Author Archives: Doug Thompson

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

The rain is upon us

According to the National Weather Service, the chances for precipitation are 100 percent Saturday and Sunday and the projecting thunderstorms today are expected to drench us. Continue Reading

When time kicks our butt

When time kicks our butt

Set aside Thursday evening to work on editing a supervisor candidate video and judge photos for a contest for the Floyd Center for the Arts. So much for plans.  Woke up this morning just after 7 a.m. after falling asleep in my chair at my computer work station more than 12 hours earlier. Damn, I… Continue Reading

Music, empty bowls & more for weekend

Music, empty bowls & more for weekend

The crowd favorite Whitetop Mountain Band lights up the stage at The Floyd Country Store Saturday night as part of a crowded weekend of activities that includes the 10th Annual Empty Bowls charity event at Floyd County High School on Sunday. Thunderstorms also may light up the skies throughout the weekend period.  The National Weather… Continue Reading

Incest exists among us

Incest exists among us

On a steamy web site often called the “YouTube of porn,” visitors can watch any of 44,963 videos showing graphic sexual activities claimed to be performed by fathers with daughters, brothers with sisters, mothers with sons and other intimate family members. Or they can view or download any of 187,690 photos of explicit sex showing… Continue Reading

Rain? Maybe. Enough? No way

Rain? Maybe. Enough? No way

Once again, the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg is predicting rain for our area.  We need the rain because rainfalls have been few and far between this Spring and the forecasted showers for Sunday missed much of the county and the thunderstorms on Saturday were short and more runoff than soaking. And the forecast… Continue Reading

Action, memories at alumni game Saturday

Action, memories at alumni game Saturday

  Joshua’s HOPE basketball alumni games for 2017 drew a lot of action from past team members of the Floyd County Buffaloes but not a lot of attendees as the matches faced competition from the start of T-Ball season and other events of a busy Easter weekend. The matches brought old teammates together along with… Continue Reading

Public requests for a prom date

Public requests for a prom date

It is an understatement to say that high school students do things a little different these days. When I asked my date as a senior at Floyd County High School to go with me to the prom in 1965, it was in the privacy of the back seat of my ’57 Ford at the Autodrome… Continue Reading

Correction! Kids fishing is not this weekend

Correction! Kids fishing is not this weekend

My mistake.  A report Friday about weekend activities incorrectly listed the annual kids fishing day sponsored by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department as Saturday, April 15. The fishing day is the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend — Saturday, May 13. My bad and my apologies to Sheriff Brian Craig and the kids who will have… Continue Reading

Alumni basketball Saturday

Alumni basketball Saturday

Basketball alumni action hits the floor of the Floyd County High School gym Saturday with action throughout the day and hosted by Joshua’s HOPE – Helping Out by Promotion Education. A report Friday also said this weekend was kids fishing day on Thunderstruck Road.  My mistake.  Kids fishing will be on the Saturday of Mother’s… Continue Reading

Few answers in Christiansburg boss’ death

Few answers in Christiansburg boss’ death

Christiansburg town manager Steve Biggs died at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday after shooting himself in the head Tuesday following a four-hour standoff with town police. Biggs, 53, killed himself after a month-long emergency protective order expired.  The order came from 23-year-old Rachel Waltz’s claims of harassment and after Biggs issued a stop payment on a $1,000… Continue Reading

Moon rise

Moon rise

Rising moon over the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes soccer match against Auburn Monday night in Floyd. A grab shot with a Canon EOS-1D X and a 70-200mm Canon zoom in the first half of the game. Continue Reading

Good day to ride with good friends

Good day to ride with good friends

The temperature sat on 30 degrees at 6:45 a.m. as I fired up my Harley Davidson Switchback Sunday to ride over to Tuggles Gap to meet up with Nick Piazza for a ride down Woolwine Mountain on Virginia Route 8 to Stuart and then East on U.S. 58 over to Martinville and South on U.S.… Continue Reading

Sun and Springtime weather

Sun and Springtime weather

After an overnight low close to freezing and following a Friday of cold temperatures and blustery wind, the Floyd County area can expect temperatures Saturday morning to rise at least 15 degrees between the 35 degrees of 6:15 a.m. and a forecasted 50 degrees at noon and then up some more to almost 60 by… Continue Reading

Works of art for all of us

Works of art for all of us

Sunday, April 9, is a day for each of us to take a close, careful look at specific works of art in Floyd County. The show is called “Art Works for Us” and is a county-wide, year-long exhibit of public art organized by the Floyd Center for the Arts, now in its second year. On… Continue Reading

Weekend flings for Spring in Floyd

Weekend flings for Spring in Floyd

Ah, Spring.  ‘Tis the season to be folly on a Floyd-area weekend. When one looks over the weekend offerings, courtesy of the Floyd Tourism Center, it also appears to be the season for yoga:  Three offerings of yoga classes in just one day on Thursday. The first weekend of April also brings the First Weekend… Continue Reading

Breaking news! You’re fired!

Breaking news! You’re fired!

The newspaper chain that owns The Floyd Press as well as the Roanoke Times, the Richmond Times Dispatch and many other print media outlets around the nation fired 181 people this week and eliminated another 108 jobs that were vacant. Gone are 10 full-time positions at the Roanoke paper and 33 in Richmond. “Like it… Continue Reading