Category: News

Musings

Floyd’s evolving restaurant scene

  A notice on Facebook last week said the operators of the former Hardware Bar and Grill in Hlllsville, closed after a fire, are planning to open a new eatery over the Harvest Moon in Floyd. “We are pleased to announce…we will be opening our new restaurant in Floyd over the Harvest Moon,” Logan and

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Musings

Change and the Floyd County way

A lot of anger over change circulates among us nowadays.  We saw much of it on social media recently over a new Dollar General store near Check at the intersection of U.S. 221 and Daniels Run and the purchase of Floyd Pharmacy by CVS.  Lots of predictions of doom and gloom. Some of the predicted

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Musings

Goodbye to The Floyd Pharmacy

  Employees of The Floyd Pharmacy spent much of this week packing things that will no longer be sold when the building reopens Monday as a CVS chain drug store. The building that housed the Pharmacy was a Piggly Wiggly back in the 1960s.  On Monday, it opens as a CVS. Watching the end of

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Musings

Open wars against a free press

At a time when the President of the United States has declared all-out war against the press, a newspaper publisher in Juarez, Mexico, announced he was shutting down his newspaper because of an increase of killings of journalists in that country. “Everything in life has a beginning and an end, a price to pay,” wrote

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Musings

Sometimes it hurts to cover the news

After a day covering cases in Floyd County Circuit Court recently, a family member of a defendant who deputies led away to begin a prison sentence stopped me and demanded to know “what gives you the right to write about this case?  It is none of your business!” I tried to explain that what happens

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Musings

Stop texting! Try talking to someone

A young woman texting on her smartphone while pushing a grocery cart in the aisle of Floyd’s Food Lion t-boned my cart the other day. She didn’t stop, say “sorry” or even acknowledge her actions.  Too busy texting with someone. Not surprising.  A study by YouGov.com says many young people seldom have their smartphones out

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Musings

New superintendent for county schools

Floyd County’s school system dominated news and breakfast table discussions this week with announcement of a new school superintendent and retirement of a legendary basketball coach. The School Board unanimously approved current interim and assistant school superintendent John Wheeler as the new system boss with a salary of $112,000 a year in a three-year contract,

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Musings

Cantrell retires from coaching basketball

Alan Cantrell, the legendary coach of the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes, announced his retirement from basketball this week, ending a run that brought four state titles to the ladies and one for the boys.

The school Tuesday promoted JV coach Jason Dalton to varsity the job for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Cantrell ends his 37-year-run coaching basketball at five high schools in Virginia but the Buchanan native began his coaching career in Floyd County in 1977 and returned there after stints at Grundy, Whitewood High in Buchanan, Tazewell and Pound.

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