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Clinch Valley Times " :::!!i Association '" "The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Vol. LVI, No. 3 Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 - Saint Paul, Virginia 50 cents Talford first inductee into CHS Hall of Fame HALL OF FAME ...Calvin'Talford hoists his framed #22 jersey :over his head during ceremonies last week when he was inducted as the first member of Castlewood High School's Hall of Fame. Talford's No, 22 has now been retired. Items of Interest BENEFIT CONCERT FOR LIBRARY A benefit concert will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, as a fund-raiser for the Friends of "the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. Megan Clay and Charlie Engle will per- form along with hte 49 Winchester band. Concert will be held in the St. Paul High :School auditorium. Admission is $10. RUSSELL MEETING CONTINUED ' There will be a continued meeting of the Russell County School Board on ,Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. ;to entertain candidates for the school ,oard at-large position. You must be pres- ent to speak to the board to be considered. GOSPEL SINGING -There will be Gospel Singing every Saturday night from 7 pm until 10 pm beside the Barber Shop on Fourth Ave. in St. Paul. For more information call Claud Deramus 276-395-1962 or Tammy Key at 276-395-1169. BLOOD MOBILE TO VISIT JAN. 16 The blood mobile will be coming to two locations on Thursday, Jan. 16: from 10 to 1 at Morgan McClure Castlewood and 3 to 6 at the St. Paul Food City. JAIL AUTHORITY MEETING The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority Board will meet at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Russell County Conference Cen-ter, Lebanon. LIBRARY TRUSTEES TO MEET The monthly meeting of the Lonesome Pine Regional Library Board of Trustees will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Wise County Public Library. Finance Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. to review monthly payables. Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENTARY PTA- 3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The i Castlewood Water & ii Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S "SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, ,, Norton. CASTLEWOOD :LODGE #231-Stated meetings will be held the, third Saturday of each month. The 7School of Instruction , will be held on fourth Thursdays at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pro, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, - ])AV CHAPTER 12- '4th Tuesday, 7 pm, "/FW, Riverview, Coebum. NEIGHBORS AID- ,Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neighbors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st Saturdays, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 pm RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and fam- ilies Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679-0810. ACOA MEETING- Adult Children of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coebum. Call 762- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE- 5pm Mondays and Agency for Senior Fridays; and 1 lam- Citizens recognizes 7:30pm Tuesdays and persons in Russell, Thursdays, Wild. Dickenson, Buchanan 9:30am-6pm and Stt and Tazewell counties lpm-5pm. Sunday who are 100 years old Closed. or older. Call Dana D I C K E N S O N - Collins, 1-800-656- B U N D Y - T h e 2272, to advise AASC Dickenson-Bundy Log of any upcoming 100th House is open weekly birthday. Thursdays through S U P P O R T Saturdays, 10:3, and GROUP-Women sur- Sundays 12-4 pm. vivors of sexual assault SOCIAL SECURI- are invited to attend TY-The Wise Social Clinch Valley Security Office is open C o m m u n i c a t i o n Mondays-Fridays from Action, Inc./Family 9am-4pm. Phone num- Crisis Services' sup- bers are 1-800-772- port group meeting 1213 or 276-679-7633. with victims of similar L I B R A R Y situations Mondays, FRIENDS-Friends of 10:30 am-12 noon. For the J. Fred Matthews information call Rande Memorial Library, St. Hackler, 276-988-5583 Paul meet at the Library or Ranetta Davis, 276- on first Thursdays at 4 889-8206: pm. FREE ADULT ED- VFW POST 9864- Free adult education VFW Post 9864, classes are available in Lebanon, welcomes Lee, Scott and Wise new members. If you counties and the City of served overseas during Norton. Daytime and any war, write VFW evening classes for Post 9864, P.O. Box adults who want to 1419, Lebanon, VA improve their basic 24266 and send name, skills. Instructors also address and phone assist adults with job- number. Transfers wel- related skills including comed, resume, writing and HEALTH SER- interviewing. For VICES-The Wise details, call 1-800-422- County Health 3433 or 276-386-2433. Department, Wise, is TRANSPORTA- open from 8am-8pm TION- first Thursdays. The Appalachian Clinics will be Agency for Senior offered in family plan- Citizens provides disabili- ning, pediatrics, school ty transportation services and adult physicals, in Buchanan, Dickenson, WIC, Paps and immu- Russell and Tazewell n i z a t i o n s . counties to individuals Appointments are nec- with disabilities, regard- essary for all but immu- less of age. Call 1-888- nizations. For an 656-2272. appointment, call 762- G E N E A L O G Y 328-8000. GROUP-The Russell F A C I L I T I E S County Genealogy AVAILABLE-The Groulo meets 5:30 pm Tacoma Community first Thursdays, Russell Center is available for County Public Library, reunions, birthdays and Lebanon. showers. Group purpose is All proceeds reha- "to learn, to share and bilitate the Tacoma to perpetuate family School as a Community history." William T. Center. For informa- Fuller, 276-623-3410 tion, call 395-6398. or fullerjr1942@ 100TH BIRTH- DAY-Appalachian See CALENDAR, Page8 hill ' , lh II I1[ I!l!Jlll!! !! u,,il, The Clinch River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in 'Castlewood. All inter- ested persons are invit- ed to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE- H.O.P.E. House pro- vides emergency shel- ter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed- training available. Call 1-800-572-2278. SENIOR CITI- ZENS-The Castle-wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County residents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY-Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/W/F 10am- 5:30pm; Th 10am-8pm; Sa 10am-2pm. Sunday Closed. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 8:30am- Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 On Friday, January 10, Castlewood High School inaugurated the CHS Sports Hall of Fame and inducted its first athlete. The first member of the prestigious CHS Hall of Fame was awarded to Calvin Talford. During his athletic career at CHS, Calvin amassed staggering statis- tics in four sports. During his senior year alone, Calvin had 21 receptions for 450 yards and 7 touchdowns as a member of the Blue Devil football team. He rushed 46 times for 547 yards and 8 touchdowns. During the Fort Chiswell playoff games, Calvin scored 5 touchdowns. Calvin's career batting average was 496 and he was in the top ten in the district and region in home runs. In a game against Honaker, he struck out 14 of his opponents. The Philadelphia Phillies organization drafted Calvin following his sen- ior year. As a track star, Talford set state and school records in the high jump at 7 feet, the long number at 23' 11 1/4", and the triple jump at 49' 8 _o,,. Two of the three state records have yet to be surpassed. He set a school record of 10.9 seconds in the 100 meter dash. With team- mates Jeff Cook, Moty Hayes, and Scott Jesse, he holds the school record of 46 seconds in the 400 meter relay. As a basketball player, Calvin had a stellar career. He hit 60.4% of his field goals, had 350 offensive rebounds, 571 defensive rebounds, 82 blocked shots, and 102 career dunks. Calvin scored dou- ble digits in 73% of 78 games. On January 19, 1988, Calvin scored 59 points in a game against the Chilhowie's Warriors, outscoring the entire Chilhowie team. Calvin was All-State for four. years. As a result of his achievements Calvin was inducted into the Virginia High School Leagues' Hall of Fame. He contin- ued his career at East Tennessee State University where his bas- ketball prowess continued as he and the Buccaneers won the Southwest confer- ence tournament during his four years there and played in four NCAA tournaments beating #3 Arizona before losing to the Fab Five from Michigan in 1992. Calvin has been inducted into the ETSU Hall of Fame. In addition, he won the NCAA National Slam Dunk contest in 1992. Also, during the CHS Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Calvin's #22 jersey was retired for his achievements on the bas- ketball court. Few who were present at the now "old" gym will ever forget the dunks and especially those alley oops courtesy of Moty Hayes to Calvin that brought the crowd to its feet. The number 22 will always serve as a reminder of Calvin's achievements and the joy the brought tour small community. Calvin's jersey will hang in the foyer of the spacious new gym which many continue to call, "the house that Calvin built." OLD DAYS ... Old Castlewood, early 1900's. The Dickenson store is pictured on the left and Porter's store is on the right. The sign on Porter's store advertises Craddock & Terry shoes which were manu- factured in Lynchburg, Virginia for many years. Brenda Hale Martin shared this photo. Visitors help see home through new eyes BY JERRY COUCH Most of you who are regular readers of the Clinch Valley Times are aware that I have been a volunteer at the Old Russell County Courthouse for some time. I open the building to visitors for a few hours each week and also help facilitate special programs and events. Other Historical Society members partner in this effort as well. It is the group's principal project. Sometimes it gets pretty dull at the Old Courthouse on days when rain is pouring down or when the outside temperature is low and cold wind is blowing. On such days, visitors are few and far between. The same thing is true at the St. Paul Railroad Museum, which I open on Saturday mornings. However, for each dull day there have been many special days which redeem my efforts. Particularly enjoyable are the days when I meet visitors who have a family connection to the Castlewood or St. Paul areas, but did not grow up here. In some cases, their families moved away several generations ago and they lost contact with their Southwest Virginia cousins. Though people from Russell and Wise counties have relocated to the four comers of the earth, sooner or later they get the urge to come hofiae again. I have been blessed to see this area through their eyes. It helps me to bloom where I am planted. One such visitor stopped by the Old Courthouse on a rainy day last July. He and his wife are from the Harrisonburg, Virginia area. They came here as tourists to enjoy the local sights and to hike White Top Mountain. Rain had disrupted their plans so the wife chose to do some shop- ping at Kingsport, where they were stay- ing. The husband chose tO make a side trip to Russell County, which he had heard about from his grandparents years ago. As others have done, the man intro- duced himself by saying, "You probably don't know my family, but my great- grandparents were .... " I replied, "Of course I know your fam- ily...and your local relatives are my friends." The man's resemblance to his Russell county cousins was undeniable. In response to his questions, I told him that the home of his great-grandparents at Bickley Mills still stands and some of his family members are buried at Temple Hill Cemetery. And then I said, "Because of this rain, it's not likely anyone else is going to stop by today. Would you like to ride over to Bickley Mills and Old Castlewood to see some places associated with your fami- ly?" See VISITORS, Page 8 !.