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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

Hyprocrisy of Floyd County’s GOP

Hyprocrisy of Floyd County’s GOP

Some of Floyd County’s knee-jerk Republicans are pissed at Sheriff Shannon Zeman for a video endorsement of Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Warner against GOP challenger Ed Gillespie. Now some of them want to recruit Christiansburg Police Lt. Doug Weddle, who lives in Floyd County, to run against Zeman in the GOP primary. Writes Floyd Republican…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

Gay marriage arrives as a pipeline plan departs

Gay marriage arrives as a pipeline plan departs

A wrap to an interesting week locally and statewide.  Invitations are coming in to planned marriages — many from loving couples of the same sex. Opponents of the ill-advised natural gas pipeline that is proposed to run from a fracking field in West Virginia to a distribution center in Chatham celebrated a decision by the…Continue Reading

New Innovation Center opens

New Innovation Center opens

Floyd County cut the ribbon for its new, but currently unoccupied Innovation Center at the Commerce Park on Christiansburg Pike Monday, with a good gathering of local officials, a Congressman and others. A planned “anchor tenant,” a bio-tech startup, bailed out of the Center and Floyd late last year, leaving the county Economic Development Authority…Continue Reading

Artists Table closes

Artists Table closes

The Artists Table restaurant, launched with hope and fanfare last Spring as a replacement in the space that went empty when tax problems put Natasha’s out the door at 227 North Locust Street in Floyd, closed quietly last weekend. “Thank you for your patronage,” reads a sign on the door. “The Artists Table closed on…Continue Reading

Crime time in Floyd

Crime time in Floyd

Indictments handed down this month from the Floyd County grand jury included 29 counts of child pornography against a 20-year-old Indian Valley man. Police arrested Randy Lee Phillips, a 2012 graduate of Floyd County High School, on September 4.  A Virginia State Police investigator traced an offering of child pornography over the Internet back to…Continue Reading

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. He…Continue 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 first…Continue 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 decide…Continue 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 the…Continue 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 in…Continue 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 and…Continue 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 a…Continue 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 bye…Continue Reading