November 19, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Relay loses its leader

MONTEREY — There were tears. Mary Beth Gutshall cannot talk about Relay for Life without emotion. It has been her passion for the last four years since she brought the first Relay event to Highland County. More...

Committee examines tourism assets

WARM SPRINGS — What and where the tourism assets are in Bath County, and how to get people to visit were the focuses of a meeting of the county's Tourism Advisory Committee Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Bath County library. More...

In Brief . . .

• In a continuation of an ongoing dialogue about camping in The Gorge at Williamsville, Highland EDA member Jim White noted at the EDA's Nov. More...

Thanksgiving dinner is served

Dining Delights

HOT SPRINGS - It's that time again. Time to plan the menu, go to the supermarket, buy the turkey, the sweet and white potatoes, the pumpkin pie filling and crust, the celery, the cranberries. More...

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Hunters should know that two of the three access points to the CCC Road atop Big Back Creek Mountain are still blocked — from the east on U.S. 220 and from the west near Valley Center (Shady Lane). More...

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Ryan Hodges, Bolar Ruritan treasurer, presents a donation to Helen Smith, Bath County Christmas Mother, on behalf of the Bolar Ruritan Club. More...

Veterans honored at Bath courthouse

WARM SPRINGS — "Ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things." That's how Bobby Spurgeon, adjutant and financial officer of American Legion Post 92, described veterans during a Veteran's Day program held Nov. More...

In Brief ...

At their Nov. 10 meeting, Bath supervisors authorized county administrator Bonnie Johnson to begin the procurement process for an engineer and rehabilitation specialist for the Pinehurst Heights and Thomastown More...

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The Bath County Retirement Home Commission, working with Total Action Against Poverty, recently secured a grant to put storm doors on and add insulation to units at Mountain Crest retirement complex. More...

Correction

In last week's Recorder some members of the Highland High School Classes of 1969, 1970 and 1972 reunion's names were omitted. More...

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On Thursday, Nov. 19, Cynthia's hosted a "Cheers for the Chamber" event at its location in Hot Springs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the Bath County Chamber of Commerce. More...

Christmas tree farm open house Nov. 28

WEST AUGUSTA — The Boys' Home Christmas Tree Farm will have an open house on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This day marks the beginning of open weekends at the farm that will last through Dec. 19. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Honor Roll

Bath County High School HOT SPRINGS — Pete Pitard, principal of Bath County High School, has announced the honor roll for the first nine weeks of the grading period. More...

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Valley Elementary PTO Star Students for October are pictured (l-r) front row: Aleigha Ryder, Mikayla Cauley, Zachary Hall; second row: Ella DeBoe, Cami Smith, Colby Lowry, Emily Douglas; third row: Gracie Martin, Ashlyn Liptrap, Jamie Ryder, Jenifer More...

HCPS students thank, remember veterans

Editor's note: The following letters were written by Highland High School students, who were asked to complete letters that began with the sentence: More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Sunday, Nov. 22 ¦ Ashwood United Methodist Church Community Thanksgiving Service 7 p.m. Service will include a message by the Rev. More...

Calendar

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BATH ¦ Friends of Library board meeting second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Warm Springs Public Library. Thursday, Nov. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sherrif's Report

Highland County • Nov. 11 — Received a report of a security alarm activation, Wilson Avenue. • Nov. 11 — Responded to a report of livestock in the roadway, Jackson River Road. • Nov. More...

Early Files

Give back $435,000? No way, say Bath officials

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the May 21, 1987 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. WARM SPRINGS — The U.S. More...

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Bath County High School's coaching staff for the 1988-89 football season consisted of (lr): Steve Williams, head coach Carl Williams, and Harvey Eye. (Recorder file photo) More...

25 years ago

November 22, 1984

• The jobless rate rose slightly in Highland County and remained constant in Bath County from August to September of this year, according to recently released figures from the Virginia Employment Commission's Research and Analysis Division. More...

Volleyball loses, but still sets record

Charger girls fight hard, but fall to Gate City
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Chargers eek out win with 1 point

Bath heads to Region C title game Friday
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Boundary commission says local surveyor's line is correct

Virginia-West Virginia boundary line determined near wind project
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Relay holds awards ceremony

MONTEREY — The Relay for Life Community Awards ceremony was held at the Highland County Public Library on Nov. 15. More...

Bacova focused on future after fire at wellness center

MITCHELLTOWN - Sometimes, overwhelming adversity forces one to focus on finding advantages. Take Steve Curtian, for instance. More...

Employers, job seekers can connect online

MONTEREY — Unemployment is 5.9 percent in Highland County, Virginia Employment Commission regional business and economic development specialist Laura Coburn told the Economic Development Board of Highland County Nov. 10. More...

Town sets hearing on parking lot property

MONTEREY — Town council met with Highland Medical Center executive director Dr. D. Bradley Drawbaugh and four members of the HMC board last Thursday to discuss plans for the town parking lot. More...

Shenandoah cooperative lowers energy rates to Virginia members

MOUNT CRAWFORD — Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has reduced its Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment Clause rate over the last 12 months. More...

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The Highland Center's Holiday Treasures Market will be open Friday Dec. 4 from 12-6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. More...

Millboro Happenings

• Please send information for this column and photos in jpeg format to hamiltonwriting@hotmail.com, or drop news items and photos off in the Recorder envelope at the Millboro General Store on Main Street. More...

Local residents collect gifts for Samaritan's Purse

COVINGTON — Through Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project, residents in the Allegheny Highlands are packing shoe box gifts for children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, dis More...

Engagement

Garber — Lowry

BRIDGEWATER — Roland and Elizabeth Garber of Bridgewater have announced the engagement of their daughter, Terri Garber of Bridgewater, to Kenneth Lowry of Hot Springs. More...

Credit Union scholarship application deadline is March 8

WAYNESBORO —For the 15th year, DuPont Community Credit Union will award $1,000 scholarships to 19 high school seniors at the DCCU annual meeting in late April. A total of $19,000 in scholarships to area students will be awarded. More...

USFS plans prescribed fires in Bath, Alleghany

WARMS SPRINGS — The Warm Springs and James River Districts of the George Washington/ Jefferson National Forests plan to ignite five prescribed burns in Bath and Alleghany counties between November 2009 and May 2010. More...

Obituaries

PERRY J. HUFFER

CHURCHVILLE — Perry Jones Huffer, 83, of 414 Union Church Road, died Friday, Nov. 13, at his home. Born Dec. 30, 1925 in Augusta County, he was the son of Reese Levi and Madge Elizabeth Mitts Huffer. More...

ORA FRANCES LOCKRIDGE ARBAUGH

STAUNTON — Ora Frances Lockridge Arbaugh, 92, widow of Walter C. Arbaugh, formerly of Gray Avenue, Staunton, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009 at Augusta Health, Fishersville. More...

HUGH CARSON RYDER

COVINGTON — Hugh "Sonny The Plumber" Carson Ryder, 71, of 348 East Prospect Street, Covington, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Alleghany Regional Hospital. He was born Aug. 15, 1938 in Bath County, the son of the late Roscoe Coy Ryder Sr. More...

Sports

Bath shoots straight through to states

Bath vs. More...

Persinger medals, Billingsley top 25

WARRENTON — Pioneer District Cross Country Champions Matt Persinger of Bath and Highland Ram Hayley Billingsley capped successful junior campaigns on the course at the State Group A finals in Great Meadows Saturday. More...

Charger offense crests Green Wave

WARM SPRINGS — Bath senior quarterback Michael Robertson ran for two seven-yard scores and threw touchdown strikes to Dillon Fry (57 yards) and Dana Richmond (54 yards) as the Bath County Chargers advanced to the Region C semifinals with a 48 More...

Letters

Resident takes issue with McBride's statement

An open letter to Tal McBride, partner, Highland New Wind Development LLC: NIMBY, the acronym for Not In My Backyard, is a pejorative label. More...

Reader debates Republican's position on issues, Obama

Editor, The Recorder, In response to Albert T. Woodson's letter of Oct. 15, I'd like to offer a few comments and thoughts. No. More...

Highland relay coordinator appreciates county support

Editor, The Recorder, It is with much sadness and emotion that I write this letter to the citizens of Highland County. The Relay for Life Community Awards Ceremony held Sunday was my last official Relay For Life duty. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Cancer fight requires teamwork

Can volunteers be fired? Apparently so. Even if they're incredibly good. The idea that American Cancer Society staff would let go of a volunteer who has helped raise more than $95,000 is raising more than a few eyebrows in Highland County. More...

Pictorial

The horrifying "what ifs" left heads spinning last week while the Bath Community Rehab and Wellness Center was engulfed in flames. What if those inside had been seriously injured? What if the propane tanks had ignited? More...


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