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

The color of racism

The color of racism

In the ongoing debate between those who, properly (in my opinion) consider the Confederate flag racist and those who inconceivably claim a non-racist “Southern” “heritage” that, also in my opinion, does not exist, one of the loudest proponents of the flag is Tim Boone, who spews his comments on “Floyd Uncensored” and related groups on… Read More…

The weekend is upon us

This is the weekend between the end of FloydFest and the beginning of the Galax Old Time Fiddler’s Convention that will being next week and end sometime between next Saturday night and early Sunday morning. (Read More)

Losing a young life way too soon

Losing a young life way too soon

Leah Goff died playing basketball, a sport where she showed great promise and seemed born to play. When the 13-year-old Floyd County girl collapsed while playing with the Spectrum travel team in Roanoke Tuesday, all attempts to revive her failed.  The cause of her sudden, tragic death is still undetermined at this writing. As a… (Read More)

The pain of rain

Hard driving thunderstorms drenched much of Floyd County Tuesday night amid a flash flood watch for the area, downed limbs and washed out driveways. (Read More)

Video

More Cajun music and dancing

An expanded look at the night Cajun music and wild, abandoned dancing that accompanied it came to The Floyd Country Store with The Revelers of Southwest Louisiana. Read More…

Windfall

Windfall was known as Brother Wind when I first filmed them together on the Floyd Country Courthouse lawn during one of the early “Spring Into Summer” events about a decade ago. Read More…

Sports

State title run ends for Lady Buffaloes

State title run ends for Lady Buffaloes

The run for a second state softball championship for the Lady Buffaloes ended Friday morning when a solo run by Pike County broke a 0-0 tie in the first extra inning. A close call at home plate ended a chance earlier in the game for Floyd to score and another base runner in scoring position… 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