December 17, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

Natural Retreats announces plans

Hot Springs gravel lot to close soon

WARM SPRINGS — Natural Retreats plans to make serious progress next year, on everything from new homes to renovation and a new building downtown.  More...

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A packed Highland Inn dining room listened during the senior services holiday luncheon Dec. 9 to Melissa Baugh of Intrepid Healthcare announce that hospice services would soon be coming to Highland. More...

Town hires former court clerk

MONTEREY — Lois Showalter of Strait Creek has been selected as the new town clerk and treasurer to succeed Cynthia Kelley, who resigned Oct. 27.  Showalter was among six candidates who submitted resumes. More...

Second meeting on economic development plan held

MILLBORO — Work continues on a strategic plan for economic development in Bath County, and a second public meeting to receive input on that plan was held last Wednesday at Millboro Elementary School. More...

In brief ...

Highland County School Board

• Monday, Highland County Education Association representative Melody Moats thanked Highland school board members for their service and wished them happy holidays. More...

Pipeline must avoid salamanders, USFS says

MONTEREY — The U.S. More...

Governor welcomes Virginia’s 25 newly-elected sheriffs

RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe welcomed Virginia’s newly-elected sheriffs at the close of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute’s New Sheriff School recently, and Highland County’s sheriff-elect David Neil attended.  More...

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Sheriff-elect David Neil was sworn in by circuit court Judge Humes Franklin Wednesday at the Highland County Courthouse. Neil takes office Jan. 1. More...

Three face judge in Bath County court

WARM SPRINGS – The target of a raid by the Alleghany Highlands Drug Task Force appeared in Bath Circuit Court to stand trial Friday.  Barry Dean Abshire, 45, pleaded guilty to three felony counts – two for drug possession, and one of More...

Agenda

Bath County Public Schools Tuesday, Jan. 5 Closed Meeting: 5:30 p.m. • Regular Meeting: 7 p.m. Millboro Elementary School   More...

String students ring in the holidays

HOT SPRINGS — It wouldn’t be Christmas in the Highlands these days without an inspirational performance from the Allegheny Mountain String Project.  This year’s Winter Ensemble Recital took place Sunday at Garth Newel Music Cen More...

Highland High decorates school tree

MONTEREY — The students of Highland County Public Schools gathered outside the school building on Thursday, Dec. 3 to escape the daily hum of regular schedules and partake in some holiday fun.  More...

Millboro Christmas parade winners announced

MILLBORO — Trophies were handed out in nine categories in the Millboro Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 6. In all, there were 61 entries. More...

McDowell church hosts Longest Night service

McDOWELL — Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.   More...

Santa spreads cheer in Millboro

MILLBORO — The Buckingham Branch Railroad’s Santa Express made a stop in Millboro Dec. 5, and Santa Claus took the time to visit with adults and children as well as collect toys for Toys for Tots.  More...

Special Sections

Schools

Dear Santa, I promise I have been good ...

Valley Elementary School Mrs. McGuire, Kindergarten   More...

Millboro Elementary puts on Christmas show

Pictured during their show are, from left, Leslie Brunner, teacher, Lyric Whittington, Haven Seale, Amya Newcomb, Tayton Vess, Makenna Randozzo, and Kennedy Campbell. (Photos courtesy MES) More...

Sports

Rams win over James River

MONTEREY — The Highland girls’ basketball team got the Pioneer District season off to a great start last Thursday, defeating perennial power James River 60-43.  Highland let the Knights know they were in for a game from the start, le More...

Chargers’ comeback falls short

HOT SPRINGS — After trailing by 15 points after one quarter, Bath County came back to take the lead in the second half but ended up falling 50-46 to Grace Christian last Thursday. More...

Late surge gives Grace win over Bath Co. Chargers

STAUNTON — The Bath County girls’ basketball team traveled to Grace Christian last Thursday to face the Warriors on their home court. The Chargers fought hard, but came up on the short end of a 42-38 loss.  More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s Report

Bath County  • Dec. 6 — Deputy Bryan IV conducted a traffic stop on Sam Snead Highway near the Cascades Golf Course.  • Dec. 6 — Deputy Colaw conducted a traffic stop on Park Lane in Hot Springs.  • Dec. More...

Early Files

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The 1973 Bacova Christmas Carolers were invited in for hot chocolate at the late George Beach home. More...

Housekeeping takes the back seat

Editor’s note: The following “Life in Egypt” column by Jessica Wilke appeared in the Dec. 15, 2000 edition of The Recorder. P. Lea Campbell was publisher and editor. More...

50 years ago

DECEMBER 16, 1965

• James L. Swecker has been appointed officer-in-charge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Stamp Program office in Beckley, W.Va. More...

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Urgent info for Highland non-profits released  Free Access 

Highland Youth Philanthropy Council Requests ApplicationsMONTEREY — The Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council has announced the availability of grant funding to support projects addressing the needs of this community. Applications for proje More...

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Valley Elementary principal resigns  Free Access 

WARM SPRINGS — Valley Elementary School principal Kevin Kendall has resigned.According to a letter sent home to parents and provided to The Recorder, Millboro Elementary School principal Allison Hicklin will serve as principal of both Valley and Mill More...

Senior services, respite care get spirit of season

MONTEREY — With the strong support of county civic organizations, two families have joined in assisting elderly services in Highland through a fund named “Carealot.”  More...

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Students in Mrs. Robertson’s Highland Elementary School fifth grade class completed their study of matter with a STEM challenge related to density. More...

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Standing in front of the Christmas bows at Blue Grass Valley Bank, from left, are Sherry Sullenberger, president of the Mill Gap Ruritan Club, Sharon Hevener, Harmony Leonard and Doris Jean Folks, pr More...

Planners address concerns about mobile vendor

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Planning Commission will recommend allowing mobile food vendors to operate in agricultural and business zones under annual permits.  The planners will recommend a $25 fee for the permits, which would be obtai More...

Pipeline monitoring group to petition EPA

MONTEREY — Things might be OK, until someone calls the EPA. And that is what’s about to happen. More...

Monitoring of ACP-crossed streams to begin

MONTEREY — “They cannot avoid discharging into sinkholes.” That statement, made by karst expert Rick Lambert of Monterey, provided the framework for the latest effort to hold the line on impacts from the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipe More...

Radio full of holiday listening

MONTEREY — Alleghany Mountain Radio has welcomed Jenn Manley, its newest volunteer-in-training. Manley was a big fan of Brian Richardson’s show Blue Roads. More...

In brief ...

Highland County Tourism Council

• Monday, the Highland tourism council agreed to recommend appointing Tim Duff to fill the vacancy left by the exit of Chuck Neely. More...

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The Millboro Ruritan Club recently installed its 2016 officers. Front row (l-r): Installing member Clyde Hively and President Olivia Haney. More...

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Bath Local Emergency Planning Committee

• At Bath’s LEPC meeting Tuesday, Bath emergency services coordinator Andy Seabolt said he would begin visiting county emergency shelter sites with American Red Cross representatives within the next 2-4 months. More...

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On Friday, Dec. 11 the Burnsville United Methodist Church Youth Group met for a Christmas party with 20 children in attendance. More...

Garth Newel hosts holiday concerts

HOT SPRINGS – Garth Newel Music Center presents a New Year’s Music Holiday with concerts on Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. More...

Christmas Greetings

Christmas and trains just naturally seem to go together. This one, from Goshen First Aid Crew, won Judges’ Choice in the Millboro Christmas Parade held Dec. 6. More...

Christmas Greetings

Emmalee Ellinger, 4, shared sisterly love with 1-year-old Elaina Ellinger Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Millboro Christmas Parade. They are the daughters of Candice and Jonathan Ellinger of Hot Springs. More...

Community chorus concerts a hit in Highlands

MONTEREY — Directors Nancy Vance and Gerald Waggoner brought a full program of holiday music through four performances of the Highland Community Chorus during Wintertide weekend.  More...

Obituaries

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Carol Lee Hevener  Free Access 

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Carol Lee Hevener, 93, passed away Christmas Day, 2015, in Silver Spring, with her family by her side. More...

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Mamie Armstrong  Free Access 

Mamie Ann Armstrong STAFFORD — Mamie Ann Echard Armstrong passed away on Dec. 18, 2015 at Marian Manor in Stafford.    She was born in Vanderpool on Aug. 18, 1920.   More...

CAROLYN SUE HOFFMAN

PIKETON, Ohio — Carolyn Sue Hoffman, 52, of Piketon, Ohio, formally of Kingston, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 at the Adena Pike Medical Center in Waverly. She was born Jan. More...

Home & Property

Deeds addresses local, state issues

MONTEREY — State Sen. Creigh Deeds fielded questions and comments from supervisors, town council, schools, economic development authority and planning commission last Thursday, as Joyce Ralston’s government class was in the audience. More...

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The Hot Springs Garden Club’s annual wreath making meeting was held on Monday, Dec. 7 at Warm Springs Presbyterian Church. More...

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The Edward and Tudie Mullenax family held their Christmas party Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Gainesville United Methodist Church in Gainesville. More...

Letters

December blood drive a success in Millboro

Editor, The Recorder,  Thank you, Millboro community, for your dedication to help save lives with blood donations.  More...

Thank local clubs for healthy kids’ snacks

Editor, The Recorder,  More...

Opinions & Commentary

Pictorial

There’s nothing like the great hymns and songs of Christmas to lift the spirits this time of year, and our area has had no shortage of that in recent weeks — from community chorus to chur More...

Keep up solidarity

We’ve said it here many times in the last year: Making sure the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline avoids irrevocable environmental and personal property damage will take citizen involvement.  Thus far, that’s been true.  More...

Christmas: A time of memories, surprises

Party of One

For all the fun and excitement and wonder and beauty, Christmas is also a sad time, when we most miss our dear departed loved ones.   More...


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