Alison Parker & Adam Ward deserved more

Like so much of his life, the name Vester Lee Flanagan II used as a broadcast reporter during his 11 months at WDBJ television in Roanoke was a phony.  He called himself Bryce Williams and there was, in the words of one former WDBJ reporter “something not right with him.” He fought with cameramen, tried […]

Labor Day? Just another work day

Is Labor Day just another work day or really a holiday? That depends. For banks, government workers (local, state and federal) and many corporate offices, the first Monday of September is a day to relax, fire up the grill and hit the water. But for many others, it’s just another day at work. Retail offices, […]

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 […]

Harsh, economic realities at Smith Mountain Lake

In the go-go days earlier in this decade, Smith Mountain Lake stood proud as the poster child for conspicuous economic consumption with million dollar homes, six-figure speedboats and a lavish lifestyle that revolved around good times, easy credit and stretched finances. But the economic recession brought reality to the lifestyle of the not-so-rich and more […]