Category Archives: Musings

Closing down comments

Closing down comments

The Quad City Times — an Illinois-Iowa newspaper I read regularly during my 12 years as a reporter, photographer and columnist in the Land of Lincoln — shut down its online comments section of its web site, effective today. Executive Editor Autumn Phillips pulled the plug after reading comments on a story about a man… Continue Reading

The ‘Net of our efforts

The ‘Net of our efforts

Celebrated the birth of the Internet over the weekend.  The World Wide Web began 25 years ago. Actually, it wasn’t a birth but an adoption.  Congress turned what was then “DARPANet” over to the National Science Foundation, taking the online service out of its secretive and classified world as an sharing of information (among those… Continue Reading

Floyd Rustic: a local furniture business fueled by family

Floyd Rustic: a local furniture business fueled by family

Floyd is well-known for a lot of things that make it the uniquely artistic and family-friendly mountain town that so many flock to– to build a home, to become a part of a tight-knit community, to experience the blue grass tunes, or to simply take a respite from the busy-ness of stereotypical American culture. Whether… Continue Reading

Quiet life in the country?  Yeah, right.

Quiet life in the country? Yeah, right.

Quiet life in the country? No way. Saturday in Floyd County — with storm crowds and thunder threatening through most of the day and into the evening — brough a tsunami of events that kept residents wondering which ones to attend and those of us who try to record life around here hopping to and… Continue Reading

Yep, it’s the media’s  fault

Yep, it’s the media’s fault

According to those who make a living assigning blame for society’s ills, I have been part of a profession that is often blamed for just about anything bad that happens. “It’s the media’s fault,” is the cry of those who feel that those of us who try and report the news do so with a… Continue Reading

A late night dealing with news

A late night dealing with news

Overslept this morning — something I seldom do — because I was up until the wee hours editing latest news and opinions on my political news web site — Capitol Hill Blue. As founder and publisher of the longest-running political news operation on the World Wide Web, I spend an inordinate amount of time reviewing… Continue Reading

Tractors, rubber ducks & music

Tractors, rubber ducks & music

A busy, busy and yes busy weekend, complete with antique tractors, rubber ducks on the Little River, auto fairs and more. As usual, the fun and games start on the streets of Floyd on Friday night with music along South Locust, weather permitting, artists on display and, of course, The Friday Night Jamboree. The Floyd… Continue Reading

Rain? Maybe so, maybe not

Rain? Maybe so, maybe not

Heading out this morning for a ride on the Switchback over to Black Bear Harley Davidson for a belated 22,500 mile service and tires. With luck, I may find a way to miss the “scattered thunderstorms” scheduled to start around noon on the way back. Dodging the rain hasn’t been that hard on most outings… Continue Reading

The heat is on at our schools

The heat is on at our schools

Floyd County public schools sent students home early Monday and again on Tuesday because of the oppressive heat in the dog days of August. The early closure came less than a week after the county Board of Supervisors approved an emergency allocation of funds to add air conditioning units to the Floyd Elementary School cafeteria,… Continue Reading

Glenn Yarbrough, a singing voice silenced

Glenn Yarbrough, a singing voice silenced

Glenn Yarbrough, a founding member of The Limeliters folk group and a solo singer with hits in the 1960s and 70s. died in Nashville   Saturday. Before you ask “Glenn who?” or “The Lime what? ” you probably heard Yarbrough’s smooth voice in his hit “Baby The Rain Must Fall” or read about folk music hits… Continue Reading

They keep on dancing

They keep on dancing

Yes, I love shooting photos and capturing film of dancing on a Friday night in Floyd.   The scenes on Locust Street and in the Friday Night Jamboree are, I believe, a unique part of life in our Southwestern Virginia town. A beautiful Friday night provided lots of dancing and scenery on this second weekend in… Continue Reading

A rain-free Friday night in Floyd?

A rain-free Friday night in Floyd?

Looks like a good, mostly sunny, Friday — something we haven’t seen much of in this wet, stormy summer here in Southwestern Virginia. Nuthin’ Common, one of the popular bands that plays on the street in Floyd, announced on Facebook this morning that he plans to be out in musical force this evening with its… Continue Reading

Looking for some good comic books?

Looking for some good comic books?

Like comic books?  Collect them?  Then the Salem Civic Center is the place to be Saturday, August 20th, for the 19th Virginia Vintage Comics and Collectibles Show. Roger and Nancy Mannon of Floyd started the show in 1998 and it has become premier event for vintage and collectible comic book fanciers. “We are the only… Continue Reading

A one-day break from the rain?

A one-day break from the rain?

The weather forecast Wednesday has the chance of rain at 20 percent or below. Is it possible we might get through a day without the wet stuff falling from the sky? The first nine days of August have been the wettest in recent history, depositing rain somewhere in the area at least once each day… Continue Reading

Readin’, writin’ and sports starts Thursday

Readin’, writin’ and sports starts Thursday

Floyd County’s five schools — four elementary and one — open Thursday for the 2016-17 year. Teachers and staff went to work last Thursday and school bus drivers will meet today. School started Monday in Franklin County, opening the doors to 16 schools and 7,500 students. At one time, the first day after Labor Day… Continue Reading

They wanna dance

Another fun night of filming The Friday Night Jamboree in Floyd.

The kids dominated the dance floor, with their wild flourishes and unfettered movements on a hot, humid and rainy evening in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia.

Music by 2 Young, 2 Old. Continue Reading

Horsing around and more in Check

Horsing around and more in Check

Check’s community festival brought area residents together for games, music, food and a horse pull at the elementary school Sunday, plus a gathering of alumni from the old Check high school and others who attended elementary. The horse pull was a main attraction as five teams hauled a weighted platform that started at 2,000 pounds… Continue Reading

Dance, dance, dance

Dance, dance, dance

Threatening rain finally arrived Friday night, sending the crowds of music stands inside but that didn’t stop the dancing and the fun. These images are video frames from filming at the Friday Night Jamboree. Continue Reading

Lots to do this weekend

Lots to do this weekend

We enter the first weekend of the third month of summer, the temperatures are forecast cooler for Friday with still more rain, but  heat and humidity return on Saturday but the weekend is here and there are lots of things to do. The Floyd Artists Association celebrates First Friday in the Station at South Locust,… Continue Reading