Category Archives: Musings

A Bubbatone Friday Night

A Bubbatone Friday Night

Had a chance to catch Katie & The Bubbatones at The Friday Night Jamboree as dancers — young and old — added to the fun and games at Floyd’s premier entertainment event to kick off the weekends.Continue Reading

Weekend: Music & sports

Weekend: Music & sports

Music and sports for the weekend. The last Friday Night Jamboree before Christmas features Sue Nester & Friends, Katie & the Bubbatones and The Tune Town Old String Band on stage starting at 6:30 p.m. Over at Dogtown Roadhouse, Time is Art offers “cosmic rock and reagaebilly” on stage starting at 8 p.m. On Saturday,…Continue Reading

Going away party for Lance Terpenny

Going away party for Lance Terpenny

Floyd Town Manager Lance Terpenny is retiring from his job at the end of the year and the Town Council hosted a going away party Thursday evening after the final council meeting of the month and year. Terpenny, who took over the town manager position after a long tenure in the same position in Christiansburg,…Continue Reading

Longtime Sheriff Zeman is retiring

Longtime Sheriff Zeman is retiring

The Floyd Press this morning confirms a story that has been circulating to some in the country:  Sheriff Shannon Zeman is retiring when his current term expires at the end of next year. Editor Wanda Combs interviewed Zeman this week and provides an excellant report on the Sheriff’s decision to end his long and successful…Continue Reading

Grim Reaper still disappointed

Grim Reaper still disappointed

In my 20s I fully expected to be dead by age 30. My dad died in an industrial accident at 29.  All of his brothers died in their 20s.  Young death appeared to be a given for males in the Thompson family in Florida in the 40s and 50s. I broke the jinx on December…Continue Reading

Middle school basketball action

Middle school basketball action

  Basketball action Tuesday night between the Middle School teams of Floyd and Dublin at the old gym at FCHS. The boys were down by just two points late in the second quarter but Dublin outscored the Buffaloes in the second half to more than double the score by the end. The Lady Buffs led…Continue Reading

Loving it means living

Loving it means living

When working, I’m often sporting one or two cameras — two when shooting stills or one when filming video. Sometimes, my chosen profession also requires a tape recorder or a note pad to write stories but I’m happiest when shooting images. Sadly, too many people in this world see what they do for a living…Continue Reading

Defying the naysayers

Defying the naysayers

Oh hell, they said, it couldn’t last. They shook their heads and said, “no way” a marriage between a flagrant womanizer and a just-divorced woman could last. That’s what they said — 35 years ago — when Doug and Amy Thompson stood before their friend — and pastor — in his living room and exchanged…Continue Reading

Lady Buffs take Bishop McGuiness 72-65

Lady Buffs take Bishop McGuiness 72-65

Last season, Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes basketball teams ventured down to North Carolina to meet the ladies of Bishop McGuiness — a private Catholic school with a reputation for championship form. It was a rare defeat for the Lady Buffs in a season that took the team to the regionals before elimination. McGuiness…Continue Reading

Floyd loses to Christiansburg 48-41

Floyd loses to Christiansburg 48-41

Floyd County High School’s varsity Buffaloes basketball team jumped out to an early lead against the Christiansburg Blue Demons Friday night but fell behind by the halftime break and lost 48-41. Will Cook lead scoring for the Buffs with 17 points, followed by Justin Cunduff at 10.  Floyd matched Christiansburg in three-point scores with five…Continue Reading

Jobs, dollars promised by pipeline partners

Jobs, dollars promised by pipeline partners

The partners for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that was originally scheduled to run through Floyd County but shifted to nearby Roanoke County claims millions of dollars in tax and other economic benefits along with thousands of jobs. The pipeline would run from a fracking operation in West Virginia through Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, Franklin and…Continue Reading

Lady Buffs top Caroll again

Lady Buffs top Caroll again

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes continue to roll with a 63-56 victory Wednesday night over Carroll County in Hillsville. The Lady Buffs repeated a win over the Lady Cavs last week. Ragan Wiseman led scoring with 16 points and the team scored eight three-point shots. In boys’ basketball, Floyd lost to Carroll 70-68 in…Continue Reading

Open Your Eyes

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“Open Your Eyes” is a beautiful short film about new found hope through the life of an elderly man.Continue Reading

The mind that time forgot

A former high-school classmate — someone I knew and even dated more than 50 years ago — said hello in the Blue Ridge Restaurant on a recent morning and I did not know who she was or even her name. When she got mad and walked away I followed her out of the restaurant and…Continue Reading

Nightmares of Larry Joe Adams

Two years ago, while undergoing therapy to recover from a motorcycle accident that kept me in a coma for much of November 2012, my occupational therapist asked me about dreams. My response: “What dreams?”  I told her that I was not dreaming. “No dreams? Are you sure?  You should be having some dreams,” she answered.…Continue Reading

Yes, what was past is the future

An aspiring photojournalist in a college class I speak to off and on each year didn’t look happy after class recently. She said she was considering switching majors. “I want to be a news photographer at a time when news photography appears to be on its way out,” she said.  “Maybe I need to find…Continue Reading

December Floyd Radio Show

December Floyd Radio Show

Floyd’s monthly Radio Show at the Country Store played to an appreciative crowd Saturday night, featuring stories about Christmas, comedy skits and music featuring New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters. The show wrapped up the 2014 season for the web-broadcast show but returns on Jan. 3, 2015.Continue Reading

Lady Buffs top Fleming 80-69

Lady Buffs top Fleming 80-69

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes took on post-season contender William Fleming Friday night in a game where the Buffs scored early and built a good lead, only to see it to shrink to 10 at the half and three at the end of the third quarter. Fleming took the lead several times but the…Continue Reading