Category: Musings

Twenty-five years…one day at a time

Today is the anniversary of D-Day, the epic battle that turned the tide of World War II.  While I honor those who fought and died in that epic battle, I remember June 6 as an important personal anniversary date of my life.

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A busy, busy Tuesday for Floyd County news

For the Floyd Press reporter assigned to cover the Supervisors and the Court, Tuesday are normally busy days.  Since I also photograph high school sports, this Tuesday would be a monster day. Lots of things to do on a busy Tuesday in Floyd County. Floyd County Supervisors face public hearing Tuesday night on two financial

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As a Floyd County resident, how do you rank?

Who are the residents of Floyd County, Virginia? According to the U.S. Census Bureau estimates for the current year, we are 15,795 residents — 95.9 percent white. Genderwise, are just about 50-50: with 49.6 percent women. About one-fifth (20.1 percent) are under age 19 while 22.2 percent are age 65 or older. Hispanic or Latinos

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Wanda Combs: Editor, reporter and a community asset

Attended the retirement reception last Friday for longtime Floyd Press editor Wanda Combs, who retired after more than 40 years on the job. Her retirement came more than 50 years after I attended the retirement ceremony of former Press owner, editor and publisher Pete Hallman. Pete gave me a job at the Press as a

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Remembering those who paid the ultimate price for service

Families of fallen veterans from Southwestern Virginia, along with politicians and current members of our armed services, gathered at the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Dublin Monday to honor those who paid the ultimate price for service to our nation. Del. Nick Rush, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, spoke to the group before

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Remembering those who paid the price for our freedom

PFC Larry Harris of Willis, a former classmate, died on Feb. 28, 1967, in Tay Ninh, Vietnam, the first Floyd County casualty of the war that claimed the lives of 58,220 U.S. service members. Larry is buried at Topeco Church Cemetery in Floyd County and I plan to stop there for a moment of prayer

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Fun, sunny day at Chantilly Farm BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Chantilly Farm’s annual BBQ & Bluegrass Festival kicked off on the Franklin Road site outside of Floyd Friday for a two-day run in the sun and temperatures approaching the 90s to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. A threat of thunderstorms forecast for Saturday afternoon could cause some problems but a clear evening is predicted

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The Start of Summer

Welcome to Memorial Day weekend, the traditional opening of Spring and more. This one opens with the graduation of Floyd County High School Seniors, the Class of 2019.  For some of us, high school graduation day brings back memories from more than 50 years ago. This weekend includes the annual Chantilly Farm BBQ and Bluegrass

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Back into the routine called mowing

For the first time this year, my front yard is mowed — at least by me. Jeff Belshan and Keith Bowman graciously mowed it a few weeks ago, when both mower and I were laid up (for different reasons) but I’ m more or less on my feet now and another friend — Mitch Cundiff

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Full May moon over the Virginia Blue Ridge

Full moon over the nighttime sky this weekend in our corner of Southwestern Virginia and the Blut Ridge Mountains of Floyd County. Shot handheld with a Canon 5D MKIII and a 24-105mm zoom lens with the focal length set at 105mm at 1/15th of second shutter speed at f/5.6 at 800 ISO.

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