Category Archives: Musings

Buffaloes sweep Glenvar in regular season finale

Buffaloes sweep Glenvar in regular season finale

Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes finished off the regular basketball season with a four-game sweep of Glenvar in a rare Saturday afternoon series of game created by weather delays. The Lady Buffaloes wiped out the Highlanders 66-43 for an undefeated Three Rivers District season and the boys Varsity put the finishing touches on a tight… Continue Reading

Dancing the night away

Dancing the night away

Yes, baby, it was cold outside on Friday night but the music was playing and the dancers were hopping inside the Friday Night Jamboree at The Floyd Country Store. The photos above and below are video captures of the large and enthusiastic crowd on the dance floor.  I have a lot of music filmed from… Continue Reading

Double header of Buffalo wins over Giles

Double header of Buffalo wins over Giles

Both the boys and girls varsity basketball Buffaloes dispatched the Giles Spartans before a close to full house in the Floyd County High School gym for Senior Night on Thursday. The Lady Buffs took the lead from the start, topping Giles 14-7 at the end of thirst quarter, 38-13 in the second,, 60-23 in the… Continue Reading

Cliven Bundy: A criminal & racist

Cliven Bundy: A criminal & racist

Some of Floyd County’s wannabe anarchists moan today about the overdue arrest and jailing of Nevada criminal rancher Cliven Bundy as he tried to placer himself in the middle of the mess in Oregon. Police arrested the 74-year-old Bundy at Portland International Airport late Wednesday night when he walked off a plane from Las Vegas. … Continue Reading

When the past comes back to haunt you

When the past comes back to haunt you

In high school, or college, did you ever force yourself sexually on a member of the opposite sex who said “no” or was too incapacitated to resist? Was the victim of your insistence under the age of consent? It you crossed that line, you might start looking back over your shoulder. It may have happened… Continue Reading

Baby, it will be cold outside

Baby, it will be cold outside

The full force of winter may arrive with a cold, arctic blast by this weekend, followed by some ice on Monday and then snow on Tuesday of next week. We’re looking at the increasing possibility of .25 inch of freezing liquid that could be a larger accumulation of snow and ice on Monday. High temperatures… Continue Reading

They fly through the air with the greatest of ease…

They fly through the air with the greatest of ease…

…Actually they train hard and long for the acrobatics that make modern cheer leading part of the games. Floyd County High School’s cheer leading squads spur enthusiasm for the various sports on the school’s calendar and are keeping busy as the regular season of basketball heads for a regular season close and the teams head… Continue Reading

When children are targets of predators

When children are targets of predators

Former Bedford police officer Brian Alexander, 54, is in jail without bond, facing six charges of possession of child pornography. Two Virginia Tech students, both teenagers, sit in Montgomery County Regional jail without bond for the death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg.  Investigators say 18-year-old David Edmond Eisenhauer,, an engineering student at Tech and… Continue Reading

Getting some Java on a Saturday afternoon

Getting some Java on a Saturday afternoon

Caught one of my favorite local bands, The Java Brothers, at Americana Afternoon in The Floyd Country Store Saturday afternoon. The photos here are actually sill captures from video shot during their performance. Fiddle player Ralph Berrier Jr. is also a newsman for The Roanoke Times, my employer back in the dark ages of 1965-69… Continue Reading

Dancing and then some on a Friday Night

Dancing and then some on a Friday Night

Good crowds at The Friday Night Jamboree at the Country Store and a free music night at Dogtown Roadhouse kept downtown Floyd hopping to begin the weekend on a cold night. Dancers young and old packed the floor to hear old time music and Bluegrass at the Country Store.  The store will be packed again… Continue Reading

Lady Buffs double down on EastMont

Lady Buffs double down on EastMont

Floyd County’s Lady Buffaloes doubled the score on Eastern Montgomery at home Thursday night, beating the Mustangs 84-42. Ragan Wiseman continued her trend of double digit scoring with 21 points, followed by Natalie Boothe (20 points), Ashley Gallimore (13) and Cassidy Pratt (10). The Lady Buffs scored nine three point goals with Boothe downing four,… Continue Reading

Will no nudes be good news for Playboy?

Will no nudes be good news for Playboy?

Bought my first copy of Playboy magazine in 1963.  It was, for a 14-year-old boy back then, an eye-opener. The Playmate of the Month in that first issue was Victoria Valentino, who is now 73 and is one of the women who have publicly accused Bill Cosby of drugging and raping here in 1970 at… Continue Reading

When danger lurks online

When danger lurks online

The murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg is a harsh reminder of the dangers posed to the young online. She was a child who faced bullying at school because of her pudginess and scars from surgeries.  She found a fantasy, danger and death in an Internet world where predators swarm. Her online fantasies also… Continue Reading

Trump and Clinton humbled in Iowa

Trump and Clinton humbled in Iowa

Both the Republican and Democratic races for Presidential nominations ran into voter unrest Monday in Iowa and turned what some felt might be coronations into tight, tough races that could stretch well into the nominating season in 2016. Billionaire braggart Donald Trump’s expected big win fell short with an strong upset win by hard-core conservative… Continue Reading

Violence & murder from Virginia Tech?

Violence & murder from Virginia Tech?

Too much bad news locally as the first month of 2016 winds down. A day after the missing teenager from Blacksburg was found dead just over the North Carolina line in Surry County, two Virginia Tech students are in jail — an 18-year-old freshman and a 19-year-old sophomore, both from Maryland. Violent crime seems to… Continue Reading

Journalist? Hell no, I’m a newspaperman

Journalist? Hell no, I’m a newspaperman

An email from a reader in Chicago — the city where hard-nosed, hard-headed and hard-drinking newspapermen pounded their typewriters and defined a hell-raising style of our profession that is now all but long-gone — wanted to know why I refer to myself as a “newspaperman” and not a “journalist.” The late and legendary newspaper columnist… Continue Reading

Stupid is as stupid does

Stupid is as stupid does

Interesting week and one that proves the point that fictional Forest Gump made: “Stupid is as stupid does.” In Iowa, the “everything is about me” Presidential candidate Donald Trump demanded $5 million in charitable contributions as the price for him to appear in the final Republican presidential debate before this Monday’s Iowa primary caucus and… Continue Reading

Dealing with the beast of booze

Dealing with the beast of booze

As readers and friends should know, I live with a beast — a ravaging monster called booze. I’m a recovering alcoholic — sober for 21 years, six months and 23 days (as of Friday, January 29, 2015).  But the beast still lives in my life and tempts me — one day at a time.  It… Continue Reading

Deal saves gun-reciprocity agreements

Deal saves gun-reciprocity agreements

Looks like I can keep packing my Glock 17 on motorcycle rides or other trips to places like North Carolina and West Virginia. Attorney General Mark Herring’s controversial action revoking reciprocity agreements on concealed carry with 25 states was scrapped by a bi-partisan deal that will expand record checks in gun shows and take weapons… Continue Reading