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Vol. LVIII, No. 4 i 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 11 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, January 28, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia PRESS ........................ ,. ,,,,..,,..,.,. ,...,,..,,,,... ............. 50 Cents At the St. Paul IDA explained that she would The board said that they Board's regular monthly be makingthe same request would study the request meeting held on M.onday,from other towns and cities and act on it at the next January 25, the board heard in the tourism area. The meeting. a request for $2,500 and a funds would be used to Board member Jack report from Chairman Bob help the towns and counties Kiser asked that the board Harrison who had attended a legislative conference in Richmond along with other IDA members and town councilmen. In the request for $2,500 made by Kitty Barker, Executive Diredtor of Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority, Barker market themselves through social media outlets, web pages and brochures. Heart of Appalachia covers Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson, Russell, Buchanan and Tazewell Counties and the City of Norton. Their Offices are in the Hillman House in St. Paul. members be sent a detailed account of the tourism authority's budget. Barker agreed to do so. In his report to the group about the legislative meeting, Chairman Bob Harrison said they met with officials from VDOT, State Senator Ben Chafin, Delegates Todd Pillion, Israel O'Quinn and James Morefield and VDH and Bill Shelton, director of DHCD and the Tobacco Commission. In their meeting, the town officials discussed the town projects such as the Willis Building and down- town upgrade of water and sewer lines that are planned for the near future. Their requests and discussion was well received. by Kitty Barker The St. Paul IDA meet- ing hosted Kitty Barker, Executive Director of the Heart of. Appalachia Tourism Authority who presented a report on the marketing plan for the regional tourism organiza- tion. The Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority was implement- ed in 1993 to market the regional counties .of Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson, Russell, Tazewell, Buchanan and the City of Norton. Mrs. Barker pre- sented the marketing plan and partnership investment program to the IDA mem- bers for 2016-2017. The marketing focus willbe the promotion to specific visi- tor markets for ATV, Motorcycle, Group Tour, AAA and Outdoor Recreation. The plan includes magazine ads, TV and Radio spots, brochure distribution, digital market- ing, Social Media, and tradeshow attendance. "OUr mission is to increase the number of visitors spending the night, dining and shopping in our key communities, " Barker explained. "St. Paul is a Town that is a marketing focus for the Heart of Appalachia because of the ATV Trails, Motorcycle Trails, Birding Trails, hik- ing, water sports, and new tourism businesses that serve visitors." The new marketing plan was pre- sented to the IDA Board that indicates an expanded marketing campaign to support to the towns. Lyric Project surpasses goal for 2015 Lyric Revita'izat' Q ] Committee is proud to announce that we sur- passed our 2015 goal for I~~ the Capital Campaign! Generous donations totaled $9,185.00 for 2015, and we have already received a nice donation of $1000 for 2016. Our current total for the Capital Campaign, including interest, is $37,646.79. How soon can we reach $40.000? Donations may be mailed to The Lyric Project PO Box 818 St. Paul. VA 24283 or by PayPal on our website: http://stpaulmain- street, lyric-project.html. General fundraising efforts from Bingo, Cooks and Books, dinners, Yes, Virginia-the Musical, and merchandising yielded over $8800 this year. The next Bingo is February 6 and Cooks and Books is July 30. Please join us! Thanks~to each of you who have made donations or attended fundraisers. We appreciate your continued support of The Lyric Project. CW S Snow, snow and more snow...The two day snow event in the area left between 8 and 14 inches of the white stuff. The town's work crew and police department worked round the clock to keep the streets pass- able and to help motorists in need. Those men did a great job. AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul. 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdavs: Wise. 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood. 7:30 pm. Clintwood United Methodist Church. 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 Castlewood Water & 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 Satu~&ays, '8 pm 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-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pro, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, 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- I[lJ!l!l!l!il !i!1!1! !1111 VISORS-Fi'~est Monday, 6 pm. Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 s! Thursdays, 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 Chi,ldren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coeburn. Call 762- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGOE- The Clinch River Little League Board meets at third Sundays at Ma Whitenack Little League Field. 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 Tue &.Thur 10am-8pm; Wed & Fri 10am- 5:30pm; Sat 10-3pm. Closed Sun & Mon. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul. ~re: 9:30am-6pm Monday; 10:30am-7pm Tuesday; Closed Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm Thursday and Friday. Saturday Closed. Sunday Closed. DICKENSON- BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays through Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURI- TY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone num- bers 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 first Thursdays at 4 pm. VFW POST 9864- VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, welcomes 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 wel- comed. HEALTH SER- VICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-8pm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family plan, ning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immu- nizations Appointments are nec- essary for all but immu- nizations. For an appointment, call 762- 328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All proceeds reha- bilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For informa- Church and church-related activities tion. call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTH- DAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes personsin Russell. Dickenson. Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins. 1-800-656- 2272. to advise AASC of any upcoming 100th birthday. SUPPORT GROUP-Women sur- vivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- port groupmeeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta 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 want to improve their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job- related skills including resume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422- 3433 or 276-386-2433. 'TRANSPoRTA- TION- The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens pro- vides disability trans- portation services in Buchanan, 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 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Group purpose is See CALENDAR, Page 8 calendar on page 3 by Jerry Couch May 16, 1925 - Mrs. Jennie Meade (wife of Dr. Robert C. Meade) and the Merchants and Farmers Bank of Castlewood brought suit against Castlewood Mills seeking collection of $1200 owed to Mrs. Meade and $6,500 owed to the bank. These debts, both overdue, repre- sented significant sums of money at that time. In their suit, the com- plainants stated that (1) the mill had been operating at a toss for some time, (2) debts were accumulating with no way to repay them, (3) the company had no money to purchase grainto grind and sell, (4) some of the millin~machinery was in need . of repair or replacement, and (5) the company Was generally insolvent. Busted. Broke. The company's officers and stockholders agreed - the truth was evident for all to see. On May 11, 1925 they signed a resolution calling for dissolution of the corporation. It must have been a sad day for these people in ways not entirely financial. Castlewood Mills was a closely held corporation and most of its owners were descendants of Charles Bickley who had "built Bickley's Mill in the pioneer days. Castlewood Mills occu- pied a large, three-story building in the heart of what we refer to today as "Old Castlewood." " It was a modern roller mill which was one of many late 19th century technological advancements of the indus- trial age. Photo of Old Castlewood By 1925. roller mills had replaced the two most common methods of grind- ing grain in years gone by. The first method incorpo- rated rotating millstones. The second method incor- 'porated the reciprocating motion of "hammer. mills" which pulverized grain by pounding it. Both were powered by water or ani- mals. In contrast to these methods, roller mills ground grain by running it between large cylindrical rollers which turned at a higher speed than mill- wheelS. The machinery was powered by steam tur- bines or by electric motors. Thus it was possible to pro- duce flour and meal faster, in greater quantities, and at lower cost than ever before. For the first time, white flour was within the finan- cial reach of everyone. Consumption increased dramatically as new recipes for baked goods incorporating white flour began to appear in cook- books of the period. New refining and sifting machinery made it possible to separate the various components of wheat grains. These additional products could then be marketed individually for specific uses. Bleaching agents cotild also be intro- duced to make flour truly white - though most flour at that time was unbleached and had a yel- lowish tint. Incidentally, you should keep this in mind when preparing baked-goods Using vintage recipes. If you use bleached four or refined white sugar your culinary experience will not be the same. From 1875 until 1920. domestic wheat production boomed thanks to the opening of the country's "breadbasket" along with the introduction of new varieties of hybrid wheat and new machinery to plant and harvest it. The United States was produc- ing more wheat than it could consume and for the first time, wheat began to be exported to other coun- tries in significant quanti- ties. During WWI, farmers were encouraged tO plant more acreage in wheat to support the war effort. Encouraged by high prices, farmers invested in addi- tional land and machinery. After WWI, this excess of production resulted in a surplus which disrupted markets and drove prices down. Farmers who did not possess vast acreage stopped planting wheat because they could not compete with major pro- ducers. In Russell County, small farmers (my family includ- ed) still grew wheat, but mostly for their own use. Times were changing and the local economy was no longer farm-based. Many people now worked for wages in retail, manufac- turing, or mining. These people bought their staples, so the retail price of com- modities became signifi- cant. These situations, individually and collective- ly, had an impact upon Castlewood Mills. NEXT WEEK: Details of the operation of Castlewood Mills. J