April 23, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Budget decisions draw criticism from residents

WARM SPRINGS — Citizens delivered clear messages to Bath leaders at a public hearing held last Thursday. More...

Supervisors approve loan for Millboro school project

WARM SPRINGS — The Millboro Preservation and Cultural Association is one step closer to its goal of turning the old Millboro school into office space, apartments, a community center and a museum. More...

Highland integrates technology in the classroom

MONTEREY — Computers are everywhere, it seems. They are used to withdraw money from banks, buy groceries, and shop online. Hospitals use computers, as do rescue squads and police dispatchers. More...

Transfers could become issue for school board

WARM SPRINGS — Bath supervisors have turned down a school board request for a transfer of unspent money, and superintendent Dr. David Smith said this could create problems. More...

What's a shad planking?

WAKEFIELD — The Shad Planking is, on one level, just what it sounds like. A big mess of shad fish gets split and nailed to boards and then smoked over a long line of smoldering embers. More...

'A Grand Night' pure and simple

WARM SPRINGS - I am grateful that I will not have to wear heels, stockings and mascara for another six months. More...

Circus to be held in Millboro, May 13

MILLBORO - The volunteer fire association is bringing an old-fashioned Big Top Circus Day to town on Wednesday, May 13, when the Lewis & Clark Circus brings its jugglers, acrobats, clowns, aerialists, and animals here for two shows on the carnival More...

Deadline changes for Great Greenbrier River Race

MARLINTON, W.Va. — Of- ficials of the Great Greenbrier River Race, held every year the last Saturday of April, have announced there would be no on-site registration this time around. More...

Birding extravaganza comes to Snowshoe, Cass in May

SNOWSHOE, W.Va. — Three days of birding and outdoor fun is jam-packed into the Stars, Wings, and Wildflowers Weekend in Pocahontas County May 1-3. More...

VDACS kicks off 20th anniversary celebration of Virginia's finest

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Virginia's Finest trademark program and has officially kicked off its salute. More...

VDOT

STAUNTON — The following is a list of highway projects that 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...

Invasive plant control sign-up begins now

MONTEREY - The Highland County Board of Supervisors approved and broadened an invasive plant control program this year, where county landowners can apply for an incentive payment to offset chemical control costs for ridding property of targeted in More...

VCE to offer gardening lectures

CLIFTON FORGE — The Alleghany County Office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service offers an evening of gardening lectures on May 4 in Room 649 of the College Convocation Center on the campus of Dabney S. More...

YEP application deadline nears

MONTEREY — If you are looking for a six to eight-week summer job, are between the ages of 14 and 24, and have a strong work ethic, complete the 2009 Youth Employment Program application and return to The Highland Center by May 7, to be consid More...

Court Cases

Highland County

MONTEREY — The following decisions were handed down in Highland County General District Court on March 4. Criminal and traffic divisions: Michael Kevin Abraham, speeding 70/55, fine $75, costs $81, guilty in absentia; Jason M. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Achievement

Diedre Hiner

STAUNTON — Mary Baldwin College has honored Diedre Alison Hiner of Monterey for her academic and civic achievements for the spring semester. More...

Botkin, Obaugh top HHS Class of 2009

MONTEREY — What are the ingredients for academic success? The top two students of Highland High School's Class of 2009, their teachers and mentors, provide clues. More...

Photo

The Virginia Foundation Center for the Book awarded an honorable mention in the 2008-09 Letters About Literature program to Emily Botkin, a freshman at Highland High School, for her letter to David Klass, author of the Caretaker Trilogy. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 24-26 ¦ Word of Faith Church Annual Spring Conference with Pastor Jeff Johns of West Lafeyette, Ind. Meetings are Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. More...

Photo

Patsy Wright (shown here with her daughter, Katie) of McDowell was ordained and installed as an elder of McDowell Presbyterian Church during worship at McDowell on Palm Sunday. More...

Dennis Jernigan in concert

DUNMORE, W.Va. — Worship artist, songwriter and author, Dennis Jernigan, will be in concert Sunday, May 3, at New Hope Church of the Brethren during both the 9 a.m. worship service and again at 7 p.m. More...

Calendar

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BATH ¦ Friends of Library board meeting second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Warm Springs Public Library. Highland ¦ Highland Historical Society is planning a bus trip to New York City, June 20-22. More...

Early Files

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Shelly Bratton Thomas, center, reacts to the announcement that she has been chosen Miss Bath County 1990 in this Recorder file photo. The pageant, the first in 12 years, was held at Bath County High School, Saturday, May 12. More...

Bath, Highland rebound from Hugo's brief visit

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Sept. 28, 1989 edition of The Recorder. P. Lea Campbell Jr. was publisher. More...

25 years ago

April 26, 1984

• Highland High School has named Carla F. Folks as valedictorian for the school's 1984 graduating class. Honored as co-salutatorians were Bonnie Sue Adkins and Ronald Carpenter. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Mend the fences, and move on

What is it about the school board-supervisors relationship in Bath County that leaves lines drawn in the sand year after year? More...

Pictorial

No matter what happens this weekend, Bath County is swelling with pride for Jake (right) and John Phillips, two native sons who have finished their college careers with football honors and solid academic achievements. More...

In The Recorder

MONTEREY — The Recorder welcomes former Roanoke Times reporter Tim Thornton to its ranks this week as a contributing writer. More...

Hat's off!

Highland High School salutatorian Kate Obaugh (left) and valedictorian Michael Botkin represent two of Highland's best. Their agricultural upbringing and the values that represents show in their hard work, community spirit and maturity. More...

Highland man pleads guilty WITH UPDATE

Plea agreement signed in charges related to death of 14-year-old

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2 new laws may affect wind project decisions

MONTEREY — As the September permit deadline for the proposed wind energy plant here approaches, Highland supervisors are considering scenarios that might unfold. More...

Was the closed meeting legal?

MONTEREY — Highland supervisors held a closed session following their monthly meeting April 9. More...

Bath schools to open for the 2009-10 year on Aug. 26

WARM SPRINGS — Now that renovations at Bath County High School are complete, the school will return to opening before Labor Day. The school board approved a calendar for 2009-10 April 9 that has students returning to class Aug. More...

Correction

In last week's story, "Highland turbine up & running," two photo captions had errors. More...

Deeds skips major political show to campaign in Southwest Virginia, in run for governor

WAKEFIELD — Wakefield is one of those dots on the map alongside U.S. 460 and Norfolk Southern's rail line - down where the highway and the railroad parallel their way through the flat, swampy part of Virginia. More...

Game department needs help with something fishy

WARM SPRINGS — Volunteers are needed for a project that may involve some fishy business. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries needs volunteers to help with trout stocking in Bath County. More...

Calling all railroad buffs

WARM SPRINGS - The railroad made Bath County what it is today. Busy stations in first, Millboro, and later, Hot Springs, brought visitors and supplies, and connected this rural locale to the rest of the country. More...

Millboro Happenings

• Millboro High School reunion coordinator Ann Higgins says the deadline is close for making reservations for the all-graduate reunion, which will be held on Saturday, July 11, at the elementary school. More...

11th lake run cruise-in coming to Douthat

DOUTHAT — Blow the dust off that car hiding under your tarp or in your garage and start getting it ready for the 11th annual Lake Run Cruise-in and Car Show at Douthat State Park on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. More...

Farm Credit distributes $578,000 in profits to local customers

VERONA — The Verona branch of Farm Credit has announced the distribution in cash of a portion of its 2008 profit. Checks totaling $578,000 were mailed to customers in early April. More...

First wide-scale survey of organic producers set

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages all organic farmers in the state to participate in the first wide-scale survey of organic producers and producers transitioning from traditional to organic pro More...

May is important month for Virginia Watershed activities

WARM SPRINGS — As May approaches, across Virginia and beyond, watershed organizations gear up for spring programs in conservation and education — and the Cowpasture River Preservation Association is among them. More...

First National Bank hires new CEO

RONCEVERTE, W.Va. — First National Bank has hired Renee M. Shepko as president and CEO. The board of directors approved the hiring in March, and Shepko began her new role March 25, after the retirement of Benny A. Williams Jr. More...

$1,000 gift basket to be raffled by HCPL

MONTEREY — Sarah Chaney, a board of directors member, Highland County Public Library, is leading an effort to get donations for a new fundraising project. More...

Horse owners urged to vaccinate now for diseases

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges all horse owners to vaccinate their animals now against West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis if they have not done so within the last 6-12 months. More...

Obituaries

Thomas E. "Ed" Dickerson Sr.

HOT SPRINGS — Thomas E. "Ed" Dickerson Sr., 84, of Hot Springs, died peacefully at his residence on Friday, April 17, 2009. He was born Oct. 2, 1924 in Sallis, Miss., the son of the late Walter L. Dickerson Sr. and Blanche Donald Dickerson. More...

James 'Pa Pa' Arvine Bunch

MILLBORO — James "Pa Pa" Arvine Bunch, 57, of Millboro, passed away Monday, April 13, 2009. He was born Oct. 10, 1951 in Indianapolis, Ind., a son of the late William and Anna Carol Barnett Bunch. More...

Mavis Dessel Gutshall Smith

HOT SPRINGS - Mavis Dessel Gutshall Smith, 81, of Hot Springs, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at The Springs Nursing Center. She was born Nov. 7, 1927 in Mustoe, the daughter of the late Butler and Lona Armstrong Gutshall. More...

Sports

All eyes on NFL Draft this weekend

WARM SPRINGS — The weekend Jake and John Phillips have been waiting for is here. Jake, a quarterback from William & Mary, and John, a tight end from Virginia, will hopefully hear their names called in the NFL Draft over the next two days. More...

Chargers defeat Warriors, split twin-bill with Bison

Bath 14, Pocahontas 4 WARM SPRINGS — Eric Gentry led off the sixth inning with a single and ended it with a double as the Bath County Chargers batted around for seven runs on six hits to beat the Pocahontas Warriors last Wednesday evening, More...

Lady Chargers sweep Mounties in court play

ASHWOOD — Amelia Walters ran her record to 4-0 for the season and Angel Dunnagan won a pivotal singles match, 9-7, to lead the BC Chargers to a 6-3 victory over the visiting Alleghany Mounties in girls' tennis Thursday. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Highland County

• April 15 — Responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash, Big Valley Road. • April 15 — Investigated a report of a larceny, Bullpasture River Road. More...

Letters

Reader questions developer's statements about wind plan

Editor, The Recorder, A few questions on the article, "Wind sites on the way," April 9, in The Recorder. I read this article and at the end, I could not understand the finality of what Mr. John Flora was trying to say. More...

SPCA needs help from supporters on web sites

Editor, The Recorder We at The Highland SPCA are dedicated to two propositions about animals: 1) that they are God's perfect brush strokes, and 2) that they often tend to get a very raw deal. More...

Dogs deserve better than chains and pens all day

Editor, The Recorder, Chained and penned dogs — As days turn to years, many dogs sit, lay, sleep, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius. More...


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