November 5, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

No decision yet on staggered terms in Bath

WARM SPRINGS — Bath County implemented staggered terms for board of supervisors and school board members, effective when terms begin Jan. 1, but which districts will be affected won’t likely be known until later this week.  More...

Fuel spills at Lake Moomaw marina

MOUNTAIN GROVE — A fuel spill at the Bolar Flats marina at Lake Moomaw was contained by Friday morning.  More...

Bath, Highland land $30,000 broadband grant

RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced $500,000 in grants through the Virginia Telecommunication Planning Initiative, which includes $30,000 for the Bath-Highland Broadband Committee. More...

SVEC launches social media sites

MONTEREY — Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has introduced Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages as means to communicate with member-owners. More...

Hospital wraps up assessment

HOT SPRINGS—Bath Community Hospital is in the final stages of its Community Health Needs Assessment for 2015.  More...

Waters without warning

MONTEREY and WARM SPRINGS — Halloween in 1985 was a dreary, drizzly day, but children looked forward to the haunted house at The Highland Inn. More...

Doe Hill couple stranded

DOE HILL —A Highland County couple was isolated on their Doe Hill farm for about two weeks as a result of last month’s flooding. The fast moving creek washed away Mr. and Mrs. Owen Hiner’s driveway bridge early Nov. More...

Carolina churches send aid to victims

BLUE GRASS — Floods have a way of stripping families of homes, land, livestock, loved ones and collections of worldly belongings. In the aftermath of such tragedy, human kindness and generosity help to rebuild and replace what was lost.  More...

About the storm

• Hurricane Juan was an erratic tropical cyclone that looped twice near the Louisiana coast. On Oct. 27, 1985, the storm became a hurricane, reaching sustained winds of 85 mph offshore southern Louisiana. More...

A hero lost

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Undoubtedly one of the first stories to surface when people recollect the events of the 1985 flood is the one about Ivan Luther Stone. Stone, they’ll tell you, was a hero. More...

Lucky to be alive

HOT SPRINGS — A Bath County man suffered a concussion when the truck he was driving plunged into the rushing Falling Springs Creek during the height of the storm Monday, Nov. 4  More...

Couple faces scare on the Cowpasture

The late Tom Lobe and his wife, Dee, had an ordeal at their property along the Cowpasture River during the flood. They recalled their story for the Bath County Historical Society five years later:  More...

Vepco worker recalls washout

MOUNTAIN GROVE ­­— In 1985, Bill McGirr was working at the pumped storage project in Mountain Grove, which was preparing to open at the time of the flood.  More...

Man saves neighbor

MILL GAP — A Mill Gap man has received the Award of Valor from Virginia Power, the highest award that the company bestows on its employees, after risking his life to save a neighbor during the November flood in Highland County.  More...

Was it the worst? A look back at historic storms

BATH and HIGHLAND — In 1985, longtime residents of the area compared that year’s flood to one that occurred in the mid- 1930s, or the one that hit the area in 1949.  The Recorder searched its archives for reports of floods throughout More...

Hospital celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week

HOT SPRINGS — Nurse practitioners have a special reason to celebrate National Nurse  Practitioner Week, Nov. 8-14. Fifty years ago, at the University of Colorado, the first NP program was established. More...

Special Sections

Schools

In brief ...

Highland School Board

• Monday, Highland County Education Association representative Winnie Richardson updated the Highland school board on progress with Fox Scholarships. More...

In brief ...

Bath County School Board

• At its meeting Tuesday, the Bath school board appointed Haley Woodzell as an instructional aide at Bath County High School. More...

Schools set to host veterans

MONTEREY — Honoring veterans has been a longstanding tradition at Highland County Public Schools. Students enjoy interacting with the men and women of Highland who have bravely served their country.  More...

Home & Property

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The Bath County High School Band competed at Powhatan High School Saturday, Oct. 24. The Chargers took second place in color guard, third place in visual performance and third place in percussion. More...

Annual Bath community Thanksgiving dinner slated

HOT SPRINGS — The annual Bath County Thanksgiving Dinner has been a tradition to the community for many years. This year’s event will be held Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day, at the Hot Springs Fire Department at noon.  More...

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Summer Cohen celebrated 10 years with the Highland County Department of Social Services in September. More...

Early Files

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Elizabeth Hull shared this photo from the 1960s of her son Steve’s third or fourth birthday party when they lived on main street in Monterey. More...

Historical society museum expansion nearly complete

Editor’s note: The following article was gleaned from the Sept. 22, 1995 edition of The Recorder. Chris Pugh was publisher. P. Lea Campbell was president. More...

50 years ago

NOVEMBER 4, 1965

• Benny Terry killed his turkey on election day and the story is incredible enough that most of us in the county must have heard it by now, but it bears repeating for readers elsewhere. More...

Breaking News - 11/6/2015 9:47 PM

Decision made on staggered terms

WARM SPRINGS - Supervisors and school board members from Cedar Creek and Millboro Districts in Bath will serve two-year terms after a drawing Friday afternoon by the Bath County Electoral Board. More...

In with the old, and new, in Bath

WARM SPRINGS — Familiar faces and political newcomers were among the winners general election in Bath County Tuesday.  Long-time supervisor Stuart Hall won the closest of the four contested races in Bath to return to the board of superviso More...

Man apologizes to Bath sheriff, jurors

WARM SPRINGS – A Hot Springs man, facing three misdemeanor charges of obstruction of justice, pleaded guilty to one of those charges, and was made to apologize to jurors and Bath Sheriff Robert Plecker in Bath Circuit Court Friday.  More...

Dominion chooses drilling over major route change

MONTEREY — An energy company’s plan to bore through a mountain and protect a threatened species would nonetheless harm its habitat and pollute water, a scientist said.  More...

Unique bazaar set for First Presbyterian Church

COVINGTON — A Fair Trade Artisan Bazaar will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.7, at First Presbyterian Church in Covington. More...

Swept away

The Flood of 1985: Heroes, neighbors, survivors

There are events that shape communities forever. The flood of 1985 was one of them. It cemented neighbors and friends in a time of crisis. It changed our mountain landscapes and streams. More...

A night at school

ASHWOOD —While the surprise flooding made many fearful, there was a group who looked upon the whole event as an exciting adventure: Children at Valley Elementary School in Ashwood.  More...

Trailer court residents lose everything

WARM SPRINGS — Three mobile homes in the Fassifern Trailer Court on Route 39 south of Warm Springs were total losses after the flood.  One home was completely submerged while the water came within one to two feet of the tops of others duri More...

Homestead suffers damages to buildings, greens

HOT SPRINGS — John Gazzola was director of public relations at The Homestead during the flood. The resort suffered the greatest amount of property damage, but also made some of the greatest contributions to the community at the time. More...

Walls of water pound Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS — Clifford Williams was working at his garage that Monday, which at the time was down at Bacova Junction, south of Hot Springs.  More...

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Doug’s Wrecker Service of Hot Springs made many attempts to pull Lane Ryder’s 1977 Ford Ranger pick up out of Falling Springs Creek. One attempt resulted in broken towing cables. More...

At the station: Creeks did rise

Editor’s note: The following story related to the 1985 flood was originally published in the Dec. 23, 2010 issue of The Recorder, in “The Project,” a special section on the Bath County Pumped Storage Station. More...

Baby girl born week of flood

BLUE GRASS — Melissa Dowd remembers the year of the flood vividly — she was just days away from giving birth to her daughter, Molly.  That Monday, she was scheduled for a doctor’s appointment in Staunton. More...

Recorder editor documents history in news, photos

Much of the historical written and photographical record about the flood of 1985 in The Recorder was created almost single-handedly by one woman — Winnie Richardson. More...

Wear purple: November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

MONTEREY — November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Join the staff of Highland Medical Center on Nov. 13 as employees wear purple to promote the awareness of pancreatic cancer.  More...

Photos

Lacy Griffith played a Halloween doggy as she gathered some treats from the basket of a witch, portrayed by Iris Hooke, at the Highland Inn last Saturday. More...

Obituaries

JOHN RAYMOND FLEISHER

HARRISONBURG — John Raymond Fleisher, 91, of Harrisonburg, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. He was born Oct. 12, 1924 in Pendleton County, W.Va., a son of the late Charles William and Daisy Nell Harper Fleisher. More...

LELA MAE VARNER

McDOWELL — Lela Mae Varner, 95, widow of William E. Varner of McDowell, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 at her home, surrounded by family. She was born Nov. 20, 1919 in Mt. More...

FRANCES ELOISE SWEARENGIN DEEL

HOT SPRINGS — Frances Eloise Swearengin Deel, 85, of Millboro, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at Bath Community Hospital.  She was born Jan. More...

Sports

Chargers win big on senior night

HOT SPRINGS — The Bath County football team has been searching for a win for a few weeks now, and that search finally yielded results Friday night at Carl F. Williams field at BCHS. More...

Chargers send six runners to Western Gate Conference

RADFORD — Six Bath County runners qualified for the 1A West Regional cross country meet as the result of their performances in the Western Gate Conference meet last Wednesday.  Noah Hyler was the first Charger to finish, capturing 14th pla More...

Auburn knocks Bath out of conference tourney

RINER — The Bath County volleyball team ended its season on the road Monday night when they traveled to Auburn High School to face the Eagles in the opening round of the Conference 45 tournament. Auburn took the match in straight sets.  More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s Report

Bath County  • Oct. 25 — Major Bryan and Deputy Bryan IV responded to Williamsville for a report of a missing person. Person was located.  • Oct. More...

Opinions & Commentary

A tribute to Grandma

Memory Lane

Editor’s note: The following tribute was given at the service for Lela Mae Varner, who died last Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the age of 95, by her granddaughter, Kathy Beverage. Mrs. More...

Excellent leadership expected

Elections sure do stir up the spirit of community around here, and this week was no different. Tuesday, voter turnout in Highland was high, as is typical for Virginia’s least populated county. In Bath, it was more sluggish than in years past. More...

Pictorial

Kate Wilke, right, explained instructions on the new paper ballots to a steady flow of voters in Monterey Tuesday. More...


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