Category Archives: Musings

Sounds of Chantilly Farm Bluegrass

Music from Meadows of Dan’s Sammy Shelor, Floyd’s The Wildmans and New River Valley’s Gravel Road Bluegrass accompany clips of the Chantilly Farms Bluegrass and BBQ Festival this weekend. Scenes also feature Rhonda Vincent, wearing a costume that seemed more tu-tu than dress and Junior Sisk. Continue Reading

Chantilly Farms Bluegrass and BBQ 2015

The Fifth Annual Chantilly Farm Blugrass and BBQ Festival brought thousands to the sprawling landscape off Franklin Pike in Floyd County on Friday and Saturday of this three-day Memorial Day Weekend for listen to headliner Rhonda Vincent plus Meadows of Dan’s Sammy Shelor and Lonesome River Band, Junior Sisk and much more. Continue Reading

611 is back on the tracks

An iconic train of our history will steam back into Roanoke next weekend after refurbishing at the North Carolina Museum of Transportation, courtesy of a massive fundraising effort.
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Curtis Turner named to NASCAR Hall of Fame

Curtis Turner named to NASCAR Hall of Fame

“If you feel like you’re in control (of your car), you ain’t going fast enough,” Floyd County’s Curtis Turner would say. That quote is often attributed to Mario Andretti, Indycar and Formula One champion, who stole it from Turner early in his career. Continue Reading

Floyd County elections are elephant stampedes

Floyd County elections are elephant stampedes

In most cases, a primary election is just the first step of the process towards election. In Floyd County, winning a GOP primary often means winning everything. Republicans dominate elected office here.  Every member of the county’s board of supervisors is a member of the party of the elephant.  So is every county official.  The… Continue Reading

Lies, damn lies…and Facebook

Lies, damn lies…and Facebook

A brief time existed when those who thought the Internet could be “the information superhighway.” Wrong.  The Internet and the social media that it spawned is, if anything, the misinformation cow path. Case in point:  The recently completed GOP Canvass (i.e. primary) in Floyd County where less than one-third of those eligible to vote actually… Continue Reading

Great music and a benefit for Station 1

Great music and a benefit for Station 1

A good time, the old cliche goes, was had by all and it was true Saturday afternoon and into the evening at Lineberry Park in Floyd with Worx holding court on stage for the second annual benefit concert for Floyd’s Volunteer Fire Department Station 1. With music by a popular band with strong Floyd connections… Continue Reading

Branscom, Craig win GOP Convass

Branscom, Craig win GOP Convass

Interim Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Branscom took the Republican nomination for election to the job in the GOP Canvass Saturday, easily defeating Harrison Schroeder and Travis Epes. Long-time Deputy Brian Craig won a tight race for Sheriff against Christiansburg police officer Doug Weddle 1359-1245. Weddle, Schroeder and Epes have conceded. Branscom took every district of the… Continue Reading

That Good Old Mountain Dew

The Whitetop Mountain Band, minus spark plug Martha Spencer, who was performing in Richmond and leader Thorton Spencer who is ill, packed the house at The Floyd Country Store Saturday night for a dance and show. Continue Reading

The local hills are alive with the sound of music

The local hills are alive with the sound of music

Music, music, music. It’s Mother’s Day weekend and the hills of Floyd County are alive with the sounds of tunes.

Olin & Francis Gardner with Friends kick off the Gospel Hour at The Friday Night Jamboree at 6:30 p.m., followed by The Blue Star Travelers to bring out the dancers at 7:30 p.m. and 2 Young, 2 Old at 9:00.

At Dogtown Roadhouse, Dos Guitars bring rock, jazz and folk at 8 p.m.

Woodbury Inn just off the Blue Ridge Parkway features Karaoke Friday starting at 8 p.m. Continue Reading

Special athletes on a special day

Special athletes on a special day

Shooting high school sports is always special. Even more special is shooting a group of special athletes at the start of a Floyd County High School multi-team track meet Wednesday.  They tossed softballs and raced. They made a special day even more so. Many more photos in next week’s Floyd Press. Continue Reading

Candidates, minus one, appear Thursday night

Candidates, minus one, appear Thursday night

All but one of those running for the contested county races in the Republican primary will speak Thursday night at a candidates’ forum before Floyd County’s tea party at the Jesse Peterman Library on South Main Street. Brian Craig and Doug Weddle seek the GOP nomination for county sheriff and Eric Branscomb, Harrison Schroeder and… Continue Reading

Group think on Facebook

Group think on Facebook

Call it group think.  New groups focused on Floyd are spouting up like weeds on Facebook. Floyd Group started some time ago and is run by moderator Nicole Cooley. The group has rules on behavior and takes action against those who violate the rules. Some of those banished from Group 1 started “Floyd Group 2”… Continue Reading

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

A motorcyclist and mate ride through the country near Smith Mountain Dam Sunday afternoon. They were part of a ride around the lake by members of the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group for the day. Warm Spring weather arrived over the weekend and temperatures are expected to rise into the 80s during the coming week.… Continue Reading