Category Archives: News

Sexual predators among us

Sexual predators among us

A 42-year-old Indian Valley man who called his multiple sexual assaults on an elementary school girl when she was 12 and 13 “love, not rape” will spend the rest of his life in prison, serving six life terms for his assaults. Four of the life sentences against Richard Earl Bishop II were mandatory under Virginia… Continue Reading

More slurry slop

More slurry slop

Earlier this month we were promised fixes to the incredibly poor resurfacing job by Slurry Paving of Richmond on U.S. 221 from Christiansburg Pike north to Roger Road.

The company arrived back last week and “finished up” at the beginning of this week.

The result? More of the same. Continue Reading

Get rid of the Confederate flag

Get rid of the Confederate flag

The Confederate flag, symbol of misplaced claims of tradition among proponents and flag of racism for opponents, is on the run. Even Wal-Mart is ridding itself of anything adorned with the racist icon from its shelves and web sites. Wal-Mart announced Monday that the Confederate flag is now verboten at its stores and will no… Continue Reading

Dan Campbell: From the Parkway to Skyline Drive

Dan Campbell: From the Parkway to Skyline Drive

Floyd County administrator Dan Campbell is leaving the Blue Ridge Parkway and is headed to the Shenandoah National Park north of Charlottesville.

As I reported in The Floyd Press, Campbell resigned his job Tuesday to take a new post as county executive for Madison County, Virginia, where Skyline Drive runs through the western part of the county. Continue Reading

Lies, damn lies and just politics

Lies, damn lies and just politics

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.
We’re so glad you could attend.
Come inside! Come inside!

These lyrics from Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Karn Evil 9 is from their album “Brain Salad Surgery” and, while written and produced back in 1973 — 42 years ago — aptly illustrate the circus currently masquerading as the Sheriff’s campaign for Floyd County in 2015. Continue Reading

Branscom, Craig win GOP Convass

Branscom, Craig win GOP Convass

Interim Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Branscom took the Republican nomination for election to the job in the GOP Canvass Saturday, easily defeating Harrison Schroeder and Travis Epes. Long-time Deputy Brian Craig won a tight race for Sheriff against Christiansburg police officer Doug Weddle 1359-1245. Weddle, Schroeder and Epes have conceded. Branscom took every district of the… Continue Reading

Overflow crowd and praise for tax increase

Overflow crowd and praise for tax increase

An overflow crowd and twenty-two speakers at the public hearing on the proposed property tax increase and, with the exception of one usual curmudgeon who always attacks any tax proposal and government at large, they also praised and thanked the board to taking the action to provide needed help for the schools and other areas of county government. Continue Reading

Speaking out on taxes, county budget

Speaking out on taxes, county budget

Floyd County residents, particularly those who own land and pay real estate taxes, can have their say Tuesday night at a public hearing on a $34 million plus annual budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1 and which includes a five cents per $100 in property valuations increase in taxes. The hearing… Continue Reading

Snowbirds, get wish

Snowbirds, get wish

Floyd County Schools, reeling from the snow that covered parts of the area Saturday evening, struck with extreme cold temperatures that could affect starting of diesel school buses and facing a new storm that is expected to hit before noon today, closed their doors Monday. Also on the postponement block is the conference basketball playoff… Continue Reading

Politics rears its ugly head

Politics rears its ugly head

The ugly face of politics, and too many faces of political activity are hideous, surfaced over this week when the vice chairman of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors posted a glowing endorsement to one of three candidates in a contested primary for Commonwealth’s Attorney. Locust Grove Supervisor Lauren Yoder hit Facebook with strong recommendations… Continue Reading

Did Bob McDonnell get off easy?

Did Bob McDonnell get off easy?

Lots of debate about the two-year prison sentence handed down by a federal judge to former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors wanted at least six years behind bars.  Defense attorneys wanted no jail time, just community service, if anything.  The case goes to a federal appeals court for review. Judge James Spencer said… Continue Reading

Area classical music bites the dust…again

Area classical music bites the dust…again

While old-time traditional and bluegrass music thrive and dominate the area, attempts to add classical music to the mix ran into usual financial roadblocks Monday with Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival cancelling its 12-day music event scheduled for 2015. “We have not been able to reach a level of financial support that allows us to… Continue Reading

Several seek county offices

Several seek county offices

As local elections take center stage in Floyd County and throughout the Old Dominion in 2015, voters here will have a variety of choices for races where incumbents are retiring or have moved on to other positions. Continue Reading

Jobs, dollars promised by pipeline partners

Jobs, dollars promised by pipeline partners

The partners for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that was originally scheduled to run through Floyd County but shifted to nearby Roanoke County claims millions of dollars in tax and other economic benefits along with thousands of jobs. The pipeline would run from a fracking operation in West Virginia through Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, Franklin and… Continue Reading

There’s a new judge in our area

There’s a new judge in our area

An overflow crowd packed the Floyd County Courthouse Circuit Court room late Tuesday afternoon for the formal swearing in and “investiture” of Stephanie Murray Shortt as the new Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge for the 27th Judicial District of Virginia. Shortt gave up her position as Commonwealth’s Attorney in Floyd to accept a six-year term… Continue Reading

Floyd County’s power restored

Floyd County’s power restored

Appalachian Power now claims all power outages in Floyd County are restored as of 6:00 p.m. Friday. In a day that started with more than 1,000 customers remaining without power, the numbers dropped to around 500 near noon and then down to a little over 400 later. At 6:02 p.m. the power utility said 144… Continue Reading

Farmers Market wraps up 2014 season

Farmers Market wraps up 2014 season

Floyd’s unique Farmers Market wrapped up its 2014 season Saturday in freezing temperatures on Locust Street, but those who ventured out found food, pottery and other item. On hiatus now until Spring.  See everyone then. Continue Reading