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New week with a lot going on

Busy week with the beginning of a new court term, drug court, grand jury and a mess of cases before Floyd County Circuit Court Tuesday, along with the opening meeting of 2019 for Supervisors. High school sports kick off the week with girls basketball (middle school, JV and varsity) at home Monday, starting at 4:30

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Three days, four news stories

  Spent the best riding day so far of this 2018 sitting on my ass in Floyd County Circuit Court covering a jury trial of a 51-year-old man accused of sexually molesting a seven-year old girl back in 2010 in a barn along Buffalo Mountain Road. My hopes for a day of riding became the

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Law abiding? Not really

“You should stop writing about people not obeying the law,” said a man who stopped by my table over breakfast at the Blue Ridge Cafe recently.  “Most of us are law-abiding citizens.” I thanked him for his comments and wrote down his name.   Later that day, I ran his record through the various databases

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Living on Floyd Time? Yeah, right

Call this a week that violates all claims of “living on Floyd time.” Monday came with a trip down to Roanoke to cover a sentencing hearing in federal court — a hearing that explains a lot about what has been happening with one of our local businesses.  A visit to a short story on the

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Sometimes it hurts to cover the news

After a day covering cases in Floyd County Circuit Court recently, a family member of a defendant who deputies led away to begin a prison sentence stopped me and demanded to know “what gives you the right to write about this case?  It is none of your business!” I tried to explain that what happens

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Rain, Wind Today & Sun by Wednesday

Yep, that was thunder overhead between 5 and 6 a.m. Monday.  Thunderstorms in January. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) says we just came off the warmest year (at least the warmest since they started tracking these sorts of things). Some could say the hot air emanating from Washington could be responsible for global

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Long day, good mix of assignments

Working in journalism means few, if any, days that are the same.  Different stories, different assignments, different locations — all part of each and every day. Tuesday of this week provided a good example of what I do as a newspaperman for The Floyd Press: A full day with three assignments beginning with coverage of

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Doing their crimes and then doing the time

Off to the courthouse this morning to cover another round of cases in Circuit Court for the paper.  Weekly doses of justice now occupy the schedule. Four trials are set, all on on drug cases involving the highly addictive crystal methamphetamine and most include   possession, manufacture and distribution of of the drug.  Most will

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Judge Ray Grubbs steps down

For months, the buzz around the Floyd County Courthouse said Circuit Judge Ray W. Grubbs would not seek reappointment to another eight year term on the bench. On Tuesday, Grubbs confirmed the buzz. He’s stepping down when his current term ends in March, ending a 16-year tenure on the bench. Like many retired judges, however,

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