Tag: Virginia

Longtime Sheriff Zeman is retiring

The Floyd Press this morning confirms a story that has been circulating to some in the country:  Sheriff Shannon Zeman is retiring when his current term expires at the end of next year. Editor Wanda Combs interviewed Zeman this week and provides an excellant report on the Sheriff’s decision to end his long and successful

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Into the darkness without power

Update: At 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night, 3,495 customers of Appalachian Power Company remained without power. That figure topped the list of outages for the area.  Montgomery County was second with 1,506 and Carroll County third at 1,253.  Throughout Southwestern Virginia, the outages totaled 8,150. At 6:50 p.m., Floyd County had more than 62 percent of

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Ed Gillespie concedes defeat in Senate race

Virginia Republican Senate challenger Ed Gillespie conceded defeat to Democratic incumbent Mark Warner Friday after the latest vote totals showed a margin of more than 16,000 votes. The vote margin put Warner’s victory close to the one percent mark and while that would have allowed Gillespie the right to request a recount, any margin of

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Bob McDonnell’s incredible tales

When discussion gets around to the incredible tales told by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in his corruption trial in Richmond, most observers say he is either canny or stupid. Few, if any, say he is innocent.  The general conclusion is that the governor who is throwing his wife under the bus to try and

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Virginia’s relentless rabid right

Virginia’s often raucous Republican Party is under fire — not from liberals, not from Democrats but from themselves. Bolstered by the defeat of former GOP House of Representatives leader Eric Cantor and nominations for top state offices last year that sent Republicans down in defeat, the rabid right-wing wants to expand its control of the

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Bob McDonnell’s ‘do-nothing’ record

Former, scandal-scarred Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell went on the witness stand for his defense Wednesday and said he really didn’t do “all that much” to help Star Scientific, the company where the CEO lavished he and his wife with more than $170,000 in gifts, cash and loans. McDonnell might actually be telling the truth in

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Separating church from state

Circuit clerks throughout Virginia, recognizing — in some cases reluctantly — that gay marriage is destined to become the law of the land, are getting ready for an influx of applications after an expected favorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week denied motions for a stay

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McDonnell’s defense starts

As the defense tries to find a way to absolve former scandal-ridden governor Bob McDonnell of exchanging favors for loans, cash and gifts from a high-rolling dietary supplement wheeler-deeler, a federal agent documents shows the governor and his wife pulled down more than $177,000 in largese from the scheme. Jonnie R. Williams Sr. provided some

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Another Va. GOP bigot

The Virginia Republican treasurer with a passion for bigotry and insults resigned from his position Wednesday but refused to apologize for his racist remarks. “It seems that no matter how careful I might be, I will periodically give consideration for others to portray the party in a bad light, as long as I am a

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