May 4, 2017 RSS feed / Top News

Bath school board commits to solar project

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County School Board made it official — solar energy systems will be installed at county schools this year, to provide half of the school district’s energy needs for many years. More...

U.S. 220 projects causing delays

WARM SPRINGS — Spring highway maintenance is under way and one project in particular is causing frustrating delays for motorists. More...

Highland road plan tabled

MONTEREY — Tuesday, Highland County supervisors tabled the six-year secondary road plan following a public hearing in which several county residents expressed dissatisfaction about road conditions.  Mike Henry, assistant administrator of V More...

Correction

The Highland County budget report last week should have said the recreation commission director would be a full-time position  All errors in fact brought to our attention will be quickly and gladly corrected. More...

Correction

In last week’s story about Earth Day, the information about the Alleghany Highlands Virginia Master Naturalist Chapter was incorrect. The chapter meets quarterly at various locations within the four-county area it serves. More...

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Apple blossoms began busting forth in Monterey last week. (Recorder photo by John Bruce) More...

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Barry Marshall was at the climate march in Washington, D.C. on April 29 with a group who went by bus from Staunton and Harrisonburg .The Virginia Sierra Club organized the trip. More...

‘Old Jack’: Man of the hour

McDowell: Small battle, big consequences

By early May, 1862, the dream of an independent Southern nation appeared doomed.  More...

Reenacting: Obsession of the heart

Reenacting is defined in Webster’s as simply “to perform once more.” But to generations of Americans, historical reenacting is a hobby, an obsession, even a way of life.  More...

Institute cadets: Courageous march

LEXINGTON — At the behest of confederate general John C. Breckenridge, 257 Virginia Military Institute cadets were called up to fight in the Battle of New Market in May of 1864.  More...

Battle sequence of events

Compiled by The Recorder from “The History of Highland County, Virginia” by Oren F. Morton, B.L, ©1911, and “The New History of Highland County, Virginia 1983,” published by the Highland Historical Society, Inc. ©1983. More...

Garth Newel announces year’s ‘Emerging Artists’

HOT SPRINGS – Every year, Garth Newel Music Center invites 11-15 talented college-age musicians to be in residence for four weeks, during which they have the opportunity to study and perform chamber music under the mentorship of the Garth Newel More...

Piano quartet to play at Taubman Museum

ROANOKE – The Garth Newel Piano Quartet will perform at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke this Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. The quartet will perform Louise Héritte- Viardot’s Quartet No. 1. More...

Special Sections

Schools

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Fourth graders reported about their trip to Jamestown and Williamsburg at the Highland County School Board meeting this week. (Recorder photo by John Bruce) More...

In brief ...

Highland County School Board

• Monday, the Highland County School board approved a proposal by the recreation commission to name the baseball field in honor of Edwin Crigler. More...

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Highland Elementary School Good Citizens for the month of April were, from left, front: Arianna Whitelaw, fifth grade; James VanReenen, second grade; Johnnie Tidd, fourth grade; back row: Mason Sween More...

Home & Property

Coalition member awarded ‘River Hero’ award

BOULDER, Colo. More...

Agenda

Bath County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, May 9 — 7 p.m. Circuit Courtroom, second floor   More...

Library Notes

• Saturday operating hours at the Highland County Public Library have changed to 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Please make note of the change when planning your weekend errands in Monterey.  More...

Early Files

Sam gets his place in the sun

Editor’s note: The following article was gleaned from the Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004 edition of The Recorder. P. Lea Campbell Jr. was publisher and editor. The article was written by Matthew Campagna.   More...

50 years ago

May 4, 1967

• Pfc. Allen E. Gutshall, son of Arnet E. Gutshall of Vanderpool, has been awarded the Bronze Star with V (Valor) device for action against the enemy in Viet Nam on March 11, 1967. Pfc. More...

25 years ago

May 1, 1992

• The second annual Science Fair kicked off Friday after lunch at Highland High and ran until lunch Monday. The fair featured 38 separate exhibits or experiments, with 11 awards of excellence bestowed for superior attainment. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Hot weekend brings adoption heartbreak

A Party of One

ROANOKE – Often, I let my heart rule my head, and I make a huge mistake.  This past weekend, I blame my heart, sure; also, I blame the oppressive 90-degree heat and hubbub of Roanoke on a Saturday (never again!).   More...

Be careful hunting mushrooms, plants this spring

In our Forests

WARM SPRINGS — Spring brings the beauty of new plants, fungi and flowers erupting from the ground. Many forest visitors are hunting for edible plants and mushrooms this time of year. More...

Tiny teacup preserved for history

WARM SPRINGS – Look at the nail on your pinkie finger. Is it smaller than a teacup?  Smaller than most teacups, certainly, but nowhere near as tiny as the miniature work of art just donated to the Bath County Historical Society.   More...

Mountaintop removal argued in pipeline plan

MONTEREY — “Permanent, irreversible alterations of geologic conditions.” That’s the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s official assessment of how building the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would affect the Appalac More...

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The Burnsville United Methodist Church youth group met Friday, April 28 for its monthly meeting of devotion, crafts and fellowship with five children in attendance. More...

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  Above, workers with Turn Key Carpentry demolish a building at the site. The contract calls for demolition to be completed no later than June 15. More...

In brief ...

Highland County Board of Supervisors

• Tuesday, Highland County supervisors adopted the 2017-18 $7.9 million county budget, leaving the 42 cent real estate tax and other tax rates unchanged.   More...

Rain delays sidewalk repairs

BLUE GRASS — The Virginia Department of Transportation expected sidewalks in Blue Grass to be finished this week, weather permitting.  Contractor Paramount Property Services LLC of Warrenton was replacing about 245 square yards of deterior More...

Trials set in Highland court

MONTEREY — Three individuals are scheduled for Highland County Circuit Court trials Monday, May 8.  More...

‘United we stand, divided we fall’

It was 155 years ago on May 8 when the struggles of the Civil War left blood on the simple open field in McDowell.  More...

Hairstyling Shop named Business of the Year

HOT SPRINGS — The Bath County Chamber of Commerce hosted its eighth annual membership meeting and Business Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, April 27 at Garth Newel Music Center. More...

Battlefield Day: Schedule of events

Saturday, May 6 —9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Once again, Confederate & Union soldiers return to the village of McDowell for a full day of Civil War living history.  Schedule of Events:   • 9 a.m. More...

Highland recipe a favorite for generations

Patricia B. Mitchell’s book, “Cooking for the Cause: Confederate Recipes, Documented Quotations, and Commemorative Recipes,” ©1988, contains one man’s account of breakfast in Highland during the Civil War:  More...

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Mansion House: A McDowell landmark

McDOWELL —A house that looks simple by today’s standards was a mansion in her youth. The building — no longer known as the Mansion House — is the home of the Highland County Museum and Heritage Center. More...

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Skylar Shelton, center, captured the Miss Bath County 2017 crown Saturday night. More...

Obituaries

Dorothy Porter Cobb

ALEXANDRIA — Dorothy Porter Cobb, 98, of Alexandria, and formerly of McDowell, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the home of her granddaughter. More...

Larry Milton May

BACOVA — Larry Milton May, 64, of Bacova, died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at his residence.  He was born Aug. 20, 1952 in Covington, the son of Ashby Milton May and the late Shirley Anne Cook May.  Mr. More...

Sports

VES sports writer already making money

HOT SPRINGS — It’s not uncommon for a 13-year-old kid to make money mowing lawns, washing cars or helping with chores. But it’s rare, virtually unheard of, for a seventh-grader to be a professional sports writer.  More...

Rams off their game, faced tough opposition

MARLINTON, W.Va. More...

Bath bested Rams softball

MONTEREY — The Highland softball team tried to defend its home field against the visiting Chargers on Thursday, April 27. But the Bath County overcame the Rams with an end score of Bath, 19, Highland, 5. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s Report

Highland County  • April 25 — Officer conducted a welfare check, Mountain Turnpike.  • April 25 — Received report of scam, West Main Street.  • April 25 — Officer responded to report of suspicious perso More...

Sheriff’s Report

Bath County  • April 23 — Deputy Colaw and Deputy Bryan checked on a stranded motorist near Whispering Pine Lane.  • April 24 — Deputy McRoberts responded to Healing Springs for a report of a vehicle accident involving More...

Letters

Bath supervisors should facilitate easier dialogue

Editor, The Recorder, On April 11, I attended the (Bath) county board of supervisors’ annual budget meeting. This is not something I do often, as I prefer to express my views less publicly. More...

ACP same size as Trans-Alaska pipeline

Editor, The Recorder,  To gain a perspective on the size of pipe to be used for the proposed Atlantic Coast pipeline, one only has to think of the Trans-Alaska pipeline (pictured).  Both the Atlantic Coast and the Trans-Alaska pipelines are More...

Couple has wonderful experience at D.C. march

Editor, The Recorder,  My wife and I attended the Climate March in Washington on Saturday. I know that some of you attended as well, and I’m sorry we didn’t see you. More...


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