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Stop texting! Try talking to someone

A young woman texting on her smartphone while pushing a grocery cart in the aisle of Floyd’s Food Lion t-boned my cart the other day. She didn’t stop, say “sorry” or even acknowledge her actions.  Too busy texting with someone. Not surprising.  A study by says many young people seldom have their smartphones out

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New superintendent for county schools

Floyd County’s school system dominated news and breakfast table discussions this week with announcement of a new school superintendent and retirement of a legendary basketball coach. The School Board unanimously approved current interim and assistant school superintendent John Wheeler as the new system boss with a salary of $112,000 a year in a three-year contract,

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Cantrell retires from coaching basketball

Alan Cantrell, the legendary coach of the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes, announced his retirement from basketball this week, ending a run that brought four state titles to the ladies and one for the boys.

The school Tuesday promoted JV coach Jason Dalton to varsity the job for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Cantrell ends his 37-year-run coaching basketball at five high schools in Virginia but the Buchanan native began his coaching career in Floyd County in 1977 and returned there after stints at Grundy, Whitewood High in Buchanan, Tazewell and Pound.

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Better check your AEP electric bill

Do you receive your Appalachian Power bill electronically and pay it automatically each month with auto-pay withdrawal? If so, double-check yours to make sure a “billing software glitch” in the February and March bills did not hit you with a late payment fee that was not your fault. Columnist Dan Casey of The Roanoke Times

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New signs of the times

Two new signs in downtown Floyd highlight changes in the community. Over the weekend, signs for Bank of Floyd disappeared as the new logo and name for Skyline National Bank went up on the building of the longtime financial institution next to the county courthouse. Just across Main Street from the bank and courthouse, Blue

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March arrives like a lamb

If March comes in like a lamb, the old saying goes, it will go out like a lion. The third month of 2017 arrived damp and reasonably warm at 12:00:01 a.m. after a February that was nothing like winter here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. The thermometer on our back porch read

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Two events shared common concern

Two events in Floyd this weekend shared a central concern: A focused assault on freedoms that are supposed to be guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment. On Saturday, a large crowd gathered at the Eco-Center on Franklin Pike for “A Celebration of The First Amendment” that honored essays, poems and songs by youth and adults,

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How a new bank name evolved

The new logo of Skyline National Bank, now the name of the combined forces of Bank of Floyd and Grayson National Bank, was designed by a bearded, tattooed Harley Davidson riding designer who — bank president Allan Funk says — made him think of Floyd. Funk told the story of the designer to a gathering

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Bank of Floyd is now Skyline National

Skyline National Bank is now the new name of the merged Bank of Floyd and Grayson National Bank, which combined forces last year.

Employees of both banks learned of the new moniker Thursday night at a dinner in Wytheville.

Letters went out Friday to customers and shareholders of the new entity. Promotional materials should appear by the beginning of both banks and branches next week.

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Weather: Downed trees, power outages

The National Weather Service for Blacksburg/Roanoke originally forecast an ultra-frigid Thursday with a high of 18 or so with overnight lows down close to zero.

But the thermometer showed 32 on our back porch at 7 a.m. and while it will drop some along with the blustery wind, it is now not expected to go much lower during the daylight hours and should hover around the freezing mark until late afternoon when it starts a downward trend into the high teens overnight before climbing back up into the 40s by Friday afternoon, then 61 on Saturday and 68 on Sunday.

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