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Attendance at road hearings has dwindled

Floyd County Supervisors kicked off their second meeting of the month Tuesday night with a pair of public hearings – one with no speakers and a second with just three.

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Saturday 03/28/2015
Loophole in Virginia law results in man's release
Posted: March 28, 2015

In Floyd County Circuit Court this week, a 42-year-old man facing charges of sexual assault on an 11-year-old boy walked away from any trial or prosecution because the Virginia Department of Health does not have any laws that will allow him to be punished.

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Friday 03/27/2015
Town council considers food vendor changes
Posted: March 27, 2015

How should the town deal with mobile food vendors? That question drew several business owners to the Floyd Town Council meeting Thursday.

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Floyd County STOMP meeting: Early intervention in addiction stressed
Posted: March 27, 2015

The 3rd annual Community Forum addressing the problems and solutions of methamphetamine addiction in Floyd took place Tuesday evening (March 24) at the Floyd County High School. The well-attended educational event was hosted by STOMP (Standing Together to Overcome the Meth Problem) and included a fellowship dinner, musical entertainment, door prizes and a host of speakers.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
Parkway announces 2015 opening dates
Posted: March 26, 2015

The Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant opens Friday to kick off the Blue Ridge Parkway’s spring opening schedule.

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Floyd County man dies in vehicle crash; woman hospitalized
Posted: March 26, 2015

A 76-year-old Floyd County man died in a single-vehicle crash in Roanoke County Wednesday afternoon, March 25.

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ProjectFloyd '15 sets May 9 for the second annual community service day
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Planning for ProjectFloyd ’15, the second annual community service day on Saturday, May 9, is progressing, and coordinators are looking for more adult volunteers to add to the youth work force. Ideas for individual community projects are also needed.

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Floyd County School Board working on budget tonight; public hearing set for Monday
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 10:45 am

The Floyd County School Board will meet for a budget work session tonight at the School Board Administrative Office. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Tourism Retreat takes 'Floyd Creative Pulse'
Posted: March 25, 2015

The Floyd County Tourism Retreat - “Our Floyd Creative Pulse” was rescheduled on March 10 with over 65 people attending the day-long event.

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Tuesday 03/24/2015
Floyd County Public Schools having 7th Annual Service Fair
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 3:11 pm

The 7th Annual Service Fair, hosted by Floyd County Public Schools, has been scheduled for Thursday, April 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Floyd County High School. Dinner will be provided.

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Monday 03/23/2015
Floyd County Volunteer Fire Department having pancake breakfast featuring the Easter Bunny
Posted: March 23, 2015

The Easter Bunny is coming to town for a Pancake Breakfast, courtesy of the Floyd County Volunteer Fire Department. The date is Saturday, March 28 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Floyd Station 1 Firehouse in Floyd.

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Sunday 03/22/2015
Spring break: Boston University students enjoy working and learning in Virginia
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 9:49 am

Eleven students from Boston University spent their Spring break last week lending a helping hand in the area.

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Saturday 03/21/2015
LewisGale paid $1 million related to 2011 death of Seth Williamson
Posted: March 21, 2015

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery paid $1 million to settle allegations of medical negligence in connection with the death of radio personality Joseph Seth Williamson at the hospital in 2011.

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Three dates for canvass for Republican nominees announced
Posted: March 21, 2015

Saturday, May 9th and Thursday, May 14, both dates from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.. at the Jessie Peterman Library, 321 W. Main St., Floyd, will be the dates, time and location that all Floyd County registered voters are invited to participate in Early Voting for the candidate of their choice for the Republican Nomination for the candidate who will be on the ballot in the November 3, 2015 General Election.

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Friday 03/20/2015
Craig County crowd registers clear opposition to Mountain Valley Pipeline
Posted: March 20, 2015

NEW CASTLE — The overflow crowd’s vigorous standing ovation provided evidence that the majority of those on hand wanted nothing to do with the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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Blue Ridge Restaurant observing National Down Syndrome Day March 21
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 11:40 am

National Down Syndrome Day will be observed Saturday, March 21 at Blue Ridge Restaurant in Floyd. Diners will get 20 percent off their meal, plus a free dessert and drink with the purchase of a pin, bracelet, lanyard or t-shirt. Children will receive stickers, balloons and coloring books. Funds raised will benefit Floyd County Schools and go directly to classrooms where children with disabilities are taught.

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Thursday 03/19/2015
Beth Macy talks about effort to save factory
Posted: March 19, 2015

Beth Macy traveled to the past, the future and around the world to tell a large story about a small town, the big people who run businesses and the little people who struggle to earn a living.

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Venue changing for 2015 Floyd Livestock and County Fair
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 8:10 am

In an effort to provide greater opportunity for growth, the annual Floyd Livestock and County Fair scheduled for Saturday, September 19, will make a change in venue for 2015.

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
Smith retiring from state senate seat
Posted: March 18, 2015

State Senator Ralph Smith has announced he will not seek a third term for the 19th District.

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Meadows of Dan Church fire ruled accidental
Posted: March 18, 2015

A fire which destroyed the Meadows of Dan Baptist Church last week has been ruled accidental. A press release from the Patrick County Sheriff's Department said an investigation determined the fire's origin was an electrical malfunction in the furnace room.

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Floyd County Triad schedules 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 10:05 am

Registration is now open for Floyd County Triad’s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament, set for April 17 at Great Oaks Country Club in Floyd.

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Tuesday 03/17/2015
Governor McAuliffe announces $226,000 in Building Entrepreneurial; grant for Floyd included
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 1:33 pm

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $226,000 in Building Entrepreneurial Economies (BEE) awards for 12 projects in the Commonwealth. The BEE program provides funding to nonprofits and local governments to assist with the development of local and regional entrepreneurial economies that foster job creation and expansion by micro- and small businesses.

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Town Council meets Thursday
Posted: March 17, 2015

The Floyd Town Council will hold it's March meeting Thursday. The last two scheduled meetings were cancelled.

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Monday 03/16/2015
Spring Vegetable Production Meeting announced
Posted: March 16, 2015

Garden planning season, the time for contemplating last season’s successes and failures, is here. Farmers and serious gardeners alike are looking for inspiration and fresh ideas, and attending spring workshops is an excellent way to learn new production recommendations, vegetable varieties, and potential pest forecasts for the upcoming growing season. Floyd Cooperative Extension is conducting a Spring Vegetable Production Meeting on Thursday, March 26th, at the Floyd Innovation Center.

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Sunday 03/15/2015
Free business training sessions stressing innovation
Posted: March 15, 2015

Aspiring business owners and those with established businesses are being invited to participate in a business development series, being offered weekly April 6-May 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Floyd Innovation Center. The free business training sessions, Floyd C4 (Creators, Curriculum, Coaching and Challenge), are being sponsored by the Floyd County Economic Development Authority.

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Saturday 03/14/2015
Setting a world record with orbs
Posted: March 14, 2015

A 2014 project in Floyd County has now ended up in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Friday 03/13/2015
PCA Healthcare to join Carilion Clinic in June
Posted: March 13, 2015

SALEM, VA – PCA Healthcare announced this week that it intends to join Carilion Clinic in June.

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Thursday 03/12/2015
Pay increase for all Floyd County school employees remains a priority
Posted: March 12, 2015

Floyd County School Board members agreed Tuesday night to construct a budget that would ask for a 1½ percent pay increase for all employees. The decision came after a long day of meetings for both them and local Supervisors.

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Wednesday 03/11/2015
Central Wise wins over Floyd County
Updated: March 17, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Central Wise took the state girls' basketball title, with Floyd County High School the runner-up in the game at the Siegel Center in Richmond this afternoon.

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Lady Buffs leading at halftime in state final
Updated: March 11, 2015 - 5:08 pm

The Floyd County High School Lady Buffs are leading in the state championship final with Central Wise at the Siegel Center in Richmond.

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Floyd County Historical Society presenting program on Rosehill
Updated: March 11, 2015 - 4:12 pm

Rhonda Fleming Smith, manager of the Floyd County Historical Society Museum, will be the guest speaker at a Historical Society program Saturday, March 14 at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts. Smith’s presentation – “History of Rosehill through the Years” From Colonel Jacob Helms to the Present Day - will begin at 11:00 a.m.

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Tuesday 03/10/2015
Supervisors hear about EDA's business training sessions
Posted: March 10, 2015

It may not be a reality TV show, but local businesses will be competing for prize money.

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Monday 03/09/2015
STOMP having event March 24 at Floyd County High School
Updated: March 09, 2015 - 5:16 pm

All are invited to a free STOMP event, March 24th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Floyd County High School. STOMP (Standing Together to Overcome the Meth Problem) is putting on its third annual event.

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Sunday 03/08/2015
Good Food - Good People - a cooperative of growers
Posted: March 08, 2015

With collaborative efforts and a variety of products, Good Food - Good People continues to make an impression with its fresh, local food and marketing approach.

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Saturday 03/07/2015
"We know people out there that are hungry"
Posted: March 07, 2015

Representatives from various sectors of the community came together last week to discuss food, poverty and children in Floyd County. At Plenty!, said McCabe Coolidge, one of its founders, there has been an increase in people visiting the food bank. Plenty! volunteers and others are also concerned about the numbers of school children receiving free or reduced lunch.

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Friday 03/06/2015
Suspects arrested in Radford assault and robbery case
Posted: March 06, 2015

Two suspects were in custody Thursday after a reported armed robbery and assault in Radford in which police say alleged victims in the case initially gave misleading information.

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Floyd Artists Association reschedules its First Friday event
Posted: March 06, 2015

The Floyd Artists Association’s First Friday event, originally planned for March 6, will be held instead on Friday, March 13, due to the weather.

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Thursday 03/05/2015
Floyd Town Council meeting cancelled
Updated: March 06, 2015 - 9:36 am

Due to the current weather conditions, the Floyd Town Council meeting, scheduled for tonight, has been been cancelled.

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Couple escapes fire in Floyd home
Posted: March 05, 2015

McCabe Coolidge and wife Karen Day were asleep in their house Sunday night when suddenly they heard someone knocking on their windows and doors. Coolidge jumped up and went into the living room. “There was smoke everywhere,” he said.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
Winter weather alerts issued
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 11:43 am

What a difference a day makes. Today’s high temperature is expected to be in the 60 degree range before a cold front rushes in overnight, bringing with it freezing temperatures and 1-3 inches of snow.

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Appalachian Power announces option for outage texts and email alerts
Posted: March 04, 2015

Appalachian Power is introducing a new outage alerts system. The new system allows customers the option to be notified by text message or email when their home or business is affected by a power outage.

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Town council meets Thursday
Posted: March 04, 2015

The Floyd Town Council meeting at W. Skip Bishop, Jr. Town Hall is set for Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

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Tuesday 03/03/2015
Jury convicts Indian Valley man of rape and recommends 6 life sentences
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 3:55 pm

A Floyd County jury took less than 45 minutes in Circuit Court Tuesday to convict a former Indian Valley resident of violent and repeated rapes of an underage girl of 12 and 13 in 2013 and 2014 and then less than 15 minutes to recommend sentencing him to six life terms for the crimes.

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Floyd County Triad to meet March 5
Posted: March 03, 2015

The Floyd County Triad program is beginning the first of its 2015 library sponsored programs.

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Monday 03/02/2015
Floyd County's Seven Springs Farm's CSA celebrating 25 years
Posted: March 02, 2015

“I think this is a wonderful model, and when you have a good model, it doesn’t necessarily go out of style,” said Polly Hieser after 25 years of working with the Seven Springs Farm CSA in Check.

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Sunday 03/01/2015
Putting a face on FFA: Floyd County resident accompanies other Virginia officers
Posted: March 01, 2015

By the time her term as a State FFA officer ends June 25, 2015, Alice Cox will have a year’s worth of experiences on which to reflect. The most recent adventure was a 10-day trip to South Africa. It was her first time out of the United States.

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Saturday 02/28/2015
School budget: Floyd County School Board wants to know Supervisors' level of commitment
Posted: February 28, 2015

Floyd County School Superintendent Dr. Kevin Harris told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday night he will need at least $367,090.84 in new funds for next year’s budget and would like to see up to $1,155,090.84 to cover needs of the system.

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Friday 02/27/2015
Floyd Town Council to discuss potential impacts of mobile food vendors on current restaurant infrastructure
Posted: February 27, 2015

Restaurateurs in the Town of Floyd have been invited to attend the Floyd Town Council meeting on Thursday, March 5. The Council plans to discuss the potential impacts of mobile food vendors on the current restaurant infrastructure, and the Council wants input.

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VDOT closes county road
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 8:34 am

The Virginia Department of Transportation closed a Floyd County road Friday morning. VDOT announced that Route 790, in the northeastern part of the county is closed from Griffith Creek and Lick Ridge to the Floyd/Montgomery County line because of ice.

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Thursday 02/26/2015
Appalachian Power plans rate decrease
Posted: February 26, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. – Appalachian Power residential customers in Virginia will see a decrease of about 4 percent in their total electric bills beginning this month.

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