March 26, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Homestead supports families, staff

243-year-old resort was scene of tragic events, but keeps focus

HOT SPRINGS - The Homestead was at 70 percent capacity last Saturday night. One large group of Rotary Club members was gathered in a banquet room, celebrating their successes, making plans for the future. More...

Fleeing suspect not well-known

HOT SPRINGS - What kind of person is Beacher F. Hackney? "A loner" is the foremost description of the gunman currently being sought by law enforcement for questioning in the murders of two Homestead employees Saturday, March 21. More...

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Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 120th anniversary, Sunday, March 29, with morning worship service at 11:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow the service. More...

HCEA wants step-increase reinstated

Editor's note: Highland County Education Association representative Nancy Vance read the following statement to the Highland County School Board Monday night. More...

Two seek appointment to school board seat

WARM SPRINGS — As 5 p.m. Wednesday, two Valley Springs District residents had expressed interest in filling Barbara Waldeck's vacant school board seat from that district. More...

Success with hoagies

The association's first venture into selling hoagies on March 19 was successful enough that another hoagie sale fundraiser is planned for Thursday, May 28. "It was a lot of fun," said Plecker. More...

Crab Run bridge 30 years overdue for fixing

16 MONTEREY — Crab Run Bridge in McDowell was built in 1927. It's a part of the McDowell Historic District, but it's falling apart and needs to be replaced or improved. More...

Work on Bath wind ordinance continuing

WARM SPRINGS — Work on an ordinance to govern commercial wind facilities in Bath County is still ongoing, planning director Sherry Ryder told the Bath County Planning Commission Monday, The county has been working with James Madison Universi More...

Junk car ordinance sent to supervisors

WARM SPRINGS — If you have more than three inoperable vehicles on your property, you may want to begin making arrangements to remove them. The Bath County Planning Commission recommended approval of a revised junk car ordinance Monday. More...

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Chosen as Valley Elementary School PTO Super Stars for their outstanding academic achievement and good citizenship for the month of February were (l-r) back row: Gwen Miller, Nikki Webb, Trevor Quantz, Christian Woodzell; middle row: Chris McElwee, M More...

Blue Grass resident builds first Norton electric motorcycle

BLUE GRASS — If you're driving in the Blue Grass area and meet a machine that looks like a small airplane without wings, you might be getting a glance of Brian Richardson's latest motorcycle creation. More...

On the Wing

This has been an exceptional year for pine siskins. They showed up at our house near Hightown around Dec. 15 and have visited our feeders nearly every day since. They are what is known as an irruptive species. More...

Court Cases

MONTEREY — The following decisions were handed down in Highland County General District Court on Feb. 4. More...

Focus is on family at Vic's in Clifton Forge

Dining Delights

CLIFTON FORGE — Vic's Restaurant, on Ridgeway Street in Clifton Forge, has been treating customers like family for 31 years. More...

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Virginia FFA Southside vice president Meredith Brown, left; and Virginia FFA Northern Area vice president Codi Smith came to Highland High School Thursday to meet with members of the local FFA chapter. More...

Millboro Happenings

• Everyone can support this summer's Relay for Life at a yard and bake sale being held this weekend to raise money for the American Cancer Society. More...

Bland music contest winners announced

MONTEREY —Bath Highland Lion Lioness sponsored the Bland Music Contest Sunday, Feb. 22. First-place winner was Amanda Blagg, who played the violin. Second-place winner was James Folks who played snare drum. More...

Barker wins American Society of Safety Engineers' Global Art Contest

WARM SPRINGS — Illustrating how to be safe at work in a creative way, Ivy Barker, 10, of Warm Springs, recently won second place in the seventh annual American Society of Safety Engineers kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest in the 9-10 a More...

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Keith Carson, vice president of the Alleghany Highlands Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists, and president of the Bath-Highland Bird Club, recently made a presentation on American naturalists to the Alleghany Highlands Chapter of the Virginia Mast More...

Highland 4-H'ers compete

MONTEREY — 4-H members from Highland County competed at 4-H Contest Day held Friday, March 6. Contestants competed in five contest categories and three age divisions. Pat Boger of Blue Grass and Rhet Wilson of McDowell served as judges. More...

Heatwole — Heatwole

WILLIAMSVILLE — Clair and Dianne Heatwole of Williamsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Lavonne Heatwole of Williamsville, to David Allen Heatwole of Raymond, Alberta, Canada. More...

Achievements

Matthew Sponaugle BLACKSBURG — Matthew K. Sponaugle of Doe Hill has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2008 semester at Virginia Tech. More...

ATI representative visits Highland

MONTEREY — On Feb. 25, Keith Butts, a representative of Advanced Technology Institute in Virginia Beach, made a presentation Steve Heavner's agriculture fabrication class at Highland High School. More...

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Thirteen students are enrolled in the forensic photography course in the administration of justice program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College during the spring semester. More...

2008 Farm Bill Rollout meeting for landowners

ROCKBRIDGE BATHS — The local Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency offices invites all residents of Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany counties to attend a public meeting to hear information about programs available throu More...

Special Sections

Sports

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Last Thursday 29 scouts from the National Football League visited University of Virginia's NFL combine testing day for draft eligible/rising seniors to evaluate players on hand vying for a spot in the pros. More...

Lady Chargers beat Mounties in extra innings

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County lady Chargers began the softball season and what might be a dynasty by winning an epic battle, 4-3, against and the Alleghany Mountaineers to began the softball season last Friday night. More...

Chargers get hot— win frigid Bash

Alleghany 18, Bath 2 LOW MOOR — The Alleghany Mountaineers played like the state runners-up they were last year, jumping on then Bath County Chargers early and ending the game in five innings last Friday night. 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

Rail fans turned up in hundreds

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the May 22, 1975 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

Class identified

The following identifications were submitted by Kate Hiner for this circa 1970s reunion picture of the Monterey High School graduating class of 1949, at what Ms. Hiner thinks was their 25th class reunion at the Highland Inn. More...

25 years ago

March 29, 1984

• Todd Frye of Monterey, a fourth grader at Highland Elementary School, found a balloon Saturday that had traveled all the way from North Webster, Ind. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Bath community will come to terms with tragedy

There is no frame of reference to explain the horrific events of Saturday night. Two good men killed, a hotel staff of hundreds shaken, and literally thousands of Bath County residents left anxious, and many of them, grieving. More...

Bath County school board postpones appointment to Waldeck's seat

Waldeck, Fry, want to serve; board says it should conduct interviews first
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'We were very scared,' eyewitness says

Stinnett told staff to run for their lives

HOT SPRINGS - "I could see the fire coming out of the barrel." An eyewitness to the murders in the Homestead kitchen, whose identity is being withheld, said everything was normal last Saturday night — until shortly before 8 p.m. More...

Peace is shattered, but hope prevails

HOT SPRINGS - Bath County residents were shocked by emergency calls Saturday night. Dispatchers, voices shaking with emotion, urged all available law enforcement and emergency medical personnel to hurry to The Homestead. More...

Recorder journalists get statewide recognition

NORFOLKS — All four writers at The Recorder received awards Saturday night at the Virginia Press Association's annual conference in Norfolk. More...

Teachers oppose step-increase freeze

12 MONTEREY — Teachers want step increases next year, Nancy Vance of the Highland County Education Association told school board members Monday. More...

Waldeck makes, then withdraws budget proposal

WARM SPRINGS — Former Bath school board member Barbara Waldeck was ready to present suggestions for the 2009-10 school budget to the Bath County School Board March 19, but quickly withdrew her proposal when a member of the audience asked thos More...

Asbestos removal to begin at old Millboro school buildings

MILLBORO - Renovation of the old Millboro school buildings is moving one step closer with the contract for asbestos removal awarded to low bidder, Asbestco, Inc., headquartered in Palmyra. More...

51st annual Maple Festival sets records

MONTEREY — "The second weekend of Maple Festival may very well have seen record-breaking crowds," said Highland County Chamber of Commerce executive director Carolyn Pohowsky. More...

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Rosalee Siron (left) and her husband, Rudolph, donated blood at The Highland Center at Tuesday's Virginia Blood Services blood drive sponsored by Highland Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. 110. More...

Williamsville application for wood shavings operation on hold, planners seek research

WARM SPRINGS — Faced with opposition from a neighbor and wanting more information, the Bath County Planning Commission failed to take action on an application by Bradley Heatwole of ShenMount Dairy in Williamsville for a conditional use permi More...

Greenbrier files bankruptcy, signs agreement with Marriott

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The Greenbrier resort filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 19 and has signed an asset purchase agreement with Marriott Hotel Services Inc. for the sale of the resort. More...

Library Notes

• The Highland County Public Library is hosting its first ever Teen Movie Night on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. More...

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Stacey Gibson (center), who teaches science at Alleghany High School, accepts two lab programs, "Weather Forecasting" and "Storms," purchased with a $500 mini-grant from the Tech Prep Consortium of Western Virginia at Dabney S. More...

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Highland Elementary School March good citizens were: John Shaner, third grade; Gilliam Morse, fifth grade; Brooke Harper, fourth grade; Caleb Swecker, second grade; Hannah Newlen, first grade; and Mary Blanchard, kindergarten. (Photo courtesy HES) More...

Bath, Highland communities give gift of health

HOT SPRINGS — Since 2005, Bath Community Hospital's Patient Relief Fund has offered financial assistance to Bath and Highland residents, especially senior citizens, who have costly gaps in their prescription medicine coverage, or who no longe More...

Bath county budget gap shrinks

WARM SPRINGS — Over the course of 12 days, the Bath County Board of Supervisors, county administrator and staff have been able to make up about $1.8 million of the $2.2 million budget shortfall that existed when the board met March 12. More...

Woodworker of the Week

MONTEREY — Highland High School's Woodworker of the Week is senior Scott Neil, son of Ginny and Joe Neil of Doe Hill. This is my second year working with Scott in cabinetmaking, and his third year in the program. More...

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Beth Hawse, chief ranger of interpretation and education at Douthat State Park, presented a program titled "Who Made Those Tracks?" to seventh-grade students at Valley Elementary School. More...

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Winners of the Highland County Recreation Commission Scrabble tournament are (l-r) standing Bobbi Chapman, second place; Gaynelle Siron, fourth place; Gertrude Gibson, first place and also receiving a gift certificate to Mountain Hideaway Restaurant More...

Local youth excels at National Junior Show in Kentucky

HIGHTOWN — This year brought yet another trip to the National Hampshire Show for exhibitor Michael Hupman of Hightown. In his years of exhibiting Hampshires at shows across the nation, this one was certainly worth the trip. More...

It's time to sign up for Junior 4-H Camp

ROANOKE — Junior 4-H Camp will be held July 27-31 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Center at Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center near Roanoke. Deadline to register is May 1. More...

Hise — Hamilton

Engagement

GOSHEN — The parents of Heather L. Hise announce the engagement of their daughter to Jeffrey K. Hamilton II. Hamilton is the son of Debra S. Thornton of Hot Springs, and Jeffrey K. and Lisa M. Hamilton of Goshen. More...

Simonson — Griffin

Wedding

EULESS, Texas — Andree Christina Simonson of Euless and Julian Mark Griffin of Harrisonburg, Va., were married at the Texas Star Golf and Conference Center in Euless on May 31, 2008. Jack Drain officiated the ceremony. More...

LaBrie to present program on colorectal cancer prevention

LOW MOOR - According the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States (excluding skin cancers). More...

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Corey Peters (right) of Hot Springs became the first student in the commercial driver's license course offered by Dabney S. More...

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Bath Community Hospital staff recently participated in a two-day Pediatric Advanced Life Support course for certification or re-certification. More...

Volunteers Needed to aid cancer program in Bath County

ROANOKE — The American Cancer Society is looking for someone to volunteer their time for the Look Good…Feel Better program. The Look Good…Feel Better program is guided by volunteers. More...

Obituaries

Ronald L. 'Ronnie' Stinnett

HOT SPRINGS — Ronald L. "Ronnie" Stinnett, 60, of Hot Springs, died Saturday, March 21, 2009 in Hot Springs. He was born June 2, 1948 in Bath County, the son of William H. ìJuniorî Stinnett and Annie Belle Stinnett. More...

Lorraine 'Tiny' Hooke

MONTEREY — Lorraine "Tiny" Hooke, 86, of Monterey, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at Bath Community Hospital. She was born Feb. 26, 1923 in Highland County, a daughter of Elmer Harry and Argyle Grace Arbogast Nicholas. Mrs. More...

Dwight Federick Kerr

COVINGTON — Dwight Frederick Kerr, 38, of Covington, Virginia, died Saturday, March 21, 2009 in Hot Springs. He was born Sept. 16, 1970 in St. Andrew, Jamaica, the son of Jeremiah and Mercilyn Smith Kerr. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Sunday through Tuesday, March 29-31 ¦ Bath United Methodist Church Lay Revival at Virginia Chapel United Methodist Church, 78 Wilkerson Avenue, Mitchelltown-Hot Springs, 7-8 p.m. nightly. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Highland County

• March 18 — Performed a well-being check, Narrowfellow Lane. • March 18 — Responded to a report of a right-of-way dispute, Piney Hollow. More...

Letters

Law enforcement officials appreciated

Editor, The Recorder, Thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make the terrible tragedy of this past weekend a little easier to handle. More...

Office holders must be held accountable for their actions

Editor, The Recorder, It is remarkable how an economic stimulus package can be twisted and shoehorned to fit any situation one might choose, irrespective of its merit or need. More...

Resident has hope, yet, for the human race

Editor, The Recorder, In light of some of the excellent letters I've read in your paper, I was compelled to write this. Iris Hooke is, to me, one lady well versed in the contents of her letters. They cannot be disputed. More...



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