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The Klan’s favorite ex-congressman is running for President

Virgil Goode, one of the more embarrassing political bigots spawned by a commonwealth that excels in producing racists for public office, walked the streets of Floyd Wednesday, trying to con registered voters into signing his petition for President. Goode, a Rocky Mount attorney, embarrassed the Virginia for 12 years in Congress, compiling a record of

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Ron Paul won Floyd County but little else in Virginia’s GOP primary

Maverick Libertarian Ron Paul carried Floyd County, along with four other adjoining counties in the Republican Presidential Primary Tuesday, edging former Massachusetts Govenor Mitt Romney 260 – 208. For a county dominated by Republicans in local offices, Floyd’s GOP faithful — for the most part — stayed home on primary day.  A turnout of 468

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Public hearing draws 47 speakers

The crowd for the public hearing on a proposed ordinance to ban ridge line development in Floyd County didn’t overflow the high school auditorium. About a hundred showed up for the two-and-a-half long hearing where 47 speakers supported the ordinance, opposed it, voiced concern over property rights or — in one case — threatened to

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Sulzen new school board chairman

David Sulzen is the new chairman of the Floyd County School Board, replacing Doug Phillips, who ended an 18-year-reign over the county’s educational system. Phillips, who remains on the school board, nominated Sulzen as his replacement. The board also elected Clay Link as vice chair. Phillips leaves the chairmanship after a year of controversy that

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Know your county government

With two new members and a new chairman and vice chairman, the Floyd County Board of Supervisors has a new look this year. Here’s a short video with the new and old faces of the board and various elected and appointed officials. Missing are the new treasurer Missy Keith and Commissioner of Revenue Lisa Baker

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Status quo rules in Floyd County elections

In the end, an election that some felt would restructure Floyd County’s school board and redefine county government turned into an endorsement of the status quo. Every incumbent on the general election ballot Tuesday won, including three sitting members of the school board and county sheriff Shannon Zeman, who trounced challenger Laura Sparks — a

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When politics overwhelms friendships, we all lose

Lunch last week with two friends who approach life from opposite ends of the political spectrum:  Fred First, Floyd County’s “first blogger” and Jim Connor, a relatively-recent addition to the area’s population of bloggers and diverse characters. Fred — for the most part — is an unabashed liberal, an ardent environmentalist with a passion for

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When a candidate comes to your door, ask some tough questions

Don’t get many political candidates at our door.  Maybe it’s the sign in the driveway that says “we shoot every third politician and the second one just left.”  With luck, they know better than to waste their time or ours. But a lot of Floyd County residents will find wannabes for office at their door

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Calling all Democrats. Hello, any Democrats out there?

Seen any Democrats around here lately?  You know, the party of the donkey…or jackass, depending on your point of view. With the ballot set for the upcoming local and state election you will not find a single Democrat running for any office in Floyd County. No one. Not one. Nada. Back in the 1960s my

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