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g Voi. LIX, No. 10 " ,The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many thing Thursday, March 9, 2017 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 Saint Paul, Virginia Virginia PRESS Association 50 cents l by Jerry Couch Last week, Jonathan Johnson was formally appointed by the town council and mayor of St. Paul as the town's Police Chief. He replaces Chief Bo Phillips who resigned last year due to ill health. During the interim period, Chief Johnson served as acting chief. Mayor Fletcher expressed confi- dence in Chief Johnson's ability to continue provid- ing outstanding law enforcement for the town, and especially a safe and Pictured (L to R) Town Clerk Gienda Lane, Police Chief Jonathan Johnson, and Mayor Kyle Fletcher. AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, 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 pm, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st ll!ill!Jlll!!l!!ll!llU Thursdays, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 pm RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and fam- ilies Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679-0810. ACOA MEETING- Adult Children of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coebum. Call 762- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 276-679-7371. LITrLE LEAGUE- The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 3 pm third Sundays at Ma Whitenack Little League Field. All inter- ested persons are invit- ed to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE- H.O.P.E. House pro- vides emergency shel- ter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed- training available. Call 1-800-572-2278. SENIOR CITI- ZENS-The Castle- wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County residents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY-Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are Mon 10am-2pm; Tue & Thur 10am-8pm; Wed & Fri. 10am-5:30pm; Sat 10-3pm. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are: 9:30am- 6pm Monday; 10:30am-7pm Tuesday; Closed Citizens recognizes Wednesday; 9:30-6 pln" persons in Russell, Thursday and Friday. Dickenson, Buchanan Saturday Closed.and Tazewell counties Sunday Closed. who are 100 years old D I C K E N S O N- or older. Call Dana B U N D Y - T h e Collins, 1-800-656- Dickenson-Bundy Log2272, to advise AASC House is open weekly of any upcoming 100th Thursday, Friday and birthday. Saturday 10 to 4 and S U P P O R T Sundays 1 to 3. GROUP-Women sur- SOCIAL SECURI- vivors of sexual assault TY-The Wise Social are invited to attend Security Office is open Clinch Valley Mondays-Fridays from C o m m u n i c a t i o n -9am-4pm. Phone num- Action, Inc./Family bers are 1-800-772-Crisis Services' sup- 1213 or 276-679-7633. port group meeting L I B' R A R Y with victims of similar FRIENDS-Friends of situations Mondays, the J. Fred Matthews 10:30 am-12 noon. For Memorial Library, St. information call Rande Paul meet at the Library Hackler, 276-988-5583 on first Tuesdays at or Ranetta Davis, 276- 5:30 pm. 889-8206. VFW POST 9864- FREE ADULT ED' VFW Post 9864, Free adult education Lebanon, welcomes classes are available in new members. If youLee, Scott and Wise served overseas during counties and the City of any war, write VFW Norton. Daytime and Post 9864, P.O. Boxevening classes for 1419, Lebanon; VA adults who want to 24266 and send name, improve their basic address and phone skills. Instructors also number. Transfers wel- assist adults with job- comed, related skills including HEALTH SER- resume, writing and VICES-The Wise interviewing. For County Health details, call 1-800-422- Department, Wise, is 3433 or 276-386-2433. open from 8am-8pm TRANSPORTA- first Thursdays. TION- The Clinics will beAppalachian Agency Offered in family plan- for Senior Citizens pro- ning, pediatrics, school vides disability trans- and adult physicals, portation services in WlC, Paps and immu-Buchanan, Dickenson, n i z a t i o n s .Russell and Tazewell Appointments are nec- counties to individuals essary for all but immu- with disabilities, nizations. For an regardless of age. Call appointment, call 762- 1-888-656-2272. 328-8000. GENEALOGY F A C I L I T I E S GROUP-The Russell A~AILABLE-The County Genealogy Tacoma Community Group meets 5:30 pm Center is available for first Thursdays, Russell reunions, birthdays and County Public Library, showers. Lebanon. All proceeds reha- Group-purpose is bilitate the Tacoma '~to leam, to share and School as a Community to perpetuate family Center. For informa- history." William T. tion, call 395-6398. Fuller, 276-623-3410 100TH BIRTH- DAY-Appalachian See CALENDAR, Page 8 Agency for Senior Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 secure environment for its residents. Chief Johnson is a grad- uate of the Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy and also holds a degree in Administration of Justice. He has been employed by the Town of St. Paul as a law enforcement office for the past nine years. Last week I interviewed Chief Johnson to get an idea of the manner in which he plans to move the depart- ment forward during his tenure. As a parent, he is particularly interested in the issues facing young people today. Here's what Chief Johnson had to say: "One of the biggest problems in our area is drugs. We want to prevent drug abuse and we want to stop people in this commu- nity who are selling drugs. I believe if we take care of the drug problem, almost everything else will fall into place. This will be an ongoing process not something that will be solved in a year, or two years. "We plan to start a Drag Abuse Resistance Education program (DARE) here in St. Paul. The department has a com- mitment from St. Paul Elementary School to begin doing this, and we plan to send an officer to the DARE school in June. We expect to have the pro gram in place and ready when the next school year begins. "One thing I'd like to do is get laptops installed in all the police cars. This would enable us to run dri- ver's license and registra- tion checks. We could also list all the businesses and their emergency contacts along with any persons barred from those premis- es. Doing this will require the town council's approval and support because it would cost quite a bit of money. I have been looking and will continue to look for grant money to fund this project. At this time, a partial grant is available, but additional funding by the town would still be required. "We have applied for a SPEED grant this year - the first time the St. Paul Police Department has applied for this-type of .grant in several years. If we are successful, the grant will provide additional funds for overtime so offi- cers can run radar, primari- ly on Rt 58 and Rt. 63 to help slow people down. "The depar[rnent is cur- rently getting a DUI grant which is an alcohol-related grant. This helps offset overtime costs for officers to enforce traffic laws and look for people who are driving under the influ- ence. That grant helps pay for breath testing equip- ment used to check sus- pected drunk drivers, and. speed reduction supplies for traffic check points such as traffic cones and signage. "We want to continue to move forward. We want to build a partnership with the community. I plan to work with the little league, the housing authority, the churches, and others. If we work together with the community, we can solve a lot of our mutual prob- lems." Russell County considers junkyard ordinance by Jerry Couch The recent announce- ment that the Russell County Board of Supervisors is considering a "junkyard ordinance" has created quite a stir within the county. There has been a lot of "I heard" relative to this issue which has resulted in misinformation and misunderstanding. Because the ordinance is six pages in length, a full transcript cannot be pro- vided here. However, the Clinch Valley Times is offering the following syn- opsis of the salient points of the ordinance to help clarify the situation: JUNK is defined as "old or scrap copper, brass, rope, rags, batteries, paper, trash, rubber, automobiles or parts thereof, iron, steel, and other old or scrap fer- rous or non-ferrous materi- al." JUNKYARD is defined as "an establishment or place of business which is maintained, operated or used for storing, keeping, buying, or selling junk or operation of an automobile graveyard, and the term shall include garbage See Ordinance, Page 6 by Jerry Couch The following article written by the late Anna Porter Peters appeared in the Clinch Valley Times 'way back in 1971. Mrs. Peters was a well-known and fondly-remembered resident of the Mew com- munity. When Mrs. Peters wrote this article, the Internet had not wrought drastic changes in the way we interact with one another. As we see here, time and tide do roll on .... COUNTRY STORES HAVE GIVEN MUCH TO AMERICA ByAnna Porter Peters Many nostalgic tributes have been paid to the con- tribution to American life made by the country doc- tor, the lawyer, and the preacher. With them must be linked the country store- keeper and the old general stores, for together they have welded a definite fla- vor and personality into our American heritage. The old country stores - now generally faded away, except as tourist entice- ments - influenced, in their time, life in the United States as much as our mass communications do today through television, national advertising, and maga- zines. Viewed as a place of warmth and human con- tact; the old country stores were eqUal to all that can be Said for modem taverns, lodgrs, soda fountains, and bus stations. These country stores J. J. Porter that In'st came into being in New England, then moving westward and Southward with the tide of our early settlers, rendered services in a variety of ways and mirrored faithfully the crafts, customs, and folk- ways of their rural loca- tions. Folklore took shape around the pot-bellied stoves and On the front porches of these old coun- try stores, for here the com- munity's loungers congre- gated. Here at the old country store the oldest inhabitant recalled the past. Tall tales were spun at end- less length. For women, the country store was the place to go to trade their eggs, chickens, butter, and surplus garden vegetables. These early supermarkets were places where lonely dreams could be realized, where the women could get store goods from the city and buy pretties to relieve their Store, 1917 monotonous and isolated lives. They were the link between the city and the country. As the nation grew in the last century the old country store stood its ground, through panics, wars, good an.d bad years, and credit. In fact, money was never too important. around these first commu- nity shopping centers. Barter was largely the basis for business. Today most of the old country stores have disap- peared, except those kept open as tourist attractions. Their decline began with the invention of the auto- mobile. The car brought the paved road, and the paved took away the coun- try store's customers. Though the old country stores may be generally an institution of the past, they're still remembered as the social centers Of the time.