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March 15

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Power outage update

As of 9:35 p.m. the Monterey SVEC substation was energized but SVEC discovered feeder lines to Doe Hill are down and distribution system is not yet energized. SVEC has not updated overall expected restoration time from after midnight.   More...

No fraud is found

WARM SPRINGS — A Virginia State Police investigation into how two Bath County building permits were handled ended with no evidence of criminal activity.  Asked last week what the investigation uncovered, VSP Special Agent Allen Brown repli More...

Warm Springs home completely lost to fire

WARM SPRINGS – A family who has dedicated itself for decades to operating the Committee for Emergencies, which helps out those who lose a home to fire, lost its own home early Tuesday morning.  Richard and Mary Susan Blankenship and their More...

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Todd Fry, left, has returned to the Bath County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy. Fry began his 25-year law enforcement Feb. More...

Garden trivia fund-raiser March 16

STAUNTON — The new Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind and Allegheny Mountain School have joined to develop an educational farm project, and farm plans are moving along nicely.  The AMS farm team is excited to dive into work as the weat More...

Solid waste bidders make presentations

WARM SPRINGS — Allegheny Disposal and Republic Services, the two companies bidding to handle Bath County’s solid waste for the next three years, made presentations to the board of supervisors last Thursday morning.  Republic Services More...

In brief ...

Bath County Board of Supervisors

• Teresa Phillips, administrator of the 911 center, said a state grant she applied for had been approved and the county awarded $150,000 to upgrade equipment and software in the 911 center. More...

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Festival-goers gathered around the ancient field maple at Rexrode’s Sugar Orchard Saturday. (Recorder photo by John Bruce) More...

Corrections

• The dates for the Blue Grass Valley Music Festival were incorrectly listed March 6 in The Recorder’s Spring Guide. The correct dates for the festival are Aug. More...

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Clouds spiraled over the sunset in Highland Sunday night, the close of the first weekend of Maple Festival. (Recorder photo by John Bruce) More...

New McDowell well in place

McDOWELL — Customers of the Mc- Dowell water system were notified on Sept. More...

Official concerned about BARC’s future here

WARM SPRINGS — Millboro District Supervisor Cliff Gilchrest addressed the possibility of BARC Electric Cooperative leaving Bath County during Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting.  More...

4-H’ers shine on contest day

MONTEREY — 4-H members from Highland competed at the local 4-H Contest Day on Friday, Feb. 28 at the school campus. Contestants competed in 10 categories and three age divisions.  More...

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The Highland County Arts Council presented the play “Helium” at the Highland Center during the first weekend of Maple Festival. Retired teacher, Mrs. More...

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Dot Pozun, left, was the winner of the door prize at the Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration at the Bath County Library March 4. Adults who brought children to the program were eligible. More...

Clifton Forge Library seeks donations for book sale

CLIFTON FORGE — The Friends of the Clifton Forge Public Library are requesting donations to support their upcoming spring book sale.  Books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs are especially requested. More...

Special Sections

Schools

HHS principal uses Twitter

MONTEREY — Highland High School Principal April Goff has recently joined the flock of “tweeters” and can now be contacted through Twitter: @AGoffHHS.  Twitter is yet another popular form of social media, allowing users to &ldqu More...

In brief ...

Highland School Board

• Monday, the Highland School Board voted to extend the school day by 16 minutes daily beginning March 31. The schools have missed 18 days and 13 days of delays or early releases, or more than three weeks of classes. More...

Highland schools to lengthen days

MONTEREY — With too many missed school days, Highland High School principal April Goff notified students and parents last week that an extended schedule will be required to make up time.  More...

Sports

Charger boys’ soccer team rebuilding

HOT SPRINGS — The Bath County boys’ soccer team is in a pretty good position, numbers-wise, to start the year. Of the 17 players on the varsity squad, 10 are returning from last year’s team.  More...

Bath girls’ soccer has mix of veterans and newcomers

HOT SPRINGS — The Bath County girls’ soccer team has eight returnees to mix with six new players for the 2014 season, and also has a new head coach.  More...

On Campus

HONOLULU — Jailyn Ford and the James Madison University softball team have taken the Hawaiian Islands by storm this week as the Dukes won four straight games to open their spring break trip.  More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s Report

Bath County   • March 2 — Deputy James Rexrode conducted a traffic stop on Mountain Valley Road.  • March 2 — Deputy Michael Colaw responded to a dispute at Klondike Apartments in Warm Springs.  • March 2 &md More...

Letters

Bath County politics: An abuse of power, it seems

Editor, The Recorder,  It is difficult to be civil when discussing the crisis facing the Bath County government, but I will try. The Recorder says it is dysfunctional; that may be a gross understatement. More...

Bath hospital staff found friendly, helpful at ER

Editor, The Recorder,  I have been to the Bath Community Hospital emergency room several times, but had nothing like the experience of Sunday, Feb. 23.  More...

‘War on Poverty’ programs not working

Editor, The Recorder,  We have been waging a war in this country for 50 plus years – a war commonly known as ‘The War on Poverty.’ The war has not prevented poverty and in many ways has made our nation weaker. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Pictorial

The line was long for a Sunday at the Mill Gap Ruritan Club doughnut trailer. The club stopped serving at 1 p.m. because it didn’t have enough volunteers. And that’s a shame. More...

Right attitude, plenty of potential

It’s tempting to feel skeptical.  Natural Retreats is a young company, founded only about eight years ago, in England. More...

Thinking outside the big box

Chairman’s Notes

There has been a lot of discussion within the community about “what this county needs.” We need more restaurants. We need a car wash. We need more jobs for young people. We need . . . and everyone is right. More...

Breaking News - 3/17/2014 4:41 PM

Beware the re-freeze  Free Access 

MOST SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS CLEAR BUT WATCH OUT FOR REFREEZING TONIGHT  More...

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Getting worse  Free Access 

TRAVEL NOT ADVISED IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY TONIGHT  More...

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Shelter in place, VDOT advises  Free Access 

SNOW NOW FALLING IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY – BE ALERT FOR DETERIORATING ROAD CONDITIONS  More...

Breaking News - 3/12/2014 9:55 PM

Power outage hits Highland  Free Access 

Power went out 5 pm across Highland County this evening. Sheriff Tim Duff went up to patrol the county line on Rt. 84, and there was 40 mph wind, with minor trees in the road. More...

Natural Retreats has high hopes for Bath

HOT SPRINGS — Where does one find the best chocolate pancakes around here? According to Matt Spence’s children, it’s the Country Café just south of Hot Springs.  More...

CSB told female clinician needed

MONTEREY — The need for a female visiting counselor to work with schoolchildren still tops Highland’s needs from its behavioral health service provider, according to county officials.  More...

Mayor hopes DEQ will revoke ruling

MONTEREY — The Department of Environmental Quality could soon lift a consent order that has loomed over Monterey Town Council in one form or another since 2003, threatening robust fines for wastewater violations.  More...

Exhibits examine early life, mills

MCDOWELL — The Highland Historical Society Museum has two new exhibits.  One, “Living With the Land: A Photo and Object Journey through Time,” presents a history of how the people of Highland learned to deal with predation, gre More...

Bath supervisors set more goals

WARM SPRINGS — Continuing their look toward the future, the Bath County Board of Supervisors held a second meeting devoted to setting goals last Thursday.  More...

Bath County deputies fully vested

WARM SPRINGS – Ballistic vests for Sheriff Robert Plecker and his deputies have been delivered, thanks in part to donations from Moose International, the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, the National Sheriff’s Association and the Commonweal More...

Planners weigh lumberyard permits

MONTEREY — On March 6, the Highland County Planning Commission set public hearings for 7:30 p.m. More...

The Homestead Preserve: Years in the making

• Celebration Associates, owned by business partners Charles Adams and Don Killoren, first launched development plans for Bath in 2002. More...

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Ronnie Moyers of Laurel Fork Sapsuckers led a well-attended presentation on the history and methods surrounding maple cultivation and collection of sap for production of maple syrup. More...

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A crowd lined up for maple doughnuts and other goodies as the sugar water steamed from chimney at Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard. More...

Giving begets giving

HOT SPRINGS – If you passed through downtown Hot Springs Saturday, March 1, you couldn’t help but notice the massive traffic jam in front of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  More...

Bath landfill contract, courthouse bid approved

WARM SPRINGS — An agreement to haul solid waste to a landfill in Covington and a bid for courthouse renovation work were both approved by the Bath County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night.  More...

General Assembly session comes to an end

RICHMOND — The 2014 Session of the General Assembly is over; we adjourned on Saturday. However, the main work, the budget, remains to be accomplished. More...

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Our local UPS driver shared this photo of what was left of the dozen maple doughnuts he was supposed to take home to his wife last week. Needless to say, only five survived the trip to Waynesboro. More...

Bath library to host author

WARM SPRINGS — Author Pamela Duncan Edwards will present a program and autograph books on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hot Springs Fire and Rescue Building.  More...

Jamboree is April 12

HOT SPRINGS — Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 12, when local Allegheny Mountain Radio station WCHG hosts the 12th Annual Bluegrass Jamboree in the Bath County High School auditorium at 6 p.m.  More...

Obituaries

MABEL VIRGINIA HAROLD

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LEO KNOX YODER  Free Access 

HARRISONBURG — Leo Knox Yoder, 8 months old, died in his parents’ arms on Jan. 29, 2014, at home. He was born May 7, 2013, in Harrisonburg, the son of Joshua and Ashley Adams Yoder. More...

NANCY LEE RUMPF POUND

CLIFTON FORGE — Nancy Lee Rumpf Pound, 64, of 509 Court Street Clifton Forge, died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at her residence, two days following her birthday.  She was born in Clifton Forge on March 7, 1950, a daughter of the late George St.C More...

Home & Property

Precedent setting agriculture bill signed by governor

FALLS CHURCH — Virginia Senate Bill 51, a landmark bill creating more economic opportunities and decreasing regulations for Virginia’s family farms, was signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. More...

Free willow cuttings offered

WARM SPRINGS — The Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District is again offering free locally grown willow cuttings for streambank stabilization projects.  The district established the willow nursery on a local farm several years ago so More...

VDOF puts new firefighting equipment in field

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Virginia Department of Forestry has improved its ability to respond to wildfires in the commonwealth by upgrading several pieces of fire equipment in its suppression fleet.  More...

Early Files

Citizens chosen to study prison

Editor’s note: The following article was gleaned from the Aug. 18, 1995 edition of The Recorder. Chris Pugh was publisher and P. Lea Campbell Jr., president.   More...

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Winners in the 1990 Bath County Public Library summer reading club were (l-r): pre-school winner Dessie Hamilton, six, who read 47 books; and John Williams, school age winner, who read 106 books. More...

50 years ago

MARCH 5, 1964

• Highland High School’s Rams are pointing to their regional tourney game with Bland High Saturday night at Roanoke College in Salem after defeating New Castle 62-54 in the District O finals at Alleghany High School at Covington Monday nig More...


Spring Guide