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The ft 2ife2 linch all i Vol. LIII, No. 2 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, January 13, 2011 Saint Paul, Virginia _r MORE OF THE SAME...A big snowfall late Friday night and early Saturday morning appeared to leave more snow on the ground than the Christmas snow, with some areas measuring more than seven inches. The depth on portions of Gray Hill was five to six inches, most downtown areas seemed to receive a little less snow. Temperatures remained below freezing and the snow was still with us on Tuesday, with more--although not six-inches-worth--coming down and even more predicted! Superintendents to address impact of budget cuts that the state diverted VRS funds last year to balance the budget. Taking millions of dollars from public schools to experi- ment with pay-for-performance pilot programs at a time when school divisions are freezing teacher salaries and cutting tea- ching positions, is irresponsible. There is no research basis for legislation introduced to ensure that 65 percent of local and state education money is spent on instruction, which is narrowly defined, in order to improve student achievement. Sixty-five percent is an arbitrary figure. Public schools are being asked to do more with less as they try to keep up with increased and constantly chang- ing federal requirements while federal education dollars dry up. If Virginia is going to cham- pion the benefits of charter schools, it should extend the same flexibility in state regula- tions to all Virginia schools. .f Superintendents and repre- sentatives from all 133 school districts in Virginia plan to address the impact they perceive that the state's budget cubs will have on their various districts. They itemized their concerns. The Governor's budget amendments constitute the con- tmuation of Virginia's divest- ment of public education funds as revenues increase. The Governor's budget stra- tegy to strengthen VRS (Virgi- nia Retirement System) actually shifts the burden of financing VRS to public school employees and localities and it is particu- larly vexing in light of the fact p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church: Fridays: Clintwood. 7:30 p.m.. Clintwood United Metho- dist Church COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, p.m.. school cafeteria ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 p.m., St Paul Town Hall ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m.. Town Hall CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Se-wage .Authority Board of Direc-tors. 6 p.m. second Mondays ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appala- chian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- According to Mattern & Craig engineer Mark Hill, Rural Development (RD) has re- viewed the Inter-Municipal Agreement concerning owner- ship and fiscal responsibilities for the Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP). That agreement has been signed by participating agencies: the town of St. Paul, the Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority and the Wise County Public Service Authority; however RD has sug- gested several changes, which Hill termed as "clerical." The agreement will be rewritten to include the RD suggestions, and will be presented to the Boards of the participating agencies for their approval. Hill reported the slight changes in the agreement to the 10 who attended the monthly update meeting of the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Paul Town Hall. The design for the WWTP is about a month from completion, Hill said, since a number of aspects must be addressed by various engineers in order for the plant design to be complete. He anticipates that construction will begin around the end of May or first of June. The other major topic of discussion was the installation of the diffuser, the simple equipment which is used in returning treated wastewater to become combined with the water of the Clinch River. minima 50e ,I Because of the existence of endangered mussels in the river, however, a timeline governing the dates that work can be done in the river mandates that work in the river must cease March 15 and not begin again until October 1. That's so mussel activity won't be compromised during the spring and summer months. Because it will take close to a month to install the diffuser, it will be advertised for bids on Sunday, January 16, with a pre- bid conference held January 24 or 25; bids opened on February 1; and notice of award by February 15. However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must issue a permit authorizing the installa- tion of the diffuser in the river, and their approval will depend upon the recommendation of the United States Fish and Wildlife able.to ask for additional inf0r- matibn at almost any point, the granting of the application by the Corps of Engineers is not a foregone conclusi on. As far as the diffuser Is concerned, Hill said the water being returned to the river will be totally integrated with the river water within ten feet of its introduction into the river, well within the maximum of 500 feet required by law. (Without the diffuser, models indicate that it would take 1,700 feet for the reintroduced water to become thoroughly mixed with the river water. ) The final portion of the meeting was devoted to a very informal discussion of develop- ing plans for.the Castlewood portion of the sewage collection and treatment system. No funding has vet been secured. but the group was told that Service. Application has been several plans for small projects made to that agency. However, are being developed so that if I since the agency has, by law, 94 funds become available, a days to respond, and since it's project can be begun. Applications being accepted for ForwardWise County 2011 ment, economic development, legislative issues, Wise Coun- ty's natural resources, com- munity trusteeship, public rela- tions, education, and more. The cost of the program is $250 which includes all ses- Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 class of Forward Wise County, a lead- ership development program sponsored by the Wise County Chamber of Commerce.. For- ward Wise County's mission is" to identify and deVelop local sions, meals and refreshments, a 1 leaders among a diverse group plaque and the graduation ! of individuals from business, luncheon. industry, education and civicThe 2011 class of Forward UVa-Wise groups who share a commitment Wise County will be limited to Stop for Pedestrians music recital to positive change in Wise 20 participants. Applicants must ! Jan 2 County. be at least 21 years of age. Preference will be given to in the Library CrosswalK-- uary 7 Forward Wise County 2011 residents of Wise County and ....... T-r-,~ i---~ .......... ~ ...... 7. The University,of Virginia's will begin March 7 with class the City of Norton. Applications zeus meet at 10 am Wednesdays AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big at the Castlewood Lions Den. Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal Anyone 60 or over is invited. Church: Wednesdays: Wise. 8 ...The Dante Sentor Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- partment. Russell County resi- dents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. are M/Tu/Th. 9 am.-8 pro.; W/Y, 9 a.m-5 p.m.; Sa.. 10 am.-2 p.m. MATTHEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul. are 9 am-5 p.m Mondays/Wednes- days/Fridays/Saturdays, and I 1 a.m-7:30 p.m Tuesdays and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. D1CKENSON-BUNDY The Dickenson-Bundy Log House ~s open weekly Thursdays throuigh Saturdays, 10-3, and VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview. Coeburn. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9 30 to 12 St Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Build-rag, nev, & used clothing for sale RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m.. Lebanon CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication. 1st Satur- days, 7:30: School of Instrucnon third Thursdays, 7 p.m RECOVERY GROUP-The Sundays 12.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, SOCIAL SECURITY Presb_vterian Church, Norton. The Wise Social Security Office CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231-Stated meetings will be held is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m Phone numbers are l- the third Saturda3, of each month. 800-777-1)1"~ or 276-679-7633 The School of lnstrucnon will be LIBRARY FRIENDS heldon fourth Thursdays at 7. Friends of the J Fred ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Se- Matthev~s Memorial Library, St. cond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m, Star- Paul meet at the Library on first ed Communication. First Thurs- Thursdays at 4:00 p n day, 7 p.m.. School of Instruction. 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 Fhe Wise County Health De- partment. Wise. Ls open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m first Thursdays. Cli- mcs wilt be offered m family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC. Paps and Wise Couni3 Mental Health Cen- immumzanons Appointments are necessary for all but immuniza- ter conducts a recovery, group for tions For an appomt-ment, call substance abusers and families 762-328-8000 Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- 0810. FACILITIES AVAILABLE ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- The Tacoma Community Center is available tbr reunmns, birth- ren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, days and showers. All proceeds 7 p.m., First BaptistChurch, Cue- rellabilitate the Tacoma School as burn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- a Commumty Center. For 6588 or 276-679-737 I. information, call 395-6398 LITTLE LEAGUE 100TH BIRTHDAY? The Clinch River Little League Appalachian Agency lbr Senior Board meets ar 4 p.m third Citizens recognizes persons in Sundays at the UMWA Building Russell. Dickenson. Buchanan m Casliewood All interested and Tazewell counnes 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 lhe Wise County School Board mamtams a Pohc:~ Mannal which ~s a~ailable to the public in the librar~ of each school and m each county public hbrary. Copies of the Russell County School Board Pohcy Manual have persons arc invited to attend H.O.P.E. HOUSE H O.P E }louse provides emer- gency shelter for victims of do- mestic wolence in Wise. Russell. Dtckenson. Lee. Scott and Buch- anan counnes and the City of Norton Volunteers needed-train- ing available Call 1-800-572- 2278 SENIOR CITIZENS ..The Castlewood Senior Citi- IiiJr!HUlFJtU!~ ~ it!!lillt 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 of sexual as- at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, sault are invited to attend Clinch opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 Valley Community Action, Inc./ a.m Tuesdays. Anyone 'who Fanuly Crisis Services" support needs clothing is welcome. group meenng with victims of FREE HIVTESTING similar situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. For information, call Rande Hackler, 276-988- 5583. or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- 8206. FREE ADULT ED Free adult educanon 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 skills, lnsWactors also assist adults with job-related skills in- chiding resume writing and inter- wewing For details, call 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION The Regional Adult Education The Appalachian Agency for Program 'is offering free GED Senior Citizens provides disabili- Classes online. This service is for ty transportanon serwces in Buc- qualifying and adult learners, with hanan, Dickenson. Russell and or without their own home com- Tazewell counties to individuals puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise with disabilities, regardless of counties and the City of Norton. age. Call 1-888-656-2272. For more information, call GED 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 1942.yahoo,corn JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- thews Memorial Library and help promote the improvement of fac~- hties and services of the library. Send name. address and phone number, w~th a $5 membership girl, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- hal 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- rags are on the second Tuesday. All meeongs are at 7:30 p.m VETERANS' CLAIMS Dickenson County--Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835- 8847 nights Coeburn--A Dept. of Veterans Services represenlatwe will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9 a.m-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except June FOOD BANK First Baptist Church. St Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tues- day from 9-1 l a.m. at the church Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are "welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West Dante Commumty Health Departments in the Leno- wiseo Health District offer free 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. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3:~433. GED ONLINE On- line Co-ordinator Marci Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott Cotmty, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- day through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- nanve Ed.ucatior Center. Wise Call 276-328-8612 for informa- non concermng GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control. a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center. St. Paul. 5-6 o.m. 2nd 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~a Tuesday of each month .. GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singin~ 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 GOSPEL JAMBOREE The Clinch River Gospel Jam- boree and Open Micropohone isheld third Sundays Febntary' through October at 3 p.m.a t Cleveland United Methodist Chnrch. Cleveland. Admission is free to everyone. The host is Gary Cram Ph.D Contact him by calling 276-393-3522 or emaill-e him at biblemusic@aol.com. BOOK DISCUSSION Book Discussmn Group One of the J Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined m early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 p.m Bloodroot by Amy Greene will be discussed at the January 27 meet- ing Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 College at Wise invites the public to the Division of Music Honors Recital on Thursday, January 27. The free event takes place in the Gilliam Center for the Arts theatre at 7:30 p.m. The recital will feature performances by a select group of students chosen by the music faculty from the Fall 2010 juries. For more information about this event, please contact College Relations at 276-328- 0130. orientation, and a mandatory may be obtained at the Chamber one-day retreat will be held office located at 765 Park Saturday, March 12. ClassesAvenue, Norton, or from the will begin March 14 and will be Chamber's website, held each Monday from 5:30 to Completed 8:30 p.m. for ten weeks. In tpplications must be returned to addition, there will be one the Chamber by Friday, January Saturday seminar and one 28, 2011. Saturday field trip. Forward To date, Forward Wise Coun- Wise County 2011 will con- ty has graduated approximately clude with a graduation cere- 321 potential community lead- ] mony luncheon on Thursday, ers. May 26., Session topics will For information, call the SPES Award include work style assessment, Wise County Chamber of Corn-. leadership skills, local ~overn- merce at 276-679-0961 St. Paul Elementary School 9th District offices & personnel officials have recently been notified that the school has won Congressman Morgan Grif- stituent Representative, Dungan- second place in the Wise fith has announced additions to County Beautiful Committee's his Ninth District office staff. School Beautification Award They include: program! Michele Jenkins, District A committee from the county Director, Gate City; group tours the schools twice Terry Sivert, Field Repre- each year. Petie /qelson serves sentative, Duffield; as chairman of the county Angle Hall, Field Repre- committee, and Tammy Dotson sentative, Radford' is vice chairman. Tammie Bebout, Senior Con- non: Barbara Stafford. Constituent Representative, Pearisburg Ambler Dumler, Constituent Representative, Abingdon; Marge Cawood, Staff Assis- tant. Bristol; and Kathy Smith, Staff Assistant, Roanoke. ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS...Castlewood Elementary School's three first grades have been studying the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome and the contributions each society has made to modern civilization. Students created projects showing the architectural features of columns and arches. These projects have been on display at the school. This class is Heather Kiser's homeroom.