1st and 10 Camp Tour: Floyd County ready to show experience and intensity in 2022
Our 1st and 10 Camp Tour rolls on to Floyd County where Winfred Beale is entering his 42nd season as head coach. The Buffaloes went 6-5 in the fall, with the senior class having played 18 weeks of games in 2021. They used a complete offseason to their advantage, and are ready to show that hard work pays off this fall.
FloydFest announces new musical lineup, COVID-19 safety plan
FloydFest tweeted the news on Thursday saying that Sturgill Simpson had a different opportunity he couldn’t get out of. They also said they’re excited to welcome Billy Strings to the lineup. “We’ve all been away from live music experiences now for well over a year. And if we can do that and we’re going to do that, that’s going to be the marquee,” said Sam Calhoun, the COO of Across-the-Way Productions and FloydFest. AdFloydFest also posted its COVID-19 safety plan, which includes temperature screenings at each entrance, sanitizing surfaces, mask-wearing, social distancing and more.
Billy Strings replaces Sturgill Simpson for FloydFest lineup
“When one door closes, another swings wide open...”That’s what FloydFest organizers said about a change to the upcoming festival lineup, with Billy Strings replacing Sturgill Simpson. Here’s a statement from Simpson:“Unfortunately we are no longer going to be able to perform this year at FloydFest due to unexpected and unforeseen circumstances. FloydFest is a great independent festival and we highly encourage everyone to attend even though we cannot be there with you. See you on and down the road very soon.”Billy Strings won this year’s Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album and was Billboard’s top artist of 2020 for both bluegrass categories. FloydFest 21 ~Odyssey is set for July 21 through 25, and tickets are available now.
Thousands without power across southwest, central Virginia
Appalachian Power customers out of power on Feb. 16Thousands are still without power across southwest and central Virginia as the region braces for more winter weather Thursday. Below is a breakdown of local counties covered by Appalachian Power and the number of outages they’re experiencing:Bedford: 93Campbell: 437Floyd: 2,163Franklin: 2,887Henry: 1,114Patrick: 208Pittsylvania: 658Roanoke: 626Below is a breakdown of local counties covered by Mecklenburg Electric:Halifax: 2,602Pittsylvania: 2,070Danville Utilities is reporting 4,699 outages.
Floyd County experiences snow, freezing temperatures from winter storm
FLOYD, Va. – A snowstorm blanketed the New River Valley Wednesday night, and Floyd County experienced every aspect of winter’s wrath. Some sections of Floyd County received up to five inches of snow, and blowing snow caused a problem on some roads the day after the storm. The area is in the crosshairs of another projected winter storm set to hover over Virginia on Sunday. He said he does not mind the snow as much as others, but he is already looking forward to the end of winter. “When winter first hits, we’re always really excited for the snow, but as time goes on, we also get ready for the spring,” Ryker said.
Tasty Tuesday: Cocoa Mia brings homemade, international treats to Floyd County
FLOYD, Va. – At Cocoa Mia , experience is everything. Jennifer explains that, “It’s very dependent on temperature and humidity.”It’s the technique, expertise and finesse that helpline this Floyd County shop with truffles, bars and homemade mixes . It’s a chocolate mint that we get out of our garden,” says Gray. This time happens to be the best time of year to get chocolate since Valentine’s Day isn’t far away. The couple says they’ll be selling, “Little packages for truffles and candy bars that we make.”
New year, new goals: Learn to play traditional music of the region
Handmade Music School, located inside Floyd Country Store, believes with more time at home what better time to pick up a new instrument. The school usually sees an uptick in interest in lessons and workshops at the start of the year. From the fiddle to the banjo and even the mandolin, Handmade Music School teaches the region’s traditional music, oftentimes on locally handmade instruments. Continuing lessons and workshops amidst a pandemic is special to Handmade Musical School because it’s supporting musicians. Learning to play a new instrument can be a little intimidating but Small doesn’t want that to stop anyone interested.
Floyd Little, Syracuse and Broncos great, dies at 78
FILE - In this Sept.1969 file photo, Denver Broncos' Floyd Little avoids the tackle of New York Jets' Steve O'Neal (20) during a football game in Denver. Little, the Hall of Fame running back who starred at Syracuse and for the Denver Broncos, has died. (AP Photo/File)DENVER – Floyd Little, the versatile running back who starred at Syracuse and for the Denver Broncos, has died after a long bout with cancer. “So, I supposedly saved the franchise.”Little was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. “Floyd Little was a true hero of the game," said David Baker, president and CEO of the pro hall.
Floyd County woman buys bulletproof vests for Montgomery County K-9s
Laurel Gellazuski, of Floyd, bought two bulletproof vests for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. – Two K-9s keeping us safe are now a bit safer themselves. On Tuesday, Laurel Galaszewski and her husband, Barry Turner, of Pilot, donated two bulletproof vests to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Maxx, who is 2 years old, and Archin, who is 3 ½ years old, will receive the vests, which are made to stop 9mm rounds, as well as .357 Magnum bullets. The cost of both vests was $2,067.
Floyd County head football coach honored with a field in his name
FLOYD, Va. – In July, Floyd County’s school board met to honor two longtime coaches at the high school by renaming their respective “offices.”Winfred Beale, the head coach for Floyd County High School’s football team, is entering is 39th year at the school. And what a better way to celebrate nearly four decades at a school than having your home turf named after you? The field will be renamed to Coach Beale Field, which the coach said surprised him. “Humbly happy, surprised, just grateful. The fans, parents, really good peoples well as their businesses, I’m just really glad to be in a place like Floyd, Virginia.”
The stores having a hard time: Group hopes to raise $60,000 for Floyd Country Store
FLOYD, Va. The banjos and fiddles are quiet at the Floyd Country Store this summer. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the famous Friday Night Jamborees are on hold. And thats what the store depends on, is the shopping and the restaurant sales, to be able to keep it going. So in the absence of that, the stores having a hard time, said Lydeana Martin with Friends of the Floyd Country Store. Martin said sales were down about 80% for the first two months after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted lockdowns and stay-at-home orders.
Remains found in Virginia landfill in 1986 identified as woman who could have local ties
Human remains that were found in a Virginia landfill in 1986 were identified this week as a woman who may have ties to a local area. Chesterfield County Police announced on Wednesday the remains belong to Christy Lynn Floyd, who was 16 and living in Richmond when she disappeared. Chesterfield County Police worked with OCME and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science to identify the woman. Part of the womans remains were sent to a private forensic lab in Florida, which developed a DNA profile of the woman. Police said the company created a composite that depicted what the unknown woman may have looked like at 25 years old.
Ex-cop's video captures crowd's horror during Floyd arrest
MINNEAPOLIS Newly released body-camera video from a third officer involved in George Floyds arrest captures for the first time the growing horror of onlookers who repeatedly pleaded with the officers to get off Floyd. The video made available Thursday comes from fired Officer Tou Thao, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of Floyd, a handcuffed Black man. Floyd died after a white officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes on a south Minneapolis street May 25 as Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe. That footage, along with Thao's video, shows Floyd pleading with the officers as they struggle to place him in the squad car in the moments before his death. Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe and called out for his mother before passing out.
Barr to condemn rioting at much-anticipated House hearing
FILE - In this March 23, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room in Washington. Barr is scheduled to appear for the first time before the House Judiciary Committeeon Tuesday, July 28. Massive but peaceful demonstrations had followed Floyd's death in May. But he will also condemn Americans who he says have responded inappropriately to Floyd's death through what he said was rioting and anarchy. Barr also pushed for a more lenient sentence for another Trump ally, Roger Stone, prompting the entire trial team's departure.
Virginia lawmakers press law enforcement officials on police reform, accountability
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Ahead of a special Virginia General Assembly session in August on police reform, the first of three joint House committee meetings were held Wednesday. During the Joint Meeting of Courts of Justice and Public Safety Committees on Wednesday morning, lawmakers pushed for transparency and accountability when it comes to citizen complaints and misconduct investigations. Law enforcement talked about the importance of accreditation, training and body-worn cameras. As lawmakers put lead law enforcement officials in the hot seat looking to make change, Hall said that those changes have to be specific and actionable. “I think we have to be very careful in trying to understand what we’re trying to accomplish,” said Hall.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler, players kneel during anthem
San Francisco Giants' manager Gabe Kapler kneels during the national anthem prior to an exhibition baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler and several of his players knelt during the national anthem before Monday night's exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics. Kapler, beginning his first season managing the Giants after two disappointing years guiding the Phillies, didn't discuss his plans to kneel in a pregame session with media members. Kapler has been outspoken about social injustice and racial issues and athletes' roles in helping spur positive change. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racial inequality and police mistreatment of minorities. Former A's catcher Bruce Maxwell in 2017 became the first major leaguer to kneel for the anthem since Kaepernick began his silent protest.
Backpacking with Brooke: Buffalo Mountain
WILLIS, Va. Buffalo Mountain is a 2.2 mile loop just outside of Floyd that offers gorgeous 360 degree views from its peak. Youll park in the lot for Buffalo Mountain Nature Preserve. After about 15 minutes youll start to see a little ridge through the trees. At about half a mile youll hit the first traverse. On the way back, we took the Ridge Trail, which loops back to the parking area.
Betts: Baseball didn't do good job with response to Floyd
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts, center, and center fielder Cody Bellinger, right, chat during the restart of baseball spring training Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. MLB was the last of the major pro sports leagues that either responded to Floyd's death or condemned racism. I think baseball did not do a good job with that, but voices were heard, Betts said Monday on a video conference call with reporters. Obviously, MLB can help, Betts said, but I think its on us, as in the Black players, and kind of make baseball cool because I think thats where the disconnect is. I just don't want us to lose the traction, the momentum, the conversations that we've had over the last month.
Two banjo lengths apart: Floyd Country Store moves famous Jamboree outside
FLOYD, VA. – It wouldn’t be a summer in Floyd with the famous Friday Night Jamboree, but hundreds of people packed inside the Floyd Country Store just isn’t possible right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So after moving the show online, they’ve changed things up again to try to get people back to the music. There’s pickin’ and dancing and a whole lot of fun in downtown Floyd on Friday. Even if things looked a little different than they usually do, Floyd Country Store owner Dylan Locke said the show must go on. The weekly Friday Night Jamboree is usually inside, but Locke had to cancel it due to the pandemic.
Million-dollar lottery ticket sold in Floyd
FLOYD COUNTY, Va. Check your glove compartments a ticket from Tuesdays Mega Millions drawing was purchased in Floyd, and is worth $1 million. According to lottery officials, the winning ticket was bought at the Food Lion at 350 West Main Street in Floyd with the winning numbers 6-20-37-40-48. The only number they missed was the mega ball number, which was 15. The ticket was reportedly the only one nationwide to match the first five numbers in Tuesday nights drawing. No ticket in Virginia or anywhere else across the country matched all six numbers, so the jackpot grows to around $44 million for Friday nights drawing.
Backpacking with Brooke: Rocky Knob Trail
FLOYD, Va. – Rocky Knob Trail is a 2.3 out and back located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We parked at the Rocky Knob campground area, which is closed, so we pulled onto the grass. You’ll head through the fat man squeeze and lock the gate back behind you. The sign will direct you right to the Rocky Knob Overlook, and we started on our way. he first fork in the trail you’ll head right, and a few meters later, there’s another one where you’ll go left.
AP changes writing style to capitalize b'' in Black
The Associated Press changed its writing style guide Friday to capitalize the b in the term Black when referring to people in a racial, ethnic or cultural context, weighing in on a hotly debated issue. He said the decision followed more than two years of research and debate among AP journalists and outside groups and thinkers. The AP said it expects to make a decision within a month on whether to capitalize the term white. The Seattle Times and Boston Globe both changed their practices to capitalize Black late last year. Lanham, who spearheaded an internal process to capitalize Black at Brookings last year, said he expects AP's shift will lead many other news organizations and other groups to make a similar change.
Body camera video could offer more detail in Floyd encounter
A video camera, when properly authenticated, is an eye witness. The widely seen video recorded by a bystander shows Chauvins actions and Floyds anguish as he gasps for air. Body camera videos are not expected to be made public until a trial or until the cases are otherwise resolved. In the Floyd case, Bruce Gordon, a spokesman for the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, confirmed that body camera video captured portions of the incident. Mel Reeves, a longtime community activist in Minneapolis, said he doesn't think the body camera video will matter because the bystander video should be enough to convict the officers.
People rally in Floyd County to save Confederate monuments
FLOYD, Va. – As pressure continues mounting to remove Confederate monuments across Virginia, some people in our area are taking a stand for what they say is local history. Like we saw over the Confederate flag debate a few years ago, people are rallying to save the monuments. Confederate flags flapped in the wind on Thursday night in front of the Floyd County Courthouse. We’re here to save our heritage, our history, trying to save it and put it down through generation after generation," Tucker said. It’s got all the battles on the bottom of the monument, both wins and losses, it’s an important part of history," Armstrong said.
Historical figures reassessed around globe after Floyd death
People stand around the fallen Christopher Columbus statue at the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, June 10, 2020. In Bristol, England, demonstrators over the weekend toppled a statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston and threw it in the harbor. On Wednesday night, protesters pulled down a century-old statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the Confederacy. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, who has proposed dismantling all Confederate statues in the city, asked protesters not to take matters into their own hands for their own safety. Andrew Cuomo, who is Italian American, said he opposes removal of a statue of Columbus in Manhattans Columbus Circle.
Floyd Country Store displays four letter message to hurting world
FLOYD, Va. – The Floyd Country Store unveiled a new window display to spread a four-letter message, sending love from the heart of Floyd. Right now, there are pictures in the storefront windows that spell out L-O-V-E. Each letter is made up of pictures taken inside. While the pandemic has shut down the usual Friday night music and dancing gatherings, the owners said it’s the perfect message for a hurting world. It's leaving their differences at the door and it's celebrating life in simple ways like playing music, dancing, having conversations, eating good food and that's what we represent at the Floyd County Store,” said Dylan Locke, Floyd Country Store owner. Locke said the Blue Ridge Mountains staple started working on the store front in response to COVID-19, but it has taken on a whole new meaning.
CrossFit founder, dropped by Reebok, apologizes about tweet
SILVER SPRING, Md. SILVER SPRING, Md.The founder of CrossFit is apologizing for a Twitter post he made about racial inequality protests after Reebok cut ties with his company. Our partnership with CrossFit HQ comes to an end later this year," Reebok told the AP. Recently, we have been in discussions regarding a new agreement, however, in light of recent events, we have made the decision to end our partnership with CrossFit HQ. We will fulfill our remaining contractual obligations in 2020.Glassman, through his company's Twitter account, wrote, I, CrossFit HQ, and the CrossFit community will not stand for racism.
Biden promises police changes without stripping funding
But spokesman Andrew Bates added that Biden does not believe that police should be defunded, as some Minneapolis authorities are pursuing locally and some activists are demanding nationally. The former vice president was in Houston on Monday to meet privately with Floyds family ahead of his funeral. Biden supports the urgent need for reform -- including funding for public schools, summer programs, and mental health and substance abuse treatment separate from funding for policing -- so that officers can focus on the job of policing, Bates said. Specifically, he calls for a $300 million infusion into existing federal community policing grant programs. The measure included federal money for the kind of community policing Biden champions, but it also helped states build more prisons and toughened federal sentencing laws in ways that Biden and others now acknowledge disproportionately hurt black and other nonwhite defendants.
Asia Today: South Korea's cases surpass 50 for 2nd day
Queensland state police community liaison officers hand out face masks to people gathering for the Black Lives Matter protest in Brisbane on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Black Lives Matter protests across Australia proceeded mostly peacefully Saturday as thousands of demonstrators in state capitals honored the memory of Floyd and protested the deaths of indigenous Australians in custody. South Koreas caseload peaked in late February and early March when it recorded hundreds of new cases each day. The new cases in recent weeks have been linked to nightclubs, an e-commerce warehouse, church gatherings and door-to-door sellers in the Seoul metropolitan area. It is on guard against imported cases as it begins to ease restrictions on flights and people arriving from abroad.
Woods speaks out for 1st time since George Floyd's death
Tiger Woods is speaking out for the first time since George Floyds death, saying his heart goes out to Floyd, his family and everyone who is hurting right now. The 44-year-old golfer broke his silence with a statement on his Twitter account Monday night. I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement, Woods said. His death sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the country, some of which became violent. We can make our points without burning the very neighborhoods we live in, Woods said.
Floyd Country Store takes its jamboree online due to coronavirus shutdown
“Well I tell you what, social distancing is not in the dictionary for the Floyd Country Store,” owner Dylan Locke said. The Friday Night Jamboree at the country store is a staple, but no match for the virus shut down. “Music is the best thing in the world, and music and dancing is what the Floyd Country Store people coming together week after week," Locke said. “It’s been hard for the community that surrounds the Floyd Country Store, so we’re trying to hang in there and stay positive and can’t wait for the day we can all get back together again," Locke said. You can watch the jamborees on the Floyd Country Store’s Facebook page.
Floyd County has 0 confirmed coronavirus cases, despite VDH saying it does
FLOYD COUNTY, Va. – Despite the Virginia Department of Health claiming someone in Floyd County has a confirmed case of the coronavirus, that is not true. The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office posted to its Facebook page on Thursday afternoon to set the record straight. VDH uses zip codes to determine people’s addresses, but this system has led to errors when mapping locations for confirmed cases. Of those 11, eight are shared between Floyd County and the surrounding areas. Even with zero confirmed cases of the virus in Floyd County, Craig said that people should still follow the proper social distancing safety protocols.