April 25, 2013 RSS feed / Top News

Recorder earns statewide honors  Free Access 

NORFOLK — The Recorder garnered several awards Saturday in Norfolk at the Virginia Press Association’s annual conference, including the VPA Award for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service — the highest award for newspapers. More...

Highlands ‘left out’ of funding formula

MONTEREY — What do sparsely populated Bath and Highland have in common with a giant county like Fairfax? Not much, except for the scores of a state funding formula. More...

In brief ...

Bath Board of Supervisors

• At its meeting Tuesday, the Bath board of supervisors approved a contract with Balzer and Associates for architectural design work on the first phase of courthouse office space renovation. The cost of the first phase is not to exceed $22,000. More...

HCPS teaching schedule

MONTEREY — Highland school administrators released the following plan for teachers’ classes for next school year, during Monday’s information meeting. More...

Buildings, vehicle burned

MONTEREY — A nighttime fire gutted an outbuilding and car in Highland this week, but the damage might have been far worse had it not been for a trio of good Samaritans. More...

In brief ...

Highland Supervisors

• Last Wednesday, Highland supervisors agreed to ask about meeting with the Monterey Town Council to discuss a proposed 2 percent lodging tax. Supervisor David Blanchard asked to bring the matter up. More...

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The annual Junior Miss and Miss Bath County Pageant will be held Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at Bath County High School. The pageant is sponsored by the Bath Highlands Lioness Lions Club. More...

Bath tourism is race sponsor

WARM SPRINGS — The County of Bath and Middle Mountain Momma (a Virginia Showcase Mountain Bike race event) have joined forces as Bath County Tourism has signed on as sponsoring partner for the race slated to take place at Douthat State Park on More...

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Sheriff Tim Duff shows the take from last week’s drug take-back initiative during the Highland Medical Center’s health fair. More...

Special Sections

Schools

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Nikolas Williams, one of Caroline Botkin’s Highland Elementary first-graders, filled a small container with soil Monday as part of a program by the Highland Center and 4-H to teach students abo More...

Sports

Blagg wins two events

BUENA VISTA– Competing in its first track meet of the year, Highland traveled to Parry McCluer last Wednesday for a district meet with teams from Bath, James River, Covington, Craig, and Rockbridge County. More...

Chargers finish 5th in meet

BUENA VISTA — The Bath County track team earned 22.5 points and finished fifth in a meet at Parry McCluer last Wednesday. More...

Mountaineers sink netters

HOT SPRINGS — Alleghany won all three doubles matches to come from behind and take a 5-4 tennis win over Bath County last Wednesday. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s Report

Bath County • April 14 — Major James Bryan and Deputy James Rexrode responded to a report of a vehicle crash in Millboro. • April 14 — Deputy Michael Colaw responded to a report of an animal acting strangely in Hot Springs. More...

Early Files

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Employees of the Rockingham Cooperative, Highland branch, who celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, April 16, 1988, were (l-r): Rick Halterman, Jane Kincaid, Nick Pugh, Mike Hilbert, and general More...

Quality education move outlined

Editor’s note: The following articles were gleaned from the Feb. 8, 1973 edition of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

50 years ago

APRIL 18, 1963

• Egg Hunt winners at Sunday’s VFW sponsored event were Kim Swecker, daughter of Robert T. Swecker, and Edward Russell Varner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Varner of Monterey, who found prize eggs; and Jan Bennett, daughter of Mr. More...

Volunteer shortage becoming critical

Emergency services providers relay concerns to board

WARM SPRINGS — Bath County emergency services providers told the board of supervisors Tuesday their volunteer forces are aging and shrinking in number. More...

Keep teachers, Highlanders say

MONTEREY — Citizens were astute in their observations. Officials were more open in their explanations. Monday’s informational meeting hosted by the Highland County School Board was billed as an opportunity for open dialogue. More...

High-speed chase ends in Augusta, results in arrest

BLUE GRASS — A man who was allegedly living in a car here was jailed April 19 without bond following a high-speed chase across Highland County. More...

Planners recommend chicken ordinance

WARM SPRINGS — People who live in residential zoning districts in Bath County are one step closer to being able to legally have chickens. More...

Bath Co. reviews $22 million plan

WARM SPRINGS — Bath County supervisors went over details of the county’s proposed $22 million budget Tuesday. Interim county administrator Bill O’Brien said there were no major increases over this year’s budget. More...

Bath officials grill VaCO on spending

WARM SPRINGS — Bath supervisors, the county administrator and the county attorney questioned representatives from the Virginia Association of Counties Tuesday about a loan the county made in 2008 to finance renovations at Bath County High Schoo More...

Stump reins as 2013 Fire Queen

These three beauties (l-r) Tiny Miss Tessa Bendel, Junior Miss Allison Stump and Little Miss Anna Armstrong, took the crowns on Saturday, April 20 at the annual Fire Queen Contest sponsored by the Hi More...

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Judith Anne Bendel, phlebotomist, labels a blood sample during the Highland Medical Center’s health fair. The three-day event had several new features including oral cancer screenings by Dr. More...

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Brittany Whitelaw (top) assembled a sign Tuesday in front of the new Thrive Sustainable Farm in Monterey. More...

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A surprise 40th birthday party was given Saturday, April 13 for Melissa Scott at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, William and Hillary Wilfong, in Front Royal. More...

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A woman was transported to a hospital with visible injuries after her car struck a tree and caught fire about two miles west of McDowell on U.S. 250 by Crab Run Tuesday. More...

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The Red Hatters and guest enjoyed a day of fun arranged by Laura Lynn Batelli. More...

Obituaries

Breaking News - 4/25/2013 10:23 AM

MAUDE CARAWAY HIVELY  Free Access 

HARRISONBURG — Maude Caraway Hively, 98, of Harrisonburg, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.She was born Jan. More...

Breaking News - 4/25/2013 10:26 AM

PAULINE ARBAUGH  Free Access 

CIRCLEVILLE, W.Va. — Paulene B. Arbaugh, 74, of Circleville, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at her residence.She was born at Cherry Grove on Nov. 8, 1938, the daughter of the late Berry Bennett and Nellie Robinson Bennett Warner. More...

Breaking News - 4/27/2013 1:05 PM

IRENE "TEAN" SIMMONS  Free Access 

BLUE GRASS — Irene Dare “Tean” Simmons, 79, of Blue Grass passed away, Friday, April 26, 2013 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.  She was born May 14, 1933 in Blue Grass, a daughter of the late Fleet and Lona Ellen Eye Rexrode.Mrs. More...

Home & Property

Birth

Isaac Emmanuel Shank

McDOWELL — Aaron and Erica Shank of McDowell announce the birth of a son, Isaac Emmanuel Shank, born March 6, 2013 at 7:53 p.m. at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg. Isaac weighed eight pounds and 0.6 ounces, and was 20 inches long. More...

Beatty — O’Neill

Engagement

MEDINA, N.Y. — Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Beatty of Medina, formerly of Highland County, Va., announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Anne, to Spencer Christian O’Neill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert O’Neill of Lyndonville. More...

Letters

Cemetery clean up garners concerns

Editor, The Recorder, We as a family would like to express how heartbroken we were after the cleanup day at the Warm Springs Cemetery on April 13. More...

Remembering dear friend, bird-watcher

Editor, The Recorder, On April 9, Highland and Bath lost a wonderful birding friend. Yulee Larner, “The Bird Lady of Staunton,” passed away at age 89. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Pictorial

Our local firefighters deserve a big round of applause this week after they helped rescue a woman in a burning car, controlled a subsequent blaze that raced up steep terrain, and later that same nigh More...

Formulas defy logic

Feeling stressed? Well, don’t. According to some very smart people at Virginia’s Commission on Local Government, Bath and Highland are among the least stressed localities in the commonwealth, fiscally speaking. More...

An old dog can learn new tricks

Party of One

This old dog learned some new tricks last weekend. I was due in Norfolk Friday; I had a lunch in Richmond Friday afternoon; I had a book signing in Covington Thursday night. My mind whirled. More...


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