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Page 2 CL INCH ~;~SLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, January 27, 2011 dDr~ Of shO,' ,_..and shtps..and sealing Ann Young Gregory ,,., Another milestone When it comes right down to it. everything's about one's perspective. While to some people. 1974 may seem likd;tlSe blink of an eve ago, to others, it seems like hall,'.a lifctilne. Which. incidentally, is precisel5 what it j.s, as far as I'm concerned! It was act~alJ~,, late 197o." We had lost my father the year befofe:"and while mv mother was a very resourceful pc@h" she desperately needed something purposeful to do..,~,\t Ihe time. Allen was employed by J I a government.j,prbgram through the Wise County School Board, and his doctor had told him if he didn't lind to do. he was going to have the mother of all:ulgers. I was working part time at the regional ol'fic"c-'q~l~ Children's Television Workshop, and while I liked what [ was doing, [ was open to something new'ff ft should come along. As a bit ot':_t_~kground, let me tell you that when I was a teenager,,ao,.d we hved in Eastern Kentucky, my mother was-.the advertising manager of The Paintsville He[arid, a small weekly newspaper Her actual duties included more things than advertising, ~. t, as is the case y,;il, fi staff members at almost all small weeklies, but slSe"loved it all. Back to 1973. The three of us were sitting around after dinner ot~ ~i~ght, talking about possibilities, and we decided td see what might ba available. Eugene and Gladys St~ll~ were the publishers of the Clinch Valley Timesflaen--I think they'd been the owners for around 15 years'. Mr. Stewart had become involved in the furniture ar~dTgppliance business, and I stopped by his store the nekl, day and asked if there might be a possibility th&t~, and Mrs. Stewart were thinking about selling I h, e,~,Clinch Valley Times. hnagine my absolute amazN~nt when he said something like, "As a matter N" fact, we have been talking about it." We decided td talk-; more. After a nut, her of conversations, which lasted into the new 5.'ear, we all came to an agreement, and toward the e'n:tt,,of January, we got together with attorneys, a tqr),~af paperwork, and the five of us signed a lot oi2o'fficial stuff, and all of a sudden, we oo.i owned the Clincli .Valley times! A real milestone, at least in our lis,~,fhe next week, which was the first week in February, we published our first issue with the invaluable;'asli!stance of Susan Trent (then Susan Sneed) and W~[ace Klser, who had both worked for the Stewarts. ! . :~,~r.'~ --,~,~~ ,-, .... Which is ~vJa2&.I'.r0 Ia!king.mi!~pes today--this - issue marks ;mti~C~dI~siori!'~of~:~J~l:37th year of" publishing the~2~lnch Valley Times, and what a lot of milestones we"v~,observed, photographed and written about over th6-~olarse of these almost-four decades[ While it probab~'~doesn t seem immediately evident, St. Paul has seen massive changes in those years. I guess the first:maJor milestone was the decision b3- Mayor George:~a~t~ and the Town Council to commit to the St Paul Redevelopment Project, which, some of you may recall, had been originally sketched on a paper napkin over coffee alter a meeting of some kind months earlier. St Paul was facing several problems--periodic flooding, some areas of substandard housing, and a need for highway im provement Three people, all of whom were interested in St. Paul. met for coffee after whatever meeting they had attended, discussed the problem, and drew a plan. The three wereDr. George Cain. Mayor St. Paul. Bill Thompson, St.. one of the owners of Thompson & Litton: and Bruce Robinette, who had be~zun his teaching career in St:. Paul and was a fan of the town (as, I might add. are many people who come here to work and then leave, either because of a job change or other' reason--many of them continue to like the Town. its people and its ambiance). So the three decided that if they could level Couch Hill. which stood in the center of the now- famous oxbow bend of the Clinch River and reroute the river itself, the possibilities became evident., Some of the material from the excavation could be used to raise the level of much of the rest of that area from the floodplain, then the flooding problem would be in hand. Along with that, of course, residents and businesses in the area would have to be moved-- which all realized would not be a popular decision among many people. The process would leave level, non-flooded space for new highway construction, so the basic problems would be addressed It took nearly 20 years for that milestone to be finished--and the development of businesses in the area ~s an ongoing project. The Town has experienced other milestones, including the establishment of what was originally the St. Paul Bicentennial Library, now the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library; the division of the St. Paul School into St. Paul Elementary and St. Paul High; the actual construction of Route 58A as a four- lane highway around the town: the founding of the Clinch River Days Festival as one of the results of the futures study and subsequent establishment of S.t Paul Tomorrow--it an almost impossible task to remember and list them all. Without doubt, the most significant milestone, bar none, has beenthe decision of Dominion,Virginia to locate and build a new power plant in Virginia City. The $1.8 billion facility; the Vilg~nia"'Ciiy'" Hybrid Energy Center, is scheduled to go online in 2012, and the changes it will bring to the town have already been and will continue to be significant. So while thirty-seven years might not, in retrospect, seem to be of any particular significance, to my family, it's exactly that. We're looking forward to the next milestone, whatever it might be! The Richmond Senator Phillip Pucker We have just co'Indicted our programs over the years. Last Beginning back in 2005, I second full week in Richmond at the 2011 General /~,~mbly. I will submit a weekl~port, or update, to inform y~, of the happenings of the 2~.~,l~Nession. This is going to beta hectic session as we already'fa~Jm 2,269 bills and resolutiot~i~lat have been filed for conside~ration and review during this Session. Last week was very busy and we were pleased to ,h~ive many groups from "b~/ckT,;~ home" visiting the GeneraP~,~embly. 1 enjoyed getting to,,s~,~so many friends and familia~.'Ya~es that it almost felt like I was back in Southwest Virginia Visitors to the State Capitol Last week we were pleased to welcome large delegations from Buchanan. Dickenson, Lee, Scott, Russell. Tazewell and Wise counties visiting the Gen- eral Assembly, including mem- bers of the Board of Supervisors, the Industrial D.eq'eAopment Authorities. the Chgmber of Commerce's. and To,,~ Coun- cils. They met with members of the General Assgml~ly, the Governor, several members of the Governor's cabine't" ~nd with directors of variofis important state agencies. The'delegations from Southwest Vii'gi~ta hosted an exceptional jOint reception at the Omni Richmond Hotel. I believe the delegations had ex- cellent meetings --a'y~d I am confident that the'relationships and connections that are estab- lished through these, meetings will pay great divide/ids in the days ahead. I am looking for- ward to meeting with rrmny oth- er groups 'from Sguth~est Vir- ginia as the session progresses. Legislative Issues ~., Some of the jssue~ which will dominate in th~s short ses- sion include: Historically, tl~e ;General Assembly and the (~overnor have underfunded *'~e ~Virginia Retirement System.~Because the budget must be ba[~ and no one likes to raiSe"m0ney, re- ducing payments into '~RS has been a pretty easy ~= to fund session, upon the recommend- ation of the Governor, the General Assembly reduced its payment into VRS by over $600 million. When the Governor proclaimed we ended the fiscal year with a surplus, which did not ring true given our unmet obligation to the retirement sys- tem A recent JLARC report shows we have an excess of $17 billion in unfunded liabilities for VRS. Simply put, there are more than $57 billion Worth of pay- ments promised out of the fund which only contains $40 billion. Over the long haul, this will be a major problem. The Governor has proposed that all state employees contribute 5% of their pay to VRS. This is similar to a plan promoted by Governor Kain in 2009, but reneges on a long standing agreement with the state'workforce. Transportation continues to be a hot button issue in Virginia. Highway tnamtenance and con- struction is seriously under- funded. The Governor recog- nizes the problem and has proposed a $4 billion trans- portation plan built on debt. He asserts the debt is not new. and in large part he is correct. Much of the debt in the plan was authorized in the 2007 com- promise transportation bill. However the debt was not issued and it has not been issued for a good reason. The law prohibits Virginia from issuing debt which would require debt serwce of more than 5% of our general fund revenues, and we are quickly approaching that self- imposed cap. This cap is some- what artificial, but you still must have sufficient revenue to ser- vice new debt. I expect some Democratic and Republican legi- slafors to oppose substantial new borrowing for .transprtatin" and many other legislators reminded people over and over again that our own staffing standards showed that we were understaffing the state police by over 200 troopers. Today that understaffing has risen to 249. The Governor has recognized the problem and submitted a We will be in Richmond for the 2011 Session until Saturday, February 26 and I would enjoy hearing from the citizens of this district on any matters of inter- est. If I am in Session at the State Capitol or in a committee meeting then please feel free to speak with my Legislative As- sistant, David Larimer II, who plan to partially address it by would be glad to assist you in advancing two classes from the any manner possible. Our Rich- academy at a cost of $7 million, mond number is (804) 698-7538 This and other public safety and the mailing address is P.O. measures relating to protective Box 396, Richmond, VA 23218. orders, synthetic marijuana, and drunk driving will generate significant discussion and de- bate. Coal Mine Safety Act At the request of the Gov- ernor and the Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy I have introduced Senate Bill 1310 which updates the Coal Mine Safety Act to reflect current federal law and industry standards. The changes include expanded safety and emergency response plans; cir- cuitry, voltage, and grounding requirements; and a penalty for an), person who provides false mtormatmn during investi- gations by the Chief of the Div- ision of Mines of the Depart- ment of Mines. Minerals and Energy. In the coming days and we- eks I will be providing addition- al updates other legislation and budget amendments that I have introduced this Session. If you would like to follow the legis- lation that 1 have introduced or any ot.her bill or resolution that is being considered 1 would welcome you to do so by dir- ecting you to the General As- sembly's Legislative lnforma- non Website at It is always a pleasure to see familiar faces and to get an Wise County Sheriff' s Report The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the. following activities for the period of 1/10/2011 through 1/16/2011. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,193 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 285 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 23. Criminal Process for the same period served 28 Felony Warrants. 72 Misde- meanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest and worked 6 Traffic Accident. Civil process for this period served 491 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 26 additional Criminal Investi- gations were initiated and 58 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 121 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts and the courthouse. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 1 adult in state. 0 adult out of state. 1 mental patient, and 1 juveniles for a total of 3 transports, involving 8.5 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 2 vehicles and escorted 5 funeral during this seven-day period. However, this ~ssue remains critical to our'ability to jumpstart the economy. I remain con- vinced that investment in trans- portation infrastructure is key if we are going to grow Virginia's economy. opportunity to visit with friends from home. If you are going to be in Richmond during the 2011 General Assembly Session please feel free to come by our offices in the 3~a Floor of the General Assembly Building. Recycling cardboard (Presented by The Cas- cannot be recycled because of tlewood High School Partner- food contamination. And. you ship with Business Committee in cannot recycle wet cardboard. conjunction with the 2011 Future However. shipping boxes a0d Business Leaders of America items such as TV boxes ca~ (FBLA) Competition.). easily be recycled. '~' Cardboard is used to ship 90 If you decide to recycle percent of all prodtacts in the home. where do you take your United States, and after the recyclables to? The newly reno- boxes are used, many times they vated Russell County Was't~ are thrown away with most Management Center located or) cardboard going to landfills. Mew Row in Castlewood, pr0"- Cardboard is filling up the space vides a location for recyclin~ the U.S has in its landfills very cardboard. Plastic. aluminum quickly. Cardboard accounts for and paper are also accepted at approximately 20.5% of all the Castlewood location. This is waste in landfills and~takes two an easily accessible Iocatian for months to break down in the everyone in the surrounding landfills All of this used space is area! causing environmental and fin- Now that the Castlewoc~ ancial stress in America. area has a recycling center, it 'is When recycling cardboard, it time to get involved! For further is important to remember a few questions, contact Mr. Bobby [2 tips. Shoe boxes and cereal Justus, Jr., Recycling Coordi-~ boxes cannot be recycled as nator for Russell County at (276~) cardboards: these items should 889-8147 or the Castlewod~ be put in the mixed paper bin. High School Business Educati6~ Items such as used pizza boxes Department at (276)762-9449. ,~ d CONGRESSMAN MORGAN GRIFFITH Representing the 9~ District of Virginia Repeal and Replace Health care took center stage in Washington this past week. There was a great deal of debate on the House floor. While our health care system needs reform, ObamaCare is not the answer. According to the Congressional Budget Office, ObamaCare will cost $1.2 trillion and increase taxes by $569 billion. With the national debt exceeding $14 tril- ,lion, we simply cannot afford a law that threatens to bankrupt future generations and does no- thing to lower health care costs. Repealing ObamaCare will end the burdensome, bureaucratic. IRS 1099 mandate and give businesses the certainty they need to grow. Almost 10 months after this flawed law was rammed through Congress, the House of Repre- sentatives voted 245-189 to re- peal it. This vote is just the first step. The legislation now awaits Senate action. Whethe4 any act- ions will be taken is unknown. One day after the repeal vote, I. along with a majority of my House colleagues, passed a reso- lution (H. Res. 9) instructing committees of jurisdiction to work on commonsense reforms to replace the misguided 7, ,P and Commerce Committee, onle of the committees ofjurisdictior~, 1 will work to identify a~d promote affordable, patien3~- centered alternatives. We ne~l policies that create jobs anO improve access to care withotat busting the budget. If there is ~9 insurance policy in Tennessee, North Carolina or West Virginia that is the best option for your family, you should be able to cross state lines to buy it. If local businesses and associations warn to together to pool resources and improve access to. care, they should have that choice. -:. I took an oath to uphold ttq'e Constitution, and when it comes to health care, we need choice~- not unconstitutional mandates. Your personal health care decis- ions should be made by, you antl your doctor, and no one else. " In the coming weeks, we will pursue creative solutions dl~ signed to lower costs, ensure coverage for individuals widi pre-existing' conditions, and prb-" hibit taxpayer funded abortions. If you wish to contact my offie~ regarding health care reform ox. other issues before Congress,,;P inwte you to visit my website a~; www,;ov~q ObamaCare provisions. As a or call my Abingdon office, at: member Hop, se.~En~gy: 2:76-525-1405., .-.. ~t': Chamber accepting nominafion i for 2010 "Outstanding Citizen d:f, the Year" Award > online 'al: The Wise County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2010 "Out- standing Citizen of the Year" Award which will be presented at the Chamber's Annual Dinner and Gala on Saturday, April 16. To qualify for the award. nominee must be a living person and must have been a resident of Wige County or the City of Nor- ton sometime during 2010. Nominee must have made con- tributions or accomplishments, either personally or profession- ally, benefiting the entire county. Contributions of prior year and the immediate past year will be considered. All citizens, except those who have received the award in previous years, are eligible for consideration. Nominations for groups will not be considered. Past recipients of the "OUt- standing Citizen of the Year" Award include such notables as: Luther Addington, John Henry, Jr.. J.G. Edens, Dr. Frank Handy, Fred B Greear, Charlie L. Dan- iels. JohnJ. Kelly, Jr.. John Mc- Kilgore, Mrs. C.R Kelly, John . Fischer, Kent Rigg, Orby Can- trell. Kenneth P. Asbury, Jack Womack. W.P. Kanto. Joe Smid- dy, James W. Robinson. John Manney, Dr. k. C. Strong, Jr.. Mrs. Charlie Harris, Barbara Polly, William T Clements. Lin- da Vass. Glenwood King, Bob Isaac. Andrew Johnston. Harold Armsey, Leslie Mullins, Fred McClellan, Phyllis Collier, Rev. Edwin N. Troutman. Mike Bent- oski. Rev. Emmitt Insko. Roy R. Roberts. Carroll N. Tate. Ann Young Gregory, Bruce Robin- ette. Dr. Jim Knight, William J. Sturgill. Rhonda Miller Perkins. Wendell Barnette, Don M. Green. Maude Beaty Richmond. Daisy Portuondo. Catherine Rumschlag, Glenn Yeasley, Rita McRevnolds. Marilyn Maxwell. Carroll Dale. Harold Ringley, Sarah Jackie Gilliam. Dr. George E. Culbertson. Sire E. Ewing, Ron T. Short and Donald Ratliff. Nominations forms are available at the Wise County Chamber of Commerce located at 765 Park Avenue in Norton or Stop for any school bus loading or unloading children! IT'S THE LAW!,i~,, letter of nomination which da~ cribes (in your own words) thei person's family life. activities, and demonstrations of commun~ ity service and citizenship mu~t, accompany the nomination form-, Each nominee will be judged by, the letter of nomination and cri~i eria. Anonymous nominationa- will not be considered. The corr[:: pleted nomination form and tla~ nomination letter must be com- pleted, signed and returned by, March 4. 2011 ! For more infor,~: mation please call 276-670r,, 0961. ,~e Clinch Valley Times ,. MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO.. INC. The Clinch Valley Times, serves the four-county area of, Wise, Russell. Dickenson and.. Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Perio- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283. Ann Young Gregory Editor Allen Grego~' Advertising Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAl, SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell counties: $30.00 in other 24- zip codes: elsewhere. $32.50. POSTMASTER: ~nd address changes to: Clinch Valley Times. P.O. Box 817. St. Paul. VA 24283 SINGLE COPY - 50c Classified Advertising: Minimum charge, $6.00 for up to 20 words. in advance: 25c per word after 20 words. 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