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Allen sentenced in bank fraud case

Paul D. Allen, the 53-year-old British-born promoter who used a fabricated data center created on the Internet to try and lure investors to such a purported center promised for Floyd County’s Commerce Park, was sentenced in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, June 29 to four years and three months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in fines and restitutions in a bank fraud case. Allen also faces deportation back to England after his prison sentence is served without parole.

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Monday 07/06/2015
Veterans' families get college discount
Posted: July 06, 2015

Children and spouses of military veterans may now qualify for a dramatic reduction in tuition and fees at state-supported colleges and universities.

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Sunday 07/05/2015
4-H'ers invited to register for day camps in Floyd
Posted: July 05, 2015

The Floyd Extension Office has announced several day camps for 4-H’ers.

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Saturday 07/04/2015
Floyd's July 4th celebration today
Posted: July 04, 2015

The annual Independence Day celebration is scheduled for today, July 4th, at Floyd County High School. Sponsored by the Floyd County Merchants’ and Businessmen’s Association, the event includes free bounce attractions for the children, bingo, door prizes every hour and food.

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Friday 07/03/2015
Former Assistant Treasurer of Floyd County admits embezzling funds
Posted: July 03, 2015

The former Assistant Treasurer of Floyd County Tuesday admitted embezzling just over $37,000 in funds from taxpayers over a three-year period and faces sentencing after conviction by Circuit Judge Marc Long of six felonies for the thefts and a string of computer fraud misdemeanors.

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Thursday 07/02/2015
Riner pilot, passenger receive minor injuries in plane crash
Updated: July 06, 2015 - 1:17 pm

At 5:07 p.m., Wednesday (July 1), Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. M.G. Musser responded to a plane crash at the Twin County Airport in Hillsville, Va. A 1979 Piper Cherokee Warrior was attempting to land when it made a crash landing approximately 200 to 300 feet short of the airport’s runway.

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Wednesday 07/01/2015
Morris named Floyd County Administrator
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 8:36 am

Floyd County Supervisors moved quickly Tuesday night to appoint longtime assistant Terri Morris as County Administrator, effective July 1, to replace Dan Campbell, who left at the end of the fiscal year to become chief executive for Madison County, Virginia.

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Tuesday 06/30/2015
Floyd County School Board decides not to continue fact gathering process for student transportation services
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 8:33 am

The Floyd County School Board decided Monday night not to proceed any further in gathering information about Mountain Valley Transportation, Inc., which provides student transportation services. MVT currently transports students for only one school division in Virginia - Roanoke City Schools. Companywide, the family-owned bus company has over 2,500 vehicles transporting more than 155,000 students.

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Monday 06/29/2015
Floyd County School Board meeting this evening
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 7:39 am

The Floyd County School Board will have an adjourned meeting at the School Board Office this evening beginning at 6:00.

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"Peanut Butter from Heaven" Food Drive planned
Posted: June 29, 2015

Once again in July, Feeding America Southwest Virginia is holding its annual "Peanut Butter from Heaven" food drive. The event started four years ago as a drive focused on collecting peanut butter from churches within the Feeding America service area.

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Friday 06/26/2015
Saturday auction postponed
Posted: June 26, 2015

The Circle T Auction originally scheduled for Saturday, June 27 has been postponed due to weather. The auction to sell the personal property of Ed and Ruby Conner at 9462 Sweet Annie Drive in Copper Hill has been reset for Saturday, July 11 at 10 a.m.

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Monday 06/22/2015
Floyd County School Board gives parents option to request change in attendance area
Posted: June 22, 2015

The School Board of Floyd County Public Schools has instituted a new policy to help correct overcrowded classrooms.

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Sunday 06/21/2015
American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is Saturday
Posted: June 21, 2015

Relay for Life volunteers Sandra Shank (left) and Mary Bartlett put up t-shirt flags at the Floyd Pharmacy last Monday. The two also delivered purple ribbons to other local businesses, who are helping to raise awareness about the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Floyd on June 27.

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Saturday 06/20/2015
Floyd Town Jubilee tonight will feature the Floyd Radio Show
Posted: June 20, 2015

The Town of Floyd presents The Floyd Town Jubilee featuring the popular Floyd Radio Show tonight (June 20) at 7:00 p.m. in the Warren G. Lineberry Community Park.

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Friday 06/19/2015
United Way is working to improve health in children
Posted: June 19, 2015

ABINGDON, Va. -- The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) has awarded a three-year, $180,000 grant to United Way of Southwest Virginia for work to improve the health of young children throughout Southwest Virginia. With this grant, Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia and Smart Beginnings New River Valley will assist regional childcare and preschool programs to offer the Al's Pals curriculum.

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Second Chance Prom in Floyd scheduled for Saturday
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 4:14 pm

The 4th Annual Second Chance Prom, planned for this Saturday, June 20, will be held in a new venue, Chantilly Festival Farm, located on Franklin Pike in Floyd.

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Thursday 06/18/2015
League asks FERC for extension of comment period on the Mountain Valley Pipeline
Updated: June 19, 2015 - 8:55 am

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) made a specific demand to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its comments on Wednesday, June 16, the stated deadline for the FERC public comment period. The organization made it clear in their comments that the FERC needs to offer additional public hearings and a 90-day extension of the scoping comment deadline regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

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Wednesday 06/17/2015
Floyd County Historical Society hosting bus tour to rock churches
Posted: June 17, 2015

On Saturday the Floyd County Historical Society is hosting a bus tour of the Rock Churches built by the Presbyterian Minister Robert Childress, whose life was chronicled in the book “The Man Who Moved a Mountain” by Richard C. Davids.

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Samyy Shelor featured at Country Store
Posted: June 17, 2015

As part of the Mountains of Music Homecoming this week, Sammy Shelor Talks Banjo will be the featured Lunch Music event at the Country Store Thursday, June 18. The performance is from noon to 1:30 p.m. and the event is free.

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Tuesday 06/16/2015
Mac and Jenny Traynham to play for Homecoming
Posted: June 16, 2015

As part of the Mountains of Music Homecoming, Mac and Jenny Traynham will play LUnch Music at the Floyd Country Store from noon until 1:30 p.m. The event is free.

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Fire chief back at home
Updated: June 18, 2015 - 12:08 pm

Firemen and rescue personnel were waiting on Main Street when fire chief Chad Mills returned to the county this afternoon. Accompanied by wife Melissa and his children, he got the surprise greeting, complete with banners and a sign, as the family’s vehicle passed in front of Kangeroo Express.

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Town Council meets Thursday
Posted: June 16, 2015

The Floyd Town Council meeting at W. Skip Bishop Jr. Town Hall will be held Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

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Monday 06/15/2015
Chip Callaway speaking after House and Garden Tour in Floyd
Posted: June 15, 2015

Supporters of Floyd’s Jacksonville Center for the Arts (The Jax) are featuring landscape architect, Chip Callaway, to top off their House and Garden Tour on Saturday, June 27. Callaway will present “Gardens Great and Small,” an after-tour program designed to encourage and inform home gardeners.

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Janet Turner and Friends to perform at Homecoming
Posted: June 15, 2015

As part of the Mountains of Music Homecoming, Janet Turner and Friends will provide Lunch Music at the Floyd Country Store from noon until 1:30 Tuesday, June 16. There is no charge.

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Sunday 06/14/2015
Eric Sutphin Memorial Scholarship Poker Run: Officer remembered as ride helps others
Posted: June 14, 2015

An event that remembers a fallen police officer also raises money for scholarships for students in Montgomery and Floyd counties.

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Saturday 06/13/2015
Slurry contractor apologizes to Floyd County Supervisors for work on U.S. 221
Posted: June 13, 2015

An executive of the “slurry” paving contractor that left the area with many problems from a resurfacing project on U.S. 221 north of Floyd apologized Tuesday for the flawed construction job and said a faulty mix of the “latex” product caused ruts, rough pavement and other situations.

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Friday 06/12/2015
Floyd resident/developer interested in One Planet living
Updated: June 16, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Local resident Bill Lavancher is gathering ideas for a prospective project in town. He believes the 5 ½ acres, located behind the Floyd Food Lion, would be a suitable place for a One Planet neighborhood.

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Five things you might have missed this week
Posted: June 12, 2015

Willis crushes it - again

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Thursday 06/11/2015
Council passes 2015-2016 budget
Posted: June 11, 2015

The Floyd Town Council approved its 2015-2016 budget at a meeting Thursday night. It took about two minutes to conduct the public hearing – at which there were no comments – and approve the budget with a unanimous 4-0 vote.

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More names added to ballot in Floyd County
Posted: June 11, 2015

Floyd County’s ballot for local elections was finalized with Tuesday’s filing deadline.

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Wednesday 06/10/2015
Watson hired as new principal at Floyd County High School
Updated: June 12, 2015 - 8:18 am

Dr. Scott Watson has been hired as the new principal at Floyd County High School. He fills a vacancy that will be left by Tony Deibler, who has accepted another position in Montgomery County Public Schools.

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Tuesday 06/09/2015
Campbell resigns job as county administrator
Updated: June 10, 2015 - 10:11 am

Floyd County Administrator Dan Campbell is leaving Southwestern Virginia to become executive of Madison County in the Shenandoah mountains area of the Old Dominion.

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Monday 06/08/2015
Floyd County Supervisors, School Board meeting Tuesday
Posted: June 08, 2015

The Floyd County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday, June 9 at 8:30 a.m. in the County Administration Building. The School Board will also meet Tuesday, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the School Board Office.

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Saturday 06/06/2015
Judge adds prison time to men who violated probation
Posted: June 06, 2015

Probation violations proved costly to two convicted felons who will spend more time in prison after failing to follow the rules that allowed them freedom from prison.

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Friday 06/05/2015
Floyd Fire Chief continues to recuperate
Updated: June 08, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Floyd Fire Chief Chad Mills remains hospitalized in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a motorcycle wreck last week.

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Deadline is today for Floyd County real estate tax payments
Updated: June 05, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Today is the deadline to pay the first half of 2015 real estate taxes in Floyd County.

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Thursday 06/04/2015
Town Council meets Thursday
Posted: June 04, 2015

The Floyd Town Council holds its June meeting Thursday, June 4 at the W. Skip Bishop Jr. Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

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Le Roy plans to run for Burks Fork District School Board seat
Posted: June 04, 2015

Laura Harman Le Roy has announced her plans to run for the Burks Fork District School Board seat in the November election. Margaret Hubbard, who holds that seat, said recently she does not plan to seek reelection.

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Summer outlook is sweet at Chateau Morrisette under new winemaker
Posted: June 04, 2015

Correction (June 1, 2015: 10:21 a.m.): Chateau Morrisette winery uses 1,500 tons of grapes a year. Keith Toler is the company marketing director. And, the Blue Dog wine, while using Riesling from California, is bottled at the winery. The amount of grapes and Toler's name were incorrect in an earlier version of this story and the last detail about Blue Dog did not include contextual information. The story has been updated.

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Solar-powered SustainFloyd breakfast this Saturday
Updated: June 05, 2015 - 9:22 am

SustainFloyd is happy to host another Breakfast at the Market this Saturday morning, June 6th. This year, the breakfast, featuring all you can eat buckwheat pancakes, will be held just behind the Floyd Farmers Market at the Village Green.

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Wednesday 06/03/2015
Floyd County Sheriff's Office warns citizens about scams
Posted: June 03, 2015

Individuals have reported several attempts at scams to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Bruce Turner warns against providing any personal information over the phone to callers claiming to represent groups.

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Tuesday 06/02/2015
Book launch set for Saturday at The Floyd Country Store
Posted: June 02, 2015

Floyd Folks: Collective Wisdom from a (One Stoplight) Mountain Community is a new 151-page book published by Free Range Press in Willis. The press is the creation of Tommy Bailey and so is the book, a collection of stories about love, loss and triumph from eighteen local writers.

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Monday 06/01/2015
Floyd Artisan Trail Tour scheduled for June 12-14
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 4:19 pm

The Floyd County Artisan Trail Tour returns for its 5th year, June 12-14, 2015. The Tour includes over 35 sites across Floyd County with activities at artisan home-studios, galleries and shops, farms and farm markets, and restaurants and lodging sites that promote local food and art.

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Sunday 05/31/2015
New River Valley Regional Commission brings annual meeting to Floyd
Posted: May 31, 2015

For its annual meeting in May, the New River Valley Regional Commission featured an outdoor dining experience and program in Floyd.

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Saturday 05/30/2015
Moran named recipient of top award in senior class at Floyd County High School
Posted: May 30, 2015

When you ask Zane Moran about favorite activities during his high school years, he quickly responds. “Running with cross country and track (teams) was really big, and my youth group at church was really something I enjoyed..too.”

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Friday 05/29/2015
Bombshells featured at Vintage Meet
Posted: May 29, 2015

The Floyd Auto and Vintage Swap Meet, set for May 29-31, 2015 at Chantilly Festival Farm in Floyd, will feature a pin-up girl contest on Saturday, May 30.

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Over 100 attend first Lyme Symposium in Floyd
Posted: May 29, 2015

Floyd’s first Lyme Symposium took place on a recent Saturday at the EcoVillage. Organized by Margie Scott, the “Tick Talks” educational event drew over 100 attendees. Scott, who heads up the Floyd County Lyme Disease (LD) Support Network, said people came from all over the region and from as far away as Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

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Thursday 05/28/2015
Floyd County Supervisors to inquire about paving job on US 221
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 1:57 pm

Floyd County Supervisors, concerned about what they consider sloppy and rough paving by a Virginia Department of Transportation contractor on U.S. 221, want answers about the project and future plans for the county’s primary federal route.

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
Winners announced in EDA's Floyd C4 contest
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 8:31 am

Local residents starting their own businesses went away with big prizes Tuesday night, after winning a contest sponsored by the Floyd County Economic Development Authority and Virginia's Department of Housing and Community Development.

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Tuesday 05/26/2015
Howery announces as Independent for Sheriff of Floyd County
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 10:28 am

Jimmy D. Howery has announced that he will run as an Independent for Sheriff of Floyd County in the November election.

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