New Year and shutting down

Department store closings, a big part of changes in buying by consumers, hit stores where Amy and I used to shop. Embattled retailer Macy’s took over the retail chain where Amy worked as a buyer in the 1990s in the Washington, DC, area, and is closing their Landmark Mall store in Alexandria and the anchor […]

An unemployed press cannot do its job

Sadness and time for reflection this weekend.  Two more of my longtime friends lost their jobs in newspapers. Both came to work at their papers Friday morning to computer-generated notices telling them to turn in their photo equipment and ID cards at the end of the day and take any personal belongings home when they […]

Dex departing Floyd County

Dex, the truck recycling subsidiary of Volvo that has occupied the shell building in Floyd County’s Commerce Park since 2006, is leaving and relocating to North Carolina — a double-whammy that comes on the heels of loss of the anchor tenant for the new Innovation Center scheduled to open this fall. Dex company officials announced […]

The joys of living small

Karl and Hari Berzins came to Floyd after their restaurant in Orlando, Florida went bust in the recession and they decided that downsizing and living smaller was better in surviving life. Determined to live within their means, they bought three wooded acres and built their own eight by twelve house with 336 square feet and […]