February 19, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

Breaking News - 2/21/2015 8:09 PM

Highland roads impassible  Free Access 

MONTEREY — A local state of emergency was declared in Highland County at 3:30 p.m. today.Sheriff Tim Duff called local emergency management coordinator Harley Gardner at 3:20 p.m. to recommend the designation. More...

White out

Virginia Department of Transportation crews were busy Monday once the snow started to fall. This week the area braces for extremely low temperatures. (Recorder photo by Mike Bollinger) More...

County to get back-up power

MONTEREY — Back-up power is on its way, finally.  More than two years after an unprecedented rash of blackouts, work begins next month on a much-anticipated reserve supply of electricity.  Highland supervisors gave their tentative go- More...

Correction

The article on the Dominion teleconference last week incorrectly stated that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accepting interventions. Only public comments are now being accepted.   More...

Highland meetings cancelled

MONTEREY — The Highland County Board of Supervisors work session, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. More...

Recorder welcomes Don Ferrell to staff

MONTEREY — We were sad to say goodbye to Robby Vandevander last month.  For about a decade, Robby faithfully delivered The Recorders each week to post offices and the stores that sell this newspaper off the rack and fresh off the press.&nb More...

Bath, Highland teams headed to DI competition

CROZET — Break out the duct tape and stock up on the straws and paperclips, it’s the official start of the Destination ImagiNation 2014-15 Tournament season!  Teams from Bath and Highland are among those headed to the annual DI Jeffe More...

Art competition open in 6th district

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte will once again host the Congressional Art Competition for high school students throughout the Sixth Congressional District.  More...

Dominion to survey southern route

MONTEREY — More Highland real estate owners just received pipeline survey letters in the mail. More...

Responses to Dominion’s economic claims in works

MONTEREY — A pipeline opposition group in Nelson County will compose its own economic and socioeconomic impact report in response to Dominion’s latest claims of economic benefits from the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Other oppo More...

Ruritans holding Basket Bingo

MILLBORO — The Millboro Ruritan Club is sponsoring a Longaberger Basket Bingo Sunday, March 8 at the Millboro Volunteer Fire Department.  More...

Camp Invention coming to Staunton

STAUNTON — Camp Invention, a summer enrichment day camp supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is coming to Bessie Weller Elementary School in Staunton, the week of June 22.  More...

Special Sections

Schools

Achievement

Rosemary Bulgarelli   POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. More...

Honor Roll

Valley Elementary School honor roll   HOT SPRINGS — Crystal Coffman, Principal at Valley Elementary School, has announced the honor roll students for the second nine weeks and first semester of the 2014-15 school year.  More...

Photo

Highland Elementary School Good Citizens for the month of January were (l-r) front: Ariel Stone, kindergarten; Briannah Arnott, third grade; back row: Xander Biggum, first grade; Daisy Hutchinson, se More...

Home & Property

In pursuit of losing streams, caves, springs

Natural Heritage

Editor’s note: The following essay is the sixth in a five-year series on water resources stewardship in the Cowpasture River Watershed, sponsored by the Cowpasture River Preservation Association and published by The Recorder.  More...

Cattle summit to focus on forage management

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a beef stocker program on Feb. More...

Coyote population presentation scheduled in Hot Springs, Feb. 28

HOT SPRINGS — Wildlife expert Dana Morin will offer a look at the coyote population and other wildlife of Bath County during a presentation at the Hot Springs Fire and Rescue Building Saturday, Feb. 28.  The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. More...

Letters

Council chair appreciates support in Highland

Editor, The Recorder,  As a native Highlander, I have always been proud of the way this community shows support for the county and its interests. More...

National forests already home to gas pipelines

Editor, The Recorder,  A recent Recorder reported that a number of opinions regarding the proposed route of a natural gas pipeline have been submitted to the U.S. More...

Medicaid expansion needed in Virginia

Editor, The Recorder,  The Virginia General Assembly’s failure to expand Medicaid has already closed a hospital in Southwest Virginia, cost the state money we should be receiving in federal dollars, and put people’s health and lives More...

Breaking News - 2/22/2015 4:25 PM

Highland Co. offices open 10 a.m. tomorrow  Free Access 

MONTEREY — The Highland courthouse and county offices will be opening at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 23.  More...

Breaking News - 2/22/2015 12:29 PM

Update from VDOT  Free Access 

SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS IMPROVING, BUT ICY SPOTS REMAIN  More...

Breaking News - 2/22/2015 12:26 PM

Morning update on National Guard  Free Access 

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Breaking News - 2/21/2015 6:29 PM

Stay off the roads  Free Access 

SNOW BRINGS TREACHEROUS TRAVEL TO SHENANDOAH VALLEY  More...

Breaking News - 2/19/2015 10:50 PM

Temp record set  Free Access 

MUSTOE — According to Highland County’s resident certified weatherman, John Sweet of Mustoe, Highland just broke a low-temperature record.  The lowest daily high previously recorded at Mustoe was 8 degrees on January 15, 1994, he reports.&n More...

Business set to expand in Millboro

WARM SPRINGS — Hoping to help the Millboro-based business expand, the Bath County Economic Development Authority extended the lease for Bluegrass Woods from one year to five years last Wednesday.  More...

No injuries reported from snow; only minor accidents

MONTEREY and WARM SPRINGS — The snowstorm earlier this week resulted in only minor, single-car accidents and no weather related medical calls, Highland Sheriff Tim Duff and Bath Sheriff Robert Plecker reported.  More...

Bills affecting pipeline: 3 killed; one survives

RICHMOND — Legislative measures that could affect the Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposed by Dominion have mostly died on the table in the General Assembly.  Del. More...

Economic development plan will involve community

WARM SPRINGS — The economic development plan being developed for Bath County “will be something substantive to be involved in,” the Bath County Economic Development Authority heard last Wednesday.  More...

HRD asks NFS to rule out pipeline surveys

MONTEREY — Highlanders for Responsible Development has called on the National Forest Service to reject Dominion pipeline survey applications to the Monongahela National Forest.  More...

Photo

The Highland Center was covered with snow this week, awaiting warmer days and the kickoff of its $3 million renovation project this spring. (Recorder photo by John Bruce) More...

Program offers indoor plumbing

ROANOKE — Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project Inc. has been providing housing rehabilitation and indoor plumbing assistance to low-income rural homeowners since its inception in 1969.  More...

Commission recommends permitting

MONTEREY — The Highland County Planning Commission has recommended supervisors amend the zoning ordinance to make oil and gas exploration, extraction, and pipelines subject to the conditional use permitting process.  More...

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Dixie Gas and Oil Corp. recently presented a donation of $5,000 to the Augusta Health Foundation in support of the patient programs offered by Augusta Health. More...

Wildfire season under way; burn law in effect

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The 75-day spring wildfire season in the commonwealth began last Sunday when the 4 p.m. Burn Law, which allows burning only between 4 p.m. and midnight, went into effect. More...

Obituaries

DOROTHY RUTH VANDEVANDER

MONTEREY — Dorothy “Doris” Ruth Vandevander, 81, of Monterey, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at her home.  She was born Aug. 5, 1933 in Blue Grass, a daughter of the late Russell Edward and Mary Emma Ervine Bowers.  More...

SHIRLEY MAE LAW HINER

MONTEREY — Shirley Mae Hiner, 75, of Monterey, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at her home.  She was born April 2, 1939 in Hot Springs, a daughter of the late James and Eva Gardner Law.  More...

RUSSELL LEE HATCHER

TAKOMA PARK, Md. — Russell Lee Hatcher Jr., 70, of Takoma Park, passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at his home. He was born Aug. 5, 1944 in McDowell, a son of the late Russell Lee and Mabel Clara Moats Hatcher. More...

Sports

On Campus

Two former Bath County High School athletes are involved in college sports this winter while another opened her spring sports season last weekend.  Jessie O’Conner and the Ferrum College women’s basketball team had a perfect week wit More...

Highland’s Botkin, Isles earn first team honors

MONTEREY — Three Highland High School basketball players were honored last Friday night at the Pioneer District tournament championship game as the All- District teams were announced.  More...

Food Bank welcomes new director

VERONA — The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has announced that Abena Foreman- Trice has joined the nonprofit as its new director of communications.  Among her responsibilities, Foreman- Trice will direct media relations, publications and digita More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s Report

Bath County   • Feb. 8 — Lieutenant Jeff Grimm, Deputy Todd Fry and Deputy James Rexrode conducted a traffic stop on Mountain Valley Road.  • Feb. More...

Early Files

Photo

This circa 1907 snowy view looks west on Main Street Monterey, and was sent from Wier, Va., (Highland County) by E.C.R. to Miss Bessie B. Peterson at McDowell. More...

Vocational director states goals

Editor’s note: The following article was gleaned from the Feb. 15, 1990 edition of The Recorder. P. Lea Campbell Jr. was publisher. More...

50 years ago

FEBRUARY 18, 1965

• For the last year, a search for superior white pine trees has been conducted throughout the county by chief forest wardens and foresters of the Virginia Division of Forestry. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Bath County in good financial position

Chairman’s Notes

WARM SPRINGS — Having completed three years and one month of the board of supervisors’ four-year term of office, we are committed to addressing the county’s mission in working with administration, staff and community to enrich the q More...

Transportation in Virginia to get funding, finally

Legislative Update

RICHMOND — The 2015 session of the General Assembly is hurdling toward adjournment. The word around here is that we may complete our work earlier than the scheduled Feb. 28 adjournment.   More...

Virginia passes balanced state budget

Legislative Update

RICHMOND — Over the last year, we have had to make difficult decisions to address the budget shortfall caused by President Obama’s sequestration and the negative economic impact of his tax increases. More...


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