March 12, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

New lease in works for Williamsville Post Office

WARM SPRINGS — The owner of the current Williamsville Post Office facility has entered into a letter of intent to negotiate a new, one-year lease with the U.S. Postal Service. More...

In Brief . . .

Monterey Town Council

• Mayor Janice Warner of Monterey told town council last Thursday, "We're just about ready to let the contract out" on the new sewerage treatment plant. "(Town attorney) Melissa Dowd has to look at it before it gets to me. More...

First draft proposed Monterey sign ordinance

MONTEREY — Town attorney Melissa Dowd presented the first draft of a proposed sign-language amendment to the Monterey zoning ordinance. More...

How do VDOT cuts affect Bath County?

WARM SPRINGS — Bath County should not be hit too hard in transportation funding according to preliminary numbers. More...

In Brief . . .

Bath County School Board

• At the Bath school board meeting last Wednesday, March 4, director of instruction and personnel Sue Hirsh was honored as a finalist for the James D. Mullins Leadership Award for her work in the state reading association. More...

Superintendent cuts budget by $198,000

MONTEREY — Highland County will save $163,813 in education costs over last year if part-time superintendent Percy Nowlin's proposed budget is approved. More...

Volunteers needed for American Cancer Society Relay For Life

MONTEREY — Walkers, cancer survivors — anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, community leaders, team captains and hard workers are all needed to make the American Cancer Society Relay For Life a reality in Highland County. More...

Photo

Bud Cook has completed a mural for the Highland County Volunteer Fire Department firehouse. More...

Motorists should plan for Sunday detour on U.S. 220

STAUNTON — The Virginia Department of Transportation will remove a large boulder on a slope along U.S. 220 between Clifton Forge and Iron Gate in Alleghany County this weekend. All lanes on U.S. More...

'The Elders' rock the Highlands on St. Patrick's

See A Show

COVINGTON - There's not much that marks Saint Patrick's Day here in the Highlands. It's not as if some prankster dyes the Jackson River green for the occasion. More...

Monterey Garden Club selects new officers

MONTEREY — The Monterey Garden Club met Tuesday, March 3, at the Highland County Public Library, and the slate of officers for 2009-11 was presented by Barbara Hevener, chair of the nominating committee. More...

Photo

Virginia Department of Transportation road crews cleaned up Main Street, Monterey last week in preparation for Maple Festival. (Recorder photo by James Jacenich) More...

Millboro Happenings

• Local students again participated in the Destination Imagination competition, held on March 7 at Western Albemarle High School for the Jefferson Region, according Millboro Elementary School teacher Kim Manion, who is manager for the teams f More...

VDOT

STAUNTON —The following is a list of highway projects that may affect traffic in the Staunton transportation district during the upcoming week. Work scheduled is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. More...

Highland Seniors

Members of Bath and Highland Senior Centers took a tour of Tim Duffs' maple sugar house, where syrup is made the old-fashioned way. The tour was followed by a pancake luncheon, complete with Duff's syrup, at the Highland Senior Center. More...

Special Sections

Schools

School board weighs budget options

WARM SPRINGS — What to leave in and what to take out are questions that have to be answered every budget year, and the Bath County School Board looked at options last Thursday, March 5. Superintendent Dr. More...

Days added to school calendar

MONTEREY — "We still have 10 missed days and 12 two-hour delay days," part-time superintendent Percy Nowlin told the Highland County School Board Monday. He presented a revised calendar showing his suggestion for making up that time missed. More...

In Brief . . .

Highland County School Board

• At Monday's Highland County School Board meeting, parent Karla Obaugh thanked everyone who participated in the grocery store education money or points for education program. More...

Religion

Special Services

Sunday, March 15 Piney Grove Baptist Church, ordination of Deacons at 3 p.m. Service by the Rev. Clay Dawson and choir. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, March 18-20 Piney Grove Baptist Church, Revival at 7 p.m. More...

Regular Weekly Services

Saturdays Highland Seventh Day Adventist Church, Sabbath School, 10 a.m. church service, 11 a.m. Sundays Asbury United Methodist Church holds worship service at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. More...

Calendar

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BATH Monday Friends of Library board meeting, second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Warm Springs Public Library. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Bath County • March 2 — Deputy Robert W. Plecker and Deputy Charles T. Burger Jr. responded to a report of a vehicle accident on U.S. 220. More...

Letters

Reader seeks old friend from Highland County

Editor, The Recorder, Several years ago, probably in the early to mid 70s, I worked at Hanover Shoe Co. in Franklin, W.Va. While there, I met a nice lady by the name of Rella Nelson. She, at the time, was married to Paul Nelson. More...

Family desperate to find missing cat, beloved pet

Editor, The Recorder, I am writing to plea for the return of "Sneaky Pie," the cat, to my heart-broken mother who has lost hope of ever seeing her best friend and ever so loved companion again. More...

Reading the Bible the better way to pass time

Editor, The Recorder, Like every one else, I'm beginning to get a case of cabin fever. This has been one weird winter. More...

School board seat up for grabs, sort of

WARM SPRINGS — After submitting her resignation to the school board March 3, Valley Springs District school board member Barbara Waldeck approached her colleagues two days later requesting reinstatement. More...

Several scams reported in area

State police working on two cases in Bath

WARM SPRINGS — Imagine finding a great deal on a vehicle, paying for it, and never getting it. That happened recently to one Bath County resident, who is now out $5,000 she's not likely to get back. More...

Mayor speaks out on town water situation

MONTEREY — Mayor Janice Warner took issue with The Recorder's Feb. 12 editorial about Monterey's water problems. More...

Who will protect Laurel Fork?

Landowners say county responsible under permit terms for wind utility

MONTEREY — Landowners downstream from where Highland New Wind Development LLC hopes to construct an industrial wind energy utility are not satisfied with the county's response to their concerns about erosion and sediment control. More...

Supervisors hear budget requests

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Board of Supervisors heard budget requests from various departments and agencies March 4 and 5, continuing preliminary work on the county's 2009-10 budget. More...

In Brief . . .

Bath County Board of Supervisors

• Bath supervisors approved the agreement with the Millboro Preservation and Cultural Association for renovating the old Millboro school Tuesday. The approval is pending review of the agreement by the MPCA. More...

Celebrate Virginia Agriculture Week March 15-21

RICHMOND — Every day, Virginians eat, drink, wear, plant, feed and enjoy what Virginia farmers work hard to provide. Now it's time to recognize and salute the valuable efforts and achievements of the state's agriculture industry. More...

Tiny, Little Miss Bath pageant thrills crowd

WARM SPRINGS - It was a night of sparkle, frills and fun. A night of crowns and gowns; of sugar and spice and everything nice. More...

Bat, caving groups say no caving until April

MONTEREY — On the heels of the Feb. 25 discover of white nose syndrome in a Bath/Highland cave system, caving and bat organizations have issued a joint statement asking cavers to stay out of all Virginia caves until April 15. More...

Arts council play debuts March 21

MONTEREY — Three savages attack a mother. And she defeats them, going away. The Highland County Arts Council's spring production of The Curious Savage asks the age-old question, "Who gets the money when the old man dies? More...

Engagement

Vess — Rice

MILLBORO — Rodney Vess of Millboro and Jennifer Vess of Bacova announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Angela Diane Vess, to Jerry Allen Rice Jr. More...

Births

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Chris and Kelly Whiddon, of Wilmington, announce the birth of a daughter, Ava Love, on Jan. 25, 2009 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She weighed 10 pounds and was 22 inches long. More...

Book chronicles life of man behind the times

DUNMORE, W.VA. — Eldridge McComb of Poplar Flats, W.Va., lived his 83 years without electricity. He ate what he could catch or grow. He was self-sufficient, self-contained and determined to live life on his own terms. More...

Peter Flectcher in concert at Bath County Public Library

WARM SPRINGS — Thursday, March 19, classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will return to the Bath County Public Library for a concert. The program will begin at 7 P.m. He first performed at the library in 2005 to an enthusiastic audience. More...

State parks seek YCC volunteers

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is looking for young women and men to serve the Commonwealth of Virginia. More...

Obituaries

Sylvia Wolfe Ferrell

APPOMATTOX — Sylvia Wolfe Ferrell, 91, of Appomattox, formerly of Hot Springs, died Thursday, March 5, 2009 at Babcock Manor. She was the wife of the late John Ernest Ferrell, Sr. More...

William 'Bill' Rickerman

HOT SPRINGS — William "Bill" Rickerman, 63, of 228 Triple Oak Lane, Hot Springs, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at his residence. He was born March 28, 1945 in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late Bernard L. More...

John Michael 'Mike' Clift

KING GEORGE — John Michael "Mike" Clift, 47, of King George died Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at his home. Mr. Clift was a member of Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist Church. More...

Sports

Herscher leads local All-district selections

WARM SPRINGS — Bath County senior point guard capped a impressive career and stellar final year by being named the Pioneer District Player of the Year in basketball. More...

3 named to BCHS Hall of Fame

HOT SPRINGS - A pair of golf pros and a successful high school and college basketball coach highlight the Bath County Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2009. The honorees are Delbert Snyder of Williamsburg, Nelson Long, Jr. More...

On Campus

Two former Bath County High School football stars are busy preparing for a possible future in football while their former coach looks forward to another challenge in his coaching career. More...

Early Files

Highway worker saves driver from cab as fire starts

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Feb. 26, 1970 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

25 years ago

March 15, 1984

• The H.H. Rosinsky Co. of Philadelphia has secured a short-term lease on the Aileen, Inc. sewing facility in Monterey, and plans to move equipment into the building on Saturday, March 24. More...

50 years ago

March 12, 1959

• The Monterey Town Council has approved the purchase of one acre of land from the Robert Sterrett estate just north of town on which the state ordered sewage disposal system be constructed. The purchase price of the land is $500. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Restoring order will be a chore

The last couple of weeks have been tumultuous for the Bath County School Board, to say the least. First, a plan to save money by closing the school administration building and housing administrators in the three schools surprised citizens. More...

Pictorial

Change and tradition live side by side in our mountains. Some maple producers hold on to the old ways of capturing sweet maple water. More efficient means of collecting the sugary fluid predominate, however. More...

Kindling — a new way to read

Amazon.com recently shipped me its latest reading machine — Kindle 2. It's about the size of a paperback, the ads say, but I think it's more the size of steno pad. The screen is black and white, just like a page out of a book. More...


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