November 6, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Fate of Bath County schools uncertain

WARM SPRINGS — A joint work session between the Bath County Board of Supervisors and Bath County School Board Oct. More...

Wind company still looking for money

Energy market down, but developer optimistic about plans

MONTEREY — Without investors or a final plan, Highland New Wind Development nevertheless remains optimistic about getting Virginia's first wind energy utility built here in Highland County. More...

Schools list concerns about four-day week

Bath County Public Schools superintendent Dr. David Smith presented the following concerns about a four-day school week during a joint work session Oct. More...

Potential benefits, challenges of a 4-day school week

Bath County Board of Supervisors member Percy Nowlin presented the following information from the Southern Regional Education Board at a work session held by the supervisors and school board Oct. 29 concerning a four-day school week. More...

In Brief ...

Highland County School Board

• Highland County School Board met Monday, and Highland Elementary School principal Teresa Blum reported the school's safari-themed book fair raised $1,010 for the library. More...

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Last week a call went in to the Bath County Sheriff's Department regarding trash dumped over the side of a hill on Switzerland Trail. More...

Correction

In the story "It's time for fall cleaning in the Highlands," Oct. 30 edition of The Recorder, Cowpasture River Preservation Association member identification were omitted from the picture cutline. More...

Academic Honor

Bryan and William Tuning

LYNCHBURG— Bryan and William Tuning were inducted Sept. 19 into the Alpha Lamda Delta Honor Society at Liberty University. More...

Direct program sign-up extended

LEXINGTON — A section of the 2008 Farm Bill prohibits producers on farms with direct and counter-cyclical program base acres that total 10 acres or less from receiving direct or counter-cyclical payments unless the farm is wholly owned by a s More...

HMC director attends White House roundtable

MONTEREY — Dr. D. More...

The science behind the soak

For centuries, civilizations have flocked to warm bubbly waters to soothe their aching muscles. The steamy soak has evolved into the high tech home spas of today that can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $40,000. More...

What is Bath farmers' market future?

MILLBORO - The first season of the successful Bath County Farmers' Market is over, but for the residents and vendors who attended last week's meeting, it's far from finished. More...

Technology gifts: In with the new, out with the old

High-tech gifts are hot items on many wish lists this holiday season. From kids to grandparents, and everyone in between, the latest cell phones, digital cameras and MP3 players are among the favorites to give and receive. More...

Easy, elegant holiday entertaining

Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. It's said to be the most wonderful time of the year, though the busy holiday host often feels far from wonderful when pondering menus, motifs and more for the impending festivities. More...

Wedding

Marshall — Will

MONTEREY — In the spirit of Christian faith and love, Courtney D. Marshall and Justin K. Will were united in marriage on July 12, 2008 at Word of Faith church. The beautiful double ring ceremony was performed by Pastor Chip Hill. More...

Millboro Happenings

• At the next Millboro Ruritan Club meeting on Monday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m., the program will include a presentation by student Jim King, who will discuss his participation on Boys State, which was sponsored by the club. More...

Spring semester registration under way at DSLCC

CLIFTON FORGE — Registration for the spring semester is now under way at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. More...

Photos

What is seven inches round, yellow-green, bumpy like a deformed brain and is just plain ugly? This Osage orange fruit (Maclura pomifera) was found by Dennis Kincaid near the Windy Cove Presbyterian Church close by the river. More...

Carpentry is not an easy credit

Woodworker of the Week

MONTEREY — Highland High School's Woodworker of the Week is senior John Miller, the son of Kent and Elva Miller of Monterey. More...

Douthat State Park's employee recognized through award

MILLBORO — Beth Hawse, chief ranger of interpretation and environmental education at Douthat State Park, has been named a Silver Medal Ranger of the Year by ReserveAmerica, a national company that provides recreation and campground reservatio More...

RAPC awarded underage drinking prevention grant

LEXINGTON — The Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition has been awarded $10,000 in grant funding under Gov. Tim Kaine's "Think! … Don't Drink" initiative, a campaign to reduce underage drinking in Virginia. More...

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The Sundance Express competed at the American Clogging Hall of Fame World Championships this past weekend. More...

USDA extends application deadline for noninsured crop disaster assistance program

LEXINGTON — Stefanie H. More...

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Julian Griffin of Hot Springs enjoys his cake at his surprise 80th birthday celebration hosted by family and friends recently. More...

Special Sections

Schools

In Brief ...

Bath County School Board

• Bath's school attendance report was presented to the school board by Superintendent Dr. David Smith Tuesday. The total enrollment to date for all three schools is 724, with membership to date at 699. More...

HES carnival hosts quite a crowd

MONTEREY — Highland Elementary School held a Halloween Carnival on Oct. 30. The annual event grew quite a crowd of witches, Indiana Jones look-a-likes, super heroes, cowboys, princesses, and ghouls. More...

HHS shows spirit on Halloween

Highland High schoolers Daniel Newcomb and Kate Obaugh were Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates John McCain and Sarah Palin for the day. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Thursday, Nov. 6 ¦ McDowell Presbyterian Church holds a community pot luck supper at 6 p.m. Bring a dish, bring a friend! Sunday, Nov. 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. Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 28, and Nov. More...

Early Files

25 years ago

November 10, 1983

Halloween fete winners are named MONTEREY — The annual Halloween carnival was held at the Highland Elementary School on Friday, Oct. 28. More...

50 years ago

November 6, 1958

Two hunters are fined on dual charges Tuesday Charles Alexander and Darnis Boothe, both of McDowell, were found guilty of hunting out of season and hunting without a license in county court Tueday. More...

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The 1966-67 Valley High School Hornets finished the season with a record of 19-1. Front row (lr) are Jerry Strasser, John Kershner, Don Ryder, Danny Phillips, Dallas May and Keswick Phillips. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Pictorial

A clear majority of voters in our area did not support Barack Obama's bid for President this week, but voters in Bath and Highland haven't supported a Democratic candidate for President for at least the past 24 years. More...

Solidarity required for schools' survival

The historically adversarial nature of school boardsupervisors relations was set aside last week for a frank discussion about the fate of Bath County schools — and the grim choices that lie ahead for educators, parents, and leaders. More...

Everyone should serve their country

Conversations

The Mill Gap Ruritan Club is sponsoring a Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at The Highland County Veterans Memorial Walk of Honor to honor all who served our nation. More...

UPDATE: Crummett wins commissioner race

Study of ballots determines different winner
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Meals tax defeated; town sewage treatment plant gets go-ahead

McCain, Warner, Goodlatte carry Bath, Highland

WARM SPRINGS and MONTEREY — In balloting that Bath County registrar Louise Plecker said went "smoothly, very smoothly," Bath voters defeated a proposed meals tax while Monterey residents approved a bond referendum to pay for a new sewage tre More...

Bear damages lights at airport

HOT SPRINGS — An unwelcome visitor damaged the strobe lights at the end of the runway and pulled up a runway light last week at the Bath County Airport. On the morning of Oct. More...

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A ribbon cutting was held Sunday afternoon for the new Bath County 911 Center, located behind the courthouse. The building housing the center was formerly a garage and was extensively renovated to house the center. More...

In Brief ...

Highland County Board of Supervisors

• The Highland County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday, and Tim Fitzgerald, acting residency administrator with the Virginia Department of Transportation delivered a monthly update on the county's roads and VDOT projects. More...

Highland commissioner race decided by 2 votes

MONTEREY— Aaron Boyd Will, 23, of Blue Grass, edged out eight candidates in the special election for Highland County commissioner of revenue Tuesday — by two votes. More...

School board says no to wrestling

ASHWOOD — Without any public discussion or vote, Bath County School board members apologized to Bath County High School wrestling coach Chuck Burger about their decision not to reinstate the wrestling program this year. Superintendent Dr. More...

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During the Y.M.C.A. More...

Micah Joseph Ginn Jr.

Birth

OXFORD, Miss. — Micah and Meta Ginn of Oxford Miss., announce the birth of a son, Micah Joseph Ginn Jr., aka The Sequel. He was born Oct. 13, weighing seven pounds, three ounces and was 19 inches long. More...

Homemakers enjoys end of summer meetings

MONTEREY —Highland Homemakers have been enjoying themselves these past couple of months. A Founders Day Birthday Party was given on Sept. 25. The food was delicious; games were played as well as exchanging of gifts among the ladies. More...

Dig reveals Ice Age discoveries

MONTEREY — Think Jamestown is ancient Virginia history? If so, then you might want to join the members of the Highlands Chapter of the Archaeological Society on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Highland County Public Library. More...

Vaus' latest book chronicles life of Lewis

MONTEREY — Will Vaus is more than a fan of C.S. Lewis. He's now a biographer of the author of the Chronicles of Narnia fantasy series of children's books. More...

Bath Community Hospital welcomes new CFO

HOT SPRINGS — Bath Community Hospital has welcomed Lorie Gambrell, chief financial officer. More...

Great gift ideas that won't break the bank

With the holidays upon us once again, many parents are feeling the pinch of the weak economy as they head out in search of the perfect gift for their kids. More...

Local fiber artist featured in fashion show

Arts and Crafts Gallery at 103 S. Main Street in Harrisonburg is sponsoring a "Dancing Fashion Show" and Oasis Gallery Holiday Kickoff from 5-7 p.m. Friday Nov. 7. The show begins at 6 p.m. More...

Engagement

Lindsay — Milton

WARMSPRINGS — Mr. and Mrs. More...

Engagement

HARRISONBURG — Stacey Marie Casey and Charles Eugene Clem have announced their engagement. More...

Roberts, Helms take town council seats

CLIFTON FORGE — Ballots for the Clifton Forge Town Council were blank, but seven names were written in by voters Tuesday. More...

Dollar General construction officially under way

CLIFTON FORGE — Berry Construction Co. Inc., a Tennessee based general construction firm, has begun construction of a new Dollar General store on the corner of Main and B Streets in Clifton Forge. More...

Photos

Highland caption: As 4-H club members looked on, Highland County 4-H Council member Scott Neil raised the 4-H flag at the Highland High School campus to officially launch National 4-H Week in the county. More...

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This carrot was grown in Derek Simmons's family garden in Mill Gap. It is 9.25 inches long, 10 inches in diameter and weights 1.5 pounds. It was dug from the garden on Oct. 27. Simmons is the son of Vernon and Gail Simmons of Mill Gap. More...

Highland couple joins American Angus Association

MONTEREY — Michael and Sally Humphries of Monterey are new members of the American Angus Association, reports Bryce Schumann, chief executive officer of the national breed registry organization in Saint Joseph, Mo. More...

Reunions

Monterey High School Class of 1958 held its 50th annual reunion at The Highland Center May 24. More...

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Cucci's of Bath County recently held "Valley Night" in which it donated 10 percent of its restaurant sales to help with the positive behavior support program called ROAR starting at Valley Elementary. More...

Reunions

Hammer family BLUE GRASS — Family and friends of the late Luther and Esther Hammer met Oct. 12, at the Blue Grass Ruritan Building for their annual reunion. Paige G. More...

Obituaries

Benjamin LEE Persinger

MONTEREY — Benjamin Lee "Benny" Persinger, 56, of 11206 Jackson River Road, Monterey, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2008 at Bath Community Hospital, in Hot Springs. More...

Evelyn Virginia Griffin Crummett

STAUNTON — Evelyn Virginia Griffin Crummett, 86, of Staunton, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, at Augusta Medical Center, Fishersville. She had been a resident of Shenandoah Nursing Home for the past year. More...

Roberta Grace Brown Armstrong

STAUNTON ­— Roberta Grace Brown Armstrong, 89, of Staunton, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 at her home. She was born April 26, 1919 at Green Bank, W.Va., a daughter of the late Walter J. and Hattie Simmons Brown. Mrs. More...

Sports

Chargers V-ball takes all at Craig

NEW CASTLE — Continuing a dream season the Bath County Chargers travelled to Craig for the Pioneer District Tournament and came home Thursday night a day before Halloween with their candy bag stuffed with honors. More...

Charger D, King's foot boot Knights

WARM SPRINGS — The expected slugfest between the Bath County Chargers and the James River Knights commenced last Friday evening with the Chargers making the most of five Knight turnovers to escape with a 12-7 win. More...

Cross Country season ends at Bristol

BRISTOL — District champ Shane Wisemen and the Highland boys' cross country finished ahead of the Pioneer competition to finish 21st and seventh at the Region C finals last Wednesday, Oct. 29. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Bath County

• Oct. 21 — Major Richard D. Chestnut responded to a report of an activated burglar alarm in the Warm Springs area. • Oct. 21 — Deputy William D. Sexton responded to a report of a reckless driver. • Oct. More...

Letters

Big Valley hit hard by bears, coyotes, too

Editor, The Recorder, After reading your article in the Oct. 23 edition about Mr. Kevin Wagner having some livestock killed by a bear, I thought I would write a letter to inform readers of the bear and coyote situation in Big Valley. More...

Animal control officer deserves better treatment

Editor, The Recorder, In 1996, stray dogs at the Highland County Animal Shelter were kept in substandard, non-compliant housing for the state-allotted time, then put down by a technique which has since been outlawed in many states, including Virgi More...

Bath school board let students down again

Editor, The Recorder, I am a concerned parent of Bath County students. Last year, during the school board meeting, they said if enough students were interested in the wrestling program they would consider having it this year. More...


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