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Katie, the Bubbatones & dancing

Katie, the Bubbatones & dancing

Katie & the Bubbatones kept an enthusiastic crowd dancing and have a great time at the Friday Night Jamboree. It’s always fun to watch the oldtimers mix with the younger set, particularly the older men who always seem to have a pretty young woman on their arm, although some of the young women have to…Read More…

Farmers Market wraps up 2014 season

Farmers Market wraps up 2014 season

Floyd’s unique Farmers Market wrapped up its 2014 season Saturday in freezing temperatures on Locust Street, but those who ventured out found food, pottery and other item. On hiatus now until Spring.  See everyone then.(Read More)

Why I do what I do

Why I do what I do

Threats, criticisms and personal attacks go with the territory when you cover news.  When a shooter killed John Lennon many years ago, I wrote about the public outcry over his murder and wondered in print if it was way too much fretting over the death of a former pop idol. That brought an anonymous threat…(Read More)

Terpenny leaving Floyd

Terpenny leaving Floyd

Lance Terpenny, the long-haired, bearded Harley Davidson-riding part-time town manager who came to Floyd after Christiansburg sacked him four years ago, is leaving the job at the end of the year. Terpenny left Christiansburg after a messy fight with the town council there following 14 years as town manager and seven before that as assistant.…(Read More)

State, county investigate Joe’s Garage fire

State, county investigate Joe’s Garage fire

Investigators from the Virginia State Police have joined the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department to determine the cause of a massive fire that destroyed Joe’s Garage and related businesses of Joey Kaylor Thursday. The blaze gutted the 12-bay garage, sent the ceiling crashing down from the back, closed down U.S. 221 for a while and threatened…(Read More)

Floyd’s new interim prosecutor

Floyd’s new interim prosecutor

We reported on The Floyd Press web site Tuesday and in Thursday’s print edition that Eric Branscom — an assistant prosecutor in Roanoke, Montgomery and Alleghany counties for the past several years — will be the new interim Commonwealth’s Attorney in Floyd County for the rest of Stephanie Shortt’s second term. Shortt becomes a juvenile…(Read More)

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Autumn Moon

Autumn Moon

The November full moon that appeared over the football field at Floyd County High School last Friday night. Photographed during the game on a Canon EOS-1 D-X with a 300mm f/2.8 lens and a 1.4 x telephoto adapter, which creates a 420 mm telephoto. The moon was so bright I was able to capture a…Continue Reading

News

Home ain’t worth what it once was

Home ain’t worth what it once was

For the first time I’ve owed property throughout my life, the value of that property decreased in valuation from a reassessment. The assessments of our property in Floyd County went down — not a lot but enough to raise eyebrows at our house this year. Wingate and Associates, the company reassessing real estate for the…Continue Reading

Sports

Volleyball Buffs lose state semi-final match

Volleyball Buffs lose state semi-final match

Floyd County High School’s volleyball Buffaloes started strong Tuesday night against Riverheads in the state semi-final match in Augusta County but, after taking the opening match 26-20, the Gladiators took the next three games and now head to Richmond Saturday for a final against undefeated Gate City. After losing the second match, Floyd fought hard…Continue Reading