Category Archives: Musings

Message to VDOT: ‘Pave Vaughn’s Mill Road’

Message to VDOT: ‘Pave Vaughn’s Mill Road’

Residents on or near Vaughn’s Mill Road in the Indian Valley section of Floyd County have a message for the Virginia Department of Transportation:  “Pave it.” As one of the county’s many unpaved roads, Vaughn’s Mill is a sometimes muddy, sometimes dusty and always problem-plagued road, five speakers told VDOT at a public hearing onContinue Reading

Losses at home, but victory on the road

Losses at home, but victory on the road

A day after coming back from a deficit in the sixth inning to win, Floyd County High School’s varsity Buffaloes baseball team fell victim to the same kind of comeback by Auburn’s Eagles, who overtook an early 2-0 lead by Floyd to win 9-3 under threatening skies. On the soccer field at home in Floyd,Continue Reading

Decision time on fiscal 2015 budget hearing

Decision time on fiscal 2015 budget hearing

Floyd County Supervisors vote formally Tuesday night on a public hearing date on a fiscal 2015 $30.7 million dollar budget that keeps current tax levels the same and does not come close to giving the school system the close to $1 million in extra funding it says is needed to avoid layoffs and reductions inContinue Reading

Escalating problem of child pornography

Escalating problem of child pornography

Child pornography is a growing problem nationally, in Virginia, and in Floyd County. In Charlottesville Monday, a former assistant dean at the University of Virginia pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing, receiving and distributing child pornography. Federal officers said Michael G. Morris, 50, had more than 4,000 sexually explicit files of children stored onContinue Reading

Close calls in a lopsided JV loss

Close calls in a lopsided JV loss

In a game with a number of close calls by the umpires and missed opportunities by the Floyd County Buffaloes junior varsity baseball team Monday, Carroll County cruises to a 10-1 victory on the FCHS home field. A missed line drive to right field that went to the fence or a call at first baseContinue Reading

Quiet, laid-back little town?  Not really

Quiet, laid-back little town? Not really

Looking at the schedule this week blows away the myth that there is little or nothing to do in quiet little communities like Floyd. Let’s see. Varsity and junior varsity baseball (Floyd against Carroll County) at FCHS today starting at 1 p.m. Monday. Floyd County Circuit Court Tuesday at 9 a.m. Varsity baseball, softball, soccerContinue Reading

Easter Bunny: One of parents’ 3 great lies

Easter Bunny: One of parents’ 3 great lies

Besides the religious implications of Easter, this particular Sunday is also dedicated to one the “three great lies” that parents tell their children. That lie, of course, is claiming that an “Easter Bunny” lays eggs.  A rabbit laying egg? Oh, please. The remaining two of these “three great lies” are the existence of Santa ClausContinue Reading

Going to church? You’re a minority

Going to church? You’re a minority

In polls over recent years, statistics on how many Americans go to church have ranged from 20-40 percent. If you are a church goer, you are a minority in this country. Church attendance, and giving to churches, is on a decline. A recent study by Evangelical Covenant Church, which began collecting data on church attendanceContinue Reading

Alumni fun for charity

Alumni fun for charity

Joshua’s Hoops for HOPE, an annual charity basketball game featuring players from past Floyd County High School teams, took over the old gym at the school Saturday afternoon and early evening with three exciting games that showed athletes don’t lose their competitive edge when they age. Alumni from the girls basketball teams played to aContinue Reading

Floyd Friday night faces

Floyd Friday night faces

Unseasonably cool and damp weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd at the Friday Night Jamboree in Floyd on, of course, Friday night. Although the weather was not warm enough for the street musicians to populate the sidewalks, those who provide the music for a Friday night jammed in the barber shop andContinue Reading

Dancing the night away

Dancing the night away

The Patrick Henry Travelers, a local clogging group that features several regulars from the dance floor of Floyd’s Friday Night Jamboree, entertained the crowd at the weekly bluegrass gathering on, you guessed it, Friday night at the Floyd Country Store. At Katy and the Bubbatones provided music from the stage, the Travelers put on aContinue Reading

Floyd’s musical heritage

Floyd’s musical heritage

At various times in one’s life, a question on why we were put on this earth may arise. I’ve pondered that question more than once over the years but, as a jockeyed around musicians, dancers and others at Floyd’s Friday Night Jamboree, the answer may be that my purpose in life may be to documentContinue Reading

Expressing lack of belief

Expressing lack of belief

A woman in New Jersey, who says she is an atheist, is suing that state’s department of motor vehicles because it turned down her request for a license plate that reads “8THEIST.” New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission said the plate “may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency.” Two hypocrisies at work here.  One,Continue Reading

An FCHS sports triple-play day

An FCHS sports triple-play day

Busy day Thursday on the athletic fields of Floyd County High School with action on the tennis courts, softball field and baseball diamond. At the baseball diamond, the varsity Buffaloes led 6-3 in the sixth inning and then piled on the runs later to win 14-3. In a junior varsity softball game against Eastern MontgomeryContinue Reading

Robert E. Lee: Patriot or traitor?

Robert E. Lee: Patriot or traitor?

Questions over the “legacy” of Virginia son and Confederate General Robert E. Lee are emerging once again on the campus of the university named for him and George Washington in Lexington. A group of law students want Washington & Lee to remove Confederate flags from the grounds, “acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery,”Continue Reading

Hank Aaron’s truth about racism

Hank Aaron’s truth about racism

Hank Aaron, a deserving member of baseball’s Hall of Fame and the man who broke the total home runs record of Babe Ruth, made the mistake of speaking the truth recently when he told USA Today that America is still a racist nation. Said Aaron after noting that he received a lot of racist hateContinue Reading

Logistical changes for FloydFest

Logistical changes for FloydFest

Parking and weather problems from last year’s FloydFest is leading to changes this year on how the summer music event just off the Blue Ridge Parkway will handle parking and camping. The festival hopes to avoid problems that turned parking lots into seas of mud and problems with campsites.  General admission parking is now allContinue Reading

Winter that won’t die

Winter that won’t die

Thought we had written all that needed to be said about cold weather and winter this year. Wrong. The thermometer hovered around 22 degrees this morning as a mid-April cold front moved into the area and promised cooler days and another below freezing night into Thursday morning before starting to edge back up as theContinue Reading

A public battle with no winners

A public battle with no winners

A word used often in the ongoing public debate over the budget crisis facing Floyd County is “unreasonable.” Those who support the school board’s push to obtain up to $2.2 million in funds for the coming fiscal year say the board of supervisors is “unreasonable” to expect the education system to exist on funds thatContinue Reading

The tax man cometh…or maybe not

The tax man cometh…or maybe not

April 15th, the calendar says, is the deadline for filing federal income taxes. For some, maybe, but for most it isn’t. The deadline really applies only to those who owe taxes.  If you have a refund coming, you can file late without a penalty.  Many do. If you didn’t make enough last year to fileContinue Reading

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