Category Archives: Musings

Rain went elsewhere; Chantilly shines

Rain went elsewhere; Chantilly shines

Rain drenched parts of the area Friday afternoon and evening but not so at the first day of the 6th Annual Chantilly Farms Bluegrass and BBQ Festival at the site on Franklin Road in Floyd County. It may have drizzled a few times but the moisture did not dampen the enthusiasm of those who gathered… Continue Reading

Shareholder vote approves Bank of Floyd-Grayson merger

Shareholder vote approves Bank of Floyd-Grayson merger

The Bank of Floyd becomes part of a newly-merged regional financial operation on July 1 after shareholders of Cardinal Bankshares — the bank’s holding company — approved joining Grayson National Bank of Independence with the overwhelming approval of 95 percent of the stockholders Thursday morning in Floyd. About 1.2 million of the voting shares approved… Continue Reading

Another blast from the past

Another blast from the past

Fred Gowin, a Facebook friend from my old days in Southern Illinois across the river form St. Louis, tagged me in a photo on Wednesday. Another memory from the past — the column heading for the expressions of opinion I wrote during my time as a reporter and photographer at The Alton Telegraph. Did I… Continue Reading

Enjoy the sun…it won’t last

Enjoy the sun…it won’t last

Old man sun made a welcome and day-long appearance Tuesday, something he should repeat Wednesday before thunderstorms move back into the area on Thursday and Friday. Saturday looks like partly cloudy with 0 percent of rain probability but with the thermometer forecast to hit 82, the chance of a late afternoon or early evening thunderstorm… Continue Reading

Soccer teams lose in Conference first-round

Soccer teams lose in Conference first-round

Floyd County High School’s venture into Conference playoffs ended Monday night with the boys losing to Glenvar 2-0 and the girls going down 3-1 at Auburn. Still, the trip to the Conference championships was a victory in itself for the teams. On Wednesday, FlCHS track members go into the Regional play at Radford University. Continue Reading

Busy schedule kicks off the week

Busy schedule kicks off the week

A mad, hectic week lies before us as a cool (temperature-wise) May winds down and Memorial Day approaches. Floyd County residents can comment, and perhaps influence, the final outcome of the proposed $34 million plus budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.  That budget, which includes a $1.8 million increase over the… Continue Reading

Revisiting the past…

Revisiting the past…

In March, 1969, a long drive from Roanoke to an industrial town on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis brought me to my second daily newspaper job. The Alton Telegraph, known as the “Alton Evening Telegraph” in those days, was a scrappy family-owned newspaper and thorn in the sides… Continue Reading

FCHS track standouts win in Conference

FCHS track standouts win in Conference

Floyd County varsity track standouts scored wins in shot, discus, 3,200 relay, 1600 meter run, triple jump, 300 hurdles and posted strong finishes in other events. Saira Akers topped her previous shot put record with a toss of 40 feet and one half inch to claim the title while Daryn Hughes took the boys title… Continue Reading

Soccer teams close out regular season

Soccer teams close out regular season

Floyd County High School’s varsity soccer teams closed our their regular season Thursday night at home with Senior night and head into conference playoffs Monday. The boys finished with a 1-1 tie against Glenvar while the girls, with two seniors on the sidelines with ACL injuries, went down 4-1.  Both, however, finished their regular seasons… Continue Reading

Death and politics

Death and politics

Nowadays, political opinions occupy many conversations over breakfasts, lunches and in bars. Such conversations often end up heated and, all to often, violent. Some such debates follow those who die into their obituaries. An obituary this week in The Richmond Times-Dipspatch: Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary… Continue Reading

The annual battle with the yard

The annual battle with the yard

We went into the Spring season planning on reductions in the size of a three-and-a-half acre yard, nearly all of it on a hillside that slopes down closed to 500 feet from where our house sits to a stream at the bottom. Previous owner John Paul Houston created the yard and removed a bunch of… Continue Reading

Weather: The ever-changing fable

Weather: The ever-changing fable

Weather forecasting, a “meteorologist” once said, is a science. “Horsefeathers,” said another.  “It’s guesswork based on ever-changing conditions.  Even consistent conditions produce inconsistent results.” On Monday, the forecasters at The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg predicted a solid week of rain starting Tuesday with a possible break on Sunday before more rain next week.… Continue Reading

The Crooked Road Ramblers

The Crooked Road Ramblers

The Crooked Road Ramblers, an old-time music band that have played at the Carter Family Fold, the Wayne Henderson Festival, Houstenfest and more, so it made sense for them to appear on stage at The Floyd Country Store Saturday night for an Old Time Dance. It was cold outside Saturday night but hot inside the… Continue Reading

Yes, it’s cold outside…and rain is coming

Yes, it’s cold outside…and rain is coming

The thermometer on top of one of our sheds sent the temperature this morning to the computer — 38 degrees at 0400 (that’s 4 a.m.). That’s cold, especially for the 15th of May. And we’re in the middle of a freeze warning. The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg claims the high today will be… Continue Reading

Saturday ‘ ignites’ in Floyd

Saturday ‘ ignites’ in Floyd

The annual benefit concert for Station 1 of The Floyd County Fire Department is called “Ignite” and features Roanoke’s Work band with its mix of rock and country and a local connection. Rain that moved through the area about three hours before the concert’s start and cooler than expected temperatures for the middle of May… Continue Reading

Sunrise

Sunrise

Perhaps, after all the clouds, rain and cooler than normal weather, we can actually now enjoy Spring and then Summer. Perhaps. Then, again, Mother Nature is a prickly thing with some bitchy tendencies. Time may tell. Or it may not. Continue Reading

A proud member of The Fourth Estate

A proud member of The Fourth Estate

For the second time in two weeks, an email brought back memories of the past. In one sentence, Dave Butler, editor of the Providence Journal in Rhode Island, asked:  “If that you, Doug?” The message came in to my email address as editor and owner of Capitol Hill Blue, the oldest political news web site… Continue Reading

Floyd gets the WORX this Saturday

Floyd gets the WORX this Saturday

The WORX, a band with a big sound, and a local connection, comes to Warren Lineberry Park in Floyd this weekend for the annnual “Ignite Floyd” concert and benefit for Station 1 of the county’s Fire Department. Tickets are $10 and goes to help the volunteers who help us. Weather is projected to be nice… Continue Reading

A new fire tanker arrives

A new fire tanker arrives

With sirens blaring and lights flashing, a new tanker for Floyd County Fire Department’s Station 3 arrived at the firehouse on Kings Store Road Wednesday afternoon. The massive unit draws the older piece of equipment it replaces and was welcomed by firemen and county officials. More photos in the next issue of The Floyd Press. Continue Reading

Bernie Coveney helping veterans in Salem

Bernie Coveney helping veterans in Salem

Spent a delightful late afternoon and early evening watching veterans learn guitar and play music at the Veterans Medical Center in Salem with Floyd guitarist and teacher Bernie Coveney helping those who have served our country learn the ins and outs of the instrument. Coveney has been working with the VA to help use music… Continue Reading