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In  the News

January 16, 2020

A Trail of Good Will

Leslie has been privileged to know and work with some of Blacksburg's most admired citizens; and Bill Ellenbogen is outstanding among them.  This account of his work to advance the Huckleberry Trail includes his NFL career, as well as his professional accomplishments. The history of Blacksburg cannot be written without his portion. 






October 27, 2017

Meet the candidate: Leslie Hager-Smith

In the past few years, Hager-Smith put relentless effort into making Blacksburg a better place for its residents. Some of her accomplishments include being the co-founder of Blacksburg’s Summer Solstice Fest and originating the 16 Frogs Watershed Initiative, which is a public arts project with an environmental consciousness.

Election Day 2021 is November 2.


May 19, 2017

Montgomery County lawmakers approve sale of Blacksburg property to campaign donors

Great reporting by the Collegiate Times, elucidating the long-standing relationship between the Montgomery County Republican Party and the business partners who were recently offered preferential terms for the purchase of the old Blacksburg High School property. 

October 18, 2020

Progress continues at the Old Middle School site
Blacksburg is fortunate that development continues downtown, despite considerable loss of revenue due to COVID-19.  A 330-space, six-story parking garage will be paired and built in conjunction with a new police station, which is budgeted at approximately $16 million.
At one time it was hoped that Montgomery County would help to fund the garage, since 80 percent of the taxes generated at the site will go to county coffers.  Instead, Town Council created a special tax district for the purpose. The district will be dissolved once the garage is paid off.  The police station, designed to also function as a community center, will be funded by the Town's capital improvement budget, as well as a municipal bond sale. The "Midtown" project also includes townhouses, shops, offices and park land on the roughly 20-acre old site. 


June 2, 2020
Summer 2020 brought national
events to Blacksburg

The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd brought national events to the streets of Blacksburg, as elsewhere. Five rallies took place during the summer of  2020, all peacefully protected by the Blacksburg Police Department.  In the aftermath, The Town of Blacksburg began work to form a citizens' advisory committee to the police department, and effort that will be formalized in 2021.

The Greens at Virginia Tech are proud to endorse Leslie Hager-Smith for mayor of Blacksburg. We want to encourage the entire Virginia Tech community to turn out to vote on Nov. 7. Too often, we ignore local politics. The result is policies that are bad for the environment, bad for students and bad for local businesses . . . Hager-Smith deserves your vote because she is a woman of character. She has served multiple times as Blacksburg's vice mayor since 2008.  During that time, she has stood up for local residents and students on a number of issues, from affordable housing to sustainable development. She is a co-founder of Sustainable Blacksburg, which works to ensure that the town meets the highest standards in sustainability and environmental protection. Many politicians pay only lip service to the serious issue of clean air and water, but Hager-Smith has shown by her actions that she takes this issue seriously.

 December 20, 2016

Editorial:  Advice for anyone thinking about running for local office
A timely message on the value of planning, perseverance, and regional cooperation.