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

Separating church from state

Separating church from state

Circuit clerks throughout Virginia, recognizing — in some cases reluctantly — that gay marriage is destined to become the law of the land, are getting ready for an influx of applications after an expected favorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week denied motions for a stayRead More…

The fog of morning

The fog of morning

Foggy out there this morning and predictions of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. A friend in Salem says she is waiting for a witch or two to float by from all the rain that has fallen down in their town. Electricity blinked on and off several times in areas of Floyd County Tuesday night,(Read More)

Pipeline’s effect on Floyd County

Pipeline’s effect on Floyd County

Want to know what construction of a 42-inch natural gas pipeline will bring to Floyd County?  Just take a look above. Yep, that’s the swath of destruction that such a pipeline would bring to the landscape, view shed and scenery of the county. Not to mention the danger to the county’s already-fragile water supply and(Read More)

Stop the pipeline?  Stop fracking

Stop the pipeline? Stop fracking

As interest — mostly in opposition — builds on the proposed 42-inch natural gas pipeline that would transmit the fuel from a fracking operation in West Virginia to a distribution center in Chatham and travel and strangely circuitious route through Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery, Floyd, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties, one wonders if the answer to a(Read More)

Will Floyd be a dollar store short?

Will Floyd be a dollar store short?

The bidding war to buy Family Dollar stores will probably cost Floyd one of its two dollar store outlets in town. With Family Dollar on Virginia Route 8 north and Dollar General on U.S. 221 north — both just outside the town of Floyd limits — the Family Dollar would most likely go bye bye(Read More)

Rain and more rain

Rain and more rain

Yes, the rain returned in force Monday with heavy downpours at times during the day and wet conditions throughout. Tuesday, expect more of the same, and still more through the week before less chance over the weekend. Lately, there has been more rain and sun in Seattle than in Floyd. Wonder how that happened?

McDonnell’s defense starts

McDonnell’s defense starts

As the defense tries to find a way to absolve former scandal-ridden governor Bob McDonnell of exchanging favors for loans, cash and gifts from a high-rolling dietary supplement wheeler-deeler, a federal agent documents shows the governor and his wife pulled down more than $177,000 in largese from the scheme. Jonnie R. Williams Sr. provided some(Read More)

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The love of music

The love of music

Music is an integral part of life in Southwestern Virginia and that life extends far beyond any particular kind of musical offering. I’ve been trying to capture that life for a decade now in print, photos and video and each attempt brings more insight and understanding of the role that love of music brings toContinue Reading

News

Schools start Tuesday in Floyd County

Schools start Tuesday in Floyd County

School started today in Floyd County. The school buses hit the road early in the morning and roads are wet and foggy.

Watch out for our children and give them a break on this first day of school and throughout the rest of the school year.

Let’s be careful out there .Continue Reading

Sports

FCHS teams getting ready

FCHS teams getting ready

Practice for fall high school sports in Floyd County is underway and school starts officially on Tuesday, August 12. Football, volleyball and other sports are gearing up for returns on the field and in the gym. The marching band will provide entertainment at halftime and provide music during the games and local fans will hopeContinue Reading