October 23, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Cedar Creek lagoon officially closed

HOT SPRINGS — The sewage treatment lagoon at The Village at Cedar Creek has been capped and closed and grass has started to grow over the area, marking the end of a project which took more than a year to complete. More...

Special election set for commissioner post

9 candidates on ballot for November 4

MONTEREY — Voters will have a slew of candidates to choose from Nov. 4, particularly in Highland's special election to fill the role of commissioner of revenue. Former commissioner Bobbie Griffin retired Sept. More...

Lunora Doyle

MONTEREY — Lunora Doyle, 48, of Monterey, says she is ready for the responsibility of being Highland County Commissioner of the Revenue. "It is going to be a good challenge for me," she said. More...

Vickie Hoover

MONTEREY — "I want to do something in my county. This seemed a good thing that I can give back to the people here. More...

Crysta Stanton

MONTEREY — "Being in Highland County, being part of the county and serving the community, is one of my top priorities in life — faith and family are the only two things that come before that, for me," says Crysta Stanton. More...

Aaron Will

MONTEREY — "I can stay in the county and continue to serve and still be a servant of the county — and I want to continue with the rescue squad and fire department," says Aaron Will of Blue Grass. More...

Wedding

Doyle — Slater

JOELTON, Tenn. — Paula Hope Doyle and Norman Archie Slater Sr. were united in marriage by Dr P.A. "Red" Michel on Aug. 8, 2008, in Joelton. The outdoor ceremony was held at Shadowbrook Mansion followed by a reception. More...

U.S. Forest service announces recreation fees waived for veterans

ROANOKE — On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the U,S. Forest Service will waive the day-use recreation fees for U.S. veterans, members of U.S. armed forces and their families. More...

Garden club learns about honey bees

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Two dates left to apply for Christmas Mother services

HOT SPRINGS —The 2008 Bath County Christmas Mother program is still under way, and there are two dates left to apply for services. You must be a resident of Bath County to apply, and the last two days of applications will be accepted at St. More...

Farmers fend off bear attacks on livestock

POSSUM TROT —Kevin Wagner of Possum Trot lost three sheep to bear predation in the last two months. He had 24 sheep on his 70-acre farm, now he's down to 21 and wondering if the bear will come back for more. More...

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Mike Sienda, owner and operator of Buena Vista Express Lube, held a "Car Care Boot Camp" for women at his shop on Oct. 4. More...

Cooking with herbs: Tasty, fun, full of surprises

The Nascent Chef

The frost is on the pumpkin. Gardeners are going about the sad task of culling and clipping what isn't dead. If you're lucky, that includes some herbs. Perhaps lots of herbs. What to do? Get out of the garden and into the kitchen; start cooking! More...

Highland's FFA chapter strong

MONTEREY — First of all, what makes the Highland Future Farmers of America Chapter so unique? What other county in the country has citizens and scenery as spectacular as Highland. More...

Make sure your firewood measures up

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers this advice about how to keep from getting burned when you buy firewood. Grab a tape measure, a yardstick or even a ruler. More...

Weather turning cold: Need help with heating?

MONTEREY — The Highland County Department of Social Services has begun accepting applications for the Energy Assistance Program, and will continue accepting applications until Nov. 14. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Stuart Hall School student explores U.S. National security

STAUNTON — Stuart Hall School sophomore Tanner Hodges was accepted to attend the fall National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security: Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense. More...

Sports

Bath breaks bank on Blues

BUENA VISTA — Good things came in pairs for the Bath County Chargers Friday night. More...

Charger netters still unbeaten

Bath @ Craig NEW CASTLE —Using a first-game loss, 24-26, as motivation, the lady Chargers stormed back to win the next three sets, 25-15, 26-24, 25-16, and took the victory over the fiery Rockets last Thursday evening. More...

On Campus

Bath County High School athletes continue to excel in college athletics in Virginia and West Virginia this fall. In Williamsburg, Jake Phillips led William & Mary to a big 27-3 road win over Delaware in Colonial Athletic Assocation play. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Bath and Highland County

Bath • Oct. 15 — Major Richard D. Chestnut responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 630. • Oct. 15 — Deputy William D. Sexton responded to a report of a suspicious person on Back Creek Mountain. More...

Letters

Underpaid, overtaxed: Assessment too high

Editor, The Recorder, I don't understand why people have to steal election signs. Maybe it's because they are worried that the candidate on the sign is going to win the election. But it isn't the sign that wins the election, it is the candidate. More...

Longtime reader enjoys 'Conversations' column

Editor, The Recorder, I have read the Recorder now for a good number of years, cover to cover, week after week, and watched it grow in length, content, and form. More...

Wind energy pure folly, mocks environmentalism

Editor, The Recorder, It is right to object to commercial wind power for these compelling reasons: Viability, as elementary as it may seem, appears not to be part of the discussion when weighing alternatives for a more secure energy future. More...

Ag center open for business in first phase

MONTEREY — The Alleghany Highlands Agricultural Center moved from concept to reality last week. More...

Three sentenced in Bath Circuit Court

WARM SPRINGS - Three men were sentenced for felony convictions in Bath County Circuit Court last Friday. More...

New animal shelter project in beginning stages

HOT SPRINGS — The Bath County Board of Supervisors voted Oct. More...

Debbie Botkin

BY M.K. LUTHER • STAFF WRITER MONTEREY — "I like coming to work every day and I like what I am doing," says Debbie Botkin. More...

Darlene Crummett

MONTEREY — "I love Highland County and I love the people of Highland County. I have no desire to live anywhere else," says Darlene Crummett of Blue Grass. More...

Michelle Smith

MONTEREY — "I enjoyed the work while I was there. I felt I gained a great knowledge of the job. I received intensive training," says Michelle Smith. More...

Nancy Vance

MONTEREY — "I have been in the same place for 26 years, so I think I am ready for a new challenge, something different," says Nancy Vance, Highland Elementary School librarian. "I figured this was an opportunity that I should not let go by. More...

Patricia Wright

MONTEREY — "I treat everybody the same, I'm not biased. I am the same person you meet me every day and some people are not like that. If I get the job, I will talk to people the same as I do now as after I get the job," says Patricia Wright. More...

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Celebrating the fall season Bath County Parks and Recreation threw a pumpkin party at the picnic pavilion in the Ashwood park. The department procured and passed out 125 pumpkins for children to carve and paint. More...

Old fashioned gospel jubilee set for Nov. 1

WARM SPRINGS — The sixth annual Old Fashioned Gospel Jubilee is coming up on Saturday evening, Nov. 1 at Bath County High School. The evening's music will range from contemporary to southern gospel, with both traditional and original songs. More...

Millboro Happenings

• A sumptuous dinner of pork tenderloin and roast beef will be offered on Saturday (Oct. 25), from 4-7 p.m., hosted by the Fairview Community Center at the center. Tickets are by reservation only; call (540) 996-4111, or (540) 997-0525. More...

Fall Foliage Festival: Another year of success

CLIFTON FORGE — After a misty beginning on Friday afternoon, the Fall Foliage Festival kicked off its 38th year in Clifton Forge. More...

Douthat State Park will be closed due to deer hunts

DOUTHAT — Douthat State Park will be closed for all overnight facilities and day use areas Nov. 4 through Nov. 6 and Nov. 11 through Nov. 13 due to managed deer hunts throughout the park. More...

Birth

Hunter Christopher Harper

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Chris and Melissa Lightner Harper of Franklin announce the birth of a son, Hunter Christopher Harper, on May 29, 2008 at 4:56 a.m. at West Virginia University Hospital. More...

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April Dean, of Stuarts Draft, enjoys the Sheep Go-Round at Cestari's Pumpkin Festival Saturday. Proprietor Francis Chester invented the motorized machine and offers rides during his weekend festival during the month of October. More...

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On Oct. 1, members of the Highland County Zone IV Ruritan Clubs and the Woodrow Wilson District gathered at Valley and Highland elementary schools to present each third grader with their own dictionary. More...

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Pictured (l-r) Edmund Hevener and Shaun Harvey feed apples to the cider press while Bonnie Harvey turns the crank and Loy Harvey supervises. More...

Obituaries

Roy David Robertson

CLIFTON FORGE ­— Roy David 'Dave' Robertson, 73, of 608 Main Street, Clifton Forge, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 at his residence. He was born July 22, 1935 in Bath County, the son of the late Roy Ernest Robertson and Ruby G. Robertson. More...

Richard 'Dick' Lee Hepler

HOT SPRINGS — Richard "Dick" Lee Hepler, 78, of 37 Wilkinson Avenue, Hot Springs, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008 at his residence. He was born Sept. 3, 1930 in Bath County, the son of the late Merlin Judson Hepler and Margaret Vines Hepler. More...

Elva Grace 'Buckie' Grogg

WAYNESBORO — Elva Grace "Buckie" Grogg, 84, of Waynesboro and formerly of Blue Grass, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008 at Augusta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. More...

Religion

The family is center of camp weekend

MILLBORO — It didn't take long to understand what type of conference took place at Camp Accovac Oct. 10- 12. With a quick look around, families of all ages and sizes were seen in many and various activities. More...

Religion Briefs

Special Services Thursday, Oct. 23 ¦ Burnsville United Methodist Women's Group hosts it annual Senior Appreciation Dinner at 6:30 p.m. All seniors in the church and Burnsville community are invited. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 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. Thurs., Oct. More...

Early Files

Westvaco to seek use permit Monday

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Thursday, Aug. 23, 1979 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

Photos

These photos show the stairs to the Sounding Knob fire tower on Jack Mountain. Generations of Highlanders trekked up to carve their initials on the wooden steps over the years. More...

25 years ago

October 27, 1983

Taxpayer group denied injunction on tax bills Warm Springs — On Monday, Oct. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Pictorial

Look! Fish! Sisters Kayla (standing) and Sophia (sitting) Miceli point where the fish are at the lake at Camp Accovac, while Callie Fields (center) stares down at the water, watching the fish. More...

Elections offer tough choice

A refreshing slate of candidates will appear on Highland ballots Nov. 4. More...

Massively undecided, and massively disgusted

Say What?

I thought I had my mind made up. I really did. Ever since it was clear who the presidential nominees for the two major parties would be, there was no doubt I was going to vote for Republican John McCain. More...



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