Category Archives: Musings

Terry McAuliffe: Just another governor for sale

Terry McAuliffe: Just another governor for sale

Looks like the current governor of Virginia, just like the one he followed, is for sale to the highest bidder. While former governor Bob McDonald waits to see how long he and his estranged wife will serve in prison for getting big bucks from former Star Scientific CEO, current governor Terry McAuliffe is selling outContinue Reading

The heat is on

The heat is on

Lots of reports from folks closing their windows (or turning off their air conditioners) and turning on their heat. Counted more than 25 posts on Facebook this morning from those who said something about having to fire up their heating system. Temperatures dipped down into the 50s last night and are expected to drop downContinue Reading

How wet was it?

How wet was it?

Very wet for the football teams, the homecoming participants and the fans for Friday night’s 44-0 thumping of Patrick County by the Floyd County High School Buffaloes. The rain often came down in sheets, soaking people, instruments, photography equipment and everything else.  And it kept getting cooler through the night. The Buffaloes persevered.  So didContinue Reading

What happened to summer?

What happened to summer?

According to the calendar, it is still summer out there. Really? The temperature outside right now is 60 degrees — still well below the forecast of 68 and even that projection is cooler than this time of year. It might climb into the low 70s on Monday and Tuesday before heading back into the 60sContinue Reading

Floyd posts 44-0 win over Patrick County

Floyd posts 44-0 win over Patrick County

In a driving rain that also soaked homecoming festivities before a crowd huddled under umbrellas, Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes notched their first win of the season with a 44-0 thumping of Patrick County Friday night. In a game that started with a safety against Patrick County, the Buffaloes controlled the waterlogged game throughout, fallingContinue Reading

Saying goodbye to Bill Richardson

Saying goodbye to Bill Richardson

We lost Bill Richardson, fiddle player and a founding member of The Jugbusters, a Bluegrass and traditional music band that was an area favorite and a regular at The Friday Night Jamboree. Fiddler and Roanoke Times reporter Mike Gangloff wrote a an incredible sendoff to Bill for The Roanoke Times this week, telling the touchingContinue Reading

Homecoming hopes

Homecoming hopes

When the schedulers at Floyd County High School looked as the chance to putting Patrick County as the homecoming game this fall, the chances looked good for a win. Patrick entered 2014 with a 40-game losing street and when the Cougers opened the season with a 64-7 loss against Heritage, which extended the losing streakContinue Reading

Remembering September 11, 2001

Remembering September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001: A clear, crisp fall day in Washington, DC, and New York. I was shooting a routine photo assignment in the District when my Blackberry went off. “Explosion: Pentagon” the message read. I walked out on the street and looked towards Virginia. Smoke snaked into the air from the direction of the Pentagon.Continue Reading

Cross country action at Rocky Knob

Cross country action at Rocky Knob

Floyd County High School’s annual cross country meet at Rocky Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway pitted the Buffaloes against Eastern Montgomery and Roanoke Catholic amid the clouds and misty conditions Wednesday afternoon. The FCHS boys varsity team took a victory.  Roger Mannon’s story and more of my photos in next week’s Floyd Press.

Praise instead of protest

Praise instead of protest

Public comment periods of most local government meetings are often controlled by those who complain, insult or sometimes threaten. On Tuesday, however, those who appeared for the public comment period for the Floyd County Board of Trustees at the first regular meeting of September came with praise for the board’s efforts to help hire moreContinue Reading

Mickey Freeze is coming

Mickey Freeze is coming

If all goes according to plan, the frozen yogurt shop at Village Green will soon become “Micky Freeze” under the new ownership and management of Mickey G’s Michael Gucciardo. He’s taking over the operation of Time Travelers, which was also an antique shot and expanded it into a seven-day dessert operation. And, yes, the frozenContinue Reading

Remembering Joshua Cantrell

Remembering Joshua Cantrell

Music, hayrides, watermelon eating contests and games spotlighted the High Noon celebration for Joshua’s Hope Sunday and the event missed most of the weather until late in the day when fog and rain moved into the area. The education charity remembers young Joshua Cantrell, the son and grandson of Travis and Alan Cantrell, sports legendsContinue Reading

Final goodbyes for film

Final goodbyes for film

As a photojournalist with more than a half-century under my belt, I saw the medium used to produce photographs change dramatically over the years — from both a 4×5 “press camera” and a 120-film YashicaMat to a 35-mm Nikon that was my choice for several decades. But film left my life in 1999 when myContinue Reading

Floyd scores 4 TDs, but loses 55-28

Floyd scores 4 TDs, but loses 55-28

For a while in  the second varsity football game of the season, Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes matched an opponent point for point for a tie score. The Buffs fell behind Galax 14-0 early in a game delayed by storms Friday night but Floyd stormed back with a kickoff return that turned into a touchdownContinue Reading

McDonnell, wife, convicted

McDonnell, wife, convicted

A jury of seven men and five women Thursday afternoon convicted former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his former pro football cheerleader wife Maureen of multiple counts of corruption in office. McDonnell, who tired to blame the entire affair on his wife, is the first governor in Virginia history to be convicted of a felony. HeContinue Reading

Jamboree’s dancing mix

Jamboree’s dancing mix

The mix of dancers at The Friday Night Jamboree are an eclectic group that crosses generational and ethnic lines. That mixture increases in the fall when newcomers from area universities and other places discover the event and mix in with the regulars who come each and every Friday night. These two images were from SeptemberContinue Reading

Volleyball starts at home with a bang

Volleyball starts at home with a bang

  Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes volleyball team kicked off the home season Tuesday night and took little time to dispatch Christiansburg in the opening sets. The game opens a busy week in sports with more volleyball in Carroll County tonight and the home opener for the football Buffaloes against Galax Friday night  atContinue Reading

Losing a newspaper’s voice

Losing a newspaper’s voice

Joe Kennedy welcomed me back into the region in 2004 when Amy and I left Washington, DC, after 23 years and relocated high up on a hill on Floyd County. “I hear you were one if us back in the day,” he said on a phone call out of the blue not long I beganContinue Reading

From prosecuter to judge?

From prosecuter to judge?

Will Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Shortt soon be Judge Shortt? The buzz among legal eagles in the area and politicians say it is a done deal.  The question is now not so much if but when.  It could still some months off. A full day of circuit court in Floyd County starts the firstContinue Reading

Labor Day? Just another work day

Labor Day? Just another work day

Is Labor Day just another work day or really a holiday? That depends. For banks, government workers (local, state and federal) and many corporate offices, the first Monday of September is a day to relax, fire up the grill and hit the water. But for many others, it’s just another day at work. Retail offices,Continue Reading