Category Archives: Musings

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

Warnings ignored before murder of student?

Warnings ignored before murder of student?

Kari Cook says she told a school official about an Nicole Lovell’s “inappropriate relationship with an adult man” weeks before the 13-year-old was abducted and murdered. Cook, a student and friend, says Lovell posted a photo of a man who appeared to be older than 18 on Facebook and also posted messages saying she was… 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

Remembering Washington snowstorms

Remembering Washington snowstorms

It’s always interesting — and often funny  — to consider how Floyd Countians cope with snowstorms compared to the absolute panic that usually seizes Washington, DC, whenever a single flake of snow falls on the National Capital Region. We saw a lot of snow — small, medium, large and extra large — during our 23… Continue Reading

Lady Buffs take wins over Radford

Lady Buffs take wins over Radford

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes took care of business in Radford Wednesday night, defeating the Lady Bobcats 73-42, with Ragan Wiseman scoring 23 points and Michaela Thompson adding another 10 points in the rout. The Junior Varsity game was closer, 44-41. The varsity Lady Buffs took control of the game from the beginning, leading… Continue Reading

Schools return today after a two-hour delay

Schools return today after a two-hour delay

Floyd County Public Schools scheduled to return to class today, opening two hours late. The opening followed basketball Tuesday night at the FCHS gym. Reopening of school is another step in attempts to return to normal after last weekend’s snowfall that left a foot or so on the county and still leaves residents fighting slick… Continue Reading

Hills of snow in them, there hills

Hills of snow in them, there hills

Floyd County public schools remain closed Tuesday as the area continues to try and dig out of the snow storm that left about a foot of white stuff on the ground. No word yet on a scheduled basketball game against Radford at the high school gym Tuesday night.  School officials will have to consider rain… Continue Reading

After the storm: Pickin’ and Dancin’

May have been snow on the ground and treacherous conditions on many secondary roads in Floyd County on Sunday, the day after the storm called Jonas, but that didn’t keep the musicians from The Floyd Country Store for an Old-Time Music Jam. Continue Reading

After the storm

They predicted a blizzard in Southwestern Virginia but what arrived in and around Floyd County was less than a foot of snow and the primary roads were clear on Sunday, the day after the big, two-day storm called Jonas.

A drive around the county found some rough spots on secondary roads and schools remain closed in Floyd County and many other Southwestern jurisdictions on Monday. Continue Reading

Falling snow has left us

Falling snow has left us

The first real snow of 2016, forecast as a blizzard that wasn’t onw here but dumped a lot of snow north of us, moved on late Saturday, leaving a foot or less in and around Floyd County. Weather storm Jonas leaves and the sun returns Sunday with temperatures a little above freezing, starting a run… Continue Reading

A snowfall, not a blizzard

A snowfall, not a blizzard

Winter storm Jonas wasn’t a blizzard here in Southwestern Virginia. It wasn’t even close. Most of the snowfalls in and around Floyd County came in short of a foot on the ground during the height of the Friday snowfall and the 1-4 inches that might fall Saturday will leave the area far short of the… Continue Reading