Tuesday morning started as usual for Doug Thompson, the Floyd County-based journalist. He was out of bed at 5 a.m. First he edited some copy for Capitol Hill Blue, the longest running political news site on the Internet. The ex-Washingtonian launched it in 1994.
Next he did a little writing for his popular blog, Blue Ridge Muse. Then Thompson was off to cover an 8:30 a.m. meeting of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors. They’re deliberating on the coming year’s budget; the meeting took most of the day.
By early evening, Thompson had a draft of his story for The Floyd Press, a weekly now owned by billionaire Warren Buffett. He turned in the finished copy Wednesday morning; the paper publishes Thursdays.
Little of that would be remarkable for any veteran scribe. But less than three months ago Thompson, 65, was in Carilion Clinic following a bad motorcycle wreck on U.S. 221 near Poage Valley Road. For a time last fall, doctors didn’t know if he’d ever walk or talk normally again, or recognize friends and loved ones.
On the night of Nov.9, while returning home after covering a Floyd County football game outside Staunton, Thompson hit a black cow in a dark stretch of roadway. A rescue squad crew scraped him up off the asphalt and rushed him to the Carilion Clinic trauma center.
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