December 3, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Working wood from the heart

MONTEREY — David Garcia, 37, is a big man. His black hair and black beard round out his frame, his rough hands give him the appearance of a man used to working outdoors. More...

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The sign is up, and the Bath County Christmas Mother shop is open for business at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hot Springs. The shop opened Dec. 1 and is open through Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. More...

Clarification

Highland County Volunteer Rescue Squad president Beth Armstrong clarified several points made in last week's article on the proposed rescue squad expansion, and the group's request for county property that could accommodate a new building. More...

Salvation Army bell ringing in a merry holiday

HOT SPRINGS - There's a new bell to be heard in Hot Springs - one that promises to ring in a happy holiday for many. For the first time, a red Salvation Army kettle sits on Main Street. Passersby are taking notice, and opening their wallets. More...

County wants to keep coyote damage control

MONTEREY — In a resolution adopted Tuesday, the Highland County Board of Supervisors asked for reinstatement of and an increase to $200,000 Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services money for the Virginia Cooperative Coyote Dam More...

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The Homestead recently recognized Pat Gillispie's 27 years of service at Sam Snead's Tavern. In 1982, prior to The Homestead's management of Sam Snead's, Gillispie began her career as a server. More...

Afton Mountain fog system upgraded

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation recently replaced the 843 lamps in the fog light system on Interstate 64 on Afton Mountain. More...

Supervisors support census

MONTEREY — The Highland County Board of Supervisors Tuesday proclaimed its support of the 2010 census. More...

In Brief . . .

Highland County Board of Supervisors

• Doug Simmers, representing the Virginia Department of Transportation Verona Residency, told the Highland County Board of Supervisors Tuesday that a pipe failure on U.S. More...

Loans available for socially disadvantaged

VERONA — The Farm Service Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture has loans available to socially disadvantaged applicants for buying and operating family-size farms. Money is specifically reserved for these loans each year. More...

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Members of the Bath Senior Center held a luncheon for past director Ernestine Merchant, left, on Nov. 30. Merchant received a going away gift from current center director Jeanne Apgar. (Photo courtesy Bath Senior Center) More...

RACS opens new office in Bath County

WARMS SPRINGS — The Bath hospital facility in Bacova that was completely destroyed by fire in November not only housed the hospital's physical therapy and wellness programs, but also was the site of Rockbridge Area Community Services' outpat More...

Chorale concert Sunday a sweet start to holiday season

COVINGTON - The Alleghany Highlands Chorale presents a program of Christmas music on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at the McAlister Memorial Presbyterian Church, on Alleghany Avenue in Covington. More...

Library Notes

• Now that December is upon us and our thoughts are turning toward the holidays, the library is gearing up with some great programs for children. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Buses top Bath schools' requests to supervisors

HOT SPRINGS — New buses sit atop the list of capital improvement projects the Bath County School Board agreed Tuesday to submit to the county for the 2010-11 fiscal year. More...

Pledge, prayer added to meetings

HOT SPRINGS — Beginning in January, the open session of Bath County School Board meetings will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and a moment of silent prayer. More...

In Brief . . .

Bath County School Board

• A called meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Thursday, Dec. 3 ¦ McDowell Presbyterian Church Community Christmastheme Pot Luck Supper at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Saturday, Dec. More...

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

BATH ¦ Bath County Public Library hosts "Mother Goose Time," on the third Tuesday of each month from 1-1:30 p.m. A program of stories, fingerplay, songs and rhymes for babies up to 24 months old and their caregivers. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff's Report

Bath County • Nov. 18 — Cpl. Robert B. Weaver responded to a report of littering in the Hot Springs area. • Nov. 19 — Deputy William D. More...

Letters

'It's a Wonderful Life' radio version is magnificent

Editor, The Recorder, I would like to say how wonderfully the Mountain Valley Players did on their most recent production, "It's a Wonderful Life." It was more than worth coming to Bath County from New York to see. More...

Citizens should demand information on sheriff's office

Editor, The Recorder, In the Nov. 12 edition, "Cuts starting to really hurt," I was and am appalled. More...

Watch our for Publisher Clearing House scam

Editor, The Recorder, The Publishers Clearing House has been very active for the past three to four weeks with requests to fill out and mail back their numerous forms and order blanks by a specified date. More...

Battlefield bigger than you think

RICHMOND — After months of back and forth with Virginia's first wind energy facility owners, the Department of Historic Resources has concluded the project's impacts to the Camp Allegheny Battlefield are significant enough to warrant mitigati More...

County native credits hometown for success

WARM SPRINGS — It's a long way from Bath County to New Delhi, India, and Lareina Ockerman credits the local community for helping her get started on that journey. The Bath native is currently working for the U.S. More...

On the Agenda

Bath County Board of Supervisors Bath County Courthouse Tuesday, Dec. 8 Regular meeting: 7 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting: 5 p.m. n Lower yard of courthouse. Light holiday refreshments follow in Great Hall of courthouse. More...

Are there telecommunication barriers here?

MONTEREY — Preliminary results from the Economic Development Authority of Highland County's Broadband Telecommunications Survey indicate folks here would like to see more cell phone coverage and faster Internet speeds. More...

Highland County prevails in circuit court trash fee appeal

MONTEREY — Judge Humes J. Franklin Jr. signed an order Nov. 23 finding the "county is entitled to judgment in its favor," in reference to an appeal filed by C. More...

Supes hope to improve relationship with planners

MONTEREY — Before the Highland County Board of supervisors reappointed Doug Gutshall to a four-year term on the planning commission, supervisor Robin Sullenberger expressed his concerns with the board's relationship with the commission. More...

Historical society gets tax exemption

MONTEREY — Lorraine White, president of the Highland Historical Society, asked the Highland County Board to make a final decision on the society's request for property tax-exempt status. More...

Millboro Happenings

• The town's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held tomorrow, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m., at a new location - the parking lot at BARC Electric. More...

It was a wonderful play

The Mountain Valley Players performed "It's a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play" by Joe Landry the weekend before Thanksgiving at Bath County High School in Mitchelltown. More...

County approves budget cuts

MONTEREY — Tuesday, the Highland County Board of Supervisors approved budget cuts made by county constitutional offices. State funding reductions during the last General Assembly session drove the cuts. More...

No overdue book fines for academically challenged

LEXINGTON — Overdue library fines are a thing of the past for academically challenged elementary students in the Bath, Buena Vista, Lexington, and Rockbridge school districts. More...

Reunion

Simmons family

family MT. CRAWFORD — The family of the late Arthur Simmons and Lydia Ellen Jones Simmons and Albert and Mary Susan McAllister Gum recently met at Rowe's in Mt. Crawford for its annual dinner. More...

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Cynthia Rudnick (left) of "Cynthia's" donated a portion of proceeds from her open house on Nov. 14 to the Bath County Christmas Mother, Helen Smith. (Photo courtesy Christie Harold) More...

Attention called to drunk, drugged driving prevention month

LEXINGTON — This December, in recognition of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (3D Month), Rockbridge Area Community Services and the Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition are calling attention to the dangers of drunk and dru More...

RACS manager to serve on National Steering Committee

LEXINGTON — Phil Floyd, RACS' adult clinical support service manager, has been confirmed as a member of Steering Committee member of Recovery to Practice, a five-year initiative of the federal department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health S More...

Engagement

Botkin — Sponaugle

McDOWELL — Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Botkin of McDowell announce the engagement of their daughter, Kari Lynne Botkin, to Michael James Sponaugle, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Sponaugle, of Doe Hill. More...

Obituaries

Ethel Sarah Mintzer Frederick

HOT SPRINGS — Ethel Sarah Mintzer Frederick, 92, formerly of Macungie, Pa., died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 at The Springs Nursing Center, Hot Springs. She was the wife of the late Alfred L. Frederick. Born in Conyngham, Pa., on Dec. More...

HELEN REGINA MCCORD ENGLISH

BURNSVILLE — Helen Regina McCord English, 94, of 8701 Muddy Run Road, Burnsville, formerly of Lanham, Md., died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs. She was born Nov. More...

John Thomas "Jay" Tompkins IV

MARS HILL, N.C. — John Thomas "Jay" Tompkins IV, 37, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. He was a native of Newport News and the son of John Thomas and Ellen Jones Tompkins of Newport News and Warm Springs, Va. More...

Sports

Cavaliers trample Chargers in Region C duel

DAMASCUS ­— Quarterback John Pratt threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Holston Cavaliers defeated the Bath County Chargers, 30-7, on a sunny Saturday afternoon in the Region C football championship game. More...

Jessee, McGee lead Chargers named in All-Region C

WARM SPRINGS — Bath senior volleyball star Hillary Jessee was named the Region C player of the year and Charger coach Dave McGee was named Region C coach of the year in recent balloting. More...

Highland affirms support for recreation director position

MONTEREY — The Highland County Recreation Commission elected officers Monday. In January, Daniel Hotz will take the chairperson's gavel from Sherry Sullenberger while Summer Cohen will follow George Deem as secretary. More...

Early Files

Posted signs, four-wheel drives not part of old-timers' hunts

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the Dec. 1, 1988 edition of The Recorder. Palmer Stacey was publisher and Danny Smith was editor. More...

25 years ago

DECEMBER 6, 1984

• Highland County may be one step closer to adding boys' baseball and girls' softball to the athletic sports available at Highland High School. The Rev. More...

50 years ago

DECEMBER 3, 1959

• Monterey Rams 1959 basket ball squad members were: Dwight Harper, Douglas Gum, Junior Smith, Ernie Hiner, Wickie Hooke, Richard Townsend, Dale Beverage, Porter Beverage, Walter Williams, Ronnie Williams, John Lohr, Melvin Beverage, and Dan More...

Opinions & Commentary

Don't rush to give away property

It's interesting that both Monterey and Highland are simultaneously considering donating land at the same time, both for good causes. Should they? More...

Pictorial

The annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at the Hot Springs Firehouse is a testament to everything that is wonderful about living in Bath County. More...

Chilly here, but 'Sweet & Hot' in Lewisburg

See A Show

LEWISBURG - "Over the Rainbow." Who doesn't know and probably love this tune? How about "Stormy Weather" and "Blues in the Night"? Yes; you know and love them! Quick question: Who wrote these and hundreds of other beloved tunes? More...


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