August 20, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Agency recommends survey of rare, endangered species

RICHMOND — Special swamps? Special shrews? It's possible, says one state agency, that rare and endangered species and habitats exist on or near the 220 acres where Highland New Wind Development is building an industrial wind utility. More...

Landowners file notice of legal action on wind plans

MONTEREY — Landowners in the Laurel Fork watershed have filed a 15-day notice to Highland New Wind Development LLC, saying they will take legal action if the company does not comply with Erosion and Sediment Control regulations. More...

Cemetery repair a mystery, sort of

WARM SPRINGS - The broken and tumbled gravestones at George Washington Cleek Cemetery near Bolar stand strong again. Who righted and repaired the stones, however, remains a mystery. More...

Auto shop permit approved

WARM SPRINGS — Throughout the lengthy process of trying to open an auto shop on Jackson River Turnpike, Stephen Sharp faced opposition. More...

Farm workers' day celebrated at HMC

MONTEREY — As part of National Health Center week, Highland Medical Center sponsored Farmers Day Friday, Aug. 14. HMC provided a free lunch, and area businesses set up farm equipment exhibits and informational booths. More...

Farmers — Watch out for mold

MONTEREY — "You tend to neglect your physical health," Virginia Cooperative Extension agent Rodney Leech told the 100 or so farmers gathered under the tent, as they finished eating barbecue beef and cake at the Highland Medical Center Farmers More...

Consortium of quilters blankets Highland

After their workshop, Virginia Consortium of Quilters members met at the Highland County Museum and Heritage Center picnic. Upper left, (l-r) are Terry Hanson, Kay Quitko, and Charlotte Veregge (standing). More...

Life Radio announces new programming

CHURCHVILLE — "New Life Radio" (WNLR), 1150 on the AM dial, is making some changes to its on-air format. Beginning Monday Aug.17, WNLR rolled out its new music format of contemporary Christian music. More...

New electricity provider comes to area

MONTEREY — Highland's Allegheny Power customers will likely be sending their payments to a different company starting Jan. 1, according to Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative president and chief executive officer Myron Rummel. More...

MVP announces auditions

HOT SPRINGS - If you've seen a Mountain Valley Players show, and sat in the audience wishing you were on stage instead, here's your opportunity. More...

Big crowd enjoys beach bash

MILLBORO - The annual Back to School Beach Bash hosted by Big Country 101 and Douthat State Park on Aug. 15 was a fun day for the 450 guests who bought swim passes and 217 camping and cabin guests. More...

Photos

Makenzy Canze received Amish and wheat bread from DJ's Whiteway as the door prize at Gifts From The Mountains Day at The Highland Farmers' Market last Friday. (Photo courtesy The Highland Center) More...

Millboro Happenings

• A benefit cake walk will be held Friday, Aug. 21, beginning at 7 p.m., at the firehouse, hosted by the Millboro Volunteer Fire Association for the Chris Loan Family. Chris died recently at age 32. More...

Field Day, tour a Millboro hit

MILLBORO — The Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Field Day was held Wednesday, Aug. 5. The tour began with registration at the Fairview Community Center, in Millboro, and carpooling to the first stop, Windy Cove Farm. More...

Museum benefits from Allegheny reenactment

BARTOW, W.Va. — In the wake of studying authentic 1861 camp life and battle tactics, nearly 300 Civil War reenactors were brought face-to-face with the reality of a massive thunderstorm at the top of Allegheny Mountain. More...

RACS implements mandated budget cuts

LEXINGTON — Rockbridge Area Community Services recently implemented a number of budget cuts in response to the expected mandates from the state that Community Services Boards make significant reductions in their FY10 budgets. More...

Reunion

Doyle family

MILLBORO — The annual reunion of the late Ceba and Fannie Doyle family was held at the Fairview Community Center Aug. 2 with 63 in attendance. More...

Photo

A mature bald eagle lifts off from a tree top perch across from the Highland Telephone Cooperative on the outskirts of Monterey and flies toward Academy Hill Friday afternoon. (Recorder photo by Geoff Cox) More...

Birth

Jack Ellis Herold

MONTEREY — Michael and Tomi Herold of Monterey announce the birth of their second child, a son, Jack Ellis Herold, born May 6, 2009 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Jack weighed nine pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19 and onequarter inches long. More...

Wedding

Mattson — Campagna

MILLBORO — Ruth Emily Mattson and Jeremy Michael Campagna were united in marriage on Aug. 1, 2009 at Millboro Christian Church in Millboro. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Pastor David L. Williams of Millboro. More...

Court Cases

WARM SPRINGS — The following decisions were handed down in Bath County General District Court on June 3. Criminal and traffic divisions. More...

Building permits

WARM SPRINGS — The following building permits were issued by the Bath County Department of Building and Zoning in the month of July: Warm Springs district — Cheryl S. More...

Achievement

Commander Alexander R. Mackenzie

NORFOLK — Commander Alexander R. Mackenzie has assumed command of Naval Special Warfare Support Activity Two in a change of command ceremony on July 23, at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Norfolk. A native of Richmond, Cmdr. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Bath, Highland schools hit mark

WARM SPRINGS and MONTEREY — Both Bath and Highland public school systems made adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind act for the 2008-09 school year. The state released the results Aug. More...

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Bath County Public Schools welcomed new staff members at a luncheon Thursday at The Gristmill. More...

DSLCC schedules new student orientation

CLIFTON FORGE — Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will hold new student orientation on Thursday, Aug. 20. Two sessions will be held in the Armory/ Convocation Center Gym on the main campus in Clifton Forge. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Friday, Aug. 21 ¦ Ashwood United Methodist Church lawn party and social. For more information call (540) 839-2286 or Email revlynnw@ tds.net. Sunday, Aug. 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...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Bath County • Aug. 12 —Deputy William D. Sexton responded to a report of a vehicle accident on Jackson River Turnpike. • Aug. 12 — Sexton assisted a disabled motorist on Mill Race Lane. • Aug. More...

Early Files

From Our Early Files

Mr. and Mrs. Merion Trimble are shown in the front seat of the Model T Ford in this photo dating back to 1912. Mr. More...

Discussion held on the future of Laurel Fork

The following article was gleaned from the Oct. 12, 1972 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

25 years ago

August 23, 1984

• The Highland County Volunteer Fire Department more than doubled its water pumping abilities last week with delivery of a 1984 model Chevrolet chassis equipped by the Grumman Corp. of Roanoke and the Franklin Fire Equipment Co. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Tourism know-how is already here

There has been much debate recently, some of it rather heated, concerning exactly what the best way to promote tourism in Bath County would be, who would handle that promotion and who would be in charge of it. More...

Off-grid living: An update

BLUE GRASS — Several folks around the county have asked my wife, Polly Newlon, and me how things are going at our off-grid solar and wind powered house since we moved in back in April. More...

Farmers, landowners can learn more about protecting sensitive karst topography areas

The World Beneath

WARM SPRINGS — Karst features that are found throughout the Allegheny Highlands can present unique challenges to residential property owners and developers. More...

Homestead top officer resigning

HOT SPRINGS — Sean Maddock, vice president and general manager of The Homestead since July 2007, has resigned effective the end of August. More...

Wind plant under way, but legal challenges come from all corners

MONTEREY — After a bond was posted late Friday, site work and earth moving began over the weekend to build Virginia's first industrial wind generating utility. More...

Sticky state line issue casts shadow on wind project

MONTEREY, Va. and MARLINTON, W.Va. — Of all the legal challenges facing Virginia's first wind power utility, one mounting right on the mountain could be the toughest to overcome. More...

Highland citizens ask SCC to halt wind project

RICHMOND — As earth is moved this week on Allegheny Mountain to erect 19, 400-foot wind turbines, citizens are claiming the developer has not met some of the requirements in its state permit. More...

Small engine repair keeps youth in Highland

MONTEREY — "Work is hard to find in Highland County," said 19-year old Justin Neil. "I couldn't find a job so I created my own." Neil opened Neils' Small Engine Repair in April on Water Street in The Recorder building. More...

Chase ends in arrest

WARM SPRINGS — A pursuit last Friday ended with the arrest of a Fulks Run man on several charges. More...

Help for farmers with disabilities

MONTEREY — The AgrAbility Virginia Project helps farm workers and their families with disabilities, often finding them the means to continue to farm. More...

Feeling stressed? Take a test

MONTEREY — If the chemicals and natural hazards of farm life don't get you, the stress just might, said Virginia Cooperative Extension agent Tom Stanley. More...

Wings, wheels fields a day of fun

HOT SPRINGS — An estimated 1,500 people visited Ingalls Field Saturday for the first Wings and Wheels Festival, and organizers were very pleased with the turnout. More...

Cowpasture River group gets $10,000

Educational programs, outreach to expand

MILLBORO — The Cowpasture River Preservation Association was recently awarded a one-year grant of $10,000 from the Richard and Caroline T. More...

SVEC head opposes cap and trade

MONTEREY — Cap and trade is bad for consumers and bad for electric utilities, said Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative's president and chief executive officer Myron D. Rummel at a meeting of the Highland County officials last Wednesday. More...

Relay For Life is ahead Saturday at BCHS

WARM SPRINGS - After a year of planning and numerous fund-raisers, the annual Bath County Relay For Life will be held on Saturday at the high school, to honor local cancer survivors and support efforts of the American Cancer Society to eradicate t More...

In Brief . . .

Highland Supervisors

• In other business following a closed session meeting Tuesday, supervisor Jerry Rexrode said he had spoken with Jerry Van Lear of the Virginia Department of Transportation about the sidewalk project from More...

Garth Newel names new director

HOT SPRINGS — Garth Newel Music Center announces Janet Karpus has been named executive director and will begin work by mid-September. More...

Public invited review of Virginia's Comprehensive Preservation Plan

RICHMOND - Just as history is a dynamic process, so too is planning for the preservation of its tangible evidence. More...

Photo

A display, "The Quilts of Highland County," has been installed at the Highland County Museum in McDowell. Featured items include quilts made by Sallie Kate Hammer, Geneva Neil, Alta Brock and Fannie Samples. More...

West Virginia seeks input on arts

MARLINTON, W.Va. — The Pocahontas County Opera House will host West Virginia Division of Culture and History's Arts staff as they bring the statewide listening tour to Marlinton on Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. More...

New Conservation Security Program available

WARM SPRINGS — Alleghany, Bath, and Highland counties district conservationist, Mark Van Lear, announced Virginia farmers can now sign up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Ser More...

Photo

Violinist Jaime Letourneau of Bath County and cellist Julia Goudimova recently presented a classical program of Bach, Telemann and Haydn as one of a summer series of concerts, "Music on the Corner," hosted by the First Presbyterian Church in Covingto More...

Reunion

Woodzell family

MOUNTAIN GROVE — The 26th annual Woodzell family reunion was held Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Bath County Pumped Storage Station Recreation Area in Mountain Grove. More...

Reunion

Nelson family

GROTTOES — The 14th annual Nelson family reunion was held Saturday July 25, at Grottoes Town Park. More...

Bath County resident honored for 50 years of service

MILLBORO — James C. "Jim" Tennant of Millboro, has been honored by the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives with the 2009 Electric Cooperative Leadership Award. More...

Anniversary

Denius

Dr. and Mrs. Larry Denius recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Camp ACCOVAC in Millboro. The two were married on June 20, 1959 at Central "Big Rock" A.C. Church in Clifton Forge. More...

Reunion

Mullenax family

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — The family of the late Edward and Tudie Mullenax held their reunion Sat. Aug. 1, at the Franklin Community Center. More...

Photo

The Field Ecology Summer Regional Governor's School was recently held at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. More...

Obituaries

Mary Gray Dolly

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Mary Gray Dolly, 94, of Pendleton Manor, Franklin, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va. More...

Carol Lynn Rogers

WARM SPRINGS — Carol Lynn Rogers, 66, of Warm Springs died at her Back Creek Mountain home Monday Aug. 17, 2009, following a courageous two-year battle with cancer. More...

Barbara Lynn 'Bobby' Hodge

RADCLIFF, Ky. — Barbara Lynn "Bobby" Hodge, 38, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009. More...

Sports

Bath bulk puts pressure on foes

WARM SPRINGS — Last year the Bath County Chargers' football team graduated six seniors from the 8-4 Pioneer District Champ and Region C runner-up team. More...

Pigskin Report

Former Bath County High School football standout John Phillips had a good debut in his first preseason game with the Dallas Cowboys last week. More...

Bath County Chargers (8-4) 2008 Results

Lost to Buffalo Gap 7-25 Beat East Hardy 27-26 Beat Petersburg 33-8 Lost to Alleghany 7-10 Lost to Riverheads 21-44 Beat Craig 46-18 Beat Parry McCluer 34-16 Beat Pendleton 33-14 Beat James River 12-7 Beat Covington 47-0 More...

Letters

Motorcyclists need to stick to speed limit, speed up

Editor, The Recorder, As a Harley rider, I am both miffed and ashamed of what I see happening on our lovely country roads with "moving blockades" of motorcycles. More...

'Temporary' doctors make it hard to get consistent care

Editor, The Recorder, Where has the health care gone for Bath County? What has happened to our wonderful "community" hospital? Why do we have only "temporary" doctors? More...

Reader applauds McDonnell for position on abortion

Editor, The Recorder, Headlines in the Northern Virginia daily on Aug. 11 read Deeds jabs McDonnell for position on abortion. Since when does anyone need to apologize for opposing killing of the unborn? More...


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