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 Highland County Public Schools’ bus driver Franny Neil outfitted her young riders with squirt guns on the last day of school, and then drove the loop of the parking lot two extra times so the kids could blast the school staff. See additional photos, page 10. (Recorder photo by Tammy Minnigh) … Please log in to view this content or […]

Public works facility struck by lightning


A van was rolled by the explosion, which spread debris to a nearby parking lot. (Recorder photo by Gavin Dressler)COVINGTON — Unexpected storms severely damaged Covington’s Public Works facility early last Friday morning. Shortly after midnight, a lightning strike is believed to have struck the metal fence surrounding the public works facility on West Prospect Street, causing the electricity to […]

Moomaw access in awful shape


The group cut grass in an overgrown pavilion picnic area. (Photo courtesy Kim Alexander)HOT SPRINGS – When Kim Alexander helped form a local volunteer group to fix up Lake Moomaw, the last thing she expected was to be told she was trespassing. Alexander and several other residents headed out to Lake Moomaw in the hopes of fixing up what has […]

Plea deal reached on felony embezzlement charges


WARM SPRINGS – The former Millboro fire chief pleaded guilty to five felony embezzlement charges in Bath County Circuit Court last Thursday. Ernest Wayne Deel Jr., 44, was charged with 11 felony embezzlement counts; in a plea deal reached before his trial began, Deel agreed to plead guilty to five of them. He will serve one year in prison and […]

School consolidation decades in the making: A history

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ALLEGHENY HIGHLANDS — A long, winding journey that began in the 1960s will soon culminate in a historic unification. The road that led to the imminent consolidation of the Alleghany County and Covington school systems on Friday, July 1, though, has not been without its share of trials and obstacles. It’s proved to be a 55-year saga of behind-the-scenes discussions […]

13 felony charges against McDowell man set for grand jury


MONTEREY — Shaun William Gwin of McDowell waived his preliminary hearing on 13 felonies and 10 misdemeanors during Highland County Circuit Court on June 15. Commonwealth’s attorney Melissa Dowd asked Judge Rupin Shah to nolle prosequi three additional felony charges. “At this time, the commonwealth has insufficient evidence for those cases,” Dowd told the judge. After the court ended, Dowd […]

Trouble with ticks: A summer scourge of tiny terror


ALLEGHENY HIGHLANDS — As you get outside for summer fun, don’t forget to take a few precautions to protect your family and pets from tick-borne diseases. “It does seem like ticks are becoming more and more of a problem here,” said area veterinarian Dr. Joe Malcolm. Malcolm said the number of ticks and tick-borne diseases has risen steadily over the […]

60 new COVID-19 cases reported in this area


ALLEGHENY HIGHLANDS — Cases of coronavirus have fallen throughout Virginia with a seven-day moving average of 2,414 daily new cases reported throughout the state — a decrease from last week’s seven-day moving of 2,716 daily new cases. There were 29 new cases reported in Alleghany County over the past week, one new case in Highland County, eight in Bath, and […]

Highland Center, arts council prepare for Taste of Highland

MONTEREY — The Highland Center has announced this year’s Taste of Highland will be held Saturday, July 23. The event is now in its 13th year and is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the bounty of summer produce and other foods from this region. An exciting new development for this year is a partnership between The Highland Center and […]

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Clifton Forge Town Council

• During the June 14 Clifton Forge Town Council meeting, town manager Chuck Unroe noted Gary Gardner, the town’s code enforcement officer, retired at the beginning of June. Unroe said the town is looking to hire an individual for code enforcement and community development, with the intent of finding someone to fill both roles and make it a “hybrid” position. […]


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