Category Archives: Musings

Lady Buffs secure state tourney spot with win

Lady Buffs secure state tourney spot with win

With a decisive 63-46 regional win over Chatham before an appreciative hometown crowd at Floyd County High School Wednesday night, the Lady Buffaloes earned a return trip to the Region 2A state quarterfinals. Abi Belshan’s 19 game points led the Lady Buffs, who led from their opening basket but saw Chatham chip away at a… Continue Reading

When a close, personal friend faces death

When a close, personal friend faces death

Hard to think about much today after Amy and I learned from a longtime friend last night that he has pancreatic cancer. Without immediate treatment, he has about three months to live.  He will start chemotherapy and other aggressive programs that might prolong the inevitable. It brings back painful memories of Amy’s mother, who was… Continue Reading

Another nice day:  The road awaits

Another nice day: The road awaits

Celebrated quality time on Presidents Day Monday on on two different motorcycles — my Harley Switchback and Amy’s Can-Am Spyder. Different bikes, different styles, different ways to ride. The Switchback is a classic cruiser, based on Harley-Davidson’s tried and true Dyna chassis.  Dynas have been upgraded and improved over the years and the Switchback  —… Continue Reading

At least the weather forecast is good…

At least the weather forecast is good…

The temperature this morning sits at 41 degrees at 0645, well above freezing in the middle of winter here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. The Blacksburg/Roanoke office of the National Weather Service says it will hit 60 degrees by noon and rise to about 66 with sun and little rain on a… Continue Reading

Two events shared common concern

Two events shared common concern

Two events in Floyd this weekend shared a central concern: A focused assault on freedoms that are supposed to be guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment. On Saturday, a large crowd gathered at the Eco-Center on Franklin Pike for “A Celebration of The First Amendment” that honored essays, poems and songs by youth and adults,… Continue Reading

Floyd beats Martinsville, wins conference

Floyd beats Martinsville, wins conference

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes took down Martinsville’s Lady Bulldogs 51-47 in the Conference 38 final Friday night at James River High School near Buchanan Friday night, revenging two regular season losses and winning the conference. The win gives the Lady Buffaloes home court advantage in a regional opener next week against Chatham. Abi… Continue Reading

Lady Buffs win semi-final over Giles

Lady Buffs win semi-final over Giles

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes meet Martinsville’s Lady Bulldogs Friday night for the Conference 38, 2A final after the Floyd ladies destroyed Giles 70-28 Thursday at the tournament semi-final at James River High School outside of Buchanan. Floyd’s Michaela Thompson led scoring with 19 points. The semi-final win Thursday gives the Lady Buffs a… Continue Reading

How a new bank name evolved

How a new bank name evolved

The new logo of Skyline National Bank, now the name of the combined forces of Bank of Floyd and Grayson National Bank, was designed by a bearded, tattooed Harley Davidson riding designer who — bank president Allan Funk says — made him think of Floyd. Funk told the story of the designer to a gathering… Continue Reading

Feels a little like winter today but it won’t last

Feels a little like winter today but it won’t last

The “white stuff” sprinkling down from the sky this morning leaves a tinge of snow on the ground around the house but with the thermometer on the back porch reading 34 degrees, it won’t last.

The forecast for this Wednesday is for a “wintry mix” in the morning with temperatures in the mid 30s — a day more like winter than most we have had in recent 24-hour cycles here in the Blue Ridge.

Weather conditions must be a little worse west of us as Carroll County Schools are opening two hours late and Grayson County is closed. Continue Reading

Giles eliminates Floyd from boys’ playoffs

Giles eliminates Floyd from boys’ playoffs

For three and half quarters of the opening round of 3A Conference 32 high school basketball playoff game, the Floyd County Buffaloes led the Giles Spartans Monday night in Pearisburg, but 23 fourth quarter points almost doubled the 12 of FCHS, eliminating the Buffs from state playoff contention for this season. Floyd led by more… Continue Reading

An afternoon rain didn’t dampen a great day

An afternoon rain didn’t dampen a great day

After more than 250 miles of riding in gorgeous, mostly sunny, weather in Virginia and North Carolina Sunday, the Harley and I ran into a wall of water about five miles South of Floyd shortly before 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Saw the clouds to the north while leaving Hillsville after a daytime that included an… Continue Reading

Live to ride and ride to live

Live to ride and ride to live

The thermometer is already 58 degrees at 6:30 this morning and is expected to hit 65 by 2 p.m. I’m heading north towards Roanoke shortly to join members of the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group for breakfast and a possible ride down where the high is expected to top 70 degrees.

Live to ride and ride to live are mottos of those of us who enjoy time on two-wheels.

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Bank of Floyd is now Skyline National

Bank of Floyd is now Skyline National

Skyline National Bank is now the new name of the merged Bank of Floyd and Grayson National Bank, which combined forces last year.

Employees of both banks learned of the new moniker Thursday night at a dinner in Wytheville.

Letters went out Friday to customers and shareholders of the new entity. Promotional materials should appear by the beginning of both banks and branches next week. Continue Reading

Lady Buffs close out regular season with win

Lady Buffs close out regular season with win

In the regular season ender for Floyd County girls basketball, the varsity Lady Buffs led from the start and cruised to an easy win over the Radford Bobcats 60-29 while the JV squad rebounded from a halftime deficit to take control in the second half and beat the lady Bobcats 51-38. Elizabeth Quesenberry led varsity… Continue Reading

Weather: Downed trees, power outages

Weather: Downed trees, power outages

The National Weather Service for Blacksburg/Roanoke originally forecast an ultra-frigid Thursday with a high of 18 or so with overnight lows down close to zero.

But the thermometer showed 32 on our back porch at 7 a.m. and while it will drop some along with the blustery wind, it is now not expected to go much lower during the daylight hours and should hover around the freezing mark until late afternoon when it starts a downward trend into the high teens overnight before climbing back up into the 40s by Friday afternoon, then 61 on Saturday and 68 on Sunday. Continue Reading

Good weather today, freeze Thursday

Good weather today, freeze Thursday

Looks like another day to save money on gas and have some fun on my Harley while taking care of business and enjoy the open road. The temperature is in the high 40s as I write this at 0600 this morning and is expected to hit 60 by early afternoon with clouds, a little wind… Continue Reading

Too much hate, too much anger

Too much hate, too much anger

Alan Graf, who started writing a column on current issues for The Floyd Press this year, found himself victim a target of those who don’t like those who express opinions that might differ from theirs. Graf is not a fly-by-night writer of letters to the editor or random poster of tirades on social media.  He’s… Continue Reading

This is winter?

This is winter?

According to the Roanoke/Blacksburg office of the National Weather Service, Monday’s forecast is sunny with high temperature of 59 in this second week of February. Tuesday is expected to be warmer, with the thermometer rising into the 60s on Tuesday and then a high of 58 or so on Wednesday before Thursday drops into the… Continue Reading

Learning to sleep after 69 years

Learning to sleep after 69 years

For most of my life, I’ve been a morning person, arising from bed before the sun comes up. My internal clock wakes me up at 0500, 5 a.m. It doesn’t matter is what time zone I’m in or what time I’ve gone to bed, with is normally sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. Sleep seemed… Continue Reading

Losses mar winter homecoming

Losses mar winter homecoming

Floyd County High School’s boys basketball Buffaloes celebrated winter homecoming and senior night Friday night with the regular season’s final home game but losses to Glenvar by both the varsity and junior varsity squads dampened the celebration. Glenvar took early leads in both matches and never looked back. In the varsity match, Dustin Thompson scored… Continue Reading