Category Archives: Musings

A public battle with no winners

A public battle with no winners

A word used often in the ongoing public debate over the budget crisis facing Floyd County is “unreasonable.” Those who support the school board’s push to obtain up to $2.2 million in funds for the coming fiscal year say the board of supervisors is “unreasonable” to expect the education system to exist on funds thatContinue Reading

The tax man cometh…or maybe not

The tax man cometh…or maybe not

April 15th, the calendar says, is the deadline for filing federal income taxes. For some, maybe, but for most it isn’t. The deadline really applies only to those who owe taxes.  If you have a refund coming, you can file late without a penalty.  Many do. If you didn’t make enough last year to fileContinue Reading

Down by the old Mabry Mill stream

Down by the old Mabry Mill stream

Looks like repairs to the water wheel for Mabry Mill did not require removing the iconic item from the structure and shipping it off to North Carolina after all. Instead, the wheel, sporting new parts, remains in place as work continues on one of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s most popular tourists spots as both theContinue Reading

Beating Warner: Impossible dream?

Beating Warner: Impossible dream?

The latest “Man of La Mancha” moment for Virginia Republicans is the incredibly impossible dream of unseating popular Democratic Senator Mark Warner, the former governor who is about as close as they come to a sure thing in political circles. Even worse, 4,000 GOP delegates come to Roanoke on June 7 with the the laughableContinue Reading

All-Timesland Buffaloes

All-Timesland Buffaloes

Two Floyd County High School basketball players scored spots on the first teams for both boys and girls and a third made second team for the girls in the 2014 All-Timesland lineup Sunday. Senior Caleb Tanner, who wrapped up his senior year with a new state record for career scoring, is player of the yearContinue Reading

To tax or not to tax

To tax or not to tax

If speakers who have appeared at recent meetings of both the School Board and Board of Supervisors represent an accurate demographic of Floyd County, a tax increase is overwhelmingly favored to support increased needs of a new fiscal year budget that goes into effect on July 1. Continue Reading

Painful budget decisions

Painful budget decisions

Lots of attention this week to the annual, and often painful, budget process for Floyd County with the usual tug-of-war over what is considered most important and of the highest priority for approval by local government. Continue Reading

Parkway’s Gestapo?

Parkway’s Gestapo?

An increasing number of drivers on the Blue Ridge Parkway in and around Floyd County say a new Park Ranger is overly-aggressive, rude and condescending. Even worse, some say, he abuses his powerContinue Reading

An important fund

An important fund

While many focused this week on efforts to persuade the Floyd County Board of Supervisors to increase funding and — if necessary — hike taxes to support budget requests of the the county school system, another drama played out among the 35 speakers who voiced their opinions in a public comment period. Sheriff Shannon ZemanContinue Reading

No tax hike

No tax hike

As happens so often in government, the decision that came out of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors Tuesday was a compromise that resolved some problems, created others and left many unsatisfied. After an overflow crowd of parents, grandparents, school officials, deputy sheriffs and students spilled out into adjoining roomsContinue Reading

Judge: ‘AGs, butt out’

Judge: ‘AGs, butt out’

A federal judge in Richmond Monday told a group of former Virginia attorney generals to butt out of the case against scandal-ridden ex-governor Bob McDonnell. U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer said a motion that five former AGs wanted to file in the upcoming corruption trial against McDonnell and his former pro football cheerleader wifeContinue Reading

Supervisors vs. schools

Supervisors vs. schools

Floyd County heads into a potentially tense and defining week as a seemingly-unavoidable annual confrontation between the School Board and Supervisors escalates over a budgetContinue Reading

April showers bring…

April showers bring…

April lives up to its soggy traditions today with a day-long glut of sometimes heavy, sogging rain throughout Monday. Without a 100 percent chance of rain through the day and 70 percent Monday night, the theme of April showers arrives full timeContinue Reading

Radio family night

Radio family night

Family memories streamed from the stage of the Floyd Radio Show Saturday night from Mountain Thunder, a bluegrass band with strong family roots in traditional music. Thunder traces its roots to the legendary McPeak Brothers of Wytheville, a group often classified as “progressive”Continue Reading

Obamacare works for us

Obamacare works for us

Those opposed to Obamacare and who constantly claim it can’t even meet simple goals took a hit Tuesday when President Barack Obama went to the microphone at the White House in Washington and announced the official signup number from the last-minute rush at the deadline Monday — 7.1 million.Continue Reading

Sound and the fury

Sound and the fury

A comment posted on Monday’s story about the weather urged county citizens to attend what she called a meeting of the county board of supervisors Tuesday night to protest cuts in the school board budget for next year. Tuesday night is not a meeting of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors but a informational gatheringContinue Reading

Has Spring sprung?

Has Spring sprung?

As what appears to be Spring settles in for at least a five-day run this week, electric customers in Patrick County and Roanoke city remain without power from more than 24 hours of sustained high winds which downed trees and electric lines throughout Southwestern Virginia. At one time, thousands were in the dark.  On MondayContinue Reading

Cold winds, power outages

Cold winds, power outages

Mother Nature’s overnight blow job left more than 2,600 Virginia area electric customers without power this morning, including 1,039 in nearby Patrick County, 469 in Roanoke County, and 431 in Franklin. High winds downed trees and power poles, knocked down electric lines and left many in the dark as Sunday morning dawned cold and blusteryContinue Reading

Is Spring there in the fog?

Is Spring there in the fog?

Has Spring arrived?  Hard to tell with all the fog. With a projected high near 60 and Spring-like rain and even thunderstorms in the forecast, some traces of Spring appear to be edging into the area. But the forecast also includes warnings of dense fog, possibly-intense thunderstorms and high wind warnings that start at 10Continue Reading

Love ’till debt does us part?

Love ’till debt does us part?

If one reads between the lines of the latest mountain of motions filed by the legal defense team for former and disgraced Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, it seems the best way for the governor to get off is to reveal just what his former pro football cheerleader wife was doing to him rather than gettingContinue Reading

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