August 25, 2016 RSS feed / Top News

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Forrest Waldeck stepped off the bus all smiles on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Millboro Elementary School for the first day of the school year. See more photos, page 23. (Photo courtesy MES) More...

Planners approve permit for Millboro business

WARM SPRINGS — The Bath County Planning Commission balanced a variety of factors Monday in order to approve a conditional use permit for a Millboro business owner. More...

IMADE3D wants to go to school

MONTEREY — Getting into one school. That’s the simple goal of a global high-tech business in Blue Grass, and the Highland County Economic Development Authority is working to make sure that school is in Highland. More...

Mountain Valley Players need performers for fall show

HOT SPRINGS – “The show must go on,” they say in the business, but even that time-honored commandment has exceptions. For example, when there are not enough performers. More...

Private lane residents lash out at Dominion

BURNSVILLE — Property owners are finding out for themselves why so little information has been forthcoming about access roads for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. More...

In brief ...

• Supervisors during their Aug. 17 work session heard an update from Josh Umar of The Highland Center about the effort to help reverse the declining population and attract new residents. More...

Hotel history is birth of Bath

Would Bath County be what is today without The Homestead? It’s doubtful. Bath might have become similar in a few ways, but it would have been a different place altogether without the hotel. We’ll never know. More...

Pianists take to the stage

HOT SPRINGS – Garth Newel Music Center presents the ninth weekend of the Summer Festival, with two concerts — “Falling,” on Saturday at 5 p.m., and “Joy,” on Sunday, at 3 p.m. More...

Special Sections

Schools

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Millboro Elementary School students started back to school Wednesday, Aug. 17. (Photos courtesy MES) More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

BATH COUNTY Thursday, Aug. 25 • Burnsville United Methodist Church Women’s Group meets at the church, 7 p.m. More...

Home & Property

Engagement

Nichols — Wilson

HOT SPRINGS — Mark Nichols and Melinda Ryder Nichols of Hot Springs announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Holly Danielle Nichols, to Cody Owen Wilson. Cody is the son of Frank and Shanelle Wilson of Lynchburg. More...

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Alexandra “Aly” Durrett of Hot Springs has been selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. More...

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At the Bolar Ruritan Club, area residents show solidarity with everyone who is under attack from “big oil,” during the Hands Across Our Land event Aug. 18. More...

Letters

Bernie Tabatznik full of humanity, love of music

Editor, The Recorder, When I received news early last week of Bernie Tabatznik’s sudden passing, it brought a rush of deep sadness, but also a vivid recollection of the last time I saw him. More...

Burnsville area residents appalled by trespassing

Editor’s note: The following letter was submitted to Dominion Resource’s board of directors Aug. 12, submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and shared with The Recorder. Dear Dominion, More...

Get on the train, let the engineer guide you

Editor, The Recorder, First of all, let me say I had the privilege to visit your beautiful area of Bath County last week and soak in some of the beautiful area and the mountains. More...

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Business brings jobs to Bath County

RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that Speyside Bourbon Cooperage Inc. More...

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Request for polling change withdrawn

MONTEREY — The Highland County Electoral Board has rescinded its request to close the Wilson's Mill voting precinct. More...

Voting precinct fate on hold

MONTEREY — Highland County supervisors tabled a decision on whether to close the Wilson’s Mill voting precinct and send its voters to Monterey. The board will hold off until their meeting Sept. 6 before taking a vote on the matter. More...

Bath chamber president discusses priorities

HOT SPRINGS — The Bath County Chamber of Commerce elected businesswoman Crystal Salvatore as its president during the group’s July meeting. More...

Correction

Last week’s Recorder incorrectly listed Bruce McWilliams’ residence under his letter. He lives in Millboro, not Williamsville. All errors in fact brought to our attention will be quickly and gladly corrected. More...

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Weed and grass inspectors coming to Bath County? The Bath County Planning Commission scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. More...

BARC set to bring fiber to homes

MILLBORO — BARC Electric Cooperative is moving forward with a $66 million fiber-to-the-home project that will make high speed internet available to BARC and non-BARC members over the next 7-8 years. More...

In brief ...

• At the Highland County Recreation Commission meeting Monday, treasurer George Deem reported the Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge grossed $7,258 before bills from the event are paid. More...

Volunteer, donate for ‘Stop Hunger’ program

BLUE GRASS —Blue Grass United Methodist Church is sponsoring a food-packaging event for “Stop Hunger Now” at the Blue Grass Ruritan Building, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. More...

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Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell was honored with the 2016 Legislative Award from the Virginia State Beekeepers Association. More...

Obituaries

JAMES T. THOMAS

PENN LAIRD — James “Jim” Terry Thomas, 83, of Penn Laird, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at his home. He was born March 19, 1933 in the Back Creek Community of Highland County, a son of the late W.H. More...

Sports

Phillips makes his first TD for Denver Broncos

DENVER — Bath County native John Phillips saw his first preseason action with Denver in the Broncos’ 31-24 loss to San Francisco in NFL preseason action last week. More...

Former Highland resident shares love of racing

RICHMOND — You never know what kind of interesting careers Highlanders will find when they graduate and move off to the wider world. More...

Bath volleyball gets season started

GREENVILLE — There are a number of returning faces to the Charger volleyball team this year. Six of the team’s 13 players are from last year’s squad. More...

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff’s Report

Bath County • Aug. 14 — Deputy Bryan spoke with a resident on Ridge Road in reference to a possible prowler. • Aug. 14 — Deputy Colaw spoke with a resident on Waltons Lane in reference to a possible trespasser. • Aug. More...

Early Files

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Few will have to think hard to remember the fairgrounds before Highland Elementary School was added to the school complex. In the late 1980s, the tractor pull drew a fair crowd. More...

Landmark restoration begins

Editor’s note: The following article was gleaned from the Oct. 21, 1976 issue of The Recorder. Joseph C. Pritchard was editor and publisher. More...

50 years ago

AUGUST 25, 1966

• Pfc. William D. Lotts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lotts of Monterey, has been hospitalized as a malaria patient in Vietnam. • A slippery road caused a 1958 Chevrolet driven by Lewis Wysong, 17, of Monterey, to skid off U.S. More...

Opinions & Commentary

Guardian angel watches over

Memory Lane

MILL GAP — Here is a story about a close call back in my logging days, back when I was buying and selling logs. I had Ross Hefner help me one fall when we were cutting timber. More...

Chicken sign, beloved dog, connected through Bath woman

Highland Gems

BACOVA — One of the goals for this column is to showcase the forgotten material culture of our glorious mountain region. What is material culture? It refers to the physical objects, resources, and spaces people use to define their culture. More...


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