August 17, 2017 RSS feed / Top News

State approves Speyside site plan, site prep begins

MILLBORO – Speyside Bourbon Cooperage reached a milestone in construction of its $5 million stave mill in Millboro by gaining approval for a site plan from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. More...

State, county await pipeline showdown

MONTEREY – Beyond drinking and livestock water worries, the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would add to customer power bills, the largest environmental organization in the Southeast claims. More...

Judge rules on defense motions in Hise case

WARM SPRINGS – Several motions by the defense in the Darla Hise murder trial were heard by Judge Michael S. Irvine in Bath County Circuit Court last Thursday, Aug. 10.  More...

Lexington library offers eclipse viewing via NASA

LEXINGTON — Visit the Rockbridge Regional Library in Lexington Saturday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to build a pinhole viewer in preparation of the eclipse on Monday. More...

Celtic Music returns to AMR

MONTEREY — The genre of Celtic music, what many consider to be one of the bedrocks of bluegrass and old time music, returns to the Allegheny Mountain Radio airwaves this Saturday.  More...

‘Experience’ comes to amphitheatre

CLIFTON FORGE —Join friends in the Historic Masonic Theatre Amphitheatre for an evening of country fun at 7:30 p.m. Aug. More...

Town to truck in water

Officials will update residents twice a day

MONTEREY — Just as The Recorder was going to press Wednesday morning, Monterey Town Council members met with health department officials and agreed to forge ahead with the plan to truck in more water.  Mayor Rich Holman will continue to se More...

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This is the seventh of a series of class pictures from the 1952 and 1950 Blue Grass School yearbooks following research to identify all the students. This is the 1952 freshman class. More...

Special Sections

Schools

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The Virginia Department of Education released 2016 Standards of Learning test results on Tuesday, which show very good results for all Bath County schools. More...

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Students arrived with joy Wednesday morning this week to start the year at Valley Elementary School. (Photo courtesy Valley Elementary School) More...

In brief ...

Highland County Local Emergency Planning Committee

• Jerry Moats, presiding over the Highland Local Emergency Planning Committee, reported on Aug. 10 that work was progressing on the Lantz Mountain public service antenna site. Pad concrete was poured, and the access road was completed.   More...

Home & Property

Red Cross calls for volunteers in Bath, Highland

MONTEREY and WARM SPRINGS — Red Cross disaster relief teams help people during emergencies all around the world, but the help cannot be taken for granted and it will not be there if individuals do not step forward to become volunteers.  More...

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The Hoosier cabinet is coveted by those who love antique and vintage pieces. This one will be auctioned Saturday, Aug. 19, as a fundraiser for the Doris L. Via Cancer Fund. More...

Young musicians wanted

CLIFTON FORGE — Appalfolks of America Association will hold an audition at the Historic Masonic Theatre from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 to form the New “Old School” Virginia Opry Junior Pros.  More...

Letters

Bath officials’ bickering a disservice to county

Editor, The Recorder,  The Aug. 3 Recorder headline about the latest (Bath County) Board of Supervisors “dust up” compels me to send the following comments:  More...

Goodlatte’s character, standards questioned

Editor’s note: The following letter was written to U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte Aug. 14, and shared with The Recorder. Honorable Representative Goodlatte:  More...

Council eager to improve town communications

Editor, The Recorder,  We would like to thank everyone who attended the Monterey Town Council informational meeting on Monday evening. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Black bear sightings increase in Highlands

On the Forests

WARM SPRINGS – With the forthcoming solar eclipse event happening Aug. 21 between 1 and 4 p.m., here are some safety tips to observe the eclipse.   Do not look at the sun during the eclipse. More...

Snipers and black ops and bank jobs ... Oh, my!

A Party of One

I often wonder what my life would be like, had I been the baby boy my parents were hoping for.  I’m happy with the life I’ve made for myself; I am doing what I’ve wanted to do since I was a teenager.   More...

From the Valley to Italy: Use-what-you’ve-got soup

Camp Cookin’

MONTEREY — “Elk Run” Cannellini Bean Soup. I’ve purchased a variant of Cannellini bean soup from Jim and Sue Randall, owners of the Elk Run farm and mainstays of the Staunton farmers market, the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. More...

Breaking News - 9:33 PM

More leaks found in town water system  Free Access 

Town asks for state help

Monterey Town Water System Press Release August 18, 2017 p.m. The Town, or people on behalf of the Town, has been in contact with the Virginia State Health Commissioner, the Staunton office of Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Senator Tim Kaine’s staff More...

Breaking News - 1:00 PM

Town water update for Friday afternoon  Free Access 

Notice from the Town of Monterey:  A More...

Water outage tests patience in Monterey

MONTEREY – An at least month-long series of town water system issues culminated this week in an emergency declaration, a 30-day conservation ordinance, and a boil water advisory.  Help arrived Monday to fix the water outage affecting Monte More...

Palo Alto: Small place with big history

MONTEREY — The idyllic waters of Spring Run and South Fork that intersect at Palo Alto belie the bustle of commerce and deadly conflicts that once occurred at this little hamlet in the northeastern corner of Highland County. More...

New doctor joins hospital

HOT SPRINGS – Bath Community Hospital has announced that Dr. Tamra Stall will be joining the medical staff in October.  More...

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Correction — Billy Mauzy was omitted from the Aug. More...

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Honeybees were flocking to the flowers along the Walk of Honor in Monterey this weekend. (Recorder photo by John Bruce) More...

Historic survey in Warm Springs to begin in November

WARM SPRINGS – An historic survey of properties in Warm Springs and West Warm Springs is on track to begin this fall.  More...

Trooper gives account of Charlottesville violence

HOT SPRINGS – Several Virginia State Police officers who normally work in Bath, Highland and Alleghany counties were deployed to Charlottesville for the white supremacist, KKK, neo-nazi rally last weekend, and worked to protect lives during cla More...

Obituaries

IAN RICHARD POHOWSKY

BOISE, IDAHO — Ian Richard Pohowsky, 42, of Boise, Idaho, moved on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.  He was born May 2, 1975 in Woking, England, the younger son of Carolyn Miller Hevener Pohowsky and Robert “Bob” Alexander Pohowsky.  More...

BENJAMIN “BEN” ADAM STEPHENSON

MEADOWDALE — Benjamin “Ben” Adam Stephenson, 67, of the Meadowdale community of Highland County, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at his home, the original Stephenson homeplace, surrounded by his family.  Mr. More...

ROBERT LEE GRAY JR.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Robert Lee Gray Jr., 70, of Durbin, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at the White Sulphur Springs Care Center. He was born Aug. 2, 1947, to the late Robert Lee Gray Sr. More...

Sports

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Alex Caton is bringing her Fiddle Camp to Highland County. If you like Irish to old time and singing Appalachian style, then come out to the farmers market on Friday, Aug. 18 from 4-6 p.m. More...

Phillips’ joins training camp after surgery

NEW ORLEANS — Bath County’s John Phillips is back to practice this week with the New Orleans Saints Training Camp.  The veteran tight end missed the first two weeks of camp after having his appendix removed and passed his physical la More...

Sheriff's Report

Bath County EDA plans industrial park upgrades

WARM SPRINGS – The Bath County Economic Development Authority is planning upgrades at the Bath County Industrial Park in Millboro, including repair work on the industrial building and engineering advice on possible uses for vacant land within t More...

Sheriff’s Report

Bath County   • Aug. 6 — Dep. McRoberts conducted a well-being check in Cedar Creek.  • Aug. 6 — McRoberts assisted a person with removing a snake from their residence in Hot Springs.  • Aug. More...

Early Files

Former Bath resident publishes first novel

Editor’s note: The following article was gleaned from the Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 edition of The Recorder. Anne Adams was publisher and editor. The article was written by Cythnia B. Coleman.   More...

50 years ago

AUGUST 17, 1967

• The Hanover Shoe Co. factory being built three miles south of Franklin, W.Va. on U.S. 220 is said by company officials to be “on schedule” and the completion date set for the middle of October. More...

25 years ago

AUGUST 14, 1992

• Efforts to expand health services in the county took a step forward here Tuesday as the board of supervisors endorsed the ad hoc health care committee’s plan to incorporate a nonprofit organization and begin raising funds for the constru More...


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