September 3, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Highland named one of top places to retire in U.S.

MONTEREY — Could Highland lose its "status" as one of the least populated counties east of the Mississippi? More...

Strip mall decision in officials' hands

MONTEREY — Making room for business isn't coming easily for county leaders. After multiple rounds of debate and a public hearing on a request to rezone property on the Monterey border, no decision was made last Thursday. More...

Congressman urges SCC to protect battlefield

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. congressman has added his voice to those who seek to protect Camp Allegheny, the Civil War battlefield now considered endangered by the industrial wind energy utility under construction nearby. Congressman Nick J. More...

Shooting range to close for training

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Shooting Range at Bath Alum will be closed to the public Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 7-9, the Bath County Sheriff's Department announced Monday. More...

Efforts resume on mitigating flooding along Cabin Creek corridor in Millboro

MILLBORO - After almost a two-year hiatus, county officials have resumed planning toward eliminating future devastating flooding along Cabin Creek, primarily as it has affected homeowners in the Lower Yard Road area and the watershed. More...

Photos

The Highland County Volunteer Fire Department Fire Queens rode in style in the parade. More...

Fry looks forward to campaign

WARM SPRINGS — Todd Fry, candidate for the Valley Springs school board seat in a Nov. 3 special election, said he is looking forward to campaigning for the seat. More...

In Brief . . .

Highland County Board of Supervisors

• On Tuesday, Virginia Department of Transportation residency administrator Tim Fitzgerald told the Highland County Board of Supervisors VDOT had finished patching Route 84 and was starting on patching More...

Creative chefs know their cranberries

The Nascent Chef

HOT SPRINGS - I could barely contain my excitement. There, in a newspaper, was a bit I had overlooked my first time through. I was thrilled when it caught my eye on the second pass: "Homestead Chef Finalist in Ocean Spray Recipe Contest. More...

Reunion

Arbogast

GROTTOES — The annual Abel P. And Amanda E. Arbogast reunion of family and friends was held Aug. 16, at the Grand Caverns Park with an attendance of 95. More...

Births

Georgia Belle Watkins

MILLBORO — Aimee and Andrew Watkins of Millboro announce the birth of their third child, a daughter, Georgia Belle Watkins, born on July 27, 2009, at the home. Georgia weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20 and onequarter inches long. More...

Bear Mountain Campgrounds to close early

WARM SPRINGS — The Warm Springs Ranger District reminds the public that Campgrounds 1, 2, and 3 within the Bolar Mountain Recreation Area at Lake Moomaw will close the day after Labor Day (Sept. 8), this year. More...

Virginia Coalition to hold annual conference

STAUNTON — The Virginia Coalition for Open Government will hold its next annual conference Oct. 15 and 16 at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton. The conference on Oct. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Bath schools still want activity bus for students

WARM SPRINGS — When it comes to getting a new activity bus, the Bath County School Board is hoping persistence pays off. Despite having the request rejected several times by supervisors, the board decided Monday to ask for the bus again. More...

In Brief . . .

Bath County School Board

• Business manager Justin Rider reported Monday that payment in lieu of taxes will be $7,625 short of budget projections and suggested board members adjust spending accordingly. More...

Bath school openings go well

WARM SPRINGS — The opening of school at all three Bath County schools went smoothly, the principals reported to the Bath County School Board Monday night. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Thursday, Sept. 3 ¦ McDowell Presbyterian Church will have no pot luck meal this month. Sunday, Sept. 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

Photo

Few will have to think hard to remember the fairgrounds before Highland Elementary School was added to the school complex. In the late 1980s, the tractor pull drew a fair crowd. More...

Highland to try for airport funds

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Oct. 5, 1972 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

50 years ago

September 3, 1959

• The street running from U.S. 220, past the power plant and over Hillside Terrace and joining U.S. 250 in the west end of Monterey is being readied for asphalting by state highway crews. More...

Big win for Bath

Chargers over East Hardy, 59-6
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Mountain Grove hopeful bridge will reopen

MOUNTAIN GROVE — One step at a time. That's the approach residents of Gatewood Drive are taking about the bridge on their road that looped through the neighborhood connecting them with Route 39 in two places. Monday, Aug. More...

Church asks school board for help with runoff

WARM SPRINGS — Representatives of Faith Covenant Family Church, located down a hill from Bath County High School, appeared before the Bath County School Board Monday asking for help with water they say runs from a retention pond on the school More...

Wind project still faces challenges

MONTEREY — It's not easy being green. As Highland New Wind Development pushes to get roads installed and fields leveled for foundations, efforts to build its 38-megawatt wind-generating utility here aren't proceeding smoothly. More...

Inspector finds extensive deficiencies in wind plans

MONTEREY — Protecting Laurel Fork and its watershed has been a top priority for landowners near where 19 towers are under construction on Allegheny Mountain. More...

Highland full of flavors

Showing versatility not only on the farm, but in the kitchen, Rodney Leech (left) and Robin Vance prepare marinated lamb kebabs for the Taste of Highland picnic. (Recorder photos by James Jacenich) More...

Mitchell to speak at Ashwood UMC

HOT SPRINGS — Ashwood United Methodist Church Homecoming Service will have the Rev. Bass Mitchell as guest speaker for the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Sept. 20. More...

In Brief . . .

Highland County Planning Commission

• Roger Simmons submitted a request to the planning commission for a conditional use permit to place a pre-built 12x20-foot shed on property belonging to Elmo Varner in Head Waters. More...

Building, zoning fees increase

MONTEREY — Highland County zoning official Jim Whitelaw told supervisors several months ago that the application fee for conditional use permits, zoning changes and variances was not enough to cover the cost of putting up signs and advertisin More...

Talk about conflicts

MONTEREY — Six officials charged with making decisions on whether to rezone property for Kevin Thornsbury's "strip mall" project have potential conflicts of interest on the matter. More...

Millboro Happenings

• The Millboro Ruritan Club will host a Labor Day chicken barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 5, beginning at noon at the picnic shelter on Church Street. The meals will offer chicken halves, a roll and drink. More...

Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance hires new agent

MONTEREY — Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Services has hired Jason Rexrode as an insurance agent in its Highland/Bath office. More...

PPA bus pulls into Fairview with a helping hand

FAIRVIEW - Two buses. Four years. Fifty states. Six million people. The figures are remarkable, and so is the service. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance bus rolled into the Fairview Community Center Tuesday at 2 p.m. More...

Obituaries

Re-interment service for Zachariah Rexrode Sr.

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Rexrode Cemetery located seven miles south of Franklin, W.Va., alongside U.S. 220. More...

Sports

Mustangs gallop past Chargers

ELLISTON— The Bath County Chargers began the 2009 football season with a visit to Eastern Montgomery High School last Friday night and were soundly defeated by the thoroughbred Mustangs, 52-27. More...

Pigskin report

Former Charger John Phillips and the Dallas Cowboys, 1-2 overall in the preseason, complete their preseason tonight (Thursday) with a visit to Minnesota. More...

Bath at Eastern Montgomery

Score by quarters Scoring summary E.M. — Brad Wooten 7-yard run (Julian Stewart kick) 5:39, 1st E.M. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Bath County • Aug. 26 — Major Richard D. Chestnut and Sheriff R. Larry Norfleet assisted citizen with keys locked in a vehicle at The Homestead. • Aug. 26 — Chestnut performed a well-being check on a Hot Springs resident. More...

Letters

'Strip mall' project hopes to attract new growth

Editor, The Recorder I'm writing this to dispel some rumors that have recently come to my attention, so the information comes from the person involved instead of others with their own agendas. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Growing pains hurt

It was, in tone, a derisive statement. Highland supervisor Robin Sullenberger said, "The planning commission wants to take control over everything that is built here." In context, however, we can understand his point. More...

Pictorial

It is fitting the Highland County Fair should open with a horse show. This year's horse show hopefully presages what will be another fantastic fair. Just like the horse show, the fair offers beauty and pageantry, thrills and spills. More...

In celebration of 'The Big Ugly'

A Party of One

It's not often that one uses the words "party" and "cancer" in the same sentence. But I do. This week, I celebrated, in a sense, the 10-year anniversary of the date I discovered "The Big Ugly," a giant black melanoma on my back. More...


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