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Musings

New week with a lot going on

Busy week with the beginning of a new court term, drug court, grand jury and a mess of cases before Floyd County Circuit Court Tuesday, along with the opening meeting of 2019 for Supervisors. High school sports kick off the week with girls basketball (middle school, JV and varsity) at home Monday, starting at 4:30

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Musings

Taking a long, needed break to enjoy life

Time to step back, take stock and reconsider what to do with the remaining years of my life. Covering the midterm elections in this volatile election year took more out of my psyche than at any other point of such activity in more than half a century of covering elections or working inside the system

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Three days, four news stories

  Spent the best riding day so far of this 2018 sitting on my ass in Floyd County Circuit Court covering a jury trial of a 51-year-old man accused of sexually molesting a seven-year old girl back in 2010 in a barn along Buffalo Mountain Road. My hopes for a day of riding became the

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Thoughts as we close out a tough year

Quite a weekend: 38th wedding anniversary with Amy on Friday and 70th birthday on Sunday. Time does, indeed, fly. Of course, celebrations took a backseat to assignments and work.  Amy and I hope to finally celebrate both these moments in our lives with seafood and lobster Monday before I head back into the final two

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Interesting times ahead for the Board of Supervisors

Only one scheduled meetings for the Floyd County Board of Supervisors for the laast two months of 2017. The board meets Tuesday for its one meeting of November instead of the two meetings (second Tuesday in a day meeting that starts at 8:30 a.m. and the fourth Tuesday for a night meeting starting at 7

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Taxing times that are worth it in Floyd County

My story in today’s Floyd Press reports on the County Board of Supervisors approving the five-cent increase in property tax to help fund a $34 million budget for fiscal 2016, which starts on July 1. The approval comes with the first-ever vote on a tax increase by Indian Valley Supervisor Fred Gerald, who noted that

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‘Disgust’ and ‘disappointment’

Most Floyd County Supervisors claim they hear lots of support from constituents over their hardline stand against increasing funding of the school system and determination to hold the line on taxes to pay for increases. But the majority of speakers that come before both the Supervisors and the county school board say otherwise. Twelve of

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Musings

A public battle with no winners

A word used often in the ongoing public debate over the budget crisis facing Floyd County is “unreasonable.” Those who support the school board’s push to obtain up to $2.2 million in funds for the coming fiscal year say the board of supervisors is “unreasonable” to expect the education system to exist on funds that

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