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

Spooks and music

Spooks and music

Lots of Halloween, music and entertainment for the weekend. The Ridgeliners and Sugar Run headline the Friday Night Jamboree at the Country Store along with The Reese Family and Friends kicking off the gospel hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Ridgeliners at 7:30 and Sugar Run at 9. The Floorboards at a Halloween Dance…

Apple’s CEO is gay. Thank God

Apple’s CEO is gay. Thank God

Tim Cook, the chief executive officer of computer giant Apple outed himself Thursday, saying “I am proud to be gay.” In Bloomberg Businessweek Cook wrote: While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now.  So let me be clear:  I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay…

Applause for Sheriff Zeman, disgust for politics

Applause for Sheriff Zeman, disgust for politics

Saddened me this week when I listened to a local elected official go on a rant about Floyd County Sheriff Shannon Zeman’s decision to appear in a television ad endorsing Senator Mark Warner’s re-election bid against questionable, and corrupt, Ed Gillespie. This official, a Republican, claimed Zeman “violated an oath” he signed to promote Republican…

On the road again

On the road again

Next month will be the second anniversary of the great cow encounter on U.S. 221 at the bottom of Bent Mountain on Nov. 9, 2012 — an accident that kept me off a motorcycle and in rehab for extensive physical therapy for 21 months. Before the crash, I often rode 200-300 miles a day, and…

Angels cleaned its Attic?

Angels cleaned its Attic?

Floyd Thrift Store Angels in the Attic and its bombastic and combative executive director Kathy Blackwell have apparently parted company. Details of the split are sketchy at best but Blackwell appeared to announce her departure with an acerbic post on the Angels “Whispers” blog where she said: Isn’t life interesting?  Have you noticed there usually…

Video

Entertainment

Diverse options on stage

Diverse options on stage

Contrasting styles of music for a Floyd Americana Afternoon at the Country Store:  Driving sounds from Morgan Wade & Sweet Magnolia and the more laid-back Bruce Scism. Have video of both and will work on it soon.  Editing video takes much more time than shooting the footage and only so many hours in a day.…

News

Gas pipeline propaganda: Lies, damn lies and more

Gas pipeline propaganda: Lies, damn lies and more

If the often-vague and always sidestepping executives of EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy thought Franklin County would be a cakewalk for their natural pipeline express running from West Virginia to Chatham, they got a hardcore lesson of what country folks think of fast-buck corporate types in Rocky Mount. A large crowd of angry residents of…

Sports

Caleb Tanner back on the boards

Caleb Tanner back on the boards

Caleb Tanner, owner of the Virginia High School League season basketball scoring record and and the 2013-14 Timesland boys basketball player of the year as a senior at Floyd County High School, was back on the court Monday night as a member of the Elev8 Sports Institute post-graduate ball team in a fundraising game against…