Category Archives: Musings

Yes, it’s cold outside

Yes, it’s cold outside

The “Special Weather Statement for Floyd County, Virginia” from the Roanoke/Blacksburg National Weather Service Office says it all. .. Surge of arctic air to produce low wind chills… Arctic air will spill in on gusty northwest winds into Friday morning. This will send temperatures into the teens to lower 20s late tonight across the mountains.… Continue Reading

Hot places to go on a cold weekend

Hot places to go on a cold weekend

A lot of hot events on a cold weekend in and around Floyd. Retail outlooks throughout the country are participating in “Shop Floyd for the Holidays” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with specials featured on the Floyd Visitor Center website. Floyd Community Theatre Guild presents Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House at the June Bug… Continue Reading

Cold is coming and some snow next week

Cold is coming and some snow next week

Enjoy the  sunshine on this Wednesday, Dec. 7, and please pause to remember those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. The burning ban for Floyd County was lifted Tuesday after soaking rains but residents are urged to still be careful when burning leaves and other materials. The Roanoke/Blacksburg National Weather… Continue Reading

Welcome to ‘the new normal’

Welcome to ‘the new normal’

A deranged man who lives not far from here went into Northwest Washington, DC. Sunday afternoon with an AR-15 assault style rifle, a pistol and a knife and opened fire in Comet Ping Pong, a popular family-style pizza restaurant because he believed an incredible “fake news” story that the place fronted a pedophile ring run… Continue Reading

In photography, luck is often the key

In photography, luck is often the key

Spent about three hours this morning selecting about 45 photographs to submit to The Floyd Press for this week’s paper. The 45  selections were culled from more than 2,500 images shot at various assignments last week. Makes one remember the old days as a newspaper photographer when picking photos for submission involved using a magnifying… Continue Reading

Music, Christmas stories on Radio Show

Music, Christmas stories on Radio Show

Ralph Berrier Jr. hosted the December edition of The Floyd Country Show at the Country Store before a packed crowd Saturday night. Besides music by Berrier’s Java Brothers, Eddie Bond and the New Ballard Branch Bogtrotters, Amythyst Kiah and others, the show offered skits and Christmas stories from guests,including artist and retired art teacher Catherine… Continue Reading

Lady Buffs double down on Magna Vista

Lady Buffs double down on Magna Vista

Floyd County High School’s varsity basketball Lady Buffs fought a determined Magna Vista squad at home Friday night before icing the game when Abi Belshan stole the ball from the Warriors with 16 seconds to go and drove the court before a clinching score to give Floyd a 50-45 win. A big night for Belshan… Continue Reading

Books that some folks want to ban

Books that some folks want to ban

Accomac County Public Schools pulled to novels considered “classics” from student libraries this week because a parent filed a formal complaint over language used in the books. The books in question?  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird.  Both, the complaint said, contained too may uses of racial slurs in the text.… Continue Reading

December kicks off with busy weekend

December kicks off with busy weekend

December 1, 2016 — Beginning of the last month of an interesting year as well as the first weekend of the month in and around Floyd County. This weekend features a basketball match-up between the Floyd County Lady Buffaloes and Magna Vista at starting at 5:30 p.m. with the junior varsity and 7:00 p.m. for… Continue Reading

Good crowd, long night, tough loss

Good crowd, long night, tough loss

Carroll County’s Cavaliers put Floyd County’s Buffaloes down 42-33 Tuesday night at the FCHS gym. The game, interrupted by attempts to fix a slick spot on the basketball court, closed out the first half close with the Cavs leading 17-33 but Carroll County outscored Floyd 14-5  in the third quarter and 11-5 in the final… Continue Reading

Way too much hate

Way too much hate

“We don’t want or need your kind in Floyd County,” read a recent anonymous email.  “Why don’t you take your fag friends and leave us Christians alone.” Nasty emails are part of life for someone who writes about issues. Over the last half century, I have been called obscene names, received threats and faced verbal/physical… Continue Reading

A busy musical night at the Jamboree

A busy musical night at the Jamboree

The Friday after Thanksgiving is not just Black Friday but also a busy night at Floyd’s iconic Friday Night Jamboree. With relatives and other visitors here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the capacity crowd at the town’s weekly premier music event brought in a lot of new faces to dance to bands like The County… Continue Reading

A Thanksgiving Day to remember

A Thanksgiving Day to remember

Thanksgiving Day 2012 was one I do not consciously remember.  I was in and out of consciousness following a motorcycle accident on U.S. 221 in Roanoke County two weeks earlier. My memory remains hazy from the instant I laid my Harley-Davidson Super Glide down to try and avoid hitting a black steer at the intersection… Continue Reading

Lady Buffs in action

Lady Buffs in action

Varsity and JV Buffalo basketball action at Floyd County High School Tuesday night as the ladies faced Lord Botetourt’s Cavaliers in benefit action. The JV Lady Buffs took control of the game early and controlled the action throughout to take the game.   The varsity swapped the lead back with LB but led at the half.… Continue Reading

A soggy Thanksgiving Day coming

A soggy Thanksgiving Day coming

Looks like a rainy Thanksgiving morning for some of us in Southwestern Virginia. The Roanoke/Blacksburg National Weather Service puts the chance of wetness falling from the sky at 40 percent Thursday with some most of it  coming in the morning hours of the day of the turkey, then a almost warm afternoon with a projected… Continue Reading

Fire alert remains for Monday

Fire alert remains for Monday

Another morning of temperatures in the low 20s in our part of Floyd County but a slow warming trend could push the high Monday into the low 40s with sun before the mercury drops below freezing by 8 p.m. The Roanoke/Blacksburg National Weather Service office keeps its fire danger alert in place for Monday.  Burning … Continue Reading

Be aware of fire risk from wind & dry conditions

Be aware of fire risk from wind & dry conditions

A fire sparked by a downed power line on Poor Farm Road at Franklin Pike late Saturday night.  It spread quickly but Fire Department units from Stations 1,2 and 3 along with a forestry bulldozer worked through the night to contain it. Lots of debris in the roads, including a trampoline at Check Elementary School. … Continue Reading

Gusty winds increase chance of fires

Gusty winds increase chance of fires

As Thanksgiving closes in along with the end of November, the warm Spring-like day Friday may have offered those of us in Southwestern Virginia the last gasp of warm weather for a while as snowstorms hit the Midwest and Northeast and the mercury plunges. Even worse, The National Weather Service issued a severe fire warning… Continue Reading