May 3, 2012 RSS feed / Top News

‘Silver lining in big black cloud’ Firefighter training lauded

BOLAR — Investigation results were awaited this week concerning a fire April 18 that destroyed an equestrian arena barn belonging to Karin Banks of the Big Lonely farm in Bolar. No people or horses were injured, Banks said. More...

In brief ...

Highland County Board of Supervisors

• Mike Henry of the Virginia Departmentof Transportation Lexington Officereported to Highland supervisors duringtheir meeting May 1 that the U.S.250 bridge project at McDowell is More...

Wellness Center, business of the year

WARM SPRINGS – “Like a mythical phoenix rising from the ashes.” That aptly describes two local businesses. The Wellness Center and the Bath Animal Welfare Foundation thrift shop were each devastated by fire in Bacova on Nov. More...

Planners study Monterey proposal

MONTEREY — The Highland County Planning Commission heard residents’ views during an April 26 public hearing — for and against recommending that supervisors grant a conditional use permit to allow a commercial business to operate in More...

Junior Miss, Miss Bath crowns awarded Saturday

WARM SPRINGS – New royalty was crowned on the Bath County High School auditorium stage Saturday night. Whitney Morgan Shifflett, 15, daughter of Melvin and Missy Shifflett, took the Miss Bath County 2012 title. More...

Bath softball field nears completion

HOT SPRINGS —Bath County has built a powerhouse in high school softball over the past few years. The Chargers will soon have a first-class facility in which to play their games. More...

Charger DI team third in state

CROZET — The Bath County High School Destination Imagination team took third place in the state competition March 31 at Western Albemarle High School. More...

Library Notes

• If you’ve been following the county budget process in Highland, you may have noticed the library has been conspicuous in our request for more funding, since most county agencies have only asked for level funding. More...

Library presents program on Battle of McDowell

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Public Library will present Gregg Clemmer speaking on the Battle of McDowell Thursday May 10 at 7 p.m. More...

Engagement

Neil — Botkin

WILLIAMSVILLE — Danny and Deena Neil of Williamsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina Marie Neil, to Teddy William Botkin of Lafayette, Tenn. Botkin is the son of Betty Botkin and the late Tommy Botkin Sr. of Warm Springs. More...

Birth

Riley Machelle Plecker

MILLBORO — Travis and Chelsi Plecker of Millboro announce the birth of their daughter, Riley Machelle. She was born Dec. 17, 2011 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville and came home after 16 days in the NICU. More...

Council winners announced

Monterey - Seven candidates, all incumbents except one, have won the May 1 Town Council election, according to the Highland County Registrar’s Office. J.E. “Jay” Garber received 41 votes and is the only new member of the council. More...

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The Shenandoah Valley Reading Council hosted author Michael Shoulders for the Young Authors Celebration April 18 at Bath County High School. More...

Special Sections

Schools

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Beloved former principal Randy Hooke found himself right back where his heart is Friday afternoon — at Highland Elementary School, surrounded by adoring students and teachers. More...

In brief ...

Bath County School Board

• The June meeting was moved toWednesday, June 6. It will be held atthe Bath County High School libraryat 7 p.m. More...

Bath school board makes VRS decision

HOT SPRINGS — The Bath County School Board decided Tuesday to have employees begin making Virginia Retirement System contributions at a five percent rate beginning with the 2012-13 year, and to give employees a six percent raise to offset the c More...

Home & Property

Bell gets A rating from Virginia chamber

STAUNTON — Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell has received a 96 “A” rating from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for his record during the 2012 General Assembly session. More...

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Curtie Gutshall, of Monterey, recently shot this turkey while hunting in Highland County. The bird weighed 20 pounds and had a 10-inch beard. (Photo courtesy Mary Beth Gutshall) More...

Homestead appoints Swann director of marketing, communications

HOT SPRINGS — The Homestead has announced the appointment of Lynn Swann as director of marketing and communications. More...

Letters

Health fair a success in Highland County

Editor, The Recorder, The Highland Medical Center in Monterey welcomed nearly 200 area residents between Tuesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 19 to its 12th annual health fair. More...

Chamber dinner shows off Bath’s true colors

Editor, The Recorder, I’ve known it all along, but this past Friday night, the Bath County Chamber of Commerce Third Annual Business Appreciation Dinner confirmed my belief that our community is mighty special. More...

Red Cross collects 23 units of blood in Bath

Editor, The Recorder, The Hot Springs Fire House saw 25 presenters with only three deferrals, producing 23 units of blood at the recent American Red Cross Blood Drive. All the regulars were on hand to make welcome the donors. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Pictorial

Fourteen children gathered at the Blue Grass Book Bank last Thursday for animal day. Two dogs and a rabbit entertained the kids until Stu Simmons and his horse, Raven, turned up to steal the show. More...

HMC board, staff leading us forward

About two years ago, the future of Highland Medical Center was shaky. Its executive director at the time had just been indicted, and was eventually convicted on charges related to misrepresenting himself and his credentials. More...

Wonders of the Woods ... A closer look at our natural world

Wild, wild ginger

Wild ginger, a pleasing herb found in moist woodlands, has a much smaller root than cultivated ginger, but contains the same fresh, spicy/citrus taste. More...

HMC lands $4.1 million grant

MONTEREY — Medical care in the Highlands got a huge boost this week in the form of a $4.1 million grant to Highland Medical Center. More...

Bolar man rescued by his friends

WARM SPRINGS — The persistence of a friend may well have saved the life of a Bolar man last week. Miles Kelley, 63, was discovered Friday, April 27 around noon after having been apparently involved in an auto accident the day before. More...

3 plead guilty in Bath court

WARM SPRINGS – Three defendants who proffered guilty pleas were sentenced in Bath Circuit Court last Friday. More...

USPS wants closings despite Senate vote

BALTIMORE — Work to shut down local post offices in Bath and Highland will continue in the face of federal legislation to keep them open. More...

SPCA to cease operating shelter

MONTEREY — After more than a decade, the Highland SPCA will no longer operate the animal shelter near the solid waste site in Monterey, starting July 1. “This decision was not made quickly,” said SPCA board member Karen Brower. More...

Wonders of nature a wonderful show

HOT SPRINGS – Nature. It’s all around us. It’s one of the chief reasons we choose to live here. But what do we know about nature, really? More...

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A pink dogwood bloomed in Monterey as cool spring temperatures dominated the weather this week. (Recorder photo by John Bruce) More...

Personal growth to be book’s focus

MONTEREY — Minister, author and speaker Will Vaus of Monterey presents a fresh approach to personal development in his sixth and latest book, “Keys to Growth: Meditations on the Acts of the Apostles, ” due for release May 30. More...

Community service added to BCHS graduation requirements

HOT SPRINGS— Beginning with the class that will start eighth grade in August, students at Bath County High School will have to complete 10 hours per year of community service, a total of 50 hours, as part of their graduation requirements. More...

Alleghany Highlands Triathlon set for May 19

CLIFTON FORGE — The fourth annual Alleghany Highlands Triathlon sponsored by Clifton Forge Main Street, the Alleghany Highlands YMCA and the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will be held Saturday May 19, beginning at 9 a.m. More...

Scholarships available for DSLCC students

CLIFTON FORGE — Bubbles, Bands, and Brunch Scholarships are available through the Dabney S. More...

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The Bolar Ruritan Club, at its April meeting, held an appreciation pizza dinner for those who helped the club during the Maple Festival. The pizza was supplied by Jason’s in Warm Springs. More...

Corrections

• A caption under the Monterey Presbyterian Church in last week’s Storm on the Bullpasture incorrectly indicated this year’s Sunday service following McDowell Battlefield Day would be held there. More...

Agenda

Bath County Board of SupervisorsTuesday, May 8 — 7 p.m.Bath County Courthouse, Room 115 More...

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Ann Babcock’s readings of excerpts from her new books filled the Mountain View Room of the Highland County Public Library with listeners last Wednesday, April 25. More...

Obituaries

E. RANDOLPH HEVENER SR.

STUARTS DRAFT — E. Randolph Hevener Sr., died Friday, April 27, 2012, at Stuarts Draft Retirement Community, where he had been a resident for almost two years. More...

VERNON CLAY SIMMONS

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Vernon Clay Simmons, 83, of Franklin, passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va. He was born at Rexrode, on Dec. 25, 1928, the son of the late Ralph (Sept. More...

JAMES R. WOODZELL JR.

HOT SPRINGS — James R. Woodzell Jr., 66, of 6230 Jackson River Turnpike, Hot Springs, died Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs. He was born March 1, 1946 in Monks Corner, S.C., the son of the late James R. More...

Sports

Pauley’s home run saves Chargers

HOT SPRINGS — The Bath County softball team continued its undefeated season last Friday when they defeated James River 2-1 on a two-run homer by Bekkah Pauley in the fourth. More...

Highland plays tough in loss

MONTEREY— The Highland County boys’ soccer team battled hard Tuesday against Stuart Hall before falling 6–2 in the Rams’ home opener. More...

Pigskin report

IRVING, Texas — The 2011 NFL season ended in January for John Phillips and the Dallas Cowboys. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff Reports

Bath County • April 22 — Deputy Cody Smith responded to a report of a possible prowler in Mitchelltown; nothing located, area was patrolled. More...

Early Files

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This family picture of one of The Recorder’s subscribers, Corilda Chaplin Keyser Post, was taken around 1943. More...

Route 39 designated as memorial highway

Editor’s note: The following article was gleaned from the July 17, 1980 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

50 years ago

MAY 3, 1962

• Principal James W. Moon has announced that Miss Bertha Jo Terry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Terry of Monterey, has been named valedictorian of the Senior Class at Monterey High School for 1961-62. More...



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