Category Archives: News

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

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

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