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

Floyd Amateur Radio Society (FARS) Test Session Oct 8th

FARS will host a Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session on October 8th at 10am.

While great strides are being made in certain areas –emergency preparedness, trained emerg. correspondence, security, education, and skills training– we still see (and hear about) struggles in the aftermath of disaster. New disasters occur from time to time, and there is a need for help for people, even in our own region.

The need for amateur radio communication is still great, especially in spotty cell phone coverage areas, power outages or in disaster.

If you would like to learn more about amateur radio, visit Amateur Radio Relay League‘s

In Floyd, training is ongoing by the folks of Floyd Amateur Radio Society (FARS), and the group has been approved for use as a testing site Floyd Rescue Squad, Station One, 452 Floyd Hwy N, Floyd VA 24091. FARS will host a Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session on October 8th at 10am.

This session will be for testing Technician, General, and Extra Class amateur radio operators. The session will be conducted by Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) VE’s, and the cost is $15.00.

Technician is the beginner class, it is a 35-question test that is rather easy to take and pass. The test questions are multiple-choice and cover frequency privileges, rules, operating techniques, and other elements which are required to operate amateur radio.

General is for the intermediate class operator, this is also a 35-question multiple-choice test.

Extra is the advanced license class for amateur radio. This is a 50-question test covering the rules, electronics theory, operating, and much more.

Did you know that there is no longer a requirement for Morse code related to amateur radio license? That’s right; you do not have to learn “code” to become a ham. If you had interest in amateur radio before but couldn’t get over the Morse code hurdle, now is the time to try again!

It is neither expensive nor difficult “electronics-wise” or “age-wise” to become involved. You may take the practice exams offered at, and other places online, for FREE. Another place to go to get started is at ARRL is the National league to better Amateur Radio and the advisory for laws affecting amateur radio.

If you have any questions, please call Russ Abbey KG4MAV, Secretary for FARS at 651-4072 or e-mail, or Tom King W4VZH, President of FARS at 745-7742 or e-mail They can help with LIVE training at Floyd Community Amateur Radio Station, at 201 East Main St., suite 9 of the Village Green, or they can provide study books ($23 ea.) and coordinate your learning and testing dates!

Fall Rabies Clinic, Floyd Virginia

September 24th – Fall Rabies Clinic – $12/pet
Sponsored by the Floyd County Humane Society

Various locations and times around Floyd County:

11 am-2 pm Blue Ridge Vet Hospital  436 Floyd Hwy N, Floyd
11 am-3 pm Willis Village Mart, 5602 Floyd Hwy S, Willis
10 am – Noon  Smith’s Grocery, 8470 Floyd Hwy N, Copper Hill
10 am – Noon  Simmons Grocery 4074 Webbs Mill Road N, Floyd

For questions, contact 540-745-5422, 540-745-7207 or

Note: To get 3-year rabies vaccine, pet owners must bring current certificate.
All dogs must be on a leash & cats must be in a carrier – not loose

Come Have a Doggone Good Time with the Floyd County Humane Society