March 13, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Two tech awards go to Highland residents

WILLIAMSVILLE - Frank and Judy Marks of Williamsville and Robin Sullenberger of Mill Gap received technology awards at the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Awards Gala March 5. More...

In Brief . . .

Monterey Town Council

¦ Town council will hold a joint public hearing with the board of supervisors on the proposed changes to abattoirs and livestock markets in the county zoning ordinance. The hearing is 7:30 p.m. More...

Reassessment: What's the end game?

WARM SPRINGS - The reassessment of real property in Bath County is still months from completion, and the final numbers for many landowners and the county as a whole will not be known until June. More...

Auditor says nothing inproper in sheriff's action

Editor's note: The auditor charged with reviewing the Bath County books shared its findings recently with Bath's board regarding the recent question of how Bath's sheriff department used budgeted funds: More...

Break-in reported at pharmacy

HOT SPRINGS - The Hot Springs Pharmacy, located on Main Street in downtown Hot Springs, was broken into on Tuesday morning, May 11. Details are sketchy, but pharmacist Bill Shaver confirmed there had been break-in. More...

Behind the Scenes

Festival vendors a hearty, friendly lot

MONTEREY - It's a weekday, mid-afternoon. Main Street is drenched with rain. The sidewalks are almost bare. Folks are busy, going about their business. More...

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Kerry Dortch is the man behind "The Puppet Farm: Raising Puppets Since 1985." He hails from Ila, Ga., and is about as friendly a fellow as one might find. (Recorder photo by Margo Oxendine) More...

Poet makes appearance at Southernmost this weekend

BOLAR - Nyle Henderson, Christian cowboy poet, will be at Southernmost Maple near Bolar Sat. March 15 and will be at 11 a.m. Sunday morning worship service at Southernmost. More...

Legislative Update

Taxing abilities of authority unconstitutional

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled the taxing abilities granted to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority in last year's transportation package were unconstitutional. More...

Bath kindergarten registration held April 4

WARM SPRINGS - For students who will enter kindergarten for the 2008-09 school term, Bath County Public Schools will hold group counseling and registration sessions on Friday, April 4. More...

Engagement

Moyers - Propst

McDOWELL - Mr . and Mrs. John L. Moyers Jr. of McDowell announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Elizabeth Moyers, to Nathan Warren Propst, son of Steven W. Propst and the late Helene Clouet Propst. More...

Births

Bridgette Ann Cale STAUNTON - Christophor Cale and Priscilla Apgar announce the birth of their daughter, Bridgette Ann, born Thursday, Feb. 28 at Augusta Medical Center hospital. She weighed seven pounds and 11 ounces and measured 20 inches. More...

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Jeanette Robinson gives a close-up view of one of the secrets to the sausage at the Bolar Ruritan breakfast. Start with a big handful of fresh sausage and make the patties by hand. (Recorder photo by Charles Garratt) More...

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Oh no, there are bugs in the pancake batter. Not in the batter, but making the batter. More...

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This year's Allegheny Mountain Radio Star Award winner is Julian Griffin (left), presented by AMR board president Butch Washer at the annual board of directors meeting and dinner at the Hot Springs Presbyterian Church March 2. More...

Free streambank willows available

WARM SPRINGS - The Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District is again offering, free of charge, locally grown willow cuttings for streambank stabilization projects. More...

FFA member spotlight: Samuel Ellington

MONTEREY - Samuel Ellington is the son of Ske and Debora Ellington who reside in Forks of the Water (Blue Grass). He is a 16 year old junior at Highland High School and has been a member of the Future Farmers of America for six years. More...

Hot Springs Fire and Rescue staff honored

HOT SPRINGS - They're there when you need them. Whether it's a flue fire, a severed tendon, a fall, or a brush-burn gone badly awry, the Hot Springs Fire and Rescue Association is as close as your phone. More...

McWilliams joins Wittenberg University board of directors

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - The Wittenberg University Board of Directors recently welcomed five new members, one of whom is Sarah Hagen McWilliams, Wittenberg class of 1988, and coowner and operator of The Inn at Gristmill Square in Warm Springs. More...

What's blooming in Bath, Highland

DOUTHAT STATE PARK - Spring slipped a toe into the Highlands early this week with the blooming of the first few trout lilies in the warmer areas of the southeastern corner of Bath County. More...

State entrepreneur workshop scheduled in Bolar

BOLAR - Business owners and potential entrepreneurs from Bath and Highland counties are invited to attend "Entrepreneur Express: Moving Your Business Forward," a workshop designed to deliver practical, hands-on training and provide information on More...

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Old Ashwood School Antiques celebrated its January grand opening with an official chamber of commerce ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Academic Achievement

Nicole Mueller and Seth Shantz RADFORD - Radford University announces the graduation of two area students who graduated at the end of the fall semester on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007. More...

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The three winners in the category of "behavioral science" in the annual Jackson River Governor's School Science Fair at Dabney S. More...

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The three winners in the category of "experimental science" in the annual Jackson River Governor's School Science Fair at Dabney S. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Bath County ¦ March 4 - Responded to an activated residential alarm, Hot Springs. ¦ March 4 - Responded to a call about a trespasser, Warm Springs. More...

Letters

Fund established to help Puffenbargers

Editor, The Recorder, I was saddened to read your front page article about the fire which destroyed the Puffenbarger's maple syrup production facility on Tuesday, Feb. 26. More...

How are assessments ascertained, exactly?

Editor, The Recorder, These questions and suggestions were submitted to the Bath County Board of Supervisors and to Mike Didiwick of Blue Ridge Mass Appraisal on March 11. It is my hope that some enlightenment will be forthcoming. More...

Supervisor is dividing Highland community

Editor, The Recorder, After listening to (supervisor Jerry) Rexrode's highly unprofessional, insulting, condescending and dictatorial diatribe at the last supervisor's meeting, it is easy to understand why the county is in a "death spiral. More...

Property value debate heats up

WARM SPRINGS - There was little doubt what was on the minds of most of the standing room only crowd in the circuit courtroom Tuesday night at the monthly meeting of the Bath County supervisors- property values. More...

Highland Medical Center welcomes new CEO

MONTEREY - On Feb. 12, Highland Medical Center officially welcomed its new chief executive officer, Dr. D. Bradley Drawbaugh, an energetic and competent individual whose experience and knowledge have allowed him to hit the ground running. More...

No candidates up for town election, again

MONTEREY - The March 4 filing deadline is past and no one registered to have his or her name put on the ballot this year for town council or mayor of Monterey. While the candidates' filing date has passed, citizens have until 5 p.m. More...

Hearings extended

WARM SPRINGS - Blue Ridge Mass Appraisal has extended the time available for land owners who have questions regarding the new assessment. Field agents will conduct hearings Monday and Tuesday next week, March 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Car crashes into Bath County store

MILLBORO SPRINGS - Cheryl Thompson, owner of Tender Heart Quilts, had worried about a truck or car speeding by on Route 42 would crash into her store. Such a crash came last Wednesday, but not in the way Thompson anticipated. More...

State clarifies wind plant permits

Analysis

MONTEREY - Both county and state permits have been granted to Highland New Wind Development for Virginia's first industrial wind utility, but there seems to be some confusion about what happens next. More...

Legislative proposals: What's the status?

RICHMOND - Some of the legislation being watched by Highland and Bath citizens has survived the General Assembly now; other bills remain hung up in committees. More...

In Brief . . .

Bath County Board of Supervisors

¦ Bath supervisors approved the 2007 audit of the county's financial records, including a letter with a few recommended changes in county procedures and a letter reviewing some recent actions in the More...

Millboro Happenings

¦ Winners in the March Math Olympiad have been announced for Millboro Elementary School. Zach Brinkley was the elementary winner and Laura Haney was the middle school winner. This was the last Math Olympiad competition for the school year. More...

Correction

The Web site for Machen Retreat, left out of last week's article, is www.machen.org. All errors in fact brought to our attention will be quickly and gladly corrected. Clarifications will also be made as needed. More...

Engagement

Cliffe - Enstminger

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Dan and Sarah Cliffe of Wilmington, N.C. announce the engagement of their daughter, Anne Cliffe, to Brandon Entsminger, the son of Larry and Liz Entsminger of Millboro. More...

Building Permits

WARM SPRINGS - The following building permits were issued by the Bath County Building, Planning and Zoning in the month of February: Hot Springs - Jewel and Sandra Anderson, addition; Debbie and Donnie Bogan, addition; Don and Joyce Ryder, addit More...

BCHS FCCLA club makes a difference in the community

HOT SPRINGS - Members of the Virginia Association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America joined more than 220,000 members in celebrating National FCCLA Week, during the week of February 10- 16. More...

Correction

The Highland High School Band Boosters hot dog trailer and the Monterey United Methodist Church funnel cake booth are located next to the Highland County Public Library, not on U.S. More...

Short day in tough bracket at states

SALEM - Charger Wrestling coach Chuck Burger hoped for two things to happen last weekend at the state wrestling tournament in Salem. One was for a no-show, so Charger senior Travis Williams could move up from an alternate slot. More...

Youngest member joins Bolar Ruritans

Will Thomas, son of Jed and Shelley Thomas of Bolar, became the youngest member to join the Bolar Ruritan Club when he was penned as a student member and given a Rudy Bear at the March meeting. More...

FFA member spotlight: Chad Lightner

MONTEREY - Chad Lightner, a senior at Highland County High School, is the son of Raymond and Jill Lightner of Headwaters. He was asked the following questions about his Future Farmers of America experience. More...

Lambert named employee of the year at BRC

BRIDGEWATER - Kathy Lambert has been named employee of the year at the Bridgewater Retirement Community. Born in Harrisonburg, Lambert spent her growing-up years in Moyers, W.Va. More...

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Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday, which gives the girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized. More...

Virginians invited to explore local food

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Cooperative Extension is inviting farmers, food entrepreneurs, local government and economic officials, institutional food buyers and other interested community members to learn and engage in discussion about integrating Virg More...

Tornado drills save lives

Tornado Preparedness Day is March 18

RICHMOND - The recent tornadoes in Tennessee and Alabama show how important it is that everyone knows what to do during a tornado warning. Virginians will have a chance to practice tornado safety during the statewide tornado drill on March 18. More...

Sign up for junior 4-H camp

WIRTZ - Junior 4-H Camp will be held at the W.E. Skelton 4- H Educational Center at Smith Mountain near Roanoke. The camp is open to all youth in Bath and Highland counties ages 9-13. More...

Obituaries

HOYLE HELMS JR.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Hoyle Helms Jr., age 79, of Charlotte, N.C., died March 11, 2008 at Britthaven of Charlotte. Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 13 at Emmanuel Baptist Church. The Rev. Steve Bass, the Rev. Dave Luther and the Rev. More...

RAYMOND PORTER BEATHE

WEYERS CAVE - Raymond Porter Beathe, 65, of Weyers Cave, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 9, 2008, at his residence. A son of the late Harry Porter Beathe and Florence Hamilton Beathe, he was born Sept. 15, 1942, in Highland County. More...

MYRTLE ARMSTRONG

FRANKLIN, W.Va. - Myrtle Armstrong, 95, of Pendleton Manor in Franklin, and formerly of Moyers, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. More...

Sports

Three-peat could be on horizon for Bath

WARM SPRINGS - Last year appeared to be the pinnacle of Charger soccer for at least the present. More...

Lady Chargers ready to rough up competition

WARM SPRINGS - Although a twowin season is hardly phenomenal, it can sometimes be a pivot point.It may not seem so on paper, but last year's two-win season was a breakthrough year for the lady Charger soccer team. More...

Puffenbarger to play in tour of Europe

BLUE GRASS - Most college students home for a week spend the weekend on the couch, relaxing during their final hours at home before heading back to school. Not Brad Puffenbarger. More...

Early Files

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Everett Rexrode loads the fire under the sugar water pans at his family's sugar camp in Hightown. (Recorder file photo) More...

25 years ago

MARCH 17, 1983

The murder trial of James Clinton Brinkley Jr. 23, of High Springs has been rescheduled for March 21 in Bath County Circuit Court. He is charged with first degree murder in the Aug. 20 stabbing death of Thomas Barry Oyler, 34, of Clifton Forge. More...

50 years ago

MARCH 13, 1958

Home nursing classes at Monterey High School have been sponsored by the American Red Cross in cooperation with the Home Economics Department of the school and are taught by Mrs. Frank Wilson, R.N. More...

Opinions & Commentary

No bargain

The need for a reassessment of property in Bath County is obvious to all who understand the complex tax system surrounding public utilities and the Bath County Pumped Storage Station in particular. More...

Pictorial

Who says there's nothing to do in Bath and Highland? Who says government has to solve all of our problems and provide for all of our needs? More...

Life in Egypt

Option issues stymie soon-to-be mother

I have always been overwhelmed by too many options. It started way back - ice cream was a hard choice when I was a kid. A choice between chocolate and vanilla was easy, but the dizzying rainbow at an ice cream shop? Impossible. How to decide? More...



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