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

The politics of hate, bigotry and racism

The politics of hate, bigotry and racism

Came home from a meeting Tuesday night to find all hell breaking loose online as editors of Capitol Hill Blue, my political news web site, dealt with the expected win of Donald Trump in the Indiana GOP primary and the unexpected withdrawal of long-shot challenger Ted Cruz from the Presidential race. We stayed up most… Read More…

One hail of a storm

That tiny white stuff falling in the area Monday night was hail, a brief but frenzied part of the storms that surged through the area later in the afternoon and continued into the evening. (Read More)

Who the hell is that guy?

Who the hell is that guy?

An email over the weekend from a reporter working on a story about the early days of the “Apple Mac Revolution” included a PDF file of the April 1985 issue of Macworld Magazine and asked if the Doug Thompson interviewed and photographed in the article “Washington’s Capitol Improvement” was me. It was.  I had forgotten… (Read More)

Sports

Two Buffaloes help all-star match

Two Buffaloes help all-star match

Yep, there is still basketball on area courts, or at least a final game this Spring of regional all stars for the inaugural Western Virginia Basketball Officials Association event held at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke. Two of Floyd County’s top players — seniors Michael Osborne and Evan Davis —  put their skills at… Continue Reading

News

A Loving Story that Virginia could not stop

A Loving Story that Virginia could not stop

In the 1950s, Richard and Mildred Loving seemed, at best, an odd couple — particularly in Virginia at the time. Richard sported a crew cut, a thick backwoods Virginia accent and seemed, as his lawyer would later say, “like a redneck.” Mildred, the woman he married in 1958 in tiny Central Point, Virginia, was half-black,… Continue Reading

Photography

The Lonesome River Band at Chantilly Farms

The Lonesome River Band at Chantilly Farms

A sellout crowd packed The Barn at Chantilly Farms near Floyd Sunday night for the completion of a tour promoting the new CD of Lonesome River Band with Sammy Shelor on banjo, Brandon Rickman on guitar, Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Barry Reed on bass and Randy Jones on mandolin and vocals. Shelor, of Meadows of… Continue Reading