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Clinch Valley Times " 'The Ume has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' " : ,.:___.== .......... 'L__: Vol. LI, No. 7 . Thursday, February 12, 2009 ! Saint Paul, Virginia 50c Jack Kiger pleads guilty fo two criminal misdemeanors; may not again run for office HIGHS AND LOWS...Welcome after last week's single digit temperatures and wind chills sometimes below zero, were the near-record high temps early this week. February is scheduled to appear again on Thursday, however, as a cold (but not too cold) front comes through, bringing some rain.. Influenza is widespread in Virginia, btt there is still time to vaccinate -Vaccination Clinic Locator and Coupons Available Through the Lung Association- Influenza has been officially searchable by ZIP code. It also, m/locations/. Influenza is a declared as widespread through- out the state of Virginia, and the American Lung Association wants Virginians to know that vaccinations remain an effective way to prevent contracting the infection. "It is not too late to be vaccinated," said Jamie C. Hey, M.D., a physician at the Pul- monary Associates of Richmond and a member of the Virginia Thoracic Society. "All Virgin- ians need to take steps to protect themselves from influenza and to prevent its spread where it. does OCCRr," The American Lung As- sociation offers the largest online directory of public influenza vaccination clinics, at The Flu Clinic Locator includes more than 40,000 clinic loca- tions across the country, provides the option to set up an appointment e-mail reminder, along with the option to sign up for influenza-specific updates throughout the season. The American Lung As- sociation in Virginia has teamed up with Passport Health to offer coupons for influenza vaccines. serious respiratory illness. On average, 36,000 Americans die and 226,000 people are hospitalized each year due to influenza and its complications. The annua} vaccination is the first and most important step in preventing influenza. Vac- cinations take effect in two Passport Health, the largest weeks. provider of travel medical and Little League immunization services in the United States, offers a $30 cv coupon that is redeemable for a s.en up date flu shot at any Passport Health Sign up for Clinch River location. A portion of the Little League and Softball will proceeds will be donated to the be held from 10 until 2 American Lung Association in Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Virginia. To obtain the UMWA Building in Castle- certificate, visit wood. Parents should bring the u-coupon/ala/. A list of Passport child's birth certificate and $30 Health locations is available on registration fee. Registration the company's website at forms will be available at the sign up site. Calendar of events... 'AA-Sundays and Tuesdays:- Big Stone Gap, g p.m, Episcopal Chnxch; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 .p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 p.m., Clintwood United Metho- dist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m., school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 7 p.m, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. RUSSELL COUNTY W&SA- The Russell County Water & Se- wage Authority Board of Diree- tors, 6 p.m. second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appela. ohinn Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, Preshyter/an 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; First Thurs- day, 7 p.m., School of Instruction. VFW POST #86S2, DAV CHAPTER 12..-4th Tuesday, 7 Anyone 60 or over is Invited. ...The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- partment. Russell County resi- dents 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. MATI'HEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- days/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-7;30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY The Dickanson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11-4, and Sundays 1-5 p.m. SOCIAL 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 Lfl&,y 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, p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. write V'FW Post 9864, P.O. Box NEIGHBORS AID-Thorsdays, 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266, and 9:30 to 12. St. Tharese's Neigh- ' sand name, address and phone born Aid Build-ing, new & used number. Transfers welcomed. clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Cen- ter conducts a recovery group for substance abusers and families Fridays at 10 a.m. Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- run of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m., First BaptistChnreh, Coo- burn. Call 762-0016', 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE The ClInch River Little League Board meets at 4 p.m. third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewoed. All interested persons are invited to attend. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH The Dante Neighborhood Watch Program will meet at 7 p.m.on second Mondays at the Dante Commordty Building. Call 495- 7007 for information. H.O.P.E. HOUSE .... H.O.RE. House provides emer- gancy shelter for victims of do- memie violence in Wise, Russell, Dickanson, Lee, Scott and Buch- alum counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed.-train. ing available. Call t-800.572- 2278. SENIOR CITIZENS ...The Castlewood Senior Citi- zens meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Church and HEALTH SERVICES The Wise County Health De- pertment, 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 appoim-ment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birth- days and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For information, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTHDAY? Appalachian Agency'for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Diukeason, Buehanun and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older: Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vis e AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday. 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. ...Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP Woman 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 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 in- chiding 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, Dickanann, Russell and Tazewell ooanties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-g88-656-2272. 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 fidlerir,com. 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- ings 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. Coeburn--A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except June. Russell County--DAV Service Officer Perry Johnson assists veteran filing claims third Tues- days from 2-3:30 p.m., at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Russell County--American Legion Post 208 Post Service Officer Todd Salyer can assist with veterans' claims, records and family assistance. Call him at 276-889-5884 or 276-274-6588. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tues- day from 9-11 a.m. at the chnroh. 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 church-related activities calendar 495-7026 or 495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-1 I am. Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Leno- wisco Health District offer free confidential HIV testing through- out the year. For information, call Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or Sxorr Co. Health Dept., .276- 386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mtndays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon. Glanna MeReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433: C/RADD MEETING A meeting of C/RADD will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The meetings will be held at the Dante MuseunL. GED ONLINE The Regional Adult Education Program is offermg free GED Classes online. This service 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 Marci Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- day through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.ocation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for more information 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 p.m. on Ist Mondays at the Dante Museum. A Commu- nity Meeting is fourth Tuesdays at 6 pm., also at the Museum. BASKETBALL CAMP Appliations re being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Summer Invitahon only Basketball Camp For a free brochure for the camps, call 704-373-0873 anytime or visit 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 The Book Discussion group of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- rary meets fourth Thursdays of every month (except November and December, which' are combined into one holiday meeting the first Thursday in December) at the Riverside Diner. The next meeting is Thursday, February 26, at 6 p.m. The discussion on 7he Shock by William Paul Young during the January meeting will. be continued during the February session. on page 3 As the result of a plea agree- ment which was made public late on Tuesday, February 3, former S.t Paul mayor Jack Kiser has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor criminal offenses. The maximum penalty for each offense was 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine, but he received a suspended sentence with six months probation for each count, and the fine was reduced to $1,000 per offense, with payment arrangements at $200 per month. The plea agreement was in response to an indictment which followed a grand jury investigation. Kiser was charged with the following: //"Count 1: OBSTRUC- TION OF JUSTICE: Without just cause knowingly obstruct a judge, magistrates, justice, juror, attorney for the Commonwealth, itness or any law enforcement officer in the performance of his duties, in violation of the Code of Virginia Section 18.2-460, A Class 1 Misdemeanor which car- ries a maximum punishment of 12 months in jail and a fine of $2,500. "Count 2: FRADULENT DESTRUCTION OF RE- CORDS: While holding a posi- tion of public trust fraudulently make a false entry, or erase, alter, secrete or destroy any record, including a micro-photo- graphic copy, in his keeping and belonging to his office, in viola- tion of Virginias Code Sec- tion18.2-472 a Class I misde- meanor, which carries a maxi- mum punishment of 12 months in jail and afine of $2,500, and Defendant shall forever be incapable of holding any office of honor, profit or trust under the Constitution of Virginia. Defendant currently holds no Constitutional office." Official documents indicate that all offenses occurred be- tween January 1, 2000, and October 30, 2008. Specific that were written and issued by the S. Paul Town Police Offi- cers; 4) Attempting to stop a Virginia State Police investiga- tion by offering to have a lawsuit against the Town of St. Paul droppe4d; 5) Taking away the keys and denying St. Paul Police Officers access to the St. Paul Town Hall and evidence rooms; 6) Instructing Town of St. Paul Police officers to direct traffic around County and State law enforcement road blo0cks; 7) Instructing Town of St. Paul Police officers to stay off the roads and stay in the Town Hall where they belonged. Under Count 2: 1) Destroying public docu- ments, name!y summonses, that were lawfully written and issued by St. Paul Town PoLice Officers. In the Plea Agreement, Kiscr agreed to waive the indictment, and pleaded guilty to each count. Jack Kiser Currently holds appointed positions on theSt. Paul Industrial Development Authority Board of Directors and the State Water Control Board. Wise County Common- wealth's Attorney Ron Elkins told the CVTimes on Tuesday that since neither of these positions is a Constitutional (O r elected) office, the membership/ leadership of the Boards them- selves have the authority to decide whether or not Kiser may remain a member. l i, \\; - ' "\\;\ xe-'..N\\; ' , -" ,-"" .X :,"-.,". / SKETCH OF THE PROPOSED CENTER...This is a sketched representation of the proposed solid waste/recycling center proposed by Russell County. St. Paul petitions Russell Supervisors to change plans charges under the two counts "/'r include the following: xvx Under Count I: 1) Instructing Town of St, Paul Police Officers not to patrol certain areas of the Town; 2) Releasing individuals from custody that were lawfully ar- rested and in the custody of the Town of St. Paul Police Depart- ment; 3) Destroying summonses solid waste center A letter has been sent from the St. Paul Mayor and Council to the Russell County Board of Supervisors in response to the report of a Solid Waste/-Recy- cling Center which Russell County is evidently planning to place near the entrance to the Town of St. Paul. The letter, dated February 6 and headed "Residential Solid Waste & Convenience Recycl- ing Center" reads as follows: "It has been brought to our attention that Russell CounW is ' planning to place a residential solid waste convenience and recycling center adjacent to Route 640 at the entrance to the (Continued on page 3) r THREE'S A CROWD--THEN THERE'S TO who belong to Wade Dickenson, Brick Church Circl for the common good one cold January morning wh low and snow was on the ground. After a little brl hog's first priority, the three packed themselves tog the feed trough, achieving some warmth! The phot Fraley, Castlewood, who added this bit of wisdom fr. wouldn't get killed if he didn't make a hog of himsell ;!...These three pals, Castlewood, forged a bond en the temperature was very akfast, which is, after all, a ther on top of their food in was brought to us by S. A. m the good old days: "A pig Pg,