June 12, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Mussels show some muscle at creek

MILLBORO - Mussels were the star attractions last Saturday at Camp Accovac as biologists invited families to participate in releasing baby mussels into Mill Creek on the camp property. Why make such a big deal about these mollusks? More...

EDA uncertain about opinion on Hannah airfieldfate

MONTEREY - The Economic Development Authority Tuesday voted 3-2 against a motion to verbally express support for the petition to rezone property at Hannah field. More...

Bittersweet night at HHS ceremony

MONTEREY - "My classmates have shown neither fear nor sorrow at the thought of graduating," said Highland High School salutatorian Sean Duff at Saturday's graduation ceremony for the 26-member class of 2008. More...

Beloved music teacher pumped for study at JMU

MONTEREY - "I didn't apply for it," Highland County Public Schools music teacher Jerry Philp said. "The assistant director of music at James Madison University, Scott Rikkers, called me in early to mid May. More...

10-cent tax hike too much, Bath says

Supervisors argue no room left to maneuver in county budget

WARM SPRINGS - The Bath County Board of Supervisors listened to citizens Thursday night, June 5, and for the most part the message was loud and clear - don't raise taxes. More...

Hydro Inc. proposes plant at Gathright Dam

WARM SPRINGS - Dr. James Price, president of W.V. Hydro Inc., updated the Bath County Board of Supervisors Tuesday about a proposed hydroelectric generation facility at Gathright Dam. More...

School board to spend leftover funds

'Frugal spending' resulted in surplus of $166,000 in instruction

ASHWOOD - The Bath County School Board voted unanimously Wednesday, June 4 to spend $100,888 in surplus money on various needs, and to ask the board of supervisors to transfer $65,640 from instruction to maintenance in order to purchase heating oi More...

Bath County band concert springs into tune

Hot Springs - On Wednesday, June 4, the Bath County High School's auditorium filled with excitement as family and friends of those in Bath County school bands prepared to play their last concert for the school year. More...

Hikers discover biodiversity on Warm Springs Mountain

Ingalls Field - On a windy and cloudy Saturday afternoon, on May 31, Keith Carson led eight hikers on trails atop Warm Springs Mountain, which ran on the far side of Bath County airport's runway. More...

Don't believe everything you see, hear

Conversations

The sign said, "Leave your pants outside." At least I thought it did. I lost my glasses recently. Someone asked, "Where did you lose them?" If I knew that they wouldn't be lost. I've ordered a new pair of glasses. More...

Correction

The June 5 article about retiring Highland High School principal Randy Hooke had a number of errors in the chronology of Hooke's and John Reynolds' careers. More...

Births

Mary Anne Rogers

MILL GAP - Steven R. and Jessica Rogers announce the birth of their first child, Mary Anne Rogers, on June 4, 2008. She was born at 12:03 a.m. at Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville. More...

Chi Experience! opens at Highland County Crafts

MONTEREY - Lisa Jacenich has opened an art studio and classroom on the second floor of Highland County Crafts, Inc. at 127 West Main Street, Monterey. "I feel so fortunate to be able to use the space," says Jacenich. More...

Library Notes

¦ The summer reading program at the Highland County Public Library has begun. The theme this year is "Catch the Reading Bug." We're offering a reading incentive program to encourage kids to read over the summer. More...

Reynolds joins Bath sheriff's office

W A R M SPRINGS - Jennifer N. Reynolds, 20, of Millboro, joined the Bath County Sheriff's Officestaff May 1. Reynolds, a 2007 graduate of Bath County High School, will serve as a secretary/ dispatcher. More...

Roseloe celebrates 55 years of culture, history

WARM SPRINGS - Sitting high atop Routier Hill, on a promontory with a commanding view of the valley, is Roseloe Manor. It is a gracious house, yet one few have ever had the pleasure of visiting. More...

Beach party goes on all summer

Party of One

ROANOKE - It's a long, hot drive to the beach. And with the price of gas, can you afford to stay and eat, once you get there? And what about entertainment? No worries. More...

VCC hands out 'better model' awards in region

STAUNTON - The Valley Conservation Council has announced its Better Models for Development awards at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel highlighting projects throughout the Shenandoah Valley region. More...

Photos

Top left: Pete Pitard, principal of Bath County High School announces the Boys State Delegate for 2008. Alex Maliwauki, son of Ms. Judy Maliwauki of Hot Springs, is sponsored by American Legion Post 92. More...

Highland Girl Scouts become 'fairies' for a weekend

MONTEREY - If you've heard stories of fairy sightings in West Virginia you probably were not aware of the Highland County Girl Scouts "Fairy Fun Weekend." During the recent Memorial Day weekend thirty six Girl Scouts and leaders ranging in age fro More...

Bath library kicks off summer programs

WARM SPRINGS ­- Bath County Public Library begins its summer reading club on Monday, June 23. Children ages two though seven can participate in the program by visiting the library in Warm Springs and signing up. More...

Turn to VCE for gardening and lawn care expertise

BLACKSBURG - Whether seasoned horticulturalists developing new varieties of plants or first-time homeowners trying to thwart the yearly emergence of spring weeds, gardeners of all stripes will benefit from Virginia Cooperative Extension's expertis More...

Court Cases

Highland County MONTEREY - The following decisions were handed down in Highland County General District Court on April 16. More...

Weather report

Temperatures for May ran slightly below normal. Precipitation was 1.4" above normal for the month and 3.8" above normal for the year to date. John R. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Highland High School announces scholarship recepients

MONTEREY - The following Highland High School graduates were presented scholarships at this year's commencement ceremonies: Elliott Boyd, $100 Savings Bond-Highland Co. More...

Bath County High School announces scholarship recipients

WARM SPRINGS - The following Bath County High School graduates were presented scholarships at this year's commencement ceremonies: Angel-Lea Quantz, $250, Laban Johnson Art; T.J. More...

Academic Honor

Mary Greene Taylor MILLBORO - Mary Greene Taylor of Millboro received her bachelor of arts degree from Tulane University, New Orleans, La. on May 17, with a major in communication and a minor in public relations. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Regular Weekly Services Sundays ¦ Asbury United Methodist Church holds worship service at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. ¦ Ashwood United Methodist Church services at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. More...

Calendar

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Mondays ¦ The Food Pantry at Ashwood United Methodist Church, 6-7 p.m. the first Monday of each month. For information call (540) 839-2276 and leave a message. More...

Early Files

Meadowdale grant property recognized as Virginia Bicentennial Farm

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Dec. 9, 1976 edition of The Recorder. Joseph Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

Photo

This photo of Main Street Monterey shows the L.A. Orndorff General Merchant Store and the Highland Recorder office.Another sign on the building appears to read "S.W. Crummett," but is out of focus. More...

25 years ago

June 16,1983

Last week's meeting of the Highland County Industrial Development Authority included an update on current negotiations concerning the Aileen, Inc. garment plant here. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Look forward, not backward

We don't know the whole story about why Highland school superintendent Gary Blair has chosen to leave a year short of his contract. More...

Pictorial

You never know from year to year how graduating classes in Bath and Highland will be remembered. With such low numbers, teachers and administrators are always quick to characterize a class of students early on. More...

Preserve sales affected by slump in real estate market

HOT SPRINGS - While building lots are still selling at the Homestead Preserve, sales have been slowed by the nationwide downturn in the housing market. "It has affected us to a certain extent. More...

Superintendent resigns early

Blair breaks contract, to leave a year sooner

MONTEREY - A teacher came to school later than normal. It was the end of the year and students had left and these last days of faculty attendance are for finishing paperwork and making preparations for the next school year. More...

Neighbors sound off about town noise

MONTEREY - Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. To some the sound is noise. To others, the sound is money being made. To still others, it's just the sound of a mini front-loading Bobcat tractor backing up. More...

In Brief . . .

Monterey Town Council

n Town council approved the 2008-09 budget after a public hearing last Thursday, June 5. The budget will be adopted at a closeout meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26. No residents commented on the budget. More...

BCHS graduates 56 seniors for 2008

HOT SPRINGS - "An hour from now you will have forgotten everything I have just spoken about," recalled Bath County High School's 2008 commencement speaker Joe Jones about his own college graduation speaker. More...

$60,000 raised for old Millboro school, challenge on to raise more

WARM SPRINGS - The Bath County Board of Supervisors received a progress update Tuesday on efforts to line up funding toward renovating the old Millboro school. More...

Request by McDowell VFD spurs creation of special fund

MONTEREY - The Highland County Board of Supervisors established a special fund to provide loans to local volunteer fireand rescue organizations Monday night. More...

Claire Collins resigns post

COVINGTON - Claire Collins, longtime Bath County administrator and currently city manager of Covington, has resigned her post effective June 30. More...

Zoning amendment for horses approved

WARM SPRINGS - After an almost two-hour, sometimes contentious public hearing and board deliberation period, the Bath County Board of Supervisors passed a zoning amendment that will allow horses to be kept in residential zoning districts. More...

In Brief . . .

Bath County Board of Supervisors

n Supervisors received a letter from Bath County Public Schools superintendent Dr. David Smith indicating about $65,000 would be returned to the county general fund from the school system. More...

Season's first farmers' market brings out shoppers

Growth Spurts

The Highland County farmers' market opened last Friday. Garden greens producers Lee Mitchell of Blue Grass and Bruce Folks of Harrisonburg showed up with lettuce and onions, broccoli and spinach and mustard greens. More...

What's blooming in your backyard?

HOT SPRINGS - At one point in Valley Elementary School's new nature trail there is a flurry of apple trees on the upper trail, with one lone tree down below. More...

Boys' Home alumnus gives a piece of America to show thanks

COVINGTON - On May 29, SPC Reginald Gibbs, a Boys' Home alumnus gave Boys' Home something significantto show his thanks. That significantitem was the American flag. More...

Millboro Happenings

n Make time to enjoy an old-fashioned community fair at Windy Cove Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 14, from 2-8 p.m., on Windy Cove Road (off Route 39 West). A variety of free activities will be featured, as well as food and performances. More...

Photo

Daniel Newcomb was inducted into the Monterey Lions Club Monday, June 9. Pictured (l-r) are acting club secretary Larry Held, Newcomb and Lion Francis Fenn. Newcomb is entering his senior year at Highland High School. (Photo courtesy Clay Hamilton) More...

BCPS announces summer schedule

WARM Springs - Bath County Public Schools will be operating on a summer schedule that will take effect the week of June 16, and run through the week of Aug. 4. This is based on a schedule of four 10-hour workdays per week. More...

DSLCC announces scholarships awarded

CLIFTON FORGE - The Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Educational Foundation has announced a unique scholarship opportunity for current DSLCC students who wish to gain experiential learning in their field of study. More...

Photo

Nine members and guests of the Monterey Garden Club took a field trip to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton on Thursday, June 5. Member Ann Wefer is shown trying out the Cooper's bench. More...

Patriotic quilt show ahead at Tender Heart Quilts

MILLBORO - Tender Heart Quilts is participating in a unique quilt show the weekend of June 27-29. More...

Highland's summer drama camp to kick in

MONTEREY - The Highland County Arts Council's annual summer drama camp is coming up soon, and plans are under way for another fun week for kids of all ages. More...

Photos

Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders sing and sign "I Can Only Imagine." Pictured singing the word "imagine" are (l-r) front row: Oliva Crutchley, Allison Stump, Noah Arnott, Jacob Green, Grace Blanchard, Chelsey Isles; back row: Tyler Arbaugh, Suzanna More...

Photos

Highland Elementary School May good citizens are (l-r): Justin Whitaker, kindergarten; Damiaen Mullenax, first grade; Haley Terry, first grade; Chayton Benson, fourth grade; Bethany Hoover, second grade; Patricia Lindsay, third grade; and E than Botk More...

Youth wins photo contest, photos published

GOOCHLAND - Congratulations to Dillon Rapalee, a ninth grader at Goochland High School, who received news that his photograph of a grey tree frog was selected as the Kid's Grand Prize winner in the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Virginia More...

Photos

Bath County Student Government recently announced officersfor the up coming 2008-09 school year. More...

Photo

The Highland Center opened its 11th season of the farmers' market on June 6. Peggy Brown Paviour, of Charlottesville, won the door prize; a hat courtesy of the center, and presented by Scott Smith, market master. (Photo courtesy The Highland Center) More...

Obituaries

Clyde rudolph botkin

McDOWELL - Clyde Rudolph Botkin, 81, of McDowell, died Monday, June 9, 2008 at King's Daughters Community Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born May 14, 1927 at McDowell a son of the late George Marvin and Mary Clay Botkin Botkin. More...

Sports

Roads open for 5K

MONTEREY - "It's not a closed course," said Brian Obaugh, race coordinator for this Saturday's Highland Hills 5K, clearing up mixed reports on the closing of Spruce Street during the morning race. More...

HHS, BCHS athletes earn post-season honors

WARM SPRINGS - For the second year in a row the Bath County Chargers have earned player of the year and coach of the year in soccer; only this time it's the ladies turn to accept the honors. More...

'Moomaw Madness' contagious at wellness center

BACOVA - There's a little friendly competition brewing at the Bath Community Hospital Wellness Center. Members of separate relay teams in next Saturday's sprint triathlon at Lake Moomaw, aka Moomaw Madness, work and train at the wellness center. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

¦ May 27 ­- Deputy Robert W. Plecker assisted a citizen with keys locked in vehicle in Hot Springs. ¦ May 28 - Deputy Diedra R. Shriver,Plecker and Corporal Robert B. Weaver assisted on a call at Bath Community Hospital. More...

Sheriff's Report

Bath County

¦ June 3 ­- Deputy Willilam D. Sexton responded to a complaint of stolen objects on Douthat Road. ¦ June 4 - Sexton and Deputy Jeremy S. Cutlip performed a well being check in the Millboro area. More...

Sheriff's Report

Highland County

¦ May 29 ­- Vicki Williams was charged with animal cruelty. ¦ June 3 - Jarami Corneluis was arrested on a capias. More...

Letters

Cadet has deep family roots in Bath County

Editor, The Recorder, I am writing in response to Corilda Chaplin Keyser Post's letter to the editor from the June 5 edition of The Recorder. Thank you so very much for your kind words regarding Cadet Williams. More...

Letters confusing, but no apology necessary

Editor, The Recorder, This is in response to Bobby Pryor's letter of last week concerning Richard Waybright's letter of May 29, concerning Leo Schwartz's letter of the week before. More...

Recreation commission should be decommissioned

On April 5, 2005, supervisors Lee Blagg, Jerry Rexrode and Robin Sullenberger passed a resolution to apply for federal funds to construct a swimming pool, claiming a park and pool are "urgent needs." On April 29, Highland County applied for $110,0 More...



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