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Vol. LVIII, No. 6 576 EX/C Srnalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 "" 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursda3~, February 11, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia PRESS 50 cents g Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. (MEOC) is again looking to area churches and individuals in the community for their help to ensure that older people in Wise, Lee and Scott Counties and the City of Norton have warm homes through the end of winter. Sunday, February 14, has been designated as "Hearthwarming Sunday", an annual event held for the past thirty-nine years. Hearthwarming Sunday is always on the ~Sunday closest to Valentine's Day and is cel- ebrated as a day for church congregations and individ- uals to make a difference in the lives of older communi- ty members by giving to MEOC's Emergency Fuel Fund, a fund in desperate need this time of year. The contributions from the faith community for Hearthwarming Sunday come at a critically impor- tant time for the Emergency Fuel Fund of Mountain. Empire Older Citizens. Donations raised on Hearthwarm:lng Sunday allow MEOC to continue to help people through the month of March. MEOC never lets an emergency go unnoticed. MEOC's responsiveness to emergen- cies beginning on October 1 results in the Emergency Fuel Fund running low on funds this time of year. More older people than ever are finding themselves in desperate need of assis- tance to keep their homes warm, safe and secure. Cold temperatures coupled with the recent January ice and winter snow storm, which brought more than 12" of snow to many areas, have caused electric bills to skyrocket and fuel resources, such as coal, gas, oil and wood, to be used up quickly. Many older persons who prepared for winter by purchasing fuel in October and November find themselves low or out of fuel at this time of year when weather is bad and temperatures are extremely low. Last year, winter was calm until the notorious 2015 February Snowstorm hit dropping more than 24" of snow in some areas and paralyzing business and school opera- The Town of St. Paul just received a new general purpose dump truck. It is a 2016 Freightliner with snow blade and other blades were }urchased for the smaller trucks. tions for days. MEOC must have a very success- ful Hearthwarming Sunday to be able to keep pace with demand and to assist its older friends, neighbors, and relatives struggling with weather related expenses. Donations from Hearthwarming Sunday will allow MEOC to con- tinue to respond to requests for assistance through the blustery month of March. The Emergency Fuel Fund, one of MEOC's longest running programs, provides one-time assis- tance of up to $300 per winter to each elderly household caught'in an emergency situation. The Emergency -Fuel Fund begins each year on October 1st and ends the following March 31st. MEOC assists older per- sons who live in Wise, Lee, or Scott County or in the City of Norton. Payments are' made directly to ven- dors to purchase heating oil, kerosene, gas, electrici- ty, wood or coal. Each year the number of older people who need help increases. "To date this winter, we have assisted 851 individ- uals with life-threatening emergencies resulting in expenses of $136,876. We expect to assist an addi- tional 300 older persons before the end of winter," said MEOC Executive Director Michael Wampler. Churches and individu- als assist MEOC and the community in the way that works best for them. For example, some churches have a special love offering on Hearthwarming Sunday, others donate funds from their missions program, youth and children's groups provide an offering, some have Sunday School classes adopt the program, while others call on their men's and women's groups. Others simply share the letter with their congregation and commu- nity. Each individual or congregation chooses the manner most appropriate to support the Emergency Fuel Fund. Every dollar raised makes a difference; no amount is too small. Donations for "Hearthwarming Sunday" may be sent to: MEOC, P.O. Box 888, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219. Donations should be ear- marked for the Emergency Fuel Fund (EFF). "We are so thankful for past and current support from the faith community, including congregations both near and far and car- ing individuals. Hearthwarming Sunday is one of many MEOC fundraisers supported and sustained by the faith com- munity. This is truly the community's fund. Your support of MEOC and its mission is so valuable, so appreciated, and so impor- tant to the safety and well being of our older friends and neighbors." said Wampler. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: . Clay Hardware & l lillin . Con pany t.~"-~ / 111611 [;~ItAIt)I;I b'LOl)'ll, MiU;AL ~*ad I~El.~n,M~.~." GA STI.IgWOOI), VA. AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pro, 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, 6pm, 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 Saturdays, 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-Seco. nd Thursdays, 7:30 pm, 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- liilj!i!i!ijil!! !!l!!lt I VISORS-First Monday,the J. Fred Matthews tion, call 395-6398. 6 pm, Lebanon. Memorial Library, St. 100TH BIRTH- CLINCHFIELD Paul, are: 9:30am-6pm DAY-Appalachian LODGE #256-Stated Monday; 10:30am-7pmAgency for Senior Communication, I st Tuesday; Closed Citizensrecognizes Thursdays, 7:30; Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm personsin Russell, School of Instruction Thursday and Friday. Dickenson, Buchanan third Thursdays, 7 pm Saturday Closed.and Tazewell counties R E C O V E R Y Sunday Closed. who are 100 years old GROUP-The Wise D I C K E N S O N- or older. Call Dana County Mental HealthB U N D Y - T h e Collins, 1-800-656- Center conducts a Dickenson-Bundy Log 2272, to advise AASC recovery group for sub- House is open weekly of any upcoming 100th stance abusers and fam- Thursdays through birthday. ilies Fridays at 10 am Saturdays, 10-3, andS U P P O R T Call 276-679-0810. Sundays 12-4 pm. GROUP-Women sur- ACOA MEETING- SOCIAL SECURI- vivors of sexual assault Adult Children of TY-The Wise Socialare invited to attend Alcoholics meet .Security Office is open Clinch Valley Mondays, 7 pm, First Mondays-Fridays from C o m m u n i c a t i o n Baptist Church, 9am-4pm. Phone num- Action, Inc./Family Coeburn. Call 762- bers'are 1-800-772- Crisis Services' sup- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 1213 or 276-679-7633. port group meeting 276-679-7371. L I B R A R Y with victims of similar LITTLE LEAGUE- FRIENDS-Friends ofsituations Mondays, The Clinch River Little the J. Fred Matthews 10:30 am-12 noon. For League Board meets at Memorial Library, St. information call Rande 3 pm third Sundays at Paul meet at the Library Hackler, 276-988-5583 Ma Whitenack Little on first Thursdays at 4 or Ranetta Davis, 276- League Field. All inter- pm. 889-8206. ested persons are invit- VFW POST 9864- FREE ADULT ED- ed to attend. VFW Post 9864, .Free adult education H.O.RE. HOUSE- Lebanon, welcomes classes are available in H.O.P.E. House pro- new members. If you Lee, Scott and Wise vides emergency shel- served overseas during counties and the City of ter for victims of any war, write VFWNorton. Daytime and domestic violence in Post 9864, P.O. Box evening classes for Wise, Russell,1419, Lebanon, VA adults who want to Dickenson, Lee, Scott 24266 and send name, improve their basic and Buchanan counties address and phone skills. Instructors also and the City of Norton. number. Transfers wel- assist adults with job- Volunteers needed- corned, related skills including training available. Call HEALTH SER- resume, writing and 1-800-572-2278. VICES-The Wise interviewing. For SENIOR CITI- County Health details, call 1-800-422- ZENS-The Castle-Department, Wise, is 3433 or 276-386-2433. wood Senior Citizensopen from 8am-8pm TRANSPoRTA- meet at 10 am first Thursdays. TION- The Wednesdays at the Clinics will be Appalachian Agency Castlewood Lions Den. offered in family plan- for Senior Citizens pro- Anyone 60 or over is ning, pediatrics, school vides disability trans- invited, and adult physicals, portation services in The Dante Senior WIC, Paps and immu- Buchanan, Dickenson, Citizens meet each n i z a t i o n s . Russell and Tazewell Monday and Tuesday at Appointments are nec- counties to individuals 10 am at the Dante Fire essary for all but immu- with disabilities, Department. Russellnizations. For an regardless of age. Call County residents 60 or appointment, call 762- 1-888-656-2272. older are invited. 328-8000. G E N E A L O G Y RUSSELL CO. F A C I L I T I E SGROUP-The Russell LIBRARY-Hours at the AVA I L A B L E ' T h e County Genealogy Russell County Public Tacoma Community Group meets 5:30 pm Library, Lebanon, are Center is available for first Thursdays, Russell Tue & Thur 10am-8pm; reunions, birthdays and County Public Library, Wed & Fri 10am- showers. Lebanon. 5:30pm; Sat .!O-3pm. All proceeds reha- Group purpose is Closed Sun & Men. bilitate the Tacoma M A T T H E W S School as a Community See CALENDAR, Page 8 LIBRARY-Hours at Center. For informa- Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 by Jerry Couch The story of Clay Hardware & Milling Company, successor to CastlewoodMills, is a story that became all too typical, during the late 1920's and early 1930's. It is also a story of how not to structure a business, as well as the importance .of making sure assets and responsibilities are spelled out in signed contracts. When the mill building and milling equipment of Castlewood Mills was sold at public auction in 1925, Dr. Robert C. Meade was the high bidder. He and Clarence Clay had already discussed purchasing theIn a short time, this bor- effort to keep the company mill and re-opening it as rowed money would afloat, additional partners the Clay Hardware & become a major problem, were sought. This plan Milling Company. From hindsight's excel- didn't work, either. There A look at its letterheadlent vantage, we know that were no takers. Once indicates the wide range of a tidal wave of national again, the mill ceased oper- merchandise carried by the economic disaster was ations. company. This line of mer- about to sweep over Clay Clarence Clay was chandise had much in corn- Hardware & Milling. ruined financially. He had men with that of the St. Unfortunately, few peopleno money with which to Paul Supply Company, of could have imagined this in pay his portion of the com- which Dr. Robert Meade 1926. Generally speaking,pany's debts. Dr. Meade and Clarence Clay were the Castlewood area was had resources to pay his minor stockholders. Clarence Clay had also prosperous and people hadportion, but he was making money to spend on every effort not to do so. been operating a hardware improvements and new, The Merchants and business of his own in the l~bor-saving machinery for Farmers Bank, of which he Castlewood community, their farms. They could was president, was also He closed this business a also purchase better equip- having major financial short time before he and- ment for their homes. For problems at this time, as Dr. Meade became part- example, Majestic coal- was the People's Bank of ners, but he still owned some stock in trade. This burning kitchen ranges Cleveland, Virginia (both stock would be taken were considered a top- banks would soon close quality item. Most farm their doors forever). Dr. incorporated into the new wives would certainly have Meade found himself being company and was consid- wanted one, especially atsummoned to court with ered part of Clay's contri- canning time. Clay increasingly frequency - in bution to the business - a Hardware & Milling was matters which were not set- point which would later ready and able to replace tied to his advantage. cause controversy between old, burned-out stoves with The mill's situation was him and Dr. Meade. shiny new Majestic ranges, hopeless and by court order After the mill property In 1927, ~he Clay it was sold at public auc- was purchased, Clay Hardware &/ Milling tion to satisfy the compa- Hardware & Milling Company beg~n having ny s creditoi-s. This time remained closed to the trouble payin~ its bills, the mill building only public for about three Sales had never met expec- brought $1,000. Dr. Meade months. During this timetations. This was due, in somehow came up with the the mill's rollers were sent part, to intense competition money (or credit) to buy it, away to be ground and from nearby businesses but he re-sold the building refinished,and other such as Clinchfielda shoat time later. The repairs to the milling Lumber & Supply and St. milling equipment was machinery were made. Paul Supply. sold separately for $700 The building itself was The company's notes and was taken away.The enlarged to make room for were falling due and company's remaining stock the new, expanded lines remained unpaid. No addi-was liquidated as well. By merchandise. Everything tional money could be bet- 1930 the Clay Hardware & was now in top-notich rowed because judgment Milling Company was his- condtion, but these things liens had started to pile up. tory. had cost money about Things were turning ugly The town of $6,000 in all. Most of that and the partners began money had been borrowed,squabbling. In a desperate See Clay Hdw, Page 2