News, views and musings from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia

Another blast from the past

Another blast from the past

Fred Gowin, a Facebook friend from my old days in Southern Illinois across the river form St. Louis, tagged me in a photo on Wednesday. Another memory from the past — the column heading for the expressions of opinion I wrote during my time as a reporter and photographer at The Alton Telegraph. Did I… Read More…

Enjoy the sun…it won’t last

Enjoy the sun…it won’t last

Old man sun made a welcome and day-long appearance Tuesday, something he should repeat Wednesday before thunderstorms move back into the area on Thursday and Friday. Saturday looks like partly cloudy with 0 percent of rain probability but with the thermometer forecast to hit 82, the chance of a late afternoon or early evening thunderstorm… (Read More)

Soccer teams lose in Conference first-round

Soccer teams lose in Conference first-round

Floyd County High School’s venture into Conference playoffs ended Monday night with the boys losing to Glenvar 2-0 and the girls going down 3-1 at Auburn. Still, the trip to the Conference championships was a victory in itself for the teams. On Wednesday, FlCHS track members go into the Regional play at Radford University. (Read More)

Busy schedule kicks off the week

Busy schedule kicks off the week

A mad, hectic week lies before us as a cool (temperature-wise) May winds down and Memorial Day approaches. Floyd County residents can comment, and perhaps influence, the final outcome of the proposed $34 million plus budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.  That budget, which includes a $1.8 million increase over the… (Read More)

Sports

Lady Buffs trounce EastMont 6-0

Lady Buffs trounce EastMont 6-0

Lightning in the area forced a pause for the Lady Buffaloes Senior event game against EastMont’s Mustangs Tuesday with Floyd leading 1-0 at the break. The Lady Buffs stormed back after resuming play, scoring five more runs and routing the Montgomery County team 6-0. Sophomore pitcher Rebecca Turman limited the opponents to just one hit… Continue Reading

News

Weather: The ever-changing fable

Weather: The ever-changing fable

Weather forecasting, a “meteorologist” once said, is a science. “Horsefeathers,” said another.  “It’s guesswork based on ever-changing conditions.  Even consistent conditions produce inconsistent results.” On Monday, the forecasters at The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg predicted a solid week of rain starting Tuesday with a possible break on Sunday before more rain next week.… Continue Reading

Photography

Sunrise

Sunrise

Perhaps, after all the clouds, rain and cooler than normal weather, we can actually now enjoy Spring and then Summer. Perhaps. Then, again, Mother Nature is a prickly thing with some bitchy tendencies. Time may tell. Or it may not. Continue Reading