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Two events shared common concern

Two events shared common concern

Two events in Floyd this weekend shared a central concern: A focused assault on freedoms that are supposed to be guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment. On Saturday, a large crowd gathered at the Eco-Center on Franklin Pike for “A Celebration of The First Amendment” that honored essays, poems and songs by youth and adults,… Continue Reading

How a new bank name evolved

How a new bank name evolved

The new logo of Skyline National Bank, now the name of the combined forces of Bank of Floyd and Grayson National Bank, was designed by a bearded, tattooed Harley Davidson riding designer who — bank president Allan Funk says — made him think of Floyd. Funk told the story of the designer to a gathering… Continue Reading

Bank of Floyd is now Skyline National

Bank of Floyd is now Skyline National

Skyline National Bank is now the new name of the merged Bank of Floyd and Grayson National Bank, which combined forces last year.

Employees of both banks learned of the new moniker Thursday night at a dinner in Wytheville.

Letters went out Friday to customers and shareholders of the new entity. Promotional materials should appear by the beginning of both banks and branches next week. Continue Reading

Weather: Downed trees, power outages

Weather: Downed trees, power outages

The National Weather Service for Blacksburg/Roanoke originally forecast an ultra-frigid Thursday with a high of 18 or so with overnight lows down close to zero.

But the thermometer showed 32 on our back porch at 7 a.m. and while it will drop some along with the blustery wind, it is now not expected to go much lower during the daylight hours and should hover around the freezing mark until late afternoon when it starts a downward trend into the high teens overnight before climbing back up into the 40s by Friday afternoon, then 61 on Saturday and 68 on Sunday. Continue Reading

Too much hate, too much anger

Too much hate, too much anger

Alan Graf, who started writing a column on current issues for The Floyd Press this year, found himself victim a target of those who don’t like those who express opinions that might differ from theirs. Graf is not a fly-by-night writer of letters to the editor or random poster of tirades on social media.  He’s… Continue Reading

Trump starts Presidency with lies

Trump starts Presidency with lies

New President Donald Trump, sworn-in on the front of the U.S. Capitol on Friday, spent his first full day in office Saturday doing what he does best. Lying. Trump dispatched his press secretary, Sean Spicer, to stand in front of the media and claim: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period… Continue Reading

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In a daily newspaper city room in the 1960s, the noise of teletype machines provided a background clatter interrupted by clanging bells when a major news event hit the wire services. Those clangs began on the Associated Press machines in the cubicle of The Roanoke Times and World News newsroom on the third floor of… Continue Reading

New Year and shutting down

New Year and shutting down

Department store closings, a big part of changes in buying by consumers, hit stores where Amy and I used to shop. Embattled retailer Macy’s took over the retail chain where Amy worked as a buyer in the 1990s in the Washington, DC, area, and is closing their Landmark Mall store in Alexandria and the anchor… Continue Reading

At least the coffee is still good

At least the coffee is still good

As I watched my first pot of coffee drop into the pot from our trusty (and now considered ancient) Bunn coffee maker at 0530 this morning, I started thinking  back about 50 years — a half century ago — to a time when a young man who just turned 19 sat in an old Victorian… Continue Reading

Rain, then freezing rain and possibly snow

Rain, then freezing rain and possibly snow

A brief respite from the arctic freeze that gripped the area over the weekend with temperatures into the 40s Monday and a high of 45 forecast for Tuesday in Floyd and a little bit higher down the mountain in Roanoke and the New River Valley. Rain Tuesday is expected to give way to a partly… Continue Reading

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