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'Making sure victims' voices are heard'

Last week, representatives of Radford/Floyd Victim Witness, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Women’s Resource Center and Children’s Trust of the New River Valley participated in a program to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights. The event on Wednesday in the Floyd County courtroom took place during Crime Victims Rights’ Week, April 19-25, which was designated as part of a resolution by the local Board of Supervisors.

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Saturday 05/02/2015
Floyd County Supervisors unanimously approve new tax rate
Posted: May 02, 2015

Floyd County Supervisors, including Indian Valley’s Fred Gerald voting for his first-ever tax levy, unanimously approved increasing real estate taxes to 55 cents per $100 in assessed valuations Tuesday night.

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Friday 05/01/2015
Floyd quarry under federal safety investigation
Posted: May 01, 2015

A Floyd rock quarry has closed for upgrades as a federal Mine Safety and Health Administration investigation continues into the fatal injury of a worker there last year.

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Floyd Earth Day/Eco Expo planned for Saturday in Floyd
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 8:36 am

A free event, the Floyd Earth Day/Eco Expo is set to be held 10-4 this Saturday, May 2 at the Floyd EcoVillage, located off 718 Franklin Pike, near town.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Citizens, Floyd County Humane Society sponsoring Dog Walk Saturday
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 8:21 am

Employees of Citizens Telephone Cooperative (Citizens), will be partnering with the Floyd County Humane Society to host a special community event on Saturday, May 2nd from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (rain date Saturday,May 9th). The “Dog Walk” will be held at Citizens, located at 220 Webbs Mill Road in Floyd.

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ProjectFloyd needs more adults for big day of service
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 4:22 pm

ProjectFloyd is looking for adult participation to double in light of the needs. This second annual community service day is just over a week away, and over 30 projects have been requested locally to be completed on May 9th. Projects range from window washing for elderly community members to clean up projects for community groups such as the schools, town, Plenty!, Historical Society, and many, many more. ProjectFloyd is all about serving Floyd in one day, but with the mission of developing a love for giving back throughout the year. Adult volunteers are needed to make this day a success.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Teen band makes big impression at MerleFest
Posted: April 29, 2015

Gravel Road didn’t need a spot in the sun to attract a crowd at MerleFest.

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
Supervisors meeting tonight
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 1:18 pm

A final vote on the Floyd County budget is expected when Supervisors meet tonight.

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Monday 04/27/2015
Floyd County woman's failed match helps achieve chain of kidney donations
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 12:47 pm

Denna Harris had a plan.

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Sunday 04/26/2015
Golfing for Triad: 10 teams compete in Floyd tournament
Posted: April 26, 2015

Floyd County Triad Program’s 2015 Golf Tournament drew 10 teams of competitors. Held at Great Oaks Country Club Friday, the annual fundraiser brought in $1,000 more than last year, a profit of $3,014 after expenses.

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Saturday 04/25/2015
Milestones Childcare in Floyd expanding
Posted: April 25, 2015

Milestones Childcare has announced it will be expanding to accommodate its growing after school and summer program.

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Friday 04/24/2015
Blue Ridge Parkway spending up by $80 million in 2014
Posted: April 24, 2015

Tourism spending along the Blue Ridge Parkway accelerated in 2014.

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Floyd Tea Party plans candidates' forum for May 7
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 3:13 pm

The Floyd County Tea Party is having a candidates’ forum on Thursday, May 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jessie Peterman Library in Floyd.

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Thursday 04/23/2015
Speakers at public hearing praise Floyd County Supervisors proposing tax increase
Posted: April 23, 2015

An overflow crowd filled the meeting room of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night, and 20 of 22 speakers praised and thanked their elected leaders for proposing a five cent increase in property tax rates to support the schools and other programs.

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Council hears Trust request for funds
Posted: April 23, 2015

The Floyd County Historical Preservation Trust is looking for continued funding. At the Floyd Town Council meeting, Robert Shelor spoke on behalf of the organization, and requested for the 2015-2016 fiscal year the $5,000 donation Council has made in previous years.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Anniversary of passage of the Virginia Crime Victims' Bill of Rights to be celebrated in Floyd tomorrow
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 8:49 am

A program is scheduled for Thursday, April 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Floyd County Courthouse to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Crime Victims’ Bill Of Rights. The Floyd County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to designate April 19-25 2015 as Crime Victims Rights Week.

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Tuesday 04/21/2015
Floyd County Supervisors having public hearing on budget tonight
Posted: April 21, 2015

Floyd County Supervisors will host a public hearing tonight, April 21, on the county’s proposed $34 million fiscal 2016 budget and five cent real estate tax increase (to 55 cents per $100 in assessed valuation) at the county administration building at 7 p.m.

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Floyd County bailiff fired after letter published in Floyd Press
Posted: April 21, 2015

Jimmy Howery, who had been the bailiff for the Floyd County Courthouse, said he showed up at work last Thursday just like he had been every day for the last eight years. He arrived promptly at 7:30 a.m., wearing his uniform, ready for another day of courthouse security.

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Chantilly Farm to be recognized as an Affiliated Venue of The Crooked Road
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Chantilly Farm in Floyd, Virginia will be presented with a banner acknowledging their recent inclusion as a Crooked Road Affiliated Venue. Affiliated Venues represent the best in traditional music gatherings that the region has to offer. As an Affiliated Venue, Chantilly Farm will be represented in Crooked Road publicity and promotional materials and recognized as a regional destination to Trail followers. The Crooked Road will present the banner to representatives of Chantilly Farm on Saturday, May 23rd, at 2:40pm as part of their 5th Annual Bluegrass and BBQ Festival.

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Sunday 04/19/2015
Czech quartet, Russian pianist to perform in Floyd April 25
Posted: April 19, 2015

The Martinů String Quartet from the Czech Republic along with Olga Vinokur, pianist fromNew York City, formerly of Russia, will perform at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 25 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Saturday 04/18/2015
Former restaurant owner gets suspended sentence for embezzlement
Posted: April 18, 2015

Nathalie Shishkevish, owner and operator of the former Natasha’s Market Café in Floyd, entered a guilty plea in Circuit Court Tuesday, admitting embezzlement of $13,152 from sales taxes charged to her customers but never passed on to the Town Government.

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Friday 04/17/2015
Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Meal in honor of sisters planned
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 7:50 am

It’s been a year filled with promise for those who have loved ones with Cystic Fibrosis, said a Floyd County mother.

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Thursday 04/16/2015
Virginia seeks to improve care for dementia patients
Posted: April 16, 2015

There isn’t a cure, a treatment or a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease from affecting more Virginians, but the state is looking for ways to better care for the 130,000 Virginians now affected by the disease.

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Floyd County using resident alerts for emergency communications
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 9:15 am

Floyd County has now begun to use the Everbridge Resident Alerts, which will sent out emergency communications on preferred contact paths – cell phone, SMS (Short Message Service), home phone, email, fax, pager and more – to residents and businesses.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Council meeting Thursday
Posted: April 15, 2015

The Floyd Town Council meeting at W. Skip Bishop Jr. Town Hall will be Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes:

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SustainFloyd hosting dinner and documentary on Thomas Berry
Posted: April 15, 2015

SustainFloyd will have a beans and rice dinner with a screening of the documentary “Thomas Berry: The Great Story” at 6:30 p.m. at the Floyd Country Store this Saturday night, April 18th. An expert panel will lead a brief discussion after the film for those who’d like to stay.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
Floyd Innovation Center has new tenant
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 4:25 pm

The Floyd Innovation Center has a new tenant. Jon Beegle, chairman of the Economic Development Authority, signed a lease on behalf of the EDA this morning with Henry’s Healthy Pets in Willis.

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Barefoot Puppet Theatre coming to the Jacksonville Center
Posted: April 14, 2015

The Barefoot Puppet Theater will be entertaining at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts Saturday, April 18th, at 3 p.m.

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Monday 04/13/2015
Finding the new normal when life takes a turn
Posted: April 13, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Kyla Robbins likes to sing and listen to music. She also enjoys photography; inspiration is plentiful, she says, “living in such a beautiful place.” Looking forward to getting her driver’s license, she is a typical teen in many respects. A few weeks ago, however, life took a turn.

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Virginia State Police spokesman Robert Carpentieri trades badge for new business
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Robert Carpentieri left his law enforcement job last month, but he hasn’t strayed too far from the profession.

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Sunday 04/12/2015
Jacksonville Center for the Arts having 2nd Saturday Makers Market
Posted: April 12, 2015

Beginning April 11th - the 2nd Saturday Makers Market of Floyd will be featured at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd.

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Saturday 04/11/2015
Floyd County family loses home to fire
Posted: April 11, 2015

It’s been a week since a fire claimed a family home that housed three generations.

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Driver led deputies on high speed chase
Posted: April 11, 2015

A Check man out driving a pickup truck with “Farm Use” plates after losing his license admitted guilt in Circuit Court Tuesday to leading deputies on a high speed chase from Floyd to Check in February of this year, trying to ram them head on and finally crashing into a tree.

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Friday 04/10/2015
Three raccoons found to have rabies in Montgomery County
Posted: April 10, 2015

Three cases of rabies in wildlife were confirmed in Montgomery County through March, and health department and wildlife officials are reiterating awareness and prevention.

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Dam repairs at Blue Ridge Scout Reservation could put summer camp in jeopardy
Posted: April 10, 2015

With two months until the first week of summer camp, a lake at the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation in Pulaski County is dry and it will stay that way unless the organization can raise about $250,000 to make repairs to the attached dam.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
Floyd County school bus involved in accident
Updated: April 10, 2015 - 2:06 pm

COPPER HILL, VA - A Floyd County School Bus was involved in a traffic accident on U.S. 221 North this afternoon. The wreck occurred at 2:50 p.m. As the bus made a routine stop, it was struck from behind by another vehicle. Approximately 40 students were on board at the time.

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New River Valley candidates are lining up for November elections
Posted: April 09, 2015

Announcement season — the precursor to more active political campaigning — is in full swing, with New River Valley candidates seemingly declaring their interest each week.

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Agriculture Safety Day and Trade Show planned for April 18
Updated: April 09, 2015 - 9:53 am

The Floyd County Young Farmers will host an Agriculture Safety Day and Trade Show on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Floyd County High School. Exhibitors, equipment dealers, financial institutions will all be on hand to visit with attendees.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Museum having reception for Floyd County's WWII veterans Saturday
Updated: April 09, 2015 - 8:28 am

The Floyd County Historical Society will be having an Open House at its museum on Saturday, April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will highlight the 2015 World War II exhibits and will honor Floyd County’s WWII Veterans.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
Artists and venues sought for Floyd County Public Art Exhibit
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Applications for “Art Works for Us”, a county-wide, year-long exhibit of public art are being received by the Jacksonville Center for the Arts. The program will result in sculptures displayed at various venues throughout the county with a map to guide visitors to their locations.

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Monday 04/06/2015
Floyd County Supervisors include five cent increase in real estate taxes as part of tentative budget
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Floyd County Supervisors, in a 5-0 vote Thursday night, approved a tentative 2016 fiscal year budget of $32,422,746 with a five cent increase in real estate taxes and set April 21 at 7 p.m. for a public hearing.

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Sunday 04/05/2015
Moonshine Express tour scheduled in Rocky Mount
Posted: April 05, 2015

Meet folks from both sides of the law April 12 and 19 on the 11th annual "Moonshine Express" tour of Rocky Mount, county seat of the "Moonshine Capital of the World". The first departure is at 1:30 p.m.

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Saturday 04/04/2015
National Library Week being celebrated
Posted: April 04, 2015

National Library Week 2015 lasts from April 12th-18th but Jessie Peterman Memorial Library in Floyd is celebrating all April. This year’s theme for National Library week is "Unlimited possibilities @ your library®." Stop by JPML (or post to Facebook) and let the staff know how you use the library. They’d also like to add those comments to their writing wall.

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Friday 04/03/2015
Bank of Floyd unveils TellerVision®
Posted: April 03, 2015

FLOYD, VA – Bank of Floyd unveiled its newest banking service - TellerVision® on March 24th in a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce. The community was invited to experience this new technology as well as enter for a chance to win a free Kindle.

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Thursday 04/02/2015
Allen enters guilty pleas for bank fraud
Posted: April 02, 2015

Paul D. Allen, the Englishman who came to Floyd in 2009 with promises of a multi-million dollar data center at the county’s Commerce Center and jobs but disappeared with the deal in default, entered guilty pleas in federal court Monday on multiple counts of $1.2 million in bank fraud and faces prison and deportation when he is sentenced in June.

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Girl has 'amazing' spirit in fight against cancer
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Three-year-old Vanessa Burnette was released from a Manhattan hospital Monday, one week after undergoing surgery for neuroblastoma. She was expected to be on her way home this week.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Floyd County School Board's budget has been presented to the Supervisors
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 3:42 pm

The Floyd County School Board has presented the school budget to the county. On Monday night after a public hearing, the School Board adopted the proposed $22.1 million budget by a unanimous vote.

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Food vendors need to register for Flea Market
Posted: April 01, 2015

All food vendors for the annual Hillsville Memorial Day Flea Market and Gun Show must submit an application for a temporary food permit, along with food safety certifications and fees. Landowners who lease space to food vendors are also required to submit a landowner/coordinator information packet.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
Chamber Lunch and Learn to focus on Effective Online Presence for Businesses
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 4:46 pm

The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce is presenting a Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, April 7th, Noon to 1 p.m., at the Bank of Floyd Community Room. The topic is Effective Online Presence for Businesses, which includes websites, social media, online advertising, traffic tracking, search engine optimization, mass email communication, etc. This will be a roundtable with three panelists: Jason Gallimore from Chantilly Farm, Andy Moreno from Mountain Song Inn, and Keith Toler from Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant. There will be a question and answer session after the panelists speak. This is a bring-your-own lunch event, and the chamber will provide iced tea, lemonade and water.

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Town Council meets Thursday
Posted: March 31, 2015

Floyd Town Council meeting is set for Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at W. Skip Bishop, Jr. Town Hall

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