December 10, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Beloved author dies at home

McDOWELL - Talent. Grace. Beauty. Courage. Fortitude. Pat Ross possessed all these things. But it is her spirit, generosity and sense of humor that her many friends will most remember. More...

Bath BZA, planners to take December off

WARM SPRINGS — Members of the Bath County Board of Zoning Appeals and Bath County Planning Commission will be taking a break for the holiday season. More...

Bath reassessment work progressing

WARM SPRINGS — Field work for the Bath County property reassessment has begun and will continue until the fall of 2010, the board of supervisors learned Tuesday. More...

Work on fire alarm ordinance to begin

WARM SPRINGS — False fire alarms in Bath County could come with a penalty in the future. More...

Hearing reset on wind project

RICHMOND — Following a series of disagreements, Highland New Wind Development LLC and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources have reached an impasse. More...

Wintertide weekend back on track

MONTEREY — News stations called it a "weather event." One thing for sure, "winter" defined the outcome of last weekend's annual Wintertide Festival. More...

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Wintertide was rescheduled to this weekend, but a few shoppers got a jump on the holiday fun at last weekend's holiday market at The Highland Center. Above, Lisa Jacenich. More...

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Daisy Troop 1001 recently participated in a Cinderella Ball held in their honor. More...

Blue Grass farm wagon has a new home in Georgia

MOUNT CRAWFORD — Green Valley Auctions and Moving of Mount Crawford, ushered in November with an expansive antique estate auction held Nov.13 at its complex in the Shenandoah Valley. More...

Weather report

The average temperature for November was just slightly above normal while precipitation was slightly below normal for the month but nearly three inches above normal for the year to date. John R. More...

Cheese Claus comes to Millboro

MILLBORO - The truck with mouse ears (they were supposed to be reindeer antlers) has become a familiar sight in the town's annual Christmas parade. More...

Check the facts before buying and giving gift cards

RICHMOND — Running out of time and gift ideas? If you are like many other stressed shoppers, you may decide that a gift card from a favorite store is the perfect solution to the holiday gift-giving challenge. More...

Farmers oppose Bay program changes

MONTEREY — Scott Smith and Roy and Karen Gutshall of Highland-Bath County Farm Bureau were among 286 voting delegates who participated in a news conference about Virginia Farm Bureau Federation's opposition to proposed changes to the Chesapea More...

Special Sections

Schools

Schools weigh teacher pay, effectiveness

MONTEREY — Highland County Public Schools executive director Mary Stephenson said HCPS would apply for a grant under the Department of Education's Race to the Top program. More...

In Brief . . .

Town of Monterey and Highland County School Board

Town of Monterey • Following the public hearing on the disposition of Carver Meadow last Thursday, mayor Janice Warner briefed town council on the sewer treatment plant upgrade. More...

Long-term subs rate cut at HCPS

MONTEREY — The Highland County School Board approved a cut in pay for long-term substitute teachers. Effective Jan.1, long-term substitutes will receive $75 a day. More...

Sports

Chargers win Grace Christian tip off tourney

Buffalo Gap 71, Bath 63 SWOOPE — The Bath County Chargers took to the floor after one hour of practice as a team and nearly upset host Buffalo Gap on their home floor last Wednesday, Dec. 2. More...

Bath blows by tourny competition

Bath 49 Dayspring Christian 7 STAUNTON — The Bath County Chargers jumped to a 39-0 lead and destroyed an undermanned Dayspring Christian squad in the opening round of the Grace Christian Tip-off Tournament Friday afternoon. More...

Rams top Cards in opener

STAUNTON — The Highland Rams opened the boys' basketball season with a comeback 66-61 win over the VSDB Cardinals last Wednesday, Dec.2. More...

Letters

Sheriff Charles Gumm remembered in Bath

Editor, The Recorder, As a police officer, we never know if we are going to see our family tonight. When we get in the car and put the uniform on, we also put a target on. More...

Highland library board appreciates support

Editor, The Recorder, The end of the year is upon us and it is fitting that we, at the library, take time to be thankful for all of our benefactors, friends, patrons, and volunteers; on behalf of the Highland County Public Library Board, More...

Disposition of Mountain Crest clarified this month

Editor, The Recorder, The residents of Mountain Crest have been getting ready for Christmas with decorating the community building and their doors to their buildings. We thank the residents for decorating the community building. More...

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Headwaters Presbyterian Church presides over Highland's eastern gate. The season's first major snowstorm caused several minor traffic accidents and the postponement of Wintertide festivities. See more photos, page 12. More...

Worker bees buzzing behind the scenes

Christmas Mother gets ready for delivery

HOT SPRINGS - Call them "elves" if you like. Chances are, they probably don't consider themselves as such. In truth, the host of volunteers who help Bath's Christmas Mother create a happy holiday for many might well be called angels. More...

What's the meadow worth? Town wants to know

MONTEREY — Give Carver Meadow to Highland Medical Center, lease it, or do nothing? That was the question Monterey Town Council presented to citizens at last Thursday's public hearing. More...

Bath supes approve grant submission

WARM SPRINGS — The potential of a new police car for about $2,000 turned out to be too good a deal for the Bath County Board of Supervisors to pass up. More...

In Brief . . .

Bath County Board of Supervisors

• Bath supervisors received a written update on the Route 676 (Gatewood Drive) bridge in Mountain Grove from Susan resident administrator with the Virginia Department of Transportation. More...

First major snow of season covers Highlands

About 6-8 inches of wet snow blanketed Bath County last Saturday morning, creating picturesque scenes like this one above, at The Homestead's winter wonderland. The ice and sleet that fell Tuesday night was not nearly so delightful. More...

AlertNow improves communications

MONTEREY — Highland County Public Schools computer support tech Gary Lane said the schools are using the AlertNow program to notify parents of emergency situations, to increase attendance, build community relations, improve parent involvement More...

Stores give back to local schools

MONTEREY — Parent Karla Obaugh has been leading a tireless campaign for several years to get those interested in innovative ways to pay for school materials to sign up for purchase payback programs offered at several chain grocery stores. More...

Hunting season continues to bring in trophies

Billy Baldwin, 8, shot this 6-point buck Oct. 31 during muzzleloader season while hunting with his father, Tommy, in the Warm Springs area. (Photo courtesy Baldwin family) More...

Millboro Happenings

• Douthat State Park offers another ornament-making contest for students and others interested through Monday, Dec.14. More...

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Woodcrafter Donnie Massie of Swoope is shown with a handmade lamp he has donated to The Highland Center, which will be raffled off to benefit the center's building restoration project. More...

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On Friday, Dec. 4, Sarah Hundley, owner of Hidden Cottage in Healing Springs, hosted a "Cheers for the Chamber" event at her shop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for members of the Bath County Chamber of Commerce. More...

Staunton earns designation as new Virginia Enterprise Zone

STAUNTON —Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has announced that the city of Staunton has earned designation as a new Virginia Enterprise Zone. Staunton was one of nine communities competing for four new Virginia Enterprise Zones. More...

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The Boys' Home Christmas Tree Farm had a successful open house and first weekend for this holiday season. Boys' Home resident Jackson Fagan, (sitting on tractor) is taking in the atmosphere during his weekend of working. More...

Obituaries

Harvey Taylor Hiner

ROANOKE — Harvey Taylor Hiner, 83, of Roanoke, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II, and was a graduate of National Business College. Harvey was a member of North Roanoke Baptist Church. More...

H. Harding Haris

RITTMAN, Ohio — H. Harding Harris, 88, formerly of Rittman, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home in Dalton. He was born Sept. 25, 1921, in Mustoe, Va., to Henry J. and Julia P. More...

PATRICIA F. Kincaid

HOT SPRINGS ­— Patricia F. Kincaid, 43, of Hot Springs, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 at Bath Community Hospital. She was born Jan. 26, 1966 in Washington, D.C., a daughter of Thomas Folks Sr. More...

Religion

RELIGION

Special Services Thursday, Dec. 10 ¦ Presbyterian Women's Evening Circle meets at the manse in Hot Springs, at 6 p.m. for gift exchange and refreshments. Sunday, Dec. More...

Calendar

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 • Dec. 2 — Sergeant James W. Bryan III unlocked a vehicle on Spring Mountain Road. • Dec. 2 — Bryan responded to a report of an injured deer on Jackson River Turnpike. • Dec. 2 — Major Richard D. More...

Early Files

Government money to burn, has problems to go with it

Editor's note: The following article was gleaned from the March 25, 1976 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

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This photo was of the old frame school in what was Crabbottom, now Blue Grass, comes from the Hammer/Hevener background. The Recorder is seeking information about the identities of the people in the picture. More...

25 years ago

DECEMBER 13, 1984

• Bath County treasurer William T. Jenkins agreed last Thursday that two more errors in revenue estimations had been made in the 1985 budget. The addition errors, totaling $41,500 were under the education and total local revenues categories. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Pictorial

Highland Medical Center has hit the headlines quite a bit recently with its plans for expanding services. More...

Spirit of giving in good spirits

Every year, we find ourselves astounded at the welloiled machine that is the Bath County Christmas Mother program. More...

New year, new look in The Recorder

In The Recorder

MONTEREY — You — our readers and advertisers — have given us terrific ideas to improve your newspaper, and we've been listening. More...


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