Category Archives: FUBAR

Storm that wasn’t

Storm that wasn’t

Snow, of sorts, arrived in the area Tuesday with 2-4 inches falling, closing schools and businesses early and leaving roads covered and slick. Schools are closed in Floyd and surrounding counties for Wednesday. The storm that left the area covered in white was supposed to bypass Floyd County for the most part and stay to…

Moonshine flap at Christiansburg High School

Moonshine flap at Christiansburg High School

Another controversy over a television “reality” show, this one hitting close to home. The girls’ head basketball coach at Christiansburg High School resigned Wednesday and the Montgomery County Public School system fired his assistant over the purchase of a souvenir bottle of legal moonshine tied to a reality TV show during a school-sponsored trip for…

Is Virginia Tech’s new president worth $700,000 a year?

Is Virginia Tech’s new president worth $700,000 a year?

The new president of Virginia Tech will pull down about $700,o00 for his first year on the job, including a base salary of a half million, $180,000 in “deferred compensation” and a $20,000 car allowance. Of course he will earn far less than football coach Frank Beamer, who will bank $2,491,616 “before bonuses” in the…

Some fallout from the Wendell Berry event

Some fallout from the Wendell Berry event

Lots of aftermath, second guessing and some recriminations from author-activist Wendell Berry‘s visit to Floyd last week. Some are asking for refunds on the tickets they purchased to attend the appearance of Berry last Friday night, saying they were misled into thinking they were attending an evening listening to him and not a panel discussion…

Fake cop is not offering a blue light special

Fake cop is not offering a blue light special

The fake cop that is pulling over drivers in Floyd County and other areas struck again this past weekend, posing as an unmarked police car with a blue light on his sun visor to stop a car during the daytime. The phony officer, driving what has been described as a Ford Mustang or a Toyota…

Doing the crime and doing the time

Doing the crime and doing the time

When Circuit Judge Marc Long took over the bench in Floyd County last year from interim judge Joseph Canada, courtroom watchers wondered if the trend towards stronger prison sentences imposed by Canada would continue. Those worries have vanished because Long is proving to be a tougher judge than even Canada. Long routinely hands down stiff…

Channel 10 disappears from Dish Network TV screens

Channel 10 disappears from Dish Network TV screens

WSLS (Channel 10), the NBC affiliate in Roanoke, disappeared from the TV screens of Dish Satellite customers in Floyd County and elsewhere in the area Tuesday because of a contract dispute between Dish and Media General, the media giant that owns the TV station. At issue are “retransmission fees,” the amount that cable and satellite…

Tom Ryan’s shocking and unexpected passing: He will be missed

Tom Ryan’s shocking and unexpected passing: He will be missed

Tom Ryan, owner of Republic of Floyd, and a longtime asset to Floyd, died today of a massive heart attack while a rescue squad unit was transporting him to the hospital. Tom had opened the store but wasn’t feeling well and went to a friend’s house for help. The news hit all of us like…

‘Tis a pity that a mag called City is so out of date

‘Tis a pity that a mag called City is so out of date

City Magazine, the glossy, ad-supported free magazine, claims to be the ‘definitive’ source for information on dining, entertainment and arts in the area. But it isn’t. If you look at the dining listings under ‘Floyd,” the first listing is Cafe del Sol, the coffee house that closed two years ago.  Harvest Moon is listed as…

Tony Mackian: The State Police’s one-man ticket-writing machine

Tony Mackian: The State Police’s one-man ticket-writing machine

If you see this navy blue Chevrolet Impala in your rear view mirror, slow down! Odds are, it’s too late. This is the new unmarked police cruiser for Virginia State Trooper Tony Mackian, a local officer of Serbian ancestry derisively called “the mad Russian” by some who have fallen victim to his ticket book. Calling…

This kind of crap has to stop

This kind of crap has to stop

Floyd’s downtown rehabilitation project has its supporters and detractors but debate over an issue is one thing. Vandalism is another matter. The sign detailing the latest phase of the project had just gone up a couple of weeks ago when a vandal showed up with a can of spray paint and added his or her…

Tippi Hedren coming to Floyd to film psychological thriller

Tippi Hedren coming to Floyd to film psychological thriller

“House of Good and Evil” a”psyhological horror” film helmed by cinematographer-turned-director David Mun is set to begin shooting in Floyd County in September. Tippi Hedrin — yes the Tippi Hedren from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds” — is part of the cast  So is Rob Neukirch former owner of Oddfellas and an actor with a…

A society of distractions

A society of distractions

Heading into Floyd the other day on U.S. 221 South just past Ingram’s store when a northbound Ford Taurus came over the hill, straddling the center line. I swerved my Harley to the right, almost to the shoulder, narrowly missing the car, which passed within inches of the motorcycle.  As the car swept by I…

Hate is on the rise in America

Hate is on the rise in America

A disturbing report released Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center shows an alarming rise in hate groups in America, fueled by racism towards the nation’s first African-American President, distrust of government and fanatical allegiance to outlandish conspiracy theories that range from U.S. government involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks to government plots to round…

The ridge line debate: Myths, mysteries and misinformation

The ridge line debate: Myths, mysteries and misinformation

Lot of debate in Floyd County over a proposed ordinance to limit development along ridge lines. Lot of passion at a public hearing where 47 speakers offered opinions, hyperbole and misinformation. We’ve gone back over the claims, counterclaims and comments from that hearing along with statements at recent meetings of the Floyd County Board of…

An indictment is not a conviction or indicator of guilt

An indictment is not a conviction or indicator of guilt

A story I wrote in last week’s Floyd Press — about the indictment of a female member of Floyd County’s rescue squad on four sexual abuse charges involving a 16-year-old boy — generated a lot of comment and public debate in Floyd County. Customers at Express Mart in Floyd cornered owner Roger Hollandsworth — a…

National Music Festival abandons Floyd and heads to Maryland

National Music Festival abandons Floyd and heads to Maryland

The National Music Festival, the two-week classical music series that drew much praise in its debut season in Floyd County this past summer will stage its second season in Maryland. In August, the Festival announced it was in the black and told The Roanoke Times it had expanded its board to include Floyd County notables…

The misinformation super highway

The misinformation super highway

The dangers of pulling misinformation off the Internet and using it in a public venue surfaced Tuesday at the regular monthly meeting of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors. A county resident who spoke during the public comment period presented the supervisors with a printout from a web site that she said proved that the…

Bye-bye Borders

Bye-bye Borders

Borders died quietly last month, closing the last locations of the once-giant retail chain that dominated the bookstore business. The demise of Borders went largely unnoticed in these parts because we didn’t have Borders stores in either the Roanoke or New River regions. But Borders was already a big deal when it opened a store…