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Schools closed as latest winter storm arrives

No classes Tuesday for Floyd County public schools.  The school board pulled the plug early, announcing the closing Monday afternoon, as did school system in Montgomery County along with Alleghany, Bland, Carroll, Craig, Giles and Pulaski counties plus Radford City. As a winter front forecast to bring “the coldest air in a generation” puts more

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Cold, winter storms among us

As has happened too many other times in this winter, Floyd County and our part of Southwestern Virginia are “on the edge” of where rain turns to snow — which means our rain could be mixed with ice.

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Mostly cold weather through January

Our latest “wintry mix” should end about 12:25 pm Thursday with temperatures continuing to drop after spending time in the 50s overnight while rain pounded Floyd County and surrounding areas. The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg also plans to cancel the Flood Watch for the county at 11 am Thursday but a wind advisory

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More winter woes

So much for any hoped-for improvements in our weather. Those who ventured out early on Wednesday found a mixture of freezing rain and slick roads, particularly in the Southern reaches of Floyd County. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory that, hopefully, expires at noon but slick roads and treacherous conditions existed for

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Yes, it is cold out there

The thermometer sits at three degrees this morning on our back porch at 7 a.m. Monday. With the heavy winds that screamed through the night, the wind chill is minus 15 degrees. That’s cold Cold enough to freeze your-know-what off. Cold enough to freeze and burst your water lines. And, of course, the National Weather

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A Parkway paving mess

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The winds of change

Heavy rain continues to fall in Houston, Texas, this morning and floodwaters rise even more on what is considered the monster storm of all time in Texas and perhaps America. With the death toll at 10 and expected to rise even more, Hurricane Harvey shows what Mother Nature can do and so little that mortal

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Race, flags, statues and…

America is an angry nation, sparked by partisan divides over politics, race, income and living standards.  Anger too often leads to violence and, in a country overloaded with strong emotions fed by hatred, we live too often in a powder keg.

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Rubber ducks in the water

The annual rubber duck race on Little River by Thunderstruck Road hit the water Saturday afternoon as they were ceremoniously dumped into the drink off the Slusher Store bridge to head down the river towards the finish. As they drifted towards the finish line in what could be a “photo finish,” the spectators included two

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Skin on display at Liberty U?

The Miss Virginia Pageant is leaving Roanoke to take up residence at Liberty University in Lynchburg, starting next year. To make sure we have this straight, the Christian school that expels single students who enjoy healthy sexual relationships with others or female students who wear attire they consider inappropriate or revealing will start hosting a

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