May 22, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Music man a ‘legacy’

MONTEREY — The third annual Highland County Old Time Fiddlers Convention will recognize a Highland native, World War II veteran and lifelong music maker with its top honor.  Arnet Gutshall, 91, of Monterey, will receive the convention&rsqu More...

U.S. 220 under repair

MONTEREY – A two-mile section of U.S. 220 was closed north of Monterey last week due to a washout at Frog Pond early Friday morning.  The damaged roadway was about two miles north of Monterey. More...

Highland Farmers’ Market set to open

MONTEREY — The 17th annual Highland Farmers’ Market will begin 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30, a week earlier than usual.  More...

HRD, arts council to sponsor science program

MONTEREY — Highlanders for Responsible Development will join the Highland County Arts Council in sponsoring a workshop program, Science Songs Rock, to be presented over a two-day period for fourth- and fifthgraders at Highland Elementary School More...

BCH, Bath physicians group announce two new insurance plans

HOT SPRINGS — Bath Community Hospital and Bath Community Physicians Group have announced they will soon accept two new insurance plans — Cigna and Anthem Healthkeepers, which both become effective June 1.  More...

Food assistance available in Bath

MILLBORO and HOT SPRINGS — The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank will be providing assistance for Bath County residents in need of help with food.  Residents who need food assistance can pick up groceries Thursday, May 22 from 4-6 p.m. More...

Deeds files ‘Notice of Claim’ on son’s behalf

LEXINGTON — Sen. Creigh Deeds filed a “Notice of Claim” in four localities last week.  The May 12 notice was issued by the firm of Lichtenstein Fishwick PLC, headquartered in Roanoke, on behalf of Deeds.  More...

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  The Alleghany Highlands Virginia Tech Alumni Association Chapter showed its appreciation to the Riverside Health Clinic (formerly Allegheny Highlands Free Clinic) volunteers and staff for the care and dedication they provide to the health of More...

Mousetrap car contest held

HOT SPRINGS — The technology students at Bath County High School held their first mousetrap car contest April 25. Ryan Burns won first place in both the speed and distance competitions. More...

HCPL joins Library Ideas network of web sites

MONTEREY — Highland County Public Library has joined the Library Ideas network of public library web sites, which offers access to streaming music, movies, and television content, MP3 music downloads, and eBook borrowing.  More...

Former Bath resident is Miss Teen Virginia

FAIRFAX — Malala Nadean Penn, a 16-year-old student at Franklin County High School and a former Bath County resident, was crowned Teen Miss Virginia Sunday, May 5 in Fairfax.  More...

VDOF seedling unlocks largest genetic code ever sequenced

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Using a Virginia Department of Forestry tree seedling, a team of scientists from across the nation has decoded the genome of a loblolly pine tree. With 22 billion base pairs, this is the largest genome ever sequenced. More...

VPAS joins national movement to end senior hunger

WAYNESBORO — Valley Program for Aging Services, in partnership with the National Council on Aging and with support from the Walmart Foundation, has joined a nationwide effort to fight senior hunger by dramatically increasing participation by el More...

Special Sections

Schools

Woodzell, Billingsley top Class of 2014

HOT SPRINGS — Psychology and engineering are the majors of choice for the top two graduates in the Bath County High School Class of 2014. More...

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The Saint Jude’s Bike-a-thon was held recently at Millboro Elementary School. A total of $875 was raised at the ride. More...

Sports

Bath netters claim 8th straight district title

BUENA VISTA — The Bath County tennis team tallied back to back wins over Parry McCluer last Friday to claim their eighth Pioneer District title in a row. The Chargers won the first match 5-4 and the second 6-3.  More...

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Faith Nichols won “Biggest Fish” at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Kids’ Fishing Day May 10 in Highland County on the Bullpasture River. More...

Chargers sweep PD long jump

BUENA VISTA — Bath County swept the first three spots in the long jump at the Pioneer District track meet last Friday at Parry McCluer.  More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s report

• May 11 — Sergeant Dewey Knick, Deputy Michael Colaw and Deputy James Bryan IV responded to a report of a dispute on Jackson River Road.  • May 11 — Major James Bryan III and Deputy James Rexrode transported an individual More...

Opinions & Commentary

Memorial Day: Let’s remember

Memorial Day is Monday — the day when we honor those who have served our country to give us the freedoms we often take for granted.  More...

City flower bed vs. country flower bed

The Singing Farmwife

I just returned from visiting my parents in Richmond. As we walked around the neighborhood, I gawked at the stunning floral displays in every yard. More...

Pride, integrity and the 5th Amendment

Meadowdale Musings

Recently we attended the 129th Basic Law Enforcement Officer graduation ceremony for the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy, in Weyers Cave. It was a beautiful May 9 Friday.   More...

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Julia Billingsley, left, is salutatorian of the Bath County Class of 2014 and Ryan Woodzell is valedictorian. See story page 4. (Recorder photo by Mike Bollinger) More...

The story of Happy: Hot Springs war dog

HOT SPRINGS – Dogs have been shipped off to battlefields since war began. The Persians, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Greeks – all used dogs in warfare. They were used by Attila the Hun. More...

Four cases heard in Bath circuit court

WARM SPRINGS — Judge Humes Franklin heard four cases Friday, May 16 in Bath County Circuit Court.  Kaylen Pritt, 21, of Hot Springs was in court for sentencing on five felony charges she was convicted of in December. More...

EDA asks for help on infrastructure map

MONTEREY — Moving forward with recommendations from the planning commission and supervisors, the Highland Economic Development Authority on Monday asked one of its members to see if the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission could comp More...

Motel sold in pre-auction

MONTEREY — The Montvallee Motel property has a new owner.  Operator Gregg Morse said the buyer, Rodney Eagle of Harrisonburg, bought the motel in a pre-auction agreement and has spoken to him about remaining as the tenant.  More...

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The May 14 VPAS Senior Luncheon at The Highland Center featured a Tai Kwon Do demonstration by Ronnie Coleman with the assistance of students Lynn Mueller and Pete Johnston, followed by storytelling More...

New market opens in town

MONTEREY — Mill Alley Market opened April 26 under the management of lifelong Highland resident Charles Straub.  Straub, 27, is a 2005 graduate of Highland High School and attended Blue Ridge Community College. More...

Trio of Highland camps a summertime tradition

Registrations accepted at school offices, county public library through May 30

MONTEREY — Sixteen years ago, Doug and Caroline Smith’s daughters, Laura and Robin, asked their friends if they’d be willing to start a theater group.  From those beginnings an annual institution emerged. More...

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Deputies Chad Lightner, left, and Bob Kelly got welcomed home Friday during a pizza party at Mountain Hideaway Restaurant. The two completed training earlier this month. More...

Maple Festival heads east to delight seniors

STAUNTON – Have Maple Festival, will travel, was the theme of a party here recently.  In late February, Darwin King called Cappie Hull with a request. More...

Michel Café will re-open

CLIFTON FORGE – It’s back to the future for Michel Cafe.  More...

Civil War program set at BCPL

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Public Library will present Major Troy Marshall, Thursday, May 29th at 7 p.m. More...

Allegheny String Project students perform at legislative trail ride

MILLBORO — Students from the Allegheny String Project led by Jaime Letourneau and Gretta Sandburg and accompanied by Willie Smith and David Canaday of 220 South entertained members of Virginia’s General Assembly and their families at Dout More...

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The Covington-Hot Springs Rotary has fully endowed its scholarship with the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Educational Foundation in the amount of $30,000. More...

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Two of the 10 students receiving pins during the ceremony for the Practical Nursing program at the Dabney S Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center were, from Bath County: Amber Stephe More...

Obituaries

Breaking News - 5/27/2014 9:02 AM

Harold DeVore  Free Access 

Harold Edward DeVore   MONTEREY — Harold Edward DeVore, 72, of Monterey passed away Monday, May 26, 2014 at his home.  Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell will announce complete arrangements.  More...

Breaking News - 5/27/2014 9:09 AM

Lavenia Vance Bird  Free Access 

MONTEREY — Lavenia “Beany” Vance Bird, 100, went to be with the Lord, Friday, May 23, 2014 at Augusta Health.  She was born on Nov. 24, 1913 in McDowell, a daughter of the late John W. and Ruth Crouch Vance.  More...

RUTH H. BIRD

MILL GAP — Ruth H. Bird, 94, of Mill Gap, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Augusta Health.  She was born Oct. 26, 1919 in Scranton, Pa., a daughter of the late James Mathis and Leolia May Lester Henderson.  More...

Home & Property

Maple Hall, Timber Ridge church featured in history event

SOUTH RIVER — Mountain Valley Preservation Alliance Inc. invites everyone to attend a two-part history event Saturday, June 7, from 3-7 p.m.  More...

Highland 4-H members bring home ribbons

MADISON – Seven Highland County 4-H members competed in the Northern District 4-H Contests held April 12.  Junior members Charlotte Shell, Cassie Mowry, and Carly Thomas competed in the science fair. Each earned a blue ribbon.  More...

Bath churches to coordinate youth programs this Sunday

HOT SPRINGS — Churches in Bath County are coordinating their youth programs to provide a comprehensive, crossdenomination schedule of events.  A barbecue and games, along with a meeting of parent representatives, will be held Sunday from 6 More...

Early Files

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Winners of the Highland Elementary School forensics competition recorded their prose and poems to be aired in the future on WVLS Radio. More...

Mad Ann a legend in her time

Editor’s note: The following article was gleaned from the March 14, 1997 edition of The Recorder. Anne Witschey was general manager and Chris Pugh was publisher.   More...

50 years ago  Free Access 

MAY 21, 1964

• Services of dedication for the new $30,000 Highland Seventh-Day Adventist Church were held Saturday, May 16 at 3 p.m. The new edifice was dedicated free of debt by church officials from the denomination headquarters office in Washington, D.C. More...


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