Category Archives: News

It was a chili day

It was a chili day

The skies cleared for a while, allowing the annual chili cook off featuring spicy creations from the Fire Department and Rescue Squads of Floyd County to flow from the pots at Lineberry Park Friday afternoon. Postponed by weather earlier in the year, the cook off brought chili samplers in while others kept a wary eye… Continue Reading

Ministers speak: Gays are not sinners

Ministers speak: Gays are not sinners

There’s too much hate in the world today and far too much of it is based on what some claim is the “word of God.” Religious fundamentalists claim homosexuality is a sin.  I disagree.  So do a number of ministers who know a hell of a lot more about what is said in scripture about… Continue Reading

Witness to history

Witness to history

Sitting in front of a bank of monitors and a keyboard in the wee morning hours of a Thursday, I sip my second cup of coffee of the day and put the finishing touches on the latest revisions of a political web site that has dominated the past 21-and-a-half years of my life. One of… Continue Reading

Shareholder vote approves Bank of Floyd-Grayson merger

Shareholder vote approves Bank of Floyd-Grayson merger

The Bank of Floyd becomes part of a newly-merged regional financial operation on July 1 after shareholders of Cardinal Bankshares — the bank’s holding company — approved joining Grayson National Bank of Independence with the overwhelming approval of 95 percent of the stockholders Thursday morning in Floyd. About 1.2 million of the voting shares approved… Continue Reading

Weather: The ever-changing fable

Weather: The ever-changing fable

Weather forecasting, a “meteorologist” once said, is a science. “Horsefeathers,” said another.  “It’s guesswork based on ever-changing conditions.  Even consistent conditions produce inconsistent results.” On Monday, the forecasters at The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg predicted a solid week of rain starting Tuesday with a possible break on Sunday before more rain next week.… Continue Reading

May weather: The heat is on

May weather: The heat is on

The cool patch from the first week of May is gone this week, replaced with more sun, higher temperatures and, of course, afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Forecasts from the National Weather Service in Blacksburg predict a high of 77 in and around Floyd Monday, 78 Tuesday and in the 70s for the rest of the… Continue Reading

Dining with a child molester

Dining with a child molester

In 1987, I sat down for a bowl of chili and a beer (or two or three) with a newly-elected Congressman and his chief aide at Hard Times Cafe in Arlington, Virginia. At the time, I did not know that I was also dining with a child molester. The dinner invitation came from Peter Vroom,… Continue Reading

A Loving Story that Virginia could not stop

A Loving Story that Virginia could not stop

In the 1950s, Richard and Mildred Loving seemed, at best, an odd couple — particularly in Virginia at the time. Richard sported a crew cut, a thick backwoods Virginia accent and seemed, as his lawyer would later say, “like a redneck.” Mildred, the woman he married in 1958 in tiny Central Point, Virginia, was half-black,… Continue Reading

R.I.P. Nicole Mittendorff and damnation to cyberbullies

R.I.P. Nicole Mittendorff and damnation to cyberbullies

Fairfax County firefighter Nicole Mittendorff, 31, killed herself in Shenandoah National Park. Investigators say cyberbullies, many identifying themselves as male firefighters, tormented her online and are still taunting her memory on social media. Let’s hope the taunters were no more than fire department wannabes and not members of the Fairfax County squad where Mittendorff worked… Continue Reading

We ride. Sometimes we crash

We ride.  Sometimes we crash

The dangers motorcyclists face each and every time we ride hit hard in the area over the weekend. Carl Edward Pence, 35, of Rocky Mount went down when his 2002 Harley Davidson struck a dear in the northbound lane of U.S. 220 just south of Route 635 around 8:35 p.m. in Franklin County Sunday. Pence… Continue Reading

Is the truth out there?

Is the truth out there?

At some point between the second and third cup of coffee in the morning — between the hours of 0500 and 0600 on a normal morning — for the creative juices to flow well enough to start typing. I browse the wire services of Associated Press, Reuters and AFP.   A scan of front pages of… Continue Reading

Co-hosts of The Floyd Radio Show bowing out

Co-hosts of The Floyd Radio Show bowing out

Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt, co-hosts of The Floyd Radio Show since its inception five years ago, shocked the capacity audience of Saturday night’s show with an announcement that the show on the first Saturday night of May will be their last. “We made the decision before we started this season,” LaPrelle told the audience.… Continue Reading

What is mainstream media?

What is mainstream media?

Speaking to a college media class recently brought a basic question from a student:  “What,” she asked, “is ‘main stream’ media?” Damn good question.  I’ve spent more than half century in “media” and don’t really know the answer. Some define any media outlet owned by a national chain as “mainstream.”  Others say the national news… Continue Reading

Another Washington problem

Another Washington problem

As a resident of the National Capital Region, better known as the metropolitan area of five million people who live and work in and around Washington, DC, I lived for 23 years with a sort of perverse pride that we had the worst traffic in the nation. Stories of traffic atrocities appeared almost daily in… Continue Reading

Super Tuesday is over:  Who won?

Super Tuesday is over: Who won?

In Virginia on Tuesday (Super Tuesday nationally) Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton beat Bernie Sanders handily statewide. She also was the big winner in the primary contests around the state, even a bigger winner than gadfly Donald Trump on the Republican side. The Virginia Department of Elections reported Clinton winning with 64.30% (501,880 votes), Bernie Sanders… Continue Reading

Another Valentine’s Day snow storm

Another Valentine’s Day snow storm

With snow on the ground, schools closed for Monday in Floyd County and most of the rest of Southwestern Virginia as a President’s Day snowstorm moved into the area Sunday night, leaving roads covered and slick and more weather havoc. While less than the 10 inches forecast by some weather prognosticators did not greet residents… 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