Category: General

Ride to help Floyd County Fire Department Station 1 Saturday

Floyd County Fire Department Station 1 is holding a Bike and Car Cruise at the Floyd Auto Fair on Saturday. August 25.  Proceeds go to help the department. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Auto Fair at Chantilly Farms on Franklin Pike with first bike out at 11 a.m.  Entry is a $10 minimum

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Time to Spring ahead for Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time (DST) starts at 2 a.m. Sunday so remember to set your clocks ahead before going to bed — assuming of course that you are in bed asleep at 2 a.m. after a Saturday night out. In this computerized and digitized world, our computers set themselves ahead overnight. I have a watch that

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Terpenny trauma taunts town

Stop by for breakfast at Blue Ridge Restaurant or lunch at the Floyd Country Store this weekend and conversation is dominated by the town’s decision to hire fired and tainted Christiansburg Town Manager Lance Terpenny for the same job here. The tenor of the conversation is usually the same: “What is the Floyd Town Council

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Questions about Floyd’s new town manager

In a series of back room deals, Christiansburg’s soon-to-be-former town manager is leaving his $130,000 a year job under a cloud of controversy and will assume the Floyd town manager post that currently pays 43 grand a year. Of course, Floyd’s town government — which operates with all the transparency of BP in an oil-spill

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Dickens of a night…

Floyd takes on an wispy, historic look tonight with the annual “Dickens of a Night” celebration in downtown. It kicks off the start of seasonal weekend that culminates Sunday with the Christmas Parade. The Jacksonville Center is also hosting its annual Winterfest for the weekend and the Floyd County High School girls’ basketball teams kick

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Remember to vote today

It’s primary day in Virginia with spirited races for the Democratic nomination for Governor Lt. Governor..

Polls opened at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Remember to vote.

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Return of the prodigal web sites

Had a little time on my hands during my recovery from pneumonia and used some of it to relaunch three web sites that have lay dormant for too long.

American Newsreel: I started it in 2002 as an observer on some of the absurdities of our land. It hadn’t been updated for a while so I redesigned it and put it back online. Still restoring some archives but it’s up and running. (WARNING: Newsreel contains adult material and often deals with America’s obsession with, and hangups about, sex. It is not for the easily-offended or the politically-correct.)

FloydCounty.Com: I’ve tried a couple of times over the last four years to launch this as a community news and resource site. Maybe the third time’s a charm.

DougThompson.Com:  While speaking to a media communications class a few weeks ago, a student wondered why I didn’t write about the many problems the media faces today.  Good question. This will be a media commentary site.

Each of the sites uses a different publishing platform and each gives me a chance to stay up to date on the changes and updates to Drupal, WordPress and Movable Type.

Give them a visit and let me know what you think.

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Birds and the bees

A swarm of bees descended on a large rock near the Village Green Tuesday, obviously taking part of that spring ritual where the workers do their thing with the Queen Bee. Guess that’s why they call it the birds and the bees.

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Databasus interruptus

For some reason, our database is acting up big time today. It started overnight with a move to a new server. Sometimes links work, sometimes they don’t. There’s a data corruption problem somewhere in the database that handles our content and comments.

We’re working on it. If you’re looking for a specific post and it doesn’t come up, please be patient. We may have to do a database purge and then restore from backup.

UPDATE: Found, I think, the problem. The new server is case dependent on directories. The old one was not. I’ll need to make some changes in directory structure. Also, the image sizing software of the old server did not port over to the new one and I’m having to go in and resize images that are more than a couple of years old. Please be patient. We’ll have this sucker fixed as soon as I sort everything out.

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