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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

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

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

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

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

Judge: ‘AGs, butt out’

Judge: ‘AGs, butt out’

A federal judge in Richmond Monday told a group of former Virginia attorney generals to butt out of the case against scandal-ridden ex-governor Bob McDonnell. U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer said a motion that five former AGs wanted to file in the upcoming corruption trial against McDonnell and his former pro football cheerleader wifeContinue Reading

Supervisors vs. schools

Supervisors vs. schools

Floyd County heads into a potentially tense and defining week as a seemingly-unavoidable annual confrontation between the School Board and Supervisors escalates over a budgetContinue Reading

Floyd Radio Show

Floyd Radio Show

Floyd Radio Show Saturday night at the Floyd County Store. Guests for this month include John Lilly and Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder. Join them along with hosts Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt for old-time music, story-telling and more. If you haven’t been, it’s worth a visit to watch the mixture of stories, music and comedy.  TheContinue Reading

Sound and the fury

Sound and the fury

A comment posted on Monday’s story about the weather urged county citizens to attend what she called a meeting of the county board of supervisors Tuesday night to protest cuts in the school board budget for next year. Tuesday night is not a meeting of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors but a informational gatheringContinue Reading

Cold winds, power outages

Cold winds, power outages

Mother Nature’s overnight blow job left more than 2,600 Virginia area electric customers without power this morning, including 1,039 in nearby Patrick County, 469 in Roanoke County, and 431 in Franklin. High winds downed trees and power poles, knocked down electric lines and left many in the dark as Sunday morning dawned cold and blusteryContinue Reading

Parkway sites reopening

Parkway sites reopening

Attractions closed last year on the Blue Ridge Parkway because of budget cuts reopen this summer, but some only on weekends or later than normal in the season. Slated to hang out the “Welcome” mat include the Rocky Knob Visitors Center in Floyd County on Saturdays and Sundays starting May 24 and Smart View PicnicContinue Reading

Not much storm expected

Not much storm expected

At 4 a.m., the National Weather Service placed Floyd County on the northeastern edge of a “winter weather advisory” for Thursday night and Friday.  Predictions?  An inch or less of snow or sleet and .10th of an inch or less of ice. By being right on the edge, Floyd could get a little sleet orContinue Reading

Is VDOT up to the job?

Is VDOT up to the job?

Lots of complaints throughout the Roanoke and New River Valleys and Floyd County about what residents see as a failure by the Virginia Department of Transportation to prepare for or keep up with the massive amounts of snow that fell on the area last week. Complaints have flowed in from Muse readers and appeared onContinue Reading

Madness continues…

Madness continues…

A new week begins with a federal holiday, school canceled and a lot of snow piled up around the county. Floyd County schools closed Monday for the third straight day as a number of secondary roads remain partially or completely blocked by snow drifts and other roads will be slick with black ice on aContinue Reading

CNN’s Anderson Cooper uses some of our video to help tell the story on Creigh Deeds

CNN’s Anderson Cooper uses some of our video to help tell the story on Creigh Deeds

The email came from one of Cable News Network’s producers for Anderson Cooper’s nightly show on the network. They wanted to use excerpts from video I shot of Gus Deeds when he was helping his father campaign for governor in 2009 and appearing on stage at The Friday Night Jamboree. I gave permission and clipsContinue Reading

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