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

A busy weekend

A busy weekend

We head into the final weekend of August with the high school football season kicking off and lots of activities for just about everyone. Looks like weather should cooperate in and around Floyd County. The thermometer is heating up again but not at the stifling hot, humid levels of recent weeks and the outlook for… Continue Reading

The heat is on at our schools

The heat is on at our schools

Floyd County public schools sent students home early Monday and again on Tuesday because of the oppressive heat in the dog days of August. The early closure came less than a week after the county Board of Supervisors approved an emergency allocation of funds to add air conditioning units to the Floyd Elementary School cafeteria,… Continue Reading

New volleyball season begins

New volleyball season begins

The 2016 Volleyball season for Floyd County High School kicked off Tuesday evening a home with middle schoolers dispatching Carroll County with strong victories in two matches. Junior Varsity lost the first match and was losing in the second when I had to leave to cover the meeting of the county Board of Supervisors. Wasn’t… Continue Reading

Closing down comments

Closing down comments

The Quad City Times — an Illinois-Iowa newspaper I read regularly during my 12 years as a reporter, photographer and columnist in the Land of Lincoln — shut down its online comments section of its web site, effective today. Executive Editor Autumn Phillips pulled the plug after reading comments on a story about a man… Continue Reading

The ‘Net of our efforts

The ‘Net of our efforts

Celebrated the birth of the Internet over the weekend.  The World Wide Web began 25 years ago. Actually, it wasn’t a birth but an adoption.  Congress turned what was then “DARPANet” over to the National Science Foundation, taking the online service out of its secretive and classified world as an sharing of information (among those… Continue Reading

They wanna dance

Another fun night of filming The Friday Night Jamboree in Floyd.

The kids dominated the dance floor, with their wild flourishes and unfettered movements on a hot, humid and rainy evening in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia.

Music by 2 Young, 2 Old. Continue Reading

Horsing around and more in Check

Horsing around and more in Check

Check’s community festival brought area residents together for games, music, food and a horse pull at the elementary school Sunday, plus a gathering of alumni from the old Check high school and others who attended elementary. The horse pull was a main attraction as five teams hauled a weighted platform that started at 2,000 pounds… Continue Reading

Soccer

Soccer

Floyd County’s expanded Parks & Recreation Authority is showcased on Monday and Wednesday nights by soccer on multiple fields with hundreds of kids playing the round ball. Not only are the kids having a good time, the games show budding talents that could end up on the FCHS boys and soccer teams in the future.… Continue Reading