October 8, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Wind plans slow down

Developer, county offer new perspective on plans

MONTEREY — Citizens were treated to an open dialogue Tuesday about the wind energy project under construction here on Allegheny Mountain. More...

Border issue must be resolved, citizens say

MONTEREY — Highland County is not under fire from the West Virginia governor, said supervisor Robin Sullenberger Tuesday. More...

Are more permits needed for the wind towers?

MONTEREY — County officials said Tuesday that whether Highland New Wind Development needs additional permits for its utility here is still unknown. More...

Council fails to fill vacant seat

MONTEREY — Last Thursday, town councilman Sam Shell nominated Monterey resident Rich Holman to fill the vacant seat on council, but the motion failed for lack of a second. Rich Holman later said, "I had not asked him (Shell) to do that. More...

In Brief . . .

Monterey Town Council

• At town council's meeting last Thursday, Oct. 1, Mayor Janice Warner said the wastewater treatment plant upgrade was ahead of schedule. More...

Bath taxpayers can 'get square'

WARM SPRINGS — Are you ready to "get square?" If you owe back taxes, now is your chance. Taxpayers may pay what they owe between Oct. 7 and Dec. More...

Health insurance concerns continue

MILLBORO — School system employees continue to express concerns with the county's new health insurance provider, and the Bath County School Board wants to know exactly who likes the new plan, who doesn't, and what problems employees have had More...

Gathright Dam OK despite low safety rating, Corps says

NORFOLK — As the result of a Sept. 2 inspection, Gathright Dam, completed in 1979 to form Lake Moomaw, has been given a potentially unsafe" rating by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. More...

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Phyllis Whetzel made a Christmas quilt to be raffled off for the benefit of the Highland Senior Center. More...

Women's Home and Foreign Mission Society meets

MUSTOE — The Women's Home and Foreign Mission Society of the Advent Christian Conference of Virginia met Saturday at Victory Chapel Advent Christian Church for its annual fall rally. More...

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The first tractor tour organized by the Millboro Preservation and Cultural Association heads out last Saturday with a rumble and a roar on 20 metal beasts of burden and some 50 passengers to enjoy the beautiful day and raise funds toward the continue More...

'Firehawk' at Douthat State Park

MILLBORO - A special feature at Saturday's celebration of Appalachian Heritage at Douthat State park will include Daniel "Firehawk" Abbott discussing social customs, have a display of assorted animal hides, baskets, and pottery, and some items wil More...

EMS fun day takes to the skies

The second Highland County Emergency Services fun day was a fun-filled success Saturday at Hannah Field outside of Monterey. Around 100 preregistered riders took to the skies over Highland on a clear fall day. More...

Extension focuses on water quality

BATH and HIGHLAND — Most Virginians are accustomed to a safe and abundant water supply. From drinking water, to streams and rivers, to the Chesapeake Bay, water quality is something many take for granted. More...

HMC plans presented to supervisors

MONTEREY — Highland Medical Center executive director Dr. D. Bradley Drawbaugh presented an update on Highland Medical Center expansion plans to the Highland County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. More...

On the agenda

Bath County Board of Supervisors Bath County Courthouse — Room 115 Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. • 6 p.m. — Closed session • 7 p.m. More...

Fairview supper slated for Oct. 24

Dining Delights

FAIRVIEW - You may recall some time ago, when I waxed rhapsodic about "Kay's Salad." It is the creation of Kay Hicklin of Millboro, a fresh, crunchy, simple but tasty dish, with an Asian flair. More...

In Brief .

Highland County Board of Supervisors

< ITALIC> • VDOT r administrator Tim Fitzgerald says VDOT is preparing for winter — testing snow removal trucks, cutting trees and brush, and patching roads. More...

Millboro Preservation and Cultural Association news

MILLBORO — The Millboro Preservation and Cultural Association met on Aug. 25 and Sept. 22 at the Millboro Ruritan building. More...

Highland SPCA receives grant

MONTEREY — The Highland SPCA has received a small grant to be used for the spay/neuter of home" dogs. These are dogs that have not been adopted from the SPCA. The grant allows up to five dogs per family. More...

Record harvest at Volunteer Farm

WOODSTOCK - The nonprofit Volunteer Farm of Shenandoah has reached a record of producing more than 51 tons — or 106,813 pounds — of vegetables, and is shooting for an even higher goal. More...

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The Little Switzerland Cloggers recently held their 20th anniversary reunion at the Burnsville Community Center where the team began. Just a handful of old members were able to attend. More...

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The Sundance Express competed at the Orange Clogging Competition in Orange, on July 25. The team placed first place in show, first place in small teams, first place in line, first place in exhibition and second in a capella team. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Bath school board divided on runoff issue

MILLBORO — Members of the Bath County School Board expressed differing opinions Tuesday on what, if anything, the board should do about water Faith Covenant Family Church says is running off school property onto church property. More...

In Brief . . .

Bath County School Board

• At Tuesday's meeting at Millboro Elementary School, school business manager Justin Rider reported there is a projected $29,298 cut in state revenue for the current fiscal year. More...

Enrollment increase at Dabney sets record

CLIFTON FORGE — The number of students attending Dabney S. Lancaster Community College this fall increased by more than 24 percent over last year. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Sunday through Wednesday, Oct. 11-14 ¦ Healing Springs Baptist Church holds revival with the Rev. Tom Stanley, beginning Sunday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and continuing at 7 p.m. More...

Calendar

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BATH ¦ "Staying Active and Being Informed After 60," — a new program at Bacova Wellness Center. Every Thursday beginning Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. For more information contact Jeanne Apgar at (540) 839-5604. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Bath • Sept. 30 — Deputy William D. Sexton checked on a suspicious person in the Mitchelltown area. • Sept. 30 — Lieutenant Noel T. Dunnagan checked on a report of a possible break-in in Warm Springs. More...

Early Files

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Two lifelong friends, Gerald Keyser (left) and Bruce Richardson (right), are pictured in this 1985 snapshot of the two of them on the links at Needle's Eye Golf Course in Monterey. More...

Sugar Grove Station in communications use

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Feb. 13, 1969 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. SUGAR GROVE, W.Va. More...

25 years ago

OCToBER 11, 1984

• The Virginia Wilderness Bill is now on its way to the President's desk and should be law within about 10 days. • Highland County now has access to Pegasus, the University of Virginia's life support helicopter service. More...

Opinions & Commentary

What have we learned?

With the gags removed from Highland supervisors, and Tal and Mac McBride open to questions, the refreshing exchange about the McBrides' wind energy utility Tuesday provided a volume of insight. More...

Pictorial

Christy Harper waves as the plane carrying her daughter, Brooke, and Brooke's grandparents, Bill and Lori Gum, lifts off at Hannah Field Saturday during the second Highland Emergency Services Fun Day at the airstrip near Monterey. More...

Party at the beach is for the dogs

A Party of One

I just returned from a relaxing beach party of one. The only thing not enjoyable about Virginia Beach, I have decided, is the getting there. If you try that from here, you've got a five-hour drive ahead, no stops included. More...

Chargers prevail over Cougars, 14-6

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SCC hearing on wind project postponed

State agency receives new studies late Friday, seeks chance to review them
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Helen Smith named 2009 Christmas Mother

HOT SPRINGS — Helen W. Smith of Hot Springs has been named the 2009 Bath County Christmas Mother. More...

Wind project hearing set for held Tuesday

RICHMOND — Virginia's Department of Historic Resources found itself flooded with letters and calls this week when citizens learned the agency was holding a private meeting with Highland New Wind Development Tuesday in Charlottesville. More...

Inspector reports no real problems

MONTEREY —Highland building official Jim Whitelaw has conducted four more inspections of the Highland New Wind Development construction, and filed Erosion and Sediment site reports on his findings. More...

Monterey town vehicle sticker change on hold

MONTEREY — Last Thursday Monterey town council held a public hearing on a proposal to eliminate the town's vehicle sticker but retain the automobile and truck license fee. More...

Attorney says no need for referendum

MONTEREY — Last month, Monterey Town Council proposed several changes to the town charter, including moving the date of the town election from May to November and reducing the number of councilmen to four. More...

Chairman wants prompt action on new superintendent

MILLBORO — Discussion of the search process for a new superintendent should begin sooner rather than later, school board chairman Eddie Ryder told his colleagues Tuesday. In July, superintendent Dr. More...

Activity bus issue still in neutral

MILLBORO — The consensus seems to be that the current Bath County Public Schools activity bus is not worth repairing, and there is no replacement coming this school year. More...

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Eric and Margo Clegg have been landscaping around the "Welcome to Bath County" sign on Route 39 east since spring 2008. More...

23rd Masonic District announces open house

MILLBORO, WARM SPRINGS — Have you ever wanted to be a Mason? Have you ever wondered why Masonic Lodges do not have windows? Have you ever wondered why Masons meet at night? All of these questions and more can be answered on Saturday, Oct. More...

Millboro Happenings

• Douthat State Park is going all out to entertain and educate visitors at Apple Day this Saturday in a celebration of Appalachian Heritage. More...

Center relays expansion plans

MONTEREY — Should the town give or lease Carver Meadow to Highland Medical Center? That's the one of the current topics of discussion among councilmen. Dr. D. More...

Births

Sophie Grace Ailstock

WARM SPRINGS — Meaghan Ryder, 9, and MaKenna Ailstock, 4, announce the arrival of their new baby sister, Sophie Grace Ailstock, born June 16, 2009. Sophie was born at Augusta Medical Center at 9:48 p.m. More...

5K honors fallen State Trooper Manion

MILLBORO — Three-and-a-half years ago a local family lost a beloved son and brother. At age 27, Trooper Kevin Manion was already a bright star in the firmament of the Virginia State Police when his life was cut short on Feb. 18, 2006. More...

Red Cross Cards for Clunkers

COVINGTON — The Red Cross is taking a cue from the federal government and offering its own stimulus plan. We want to get expired CPR and First Aid certification cards off the streets and upgraded to current certifications. More...

Preserve your history

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — The Treasure Mountain Festival was an occasion to celebrate Pendleton County history. However, an important source of county history was not included — the history found in its cemeteries. More...

How to become a 4-H All Star

BATH and HIGHLAND — Are you between the ages of 15 and 19 years old? Have you been in 4-H for at least three years? Are you an active 4-H member with participation in a variety of projects and activities? More...

2010 census forms coming out next Feb/March

MONTEREY — The 2010 Census is just around the corner and Linda Edwards-White of the U.S. Census Bureau wants citizens to be ready. What did she stress most? It's safe to answer Census questions. More...

Ratliff promoted to library branch co-manager

GOSHEN ó Debi Ratliff, longtime assistant manager at the Goshen Branch Library was promoted to co-manager of the branch at the Sept. 15 meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. More...

Emergency training exercises to be held at Lake Moomaw

COVINGTON — Emergency services agencies from Bath and Alleghany counties will hold training exercises at Lake Moomaw on Saturday, Oct. 10. Activities will begin at about 8:45 a.m. and will continue at various locations until late afternoon. More...

Ag center gets $480,000 federal loan through HTC

WASHINGTON, D.C. More...

Tourism officials connect Allegheny Highlands

RICHMOND — The Virginia Tourism Corporation invites local businesses to the Tourism Help Desk, a free workshop with handson, one-on-one advice on marketing, research trends, customer service tips and other resources essential to tourism. More...

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If you are traveling in Greensboro, N.C. you might just come upon this billboard. This is one of Highland County's own, who was born and raised here and graduated from Highland High School. More...

Obituaries

JOHN W. APPLEFORD

WAYNESBORO — John Widman Appleford, 71, of Waynesboro, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at his residence. Born Tuesday, June 7, 1938, in Detroit, Mich., he was a son of the late Alexander Arnold and Marguerite Widman Appleford. More...

LUCIUS HOLMES STEPHENSON II

CHESAPEAKE — Lucius Holmes Stephenson II, age 90, of Chesapeake and Monterey, passed away Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He was born Aug. More...

Sports

Chargers sink Vikings in shutout

shutout WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County defense pitched their first shutout of the year and the Chargers rolled to a 34-0 homecoming victory over the Petersburg Viking last Friday night at Carl F. Williams Field. More...

Fry makes states; Bath 5th

GALAX — Led by Alex Fry's 74, the Bath County Chargers finished a strong second half of the season with a fifth-place finish in the Region C Golf Championships at Blue Ridge Country Club Monday. More...

Chargers keep rolling

Bath @ James River BUCHANAN — The Bath County Chargers announced their intentions of a second straight district title with a three game shelling of James River, 25-17, 25-17, 26-24 on the Knights' home floor last Thursday. More...

Letters

Put brakes on wind project until issues are settled

Editor's note: The following letter was written to the Highland County Board of Supervisors this week, and shared with The Recorder. More...

What do Creigh Deeds and ACORN have in common?

Editor, The Recorder, So, Creigh Deeds is still harping on a thesis written by Bob McDonnell more than 20 years ago, using scare tactics and holding Oprah Winfrey style book club events to review the thesis (Daily Progress, Sept. More...

Citizens urged to consider choices for Pocahontas

Editor's note: The following was written by Pocahontas County Commission president Martin Saffer, and shared with The Recorder. I'm hearing a lot of false choices given as necessary consequences to scenarios concerning our county's future. More...



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