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School superintendent Blackburn to resign Sept. 30

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
By Brian Perdue
School superintendent Blackburn to resign Sept. 30 CHRISTIANSBURG — Brenda Blackburn is resigning Sept. 30. The Montgomery County Public Schools superintendent since March 2010, Blackburn made the announcement Tuesday evening, when the  school board voted 4-3 to change school start times. Starting with the 2016-17 school year, high schools and middle school times will be pushed back to 8:50 a.m. and... »

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County GOP announces candidates for 2015 elections

Monday, April 20, 2015
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County GOP announces candidates for 2015 elections (Updated to include state and school board information) CHRISTIANSBURG — The Montgomery County Republican Party has finalized its list of candidates in the five constitutional and four Board of Supervisors races for the Nov. 3 election. The county GOP voted to establish an April 18 filing deadline for prospective candidates for Montgomery County’s constitutional... »

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Chief deputy to seek Democratic nomination for Montgomery County sheriff

Monday, April 20, 2015
By Brian Perdue
Chief deputy to seek Democratic nomination for Montgomery County sheriff CHRISTIANSBURG — Chief Deputy Robert Hall plans to seek the Democratic nomination for Montgomery County sheriff, according to current Sheriff Tommy Whitt. Whitt announced Friday that he would not seek a fourth term in the Nov. 3 election. After Whitt’s announcement, Lisa Lucas Gardner was the only candidate seeking the Democratic nomination before Hall... »

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Sheriff Tommy Whitt will not seek re-election

Friday, April 17, 2015
By Marty Gordon
Sheriff Tommy Whitt will not seek re-election CHRISTIANSBURG — Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Whitt will not run for re-election. According to a press release issued Friday, Whitt, a Democrat, announced that he would not seek a fourth term. Lisa Lucas Gardner had planned to challenge Whitt for the Democratic nomination. She and George Jackson, the presumptive Republican candidate, are the only... »

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Old school board building purchased by Radford developer

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
By Brian Perdue
Old school board building purchased by Radford developer CHRISTIANSBURG — A Radford businessman specializing in the restoration and reuse of historic buildings has purchased the old school board building in Christiansburg. Joe Fortier, owner of Taylor Hollow Construction LLC, placed the winning bid of $155,000 during today’s auction of the 94-year-old brick building. Six bidders registered for the noon auction, although only... »

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Old Blacksburg Middle School site may be further from development

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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BLACKSBURG — The Town of Blacksburg, Montgomery County and developers are still stuck in a holding pattern on the sale and development of the old Blacksburg Middle School site at 501 S. Main St. – a location many consider to be the figurative gateway into Blacksburg – with talks continuing behind the scenes, but... »

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Two connected with Montgomery County homicide arrested

Monday, April 6, 2015
By Brian Perdue
Two connected with Montgomery County homicide arrested CHRISTIANSBURG – Two suspects in a Montgomery County murder were arrested Sunday evening in North Carolina, according to police. Sean Edward Ball, 32, of Blacksburg and Amanda Barbara Nichole Taylor, 24, of Christiansburg were arrested by North Carolina Highway Patrol on Sunday night, hours after the body of Charles E. Taylor, 59, was found... »

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Blacksburg principal charged with assault and battery

Monday, March 30, 2015
By Brian Perdue
BLACKSBURG — Gilbert Linkous Elementary School principal Carol Kahler, 56, has been charged with assault and battery, Blacksburg Police announced Monday. The charges are the result of an incident that allegedly occurred in February at the Blacksburg school, police said. Kahler, 56, of Blacksburg has been placed on paid administrative leave. Montgomery County Public... »

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Former VT president Paul Torgersen dead at 83

Monday, March 30, 2015
By Brian Perdue
Former VT president Paul Torgersen dead at 83 BLACKSBURG — Paul Torgersen, a former Virginia Tech president and professor, has died, a university official has confirmed. He was 83. The university plans to release a statement at 2 p.m. today, according to Mark Owczarski, the assistant vice president for news and information at Virginia Tech. Torgersen served as university’s 14th president from... »

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Principal on leave at elementary school after alleged assault

Friday, March 27, 2015
By Brian Perdue
BLACKSBURG — Gilbert Linkous Elementary School principal Carol Kahler has been placed on paid administrative leave, and police have announced an investigation of an alleged assault and battery by a staff member at the Blacksburg school. The Blacksburg Police Department and Child Protective Services are investigating the event that allegedly occurred in February. Montgomery... »

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