The Harvest Moon food store celebrated 38 years in business.

The annual Independence Day Celebration, sponsored by the Floyd County Merchants’ and Businessmen’s Association, was held at the high school.

The five-day FloydFest 18 “Wild” took place at the venue along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The 2nd Floyd Energy Fest, hosted by SustainFloyd and Apple Ridge Farm, was held at Chantilly Farm.

In August

The Floyd Antique Tractor Fun Run with over 80 tractors participating raised between $6,000 and $7,000 for children of the Marshall and Stinnett families.

Chantilly Farm presented the two-day Cirque du Floyd.

Dustin Hollandsworth resigned as recreation director for the Floyd County Parks and Recreation Authority.

Passers-by helped a man after his car went off an embankment on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

JoAnna Wilson was crowned Miss Floyd County Fair.

Two men were bitten by a rabid cat in Floyd County.

Over 200 marijuana plants, crack cocaine, and 18 firearms were seized as part of Marijuana Eradication operations in Floyd County.

Over 450 small rubber ducks were put into the water for the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce’s Rubber Duck Race at On The Water. Danny Harmon’s duck was the winner.

In September

The theme of the 7th annual Floyd Yoga Jam was “illumination”.

A Floyd man facing up to 120 years in prison on a charge of murder of his girlfriend in a heroin overdose in 2016 agreed to a plea deal and pled guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter and possession of the illegal drug.

Floyd Town Council recognized Sam Moore as an “advocator and motivator” for the community in a proclamation read by Mayor Will Griffin.

The Floyd County Fair was held at Chantilly Farm.

The brunt of Florence, a former hurricane turned tropical storm, fell on North Carolina, but brought as much as 12 inches to Floyd County where it caused widespread flooding and damage to roads.

Floyd County residents Jeff Belshan, an employee at Citizens Telephone Cooperative, and Keith Bowman, a recently retired Citizens’ employee, traveled to California to help fire victims there. They assisted 10 families during the week that they were in Redding/Shasta County with relief efforts organized by Samaritans Purse, a Christian international organization.

The Paws Cause: Night in Venice raised money for the Floyd County Humane Society.

Floyd County Supervisors considered and discussed a proposed ordinance to establish limitations on construction of potential eyesores on high ridgelines in the county, but the proposal died for lack of a second amid concerns that doing so would limit personal property rights.

In October

Andy Mabe began his new job as recreation director for the Floyd County Parks & Recreation Authority.

Karen Bingham announced she would be leaving her seat on the Floyd Town Council due to relocation.

With over 140 vendors participating, the 51st Floyd County Arts and Crafts Festival was held at the high school.

The fringes of Hurricane Michael cut a destructive swath through Floyd County and much of Virginia with surprising force that caught many off guard. Heavy rains fell in Floyd County and caused flooding and more road problems.

Avis McCutchan, whose noteBooks had been a part of the community for 15 years, decided to dissolve the business and historic building in which it was located. The buyers were Bruce Goepel and son Jesse, who were advertising for renters.

The late Randall Hylton of Madison, TN was inducted posthumously in the Virginia Folk Music Association’s Country Music Hall of Fame.

World renowed fiddle maker Arthur Conner, 95, was recognized in the Floyd County Historical Society’s “Things Made of Wood” exhibit at the Floyd Museum.

The Floyd Town Council recognized Roger Mannon for dedicating over 40 years in providing media coverage for Floyd County sports programs, local meetings and community activities.

Elvis, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owned by Judy Mackler, took Best of Show, Cutest Puppy and Best Purebred categories at the Rotary Club of Floyd’s Dog Show.

Medina Mercantile was the top place winner, earning $5,000 in the 4th annual Floyd C4 competition.

In November

The Floyd Veterans Day Parade was held.

Travis Cantrell was the keynote speaker at Willis Elementary School’s Veterans Day Assembly.

Lydia Bowman and Tyler Bain were crowned fall homecoming queen and king for Floyd County High School.

Floyd resident and businessman Bob Gardner was chosen to serve as the grand marshal for the Floyd Christmas Parade.

The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce presented its annual awards to: Barbara Harman, Chamber Executive Director Award; The Floyd Press, Chamber Business Member of the Year Award; The June Bug Center For Arts and Education, Chamber Non-profit Member of the Year Award; and Jon Beegle, Chamber Business Leader of the Year.

A fire on Thanksgiving day resulted in the death of a person.

In December

A man and his dog escaped a late night fire at a mobile home in the Town of Floyd.

A storm dumped as much as 24 inches of snow in Floyd County.

Two suspects were sought in a reported robbery at Willis Village Mart.

Auditors gave Floyd County government a clean bill of health and praised the board of Supervisors for money management that beats the state and regional averages for revenue and financial operations.

Supervisors approved a pilot digital 911 program for here that Virginia wants to test for application to other emergency response programs throughout the state.

An Indian Valley home was lost to fire before Christmas.

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