Three days, four news stories


Spent the best riding day so far of this 2018 sitting on my ass in Floyd County Circuit Court covering a jury trial of a 51-year-old man accused of sexually molesting a seven-year old girl back in 2010 in a barn along Buffalo Mountain Road.

My hopes for a day of riding became the five-mile trek into town shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning on a Can-Am and the trip and the trip back at 9 p.m. in the dark.  Filed the story with The Floyd Press shortly after midnight and fell into bed.

The story joins one about a sentencing hearing Monday that sent a 19-year old boy to prison for the next eight years, with another five hanging over his head if he can’t stay out of trouble after finishing his time behind bars in about 2015.

The long benches in the courtroom in the old Floyd County courthouse are hard and un-padded, especially for old butts and my bones ached as I wheeled the three-wheel Can-Am up our driveway and into the garage.

The folding seats in the supervisor meeting room of the Floyd County Administration Building on Oxford Street aren’t that comfortable either and I spent three-plus hours there Monday night covering the Board of Supervisors consensus meeting on what do with the tax increase slated to take effect with the bills that arrive later this month for payment of the first half of real-estate taxes.

The meeting started off with a nearly two-hour long closed door “executive session” with the county attorney and economic development officials on a possible new project at the Commerce Park.

Another late night trip home to write a story for this week’s paper.

Fortunately, Wednesday looks like an even nicer day for getting in some road time on a bike with sun, temperatures in the high 70s or low 80s and a chance to ride before there’s another meeting of the board of supervisors late in the afternoon and then a joint meeting at the high school library with supervisors, the school board, the town council and the Economic Development Authority.

A report for that meeting will be in next week’s paper.

With luck, Thursday sun and Friday will bring sun and clouds before rain moves in to the area…again.


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