Chance Harman Drive for a Cure at Olde Mill Golf Course

Chance Harman Golf BannerThe Chance Harman Memorial Fund is very excited to announce our first golf tournament! This tournament will be held Thursday, June 6th, 2013 at Olde Mill Golf Course. The format will be a captain’s choice and we will have a shotgun start at 1:00 PM. Dinner will be served after your round and we will have plenty of prizes to hand out as well. We really appreciate the support you all have showed over the past several years with the Classic and would like to offer this opportunity to you first. We also will need several volunteers so if you know of anyone please pass this along to them.

We are looking forward to this event and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Grammy Nominated DecemberRadio Plays LIVE in Floyd Virginia

Friday, September 21 – FREE CONCERT – CAN DONATIONS – Chantilly Farm is excited to be hosting a free outdoor concert on Friday, September 21 featuring Grammy nominated, Dove award winning, DECEMBERADIO!!! Special guests include All for Jesus Ministries (AFJM) and Sparrow! This will be one of the band’s last local shows before heading to Nashville! This is a FREE show, but we are collecting canned goods for local food banks.

Bring the whole family for an evening of fun, fellowship, and awesome music! Food and drink concessions will be available or you can bring your own picnic! Don’t forget blankets or lawn chairs!

A variety of field games will begin at 4pm and all are welcome to participate! Music on the main stage begins at 4:30 with DecembeRadio taking the stage at 7pm.

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The Story

Ask anyone who has ever been to a DecembeRadio show to describe the experience and you’ll get an enthusiastic barrage of comments about the band’s blistering stage show, an adrenaline-fueled rock spectacle that leaves audiences nearly breathless. Yet intertwined among the searing guitars and anthemic choruses, the heart of the band shines through on every note.

Few bands more effectively fuse music and ministry than this Virginia-based foursome. Miker along with lead vocalist/bassist Josh Reedy, lead guitarist Brian Bunn and drummer Boone Daughdrill burst onto the national scene with their self-titled Slanted Records’ debut in 2006. The project was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album and earned the group four Dove Award nominations, including nods in the Best New Artist category and Song of the Year for “Drifter.” That night the band claimed their first Dove Award when DecembeRadio was honored for Rock Album of the Year, an impressive feat for a new band.

Their winning streak continued at radio where “Love Found Me” and “Dangerous” heated up rock radio airwaves while “Drifter” and “Find You Waiting” became back to back Top Five hits in the CHR format and won fans among AC listeners as well. “Dangerous” became the theme song for the Discovery Channel’s “Hazard Pay” program and was used in the CBS-TV drama “Cane.”

DecembeRadio recorded their sophomore effort at Atlanta’s famed Southern Tracks studios and once again turned to producer Scotty Wilbanks. “It just goes so much deeper than just being a producer. Scotty is like a brother to us,” says Bunn. “He really is like the fifth member of the band you could say. He understands what we want to do and where we want to go musically. We grew up on a lot of the same things and listened to the same music; but at the same time, it’s nice because he’s a keyboard player and we’re a more guitar-driven band. It’s good to get that different perspective from somebody who’s not a guitar player. He brings us balance and helps us stay true to who we are.”

As they began writing and recording their sophomore effort, the band felt a new sense of confidence in their musicianship and a feeling of creative freedom. “We started finding out that we had grown so much as writers and as a band,” says Reedy. “We were having the most fun that we’ve ever had in making this music and that’s the way it should be.”

That creative energy and sense of fun leaps from the speakers when listening to Satisfied. “Gasoline” is like a musical Molotov cocktail, filled with fiery guitar and Reedy’s blazing vocals. Bunn cites it as one of his favorite songs that the band has ever recorded.

DecembeRadio has toured relentlessly the past two years, most recently opening for Third Day in the spring of 2008. The band has an intriguing dynamic on stage. Though they definitely have that powerful rock ‘n roll stage presence, they also have a unique ability to be accessible to the fans. There’s a bond that’s forged between the guys and the crowd that erases that unseen barrier between artist and audience.

“People connect with how real you look them in the eye whether you’re rocking out or you’re getting them to sing along with you,” says Reedy. “When they feel they are a part of the show, a part of the band or just a part of that song, that is what we strive for when we step on that stage.”

Miker says their live show had considerable impact on how they made the new record. “We learned more about our fans and what they like,” he says. “We learned a lot about what works best live, and we wanted to make sure all the songs work great live. We just wanted to make music that the fans like.”

Adds Reedy: “We’re enjoying the journey.”

Supper and Bluegrass Gospel on the Little River in Floyd

Saturday, September 8th, 2012 – 1953 Thunderstruck Road, Floyd VA – Meal at 5pm – Music at 6pm

Rain moves to Little River Baptist Church, 2449 Floyd HWY N, Floyd VA.

Alleghany Strings and the Blue Grass Inspirations.

All Proceeds go to the family of the late Ms. Cassie Robinette to help pay for expenses incurred during her sickness and death.

———————————By Bill Austin

Alleghany Strings

Love for the road and the sweet sounds of music keep the Schillinger family in tune. On Jan. 6, the Allegheny String Band sat down for a talk that would be filled with stories of life on the road and how this family had come to land at Naval Station Mayport.

The group, comprised of Mary, Beth, Joe and their father Pete, play a mixture of bluegrass, Irish gospel and civil war music and they make no bones or apologies about their dislike for most modern music. “We write a lot of our own and prefer the sound of old country,” said Mary, the oldest of the trio at eighteen. All of her band mates come from different parts of the country and none were musically inclined before coming together as a family.

“All of them are adopted,” said Pete, with a smile and obvious pride as he and his wife Jackie watched them set up for the night’s performance. He added that they have only been part of the family for a few short years. The Schillinger’s have three older children, one of them just returned from his fifth tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The beginning of the Allegheny String Band was simply a gift of musical instruments. “Mom bought Mary and I a fiddle and we just picked it up,” said Joe. Beth followed shortly after with a guitar, and the group was formed. “We taught dad how to play the stand up bass but we don’t let him sing,” said Mary as the rest shared a big laugh.

Life on the road has its challenges according to the family, but show time they come together and you would never know by listening to them that they are still new to the music game.

The road has taken them recently through Northern California, and eventually they will return back to Pennsylvania where they live on a farm and work big gardens and can a lot of the bounty. “It all seems to work out,” said Jackie, who serves as not only mom but the group’s manager. “They are homeschooled and have met so many great people of all ages on the road. It truly is a great experience,” she said.

When they do take the stage, they are dressed in old time clothes reminiscent of the 1930’s with long dresses and hats. It’s appropriate dress for the music that comes from this young talented group with an earthy sound accompanied by smooth harmonies.

On this night, they were in jeans and shorts and when they took mandolin, guitar and fiddle in hand, they banged out an excellent rendition of the late Blue Grass legend Bill Monroe’s “Dark Hollow” for the RV audience already hanging out and waiting for the show.

Bill Monroe would have been proud.


Floyd County Skit Night by Blue Mountain School

Floyd County Skit Night by Blue Mountain School

Sunday, April 1st, 2012 – Come to the skit night at the Sun Music Hall

This skit night is a FUNdraiser run by Blue Mountain School students to help them raise money to go to Washington DC later this year.

If you want to perform, contact Jamie Reygle at or (540) 745-4234.

There will be baked goods for sale, Dogtown’s great pizzas, and a photo booth for kids of all ages: have your photo taken with movie or make-believe characters!

Get your tickets at the Harvest Moon, Black Water Loft, Blue Mountain School, or on the night if there are any left.

We guarantee you will have a TON of FUN!

Ticket prices: Public $5; Performers $2; 6 & under FREE

Empty Bowls to Benefit NRCA Backpack Program

March 25, 2012 • 11:30 – 1:30 pm • Floyd County High School Cafeteria • 721 Baker Street, Floyd 24091
Tickets: $12 advance at Jacksonville Center for the Arts – Buy early, they will sell out!

Supporters of this year’s Empty Bowls will come to Floyd County High School Cafeteria and select a handmade bowl by an area fine potter and to help raise funds for the Backpack Program serving local students. The funds make it possible to give healthy meals on weekends to families in need. New River Community Action packs meals for many County students and sends them home in “backpacks”.

All the proceeds from the luncheon plus any additional donations go toward the program.

Come and enjoy yourself, and bring your family and friends! The event is a wonderful example of community working together for a great cause. Besides the huge contribution of the bowls themselves, men and women of the community become soup makers and servers, hosts and hostesses- area businesses kick in with fresh breads and cookies, even sweet tea. The homey touches on the table, the music by local musicians and the fun conversations are really something to experience.

About the Backpack Program: John Getgood is the current coordinator for the program, and his organizational skills, plus increased exposure about the good work has resulted in more child participants. The program serves just less than 150 kids, an amount approximately double what it was 2 years ago. Each Friday afternoon, Floyd County children pick up a backpack filled with food. The food is child-friendly and easily consumed. On Monday they return the backpack empty to be filled again for the next Friday.

If you would like to support the program, you may attend the Empty Bowls luncheon and bring extra dollars to give, or you may sponsor a child for the year related to the Backpack Program at a cost of $150. A check for sponsorship may be made out to NRCA.

About New River Community Action: I spoke with Pat Shelor, who serves on NRCA’s Local Advisory Board in Floyd, and she relayed news of current happenings there: NRCA is continuing their campaign for volunteers and donations toward renovating their building on Rt. 221 S in Floyd. You may phone 540-745-6722 for information, and follow the project on Facebook: Help Bring Community Action Home.

Help Bring Community Action Home!
Donations toward building renovations
P.O. Box 849  Floyd, VA 24091

Community Action was established over forty-five years ago by Congress as a centerpiece of the War on Poverty. The goal of Community Action is to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities and empower low-income individuals and families to become fully self-sufficient, and NRCA has been a well-known proponent of self-sufficiency in the New River Valley of Virginia since 1965. “A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out” is their motto. NRCA is a private non-profit charitable corporation according to IRS code 501(C)(3). All contributions are tax-deductible.

Some other projects through the NRCA Floyd Area Office:

Children’s Health Improvement Partnership
Head Start
Homeless and Housing Programs
Responsible Rides car ownership
To Our House winter shelter for men
VA CARES (Virginia Community Action Re-Entry System)
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
Emergency Assistance and Food Pantries/Holiday Assistance
Life Skills Education, plus Outreach and Referral

About Plenty! Karen Day (ph. 540-357-5657) and McCabe Coolidge are co-founders, and they guide the mission as Neighbors working side by side to grow and share food.  It’s free and anyone can join.  The group operates out of a space at 177 Webbs Mill Road, and the Floyd Community Garden is also located there.  They have begun an intern program, as have other charitable groups, and they teach community-based giving and receiving which results in enough for all. “There is an abundance of produce and plenty of caring”, they say.

Some other projects of Plenty!:

Portable Produce
Kid’s Wonder Garden
Healthy Snacks
Floyd Community Garden

By Dee Wallace

2nd Annual Young Life Dodgeball Tournament

Young Life – Floyd County Virginia

Time: Saturday, October 29 · 8:00am – 11:00am
Location: Floyd County High School

Sign up today! Get your team of 6-9 together to play in the 2nd Annual community-wide Dodgeball Tournament. Winners & Losers bracket for competitive & noncompetitive teams, so whether you’re playing for fun or competing for the championship, you’re guaranteed 3 games! FREE T-SHIRTS upon registration.

$15 for high school students and $20 for adults. Players must be 13 year old to participate. Food coupons for teams who come in costumes! There will be breakfast & lunch concessions. All players will be entered to win prizes given away at a drawling before the championship game!! Our silent auction will be going on all day with items such a Hokie Gas Grill that has already sold out of stock, donated to Young Life to be auctioned at the tournament!

Recruit your team and call Jason Dalton to register at: 1-276-233-2292 or email him at

Doggone Good Time Fundraiser at the Great Oaks Country Club

Doggone Good Time – Fundraiser

The Floyd County Humane Society presents a “Doggone Good Time” to benefit our furry friends on Saturday, October 15th from 6-9 pm at the Great Oaks Country Club in Floyd. Enjoy wine from Villa Appalachia, great food and music, silent auction of goods and services and a live fine arts auction. $20 per person. Need more details, call Diane at 745-3667.

Great Oaks Country Club

Private, 18 holes, $15.00 – $20.00

This very demanding course’s front nine fairways are open, while its back nine fairways are narrow. The most difficult hole is #7, a 409-yard, par 4, featuring a huge pine tree directly in front of the green. In addition, water hazards come into play on a few holes.

Design – Golf Course at Great Oaks Country Club

Year Built: 1966
Designer: Gene Hamm
Greens Grass Type: Bent Grass
Fairways Grass Type: Bent Grass
Water Hazards: Yes
Sand Bunkers: 41-50
Yardage Markers: 200, 150, 100 Yrd Markers and Sprinkler Heads Marked