When a tornado strikes

To fully understand the wrath of one of Mother Nature‘s tornadoes, you need to walk along South Jefferson Street in Pulaski and look at the carnage left by the F2 twister that struck the town 10 days ago on April 8. Twisted metal, destroyed homes and shattered lives line the street and the storm left […]

I am, therefore I ride

The brisk wind cut through my leathers with sharp cold as I wheeled my Harley Super Glide out of the garage early Sunday morning for the 10-mile ride to Slate Mountain Presbyterian Church. I decided to take the bike and brave the cold so I could get a jump start on the day following church. […]

It doesn't get much better

[slide] Cool, crisp October morning. Still dark as I back the Harley out of the garage and head towards Floyd for an early-morning stop at the Floyd County Rescue Squad Station 1 for breakfast and generous helpings of ham, bacon, gravy biscuits, eggs and coffee from the buffet, accentuated by always welcome conversation. Then to […]

Mt. Airy: Tough times for Mayberry

A mule-drawn wagon charges tourists $5 a head for a tour of Mt. Airy, North Carolina — Andy Griffith’s home town and the inspiration for Mayberry, the fictional town where Andy Taylor — Griffith’s character in the long-running television series — served as sheriff. But Griffith left Mt. Airy long ago, his show fades in […]

FloydFest 9 is a mountain happening

[slide] FloydFest 9 kicked off Thursday amid the heat and humidity of the hills just inside Patrick County just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Now firmly established as part of the national festival scene, FloydFest is more than a four-day music event. It’s an instant community that brings another national spotlight on the area. The […]