January 1, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Single-car accident leaves Highland teen in critical condition

MONTEREY —Monday night, Allegheny Mountain Radio announcer Carson Ralston asked the listening audience to pause for a moment of silence for a fallen player during a broadcast of a basketball game in Bath County. More...

Ordinances on towers, lighting in the works

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Planning Commission recommended approval of a conditional use permit and amending a county ordinance related to flood protection as well as holding discussions on three other ordinances at its monthly meeting De More...

McDowell turkey house home to overachiever

Jim and Judy Ralston's turkey house in McDowell, operating under the name of Mansion House Layers, is home to around 3,800-4,000 layers. (Recorder photo by James Jacenich) More...

Regional tourism Initiative to hold town hall meeting in Bath County

WARM SPRINGS — The new regional tourism partnership known as Virginia's Western Highlands, which represents the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Craig, and Highland, the city of Covington, and the town of Clifton Forge, announces an upcoming town More...

Millboro Happenings

¦ It's important not to forget pets at this time of year. The Bath County Animal Control and treasurer's office remind pet owners that cat and dog licenses are due by Jan. 31, a month from now. More...

Simple ways to get healthier in 2009

Matters Optima l h eal th is the goal for most people, but even the biggest of exercise buffs would likely admit there's room for improvement. Much of that room for improvement lies in what we eat. More...

Simple ways to lower cholesterol

When it comes to cholesterol, Americans clearly have a problem on their hands — and hearts. More...

Photos

This tree along U.S. 220 at the Upper Cascades golf course was unable to withstand the strong wind gusts that blew through the area Dec. 21. (Recorder photos by Mike Bollinger) More...

Births

Carson Grace Criser

WARRENTON — Sara and Troy Criser of Warrenton announce the birth of a daughter, Carson Grace Criser, on Oct. 3, 2008, at Fauquier Hospital. She weighed six pounds, nine ounces and measured 19 and three-quarter inches long. More...

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Aidan Richardson, 9, performed a clogging routine at the Hot Springs Cotillion Club' annual Christmas party. She is the daughter of Beth and Kyle Richardson of Hot Springs. (Photo courtesy Hella Armstrong) More...

Highland Bath Farm Bureau representative discuss policies with state legislators

MONTEREY — Roy Gutshall, president of the Highland Bath County Farm Bureau, met with Sen. Emmett Hanger and Del. Chris Saxman recently to discuss the upcoming session of the Virginia General Assembly. More...

Sundance Studio branches out, offering new classes in 2009

MONTEREY — The Sundance Studio on Mill Alley in Monterey will soon celebrate the one-year anniversary of moving into its Mill Alley home. More...

DSLCC Educational Talent Search to present financial aid workshop

CLIFTON FORGE — The Educational Talent Search staff of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will hold a series of financial aid workshops in January. More...

Gutshall — Good

Weddings

MONTEREY — Dana Marie Gutshall and Matthew Dwayne Good, both of Cross Keys, were married Sept. 27, 2008 by Derek Tomek of Monterey United Methodist Church in Cross Keys. The bride is the daughter of Doug and Mary Gutshall of Monterey. More...

Highland County Christmas decorations winners named

MONTEREY — Recent winners of the Highland County Christmas decoration contest were: Residential — First, Don and Mary Dowdy, Main Street; second, Allen and Joanne Hull, Spruce Street; third, Austin and Dot Shepherd, Jackson River Road. More...

Photos

At the December meeting, Highland Daisy Scouts participated in an investiture ceremony. Daisy Scouts are made up of girls in kindergarten. Pictured (l-r) are: Mary Winters Blanchard, Cassadi Warner, Cassidie Mowry, and Rachael Amirault. More...

Commonwealth 'ChalleNGe' accepting applications for Class 30 National Guard program

VIRGINIA BEACH — Commonwealth ChalleNGe, a free, statewide quasi-military program for at-risk teens who have dropped out of high school or are in danger of doing so, is accepting applications for admission to its next class. More...

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David Mullins, 10, recently killed this 300-pound bear with a 30.06 rifle while hunting with his father Billy Mullins and other friends and relatives on national forest property in Highland County. More...

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Carolyn Pohowsky was recognized by SCORE as a partner in helping this community's small businesses. More...

Court Cases

Bath County

HOT SPRINGS — The following decisions were handed down in Bath County General District Court on Sept. 24. More...

Land Transfers

Highland County

Blue Grass District: L. Steven Bird to Larry S. and Ann J. Bird of Dayton, two parcels, $0; Stonewall District: M. Frances to Monty L. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Bath seventh-graders hold winter concert

Bath County Bands Director Melinda Hooker conducted the seventh grade band during the winter concert December 17th. More...

Bath school board considers purchase order protocols

WARM SPRINGS — Purchase orders, tools and the high school journalism class were among the topics of discussion at the Bath County School Board's second quarter close-out meeting Dec. 18. More...

DSLCC career coach makes fashion out of trash — literally

CLIFTON FORGE — Catherine Smith has always been creative. But the career coach for the tech prep program at Dabney S. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Regular Weekly Services See Special Services section for changes to weekly services Saturdays ¦ Highland Seventh Day Adventist Church, Sabbath School, 10 a.m. church service, 11 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. Tuesday, Jan. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Bath County

• Dec. 16 — Deputy Robert W. Plecker assisted fire and rescue with traffic control during a chimney fire in Warm Springs. • Dec. 16 — Deputy Charles T. Burger Jr. More...

Early Files

'Staying After School' program offered for high school students

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Nov. 1, 1979 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

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Kari Grant and Ronald Wimer pose together in this circa 1980s Recorder file photo taken at Highland High School. More...

25 years ago

December 15, 1983

• Lt. J.G. and Mrs. Mark Morris Watson of San Jose, Calif. announce the birth of a son, Kyle Nicholas, on Dec. 2, 1983. The couple's first child weighed nine pounds, one and one-half ounces and was 20 inches long. More...

Motorcyclist found guilty of eluding police

MONTEREY — Dmitriy A. Kalinchuk, 22, of Mount Sidney, said he got lost in Highland County on his way to a church picnic at Lake Moomaw July 4. That's why he was speeding. More...

Bath schools face hard loss

Superintendent predicts $280,000 to $345,000 loss in state cuts

WARM SPRINGS — Bath schools have been preparing for the worst, and they're likely to get it. "We have been told all along to prepare for cuts in the 10 percent range," says superintendent Dr. David Smith. "It's real money, and it hurts. More...

History lovers can rejoice again

Museum Hopping

WASHINGTON, DC - Attention, history buffs: After more than two long years, the Smithsonian's American History Museum is open once again, after an extensive renovation. More...

CSPDC names Riedesel new executive director

STAUNTON — At its November meeting, the board of the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission announced the appointment of Bonnie Riedesel as its executive director. Riedesel has worked for the CSPDC for 14 years. More...

Clifton Forge to purchase fire truck

CLIFTON FORGE — Dec. 19, during a special called meeting, Clifton Forge Town Council approved the purchase of a $485,000 105-foot ladder fire truck for the Clifton Forge Volunteer Fire Department. More...

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Pictured (l-r) are: Ryan Hodges, Christmas Mother Marty Reese, Trish Foutz, Ian McIlvaine, Mary Hodges, Beth Rogers with presents they had dropped off for each of the persons that had been adopted by Homestead Preserve staff members for this year. More...

Bath's holiday parade features 102 entries

HOT SPRINGS — Smiling faces lined main street Hot Springs during the annual Christmas parade Dec. More...

Did You Know?

According to a University of Cincinnati study, exposure to boiling water caused polycarbonate drinking bottles to release bisphenol A (BPA) up to 55 times more rapidly than exposure to cool or temperate water. More...

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Pictured is Jordan Thompson, who is a member of the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech. Thompson is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering. More...

Choral groups to perform 'Dickens of a Christmas' Saturday

COVINGTON — A heartwarming Christmas classic will come alive on the stage Saturday night when the Alleghany Highlands Children's Chorus and the HEARTH Chorus present "A Dickens of a Christmas." The show begins at 7 p.m. More...

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Monterey Lions Club members filled candy bags for Highland Elementary School children recently. More...

On the agenda

Bath County Public Schools Tuesday, Jan. 6 Closed meeting 5:30 p.m.; Regular meeting 7 p.m. Bath County School Administration Building, Warm Springs • School board organization meeting — Election of officers; More...

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The Monterey Garden Club met at the home of Susan Blanchard for their Annual Christmas Auction and Luncheon. Pictured from left to right are Co-hostess, Barbara Hevener, Ann Wefer, Peggy Bird, Nancy Witschey, Diane Klein( behind) Jenifer Bradford. More...

USFS proposes Gypsy Moth Spray Project for Lake Moomaw area in May

COVINGTON — The James River Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest proposes to spray Lake Moomaw recreation areas to control gypsy moths. Spraying would take place one morning between May 8 and May 24. More...

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Children worked on ornaments at the TOTS preschool Christmas open house Dec. 13. Pictured (l-r) are Benjamin and Cassie Ailstock, Betsy Lopez and Jay Gonzalez. More...

Morgan — Woodzell

Weddings

ASHWOOD - Heather Grace Morgan and Warren Allen Woodzell were united in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 at Ashwood United Methodist Church. A dessert reception at the church followed the ceremony. More...

Ruritans award Christmas decoration prizes

McDOWELL — The Stonewall Ruritan Club announces the winners of the Stonewall District Christmas Decoration Contest. Judging took place Monday night, Dec. 22. More...

Court Cases

HOT SPRINGS — The following decisions were handed down in Bath County General District Court on Sept. 17. Criminal and traffic divisions: George E. Abetti, speeding 65/55, fine $50, costs $61; Paul N. More...

Alleghany County recreation sites to be placed on the National Reservation System

COVINGTON — The Coles Point picnic shelters, Longdale picnic shelter, and Morris Hill Group Campground in Alleghany County will be added to the ReserveAmerica system, in which customers can make reservations by phone or on-line 24 hours a day More...

Webb announces disaster assistance for Shenandoah Valley farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. More...

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First National Bank presents a check to the Alleghany Highlands YMCA, completing its five-year pledge to the facility project. More...

Tips to trim this winter's heating bill

ATLANTA, Ga. — Cutting home heating costs this winter will involve more than just turning down the thermostat. More...

Obituaries

George Abbot 'Mac' McAllister

FISHERSVILLE — George Abbott ìMacî McAllister, 69, of 36 Shoffner Lane, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 at his residence. Born Dec. More...

Anna Thomas jones

HOT SPRINGS — Anna Thomas Jones, 80, of 404 Kenwood Road, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 at her residence. She was born on Jan. 21, 1928 in Bath County, the daughter of the late Houston and Fannie Keyser Thomas. More...

Ruth Belle Warner

RIVERTON, W.Va. — Ruth Bell Warner, 93, of Riverton, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008 at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg. She was born June 29, 1915 in Cherry Grove, the daughter of William and Annie Elizabeth Waybright Mullenax. More...

Sports

HIGHLAND MIXED LEAGUE

Winter League

Dec. 3, 2008 Half Nuts — (23-13): Theresa Pitsenbarger, Mac Hill, Terry Gordon, Fred Frye. Steve's Crew — (23-13): Elsie Barrow, Denise Waybright, Olin Waybright, Steve Pitsenbarger. More...

Lady Chargers win Allegheny Mountain Radio tourney

Bath 46, Highland 32 Allegheny Mountain Radio Tournament WARM SPRINGS — Rusty after having a two-week basketball break the Bath County Chargers shook off the cobwebs in the second half and won their first home game of the season against t More...

Chargers runners-up in holiday AMR tournament

Pocahontas 74, Bath 57 DUNMOORE — The Pocahontas Warriors put 22 points on the board in the first quarter to take a 12-point lead and cruised to a 17-point win over the Chargers Thursday, Dec. 13. More...

Letters

Gun shows have rules; watch new gun agenda

Editor, The Recorder, I'm writing in response to the letter from Karen and Steve Swoope in the Dec. 18, 2008 Recorder. I would like to ask some questions. Have you ever been to an official gun show? More...

Be aware of current events outside county

Editor, The Recorder: Please don't get me wrong, I love Highland County. Its serene setting is absolutely breathtaking, and the moral values, which still prosper, showcase the character of its residents. More...

Opinions & Commentary

2009 rich in goals to meet

As 2009 kicks in, our local governments are faced with many issues, most of them unfortunately related to money, or rather, the lack thereof. More...

Pictorial

The Hot Springs Christmas Parade this year was nothing short of delightful. Many commented during, and indeed, for days after, that it was "the best parade in memory." They're right. More...

It's anybody's guess what's happening next

Conversations

Flashing lights from an oncoming car mean, "Look out ahead." I've seen the lights before, prior to coming onto the scene of an accident, or a police safety stop, or a trooper waiting for his or her next victim. More...


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