September 4, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Wind company, state disagree on view study

MONTEREY — Is it too expensive to survey historic resources before Virginia's first wind energy plant is constructed? More...

Supervisors approve cuts to Highland departments

MONTEREY — The Highland County Board of Supervisors made blanket cuts to county department budgets Tuesday to accommodate a reduction in state funding. More...

In Brief ...

Highland County Board of Supervisors

• Highland supervisors got an update from the Virginia Department of Transportation on county road maintenance. Tim Fitzgerald, acting residency administrator for VDOT, said primary and secondary road mowing is complete. More...

Conversations

MONTEREY — Much can be said about the importance of the county fair to maintaining the image of idyllic country life. After all, it's the time of year when county residents put their best on display. More...

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Members of Highland Lodge 110 provided free child identification packets to parents of more than 40 children at the fair. Pictured (l-r) are David Hayes, Jim Hutchison, a child and her mother, Henry Budzinski, Hank Booth, and Bob Niclkin. More...

Hospital rolls into the future with robot

HOT SPRINGS — If you were to imagine a robot rolling into your hospital room, which model or style of robot would pop into your mind? One of the robots from "Star Wars?" Rosie from "The Jetsons" cartoons? More...

Dining Delights

Last Run worth the ride, train or not

CASS, W.Va. - When a friend and I trekked over to hop aboard the Cass Scenic Railroad last week, I had my misgivings. First, it was raining. More...

Community Message Board

THANK YOU It is with great appreciation that we extend our thanks to family and friends who sent food, cards, flowers and donations after the death of our father, Roy Waggoner, St. May God richly bless each of you. Roy Jr. More...

Births

Zachary Cole Armstrong

HEAD WATERS — Leslie and Cole Armstrong announce the birth of a son, Zachary Cole Armstrong, born Aug. 23, 2008 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. He weighed eight pounds and four ounces, and was 19 and onehalf inches long. More...

Wedding

Green— Bridgforth

HOT SPRINGS ­— The marriage of Miss Kirby Ellen Green to Mr. Wiliam Scott Bridgforth Jr. took place on June 7, 2008 at Healing Springs Baptist Church in Hot Springs. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. More...

Court Cases

Bath County

HOT SPRINGS — The following decisions were handed down in Bath County General District Court on July 16. Criminal and traffic divisions: Glen C. More...

Births

Faith Olivia Barron

LOW MOOR — Christian and Natasha Sizemore Barron, of Low Moor, announce the birth of a daughter, Faith Olivia Barron. She was born at 1:39 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at Greenbrier Medical Center in Lewisburg, W.Va. More...

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With 37 years of experience as National Pools tile subcontractors Sam and Nancy Ratliff work on the tile and coping of the soon to be finished Highland pool (only). "It's going to be a nice pool when you get done," said Sam. More...

Clifton Forge Happenings

Main Street Clifton Forge to get 'face lift'

CLIFTON FORGE — Main Street Clifton Forge may soon get a virtual facelift that will hopefully become a physical reality over time. More...

What's blooming in your backyard?

Two questions: What defines a weed? And, are there more yellow flowers in the fall than other times of the year? The first question seems easy to answer but is as tricky as the second. More...

Don't feed the deer: it's the law

RICHMOND — Effective Sept. 1, it will be illegal to feed deer statewide in Virginia. The prohibition runs through January 3. The regulation designating the prohibition went into effect in 2006. More...

Falconer event held at Douthat State Park

The Virginia Falconers' Association held an interpretive program at Douthat State Park Saturday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m. at the park office lawn. More...

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Tori Hofflinger donated 16 inches of hair for her sixth birthday to Locks of Love. She is the granddaughter of Stuart and Glenna Neil of McDowell and the niece of Kevin and Keri Neil of Hightown. (Photo courtesy Carrie Hofflinger) More...

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Gregg and Deborah Morse of Monterey received a surprise party from staff members to congratulate them on the anniversary of their first year of owning and operating The Hermitage Motel and Restaurant in Bartow, W.Va. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Bath board excited about student scores

WARM SPRINGS — "All three school had a good first day," said Millboro school board member and co-chair Dreama Burns. "They had a good start and we're going to see wonderful things this year ... More...

In Brief ...

Bath County School Board

• The Bath County School Board heard opening day reports from three division principals. New Millboro Elementary School principal Wes Eary reported that 75 percent of the school's families turned out for the recent open house. More...

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New student Elizabeth Wright (left) and her mother, Wanda Sorrells (right), both of Rockbridge County, were two of approximately 150 students and parents who attended Dabney S. Lancaster Community College's Orientation Aug. More...

Religion

Monterey UMC celebrates homecoming

Church dinner followed church services at Monterey United Methodist Church's first homecoming celebration Sunday. Among the former church members were Dr. Thaine Billingsley and his wife, Anita, and son Gary. Dr. More...

A gathering in Mill Gap

MILL GAP — Beulah Presbyterian Church invites old friends and new to their annual "Ingathering Day" on Saturday, Sept. 13. More...

Ashwood church builds 22-foot split for Bible school

Ashwood United Methodist Church in Hot Springs, kicked off its 2008 Bible School "God's All Star Champions" with a 22-foot banana split. Above: church volunteers building the banana split. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sherriff reports possible Internet scam

Editor's note: Highland County sheriff Herb Lightner shared this press release from the Federal Trade Commission to the recorder for publication. More...

Letters

Donate blood on Sept. 10 save three lives

Editor, The Recorder, I would like to encourage everyone who has donated blood to be at The Highland Center in Monterey between 1-7 p.m. on Sept. 10. Give your neighbor a call and bring them with you. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Holding hallowed ground

For a company that hopes to start construction on Virginia's first wind energy plant in the next few months, Highland New Wind Development appears to be dragging its heels. More...

Pictorial

When the deadline for submitting proposals for the old Millboro school arrived Tuesday, Bath County administrator Bonnie Johnson had received only one, from the Millboro Cultural and Preservation Association, a group of Millboro citizens that wants More...

Millboro group submits only proposal for school renovation

By Mike Bollinger • Staff Writer WARM SPRINGS — Tuesday afternoon was the deadline for submitting new proposals to renovate the old Millboro school campus, and it now looks as if the Millboro citizens' group is the clear front-runner More...

Timber laden truck runs off road

MONTEREY — A Blue Ridge Lumber truck heading east on U.S. More...

Sheriff's office monitors drivers

WARM SPRINGS — School opened Tuesday in Bath County, and that means drivers need to be on the lookout for little ones in school zones and wherever else they may be, particularly during bus pick-up and drop-off times. More...

Collins is new Rockbridge administrator

LEXINGTON — Former Bath County administrator Claire Collins, who resigned as Covington city manager June 30, is the new administrator for Rockbridge County. More...

You are what you eat takes on new meaning for backyard herbalist

GOSHEN — Back to nature means different things to different people, but to Chin Velasquez and Harmony Leonard, back to nature means growing healthy herbs in your own backyard. More...

Chin Velasquez, herbalist

• Chin Velasquez — "I started training in 1996, after graduating from college. I wanted to learn about natural healing. More...

The Nascent Chef

Nascent Chef learns to appreciate her own kitchen

CASS, W.Va. - The Nascent Chef is always looking for opportunities to examine a kitchen. It's interesting to see what people have to work with, the utensils they keep handy, what they store in their pantries. More...

Growth Spurts

Season slows, but local foods still abundant

There weren't as many vegetables available at the Highland Market last week compared with the week before. The usual vendors were there, but the growing season is starting to pass its peak. More...

Sheriff's Report

Highland County

• Aug. 27 — Deputies assisted citizen after receiving MedAlert notification, Blue Grass Valley Road. • Aug. 27 — Assisted citizen locked out of office, Highland Center Drive. • Aug. More...

On the Agenda

Bath County Board of Supervisors Bath County Courthouse - Room 115 Tuesday, Aug. 12, Closed meeting 6 p.m. Regular meeting 7 p.m. More...

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Eight Prince William County Boys Home students volunteered at Douthat State Park July 22-24 working on various projects, including trail maintenance and clean-up to the newly acquired Whispering Pines. More...

Guardian for the dead speaks to group

MONTEREY — Laura Powell Kiser protects the dead. She recently spoke to the Highlands Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Virginia on her career in bioarchaeology — her efforts to defend the remains and resting places of the dead. More...

Black selected to participate in Miss Pre-Teen Roanoke

HOT SPRINGS — Emily Black of Hot Springs was recently selected to participate in Nationals' 2008 Miss Pre-Teen Roanoke pageant competition that will take place Sept. 20. More...

Weather report

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Highland County 57th fair announces winners

KIDDIE SHOW (All winners listed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, except as noted) Healthiest baby (6 months and under): Hunter Harper, Melissa Lightner and Chris Harper, Franklin, W.Va.; Ashley Simmons, Bob and Donna Simmons, Quinton, Va. More...

White House awards $625,000 grant to RAPC

LEXINGTON — The Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition has been awarded $625,000 in federal funding under the Drug Free Communities Program. More...

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On Saturday's scheduled Nature Conservancy hike on Warm Springs Mountain, biologist Keith Carson found a red oak acorn and plucked off the cap. More...

Phil Norman appointed director of human resources

HOT SPRINGS - Phil Norman has been named director of human resources at The Homestead in Hot Springs. In this position, Norman will manage day-to-day employeerelated issues and opportunities at the historic, 483-room property. More...

The Little Clay Pipe in archaeology

MONTEREY — The growing and smoking of tobacco is an ancient ritual. More...

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Fiber Artists from Clifton Forge, Staunton, Covington and Smithfield Virginia attended a shawl making class with Lisa Jacenich of Chi Experience! More...

Millboro Happenings

• The YMCA Millboro Child Care is taking applications for its before- and after-school programs. The before-school program is held from 7 a.m. until school begins. The after-school program is held from the time school lets out until 6 p.m. More...

Obituaries

Kenneth Lee Simmons

MILLBORO — Kenneth Lee Simmons, 76, of 2560 Cowpasture River Highway, Millboro, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 at his home. He was born at Nimrod Hall in Bath County, on Aug. More...

Doris Elaine Craig

FRANKLIN, W.Va.­ — Doris Elaine Craig of Franklin, died Aug. 30 at her residence. She was born July 16, 1933 in Harrisonburg, Va., the daughter of Robert Allen and Jessie Magnolia Guyer Eye. She was married on Oct. More...

Dorothy Virginia Redman

MONTVALE — Dorothy Virginia Redman, 69, of 2579 Mountain View Church Road, Montvale, and a longtime resident of the Blue Ridge Community, died Monday, Sept.1, 2008 at her residence. She was born Sept. More...

Sports

Bison quick strikes beat Chargers

SWOOPE — The Buffalo Gap Bison scored two touchdowns in the last minute of the first half to take a 13-7 halftime lead and the defending state champs went on to beat the Bath County Chargers 25-7 Friday night. More...

Chargers blast Gladiators at the net

WARM SPRINGS — Last Thursday the lady Chargers played Riverheads without all-district setter Santana Stricker but made do and beat the Gladiators in three straight games 25-21, 25-19, and 25-16. More...

Young Lady Rams netters dedicated

MONTEREY — Despite losing four starting seniors to graduation the Highland volleyball team returns nine players with experience from last year's 3-14 squad. Highland coach Margie Swanger has hopes this team will be competitive. 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...

Early Files

25 years ago

September 1, 1983

The 32nd annual Highland County Fair got under way last night, with the Stoney Roberts Auto Demolition Derby pitting area drivers against each other in a fight to the finish. More...

50 years ago

September 4, 1958

Riding a float in the Fair Parade were Master and Little Miss Highland, Mark Swecker, son of Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Swecker, and Marilyn Anita Moon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Moon. More...

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The Blue Grass women's softball team took both the regular season and tournament championships in this year's Highland County recreation league. More...


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