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Clinch Valley Times . ':" 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Vol. LII, No. 4 Thursday, January 28, 2010 Saint Paul, Virginia ...... i "11 I Jill .... II J_ ii . 11 ,-pRgss:: 50e IDA Board hears updates on projects; approves CRLL's request for funding help ] [ ..... austria, L~eveiopment Authority Ciari~: ~,~ o~/ , Meeting in regular sess!on at According to Harrison, those several spect- me ~t. eaut lown Nail on who went " ....... to Richmond last Mona.aynlgla!, the :St..Paul In- week visited members of the Tobacco Commission, the Vir- ation heard updates on several pro- ginia Department of Housing The January 21 issue of the i [ %. :AT MA WHITENACK FIELD...The top sketch shows an outline of the current :concession stand and equipment room of the Clinch River Little League. The -lower one shows the proposed expansion. Some renovation of the existing ibuilding will also take place to repair areas which have succumbed to age. FREE H1N1 shots at W.A. Davis Clinic :Officials at W. A. Davis Clinic at Hanging Rock have announced that they have a ncmber of HIN1 vaccines which they are offering to the public FREE of charge as long ag the vaccine lasts. Injections are administered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. while a provider is on site on Mondays from 8 a.m. until 8 For more 'information, call p.m., and Tuesdays thru Fridays 276-762-0770. Meet Dr. Perry at SPHS at 6 Thursday to provide input on possible partnership Go Red for Women event ? A Go Red for Women event i~ scheduled for Friday, February 5 at 6 p.m. at Dinsmore Hall (Coca-Cola) building in St. Paul. St. Paul High School auditorium This event is to raise awareness .... at 6p,m. Thursday, January 28, on women's heart health. A to receive input, particularly The closest to St. Paul would be between Coeburn and Norton, according to the current plan. However, the Wise County Board of Supervisors has ap- proved an expenditure of only $43 million, far short of the estimated $100 million that the three new schools would cost. Dr. Perry emphasized that it is very important for all parents and students to attend Thursday's meeting. speaker from Weltmont Health Systems will bring heart healthy recipes and brochures with information on heart health. Everyone is invited to wear red and attend this informative event. For more information call 762-7185 after 6 p.m. Dr. Jeff Perry, Pound native and Superintendent of Wise County Schools, will be at the from students and parents, on a possible partnership with Rus- sell County Schools. The Wise County School Board currently has a decision in place to close all six of the county's current high schools and to build three new ones. Calendar of events... ~-Sondays and Tuesdays: Big zens meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays School Board Policy Manual have Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal Chinch; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 p.m., Trinity United Me~edist Church; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 Clintwond United Metho- dist Church COPPER CREEK ELEMigN- TAllY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 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 & Sewage 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 and 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; Firsl Thurs- day, 7 p.m., School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coebarn. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St Therese's Neigh- hors Aid Build-ing, new & used ~lothing for sale RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 ).m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #2,,6- Stated Communication, I st Satur- days, 7:30: School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Cen- ter conducts a recovery ~oup for abusers and families Fridays at 10 a.m. Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- ten of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m., First BaptislChurch. Coe- burn. Call 762-00t6, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-737 I LITTLE LEAGUE The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 4 p.m. third Sundays at the UMWA Building M Castlewood. All interested ~,rsons are invited to attend. O,P.E, HOUSE H.O.P.E. House provides emcr- ~geocy shelter for victims of do- mestic violence in Wise, Russell. -Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- anan counties and the City of ~Nortun. Volunteers needed-train- -big available Call 1-800-572- ~2278 BENiOR CITIZENS _...The Castlewood Senior Citi- Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 p.m. first Mon- days, For more information, call 495-7026 or 495-8473 CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9711 a.m. Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Leno- wiseo Health District offer free confidential HtV testing through- out the year. For information, call Wise Cmmty, 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Del~., 276-346-2011; or Sxorr Co. Health Dept., 276- 386-1312 FREE GED CLASSES Free GED classes axe offered at the Oxbow Family Investmunt Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. C/RADD MEETING A meeting of C/RADD will be held at 6:00 p.m. on second Mon days. The meetings will be held at the Dante Museum. GED ONLINE The Regional Adult Education Program is offering f~e GED Classes online. This serwce is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home com- puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED On- line Co-ordinator Marei Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scutl 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 p.m, 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Ist Mondays at the Dante Museum. Communit- y Meeting is 3rd Tuesday in March, June, Sept. & Dec. 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 Book Discussion Group One of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- rary. meets fourth Thursdays (ex- cept November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner. Nicholas Sparks' 7he Last ,~mg will be discussed during the Janumy 28 at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. ...The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m at the Dante Fire De- par~eat. Russell County resi- dnn~ 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Hours at the Russell County Public 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. MATTHEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- dayS/Fridays/Saturdays, and I t a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY The Diekanson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays throuigh Saturdays, 10-3. and Sundays 12-4 p.m. SOCIAt SECURITY The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 a,m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers are 1- 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, meet at the Library on fourth Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. 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 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 and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. 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- davs and showers. All proceeds rel~abilitate the Tacoma School as a Center. For Community information, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTHDAY? Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons m Russell Diekenson. Bunhanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthSay. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library, of each school and in each county' public library .,.Coptes of the Russell County w 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- sault are invited to 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 Runde Hackler. 276-988- 5583, or Runetta Davis. 276-889- 8206. FREE ADULT ED Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counues and the City of Norton. Daytmae and evening elassas 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, Dickenson, 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 fullerir,corn 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 gift, 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- rags 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. Ceebum--A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9 a.m.-3:30 pro. 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 meeting. Church and clmrch-related activities calendar on page 3 jects, including the Hillman House and Willis Building. The Board also heard a request from the Clinch River Little League for an appropriation to help fund construction of renovations and an addition to the conces- sion stand/equipment room at Ma Whitenack Little League Field. IDA Chairman Bob Harrison told Board members that bids for the Hiilman House project will be opened at 2 p.m. Thurs- day. He said that four or five contractors have indicated inter- est in the project, so he antici- pates receiving several bids. He also reported that the Willis Building has been pur- chased by the IDA Board and deeded to the Town of St. Paul, all according to action approved during a December meeting. This acquisition sets in motion an important aspect of St. Paul's anticipated Downtown Revitali- zation Project. Harrison also said that a proposed design for renovation of the building has been mad6 although no firm plans have yet been determined. The design was shown to several funding agencies when Harrison, Mayor Kyle Fletcher and several members of the St. Paul Town Council made a legislative visit" to Richmond last week. Larry Hicks and Bob Salyers, representing the Clinch River Little League, appeared before the Board. Hicks presented a brief history of the League, and said that the building which houses the concession stand and with a conference room upstairs, is in need of repair as well as expansion They presented each member of the Board with a sketch of the proposed addition to the building, which will add a 12'x32' area to the equipment side of the building. They said that all the block for the building has been donated, as well as all the labor, but that they estimate the rest of the materials will cost $12,000. IDA Board member Blake and Community Development, Rural Development, the Depart- ment of Conservation and Rec- reation, and the Virginia De- partment of Transportation, as well as having meetings with the area area's legislators: Several of the St. Paul dele- gation, Harrison said, observed the Virginia Senate in session, and were introduced by Senator Phillip Puckett. Present for the meeting were IDA Board members Frank Mo- linary, Jack Kiser, David Jessee, Bill Steele, Blake Whitenack and J. D. Cassell; IDA Chair- man Bob Harrison; IDA Clerk Clinch Valley Times, in the report of the Town Council meeting, stated, concerning the eagle which will be purchased for the town's Gateway Project, that "the money is in hand." The phrase was intended to imply that the money had been collect- ed (rather than voted from taxpayer funds by Council), but it, unfortunately, did not clearly state that the money was all donated. We apologize for not making it perfectly clear in the story that the $10,000 for this statue has been donated, and that it none of the funds for the statue will c, nme ~rnm tRYn~x~r mn~,, FREE H 1N 1 shots at Big M The Cumberland Plateau The shots will be available Health District has announced between 9 and 11 a.m. on that it will give free HIN1 shots Thursday, January 28. to all ages at Big M on Fifth For more information, call Avenue in St. Paul. 276-8789-7621. Bloodmobile coming to St. Paul and Castlewood Jan. 29 The Marsh Regional Blood Center's BloodmObile, Norton, will be in Castlewood and St. Paul on Friday, January 29. The facility is scheduled to be at Morgan McClure in Castlewood from 9-11:30 a.m., and at the Oxbow Center in St. Paul from 1-4 p.m. Drop by and save a life! A long sleeved T-shirt will be given to each donor. The Blood Center is in great need of all blood types. For more information, call 276-679-4669. Travel to Greece this summer with UVa-Wise Alumni Association The University of Virginia's College at Wise Alumni Association will host a trip to Greece this summer for alumni and friends. The trip is scheduled for July 16-27 and is the second getaway organized by the UVa-Wise Alumni Association. A group traveled to Ireland in 2008. The trip features three nights in Athens, a four-day classical tour and a four-day cruise to the Greek Islands, with ports of call at Mykonos, Kusadasi, Turkey, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini. The cost of the 12-day, l l- night trip is $3,140 per person for dot~ble-occupancy lodging, which includes round trip airfare between Tri-Cities Airport and Athens, 11 breakfasts, five lunches and eight dinners. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first- served basis. To reserve a spot, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 276-328-0128, or e- mail Whitenack suggested approving n"l a $6,000 contribution right Virginia home sales trend up away, and Board member Jack Kiser suggested changing the figure to $10,000. The motion was approved unanimously. The Town will spend up to $10,000 as invoices for materials are pre- sented to the Town Treasurer. Chairman Harrison said that Payless Supermarket's Alan At- wood wasn't able to attend the meeting as he had planned, but that he told Harrison he would make every effort to be present at the February 22 meeting. Atwood had earlier indicated an interest in obtaining an option on property in the St. Paul Re- development area for a Payless Supermarket. The Board also approved an expenditure of up to $2,000 as a sponsor of Clinch River Days, which will be held the first weekend in June. Harrison also reported that the local business to which the IDA Board made a loan. is trying to catch up, but remains a month behind. in fourth quarter of 2009 Virginia's housing markets continue toshow marked im- "provement, as fourth quarter 2009 home sales in Virginia showed an 18 percent increase over the same period last year, according to the year-end fourth quarter 2009 home sales report released January 25 by the Vir- ginia Association & Realtors. "Now truly is the time to buy," said VAR President Cindy Stackhouse of Dumfries. "Mort- gage rates won't stay this low forever; the tax credit for first- time and trade-up buyers ends this spring, and inventory is dropping. We do expect to see another surge in the spring as more home buyers take advan- tage of affordable housing con- ditions before the tax credit expires." All but the northern region of Virginia showed double-digit increases in sales in the fourth quarter over last year. Year-to- date, home sales are ahead of~ last year by 1.6 percent. Southwest Virginia led the state in sales, showing a 54.7- percent increase over the same:, quarter last year., however, the highest increase was seen in the upper Shenan- ~ doah Valley with a 5.4 percent.= increase. For the fourth quarter, median sales prices advanced. 13.8 percent in the Northern Virginia region compared to the same period last year while the South Central region showed- the only increase (1.5 percent) in median sales price for 2009 compared to 2008. Statewide, the median sales price is down 5.5 percent for the year, com- pared to 2008. Highlights and the full report are available at www.VAReal HERE WE GO AGAIN!...After last week's moderate temperatures--40s and 50s, as compared to earlier 20s and teens--we're in for it again, according to area weather reports, Tuesday's gusts of wind made it feel as though the temperature o was in the 20s and teens, although it was around 30 all day. We've been told to look out for what may possibly be "another bi~ storm" late Thursday and Friday.