Little Texas. Courtesy of New River CC.
Little Texas. Courtesy of New River CC.

Here’s a roundup of news briefs from around Southwest and Southside:

Little Texas to perform at New River Community College April 28

Country band Little Texas will perform Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at New River Community College in Dublin. The event is part of the NRCC 2022-2023 Concert Series.

Tickets for the show are on sale now. Reserved seating tickets are $35 in advance and available for purchase online only at General seating tickets are $25 in advance and available online or in-person at the NRCC Business Office, 23 Godbey Hall, Dublin (cash and checks only for in-person sales). General seating tickets will be $30, and reserved seating tickets will be $40 when purchased at the door.

Little Texas has 12 Top 20 singles (with seven Top 10s and three consecutive No. 1s in a 12-month period) and received multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM nominations, winning the ACM for Top Vocal Group of 1993.

NRCC is a Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, affiliated venue. Doors will open for the show at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit Questions may be directed to Tim Jones at 540-674-3625.

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TSA holds recruiting session in Roanoke

The Transportation Security Administration is seeking to hire women and men to work at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport in preparation for the busy spring and summer travel seasons and is participating in two upcoming hiring events.

TSA officials will be on site at the Williamson Road Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 20 to help accelerate the hiring process.  The library is located at 3837 Williamson Road, NW, in Roanoke.

There are currently openings for both full- and part-time positions as TSA officers at Roanoke with a starting annual salary of $36,821 for full-time positions. Part-time salary is $17.64 an hour. All new hires will receive a $1,000 hiring bonus — $500 upon starting and another $500 upon completion of their first full year on the job. After July 1, 2023, the salary levels will increase.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals who are at least 18 years old who have a high school diploma, GED or security experience equivalent. However, applicants do not need previous experience working in security or law enforcement fields. New hires will receive extensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and they are paid while undergoing training.

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Alleghany County hiring event set for April 20 at Mountain Gateway CC

The Greater Roanoke Workforce Development Board is hosting the “Alleghany County Hiring Event” on Thursday, April 20, from 1 to 6 p.m.  on the lawn near the Moomaw Center on the Clifton Forge campus of Mountain Gateway Community College. In case of inclement weather the event will be moved indoors to Moomaw Center.

This event is free and open to all job seekers.

Representatives from the fields of manufacturing, healthcare, education and the public sector will be on hand to talk to prospective employees.

For more information, contact Xavier Story (, Robert Short (, David Shofstahl (, or Elizabeth Manns ( from the Greater Roanoke Workforce Development Board.

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Jackson Cunningham with the guitar. Courtesy of The Handmade Music School.
Jackson Cunningham with the guitar. Courtesy of The Handmade Music School.

Floyd County music school to raffle off custom-made guitar

The Handmade Music School at The Floyd Country Store and Southwest Virginia luthier Jackson Cunningham are announcing the Second Annual Cunningham Guitar Raffle. The Raffle offers a chance to win one of Cunningham’s custom-made guitars to benefit programming at The Handmade Music School.

Raffle tickets are $25 (available for purchase through Friday, June 9, 2023) and the winning ticket will be selected and announced at the Friday Night Jamboree (in-person and livestream). The goal of the fundraiser is to sell at least 1,000 tickets to raise $25,000 in support of the Share The Music Scholarship Fund and music programming at The Handmade Music School, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is dedicated to cultivating and strengthening community through experiences in music, dance, art, and food rooted in Appalachian traditions.

The inaugural raffle in 2021 generated over $20,000 for The Handmade Music School

This guitar was built from a special selection of tone woods collected over the years from local luthiers, wood cutters and musicians around Southwest Virginia. The guitar was brought to life in Cunningham’s workshop in Grayson County in the Fall of 2022. It is a faithful recreation inspired by the classic steel string models from the pre-war era.