October 17, 2017 | “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell
Doug Thompson | Blue Ridge Muse

Author: Doug Thompson

Damp cloudiness before sun returns

Mother Nature gets down and cool Monday with lows near freezing Monday night after a cool day in the mid 50s but forecasts predict highs back into the 70s by week’s ends with lows in the 40s. A touch of fall? Perhaps but the touch of light rain that fell in the wee hours of Monday morning is forecast to turn sunny by midday and then through most of the week.  A tease of fall but not much more. The overnight low of 33 Monday night is as close as temperatures should get to freezing for the rest of...

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Fog of fall

Third straight morning of heavy, dense fog. Heavy fog greeted us early Friday morning on a trip down to Roanoke for pulmonary tests for Amy. Although the weather forecast for that day did not call for rain, the thick fog kept the windshield wipers on our Mini busy for the ride down to Carilion on Crystal Springs. Same for Saturday morning.  It took a while for the sun to burn off the fog. On this Sunday morning?  Yep.  Fog again, though of the soup to cancel plans for a motorcycle ride over to North Star Restaurant south of Buchanan...

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Floyd falls to Glenvar 35-7

Unbeaten Glenvar hosted Floyd County’s Buffaloes Friday night.  It remained unbeaten afterwards/ Floyd suffered its second loss of the season:  35-7. The loss leaves Floyd in second place in the Three Rivers District with a record of 2 and 2 and an overall tally for the season so far at 6-2.  The two Buffalo bosses came against the two unbeaten teams in the district:  Glenvar and Giles. Floyd has a bye next...

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Our nation’s capital. An armed camp

Thirteen years ago this month, Amy and I sold our condo home of 23 years in Arlington as we began the last steps to move from the National Capital Region to Floyd County. We began packing up more than two decades of memories of a life that centered in and around Washington, DC — one that included involvement inside the political power structure of our nation’s government as well as reporting on what does and does not happen inside it. Life there changed a lot from the time we arrived in Arlington in February 1981 in a rented moving...

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Friday the 13th & ‘Midnight at the Oasis’

This second weekend of October 2017 kicks off with a Friday the 13th.  Be careful out there. The weekend also bring “Midnight at the Oasis” wafting through the air along South Locust Street in Floyd when Maria Muldaur appears at Dogtown Roadhouse on Saturday at 8 p.m. Plenty of music throughout the area, including Music in the Mountains at Hotel Floyd, Old-Time Jams at Tuggles Gap on Thursday and Sunday at both the Floyd Country Store and Wildwood Farms on U.S. 221 south of Floyd. The Friday Night Jamboree anchors Friday evening on South Locust. And Thursday features a...

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