December 20, 2012 RSS feed / Top News

Stables harness memories

HOT SPRINGS – They’ve been there for as long as any of us can remember. Soon, memories will be all that’s left of the old Homestead Stables on Main Street, across from the firehouse. They are slowly, but surely, being dismantled. More...

Man convicted for bigamy

MONTEREY — Highland County Circuit Court Judge Humes Franklin Jr. on Dec. 13 convicted a Monterey man on a rare class-4 felony charge of bigamy and ordered a pre-sentence report. More...

Natural Assets poised to buy the Preserve

HOT SPRINGS — Matt Spence, founder and CEO of Natural Retreats and Natural Assets, has executed an asset purchase agreement to buy all the real and personal property of the Homestead Preserve, from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. More...

Bath board chairman examines outlook

WARM SPRINGS — Bath County Board of Supervisors chairman Cliff Gilchrest said he looks forward to helping move the county forward on several key issues during 2013. More...

2012 had Highland board ‘on its toes,’ chair says

Editor’s note: This month marks the close of the first year of service for Highland County’s current board of supervisors. Of the three men serving on the board, only one was re-elected to serve a second consecutive term. More...

50+ animals thankful for humane society

MONTEREY — Formed in July, the Highland County Humane Society has taken in more than 50 animals during its first six months. More...

Hot Springs parade a crowd pleaser

Long-time fireman John Hart served as marshal of the Hot Springs Christmas Parade. He rode with his little granddaughter, Mary Jo LaFountain. (Photo courtesy Selena Lacks) More...

Red Cross works with Highland LEPC

MONTEREY — An official from the American Red Cross Va. Mountain Region visited Highland last week and spoke with county emergency planners about services the nonprofit organization offers. More...

Dear Santa ...

Highland Pre-School Dear Santa, I would like to get a Rainbow Grow-Up Stick. I am going to leave you two turkeys to eat. I love you, Santa. I would really, really like an iPad. That’s all! More...

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Adeline Hodge’s students at Bath County High School adopted a child and decorated gift bags for the Bath County Christmas Mother program. More...

A Christmas message for all

To the parents of children still at home: may you be blessed with a heart that knows whatever it has, it is enough. Jesus doesn’t care one little bit how many presents you’re able to put under the tree, and neither do your kids. Really. More...

Celebrating Advent season

For many Christians, the four weeks leading up the Christmas are a celebration of their own. The Advent season, as it is called, is a time for us in the church to prepare our hearts and lives for the coming of Christ. More...

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Employees of Homestead Preserve and Natural Retreats donated many gifts to the Bath County Christmas Mother program. More...

Special Sections

Schools

School board sets capital priorities

WARM SPRINGS — Door repairs at Valley Elementary School and Bath County High School, cameras and door alarms at all three schools, and two new school buses are the top capital improvement priorities for 2013-14 set by the Bath County School Boa More...

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The Millboro Elementary School SCA helped with the Bath County Christmas Mother program this year. More...

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Highland Elementary School Good Citizens for the month of December were: Alex Smith, fourth grade; Arceli Prieto, first grade; Autumn Simmons, fifth grade; Brianna Wimer, second grade; Cayden Roberso More...

Home & Property

Area churches help pack Christmas shoeboxes

McDOWELL —McDowell Charge of United Methodist Churches (Totten Chapel, Doe Hill, McKendree, and McDowell churches) again this year sponsored a Relay Center for collection of “Gospel Opportunity,” shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Ch More...

Sheriff employees get training

MONTEREY — The Highland County Sheriff’s Office has announced new training certifications for three employees. More...

Schurz threatens to block access to DISH customers in six markets

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Schurz Communications Inc. is threatening to block DISH customers’ access to programming on its ABC, CBS and NBC stations, demanding that DISH pay more than five times the current cost for the same content. More...

Letters

Landowner opposes laundry facility request

Editor, The Recorder: In the Dec. More...

School administration threw teams ‘under bus’

Editor, The Recorder, After 12 years as a journalist, this is my first letter to the editor of any newspaper. And, if any issue should move a parent or community-minded citizen to write to the editor, this one is it. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Gun owners should be proactive

“Anytown, U.S.A.” That’s what a resident called Newtown, Conn., this week, in describing the lovely, ordinary, peaceful place that was rocked nearly off its foundation Friday when 20 little children and six educators were killed by More...

Pictorial

CR Hirsh, far right, crated his 1937 Chevrolet fire truck for the Christmas parade in Hot Springs. Hirsh’s father, Malcolm, once owned the fire truck, which served the village of Bacova. More...

Step into my parlor ...

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

Nature, in all the beauty it provides, can be so alluring. Scents, colors and tastes in the woodlands draw living things to one another. But sometimes beauty in nature masks a hidden agenda. More...

Breaking News - 12/21/2012 5:39 PM

Check out all the great January events for Second Wind (VPAS)!  Free Access 

Virginia Program for Aging Services' new incarnation for Highland Seniors is Second Wind, and there are a lot of great programs on the calendar in January, starting with a "Movement for Health" class Monday, Jan. 8. More...

Year 2012 a challenge

BATH and HIGHLAND — 2012 was an eventful year in the Highlands, from a once in a lifetime storm to the closure of a 2009 double homicide at The Homestead. We have taken a look back at some of the events chronicled in The Recorder this year. More...

Highland County Circuit Court hands down sentences

MONTEREY — Two men received sentencing and another was indicted by a grand jury on Highland Circuit Court Term Day Tuesday with Judge Humes Franklin Jr. presiding. More...

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Highlanders are lighting up the night in anticipation of the holidays this season. From Blue Grass to Monterey, homes and offices across the area are brightening spirits with dazzling displays. More...

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Late afternoon sunlight shined on the western slope of Jack Mountain during a crisp fall day last week. (Recorder photo by John Bruce) More...

Bath County Christmas parade winners 2012

HOT SPRINGS and MILLBORO — Christmas parades delighted crowds in eastern and western Bath last weekend. The Hot Springs parade, sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Department, began Saturday, Dec. More...

Living off grid takes dedication

BATH and HIGHLAND — Folks in this area who have experienced life “off the grid” generally agree on one thing — conservation is a major component to success. More...

Christmas comes through Millboro

The Grinch takes a vacation from Whoville to visit Millboro for Christmas. More...

Recruitment, retention are rescue goals

2013 to mark Highland volunteer squad’s 50th anniversary

MONTEREY — The Highland County Volunteer Rescue Squad has a new captain. He is Chris Vernovai, 35, of Head Waters. He works as a firefighter and paramedic at the Navy Base in Sugar Grove. W.Va. More...

Tis the season ...

It’s that season of the year — a time to touch base with loved ones who are away from home. The Recorder invites readers to let us know of friends or family members who won’t be able to get out or get home for Christmas this year. More...

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From left, Susan and George Stoklasa and Hella Armstrong of the Hot Springs Cotillion Club collected items for the Bath County Christmas Mother program at the club’s annual Christmas party danc More...

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Employees of The Homestead Owners’ Club adopted more than 50 people and raised money for the Bath County Christmas Mother program. More...

Christmas Eve message to the congregation of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

Dear People of God, More...

The Most Strategic Invasion

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). More...

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The Highland Recreation Commission had a new solar water heating system installed at the commission pool in Monterey this fall. More...

Obituaries

Breaking News - 1/2/2013 10:19 AM

MARY STONE DOUGLASS GROVER  Free Access 

WARM SPRINGS — Mary Stone Douglass Grover, 88, of Warm Springs died Dec. 26 at home, surrounded by her family.She was the widow of William Mortimer Grover Jr. and the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. More...

Breaking News - 1/2/2013 10:09 AM

JAMES T. O'HARE  Free Access 

STAUNTON — James T. O’Hare III, 77, of Staunton, died quietly at home with his beloved daughter at his side on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.Born in Jeannette, Pa., he was the son of the late Valetta Garretson O’Hare and James T. O’Hare II. More...

DAISY DOYLE TERRY

BOLAR — Daisy Doyle Terry, 96, of Bolar, passed away Friday, Dec.14, 2012 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Elmer Waybright. She was born July 13, 1916 in Highland County, a daughter of the late Ceba and Fannie Doyle. More...

Sports

Highland wins at VSDB

STAUNTON — Highland recovered from a slow first quarter Monday night to post a 50-20 win over VSDB. It was a slow start by both teams on the offensive end and VSDB took a 5-3 lead after the first eight minutes of play. More...

Riverheads defeats Bath girls

GREENVILLE — The Bath County girls may be getting back on their feet. Following a two-week struggle with the flu that included a 34-14 loss to Riverheads last Wednesday, they travelled to the Gladiators’ home turf Saturday for a rematch. More...

Rams hold off late charge

STAUNTON — Highland looked to push their winning streak to three games Monday night as they traveled to VSDB. They did so, holding on for a 44-40 win. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s Report

Bath County • Dec. 9 — Deputy Michael Colaw responded to Klondike Drive to speak with a citizen about a disagreement that occurred earlier. • Dec. More...

Early Files

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Creigh and Pam Deeds were pictured with their daughters, Amanda and Rebecca. As Bath County’s new Commonwealth’s Attorney, Deeds will be sworn in Monday (Dec. 21, 1987) at 2 p.m. More...

Bath talks landfill needs

Editor’s note: The following article was gleaned from the April 6, 1972 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

50 years ago

DECEMBER 20, 1962

• Second Lt. Russell Wayne Andrews arrived in Bamberg, Germany on Sept. 12. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Andrews of Blue Grass, and taught at Monterey School last term. • Mr. and Mrs. More...


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