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Hotdog! One million and counting

A local “mom and pop” business has reached a milestone in hot dog sales. Midway Grocery & Oil Co. has sold its millionth hot dog, and owner Eugene Duncan celebrated by giving away big prizes, including a $1,000 prize to the person who bought the record “dog”.

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Wednesday 05/04/2016
Floyd County Kids Fishing Day is Saturday
Updated: May 04, 2016 - 5:01 pm

The ninth annual Floyd County Kids Fishing Day is being held Saturday, May 7 at Thunderstruck, on Little River. Fishing hours are from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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Tuesday 05/03/2016
Town Council meets Thursday
Updated: May 03, 2016 - 3:28 pm

The Floyd Town Council meeting is set for Thursday, May 5 6:30 p.m. at W. Skip Bishop Town Hall.

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Floyd man moves 30-ton collection of electronics to Atlanta suburb
Posted: May 03, 2016

FLOYD — David Larsen, who taught electrical engineering for decades, began collecting electronics more than 40 years ago. The hobby eventually led to the creation of the Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum in the town.

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Monday 05/02/2016
Local agency asks residents to wear green in support of mental health awareness
Posted: May 02, 2016

NRVCS (New River Valley Community Services) is encouraging local residents to wear green on Friday, May 13 in support of mental health awareness. This activity coincides with the national observance of Mental Health Month.

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Sunday 05/01/2016
Floyd athlete to play in World Games
Posted: May 01, 2016

Mira Walker was first introduced to Ultimate Frisbee by her high school cross country track coach, Dawn Weeks, who organized pick-up games on athletes’ off-days.

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Saturday 04/30/2016
Advisors to prepare plans for restructuring Floyd County debt
Posted: April 30, 2016

Floyd County Supervisors Tuesday agreed to let financial advisors prepare dual plans to examine ways to restructure and refinance parts of the county’s debt, which totals $14.024 million: $8.02 million in the school system and $5.931 million in other county debt obligations.

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Thursday 04/28/2016
Teen Movie Night planned
Posted: April 28, 2016

The movie "Do You Believe?" will be shown at the Floyd Baptist Church fellowship hall at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.

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Second meeting on school facilities planned tonight at FES
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 9:39 am

A meeting at Check Elementary School last week was a starting point in a long process in determining public opinion in regard to school facilities. That opinion is important, said school superintendent Dr. Kevin Harris, who remarked, “Building consensus now may be just as important as building buildings.”

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
Drug Take Back Day is Saturday in Floyd
Posted: April 27, 2016

Floyd County will have its fourth Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the back parking lot of the courthouse.

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Tuesday 04/26/2016
After 33 years in prison for crime he didn't commit, Keith Harward adjusts to freedom, family, technology
Posted: April 26, 2016

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Keith Allen Harward enjoyed the laughter of children and the smell of water evaporating off sun-soaked asphalt as small boats were launched and hauled from nearby Oak Hollow Lake.

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Floyd County Supervisors meet tonight
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 8:50 am

The Floyd County Board of Supervisors will meet for its second regular meeting tonight at 7:00.

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Monday 04/25/2016
Internet and Child Safety event scheduled May 2
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 8:41 am

The Safe Surfin’ Foundation, leader in Internet safety education has teamed up with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Internet Crimes Against Children Officers to present a program to the public on the importance of protecting children from falling victim to online, sexual predators. The Internet and Child Safety event is scheduled for Monday, May 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Floyd County High School.

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Sunday 04/24/2016
NRV CARES plans Stewards of Children program
Posted: April 24, 2016

NRV CARES, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting children from abuse and strengthening families, is offering Stewards of Children: a community training on recognizing and responding to child sexual abuse. This event will be held in the Community Room of Jessie Peterman Memorial Library in Floyd on Friday, April 22nd, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Saturday 04/23/2016
Angels in the Attic: Making a difference
Posted: April 23, 2016

It’s about giving back to the community, said Board member Jim Shortt at the Volunteer Appreciation Event Sunday afternoon at Floyd Baptist Church’s fellowship hall. Recognized were the people who contribute their time and talents to the local Angels in the Attic ministry.

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Friday 04/22/2016
Music for the weekend in Floyd
Posted: April 22, 2016

Wildwood Farms General Store will feature on Saturday Trish Fore and the Dixie Wildcats from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Shareholder information for proposed bank merger in mail today
Updated: April 22, 2016 - 12:32 pm

A joint proxy and prospectus is being mailed out today to shareholders with Bank of Floyd and Grayson National Bank. The two banks announced in November 2015 they planned to merge and form one national bank with a new name.

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Thursday 04/21/2016
Plans for Bi-County Heritage Education Center unveiled
Posted: April 21, 2016

The directors of Blue Ridge Heritage, Inc. gave a presentation at Chateau Morrisette Winery on Saturday, April 16.

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Town Council met Wednesday
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 11:16 am

The Floyd Town Council met Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the W.Skip Bishop Town Hall. It was the second council meeting for the month.

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School supt. to talk about future building needs at Check Elementary tonight
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 2:29 pm

Dr. Kevin Harris, superintendent of Floyd County Public Schools, will talk about the division’s facilities and future building needs at Check Elementary School tonight.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
VDOF requests no burning at all
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 9:06 am

The Virginia Department of Forestry’s 4 p.m. burn law remains in effect until April 30, but the department is now asking that due to low humidity, high winds and warm temperatures there be no burning at all for the next several days.

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Tuesday 04/19/2016
Community giving day in NRV aims for new marks
Posted: April 19, 2016

Jessica Wirgau’s hope is that a single day this week will bolster the bank accounts of many New River Valley nonprofits.

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Monday 04/18/2016
In Floyd, fiber to fuel faster speeds
Updated: April 18, 2016 - 4:29 pm

FLOYD – Laurel Brooke notices something different now whenever she pulls up some of her favorite shows on Netflix.

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Sunday 04/17/2016
Friendship found through exchange program to continue
Posted: April 17, 2016

In just a couple of months, exchange student Greta Hallmann will be returning to Berlin, Germany. Her new friend in Floyd, Virginia, Brittany Belcher, is also making plans for the trip.

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Saturday 04/16/2016
Floyd County Supervisors approve six-year road plan
Posted: April 16, 2016

A safety-oriented sidewalk that will run from Floyd County High School to Woods Gap Road and then on to downtown, and long-requested road improvements cited by speakers at a recent public hearing gained approval of Floyd County Supervisors Tuesday.

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Friday 04/15/2016
Full weekend of music in Floyd
Posted: April 15, 2016

Wildwood Farms General Store will feature The Marshall Brothers and High Road on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. A cruise-in will be held on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. All pickers are welcome for a music jam on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Blue Ridge Music Center announces 2016 Summer Concert Season
Posted: April 15, 2016

Galax, VA - Beginning May 28, the Blue Ridge Music Center will welcome a stellar lineup of musicians to the venue at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway for the 2016 Roots of American Music Concert Series. The season continues most Saturdays through September, and includes two fall heritage performances in October.

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Thursday 04/14/2016
Floyd/Floyd County Parks and Recreation Authority looks to expand
Posted: April 14, 2016

The Recreation Authority is looking for better things ahead. That comes with a higher price tag.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Floyd County Sheriff schedules his first community meeting
Posted: April 13, 2016

Floyd County Sheriff Brian Craig has set his first community meeting for Monday, April 25.

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Tuesday 04/12/2016
Floyd County Supervisors: no tax increase
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 2:41 pm

After discussing a budget deficit that is now reaching $336,000, Floyd County Supervisors, by consensus today, unanimously decided not to increase taxes. They will continue to look for ways to trim the existing budget or balance it by tapping the county’s stabilization fund.

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Monday 04/11/2016
Plenty! having community lunch, tour in support of Foundation's GiveBigNRV campaign
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 3:05 pm

Next week on April 20th, Plenty! is holding two separate events in support of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley GiveBigNRV campaign. Plenty! welcomes all of their friends and neighbors to come out and support its mission to help feed hungry neighbors in Floyd County.

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Sunday 04/10/2016
'You need to go on an adventure here'
Posted: April 10, 2016

Alison Lynch has always gravitated toward restaurants. Even when she was a teacher, she would pick up shifts working tables on the weekend. As a college student, it was a good way to help with expenses.

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Saturday 04/09/2016
9th Republicans pick delegates for RNC
Posted: April 09, 2016

Billed by many political watchers as the bellwether of what Virginia will ultimately send to Ohio this summer, the gathering of the GOP at George Wythe High School didn’t disappoint.

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Supervisors send budget back to Floyd County School Board
Posted: April 09, 2016

Floyd County Supervisors, after spending much of their time Tuesday morning discussing school budget practices, decided they have three options to deal with a deficit of nearly $300,000: raise taxes, pull funds out of stockpiled funds or tell the school system to delay planned salary hikes until December – six months into the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

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Friday 04/08/2016
STOMP holds community meeting
Posted: April 08, 2016

“There’s a war on drugs in Floyd,” said Judge Marcus Long at the public STOMP (Standing Together to Overcome Meth Problem) meeting recently at the Floyd County High cafeteria.

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Thursday 04/07/2016
Virginia Supreme Court declares Floyd County sailor innocent of murder, rape in 1982 case
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 3:27 pm

The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday granted a writ of actual innocence to Keith Allen Harward, tossing out the convictions against the former sailor wrongly convicted of the 1982 slaying of a Newport News man and the rape of his wife.

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Floyd County High School teenager fighting serious disease; benefit planned Saturday
Posted: April 07, 2016

With several troubling symptoms bothering her, Caytie Rupe traveled to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville to get some answers. It also happened to be her 18th birthday.

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Empty Bowls event is this Sunday
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Local residents can help school children in Floyd County who receive free or reduced meals by attending New River Community Action’s (NRCA) annual Empty Bowls event Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Floyd County High School. Empty Bowls supports NRCA’s Floyd County Backpack Program, which provides food for the weekend for enrolled children.

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
Va. Attorney General agrees Keith Harward innocent of 1982 rape and murder
Posted: April 06, 2016

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is asking the Virginia Supreme Court to act as quickly as possible to exonerate Keith Allen Harward of a 1982 murder and rape in Newport News which recent DNA testing shows was committed by another former sailor.

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Monday 04/04/2016
33 years after Floyd County arrest, cold hit implicates another in 1982 rape-murder
Updated: April 04, 2016 - 4:02 pm

DNA implicates a career criminal in the rape of a Newport News woman and the murder of her husband more than three decades ago and conclusively proves the innocence of his former Navy shipmate wrongly convicted of the crimes, according to the imprisoned man’s lawyers.

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Sunday 04/03/2016
SustainFloyd to screen 'Just Eat It'
Posted: April 03, 2016

It’s a shocking statistic: The U.S. throws away nearly 50% of its food in the trash. SustainFloyd’s Spring Film Series will tackle the American penchant for wasteful behavior, when it shows the fascinating documentary “Just Eat It” on Wednesday evening, April 6th at 6:30 p.m. at The Floyd Country Store. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for a potluck dinner preceding the movie. All are invited to bring a dish.

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Saturday 04/02/2016
Floyd County Supervisors looking for balance between projected budget and revenue
Posted: April 02, 2016

Floyd County Supervisors, in their latest budget “work session,” closed in on a final budget Tuesday with a projected deficit of $242,865.

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Friday 04/01/2016
Scam is no April Fool's joke
Updated: April 04, 2016 - 1:56 pm

On a day when people are accustomed to pranks, the scammers are also striking.

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Floyd County Public Schools, June Bug Center partner in lab space
Posted: April 01, 2016

A new space with a dual purpose is opening in April at the June Bug Center in Floyd.

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Thursday 03/31/2016
Floyd County students hear about the dangers of drugs
Posted: March 31, 2016

Floyd’s STOMP program –Standing Together to Overcome the Meth Problem—held assemblies for Floyd County High School students last Thursday. The group’s focus on battling methamphetamine was expanded to include other forms of drugs and addictions.

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Free tax assistance available through VITA
Updated: April 01, 2016 - 11:45 am

Was your household income less than $54,000 in 2015? If you said yes, you’re eligible to have your taxes prepared free by trained volunteers.

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
Floyd County School Board approves proposed budget
Posted: March 30, 2016

After hearing from only one speaker Tuesday night, the Floyd County School Board approved a proposed $22.2 million school budget for the 2016-2017 school year. The budget calls for a 2 percent pay increase for all employees.

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Ace in the hole: Designer helps students with class project
Posted: March 30, 2016

A Floyd County High School class project is getting a professional look, thanks to the help of a local business.

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Tuesday 03/29/2016
STOMP having community meeting tonight at high school
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 10:00 am

STOMP’s community meeting will be held at the Floyd County High School cafeteria tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A free dinner and drinks will be provided for those on a tight schedule.

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Monday 03/28/2016
Public hearing on proposed school budget is Tuesday
Updated: March 29, 2016 - 1:22 pm

A draft $22.2 million budget proposal reviewed by Floyd County School Board members last week calls for a 2 percent pay increase for all employees. A hearing on the proposed budget is set for Tuesday, March 29.

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