Tag: Virginia

Election Day: Cutting through the fog of politics

Fog this morning.  Lots of fog. Appropriate, it seems, since this is Election Day. Floyd Countians have choices for a change, if wanted, for their Supervisor in the Courthouse District between current office holder Casey Clinger or Jerry Boothe, who held the seat for many years until giving it up in 2009. Either way, the

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Tuesday’s primary shows too much anger

In statewide results from Tuesday’s Republican primary for governor, the extremism that has consumed the GOP threw a scare into the party of the elephant as self-declared “Trump mini-me” Corey Stewart took his campaign of hate to within a percentage point of victory over Ed Gillespie in his campaign to destroy what little sanity is

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Four days & 1,143.7 miles of fun

Early on Wednesday of this past week, I fired up my Harley Davidson Switchback shortly before 0600, set one of my two trip odometers to 00.0 and headed Northeast on U.S. 221 towards Roanoke for the first of four days of the Merging Mountains Motorcycle Rally staged by the Harley Owners Group (HOG). As a

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Why bigotry is such a hot button for me

For much of long and adventurous life, my chosen profession as a newspaper reporter and photographer has been an incredible way to make a living. The sad existence of bigotry and racism are defining reasons. As a youngster going to school in racially-divided Farmville, Virginia, I turned to words and photos to expose what I

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Yes, it’s cold outside

The “Special Weather Statement for Floyd County, Virginia” from the Roanoke/Blacksburg National Weather Service Office says it all. .. Surge of arctic air to produce low wind chills… Arctic air will spill in on gusty northwest winds into Friday morning. This will send temperatures into the teens to lower 20s late tonight across the mountains.

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In the not-so-misty moonlight

As a photographer, I’ve long been fascinated by the moon. I remember long nights back in the 1960s with my trusty Nikon F on a tripod, with a 300mm manual focus lens, trying to capture the moon on Tri-X film and slow shutter speeds. The 300 didn’t get my image as close as I wanted

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Living among racists and bigots

Watching the vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence Tuesday night brought back too many bad memories — not because of anything they discussed — but because the event occurred at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Longwood U. was Longwood College when I arrived in Farmville in 1956 after my mother — widowed

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A few changes in Friday night street music

Changes on music in the streets on Locust Street in Floyd on a Friday night with great weather. Nuthin’ Common, the popular group that usually plays in the sidewalk alcove next to The Station on South Locust Street, moved down to the amphitheater in the park, where they were granted access to electrical outlets and fans had plenty of room to listen and dance.

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