Author: DOUG THOMPSON

Sports

Alumni fun for a good cause at Floyd County High

Although they played hard, basketball alumni (and some kids) played hard for three alumni games (and one for young current students) at Floyd County High School Saturday morning and afternoon for the annual Joshua’s Hope Scholarship charity. A good time for a good cause.  More photos in the next edition of The Floyd Press.

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News

Another power outage in Floyd County

Another large-scale power outage in Floyd County, starting around 7:16 am Sunday, affecting more than 3,400 customers and an expected restoration time of 1:30 pm. Appalachian Power says their workers restored power to most customers at 12:5 pm after an outage of 5 hours and 17 minutes. The outage stretched along U.S. 221 from south

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Musings

Same banks, sort of, with different names

When we moved from Alton, IL, to Arlington, VA, in 1981, we moved our banking accounts to Virginia National Bank because the Norfolk-based institution had the closest branch to our new condo in the Virginia Square neighborhood. No long after moving to Arlington, Virginia National Bank became “Sovran Bank” after a merger with a First

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Sports

FCHS basketball alumni to have fun, help scholarships

High school and college basketball season may be over but the round ball fans can find still find a lot to cheer about, and help fund scholarships, Saturday at the Joshua’s Hope Alumni Basketball games at Floyd County High School’s gym. FCHS Assistant Principal Travis Cantrell, former basketball coach and athletic director for the school

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Entertainment

Lots to do in our area on this Easter weekend

Music and Easter for this third weekend of April. The weekend includes a tribute to John Denver Saturday night at The Floyd Country Store.  The Friday Night Jamboree, Bluegrass music at Wildwood and a strong lineup of bands at Dogtown and Buffalo Mountain Brewery provide choices for varied musical tastes. Good Friday also brings warnings

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Musings

A little old fashioned karma coming down

While working in the political side of Washington and government for a dozen or so years as part of our 23 years in the nation’s capital, I dealt with many folks who worried about their “legacy” in life. Legacies even have a “project” dedicating to help people understand what they might, or might not, leave

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Musings

American areas where most die from homicide

Metropolitan St. Louis, MO, — the area that includes my wife’s hometown in Belleville, IL and the area where I lived for 12 years — now ranks as the most violent urban area of the nation. CBS News reports St. Louis overtook Detroit as the most violent area in 2017 and now averages 66 homicides

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Weather

Power outages, tornado watch, flooding and more

More than 2,000 power outages, so far, in Floyd County with some areas estimated to get power back by 11 pm Monday while others are told “We’re sorry. We are currently unable to provide an estimated time of restoration for your outage. Please check back later.” Some power was restored around 3:30 a.m. but other

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Musings

Are 500 million atheists right or wrong?

Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, considered by many as the greatest pure baseball hitter of all time, lived as a proud atheist. Sports writers generally ignored Williams lack of religious belief. Yet, he never hid it. When asked about the time he spent with kids at cancer centers, always without reporters or photographers present,

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Musings

Memories should be precious, not lost

A Carilion neuropsychologist Friday put me on medication to help handle short-term memory loss that continues to haunt me since the brain trauma I suffered in my motorcycle accident in late 2012. MBT (for Massive Brain Trauma) was a closed head injury that affects my “cognitive memory functions.”  I sometimes lose my train of thought

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