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Vol. LVIII, No. 8 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street ~ Shelton WA 98584 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, February 25, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia Y. !rgi PRESS 50 cents At their regular meeting held on Thursday, February 18, 2016, the St. Paul Town Council approved an inter- municipal agreement with Wise County to administer a VDOT grant inthe amount of $1,243,945 for the use in reconstructing portions of downtown St. Paul's roads, storm sewer sidewalk, curb, and gutter. The Town of St. Paul has also been awarded funds from the Virginia Department of Health to replace .downtown water lines and a grant from Rural Development for downtown sewer and West Hills sewer. The expected start date on the West Hills portion of this project is early fall. Council also approved the engineering contract with Mattern & Craig for the VDOT proj- ect. Charlotte Mullins, inter- im director of Spearhead Trails, spoke to the Council about their plans for a per- manent office and expressed an interest in IDA property on Johnnie Ramey Drive. Mayor Fletcher and the Town Council expressed their willingness to work with Spearhead Trails any way possible, and advised them to make a request to the IDA regarding a possible site. Kitty Barker, Director of Heart of Appalachia, said they will be very aggressive with their mar- keting campaign to pro- mote our region as a desti- nation. She and others are attending trade shows to promote the motorcycle trails and ATV trails. They are designing a new visi- tor's guide for this year, as well as boosting their social media. St.' Paul is designated as one of four trail towns and will be pro- meted in all areas of their marketing campaign. The Town Council voted unani- mously to contribute $2500 this year to help with the marketing expenses. Kathy Stewart announced that Main Street has received a $2500 grant to do a feasibility study on a private downtown prop- erty. Through Virginia Main Street, Ms. Stewart is working with architect Frazier & Associates to design wayfinding signs for downtown. She said they will be working on two gateway signs off of Highway 58, one smaller sign on Rt. 63, and walking maps. Mayor Fletcher com- mended the town crew for an excellent job of keeping our town streets clear dur- ing the recent bad Weather. He said the new equipment recently purchased has helped tremendously. The mayor also announced that the Town has received $6,700 from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for reimbursemejat of expenses paid during the March 2015 freeze and flood. Councilman Kelly asked that the lights on the right side of the underpass be repaired as soon as pos- sible. Mr. Carter said he will get started on that proj- ect. At the request of the Town Treasurer, the Council voted unanimous- ly to transfer $100,000 from the general fund to the water & sewer fund. The cash fl0w in the gener- al fund coming in from taxes and licenses is~ in a position to help the nega- tive cash flow currently in " the water and sewer funds. After a closed session, the Council adjourned. Spearhead Trails interested in IDA property on Johnnie Ramey Drive The Blue Devil Drama Team won Conference 48 Championship, while in the forensics category CHS received 7 first places, 5 seconds, 2 thirds, 1 fourth and 2 fifth places. Congratulations! Story on page 8. At the regular IDA meeting on Monday night, Chris Sturgill of Spearhead Trails, talked to the St. Paul IDA about the groups' interest in IDA property located on Johnnie Ramey Drive. Mr. Sturgill said they are looking at proper- ty to serve as a permanent home for Spearhead Trails. The IDA tract they have considered is approximate- ly two acres adjacent to the back of Dollar O,= ~, Ial.The plan would be to build a facility that would have office space, a retail store, and a place for riders to relax. They would also like to construct a building for storage and maintenance of their equipment. Mr. Sturgill said St. Paul is a central location to the four Spearhead Trails in our region. Chairman Harrison advised that the board would take this request into consideration. The IDA Board voted unanimously to contribute $1,000 to the marketing campaign for the Heart of Appalachia. At their last meeting, Director Kitty Barker had made a request for a contribution to help cover the costs of attending out of state trade shows, a new brochure promoting outdoor adventures in southwest Virginia, improvement in their social media promotions, and several other marketing strategies. After a closed session, n:. business was conducted and me meeting adjourned. d ~ ti • • • AA-Sundays and Thursdays, 7:30; Tuesdays: Big StoneSchool of Instruction Gap, 8 pro, Episcopal third Thursdays, 7 pm Church. Tuesdays: St. R E C O V E R Y Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul GROUP-The Wise United MethodistCounty Mental Health Church. Wednesdays: Center conducts a Wise, 8 pm, Trinity recovery group for sub- United Methodiststance abusers and faro- Church. Fridays: ilies Fridays at 10 am Clintwo0d, 7:30 pro,Ca11276-679-0810. Clintwood United ACOA MEETING-' Methodist ChurcK Adult Children of ST. PAUL IDA Alcoholics meet B O A R D - F o u r t h " Mondays, 7 pro, First Mondays, 6 pro, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pro, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pro, 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-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pro, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pro, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pro, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st Tuesday; Closed Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm Thursday and Friday. Saturday Closed. Sunday Closed. DICKENSON- BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays through Saturdays, 10-3., and Sundays 12-4 pro. SOCIAL SECURI- TY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays fro0a Coeburn. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num- 0016, 276-395-6588 or bers are 1-800-772- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. L1TILE LEAGUE- L I B R A R Y The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends of League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. Ma Whitenack Little Paul meet at the Library League Field. All inter- on first Thursdays at 4 ested persons are invit- pro. ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- H.O.P.E. HOUSE-VFW • Post 9864, H.O.P.E. House pro- Lebanon, welcomes vides emergency shel- new members. If you ter for victims of served overseas during domestic violence in any war, write VFW Wise, Russell,Post 9864, P.O. Box Dickenson, Lee, Scott 1419, Lebanon, VA and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, and the City of Norton. address and phone Volunteers needed- number. Transfers wel- training available. Call corned. 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise ZENS-The Castle-County Health wood Senior CitizensDepartment, Wise, is meet at 10 am open from 8am-8pm Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. Castlewood Lions Denl Clinics will be Anyone 60 or over is offered in family plan- invited, ning, pediatrics, school The Dante Senior and adult physicals, Citizens meet each WIC, Paps and immu- Monday and Tuesday at n i z a t i o n s . 10 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- Department. Russell essary for all but immu- County residents 60 or nizations. For an older are invited, appointment, call 762- RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. LIBRARY-Hours at the F A C I L I T I E S Russell County Public AVAILABLE-The Library, Lebanon,• are Tacoma Community Tue &Thur 10am-8pm; Center is available for Wed & Fri 10am- reunions, birthdays and 5:30pro; Sat 10-3pro. showers. Closed Sun & Men. All proceeds reha- M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a Community J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- Memorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- 6pro Mondayi DAY-Al~palachian 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656- 2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100th birthday. S U P P O R T GROUP-Women sur- vivors 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 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 including resume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422- 3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTA- TION- The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens pro- vides disability trans- portation 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 County Public Library, Lebanon. Group purpose is "tO learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 by Jerry Couch This week, instead of a story from the past, I'd like to share a couple of very important things with you that pertain to the present day. ST. PAUL ELEMEN- TARY SCHOOL NEEDS YOUR HELP ---- Recently, a company that publishes educational books for children found itself overstocked. A por- tion of these books were offered to St. Paul Elementary School free of charge, but with a stipula- tion- the school must pay the shipping costs. The total shipping cost for the books is approxi- mately $275.00 So far the school has been able to raise about $200 of that sum. Can you help provide the remainder? I have con- tributed to' this project and the Clinch Valley Times has contributed as well. We would never ask you to do something we haven't done. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade' uti- lize these-books in the school's reading improve- ment program. Because • the books are sold in case lots, extras not used at the school are shared with the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library for its young readers program. Books are also given to students to take home and keep. This is vitally• impor- tant because it has been proven that children who have reading material at home become better read- ers and are more successful in school. I am sure you'll agree the children of our community deserve the best possible start in life we can give them. Consider this: If even a fraction of the people who read my history articles contributed just one dollar 9 there would be more than the Kinney Center for enough money to support Autism Education and this program through the Support, which is part of remainder of the year. If S J U you'd like to help, please . ( send your contribution to St. Paul Elementary School, 3200 Deacon Drive, St. Paul, VA 24283. ST. JOSEPH'S UNI- VERSITY STUDENTS TO ARRIVE MARCH 5th -- For the past five years, students from St. Joseph's University (SJU) in Philadelphia, PA have been coming to Southwest Virginia as participants in their school's Appalachian Experience (APEX) pro- gram. Instead of heading to the beach and warmer temperatures, these stu- dents choose to spend their spring break in Southwest Virginia. This year, on March 5th they will return - thirty of them, along with two facilitators. I am happy to tell you their visit is always one of the high points of my year. While they are here, the students will engage in var- ious people-oriented proj- ects. So .... if you need some help with home repairs, yard work, paint- ing, or want that raggedy old sofa hauled to the dump, the students will be glad to do it for you free of charge. This is not charity. The students enjoy meeting local people, talking to them, hearing stories of their lives, understanding what it is like to live in a rural area vs. an urban area. By interacting with them; you are meeting them halfway - because you have become a part of their education. This year, some of the SJU students will conduct presentations about autism at our local schools. The students involved in this • project are associated with They are either enrolled in SJU's Autism Studies pro- gram or serve as volunteers at the Kinney Center. At the center, these students are making a difference in the lives of others every day. Instead of wishing for or talking about a better world, they're using their time and energy to create one. Currently, there are chil- dren enrolled in every local school who are affected by autism. Statistical infor- mation colleCted by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in 2012 indicated that approx- imately 1 in 68 children were affected by autism. spectrum disorder. Because these numbers have been steadily increas- ing, it's likely even more children are affected today. Autism consists of a broad range of indicators and not every autistic person will exhibit all of them. This is just one reason why educa- tion is so important. There was a time when autism was not understood very well and as a conse- quence, some autistic indi- viduals were considered "retarded" or "hopeless" and placed in institutions. That is no longer the case. The key to continued progress is understanding and education - something• we all need. So far, a number of proj- ects have been scheduled for the SJU students during the week of March 7th through March llth, but additional projects can be added. Next week I'll share more details. In the meantime, if you need some help or more infor- mation, please call Glenda Lane at 276-762-5297.