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MARTHA PRICE MONTGOMERY (12/13/42 TO 12/31/18)

March 22, 2019 by Don Linkous (Register to contact)

Martha's daughter, Meredith Montgomery Argo, wanted to let people know that they are having a short ceremony for Martha on April 6, at Noon at the Snyder Cemetery in Blacksburg.

Ceremony starting at Noon will be at the Snider Cemetery on Keister Branch Road in Prices Fork.

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Blacksburg High School turning to turf field by 2020  WSLS 10

The 2018 season was quite the whirlwind for Blacksburg High School football: a new coach, an undefeated regular season, and a state semifinal appearance.

MAILE, James Franklin  Roanoke Times

MAILE James Franklin August 21, 2019 James Franklin Maile (Jimmy/Jim), 86, of Roanoke, Va., passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 due to ...

Sit-in at Blacksburg High School follows principal's departure  Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG — More than 150 students staged a sit-in Monday morning in front of Blacksburg High School as part of a call on the school district to improve ...

Blacksburg High School students, parents in search of answers following replacement of principal  WDBJ7

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- Tensions at Blacksburg High School rose to a head Monday following the sudden removal of principal Brian Kitts from his position ...

Blacksburg High School principal replaced, no reason cited  Roanoke Times

Blacksburg High School Principal Brian Kitts was replaced by interim principal Todd Lewis just over a month before the last day of school.

Blacksburg High School teacher at center of controversy confirms he's leaving job to start Ph.D. program  Roanoke Times

The Blacksburg High School history teacher whose abrupt departure from the classroom in March sparked a community uproar said he will begin doctoral ...

Dozens rally for Blacksburg High School teacher they say has been removed from class  WDBJ7

'There's no way that I would know what actually happened in the classroom that day. But what I can say is that the results sound like discrimination,' said one ...

Demolition of old Blacksburg High School building underway  Roanoke Times

After a gym roof collapse in 2010 that started a well-publicized chain of events including the building of a new school, the old Blacksburg High School was being ...

Former Blacksburg High principal accepts teaching job  Roanoke Times

A former Blacksburg High School principal whose abrupt departure in May sparked controversy has accepted a 10-month teaching contract with Montgomery ...

Blacksburg council OK's old high school site agreement  Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG — The town has formally entered into a $3.3 million contract to buy two-thirds of the old Blacksburg High School site from a company with ties to ...

Blacksburg High School donors raising funds for new turf football field  WDBJ7

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- After an undefeated 2018 regular season, the Blacksburg High School football team had its home playoff games moved to ...

Mental health days may soon be a thing for students in...  WSLS 10

Middle and high school students at Montgomery County Public Schools may soon be able to take a mental health day. It's all part of a new student driven ...

Community celebrates 39th annual Steppin' Out festival  WDBJ7

The 39th annual Steppin' Out festival officially kicked off Friday, and it was recently nationally recognized as one of the top 20 festivals in the southeast.

Former Blacksburg High teacher speaks on controversial departure  Roanoke Times

A former Blacksburg High School history teacher says comments he made in his classroom about his mental health is the reason he was placed on paid leave in ...

Blacksburg will buy portions of old high school site for future recreation center  WSLS 10

The town of Blacksburg will spend $3.3 million to create new park space, and it hopes eventually a recreation center, at the old high school site.

Montgomery County supervisors grant payment extension for old Blacksburg High School site  Roanoke Times

CHRISTIANSBURG — The current owners of the old Blacksburg High School site have been granted another five months to make their latest $1 million payment ...

MCPS to better address mental health awareness in district  WDBJ7

Changes are coming for students in Montgomery County Public Schools. Starting this school year, the district is putting mental health front and center to help ...

Robotics competition comes to Blacksburg High School  WSLS 10

Robots took over Blacksburg High School during the weekend, but it was a friendly invasion.

School board meeting packed in support of Blacksburg HS principal, teacher  WSLS 10

Students and the Montgomery County school administration seem to have reached an agreement to improve communication.

Boosters working to bring synthetic turf to Blacksburg High football field  Roanoke Times

Boosters are raising money for the replacement of Blacksburg High School's current football field grass with synthetic turf.

BHS students press for change on mental health  Roanoke Times

A history teacher's abrupt departure is spurring a handful of Blacksburg High School students to advocate for improvements in the way mental health discussions ...

Blacksburg/Shelor tentative deal: Town to pay $3.3 million for part of old high school property  Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG — The town is moving toward a $3.3 million deal with a real estate arm of Shelor Motor Mile for two-thirds of the old Blacksburg High School ...

Blacksburg High School hosts robotics competition  WDBJ7

BLACKSBURG, Va. The stands are full in Blacksburg High School as more than 3,000 high school students compete in teams from Virginia, Maryland and D.C..

Blacksburg High School Honor Roll: Semester 1, 2018-2019 | New River Valley |  Roanoke Times

Gold Honor Roll: All A's. 12th Grade. Miranda Guinevere Barnes, Tess Eliza Belleville, Douglas Andrew Bowman Jr., Jackson Pierce Bulls, Sean Paul Burnett, ...

H.S. tennis: Blacksburg boys, girls claim Region 4D team titles  Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG — Just a couple of hours after their boys team clinched a regional title, the Blacksburg girls tennis team claimed a Region 4D championship of ...

High school notebook: Blacksburg's Thompson get banner USTA event win  Roanoke Times

Frank Thompson captured VHSL Class 4 state singles and doubles championships last spring as a Blacksburg High School freshman.

Former Blacksburg high school teacher speaks out about his departure

A former Blacksburg High School Teacher is speaking out. He was placed on leave after discussing mental health with his students in the classroom. “I started ...

MontCo. School Board meeting Video  WDBJ7

Members of the Blacksburg High School community are speaking out in defense of their now-former principal.

Blacksburg High teacher earns national award  Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG — Joyce Price spent roughly a decade helping women look their best for some of the most important moments of their lives.

Montgomery County school officials, parents, students discuss recent issues  Roanoke Times

Montgomery County school leaders met with students, parents and teachers earlier this week to discuss how the district can step up its communication on ...

11 MontCo. School Board meetings Video  WDBJ7

In Montgomery County, students, parents and teachers packed the school board meeting just days after the Blacksburg High School principal was suddenly ...

MCPS celebrates second career signing day  Roanoke Times

CHRISTIANSBURG — They took seats next to each other in groups and faced an eager crowd made up, in part, of family, friends and a few camera crews.

H.S. swimming: Blacksburg boys win first state championship  Roanoke Times

RICHMOND — The gym at Blacksburg High School acquired an impressive piece of wall art Friday night.

Blacksburg High School students walk out to send message to lawmakers  WDBJ7

Hundreds of students walked out of class at Blacksburg High School and into the blustery cold weather to make a loud, unified statement.

STEM passion earns BHS student state award  Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG — Bethany Hsiao's attitude toward science and technology was apparent when she learned about a statewide STEM essay contest earlier this ...

MCPS gets new deputy superintendent, numerous other changes announced  Roanoke Times

Montgomery County Public Schools' Human Resources Director Annie Whitaker will begin her new role as deputy superintendent on July 1.

Company closes on old Blacksburg High School property; makes first $1 million payment  Roanoke Times

A development arm of the Shelor Motor Mile has made the first of three $1 million installment payments to Montgomery County toward purchasing the old ...

BHS Mountain Bike Team finishes 2018 season as state champion runner-up  Roanoke Times

The Blacksburg High School Mountain Bike Team won their third straight race, and garnered a lot of respect, as they concluded their third season Oct. 21 at ...

Goforth's HR leads BriBucs over E-Twins, 3-2  Bristol Herald Courier

Ethan Goforth couldn't have picked a better night to go yard for the first time as a professional baseball player.

Class 4 boys tennis: Blacksburg's Thompson wins second state singles title  Roanoke Times

In critical moments during the VHSL Class 4 boys singles tournament, Frank Thompson motivated himself by exhorting, “Drive the bus!”

Letter: Montgomery County Schools send devastating message about mental health  Roanoke Times

Regarding The Roanoke Times article “Former Blacksburg High teacher speaks on controversial departure” (July 4 news story):

CTE outdoor classroom opens at Blacksburg High School  Roanoke Times

In December 2016, Lowe's and SkillsUSA awarded a $10000 grant to the SkillsUSA chapter at Blacksburg High School for a community garden that would also ...

Blacksburg graduate Ethan Goforth drafted by Pittsburgh  Roanoke Times

Franklin County grad Nick Robertson, who was drafted Tuesday, said he plans to turn pro.

BHS holds reunion  Roanoke Times

The Blacksburg High School Class of 1961 held their 57th reunion at the Hilton Garden Inn in Blacksburg on Oct. 27.

Old Blacksburg High School fire damaged auditorium, county to secure building  WDBJ7

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Blacksburg Police are looking for whoever started a fire at the old Blacksburg High School. It happened Saturday evening and ...

School board looks at Christiansburg overcrowding redistricting won't fix  Roanoke Times

CHRISTIANSBURG — The Montgomery County School Board and Board of Supervisors don't dispute that the long-standing school overcrowding problem in ...

Police investigate after gun found at Blacksburg High School; student charged  WDBJ7

A student has been charged for bringing a loaded gun onto Blacksburg High School property, according to the Blacksburg Police Department.

Old Blacksburg High School purchase contract changes  WSLS

The old Blacksburg High School is now eligible for purchase by the town of Blacksburg with more favorable financing.

Blacksburg sweeps team titles at Metro Invitational cross country  Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG — The 45th Annual Metro Cross Country Championships on Wednesday was a good day for the home team at Blacksburg High School.

Old Blacksburg High School burns; arson suspected | News  Virginia Tech Collegiate Times

The Blacksburg Police Department is investigating what is believed to be an intentionally set fire at the Old Blacksburg High School.

Doughty college notebook: Blacksburg QB Johnston takes JC route  Roanoke Times

As a devoted fan of the television series “The Office,” Blacksburg High School senior Grant Johnston recently jumped at the chance to visit Scranton, ...

Blacksburg High School students earn high honors at DECA conference  Roanoke Times

Four Blacksburg High School DECA chapter members earned high honors at DECA's annual International Career Development Conference in Atlanta in April.

Froggatt announces departure, Midkiff announces candidacy  Roanoke Times

Connie Froggatt announced this week that she will not run for a second term on the Montgomery County School Board.

Blacksburg High School Graduation  Roanoke Times

Blacksburg High School held commencement exercises on May 20. Here are some images of this year's graduates.

State of Christiansburg schools remains hot topic  Roanoke Times

CHRISTIANSBURG — The plan recommended for alleviating ongoing crowding problems at two town elementary schools is to transfer 152 students to the ...

Development partnership announced for old Blacksburg High School  Roanoke Times

A second developer has joined an effort to re-imagine the old Blacksburg High School property.

Blacksburg teen headed to prestigious circus college in Montreal  WDBJ7

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) - As children, a lot of us had dreams of what we'd grow up to be. And some of us might have been told our dreams were unrealistic.

Juveniles charged after fire at old Blacksburg High School  Roanoke Times

Four juveniles have been charged with setting a fire at the old Blacksburg High School on July 15.

H.S. football: Blacksburg completes perfect regular season by blanking rival Christiansburg  Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG — Gerald Ford, the old Michigan lineman from the leather-helmet days, was President of the United States.

Montgomery Co. boards hear about school construction proposals  Roanoke Times

CHRISTIANSBURG — Both the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors and school board on Monday night heard about an estimated $110 million proposal ...

Blacksburg High School opens new track with a team win  Roanoke Times

Blacksburg High School hosted 18 teams for the first high school meet on its new track this past Saturday in the inaugural Blacksburg Invitational.

Developers offers $1 lease to restore public access to recreation fields at old Blacksburg High School  WDBJ7

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A well used outdoor recreation spot in Blacksburg is now off limits. The tracks and fields at the former Blacksburg High School are ...

Blacksburg High School donates to Radford High School student battling cancer  WDBJ7

A high school student battling cancer got some help, not from his school, but from a rival.

Neighbors concerned over crime, vandalism at Old Blacksburg High School  WDBJ7

More issues for Montgomery County as citizens are growing concerned over the care of the Old Blacksburg High School building and property.

Old Blacksburg High School property: Council rejects Ellenbogen plan, Shelor offer emerges  Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG — The back and forth over the future of the old town high school property continued Tuesday as the town council said it will not rezone the site to.

Montgomery County schools introduce Domino's to the menu  Roanoke Times

CHRISTIANSBURG — The teenagers rapidly filed into the kitchen and almost as quickly darted out to sit down with friends at their preferred lunch tables.

Montgomery County responds to vandalism at Old Blacksburg High School  WDBJ7

Montgomery County addressed concerns over vandalism and crime at the Old Blacksburg High School building on Thursday.

15 to represent BHS DECA at national competition  Roanoke Times

Blacksburg High School DECA members represented the New River Valley well at their recent State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach by having 15 ...

Jones, Jared Robert  NRVN News

Jared Robert Jones, age 36 of Asheville, NC, (formally of Blacksburg, Va.) died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. He was born in Ann Arbor, MI on ...

MARMAGAS, Susan West  Roanoke Times

MARMAGAS Susan West December 23, 2018 Susan West Marmagas, 51, passed away from cancer at her home in Blacksburg, Va., on Sunday, December 23, ...

Providing a pathway to a career in demand  Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG — In a laboratory at the town high school are rows of beds, a few of which are occupied by mannequins neatly tucked under some sheets.

Sloss hired as head coach at Blacksburg  The Carroll News

Eddie Sloss is going home. Sloss, who served as head football coach of Carroll County High School from 2014-2017, has accepted an offer to become the new ...

Hokies sprinter Cole Beck to remain with track during spring  247Sports

Offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen gave an update on running back Cole Beck during the pre-spring media conference on Thursday.

Two-time defending state golf champion Blacksburg not resting on its laurels  Roanoke Times

Blacksburg golf coach Rick Mattox doesn't have a lot of work to do on the driving range.

Montgomery County Supervisor Chris Tuck won't seek re-election  Roanoke Times

CHRISTIANSBURG — Chris Tuck, who helped bring an end to stalemates over some former school properties in Blacksburg, said Thursday that he won't seek a ...

OLINGER, Freddie Black  Roanoke Times

October 4, 1937 May 2, 2019 Freddie Black Olinger, 81, of Blacksburg, Va. passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019. He was born on October 4, 1937 to the late.

Blacksburg High discus thrower Solomon Ghosh lives up to his name  Roanoke Times

Two years after surgery for testicular cancer, Bruins senior Solomon Ghosh is ranked No. 1 in Virginia in the discus throw.

Rotary presents Youth Awards  Roanoke Times

The Rotary Club of Christiansburg-Blacksburg presented its 2018-2019 Youth Awards to Montgomery County Public Schools students at the club's May 6 ...

Class 4 tennis: Blacksburg freshman Thompson claims boys state singles title  Roanoke Times

OK, Mr. Beamer. There is another Frank in Blacksburg.

Sale of Old BHS puts future of Blacksburg fireworks show in question  WDBJ7

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Blacksburg's annual Independence Day fireworks show Tuesday could be the last in its current location. That's because of the sale ...

17 to represent BHS DECA at national competition  Roanoke Times

Blacksburg High School DECA members represented the New River Valley well at their recent State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach, by having a ...

Blacksburg students take part in National School Walkout  WSLS 10

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Students across the country, including hundreds in Southwest Virginia, took part in Friday's National School Walkout. This is the third ...

Three MCPS educators tapped for ADK  Roanoke Times

Rho Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, serving Montgomery County and the city of Radford, recently initiated three Montgomery County Public School educators ...

Montgomery County schools looking to shift Christiansburg students due to capacity  Roanoke Times

CHRISTIANSBURG — Montgomery County school officials are bracing themselves for another redistricting, an occasional process that can draw contention ...

Beck starts off his collegiate track career with a bang  247Sports

Virginia Tech true freshman running back Coleton Beck didn't record any game reps this fall as a member of the Hokies football program, but in his first track and ...

Blacksburg High School student wins license plate design contest  WDBJ7

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A new license plate design is about to hit the streets, and it was designed by a local high schooler. Kaya Windpainter, from ...

Blacksburg making push to get Old BHS from developers  WDBJ7

The controversial Old Blacksburg High School property may be going to the Town of Blacksburg after all.

Blacksburg High School saga: Developer says he can end stalemate  Roanoke Times

Prominent New River Valley developer Bill Ellenbogen is moving to end the stalemate between Montgomery County and the town of Blacksburg over the sale of ...

Blacksburg moves to Class 4A after state title season  WSLS

The Blacksburg Bruins are Tuesday's stop on the WSLS 1st and 10 High School Camp Tour. Blacksburg was 4-5 after nine games last year, but they finished the ...

PAC looks to flip control of Montgomery County Board of Supervisors  Roanoke Times

The campaign manager behind Democrat Chris Hurst's state House victory last year is turning his attention toward two Republican-occupied seats on the ...

Light, Carolyn Price  NRVN News

On the night of April 3, 2019 our beloved friend and family member Carolyn Ruth Price Light joined the host of angels in heaven above. She was born October ...


Sanford Drumheller Steve Drumheller and Suzanne Sanford of Blacksburg, Va., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sallie Ross ...

Montgomery Co. schools get rid of class rankings, valedictorian  WSET

MONTGOMERY Co., Va. (WSET) -- Graduation will look very different in Montgomery County next year.The school board voted unanimously to end class ...

GALLIMORE, Gerald Gene  Roanoke Times

GALLIMORE Gerald Gene February 23, 1940 March 5, 2019 Gerald Gene Gallimore, formerly of Blacksburg, Va. and Emporia, Va., died Tuesday, March 5, 2019 ...

Blacksburg football star Tiquest Terry picks UVa  Roanoke Times

Tiquest Terry has not exactly been a regular visitor to Charlottesville over the past couple of years.

Blacksburg dominates Region 4D cross country meet, sweeps team titles  Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG – This is not a recording. Blacksburg was dominant at yet another cross country meet as the Bruins' powerhouse program swept the team titles at ...

Hokie man: Blacksburg's Beck says he'll play football at Virginia Tech  Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG — Blacksburg senior Cole Beck said Friday night that he will attend Virginia Tech next year, where he plans to play football and run track.

WEST, Frank T  Roanoke Times

WEST Frank T July 20, 1924 February 2, 2019 Frank T West was taken to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, February 2, 2019. He was born July 20,

From Virginia Tech to Parkland, Montgomery County schools hone threat assessment  Roanoke Times

CHRISTIANSBURG — For a community that has vowed since its own traumatic ordeal not to be defined by gun violence, the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, ...

Boyd, Anthony Michael  NRVN News

Anthony (Tony/Bonz) Michael Boyd 05/31/1967 to 02/24/2019. He was born in Manchester, NH. He was 51 years old. He is preceded in death by his father, ...

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