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

Lady Buffs double down on Magna Vista

Lady Buffs double down on Magna Vista

Floyd County High School’s varsity basketball Lady Buffs fought a determined Magna Vista squad at home Friday night before icing the game when Abi Belshan stole the ball from the Warriors with 16 seconds to go and drove the court before a clinching score to give Floyd a 50-45 win. A big night for Belshan… Continue Reading

Fast, low and loud

Fast, low and loud

We hear them before we see them, if we even see them at all — the low flying military aircraft that use the Blue Ridge Mountains for aerial training and practice for combat in places like Afghanistan and other far away places.

This shot of a jet zooming over Floyd County just north of the town late one morning was only one of three shots I was able to capture and it was shot not with a long telephoto but with a 24-70 zoom lens set at 70mm.

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Books that some folks want to ban

Books that some folks want to ban

Accomac County Public Schools pulled to novels considered “classics” from student libraries this week because a parent filed a formal complaint over language used in the books. The books in question?  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird.  Both, the complaint said, contained too may uses of racial slurs in the text.… Continue Reading

December kicks off with busy weekend

December kicks off with busy weekend

December 1, 2016 — Beginning of the last month of an interesting year as well as the first weekend of the month in and around Floyd County. This weekend features a basketball match-up between the Floyd County Lady Buffaloes and Magna Vista at starting at 5:30 p.m. with the junior varsity and 7:00 p.m. for… Continue Reading

Good crowd, long night, tough loss

Good crowd, long night, tough loss

Carroll County’s Cavaliers put Floyd County’s Buffaloes down 42-33 Tuesday night at the FCHS gym. The game, interrupted by attempts to fix a slick spot on the basketball court, closed out the first half close with the Cavs leading 17-33 but Carroll County outscored Floyd 14-5  in the third quarter and 11-5 in the final… Continue Reading

They wanna dance

Another fun night of filming The Friday Night Jamboree in Floyd.

The kids dominated the dance floor, with their wild flourishes and unfettered movements on a hot, humid and rainy evening in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia.

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A little slice of time

A little slice of time

When photographing high school sports, I often try to look for a right instant of time to catch action or a look by an athlete or other patricipant that, I think, expresses the intensity of the sport. Sometimes, what I shoot is an accident that still gives a photos that I like: A football player… Continue Reading

Blocked extra point brings FCHS football loss

Blocked extra point brings FCHS football loss

After Radford scored in the first play of the rain-postponed game against Floyd at FCHS Monday, Buffalo quarterback Ian Berry tossed a 21-yard pass to Austin Gallimore for a second quarter touchdown and appeared ready to tie the game but the swarmng Bobcats blocked the extra-point attempt, leaving a one-point deficit. Later in the second… Continue Reading