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Warnings ignored before murder of student?

Warnings ignored before murder of student?

Kari Cook says she told a school official about an Nicole Lovell’s “inappropriate relationship with an adult man” weeks before the 13-year-old was abducted and murdered. Cook, a student and friend, says Lovell posted a photo of a man who appeared to be older than 18 on Facebook and also posted messages saying she was… Continue Reading

When danger lurks online

When danger lurks online

The murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg is a harsh reminder of the dangers posed to the young online. She was a child who faced bullying at school because of her pudginess and scars from surgeries.  She found a fantasy, danger and death in an Internet world where predators swarm. Her online fantasies also… Continue Reading

Violence & murder from Virginia Tech?

Violence & murder from Virginia Tech?

Too much bad news locally as the first month of 2016 winds down. A day after the missing teenager from Blacksburg was found dead just over the North Carolina line in Surry County, two Virginia Tech students are in jail — an 18-year-old freshman and a 19-year-old sophomore, both from Maryland. Violent crime seems to… Continue Reading

Stupid is as stupid does

Stupid is as stupid does

Interesting week and one that proves the point that fictional Forest Gump made: “Stupid is as stupid does.” In Iowa, the “everything is about me” Presidential candidate Donald Trump demanded $5 million in charitable contributions as the price for him to appear in the final Republican presidential debate before this Monday’s Iowa primary caucus and… Continue Reading

Hills of snow in them, there hills

Hills of snow in them, there hills

Floyd County public schools remain closed Tuesday as the area continues to try and dig out of the snow storm that left about a foot of white stuff on the ground. No word yet on a scheduled basketball game against Radford at the high school gym Tuesday night.  School officials will have to consider rain… Continue Reading

It’s showtime for Floyd County government

It’s showtime for Floyd County government

Spending this Tuesday morning with the micro-politics of Floyd County government. delivered to us by the Board of Trustees in its first regular meeting of the month. The board opens its new year with a new vice-chairman after former second-in-command Lauren Yoder of the Locust Grove District was openly dumped by his colleagues after new… Continue Reading

Bigotry against Muslims: National shame

Bigotry against Muslims: National shame

Walked away from a infuriating series of Facebook posts Tuesday because of the bigotry, hate and stupidity aimed at the President of the United States. While I am not a fan of Barack Obama and feel that he disappointed a lot of people who voted for him, the open disrespect and outright lies posted about… Continue Reading

Don’t like ‘the media?’  That’s your problem

Don’t like ‘the media?’ That’s your problem

Randy Hallman, a friend from high school days and son of the the couple who guided me into a career as a newspaperman, has long reported for The Richmond Times-Dispatch and was also an acknowledged sportswriter who covered NASCAR in its formative days. Like many of us who love our profession and has watched it… Continue Reading

School boss’s temper spotlighted

School boss’s temper spotlighted

Embattled Floyd County School Superintendent Kevin Harris, whose hair-trigger temper and prevalent ego gets him into embarrassing public stunts, is a recipient of one of the “Dano” awards from Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey in Sunday’s paper .  A Dano is a tribute to something stupid by someone. Writes Casey: The Dano for Best Intimidation… Continue Reading

Confederate display issue continues

Confederate display issue continues

Looks like things Confederate, or the desire to purge them from American society, will continue into 2016. New Orleans kept the debate brewing this week with Mayor Mitch Landrieu signing a new law to remove statutes of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard.  Also slated for removal is a monument… Continue Reading

Girls win, boys lose in Martinsville match-up

Girls win, boys lose in Martinsville match-up

Martinsville came to Floyd Friday night to show why the boys varsity team is the defending state champions and they gave a display of three-point power for a 75-38 thumping but the Lady Buffaloes put on their own display of championship-caliber basketball, downing the Henry County visitors 59-48 in the girls nightcap. Ragan Wiseman put… Continue Reading

Bundle up: It will be cold

Bundle up: It will be cold

Sunny Saturday with temperatures up to 50 or so:  Not bad for November. Chicago is reeling under the heaviest November snowfall in years.  Amy, on her Saturday night bingo excursion said her “black ice” warning appeared on the dashboard of her Mini.  The warning comes on with temperature and humidity reach certain levels.  Thankfully, she… Continue Reading

Mont. County schools ban Confederate flags

Mont. County schools ban Confederate flags

Montgomery County’s School Board Tuesday banned the Confederate flag and “other symbols of hate” from the apparel of students or vehicles on school property, effective February 1, 2016. The banned items include anything that showcases “the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation, white supremacy, Black Power, Confederate flags or articles, neo-Nazi or any other hate groups.”… Continue Reading

The color of a cool autumn

The color of a cool autumn

The thermometer on our back porch sat at 29 degrees at 5:00 a.m. today, the second straight morning of temperatures just below freezing.  If the talking heads at the National Weather Service are correct, we will not be as cold overnight on Monday. A preview of the upcoming winter?  Could be.  As with all weather… Continue Reading

Demands escalate to fire School Superintendent

The growing controversy over charges of bullying, intimidation and morale-destroying antics of Floyd County School Superintendent Kevin Harris’ spilled over to the Board of Trustees this week when more calls for his dismissal and questions about his actions came from parents and others who cite a “lack of leadership” from the administrator who they say has humiliated system personnel and created a crisis and chaotic atmosphere in the school system. Continue Reading

Disagree with the school chief?  Here comes the law

Disagree with the school chief? Here comes the law

Two Floyd County deputy sheriffs showed up at Rob Neukirch’s home in town recently with a letter from School Superintendent Kevin Harris. The letter warned Neukich to keep his mouth shut or face expulsion and banishment from school properties. “I will ban you from being on any property owned by the Floyd County School Board… Continue Reading

Alison Parker & Adam Ward deserved more

Alison Parker & Adam Ward deserved more

Like so much of his life, the name Vester Lee Flanagan II used as a broadcast reporter during his 11 months at WDBJ television in Roanoke was a phony.  He called himself Bryce Williams and there was, in the words of one former WDBJ reporter “something not right with him.” He fought with cameramen, tried… Continue Reading

Sexual predators among us

Sexual predators among us

A 42-year-old Indian Valley man who called his multiple sexual assaults on an elementary school girl when she was 12 and 13 “love, not rape” will spend the rest of his life in prison, serving six life terms for his assaults. Four of the life sentences against Richard Earl Bishop II were mandatory under Virginia… Continue Reading

More slurry slop

More slurry slop

Earlier this month we were promised fixes to the incredibly poor resurfacing job by Slurry Paving of Richmond on U.S. 221 from Christiansburg Pike north to Roger Road.

The company arrived back last week and “finished up” at the beginning of this week.

The result? More of the same. Continue Reading

Get rid of the Confederate flag

Get rid of the Confederate flag

The Confederate flag, symbol of misplaced claims of tradition among proponents and flag of racism for opponents, is on the run. Even Wal-Mart is ridding itself of anything adorned with the racist icon from its shelves and web sites. Wal-Mart announced Monday that the Confederate flag is now verboten at its stores and will no… Continue Reading