Happy New Year from Blue Ridge Muse.
With 2013 behind us, we embark on 2014 with anticipation.
Floyd County High School’s varsity boys and girls basketball teams enter the new year undefeated in regular season play. A number of Floyd Countians who survived 2013, with difficulty, without health insurance enter 2014 with insurance under the new healthcare program known as Obamacare.
The former Branwick Building at Floyd’s Economic Development Center enters the year with a new owner — the county’s economic development authority, which closed on purchase of the foreclosed building late in December.
The Floyd Press starts a new year sharing ownership with The Roanoke Times. Warren Buffet-controlled BH Media, which took control of the Press in 2012, purchased the Times in 2013 and controls Virginia papers from Richmond to Bristol.
A former prominent Floyd businessman and announcer at high school athletic events faces trial in 2014, along with his adult son, on child pornography charges. A former county official faces indictment on similar charges.
Those who have run afoul of the county’s criminal justice system now number more than 100 at the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin. Circuit Court in Floyd County now runs weekly — every Tuesday — at the courthouse.
Traffic if a growing problem in the once-docile town of Floyd and studies by the Virginia Department of Transportation show the one-stoplight town needs at least two more such lights at the intersections of Oxford Street at both U.S. 221 and Virginia Route 8.
Both VDOT and Floyd’s town council may also have to face the growing need for left-turn lanes at the town’s main intersection of U.S. 221 and Route 8 — Main and Locust Streets — a move that could mean loss of parking spaces in front of the county courthouse and businesses near the light on both streets.
The primary building that houses Floyd County’s consolidated high school is now a half-century old. Although a new gym and vocational building came along later, the core facility is the newest part of a school infrastructure that faces improvements and pressure for new school construction projects are sure to build.
A reassessment of county real estate means an effect on the county’s tax structure in the coming year and pressure from county agencies that need more revenue could mean a tax increase debate before the county board of supervisors.
Construction continues on an expansion of Hotel Floyd and a new high school for Blue Mountain School now occupies space at the Eco-Center — all part of businessman Jack Wall’s enterprises.
Crenshaw Lighting enters the year with new owners. New owners kept the Republic of Floyd going after the death of owner Tom Ryan and a new ownership team took over Dogtown Pizza.
Nancy’s candy closed its shop at the Village Green in 2013 and a new candy store took its place. Citizens Telephone closed its store at Village Green and a store featuring antiques, collectibles and frozen yogurt took its place.
Food Lion gave up on its effort to compete with Floyd Pharmacy in the prescription drug business. The food chain closed its short-lived pharmacy in Floyd in December and transferred customers to Floyd Pharmacy.
And, effective today, Blue Ridge Muse, comes under the ownership umbrella of Blue Ridge Photography, LLC.
And so, 2014 begins.