Category Archives: Musings

From prosecuter to judge?

From prosecuter to judge?

Will Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Shortt soon be Judge Shortt?

The buzz among legal eagles in the area and politicians say it is a done deal.

A full day of circuit court in Floyd County starts the first day after the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend, signaling a return to the hustle and bustle that is now more hectic than the old days.Continue Reading

Labor Day? Just another work day

Labor Day? Just another work day

Is Labor Day just another work day or really a holiday? That depends. For banks, government workers (local, state and federal) and many corporate offices, the first Monday of September is a day to relax, fire up the grill and hit the water. But for many others, it’s just another day at work. Retail offices,Continue Reading

Dancing the night away

Dancing the night away

Dancers, young and old, flock to the Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store and provide lots of photographic and video opportunities. Labor Day weekend provides an interesting mixture of those who grove to Bluegrass and traditional music and have a good time.

Music: Floyd-Montgomery Jazz Project

Music: Floyd-Montgomery Jazz Project

A sampling of musical offerings from The Floyd-Montgomery Jazz Project at the Oak Grove Pavilion on Saturday night. Good sound and good lighting help a videographer and photographer deliver a decent product, I hope, and the foursome always deliver good music. Thanks for inviting me.

Jazz on a Saturday night

Jazz on a Saturday night

Oak Grove Pavilion at Floyd’s Zion Lutheran Church closed out its 2014 summer season Saturday night with a performance of the Floyd-Montgomery Jazz Project. I had hoped to also catch Butch Robins at Dogtown Roadhouse later in the evening but my always problem-prone leg gave out as I was packing to leave Oak Grove andContinue Reading

Young gun love

Young gun love

A quick minute of the annual Labor Day Carroll County Flea Market and Gun Show with an opening look of gun love by a young girl. The four-day event kicked off Friday and continues through Monday (Labor Day) with the usual collection of flea market memorability and a large sampling of firearms, ammo, knives andContinue Reading

Rock me Mama on a Friday Night

Rock me Mama on a Friday Night

Music on the streets on a Friday Night in Floyd brings young and old together and the enthusiasm for songs from Nuthin’ Common saw an overflow of enthusiasm from the young on Locust Street on this Labor Day weekend Friday night. It doesn’t matter if it is daylight and the dark on these Friday nights.Continue Reading

Buffaloes fall in opener

Buffaloes fall in opener

For the first half, Floyd County High School’s football Buffaloes played the Carroll County Cavaliers even — going into the break with a 6-6 tie by swapping touchdowns and missing extra points. But the touchdown score wasn’t enough for the second half as the Cavaliers added 10 more points to none for the Buffaloes, whoContinue Reading

Labor Day Fun

Labor Day Fun

Labor Day:  The end of summer.  With football games officially starting on this holiday weekend and events scheduled throughout the region, it is viewed by many as a last gasp of summer and the beginning of fall with a bang. Weather is expected to be good on Friday and Saturday with growing chances of rainContinue Reading

Bob McDonnell’s con job

Bob McDonnell’s con job

If you accept former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s view of his attempt to justify his political world, his marriage to former Washington Redskin cheerleader Maureen McDonnell was a sham staged before voters and little else. That’s the portrait presented to the jury in the federal trial that could go to the jury Friday and decideContinue Reading

A lesson on school class size

A lesson on school class size

Speakers to the Floyd County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night regarding school class sizes and the need for more teachers. Full story in Thursday’s Floyd Press.

Racism still shocks

Racism still shocks

The burial of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man gunned down while unarmed by a white cop in the St. Louis suburban community of Ferguson, Missouri, brought back too many memories Monday. As a newspaperman in the St. Louis metro area for 12 years (1969-1981), I covered many stories of racial unrest in the area.Continue Reading

Ridin’ with the Ridgeliners

Ridin’ with the Ridgeliners

Good music and lots of dancing at The Friday Night Jamboree with music from The Ridgeliners with fiddler Mike Gangloff, who also appears with The Black Twig Pickers and others around the area. All this filming will come together one of these days in a comprehensive documentary on the traditional music culture of the area. Continue Reading

Nighttime madness at Bristol

Nighttime madness at Bristol

Three weeks ago, I checked the Bristol Motor Speedway web site to see if any tickets were available for the Irwin Tools 500 night race this past Saturday night. The best available seats were on row 3 of the Allison straightaway on the front stretch — a damn good location for a track that usedContinue Reading

Bob McDonnell’s incredible tales

Bob McDonnell’s incredible tales

When discussion gets around to the incredible tales told by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in his corruption trial in Richmond, most observers say he is either canny or stupid. Few, if any, say he is innocent.  The general conclusion is that the governor who is throwing his wife under the bus to try andContinue Reading

Virginia’s relentless rabid right

Virginia’s relentless rabid right

Virginia’s often raucous Republican Party is under fire — not from liberals, not from Democrats but from themselves. Bolstered by the defeat of former GOP House of Representatives leader Eric Cantor and nominations for top state offices last year that sent Republicans down in defeat, the rabid right-wing wants to expand its control of theContinue Reading

Bob McDonnell’s ‘do-nothing’ record

Bob McDonnell’s ‘do-nothing’ record

Former, scandal-scarred Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell went on the witness stand for his defense Wednesday and said he really didn’t do “all that much” to help Star Scientific, the company where the CEO lavished he and his wife with more than $170,000 in gifts, cash and loans. McDonnell might actually be telling the truth inContinue Reading

Separating church from state

Separating church from state

Circuit clerks throughout Virginia, recognizing — in some cases reluctantly — that gay marriage is destined to become the law of the land, are getting ready for an influx of applications after an expected favorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week denied motions for a stayContinue Reading

The fog of morning

The fog of morning

Foggy out there this morning and predictions of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. A friend in Salem says she is waiting for a witch or two to float by from all the rain that has fallen down in their town. Electricity blinked on and off several times in areas of Floyd County Tuesday night,Continue Reading

Pipeline’s effect on Floyd County

Pipeline’s effect on Floyd County

Want to know what construction of a 42-inch natural gas pipeline will bring to Floyd County?  Just take a look above. Yep, that’s the swath of destruction that such a pipeline would bring to the landscape, view shed and scenery of the county. Not to mention the danger to the county’s already-fragile water supply andContinue Reading