December 6, 2007 RSS feed / Top News

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'Plaid Tidings' full of holiday cheer

LEWISBURG - Make a little more room in your holiday schedule: You don't want to miss "Plaid Tidings." The Christmas-themed spin-off of the popular show "Forever Plaid" brings not just glad tidings, but hilarity, high jinx, even pathos. More...

Conservation vs. transportation: Who trumps in property taking?

MONTEREY - In recent months, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation sent courtesy notifications for proposed conservation easements in the vicinity of the McDowell Battlefield and U.S. 250 to the Highland County Board of Supervisors for comment. More...

Saxman sets 2008 agenda

MONTEREY - Del. Chris Saxman, 20th district, was guest speaker at a meeting of Highland Republicans in the Carlisle Room of the Mountain Hideaway Tuesday. "We are trying to get back on the winning track," said Saxman. More...

In Brief . . .

Highland County Board of Supervisors

¦ As he usually does each new term, Hightown resident Jacob Hevener advocated a pay raise for members of the board of supervisors Tuesday, from $1,800 a year to $5,000. More...

Millboro Happenings

· A pine tree in front of the old Millboro school on High Street is lit again for the holiday season after several years of darkness. The colorful lights cast a warm glow in the night. More...

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Christmas Mother Trudy Woodzell is popping up everywhere these days to collect generous gifts she and her staff will pass along to deserving families this Christmas. More...

Correction

Last week The Recorder incorrectly stated newly appointed planning commissioner David Keyser represented the Cedar Creek district. Keyser actually represents the Valley Springs district. More...

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Though it's technically still fall for several more weeks, winter displayed its wonderland in Bath and Highland's first snowfall of the season this week. Here, the view overlooks The Homestead's entrance on U.S. 220. More...

Tidbits

¦ Norma Jean Echard of Monterey returned home after knee surgery at the University of Virginia hospital and two weeks of therapy at AMC. More...

Mother, elves getting into high gear

HOT SPRINGS - The sign for the Christmas Mother Shop in St. Luke's Church says it closes at 2:30 p.m. But, just like Santa's North Pole workshop, the place is a hive of activity well into the shank of the evening. More...

Hunting fatality update

LAKE MOOMAW - The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries online Outdoor Report for Nov. 28 reports the death of a Bath County hunter, previously reported in The Recorder Nov. 15. More...

Special Sections

Schools

In Brief . . .

Bath County School Board

¦ In action following a closed session, the Bath school board made three appointments: Jeff Woodzell as volunteer assistant coach for boys' basketball; Shelley Plecker as substitute secretary; and Jody Shifflett as custodian at More...

New forensics courses slated at DSLCC

CLIFTON FORGE - The Administration of Justice program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will be offering three new courses during the spring 2008 semester as part of the new Forensic Science Program. More...

Religion

Children's choruses to perform December 10

COVINGTON - ºThe Alleghany Highlands Children's Chorus and the H.E.A.R.T.H. Chorus will present a joint concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, at First Presbyterian Church in Covington. More...

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Early Files

25 years ago

DECEMBER 9, 1982

Action taken at the Monday meeting of the Highland County School Board seems to have halted any move toward school consolidation in the county until at least 1986. More...

50 years ago

DECEMBER 5, 1959

The Highland County Board of Supervisors in regular monthly session Monday, voted to apply a $10 county assessment on vehicles which would presumably go into effect when car and truck owners buy their license tags in March or April of next year. More...

Can you identify these photos?

These images were donated to the Highland Historical Society by Susan Baldwin. They were purchased at the Carpenter estate sale in Big Valley. The photo of the gentleman with the bicycle is mounted on a postcard backing. More...

Opinions & Commentary

A new year's resolution takes action

After a rather amazing turn-around football season, the Bath County High School Chargers won Region C and earned home-field advantage in the state semi-final game. More...

Pictorial

Our hometown Chargers have a lot to be proud of this week in spite of their loss to the Green Wave last weekend. And certainly, the football team surprised many area fans, and the Region C as a whole. More...

Shopping Around

Christmas shopper finds fulfillment, frustration

Welcome to "Shopping Around," where we will occasionally head out with cash and credit cards in hand, and let you know what we've found, or haven't found, and the fun, or hassles, we've had while doing so. More...

Charger success spurs athletic facilities talk

WARM SPRINGS - There was plenty of praise for Bath high school athletes this week, and plenty of concern among citizens and officials as to how best to improve the facilities the students need. More...

Where to vote up to citizens, board told

MONTEREY - "It's as clear as mud," said county attorney Melissa Dowd Tuesday. Dowd reported to Highland supervisors on the definition of "residence" for the purposes of voting, as requested last month. More...

Swearing in ceremonies set in Bath

WARM SPRINGS - The newly elected sheriff and circuit court clerk are unable to attend the scheduled swearing in ceremony for elected officials on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Arrangements have been made to swear in R. Larry Norfleet and M. More...

Blagg felt gagged by legal issues

MONTEREY - In what may have been his last regular board meeting, the usually reticent Lee Blagg, Highland County supervisor, took one last opportunity to speak his mind. "I haven't said a whole lot in the last four years," he said Tuesday. More...

Teach kids, naturally

WARM SPRINGS - If Jessica Stephenson can impart a fraction of the enthusiasm she has for nature to the kids who will attend the Wildlife in Winter nature camp, those kids may end up with one of the most valuable gifts they receive this holiday sea More...

On the Agenda

Bath County Board of Supervisors Bath County Courthouse, Room 115

Tuesday, Dec. 11 - 7 p.m. Tree lighting ceremony and seasonal treats - 5-6 p.m. Swearing in ceremony - 6 p.m. Regular Meeting ¦ Pre-General Assembly meeting with the Hon. Creigh Deeds, State Senator. More...

Police offer tips on shopping

RICHMOND - At the same time you are making your holiday list and checking it twice, thieves and fraudsters are putting together a different kind of list. More...

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Front (l-r) Highland Elementary School students Cassie Hoover and Hannah Adams received $10 gift certificates to Dollar General from Highland Telephone Cooperative for their fire safety posters. More...

Love Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony

Cassie Brie, social worker and volunteer coordinator for Bath Community Hospital's Hospice of the Highlands, conducts a Love Lights tree lighting and remembrance ceremony at the Highland Medical Center Friday. More...

Send holiday cheer to area nursing home residents

MONTEREY - As in years past, The Recorder hopes to publish the names and addresses of Bath and Highland loved ones and former residents who are now living away from their homes in nursing facilities. More...

Youth leadership forum set

MONTEREY - The Bath and Highland Disability Services Board announces the 2008 Virginia Youth Leadership Forum. The forum will be held Jul. 14- 18, 2008, at Christopher Newport University, Newport News. More...

Learning to map Virginia wildlife

DOUTHAT STATE PARK - A small group of Virginia Master Naturalist candidates gathered recently at Douthat State Park to learn the art of Wildlife Mapping. More...

Small Business Administration announces disaster loans available

ATLANTA, Ga. - The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that federal disaster loans are available to small businesses in Virginia as a result of drought that occurred May 15 and continuing. More...

Be careful of check scam

MONTEREY - The Highland County Sheriff's Office has received a report of a check scam. Officials at the Blue Grass Valley Bank reported receiving what appeared to be a legitimate check on bank letterhead. More...

Obituaries

GLADYS VIRGINIA HOOKE

HIGHTOWN - Gladys Virginia Hooke, 92, of Hightown, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 at Augusta Medical Center. She was born Jan. 4, 1915 at Mountain Grove, a daughter of the late Frederick Harrison and Cornelia Ruth Warwick Hicks. More...

HERMAN DICE BENNETT

ELKTON - Herman Dice Bennett, 73, of Elkton, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg. Mr. Bennett was born Oct. 23, 1934, in West Virginia, and was the son of the late Darlie and Nellie Bennett Chew. More...

GLADYS L. RIDDLE BENNETT

ELKTON - Gladys L. Riddle Bennett, 87, of Elkton, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007 at her home. Mrs. Bennett was born April 19, 1920, the daughter of the late Patrick Lynwood and Cordelia Merica Riddle. More...

Sports

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Woody Pettus (left) of Warm Springs killed this eight-point buck in the Williamsville area on private property while hunting with his brother Bill Pettus, also of Warm Springs. They are part of the Four-wheelers Hunt Club. More...

Green Wave title surge swamps Bath, 27-0

LOW MOOR - After opening the playoffs with two big wins on the road and advancing to the state final four, the season came to an end for the Bath County football team Saturday afternoon at the hands of Clintwood. More...

Pioneer District football

Standings Last week Group A - Division1 Region C/D Semifinal Clintwood 27, Bath 0 Region A/B Semifinal Buffalo Gap 48, Colonial Beach 39 More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Highland County

¦ Nov. 28 - Investigated and recovered a dog reported missing on Potomac River Road. ¦ Nov. 28 - Responded to a report of larceny from a residence on Blue Grass Valley Road. Investigation is ongoing. ¦ Nov. More...

Sheriff's Report

Bath County

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Letters

Bath high school athletic facilities face challenge

Editor, The Recorder, It was great coming home after two and a half years from being mobilized and deployed to the Middle East to see business as usual for the success of our programs at Bath County High School: the band, football team, volleyball More...

Time to work together on changes for Bath sports

Editor, The Recorder, What a great football/volleyball/cross country year we have had! Our students are incredible with their effort and heart. We have accomplished much and are well-respected by our peers in both district and regional levels. More...

Highland veterinarian deeply appreciated

Editor's note: The following letter was sent to Dr. Joseph Malcolm, Stonewall Veterinary Clinic, and shared with The Recorder. Dear Dr. More...


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