February 14, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Bath will get piece of the pie

RICHMOND - It appears Bath County might receive part of the communication sales and use tax collected by the state on landlines, wireless, E-911 and cable TV. More...

Debate over wind tax credits on again

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The production tax credits for wind energy utilities are set to expire at the end of this year, but a Democratic push in the House could extend them once again. More...

Highland County man charged with abduction

MONTEREY - Mark Siron, 37, of Monterey, was arrested Sunday for abduction, obstruction of justice, and threatening a law enforcement officer. More...

Photo

Yes, that is the rear end of a trailer sticking out of the hastily constructed building next to the power house in downtown Hot Springs. The front of the trailer sticks out of the other end of the building. More...

'Homestead exemption' bill passes Senate, moves to House

RICHMOND - Legislation dubbed the "homestead exemption," watched closely by officials in Highland County for more than a year, was re-introduced in this session of the General Assembly, and has passed the Senate. More...

Tiptoe through the Tombstones

Bath's oldest marked graves are in Warm Springs

WARM SPRINGS - High on a knoll in Warm Springs Cemetery stand the oldest marked graves in Bath County. Clustered as they are, one can stand there and see how the cemetery - also Bath's most populous - took shape. More...

Volunteers needed to transport cancer patients

ROANOKE - The American Cancer Society is searching for volunteers to assist with the Road to Recovery program in Alleghany and Bath counties. The Road to Recovery program is a free service for cancer patients who lack transportation. More...

Jazz comes to Garth Newel

HOT SPRINGS - Jazz returns to Garth Newel Music Center on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. with organist Joey DeFrancesco. More...

Alleghany Regional Hospital gets gold achievement award

LOW MOOR - On Dec. 4, Alleghany Regional Hospital received the Virginia Health Quality Center Gold Achievement Award, presented at the VHQC Outcomes Congress in Richmond. ARH received the award for excellence in quality improvement measures. More...

Correction

Thank you to Mrs. Kenneth Post, granddaughter of Robert and Sarah Mustoe, for pointing out an error in the article, "The Carloover Community: Who Lived Where?" published Jan.24. More...

Photo

Left: Monterey Lions Club president Richard Shamrock (left) presents Highland High School Band Director Jerry Philp with a check in the amount of $750 to be used toward the Band Boosters' fundraiser for new band uniforms. More...

Master naturalist program accepting applications

MILLBORO - Are you curious about nature, enjoy the outdoors, and want to be a part of natural resource stewardship in Virginia? Then you will want to take note of this new and exciting volunteer opportunity. More...

Photo

Two kids run into a man-made snow storm on the ski slopes at The Homestead Monday morning. The cold, dry air arriving behind Sunday's high winds created pefect conditions for making snow. (Recorder photo by Charles Garratt) More...

Big game show held at Rockingham Fair Grounds

HARRISONBURG - The Greater Virginia Sports and Big Game Show kicks off this weekend, Feb. 15-17, at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg. More...

4-H camp counselor jobs are available

WIRTZ - Applications are now being accepted for the positions of Junior 4-H Camp teen counselor and counselor-in-training. Positions are open to youth 13-18 years of age in Bath and Highland counties. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Area spelling bee champions move on

Puffenbarger wins MES

MILLBORO - The annual Millboro Elementary School Spelling Bee was held Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 2:15 p.m. According to teacher Joy George, this year's spelling bee was challenging and was the longest bee the school has had, lasting 55 minutes. More...

BCHS talent show set for this weekend

HOT SPRINGS - The stage will shine this Saturday evening as the curtain rises at the Bath County High School Charger Star Search Talent Show. The show begins at 7 p.m. at the BCHS auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. More...

Academic Honors

Courtney D. Marshall ROANOKE - Courtney D. Marshall of Mill Gap has been named to the President's List for the fall semester at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke. She carried a 17 hour credit load and earned a GPA of 3.88. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Highland County ¦ Feb. 6 - Mark Siron was charged by the Virginia State Police for leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving. ¦ Feb. 7 - Responded to report of a disturbance at a Monterey business. More...

Early Files

Legend disputes demise of buffalo

Editor's note: The following article is taken from the Feb. 24, 1972 issue of The Recorder. Joseph T. Pritchard was publisher. More...

Photo

The Bullpasture River rolls slowly by in this photo taken in McDowell in the early 1900s. (Photo courtesy the Highland County Museum and Heritage Center) More...

25 years ago

FEBRUARY 17, 1983

The Highland County Chamber of Commerce met Thursday of last week to make final plans for the 1983 Highland Maple Festival. This year's festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13 and Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20. Dr. T.E. More...

Ill winds blow through Bath, Highland

HOT SPRINGS and MONTEREY- Even with ninedegree temperatures and -20 wind chills, the sound of chainsaws and hammers filled the air around Bath and Highland counties Monday morning in the wake of near hurricane force winds that blew most of the day More...

Bath supervisors renew coyote bounty

WARM SPRINGS - After spending $45,000 over the past six years on coyote bounties and hearing experts Tuesday say bounties don't help control the four-legged canine pest, the Bath County Board of Supervisors reduced the bounty from $100 to $50 and More...

Presidential Primary Results

In Highland County the top two Republican candidates were McCain, with 33 percent of the vote, and Huckabee, with 56 percent of the vote. More...

In Brief . . .

Highland Economic Development Authority

¦ Tuesday, the Highland County Economic Development Authority appointed Frank Marks to the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council. More...

Amended school funding bill passes

RICHMOND - The bill to give more localities an opportunity at increased education funding from the state has passed the Senate with changes, and Tuesday, it was communicated to the House. Sen. More...

In Brief . . .

Monterey Town Council

¦ Monterey property owner Ruth Ann Morrison paid her town property taxes on time this year for the first time in 11 years. More...

Millboro native on leave from war in Iraq

MILLBORO - He's wearing civilian clothes while on leave from Fort Hood, Texas, but Army Spec. Gabriel Fuller, 24, is very much an Army man. More...

Millboro Happenings

¦ Talk about wind on Sunday! While reading the Sunday paper that morning, I happened to look out a window and - snap! - I watched the top 30-foot section of a tall pine tree shear off like a broken pencil behind the house. More...

Overcome effects of cancer treatment

ROANOKE - If you are a woman or you know a woman who is undergoing cancer treatment, the Look Good … Feel Better® program is here for you. More...

Legislative Update

First half of session now complete

The first half of the 2008 legislative session is now over. More...

Photo

The Healing Springs precinct was warm and fairly busy during Primary voting Tuesday. From left are poll workers Elva Carpenter, Ernestine Merchant and Dreama Martin. Not pictured, but working nonetheless, are Suzanne Green and Linda May. More...

USDA grant funds are available

RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is alerting all independent agricultural producers in Virginia that approximately $18.4 million in competitive grant funds are available through the USDA Rural Business-Cooper More...

FFA member spotlight: Kari Obaugh

MONTEREY - Kari Obaugh, the daughter of Kyle and Karla Obaugh of McDowell is a student at Highland High School. Obaugh is the chapter parliamentarian and has been a member of the Future Farmers of America for six years. More...

Hevener reappointed to sheep industry board

RICHMOND - Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced that Sandy C. Hevener of Bluegrass, a sheep farmer and mag- istrate for the Virginia Supreme Court, was reappointed to the Virginia Sheep Industry board on Feb. 8. More...

Expo holds sport show

FISHERSVILLE - The 21st Annual Western Virginia Sport show will be held at Augusta Expoland in Fishersville (I-64, exit 91) on Feb. 15-17. More...

Schneider joins Greenway's team to expand auction services

COVINGTON - Greenway's Real Estate and Auction Co. has announced that Steve Schneider has joined its team of real estate professionals and auctioneers to help expand the market for its services beyond the Allegheny Highlands. More...

Winter trees bare all

Have you ever been out in the woods, looked up at a leafless tree and wondered what kind of tree it was? Without leaves, trees can be challenging to correctly identify. More...

Obituaries

JAMES GRAY ERVIN

WAYNESBORO - James Gray Ervin, 92, of Waynesboro and formerly of McDowell, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 at Oak Grove Manor. More...

FRANCIS MICOCCI

NANTICOKE, Pa. - Francis Micocci, a life resident of Nanticoke, Pa., died peacefully Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008. He was born on April 16, 1925, in Nanticoke, son of Luigi and Clotilda Cipriani Micocci. Mr. More...

C. W. "PETE" GRIMM SR.

STAUNTON - Cecil William "Pete" Grimm, Sr., 75, of Staunton and formerly of Millboro, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 in Augusta Medical Center. Born July 26, 1932 in Bath County, Mr. More...

Sports

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Charger great and UVA tight end John Phillips (second from left) stands with his parents Bugs and Susan and brother Jacob while the near capacity crowd thanked him for his efforts in the orange and black with a standing ovation. More...

Ram seniors close door on Chargers 50-37

MONTEREY- All five Ram starters scored in the first quarter as the Rams jumped out to another early lead on the Chargers and rode it out to lock up sole possession of third place in the Pioneer District Thursday. More...

Chargers sweep season series with Rams, 62-51

WARM SPRINGS - The Bath County Chargers scored the first nine points of the third quarter to overcome a sixpoint halftime deficit and padded the lead down the stretch to beat the Highland Rams Friday night. More...

Letters

SCC judge's comments insulting to Highlanders

Editor, The Recorder, Outgoing SCC commissioner Judge Theodore Morrison Jr. More...

McBride name will be remembered in Highland

Editor, The Recorder, It is extremely sad to see Highland County residents getting hosed at every turn by the Highland New Wind Development project. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Persistence pays off

You'd think getting part of our area deemed "exceptional" wouldn't be tough to do considering the untouched natural beauty we are privileged to enjoy in Bath and Highland counties. More...

Pictorial

Trucks of all sizes loaded with tree limbs, shingles, siding and other debris headed for the landfill Monday morning after winds that reached near hurricane force swept through the county Sunday. More...

Life in Egypt

Pregnant brain destroys normal

When they learned I was expecting a baby, the folks at work encouraged me to write columns about being pregnant. I resisted, as I figured I'd be narrowing my audience by a good bit. I'm not convinced folks really want to hear about my pregnancy. More...


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