Category Archives: Musings

Floyd County’s power outages at 426

At 2:07 p.m. Friday, Appalachian Power said 615 Virginia customers remained without power in Virginia. Of those, 471 were in Floyd County and 144 in Dickenson. The company is still hoping to have the remaining customers, who have been without power since around noon on Wednesday, restored by midnight Friday. Or thereabouts.Continue Reading

More than a thousand still in the dark in Floyd County

More than a thousand still in the dark in Floyd County

On a cold Black Friday morning in Floyd County, 1,068 customers of Appalachian Electric Power remain in the dark, accounting for 11.5 percent of the 9,255 households and businesses who depend on the utility for electricity. At one point on Wednesday, 62 percent of Floyd County customers — more than 5,500. At 5:41 a.m. Friday,…Continue Reading

From Thanksgiving 2012 to today’s day of thanks

From Thanksgiving 2012 to today’s day of thanks

Thanksgiving: A special day for Amy and I. Two years ago, Thanksgiving 2012, she kept vigil at my hospital bed at Carillion Roanoke Valley’s intensive care unit after a motorcycle accident on Nov. 9th. I wasn’t expected to live.  Severe brain damage, a badly broken right leg, dislocated eye and facial injuries that required plastic…Continue Reading

Thousands left powerless on Thanksgiving

Thousands left powerless on Thanksgiving

The number of power outages for Floyd County on Thanksgiving Day stood at 1,652 at 5:02 p.m. Thursday. Earlier in the day, more than 3,340 Floyd County customers of Appalachian Electric greet Thanksgiving this morning without power after the company found itself ill-prepared for the wet snow that blanketed the area on Wednesday. The numbers…Continue Reading

Into the darkness without power

Into the darkness without power

Update: At 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night, 3,495 customers of Appalachian Power Company remained without power. That figure topped the list of outages for the area.  Montgomery County was second with 1,506 and Carroll County third at 1,253.  Throughout Southwestern Virginia, the outages totaled 8,150. At 6:50 p.m., Floyd County had more than 62 percent of…Continue Reading

Snow?  Is it Thanksgiving yet?

Snow? Is it Thanksgiving yet?

Yes, that’s snow on the ground. No, this is not Thursday — Thanksgiving Day — when the weather forecasters and “meteorologists” said was the day that snow “might or might not” arrive in our area. A mess of accidents for commuters using Virginia Rte. 8 between Floyd and Montgomery County and also along U.S. 221…Continue Reading

Michael Brown crossed the line

Michael Brown crossed the line

Over the years I have covered many stories involving encounters between police officers and suspects. When I wrote a newspaper column for The Alton Telegraph in Illinois — just up the Mississippi River from St. Louis — I often received requests from readers who claimed they were victims of excessive use of force. Before setting…Continue Reading

Katie, the Bubbatones & dancing

Katie, the Bubbatones & dancing

Katie & the Bubbatones kept an enthusiastic crowd dancing and have a great time at the Friday Night Jamboree. It’s always fun to watch the oldtimers mix with the younger set, particularly the older men who always seem to have a pretty young woman on their arm, although some of the young women have to…Continue Reading

Farmers Market wraps up 2014 season

Farmers Market wraps up 2014 season

Floyd’s unique Farmers Market wrapped up its 2014 season Saturday in freezing temperatures on Locust Street, but those who ventured out found food, pottery and other item. On hiatus now until Spring.  See everyone then.Continue Reading

Why I do what I do

Why I do what I do

Threats, criticisms and personal attacks go with the territory when you cover news.  When a shooter killed John Lennon many years ago, I wrote about the public outcry over his murder and wondered in print if it was way too much fretting over the death of a former pop idol. That brought an anonymous threat…Continue Reading

Terpenny leaving Floyd

Terpenny leaving Floyd

Lance Terpenny, the long-haired, bearded Harley Davidson-riding part-time town manager who came to Floyd after Christiansburg sacked him four years ago, is leaving the job at the end of the year. Terpenny left Christiansburg after a messy fight with the town council there following 14 years as town manager and seven before that as assistant.…Continue Reading

State, county investigate Joe’s Garage fire

State, county investigate Joe’s Garage fire

Investigators from the Virginia State Police have joined the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department to determine the cause of a massive fire that destroyed Joe’s Garage and related businesses of Joey Kaylor Thursday. The blaze gutted the 12-bay garage, sent the ceiling crashing down from the back, closed down U.S. 221 for a while and threatened…Continue Reading

Floyd’s new interim prosecutor

Floyd’s new interim prosecutor

We reported on The Floyd Press web site Tuesday and in Thursday’s print edition that Eric Branscom — an assistant prosecutor in Roanoke, Montgomery and Alleghany counties for the past several years — will be the new interim Commonwealth’s Attorney in Floyd County for the rest of Stephanie Shortt’s second term. Shortt becomes a juvenile…Continue Reading

Home ain’t worth what it once was

Home ain’t worth what it once was

For the first time I’ve owed property throughout my life, the value of that property decreased in valuation from a reassessment. The assessments of our property in Floyd County went down — not a lot but enough to raise eyebrows at our house this year. Wingate and Associates, the company reassessing real estate for the…Continue Reading

Partisans: Domestic terrorists?

Partisans: Domestic terrorists?

America’s Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare to those who believe the often-misused and outright falsehoods spread by opponents, is in its renewal season and is also available for first timers. No big deal at our house.  Amy started use of the ACA when on January 1 of this year and will keep it…Continue Reading

Stop the Frackin’ Pipeline

Stop the Frackin’ Pipeline

The threat of a natural gas pipeline in Floyd County appears to have passed — at least for now — but it remains a reality to neighbors affected by the current proposed route that runs from West Virginia to Chatham. Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery, Roanoke and Franklin counties still face the bulldozers and environmental impact, so…Continue Reading

On stage at Dogtown Roadhouse

On stage at Dogtown Roadhouse

Scott Perry and 3 Shades of Blue appeared at Dogtown Roadhouse Saturday night. Actually, only two shades were on stage during my time there.  I understand his excellent fiddle player was at a music competition. Excellent performances by Perry and his students.Continue Reading

Hyprocrisy of Floyd County’s GOP

Hyprocrisy of Floyd County’s GOP

Some of Floyd County’s knee-jerk Republicans are pissed at Sheriff Shannon Zeman for a video endorsement of Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Warner against GOP challenger Ed Gillespie. Now some of them want to recruit Christiansburg Police Lt. Doug Weddle, who lives in Floyd County, to run against Zeman in the GOP primary. Writes Floyd Republican…Continue Reading

Podium finish for FCHS in state cross country

Floyd County High School’s cross country teams put a team on the podium in the Group 2A state meet at Great Meadow on a cold Friday that was still warmer than back home. Sophomore Emily Williams  led Buffaloes finishers with a fourth and freshman Chloe Phillips seventh as the girls finished third and made the…Continue Reading

Light snow, ice closes schools

Light snow, ice closes schools

Light snow overnight, topped with a freezing mist, closed schools in Floyd County Friday and left roads slick and treacherous throughout the region. Temperatures hovered near 20 with wind chills in single digits as the polar mass hit Southwestern Virginia and put the freeze on. The highs today are expected to stay right around freezing…Continue Reading