Category: Musings

Golf, football, volleyball, crime & ducks in a busy week

Quiet here in the country?  Don’t think so! High school sports is in full swing. Floyd County High School’s varsity golf team plays Radford on the road Monday at the River Court by the New River.  Match starts at 4 pm. The JV golfers tee off against Galax Tuesday at Blue Ridge Country Club at

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Tractors, heat and fun on a Saturday ride

Some 90 or so tractors and hundreds of passengers toured the roads of Floyd County Saturday in the 13th Annual Tractor Fun Run. A large crowd lined Main Street of Floyd as the caravan roared through town shortly after the 10 a.m. start and headed north on Locust Street, then right on Needmore Lane and

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The start of school daze in Floyd County

First day of school, on just 13 days into August, brought both smiles and frowns from students heading into Floyd County High School and the elementary school. School buses and parents brought kids to school and were met by a reception line that included principal Barry Hollandsworth, the assistant principals and teachers, directing them to

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Ex-Rep. Paul Findley, a former boss, dies at age 98

Lost the second of three Congressmen I served during my time as a congressional aide in Washington. Paul Findley, 98, who talked me into coming to Washington as his press secretary and legislative assistant in 1981, died surrounded by family at a hospital in Jacksonville, IL, Saturday.  Manuel Lujan, a New Mexico Congressman who later

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We’re moving this weekend

Blue Ridge Muse is moving to new home this weekend. Our website is relocating to a new web server and, given the size of our site, will take about 36 hours to transfer files and about 12 more hours to set up the new site and make sure things are running properly. We won’t be

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What a long, strange trip it’s been

During my seven years as a Congressional and Committee staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I got a first-hand look at our government from the inside. Amy and I drove a rented Ryder truck from Alton, IL, to Arlington, VA, at the end of February 1981, so I could become press secretary to

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Busy second weekend of August 2019

While the calendar says summer ends when we head into the third week of September, the “traditional” end comes on Labor Day, but for students at Floyd County public schools, summer ends on Tuesday morning next week when classes begin. That’s less than a week from now and the upcoming second weekend of August is,

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Kings Dominion vs the schools

Up until this year, Floyd County public schools had to obtain a waiver from the Commonwealth of Virginia to open schools before Labor Day each year. They got the waiver because of weather closings. Why the need for a waiver? The “Kings Dominion Law” prohibited the start of classes before Labor Day. Why? Virginia’s tourism

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Two mass shootings in less than 24 hours

Two gunmen — one in Texas and another in Ohio — have killed at least 29 people and left many more wounded (some fighting for their lives). So far, in 2019, at least 251 mass shootings have killed and maimed hundreds in just 216 days.

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