News Briefs -July 22, 2017


Micah’s Backpack

During the summer months, Micah’s Backpack is seeking volunteers to help pack bags, load cars, restock shelves, and break down packaging on Wednesday nights at 6 pm. Set-up begins at 5:30 pm.

When school resumes, they go back to packing on Thursday nights at 6 pm. Volunteers meet at Saint Michael Lutheran Church, 2308 Merrimac Road, Blacksburg.

Call RSVP for more details.

Flushing of Fire Hydrants

The Water/Wastewater Department began flushing of fire hydrants on Monday. The flushing will take about a month to complete. Any questions can be directed to Rodney Howell, Water/Wastewater Director at (540) 267-3149.

Sparky’s Run Dog Park

Due to a waterline break, water has been temporarily cut off. Repairs have been scheduled.

Senior Center​ volunteer

Radford Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to teach basic knitting to senior citizens age 50 and up. Interested participants, please contact Audrey Caldwell at 731-5517.

Radford Senior Center is interested in starting a book club at Radford Senior Center. Please contact Audrey Caldwell at 731-5517 for further information.

Summer concert series

We are offering Free Concerts in Bisset Park at the Gazebo every Tuesday night in July and the first week of August. Concerts are held from 7pm-8pm. Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy some local talent. Concerts may cancel due to storms. For cancellation information, please contact the Radford Recreation Center at (540) 731-3633.

Tuesday July 25, 2017 – String Theory – 7-8 p.m. at the Bisset Park Gazebo

Tuesday August 1, 2017 – Cadillac Ranch Band – 7-8:30 p.m. at the Bisset Park Gazebo

Boating safety course for operators of boats and personal watercraft, tomorrow

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.

Farmacy Garden

A community garden is located right next to the Health and Human Services Building, at 210 pepper street SW. 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 six raised beds in the garden that are senior accessible (four that you can work in from a seated position and two that you can work in standing). Call RSVP for more details.

1st Annual Jeff McCoy Memorial New River Shootout

Saturday July 22, Whitethorne Boat Landing 6-2 p.m. $50 Entry fee $10 optional lunker pot. Registration begins at 5 a.m. All Va. Department of game and inland fisheries regulations apply. For more information contact Ronnie Turpin at (540553-4693. All proceeds will be donated to the Long Shop McCoy Fire and Rescue Departments that Jeff was a volunteer to his community for many years.

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

The 12th Annual Dana Palmer Scholarship Weekend, August 3

Schedule of Events (August 3rd – 5th):

Thursday August 3rd

Inspirational Concert 6pm

Fairlawn Church of God

7858 Peppers Ferry Blvd

Fairlawn, VA 24141

Friday August 4th

Music Festival 6-10pm

Bisset Park Gazebo

49 Berkley Williams Drive

Radford, VA 24141

Saturday August 5th

Golf Tournament (65/player) 1pm Tee Time

Draper Valley Golf Club

2800 Big Valley Rd

Draper, VA 24324

Black & Gold Social 8pm


218 Tyler Ave
Radford, VA 24141

Red Cross blood drive, August 4

The annual Blood Drive at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium will be held on Friday, August 4 from 11-4 p.m. Volunteers are needed on this day to work registration, canteen, and provide donor assistance. Parking passes will be provided in advance by the Red Cross. For more information, call RSVP.

New River Watershed Roundtable, August 26

On August 26th, 2017, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties, and the City of Radford, will host the Fall 2017 ReNew the New Regional River Clean-up Event. All five localities are cleaning-up different sections of the New River watershed, whether it be on the New River or on one of its tributaries.

Radford Photo Club

The July meeting’s theme is Water. The club meets the third Thursday of each month. The club welcomes anyone interested in photography and there is no charge to participate. For more information contact Radford Parks and Recreation at 731-3633.