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From Thanksgiving 2012 to today’s day of thanks

From Thanksgiving 2012 to today’s day of thanks

Thanksgiving: A special day for Amy and I. Two years ago, Thanksgiving 2012, she kept vigil at my hospital bed at Carillion Roanoke Valley’s intensive care unit after a motorcycle accident on Nov. 9th. I wasn’t expected to live.  Severe brain damage, a badly broken right leg, dislocated eye and facial injuries that required plastic…Read More…

Thousands left powerless on Thanksgiving

Thousands left powerless on Thanksgiving

The number of power outages for Floyd County on Thanksgiving Day stood at 1,652 at 5:02 p.m. Thursday. Earlier in the day, more than 3,340 Floyd County customers of Appalachian Electric greet Thanksgiving this morning without power after the company found itself ill-prepared for the wet snow that blanketed the area on Wednesday. The numbers…(Read More)

Into the darkness without power

Into the darkness without power

Update: At 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night, 3,495 customers of Appalachian Power Company remained without power. That figure topped the list of outages for the area.  Montgomery County was second with 1,506 and Carroll County third at 1,253.  Throughout Southwestern Virginia, the outages totaled 8,150. At 6:50 p.m., Floyd County had more than 62 percent of…(Read More)

Snow? Is it Thanksgiving yet?

Snow?  Is it Thanksgiving yet?

Yes, that’s snow on the ground. No, this is not Thursday — Thanksgiving Day — when the weather forecasters and “meteorologists” said was the day that snow “might or might not” arrive in our area. A mess of accidents for commuters using Virginia Rte. 8 between Floyd and Montgomery County and also along U.S. 221…(Read More)

Michael Brown crossed the line

Michael Brown crossed the line

Over the years I have covered many stories involving encounters between police officers and suspects. When I wrote a newspaper column for The Alton Telegraph in Illinois — just up the Mississippi River from St. Louis — I often received requests from readers who claimed they were victims of excessive use of force. Before setting…(Read More)

Katie, the Bubbatones & dancing

Katie, the Bubbatones & dancing

Katie & the Bubbatones kept an enthusiastic crowd dancing and have a great time at the Friday Night Jamboree. It’s always fun to watch the oldtimers mix with the younger set, particularly the older men who always seem to have a pretty young woman on their arm, although some of the young women have to…(Read More)

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Photography

Autumn Moon

Autumn Moon

The November full moon that appeared over the football field at Floyd County High School last Friday night. Photographed during the game on a Canon EOS-1 D-X with a 300mm f/2.8 lens and a 1.4 x telephoto adapter, which creates a 420 mm telephoto. The moon was so bright I was able to capture a…Continue Reading

News

Home ain’t worth what it once was

Home ain’t worth what it once was

For the first time I’ve owed property throughout my life, the value of that property decreased in valuation from a reassessment. The assessments of our property in Floyd County went down — not a lot but enough to raise eyebrows at our house this year. Wingate and Associates, the company reassessing real estate for the…Continue Reading

Sports

Volleyball Buffs lose state semi-final match

Volleyball Buffs lose state semi-final match

Floyd County High School’s volleyball Buffaloes started strong Tuesday night against Riverheads in the state semi-final match in Augusta County but, after taking the opening match 26-20, the Gladiators took the next three games and now head to Richmond Saturday for a final against undefeated Gate City. After losing the second match, Floyd fought hard…Continue Reading