Category Archives: Musings

Spooks and music

Spooks and music

Lots of Halloween, music and entertainment for the weekend. The Ridgeliners and Sugar Run headline the Friday Night Jamboree at the Country Store along with The Reese Family and Friends kicking off the gospel hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Ridgeliners at 7:30 and Sugar Run at 9. The Floorboards at a Halloween Dance…

Apple’s CEO is gay. Thank God

Apple’s CEO is gay. Thank God

Tim Cook, the chief executive officer of computer giant Apple outed himself Thursday, saying “I am proud to be gay.” In Bloomberg Businessweek Cook wrote: While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now.  So let me be clear:  I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay…

Applause for Sheriff Zeman, disgust for politics

Applause for Sheriff Zeman, disgust for politics

Saddened me this week when I listened to a local elected official go on a rant about Floyd County Sheriff Shannon Zeman’s decision to appear in a television ad endorsing Senator Mark Warner’s re-election bid against questionable, and corrupt, Ed Gillespie. This official, a Republican, claimed Zeman “violated an oath” he signed to promote Republican…

On the road again

On the road again

Next month will be the second anniversary of the great cow encounter on U.S. 221 at the bottom of Bent Mountain on Nov. 9, 2012 — an accident that kept me off a motorcycle and in rehab for extensive physical therapy for 21 months. Before the crash, I often rode 200-300 miles a day, and…

Angels cleaned its Attic?

Angels cleaned its Attic?

Floyd Thrift Store Angels in the Attic and its bombastic and combative executive director Kathy Blackwell have apparently parted company. Details of the split are sketchy at best but Blackwell appeared to announce her departure with an acerbic post on the Angels “Whispers” blog where she said: Isn’t life interesting?  Have you noticed there usually…

Whitetop Mountain Band

Whitetop Mountain Band

The Whitetop Mountain Band, always a popular group in the Floyd area, brought their music to the Country Store on an autumn Saturday night. Always a good show, always good dancing and always a good time.

Nuthin’ Common with ‘Rocky Top’

Nuthin’ Common with ‘Rocky Top’

The Bluegrass song, “Rocky Top” is a mainstay for many bands to play and was a piece composed in about 10 minutes by the married songwriting duo Felice and Boudleaux Bryant during a break while working with Chet Atkins and Archie Campbell at the Gatlinburg Inn in 1967. Now considered number seven on the “Top…

Good weather, good leaves, good music, good times

Good weather, good leaves, good music, good times

Good weather, sunshine and moderate temperatures greet this weekend, allowing a chance to see what is left of the leaf season. A variety of entertainment choices in the area as well. Temperatures are forecast for the lower 60s Friday, 66 on Saturday and 65 on Sunday with no rain in the forecast for the first…

GOP Sheriff Zeman supports Mark Warner

GOP Sheriff Zeman supports Mark Warner

Floyd County Sheriff Shannon Zeman, a Republican, is featured on a new campaign ad supporting Democrat Mark Warner’s re-election effort, saying the Republican, Ed Gillespie, is not a worthy opponent. “Mark Warner is working to solve problems,” Zeman says in his appearance in the ad.  “Ed Gillespie and his attacks are the problem.” Zeman is…

Gas pipeline propaganda: Lies, damn lies and more

Gas pipeline propaganda: Lies, damn lies and more

If the often-vague and always sidestepping executives of EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy thought Franklin County would be a cakewalk for their natural pipeline express running from West Virginia to Chatham, they got a hardcore lesson of what country folks think of fast-buck corporate types in Rocky Mount. A large crowd of angry residents of…

Caleb Tanner back on the boards

Caleb Tanner back on the boards

Caleb Tanner, owner of the Virginia High School League season basketball scoring record and and the 2013-14 Timesland boys basketball player of the year as a senior at Floyd County High School, was back on the court Monday night as a member of the Elev8 Sports Institute post-graduate ball team in a fundraising game against…

Franklin County limits comments

Franklin County limits comments

It appears Franklin County administrator Rick Huff passes on misinformation for a living. Or maybe he just passes on information from energy companies without taking the necessary trouble of verifying their information with more credible sources. In an interview with Ducan Peters of The Roanoke Times Sunday, Huff — talking about the proposed Mountain Valley…

Human remains found in Albemarle County

Human remains found in Albemarle County

Human remains were found by Chesterfield police Saturday near Old Lynchburg Road not far from Charlottesville in Albermarle County but tests are needed to determine if they are the body of missing University of Virginia Hannah Graham. Police sources say they believe the remains are of Graham and have notified her family and now are…

Buffaloes lose to Glenvar 27-7

Buffaloes lose to Glenvar 27-7

Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes fell to Glenvar 27-7 in Roanoke County Friday night. The loss now leaves Floyd at 1-6 for the season and the team heads for Eastern Montgomery County on Friday, October 24 for the next game. Full story by Roger Mannon in next week’s Floyd Press. (Blue Ridge Muse Photographer Doug…

Music and more in Floyd this weekend

Music and more in Floyd this weekend

Katie and the Bubbatones and The Tune Town Old Time String Band lead music and dancing at The Friday Night Jamboree at the Country Store on Locust Street tonight. The True Life Travelers start the gospel hour at 6:30 p.m. with Katie and her Bubbatones kicking off at 7:30 p.m. and the Tune Towners at…

OK.  I’m sick. Satisfied?

OK. I’m sick. Satisfied?

Hard down this week.  While scoping out photographic and video locations in the mountains Monday I came across something that generated a previously-unknown allergy attack or created an infection. Now, with a raging fever, breathing difficulties and other problems I finally gave in today for medical treatment from Carilion.  Amy, who has pushed for this…

Rain, wind and power outages

Rain, wind and power outages

The rain fell, the wind blew, tornado warnings spread and power went out throughout the area overnight Tuesday as Mother Nature continues to inflict her wrath. Over half and inch fell on Floyd County over the last 24 hours and some will say it felt and sounded like a lot more. Tree limbs scatter roads…

Virginians to Bob McDonnell: Go to jail, go directly to jail

Virginians to Bob McDonnell: Go to jail, go directly to jail

A common mantra of politicians is something along the line of “let the people decide.” The claim, of course, is false.  Politicians, as a rule, don’t give a damn about what “the people” think and realize that most people feel the same way about the politicians. For convicted felon Bob McDonnell, former governor of Virginia,…

Another chapter of Paul D. Allen’s sordid saga

Another chapter of Paul D. Allen’s sordid saga

Paul D. Allen, the self-promoted “data center developer” who led Floyd County’s economic development folks down a long and unfulfilled path of promises about a data center in the area, is now under indictment for $1.2 million in bank fraud in Ohio. It traces back to Allen’s “B-Telecom,” a data company he claimed to own…

When rain turns into snow, look out!

When rain turns into snow, look out!

Raining a lot this year.  More rain in today’s forecast and for the coming days, including some hard, pounding storms possible. Does this mean even more problems as the temperatures fall and rain turns into snow? Yes, it could. The National Several Storms Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says an inch of…