March 31, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

Bath proposes tax hike, $25.8 million budget

Hearings planned — April 14 on budget, May 10 on tax rate

WARM SPRINGS — Taxes might go down in cents, but in reality, they could go up. More...

Spruce Hill sprucing up old sawmill lot

MONTEREY — Michael McCray of Spruce Hill Excavating wants a conditional use permit to operate a contractor’s storage yard near McDowell, just off Davis Run Road. More...

Correction

All errors in fact brought to our attention will be quickly and gladly corrected. Clarifications will also be made as needed. We will appreciate having inaccuracies brought to our attention. (540) 468-2147. More...

Play on words, ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ gives new meaning to the saying, ‘killing with kindness-

Review

MONTEREY — “Arsenic and Old Lace” is the story of two elderly sisters with 12 bodies buried in their basement — plus how the bodies got there and what happens when the ladies’ nephews find out. More...

Fire destroys building at MGW

WILLIAMSVILLE — Firefighters battled for about six and one-half hours Tuesday night before extinguishing a blaze that destroyed a building at MGW Telephone. More...

Special Sections

Schools

BCHS names top seniors

WARM SPRINGS – The cream has risen to the top of the Class of 2011. Bath County High School has named Erin Arrington as valedictorian, and Mason Ailstock as salutatorian, among the seniors who will graduate Friday, June 3. More...

County backs schools in search of relief

MONTEREY — Highland officials agree: the county needs more in state financial assistance to continue providing quality education to its youth. More...

Highland schools submits budget request as proposed

MONTEREY — Monday, the Highland County School Board forwarded its 2011- 12 budget to the Highland County Board of Supervisors for approval after making a minor adjustment for health insurance. More...

Home & Property

Wednesday night storm produces damage

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County 911 center was kept busy for about a 20-minute period the night of March 23 when a severe thunderstorm rolled through the county, downing trees and causing some damage. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s Report

Bath County • March 22 — Cpl. Weaver spoke to a person who had questions about a dispute. • March 22 — Dep. Sexton responded to a report of a domestic dispute in Hot Springs. More...

Letters

More logical to be angry with Goodlatte, Congress

Editor, The Recorder, I’d like to thank Peter Wertz for verifying in his letter last week my statement that Exxon-Mobil paid $0 to the IRS in 2009. But why is he mad at National Public Radio? They didn’t write the tax code. More...

Highland should embrace conservation easements

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Highland County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, and shared with The Recorder. Gentlemen: More...

Opinions & Commentary

Pictorial

As described in our review this week, the Highland County Arts Council’s performance of “Arsenic and Old Lace” the last two weekends was a riot. More...

Difficult decisions for Bath officials

What can we afford, and when? Tuesday night, the Bath County Board of Supervisors agreed to advertise its budget and tax rate for 2011-12. More...

Dollar store coming soon

Building permit secured for construction

WARM SPRINGS — A building permit has been issued for a Dollar General store to be constructed in Mitchelltown. Bath County planning director Sherry Ryder said the permit was issued March 18. Par 5 Development of Aberdeen, N.C. More...

Can Highland support a new grocery store?

MONTEREY — Ten undeveloped acres stand between Highland County Public Schools and Dollar General on the edge of Monterey. The grass is dry and brittle now, but it grows tall in summer. Wildflowers blossom where once there was a farm. More...

Byrd qualifies for treasurer’s race

WARM SPRINGS — Richard Byrd is now officially a candidate for Bath County treasurer. Byrd filed the necessary paperwork with the registrar’s office Tuesday. He is a Mountain Grove native, one of 15 children of Alden and Margaret Bird. More...

In brief ...

Highland County PlanningCommission• In addition to reviewing a rezoningrequest and a conditional useapplication, the Highland CountyPl More...

Senior Law Day scheduled

CLIFTON FORGE — The Alleghany- Bath-Highland Bar Association will sponsor its second Senior Law Day program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Tuesday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to around 2:30 p.m. More...

Highland holding the line on spending

MONTEREY — Two of the three members of the Highland County Board of Supervisors pushed tables in the courtroom together to hold a budget work session Tuesday afternoon. More...

Annual Chocolate Festival a sweet deal

This window, made entirely of chocolate and spun sugar, is the work of artist Brian Westervelt. More...

Obituaries

Anton Buchert

HEADWATERS — Anton “ Tony” Buchert, 88, husband of Elizabeth Wrobel Buchert, of 2578 Upper Fork Road, Headwaters, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2011 in Augusta Health in Fishersville. Mr. Buchert was born Oct. More...

Kate Hise

HIGHTOWN — Kate Hise, 85, of Hightown, passed away, Monday, March 28, 2011, at her home. She was born Jan. 16, 1926 in Hightown, a daughter of the late Charles Wilbur and Maude Regina (Simmons) Moyers. More...

Sports

Chargers building top-tier program

WARM SPRINGS — Bath County pitcher Jailyn Ford has already committed to play softball at James Madison University in 2013, but she and the Chargers have business to take care of before she trades her orange and black jersey for one of purple an More...

Highland softball fresh faced and optimistic

MONTEREY — The Highland Rams’ softball team has a new coach this year and will field a 13-player team this spring — the largest in years. More...

New coach at Bath baseball helm

WARM SPRINGS — For the fourth season in a row, the Bath County Chargers have a new manager. This year. More...

Early Files

Photo

This picture of the west side of Monterey Mountain shows the large amount of snow that caused Route 250 to be closed for over a week during the winter of 1960. More...

Bath PSA sets projects, requests support

Editor’s note: The following article was gleaned from the March 27, 1986 edition of The Recorder. Palmer Stacy was publisher, Gene Christie was editor. More...

25 years ago

March 27, 1986

• The 28th annual Maple Festival has been called a “big success” by the Highland County Chamber of Commerce. “All in all we had two beautiful weekends,” said chamber secretary-treasurer Mary Sweitzer. More...


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