August 14, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Springs Nursing Center welcomes new administrator

HEALING SPRINGS — A mid-life career change led Gary Watson to nursing home administration, and that step has brought him to The Springs Nursing Center as the facility's new administrator. More...

Sheriff's department gets 2 new cars

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday that the sheriff's office can wait no longer for an upgrade to its aging vehicle fleet, and agreed to buy two 2008 police cars through state contract. More...

Area school cafeterias clean, well-run

BATH and HIGHLAND — As Bath and Highland schools prepare to greet students over the next two weeks, parents and school staff will be delighted to know food service in public schools here continues to show a good record for organization, clean More...

Farm tour highlights good management practices

MONTEREY — John and Caryl Cowden of Fort Lewis Farm in Bath County had by far the most impressive use of best management practices in Bath and Highland counties, according to members of the Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District. More...

Town imposes hours of operation on landscape business

Conditional use permit approved

MONTEREY — Monterey Town Council approved a conditional use permit for David Botkin for a business sign and the addition of five to six display sheds, but imposed operation hours for Landscape by Design last Thursday. More...

In Brief . . .

• The Monterey Town Council met Thursday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Mayor Janice Warner updated the council on the progress of the new sewage treatment plant. More...

Armstrong pleads guilty to vandalism

MONTEREY — Timothy Armstrong, 21, of Monterey, pleaded guilty in Highland County Circuit Court last Friday to intentionally and feloniously damaging a sign at the Montvallee Motel in Monterey March 30, which cost $1,700 to repair. More...

In Brief . . .

Highland County Economic Development Authority

The Highland Economic Development Authority met Tuesday, Aug. 12 and elected new officers. Betty Mitchell will serve as chair, Jim White as vice chair, Lloyd Bird as secretary and Trent Burkholder as treasurer. More...

Market Millie holds first festival

Growth Spurts

The first Market Millie festival was last Saturday at Lickety Splits in Millboro Springs. In addition to the normal farmers' market, several local crafters showed off their wares. I spent the day at the extended market, from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. More...

HCPS get new phone numbers

MONTEREY — Highland County Public Schools have recently installed a new telephone system. Updated telephone numbers are listed below. More...

Former Bath resident publishes first novel

Lucky in love — and prose

UNION BRIDGE, Md. — How do you get a foot in the proverbial door of the largest grossing genre in modern literature? Earn a master's degree in human resource development and go to Cowgirl Camp. Or, you can write about what you love. More...

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The Millboro Ruritan Club's summer picnic Monday evening gave members an opportunity to meet this year's Good Citizen and academic scholarship award winners and their parents. More...

Covering the courts can be a hornet's nest

A Party of One

I love my job. It's a dream, really — flit hither and yon, covering arts and leisure and travel and restaurants. I get paid to go kayaking, for heaven's sake; what's not to love? I could have left well enough alone. But no. More...

'God's Champions' Vacation Bible School hosted by Ashwood United Methodist

HOT SPRINGS — "God's Champions" Vacation Bible School will be hosted at Ashwood United Methodist Church 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 18-21. On Sunday, Aug.17, at 6:30 p.m. More...

Community Message Board

Thank you The Lord blessed us with four wonderful daughters, then in return they rewarded us with a beautiful celebration of our 60th wedding anniversary. Special thanks of appreciation to them and their families. More...

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A good crowd enjoys an all-organic lunch at Washington and Lee University in Lexington last Thursday (Aug. 7). More...

Millboro Happenings

Millboro parade winners announced

MILLBORO - The town's volunteer fire association has announced winners of this year's parade held on the last day of the annual carnival, July 26. 1. Best Appearing Municipal Fire Engine - Hot Springs 2. More...

Little Mountain Yoga sponsors Laughter Yoga Session

MONTEREY — According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, some of the benefits of laughter yoga include opening up breathing, building selfconfidence, and alleviating high blood pressure and arthritis. More...

Leona Botkin Liver Transplant Fund still seeking donations

MONTEREY — In 1998, Leona Hartman Botkin, of Monterey, was diagnosed with non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver and in July 2000, she underwent a successful transplant operation. More...

Aquaculture industry benefits from VCE's resources, leadership

BLACKSBURG — With commercial oceangoing fisheries facing decades of over-fishing, habitat degradation, coastal construction, and pollution, the aquaculture industry has emerged as a sustainable way to produce the nutritious seafood that consu More...

Reduce, re-use, recycle with The Highland Center and farmers' market Aug. 29

MONTERERY — In today's world, people are faced with tightening economic times, and worries about the environment. More...

Dabney offering noncredit classes, Garth Newel course featured

WARM SPRINGS — An adult education, non-credit course, "Music Appreciation: From Medieval and Classical to Romantic and Modern," will be held at Garth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs this fall on Wednesdays, Sept. 24-Oct. More...

New student orientation scheduled at college Aug. 21

CLIFTON FORGE — Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will hold new student orientation on Thursday, Aug. 21. Activities are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Armory/Convocation Center on the main campus in Clifton Forge. More...

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Four students were enrolled in the "Firearms and Marksmanship" course this summer at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Pictured (l-r) are: John Ryan of Covington; Matthew Schodowski of Fincastle; Sarah Burgess of Covington; instructor Gary L. More...

FFA member gearing up for fair livestock sale

MONTEREY — My name is Burgundy Hicks, and I am a member of the Highland Middle School Future Farmers of America and K 9 4 H Club. More...

Bath County 'kitten' turns out to be bobcat

Wildlife Center releases feline, bald eagle in region, to Richmond's Maymont

WAYNESBORO — On Wednesday, Aug. More...

Reunion

Doyle family

MILLBORO — Friends and family of the late Ceba and Fannie Doyle family held their annual reunion Aug. 3, at Fairview Community Center in Bath County. More...

Special Sections

Sports

Chargers win three-team match to start year

LOWER CASCADES — The Bath County Chargers hosted neighbors Covington and Highland for a three team meet Tuesday afternoon/evening and took home first place with a team total score of 317. More...

New BCHS athletic director fired up for fall

WARM SPRINGS — Only 24 years old and fresh out of college Chase Davidson has four job titles for Bath County Public Schools this fall; driver's education, health, physical education, and athletic director. More...

Bath golf budding with bright future

WARM SPRINGS — Thin in numbers and in weight, the five-man BCHS golf team is far from thin in potential for the upcoming fall Pioneer District Tour. More...

Early Files

Highland native remembered

Editor's note: The following article originally appeared in The Recorder in 1993. Dec. 17 marks the second anniversary of the death of one of Highland's most widely known and best loved citizens, Elsie Folks of Monterey. More...

25 years ago

August 11, 1983

New Highland History nears completion — Virginia Rexrode, Kay Wright, and Hazel Corbett help out with the final stages of the design and layout of the New Highland History. The historical committee members met last week at the county library. More...

50 years ago

August 14, 1958

The 1958 Highland County Fair will be held just south of Monterey on U. S. 220 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 28, 29, 30, and is undoubtedly the finest effort in the seven year span to furnish a real top-notch county attraction. More...

Blue Grass fraud suspect 'not guilty'

Arizona man stands trial for taking $8,000 under false pretenses

MONTEREY — In Highland Circuit Court last Friday, Judge Humes Franklin Jr. found Hamilton Tyler, 36, of Phoenix, Ariz., not guilty of one felony charge of obtaining money under false pretenses. More...

Old Millboro school may get local owners

WARM SPRINGS — The fate of the old Millboro school moved one step closer to resolution Tuesday, but still no final decision could be made. More...

McDowell man gets 5 years for maiming

MONTEREY — Mark Siron, 38, of McDowell was tried April 25 in Highland County Circuit Court and found guilty of driving while intoxicated and maiming. More...

Center accepting school supplies, yard sale donations

HEALING SPRINGS — The Springs Nursing Center is planning a special activity for residents to help students at Valley Elementary School, and needs help. More...

Meals tax headed for November ballot

WARM SPRINGS — It will be up to the voting public to decide this year if a 4 percent tax will be added to meals served in Bath County restaurants. More...

In Brief . . .

Bath County Board of Supervisors

• Bath supervisors established a Central Absentee Precinct Tuesday, where absentee ballots will be counted. It will be located in the basement of the courthouse. More...

Millboro supervisor supports old school project

MILLBORO — The residents' group seeking approval from Bath supervisors to take on renovation of the old Millboro school got a pleasant surprise at its Aug. 6 meeting. More...

6 qualify in commissioner race

MONTEREY — Aaron Will, Darlene Crummett and Nancy Vance have qualified as candidates with the voter's registrar, bringing the total number of candidates to six for the Nov. 4 special election to replace retiring commissioner Bobbie Griffin. More...

Monterey man pleads no contest to domestic assault

MONTEREY — Jarami Cornelius, 32, of Monterey, was charged with two counts of assault and battery involving a family member on Feb. 21 and April 21. More...

Blue Grass man awaits trial for failure to register as sex offender

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EDA hears options for broadband funding

MONTEREY — The Highland County Economic Development Authority hosted Richard Jenkins of the USDA Rural Telecommunications Development Program Tuesday to offer an overview of broadband Internet loans and grants available to rural counties. More...

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Bath County 911 dispatchers were undergoing training Tuesday on the equipment in the county's new 911 center. The center is scheduled to be operational Aug. 20. More...

What's blooming in your back yard?

Up and down and along the roadside and wood's edge, peek the yellow eyes that signal the last days of summer. More...

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Eight members of Bath County's Valley High School Class of 1943 met for their 65th reunion Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Country Café. The class of had 39 members with 16 males and 23 females; today 20 remain, four of whom are men. More...

World events have a local effect

Conversations

Aug. 14, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt of the United States and Prime Minister Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom negotiated the Atlantic Charter. The United Nations grew out of this meeting. More...

Highland County Fair scheduled for Aug. 27-30

MONTEREY — The Highland County Fair Association announces fair will be held Aug. 27-30 at the fairgrounds in Monterey (behind the school). More...

Applebee's falls short of delightful

Dining Delights

COVINGTON - It is 11:46 p.m. I have been up for 18 hours. I am tired, yet am not sleeping. I have heartburn. I may be a nascent chef, but I am foremost a restaurant girl. It's difficult for me to find a restaurant I do not like. More...

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Nature can be observed at work on the recycling of downed trees along the nature trail in Millboro, a project by the local Ruritan Club that can be enjoyed by young and old from an entrance off Church Street between the ball field and Ruritan picnic More...

Sunscreen is serious business

Healthy Living

Editor's note: This information is not intended to take the place of your primary care provider's advice. If you have questions about your health or medical condition, consult your medical provider. More...

Rescue training held at Douthat

DOUTHAT — District One of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, Inc. provided a rescue training competition held at Douthat State Park on Sunday, July 27. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. was a vehicle extraction contest. More...

Special hunts to be held in state parks

RICHMOND — Applications are being accepted for special lottery deer hunts at Grayson Highlands State Park in Grayson County, Kiptopeke State Park in Northampton County, Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania County and Pocahontas State Park in More...

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Members of the Bath County Senior Center attended a stroke seminar at Bath Community Hospital Aug. 7. Dr. Jim Redington amazed everyone with his full-size robot, complete with the doctors' face on the screen and his voice. More...

Forest service seeks committee members

ROANOKE — The U.S. Forest Service is seeking nominations to fill seven positions on the 11 member Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee. More...

DSLCC trip to England big hit

CLIFTON FORGE — A group of 20 travelers recently returned home after spending nine days in Ireland, England and Wales, on a trip facilitated by the continuing education division of Dabney S. More...

'A Night of Gospel Music' on stage at Masonic Theatre

CLIFTON FORGE —Special Theatrical Artists Revue and Showcase will perform "A Night of Gospel Music" on stage at the historic Masonic Theatre, Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. More...

Wrightsville fest stuns, delights

The Elegba African dance ensemble, from Richmond, performed a stunning, high-energy show during the Friday night fish fry, part of the third annual Wrightsville Renewal Festival near Covington. (Recorder photos by Margo Oxendine) More...

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The summer employment phase of the 2008 Highland Youth Employment Program, sponsored by The Highland Center wrapped up Aug. 6 with a short training session, and presentation of final paychecks. More...

Sen. Webb calls for temporary repeal of ethanol mandate to reduce feed, food prices

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Concerned about steep increases in commodity prices, on July 18, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) and Sen. More...

Obituaries

Thomas Martin Doyle Sr.

STUART — Thomas Martin Doyle Sr., 82, of Stuart, and formerly of Salida, Colo., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 at the Blue Ridge Nursing Center, Stuart. Born on Dec. More...

Faye Loan Hickman

LEXINGTON — Faye Loan Hickman, age 55, of 240 Shepherd Drive, Lexington, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington. She was born Aug. More...

Nellie Thompson Perry Gordon

FREE UNION — Nellie Thompson Perry Gordon of Free Union, departed this life on Saturday, July 26, 2008 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late James Edward and Annie Thompson. 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

¦ August 7 — Responded to a report of stolen gas, Jackson River Road. ¦ August 7 — Responded to a report of a reckless driver, Highland Turnpike. More...

Letters

Set an example, vote as independents this year

Editor, The Recorder, Many people in Highland County don't think that their one vote counts for much. There may be truth to the thought. For, there's evidence to that effect. More...

Commissioner bids goodbye to Highlanders

Editor, The Recorder, I want to say a few words to the people of Highland County before I leave office. I want to tell you how much I have enjoyed working for you and helping you during my 20 years in the revenue office. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Zero in on land protection

Commercial wind turbines don't belong in Bath or Highland, but given the astounding momentum the industry has picked up in recent months, driven largely by the presidential race and those simmering in Congress, residents here are beginning to lose More...

Pictorial

Farmers depend on the land for their livelihood. Unlike a carpenter's or mechanic's tools, the land can't be replaced. It might have taken years to build up the soil that can be taken away in one season by drought, fire or flood. More...


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