April 14, 2016 RSS feed / Top News

Clarification  Free Access 

In the April 14 edition of The Recorder in the article “Millboro VFD could move,” it may have appeared that sale of the existing firehouse was imminent and the department was preparing to move to property in the Bath County Industrial Park. More...

Recorder 'above its weight class,' judge says

RICHMOND — The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and The Recorder of Monterey and Warm Springs were named Saturday as recipients of the Virginia Press Association’s award for journalistic integrity and community service, the organization’s More...

Bath EDA chair replaced

Another seat now open, due to resignation

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Economic Development Authority has a new member, and will apparently be looking for another. John Fischer of Warm Springs was appointed as a new at-large member. More...

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Last weekend’s early spring storm a toppled tree that pinned down utility lines at the crest of Jack Mountain along U.S. 250. More...

Copycat letters flow into FERC

MONTEREY — Word-for-word copies of letters favoring construction of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline are pouring into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission e-library, along with the heaviest concentration of motions to intervene against More...

Board to oppose pipeline

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Board of Supervisors is prepared to take a stand against the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to have county administrator Ashton Harrison prepare a resolution opposing More...

Highland County proposes tax hike

Citizens balk at changes

MONTEREY — Highland residents, for the first time in years, showed up in volume Monday with various protests and concerns over the proposed county budget.  Highland supervisors proposed raising the real estate tax rate 2 cents — from More...

In brief ...

Monterey Town Council

• Last week, the Monterey Town Council set a budget work session for 5:30 p.m. April 27 in the town office.   More...

Millboro VFD could move

HOT SPRINGS — The Millboro Volunteer Fire Department is entertaining offers for its present firehouse and could look to move across from the Millboro Area Rescue Squad on industrial park property, the Bath County Economic Development Authority More...

Former supervisor accused of having, sharing ‘hit list’

WARM SPRINGS — Jay Trinca of Bacova, the subject of a document recently circulated outlining his position on several issues, accused a former supervisor of trying to discredit him. More...

Pipeline is ‘nightmare’ for valley

LITTLE VALLEY — When Bill Limpert was environmental administrator and district manager for the Maryland Department of Environment, he supervised a staff who made water pollution inspections. More...

Special Sections

Sports

Riverheads cruises past Bath

HOT SPRINGS — The Bath County softball team took a 20-1 five-inning loss to Riverheads last Wednesday.  The Gladiators got on the board with four runs in the first inning, then added 11 in the second to blast their way to a 15-0 lead. More...

Rams lose baseball opener

MONTEREY — Highland High School hosted its first baseball game in seven years on Tuesday, and the Rams lost 13-2 to the visiting Covington JV team.  More...

Gladiators shut out Chargers

HOT SPRINGS — The Bath County baseball team was back at home last Wednesday, hosting the Riverheads Gladiators. More...

Home & Property

Valley DI team earns spot in global finals

RICHMOND — The Valley Elementary School Destination Imagination team took third place at the Virginia state finals Saturday and has qualified for the global finals May 23-28 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  More...

Opinions on tax hike vary

WARM SPRINGS — Some want no tax increase; others say they would pay more taxes to support schools.  More...

In brief ...

• Tuesday, the Bath board of supervisors approved a $200 stipend for employees in place of health insurance. More...

Letters

Resident concerned about water supply

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent April 8 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission secretary Kimberly Bose, and shared with The Recorder.   Dear Secretary,  More...

Documentary planned to share Bath County story

Editor, The Recorder,  More...

Residents urged to keep informed about pipeline

Editor, The Recorder,  Dominion’s announcement of the proposed GWNF-#6 Atlantic Coast Pipeline route through Bath County has yielded some unexpected and welcome gifts.  More...

Breaking News - 4/20/2016 3:45 PM

Bath board calls emergency meeting  Free Access 

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Board of Supervisors will hold a special emergency called meeting Thursday, April 21 at 4 p.m. More...

Breaking News - 4/15/2016 9:17 AM

What a pitcher!

Ford third pick in draft

HARRISONBURG — Bath County native Jailyn Ford was the third overall pick by the Akron Racers in the National Pro Softball Fastpitch Draft  More...

Breaking News - 4/14/2016 10:15 PM

Forest service gives OK for pipeline surveying

ELKINS, W.Va. More...

Schoenfield returning to Homestead

HOT SPRINGS — Brett Schoenfield is coming home.  Schoenfield, who spent 12 years in management at The Homestead from 1995-2007, is returning to the resort as managing director.  “I’m thrilled, absolutely thrilled, to be co More...

Highland court convicts man of intent to maim

MONTEREY — A Highland man was found guilty of attempted malicious wounding and received a reduced sentence on a plea agreement in Highland County Circuit Court Friday, with Judge John Wetsel presiding.  Joshua Daniel Brown, 20, pleaded gui More...

Pipeline route protests intensify

MONTEREY — Federal regulators received a stepped-up wave of objections to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline 90-mile realigned route over the past week.  Outcries for scoping meetings, concerns about construction through karst topography More...

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Pharmacist Bill Shaver and pharmacy technician Amy Hull welcomed customers to the new Highland Medical Center Pharmacy, which opened last Tuesday. Other staff members include Hillary Smith, pharmacy technician, and Danny Burnett, pharmacist. More...

Cicadas coming to area

MONTEREY and WARM SPRINGS — Residents of Bath and Highland should get ready for a noisy spell in May and June. The 17-year cicada is due to emerge in both counties this year. More...

Finding referrals a worry

MONTEREY — When Highland County Respite Care and Hospice Support Services was formed in May 2015, it became one of five all-volunteer, non-medical hospice support groups in Virginia.  Non-medical hospices offer support in the way of respit More...

AMR shares radio highlights

MONTEREY — Allegheny Mountain Radio raised more than $4,200 with its 1th annual Bluegrass Jamboree last Saturday in spite of the snowy weather.  More...

Alleghany Meats is broadening horizons

Last in a three-part series

FORKS OF THE WATER — In last week’s article about Alleghany Meats, outgoing chair Allen Ervin said, “With a state-of-the-art facility, an excellent work force, a financially secure company, and a marketing/sales force working throug More...

Cave Week focus: Sinkhole management, education

RICHMOND — Virginia’s rich cave and karst heritage will be celebrated during Virginia Cave Week, April 17-23. At least 27 Virginia localities have landscapes where caves, springs and sinkholes are found. More...

Obituaries

Breaking News - 4/18/2016 4:10 PM

JOHN P. HODGE

MILLBORO — John Paul Hodge, 72, of Millboro, died Sunday, April17, 2016 at his residence.  He was born March 17, 1944 in Hot Springs, the son of the late Lonnie Hubert Hodge and Lennia Lovisa Matilda Franson Hodge. More...

R.J. MAXWELL

BRANSON, Mo. — On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, R.J. Maxwell, 79, peacefully passed on to his new Heavenly home.  He was born to Harold I. and C. Jackie Maxwell on Oct. 13, 1936, in the setting of Roy Inks Dam at Lampassas, Texas.  More...

DOUGLAS MCELWEE

HOT SPRINGS — Douglas Junior McElwee, 90, of Hot Springs, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Augusta Health in Fishersville.  He was born July 25, 1925 in Hot Springs, the son of the late Junior Michael McElwee and Pauline Helen Gibso More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s Report

Bath County  • April 3 — Deputy Randozzo checked on a tree blocking the road in Mountain Grove.  • April 3 — Randozzo checked on a tree blocking the road on the top of Back Creek Mountain.  • April 3 — More...

Early Files

Little remains of county poor farm

Editor’s note: The following story was gleaned from The April 19, 1991 edition of The Recorder. P. Lea Campbell was publisher. More...

50 years ago

APRIL 14, 1966

• Some 60 children turned out for the annual VFW egg hunt Sunday despite the cold and threatening weather. The event was sponsored by Highland Post 4989.  More...

25 years ago

APRIL 12, 1991

• The Pines Road, as it is locally designated, wound lazily alongside a stretch of pine-bordered Strait Creek. A dirt road, it was dusty in the summer, slippery in winter, and muddy most of the rest of the time. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Highland board needs resolve

We can’t figure out whether to admire Highland supervisors’ stubborn insistence on remaining “neutral” about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. More...

Pictorial

The Bath County Historical Society will host a program at the Bath County Public Library Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. More...

Momentary magic ...

Wonders of the Woods A closer look at our natural world

Editor’s note: Brian La Fountain of Hot Springs is a photographer and professional naturalist who studies wetlands and rare flora and fauna extensively, with emphasis on carnivorous plants and wild orchids. More...


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