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

Lady Buffs secure state tourney spot with win

Lady Buffs secure state tourney spot with win

With a decisive 63-46 regional win over Chatham before an appreciative hometown crowd at Floyd County High School Wednesday night, the Lady Buffaloes earned a return trip to the Region 2A state quarterfinals. Abi Belshan’s 19 game points led the Lady Buffs, who led from their opening basket but saw Chatham chip away at a… Continue Reading

When a close, personal friend faces death

When a close, personal friend faces death

Hard to think about much today after Amy and I learned from a longtime friend last night that he has pancreatic cancer. Without immediate treatment, he has about three months to live.  He will start chemotherapy and other aggressive programs that might prolong the inevitable. It brings back painful memories of Amy’s mother, who was… Continue Reading

Another nice day: The road awaits

Another nice day:  The road awaits

Celebrated quality time on Presidents Day Monday on on two different motorcycles — my Harley Switchback and Amy’s Can-Am Spyder. Different bikes, different styles, different ways to ride. The Switchback is a classic cruiser, based on Harley-Davidson’s tried and true Dyna chassis.  Dynas have been upgraded and improved over the years and the Switchback  —… Continue Reading

At least the weather forecast is good…

At least the weather forecast is good…

The temperature this morning sits at 41 degrees at 0645, well above freezing in the middle of winter here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. The Blacksburg/Roanoke office of the National Weather Service says it will hit 60 degrees by noon and rise to about 66 with sun and little rain on a… 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