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Vol. L, No. 8 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' " Thursday, February 21, 2008 .ll " II Saint Paul, Virginia 50c unity fl e high ranking that all three of Wise County's small schools-- St. Paul, Pound and Appalachia- -have earned from USA Today. St. Paul resident and busi- nessman Allen Gregory told the Board that he considers educa- tion to be an investment, not an expense, and that investments in our children can pay big dividends. SPHS graduate and former teacher Peggy Jordan Austin commented to the Board that she doesn't understand why St. Paul High School must be closed in order to provide other communities in the county with new buildings. She asked the Board to keep SPHS open and W'se C The Wise County School Board, meeting Monday in a session postponed from Februa- ry 11, heard a number of op- ponents of school consolidation- -and one proponent--during a public comment period that lasted about an hour and a quarter. The session was conducted before an audience which filled the large meeting room at the Wise County Education Center. A large delegation from St. Paul's Voice for Community Schools, most of whom were dressed in purple and/or gold, Voice for attended the meeting, and 14 members of that group ad- ATTEND SEMINAR Jerry McClure, left, owner of Clinch River Ford, St. Paul; dressed the School Board from /sad sses communities. SPHS graduate Gloria Meade Annarelli contrasted her expe- riences at large consolidated schools with her senior year at St. Paul High School, and said that SPH S provided all ~the nurturing and attention that she missed at the large schools. Tony Aunarelli spoke to the Board about states in which consolidation has failed to pro- duce all or any of the benefits its citizens were promised. St. Paul Elementary student Terry Burton spoke in support of community schools, and asked for a show of hands among the eight School Board members as to how many had Jason Barnes, right, G;eneral Manager of Clinch River Ford; and Kathy Mays, a variety of perspectives, each preserve the Town itself, been inside each of the county's Office Manager of Cliinch River Ford, second from right, recently attended a of which rejected consolidation Another SPHS graduate, six high schools. Three Board seminar for new dealerrs in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford Motor Company conducted as a possible solution to the Peyton Gregory, told the Board members raised their hands. the four days of meetings and facility tours, whtch focused on customer satisfaction, probleins that the School Board that her education at the two St. SPHS graduate Terry VenciI, feels it is facing. Paul public schools prepared her a teacher at SPHS and the They were greeted by ]Bill Ford, second from left, Chief Executive Officer of the SPHS student Drew Mullins, very well for higher education, mentor of St. Paul's nationally Ford Motor Company. assisted by three other students, earning, as she did, a bachelor's recognized Team Estonoa, told presented each Board member degree from the University of the Board that it would "break Clinch River Ford officials attend seminar Jerry McClure, owner of Clinch River Ford, along wdth Jason Barnes, General Manag;er, and Kathy Mays, Off'rice Manager, recently returned fr(om an-intensive four-day semimar As part of the seminar, deal- ers had a tour of an assembly plant to see for themselves how quality is built into every new car and truck, that process assisted by Ford management part oi the Ford Motor Com- pany family," said McClure. "It helped me better understand how closely the company and the dealers are connected in doing a good job for the people who drive the products we sell with copies of about 250 stu- Kentucky and a Master's degree dent-written letters in support of in reading' from the University leaving St. Paul High School as of Virginia. She returned to her it is. community, she said, in order to Others who spoke included try to give back some of what Bob Harrison, who spoke on she received as a student. behalf of the St. Paul Industrial Jim Short, who served as Development Authority.He dis- principal of St. Paul High her heart" to see St. Paul closed. Having taught in a much larger school, she said that as a teacher of much smaller classes at St. Paul, she can give much more time to each student. Several people from Pound for dealers in Dearborn, Mic[hi- and UAW workers sharing cussed some of the difficulties School for 20 years prior to his and Appalachia also spoke and service." St. Paul has in attracting new retirement, and who is a about keeping their community 'gan'by FordTheMotoreVentcompany.Was sponsorred teamwork.Cerumen goals and encouraging- Jerry-McClure has operated businesses, such as not having a member of the St. Paul Town schools as they are. The seminar discussed wmys to meet or exceed customer ex- pectations and to help those cms- tomers to be more complettely satisfied every time they wisit the dealership to shop, to buy or lease a new or used vehicle, or toget their existing velaiicle serviced. Ford executives were in- volved with dealers through out the seminar, and a variety of Clinch River Ford since August, motel, but said the one thing we r Council, spoke on the value of Only one person, Danny the small community-based Stallard, who lost a bid for a school, as did Blake Whitenack, School Board seat several years "Attending this seminar gave me a gr$ a t feel!ng about being 2007. DO have is our excellent Castlewood High School to Debbie Baca, chairman of the Voice for Community Schools host beauty pageant on 3/29 The "Miss March" Beauty p.m. Pageant, held to benefit the The event will have age March of Dimes, will be held appropriate divisions for girls Saturday, March 29, at Castle- ages birth to 19 years. wood High School. All proceeds will benefit the programs that Ford provides; to Registration for the eventMarch of Dimes. support dealership actions w~ere will begirt at 3:30 ~.m and the For more information, call ~'~ hig'hK~~'tcd. t (a g eant ltSetl ~!il begin at 5 Nikki Hicks, 276-762-0032) II . I [ III . P,A-Sandays and Tuesdays: Big N orton. Volunteers needed--train- SUPPORT GROUP need of food ~ wdcoem. Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcolmi insg available. Call 1-800-572- Women survivors of sexual as- COMMUNITY CENTER Church; Wednesdays:. Wise, S 2227S. sault am invited to attend Clinch The West Dame Community p.m Trinity United Metbodist S~gNIORCITIZENS Valley Community Action, Inc./ C,~tertse ~at7p.ra, fintMon- Church; Fridays: Oiatwood, 7:30 . .7.The Castlewood Senior Citi- Family Crisis Services" support days, For mote iofotmati(m, call p.m Clintwood United Metbo- z ~ns meet at 10a.m. W~aeadays group meeting with victims of 49S-7026or495-g473. distChareh, art the Castl wood Lions Den. similar situations Mondays, 10:30 CLOTBESCLOSET COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- Amyone 6O or over is invited, a.m.-12 noon. For information, The Women On Mission group TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 The Dante Senior Citizens call Rande Hackler, 276-988- at Fi~t~Chorch,St. Paul, p.m school cafeteria, mteet each Monday and Tuesday 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- opuns a ~ Clmet from 9-I I ST. PAUl, IDA BOARI~Foorth at: 10 a.m at the Dante Fire De- 8206. " am. T~sd~ffs. Anyone who l~ll.ndays, 7 p.m St. Paul Town patrtmeat. Russell Cmmty resi- VEC OFFICE needs c~ is wdcome. d~nts 60 or older are invited. The Virginia Employment Corn- FREE mv TESTING ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- R!USSELL CO, LIBRARY mission's Norton office hours are Health I~ in the Lmm- S~ot~d Mondays, 6 pro Town Hours at the Russell County 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. wised l-R~flth' District offer free Hail. Pmbhe Library, Lebanon, are FREE ADULT ED coafideat~ HIV testing tl~ RUSSELL COUNTY W&SA- 1V~Tu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 Free adult education classes are out the yem. For i~ffommtion, The Russell County Water & Se- a.~m.-5 p.m.; Sa 10 a.m.-2 p.m available in lee, Scott and Wise Wise Comity, 318-8000; Lee Co. wase A~ l~ord of Dire~ MATrHEWS LIBRARY counties and the City of Norton. Health Dept 276-346-2011; or Hours at the J. Fred Matthcws Daytime and evening classes for Sxorr Co. Health Dept .276- tor~ 6 p.m. ~ Mondays. Memorial Library, St. Pad, are 9 adults who want to improve their 386-1312. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- a.~m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wedaes- basic skills. Instructors also assist FREE GED CLASSES c~.~ Tunsday, 1 p.m Appala- chays/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 adults with job-related skills in- Free GEl) classes m'e offered at Asancy for Senior Cilizans offie~,cl~th'lI. Fn~. a:m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and cludingresume writing and inter- the Oxbow Family Investment NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Thursdays. See Library forviewing. For details, call 1-800- Center, St. Paul, Mondays mad sp~inl program scheduk-s. 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12 Tuesds~ and Saturdays, g p.m, DICKENSON-BUNDY 1~ Choreh, Norton. TRANSPORTATION noon. Glunna McReynolds is CASTLEWOOD LODGE The Dickunson-Bandy Log The Appalachian Agenoj for teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. /r/,31-Stated me~ will be held House is ope~ weekly Thorsdays, Senior Citizens provides disabili- JAM SESSION tim tl~rd Saturday of each mooth. Fridays and Saturdays, 11-4, and ty transportation services in Buc- Dante Lives On will host a Jam The ~ of ~ will he Sundays I-5 p.m. hanan, Dickenson, Russell and Session at 6 p.m. first Fridays at held ~ ftmt~ ~ at 7. SOCIAL SECURITY Tazewell counties to individuals the old Pittsten building in Dante. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Se- The Wise Social Seemity Office with disabilities, regardless of All musicians and other interested eond Tl~ 7:30 p.m Star- is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 age. Call 1-888-656-2272, persons am invited to attend. ed ~; First Thur~ a.m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers are I- GENEALOGY GROUP GED ONLINE day, 7 p.m Scbool of~. 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. The Russall County Genealogy The Regional Adult Education POST #$6b'2, DAV CltlLDREN'SPnOGRAMS Group meets at 5:30 p.m. first Program is offering free GEl) CHAPTER 12--4th Tu~, 7 J. Fred Matthews Memorial Thursdays at the Russell County Classesonline. This service is for pro VFW, Rivervie~, Codmm. Library, St. Paul, ~ special Public Library, Lebanon. The qualifying and adult learners, with HEAD START-Wise CoJNot- programs for children. Call 762- Group's purpose is "to learn, to or without their own home corn- ton/ ~ Co. Had Start 9702 for infmmmioa, share and to perpetuate family put~s, in lee, Scott and Wise Board, ~ Tuesdays. Head Start LIBRARY FRIENDS history." For information, call counties and the City of Norton. Ctmn~'l, s ~nd Tuesdays. Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Sunset Salyers, 276-889-0437. For more infommtion, call GED NEIGllDORS AID-TI~ Memorial Lthcary, St. Paul, meet JOIN THE FRIENDS On- line Co-ordinator Marci 9.30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- at the Libtmy on third Tuesdays Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- Gore, !-800-422-3433 (in Scott bors Aid Build-ins, new & used at 4:30 p.m. thews Memorial Library and hdp County, 386-2433). lcthuq~ fat rule. VFW POST 9~64 promote the improvement of faei- GED TESTING RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF ~ Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- lities and services of the library. GED Testing is available Mon- SUPERVlSORS-Fi~t Monday, ~ams new n%wnhers. If you ~ nm~, eddress and phor~ day through Thursday and on 6 p.m ~ served oversens dor~ any war, number, with a $5 ~hip Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- OL~FIELD LODGE ff2~- write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- native Ed,ucation Canter, Wise. Stated Communi~ Ist Satin-" 1.419, Lebanon, VA 24266, and rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, Call 276-328-8612 for more 7".30; School of ~~ name, eddr~a aml phone P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA information concerning GED '1~ 7 p~a n~umher. Transfers welcomed. 24283. Make checks payable to testing. TOPS 343 COEBURN-Thors- EIEALTH SERVICES Friends of the J. Fred Matthows IN CONTROL PROGRAMS day~, 10 a.m Old Domin~ Po- The Wise Coanty Health De- Memorial Library. wet Co C~. p~rtmant, Wise, is open from 8 EASTERN STAR RECOVERY GROUP-The a m -8 p.m. first Thoredays. Cli- Clinch Valley Choptet #152, ~/ise County M~ntul Health Cen- hales will be offered in family Ord~ of Eastern Star, ~s each ter conducts a recovmy group for p*launing, pediatrics, school and fourth Tuesday, except for March substar~e abusers and families adult #aymc~ls, WIC, Paps mad and December, when the meet- Fridays at 10 a.m. Call 276-679- inmarmizatious. Ap~ts are ings are on the second Tuesday. 0810. mecessmy for all but imm~niza- All meetings are at 7:30 pm. VETERANS' CLAIMS Dickenson County-Oscar In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 p.m, 2nd Mondays. ALL STAR CAMP Applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp, an invitation only camp. Boys and girls ages 10-19 am eligible to apply. Past participants include Michael Jackson and Tim Dun- can. Locations include Blacks- burg, VA, Lebanon, TN, and others. Call 704-373-0873. THRIF'I" STORE The Tbrifl St6re at the old Clinchtield building, Dante, is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am.-2 p.m. Items maybe donated or purchased. Proceeds go to the Dante Clean Up Crew DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 5 p.m. on 2rid Tuesdays at the old Clinchfield Office building. A Community Meeting is fourth Tuesdays at 6 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION The Book Discussion group of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- rary meets at 6 p.m. fourth Thursdays at the Riverside Diner. The next meeting will he held on Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835- 8847 uiahts. Coehum-A Department of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and unswer questions at the Coelmm VFW Post from 9 a.m.-3:30 pro. every third Thursday. No setwices will be available in Coeburn in June: Russell County-Disuh4ed Ame- rican Veterans Sennee Officer Perry Johnson will assist veterans in filing claims third Tuesdays from 2-3:30 pm. at the R~II County Public Library, Lebanon. Russell County-American Legion Post 208 Post Service Officer Todd Salyer can assist with veterans' claims, records and family assistarw.e. Call him at 276-889-5884 or 276-274-6588. FOOD BANK ACOA MEETING-Adult Child,- tiions. For an appoint-munL call ten of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7t62-328-8000. 7 p.m First BaptistC'hurch, Coe- WACILITIES AVAILABLE burn. Call 762-0016, 276-395-. The Tacoma Cormnanity Center 6588 or 276-679-7371. i~s available for reunions, birth- nANTE/WEST DANTE-Corn- days and showers. All proceeds munity meeting, 7 p.m second raehabilitate the Tacoma School as Mondays, Dante Communfly at Community Center. For Building. Call 495-7007 for more imfonnatioo, call 395-6398. information. II00TH BIRTHDAY? LI'I'I'LE LEAGUE Appalachian Agency for Senior The Clinch River Little League Citizcm recognizes ~ in Board meets at 4 p.m. third Ressell. Dickeuson, Bachamm Sundays at the UMWA Building amd Tazewell counties who are in Castlewood. All interested lt00 years old or older. Call Dana persons are invited to attend. Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- NEIGHRORHOODWATCH wi~ AASC of any upcoming The Dante Neighborhood Watch ll00th~ birthday. S~CHOOL POLICIES Program will meet at 7 p.m.on The Wise County School sccon-d"~n -Iays at the Dante [Board maintains a Policy Mantml Commanity Building. Call 495- ,which is available to the public in 7007 for information, tthe library of each school and iu H.O.P.E. HOUSE eeach county public library. H:O.P.E. House provides emer- Copies of the Russell County gency shelter for victims of do- SSchool Board Policy Manual have First Bapttst Church, St. Paul, Thursday, February 28, at 6 p.m. n~stic violence in Wise, Russell, bbecn placed in the office and the operates a Food Bank each Tues- Members will discuss The Diekenson, Lee, Scott and Butt- ' ltibrary of each school, and at the day from 9- I I a.m at the church. Maltese I;alcon by Dashiell anan counties and the City of l~Russell County Public Library. Donations are welcomed. All in HammeR. Steering Committee and an SPHS graduate, reiterated earlier comments to the Board concerning research which shows that consolidation isn't the answer to problems in edu- cation, and presented some new information to them. : Suzy I4~rrison, president of th~ St. Paul High ~cho01 Alumni Association, spoke 0f Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 who served as principal of St. Paul Elementary School prior to his retirement. Ann Gregory, St. Paul busi- ness owner and former School board member, said that since whatever decision the Board makes will have an impact on all six of our communities for several decades, she urged all eight Board members to hold a -public .hearing concerning the situation in each of the six. ago, spoke in favor of consoti- dation. Saying that the county needs only two-schools-and that the kids would love it, Stallard received a chorus of laughter from the crowd. The Board has not an- nounced when it plans to make a decision about whether to reno- vate, replace several individual schools or to consolidate. No vote was taken on any of those issues on Monday. :: ZL.L~L, IT'S JUST AROUND THE CORNER! In preparation for the upcoming baseball season, Clinch River Little League Board members Larry Hicks, left, and Dave Osborne are pictured as they worked on upgrading the interior of the concession stand at Ma Whitenack Little League Field in St. Paul. Opening Day for the League is Saturday, April 12. CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY TruPoint Bank, St. Paul, celebrated Valentine's Day on Thursday, February 14, with its own special Customer Appreciation Day. The observance featured a table full of goodies, as well as some pens and other items, for its customers and visitors during the day. Blake WhitenaclG St. Paul, is pictured. ii i "'-,~1 I I "--~---I