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Karen Loftus and WDBJ7 Sports Reporter | August 25, 2012
The Christiansburg Blue Demons are coming off a season that ended in the state finals, but Coach Tim Cromer lost 20 seniors to graduation.  The Floyd County Buffaloes were shutout in this one a year ago, and were hoping to turn the tables Friday night.  The state runner-up Christiansburg football team opened the season hosting Floyd County. Blue Demons junior Mackenzie Muldoon replaced Breden Motley at the quarterback position. Muldoon wasted no time getting the offense going, handing-off to De'Quan Green-Gauss on third and 12. Green-Gauss went around the right side to cap-off their opening drive with a 27-yard touchdown run.  Floyd County responded on their ensuing drive with a pair of great catches.
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Holly Pietrzak and Weekend Anchor/Reporter | May 9, 2012
    A mild winter brought more than an early spring; some students are finished with school next week!     The students at Check Elementary have only a hand full of school days left.     The last day for all students in Floyd County is next Thursday, May 17.     Everyone was supposed to get out on May 25, but the lack of snow days pushed that date up. "We have a couple of veteran teachers that have been here almost 30 years, and they tell me that this has never, ever happened.  They don't ever remember getting out early.  I think they've had a time or two where they have gotten out a few days early, but nothing like this," said Kitty Sims, principal of Check Elementary School.
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David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | August 31, 2012
A Floyd County small-business owner named Darrell Burnette plays the Power Ball almost every week. Two weeks ago, he remembered why; the numbers all matched up. Burnette came to the Virginia Lottery office in Roanoke to claim his big prize today. He paid two dollars for the winning numbers and then played the Power Play for an additional dollar.  That additional dollar earned him two million dollars instead of one million. "Well it's something you always dream about," Burnette said, "a lot of people dream about what they would do, how they could help their family, what they could do if they had money.
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Melissa Gaona and Reporter | August 16, 2012
The Floyd County Tractor Fun Run kicks off Saturday at 9 am. Admission is $10. Kids age 6 and under can get in for free. Lunch is included with admission. The ride will go 35 miles through Floyd County. If you'd like to ride your own tractor, it must be able to ride at 10 to 12 miles per hour. Tractor rides will be given to both kids and adults. For more information, you can visit floydcountytractorfunrun.com .
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WDBJ7 Staff Writer | May 28, 2013
A stretch of Route 612 or Stonewall Road in Floyd County will be closed for the next few weeks starting Tuesday.   Workers are replacing a culvert between Route 612 and Eanes Road. They expect to have the work done by June 24th.
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February 24, 2010
The high school regionals rolled on across the area. In Buchanan, the James River boys hosted Floyd County. James River moves on with a 66 to 43 win.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | August 20, 2012
There is a local Powerball winner who is now $2 million richer. A Floyd County store sold a winning ticket to Saturday's Powerball drawing. The ticket was sold at the Willis Village Mart in Floyd County, which is on Floyd Highway South. The winner has not come forward yet. The ticket matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball. Normally, the prize would be $1 million but the person chose the "powerplay" option, which doubles the winnings. The numbers for Saturday's drawing were 14-26-41-55-59 ** 01. It's the first time a Virginia lottery player has used "powerplay" to increase their prize.
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September 4, 2011
If you're a crafty person, you may want to check out some classes in Floyd. On Sunday the Jacksonville Center for the Arts held pottery classes. A variety of crafts are taught there - everything from blacksmithing and ceramics to quilting and stained glass. The class sizes tend to be small and are for beginners. The Center charges by the hour. Art classes are held year round there.
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Brendan King and WDBJ7 Intern Reporter | June 11, 2013
50 to 90 percent of given bee populations are disappearing as beekeepers lose their hives at alarming rates. One Floyd County farm is dedicated to reversing trends to save the bees. For many of you, bees are pests. For Gunther Hauk they're like his children. He's Executive Director and head apiarist of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in Floyd County. He says, his kids are in danger. It started with what's called colony collapse disorder. "Already years before colony collapse disorder I realized we have to do something to save the honeybee," Head Apiarist Gunther Hauk said.
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Susan Bahorich and Reporter | July 18, 2012
Get those pumps primed. The SunTrust Charity High Heel Race is a go! The event which benefits the non-profit Apple Ridge Farm was in danger of being canceled because of poor attendance, but organizers say it will go on rain or shine. Apple Ridge has given Roanoke city kids a chance to explore rural Floyd County and continue their education over summer break for more than two decades. ---------------------- Original story from July 18 For more than two-decades Apple Ridge Farm in Floyd County has been the place to be for summer fun. "What I like is that we have everything, it's not just one thing, like every other camp," says 12-year old Andre Pullen.
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Brendan King and WDBJ7 Intern Reporter | June 11, 2013
50 to 90 percent of given bee populations are disappearing as beekeepers lose their hives at alarming rates. One Floyd County farm is dedicated to reversing trends to save the bees. For many of you, bees are pests. For Gunther Hauk they're like his children. He's Executive Director and head apiarist of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in Floyd County. He says, his kids are in danger. It started with what's called colony collapse disorder. "Already years before colony collapse disorder I realized we have to do something to save the honeybee," Head Apiarist Gunther Hauk said.
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Brendan King and WDBJ7 Intern Reporter | May 31, 2013
Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival in Floyd kicked off this afternoon.  Artists with different backgrounds, different experiences, different skills, have come together as one. Roanoke Symphony Orchestra director David Stewart Wiley will lead 56 musicians in 10 performances as part of Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival. "I feel really fortunate to be working with a great board of directors here with our musicians for our inaugural festival," artistic director and conductor David Stewart Wiley said.
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WDBJ7 Staff Writer | May 28, 2013
A stretch of Route 612 or Stonewall Road in Floyd County will be closed for the next few weeks starting Tuesday.   Workers are replacing a culvert between Route 612 and Eanes Road. They expect to have the work done by June 24th.
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Susan Bahorich and reporter | April 8, 2013
It's painstaking work moving 53-hundred pounds or close to 25-tons. Imagine doing it twice. "We're going to lift this caboose and put it on this trailer and we're going to use the crane from Lee-Hi to do that," explains Will Harris owner of North Form Lumber and coordinator of the move. On this morning, the crew plans the delicate dance of moving not one, but two cabooses from the rails of Roanoke to Apple Ridge Farm in Floyd County. The road to get there is windy and steep along Bent Mountain.
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April 4, 2013
Floyd County deputies say a school bus flipped Thursday afternoon. The bus flipped around 4:30 at the intersection of Red Oak Grove Road and Bethlehem Church Road. Only the bus driver was on the bus at the time. The driver wasn't hurt. Deputies say the snowy weather caused the crash.
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David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | March 26, 2013
A hot meal is something most of us take for granted.  But there's a good chance some people in your hometown are hungry and don't have food to eat. Today, the U-S Department of Agriculture announced plans to expand StrikeForce.  Virginia is one of ten new states participating in the program that's already active in Georgia, Nevada and New Mexico. The program promotes collaboration between the government and the grassroots movements aiming to solve the rural hunger problem.  In Floyd County, the wheels are rolling, but this train's not moving as fast as it could.
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WDBJ7 Sports Staff | March 9, 2013
Saturday marked the final day of the high school basketball season with schools vying for VHSL state championships in Richmond. Four local teams played at VCU's Siegel Center: GROUP A DIVISION 2 GIRLS Floyd County 72, Central-Wise 62 - The Buffaloes won an intense, physical game 72-62 over the Warriors. Amanda Hollandsworth led all scorers with 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as well. Christene Phillips added 19 points as Floyd won its fourth state championship and first since 2008.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | March 8, 2013
The Altavista boys basketball team won its first state championship since 2004 Friday. The Colonels knocked off West Point 80-62 on Friday for the Division 1 championship in Richmond. Juan Thornhill led Altavista, which jumped out to a 41-26 lead at halftime for Mike Cartolaro's team. Tune into WDBJ7's newscasts for more information. FLOYD COUNTY GIRLS The Floyd County Lady Buffaloes were the last local team to play a semifinal game Friday at the state tournament.  It was well worth the wait for the Buffaloes.
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David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 18, 2013
Emmy, a dog from Floyd County whose leg was amputated due to cancer, gets a new lease on life with acupuncture therapy. Emmy's been through a lot the past few years, so her owners wanted to give her some relief. She got it, with the help of needles. You don't know triumph until you know struggle, and few dogs have struggled like Emmy. Two-and-a-half years ago, doctors found cancer in Emmy's front left leg.  “It was worst case scenario every step of the way,” dog owner Sarah Jones said.
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February 17, 2013
A woman from Willis, Virginia is dead after a car wreck on Route 221, one half mile north of Route 722 in Floyd County. It happened early Sunday morning around 12:30. Virginia State Police says Lisa Reid was traveling southbound when her car ran off the left side of the road hitting a guard rail and then an embankment, before overturning. Reid was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and she was partially ejected from the car. She died at the scene.  
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