February 12, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Tight budgets? No worries. Buy a bus.

MONTEREY — Highland County Public Schools superintendent Percy Nowlin thinks this is a good year to buy a bus. More...

Sledding accident puts youth in hospital

MONTEREY — Going headlong down a snow-covered hillside at high speed is one of the joys of youth. More...

Forest service officials grilled about roads

WARM SPRINGS — Many times, citizens and supervisors do not agree, but Tuesday they found some common ground: that forest service roads should remain open through the end of hunting season. Ken Landgraf, chief planner for the U.S. More...

Tourism touted at Highland meeting

MONTEREY — "Your next adventure is around the bend" is the theme of the Western Highlands Tourism Trail, said John Hull, regional economic resources planner for the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission. More...

Lack of employee insurance a problem, entrepreneur says

MONTEREY — Frank Marks told the Highland County Economic Development Authority of Highland County Jan. 29 that getting adequate and affordable health insurance for his small business has been a problem. More...

MES decision does not rest with supervisors

WARM SPRINGS —Millboro District residents once again pulled together in force, this time packing the board of supervisors' meeting Tuesday, in support of keeping Millboro Elementary School open. More...

Bath occupancy tax bill heads to Senate

RICHMOND — Legislation that would allow Bath County to increase its transient occupancy tax to provide money for a tourism program has passed the House and is now headed to a vote in the full Senate. More...

Avoid the heartache: Microchip your pets

About Your Pet

Have you ever lost your pet, even for a couple hours? I have. I know firsthand the angst and heartache and the feeling of utter helplessness. Luckily for me, Brownie did not wander far, and she was wearing her dog tag. More...

Work beginning on Bath reassessment

WARM SPRINGS — The process of developing a request for proposals for the upcoming Bath County reassessment is now under way in earnest. More...

In Brief . . .

Bath County Board of Supervisors

• Bath supervisors heard a report from James Kelly of Robinson, Farmer and Cox Associates. Kelly said the county received an "unqualified" audit opinion, the best opinion possible. More...

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Nevada and Utah Kershner assist Eleanor "Cookie" Fry with January's food distribution of the Angel Food Ministry program at the Hot Springs Presbyterian Church. More...

Residents are urged to beware of possible scam

The Highland County Sheriff's Office has become aware of a possible telephone scam in our area. Phone calls have been received from operator's representing hearing impaired individuals trying to advertise/sell puppies in our area. More...

Millboro Happenings

• Our many avid birders are gearing up for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend, actually Friday through Monday, Feb. 13-16. The free event is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. More...

In Brief . . .

Highland County Economic Development Authority • The EDA forwarded a budget request for $1,500 to the Highland County Board of Supervisors, the same amount requested last year. More...

Court Cases

MONTEREY — The following decisions were handed down in Highland County General District Court on Dec. 5. More...

DSLCC 2009 spring semester enrollment projected to set record

CLIFTON FORGE — Dabney S. Lancaster Community College reported that preliminary figures project a record enrollment for the spring semester. More...

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Many Highland notables are members of the Monterey Lions Club. Members participate in fundraising activities throughout the year. Highland Medical Center executive director Dr. D. More...

In Brief . . .

Monterey Town Council

• On Feb. 5, town council authorized Mayor Janice Warner to sign a contract with Littleton and Associates for $1,622,000 for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade. More...

Governor Kaine launches web portal for stimulus projects

RICHMOND — Gov.. Timothy M. Kaine has launched Stimulus. Virginia.Gov, a web portal to gather project ideas for potential funding from the federal stimulus package. More...

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Corey Peters (foreground,) of Hot Springs, became the first student to begin behind-the-wheel training in the commercial driver's license course at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. More...

Museum seeks Maple pageant memorabilia

McDOWELL — The Highland County Museum is searching for any photographs and items related to the Maple Queen pageant. More...

Fence law workshop to be held in Monterey

MONTEREY: Fence law issues are complicated, confusing, ambiguous, and stressful. "Good fence makes good neighbors" is a truthful statement. Many questions arise on who is responsible for building and maintaining fences. More...

Summer enrichment instructors needed

MONTEREY — Mark your calendars: the 2009 Summer Enrichment Experience will take place the week of June 29-July 3, from 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (times flexible). More...

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Bud Cook (left) is working on a mural titled, "New Day Dawning" at the Highland County Volunteer Fire Department firehouse. The 6 x 24 foot mural is being painted in acrylic on drywall. More...

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Salesman Buck Caldwell cut the ribbon (with the small scissors) celebrating Colonial Ford's opening at 1440 S. Durant Road in Covington Tuesday afternoon. More...

FCCLA students participate at state level

MONTEREY and WARM SPRINGS — Six FCCLA members from BCHS will participate in state level Students Taking Action with Recognition Events (STAR), to be held March 27-29 during the State Leadership and Recognition Conference in Virginia Beach. More...

Weather report

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Court Cases

Highland County

MONTEREY — The following decisions were handed down in Highland County General District Court on Jan. 7. Criminal and traffic divisions: Andrew P. Alderman, speeding 64/55, fine $45, costs $61, pre-paid; Kenneth W. More...

Appalachian Voices releases second edition 'Managing Your Woodlands

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian Voices announced the distribution of the second edition of Managing Your Woodlands: A Guide for Southern Appalachian Landowners. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Raising the bar for employment at Bath

Standardized training process:

WARM SPRINGS — Career and technical education is alive and well at Bath County High School's Mertz CTE Center. More...

Achievement

Lynwood Dull CLIFTON FORGE — Linwood Dull of Hot Springs has been named to the vice-president's list for the fall semester at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. More...

Scholarships available for area students

CLIFTON FORGE — The Dabney S. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Sunday, Feb. 15 ¦ Rohobeth Church, Pig Run Road, Millboro, hosts a benefit Hymn Sing at 6:30 p.m. for Louis Robertson. Singers will be friends and family of Robertson. Everyone is invited. Saturday, Feb. More...

Calendar

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BATH Saturday, Feb. 14 ¦ Singer/song writer/guitarist Eric Lindell performs at Garth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs at 8 p.m. Discount tickets can be purchased in advance. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Bath County • Jan. 20 — Sheriff R. Larry Norfleet and Major Richard D. Chestnut performed a well being check on Terrace View Lane. • Jan. More...

Early Files

Two Bath Co. stores robbed

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Jan. 31, 1992 edition of The Recorder. P. Lea Campbell Jr. was editor and publisher. MITCHELLTOWN — "I don't like surprises early in the morning," is the way Wayne Hiner puts it. More...

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Millboro Litter Fighters are pictured in their "Keep Bath County Beautiful" tee shirts in this 1980s Recorder photo. More...

25 years ago

February 9, 1984

• Council member Janice Warner, who is heading a committee to buy new Christmas lights for the town of Monterey, requested that town clerk Shirley Eagle draft a letter and send it to several clubs in the county that might be interested in hel More...

Opinions & Commentary

More than a drop in the bucket

Water woes continue to plague Monterey, and now it seems more leaks and pressure problems surface consistently enough to boggle the mind. More...

Pictorial

Though fire destroyed Ivan Puffenbarger's sugar camp last year, it could not destroy his determination to rebuild. More...

Heart to heart in love united

Conversations

Heart to heart, in love united, in matters mundane, we are divided. Lisa and I are bound together, our souls entwined, our lives lived as one. We fight and argue, we love and laugh. I think more about her than anyone else. More...

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Jeremiah Pauley shows his donkeybusting technique and stays on for the full 8 seconds. Head coach Will Fields credited the players with their courage during the game. More...

Top off tanks in Monterey

MONTEREY — It's feast or famine when it comes to water in Monterey. More...

How do we make up for lost time?

MONTEREY —Highland County School Board member Kirk Billingsley wants to know how the schools are going to make up for lost instruction time due to recent snow days and two-hour delays. More...

Correction

In the Jan. 29 pictorial on the editorial page about the Highland County Swimming Pool should have referred to a Virginia Outdoors Fund grant, not a grant from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. The two organizations are not related. More...

Flood ordinance amendment tabled

WARM SPRINGS — In hopes of getting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to come to Bath County and update the county's flood plain maps, the board of supervisors Tuesday tabled an amendment to the county's flood protection ordinance that F More...

Economic stimulus package may benefit Highland, Bath

MONTEREY — "We've got to move quickly, time is of the essence," said Highland County Supervisor David Blanchard to the Economic Development Authority of Highland County Tuesday. He was talking about a Web site announced by Gov. More...

Massey named as new town clerk

MONTEREY — Sandy Massey began work Monday as town clerk of Monterey, replacing Nancy Hooke, who is retiring the end of this month. Sandy is married to the Rev. Darren Massey, pastor of Church of God of Prophecy in Highland County. More...

Supervisors want post office open

WARM SPRINGS — The message sent to the United States Postal Service Tuesday by the Bath County Board of Supervisors was simple: Keep the Williamsville Post Office open. More...

Wind, renewable energy bills still alive this session

RICHMOND — Bills aimed at providing strong incentives to wind energy developers in Virginia are surviving in this session of the General Assembly, and some have been substituted by amendments with more teeth. More...

Outdoor fires unlawful before 4 p.m.

RICHMOND — Virginia's 4 p.m. burning law goes into effect Feb. 15, the start of spring fire season. This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. More...

Homemade treats will have tails wagging

The Nascent Chef

I've just spent the better part of a "work" morning cruising around You Tube and laughing out loud. It's a great way to spend a Monday, or any day one must sit at a computer. It helps, though, if you're getting paid to do such "research. More...

Personal weather system now online

MONTEREY — Jerry Moats of Monterey recently installed a weather station at his home and is sharing current weather conditions online. It is a PWS, a Personal Weather Station, with equipment provided by Davis Instruments. More...

In Brief . . .

Clifton Forge Town Council

• Clifton Forge Town Council agreed to hold a public hearing on a proposed $1.1 million bond issue Feb. 24. More...

GVT Costume Shop: Where fantasies come true

LEWISBURG - Oh, what an absolute wonderland it is. It's the place where every dream can be realized, where every whim can be indulged. The costume shop at the Greenbrier Valley Theater is a place where fantasies can come true. More...

Tyler joins ARH board

LOW MOOR — LeeAnna D. Tyler has been named to the Alleghany Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. Tyler, assistant town manager/ director of finance for the Town of Clifton Forge, replaces Teresa Johnson, who served six years on the board. More...

Webb-sponsored measure to authorize preservation program passes senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate has passed legislation introduced last year by Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) to protect the Commonwealth of Virginia's large number of historic battlefields. More...

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The Highland Elementary School cafeteria was packed with Groundhog Dinner devotees. The sun was out last Saturday and temperatures reached up into the 40s. When the weather is good, the crowds are bigger, one Lions Club member said. More...

New face at SeniorNavigator helps to facilitate partnership with Bath County

BATH COUNTY — Bath County and SeniorNavigator are in partnership to address the needs of seniors and caregivers in the community. More...

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The Homestead has announced the appointment of Robin Mieras as director of regional accounts. Mieras is a 10-year veteran of the resort's sales team, most recently handling executive conferences from across the country. More...

Vaus wins local bee

MONTEREY — The Highland County Spelling Bee was held at the school last Thursday, Jan. 29, and eighth-grader Jon Vaus, 13, won with the word "survival." Vaus moves on to district level March 7 at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg. More...

Highland Medical Center welcomes Colaw to staff

MONTEREY — Highland Medical Center has welcomed Trudi Colaw, a family nurse practitioner, to its staff. Colaw is a native of Blue Grass, daughter of the late Benny Colaw and Mary Colaw, and a Highland High School graduate. More...

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Highland Elementary good citizens for the month of January were (l-r): Dalton Ailstock, second grade; Allison Stump, fourth grade; Lily West, fifth grade; Sadie Warner, kindergarten; Courtney Hoover, first grade; and Trevor Smith, third grade. More...

Botkin enjoys challenge of cabinetmaking class

Woodworker of the Week

MONTEREY — Highland High School's Woodworker of the Week is senior John Laramie Botkin, son of Tom and Lynn Botkin of Monterey. More...

Webb-sponsored measure to authorize Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate has passed legislation introduced last year by Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) to protect the Commonwealth of Virginia's large number of historic battlefields. More...

Credit union's scholarship application deadline is March 9

WAYNESBORO — For the 14th year, DuPont Community Credit Union will award $1,000 scholarships to 19 high school students at the DCCU annual meeting on April 28. A total of $19,000 in scholarships to area students will be awarded. More...

Bath County citizens need to register contact information

WARM SPRINGS — Bath County recently applied for a grant for a citizen alerting system and was successful in receiving funds to implement the system and pay for two years of service. More...

64,840 acres to be protected

RICHMOND - Gov. Timothy M. More...

Reimbursement money available

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has announced that money is now available for organic growers to apply for partial reimbursement to offset organic certification costs. More...

Obituaries

Nelson Ray Chestnut

STAUNTON — Nelson Ray Chestnut, 79, of Staunton, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 at Shenandoah House of Augusta Medical Center. He was born Jan.27, 1930 in Mountain Grove, a son of late Ray Newton and Helen Gay Hamilton Chestnut. More...

Amy Virginia Shelley

WILLIAMSTON, Mich. — Amy Virginia Shelley, 86, of Williamston, died Dec. 13 2008 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan surrounded by her family. She was born Dec. 2, 1922 in Bartow, W.Va. More...

James 'Jimmy' Calvin Forsyth

STAUNTON — James "Jimmy" Calvin Forsyth, 72, of Staunton, died, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at his Deerfield camp. Born Sunday, Aug. 23, 1936, in Augusta County, he was a son of the late John Sidney Sr. and Mary Gilbert Forsyth. More...

Sports

Lady Chargers roll Rams bounce Blues

Bath 60, Highland 34 WARM SPRINGS — After watching the Highland Rams burst to a six-point first quarter lead the Bath County lady Chargers regrouped for a big second quarter and dominated the second half en route to victory last Thursday ev More...

Chargers sweep Rams — win four straight

Parry McCluer 66, Bath 55 WARM SPRINGS — A hot start produced a 11-point cushion and the Parry McCluer Blues rode the lead to a victory over the Bath County Chargers last Wednesday night, Feb. 4. More...

Lady Rams fade in district play

Covington 59, Highland 29 MONTEREY — The Highland Rams hosted the Covington Cougars Saturday afternoon and were drubbed by 30-points. Highland sputtered out the gates in the early afternoon matchup and the upstart Cougars showed no mercy. More...

Letters

Resident offended by U.S. Postal Service manager

Editor's note: The following letter was sent on Feb. 3 to Jacob L. Cheeks, U.S. Post office manager in Richmond, and shared with The Recorder. Dear Mr. More...

All landowners can generate electric power

Editor, The Recorder, I am not a resident of Highland or Bath dounties. I am a resident of Richmond. Not some sprawling suburb of Richmond, but right smack dab in the very urban center of the city. More...

Black women more hesitant to report domestic violence

Editor, The Recorder, In February, we celebrate African American History or Black History. More...



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