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Daylight Savings Crime

My paternal grandmother dismissed Daylight Savings Time as a stupid idea, saying the fantasy of making the day longer was “like tying to make a blanket longer by cutting a foot off one end and sewing it to the other. My farmer stepfather said that no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t get his

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Spring Fever

OK. I’ve got Spring Fever. Got it big time. Temperatures in the high 50s sent the snow packing and the morning sun cut through the trees of the back yard this morning for a little while before fog set in. The afternoon forecast calls for a chance of thunderstorms. Thunderstorms? Yep. That’s a sure sign

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Goodbye Cafe del Sol, hello Dogtown Pizza

Cafe del Sol will not reopen. Frank and Sally Walker have put the equipment up for sale and will be moving out of the space in the Winter Sun building this weekend. Sun owner Anga Miller confirmed today that Dogtown Pizza will take over the space that has housed the popular Floyd Coffee shop for

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One Floyd family in eight on food stamps

As my story in today’s Floyd Press points out, one out of every eight households in Floyd County currently need food stamps to feed their families. That’s a dramatic increase from eight years ago when one out of every 18 used food stamps. County social services director Carl Ayers says applications for food stamps and

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Winterkill

Three dead raccoons at the bottom of our driveway in this winter of extremes. All appeared emaciated and probably starved to death. A number of dead deer and other animals have been found in other parts of the county — all dead from lack of food in this winter of extremes. Experts call such deaths

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In search of…a place to eat

Friends drove over from Wythe County Tuesday for dinner…or at least in search of dinner. They hoped to eat at Mickey G’s but Tuesday is the one day of the week that the restaurant is closed. So they headed for Pine Tavern. No dice. PT is open Thursday-Sunday. Oddfellas Cantina? Nope. Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays

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Cafe del Sold?

Plans to sell Cafe del Sol as a business have fallen through, the owners are selling off the coffee shop’s equipment and will move out of the location in the Winter Sun building over the weekend (March 13-14), bringing the cafe’s five-year run to an end. The coffee shop in the Winter Sun building closed

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A slow path to raising speed limits

Virginia can now, if it wishes, raise the speed limit on some limited-access highways (like Interstates) to 70 miles-per-hour. But not right away. Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the bill Thursday that raises the speed limit to 70 but the Virginia Department of Transportation say it will take months to conduct traffic studies to see what

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Is Spring lurking out there?

If you can believe the forecasters, prognosticators and talking heads who disquise themselves as “meterologists,” a weather pattern with some distant relationships with something called Spring is out there and ready to come visit. Starting Saturday, daytime highs will climb into the mid and higher 50 and even flirt with 60 over the next week.

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The snow that never ends

Welcome back my friends to the snow that never ends; We’re so glad you could attend, stay inside, stay inside! There behind a glass is a real blade of grass; Be careful as you pass. Move along! Move along! Our apologies to Emerson, Lake & Palmer for this variation on their classic rock song, Karn

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