December 4, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Landowner locks CCC road

County says it has no authority to change it

MONTEREY — The Highland County Board of Supervisors debated the legality of a private property owner closing a formerly public access road Tuesday An unnamed landowner has restricted public access to CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) road, w More...

Springs needs donations for its residents

HEALING SPRINGS — The Springs Nursing Center is hoping to help its residents make Christmas special for their loved ones, and needs everyone's help. More...

Buses, bleachers will be hard to come by

WARM SPRINGS — Big ticket items at Bath County Public Schools may remain on the to-do list for a long time to come. More...

Shawl ministry started for hospice

PARSONS, W.Va. — In November, the Mountain Hospice Volunteer Department started a Prayer Shawl Ministry. More...

A feast for all ages

Turkey served up hot at annual Hot Springs community supper

Mac Bird and Clifford Williams wielded carving knives in the kitchen of the Hot Springs firehouse last Thursday, in preparation for the annual Community Thanksgiving Feast. More...

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First National Bank made a donation to the Bath County Christmas Mother program Tuesday. More...

Homemade ornaments Gift Submit your ads to recorderadvertising@htcnet.for quotes, or for help with your ad design, a treat for the holidays call (540) 468-2147. Your ad will be seen

Once the perfect tree has been selected and placed in the home, the next task is to take out all of the ornaments collected over the years and hang them on the tree. More...

Did you know?

Though it seems it's been around forever, the holiday song "Frosty the Snowman" wasn't produced until 1950. Written by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson, the song was first recorded by country singer Jack Autry and the Cass County Boys. More...

Don't get unravelled over wrapping Christmas gifts

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and in the race to get every gift bought, and every detail right for the ensuing holiday, we often forget one crucial step: wrapping the presents. More...

Town asks county to help pay for new fire truck

CLIFTON FORGE — Clifton Forge will get new ladder truck, but how to pay for it still poses multiple questions, and an need for cooperation between Alleghany County and the town. More...

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Eleven students are enrolled in "Collection and Preservation of Physical Evidence" in the Administration of Justice program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College this fall. More...

VCE leadership graduation held at Moomaw Center

CLIFTON FORGE — Ten residents of the Alleghany Highlands were recognized for their participation in the first Virginia Cooperative Extension leadership program offered in the area. More...

Achievement

Mackenzie Faith Turner

CHRISTIANSBURG — Mackenzie Faith Turner of Christiansburg was crowned Virginia United Mini Miss on Nov. 15, 2008 in Salem. Turner is a five-year-old kindergartner at Falling Branch Elementary. More...

Celebration Associates welcomes new partner

HOT SPRINGS — Bundoran Farm and Homestead Preserve developer Celebration Associates recently invited Robert Mitchell, CEO of Linger Longer Communities in Greensboro, Ga., to join the firm as a partner in charge of Celebration Associates' curr More...

CCC Road closed to USFS

MONTEREY — The U.S. Forest Service no longer has road access off the north end of the Back Creek Mountain Road, FDR 121. More...

Engagement

Riner — McDaniels

BACOVA — Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Riner Jr. of Bacova announce the engagement of their son, Jason N. Riner, to Hollie D. McDaniels. McDaniels is the daughter of Timothy McDaniels of Marlinton, W.Va. and Donna Matthews of Buckhannon, W.Va. More...

Make a connection with volunteers

HOT SPRINGS — To retain volunteers and interest others in joining, an organization needs to make a connection and make it magnetic. More...

On the Agenda

Bath County Board of Supervisors Bath County Courthouse, Room 115 Tuesday, Dec. 9 Closed meeting 6 p.m. Regular meeting 7 p.m. More...

Exhibit features studio artists from Highland County retreat

HIGHTOWN — Paintings from an artists' retreat in Highland County last summer make up the current art exhibit in the Mountain View Room at Highland County Public Library. More...

Achievement

Maitlin Lightner

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Maitlin Lightner, formerly of Monterey, has recently moved to Princeton, where he is a professional horse trainer at Mercer Spring Farm for Smith and Alexandra Lilly. More...

Special Sections

Schools

School board approves BCHS financing plan

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County School Board passed a resolution Tuesday approving permanent financing to pay for renovations at Bath County High School. The board of supervisors passed a similar resolution last month. More...

In Brief

Bath County School Board

• Superintendent Dr. David Smith reported the current enrollment for the school system as of Oct. 30 is 700. The enrollment at Bath County High School is 326, at Millboro Elementary 133 and at Valley Elementary, 241. More...

Bath County school system begins budget process

WARM SPRINGS — The long road toward the 2009-10 school budget began Tuesday when the Bath County School Board held its first work session in the Bath County High School library. More...

Religion

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Sam Botkin, Tiffany Armstrong, Lori Botkin, Kari Obaugh, Ginny Neil, Heather Scott, Kate Obaugh, Jessie Siron, Kristen Cunningham, Kayla Simmons, Tabitha Hiner, Scott Neil, and Rhonda Obaugh led the Fifth Sunday Service at McDowell Methodist Church. More...

RELIGION

Special Services Thursday, Dec. 4 ¦ McDowell Presbyterian Church holds a community Christmas pot luck supper at 6 p.m. Special invited guests: Highland County's Senior Citizens. 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. Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Dec. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Bath County

• Nov. 20 — Sheriff R. Larry Norfleet responded to a report of an injured deer in the Warm Springs area. • Nov. 20 — Norfleet responded to an activated burglar alarm in the Mill Creek area. • Nov. More...

Sheriff's Report

Highland County

¦ Nov. 19 — Investigated a report of fraud, Jackson River road. ¦ Nov. 19 — William Harlan Botkin was charged with contempt of court and committed to the Highland County jail. ¦ Nov. More...

Letters

Mountain Valley Players do it again with local talent

Editor, The Recorder, Bravo, three cheers, and congratulations to The Mountain Valley Players. More...

Take a moment to vote for SPCA at Petfinder.com

Editor, The Recorder For those of you who don't know me, I am Ann Babcock of the Highland SPCA. More...

Four-day school week is not a good plan for Bath County students

Editor Recorder: I write this for Bath County parents, grandparents, teachers, concerned citizens and the school board. The four-day school week is too risky. There are many ways to save money. More...

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The Christmas Mother Shop sign is now in place at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, signifying the opening of the shop. The sign, shown here with 2008 Christmas Mother Marty Reese, was designed and created by Todd Lacks last year, and put up Tuesday. More...

Family farms may find a niche

Consumers beginning to favor food grown close to home

HOT SPRINGS — There's hope for Bath and Highland farmers yet, according to Virginia Farm Bureau convention speakers this week. More...

Bath schools on tight terms

WARM SPRINGS — The long road toward the 2009-10 school budget began Tuesday when the Bath County School Board held its first work session in the Bath County High School library. More...

Governor hopefuls address farmers

MONTEREY — Three candidates for Virginia Governor came to the annual Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Convention at The Homestead this week to make their pitch as to why farmers ought to vote for them. More...

Millboro Happenings

• The Millboro Ruritan Club will sponsor the annual tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. More...

Christmas Mother Shop now opening

HOT SPRINGS — On Tuesday, Dec. 2 the 2008 Bath County Christmas Mother Shop opened at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hot Springs. Todd Lacks, a local artist, painted a sign that sits in front of the church on U.S. More...

Avoiding winter doldrums: Get moving

Matt ers When th e winte r months arrive, it's no surprise many people adopt a more sedentary lifestyle. More...

MPCA sells ornaments for renovation money

MILLBORO ¬¬- The Millboro Preservation and Cultural Association continues its efforts toward renovating the old Millboro school property with a special fund-raising project - the sale of distinctive holiday ornaments that depict the build More...

Christmas tree safety: Pointers for choosing wisely

A Christmas tree is often the centerpiece to holiday decorating and celebrating. Presents are tucked beneath the bows, and for many it's a family affair choosing and decorating the tree. More...

Gifts of yesteryear — A look back at 1980s and 1990s

Today's kids have scores of technological games and gadgets from which to choose for their holiday wish list. How much do they differ from the toys children requested just 10 to 20 years ago? More...

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Vendors were out on the Charlottesville downtown mall after dark on Black Friday. More...

In Brief:

Clifton Forge Town Council

John Hillert presented council members with the proposal to appoint a planning committee to evaluate what needs to be done to renovate the Masonic Theatre. More...

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Some old friends had a pleasant unscheduled reunion in the middle of Monterey, Saturday, Nov. 29. More...

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Ann Green Stinnett of Roanoke, and originally of Bath County, spotted this little black ball of fur while visiting her nephew, Scott Green, and his son, Jacob, in Big Valley recently. She just happened to have her camera handy. More...

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Miss United States and former Homestead employee, Brittany Williams of Clifton Forge, and The Homestead's food and beverage director Perry Wiley reveal the resort's newly renovated main dining room featuring new design elements courtesy of The Puccin More...

Fall fire season ends

RICHMOND — Virginia's fall wildland fire season ended yesterday on a relatively quiet note-much like the entire 47-day period. More...

Big leaf identified

Larry Edwards of Muddy Run, a retired forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry, believes the large leaf featured in a story in the Nov. 20 edition is a cucumber tree. The Nov. More...

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A Christmas tree decorates the lobby of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton. On Thanksgiving, the hotel served brunch to a dining room full of visitors and locals alike. (Recorder photo by James Jacenich) More...

4-H hosts natural resources weekend

APPOMATTOX — There will be a Virginia State Natural Resources weekend for 4-H held Saturday, Jan. 31 through Sunday, Feb. 1. More...

Obituaries

Martha S. Kelly

MONTEREY — Martha S. Kelly, 71, of Monterey, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 at her home. She was born July 27, 1937, near Morgantown, W.Va., a daughter of the late John M. and Anna Sanetrik. Mrs. More...

Maxie G. Ryder

MOUNTAIN GROVE — Maxie G. Ryder, 93, of 741 Big Back Creek Road, Mountain Grove, passed away Saturday Morning, Nov. 29, 2008 at Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville. Born on Dec. More...

William R. Hoover

STAUNTON — William Ray "Bill" Hoover, 93, widower of Blanche Marie Botkin Hoover, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, in his residence. He was born Sept.7, 1915, in Doe Hill, a son of the late Cameron William and Bertie Snyder Hoover. More...

Sports

On Campus

The football season has ended and the basketball season is underway for the former area high school athletes that are playing college sports across Virginia this year. More...

Highland Rams working on team chemical equation

MONTEREY — Change is in the air again for the Highland High School boys' basketball team. The gym has a nice new paint job, the gym lights have been replaced enhancing the lighting, and the team has new uniforms. But that's not all. More...

Rams edged by Crusader sword in season opener

MONTEREY — Using a tight press and stellar play from two "diaper dandies," the Ridgeview Christian Crusaders defeated the Highland Rams, 69-52, in a bruising contest Tuesday evening to open the winter basketball season. More...

Early Files

Vepco disputes billing under school contract

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Thursday, Oct. 4, 1979 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. MONTEREY — Officials of Virginia Electric and Power Co. More...

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Former Highland High School agriculture and shop teacher Winifred Gutshall stands proudly beside the new school sign constructed by his students in this 1980s file photograph. More...

25 years ago

Dec. 8, 1983

• Bath County Public Service Authority engineer-manager James Elmore announced Monday night that the county will not be receiving a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant for the proposed Millboro sewer system. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Eden's live nativity a blessing after all

I have never experienced a live nativity, so I decided to do that last Sunday. The folks at Eden Methodist Church have been doing one since 1995; if anyone knows how to do it right, it would be them, I figured. More...

Who is calling the shots?

For reasons hard to fathom, the developer attempting to install Virginia's first commercial wind-generated utility seems to have an inordinate amount of control over the public officials charged with making sure its project does more good than harm More...

Pictorial

The Bath County Christmas Mother program has been one of the most efficient, well-organized, and successful community efforts this area has had in place, and this year's Christmas Mother, Marty Reese, continues this fine tradition. More...


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