June 28, 2017

Category Archives: News

Open wars against a free press

Open wars against a free press

At a time when the President of the United States has declared all-out war against the press, a newspaper publisher in Juarez, Mexico, announced he was shutting down his newspaper because of an increase of killings of journalists in that country. “Everything in life has a beginning and an end, a price to pay,” wrote… Continue Reading

Sometimes it hurts to cover the news

Sometimes it hurts to cover the news

After a day covering cases in Floyd County Circuit Court recently, a family member of a defendant who deputies led away to begin a prison sentence stopped me and demanded to know “what gives you the right to write about this case?  It is none of your business!” I tried to explain that what happens… Continue Reading

Stop texting!  Try talking to someone

Stop texting! Try talking to someone

A young woman texting on her smartphone while pushing a grocery cart in the aisle of Floyd’s Food Lion t-boned my cart the other day. She didn’t stop, say “sorry” or even acknowledge her actions.  Too busy texting with someone. Not surprising.  A study by YouGov.com says many young people seldom have their smartphones out… Continue Reading

New superintendent for county schools

New superintendent for county schools

Floyd County’s school system dominated news and breakfast table discussions this week with announcement of a new school superintendent and retirement of a legendary basketball coach. The School Board unanimously approved current interim and assistant school superintendent John Wheeler as the new system boss with a salary of $112,000 a year in a three-year contract,… Continue Reading

Cantrell retires from coaching basketball

Cantrell retires from coaching basketball

Alan Cantrell, the legendary coach of the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes, announced his retirement from basketball this week, ending a run that brought four state titles to the ladies and one for the boys.

The school Tuesday promoted JV coach Jason Dalton to varsity the job for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Cantrell ends his 37-year-run coaching basketball at five high schools in Virginia but the Buchanan native began his coaching career in Floyd County in 1977 and returned there after stints at Grundy, Whitewood High in Buchanan, Tazewell and Pound.

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Better check your AEP electric bill

Better check your AEP electric bill

Do you receive your Appalachian Power bill electronically and pay it automatically each month with auto-pay withdrawal? If so, double-check yours to make sure a “billing software glitch” in the February and March bills did not hit you with a late payment fee that was not your fault. Columnist Dan Casey of The Roanoke Times… Continue Reading

New signs of the times

New signs of the times

Two new signs in downtown Floyd highlight changes in the community. Over the weekend, signs for Bank of Floyd disappeared as the new logo and name for Skyline National Bank went up on the building of the longtime financial institution next to the county courthouse. Just across Main Street from the bank and courthouse, Blue… Continue Reading

March arrives like a lamb

March arrives like a lamb

If March comes in like a lamb, the old saying goes, it will go out like a lion. The third month of 2017 arrived damp and reasonably warm at 12:00:01 a.m. after a February that was nothing like winter here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. The thermometer on our back porch read… Continue Reading

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