Tag: Southwestern Virginia

FloydFest kicks off a busy weekend for the area

FloydFest 18,, “Wild” kicks off Wednesday for a five-day run on the site just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 170.5. The annual extravaganza brings thousands to our rural area of Southwestern Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains with music, food, vendors and attractions that has grown over the years since beginning in 2002.

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Great days for road trips on a motorcycle

Monday completed three days of shameless motorcycling around Southwestern Virginia. On each day, forecasted rain either never appeared and waited until late in the day and that gave me a chance to put some miles on our Can-Am, the three-wheeled Canadian built from a company known for producing jet-skis and ATV’s. Saturday brought errands and

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Rain? OK. Freezing Rain? Hold On. Let’s Talk

This winter season’s rollercoaster ride continues over the next 72 hours with temperatures already approaching 60 degrees this morning and perhaps even 70 by day’s end with a low of 58 overnight, then 60s Friday with rain before plummeting to freezing Friday night followed by freezing rain and worse Saturday. Then back to the early

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Needed rain from a hurricane

It took a hurricane to bring needed wet weather to Southwestern Virginia this weekend with a soaking rain relieving the dry conditions starting Saturday night and into Sunday. Hurricane Nate swept through the area at a rapid (for hurricanes) 28 miles per hour with its heaviest downpours Sunday evening, along with gusting winds up to

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Labor Day weekend: Music and more

Labor Day Weekend 2017 arrives and officially starts Friday in and around Floyd County and Southwestern Virginia. The Floyd Radio Show returns after its summer break with music, skits and more at the Floyd County Store at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. In Hillsville, the large crowds arrive at the annual Flea Market and Gun Show Friday

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It’s FloydFest week

FloydFest 2017 arrives this week, bringing music fans from around the world to this corner of Southwestern Virginia. With campers arriving in force Wednesday and music beginning at 5:00 p.m. with Mad Iguana on the Pink Floyd Garden Stage, the festival kicks off five days of music and activities. Weather for the five days looks

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More laws in Floyd County. Why?

Floyd County does not have a law requiring owners of pets to be on a leash when out in public.  Dogs, in particular, are free to run where they want, bark whenever the mood strikes, and galavant throughout the county. It’s been more than a decade since consideration of a proposed leash law in Floyd

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A welcome return for Rick Boucher

Rick Boucher, the Democrat who represented much of Southwestern Virginia in Congress for 28 years before losing in a GOP takeover eight years ago, received a standing ovation when he appeared at the “Acres of Democrats” gathering for the party at the Eco-Village in Floyd Sunday. Boucher represented the Ninth District of Virginia from 1983

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A snowy President’s Day

The snow was less than a foot, less than half a foot in some areas by Monday afternoon and nothing was falling from the sky in most parts of Floyd County around 2:00 p.m. But the storm is not over as rain, part of it freezing, is expected to fall overnight Monday and will make

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A snowfall, not a blizzard

Winter storm Jonas wasn’t a blizzard here in Southwestern Virginia. It wasn’t even close. Most of the snowfalls in and around Floyd County came in short of a foot on the ground during the height of the Friday snowfall and the 1-4 inches that might fall Saturday will leave the area far short of the

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