Category Archives: Musings

Annarelli jailed after shooting sheriff’s investigator

Annarelli jailed after shooting sheriff’s investigator

Floyd County Sheriff’s Department investigator Rusty Stanley became the latest American police officer shot in the line of duty Saturday night when he helped deputies answer a domestic violence call.

Officers found David Joseph Annarelli, 41, armed with a shotgun on the back porch of a house in the 2500 block of Ridgeview Road just outside the town of Floyd.

According to the Virginia State Police, Stanley was off duty when the call came in around 8:30 p.m. Saturday but went to the scene to provide backup. Shortly after he arrived, Annarelli opened fire with the shotgun, wounding Stanley in the abdomen and leg.

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Deputy Rusty Stanley shot answering call

Deputy Rusty Stanley shot answering call

Floyd County Deputy Sheriff Rusty Stanley  received “non life-threatening ” gunshot wounds while responding to a domestic call around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Stanley was shot in the abdomen and leg and was hospitalized after being flown from the scene by helicopter.  He was released and allowed to return home Sunday. Virginia State Police is investigating… Continue Reading

Fear, hate and racism

Fear, hate and racism

It’s hard to go anywhere these days without running into doom and gloom. Even those who are normally upbeat about life talk about bad things and predict times will get worse. A minister writes on Facebook that he misses a time when God was feared. I was taught to respect God, not fear him (or… Continue Reading

Homecoming win for the Buffaloes

Homecoming win for the Buffaloes

After a hard-fought first half that left Floyd County and Grayson tied 7-7, the Varsity Buffaloes football team scored twice in the second half to beat the Blue Devils 21-7 and win the Floyd homecoming game Friday night. The game closed after fists flew in a melee with less then a minute to go in… Continue Reading

Homecoming football Friday night

Homecoming football Friday night

If Friday’s weather forecasts can be believed — and accepting any weather prognostication as fact requires an incredible leap of faith — the outlook for precipitation is zero.

It dawned cool — down in the 50s, according to the thermometer on our back porch — and will warm up through the afternoon before it cools down for the night.

Perfect weather for football and football tops the schedule for this Friday night with Floyd County High School’s Varsity Buffaloes squaring off against Grayson County for the 2016 homecoming.

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Busy first weekend of Fall

Busy first weekend of Fall

Lots of music, plenty of art and homecoming at Floyd County High School mark the first weekend of Autumn. Floyd County’s Buffaloes football team faces Grayson County at home starting at 7 p.m. where the homecoming queen will be crowned and alumni will gather to cheer football and remember their school days. The weekend schedule… Continue Reading

Buffaloes take wins over Fort Chiswell

Buffaloes take wins over Fort Chiswell

Floyd County High School’s Varsity and JV volleyball squads beat Fort Chiswell Tuesday at home. It took four matches for the varsity to come out on top, 25-12, 27-25, 19-25, 25-17 and the JV team took the win in three. More photos and details in next week’s Floyd Press. Continue Reading

An inspiring film about education

An inspiring film about education

  On Tuesday, October 4th, from 6:00-8:00p.m., Springhouse Community School is hosting a community screening of the documentary film Most Likely To Succeed. The 89-minute film will be screened in the Celebration Hall at the Floyd EcoVillage (718 Franklin Pike Rd SE, Floyd, VA 24091.) Springhouse students will be available to discuss the impact this… Continue Reading

So much to do, so little time to do it

So much to do, so little time to do it

Blogger Fred First hoped to lead a group on nature hikes at the Floyd County Fair Saturday. Oops.  Make it one on the nature hike.  In a post on Facebook, Fred said there was just one at the nature hike to learn about the flora and fauna in and around Chantilly Farm. Wrote Fred: Nature… Continue Reading

Good music and good times at Ignite Floyd

Good music and good times at Ignite Floyd

Good music, good weather and good times in Lineberry Park for the Ignite Floyd concert featuring Nashville recording artist Jody Pyles with Floyd musician Blake Conner. The concert to benefit Station One of The Floyd County Fire Department capped a busy day in and around the area Saturday. So many things to do and see,… Continue Reading

Good, good & more good at the Fair

Good, good & more good at the Fair

Good weather, good times and good gathering of folks at the 2016 Floyd Livestock and Fair, which included bull riding on Friday night, games, exhibits and more on Saturday and closed out with a concert that evening. More photos and information in Thursday’s Floyd Press. Continue Reading

Hitting the dirt, bull riding style

Hitting the dirt, bull riding style

The bulls bucked, the riders flew and the rodeo clowns helped keep things safe Friday night at Chantilly Farms as the Floyd Livestock and County Fair kicked off in wild style Friday night. More photos and story on this event and the Fair itself in the next edition of The Floyd Press. Continue Reading

More riding time

More riding time

After some rain in parts of the county and Southwestern Virginia overnight, the outlook for Friday is cloudy with a slight chance of moisture and then clearing for the evening, bringing a pleasant time for music on the street in Floyd and bull riding at Chantilly Farm. After the wet, wet August, September has —… Continue Reading

A busy weekend here in the hills

A busy weekend here in the hills

The expanded Floyd County Livestock & Country Fair highlights the area’s weekend activities Friday night with a Bull Riding Show at 6 p.m. and a full day of activities Saturday that begins at 10 a.m. at Chantilly Farm and concludes with Ben & Noel Haggard with The Strangers at the Farm. Floyd County High School… Continue Reading

Powerless

Powerless

According to a long recorded message left on our voice mail, our house is expected to lose power sometime after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and we could be powerless until 6:00 p.m. or so. Why?  Maintenance somewhere in the area served by Appalachian Power Company. APCo is not saying the power will go out or exactly… Continue Reading

Oh, the pain of it all…

Oh, the pain of it all…

Ouch.  The orthopedist Monday poked and prodded.  He questioned and lectured.  He shook his head a lot. I have a lot of aches and pains. My left shoulder’s movement is limited.  My hands too often cramp and look like both are deformed.  I can’t pick up or hold things when they are like that. My… Continue Reading

Politics is an unhealthy lifestyle

Politics is an unhealthy lifestyle

I’ve suffered pneumonia twice in the last four years, the first during a hospital stay in November and December 2012 following a near-fatal motorcycle crash and again last year. Doctors say it is easier to come down with pneumonia after a serious bout like the one I had in 2012. I’m  68, the same age… Continue Reading

A few changes in Friday night street music

Changes on music in the streets on Locust Street in Floyd on a Friday night with great weather. Nuthin’ Common, the popular group that usually plays in the sidewalk alcove next to The Station on South Locust Street, moved down to the amphitheater in the park, where they were granted access to electrical outlets and fans had plenty of room to listen and dance. Continue Reading

Online and dangerous

Online and dangerous

A sordid tale about online illicit sexual activity and the alarming potential for more unfolded in Circuit Court this week when a Harrisonburg man admitted his guilt in a soliciting a 16-year-old Floyd County High School student  into posing nude, masturbating and more in front on an web-based camera that streamed her actions over the… Continue Reading