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McDonnell, wife, convicted

McDonnell, wife, convicted

A jury of seven men and five women Thursday afternoon convicted former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his former pro football cheerleader wife Maureen of multiple counts of corruption in office. McDonnell, who tired to blame the entire affair on his wife, is the first governor in Virginia history to be convicted of a felony. HeContinue Reading

From prosecuter to judge?

From prosecuter to judge?

Will Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Shortt soon be Judge Shortt? The buzz among legal eagles in the area and politicians say it is a done deal.  The question is now not so much if but when.  It could still some months off. A full day of circuit court in Floyd County starts the firstContinue Reading

Bob McDonnell’s con job

Bob McDonnell’s con job

If you accept former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s view of his attempt to justify his political world, his marriage to former Washington Redskin cheerleader Maureen McDonnell was a sham staged before voters and little else. That’s the portrait presented to the jury in the federal trial that could go to the jury Friday and decideContinue Reading

Virginia’s relentless rabid right

Virginia’s relentless rabid right

Virginia’s often raucous Republican Party is under fire — not from liberals, not from Democrats but from themselves. Bolstered by the defeat of former GOP House of Representatives leader Eric Cantor and nominations for top state offices last year that sent Republicans down in defeat, the rabid right-wing wants to expand its control of theContinue Reading

Bob McDonnell’s ‘do-nothing’ record

Bob McDonnell’s ‘do-nothing’ record

Former, scandal-scarred Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell went on the witness stand for his defense Wednesday and said he really didn’t do “all that much” to help Star Scientific, the company where the CEO lavished he and his wife with more than $170,000 in gifts, cash and loans. McDonnell might actually be telling the truth inContinue Reading

Pipeline’s effect on Floyd County

Pipeline’s effect on Floyd County

Want to know what construction of a 42-inch natural gas pipeline will bring to Floyd County?  Just take a look above. Yep, that’s the swath of destruction that such a pipeline would bring to the landscape, view shed and scenery of the county. Not to mention the danger to the county’s already-fragile water supply andContinue Reading

Stop the pipeline?  Stop fracking

Stop the pipeline? Stop fracking

As interest — mostly in opposition — builds on the proposed 42-inch natural gas pipeline that would transmit the fuel from a fracking operation in West Virginia to a distribution center in Chatham and travel and strangely circuitious route through Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery, Floyd, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties, one wonders if the answer to aContinue Reading

Will Floyd be a dollar store short?

Will Floyd be a dollar store short?

The bidding war to buy Family Dollar stores will probably cost Floyd one of its two dollar store outlets in town. With Family Dollar on Virginia Route 8 north and Dollar General on U.S. 221 north — both just outside the town of Floyd limits — the Family Dollar would most likely go bye byeContinue Reading

Schools start Tuesday in Floyd County

Schools start Tuesday in Floyd County

School started today in Floyd County. The school buses hit the road early in the morning and roads are wet and foggy.

Watch out for our children and give them a break on this first day of school and throughout the rest of the school year.

Let’s be careful out there .Continue Reading

Angels in the Attic: Follow the money

Angels in the Attic: Follow the money

For 14 years, Angels in the Attic has operated as a “ministry of Floyd County Angels Ministry, Inc.” and claimed to be a not-for-profit charity operation in the downtown area. But Angels itself has never had an official Internal Revenue Service status as a not-for-profit charitable status and, without one, Angels in the Attic mayContinue Reading

The Devil in Angels

The Devil in Angels

In a “my way or the highway” approach that represents so much of the high-handed and failed management style of Angels in the Attic boss Kathy Blackwell, her latest tactics appear to be a last-ditch effort to destroy the well-known thrift shop on Locust Street in Floyd. Blackwell, who forced several longtime and supportive volunteersContinue Reading

Lots of opposition to proposed gas pipeline

Lots of opposition to proposed gas pipeline

An overflow crowd crammed into the meeting room of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night to express concern and opposition to the proposed natural gas pipeline that would run from West Virginia to Chatham and through the middle of Floyd County. That concern appeared to be shared by the Supervisors who have notContinue Reading

Speak out to Supervisors on proposed gas pipeline tonight

Speak out to Supervisors on proposed gas pipeline tonight

Concerned about the propsed natural gas pipeline that an energy group wants to run through Floyd County? Let the Board of Supervisors know Tuesday night at the second regularly-scheduled meeting of the month.  It starts at 7 p.m. at the county administration building on Oxford Street in Floyd and a public comment period opens theContinue Reading

Another natural gas pipeline proposal

Another natural gas pipeline proposal hits Floyd County

Looks like another pipeline fight is in Floyd County’s future. County residents sidetracked plans for a natural gas pipeline through the county several years ago but two national energy companies have new plans to build another such pipeline from Northwestern West Virginia to Piittsylvania County  and that pipeline would run through Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery, FloydContinue Reading

The Civil War is over. The South lost. Let’s move on

The Civil War is over. The South lost. Let’s move on

Washington and Lee University said Tuesday they are removing Confederate Battle Flags from Lee Chapel while the school continues to study its historical involvement with slavery. A victory for some W&L students and others who want to put the Civil War behind us and move on? Maybe. W&L President Kenneth Ruscio also said in hisContinue Reading

The rush for a new state budget

The rush for a new state budget

Delegate Nick Rush came before the Floyd County Board of Supervisors this week expecting to talk about the budget impasse in Richmond and the possibility of a government shutdown. But the resignation of a Democratic Senator from Southwestern Virginia over the weekend shifted the balance of power over to Republicans and he told the boardContinue Reading

Cantor goes down in self-induced flames

Cantor goes down in self-induced flames

The standard political spin out of House Minority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss in Tuesday’s Virginia GOP primary declares the election’s stunning result a tea party win. In reality, neither the tea party or primary winner Dave Brat beat the number two Republican in the House of Representatives.  Cantor beat himself.  The arrogant, ego-driven Congressman fromContinue Reading

New Summer music season in Floyd’s park

New Summer music season in Floyd’s park

With the Floyd Town Jubilee kicking off its 2014 season this Father’s Day weekend with a Sunday Concert in the Park it is a good time to remember that the sights and sounds of warm weather are upon us as the official start of Summer arrives next week. Summer is, by its very nature, aContinue Reading

McAuliffe: Major disappointment to Dems?

McAuliffe: Major disappointment to Dems?

Ask a Virginia Democrat for a public comment about Governor Terry McAuliffe and you get the standard political rhetoric about what “a great job he is doing,” Talk to them privately and a different picture emerges.  The celebration over McAuliffe’s victory last November is over and an increasing number of Democrats admit, off the record,Continue Reading

Movie time in Floyd

Movie time in Floyd

For the second year in a row, a movie shot primarily in Floyd premiered to public audiences in a free night-time screening at Chantilly Farms on Franklin Pike. “Geographically Desirable,” a romantic comedy set in Washington, DC, and Floyd, tells the story of a career-driven young woman who must make a choice between a work-drivenContinue Reading