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Questions, relief over firing of school boss

Questions, relief over firing of school boss

The five-year tenure as school superintendent for Kevin Harris came to a sudden end Wednesday night at the hands in a 4-1 vote by the Floyd County School Board and appears to be welcomed by many in a community that long-ago tired of his hair-trigger temper that led to public and private outbursts with teachers,… Continue Reading

Fast, low and loud

Fast, low and loud

We hear them before we see them, if we even see them at all — the low flying military aircraft that use the Blue Ridge Mountains for aerial training and practice for combat in places like Afghanistan and other far away places.

This shot of a jet zooming over Floyd County just north of the town late one morning was only one of three shots I was able to capture and it was shot not with a long telephoto but with a 24-70 zoom lens set at 70mm.

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Annarelli jailed after shooting police officer

Annarelli jailed after shooting police officer

Floyd County Sheriff’s Department investigator Rusty Stanley became the latest American police officer shot in the line of duty Saturday night when he helped deputies answer a domestic violence call.

Officers found David Joseph Annarelli, 41, armed with a shotgun on the back porch of a house in the 2500 block of Ridgeview Road just outside the town of Floyd.

According to the Virginia State Police, Stanley was off duty when the call came in around 8:30 p.m. Saturday but went to the scene to provide backup. Shortly after he arrived, Annarelli opened fire with the shotgun, wounding Stanley in the abdomen and leg.

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Good, good & more good at the Fair

Good, good & more good at the Fair

Good weather, good times and good gathering of folks at the 2016 Floyd Livestock and Fair, which included bull riding on Friday night, games, exhibits and more on Saturday and closed out with a concert that evening. More photos and information in Thursday’s Floyd Press. Continue Reading

Online and dangerous

Online and dangerous

A sordid tale about online illicit sexual activity and the alarming potential for more unfolded in Circuit Court this week when a Harrisonburg man admitted his guilt in a soliciting a 16-year-old Floyd County High School student  into posing nude, masturbating and more in front on an web-based camera that streamed her actions over the… Continue Reading

Floyd Rustic: a local furniture business fueled by family

Floyd Rustic: a local furniture business fueled by family

Floyd is well-known for a lot of things that make it the uniquely artistic and family-friendly mountain town that so many flock to– to build a home, to become a part of a tight-knit community, to experience the blue grass tunes, or to simply take a respite from the busy-ness of stereotypical American culture. Whether… Continue Reading

The heat is on at our schools

The heat is on at our schools

Floyd County public schools sent students home early Monday and again on Tuesday because of the oppressive heat in the dog days of August. The early closure came less than a week after the county Board of Supervisors approved an emergency allocation of funds to add air conditioning units to the Floyd Elementary School cafeteria,… Continue Reading

Looking for some good comic books?

Looking for some good comic books?

Like comic books?  Collect them?  Then the Salem Civic Center is the place to be Saturday, August 20th, for the 19th Virginia Vintage Comics and Collectibles Show. Roger and Nancy Mannon of Floyd started the show in 1998 and it has become premier event for vintage and collectible comic book fanciers. “We are the only… Continue Reading

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