More jobs lost in Southwest Virginia

More job losses for The Roanoke Times, my first daily newspaper gig back in the 1960s. In August, the paper will move its printing operations to Lynchburg, where it will be printed by the News & Advance press.  Print advertising inserts of sale items will be handled by The Richmond Times Dispatch.  Both papers, like […]

Saying goodbye to Bill Richardson

We lost Bill Richardson, fiddle player and a founding member of The Jugbusters, a Bluegrass and traditional music band that was an area favorite and a regular at The Friday Night Jamboree. Fiddler and Roanoke Times reporter Mike Gangloff wrote a an incredible sendoff to Bill for The Roanoke Times this week, telling the touching […]

Losing a newspaper’s voice

Joe Kennedy welcomed me back into the region in 2004 when Amy and I left Washington, DC, after 23 years and relocated high up on a hill on Floyd County. “I hear you were one if us back in the day,” he said on a phone call out of the blue not long I began […]

The Floyd Free Press?

The Roanoke Times got around to the Pizza Inn sales tax story Friday but made an interesting error in telling it. According to The Times, the story emerged in “The Floyd Free Press.” The Floyd Free what?  Sounds like one of those alternative weeklies that one finds in big cities.  OK, we also have the […]

Oh, the words people say

My apologies to the late songwriter-singer Joe South, who died of a heart attack in 2012, for paraphrasing the opening lyrics to one of his famous hits