Lots of news happening in the little hamlet of Floyd this week.

The trial of a young Mexican man charged with murder after a fight with a trailer park caretaker goes to the jury today and a verdict is expected before sundown.

Floyd County’s school board, under public attack for its controversial handling of multiple salary increases for superintendent Terry Arbogast, meets at 4:00 p.m. today with a growing number of citizens attending to express their displeasure with the board and the system’s administrator.

Teachers and other staff members of the school system tell me that a series of meetings with Arbogast “have not gone well” and many came away unsatisfied with the school superintendent’s explanation on how his salary increased so dramatically while their pay remained frozen.

Supervisors meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for their regular monthly meeting.  Arbogast is scheduled to appear at 11:15 a.m. for his monthly report. He may face additional questioning from the board about the controversy.  The supervisors will also finalize the budget for the coming fiscal year and have cut the school system back to the current level, wiping out more than $250,000 in requested increases.

The county’s tea party, with its penchant for disruptive behavior, has invaded the meetings of Floyd County’s governmental agencies and the face they present to the public is ugly and rude.

It adds up to a busy news week for a small community where a laid-back style of life is supposed to be the norm.

But norms change and Floyd County is in the news more and more for controversies like the school board mess, tax hikes and meth lab busts that seem to occur on a weekly basis.

Sit around the table for breakfast at Blue Ridge Restaurant or coffee at the Floyd Country Store and the discussion centers around crime, the school issue, gas prices or taxes.  The usual conversations staples of music ot high school sports get shoved into the background because of real-world issues.

It ain’t pretty but reality seldom is.