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sh ex bc w( h~ I II I I I CAROLINA SLAW 1 cUp mayonnaise 1 cup sour cream 2 tbsp. sugar 2 tbsp. cider vinegar 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Cooking with Mildred... / by Hd. / / grees for 5 to 8 minutes. Watch closely so they don't burn. 1 tSp. dry mustard tsp. celery seed ~.sp. pepper l/stsp. salt ~tsp. hot sauce /(16 oz.) pkg. shredded cole mix tir together all ingredients ~t slaw mix. Put in a large and add slaw mix, tossing to coat. Cover and chill 1 Serve with a slotted spoon. FRENCH DELIGHTS I1 loaf French bread, cut crosswise in inch slices lb. grated Monterey Jack Cheese lb. grated sharp cheddar cheese 4 oz. diced green chilies dash of garlic powder cup mayonnaise Combine cheeses, chilies, mayonnaise and garlic powder, mixing well. Spread on each side , of bread slices, Place bread on cookie sheet and bake 350 de- COCONUT CHESS PIE 3 eggs 1 cups sugar cup melted butter 1 teas. vanilla 1 tbsp. vinegar 1 cup flaked coconut 1 unbaked pie shell Beat eggs until frothy; add sugar, and combine well. Add butter and all other ingredients. Pour into unbaked pie crust. Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes until firm in the center. EASY PEACH COBBLER I (29 oz.) can sliced peaches, drained 5 slices white bread 1 egg, beaten 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 tbsp. flour 1 stick margarine, melted Put peaches in a baking dish. Cut crust from bread; then cut each slice into 5 strips. Place over peaches. Mix egg, sugar, flour and margarine; pour over bread strips. Bake 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until brown. Last week at CHS, students Signed up with representatives from Southwest Virginia Com- munity College for dual enroll- ment classes on Thursday, January 22. Woody Scott, pastor of Morning Star Church of Castlewood, spoke in an assem- bly hosted by the SCA on Friday, January 23. Sophomores met with a representative from Herff Jones to discuss their class ring orders on Monday, January 26. In sports, on Friday, January i6, varsity boys' and girls' teams were victorious over Thomas Walker. On Saturday, January 17, the varsity wrestling team traveled to Northwood and won. Also, on Saturday, all four basketball teams hosted the Lebanon Pioneers. Both the JV teams and varsity girls' team were victorious. On Tuesday, January 20, the varsity boys' and ~iorlS' teams traveled to Rye ve, where the varsity boys captured a win of 90-46. The wrestling team traveled to JJ Kelly on Wednesday January 21 and came home with a win. On Friday, January 23, the boys' and girls' varsity basketball 4-H Small Fruit It is time once again for the Annual 4-H Small Fruit Plant Sale. This sale helps 4-Her's raise money for various activities throughout the year. Strawberry plants, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry bushes, bunch grapes and apple trees are available in teams traveled to St. Paul. The wrestling team competed at Lebanon on Saturday, January 24. On Tuesday, January 27, the varsity boys' and girls' basket- ball teams traveled to Twin Springs. The wrestling team competed in the Cumberland District Duals on Wednesday, January 28. In other news, Group II Club meetings, including Beta, Hi-Y, French and Spanish, were held in the atternoon on Thursday, January 22. The meetings were held to nominate attendants for basketball homecoming. For your information, year- books will go on sale Monday, February 2. Books including a stamped name will cost $52 and a plain book will cost $50. Books may be reserved for a down payment of $25. Books purchased';fn delivery next year will cost $55, Anyone reserving a yearbook by Thursday, Feb- ruary 12 will be entered in a drawing for a cash prize of $100, to be given away on Friday, February 13. CHS basketball homecoming will be held on Friday, February 13. Plant Sale different varieties. Please contact a local 4-H'er or call the Washington County Extension Office at (276) 676-6309 to place an order. Orders will be accepted through March 6th. Plants will be available for pick up on March 26 and 27. FIRSTGO gov 1 (800) FED-INFO Subscribe today to the Clinch Valley Times 762-7671 YOUR LOCAL NEWS STATION AT 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM P.O. Box 939 Lebanon, VA 24266 Phone (276) 889-1380 Fax (276) 889-1388 RMCVB The Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (RMCVB) announced the re- lease of the 2009 Richmond Re- gion Visitors Guide. From attractions to shopping and din- ing, festivals to accommoda- tions, user-friendly maps, and informative directories, the new guide showcases for potential CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, January 29, 2009 Page 5 releases 2009 Visitors Guide -New Guide Highlights Richmond Region Locals- the Arts at the University of the life and works of Poe throughout 2009. More informa- tion is available at Also unique to the 2009 Visitors Guide is a "What Locals Love" section that features Rich- mond Region natives discussing their favorite things about the area. Community standouts that visitors all the wonderful attri- provide a fresh look at the butes that make the Historic Region include: Richmond Region Easy to Love. Jim Andelin, director of the A ghostly figure of Edgar Metro Richmond Zoo Allan Poe at the Richmond Babz and Michael Barnett, Region's Poe Museum appears founder of Romp n' Roll on the cover of the new Visitors Raul Cantu, owner and Guide in honor of the Poe president of popular Mexican Bicentennial. The Region is restaurant Nacho Mama's celebrating the 200th birthday of Christy Coleman, president the "Master of Macabre" with of the American Civil War Poe Revealed 1908-2009, a Center at Historic Tredegar cooperative effort among Vir- Adish Jain, president" of the ginia historical sites, museums, Hindu Center of Virginia libraries and performing arts Kathy Panoff, executive organizations to commemorate director of the Modlin Center for 1 ................. Richmond Zoe Rogers, visitor services specialist for Virginia State Parks, Central Virginia Region Jackie Stone, chair of law firm McGuide Woods' National Recruiting Committee and the firm's hiring partner Michael Taylor, Michael Taylor Couture "Visitors are interested in what locals like to do," said RMCVB President & CEO Jack Berry. "People considering raveling to the Region will benefit from the diverse perspectives from Richmond Region natives included in the new Visitors Guide." Additionally, each section of the Visitors Guide encompasses one of the many facets of RMCVB's History ad campaign: "History, For Kids of All Ages" introduces the Region's attractions, and "History. Now Showing" ushers in the Art & Entertainment section. Each year 250,000 copies of the Visitors Guide are printed and distributed to potential visitors who inquire about the Region through RMCVB's Web site or toll-free number, and to visitors who are in the Region at visitor centers, museums, attractions, hotels, shops and restaurants. "Research shows that the Visitors Guide motivates at least one-third of visitors to the Historic Richmond Region to extend their length of stay," said Berry. "It is a valuable resource for educating people about everything that we have to offer." A copy of the 2009 Richmond Region Official Visitors Guide is available for download on the RMCVB Web site. For copies of the 2009 Richmond Region Visitors Guide, . please ca'litTlESt9. R/~Olq]]l.ettuoju! oaotu 2o 750/0 TAX INCREASE IN WISE COUNTY ?? Five Wise County School Board members (Ted Thompson, Phillip Bates, Mike Mullins, Vanessa Perry and Betty Cornett) recently voted 5 to 3 to launch a school consolidation program that will shut down and vacate all six high schools in Wise County and build three new megs.schoots. The questions these school board members have not accurately answered are: how much will this plan cost compared to updated renovations of existing schools and how much will property tax rates increase to fund the three-school consolidation plan? "rite ~/~e County school superintendent recently publicly confirmed that a tax rate hike will be necessary to fund this huge and expensive project, but no one has put a number to that tax hike yet. Below you will see tax increase projections based upon information gathered from public records and meetings, news stories and schod beard documents. The projected costs of the proposed three new schools, including land acquisition, development, utilities infrastructure, construction inflation rates, athletic facilities, contingencies and cost overruns is $150milllon- plus. The school board projection of $100million is very misleading as it only represents the construction of the buildings at today's pdces and does not Include property acquisition and development, utility infrastructure, new or renovated sports facilities, inflation or cost overruns. CURRENT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE The annual property tax receipts (collected) for Wise County in 2006-07 was $17mlllion. This $17million are already earmarked for school operation costs, landfill facilities and all other county obligations including court services, law enforcemenl, social services and county property maintenance, not to mention the very worthwhile dental clinics proposed to help children and under privileged citizens. The proposed landfill expansion alone is projecled to cost millions of dollars in additional revenue as well.The most logical source of funding for these big-ticket items is a property tax Increase and that is before a penny is spent on school consolidation. School board officials point at the projected tax revenue from the Dominion power plant as the source for the new school construction. Let us examine those numbers: PROJECTED ANNUAL DOMINION PROPERTY TAX REVENUE IS $SMILLION WHICH WILL BE FULLY ACCESSIBLE IN ABOUT RVE YEARS ASSUMING THAT ANTICIPATED FEDERAL CLEAN AIR REGULATIONS ALLOWTHE PLANT TO OPEN AS PLANNED However, there is a catch the school board majority does not tell you about. It is also projected that due to Dominion's impact upon the total assessed value of properly in Wise County that the state's composite index funding formula for education will be reduced in the amount of $2million. In other wordsl Wise County will lose $2million in annual state funding because of the appraised value of the Dominion plant. Thereby leaving a working balance of $3million In Dominion revenue. The Town of St. Paul will receive $750,000.00 per year from the Dominion revenue and the Town and Wise County have agreed to refund approximately $250,000.00 per year to Dominion in the form of pollution control equipment rebates; this total deduction of $1million leaves a Dominion revenue balance of $2million, It is reasonable to project that at least 200 students throughout Wise County will transfer to schools outside the County due to consolidation. Each student attending school in Wise County brings more than $7,500.00 annually in state and federal funding. This loss of students means a projected loss of $1.5million per year, leaving the Dominion revenue balance at a half million dollars ($500,000,00). That means that the NET BALANCE of Dominion revenue available to pay a $150millicn thirty-year loan 1o build three new schools is a half million dollars, assuming that Wise County does not use any of these Dominion funds for other needs such as the landfill expansion, dental clinics and the increased operation and maintenance of existing county offices and programs. THE COSTS TO FINANCE THE DEBT FOR THREE NEW CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS IS $11.TMILUON PER YEAR To pay a $150mlllion loan over thirty years will require annual payments of approximately $11.7million PER YEAR Assuming that the haft-million Dominion revenue balance is applied 1o school consolidation costs and nothing else, that leaves a deficit each year of $11.2million. The Wise County School Board projects annual savings of approximately $32million once the County's existing six high schools are closed. Many people believe that these projected savings are not accurate because transportation costs alone for long distance busing will increase dramatically, but assuming that the schod board's number is accurate then the annual deficit to be paid byWiea County taxpayer= to service the school consolidation debt is $Smillion. That means when al the costs ~ I:uHng three new sdxx~s is added ~ and ai the avalal~ souces of revenue are exhausted to pa/for them that Ihe taxpayere of Wise County will owe $Smillion per year in del~ payment for which no revenue is avalabie. Thai wil require a subslanllal property tax i~rease, not ix)u:Ing any lax ~rease requml ~ ~ landfl =pansion or i'~'eased ~ b ~ services, To raise an additional $8million in properly tax revenue the current tax rale of f~/-seven (57) cents per $100.00 in assessed properly value will have to be raised to nearly ONE DOLLAR per hundred.This number is arrived at by the accepled formula that to raise $1million in new revenue requires a five-cent increase in the tax rate, / THIS IS A 75% TAX RATE INCREASE; THE INCREASE WILL BE NEARLY 40% IF THE SCHOOL BOARD'S VERY QUESTIONABLE CONSTRUCTION FIGURES ARE CORRECT, STILL AN UNPRECEDENTEDTAX HIKE FOR WISE COUNTY UNLESSYOU GO BACK TO THE CIVIL WAR WHEN INFLATED CONFEDERATE DOLLARS WERE OUR CURRENCY RENOVATION The Wise County School Board's five-member majority has flatly refused to visit older buildings that have been renovated into showcase schools. The existing school structures in Wise County are much more structurally strong than any new building that can be economically constructed. These historic buildings are sdld and built to last well over a hundred years, not the forty-yoar life span of new construction. Such a visit to see these renovated historic structures and an honest and accurate analysis would demonstrate that all of the high schools in Wise County can be modernized with new windows and wiring, heating and cooling, upgraded interiors and state-of-the-art labs for $25million to $50million, depending upon added space and gymnasium updates and expansions. It should be noted that St. Paul High School does not need these renovations and would cost the least to update; yet it is being closed. WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT THIS HUGE TAX INCREASE?? Talk to your Board of Supervisor member. Make sure they understand that what the Wise County School Board majority proposes will BANKRUPT Wise County. Can you afford a 75% tax increase, or anything close to it, dudng theae tough economic times? THISTAX INCREASE IS UPTOTHE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND NO ONE ELSE Only your beard of s~ervisor members can raise property taxes, The school board cannot raise your taxes one cent. Talking to the five pro- consolidation school board members is probably a waste of time. But most supervisors will not support either of these devastating tax rate increases if you act now. YOU JUST RECEIVED YOUR PROPERTY TAX REA$SESSMENTS INTHE MAIL;THE HANDWRITING IS ONTHE WALL IFYOU DO NOT ACT NOW. ACT NOW OR PAY HUGETAXES Act now before this tax-driven proposal gets rammed through by a handful of people who do not care what YOU pay in taxes. Busing kids at great costs, time and risk from the three corners of Wise County does not bother these pro-consolidation school board members. All they envision are three huge, gleaming buildings with their names on plaque= at the doorway while three small communities are destroyed and three others are disrupted. Why else would they want to close down award winning and nationally recognized academic programs in Wise County? MEANWHILE, YOU PAY THE BILL AND YOUR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN LOSE THEIR COMMUNITY IDENTITY AND ACADEMICS TAKE A BACKSEAT TO LARGE BUILDINGS WHILE SEVERAL HISTORIC AND STRUCTURALLY SOUND SCHOOL BUILDINGS BECOME ABANDONED EYESORES FOR DECADESTO COME. Today, not tomorrow, contact your board of supervisors at: Fred A. Luntsford 414 Filth Street Appalschie, VA 24216 (276) S6S.4101 J. H. Rivers RO. Box 369 Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 (276) 523-1490 Romld L. Sh=rtt 1O627 Right Fork Road Pound, VA 24279. (27s) 7 - 19 Steve Bates 694O Birchfleld Road Wlea, VA 24293 (276) 328-2758 Robert R. Adldns, Chairman RO. BOx 659 WISe, VA 24293 (276) m.eo39 Virginia Mead=r, Vice..Chairperson RO. Box 585 Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 (276) 523-1158 Robert "Robby" E. Robbins, Jr. P.O. Box 907 10278 Norton Ccebum Rd. Coebum, VA 24230 (276) 395.3206 Dana G. Kilgore ' P.O. Box 349.5 Wlse, VA 24293 (276) 328-3427 PAID FOR BY "SAVE OUR SCHOOLS" (S.O.S), RO. 1259 ST. PAUL,VA. 24283 (276) 762-7500 A PROJECT OF MOUNTAIN HERITAGE, INC ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE