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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, February 25, 2016 Page 5 students distribute meals Firearm on school property i : ii On Saturday, February Virginia Cooperative laughter, tears, family pho- 13th, seven carloads of Extension Service instruct- tographs, and stories from teens and community vol-ed 52 students and commu- the past. We met members unteers braved single-digit nity volunteers in correct of our community and temperatures, snow flur-methods of food process-reunited with friends. ties, and icy conditions to ing and preservation. "Hats off" to those who deliver 100 meals door-to- Working as a team, Donnabraved the elements, but door to community resi- and the group produced gained more than could dents. Each Meal-in-A- 847 containers of food for ever be expressed. Bag was filled with a well- distribution. In addition,The next Meal-In-A- balanced collection of members of Morning Star Bag delivery will take pasta sauce, noodles, a Church donated packaged place in March. Volunteers vegetable, a fruit, and noodles for Saturday's are always welcome and paper goods, drive, we would appreciate The drive was made Beproud] Aneffortlike names of community mem- possible by so many peo-this one demonstrates the bers who would enjoy a pie! The Russell County quality of the youth at visit and a meal that will Board of Supervisors fully Castlewood High School. include homemade tomato supported the students' During sessions of the soup, crackers, vegetables, efforts to raise community After School program andfruit, and paper goods. For awareness of the nutrition- during snow days the stu- more information, visit the al and economic benefits of dents committed their time "Castlewood High School the Castlewood Cannery. to prepare for this event Official Page" on .,At the cannery, Donna and makeithappen. Facebook, or contact Meade Of the Russell So much wasleamed on Sherry Allen at County office of the Saturday as we shared sallen@russell.kl2.va.us Russell County Extension News The Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia Division presents this week's Extension News. "\ Extension Calendar of Events: State Extension February 29 Abingdon Feeder Cattle Association's Annual Meeting Washington County Fairgounds - 6:30 pm March 7 Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) Producer Meeting -- Abingdon, VA March 26 Virginia BCIA Performance Tested Bull Sale Bull Sale Barn - Exit 77 - Wytheville, VA March 28 VQA Feeder Calf Sale 6 pm Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction March 29 Abingdon Feeder Cattle Association's Spring Bull Sale 7:00 pm - Tti-State Market in Abingdon If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056. SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE Abingdon Feeder Cattle Association's Annual Meeting The Annual Meeting of the Abingdon Feeder Cattle Association's VQA Consignors will be held on Monday, February 29th at 6:30 pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Along with a good dinner, we will discuss: Feeding for maximum weight gains without excess fat. Heifers - how soon wil! they breed? Calves that don't match - why the graders take some calves out of the sale. VQA Sale preparation reminders Spring Bull EPD's & AFCA Bull Sale The Annual Meeting is a great time to learn about the VQA Sales and to make plans for the upcoming year. I hope that all VQA Consignors can attend. Please call the Extension Office to let us know that you are coming! (276.889.8056) SAVE MONEY - SOIL TEST Soil testing is one of our most important agronomic tools for determining crop nutrient needs. Soil testing evaluates the fertility of the soil to determine the basic amounts of lime and fertilizer to apply. On most livestock farms in Southwest Virginia, no management practice will have more long term effects on production (both milk and meat) than a good soil fertility program. PRODUCTION FIELDS Perennial pastures need to be sampled at least once every three years. The most common fertility problem in Virginia's mountain pastures is low phosphorus. Soil testing can help diagnose this problem and provide levels for supplementation (#/Acre). Applying phosphate to soils capable of increased production (with low nutrient levels) encourages the growth of white clover. Clover will stimulate grass production (with the nitrogen it produces) and it will also improve the intake and digestibility of the forage mixture. Hay and row crop fields need to be tested annually. To get the most benefit for you fertilizer dollar, use the soil test report recommendation to make a customized fertilizer application. All commercial fertilizer dealers have the capability of mix- ing fertilizer to meet the specific needs of your soils. Many times our familiar blends (10-10-10 and 19-19-19) don't always match up to the nutrients levels that need to be supplied for Optimum crop growth. By soil testing and blending fertil- izer, we can adjust the levels of nutrients for maximize crop growth. HOME GARDENING Soil testing is a valuable tool for the home gardener. Whether a 100 acre field or a backyard garden, analyzing the soil can help us provide plants the optimum amounts of nutrients for growth, save money, and protect the environment. Fertilizer recommendations for gardens are adjusted from pounds per acre to pounds per 100 square feet. By adjusting the rate, it is very easy to accurately sup- ply the nutrients needed for fruits and vegetables. Before spending money on lime and fertilizer, take a soil test to accurately diag- nose the nutrient needs of your soils. For soil test kits or help interpreting soil test results, please contact the Extension Office (889-80565. Listed below are some tips for taking a "good" soil sample: Stay away from areas close to farm roads Avoid animal feeding areas used during winter Sample to a depth of 4 inches for pastures and meadows. For conventionally tilled (plowed) row crops, sample to the depth of the plow layer Use a clean, plastic bucket to collect samples Take soil from 8 to 10 different areas in the field or garden Mix soil together and fill the soil sample box. The Russell County Extension Unit -- Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell -- is located on135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at www.ext.vt.edu/ On the evening of The investigationDepartment Chief Mark A. Wednesday, February 3, revealed that the firearm Mitchell stated that, "this 2016, law enforcement was a.22 caliber pistolthat case has been quite frus- agencies were notified of a belonged to Russell trating. Our investigation firearm being located on County School Board has resulted in two juve- school property by the Member Charles Collins. niles being charged as a Superintendent for Russell The firearm was found byresult of a firearm being on County Public Schools. the students inside Collins' school property that the The school where the personal vehicle, which juveniles did not bring to firearm was found was the had been brought to the the school." Russell County Career and Career and Technical C o m m o n w e a 1 t h's Technology Center, located School to be worked on by Attorney Brian K. Patton in Lebanon, Virginia. the students at the school, stated that, "this was cer- The Town of Lebanon The investigation further tainly a unique set of cir- Police Department served revealed that Collins' vehi- cumstances wherein the as the lead agency on the cle was driven on to school person who transported the investigation because the property by another person gun to school property and school is located in the unaware of the presence of made it possible for the Town Limits. Based on the the firearm and was not students to possess it is not investigation, two juvenile charged with a criminal being criminally charged." students were charged with offense since he did notPatton further stated, Possession of Firearm on knowingly transport the "however, the law will riot School Property for their firearm on to school prop- allow someone to be con- actions of handling the erty. Collins was likewise victed of this crime unless firearm and it being point- not charged with any crim- he or she does it knowing- ed at another student. The inal offense as he was not ly." offense date for the charges the person that brought the Since the investigation is Tuesday, February 2, firearm on to school prop- remains ongoing, no fur- 2016, the day the firearm erty. ther details of the case can was found on school prop- Lebanon Police be released at this time. erty. Virginia Main Street grants announced including $2,500 for St. Paul Tomorrow Funding includes down- town investment and financial feasibility grants Governor McAuliffe announced $150,000 in Virginia Main Street fund- ing for 10 projects in Virginia. The grants, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), include Downtown Investment Grants (DIG) and Financial Feasibility Grants targeting areas of specific need in historic downtown neighborhoods located in designated Virginia Main Street com- munities. Through the communities it serves, the Virginia Main Street Program has generated more than $716 million dollars in private invest- ments and also created 15,621 jobs. Speaking at the announcement at an event in Richmond, Governor McAuliffe said, "These grants will create jobs and provide a needed boost to communities that are work- ing hard to revitalize his- toric downtown neighbor- hoods. Virginia is home to so many cities and towns that are ready to thrive as centers of tourism and commerce. I am proud to partner with them and help make every Virginia Main Street a better place to live, work and start a business." Through the Downtown Investment Grants, $112,500 will be awarded to Main Street organiza- tions in the designated communities of the towns of Bedford, Bristol, Culpeper, Luray, Marion and Staunton. These grants are available to designated Main Street organizations to accelerate the economic revitalization of their downtown districts by helping implement innova- tive strategies, plans and programs that create an environment for increased, accelerated private invest- ment. A total of $37,500 in Financial Feasibility Grants will be awarded to the Main Street organiza- tions in the towns of Altavista, Blackstone, Hopewell and St. Paul. These grants are intended to assist owners of "white elephant" buildings identi- fy their highest and best use and fund development of preliminary engineering reports, preliminary archi- tecture reports, market demand studies and gap- financing research. These grants often lead to more prompt redevelopment and leverage private invest- ment. "In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have sparked more than $148 million in private investment in their ,districts," said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. "By pro- viding funding for down- town improvement pro- jects, we will continue to bring new life to these his- toric downtown communi- ties and encourage eco- nomic growth and contin- ued private and public investment." In 1985, DHCD adopted the Main Street program for Virginia to help prevent downtown districts across the Commonwealth from economic decline and pos- sible demolition. This unique program works to re-energize economic development of downtown communities while utiliz- ing their cultural assets and character. This is further accomplished by pooling the resources of their local civic and business leaders who are determined to bring their Main Street communities back to life. The innovative Four-Point Approach program uses design, promotion, eco- nomic restructuring and organization to reach their goal to help localities build better communities. Virginia Main Street works with 25 designated com- munities throughout Virginia. 2016 Virginia Main Street Downtown Investment Grants: Bedford Main Street, Building Improvement Revolving Loan Program, $ 20,000; Believe in Bristol, Downtown Bristol Wayfinding System, $ 20,000; Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., Urban Plaza Transformation, $12,500; Luray Downtown Initiative, Brown Building/Bridge Theater Project, $15,000; Marion Downtown Revitalization Association, Building Improvement Revolving Loan Program, $ 20,000; Staunton Downtown Development Association, Shop. Staunton. First., $ 25,000. 2016 Virginia Main Street Financial Feasibility Grants: Altavista On Track, 616 Broad Project, $10,000; Downtown Blackstone, Inc., Harris Memorial Armory, $10,000; Hopewell Downtown Partnership, Community Kitchen, $15,000; St. Paul Tomorrow, Bryan Property, $ 2,500.