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WDBJ7 Sports Staff | August 24, 2012
Blacksburg started 6-foot-6 Kaleb Bohrnstedt at quarterback Friday against Giles,  as Coach Dave Crist convinced the basketball standout to try football.  While the Bruins gained a player in the offseason, the Spartans lost one in back Ethan Mitchell who transferred back to Brooke Point in Northern Virginia. Blacksburg students were banging the trash cans as they tried to rally their team to come back from an early deficit against the Spartans. We pick it up in the 4th quarter with the score 17-10, Giles in the lead.
Travis Wells and Sports Director | August 22, 2011
Blacksburg head coach Dave Crist began his 37th season on the sidelines, looking for career win number 221 against the Giles Spartans. The Spartans special teams were just that early in the game.  The home team gets things started by blocking a Blacksburg punt. Brad Lipes of Giles recovers and takes it down inside the ten yard line. On the very next play, Brad Kessinger totes it for six yards to the three.  But the Spartans can't punch it in on fourth down, and they turn it over.
Holly Pietrzak and Weekend Anchor/Reporter | May 18, 2012
Some Blacksburg intersections get a makeover. Five intersections along Main Street are being rebuilt. Each will have new traffic signals, pedestrian signals and crosswalks as well as paving. The old traffic signals dated back 30 years. "The traffic controllers didn't have the ability to connect with each other along Main Street.  With the upgrades, we're able to do pedestrian movements," said Brandon Steele, a town engineer. The project started in December.
Travis Wells and News 7 Sports Reporter | November 3, 2011
Christiansburg was without quarterback Brendan Motley tonight in Blacksburg but the Blue Demons had already nailed down a first round playoff bye, inching closer to the number one seed in Region IV, Division Four with a win tonight. Midway through the 2nd quarter, it was tied up at 10. Christiansburg starts to march down the field when Jordan Price hands it off to Ve'Quan Green-Gause. He runs it up the sidelines an hurdles over an defender for a gain of 23 yards. A couple of plays later, Christiansburg faces 4th and 15 on the Blacksburg 33 yard line when they decide to go for it. The gamble pays off as Jordan Price he heaves the ball into the air and Kam Johnson comes down with it in the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown.
Web staff | June 20, 2013
A family in Blacksburg is angry and worried after they say someone tried to kidnap their daughter. Karly Smith is safe now. Wednesday night, the family says Karly was sitting on the sofa when a man came to the door and said he wanted her.  The family says police came, but didn't find anyone. Ten minutes after the officers left, neighbors say the mystery man came back.   Now the family says it wants parents to know what happened. "We're pretty much letting the neighborhood know everybody around here and that's on key trying to make it out to the public that this is going on so that we can get this guy and get him off the streets," said Daryl King.  The family says it's working to start a neighborhood watch program as soon as it can.
WDBJ7 Web Staff | June 19, 2013
The Blacksburg Police Department is investigating the death of a 24-year-old woman. The woman was found dead inside her home Monday. She was found dead after police were asked to do a welfare check. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Blacksburg Police Department.
David Seidel and Assignment Manager | June 14, 2013
A development company has withdrawn its plan for the Old Blacksburg Middle School site.  Town officials received the letter of withdrawal Friday. In the letter, James Cown of CowanPerry PC said he was withdrawing the development plan to clear the way for joint meetings with town council and Montgomery County supervisors.  Cowan said he would resubmit a revised plan for "Midtown Village" based on the outcome of those meetings. "We understand that there have been frustrations on both sides with the complex and sometimes challenging pieces of this puzzle and each side's respective efforts to move this process forward," Cowan wrote.  "We are committed to taking the time necessary to work through those questions and issues with you. "
June 13, 2013
Price's Fork Area - Intersection of Tucker & McCoy Roads.   9am-2pm (no early birds...won't be ready until 9am). Clothing: Toddler Girls, Women's, Men's--many in great condition (cheap). Household: New comforter sets, beach towels, small appliances. Toys. Exercise equipment.
Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | June 13, 2013
Early Friday, town leaders in Blacksburg grabbed those ceremonial golden shovels and broke ground- again- at the development known as First and Main. Leaders tossed dirt near the exact spot where the new Frank Theatre multi-plex, I-Max and high-tech bowling alley will be built. Town council says it's fully behind the effort. About a hundred folks showed up for the ground breaking, which was held right between two longtime vacant storefronts. We asked if those vacancies were a concern.
June 11, 2013
The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors is dropping the idea of changing the name of Blacksburg High School. Last month the board voted to at least discuss it to show the school reaches people in other places, not just Blacksburg. At last night's county board meeting, students and parents accused the board of playing politics. "I believe that changing the name was just as she said, it was politics. Let's be honest. And it's unfair to drag students into county politics.
David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | June 3, 2013
Sometimes, keeping up with the times costs money. For a century-old theater in one hometown, they got the money in a very modern way. The Lyric Theater faced the same challenge all smaller, older theaters across the country will; upgrading its projection equipment. Last Friday, the theater got good news; thanks to a little kick. Determined to not let the over one hundred year old theater be a casualty of the digital age, Susan Mattingly knew she needed to get creative. "It was essential that we make this upgrade," Mattingly said.
WDBJ Web Staff | June 1, 2013
Blacksburg High School student Audrey Polk is riding in style.  Today, she won a new car! It's part of the after prom program put on each year, to give high schoolers something constructive to do as the head in to the summer. Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition has been hosting the event for 25 years. More than 100 students from across the region, from Martinsville, Bath County, to Lynchburg take part. "Usually with after prom, it's given to students who go to their prom and stay to the very end," Director Kathy Sullivan says.  "Usually about 3 or 4 'clock in the morning.  The reason we do this is becasue we want shools to understand kids are safer off the road and drug free.
Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | May 29, 2013
Montgomery County leaders asked the question; could someone consider changing the name of the new high school being built in Blacksburg. Tonight there's a whole lot of chatter about the possible name change. It seemed simple enough, asking the Montgomery County school board to think about NOT naming the new high school being built in Blacksburg, the very obvious, "Blacksburg High School", maybe something more generic might be better. Montgomery County Board member Chris Tuck asked the question out loud, "At least talk with the school board not saying that we do it but at least discuss this matter with the school board to see if this is something they may be interested in that would embrace the entire diversity of the county area.
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