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

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…

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…

Franklin County limits comments

Franklin County limits comments

It appears Franklin County administrator Rick Huff passes on misinformation for a living. Or maybe he just passes on information from energy companies without taking the necessary trouble of verifying their information with more credible sources. In an interview with Ducan Peters of The Roanoke Times Sunday, Huff — talking about the proposed Mountain Valley…

Human remains found in Albemarle County

Human remains found in Albemarle County

Human remains were found by Chesterfield police Saturday near Old Lynchburg Road not far from Charlottesville in Albermarle County but tests are needed to determine if they are the body of missing University of Virginia Hannah Graham. Police sources say they believe the remains are of Graham and have notified her family and now are…

Buffaloes lose to Glenvar 27-7

Buffaloes lose to Glenvar 27-7

Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes fell to Glenvar 27-7 in Roanoke County Friday night. The loss now leaves Floyd at 1-6 for the season and the team heads for Eastern Montgomery County on Friday, October 24 for the next game. Full story by Roger Mannon in next week’s Floyd Press. (Blue Ridge Muse Photographer Doug…

Music and more in Floyd this weekend

Music and more in Floyd this weekend

Katie and the Bubbatones and The Tune Town Old Time String Band lead music and dancing at The Friday Night Jamboree at the Country Store on Locust Street tonight. The True Life Travelers start the gospel hour at 6:30 p.m. with Katie and her Bubbatones kicking off at 7:30 p.m. and the Tune Towners at…

OK.  I’m sick. Satisfied?

OK. I’m sick. Satisfied?

Hard down this week.  While scoping out photographic and video locations in the mountains Monday I came across something that generated a previously-unknown allergy attack or created an infection. Now, with a raging fever, breathing difficulties and other problems I finally gave in today for medical treatment from Carilion.  Amy, who has pushed for this…

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

Another chapter of Paul D. Allen’s sordid saga

Another chapter of Paul D. Allen’s sordid saga

Paul D. Allen, the self-promoted “data center developer” who led Floyd County’s economic development folks down a long and unfulfilled path of promises about a data center in the area, is now under indictment for $1.2 million in bank fraud in Ohio. It traces back to Allen’s “B-Telecom,” a data company he claimed to own…

Sports

Floyd falls to Radford 34-6

Floyd falls to Radford 34-6

Floyd County’s football Buffaloes returned to the gridiron after a bye week with pretty much the same result as before:  On the losing side of a lopsided match, dropping a home match against Radford in an on-again, off-again night of rain. After the Bobcats sprung out to 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the Buffaloes…