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t ! Clinch Valley Times .... J " ltlb G I N IA "% " 'The time has come, the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ,., .,  :,.-:e  o, ' 3, .Voi_LV, No. 7 . Thursday, February 14, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia 50r | .. : NEW GRIT SYSTEM...Piles of sand have been removed from the raw water ; taken from the river by the new grit system. According to Earl Carter, the town : water supervisor, the new grit system is working really well. :-:Farmers'. Market ed00r:ation workshop set for Saturday, February 16 On February ! 6 th at ;: Mountain Empire Community ,, College, an education workshop : on selling at local farmers' -markets will take place. Those : interested in selling at Farmers' , markets, current vendors and ,: market managers are encouraged to attend. Registration will begin - at 9:30 a.m. and is intended for " those who are interested or ai- " ready ,selling at farmers' mar- ' -" kets. Topics covered will include Food Regulations at the Farmers' Market, Varieties Updates, Seh- " eduling Your Growing Season, New to Farmers Market 101, Business Management, and other related topics. Speakers are representatives of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services, Virginia Cooperative Extension and local farmers' markets. Farm Bureau is providing tnnnm =lr ............. lunch for participants who pro- commodations for these events, register for this workshop. Pro- please identify your needs to registration is required to ioca- Amy Osborne (346-1522) at tion details, adequate seating, least 7 days prior to the event. handouts and lunch. To pro- Virginia Cooperative Ex- register or more information tension programs and em- please call the Lee County Extension Office at (276) 346- 1522 or email This workshop is free and open to the public. If you are a person with a disability and require any aux- iliary aids, services, or other ac- ployment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital or family status. An equal opportunity/affirmative action , employer. PhotogI00Lphy Club meeting . On Tuesday, February 19th at New members are welcome 6".30 pra the Clinch River - please join us: Photography Club will hold its For more information and to regular meeting at the St. Paul see the group's photos visit the Railroad Museum at 16646 Clinch River Photography Club Russell Street. on Facebook. Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tueulays.'Big needed-training available. Call I- ...TheWise CountySchool Board Stone Gap, 8 pro, Episcopal 800-572-2278. Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pro, SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle- Trinity United Methodist Church. wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pro, am Wednesdays at the Casflewood Clintwood Unifed Methodist Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is Church. 'invited. COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- The Dante Senior Citizens meet ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm each Monday and Tuesday at 10 school cafeteria, am at the Dante Fire Department. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Russell County residents 60 or Mondays, 6 pro, St. Paul Town older am invited. 'Hall. RUSSELL CO LIERARY-Hours ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- at the Russell County Public Third Mondays, 6 pro, Town Hall Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu 9am- CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The 7pm, W/F 9am-5:30pm, Th 9am- Castlewood Water & Sewage 8pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Sun 2-5pm. Authority Board of Directors, 6 MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours pm second Mondays. at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- Library, St. Paul, are 9am-5pm First Tuesday, I pm, Appalachian Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat Agency for Senior Citizens office, urdays, and I lam-7:30pm Tuns- Claypool Hill. Free. days and Thursdays. See Library NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- for special program schedules. Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm DICKENSON-EUNDY-The Presbyterian Church, Norton. Dickensun-Bundy Log House is CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231- open weekly Thursdays through Stated meetings will be held the Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 third Saturday of each month The pro. School of Instruction will he held SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise on fourth Thursdays at 7. Seial Security Office is open ST. PAUL LODGE #343-second Moudays-Fridays from 9am..4pm. Thursdays, 7:30 pro, Stated Corn- Phone numbers are 1-800-772- munication; First Thursday, 7 pm 1213 or 276-679-7633. School oflnstruetiun. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of VFW POST #15652, DAV the J. Fred Matthews Memorial CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 Library, St: Paul meet at the pm, VFW, Riverview, Cod)urn. Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, VFW POST 9I-VFW Post 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new bors Aid Building, new & used members. If you served overseas clothing for sale. " during any war, write VFW Post RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 VA 24266 and send name, address pm, Lebanon. and phone number. Transfers CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- welcomed. Stated Communication, 1st Satur- HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise days, 7:30; School of In.qruction County Health Department, Wise, third Thursdays, Tpm is open from 8am-Spin first RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise Thursdays. Clinics will he offered County Mental Health Center in family planning, pediatrics, conducts a recovery group for sub- school and adult physicals, WIC, stance abusers and families Paps and immunizations. Ap- Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- pointruents are necessary for all 0810. but immunizations. For an ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- appointment, call 762-328-8000. dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, FACILITIES AVAILABLE.The 7 pro, First Baptist Church, Tacoma Community Center is Cueburn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- available for reunions, birthdays 6588 or 276-679-737 I. and showers. All proceeds LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch rehabilitate the Tacoma School as River Little League Board meet at a Community Center. For infor- 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA mation" call 395-6398. Building in Cnstl'vood. All 100 m BIRTHDAY-Appalachian interested persons are invited to Agency for Senior Citizeus attend, recognizes persons in Russell, H.O.P.E. HOUSE-H.O.P.E. Hou- Dickensun, Buchanan and Taze- sa provides emergency shelter for well counties who are 100 years victims of domestic violence in old or older. Call Dana Collins, I- Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, 800-656-2272, to lvise AASC of Scott and Buchanan counties and any upcoming 100 t birthday. the City of Norton. Volunteers SCHOOL POLICIES 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-Women survivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- port group meeting 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 ElFree 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 re- sume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- zens provides disability Iransport- ation 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 Coumy Public Library, Lebanon. The Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-34110 or JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the- Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- orial Library and help promote the improvement of facilities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, 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 meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dicken- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835-8847 nights. Ccehurn-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist 3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. FOOD BANK-First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER-The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495- 8473. CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- en On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 am Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Department in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confid- ential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-201 I; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- uesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolda is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Progrmn is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in L, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the. Wise CO. Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 pm 2" d Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meeta at 6:00 pm 3  Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pro. GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel Singing will he held at 7 pm 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 the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are clients and answer questions at the combined in early December) at Ill[ll[l!ilJlll![l[lll[|! C,burn VFW Post from 9am-the Riverside Diner at 6 pm. , Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 i i Childrens Advocacy Cente meets Challenge Grant goal In November, the .Julie Christopher and Marge Connelly Foundation issued a $25,000 Challenge Grant to MEOC to support the valuable work of the Southwest Virginia Childrens Advocacy Center. This meant that if the community and MEOC could raise $25,000 in new funds by January 31, the Julie Christopher and Marge Connelly Foundation would contribute an additional $25,000 to the program. Thanks to the generous sup- port of the community we have met the challenge of raising over $25,000 which will add $50,000 to the Childrens Advocacy Center (CAC) budget this year. This greatly enhances our ability to continue providing services to child abuse victims. Support came from many sources, in- eluding a Speedway Childrens Charities grant, donations from local hospital auxiliaries, com- munity members, local govern- ment, organizations, businesses and community groups. Each do- nation was important in helping us to reach our goal and we are very appreciative of those who helped. The Challenge Grant was given to MEOC in honor of the retirement of past MEOC Exe- cutive Director Marilyn Pace Maxwell. These additional funds will assist the CAC in meeting the ever increasing needs of child victims of abuse and their families in our region. The CAC provides a child focused place where children can feel safe to deal with the abuse that they have experienced and learn .to heal. The center works with ot- her community partners to help meet the needs of these children and families while they are going through the investigafio and prosecution of child abus.e cases. A CAC can help imprrVe outcomes for a child, a family and our community. Farmers Market meeting The Clinch River Farmers Market will have the annual organizational meeting for the 2013 season on Tuesday, February 19 at the St. Paul Town Dante Rescue needed funds Dante Rescue Squad is an all-volunteer agency. The squad does not charge the individual nor do they charge the individ- ual's insurance for services provided. No member gets paid for anything that they do. Over the last year Dante Rescue Squad has been very successful. The squad has com- peted in district and state com- petitions. At the district level, the squad captured the district title for being the overall winner in basic life support and advanced life support competition. The squad was also Agency of the Year for 2012 by the Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council. This led the agency to receive the Governor's Agency of the Year for 2012. This award has never been won by any other agency in South- west Virginia. This is a very prestigious award. Dante Rescue Squad covers areas in Russell, Dickenson and Hall at 6:00 pm. , All current and interested farmers and vendors are urged t attend this very important meeting. Squad seekini Wise counties. In 2010 the sq .uad logged 438 responses with t.he Office. of Emergency Medical Services. In 2011, the squad had 622 responses. This past year the squad had 904 responses. The squad will respond wherever they are needed and often re- spond to calls to help neigh- boring agencies. To aid in this increase of calls, the agency built a second station approximately five years ago so ,that they could have faster response times in the far end of their service area. The agency is currently building a new building in the Dante area in order to better serve the area. This structure will replace the old building at Dante which became a financial burden to keep up. The new building will include a modem classroom, kitchen area, a day room, and two bunk rooms so that our members have the opportunity to (Continued on page 4) More about Aaron Nash & William Fields by Jerry C6ueh During his lifetime, Aaron Nash had accumulated over 3,000 acres of land located in Russell, Wise, and Scott Cou- nties. In the Castlewood area he had been regarded by his neighbors and business assoc- iates as a very wealthy man. Though otherwise an astute individual, Aaron Nash had unknowingly made a terrible error of judgment which sub- sequently threatenetl to take away much of what he had spent his life building up. Some years before, Aaron Nash had agreed to stand as surety' for a sheriff. At that time it was a common practice for someone of adequate means to guarantee and financially under- write the fiscal integrity of another person. This was be- cause there weren't very many surety brokerage companies in those days. Sheriffs were re- quired to be bonded because substantial sums of money often passed through their hands with little accounting or oversight. This was particularly true when a sheriff took possession of the estate of someone who had died without heirs or without leaving a will. Those of you who have been in business know that the most vulnerable moment in a transaction is when money is in the hands of a middleman. To Nash's dismay, the sheriff got into trouble, the dominoes fell, and suddenly Nash was called upon to pay for it all. A flood of lawsuits resulted. Monetary judgments began to rack up, eventually totaling over $10,000. Aaron Nash died before any of this tangled mess could be straightened out. The cash and personal assets he left behind couldn't begin to cover such demands. Those to whom money was owed were cla- moring for payment. William Fields was the son-in-law of Aaron Nash and also the executor of his estate. Because William Fields' children were Aaron Nash's heirs, he was trying his best to conserve the estate for their benefit. He was obviously stalling for time, hoping a solution would present itself before people began petitioning the courts for a liquidation sale of the Nash lands. Such a sale would have been disaster because a heavy percentage of the Nash property was not prime. Some of the more rugged tracts were only worth about $2 an acre. No one would have bid on that land at a forced sale. Instead, the estate would have been stripped of its best farming and grazing acres, leaving only a patchwork of unproductive rocky hillsides. But then William Fields had a piece of good luck. Since the Civil War, there had been talk of railroads coming to Russell and Wise Counties. The rumors grew stronger with the passage of years. People began to see strangers railroad agents representing the N & W Railway as well as the "Three C's" and the Southern Railway. These agents were all investigating potential rights of way. One day in 1889, a young attorney named William Elkanah Bums (see note) came to call on William Fields. Acting on be- half of a consortium of speculators which included Frank Stratton, J. C. Gent, and E. M. Fulton, Burns tendered an offer of $25,000 (see accom- panying photo) for the Gray Tract which Aaron Nash had purchased in 1876 for $7050.00. Since then, land hadn't increased very much in value. Fields later said that anyone buying the former Gray Farm for agri- cultural purposes wouldn't have offered no more than $8,000 to $10,000 for it. But Burns and the others believed this particular chunk of God's earth held great,promise as the site for a town. Thry were willing to pay a steep price to snatch it up before anyone else could do so. They even went so far as to post a bond to guarantee payment for the land. Fields let no grass grow under his feet. He petitioned the court to permit the sale to go through since it would ulti- mately benefit his children. Money from the sale would pay the Nash debts, leaving enough money to improve the home farm. It would also provide money for the education of the Fields children. At that time Kate Fields was 15 years of age and attending Sullins College in what is now Bristol. William was 18 and lived in Biacksburg where he attended the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. And Charles Fields, age 20, was living in Travis County, Texas for health rea- sons. It's ,possible William Fields would never have sold the land upon which St. Paul was built if he hadn't been desperate for money; It was random - or was it? Nothing in St. Paul's history and development has been easy or a sure thing. People took: risks, spent money they didn' t have, got in way over their heads, and often failed at what they were attempting to ac- complish. But somehow it all came together and a town started to grow upon the spot, much as morel mushrooms might pop up under an apple tree. The old Fields homeplac,. "Locust Hill" still overlooks Old Castlewood. No one has lived there for years. Those who knew the house in its better days remember it as a fine looking place. At a time when most Russell County homes featured wooden shake shingles, the" Fields house boasted one of the area's first standing-seam tin (or "terne') roofs. Perhaps one day the home will be returned to its former glory. NOTE: William Elkanah Bums was an attorney who was associated With the development of Cleveland, Va. and Coebum, Va. In later years he became a judge and lived at Lebanon, Va. To his credit, the towns he envisioned and helped create live on today. .re hd and firmly bound unto  Conlmlth of Virti in I 111111 O. ...... ./."1 TM, . to the payment wheretO, well and truly m be made to the raid Cealmaewealth of Wugilt we bind ourselves and each of ua, our and end* ofour helnt, exeento, and ndminZ.'muoea, and severally, firmly by thee presents, hereby waiving the benegt of our Homestead E.xemptloRs: as to this obligation, and aw/ claim or right to dlacharge any llabl'l to 11 Commenwasllh: arksiag under this bond, or by virtue of said office, post or trust, with oUq.LmS de from bonds of this State. .Sealed with oar reals, and dated thla ....... /.'7'. ...... day of . . " . ,e-- - // ,f.