Category Archives: Musings

Inaugurations past and present

Inaugurations past and present

A light drizzle falls outside my studio window this morning at 6 a.m.  I didn’t realize it until seeing drops of water on the window as I picked up my coffee cup and headed downstairs for a refill after spending the two hours before editing stories for web sites. Too busy to notice what it… Continue Reading

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In a daily newspaper city room in the 1960s, the noise of teletype machines provided a background clatter interrupted by clanging bells when a major news event hit the wire services. Those clangs began on the Associated Press machines in the cubicle of The Roanoke Times and World News newsroom on the third floor of… Continue Reading

Lady Buffaloes dominate James River

Lady Buffaloes dominate James River

The first quarters of both the Varsity and JV games of Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes told the story of basketball matches against James River of Buchanan Friday night. The JV jumped out to an 18-0 point lead before James River scored its first point with a foul shot and the scoreboard showed 25-4… Continue Reading

All arms and legs

All arms and legs

Wrestling, delayed because of the snow earlier in the week, brought Auburn and Pulaski County to Floyd County High School for a three-way match in the old gym Thursday evening. The rescheduled game faced more delay after it took an hour after the 6 p.m. planned start for a referee to appear and get the… Continue Reading

Big basketball wins at home, on the road

Big basketball wins at home, on the road

Floyd County’s Buffaloes and Lady Buffs delivered a double knockout blow against the Giles Spartans Wednesday night with the boys beating the Spartans 78-63 before a home crowd while the ladies bested the Giles team 81-47 in Pearisburg. At the FCHS gym, the boys broke a tie early in the game and recovered more than… Continue Reading

High school sports return after the storm

High school sports return after the storm

Students of Floyd County Schools remain home from classes Wednesday as hazardous conditions remain on a number of back and side roads but sports return in the evening while rain and warmer temperatures should ease most of the problems and give the area to a glimpse of normality by Thursday. Boys basketball games against Giles,… Continue Reading

Cleanup continues; better weather ahead

Cleanup continues; better weather ahead

Floyd County Schools remain closed Tuesday, along with many other jurisdictions in the New River/Roanoke valleys as freezing temperatures keep last weekend’s snowfall on the ground, topped by ice. After a relatively mild winter finished out the old year, the first 10 days of 2017 reminds us that these are the mountains of Southwestern Virginia… 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

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

Drove home Saturday night on the slick roads that are commonplace in Floyd County after the storm that dumped up to seven inches or a little more around the area. At around 9 p.m., the streets of the town of Floyd were, for the most part, empty but with the temperature at 11 degrees, the… Continue Reading

Radford dominates Buffaloes

Radford dominates Buffaloes

Radford defeated Floyd County HIgh School’s varsity and jv basketball teams Thursday night. The Bobcats took the varsity Buffaloes 66-40, piling up a 22-7 lead in the first quarter but the Buffs came back in the second quarter to close up the score by outscoring the Bobcats 16-10.  Radford came back with a strong third… Continue Reading

Lady Buffaloes stampede Auburn

Lady Buffaloes stampede Auburn

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes took no mercy on Auburn Wednesday night in a home massacre of 75-19 by the varsity and a 63-5 mauling by the JV. Abi Belshan led varsity Lady Buff scoring with 18, followed by Cassidy Pratt with 16, Mallory Cox at 15 with Michaela Thompson and Elizabeth Quesenberry at… Continue Reading

New Year and shutting down

New Year and shutting down

Department store closings, a big part of changes in buying by consumers, hit stores where Amy and I used to shop. Embattled retailer Macy’s took over the retail chain where Amy worked as a buyer in the 1990s in the Washington, DC, area, and is closing their Landmark Mall store in Alexandria and the anchor… Continue Reading

Snow? Maybe; Cold? Absolutely

Snow? Maybe; Cold? Absolutely

After a reasonably warm day in Southwestern Virginia Tuesday, residents in Floyd County awake to a low at or just under 50 degrees as 6 am. approaches — the forecast says that will be the high as the thermometer starts a plunge that will send temperatures down in the 30s by 4 p.m. and to… Continue Reading

We don’t need no stinking resolutions

We don’t need no stinking resolutions

An email Monday asked if I wanted to share any of my New Year’s Resolutions. It was only then, the day after New Year’s, that I realized I hadn’t gotten around to even thinking about resolutions for 2017. New Year’s Eve was a long night that started shooting photos and video of a end-of-the-year dinner… Continue Reading

Ringing in 2017

Ringing in 2017

Lots of food, music and dancing at the annual Floyd Country Store New Year’s Eve dinner and dance with a packed dance floor for music and fun that rung out the old year and rang in 2017. Continue Reading

Old year out, new year in

Old year out, new year in

With calendar year 2016 coming to an end at midnight Saturday, the usual attempt to look back at the previous 12 months is a mixture of grief, gratitude, anger, happiness and relief. Amy and I felt the pain of  loss of too many people in 2016, including some she or I have known over the… Continue Reading

Lady Buffs action: One win, one loss

Lady Buffs action: One win, one loss

The tough unbeaten Martinsville Bulldogs stayed unbeaten Thursday night as they downed the Floyd County Lady Buffaloes 59-47. Abby Belshan led FCHS scoring with 17 points and Michaela Thompson notched 13 in a hard-fought match. The JV Lady Buffs, however, had little trouble stomping the the visiting Martinsville team. The Buffs held the Bulldogs to… Continue Reading