December 7, 2017 RSS feed / Top News

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Lane, 4, and Hensley Neil, 6, children of Timmy and Meagan Neil of McDowell, sat on Santa’s lap as he read their wish lists during Wintertide festivities last weekend. More...

Group to explore plan for Highland’s rescue squad

MONTEREY — The Highland County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to invite county residents to participate in a new Emergency Medical Services Development Committee.  Persons interested in serving on a five-member committee are asked to c More...

On hush-hush, feds OK Augusta Co. request

MONTEREY — Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Augusta County’s request for consulting party status on historic resources with regard to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but only under a cloak of confidentiali More...

Food pantry blessed with community donations

MONTEREY — Have you ever wondered where your next meal came from?  For the last 15 years, the Word of Faith’s Food Pantry has helped families make sure they never have to ask that question.  More...

Agenda

Bath County Board of Supervisors

Tuesday, Dec. 12 • 7 p.m.Bath County CourthouseRoom 115 More...

‘Cheeze Claus’ a holiday hero around here

COVINGTON – James Smith of Covington will be the first to tell you, he likes “turning junk into joy.”  More...

Court

Highland County General District Court

MONTEREY — The following cases were heard in Highland County General District Court during the month of November. • Ingram, Samuel Luke, Swoope, improper muffler, continued; safety belt violation, continued. More...

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Can you identify this group of ladies from the 1953 or 1954 Highland County Maple Queen pageant? Pictured, center, wearing a crown, is Audrey Grace Bowers Lambert. More...

Special Sections

Schools

In Brief

Bath County School Board

• Tuesday, Bath County schools superintendent Sue Hirsh and Bath County School Board members shared their experiences attending the Virginia School Board Association annual conference. More...

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Students at Valley Elementary School were fortunate to have visits by Del. Ben Cline and Sen. More...

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Melinda Turner’s first grade class at Valley Elementary School decorated gift bags recently for Bath County Christmas Mother, Linda Altizer. (Photo courtesy VES) More...

Calendar

Calendar

Highland THROUGH DEC. 21 • Highland County Recreation Commission Christmas lighting contest open to all residents and businesses. Judging on Dec 21, entries must be received by Dec 20. Entry forms available at local businesses beginning Dec. More...

Home & Property

Building Permits

Highland County

MONTEREY — The following building permits were issued by the Highland County Department of Building and Zoning in the month of November. Permit fees totaled $185 for $27,700 in estimated improvements. More...

Land Transfers

Highland County

MONTEREY — The following land transfers were recorded in Highland County Circuit Court during the month of November. Stonewall District • Mount Farms LLC/T. West Jr. to BARC electric cooperative, right of way easement. More...

Valley Supermarket helps food program

MITCHELLTOWN — The Christmas Mother program is in full swing with shoppers searching for that something special for their recipient, helpers wrapping gifts, and the food basket program gathering in food to distribute to recipients.  More...

Letters

Law enforcement legends set the bar

Editor, The Recorder,  I write a letter each year to remind the citizens of Bath County of the supreme sacrifice Sheriff Charlie Gumm made on the night of Dec. More...

Lower taxes for families a good thing

Editor, The Recorder,  The Big Fish enterprise has caught the eye of our President Trump because of our Congressman Goodlatte’s involvement in the progressive progress of Highland County. More...

FERC ignored facts on property values

Editor, The Recorder,  I am saddened but not surprised that Highland County Reassessment Office records show a very large drop in land values along Valley Center Road within one-half mile of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  More...

Videos

Allegheny Mountain String Project Winter Concert 2017

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Bank sale pending  Free Access 

MARTINSVILLE — Carter Bank & Trust announced on Thursday that it has entered into an agreement with Highlands Community Bank to acquire its Hot Springs branch in Bath County.  Carter Bank & Trust’s Hot Springs branch will become one More...

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Ole man winter's coming  Free Access 

VDOT preparing to clear Valley roads

VDOT PREPARES SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS FOR POTENTIAL WINTER WEATHER More...

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‘Cheeze Claus’ took a rare lunch hour late last week to explain his Christmas mission: Preparing and giving out toys and bicycles to crowds at the area’s six Christmas parades. More...

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April and Sue Puffenbarger selected their favorite treats at the Highland Volunteer Fire Department Wintertide cookie walk. More...

In brief

Highland County Board of Supervisors

• Tuesday, Highland County supervisors approved a resolution honoring Chuck and Lou Ann Neely for following best management practices on their farms, at the recommendation of the Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District. More...

Find something county-made at visitors center

MONTEREY — January 2018 will mark the first year of operation for the Highland County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center. More...

Catch the train! Santa’s on his way

MILLBORO — On Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m., Santa will roll into Millboro on the Buckingham Branch Railroad Santa Express. More...

Reaching the rafters: Chorus stirs souls

MONTEREY — There’s nothing like seasonal music to stir the soul this time of year.  The Highland Community Chorus filled four churches with Christmas music last weekend, from the upbeat to the contemplative.  More...

Court

Bath County General District Court

WARM SPRINGS — The following cases were heard in Bath County General District Court during the month of November. • Ahmed, Rahat Parvez, Alexandria, speeding 59/45, guilty in absentia, $94 fine/$86 costs. More...

Orchestra to inspire with music this Sunday

HOT SPRINGS — It’s no surprise the talented students of the Allegheny Mountain String Project have developed quite a following. More...

Obituaries

Josephine Carpenter Sydenstricker

MILLBORO — Josephine Carpenter Sydenstricker, 83, of 133 Hickory Drive, Millboro, died Friday, Dec. More...

Mildred ‘Midge’ Dunn Wilson

WHITE POST — Mildred “Midge” Dunn Wilson, 95, of White Post, died Nov. 30, 2017 of heart failure in Charlottesville, where she had traveled three days before to be with her daughter, Elsie Wilson Thompson.  More...

Cleta Jane McCray

WAYNESBORO — Cleta Jane Mc- Cray, 92, of Staunton, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at Oak Grove Manor in Waynesboro.  She was born in McDowell on Aug. 29, 1925, a daughter of the late Eli and Ida Jane Eckard Puffenbarger.  More...

Sports

Highland prevails in scrappy wins over Bath

MONTEREY — Bath and Highland basketball teams kept up their longtime rivalry last week in exciting match-ups that left the Rams on top in both varsity games.  The Highland boys took a fast lead last Wednesday in the first quarter, taking t More...

Swish! Bath takes Boys Home in 66-46 win

HOT SPRINGS — On Friday, Dec. 1 the Bath County Chargers hosted their first game vs. the Boys Home. More...

Photos

Dalton Ailstock followed through after a foul shot while the other players prepared to spring into a scrap for the rebound. (Recorder photos by Michael Lotts) More...

Sheriff's Report

sheriff reports

Bath County   • Nov. 26 — Deputy McRoberts conducted a traffic stop on Mountain Valley Road near the intersection of Wildcat School Road in Millboro.  • Nov. More...

Early Files

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During American Education Week, community members were invited to teach classes in Highland County. More...

Bear hunters become rabid bobcat’s prey

Editor’s note: The following article was gleaned from the Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 edition of The Recorder. P. Lea Campbell Jr. was publisher and editor. The article was written by Amanda Isley.   More...

50 years ago

DEC. 7, 1967

• No action was taken Monday at a public meeting on this county’s growing Canadian thistle problem. The meeting was called by the board of supervisors at the request of the ACSC Committee.  More...

Opinions & Commentary

Oysters for Christmas day? Absolutely.

Camp Cookin’

MONTEREY— Oyster stew sounds kind of blah but definitely, it is not blah.  Now it appears that whenever I go off the road and get stuck in a culinary ditch attempting to deal with oysters, I need to contact my Augusta County hunting friend More...

Newspaper debuts new look, bucks trends

In The Recorder

MONTEREY — The newspaper you hold in your hands marks a major change for The Recorder. It’s been more than a decade since we’ve altered our style and design — we were long overdue.  More...

What’s new in your newspaper?

MONTEREY — As part of The Recorder’s overhaul, here’s what readers will notice starting with this edition. More...


Fall Guide 2017