Author Archives: Doug Thompson

Stealing on Floyd Time…

Stealing on Floyd Time…

Just outside of the entrance of Skyline Bank last week, I watched a man dismount his bicycle and carefully lock it before doing his banking business. When he walked out, I noted: “I guess you’re new here in Floyd.” “Moved here a couple of months ago,” he said.  “How did you guess?” “You’re locking your… Continue Reading

Less-educated whites face despair, death

Less-educated whites face despair, death

Warning to middle-aged white folks with little education:  You’re doomed to die early in a life of despair and addiction. That’s the warning from those who study such things and issue dire reports. Angus Deaton and Anne Case, a pair of economists from Princeton, say palefaces who shun getting an education attempting, and failing, to… Continue Reading

Warmer weather with some rain

Warmer weather with some rain

Sun, rain and growing grass. Get your lawn mowers ready.  The National Weather Service says higher temperatures, along with some rain, will hit our areas for the remainder of this weekend and through the coming week. The temperature on our back porch reported 51 degrees at o500 on this Saturday with a projected high of… Continue Reading

New superintendent for county schools

New superintendent for county schools

Floyd County’s school system dominated news and breakfast table discussions this week with announcement of a new school superintendent and retirement of a legendary basketball coach. The School Board unanimously approved current interim and assistant school superintendent John Wheeler as the new system boss with a salary of $112,000 a year in a three-year contract,… Continue Reading

Cantrell retires from coaching basketball

Cantrell retires from coaching basketball

Alan Cantrell, the legendary coach of the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes, announced his retirement from basketball this week, ending a run that brought four state titles to the ladies and one for the boys.

The school Tuesday promoted JV coach Jason Dalton to varsity the job for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Cantrell ends his 37-year-run coaching basketball at five high schools in Virginia but the Buchanan native began his coaching career in Floyd County in 1977 and returned there after stints at Grundy, Whitewood High in Buchanan, Tazewell and Pound.

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Better check your AEP electric bill

Better check your AEP electric bill

Do you receive your Appalachian Power bill electronically and pay it automatically each month with auto-pay withdrawal? If so, double-check yours to make sure a “billing software glitch” in the February and March bills did not hit you with a late payment fee that was not your fault. Columnist Dan Casey of The Roanoke Times… Continue Reading

Jimmy Breslin: Losing a newspaper icon

Jimmy Breslin: Losing a newspaper icon

Jimmy Breslin died Sunday at his home in Manhattan at age 88.  He wrote stories with two-finger poundings that quickly wore out many keyboards, skewered those who needed deflating, focused on ordinary people in trials and tribulations, delighted his many readers and was a classic big city newspaper columnist in the nation’s biggest city. Breslin’s… Continue Reading

Losing Chuck Berry to the ages

Losing Chuck Berry to the ages

Rock and roll pioneer and legend Chuck Berry died Saturday at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri, not far from St. Louis. Although I grew up with his music, I saw him in concert during the 1970s while photographing the Mississippi River Festival on the campus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville just across… Continue Reading

So much for weather forecasting

So much for weather forecasting

So much for Friday’s forecast being even close to accurate. The National Weather Service in Blacksburg claimed the temperature might touch 50 by Friday afternoon.  Instead, it might have made it to the low 40s in some areas in many areas as cooler air dominated and clouds covered the sky for the day with only brief… Continue Reading

Warm, sunny days ahead for Spring

Warm, sunny days ahead for Spring

The temperature on the back porch this Friday morning is 23 degrees and the National Weather Service in Blacksburg says it “feels” like 23 degrees because the wind outside is about two miles per hour. That is one hell of a change from the blustery winds that added a frigid wind chill to the low… Continue Reading

Yes, we’re still frozen, but…

Yes, we’re still frozen, but…

We’re just three days away from the calendar end of winter and the last three days have felt more like the frigid season than at any other time of a warmer than the normal cold season. The temperature outside sits at 20 outside our house and the wind chill puts it at seven degrees —… Continue Reading

New signs of the times

New signs of the times

Two new signs in downtown Floyd highlight changes in the community. Over the weekend, signs for Bank of Floyd disappeared as the new logo and name for Skyline National Bank went up on the building of the longtime financial institution next to the county courthouse. Just across Main Street from the bank and courthouse, Blue… Continue Reading

Serious wind chill, 2-hour delay for school

Serious wind chill, 2-hour delay for school

Floyd County public schools — closed Tuesday because of the snowfall and ice from the storm that fell short of expectations but still left the area frozen, windy and cold — will start with a two hour delay Wednesday as plummeting temperatures overnight is expected to leave the area frozen with wind gusts in the… Continue Reading

Weather:  It could have been worse

Weather: It could have been worse

The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg shortened, for a while, the winter weather advisory Monday night, saying it would end 8 a.m. Tuesday but restored the length back to 2 p.m. at 4:40 a.m. EDT, although most of Floyd County appears to have missed the heavier snowfalls that struck other parts of the region… Continue Reading

Snow is coming: How much is debatable

Snow is coming: How much is debatable

Less than two weeks ago, the Blacksburg office of The National Weather Service predicted a warmer than normal first two weeks of March with a long-range forecast of an apparent end to a winter that hasn’t been that bad. That was then, this is now.  It was warm then. Now the prognosticators who are more… Continue Reading

The moon…enhanced

The moon…enhanced

I thought the clouds coming in on Saturday night might block out the moon that has shone so brightly this week but the clouds were broken as the moon rose in the early evening and I was able to shoot it on the rise, so to speak. This shot has a lot of enhancement in… Continue Reading

Winter moon and return of cold weather

Winter moon and return of cold weather

An incredible moon hanging in the nighttime sky early this Saturday morning as the thermometer read a cold 24 degrees. The high Saturday may hit 38. Then back down below freezing Saturday night and nighttime lows will stay in the 20s and teens through the week with a forecast of snow — yes, snow —… Continue Reading

Couple of big changes on Floyd’s Main Street

Couple of big changes on Floyd’s Main Street

  Changes on the surface and internally on two long-time institutions along Main Street in Floyd this weekend. Blue Ridge Restaurant is now Blue Ridge Cafe.  Sale of the long-time eatery closed on Tuesday of this week and artist/sign master Greg Locke painted the new name on the windows this week. Whittney Petersen bought the… Continue Reading

Time to rise to the occasion

Time to rise to the occasion

In the middle of the usual collection of stories about the latest mayhem of political shenanigans in Washington and trouble spots around the world Wednesday of this week in the normally staid New York Times was this disturbing headline: “It’s Not Just You.  Americans Are Having Less Sex.” Reports the Times: There is one problem:… Continue Reading

Buyer’s remorse over Trump

Buyer’s remorse over Trump

Many of those who actually voted for real estate tycoon-reality show TV host Donald J. Trump for President last November now have “buyer’s remorse” over their decision. Most new Presidents use a “first 100 days” to define their Presidency.  Halfway through Trump’s first 100 defines a manic President out of control in a White House… Continue Reading