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"Urban Magic- A Poem",

By James Locke

"Earth Day- 2005",

By James Locke

"Traveling Home - Part 1 - A Biography of Place",
By James Locke

"An Allegorical Journey - Part 1l - A Biography of Place",
By James Locke

"Lost Pennies",

By Mark Steel

"Becoming Native"

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Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence:

  • wealth without work
  • pleasure without conscience
  • knowledge without character
  • commerce without morality
  • science without humanity
  • worship without sacrifice
  • politics without principle
    - Mahatma Gandhi         (1869-1948)

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"Will our Chamber of Commerce or Merchants Associations please realize the need to preserve and prevent from developing-over the rural character of Floyd County is the only way to encourage tourism interest & income to Floyd?"..
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If You Love Children, Love the Ones That Are Already Here, Too. Please Become Adoptive or Foster Parents.

ADOPTIVE FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP: You May contact DePaul Family Services, Christiansburg, to learn of their scheduled Informational discussions about formation of new support groups for adoptive families.

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Get Fit without Joining a Gym

It's my opinion and in my experience, if you are seeking to improve your fitness level or lose weight, so much of that can be done with a much smaller investment in just a few items to create your own home gym that suits your specific physical needs.
Also consider daily walking of ten minutes or more, practicing yoga and stretching (stretching properly is most important before and after exercising), get a friend or your spouse or kid involved to have a nearby work-out buddy, drink lots of your own good Floyd County water and stop stuffing your face with junk foods and just plain get off your butt more often. Use a push mower sometimes instead of that riding mower.
Most people do not utilize fitness center memberships beyond a limited degree and end up wasting their money.
Do it at home!
Above all and first of all, make certain you are healthy enough to undertake any new fitness related activity. Check with your doctor first!!

- Michelle Hussong

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The Floyd Radio Show, at the Floyd Country Store

Public welcome. Tickets Necessary.

 $10.00 in advance and $15.00 day of show, season passes $80.00
available online at www.FloydCountryStore.com,
Phone 540-745-4563 or at the Store.

Floyd Country Store, 206 South Locust Street, downtown Floyd, VA





Sunday Old Time & Bluegrass Jams

Every Sunday Public welcome.Free Admission

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The Floyd Country Store,home of the Friday Night Jamboree,
has been an important part of the Floyd community for a century now.
This historical landmark is a destination along "The Crooked Road",Virginia's
Music heritage trail,and continues to be the meeting place for traditional
musicians from the area.

The Floyd Country Store,home of the Friday Night Jamboree,


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Floyd Contra Dances
Saturday, TBA --
Jacksonville Center for the Arts- 220 Parkway Lane So., Floyd.
7.35 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. dance, $8. admission.

Saturday, TBA--
Floyd Contra Dance Jacksonville Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd. 7.35 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. dance, $8. admission.

Jacksonville Center for the Arts- 220 Parkway Lane So., , Floyd. 7.35 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. dance, $8. admission. Community contra dances sponsored by Blue Ridge Country Dancers every second Saturday, September through May. www.floydcontradance.org  


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"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW! What a ride!"

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Floyd County

The Floyd County Historical Society is releasing their book of vintage photos of Floyd County's early history on September 17. The Arcadia Publishing Company published the 128 page book featuring over 200 images and memories of Floyd County from the 1830s to the early 1960s. "Floyd County" included pictures and captions of people, places, farming, family, churches, schools, business, industry, sports, recreation and leisure.  

Books will be sold at the Floyd County Historical Society Museum, 217 North Locust Street for $23.00 including tax starting September 20.  Museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday noon until 5:00 p.m.. 

Rhonda Fleming Smith


Floyd County Historical Society Museum


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RUMORS: Is It True?

Floyd Fest: The Revolution?

This recent Floyd Fest was entitled something like . "Revolution"..a Family Event"..and a revolution, of sorts, has taken place. But this time by the capitalist promoters/owners; not by the "peasant workers".

Well, it appears the revolution really was the revolt by the promoters/owners of Floyd Fest, who, by the way, brought in a festival consultant from Asheville to attend this year's event, and now, it is being rumored, those promoters/owners have fired the Floyd Fest's entire office staff, most of whom are local Floydians and who have been with the festival since its inception and who have worked diligently for the event without the recognition (nor income) the promoters/owners thrive on.


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People's efforts have bluebirds rallying

Submitted by:
Christine Boran, Woolwine, VA
Virginia Bluebird Society County Coordinator, Floyd and Patrick

"The birds richly repay you for the trouble you take in attracting them and looking out for their interests."
- Joseph H. Dodson, Your Bird Friends and How to Win Them,1928

The Eastern Bluebird was one of Virginia's most common songbirds 100 years ago, but their numbers sharply declined through the years in North America due to harsh winters, urban sprawl, lack of dead trees or snags, the introduction of the invasive non-native English House Sparrow and the European Starling from Europe, a decline in winter food (native berries), pesticides and herbicides, like glyphosate, which can kill bluebirds very quickly, and to predators. Thanks to human conservation efforts, such as establishing and monitoring manmade bluebird nestboxes using predator guards, their numbers have increased in the past decade.

Once a person sees a nesting cycle and fledging of our local bluebirds, it's easy to see how much fun and satisfying it is to help them succeed. Bluebirds prefer semi-open grassland habitat, such as mowed lawns or meadows, orchards, cemeteries, and roadsides with scattered trees and short ground cover. The male bluebird leaves mixed flocks in February and begins establishing his territory. In March he is courting his mate, shows her possible nest locations, and she makes the final decision where to build the nest. In mid to late March, the nest building begins and egg laying and incubation takes place. Virginia's Eastern Bluebird has 2-3 broods per season.

It is not recommended to install a nestbox and to leave it unattended and unmonitored as too many things can go wrong for bluebirds. Nestboxes should be installed on poles with at least one guard to deter ground predators. Monitors clean out boxes between each nesting to make sure that non-native English house sparrows do not take over the boxes and to remove old nesting material. House sparrows and starlings are prime reasons that bluebirds numbers have decreased over the years because these non-native birds kill bluebirds and their young and rob them of places to nest in the wild. Monitoring allows us to control sparrow use of our nestboxes as well as gather valuable data about the activities of our native birds and detect problems early and provide a greater chance of survival for bluebirds and other protected cavity-nesting birds such as the chickadee, titmouse, nuthatch, tree swallow, and the House wrens will stuff nestboxes with sticks to the roof to create dummy nests so that other birds cannot use the nestbox. Monitors also look for signs of ants, blowflies, and wasps that deter and kill birds using the nestboxes and administers remedies to discourage them. The use of predator guards minimize the chance that snakes, squirrels, raccoons, large birds, mice, and feral cats that prey on the eggs and nestlings.

(Christine Boran is a volunteer for the non-profit Virginia Bluebird Society (VBS) as County Coordinator for Patrick and Floyd Counties. Christine established the Woolwine House Bluebird Trail commencing Spring 2008. She follows the VBS and Virginia Society of Ornithology?s (VSO) Principles of Birding Ethics while collecting accurate records of the cycle of nest building; egg laying, incubation, counts eggs, hatchings, and fledgings of the baby bluebirds. Christine is on the Speaker's Bureau for the North American Bluebird Society (NABS) and conducts free educational presentations and workshops to local groups, trains beginners in proper nestbox selection and installation and how to monitor using VBS recommendations, and will coordinate and include that data for the VBS which is kept in the state's records and forwarded to NABS and the Transcontinental Bluebird Trail (USA and Canada). Christine is seeking Floyd County residents and property owners to participate in installing one nestbox or more and will train how to monitor the bluebirds and will coordinate the nesting statistics. Christine invites those already enjoying bluebirds now with an existing nestbox to call her to learn more about what they can do to help bluebirds succeed in their nestbox through the joys of monitoring the birds.)

The Virginia Bluebird Society (VBS) is an affiliate of the North American Bluebird Society (NABS) and is a Chapter of the Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO). It was founded in 1999 to promote bluebirds and other native cavity nesters in Virginia. The Virginia Bluebird Society offers grants for new or refurbished bluebird trails on public lands, for Youth and Scouts groups, and other non-profit/charity organizations interested in installing and monitoring nestboxes. For more information and assistance, contact Christine through her website/blog: http://woolwinehousebluebirdtrail.com or call her at (276) 930-9963. Please also refer to the VBS website for more info: http://www.virginiabluebirds.org




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Wounded Knee and
Gun Control

A Lesson to be learned on the Anniversary of Wounded Knee; December 29, 2012 marked the 122nd Anniversary of the murder of 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.   

These 297 people, in their winter camp, were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms "for their own safety and protection". The slaughter began AFTER the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms. When the final round had flown, of the 297 dead or dying, two thirds (200) were women and children.

Around 40 members of the 7th Cavalry were killed, over half cut down by friendly fire from the Hotchkiss guns of their overzealous comrades-in-arms. Twenty members of the 7th Cavalry were deemed "National Heroes" and awarded the Medal of Honor for their acts of cowardice.   

We do not hear of Wounded Knee today. It is not mentioned in our history classes or books.  What little does exist about Wounded Knee is normally the sanitized "Official Government Explanation" or the historically and factually inaccurate depictions of the events leading up to the massacre on the movie screen.

Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation attempts in United States history.  It ended in the senseless murder of 297 people.

Before you jump on the emotionally charged bandwagon for gun-control, take a moment to reflect on the real purposese of the Second Amendment - The right of the people to take up arms in defense of themselves, their families, and property in the face of invading armies or an oppressive government.

The argument that the Second Amendment only applies to hunting and target shooting is asinine. When the United States Constitution was drafted "hunting" was an everyday chore carried out by men and women to put meat on the table each night, and "target shooting" was an unheard of concept, musket balls were a precious commodity in the wilds of early America, and were certainly not wasted "target shooting".   

The Second Amendment was written by people who fled oppressive and tyrannical regimes in Europe, and refers to the right of American citizens to be armed for defense purposes should such tyranny rise in the United States.

As time goes on the average citizen in the United States continues to lose personal freedom or "liberty". Far too many times unjust bills are passed and signed into law under the guise of "for your safety" or "for protection".

The Patriot Act signed into law by G.W. Bush, then expanded and continued by Barack Obama is just one of many examples of American citizens being stripped of their rights and privacy for "safety".  Now, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is on the table, and will, most likely be taken away for "our safety".

Before any American citizen blindly accepts whatever new firearms legislation that is about to be doled out, they should stop and think about something for just one minute. Evil does exist in our world. It always has and always will. Throughout history evil people have committed evil acts. In the Bible one of the first stories is that of Cain killing Abel. We cannot legislate "evil" into extinction. Good people will abide by the law defective people will always find a way around it.

And another thought:  Evil exists all around us, but looking back at the historical record of the past 200 years across the globe, where is "evil" and "malevolence" most often found, in the hands of those with the power - governments.   

The greatest human tragedies on record and the largest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to governments.  Who do governments target? "Scapegoats" and "enemies" within their own borders.but only after they have been disarmed to the point where they are no longer a threat.   

Ask any Native American what caused their demise. Ask any Armenian why it was so easy for the Turks to exterminate millions of them, and they will answer "We were disarmed before it happened".  Ask any Jew what Hitler's first step prior to the mass murders of the Holocaust was - confiscation of firearms from the people.

Wounded Knee is the prime example of why the Second Amendment exists, and why we shouldn't be in such a hurry to surrender our Right to Bear Arms. Without the Second Amendment we have no right to defend ourselves and our families.    

"There are two ways to enslave a Nation one is by sword the other is by debt."

When the Floyd Board of Supervisors voted (4 to 1) to "scrap" the current NOISE ORDINANCE for the county as it was deemed non enforceable under current standards and conditions.
Will it be replaced?

No. If Supervisors Ingram and Allen have anything to say about it.
Their reasoning is it might affect farmers and their use of machinery as well as pet owners.
Have these supervisors ever heard of compromise?

Will they always vote to throw the baby out with the bathwater every time?
Not long ago they also voted to scap a long time, common sense, ordinance prohibiting hunting or shooting within 100 feet of fence lines.

Again, they scrapped it as detrimental to farmers who MIGHT need to shoot a ground hog scurrying along their fence line and kill it before it digs any more holes in their pasture.
Of course, many fence lines border neighbors' properties and roadways. Places where someone might walk or stroll possibly unseen while the crosshairs are on some scruffy ground hog.

Instead of writing in a reasonable compromise that would issue permits to ACTUAL farmers who have to verify their need for their exemption and thereby offer the general population a degree of sane safety when driving or walking anywhere there's a fence line, their decision making abilities limits their sense of duty to Floyd's general population as banning the ordinance altogether.

Come hunting season, this means every person with a high powered rifle and more ammo than sense can now feel free to shoot at anything thought to be game even if the roadway or a walkway or another private property is on the immediate otherside of a fenceline.

Why don't they consider writing in exemptions to ordinances or rules to be accessible to those in verified need of exemption leaving the remaining ordinance intactThis would serve the common good while prohibiting the common nuisances and threats to the quality of life here that will continue to become problematic as our population not only grows but becomes more diversified.
Perhaps a NUISANCE ORDINANCE would be an alternative to the noise ordinance?

This could be distinguished in application by common sense boundaries of reasonable perception and a sense of what constitutes something that can or could be a reasonable assumption of disturbance or annoyance to someone with a reasonable cause for complaint.( How about as a starter; Do unto to others...?")

When will common sense be applied to our supervisors' decision making?
Probably not until the voters of this county elect common sense people to represent them. And except for Supervisor Fred Gerald, there's barely a shred of common sense to be noticed.


Did you realise if you are driving your insured and legal vehicle on any state/county road and have an accident with someone out having "fun" driving an ATV or golf cart, etc. that is not legal for state or county roads nor is it insured for roadway travel, YOU and, hopefully, your insurance company HAVE to cover all costs and expenses for your own vehicle as well as any physical damage to the drivers/riders on the illegal vehicle? So these illegal vehicles place every legal driver in jeopardy. Of course, you can hire a lawyer and take the illegal driver to court and try to sue for recompense..but what will be left after you pay your lawyer?


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Save our Dark Skies
Limit dusk to dawn lighting in
the countryside

If you use a dusk to dawn light
or are planning on installing one,
please consider using a deflector on it so the light only shines on your home;
install an 'on/off' switch so you can turn it on when needed and off when not;
connect it to a motion detector to go on only when
something passes by it.
Please don't leave these lights on all night long
and destroy our dark skies over our countryside
or bother neighbors who don't care for intrusive all night-bright light.
Please visit: http://www.darkskies.org/

also, view a short video here:
Light Pollution video By Insurance Quotes

Volunteers needed to assist local seniors with small chores,
like moving boxed items.
Please contact Tiffany at the
New River Valley Agency on Aging

Life is too short...
So kiss slowly...
Laugh insanely..
Love truly and forgive quickly

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And you were worried about a "pipeline" going through Floyd??!!

Nuclear Reactor under construction in Floyd
Floyd Countian, Doug Coulter, who resides off of White Rock Road in the Alum Ridge/Copper Valley vicinity, is hard at work building a nuclear fusion reactor in his home lab.
Doug, known for his technological know-how previously, has been studying the process for building the reactor for several years.


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"Remember the Ark was built by amateurs....Professionals built the Titanic"

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Al Moody's
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Regional Farmers Markets

Blacksburg Farmers Market
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Oct. 31; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 and 10 a.m. to p.m.
Saturday only Jan. 1 through March 1
Where: intersection of Draper Road and Roanoke Street, Blacksburg Contact: 239-8290

Floyd Farmers Market
When: Farmers market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; artisan market, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Floyd Community Market, Locust Street, downtown Floyd Contact: 250-0111,
mikeburton745@gmail.com or sustainfloyd.com

Narrows Farmers Market
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or when vendors
are available
Where: Narrows Farmers Market, 135 Monroe St., Narrows
Contact: 726-2423, 726-3020 or www.townofnarrows.org/

Pearisburg Farmers Market
When: 2 to 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Parking lot off Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg -21-0340
Pulaski Farmers Market and Flea Market
5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 2 Where: Maple Shade Park,
downtown Pulaski Contact: 994-4200 or pulaskitown.org

Radford Farmers Market
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 31 Where: Norwood Parking lot,
East Main Street, Radford Contact: 731-3656 or mainstreetradford.org or
Radford Farmers Market on Facebook

Shawswille Farmers Market
When: 4 to 7 p.m. first and third Thursdays of every month through
Where: Meadowbrook Community Center, 267 Allegheny Spring
Road, Shawsville
Contact: 357-3642


" Immigration should first and foremost serve the need of the receiving nation and its existing population. It should never be used by the sending nation as an excuse to avoid making living conditions inside its own borders better for its inhabitants. It certainly should not be used to make living conditions for the citizens of the receiving nation worse."
-Deena Flinchum

Call your county supervisor to create and enact a common sense ordinance protecting the rest of us from inconsiderate neighbors.
Pass an anti NOISE and NUISANCE/ANNOYANCE ordinance now.
Do not allow any possibility of anyone making any annoyance to others be grandfathered in: no grandfathering in disruptive neighbors.

People who move to Floyd County for the peace and quiet often end up being the most disagreeable and inconsiderate neighbors one can have.
They think their noises are not bothersome as long as it and no one else bothers them!



What are we paying for?

If you've received your most recent personal property tax bill from the county treasurer, you will notice that above and beyond the actual tax we have to pay for our personal property particularly and specifically our motor vehicles, that we are also being charged an additional "License Fee".

What is this $25.00 per vehicle license fee for?

Previously, we were being charged $25.00 each per vehicle for the "decal fee". But as we no longer are required to place county decal stickers on our windows, there was no need to charge the citizenry of Floyd County a fee for it.

And the decal was to easily identify those respectable citizens who had promptly paid their personal property taxes.
But now that is done electronically. And if you are a scofflaw, you will be found out and fined.

So, what and why the "License Fee"?

We buy a vehicle and pay taxes on the purchase up front.
We pay for licensing and title, also upfront, and yearly inspections and then insurance on our vehicle yearly or bi-yearly.
AND, we pay a tax per vehicle to our county each year

So what is our county doing for us that requires it to charge us $25.00 per vehicle every year above and beyond the taxes it charges and collects on these self-same vehicles?

We're not buying a license from the county to drive our vehicle nor to own our vehicle.

It is time our supervisors, perhaps Mr. Clinger especially as he has been on the ball concerning random fees and allocations of county money, will look into this aspect of our county government sticking its hand again and again into our pockets as they will and as they wish.

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Personal Opinion; submitted from a long-time Floyd Resident:

As residents of Floyd County Virginia we are well aware of not only what brought us here,
or brought our parents and ancestors here,
to southwest Virginia and to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains,
but what keeps us here.
The farms and farmland and forests and natural beauty still exist and call to many of us
in the way a mother's call to come in for dinner rings so warmly.
I'm sure it can't just be the Virginia schools system as the only reason to raise our families in Floyd County, while,
Floyd's diversity of mostly alt-culture businesses and events and the music and festivals and art and crafts shows and art galleries
and cost of land and taxes grow exponentially we find ourselves in the midst of transitions
that are coming quickly and with only minor warning.
And warning it is, as what those without roots in our earth call progress,
we know will be change and growth that will not only alter immeasureably the
very sources of our sense of place and of home, but divest us of them.

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Let's head off zoning in Floyd County
it's time to get our supervisors to create
common sense nuisance and noise ordinances.

Theoretically, the primary purpose of zoning is to segregate uses that are thought to be incompatible.
In practice, zoning is used to prevent new development from interfering with
existing residents or businesses and to preserve the "character" of a community.
Zoning may include regulation of the kinds of activities which will be acceptable on
particular lots (such as open space, residential, agricultural, commercial or industrial)..
Zoning typically segregates land uses into three main categories - residential, commercial, and industrial.
Thus, if an area is zoned residential, then no commercial uses are allowed in the area so a grocery store cannot be built within a housing area.
Land-use planning is the term used for a branch of public policy encompassing various disciplines which seek to order and regulate land use in an efficient and ethical way, thus preventing land-use conflicts.

Editor's Note:
FCIV will continue running this info notice as long as we continue receiving the steady feedback in support of establishing noise/annoyance/nuisance ordinances instead of zoning. It is obvious that more and more Floydians are upset that we have a growing population of too many self-absorbed people in our midst who do not care that what they do is distressing to their neighbors with their activities.
One of the most mentioned problems seems to be with neighbors creating chronic and persistent noises or disrupting the peace and tranquility of an otherwise quiet residential neighborhood with start up home businesses.
 Some of these problems relate directly to the creating of unwelcome and excessive noise (pollution) or physical pollution, particularly on back-county roads..
Current FCIV Editor- David Phillips

"The Congress declares that it is the policy of the United States to promote an environment
for all Americans free from noise that jeopardizes their health or welfare." Noise Control Act of 1972

Floyd County does not have a lake or a theme park or waterpark; does not have easily navigable waterways for boating; doesn't even have riverside public parks nor picnic areas nor hiking/biking paths within the heart of the county(only along the parkway); what Floyd County does have is beautiful countryside and especially, it has Peace and Quiet.

Or at least, it used to.

Floyd County is NOT the wilderness! Sounds travel great distances and despite the fact you might not be able to visually see a neighbor's home, we all have neighbors.

As our county's population grows and people are moving in closer and closer to one another more property owners are discovering they are being subjected to thoughtless, self absorbed and uncaring neighbors.

We're referring to a common decency of consideration for those around our own properties and if someone is put on notice they are creating an annoyance, it should be immediately stopped by those creating it..

This is not about general and occasional sounds that any of us might make such as running a lawnmower or tractor or cutting firewood or the occasional target practice.

This is about regularly and purposefully committed noises that are beyond the usual and commonplace neighborhood sounds.

 This might include allowing one's dogs to bark incessantly or overnight; playing music so loudly it is easily heard off of one's own property; someone running a commercial enterprise that creates disturbing sounds or noises in an otherwise residential area and not just after 11pm until 7 am either. This should be respected 24 hours a day...

 Actually, anyone running a commercial enterprise in a residential neighborhood should be restricted or banned if that business creates disturbances beyond its own property boundaries at any hour of the day or night.
This is about residential areas that are on or along or off of secondary roads and back roads, not main arteries such as Rt.221 or Rt.8.
 Main roadways such as 221 and 8 are likely to be the best locations for commercial businesses particularly if they are ones that create noise during operation.
Some other main thoroughfares in the county might be included as well for best locations for those businesses.

"Peaceful" home businesses and cottage industries and farming are not the problem and should not be affected by the ordinances.

Please call your county supervisor and tell him to create and enact a common sense ordinance protecting the rest of us from inconsiderate neighbors.

Pass an anti NOISE and NUISANCE/ANNOYANCE ordinance now.

Tell him to not provide any possibility of anyone making any annoyance to others be grandfathered in: no grandfathering in of inconsiderate, self-centered people and disruptive neighbors.

People who move to Floyd County for the peace and quiet often end up being the most disagreeable and inconsiderate neighbors one can have.

They think their loud and irritating noises and actions are not bothersome as long as it is of their own making on their own property so no one else should care.

Of course, they'd have a hissy-fit if anyone else disturbed their little corner of paradise.

Have comments?
Contact FCIV here:

Members of the Board of Supervisors
Case C. Clinger - Chairman
Courthouse District
(540) 745-3820

Virgel H. Allen - Vice Chairman
Little River District
(540) 745-3261

Joe D. Turman
Burks Fork District
(540) 789-7045

J. Fred Gerald
Indian Valley District
(540) 789-4421

Lauren D. Yoder
Locust Grove District
(540) 330-3245



For anyone in Floyd County wanting to participate in keeping your worthwhile but unwanted items from ending up in the landfill, please consider joining (for free, no strings attached) the Floyd County Sharecycle group. This is a Floyd based online interactive group through Yahoo that allows you to post items you'd like to see reused and recycled.
You will also be able to see what others are offering that may be of use to you or ask for something specific you would like to find.
Sharecycle originated in Floyd County and those involved in it are all local residents.
This group is not connected in any way with the freecycle organization that is under fire for numerous acts of alleged bad karma.

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"Sharecycle" originated in
Floyd, Virginia

Participate in Reuse-Recycling
Starting one in your communityContact us and we'll add your link here.
Here are some of our regional Sharecycle Groups:
(click on respective logo to join there)

New River Valley Sharecycle
Click  here to go to  the NRV  Sharecycle   website
Franklin County Sharecycle


There is also a former freecycle group in Floyd now functioning under a different name offering online recycling connections as well.
FCIV does not support this group as it is a satellite of a centralize organization located in another state.
This is the same way freecycle began.
And only one of its three "moderators" lives in Floyd.
FCIV encourages our neighbors and residents of Floyd County to honor and support truly local growers, artisans, businesses
and organizations that are firmly rooted here in our home county.

If you would like to get involved within our own community and "share the wealth" of worthwhile but unneeded goods and items, please look into Floyd Sharecycle.
This is a free Floyd County service with other Floyd County residents.

But even if you decide not to join any online group, please recycle your items that can be used by others.

- Editor

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Floyd County Needs Farmers.

Floyd County In View Asks:
any orchardists, farmers or would be farmers who are looking to relocate or are looking for new agricultural land to
organically grow fruit, produce and grains,
please consider Floyd County.



If we Americans are distressed at what's happening to our quality of life by virtue of America's dependence on foreign oil, if we don't preserve farms, farm lands and farming families, just wait to see what our life is like when America has to depend on foreign food
Grow Local - Buy Local - Eat Local:   Foods
Support your area orchards, gardeners, growers, farmers, farm markets and CSA's in your own community by asking for and buying locally grown organic produce

"Dear Friend, Theory Is All Grey And The Golden Tree Of Life Is Green." - Goethe

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