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

Tim Kaine: Hillary Clinton’s VP pick

Tim Kaine: Hillary Clinton’s VP pick

Tim Kaine first appeared at Floyd’s famous Friday Night Jamboree in 2005 with governor Mark Warner. Kaine was running for Virginia’s top spot and won. Kaine was back twice in 2012 when he ran for the seat Sen. John Warner was leaving and he beat former governor and senator George Allen for the job. Presumptive… Read More…

The weekend is here. Have a good time

The weekend is here. Have a good time

The weekend, and a forecast of hot, hot weather, also provides a short but much-needed break from political conventions.  Those who enjoy life in Southwestern Virginia can listen to music, dance and bask in what the area offers. The National Weather Service in Blacksburg predicts temperatures into the high 80s with heat indexes reaching 100. … (Read More)

Sage advice from a politician and friend

Sage advice from a politician and friend

Manuel Lujan, a Republican Congressman from New Mexico, was my boss for several years during my time in Washington. I served as his press secretary and campaign communications consultant in 1982 when Lujan, then a Congressman for 12 years, faced a tough election against then New Mexico Treasurer Jan Hartke, son of former Indiana Sen.… (Read More)

Remember and thank our police

Remember and thank our police

In a rural community like Floyd, we know most of the law enforcement officers of the Sheriff’s department or the State Troopers assigned to our county. They are friends we see in church, shopping for food at the grocery stores, dancing at The Friday Night Jamboree and patrolling our roads and keeping our lives safe.… (Read More)

Dancing in the streets

Dancing in the streets and on the stages at The Friday Night Jamboree and the streets of Floyd on the last Friday night of June.

It was, of course, a good time had by all. Read More…

Street Rockin’

A cooler and wetter Spring kept musicians at a minimum on the streets of Floyd this year but a warm, pleasant Friday night brought out the musicians, the fans and the dancers this past weekend. Read More…

Sports

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

News

It was a chili day

It was a chili day

The skies cleared for a while, allowing the annual chili cook off featuring spicy creations from the Fire Department and Rescue Squads of Floyd County to flow from the pots at Lineberry Park Friday afternoon. Postponed by weather earlier in the year, the cook off brought chili samplers in while others kept a wary eye… Continue Reading

Photography

Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys

Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys

Bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys took to the stage of The Floyd Country Store Thursday night as part of The Crooked Road Homecoming series of concerts throughout Southwestern Virginia. McReynolds, who is 86, was part of the Jim and Jesse bluegrass duo and pioneered a mixture of “cross picking” and “split string”… Continue Reading