Category Archives: Musings

Hard-fought night for volleyball teams

Hard-fought night for volleyball teams

A long, hard night for Floyd County Buffaloes volleyball at home Tuesday. After the middle schoolers and junior varsity teams fell to Radford, the varsity team took their win in four games.  The Buffaloes were just two points away from a loss in the first game when they took control of the ball and rackedContinue Reading

How many deviants lurk among us?

How many deviants lurk among us?

With the current suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham now “forensically tied” to the disappearance and murder of Virginia Tech co-ed Morgan Harrington during her visit to a rock concert in Charlottesville five years ago, many residents of that city now wonder if a serial killer has been among themContinue Reading

Always a newsman

Always a newsman

Ten years ago, on the last weekend of September 2004, Floyd Press editor Wanda Combs asked me to shoot photographs of Buffalo football at a Friday night game. Shooting those photos would be the first photography for The Floyd Press in 39 years.  My last news assignment for the paper had been in May ofContinue Reading

Floyd gets The Worx at Lineberry Park

Floyd gets The Worx at Lineberry Park

Floyd County’s Jerry Wimmer comes from a musical family in a music area and now sings lead for Roanoke’s The Worx, which came to his hometown Sunday afternoon to headline the kickoff of the Fire Department’s Station 1’s “Ignite” series at Lineberry Park on Locust Street. Wimmer ventured into the crowd often and those whoContinue Reading

Clyde Williams back on stage

Clyde Williams back on stage

Battling cancer kept popular fiddler and Bluegrass group leader Clyde Williams offstage for a year but he returned to the Friday Night Jamboree this weekend to an overflow and enthusiastic crowd. It was a long-sought, long-overdue and long-anticipated homecoming for the popular entertainer who has graced the stage of the Jamboree for a long time.Continue Reading

Buffaloes fall 42-0 to Blacksburg

Buffaloes fall 42-0 to Blacksburg

Floyd County High School managed only 35 yards of offense in a 42-0 loss to Blacksburg on the road Friday night. The Bruins also returned two interceptions into touchdowns in the first quarter. The Buffaloes go into a bye week to lick their wounds with a 1-4 start. Next game: At home against Radford onContinue Reading

Graham suspect arrested

Graham suspect arrested

The man charged with “abduction with intent to defile” missing University of Virginia co-ed Hannah Graham is now under arrest after police found him on a beach near Galveston, Texas, Wednesday afternoon. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., a 32-year-old hospital attendant and former volunteer assistant football coach at a Charlottesville school, was alone in a tentContinue Reading

Where is Hannah Graham?

Where is Hannah Graham?

Far too much commentary on social networks and elsewhere on the web about how University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was dressed and her state of intoxication at age 18 when she disappeared 10 days ago in Charlottesville. City police at the home town of the University issued arrest warrants this week seek a 270-lbsContinue Reading

New Innovation Center opens

New Innovation Center opens

Floyd County cut the ribbon for its new, but currently unoccupied Innovation Center at the Commerce Park on Christiansburg Pike Monday, with a good gathering of local officials, a Congressman and others. A planned “anchor tenant,” a bio-tech startup, bailed out of the Center and Floyd late last year, leaving the county Economic Development AuthorityContinue Reading

An event intruder

An event intruder

A loud visitor helped Floyd County government kick off the new, and presently unoccupied, Innovation Center at the Economic Development Park on Christiansburg Pike Monday. The Navy jet was one of two that screamed low overhead for early in the speeches by various county officials. With an increase of air strikes in Iraq and SyriaContinue Reading

Opening an empty ‘Innovation Center?’

Opening an empty ‘Innovation Center?’

Floyd County’s Innovation Center, built largely from tobacco fund grants, planned for a big launch today with a bio-tech anchor tenant and high hopes for the future. Didn’t work out that way. The center opens with a ribbon-cutting today with no anchor tenant and adjoins the empty Branwick Building that — until this summer —Continue Reading

Diverse options on stage

Diverse options on stage

Contrasting styles of music for a Floyd Americana Afternoon at the Country Store:  Driving sounds from Morgan Wade & Sweet Magnolia and the more laid-back Bruce Scism. Have video of both and will work on it soon.  Editing video takes much more time than shooting the footage and only so many hours in a day.Continue Reading

A realistic view of gay issues in the church?

A realistic view of gay issues in the church?

Matthew Vines is a 24-year-old gay former Presbyterian who says others misinterpret the Bible as anti-homosexual and has written a book, “God and the gay Christian,” which he dedicates “to all chose who have suffered in silence for so long.” Although I’m not gay, I support his beliefs in a God who is, I believe,Continue Reading

Buffs lose to George Wythe

Buffs lose to George Wythe

A week after posting a 44-0 win over Patrick County, Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes ran into a 52-26 pasting from George Wythe on the road Friday night. The win completed a GW sweep of the Buffaloes, with the JV and 8th grade teams falling to the Wytheville teams Thursday night, The loss brings theContinue Reading

Artists Table closes

Artists Table closes

The Artists Table restaurant, launched with hope and fanfare last Spring as a replacement in the space that went empty when tax problems put Natasha’s out the door at 227 North Locust Street in Floyd, closed quietly last weekend. “Thank you for your patronage,” reads a sign on the door. “The Artists Table closed onContinue Reading

Football action

Football action

George Wythe Maroons came to town Thursday for middle school and JV games against the Floyd County Buffaloes and the varsity heads for Wytheville Friday night. In the middle school game, the Maroons put up 28 unanswered points before the Buffaloes added six late in the 4th quarter but failed on a two-point conversion. TheContinue Reading

Crime time in Floyd

Crime time in Floyd

Indictments handed down this month from the Floyd County grand jury included 29 counts of child pornography against a 20-year-old Indian Valley man. Police arrested Randy Lee Phillips, a 2012 graduate of Floyd County High School, on September 4.  A Virginia State Police investigator traced an offering of child pornography over the Internet back toContinue Reading

McAuliffe: Another governor for sale

McAuliffe: Another governor for sale

Looks like the current governor of Virginia, just like the one he followed, is for sale to the highest bidder. While former governor Bob McDonald waits to see how long he and his estranged wife will serve in prison for getting big bucks from former Star Scientific CEO, current governor Terry McAuliffe is selling outContinue Reading

The heat is on

The heat is on

Lots of reports from folks closing their windows (or turning off their air conditioners) and turning on their heat. Counted more than 25 posts on Facebook this morning from those who said something about having to fire up their heating system. Temperatures dipped down into the 50s last night and are expected to drop downContinue Reading

How wet was it?

How wet was it?

Very wet for the football teams, the homecoming participants and the fans for Friday night’s 44-0 thumping of Patrick County by the Floyd County High School Buffaloes. The rain often came down in sheets, soaking people, instruments, photography equipment and everything else.  And it kept getting cooler through the night. The Buffaloes persevered.  So didContinue Reading