July 2, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Options considered for rezoning in Monterey

MONTEREY — Town officials joined the Highland County Planning Commission and county supervisor David Blanchard June 25 to discuss Kevin Thornsbury's proposal to build a shell building for commercial businesses along U.S. More...

In Brief . . .

Town of Monterey

• Council reviewed a draft town sign ordinance. Councilman Francis Fenn said the ordinance should define a sign as the whole structure excluding its support. The sign must be a minimum of 12 inches from an existing sidewalk. More...

Warm, Hot Springs churches hold Bible school

WARM SPRINGS — Warm Springs and Hot Springs Presbyterian churches will conduct Vacation Bible School for children and teens the week of July 13-17, from 5:30-8 p.m. each day at Warm Springs Presbyterian Church. More...

Benefit set to help Kincaid family

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County community will again step up for one of its own, this time with "An Evening of Inspiration," a benefit for cancer victim Patty Kincaid, on July 11 at the Bath County High School auditorium. More...

Williamsville Presbyterian Church celebrates 150th year

WILLIAMSVILLE — Current and past members, relatives and friends of the congregation of Williamsville Presbyterian Church celebrated the 150th anniversary of use of their classic church building in the heart of the community recently. More...

Wedding

Shumate — Mullins

MONTEREY — Lele Barbara Shumate and Glendon Thomas Mullins were united in marriage on April 4, 2009, at Word of Faith Church. The double ring ceremony was performed by Pastor Chip Hill. More...

Photos

Clusters of pink wild roses are among the myriad flowers blooming along Bath County roadsides these days. Their tiny blossoms and sweet scent are a delight to behold, but watch out for their thorns! (Recorder photo by Gina Hamilton) More...

Ghastly goings-on aboard Petulant Express

A Party of One

THE PETULANT EXPRESS - My dears, I hardly feel as if need to introduce myself. If you read at all, then surely you will recognize my name. I am simply the most famous mystery writer in the world today. More...

An atypical day at the office

A Party of One

While my colleague is on vacation, the boss "encouraged" me to work in the Bath office. I always work at home. My phone seldom rings. It is 11:48 a.m. and, while I have been at it for four hours, I am still wearing pajamas. More...

Court Cases

Highland County

MONTEREY — The following decisions were handed down in Highland County General District Court on June 3. Criminal and traffic Divisions. Donnie Dean Adkins, speeding 65/55, fine $50, costs $61; Ruben Lawrence Adkins Sr. More...

Highland FFA attends convention

MONTEREY — The Highland County FFA Chapter left early June 22 to attend the 83rd annual Virginia State FFA Convention in Blacksburg. More...

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Volunteers and substitutes for the 2008-2009 school year at Valley Elementary School were recognized for their service at a recent banquet held at the school. Over 60 people provided volunteer time to the students at Valley during the school year. More...

Photos

On Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, 16 artists gathered to share in the joys and challenges of painting from life outdoors. The event brought people into the county from Moatsville,WV, DC, and all over Virginia. More...

Video contest sponsored for 'Keepin' It Rural'

LEXINGTON — Farm Credit of the Virginias is calling for entries to the firstever "Keepin' It Rural" video contest. Entrants can submit funny, inspiring, unusual, or amazing farm- or rural-themed videos for cash prizes. More...

Valley High class of '59 celebrates 50 years

HOT SPRINGS ­­— The 1959 graduates of Valley High School of Hot Springs celebrated their 50th class reunion recently. More...

Ft. Lewis Lodge becomes 'Mussel Beach' for a day

MILLBORO — On Sunday, June 21, John and Caryl Cowden of Fort Lewis Lodge hosted an event that was a little off the beaten path from their usual roles as hosts of a rural getaway. More...

Adult summer reading program offered at Rockbridge library

LEXINGTON — Rockbridge Regional Library is hosing an adult summer reading program this year, and there are three ways to participate. More...

Brinkley retires from active military duty

BUCHANAN — Lt. Col. Grant P. Brinkley Jr. retired from active military duty on Dec. 31, 2008. Brinkley was assigned to the Virginia Army National Guard. More...

Special Sections

Schools

In Brief . . .

Bath County School Board

• At the Bath school board's June 25 meeting, superintendent Dr. David Smith reported a clogged drain line in the locker room at Bath County High School has been repaired. More...

Achievement

Rebecca Lynn Wilson

ROANOKE — Rebecca Lynn Wilson of Hot Springs, an adult Horizon student majoring in studio art at Hollins University, has been named an honor student for the 2009 spring semester. More...

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Highland High School's freshman class, under the instruction of teacher Michael Warf, releases their homemade rockets on the ballfield. (Photo courtesy Todd Brendel) More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Thursday, July 2 ¦ Community Pot Luck at McDowell Presbyterian at 6 p.m. Honored guests — all senior citizens — are specially invited. There will be games and silly prizes after dinner. More...

Calendar

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BATH ¦ Friends of Library board meeting second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Warm Springs Public Library. ¦ Saturdays through Oct. 24, Bath County Farmers' Market, 8 a.m. More...

Early Files

Recorder ownership changes for first time in 55 years

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Aug. 13, 1959 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

25 years ago

JuLY 4, 1984

• The directors of Highland Data Services Co. informally celebrated the company's first birthday last Friday by revealing the name of the client who has given the firm its biggest and longest contract to date. More...

50 years ago

July 2, 1959

• Two youths and three juveniles admitted in county court Tuesday that they were guilty of dynamiting fish. Warrants were obtained by Game Warden C.H. Corbett. • Mr. and Mrs. More...

Grottoes man innocent of sex crimes

MONTEREY — Charles Edward Massie, 50, of Grottoes, was found not guilty June 25 in Highland County District Court of misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and indecent exposure. A jury of two women and five men overturned a Dec. More...

In Brief . . .

Highland Board of Supervisors

• Highland supervisors held their fiscal-year end closeout meeting Wednesday, June 24, and approved changes to the 2008-09 budget after holding a public hearing. More...

Drilling under way at wind plant site

County says it needs accurate maps to review utility plans

MONTEREY — Neighbors near the proposed wind energy utility on Allegheny Mountain became alarmed this week when a large truck with a drilling rig was seen poking holes in several places where turbine towers might go, and a few times, loud blas More...

In Brief . . .

Highland County Planning Commission

• The Highland planning commission met Thursday, June 25 at the Highland Modular Conference Center and set a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. More...

Bath Relay for Life wanting to update information

HOT SPRINGS — The Relay for Life in Bath County is just around the corner and organizers do not want to leave out any survivor who would like to participate. More...

Reunion

Carpenter family

STAUNTON — On Sunday, June 14, descendants of Joseph Carpenter and his wife, Martha Wiley, held their 19th annual family reunion at Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton. More...

Bolar Ruritans announce essay winners

BOLAR — The Bolar Ruritan Club celebrated the winners of the sixth annual "Old Glory Essay" Contest. Attending were Woodrow Wilson District Zone IV Governor Tim Duff and his wife, Terry, plus 24 guests. More...

See Flag Rock on guided hike

WARM SPRINGS — Marek Smith, The Nature Conservancy's Allegheny Highlands Program Director, will lead a hike to the Collis-Warner Overlook at Flag Rock for residents and visitors on July 18. More...

Wedding

Lindsay

Cheryl Denise Lindsay and Danny Ray Milton II were united in marriage on April 25, 2009, at Christ United Methodist Church in Covington, by the Rev. Michael Snider. Cheryl is the daughter of Jerry and Sharon Lindsay of Warm Springs. More...

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The Alden and Margaret Bird family reunion was held Sunday, June 28 at Ashwood United Methodist Church. From bottom left: Phyllis, Betty, Peggy, Libby, and Polly. From left second row: Danny, Dwight, Richard, Carol, Pete, Mack, Aldene, and Benny. More...

Post 92 to honor veterans

HOT SPRINGS —On Thursday, June 18, at the monthly meeting of the Bath County American Legion Post 92, members voted to approve a Veterans Memorial project for Bath County. A committee was formed to find a site and design. More...

Millboro Happenings

• As we head into the Fourth of July weekend, Douthat State Park has planned all kinds of activities to reflect Independence Day on the Saturday holiday. The lakefront beach will be the activity center for free events between 2-6 p.m. More...

Dr. Moran joins BCH

HOT SPRINGS — Bath Community Hospital has announced that family practitioner Michael Moran, MD will join Bath Community Family Practice, and the active medical staff, beginning Monday, Aug. 3. More...

Building permits

Highland County

MONTEREY — The following building permits were issued by the Bath County Department of Building and Zoning in the month of May: Warm Springs district — Locust Hill Properties, remove porch structure, haul debris from site and build ope More...

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The Bath County High School Class of 1984 held its 25th year reunion at Douthat State Park in Clifton Forge recently. Eleven members of the class and their families enjoyed a picnic lunch and fellowship. More...

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Highland Ballet Academy wrapped up its season Saturday, June 6 with a performance at The Highland Center. More...

Street dance set for July 11

MONTEREY — The Monterey Lions Club Street Dance will be held Saturday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. on the corner of West Main Street and Spruce Street in Monterey. More...

American Legion installs new officers

WARM SPRINGS ­— Bath County American Legion Post 92 installed the new officers for 2010 at the June 18 meeting held at the Old Dairy barn in Warm Springs. More...

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Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. Ward Sr. of Stuarts Draft were surprised by their children on June 20 with a 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration. The party was held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Stuarts Draft. More...

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Right: Stone fly larvae live under cobble stones in shallow riffles on rivers and stream and are quite vulnerable to pollution. When "critter counters" monitoring the water quality of a stream find lots of these, it is a happy day. More...

Mountain Hospice quilt winner announced

BELINGTON, W.Va. — Mountain Hospice has been raffling off a quilt, a special quilt handmade by a past patient, Monnie Ford. The quilt was donated to Mountain Hospice in memory of not only Monnie Ford but her sister, A. More...

Weather report

Rain fell on 20 of the 31 days in May and totaled 3.5 inches above normal. Temperatures were very close to normal. John R. Sweet of Mustoe, who runs a weather station for the National Weather Service, compiled these statistics. More...

Obituaries

Zane Page King

FISHERSVILLE — Zane Page King, 74, widower of Rebecca Ann "Becky" Pullin King of 95 Summerfield Drive, Fishersville, died Saturday, June 27, 2009 at his residence. He was born Nov. More...

Sports

Hot Rods heat up Cruise In

MONTEREY — Sunglasses were a must last Saturday afternoon in Monterey as 46 glistening vehicles shone downtown in the second-annual Mountain Hideaway Relay for Life Cruise in. More...

Indiana group bikes through Highland

MONTEREY — Folks living on or traveling Rt. 220 last Friday wondered whether the Mountain Mama Bike Challenge was happening earlier than they thought this year as a long line of uniformed bicyclists passed their way. More...

HIGHLAND MIXED LEAGUE

Summer League

June 17, 2009 High Rollers — (13-7): Gene Meyer, Sharon Harper, David Johnston. Slow Rollers — (13-7): Mac Hill, Austin Shepherd, Everett Marshall. See them Pins — (12-8): Freda Bird, Sharon Doyle, Terry Gordon. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Highland • June 24 — Report of possible "peeping Tom" in Monterey area. • June 24 — Report of individual dumping trash on Blue Grass Valley Road illegally. More...

Letters

Resident says Dr. Blount is best doctor at BCH

Editor, The Recorder, I would like people to know: Dr. Peg Blount save my life. She is the best doctor in our hospital if you ask me. Ruth Worthy Warm Springs, Va. More...

Dr. Blount has right to counsel, due process

Editor, The Recorder, After reading last week's article regarding the indictments of Dr. Margaret Blount, I feel the need for a response to her situation. Dr. Blount is entitled to her day in court. More...

Support those opposed to the wind project

Editor, The Recorder, It was ironic that recently I spent four days hiking the Laurel Fork area and saw the new sign at Locust Springs. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Positive energy is contagious

We can't help but notice the astounding amount of good news and good deeds happening in Bath and Highland lately. More...

Pictorial

Conner the puppy has a new home, says Trish Pray of the Highland Society for Prevention of Cruelty to animals. Conner made the news last week after he was allegedly stolen from the county animal shelter. More...


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