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

They fly through the air with the greatest of ease…

They fly through the air with the greatest of ease…

…Actually they train hard and long for the acrobatics that make modern cheer leading part of the games. Floyd County High School’s cheer leading squads spur enthusiasm for the various sports on the school’s calendar and are keeping busy as the regular season of basketball heads for a regular season close and the teams head… Read More…

When children are targets of predators

When children are targets of predators

Former Bedford police officer Brian Alexander, 54, is in jail without bond, facing six charges of possession of child pornography. Two Virginia Tech students, both teenagers, sit in Montgomery County Regional jail without bond for the death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg.  Investigators say 18-year-old David Edmond Eisenhauer,, an engineering student at Tech and… (Read More)

Getting some Java on a Saturday afternoon

Getting some Java on a Saturday afternoon

Caught one of my favorite local bands, The Java Brothers, at Americana Afternoon in The Floyd Country Store Saturday afternoon. The photos here are actually sill captures from video shot during their performance. Fiddle player Ralph Berrier Jr. is also a newsman for The Roanoke Times, my employer back in the dark ages of 1965-69… (Read More)

Dancing and then some on a Friday Night

Dancing and then some on a Friday Night

Good crowds at The Friday Night Jamboree at the Country Store and a free music night at Dogtown Roadhouse kept downtown Floyd hopping to begin the weekend on a cold night. Dancers young and old packed the floor to hear old time music and Bluegrass at the Country Store.  The store will be packed again… (Read More)

After the storm: Pickin’ and Dancin’

May have been snow on the ground and treacherous conditions on many secondary roads in Floyd County on Sunday, the day after the storm called Jonas, but that didn’t keep the musicians from The Floyd Country Store for an Old-Time Music Jam. Read More…

Sports

Lady Buffs double down on EastMont

Lady Buffs double down on EastMont

Floyd County’s Lady Buffaloes doubled the score on Eastern Montgomery at home Thursday night, beating the Mustangs 84-42. Ragan Wiseman continued her trend of double digit scoring with 21 points, followed by Natalie Boothe (20 points), Ashley Gallimore (13) and Cassidy Pratt (10). The Lady Buffs scored nine three point goals with Boothe downing four,… Continue Reading

News

Warnings ignored before murder of student?

Warnings ignored before murder of student?

Kari Cook says she told a school official about an Nicole Lovell’s “inappropriate relationship with an adult man” weeks before the 13-year-old was abducted and murdered. Cook, a student and friend, says Lovell posted a photo of a man who appeared to be older than 18 on Facebook and also posted messages saying she was… Continue Reading

Photography