Category Archives: Musings

Emmylou and Rodney cap off a good FloydFest

Emmylou and Rodney cap off a good FloydFest

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell played to an appreciative audience late Sunday afternoon as FloydFest 14 headed for an end to five days of “Fire in the Mountains” with good reviews from fans, only a few reports of problems from law enforcement and an overall feeling that the event was back to basics.

The closing show on the Dreaming Creek main stage, however, was not the end because music continued into Sunday night and was scheduled to run through midnight.

Boy Scout buses ferried fans to and from lots, including the “alpha” lot of Chateau Morrisette. The musical mix included country and local bands and the smaller crowds were easy going and manageable.

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At FloydFest, attendees are the real show

At FloydFest, attendees are the real show

There are musical acts, craftspeople,vendors and others who make up an event like FloydFest but — in the end — the five-day attraction this year — and in year’s past — are the people who buy the tickets and flock to the site just off the Blue Ridge Parkway each year. Continue Reading

Wildmans, other local bands on stage at FloydFest

Wildmans, other local bands on stage at FloydFest

Floyd’s young musical group, The Wildmans, appeared on the Forever Young stage at FloydFest Friday, one of multiple concerts for the event this year.  They play again on the Forever Young stage on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. They provided a traditional mix of tunes on the third day of the annual extravaganza just off the… Continue Reading

FloydFest 14 is in full swing

FloydFest 14 is in full swing

Although Wednesday was the opening day of FloydFest with people arriving and some events on a few stages, the summer festival just off the Blue Ridge Parkway really got underway Thursday with headline acts on the Dreaming Creek Stage and activities throughout the site. The Jeff Austin Band brought the crowd to the Dreaming Creek… Continue Reading

Windfall

Windfall was known as Brother Wind when I first filmed them together on the Floyd Country Courthouse lawn during one of the early “Spring Into Summer” events about a decade ago. Continue Reading

Sexual predators among us

Sexual predators among us

A 42-year-old Indian Valley man who called his multiple sexual assaults on an elementary school girl when she was 12 and 13 “love, not rape” will spend the rest of his life in prison, serving six life terms for his assaults. Four of the life sentences against Richard Earl Bishop II were mandatory under Virginia… Continue Reading

Living with racism in county, state and country

Living with racism in county, state and country

As a native-born Floridan, I arrived in Floyd at age 5 after a trip on a train pulled by one of the legendary 611 steam locomotives of Norfolk & Western Railway into Roanoke in 1952. My mother, widowed after a dad I never knew died in an industrial accident in 1949, brought me home to… Continue Reading

The storms of summer

Some 249 customers of Appalachian Power remained without electricity as of 4:30 a.m. Tuesday as a wave of storms swept through Floyd County Monday night with wind toppling tress, downing power lines and blocking roads throughout the area. Continue Reading

Music & dancing on a Saturday night

Music & dancing on a Saturday night

The Crooked Road Ramblers brought their stage show to The Floyd Country Store Saturday night for a weekend dance. The crowd included a lot of the Friday Night Jamboree regulars who danced, square danced and hooped & hollered a lot during the show on a day of moderate temperatures and no rain. On a night… Continue Reading

A good time on a Floyd Friday night

A good time on a Floyd Friday night

Pleasant weather, no rain (for a change) and a good crowd on the streets of Floyd on a Friday night. The music fans gathered early and a good time.  An increased presence of Floyd County deputies to control milling crowds did not seem to dampen the spirits of those who came, who listened, who danced… Continue Reading

Low times at high tech

Low times at high tech

Microsoft is dumping 7,800 workers from its payroll, a significant number of layoffs but not as drastic as the 18,000 jobs slashed last year.

That comes to over 25,000 getting pink slips at the company that used to define high tech in America.

Major players in the high tech field come and go. Yahoo was the big boy for a while. The company once bragged that it was capitalized more than General Motors. Now, it doesn’t even rank in the top 10. Continue Reading

A fall from grace can be a long trip down

A fall from grace can be a long trip down

When Lance Armstrong fell from his perch as a highly-respected survivor of cancer and seven-time winner of the Tour de France after admitting he lied for many years about his use of banned supplements, some of the clockers and watchers who watch such things said it is hard to expect much of heroes any more. Continue Reading

Doing their crimes and then doing the time

Doing their crimes and then doing the time

Off to the courthouse this morning to cover another round of cases in Circuit Court for the paper.  Weekly doses of justice now occupy the schedule. Four trials are set, all on on drug cases involving the highly addictive crystal methamphetamine and most include   possession, manufacture and distribution of of the drug.  Most will… Continue Reading

Bye, bye Facebook, hello face-to-face

Bye, bye Facebook, hello face-to-face

Decided over the Fourth of July weekend to reduce involvement in so-called, and misnamed, “social media” on the Internet.

Social media, especially the online farce called Facebook, is an online sewer, a gathering ground for misfits, the angry and perpetrators of hate, bias and disrespect. Continue Reading

Yes, sex and skin sells

Yes, sex and skin sells

Worked long and hard Friday night to put together a video on the Fourth of July.  It has just under 100 views on Saturday — The Fourth.  It had the American flag and fireworks and patriotism. For fun on Sunday, I reposed a three-year-old video of a bikini contest at Black Bear Harley Davidson.  It… Continue Reading