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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 may…

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 volunteers…

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 not…

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 the…

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, Floyd…

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 his…