July 17, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Rivenbark guilty of drug store burglary

WARM SPRINGS - Guilty. Times twelve. Randall Rivenbark is just 22 years old; yet, his criminal record now includes 12 felonies. More...

Pritt, Tolbert plead guilty in Bath Court

WARM SPRINGS - Two defendants pleaded guilty to felony charges in Bath County Circuit Court last Friday. Brandon Tolbert, 29, of Covington, was found guilty of two counts of drug possession; he was indicted by a Bath grand jury in June. More...

Builder constructs Preserve's first 'green' home

HOT SPRINGS - The Homestead Preserve now has its first green home, constructed by a local builder for whom the project was his first in the development. More...

One dead in Bath car crash

WARM SPRINGS - A Richmond man was killed Monday night when his car struck a tree on Route 39 east. Sgt. R.J. More...

In Brief . . .

Bath County School Board

. The board received an update on the Bath County High School renovations from Superintendent Dr. David Smith. More...

Millboro Happenings

n The Millboro Christian Church will conduct Vacation Bible School the week of July 21-25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., for children from pre-school to sixth grade. The closing service will be Sunday night, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. More...

Millboro school renovation group plans fund raising

MILLBORO - It's full steam ahead for the Millboro Preservation and Cultural Association in regard to their plans for renovation of the old Millboro school and obtaining money for the project. More...

Old classroom demolished

MILLBORO - Part of the old Millboro school came down in chunks on Monday - the old band classroom on the side facing Crooked Spur road. More...

Street dance gets feet a tappin'

Highland's Little Switzerland Cloggers, led by Dorothy Stephenson, left, gets the crowd revved up and ready to dance. (Photo courtesy David Cockerham) More...

Clarification

In the June 26 Recorder article on the merits of commercial wind power, a quote refuting concerns over the killing of bat and bird species at East Coast wind turbine sites was mis-attributed to Chris Burkett of the Virginia Department of Game and I More...

Summer days have me thinking about cherry pie

Growth Spurts

The warmer weather is coaxing people outdoors. The Monterey Lions Club Street Dance in Monterey made its annual return last weekend. One of the ever-popular features of the dance is the cake raffle. More...

What's blooming in your back yard?

The poor Witch Hazel - so neglected in the summer months, as the shrub's showy, frayed, yellow blossoms bloom in fall or winter, mostly on leafless branches. Yet, it is during the summer months when this plant is most interesting and unusual. More...

Correction

In last week's paper the caption with this picture should have read: Representing Highland and Bath as U-12 Little League All Stars are (l-r) in front: Luke Lyons, Ethan Botkin, Kyle Bradley, Michael Criser and Shane Pitsenbarger; middle: More...

Births

Brendan John Munchel

CHESTERFIELD - Dustin and Lisa Willingham Munchel announce the birth of a son, Brendan John Munchel. He was born at 1:41 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2008 at Johnston and Willis Hospital, at Richmond. More...

USDA Farm Service Agency now accepting county committee member nominations

LEXINGTON - The USDA Farm Service Agency office serving Rockbridge, Alleghany, and Bath Counties, reminds agricultural producers that they can now nominate eligible candidates to serve on the Rockbridge/Alleghany/ Bath FSA County Committee. More...

Art show a marvelous must-see

See a Show!

ASHWOOD - Go ahead; I dare you. I double-dare you to go to the 44th annual Bath County Art Show and not find something with which you fall helplessly in love. Or several somethings. It happened to me, and I do not fall in love easily. More...

Dabney to offer study for manufacturing, engineering careers

CLIFTON FORGE - The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute Education and Training Foundation has recently announced approval of an application for funding from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College for student scholarship awards. More...

Out and about in Clifton Forge …

Clifton Forge has been known far and wide, for many years as the "railroad town." Although trains still roll through Clifton Forge moving their cargo and delivering people from as far away as Colorado, New York and Illinois, there is a whole more t More...

Bath County Art Show award winners

Best in show - Red House in Clifton Forge (oil) by Sharon Kincheloe; Warm Springs Valley Garden Club award, best flower painting - Spring Mix (oil) by Dennis W. More...

Cloverbud 4-H camp scheduled next month

MONTEREY - Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold a summer Cloverbud 4-H Camp for area youth ages 5-8. The camp will be held Aug. 12-14 at the Highland Modular Conference Room, adjacent to the Extension Office, in Monterey. More...

Photo

K-9 4-H Club members enjoy an evening stroll with their dogs in the Town of Monterey recently. Pictured (l-r) are: Tabitha Hiner, Amy Hull, Savannah Hevener, Andrea Hull, and Abby Hylton. Not pictured are Penny Hiner and Kathy Beverage. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Schools set upcoming schedule

July 28 - Mandatory fall athlete/ parent meeting at Highland High School cafeteria at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 - Fall sports practices begin. Aug. 12-14 - Schedule changes may be made from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. More...

Academic Honor

Matthew J. Sponaugle BLACKSBURG - Matthew J. Sponaugle of Doe Hill has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Virginia Tech. More...

Sports

Bolar Loop hike an easy escape

LAKE MOOMAW - From the Two Islands Overlook, the sky, water, and lush green landscape blend together like a paint sample. Echoes from swimmers and boats climb to the quiet bench high above, telling on the merrymakers. More...

Family fun night held at Highland

The Highland Recreation Commission is sponsoring a night of free play and socializing at the Highland Elementary School baseball diamond and playground this Friday as well as Friday, August 15. More...

Volleyball camp to be coached by McGee

Pioneer District volleyball coach of the year Dave Mc- Gee has scheduled a Bath County High School Volleyball team camp for July 23,24,25. Training at the BCHS gym will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. each day. More...

Early Files

Longtime Bath attorney passes

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from Feb. 15, 1929 edition of The Recorder. It was reprinted from the Covington Virginian. H.B. Wood was publisher. John W. More...

Photo

Above is an excerpt from a panoramic photograph of the 1919 Virginia Advent Christian Church Conference held at Hamilton Chapel in Big Valley. The tall man dressed in a dark suit and dark hat with a white beard has been identified as Mustoe Corbett. More...

25 years ago

George E. McWhorter Jr. was sworn in as a member of the Monterey Town Council Friday of last week. McWhorter's appointment to the council was announced at the July 5 meeting of that body and followed the resignation of Monterey mayor John W. More...

Commissioner to retire early; special election to be held

MONTEREY - Following a series of publicized criticism about her job performance, Highland's commissioner of revenue Bobbie Griffin announced Monday she intends to retire Sept. 1, more than three years before the end of her second term in office. More...

Highlander takes 1st flight from airstrip

MONTEREY - Roberta Lambert, native Highland resident who grew up in the Blue Grass area, is well-known county-wide for her dedication and service as county administrator. More...

Debit-card larceny charged

WARM SPRINGS - Bath sheriff's deputies have made yet another arrest related to grand jury indictments returned June 16. Brandon Mikel Phillips, 32, was arrested Monday in Rockbridge County. More...

Highland schools to get security cameras

MONTEREY - The Highland County School Board approved installing surveillance cameras and a new secure entrance system on campus. More...

In Brief . . .

. The Highland County School Board met July 10 and welcomed acting superintendent Percy "Buzz" Nowlin. . New Highland High School principal Kelly Wilmore made his first presentation to the board. More...

Four-day week considered in Bath schools

WARM SPRINGS - Statewide, schools are considering a four-day week to save money on fuel and reduce expenses. But it could mean serious day-care issues for parents of small children, and pretty long days for others. More...

In Brief ...

Highland County Supervisors

. The Highland County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday and approved supervisor Robin Sullenberger's motion to join Mountain Waters Resource and Development; the board appointed Sullenberger as representative. . More...

Carnival comes to Millboro

MILLBORO - Old-time carousel rides, funnel cakes, hot dogs and barbecued chicken - along with a colorful parade - come to town next week as the annual Firemen's Carnival opens a four-day run in the industrial park from July 23-26 to beckon young More...

Club holds a truly splendid day in McDowell

Ole Blue is the mountain retreat of Virginia Beach residents Thomas and Peggy Crooks. They bought the house in 1973 and renovated it. The house is called Ole Blue because it was and is painted blue. More...

Art, poetry draw record crowd to gallery

WARM SPRINGS - When Martha Woodroof of the Virginia Foundation of Humanities found Warm Springs Gallery owner Barbara Buhr after Friday evening's opening reception, she tried to interview her for a National Public Radio spot about the event. More...

New pool demands rec director position

MONTEREY - The Highland County Recreation Commission is serious about getting a full-time director to run its programs this year, especially since the new swimming pool will require management. More...

Local artisans featured in ACN exhibition

WAYNESBORO - Creations from artists Tate Swecker and Lisa Jacenich will be featured in the Alleghany Craft Network Exhibition at The Artisans Center of Virginia. ACN received 77 entries for the exhibition and 33 were chosen by a jury selection. More...

Rescue volunteer decline called 'critical'

WARM SPRINGS and MONTEREY - When someone needs an ambulance in Bath or Highland counties, as well as many other rural areas, volunteers leave their jobs and families and answer the call. More...

Photo

Celebrating the recent remodeling of the Monterey ABC store with a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday were (l-r) ABC clerk Delana Kelly, Monterey Mayor Janice Warner, Chair of the ABC Board Pam Evans, Highland Supervisor Jerry Rexrode, ABC Commissioner S More...

FSA acreage reporting deadlines extended

LEXINGTON - The Rockbridge/ Alleghany/Bath County Farm Service Agency reminds producers that the deadline for filing 2008 acreage reports for all crops, except small grains, has been extended to Aug. 15. More...

FSA sign up for farms continues

LEXINGTON - Sign-up for the 2008 Direct and Counter- Cyclical Program is under way at the Rockbridge/Alleghany/Bath County Farm Service Agency Office. More...

Achievement

Caleb William Sweeney RADFORD - Caleb William Sweeney of Hot Springs graduated from Radford University at the end of the spring semester with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and technology. More...

Achievement

Amy E. Halterman

SALEM - On June 12, the Western Virginia Emergency Services Council held its annual awards banquet at the Salem Civic Center. More...

Clifton Forge Happenings

Did you know? n The Town of Clifton Forge was chartered in 1906, but its history dates back to the 1700s. The land the town occupies was originally part of a 1770 land grant to Robert Gallaspy by Lord Botetourt, the Governor of Virginia. More...

Robertson to participate in Little Miss Virginia

MILLBORO - Taylor Dale Nicole Robertson is a little excited, and no wonder - she has been selected as a state finalist for the 2008 Miss Virginia Princess Pageant being held July 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston. More...

Bath, Highland artists make good showing

ASHWOOD - Plenty of artists from Bath and Highland counties have works on display at the Bath County Art Show; two have even been awarded prizes by judge Jacquelyn Serwer. More...

Attend the July 28 forest planning meeting

CHARLOTTESVILLE - More than 26 percent of the land in Shenandoah County lies within the George Washington National Forest, almost 85,000 acres, and much of the area's drinking water drains from forest areas. More...

Photo

The Bath Senior Center and Bath Parks and Recreation sponsored a trip to Lancaster, Pa. Thirty seniors traveled by motorcoach to Lancaster and stayed two nights at the Hotel Brunswick. More...

Obituaries

James C. 'Jimmy' May

CHURCHVILLE - James Cleveland "Jimmy" May, 72, husband of Ruth Ellen Campbell May, of Churchville and formerly of Craigsville, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2008 at Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville. He was born Sept. More...

David Odell Cale

McDOWELL - David Odell Cale, 66, of McDowell, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at the home of his brother. He was born Aug. 24, 1941 at Fordwick, a son of the late Clayborne Worthington and Beulah Virginia Ross Cale. Mr. More...

Mabel Watts Matheny

CLIFTON FORGE - Mabel Watts Matheny Hayslett, 87, of 2401 Grafton Street, Cliftondale Park, Clifton Forge died Saturday, July 12, 2008 at the Golden Living Center in Clifton Forge. She was born in Bath County on Oct. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Regular Weekly Services See Special Services section for changes to weekly services Sundays Asbury United Methodist Church holds worship service at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. More...

Calendar

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BATH 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...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Highland County

¦ July 9 - Received a report of reckless driving, Muddy Run Road, referred to Bath County. ¦ July 9 - Received a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a deer, Jackson River Road. More...

Letters

Statistics on guns incorrect, misleading

Editor, The Recorder, Wow, those are some compelling statistics concerning the recent gun ownership laws in Australia cited by both Roy Gutshall and Iris Hooke. More...

Having more guns just won't help the problems

Editor, The Recorder, Jim Jacenich's musings on Second Amendment rights elicited similar responses from two of your readers who both quote some interesting Internet facts compiled by "author unknown" relating to gun control and government abuses. More...

Kudos to Bath, Highland baseball all-star players

Editor, The Recorder, I am writing this letter to thank all the players and parents from Bath and Highland Counties for their participation in this year's 11-12 all-star baseball team. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Unshakable Millboro motivation

While much of Bath County laments about getting projects off the ground, the galvanizing community effort behind taking charge of the old school in Millboro is receiving hearty praise. More...

Pictorial

Monterey residents have no doubt noticed the recent nearly daily landing of a small private airplane at Hannah Field. The aircraft buzzes the roof of the courthouse on its north-south approach to the grass landing strip south of town. More...


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