Category Archives: Musings

Amber, Abe & Scott on stage

Like many in and around Floyd Country, we have watched Amber Collins and her music since her teenage years and also enjoyed the stylings of Abe Goorskey and Scott Patrick.Continue Reading

Be careful when you email a link

Be careful when you email a link

Lisa T. McElroy, a 50-year old respected law professor at Drexel University, sent an email to her law students under the heading of “great article on writing briefs.” The link, however, took students to a pornographic video on the use of anal beads in sexual pleasure.  McElroy mistakenly sent the wrong link. McElroy admitted the…Continue Reading

Warming things up with weekend music

Warming things up with weekend music

Threats of a big freeze with temperatures at 30 or below did not materialize overnight Thursday and Friday warms up into the 60s as music brings more heat to the area for the weekend. At The Friday Night Jamboree, Sue Nester & Friends kicks off with the Gospel Hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by Jamboree…Continue Reading

Bailiff dismissal ramps up talk on sheriff’s race

Bailiff dismissal ramps up talk on sheriff’s race

Lots of talk in the county along with several days of social media postings on the dismissal of court bailiff Jimmy Howery on the day a letter by him endorsing county sheriff candidate Doug Weddle appeared in The Floyd Press. This brought commentary pro and con on Facebook groups that focus on Floyd along with…Continue Reading

Jamboree

The Friday Night Jamboree with a full house, a crowded dance floor, music on the streets and music from Mac & Jenny Traynham, Katie & The Bubbatones and The Lone Ivy String Band.Continue Reading

Street Music

Reasonably warm weather arrived in Floyd on Friday night and music on the streets appeared as well. Musicians gathered around Friday Night Jamboree regular and icon Clyde Williams to jam in the alleyway…Continue Reading

Doing ‘the worst job in the world’

Doing ‘the worst job in the world’

Well, hell.  Here I am, at the age-imposed “twilight” of my years, now being told that my life’s work is “the worst job of 2015″ in CareerCast’s Jobs Rated List. Being a newspaper reporter, CareerCast says, “displaced lumberjack as the worst job of 2015.” Adds this company that rates what we do for a living:…Continue Reading

Knowing how to have a good time

Knowing how to have a good time

People often ask why I shoot so many photos and so much video at places like The Friday Night Jamboree. Because I enjoy it.  Such places show people having lots of fun.  They enjoy life and it show. That’s why people keep coming back night after night. And they provide great visuals. And it’s why…Continue Reading

Reflections on the past and looking to the future

Reflections on the past and looking to the future

At age 67, my days still start at 0500, or 5 a.m. to those who measure time that way, with a routine of checking newspapers online at places where I have lived over the years. The first stops at each publication are the “obituaries” because, at 67, the chances are that someone I know will…Continue Reading

As you bike it at the Blue Ridge Bike Fest

As you bike it at the Blue Ridge Bike Fest

Motorcyclists gathered in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas this weekend for the annual Blue Ridge Bike Fest and many riders showed their support for wounded veterans and their families with the Freedom Ride on Saturday. The ride, a motorcycle poker run, began at Roanoke Valley Harley Davidson Saturday morning as bikes overflowed the dealer’s…Continue Reading

Warm weather and a hot time

Warm temperatures greeted a capacity crowd at The Friday Night Jamboree as Spring seems to have completely arrived, along with a few thunderstorms, but the wet weather did not slow down the music and dancing at the Floyd Country Store.Continue Reading

A bold, needed step by Floyd County Supervisors

A bold, needed step by Floyd County Supervisors

Floyd County Supervisors are proposing to raise real estate taxes by five cents — setting a rate of 55 cents per $100 in assessed property tax values. For a $200,000 assessed home, that would means about $100 a year more in taxes — $8.33 a month.  The tax hike helps pay for an additional $1.2…Continue Reading

Jimmy Carter walks away from religious bias

Jimmy Carter walks away from religious bias

Jimmy Carter was one of the most religious men to serve as President of the United States.  He was a lifelong Southern Baptist. But Carter has left the church.  Like a growing number of Americans, he finds organized religion has “a twisted interpretation of the word of God.” Writing in TheAge.Com, Carter says: I have…Continue Reading

DT, drone home

DT, drone home

That “something” you might see up in the air over Floyd County is not a UFO. It’s a photo and video drone that we have added to our arsenal for new angles of shooting. The DJI Phantom is a “quadcoper” a four rotor unmanned done that carries a GoPro video camera into the air for…Continue Reading

Online: A teenage sexual frontier

Online: A teenage sexual frontier

According to a new survey out by EenVandaag, 48 percent of high school girls today receive at least one request online for a nude photo of themselves. At least 15 percent respond by sending either a nude photo or one that is sexually suggestive  over social media.  According to the survey, 69 percent of high…Continue Reading

An April Spring moon

An April Spring moon

The Spring full moon hanging over Southwestern Virginia this weekend. On a clear night, shooting a full moon shot is easy with today’s digital cameras and good lenses. Shot with a Canon EOS-1DX with a 400mm f/2.8 telephoto lens from the Rocky Knob overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The moon was bright enough to…Continue Reading

When your teenage daughter goes nude

When your teenage daughter goes nude

The son of a friend this past week discovered a nude photo of his 16-year-old daughter on a web site that shares risque images to a wide audience. The photo showed his daughter standing with her t-shirt pulled up to show her naked breasts and her jeans open and unzipped to expose her pubic area.Continue Reading