Category Archives: Musings

Kim Davis in jail: The true will of God

Kim Davis in jail: The true will of God

Kentucky County clerk Kim Davis claims her faith keeps her from following the law of the land and issue marriage licenses to gay couples in Rowan County.

So now she’s in jail, sent there by a federal judge for contempt of court for refusing to follow the law of the land to approve licenses for gay couples to marry in her small part of Kentucky.

Her jailing has the bible-thumping community up in self-righteous droves, claiming that — among other things — that the purported “word of God” is more powerful than the law that governs what we do and, because of that belief, they don’t have to enforce any laws that violate their concept of “faith.” Continue Reading

It’s Labor Day Weekend:  Have fun!

It’s Labor Day Weekend: Have fun!

Labor Day Weekend 2015 is upon is, the proclaimed last gasp of summer. Floyd County High School students felt the heat of summer in school Friday and officials sent them home early.  More heat is expected Friday and into the weekend, along with the possibility of thunderstorms. But the weekend brings music, arts, flea markets,… Continue Reading

The Gun Show & Flea Market

The Gun Show & Flea Market

The annual Gun Show and Flea Market in Hillsville kicks off Friday for the long Labor Day weekend and brings sights, sounds, food and — of course — weapons. Many who live in Hillsville plan out-of-the-area events to stay way from the extravaganza to the show that brings more than 100,000 people to the county… Continue Reading

Middle school & JV wins, varsity volleyball loss

Middle school & JV wins, varsity volleyball loss

Floyd County High School’s home volleyball season kicked off Tuesday night with middle school, junior varsity and varsity matches against Carroll County. The middle school and junior varsity Buffaloes went to third and final matches against the Cavaliers with wins before the varsity fell to the visitors in three games. The Lady Buffs varsity went… Continue Reading

Disagree with the school chief?  Here comes the law

Disagree with the school chief? Here comes the law

Two Floyd County deputy sheriffs showed up at Rob Neukirch’s home in town recently with a letter from School Superintendent Kevin Harris. The letter warned Neukich to keep his mouth shut or face expulsion and banishment from school properties. “I will ban you from being on any property owned by the Floyd County School Board… Continue Reading

We ride to honor those we lose

We ride to honor those we lose

Began the weekend Friday with a motorcycle ride from Pilot to Jacksonville Cemetery to remember and honor Bobby and Pam Clark of Floyd County.  They died in a tragic accident coming home from a church service in Henry County on August 21. Finished the weekend Sunday with a ride down to Roanoke for a Roanoke… Continue Reading

Yes, we live in violent times

Yes, we live in violent times

The violent and tragic deaths WDBJ journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward while shooting a live segment at Smith Mountain Lake Wednesday morning brought a chorus of “how can something like this happen here?” Sadly, such things happen just about everywhere nowadays and has been happening here for some time. Two journalists died at the… Continue Reading

Floyd drops home football opener 30-28

Floyd drops home football opener 30-28

Floyd County High School appeared headed for a halftime lead of 14-13 Friday night in the varsity football home opener against Carroll County but a fumble set up a field goal by the Cavaliers to give them a two-point lead of 16-14 over the Buffaloes. The game could have gone the other way in the… Continue Reading

A tragic week to face death and realities

A tragic week to face death and realities

This tragic time began with an accident that took Bobby and Pam Clark away from us one week ago. Then a madman killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward, two vibrant members of our broadcast journalism community, on live TV at Smith Mountain Lake Wednesday. Today, I remember Ethel McPeak Thompson Bolt, my mother, who passed… Continue Reading

Lots to do this weekend

Lots to do this weekend

It’s the final weekend of August and the last one before Labor Day. Friday activities: Floyd Artisan Market, Community Pavilion, 205 South Locust Street, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Vintage Blue Meets World Jazz, with Scott Perry and David McGregor at The Jacksonville Center, 220 Parkway Lane South, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday Night… Continue Reading

Alison Parker & Adam Ward deserved more

Alison Parker & Adam Ward deserved more

Like so much of his life, the name Vester Lee Flanagan II used as a broadcast reporter during his 11 months at WDBJ television in Roanoke was a phony.  He called himself Bryce Williams and there was, in the words of one former WDBJ reporter “something not right with him.” He fought with cameramen, tried… Continue Reading

The misinformation cow path

The misinformation cow path

Unlike former Vice President, and unsuccessful Presidential candidate, Al Gore, who once claimed he “created the Internet,” I actually had a hand — albeit a small one — in the creation of the online phenomenon. In the 1980s, as the “Special Assistant to the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science and Technology,” I… Continue Reading

Football starts at home Friday

Football starts at home Friday

Football home games begin this week at Floyd County High School with the Buffaloes squaring off against Carroll County at 7 p.m. Friday. The home season for volleyball was scheduled to start Thursday against George Wythe but was cancelled and the first game in Floyd comes on September 8 against Ford Chiswell, followed by matches… Continue Reading

The Blue Eyed Betty’s

The Blue Eyed Betty’s

They are called “The Blue Eyed Betty’s” and their song list is eclectic and entertaining. The Betty’s — Ben Meckel on guitar, Sarah Hund on fiddle and Daniel Emond on banjo — returned to The Floyd Country Store’s Americana Afternoon Saturday with their mix of traditional, pop, country and original compositions on a daily mix… Continue Reading

Dancing and more

Dancing and more

Music in the streets and on stage at the Friday Night Jamboree in Floyd. Those who shuffled their feet and shake it often get as much attention, or even more, than those playing the music on the stages in the Jamboree or in the alcoves on the street. It’s Friday night in Floyd and the… Continue Reading

When anger rules, everyone loses

When anger rules, everyone loses

After getting drenched by protests, threats and obscenities from those who said they were members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, those who run Washington & Lee University in Lexington told the group to stay the hell away from the school. “The persistent name-calling, villification and uncivil attacks in messages to the university, letters t… Continue Reading

Summer winding down

Summer winding down

Living and working in the Washington, DC, area for 23 years puts one in a relax and reboot mode in Augusts. August is when Congress shuts down for a month, many federal workers go on vacation and traffic in the city and area is actually manageable. Since leaving the National Capital Region in 2004, it… Continue Reading

Born to ride

My fascination with motorcycles, particularly Harley-Davidsons, is a source of confusion, dread and sometimes envy among friends. Continue Reading

Grin and bear it

Grin and bear it

The black form on the side of the road on U.S. 221 near Bent Mountain early Sunday morning was too large for a cat as I approached it on my motorcycle around 7:30 a.m. while riding to Buchanan for breakfast. It was a black bear cub, ambling along the road.  If mama  bear was around,… Continue Reading