Category Archives: Musings

In Floyd, they will be drinking to that

In Floyd, they will be drinking to that

Floyd, if all goes according to plan, will soon have a liquor store — an outlet of the state-owned Alcohol Beverage Control operation that controls over-the-counter purchases of booze in Virginia. Ironically, the new ABC store will replace the former Mormon Church that resided between Mickey G’s and the local health club on Rte. 8…Continue Reading

An apology from a former political operative

An apology from a former political operative

I had to turn my back on a couple of long-time acquaintances and walk away from them this week. An attempt to talk reasonably about politics (in one case) or religion (in the other) turned into shouting matches filled with cliches, stereotyping and anger. Others tell me that such things happen more and more often…Continue Reading

Rabid right flocks like buzzards to Liberty U.

Rabid right flocks like buzzards to Liberty U.

Perhaps it is fitting that two extremes — religion and politics — came together at Liberty University Monday to allow a Republican troglodyte like Ted Cruz to announce his laughable run for President in 2016. In Virginia, the right-wingers flock to Liberty like buzzards looking for something already dead to devour whenever they team religious…Continue Reading

In the end, it doesn’t get any better in life

In the end, it doesn’t get any better in life

A delightful day of riding Virginia roads with friends from the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group.

Our group included manager of one of the largest Krogers in the area, owners of two 7-Elevens in Roanoke, a pharmacy manager, a Appalachian Power official, a retired Air Force veteran, a retired Marine and others.

After breakfast at Country Cooking in Cave Spring, some of us headed out on Interstate 81 to exit 156 north of Troutville…Continue Reading

Believing in God, not organized religion

Believing in God, not organized religion

The temperatures this morning remain warm and my Harley awaits for a second day of exploring the roads. I will head out in a bit and meet friends from The Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group for breakfast.  Then we will ride. Spring is here and the riding season is upon us. “Wait a minute,” a…Continue Reading

Time to ride and ponder

Time to ride and ponder

A weekend to ride, think and reflect. Spring arrived Friday afternoon and the weather is pleasant for Friday and Saturday. So my Harley Switchback and I are headed out, first for a visit for coffee and donuts, and then on the road for some time to ride. Part of this is love of motorcycles.  But…Continue Reading

A Dose of Dylan

A gathering of area musicians paid tribute to Bob Dylan Saturday night at the Floyd Country Store with music, stories and even a Dylan impersonator with wig and sunglasses.Continue Reading

The hills are alive with the sound of music

A short break from sports over the next few days and time to concentrate on listening to and film the area’s musical offerings.

Gravel Road, one of the young groups focusing on the style of music so prominent in our area, releases a new CD at an event Saturday afternoon as part of Americana Afternoon at the Floyd Country Store.Continue Reading

Beware, it’s Friday the 13th

Beware, it’s Friday the 13th

The second straight Friday the 13th in a month.  Because Friday the 13th fell in February, we had an automatic repeat for March. This day is also considered “Black Friday,” a day when bad things happen.  No, it’s not the same “Black Friday” as the monster shopping day on the Friday following Thanksgiving, but some…Continue Reading

A Harley kind-of-day

A Harley kind-of-day

Put close to 200 miles on my Harley Switchback Thursdya, observing the approaching Spring and knowing that two days of rain are coming before Sunday brings a stretch of sunny and warmer weather for the upcoming week. Technicians gave the electrical system a once-over after last week’s glitch that put the newer bike in the…Continue Reading

A game that could have gone either way

A game that could have gone either way

For the first half of the final of the 2A basketball girls’ championship game at the Siegel Center in Richmond, the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes looked like the team that could end a 28-game winning streak of the Wise County Central Warriors. Floyd dominated the game in the first two quarters, sinking shots,…Continue Reading

Floyd wins Tuesday without support from county leaders

Floyd wins Tuesday without support from county leaders

As members of the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes and their fans celebrated a solid semi-final win over Clarke County in Richmond Tuesday afternoon, assistant coach and athletic director Travis Cantrell was not happy with the county’s board of supervisors and government leadership — a group he says does not exhibit support for the…Continue Reading

Lady Buffs take state semi-final 65-36

Lady Buffs take state semi-final 65-36

Floyd Count High School’s Lady Buffaloes took on Clarke County’s Eagles in the 2A girls’ basketball final and delivered a 29-point victory, 65-36, a decisive victory that pits FCHS against Wise Central in the title game Wednesday. Ragan Wiseman led Buffalo scoring with 20 points, followed by Carley Lytton and Emily Boothe with 14 each.…Continue Reading

The dependable Dyna Super Glide

The dependable Dyna Super Glide

An electrical glitch sidelined my Harley-Davidson Switchback Sunday shortly after I headed out for a long-overdue ride in beautiful weather. Thankfully, Amy ventured out with a pair of jumper cables and I was able to get the machine started again and limped home from downtown Floyd. The Switchback will sit in the garage until I…Continue Reading

Could it be?  Is Spring coming?

Could it be? Is Spring coming?

Ah, Spring must be coming. A capacity crowd jammed into the Floyd Country Store Saturday night for the Floyd Radio Show with music by a comely group called Locust Honey, a surprise appearance by former area musician Chance McCoy, who is now in Nashville with Old Crow Medicine Show, and Rural Retreat’s Jim Lloyd joining…Continue Reading