Category Archives: Musings

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

Down by the old Mabry Mill stream

Down by the old Mabry Mill stream

Looks like repairs to the water wheel for Mabry Mill did not require removing the iconic item from the structure and shipping it off to North Carolina after all. Instead, the wheel, sporting new parts, remains in place as work continues on one of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s most popular tourists spots as both theContinue Reading

Beating Warner: Impossible dream?

Beating Warner: Impossible dream?

The latest “Man of La Mancha” moment for Virginia Republicans is the incredibly impossible dream of unseating popular Democratic Senator Mark Warner, the former governor who is about as close as they come to a sure thing in political circles. Even worse, 4,000 GOP delegates come to Roanoke on June 7 with the the laughableContinue Reading

All-Timesland Buffaloes

All-Timesland Buffaloes

Two Floyd County High School basketball players scored spots on the first teams for both boys and girls and a third made second team for the girls in the 2014 All-Timesland lineup Sunday. Senior Caleb Tanner, who wrapped up his senior year with a new state record for career scoring, is player of the yearContinue Reading

To tax or not to tax

To tax or not to tax

If speakers who have appeared at recent meetings of both the School Board and Board of Supervisors represent an accurate demographic of Floyd County, a tax increase is overwhelmingly favored to support increased needs of a new fiscal year budget that goes into effect on July 1. Continue Reading

Painful budget decisions

Painful budget decisions

Lots of attention this week to the annual, and often painful, budget process for Floyd County with the usual tug-of-war over what is considered most important and of the highest priority for approval by local government. Continue Reading

Parkway’s Gestapo?

Parkway’s Gestapo?

An increasing number of drivers on the Blue Ridge Parkway in and around Floyd County say a new Park Ranger is overly-aggressive, rude and condescending. Even worse, some say, he abuses his powerContinue Reading

An important fund

An important fund

While many focused this week on efforts to persuade the Floyd County Board of Supervisors to increase funding and — if necessary — hike taxes to support budget requests of the the county school system, another drama played out among the 35 speakers who voiced their opinions in a public comment period. Sheriff Shannon ZemanContinue Reading

No tax hike

No tax hike

As happens so often in government, the decision that came out of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors Tuesday was a compromise that resolved some problems, created others and left many unsatisfied. After an overflow crowd of parents, grandparents, school officials, deputy sheriffs and students spilled out into adjoining roomsContinue Reading

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