October 25, 2007 RSS feed / Top News

Campfires banned in national forest

ROANOKE - The George Washington-Jefferson National Forest has announced a ban on campfires and stoves or grills that use solid fuel such as charcoal, wood or coal. Stoves that use liquid or gas fuel will still be permitted. More...

New Highland school board up for election

Billingsley seeks first term

MONTEREY - Highland resident Kirk Billingsley believes education in this county can be improved, and he's tossing his hat in the ring to run for the Highland County School Board this year. "Highland County's been good to me over the years. More...

Blagg seeks first term

MONTEREY - With three children ages 10, 13 and 14, Jim Blagg of Doe Hill decided his vested interest in Highland County Public Schools was a strong motive for running for a seat on the Highland County School Board. More...

Held seeks first term

MONTEREY - Larry Held spent the bulk of his career in human resources, and after he learned Highland's three school board members would not be seeking reelection this year, he decided his expertise would be well-suited for the role. More...

Tell 'em what you think

ALLEGHENY HIGHLANDS - The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is developing a regional tourism concept and brand for a region consisting of the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Craig, and Highland, and the cities and towns of Covington, Clifto More...

Moyers seeks 1st term

MONTEREY - John Moyers Jr. More...

Kirby Buzzard

WARM SPRINGS - Kirby Buzzard is a lifelong resident of Bath County. Though he has worked in law enforcement all his adult life, he has had to work in neighboring jurisdictions. More...

Jubilee set for Nov. 3

WARM SPRINGS - Featuring local and regional performers, the fifth annual Old Fashioned Gospel Jubilee will be the source of many joyful noises. This year's jubilee is Saturday, Nov. 3 from 6-9 p.m. More...

Larry Norfleet

WARM SPRINGS - Larry Norfleet is a familiar face around Bath County, mostly in the Virginia State Police uniform he wore for 29 years. More...

Man detained at Ft. Lewis

MILLBORO - Bath county deputy sheriff Diedra "Dede" Shriver and Capt. Richard Armstrong detained an Alleghany County man after he made threats at Fort Lewis Lodge Tuesday. More...

Sunshine, apples, smiles: perfect recipe

Richard Jones took several turns stirring an applebutter kettle at the festival in Hot Springs last weekend. The event also included pony rides for the kids, crafts and antiques to buy, a benefit yard sale, and lots of musical entertainment. More...

Commission clarifies swimming pool issues

MONTEREY - Mattern and Craig, the engineering firm hired to prepare bid documents for the Highland swimming pool, will facilitate a mandatory meeting of all contractors and subcontractors interested in bidding on the project at the Highland courth More...

Candidates gather in Millboro for forum

MILLBORO - Twenty people seeking county and school offices participated in a candidates' forum at the elementary school last Thursday, Oct. 18, organized by the Republican and Democratic committees of Bath County. More...

Seven defendants plead guilty in Bath court

WARM SPRINGS - Wayne "Buddy" Purvis was on a mission of mercy that day last October, delivering Meals on Wheels in Healing Springs. More...

DAR makes plans for programs

STAUNTON - The Sarah Murray Lewis Chapter of the DAR met at Third Presbyterian Church, Staunton on Oct. 13. The meeting was called to order by Regent Sarah Wolters, she thanked the hostesses, Mrs. Robert C Atkins, Mrs. Richard L. Huff, Mrs. More...

Brad Gumm receives safe driving award

MONTEREY - Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Services awarded a $1,000 U.S. savings bond to Brad Gumm of Vanderpool for his successful completion of the teenage driver safety education program. More...

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The Highland High School class of 1997 joined together Sept. 29, at the Mountain Hideaway to celebrate their 10-year reunion. Classmates and their guests reminisced of old times and caught up with friends while enjoying a pizza and pasta buffet. More...

Senior Navigator available in Bath, Highland

WARM SPRINGS - Are you getting close to 65? Do you wonder how to sign up for Social Security and what you need to know? Do you wonder how to change your Medicare D coverage or wonder how you get started? More...

Highland Halloween carnival planned

MONTEREY - Highland Elementary School will hold its annual carnival on Friday, Oct. 26. This event provides a chance for families and the community to come together, play games and have fun while raising money for the school. More...

Births

Laci Alexis Ryder

MOUNTAIN GROVE - Gary Ryder and Tracy Roberts of Mountain Grove announce the birth of their daughter, Laci Alexis Ryder. Laci was born on July 9, 2007 at 5:59 p.m. at Roanoke Community Hospital. More...

What's blooming in Bath, Highland

HIDDEN VALLEY - At first glance, yarrow's cluster of white flowers can easily be mistaken for the more common Queen Anne's lace, especially if the two are growing close together as they are along the Jackson River in Hidden Valley. More...

Gov. Kaine declares statewide state of emergency for fire

RICHMOND - Governor Timothy M. Kaine has declared a statewide emergency and enacted a ban on open fires. More...

Hupman to show sheep at exposition

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Michael Hupman of Hightown, Va. has entered nine head of sheep in the open and junior breed division of the 34th annual North American International Livestock Exposition. More...

Special Sections

Schools

School rewards program at Highland Elementary

MONTEREY - Kroger's and Martin's are offering shoppers an opportunity to convert some of the money they spend at the stores into cash or equipment for schools. Highland Elementary School is participating in both programs. More...

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The Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Nursing Students Association has been collecting aluminum cans in a fund-raising drive for the Habitat for Humanity for the Greater Alleghany Highlands and recently handed over their first donation. More...

Religion

Religion

Full Story

Missionary to Sudan returns for second visit to Highlands

MONTEREY - The Rev. Lauren Stanley spends part of the year in Sudan teaching at Renk Theological College. She spends the rest of the year raising money for the college. Stanley visited St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hot Springs Sept. 9. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Bath County ¦ Oct. 16 - Responded to an activated security alarm at Bath Community Hospital. ¦ Oct. 18 - Responded to a report of a suspicious person, U.S. 220, Hot Springs. ¦ Oct. More...

Letters

School board made right decision on weight room

Editor, The Recorder, At a recent school board meeting in Bath County the board voted against building a weight room at the high school. More...

Leadership, helping hands make difference

Editor, The Recorder, On Monday, Oct. 15, at about 4 p.m., a resident of Highland County began a lone and eventually lonely journey when she stepped out of her house on Bull Pasture River Road. On Tuesday, Oct. 16 at approximately 4 p.m. More...

Bath resident endorses Chestnut in Cedar Creek

Editor, The Recorder, The upcoming local election provides another opportunity for the citizens of our county to directly influence their future. More...

Opinions & Commentary

OUR VIEW

Don't play with fire

Our area's stunning beauty, especially this time of year, beckons us to the out-of-doors - the leaves peaking, the warmer than usual weather, and the sunsets and sunrises that take our breath away. More...

Pictorial

From spectacular, unspoiled mountaintop vistas to intimate villages nestled in mountain valleys, there are many reasons to consider the Highlands special. More...

Staph infection scare addressed by schools

Bath, Highland report no cases of MRSA found

MONTEREY and WARM SPRINGS - Several reports of staph infections in the community, the death of a Bedford County student last week from a drug-resistant strain of staph infection, and a notice to parents and guardians that Highland and Bath schools More...

Come on in, see more of Bath, Highland

Tourism trail plan holds potential for local economy

MONTEREY - "Wayne Strickland, executive director, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, at the invitation of the Highland County Economic Development Authority, described the benefits of a regional tourism trail for the Highlands similar t More...

Take precautions in the woods

Why is the forest service implementing fire restrictions on the George Washington-Jefferson National Forest? Virginia is experiencing a severe drought, with rainfall levels significantly below normal. More...

Corrections

¦ Jean Smith said the McDowell Presbyterian Women was the first group to arrive at the Hayfields Farm last Tuesday to provide food and drink to search workers. More...

Flynn seeks first term

MONTEREY - Jack Flynn has recently had a taste of county leadership, and the experience has motivated him to do more. More...

Humphries seeks seat

MONTEREY - Chris Humphries believes Highland schools are not spending enough time focused on students, and has chosen to be a candidate on the school board in an effort to get that changed, especially when it comes to stressing vocational educatio More...

Motorcycle accident leaves two dead

MONTEREY - Sunday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., a motorcycle driven by Robert Litten, 73, of Woodstock, ran off U.S. 250 at the foot of the west side of Shenandoah Mountain in Highland County, went up an embankment and flipped over. More...

6 vie for office of Bath County Sheriff

David Bratton

WARM SPRINGS - David Bratton doesn't have a background in law enforcement or criminal justice, but he says those currently in law enforcement "have been there and they haven't done the job." Therefore he has decided to run for the office of sherif More...

J.W. "Jay" Bryan

WARM SPRINGS - J.W. "Jay" Bryan was five years old when his father went into law enforcement, and 16 when his father became sheriff in Bath County. More...

Noel T. Dunnagan

WARM SPRINGS - Noel "Tim" Dunnagan started in the sheriff's department as a dispatcher in 1981 and has been working his way toward running for sheriff since then. More...

Frank M. Pritt

WARM SPRINGS - Frank M. Pritt Jr. has one credential other candidates for the office of sheriff cannot claim. He's been the sheriff in Bath County before. Pritt served as sheriff from 1967 until 1980. More...

Night skies worth protecting, board told

WARM SPRINGS - On a recent crisp, clear, autumn night, two young women from Arlington lay on the hard benches at the Ingalls Overlook on Route 39 and stared into the night sky. More...

Permit request moves ahead

WARM SPRINGS - In an unusual move, the Bath County Planning Commission voted to forward a conditional use permit application to the board of zoning appeals without commenting either for or against the application. More...

Flu shots available in Highland

MONTEREY - Highland Medical Center has several flu shot clinics scheduled from now until the end of the year. Hopefully, there will be no shortage of vaccine this year, so call to schedule your flu shot. More...

Millboro residents participate in search for hunter

MILLBORO - Three residents participated in the search for an elderly lost hunter early last Tuesday - Essie Heffler, an EMT and member of the local rescue squad; Danny Arbogast, an avid hunter who knew the terrain, and firefighter J.J. Ingram. More...

Millboro Happenings

¦ Residents who want to explore a new way to get some aerobic exercise can check out the contra dance in Staunton on Friday, Oct. 26, at Mary Baldwin College in the dance studio at the Physical Activities Center. More...

Camp Mont Shenandoah scholarship available

MILLBORO SPRINGS - Camp Mont Shenandoah, a small, traditional all girls' summer camp located in Millboro Springs, announces that it will begin accepting applications for its Camp Spirit Scholarship on Oct. 15. More...

Pumpkin readied for Halloween

Tye Hooker paints his pumpkin while his brother, Luke Hooker, left, tastes the paint at Saturday's Pumpkin Promenade festivities in Ashwood. More...

Library to hold silent auction

ROCKBRIDGE - The Rockbridge Regional Library will display a collection of art work given to the library by Landis Shepherd on her mother's 100th birthday in 2006. More...

WV Book Faire - A celebration of reading

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Book lovers, authors, and aspiring writers will not want to miss the West Virginia. Book Faire in Martinsburg to be held on Saturday, Nov. 3. Now in its third year, the West Virginia. More...

Achievement

Burton T. Neff

FAIRFIELD, Calif. - On June 9, Burton T. Neff completed the requirements for a master of arts from Chapman University's Fairfield campus in northern California. More...

Meet the candidates

LUE GRASS - There will be an indoor picnic and opportunity for candidates and Highland residents to get to know each other better on Nov. 1 at the Blue Grass Ruritan building between 5:30 and 8 p.m. More...

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Commander Houston T. More...

Reynolds to share tall tales

CLIFTON FORGE - On Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., Norma and Bucky Reynolds will share scary stories and tall tales in the Michael Armstrong Community Room at the Clifton Forge Public Library. More...

Obituaries

BONNIE MARGARET SLAVEN

STAUNTON - Bonnie Margaret Slaven, 85, of Staunton died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007 at her home. She was born July 3, 1922 at Hightown a daughter of the late Roy B. and Mabel Clara Wimer Slaven. More...

Sports

Bath's big plays barely beat Blues

WARM SPRINGS - The Bath County defense made crucial plays with backs to the wall and quarterback/homecoming king John Barden picked and passed his way through a Parry McCluer defense leading the Chargers to an exciting 26-23 victory Friday night. More...

Chargers roll over Rockets, River

NEW CASTLE - Rebounding from a disappointing and unexpected loss to Parry McCluer, the Bath County Chargers exacted revenge on the Rockets of Craig County, crushing them on their home court, 25-12, 25-6, 25-20, Thursday night. More...

Rams lose 4 in busy district week

MONTEREY - Down two games to one to the Covington Cougars, the Highland Rams regrouped to win their first district game of the year in game three, but fell in four games, 25-11, 25-12, 25-22, 25-14, Thursday night. More...

Early Files

Opry Star's murder saddens Highlander

Editor's note: The following article was taken from the Nov. 15, 1973 issue of The Recorder. Joseph T. Pritchard was publisher. More...

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In 1981, the Highland High Schools' Junior Class acted in "A Feudin' Over Yonder," as a class fundraiser. The Highlander, HHS's annual yearbook, notes special "appreciation to (the late) Mrs. More...

25 years ago

OCTOBER 28, 1982

Property owners along the Jackson River have decided to appeal an Oct. 1 ruling by U.S. District Judge James Turk that declared a 10-mile stretch of the river in Alleghany County as navigable. More...


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