The misinformation super highway

The misinformation super highway

The dangers of pulling misinformation off the Internet and using it in a public venue surfaced Tuesday at the regular monthly meeting of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors. A county resident who spoke during the public comment period presented the supervisors with...
Bye-bye Borders

Bye-bye Borders

Borders died quietly last month, closing the last locations of the once-giant retail chain that dominated the bookstore business. The demise of Borders went largely unnoticed in these parts because we didn’t have Borders stores in either the Roanoke or New River...
Coal, wind and environmental irony

Coal, wind and environmental irony

Stopped by the Floyd Country Store Thursday night to watch The Electricity Fairy, a 2010 documentary on the battle over approval and construction of a coal-fired power plant in Wise County. While the 52-minute film by director Tom Hansell has a clear anti-coal point...
Abandoned towns and shattered dreams

Abandoned towns and shattered dreams

Any tour of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky or West Virginia seems like a trip through a fading past.  As I cruise the back roads and byways of our region, the rumble of my Harley’s exhausts too often echo off abandoned buildings, empty shells and...