.

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