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

Floyd drops home football opener 30-28

Floyd drops home football opener 30-28

Floyd County High School appeared headed for a halftime lead of 14-13 Friday night in the varsity football home opener against Carroll County but a fumble set up a field goal by the Cavaliers to give them a two-point lead of 16-14 over the Buffaloes.

The game could have gone the other way in the second half but the end result was two points, 30-28, with the edge to Carroll County.

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A tragic week to face death and realities

A tragic week to face death and realities

This tragic time began with an accident that took Bobby and Pam Clark away from us one week ago. Then a madman killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward, two vibrant members of our broadcast journalism community, on live TV at Smith Mountain Lake Wednesday. Today, I remember Ethel McPeak Thompson Bolt, my mother, who passed… (Read More)

Lots to do this weekend

Lots to do this weekend

It’s the final weekend of August and the last one before Labor Day. Friday activities: Floyd Artisan Market, Community Pavilion, 205 South Locust Street, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Vintage Blue Meets World Jazz, with Scott Perry and David McGregor at The Jacksonville Center, 220 Parkway Lane South, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday Night… (Read More)

Alison Parker & Adam Ward deserved more

Alison Parker & Adam Ward deserved more

Like so much of his life, the name Vester Lee Flanagan II used as a broadcast reporter during his 11 months at WDBJ television in Roanoke was a phony.  He called himself Bryce Williams and there was, in the words of one former WDBJ reporter “something not right with him.” He fought with cameramen, tried… (Read More)

Video

Keeping the music on the streets of Floyd

Keeping the music on the streets of Floyd

The musicians who provide the Friday night free street show in Floyd are working with the town to try and work out a way to provide the music and a safe place for the fans to watch, dance and enjoy themselves. They are moving their performances to safer areas along Locust Street, including Lineberry Park… Read More…

Sports

Athletics already into the new season at FCHS

Athletics already into the new season at FCHS

School started officially in Floyd County Tuesday but the high school’s golf team is already several games into the season and played at Great Oaks Country Club the afternoon of opening day for classes. For the golfers, the season opened last week at Draper, followed by a home game the next day, and then at… Continue Reading

News

Sexual predators among us

Sexual predators among us

A 42-year-old Indian Valley man who called his multiple sexual assaults on an elementary school girl when she was 12 and 13 “love, not rape” will spend the rest of his life in prison, serving six life terms for his assaults. Four of the life sentences against Richard Earl Bishop II were mandatory under Virginia… Continue Reading

Photography

Brings people together

Brings people together

Floyd is a diverse area and that diversity is most visible in the music heritage that dominates the county and Southwestern Virginia.

I shot this photo on Locust Street on a Friday night in Floyd in 2007. It still is one of my favorites because it shows young and old and those of different lifestyles playing together.

The music brings people together. Continue Reading