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i" LI, No. 3 Clinch Valley Times " &apos;The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, Janaury 15, 2009 Saint Paul, Virginia :  f'J g.\\; "'"IICINLA " .-< " A 5 5OCtY*llJ,Oev "} 50c St. Paul, Castlewood entities . QuIcK SNOW...Area res]aents woke on Thursday, January 8, to perhaps the most snow we've seen all at once this winter--its depth ranged between two and three inches, but by mid-afternoon after temperatures had warmed, most of it had disappeared. More is promised, however, for Wednesday. Dominion & St. Paul officials meet to discuss raw water and wastewater treatment projects Dominion's Charles Scott and David Leaf met Tuesday morning with St. Paul Mayor Kyle Fletcher and Council mem- bers Blake Whitenaek, Ray- mond Trent, Sharon Steele and Grant Marshall and Mattern & Craig engineer Mark Hill to discuss progress in the raw water intake and wastewater treatment services that the Town will provide to the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center. During the discussion, Greg Edwards, Dominion's communi- cations director for the Virginia City project, assured Council Center is a dry system (the other stored the ash in a slurry), which will be stored in a lined landfill. The landfill area will be deve- loped in sections. The main points which were discussed during the meeting were a meeting with the Depart- ment of Environmental Quality, approvals for and changes in various permits which are re- quired, systems of monitoring, and the development of limits which will apply to portions of the several agreements which are involved between the Town and Dominion. Specifically dis- qmrement is that the Town be- gin to provide water to the plant in January, 2010. In addition to the explanation of the fly ash disposal and the decision to rewrite several para- graphs of the raw water agree- ment to describe several ele- ments more specifically, a leng- thy discussion was held on the purchase of equipment to clean the town's water intake system. No decisions were made, but information will be collected for the next meeting, which will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10. meet for regional wastewater treatment project discussion Mayor Kyle Fletcher, four (PER) for the Castlewood col- Water & Sewage Authority is members of the St. Paul Town lection system projects about $6 70/30, and an extensive dis- Council, Russell County Ad- million for the installation of ussion followed as to which ministrator Jim Gillespie, mem- collection lines, but he added parts of which grants would be bers of the Castlewood Water that the initial project should used for which aspects of the and Sewage Treatment Autho- cover from Castlewood High project The group concluded rity, engineers Mark Hill and School down to the four-lane, that those decisions couldn't be Steve Breeding and a represen- and long 58A to the river, with made until the funding agencies tative from Delegate Bud Phil- businesses on the highway as were in place. lips' office met at the St. Paul well as subdivisions immediate- A revised Memorandum of Town Hall on Tuesday morning, ly adjacent to the road included. Understanding of the project The object of the meeting was to Subsequent additions could in- was presented to each person continue their discussion and elude a wider scope of homes, present. planning for the establishment Funding, in the form of The purpose of the project is of a new and regional wastewat- grants and loans, was the subject to promote business growth and er treatment plant in St. Paul, of much of the discussion. Men- economic development and, fin installation of collection lines in tioned were the Tobacco Corn- providing service to private Castlewood, particularly along mission, the Department of homes, to help clean the en- Route 58A, and sources for Housing and Community Deve- ironment. funding for the project, lopment, the Economic Deve- The assistance of both Leno- Mark Hill, engineer for Mat- opment Authority (EDA), the isco and the Cumberland pla- tern and Craig, presented a two Virginia Coalfield Economic eau Planning District will be and a half page itemized report DeeloDment Authority (VCE requested. on the estimated cost for con- A), the Appalachian Regional Various representatives who struction of the plant itself Commission (ARC) and Rural were present will discuss the ($5,134,700). Water and Se- Development. proect with state and other wage Authority engineer Steve The usage of the plant, ac- funding agencies when they tra- Breeding said that the existing ordng to the agreement between el to Richmond during January Preliminary Engineering Report St. Paul and the Castlewood for meetings. Candidate for VA Attorney General discusses priorities: fighting gangs, drugs, related activity by Ann Gregory (NOTE: Because a previous commitment prevented our at- tending Delegate Shannon "s Open House discussion at the Oxbow Center on Thursday, January 8, we made arrange- ments to meet with him Wed- nesday evening to discuss his goals and priorities.) Delegate Steve Shannon, a University of Virginia Law School graduate, visited Wise and Russell Counties on January members that the fly ash con- cussed were several points in o discuss some of the priori-  00.Lm2ent .00thod which wi,l be the pr00osed raw water agree- SPHS game he has as Democratic -.-..ployed is compleAy diffe-{ " tzmt, --.'ch Dominion officials Tho -in'ttwh f flt Pro,1 oil candidate for P.orney General .2 o me t;ommonwealth of VwgI rent from the one which caused asked be described more speci- and boys varsity basketball game . the spill and subsequent destruc- fically, that was postponed, is resched- nla. Shannon has also served as a Faiffax County prosecutor in tion in Tennessee several weeks Engine r Hill said he stir uled for Thursday, January 15 at the area of child protection, a ago. The method to be used by plans to bid the project ac- St. Paul High School with a start job in which he takes conside- , . . V'w_gini__ a_City Hybrid Energy cording to the schedule. The re- time of 6:00 p.m. rable pride. VISITORS--Former St. Paul resident Apdi c--a, iiow Some of his concerns stem a resident of Richmond, accompanied Virginia Dele- Calendar of events wifefrm the interest that he and hiSacquired when she learned gate Steve Shannon and a campaign worker when llllll 495-7026or495-8473. during the 1990s of the Amber Shannon visited St. Paul, Castlewood and Lebanon AA-Sundays end Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 p.m., Clintwood 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., Appala- chian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays end 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 AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- hers Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, Ist 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 a.m. Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- ren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m.. First BapfistChurclg Coe- burn. 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 Castlewcod. All interested persons are invited to attend. NEIGHBoRllOOn WATCH The Dante Neighborhood Weteh 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- gency shelter for victims of do- mestic violence in Wise, Rusoll, Dickeuson, Lee, Scott end Buch- anan counties end 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 at the Casfiewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. ...The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at I0 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 Pubhc Library, 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. MATrltEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays[Wednes- days/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. See Librury for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11-4, and Sundays 1-5 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY The Wise Scial Security Office is open Monduys-Friduys from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers axe 1- 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633 LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, meet at the Larary on fourth Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. VFW POST 9864 VFW Post 9864, Lebenon, web comes new members. If you seed overseas dmmg 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 end adult physicals, WIC, Paps end immunitions. Appointments are necessary for all but immuniza- tions. For an appoint-ment, 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, Buchunan end Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins,. 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming lOOth+ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school end in each county public library. ..Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP Women survivors of sexual as- sauit axe invited m attend Clinch Valley Community Action, Inc./ Family Crisis Services' support group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. For information, call Rande Hackler, 276-988- 5583, or Renetta 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 went to improve their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job-related skills in- eluding resume writing and inter- viewing. For details, call 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION The Appalachien Agency for Senior Citizens provides disabili- ty transportation servies in Buc- hanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell cotmties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission group at First Baptist Churoh, St. Pad, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-1 l a.m. Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is weic4m. FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Leno- wisco Health Disuiut offer free confidential HIV testing through- out the ye. Fur ifformation, call Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or Sxurr Co. Health Dept., .276- 386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES Free GEl) 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 1-800-422-3433. JAM SESSION Dante Lives On will host a Jam Session at 6 p.m. first Fridays at The Russell County Genealogy the old Pittstoo building in Dante. Crroop meets 5:30 p.m. first All musicimm and other niterested Thursdays, Russell Coonty Public persons axe invited to attend. Library, Lebanon. The Group's GEDONLINE purpose is "to learn, to share and The Regional Adult Education to perpetuate family history." Call proDTun is offering flee GED William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 Classes online. This service is for or,enm, qualifying and adult learners, with JOIN THE FRIENDS or without their own home eom- Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise thews Memorial Library and help counties und the City of Norton. promote the improvement of fact- For more information; call GEl) lities and services of the library. On- line Co-ordinator Marci Send name, address and phone Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott number, with a $5 membership County, 386-2433). giR, to J. Fred Matthews Menm- GED TESTING rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, GEl) Testing is available Mun- P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA day through Thursday and on 24283. Make checks payable to Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- Friends of the J. Fred Matthaws native Ed.ucation Center, Wise. Memorial Library. Call 276-328-8612 for more EASTERN STAR information concerning GED Clinch Valley Chapter #152, testing. Order of Eastern Star, meets each IN CONTROL PROGRAMS fourth Tuesday, except fur March and December, when the meet- nits are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Diekenson County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. Fur appointment, call 276-835- 8847 nights. Coeborn-=A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients end answer questions at the Coeborn 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 Offeer Todd Salyer can assist with veterans' claims, records end family assistance. Call him at 276-889-5884 or 276-274-6588. In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 p.rn, 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 5 p.m. on 2nd Tuesdays at the old Clinelffield Office building. A Community Meeting is fourth Tuesdays at 6 p.m. SPES WALL OF FAME St. Paul High SCbooi 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 Matthews Memorial Lib- rary meets fourth Thursdays of every month (except November FOOD BANK and December, which are First Baptist Church, St. Paul, combined into one holiday" operates a Food Bank each Tues- meeting the first Thursday in day from 9-11 a.m. at the church. December) at the Riverside Donations are welcomed. All in Diner. The next meeting is need of food are welcome. Thursday, January 22, at 6 p.m. COMMUNITY CENTER The books to be discusssed are The West Dante Community The Shack by William Paul Center meets at 7 p.m. first Mon- Young end The Education of days, For more information, call Little Tree by Forrest Carter. Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 Alert program which had been established in Texas. She sug- gested that they try to get a similar program for tracing mis- sing children begun in Virgi- nia.. They spent two years get- tint the project accepted, and finally, the program was in place from an area bounded by Arlington and Fredericksburg to the West Virginia line, Gover- nor Mark Warner modeled the state-wide program, which now exists, after the Shannons' pro- gram, so they can be said to be the "founders" of Virginia's Amber Alert.. During their work for Amber Alert, Delegate Shannon met many community leaders, and decided to run for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates--in a district which had been dominated by Republicans. He won by 3.8 percent in 2003, and in 2005, won re-election by 20 percent. He won re-election again in 2007. Having made the decision to run for Attorney General, Shan- non said, "1 can make Virg'_mia a last week. is a candidate for Attorney General. safer place." He plans to t0cus on the problems of gangs and drugs. Saying that the federal government changed its focus in 2001 to the war on terror, states and localities have been re- quired to be in charge of the fight against gangs and drugs. "We need to deal with these problems on a regional basis," he said. Saying he considers consum- er confidence to drive two-thirds of Virginia's economy, he add- ed that the public's confidence has not been as low as it is now since the Great Depression. Changes which have taken place in the economy show that the emphasis has gone from to- January GED The Regional Adult Edu- cation Program will offer the Official Practice GED Test on Friday, January 23 at 9 a.m. at the Wise Adult Learning Center. This is a free test. Call 1-800- 422-3433 to sign up. bacco to microchips. Our so- ciety, which once changed from agrarian to industrial, has now changed from industrial to technological. Most of our in- formation is digital. The Attor- ney General's role in this area is to focus on protecting the se- curity of consumers. Shannon VlSitea a meeting ot the United Mine Workers in Castlewood, as well as a group in Lebanon before his Thursday Open House discussion in St. Paul. He said he recognizes the importance of Southwest Virgi- nia, and promised that he'll be back! test dates The GED Exam will be given on Saturday, January 17 at the Education Center, Building C. Testing will begin at 8 a.m. Registration must be done no later than two days prior to the exam. Call 328-8612. FROSTED TREES...No snow, but a hard frost and bitter temperatures on Tuesday morning created a delicate frosting on each limb and twig of area trees and bushes. Warming temperatures removed the magic, but we thought you might like to see it again in this photo.