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MARCH " OF IMES. 4=, mONTH, Vol. LIII, No. 1 t k L " s/iu i ii " - I 1 .111 II ] " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' " Thursday, January 6, 2011 Saint Paul, Virginia i ~" 'i - (Fort Gibson United Metho- dist Church will celebrate its 225 years of service to the Castlewood community on Sun- day, August 14, 2011. This is the first of monthly articles containing the history of Fort Gibson United Methodist Church. The Clinch Valley Times is honored to participate in this celebration by sharing a series of articles on the church's history with our readers. Our thanks to Fort Gibson's History Committee and Worship Com- mittee for sharing their work with us.) By the Fort Gibson UMC History Committee "Boys, follow me," Charles Bickley cried out to Simon Oscher and Henry Dickenson in -' 1783 as they were working unarmed at. Mill Creek. Ap- proaching from the northeast and coming down the Clinch River Valley were 17 Indians, a raiding party that simul- taneously observed the three DANGEROUS SlTUATION A tanker truck belonging to Little Acorn Oil men working, unarmed and Company was idling while parked on Riverside Drive around 3:15 Wednesday alone. In the view of the three th race to see which group would arrive first at the fort. Charles Bickley, being fleet afoot, led Simon Oscher and Henry Dick- enson in a lightning charge sprint to Russell's Fort just as the Indians stopped and fired their weapons. The men made it to the fort in a hail of fire. Simon Oscher and Henry Dick- enson managed to get the only .two guns in the fort and returned fire, killing two Indians. Not knowing the strength of the fort and already having caused terror and destruction on their raid, the Indians gathered their dead and faded into the woods. A few hours later, Ann Bush Neece, living up the Clinch River Valley, emerged from the woods at the fort. She had been tomahawked and scalped. Seven years earlier, she had been captured, tomahawked and scalped and left for dead. Her sister was captured, taken to DetrOit and later exchanged and returned home. Mary Bush Neece had survived two scalp- ) ] / 4 'i ~>(" ~" i '&',V 50c Such were the times in Castle- wood In 1783 Charles Bickley, Simon Oscher and Henry Dick- enson had no way of knowing that in 1929, 143 years later, a church building would be constructed just a few yards from the fort they ran to protect and save, and maybe on the very path on which they ran. Nor did they know that their progeny would serve and play such an active role Within the 225 year history of the church. Presently, their descendants are active in all aspects of the church,aiways being cognizant of the church motto: "Enter to Worship, Depart to Serve." The church building con- structed there is presently Fort Gibson United Methodist Church; but the Church itself was established in 1786 and has had four structures, three loca- tions and four names, and is the oldest church in the "Holston Conference having the longest continuous congregation. afternoon when a fire of undetermined broke out in the cab. No driver was in the men and the 17 Indians stood lugs. Later, local men armed (The next article in this series t - s ~. . n o, n . n ~ Russell's Fort onen and un and tried to follow the Indians, concerns the appointment of tuck at the time. Iu raul roiic t, enar mem ann me at. Yaul volunteer tire,v - . . T, - - - -- - . nrntaotad it ,n,~ kecame - ,~-* but they were never caught. Marx nvnitaxer.) vepartment responded quickly. Although the tanker itself was empty, it was filled ; 1-7, 1 .-, with fumes, and a loaded tanker was parked adjacent to it. Oneto the quick work l 3omlnlon u ounoaHon awaros bbu,UUU grant of the St. Paul Fire Department, the fire was extinguished before it reached the t- 1 1 t . x r" ,- gasoline tank of the cab, the tanker portion of the truck or the adjacent loaded ]or solar-powere(l co] ee srlop a[ virginia tanker. The cab of the truck was destroyed. Photo by Peyton Gregory Wise County dog license tags due Blood drive Highlands Community College, Abin don Grant to be used for student-run project at Virginia Highlands Community College The Wise County Treasurer's A license one-year available at $5, or a three-year license is $12. Also available are kennel tags for up to 20 dogs at $75. Office has announced that the 2001 Wise County Dog License Tags are due January 31. - In order to purchase a license tag, dog owners must show verification of vaccination by a currently licensed veterinarian, and the dog, male, female or unsexed, must be at least four. months old. For more information, call is scheduled for Non-profit business to involve other eco-friendly local suppliers, Energy Star appliances "Wolf Grounds" to use both solar hot water heating andphotovoltaic technologies January 20 Virginia Highlands Com- munity College students soon The Marsh Regional Blood will be able to start their day Center of Norton is sponsoring a with a cup of coffee from a sol- blood drive for Thursday, Janu- ar-powered, eco-friendly coffee ary 20. The blood mobile will be shop. at Morgan McClure in Castle- The Dominion Foundation, the Wise County Treasurer's wood from 12 noon until 2:30 Office, 276-328-3666. Office p.m. and at St. Paul Food City hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. from3until6pm Monday through Friday. In case of inclement weather, call Debbie 679-4669. r " n'rr~ l~ -- learning opportunity to students lives. in solar energy system design, "Dominion is excited about equipment installation, and sys- supporting this hands-on learn- tern maintenance and "repair ing project and pa~icu!ar!y be- - More than 200 students will be cause of its emphasis on energy directly involved in the planning conservation, e.fficiency and and design of the project, in- alternative energy generation," AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big zens meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal Anyone 60 or over is inv/ted Church; Wednesdays: Wise, "8,The Dante Sanioi" Citizens p.m Trinity United Methodist meet each Monday and Tuesday Church; Fridays: Clintwond, 7:30 at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- p.m Clintwood United Metbo, partment. Russell County resi- dist Church dents 60 or older are invited. I Center meets at 7 p.m. first Mon- been placed in the office and the days, For more information, call library of each school, and at the 495-7026 or 495-8473. Russell 'County Public Library. CLOTHES CLOSET SUPPORT GROUP The Women On Mission group Women survivors ofsexunl as- at Fit:st Baptist Church, St. Paul, "" sault are invited to attend Clinch opens a Clothes Closet from 9-I 1 Valley Community Action, Inc./ a.m. Tuesdays. Anyone who' COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pro St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m Town Hull. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Fanuly Crisis Services' support needs clothing is welcome. Hours at the Russell County . group meeting with victims of FREE HIV TESTING Public Library, Lebanon, are similar situations Mondays, 10:30 Health Departments in the Leno- M/Tu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 a.m.-12 noon. For information, wisco Health District offer free am.-5 p.m.; Sa 10 a.m.-2 p.m. call Rande Hackler, 276-988- confidential I-I]V testing through- MATTHEWS LIBRARY 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- out the year. For information, call Hours at the J. Fred Matthews 8206. Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. Memorial Library, St. PaW, are 9 FREE ADULT ED Health Dept " 276-346-2011; or a.m-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- Free adult education classes are Sxorr Co. Health Dept .276- CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The days/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 Castlewood Water & Se-wage a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and iAuthority Board of Direc-tors, 6 p.m. second Mondays. Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- DICKENSON-BUNDY First Tuesday, I p.m Appala- The Dickenson-Bundy Log chian Agency for Senior Citizens House is open weekly Thursdays office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- throuigh Saturdays, 10-3, and Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, Sundays 12-4 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY Presbyterian Church, Norton. The Wise Social Security Office CASTLEWOOD LODGE is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 #231-Stated meetings will be held a.m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers are l- the third Saturday of each month. 80fl-777- t 713 or 276-679-7633. The School of Instruction will be LIBRARY FRIENDS held on fourth Thursdays at 7. Friends of the J. Fred ST, PAUL LODGE #343-Se- Matthews Memorial Library, SL cond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m Stat- Paul, meet at the Library on first ed Communication; First Thurs- Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. day, 7 p.m School of Instruction. VFW POST 9864 VFW POST 08652, DAV VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday 7 comes new members. If you p.m VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, served overseas during any war, '9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box bors Aid Build-lug, new & used 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266, and clothing for sale. send name, address and phone number. Transfers welcomed. RUSSELL CO, B()ARD OF HEALTH SERV1CES SUPERVISORS -First Monday, The Wise County Health De- 6 p.m Lebanon CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- partment, Wise, is open from 8 Stated Communication, 1st Satur- am -8 p.m. first Thursdays. Cli- nics will be offered in family days, 7:30; School of Instruction planning, pediatrics, school and third Thursdays, 7 p.m adult physicals, WIC, Paps and RECOVERY GROUP-The immunizations. Appointments are Wise County Mental Health Cen- necessary for all but immuniza- ter conducts a recovery group for lions. For an appoint-sent, call substance abusers and families 762-328-8000 Fridays at 10 a.m. Call 276-679- FACILITIES AVAILABLE 0810. The Tacoma Community Center ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- is available for reunions, birth- ten of Alcoholics meet Mondays, days and showers. All proceeds 7 p.m First BaptistChurch, Coe- rehabilitate the Tacoma School as burn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. a Community Center.For LITTLE LEAGUE information, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTHDAY? The Clinch River Little League Appalachian Agency for Senior Board meets at 4 p.m. thircl Citizens recognizes persons in Sundays at the UMWA Building Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan in . Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend, and Tazewell counties who are H.O.P.E. HOUSE 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- H.O.P.E. House provides emer- vise AASC of any upcoming gency shelter for victims of do- 100th+ birthday. mestic violence in Wise, Russell, SCHOOL POLICIES Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- The Wise County School anan counties and the City of Board maintains a Policy Manual Norton. Volunteers needed--train- which is available to the public in ing available. Call 1-800-572- the library of each school and in 2278. each county public library. SENIOR CITIZENS Copies of the Russell County The Castlewond Senior Citi- School Board Policy Manual have available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who want to improve their basic skills Instructors also assist adults with job-related skills in- cluding 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 Buc- hanan, Dickeuson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals 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,com. 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 library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership girl, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks 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 Dickenson County--Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835- 8847 nights. Coebum--A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9 am.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except June. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Paul, 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. The West Dante Community , ,0,activities 386-1312. f 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. Glcnna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433 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 com- pmers, in Lee, Scott and-Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED On- line Co-ordinator Marci 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 informa- tion concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control, a free diabetes program~ meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul. 5-6 n.m. 2rid Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Ist Mondays at the Dante Museum. Community Meeting is 3~J Tuesday of each month. GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration CenteI', 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All, are welcome--admission is free. GOSPEL JAMBOREE The Clinch River Gospel Jam- boree and Open Mieropphone isheld third Sundays February~ through October at 3 t Cleveland United Methodist Church. Cleveland. Admission is free to everyone. The host is Gary Cram, Ph.D. Contact him by calling 276-393-3522 or emaili-l~ him at BOOK DISCUSSION Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 p.m. Bloodroot by Amy Greene will be discussed at the January 27 meet- ing. calendar on page 3 f I I I the philanthropic arm of Dom- cluding business, marketing, inion Resources Inc has award- drafting, Web design, ecology, ed a $30,000 grant to the 4,000- student community college for the development of "Wolf Grounds, an on-campus, stu- dent-run coffee shop. The non- profit business will involve 100 percent organically grown and recyclable products, local .sup- pliers, Energy Star appliances, and both solar hot-water heating and solar photovoltaic tech- nologies. The coffee shop project will serve as a learning tool that will cross many academic disciplines and touch several hundred students across the 4,000-studeiat campus. "Dominion's grant will allow our students to experience first- hand the process of opening and operating a business within the security of college supervision," said Virginia Highlands Pres- ident Ron Proffitt. "This is an outstanding opportunity for our students, and we are grateful to Dominion for their support of the college, our students and this project." Besides providing experience to business students in running a self-sustaining business, the pro- ject also will provide a hands-on said Preston Sloane, station , director for the Virginia City heating and air-conditioning and Hybrid Energy Center. electricity and energy-techno- The power station is being logystudents, built in nearby Wise County, The coffee shop, which is about 30 miles from the campus, scheduled to open in April, will by Dominion Virginia Power, a be managed by the campus subsidiary of Dominion Re- organization Students in Free sources. Enterprise: Roughly half the students involved in the project's development will continue their involvement in the shop's opera- tion. For example, information technology students will con- tinue to maintain the shop's Web page and produce brochures, marketing students will promote the The grant is among 16 grants totaling $500,000 made this year by the Dominion Foundation to Virginia colleges and univer- sities. The grants are part of a new Foundation giving, program created especially for higher education. The Dominion Fou- ndation focuses its giving on business and accounting,preservation of natural resour- students will manage the books. The Dominion grant will help pay for materials and sup- plies and for construction that is necessary to get the coffee shop up and running. It will be locat- ed in the Learning Resources Building, which houses the college's library, auditorium, business division office and numerous classrooms. The high visibility of this location will help in achieving a project goal of making students, faculty and visitors more aware of the need for eco-friendly and energy-saving measures in their ces, work-force development, education, diversity initiatives, neighborhood and community development and basic needs for food and shelter. Dominion is one of the na- tion's largest producers and tran- sporters of energy, with a port- folio of approximately 27,600 megawatts of generation. Dom- inion operates the nation's larg- est natural gas storage system and serves retail energy custom- mers in 13 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at SNOW'S ALL GONE These ducks who live at the Oxbow Lake were apparently relieved on Monday that their view of the ground was no longer obscured by several layers of cold white stuff. Several animal lovers in the area have made sure that the ducks have been fed while the snow was on the ground during almost all of December.