Weather closures continue along with others

School systems in both Floyd and Botetourt counties decided by early afternoon Monday to cancel classes and activities for the second day.

School systems in both Floyd and Botetourt counties decided by early afternoon Monday to cancel classes and activities for the second day — Tuesday — after the winter snow and ice storm that left roads slick and hazardous.

Other area systems opted to open Tuesday on delayed schedules — two hours for most in Alleghany, Bedford, Bland, Craig, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and other Southwestern Virginia locations.

Basketball games scheduled for Monday night for Floyd County High School at other locations? Postponed. No word yet on home games for JV and Varsity games for Lady Buffaloes on Tuesday. If they are played, the JV begins at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity at 7:00.

The boys JV and Varsity teams return home Wednesday for the first time in a couple of weeks, weather permitting. JV plays at 5:30 p.m. with varsity set for 7:00 p.m.

For some workers, they have closed offices for other reasons or upcoming holidays this weekend .

For 800,000 federal workers, including Blue Ridge Parkway employees and those who work in IRS offices in Roanoke and elsewhere for other federal offices, they mostly stay home and don’t get paid because of the games in Washington.

It also won’t take weather to give a number of city, county and state employees in Virginia a four-day weekend, starting this Friday as the Commonwealth celebrates Lee-Jackson Day — remembering Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and then Martin Luther King Day on Monday, a national holiday that Virginia.

Starting in 1978, Virginia added King to Lee-Jackson Day but that created a lot of debate over both the irony and hypocrisy is such a combined day until 2000, when Gov. Jim Gilmore proposed spitting the holidays with Lee-Jackson on the third Friday and King’s birthday on the following Monday.

Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi still recognize both King and Lee on the same day each January. King’s birthday is still a federal holiday while Lee and/or Jackson remain state ones.

Some employers offer one or other of the holidays but not both together for four-days off. A number of businesses in Southwestern Virginia recognize Lee-Jackson Day but not King’s birthday. Others stay open for Lee-Jackson but close on MLK’s birthday,

Floyd County schools recognize Martin Luther King’s birthday but not Lee-Jackson Day.

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