June 27, 2017

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

So much for the weather forecasts

So much for the weather forecasts

Rain is predicted around these parts off and on but the predictions, like the chances of rain, seem to fade away into the night…and day.

According to the forecast of the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg Monday, Floyd County and surrounding areas had a 49 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms on Tuesday.

That was Monday.  Today (Tuesday), the forecast calls for less than 10 percent and the hourly percentage is zero percent during the morning hours and about five percent for the evening. Continue Reading

It is better than the alternative

It is better than the alternative

With luck, I will turn 70 later this year.  I can still use a motorcycle for much of my daily transportation and ride the tight turns on Squirrel Spur or our other challenging roads.  I can still cover courts and the board of supervisors for the paper and I will wander the vast areas of FloydFest later next month for photographic and video coverage. Continue Reading

Music and sun on a Floyd Friday night

Tropical storm Cindy’s threatened visit to our area turned into more worry than actuality and sun and beautiful weather greeted Floyd’s Friday night musical offerings for those who ignored the weather forecast that originally threatened rain and storms.

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Goodbye to The Floyd Pharmacy

Goodbye to The Floyd Pharmacy

  Employees of The Floyd Pharmacy spent much of this week packing things that will no longer be sold when the building reopens Monday as a CVS chain drug store. The building that housed the Pharmacy was a Piggly Wiggly back in the 1960s.  On Monday, it opens as a CVS. Watching the end of… Continue Reading

A busy weekend awaits us

A busy weekend awaits us

The last weekend in June brings The Floyd Fandango, the Annual House & Garden Tour, another chapter of Floyd Small Town Summer and the Relay for Life as well as much more. Keep your umbrellas handy as the National Weather Service in Blacksburg predicts scattered thunderstorms for Friday and a higher chance on Saturday on… Continue Reading