Category Archives: Musings

Music all around town this weekend

Music all around town this weekend

Music, music and more music for the weekend in Floyd County. At the Friday Night Jamboree, Sue Nester & Friends kick off the evening with the gospel hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by The Ridgeliners at 7:30 and Mac Traynham and The Blueridge Mountaineers at 9:00. If the weather cooperates, music will be on LocustContinue Reading

Virginia’s relentless rabid right

Virginia’s relentless rabid right

Virginia’s often raucous Republican Party is under fire — not from liberals, not from Democrats but from themselves. Bolstered by the defeat of former GOP House of Representatives leader Eric Cantor and nominations for top state offices last year that sent Republicans down in defeat, the rabid right-wing wants to expand its control of theContinue Reading

Bob McDonnell’s ‘do-nothing’ record

Bob McDonnell’s ‘do-nothing’ record

Former, scandal-scarred Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell went on the witness stand for his defense Wednesday and said he really didn’t do “all that much” to help Star Scientific, the company where the CEO lavished he and his wife with more than $170,000 in gifts, cash and loans. McDonnell might actually be telling the truth inContinue Reading

Separating church from state

Separating church from state

Circuit clerks throughout Virginia, recognizing — in some cases reluctantly — that gay marriage is destined to become the law of the land, are getting ready for an influx of applications after an expected favorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week denied motions for a stayContinue Reading

The fog of morning

The fog of morning

Foggy out there this morning and predictions of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. A friend in Salem says she is waiting for a witch or two to float by from all the rain that has fallen down in their town. Electricity blinked on and off several times in areas of Floyd County Tuesday night,Continue Reading

Pipeline’s effect on Floyd County

Pipeline’s effect on Floyd County

Want to know what construction of a 42-inch natural gas pipeline will bring to Floyd County?  Just take a look above. Yep, that’s the swath of destruction that such a pipeline would bring to the landscape, view shed and scenery of the county. Not to mention the danger to the county’s already-fragile water supply andContinue Reading

Stop the pipeline?  Stop fracking

Stop the pipeline? Stop fracking

As interest — mostly in opposition — builds on the proposed 42-inch natural gas pipeline that would transmit the fuel from a fracking operation in West Virginia to a distribution center in Chatham and travel and strangely circuitious route through Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery, Floyd, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties, one wonders if the answer to aContinue Reading

Will Floyd be a dollar store short?

Will Floyd be a dollar store short?

The bidding war to buy Family Dollar stores will probably cost Floyd one of its two dollar store outlets in town. With Family Dollar on Virginia Route 8 north and Dollar General on U.S. 221 north — both just outside the town of Floyd limits — the Family Dollar would most likely go bye byeContinue Reading

Rain and more rain

Rain and more rain

Yes, the rain returned in force Monday with heavy downpours at times during the day and wet conditions throughout. Tuesday, expect more of the same, and still more through the week before less chance over the weekend. Lately, there has been more rain and sun in Seattle than in Floyd. Wonder how that happened?

McDonnell’s defense starts

McDonnell’s defense starts

As the defense tries to find a way to absolve former scandal-ridden governor Bob McDonnell of exchanging favors for loans, cash and gifts from a high-rolling dietary supplement wheeler-deeler, a federal agent documents shows the governor and his wife pulled down more than $177,000 in largese from the scheme. Jonnie R. Williams Sr. provided someContinue Reading

A successful auto show

A successful auto show

After a brief, late afternoon shower Friday, the Floyd Auto Far at Chantilly Farms welcomed bright blue skies and sunshine Saturday as cars & motorcycles — new, antique, classic and specialty — filled the fields along with swap meets. You could find an American-flag adorned VW bus, more than one antique Post Office vehicle, specialityContinue Reading

Town Jubilee closes out the season

Town Jubilee closes out the season

Music, games, face painting and even a dedication were part of the festivities at the Floyd Town Jubilee Saturday as Warren G. Lineberry Park was officially recognized and those who chose to attend enjoyed the event. Scott Perry and the Three Shades of Blue kicked off the music. A dedication of the park followed andContinue Reading

A double standard in racism?

A double standard in racism?

My grandfather, Walter McPeak, was an blatant racist who screamed obscenities and racial slurs at any black person on television and refused to sell cars to African Americans when he worked at the old Thomas Ford dealership in Floyd.  He would walk across the street to avoid a black person and sprinkled his conversation withContinue Reading

A musical mix

A musical mix

Mix of music both inside the Friday Night Jamboree and out on the streets of Floyd. Even a couple of rain showers did not dampen the enthusiasm for the evening. More music today with The Floyd Town Jubilee beginning at noon and a look at classic and fine cars at the Chantilly Auto Fair onContinue Reading

Time for music & fun

Time for music & fun

After a busy week dominated by expected concern and anger over a proposed natural gas pipeline through Floyd County, the focus this weekend can return to good, old-fashioned entertainment — something that can bring smiles and fun to our area. Decent weather should bring out the street music as part of the Friday Night JamboreeContinue Reading

Pipeline battle heats up in Floyd

Pipeline battle heats up in Floyd

The proposed natural gas pipeline through Floyd County got a double hit Thursday morning with page one stories in The Floyd Press and The Roanoke Times. Both articles highlight the efforts of Mara Robbins and others in opposing the 42-inch gas transmission line that would run from West Virginia to Chatham in Pittsylvania County andContinue Reading

Clinger pays extra taxes to state

Clinger pays extra taxes to state

Board of Supervisors Chairman Case Clinger last week turned over several thousands of dollars in sales tax overcharges to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clinger is not disclosing the actual amount, citing concerns from the corporate bosses of Pizza Inn.  Virginia Department of Taxation officials are not saying what will happen with the money or ifContinue Reading

Here comes the sun…finally

Here comes the sun…finally

If the weather forecasters are correct — and that is always a big “if” — we have at least five days of good, dry weather starting today. After six days of rain — including hard driving thunderstorms on Tuesday — the weather pendulum now swings the other way for a while. And it will remainContinue Reading

Robin Williams: Goodbye Vietnam

Robin Williams: Goodbye Vietnam

Robin Williams,the manic comedy actor who rose to fame as Mork on “Mork & Mindy” and starred in many films, including portrayal of the Air Force disc jockey in “Good Morning, Vietnam,” died of apparent suicide in California Monday. A comedian with many demons and battles with cocaine and alcoholism after 20 years of sobriety,Continue Reading