October 22, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Candidates debate live in Monterey

MONTEREY — Republican Richard "Dickie" Bell and Democrat Erik Curren agree to disagree with their party leadership, think independently, do what's best for their constituents and bring more jobs to the 20th House of Delegates district. More...

Meals tax would help county finances, administrator says

WARM SPRINGS — With Bath County facing continued cuts in revenue from the state and with the nation still in a recession, a proposed meals tax could help ease the burden on county taxpayers, county administrator Bonnie Johnson said last week. More...

Correction

In the Fall Guide, published by The Recorder on Oct. 8, the telephone number for the Millboro General Store, listed under "Game Checking Stations" was incorrect. The correct telephone number is (540) 997-9497. More...

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St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hot Springs celebrated St. Luke's feast day in a special way with a visit from the Rt. Rev. F. Neff Powell, Bishop of Southwestern Virginia (second from right), the institution of the Rev. Dr. More...

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Bath County Sheriff Larry Norfleet presents Sgt. James W. Bryan, III with a plaque honoring his twenty years of service with the Bath County Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Bryan joined the Sheriff's Office on October 1, 1989. More...

Library explains swine flu policy

LEXINGTON — In consultation with public health officials and out of concern for the safety and health of our patrons, the Rockbridge Regional Library System has established a policy that anyone who has swine flu will be asked to not visit the More...

Agency reviewing wind developer's analysis

RICHMOND — Highland New Wind Development now says a viewshed analysis of its 19-tower wind facility isn't needed because there's no way to substantially lessen the project's impact on the views from Allegheny Mountain, or the Civil War battle More...

County issues letters to agencies about wind utility

MONTEREY — Highland supervisors issued a letter last week to all agencies involved in reviewing the industrial wind facility under construction in Highland County. Supervisors voted unanimously to do so following a closed meeting held Oct. More...

Supes challenge state budget cuts

MONTEREY — On Monday, at a special work session on the county comprehensive plan, Highland County supervisor Jerry Rexrode brought up the topic of budget cuts to the state appropriation to the county, amounting to about $25,000 to $30,000. More...

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Highland Masonic Lodge 110 awarded Zack Barker (left) a certificate of recognition for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Also pictured is lodge Worshipful Master Bob Nicklin. More...

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The 2009 Bath County Christmas Mother committee is already at work making sure Christmas will be brighter for needy families in the area. More...

Rule Honda names new president

STAUNTON — Rule Honda Volkswagen RV has announced that Sally Rule has been named company president. More...

Master Gardeners class to be offered in 2010

LEXINGTON — The Rockbridge Area Master Gardeners Association is accepting applications for the class of 2010. RAMGA is a public service organization dedicated to educating and informing the public in all areas of horticulture. More...

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Peggy Hiner (second from left) presented a breast cancer awareness quilt to Highland Medical Center Oct. 7. Hiner is a beast-cancer survivor. More than 90 people added stitches to the quilt since last year at Hands and Harvest. More...

In Brief ...

Highland County Board of Supervisors

• Monday, supervisor Robin Sullenberger said he had attended a Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission meeting last week. He learned the county has until Nov. 3 or Nov. More...

Commonwealth Transportation Board approves bridge repair contracts

STAUNTON - At its October meeting, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded regional bridge contracts that include repairs to 21 bridge structures in the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Achievement

Sarah A. Harman

BLACKSBURG — Sarah A. Harman of Monterey graduated May 15 from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and Sate University with a bachelor of arts degree in English, with a concentration in professional writing and a minor in biology. More...

Amy Halterman

RADFORD — Amy Halterman graduated summa cum laude from the Waldron School of Nursing at Radford University Aug. 17. She completed the one-year online program with a 4.0 average and received a bachelor of science in nursing degree. More...

Jordan Thompson

BLACKSBURG — Jordan Thompson of Millboro has gained membership to the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech. To qualify for the marching band, students must audition one week before the beginning of classes each fall. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Saturday, Oct. 17 ¦ Hot Springs Presbyterian Church Angel Food Ministries distribution from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 ¦ Piney Grove Baptist Church anniversary/homecoming at 3:30 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 County Oct. 14 — Sergeant James W. Bryan III responded to a report of an activated fire alarm at Shady Lane. Oct. 15 — Deputy William D. Sexton responded to a report of a dispute in the Mitchelltown area. Oct. More...

Early Files

Monterey Post Office building to be sold

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the May 2, 1974 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

25 years ago

OCToBER 25, 1984

• Robert Kelly of Monterey grew a 227-pound pumpkin this year with tender, loving care. He started the seed inside and transplanted the plant to a "special spot" readied with a mix of dirt, manure and commercial fertilizer. More...

50 years ago

OCToBER 22, 1959

• Two trucks were considerably damaged in a crash on U.S. 250 in Monterey at 9:30 a.m. last Friday. A 1956 truck driven by Eugene Miller Martin of Staunton and owned by J.E. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Pictorial

Highland supervisors met this week to discuss the long-awaited land use chapter of the draft comprehensive plan. Supervisors have taken their time reviewing the draft before submitting it to the scrutiny of a public hearing. More...

Meals tax deserves support

When they go to the polls Nov. 3, one of the decisions on the ballot for Bath County voters will be whether to approve a 4 percent meals tax. If this issue sounds familiar, it should. Bath voters rejected the tax last year. More...

Bath takes shut-out win to Pioneer championship game

35-0 win over Craig County puts Chargers first place in district
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K-9 training a labor of love, skill

BLACKSBURG - It seemed most everyone knew most everyone else at the Fallen K-9 Memorial dedication here last Friday. But there was one fellow every single officer knew, or had heard of: State Trooper Andy Roberts. More...

Punishment with leniency on judge's docket

MONTEREY — Highland County circuit court judge Humes J. Franklin Jr. More...

Planning grant approved for Pinehurst Heights, Thomastown

HOT SPRINGS — Now, the work can begin. More...

What the meals tax is, and isn't

The tax would apply: • In restaurants, food items, which include food and drink purchased as part of a meal, would be taxed. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages would be covered by the tax if they are part of a meal. More...

Puffenbarger brothers face court for crimes

MONTEREY — Brothers Jimmy and Billy Puffenbarger appeared in Highland County Circuit Court last Thursday, Jimmy to face charges of breaking and entering Highland Video on July 21 to steal a pistol, Billy to be sentenced for breaking and enter More...

Artisan bazaar set at church, Oct. 23-25

COVINGTON — A "Fiesta Fair Trade Bazaar" will take place from noon-3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Oct. 25 and from 2-6 p.m. on Oct. 23. More...

MES to hold 'Dining to Donate'

MILLBOR — Millboro Elementary School will host a Dining to Donate night at Applebee's in Covington. On Tuesday, Oct. More...

Virginia Strasser celebrates 60 years at The Homestead

HOT SPRINGS - When Virginia Strasser went to work at The Homestead, Fay Ingalls was president of the Virginia Hot Springs Co. The front desk staff consisted of two people. There were 65 employees on the payroll. The year was 1949. More...

Rare state plants found at wind site

MONTEREY — Last month, experts walked the site where Highland New Wind Development LLC is erecting towers for the state's first wind energy utility and found some plants with special state status near the Laurel Fork stream. More...

W.Va. man found guilty of falsifying documents

MONTEREY — What started out as a simple traffic ticket, usually dispensed with a fine in district court, ended up being three charges of felony forging and uttering. Samuel Ray Kesterson, 35, has a half-brother named Samuel Ray Kesterson. More...

Millboro Happenings

¦ There's a good reason to eat out next week. Millboro Elementary School is hosting a Dining to Donate night at Applebee's in Covington. Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 5-9 p.m. More...

Highland County Arts Council to celebrate 20th anniversary

MONTEREY — The Highland County Arts Council invites the public to come celebrate its 20th year anniversary. The event is planned for Sunday, Nov. 8 from 2-4 p.m. at The Highland Center. More...

Workshop scheduled at Dabney

CLIFTON FORGE — Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has scheduled an admissions workshop for prospective students in Moomaw Center on the main campus in Clifton Forge on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 4-6 p.m. More...

Ag center sponsors hay auction

MONTEREY — In an effort to bring buyers and sellers of local farm commodities together, the Allegheny-Highlands Agricultural Center is sponsoring a fall hay auction on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. More...

Theatre announces Short Play festival

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Greenbrier Valley Theater is now accepting submissions for the second annual "New Voices" Short Play Festival. More...

RACS calls attention to drug prevention

LEXINGTON — Rockbridge Area Community Services encourages parents, teachers, students and others in the community to observe Red Ribbon Week, the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of Americans during t More...

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A sunrise like this might make it worthwhile to crawl out of a warm bed on a chilly fall morning. This picture of Jack Mountain was taken shortly after being roused out of bed by a neighbor who, apparently, didn't have a camera of his own. More...

Weather report

Seasonal Total Average Temperature for Month 59.0 Temperatures for September averaged slightly cooler than normal. Precipitation was exactly on the 30-year average. We remain 2" above normal year to date. John R. More...

Babe Ruth comes to life

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Anyone who would like to meet Babe Ruth should come to Pendleton County Library activity room on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. More...

Obituaries

Margaret Ellen "Maggie" Burgoyne Harper

UPPER TRACT, W.Va. — Margaret Ellen "Maggie" Burgoyne Harper, 55, of Upper Tract, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 at her residence. Mrs. Harper was born in Petersburg, W.Va. More...

ANNE M. LENNON

DALLAS, Texas — Anne M. Lennon, formerly of Hot Springs, Virginia, passed away in Dallas, on Sept. 23, 2009 at the age of 92. She was married to Thomas J. Lennon for 58 years. Mr. Lennon was the president of The Homestead for 35 years. More...

AGNES WASHBURN BUZZARD

MOUNTAIN GROVE — Agnes Washburn Buzzard, 77, of Mountain Grove died Sunday, Oct.11, 2009, at Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs. She was a homemaker and attended the Presbyterian church. She was born in Highland County on Nov. More...

Sports

Blues no match for Chargers

BUENA VISTA — The Bath County Charger defense put on another dominating performance holding the Parry McCluer Blues to 14 first-half yards and a scant 124 total yards on its way to a 41-6 dispatching of the Blues last Friday evening. More...

Fry 31st at states

MIDLOTHIAN —Bath County Charger sophomore Alex Fry carded a two-day 167 (82-85) to finish in the first-half of the field (72 players) in the Group A State Golf Championships held Monday and Tuesday at Independence Golf Club. More...

Lady Chargers snuff Rockets

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Charger volleyball team swept its sixth straight 2009 Pioneer contest last Thursday, 25-16, 25-16, 25-17, the victim being Craig County. More...

Letters

Help save lives: please consider giving blood

Editor, The Recorder, Virginia Blood Services will be at The Highland Center on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 1-6 p.m. You can give blood if you are 16 years old and weigh 110 pounds. More...

Deeds' position on abortion loses this voter

Editor, The Recorder, I really want to vote for Creed Deeds — he comes across as a regular guy: a less than perfect public speaker who does not dress like a men's fashion model, just a fellow from Bath County who has been working hard for th More...

Gubernatorial votes should be based on facts

Editor, The Recorder, I hear people plan to vote for Sen. Deeds because he is one of their own, a neighbor, and friend. Honorable reasons I am sure, if the candidate still held core conservative Highland values. More...


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