June 4, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

Business license hearing to be canceled

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Board of Supervisors intends to cancel a public hearing on a business license fee Tuesday night.  More...

Highlander’s request for pipeline information denied

MONTEREY — It’s been three months since Rick Webb of the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition requested digital files from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. More...

Retired BCHS staff member leaves ‘buckets of love’

HOT SPRINGS — When Judy McElwee retired last year from Bath County High School after 36 years, she wanted to leave something for students. So, she left them buckets.  Not just any buckets, though. More...

Correction

An article in last week’s edition about the May 12 Nature Conservancy meeting with the chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission incorrectly stated that the chair called for a different approach to the current environmental impact study More...

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Carol Mick of Upper Tract, W.Va., stopped by the Highland Farmers’ Market on its first day of the season last Friday to buy a few cartons of strawberries from Michael Sponaugle of Church Hill F More...

VDOT reports few Highland road upgrades

MONTEREY — A full house turned out Tuesday to hear a common theme. With few exceptions, there will be little more done to improve county roads in Highland.  More...

Grimm running for commissioner of revenue

WARM SPRINGS — Angel M. Grimm, who has served for 11 years as a deputy commissioner of revenue, would like to be Bath County’s next commissioner.  More...

Agenda

Bath County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, June 9, 2015 – 7 p.m. Bath County Courthouse, – Room 115  • Energy performance contracting.   More...

Bath County Meals on Wheels needs assistance

WARM SPRINGS — Bath County Meals on Wheels is in need of assistance. Volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Bath County.  More...

New service offers caregivers a break

MONTEREY — There’s good news for caregivers in Highland County. More...

Engagement

Smith — Freedle

MILLBORO — Zach Freedle and Heidi Smith announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.  The bride-to-be graduated from Bath County High School in 2008 and from Lees-McRae College in 2012. More...

Local members compete at Northern District 4-H contest

MADISON — The Piedmont Northern District 4-H contest day took place Saturday, April 11, at Wetsel Middle School in Madison.  Eight youths from Bath and Highland participated in contests ranging from Share-the-Fun Dance and Vocal and Scienc More...

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The Bath Charge Praise Choir performed on air at the WCHG radio station in Hot Springs during Allegheny Mountain Radio’s recent fundraising week. More...

Special Sections

Schools

Bath County High School Class of 2015

Full Story

Search on for new Highland High principal

MONTEREY — Monday, Highland superintendent Dr. More...

In brief …

Bath County School Board

• At its meeting Tuesday, the Bath school board honored employees for reaching years of service milestones.  More...

Sports

Highland High School athletes honored

MONTEREY — Several Highland athletes received special awards at a program held Friday, May 29.  Ethan Botkin received the Senior Male Athlete Award, Suzanna Landrum received the Senior Female Athlete Award, Ian Ad- ams received the Senior More...

Blagg advances to state meet

SUSSEX — Highland senior Samantha Blagg qualified for the Group 1A state track meet with a third place finish in the 1,600-meter run at the 1A East Regional meet last Thursday.  Blagg set a new school record, finishing in 5:59. More...

On Campus

Bath County’s Jailyn Ford has been named a softball All-American for the second straight season.  The junior pitcher/first baseman at James Madison University was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association third team. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s Report

Bath County   • May 24 — Deputy Michael Colaw conducted a traffic stop on Mountain Valley Road.  • May 24 — Deputy Todd Fry responded to Back Creek Mountain for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a deer.&nb More...

Early Files

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The Highland Inn, formerly the Monterey Hotel, is undergoing renovation for its opening later this year. More...

Vepco agrees to sale proposal for parts of power station

Editor’s note: The following article was gleaned from the Oct. 29, 1981 edition of The Recorder. More...

50 years ago

JUNE 10, 1965

• The second Highland High School scholarship, awarded by the Monterey PTA this year to James H. Whitelaw, in the amount of $500, brings an appeal for contributions to the fund by PTA officials. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Vital downtown key to success

Last Wednesday, more than 40 community members met to discuss the future of downtown Hot Springs, and how improvements there could benefit the overall strategic plan for economic development in Bath County — a plan now being developed.  More...

Pictorial

We love our local transportation crews, especially in the winter. But the patch job recently on U.S. 250 west left us scratching our heads. More...

Your input needed on broadband plan

Chairman’s Notes

WARM SPRINGS — In November 2012, the Bath board of supervisors voted unanimously for the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission to proceed with broadband planning for the county.  More...

Ideas for Hot Springs shared

HOT SPRINGS — Better signs, easier pedestrian access, and improved parking in Hot Springs were three ideas presented at a Downtown Community Design Workshop last Wednesday.  More...

County considers simplified zoning

MONTEREY — Highland County is moving toward a more streamlined and strengthened version of its zoning and subdivision ordinance.  Supervisors, the board of zoning appeals, planning commission and town council heard from Darren Coffey, prin More...

Court hears 2 cases

MONTEREY — Two criminal cases were heard May 8 in Highland County Circuit Court with Judge Humes Franklin Jr. presiding.  More...

Board learns about benefits of artificial turf

MILLBORO — The athletic field at Bath County High School gets a lot of use, and the Bath County School Board heard a potential solution to maintaining the field Tuesday.  More...

Bath mourns loss of three good men

HOT SPRINGS – Bath County lost three very fine men in the past week: Mac Bird, Roy Williams and Danny Hicks.  No matter where you live in Bath or Alleghany, chances are at least one of these men touched your life in a lasting way.  More...

Dominion contractor is no show

MONTEREY – No excuses were offered for the absence from last week’s planning commission meeting of an out-of-state Dominion contractor subject to a neighbor’s complaint, but his non-attendance generated a half-hour debate.  More...

Vardaman scholarship rewards, contributes to success

HOT SPRINGS – When the Bath County High School Class of 2015 takes to the stage Friday to receive awards, one of the most coveted will be the Vardaman Family Scholarship — $5,000 per year for four years, for a total of $20,000.  And, More...

2 supervisor candidates qualify

WARM SPRINGS — Incumbent P.B. “Bart” Perdue has qualified as a candidate for the Bath County Board of Supervisors from Warm Springs District and Eddy T. More...

Accovac still accepting campers

MILLBORO — Camp Accovac, an Advent Christian Church camp in Millboro, is still accepting campers and will continue to do so until registration day for the individual camps.  More...

Community invited to paint LOVE letters

MONTEREY — The Highland Tourism Council is ready to start painting LOVE — six-foot L, O, V, and E letters have been set up inside Ernie’s Market and the next phase in the LOVEworks project is painting the barn quilt designs.  More...

Library Notes

• As school is winding down, library programming is kicking into high gear. We’re getting ready for “Read to the Rhythm,” our 2015 Summer Reading Program, which will run from June 15 through Aug. 8. More...

Comedy starts June 11

WARM SPRINGS — Mountain Valley Players will present “Getting Sara Married” June 11-14 at the Old Dairy in Warm Springs.  More...

Chamber hosts Business Appreciation Dinner

HOT SPRINGS — The County of Bath Chamber of Commerce hosted its sixth annual Business Appreciation Dinner Thursday, April 30 at Garth Newel Music Center.  The event is held annually for the chamber membership to gather and vote on various More...

Corps to conduct releases

NORFOLK — The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will deviate from Gathright Dam’s existing water control plan in order to conduct six pulse releases near Covington from June through October.  More...

Obituaries

DOUGLAS ‘MACK’ BIRD

HOT SPRINGS — Douglas “Mack” Bird, 71, of Hot Springs, died peacefully with his family at his side on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at his residence.  Born May 12, 1944 in Mountain Grove, he was a son of the late Alden Robert and Mary M More...

ELIZABETH VIRGINIA ‘LIBBY’ NIPPER

MONTEREY — Elizabeth Virginia “Libby” Nipper, 94, of Monterey, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 30, 2015 at her home.  She was born May 13, 1921 in Highland County, a daughter of the late Robert Edward Lee and Ethel Jane More...

JAMES ‘JIM’ JOHNSON

MONTEREY — James “Jim” Johnson, 90, of Monterey, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He was born July 5, 1924 in Spotsylvania, a son of the late Philip Edward Sr. More...

Home & Property

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Members of the McDowell High School Class of 1947 held their 67th reunion at Golden Corral in Harrisonburg on May 17. More...

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Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. More...

Fairgrounds get new fence

MONTEREY — The Highland County Fair Association recently acquired land from the Levenia Bird estate that joins the existing fairgrounds, making it necessary to build a new fence around the perimeter with adjoining landowners.  More...

Letters

Cutlip’s arguments lack forgiveness, compassion

Editor, The Recorder,  Thanks to Earl of Strasburg for getting back to me. More...

Cynical reality creeps into public decisions

Editor, The Recorder,  More...

Stand up for what you believe in, read Bible

Editor, The Recorder,  A message from the pulpit on Sunday was one of the most sincere our minister has preached, even though each week I think it can’t get any better, but it seems to do so.  More...


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