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Snowbirds, get wish

Snowbirds, get wish

Floyd County Schools, reeling from the snow that covered parts of the area Saturday evening, struck with extreme cold temperatures that could affect starting of diesel school buses and facing a new storm that is expected to hit before noon today, closed their doors Monday. Also on the postponement block is the conference basketball playoff…Continue Reading

Politics rears its ugly head

Politics rears its ugly head

The ugly face of politics, and too many faces of political activity are hideous, surfaced over this week when the vice chairman of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors posted a glowing endorsement to one of three candidates in a contested primary for Commonwealth’s Attorney. Locust Grove Supervisor Lauren Yoder hit Facebook with strong recommendations…Continue Reading

Did Bob McDonnell get off easy?

Did Bob McDonnell get off easy?

Lots of debate about the two-year prison sentence handed down by a federal judge to former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors wanted at least six years behind bars.  Defense attorneys wanted no jail time, just community service, if anything.  The case goes to a federal appeals court for review. Judge James Spencer said…Continue Reading

Area classical music bites the dust…again

Area classical music bites the dust…again

While old-time traditional and bluegrass music thrive and dominate the area, attempts to add classical music to the mix ran into usual financial roadblocks Monday with Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival cancelling its 12-day music event scheduled for 2015. “We have not been able to reach a level of financial support that allows us to…Continue Reading

Several seek county offices

Several seek county offices

As local elections take center stage in Floyd County and throughout the Old Dominion in 2015, voters here will have a variety of choices for races where incumbents are retiring or have moved on to other positions.Continue Reading

Jobs, dollars promised by pipeline partners

Jobs, dollars promised by pipeline partners

The partners for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that was originally scheduled to run through Floyd County but shifted to nearby Roanoke County claims millions of dollars in tax and other economic benefits along with thousands of jobs. The pipeline would run from a fracking operation in West Virginia through Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, Franklin and…Continue Reading

There’s a new judge in our area

There’s a new judge in our area

An overflow crowd packed the Floyd County Courthouse Circuit Court room late Tuesday afternoon for the formal swearing in and “investiture” of Stephanie Murray Shortt as the new Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge for the 27th Judicial District of Virginia. Shortt gave up her position as Commonwealth’s Attorney in Floyd to accept a six-year term…Continue Reading

Floyd County’s power restored

Floyd County’s power restored

Appalachian Power now claims all power outages in Floyd County are restored as of 6:00 p.m. Friday. In a day that started with more than 1,000 customers remaining without power, the numbers dropped to around 500 near noon and then down to a little over 400 later. At 6:02 p.m. the power utility said 144…Continue Reading

Farmers Market wraps up 2014 season

Farmers Market wraps up 2014 season

Floyd’s unique Farmers Market wrapped up its 2014 season Saturday in freezing temperatures on Locust Street, but those who ventured out found food, pottery and other item. On hiatus now until Spring.  See everyone then.Continue Reading

Terpenny leaving Floyd

Terpenny leaving Floyd

Lance Terpenny, the long-haired, bearded Harley Davidson-riding part-time town manager who came to Floyd after Christiansburg sacked him four years ago, is leaving the job at the end of the year. Terpenny left Christiansburg after a messy fight with the town council there following 14 years as town manager and seven before that as assistant.…Continue Reading

Home ain’t worth what it once was

Home ain’t worth what it once was

For the first time I’ve owed property throughout my life, the value of that property decreased in valuation from a reassessment. The assessments of our property in Floyd County went down — not a lot but enough to raise eyebrows at our house this year. Wingate and Associates, the company reassessing real estate for the…Continue Reading

Floyd County’s GOP going after one of its own

Floyd County’s GOP going after one of its own

Some of Floyd County’s Republicans are pissed at Sheriff Shannon Zeman for a video endorsement of Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Warner against GOP challenger Ed Gillespie. They want to recruit Christiansburg Police Lt. Doug Weddle, who lives in Floyd County, to run against Zeman in the GOP primary. Writes Floyd Republican Committee secretary Cline Hall…Continue Reading

Stephanie Shortt: Here come da judge

Stephanie Shortt: Here come da judge

As our story on the web site for The Floyd Press announced Tuesday and is also printed in today’s edition, Floyd County will lose Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Murray Shortt to the Virginia Court bench on December 1. Virginia’s General Assembly Monday approved Shortt’s appointment to a six-year term as Juvenile-Domestic Relations Court judge for the…Continue Reading

Ed Gillespie concedes defeat in Senate race

Ed Gillespie concedes defeat in Senate race

Virginia Republican Senate challenger Ed Gillespie conceded defeat to Democratic incumbent Mark Warner Friday after the latest vote totals showed a margin of more than 16,000 votes. The vote margin put Warner’s victory close to the one percent mark and while that would have allowed Gillespie the right to request a recount, any margin of…Continue Reading

Liquor by the Drink wins in the Courthouse District

Liquor by the Drink wins in the Courthouse District

After a referendum vote that wasn’t even close, residents of the Courthouse District may soon purchase and sip a mixed drink of their choice at on of their favorite restaurants in and around the town of Floyd. The vote in Courthouse District was 544 for the referendum and 342 against.  Courthouse now joins the Little…Continue Reading

Applause for Sheriff Zeman

Applause for Sheriff Zeman

Saddened me this week when I listened to a local elected official go on a rant about Floyd County Sheriff Shannon Zeman’s decision to appear in a television ad endorsing Senator Mark Warner’s re-election bid against questionable, and corrupt, Ed Gillespie. This official, a Republican, claimed Zeman “violated an oath” he signed to promote Republican…Continue Reading

Gas pipeline propaganda: Lies, damn lies and more

Gas pipeline propaganda: Lies, damn lies and more

If the often-vague and always sidestepping executives of EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy thought Franklin County would be a cakewalk for their natural pipeline express running from West Virginia to Chatham, they got a hardcore lesson of what country folks think of fast-buck corporate types in Rocky Mount. A large crowd of angry residents of…Continue Reading

Another chapter of Paul D. Allen’s sordid saga

Another chapter of Paul D. Allen’s sordid saga

Paul D. Allen, the self-promoted “data center developer” who led Floyd County’s economic development folks down a long and unfulfilled path of promises about a data center in the area, is now under indictment for $1.2 million in bank fraud in Ohio. It traces back to Allen’s “B-Telecom,” a data company he claimed to own…Continue Reading