May 7, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

New light pole an odd choice at VDOT

MONTEREY — In the face of deep budget cuts, the Virginia Department of Transportation has made a strange decision — one Highland officials and residents cite as another example of the massive department's hairball of bureaucracy. More...

Offices forced to do with less money

County won't take up slack for state

MONTEREY — Elected officers hoped Highland would help make up an overall $24,600 cut from the state, but were turned down flatly by supervisors Tuesday. More...

World of water under county soil

MONTEREY — Highland County is blessed with beautiful karst landscapes, but with them come problems and potential pollution, according to the state Department of Recreation and Conservation. More...

Correction

In last week's edition of The Recorder, the caption for the photo of Percy Nowlin, chairman of the Bath County Board of Supervisors, and Jackie Plecker, president of the Millboro Preservation and Cultural Association, should have given photo credit More...

Warm Springs gazebo undergoes intensive care

WARM SPRINGS - What is perhaps Bath's busiest tourist stop has no restaurant, no restrooms, no telephone. Yet, chances are eight out of 10 first-time visitors stop there for at least a few moments. More...

What's a jamboree?

• Boy Scout Jamborees are 10-day long events that collect Scouts from all over the country to one place. • There are all sorts of activities, competitions and challenges. • President George W. Bush spoke at the 2005 jamboree. More...

Lickety Splits restaurant reopens

MILLBORO SPRINGS - "We're glad to reopen," said Len Foutz this week, co-owner with his wife, Trish, of Lickety Splits restaurant at the intersection of Routes 42 and 39 West. More...

In Brief ...

Highland County School Board

• The Highland County School Board conducted its monthly meeting Monday and took swift action on a slim agenda before heading into closed session to discuss student personnel issues. More...

Photos

Larry Smith of McDowell found this quarter-pound white morel on Monday evening. It measured approximately 7 1/2 inches in height and 3 and one-quarter inches in width. "It's the biggest one I ever found in my life," he said. More...

In Brief ...

Highland County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors

• A joint meeting of the Highland planning commission and board of supervisors was held last Thursday, April 23, which included a public hearing. More...

Of dogs and lavender and sidewalk cafes

A Party of One

A colleague is in Italy this month. I am insanely jealous. Not only is he gone for a month - imagine! - but, he is in Italy. More...

The saga of a Union sharpshooter at the Battle of McDowell

Editor's note: The Rev. Chip Hill, pastor of Word of Faith Church in Monterey, has many and varied interests, among them local history. He drew inspiration for this poem from "The Battle of McDowell" by Richard L. Armstrong. More...

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Members of the Bath Senior Center received free trees from Virginia Forester John Wright to plant on Arbor Day. (Photo courtesy Jeanne Apgar) More...

Specialist to address importance of stone tools

MONTEREY — Carole Nash, who teaches geographic science in the Integrated Science and Technology program at James Madison University, is also a professional archaeologist. More...

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Sixteen students are enrolled in "Juvenile Justice System" at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College during the Spring, 2009 semester. More...

DAR conducts monthly meeting

STAUNTON — The Sarah Murray Lewis Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met April 11 at Third Presbyterian Church in Staunton, with 13 members. More...

Court Cases

Bath County

The following decisions were handed down in Highland County General District Court on March 11. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Achievement

Tracy Armstrong HARRISONBURG — Tracy Armstrong has been named to the dean's list for the winter term at National College. More...

Achievement

Victoria Baughan WAYNESBORO — Victoria Baughan of Bath County High School is a 2009 recipient of a Dupont Community Credit Union Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. More...

MES holds extraordinary art class

MILLBORO - Thanks to the generosity of the Bath County Arts Association, Millboro Elementary School students were able to participate in some extraordinary art projects this spring. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Sunday, May 10 ¦ Burnsville United Methodist church hosts a Mother's Day breakfast at 9 a.m. ¦ Monterey United Methodist Church Mother's Day breakfast at 9 a.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. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Highland County

• April 29 — Responded to a report of livestock in the roadway, Doe Hill Road. • April 30 — Received a report of a motor vehicle crash — referred to Virginia State Police, Mill Gap Road. More...

Letters

Court observer criticizes commonwealth's attorney

Editor, The Recorder, I had only seen things like this in the movies. I used to be naive enough to assume that any wrongful death of an innocent child would be punished and justice would be served by our court systems. More...

Where have all the spring birds gone?

Editor, The Recorder, I woke up last Saturday, about 6 a.m. (daybreak) to a very strange and mournful sound. "What in the world is that?" I wondered. Oh, of course it was the call of the lonesome dove. More...

SNC celebrates National Nursing Home week

Editor, The Recorder, National Nursing Home Week, which is scheduled to begin on Mother's Day, May 10, and end May 16, is a special week where residents, caregivers, families, staff and volunteers honor and celebrate nursing facility life. More...

Williamsville P.O. gets one year reprieve

WILLIAMSVILLE — For a year, at least, residents of Williamsville will still get to collect their mail closer to home. More...

Phone board director hangs up his role after 43 years

BLUE GRASS - He doesn't say much, but when he does talk, people tend to pay attention. More...

Bath schools must cut almost $500,000

WARM SPRINGS — "We will balance the budget and move on." Those were the words of Bath County School Board chairman Eddie Ryder, following an April 30 board of supervisors meeting at which the supervisors passed the 2009-10 school budget. More...

In Brief . .

< ITALIC> • Tuesday, supervisors set the tax rates and adopted the 2009- 10 budget, adjusting for a reduction in state aid of $24,600. More...

Karst: A ancient name for underground landform

MONTEREY — Those unfamiliar with the special features all over Highland County might not know the funny word, "karst," used to describe this special area. More...

Sponaugle honored; phone cooperative elects new director

MONTEREY — As Olin Sponaugle stepped down from his decades-long role as member, vice president and president of Highland Telephone Cooperative's board, the membership elected Sarah Shifflett to take his place. More...

National Boy Scouts in Goshen?

Questions come faster than answers to residents

LEXINGTON - Out in the lobby, members of the Friends of the Maury River, some with florescent orange armbands, were selling "Save the Goshen Pass" t-shirts at $10 a pop, bumper stickers for $1. More...

Swine flu scare keeps local officials on alert

MONTEREY and WARM SPRINGS — As cases of swine flu grew exponentially across the country in the last week, officials in Bath and Highland, particularly medical services, have been prepared to take action should a case surface in this area. More...

Deadline to register for primary is Monday

WARM SPRINGS and MONTEREY — Monday is the last day to register if you want to vote in the Democratic primary elections for governor and lieutenant governor Tuesday, June 9. More...

EDA tech committee discusses broadband readiness in Highland

MONTEREY — What do you want and how much are you willing to pay? Consumers are asked these questions every day. More...

Leftovers can be lovely … or not

The Nascent Chef

Leftovers. We've all got 'em, if we're lucky. Sometimes, I look forward to leftovers more than the initial meal itself. As a person who lives alone, I've got lots and lots of leftovers. I remember when I did not like to cook. More...

Millboro Happenings

• Millboro area churches will host a community observance of the National Day of Prayer today, May 7, at 7 p.m., at Millboro Christian Church. All are welcome. More...

In Brief . . .

Bath County School Board

• The Bath school board agreed Tuesday to allow drum major Laura Schneider to paint a mural and inspirational sayings and musical terms in the Bath County High School band room. More...

BCPL celebrates Children's Book Week

WARM SPRINGS — In celebration of Children's Book Week, the Bath County Public Library presents storyteller Kathy Coleman, Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. More...

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The Shenandoah Valley Reading Council celebrated its 40th anniversary on April 22, with a banquet held at Bridgewater College. The council began serving the Shenandoah Valley in 1968 with Lois Koontz as president. More...

Thaler joins membership of American Angus Assoc.

McDOWELL — Casey A. Thaler of McDowell is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed registry organization in Saint Joseph, Mo. More...

Court Cases

Bath County

The following decisions were handed down in Highland County General District Court on March 4. Criminal and traffic divisions: John George Airgood, speeding 45/35, fine $50, costs $61; Damon Lee Alley, speeding 60/45, fine $75, More...

Court Cases

Bath County

The following decisions were handed down in Highland County General District Court on March 18. More...

Obituaries

Ramona Joyce Durham

MILLBORO — Ramona Joyce Durham, 75, formerly of Millboro, died Sunday, May 3, 2009 at Carrington Place in Daleville, after a lengthy illness. She was born April 8, 1934 in Millboro, a daughter of the late Alice Smith Howell. More...

Leslie Lambert Tuke

CLIFTON FORGE — Leslie Lambert Tuke, 84, of Clifton Forge, died peacefully April 29, 2009 in the home of her daughter in Chesapeake. Family was present with her. More...

Sports

Phillips lauded for rescue work at stadium collapse

Former Charger turned pro gets rough welcome in Dallas

WARM SPRINGS - To say the last two weeks of John Phillips' life have been a whirlwind would be an understatement. More...

Chargers sweep Warriors with perfect pitching game

Bath 10, Pocahontas 0 Bath 15, Pocahontas 0 MARLINTON. W.Va. More...

Netters beat Blues for 1st

ASHWOOD — The No. 2 Charger doubles team of Courtney Maliwauki and Sarah Wright won the pivotal match of the day to secure a 5-4 win for the Chargers over visiting Parry McCluer last Wednesday, April 29. More...

Early Files

Highland Health Department now in new health center

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Jan. 20, 1955 edition of The Recorder. V. Francis Reynolds was editor and publisher. More...

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The Old West came alive in Highland County during the Stephenson family's yearly cattle drive along U.S. 220, pictured in this May 10, 1990 photo. More...

25 years ago

May 10, 1984

• Bath County High School has named Nancy Lea Runyon as valedictorian for the school's 1984 graduating class. Honored as salutatorian is Linda Joan Judah. • Sunday night, six sheep belonging to Samuel K. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Williamsville, 1 postal service, 0

There's nothing like living in rural isolation to make people strong-willed, determined, and unflappable, and the folks in one of our most isolated outposts, the village of Williamsville, exemplify that kind of toughness. More...

Pictorial

Olin Sponaugle is about as humble as they come — soft-spoken, easygoing, nothing flashy. He doesn't call attention to himself, ever. More...



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