Save at the Sign of the Sock

Or so encourages the host of Prairie Home Companion who sends us to Bob’s Bank. It had such a homey sound and rural sense of scale. Laughable. Or maybe not.

Closer to home we have the Bank of Floyd. It conjures up for many a couple of short faux-columns on the old brick building next to Floyd’s Barbershop, Floyd presiding and standing outside under the spinning red and white barber pole waiting for his next white-sidewalls-and-a-shave customer.

However, the real BOF, while once held up to some criticism for its conservative way of doing business, is looking pretty solid these days.

Here’s one person’s spin on the situation. Or you can listen to the interview with Leon Moore, local bank president, on NPR from October 1.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Shoot! The NPR link doesn’t work – maybe there will be a story in the Floyd Press? How did NPR connect with the Bank of Floyd? That would be an interesting story.