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l IqlailllllNNlmalHll]jllllJlam!ikUmll ' nl! Clinch Valley Times " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " V_ol. LI, No. i Thursday, January 1, 2009 Saint Paul, Virginia i I Ill IL I II i.t. I/zl G I N LA "% 50c THE UGLY SIDE OF HUMAN NATURE...Just hours after the Clinch Valley Times "hit the streets" last week, the snowman family, part of the holiday decorations around the sign at the Longview Drive entrance to Gray Hill, was vandalized. The Clinch Valley Times had featured a front page photo of the decoration, which was planned, financed and put in place by volunteers. This act of vandalism was such an ugly thing to do, destroying part of the Christmas spirit of the Town and denigrating the loving contributions of the residents who cared enough about their surroundings to put it into place. Those responsible should pay attention and feel very ashamed of what they have done--they SHOULD, but we doubt that they will, since they apparently have no sense of Christmas spirit. 4-H winter weekend camp A Winter Weekend 4-H cational Center, at 276-676- Camp has been announced for 6180 or January 30-February l. The e- .... vent will be held at the South- west Virginia 4-H Educational Center in Abingdon. Open to' all 4-H members currently in the sixth, seventh and eieahth grades, the camp fee per person Ts ;60. Registrations must be made by January 9--no late registra- tions will be accepted. For more information and registration materials, contact Win Iden, Program Director, Southwest Virginia 4-H Edu- SPECIAL GIFT_See page 5 to learn who and what this is all about.* BEN'S CHRISTMAS TREE...Turn to page 4 for complete details.* Calendar of events... &A-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Anyone 60 or over is invited. Stone Gap, 8 pro, Episcopal ...The Dante Senior Citizens Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 p.m., Chntwood United Metho- dist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m., school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 7 p.m., St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. RUSSELL COUNTY W&SA- The Russell County Water & Se- wage Authority Board of Direc- tors, 6 p.m. second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appela- chian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231-Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month. The School of Instruction will be held on fourth Thursdays at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Se- cond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Stat- ed Communication; First Thurs- day, 7 p.m., School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. NEIGHBORS AlD-Thmsdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Build-ing, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1 st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Cen- ter conducts a recovery group for substance abusers and families Fridays at 10 am. Call 276-679- i0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- i ren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m, First BaptistChurch, Coe- bum. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 4 p.m. third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH The Dante Neighborhood Watch Program will meet at 7 p.m.on second Mondays at the Dante Community Building. Call 495- 7007 for information. H.O.P.E. HOUSE H.O.P.E. House provides emer- guney shelter for victims of do- mestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Bueh- meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- partment. Russell County resi- denis 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Hours at the Russell County Pubhc Lrary, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MATTHEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- days/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY The Dickeuson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11-4, and Sundays 1-5 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY The Wise Social Seeurity Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m-4 p.m. Phone numbers ate 1- 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, meet at the Library'on fourth Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. VFW POST 9864 VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- comes new members. If you served overseas during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266, and send name, address and phone number. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH.SERVICES The Wise County Health De- partment, Wise, is open from 8 a.m..-8 p.m. first Thursdays. Cli- nics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and mununizations. Appointments are necessary for all bat immuniza- tions. For an appoint-merit, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birth- days and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For information, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTHDAY? Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school and in each county public library. ...Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the similar situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. For information, call Rmde ltaelder, 276-988- 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- 8206. FREE ADULT ED Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for " adults who want to improve their basic llls. Instructors also assist adults with job-related skills in- chiding resume writing and inter- viewing. For details, call 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens provides disabili- ty transportation services in Bue- hunan, Diekenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to iadividuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. The Group's purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history.'" Call William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 or fullerir,oom JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- thews Memorial Library and help promote the improvement of faci- lities and services of the h'brary. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make cheeks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meet- ings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Dickeuson County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans" claims. For appointment, call 276-835- 8847 nights. Coeburn--A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except June. Russell County--DAV Service Officer Perry Johnson assists veteran filing claims third Tues- days from 2-3:30 p.m., at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Russell County--American Legion Post 208 Post Service Officer Todd Salyer can assist with veterans' claims, records and family assistance. Call him at 276-889-5884 or 276-27,4-6588. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Paul, 495-7026 or 495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-I 1 a.m Tuesdays." Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Lenc wisco Health District offer confidential HIV testing through- out the year. For information, call Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or Sxorr Co. Health Dept., .276- 386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m,-12 noon. Gleuna McReynolda is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. JAM SESSION Dante Lives On will host a Jam Session at 6 pro. first Fridays at the old Pittston building in Dante. All musicians and other interested persons are invited to attend. GED ONLINE The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home eom- paters, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED On- line Co-ordinator Marei Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- day through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.ucation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for more information concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 p.m, 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 5 p.m. on 2nd Tuesdays at the old Chnchfield Office building. A Community Meeting is fourth Tuesdays at 6 p.m. SPES WALL OF FAME St. Paul High School athletes who have been Player of the Year, All Region, or have other honors are included in the Deacon Sports Hall of Fame, For details, call the school, 276-762-5221 GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome--admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION - The Book Discussion group of L Fred Mattbews Memorial Lib-- rary meets fourth Thursdays of every month (except November and December, which are combined into one holiday' meeting the first Thursday in December) at the Riverside Diner. The next meeting is Thursday, January 22, at 6 p.m. The books to be discusssed are The Shack by William Paul Young and The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter. on page 3 lenge but have a great opportu- work with President Obama and our colleagues in Congress to bring a new era of progress to this reason," said Congressman Rick Boucher Monday morning as he paid his annual visit to the Clinch Valley Times. During the visit, he outlined his 2009 agenda. He added that President-elect Obama's priorities include 1) eocnomic revival, 2) climate change and related topics and 3) health care reform. "We will pass during the early weeks a major stimulus measure for the economy. There are specific areas I'd like to see funded," Boucher said, and de- scribed four areas in which he is particularly interested. The first concerns roads "that are ready to go to contract." The bill will include substantial federal funds which will be al- located to the states. States will then make the decision as to where the funds will be used. The Congressman said he hopes that the Coalfields Expressway will receive a substantial a- mount of funding, allowing con- struction finally to begin. Water and wastewater pro- jects that are ready to build will also be targeted in the financial stimulus bill. "We've made sub- stantial progress in building drinking water systems," Bou- cher said, "but we need a num- ber of sewer systems." These funds will also be allocated to the states, which, with appro- pilate federal agencies, wilt decide where the funding will be used. Federal fundin for school modernization and construction will also be an important part of e stimulus package. "We are in need of as much as $30'mil- lion per county for school modernization," he said. Again, the states will allocate the funding to specific areas. The fourth element which Congressman Boucber included is broadband deployment. "We have the fiber optic backbone," he said. "Now we need to extend that service to users." He said he hopes that Con- gress will approve the economic stimulus bill, which includes all these elements, and President Obama will sign it into law by the end of January or first of February. His Showcasing Southwest Virginia. program, which has created approximately 5,000 jobs over the years, will also be an important part of his 2009 agenda. "We have several call centers located in Southwest Virginia, and our target now includes data centers, which ty- ments by telephone or Intemet companies, such as Google." He said he has been hosting visits by those companies to the Ninth District during the last few years, and hopes soon to have an announcement. The Veterans' Cemetery, which has been Congressman Boucher's project for the past several years,, is close to being a reality. The federal govern- ment donated the land in Dub- lin. The project will take about a year and a half to build, and the goal for opening is mid 2010. Application details and general information about the cemetery is available at the Congress- man's Big Stone Gap consti- tuent office, or at his website. Applications may be made now. Concerning health care, Con- gressman Boucher said there are two major elements which he hopes to address. The first is to move the na- tion to the point where all medical health records held by doctors, hospitals and other health care providers are in electronic form so that the in- formation can be transmitted from one provider to another over computer networks quickly and without error. The benefits of such a move include the improvement of the quality of health care, and the reduction of cost of providing health care. The second aspect of his health care focus is to address the problem of 47 million un- insured Americans. He emphasized that a major change in television ,reCeption for those who use rabbit  or outside antennas will be here on February 17. Analog broadcast- ing will cease, and will be replaced by digital broadcasting. Those with cable or satellite service, or with digital televi- sion sets will not have a pro- blem. Those with the rabbit ears and outside antennas need to secure converter boxes ($40 vouchers-each household is entitled to two-are available free from the federal govern- ment on request to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce.) Congress- man Boucber advises that the converter boxes be obtained, in- stalled and tested immediately. There's a chance, he said, that the outdoor antenna may need to be adjusted or possibly re- placed. If action is taken now, every household will be ready to receive digital TV right away. An ongoing focus and con- cern of Congressman Boucher is carbon capture and sequestra- tion. He said that because of a recent Supreme Court decision, mandatory controls on carbon dioxide emissions are inevitable. Congressman Rick Boucher These controls could be pro- vided by Environmental Protec- tion Agency regulations or by Congress. He feels that Con- gressionally mandated controls would be preferable. "The continued use of coal in our economy is essential," Bou- cber said. "Coal provides 51 percent of our electricity--it is the cheapest and most plentiful fuel that we have available." He said that he has entered a bill to accelerate the arrival of carbon dioxide capture and sequestra- tion. The bill calls for $10 bil- lion in federal research funding for that purpose. The 400 page proposal, as well as a summary, are on the website of the House Energy and Commerce Commit- tee, and are on Congressman Boucber's oersonal website. "In Russell County," he said, "is the most prominent test on the use of coal seams to sequester carbon dioxide. We know it can be done in oil and gas fields; this is the next step." The Russell County test, which will inject 1000 tons of carbon dioxide into coal seams, was funded by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Virginia Tech and various private companies are involved in the project. Boucher hopes to secure $100 million for the next phase of testing, which will be to sequester 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide in coal seams. He said he hopes this project will also take place in Southwest Virginia. The Congressman .said that the House, on a 398-27 vote, passed his bill which gives re- porters the right not to reveal their sources. The Senate, how- ever, did not approve the bill. He will resubmit it in 2009, and anticipates its passage, as the makehp of the Senate has changed.. He concluded with several remarks about his High Knob Task Force, which has worked for a year, and has raised (Continued'on page 2) anun counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed--train- ing available. Call 1-800-572- 2278. SENIOR CITIZENS ...The Castlewood Senior Citi- ,zens meet at 10 a.m Wednesdays library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP Women survivors of sexual as- sault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Community Action, Inc./ Family Crisis Serweas' support operates a Food Bank each Tues- day from 9-11 a.m at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in , need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 p.m. first Mon- at the Casflewood Lions Den. group meeting with victims of days, For more information, call Church and church-related activities calendar L]-VE MUSIC...Dr. Gary Crum, a member of St. Paul United Methodist (hurch, and Rev. Harry Layeil, minister of the church, combined to present a program of live Christmas music during the church's Community Christmas Dinner, held Thursday from 12 noon until "1:30. Also participating in the musical program was the church's choir director and organist, Sally Smith, playing the dulcimer; and Jada Kestner, also performing onthe dulcimer. Sharon Layell provided several vocal selections, as did Dr. Crum and Rev. Layeil. rnoto by Peyton Gregory agenda, focuses on economy, health care & carbon capture "We face a tremendous chal- pically are billion dollar invest- : Rep. Boucher outlines 2009