Category Archives: Musings

Diverse options on stage

Diverse options on stage

Contrasting styles of music for a Floyd Americana Afternoon at the Country Store:  Driving sounds from Morgan Wade & Sweet Magnolia and the more laid-back Bruce Scism. Have video of both and will work on it soon.  Editing video takes much more time than shooting the footage and only so many hours in a day.Continue Reading

A realistic view of gay issues in the church?

A realistic view of gay issues in the church?

Matthew Vines is a 24-year-old gay former Presbyterian who says others misinterpret the Bible as anti-homosexual and has written a book, “God and the gay Christian,” which he dedicates “to all chose who have suffered in silence for so long.” Although I’m not gay, I support his beliefs in a God who is, I believe,Continue Reading

Buffs lose to George Wythe

Buffs lose to George Wythe

A week after posting a 44-0 win over Patrick County, Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes ran into a 52-26 pasting from George Wythe on the road Friday night. The win completed a GW sweep of the Buffaloes, with the JV and 8th grade teams falling to the Wytheville teams Thursday night, The loss brings theContinue Reading

Artists Table closes

Artists Table closes

The Artists Table restaurant, launched with hope and fanfare last Spring as a replacement in the space that went empty when tax problems put Natasha’s out the door at 227 North Locust Street in Floyd, closed quietly last weekend. “Thank you for your patronage,” reads a sign on the door. “The Artists Table closed onContinue Reading

Football action

Football action

George Wythe Maroons came to town Thursday for middle school and JV games against the Floyd County Buffaloes and the varsity heads for Wytheville Friday night. In the middle school game, the Maroons put up 28 unanswered points before the Buffaloes added six late in the 4th quarter but failed on a two-point conversion. TheContinue Reading

Crime time in Floyd

Crime time in Floyd

Indictments handed down this month from the Floyd County grand jury included 29 counts of child pornography against a 20-year-old Indian Valley man. Police arrested Randy Lee Phillips, a 2012 graduate of Floyd County High School, on September 4.  A Virginia State Police investigator traced an offering of child pornography over the Internet back toContinue Reading

McAuliffe: Another governor for sale

McAuliffe: 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