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

Crime time in Floyd County

Crime time in Floyd County

Indictments handed down this month from the Floyd County grand jury included 29 counts of child pornography against a 20-year-old Indian Valley man. Police arrested Randy Lee Phillips, a 2012 graduate of Floyd County High School, on September 4.  A Virginia State Police investigator traced an offering of child pornography over the Internet back toRead More…

Terry McAuliffe: Just another governor for sale

Terry McAuliffe: Just another governor for sale

Looks like the current governor of Virginia, just like the one he followed, is for sale to the highest bidder. While former governor Bob McDonald waits to see how long he and his estranged wife will serve in prison for getting big bucks from former Star Scientific CEO, current governor Terry McAuliffe is selling out(Read More)

The heat is on

The heat is on

Lots of reports from folks closing their windows (or turning off their air conditioners) and turning on their heat. Counted more than 25 posts on Facebook this morning from those who said something about having to fire up their heating system. Temperatures dipped down into the 50s last night and are expected to drop down(Read More)

How wet was it?

How wet was it?

Very wet for the football teams, the homecoming participants and the fans for Friday night’s 44-0 thumping of Patrick County by the Floyd County High School Buffaloes. The rain often came down in sheets, soaking people, instruments, photography equipment and everything else.  And it kept getting cooler through the night. The Buffaloes persevered.  So did(Read More)

What happened to summer?

What happened to summer?

According to the calendar, it is still summer out there. Really? The temperature outside right now is 60 degrees — still well below the forecast of 68 and even that projection is cooler than this time of year. It might climb into the low 70s on Monday and Tuesday before heading back into the 60s(Read More)

Floyd posts 44-0 win over Patrick County

Floyd posts 44-0 win over Patrick County

In a driving rain that also soaked homecoming festivities before a crowd huddled under umbrellas, Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes notched their first win of the season with a 44-0 thumping of Patrick County Friday night. In a game that started with a safety against Patrick County, the Buffaloes controlled the waterlogged game throughout, falling(Read More)

Saying goodbye to Bill Richardson

Saying goodbye to Bill Richardson

We lost Bill Richardson, fiddle player and a founding member of The Jugbusters, a Bluegrass and traditional music band that was an area favorite and a regular at The Friday Night Jamboree. Fiddler and Roanoke Times reporter Mike Gangloff wrote a an incredible sendoff to Bill for The Roanoke Times this week, telling the touching(Read More)

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Photography

Jamboree’s dancing mix

Jamboree’s dancing mix

The mix of dancers at The Friday Night Jamboree are an eclectic group that crosses generational and ethnic lines. That mixture increases in the fall when newcomers from area universities and other places discover the event and mix in with the regulars who come each and every Friday night. These two images were from SeptemberContinue Reading

News

McDonnell, wife, convicted

McDonnell, wife, convicted

A jury of seven men and five women Thursday afternoon convicted former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his former pro football cheerleader wife Maureen of multiple counts of corruption in office. McDonnell, who tired to blame the entire affair on his wife, is the first governor in Virginia history to be convicted of a felony. HeContinue Reading

Sports

Cross country action at Rocky Knob

Cross country action at Rocky Knob

Floyd County High School’s annual cross country meet at Rocky Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway pitted the Buffaloes against Eastern Montgomery and Roanoke Catholic amid the clouds and misty conditions Wednesday afternoon. The FCHS boys varsity team took a victory.  Roger Mannon’s story and more of my photos in next week’s Floyd Press.