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

Cantrell retires from coaching basketball

Cantrell retires from coaching basketball

Alan Cantrell, the legendary coach of the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes, announced his retirement from basketball this week, ending a run that brought four state titles to the ladies and one for the boys.

The school Tuesday promoted JV coach Jason Dalton to varsity the job for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Cantrell ends his 37-year-run coaching basketball at five high schools in Virginia but the Buchanan native began his coaching career in Floyd County in 1977 and returned there after stints at Grundy, Whitewood High in Buchanan, Tazewell and Pound.

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Better check your AEP electric bill

Better check your AEP electric bill

Do you receive your Appalachian Power bill electronically and pay it automatically each month with auto-pay withdrawal? If so, double-check yours to make sure a “billing software glitch” in the February and March bills did not hit you with a late payment fee that was not your fault. Columnist Dan Casey of The Roanoke Times… Continue Reading

Jimmy Breslin: Losing a newspaper icon

Jimmy Breslin: Losing a newspaper icon

Jimmy Breslin died Sunday at his home in Manhattan at age 88.  He wrote stories with two-finger poundings that quickly wore out many keyboards, skewered those who needed deflating, focused on ordinary people in trials and tribulations, delighted his many readers and was a classic big city newspaper columnist in the nation’s biggest city. Breslin’s… Continue Reading

Losing Chuck Berry to the ages

Losing Chuck Berry to the ages

Rock and roll pioneer and legend Chuck Berry died Saturday at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri, not far from St. Louis. Although I grew up with his music, I saw him in concert during the 1970s while photographing the Mississippi River Festival on the campus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville just across… Continue Reading

Driving in the snow

Floyd County Schools closed Monday. So are nearly all public and private schools in the New River and Roanoke valleys.

Still a lot of snow on the ground and with temperatures Monday remaining below freezing, the chances of much melting are nil. Continue Reading