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

Warmer and drier weather for the weekend?

Warmer and drier weather for the weekend?

A tribute to the music of Carole King is part of a varied weekend for Floyd County as the area heads into the last weekend of April and next weekend kicks off May. The Country Store has offered various musical tributes to stars of music in recent years, including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Gordon… Continue Reading

Here comes the sun…finally

Here comes the sun…finally

The deluge of rain that has dropped several inches of moisture on Southwestern Virginia (and the rest of the Commonwealth) is expected to end early this afternoon, leaving flooded fields, washed-out driveways and even water in basements and crawlspaces. Five to six inches of rain fell in Floyd County and elsewhere and the New River… Continue Reading

Facing down the Grim Reaper

Facing down the Grim Reaper

The death of a longtime good friend, who lost his life to pancreatic cancer at 72 late last week, reminded me that the ever-patient Grim Reaper awaits all of us.  It has been a factor for most of my 69 years of life. The Reaper struck when I was nine months old, taking my father… Continue Reading

Driving in the snow

Floyd County Schools closed Monday. So are nearly all public and private schools in the New River and Roanoke valleys.

Still a lot of snow on the ground and with temperatures Monday remaining below freezing, the chances of much melting are nil. Continue Reading