Tourism: Old as the hills around here

Interestingly, and sometimes controversially, tourism and the attention of traveling visitors are issues treated as things recent for Floyd County and the environs of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. But tourism, as an active part of the county, goes back to well before the turn of the current century and can be found […]

Curtis Turner named to NASCAR Hall of Fame

“If you feel like you’re in control (of your car), you ain’t going fast enough,” Floyd County’s Curtis Turner would say. That quote is often attributed to Mario Andretti, Indycar and Formula One champion, who stole it from Turner early in his career.

No Hall of Fame spot yet for Curtis Turner

Floyd County native Curtis Turner accomplished many things on and off the track in his NASCAR career but fell short, once again, in balloting for a place in the racing series’ Hall of Fame in Charlotte. Danville’s Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver in NASCAR, made it, along with Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen and two-time […]

Mother’s Day: Ethel McPeak Thompson Bolt

My mother died on August 28, 2012, at age 88.  She passed quietly in her sleep at an assisted living facility in Pulaski County, where she had lived for the final years of her life.  When it became obvious the day before that the end was near, I sat at our bedside through the night, […]