March 19, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

12:30 p.m. Tuesday: Homestead brings in grief counselors

Resort declines to discuss Saturday's crisis, security concerns; search for murder suspect scaled back
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11:30 p.m. Monday: Murder suspect not found; schools open Tuesday

Funeral arrangements for one victim finalized
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Two Homestead employees killed Saturday night

Murder suspect still at large; schools closed Monday

Police suspended the search Sunday at 10 p.m., regular patrols continued through the night. Residents urged to remain alert. More...

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Brandon Davis Burns, 20 months old, enjoys his first Maple Festival pancakes at the Bolar Ruritan Club on Saturday, March 14. More...

Two wrecks occur within an hour Sat.

WARM SPRINGS - Two automobile accidents within a few miles, and a few minutes, of each other caused serious injuries early Sunday morning. More...

Wilderness areas a local, federal challenge

County takes up Williamsville P.O., wind energy, VDOT, with congressman

MONTEREY — What's the best way to protect U.S. Forest Service places like Laurel Fork, and yet allow citizens to use them recreationally? The Highland County Board of Supervisors met with U.S. More...

Farmers' market to relocate

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Farmers' Market has a new home — one organizers believe will provide a better setting for local growers to sell their wares. More...

VDOT to hold public hearing on a new McDowell bridge

STAUNTON — The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a design public hearing concerning improvements to U.S. 250 (Highland Turnpike) in Highland County on March 24 from 4-7 p.m. More...

State wildlife biologists host meetings on new hunting regs

RICHMOND — After much discussion Feb. 27, the board of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries approved proposed hunting and trapping regulation amendments for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. More...

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This 62"x79" "basket" quilt is being raffled by Tender Heart Quilts of Millboro, to benefit a friend with colon and lung cancer. Those interested should go by the shop for tickets, or may call in with credit card information, (540) 862-4718. More...

Shamrock and Stephenson Realty achieves top company rankings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — United Country Real Estate recently announced that United Country - Shamrock & Stephenson Realty in Monterey, Va., has achieved the company's President's Honor Group award for 2008. More...

Family Reading Night held at MES

MILLBORO -- Give me a C-HA R-G-E-R-S…what do you get CHARGERS! was heard echoing through the halls of Millboro Elementary School during their recent Title I Family Reading Night celebration. More...

Food bank has 17 percent increase in demand

VERONA — As unemployment rates in the U.S. reach record levels, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network, warns it could soon be overwhelmed by demand. More...

Big Game, Wildlife Show scheduled at HHS

MONTEREY — The Highland FFA Chapter will hold its second annual Big Game and Wildlife Show April 3, 4 and 5. This year it will be expanded into a bigger event. The chapter is excited about getting this event started. More...

Homestead Preserve's Old Dairy receives Palladio Award

WARM SPRINGS — Homestead Preserve's Old Dairy Community Center received recognition last month from the Palladio Awards Program for the restoration and adaptive reuse of the structure completed in 2007. More...

Birth

Isaac Walker Phillips

ARLOTTESVILLE — Craig and Jill Phillips of Ruckersville announce the birth of their fourth child, a son, Isaac Walker Phillips. Isaac was born Oct. 17, 2008 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville. More...

Special Sections

Sports

Chargers, Mounties forego manners in OT battle

WARM SPRINGS — It was evident spring was in the air Tuesday afternoon as the Bath County Chargers and Alleghany Mounties kicked off the spring sports season with a rambunctious battle that ended in a 6-6 overtime tie. More...

King to play in Newport News

WARM SPRINGS — Bath County Charger senior standout Jim King committed to continue his football career at Christopher Newport University in Newport News last Monday. "To finally know where I am going is a great relief," King said. More...

Lady Chargers aim to defend district title

WARM SPRINGS — 2008 was a banner year for the Bath County Charger girls' soccer program. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

• March 11 — Major Richard D. Chestnut and Corporal Robert B. Weaver responded to a report of a gas drive-off. • March 11 — Chestnut and Deputy Charles T. Burger Jr. responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in Bacova. More...

Letters

These mountains deserve better than wind utilities

Editor, The Recorder, The gentleman who owns Highland New Wind Development (Henry T. "Mac" McBride) — at one time, did he want to build a gun range and was turned down because his neighbors objected? More...

Opinions & Commentary

Ask for it. It's your information

Do you want to know how your child's school performs on statemandated testing? Are you interested in how much of your taxpayer money the county government spends on office supplies? More...

No survey for me, no sirree

A Party of One

Why me? I'm as good a citizen as the next guy. I vote. I pay my taxes, albeit grumpily. I would really love to serve on jury duty, except I'd never be selected. I know lots of patriotic songs; I sing them heartily, and often. More...

Wednesday, 11:30 am: Highland officials search Blue Grass area; suspect not found

Man fitting Hackney's description sighted north of Monterey
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Search for murder suspect expanded nationwide

Bath sheriff believes Hackney planned shootings
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Eyewitness describes the scene at the Homestead

'I could see the fire coming out of the barrel.'
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Monday, 2 pm: Behind the scenes of horror at The Homestead

Co-workers talk about the 'loner' they barely knew, who allegedly killed two Homestead staffers

Hackney described as 'weird,' 'creepy' More...

Citizens sue to get CCC road unlocked

MONTEREY — Whose road is it, anyway? Certainly not the road less traveled, but at this point, a judge will have to decide who gets to use it. More...

That won't cut it, Bath says

Another $2 million needed to balance county budget

WARM SPRINGS - There's a $2.2 million shortfall in the Bath County budget for 2009-10, and supervisors call the slash-fest that awaits them "painful." While Stuart Hall and Jon Trees attended a VDOT public hearing about budget cuts in Augusta Cou More...

Hawk saved by Wildlife Center

But dead finches result in birdseed recall

HOT SPRINGS — Friday the 13th was a lucky day for a 13-month-old hawk, who was returned to the wild by wildlife rehabilitator Joyce Forbes of Falling Spring Wildlife Management. Forbes received a call Jan. More...

Permit finally approved for Bath motor home shelter

WARM SPRINGS — It took 10 months, two hearings by the Bath County Board of Zoning Appeals, and another hearing in circuit court, but Richard and Cynthia Roberson can finally build a carport to protect their motor home. More...

Three sentenced, one pleads guilty in Highland Circuit Court

MONTEREY — Highland County Circuit Court judge Humes J. Franklin Jr. sentenced three men and accepted the guilty plea of one other on Tuesday. More...

Stimulus money could boost to Bath school budget

WARM SPRINGS — If information received last Thursday is correct, the Bath County school budget for 2009-10 could be less dire than originally predicted. Superintendent Dr. More...

Vdot

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

1st fest weekend unhampered by rain

Jerry Walls of Brandywine, W.Va. (left), makes a purchase at Ivan Puffenbarger's sugar camp near Hightown. On the right is Puffenbarger's grandson, Michael Botkin, a Highland High School senior and president of the Highland FFA chapter. More...

'Savages' assist Highland seniors

MONTEREY — In a rare flash of generosity, the Savage children have joined their mother Ethel to make a donation to Highland County's senior citizen population. The donation? More...

Millboro Happenings

• The Glamour Magic Photo fundraiser that was to be held two weeks ago has been postponed until April 24- 27 at the Millboro Volunteer Fire Association building. Tickets are still available for sale until April 15. More...

Psychiatric Society recognizes Saxman

STAUNTON — On Wednesday, March 11, the Psychiatric Society of Virginia announced its selection of Del. Chris Saxman (R-Staunton) as "Legislator of the Year" for 2009. More...

BCHS holds annual Star Search Talent show

WARM SPRINGS — Bath County High School's seventh annual Star Search Talent Show will be held Saturday, March 21, at the Bath County High School auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Showtime is 7 p.m. More...

Obituaries

Lola Bell Armstrong

MONTEREY — Lola Bell Armstrong, 100, of Monterey, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009 at Pendleton Manor. She was the widow of J. Hiner Armstrong of the McKendree area in Highland County, who passed away on July 28, 1970. More...

William Nicholas 'Nick' Beverage

MONTEREY — William Nicholas "Nick" Beverage, 94, of Monterey, died Saturday, March 14, 2009 at his home. He was born May 7, 1914, a son of Isaac Luther and Clara Hester Seybert Beverage. Mr. More...

Dorothy W. Hevener

HARRISONBURG — Dorothy W. Hevener, 90, of Harrisonburg and formerly of Hightown, died Sunday, March 15, 2009 at Oak Lea Nursing Care. She was born March 31, 1918 in Blue Grass, a daughter of Frank Cameron and Bonnie Kate Wimer Wimer. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Thursday, and Friday, March 19-20 ¦ Piney Grove Baptist Church, Revival at 7 p.m. Revivalist, the Rev. Miles Siler. More...

Calendar

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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

Early Files

Injured hunter splints own ankle

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Nov. 28, 1974 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. BOLAR — Denver Cline, 48, of Gilbert, W.Va. More...

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Members of the 1949 Monterey High School graduating class are pictured on the steps of the Highland Inn in Monterey, at what appears to be a class reunion in this Recorder file photo. Can you help identify anyone? More...

25 years ago

March 22, 1984

• Two days of beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures brought throngs of visitors to the 26th annual Highland County Maple Festival this past weekend, with promoter of the event estimating the crowd at about 30,000 people. More...


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