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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, March 9, 2017 Page 3 Senator Chafin General Church and related activities Assembly Session Update Senator Ben Chafin The 2017 General Assembly Session has adjourned.Throughout our two months in Richmond, we worked tire- lessly to achieve success for Southwest Virginia. The Roanoke times called this session the "most pro- ductive in a generation" praising the work of the members from Southwest Virginia. My Senate Bill 1418 passed the House and Senate is now before the Governor. The legislation streamlines the regulatory process and fast tracks the construction of hydro pump storage facilities in the coalfield region. The facilities work by releasing water from an upper reser- voir through turbines pro- ducing energy then into a lower reservoir. The water is then pumped back to the upper reservoir. The near instant generation of power creates stability for the electric grid and con- sumers. A new application of hydro l ump storage facili- ties can utilize the water sitting in idle and aban- doned coal mines. B ....... ~ ........ l'f r,eat !a ng new 1 e info these " aband0nea cbai mines will potentially cre- ate a new energy economy in Southwest Virginia in addition to the coal indus- try, The construction of these facilities could create thousands of new construc- tion jobs and bring much needed revenue to our counties. As our biggest accom- plishment for the region, my legislation will spur new investment in the coalfields and will lead to a big step forward in diversi- fying the economy. The renewable energy pro- duced could lead to a trans- formation of the economy in the region creating new jobs and opportunities. In order to create even more jobs and open up the region, we are also making steps towards the construc- tion of the Coalfield Expressway. Legislation I carried led to an agreement from the Department of Transportation to guaran- tee any federal funding for the project would be directed towards the Expressway. Also, the agreement reached with VDOT included a commit- ment from the Department to include state funding if federal funding for Expressway comes to the state. The members of the Southwest delegation are also working with the Trump administration and Congressman Griffith to have the Coalfields Expressway included in the infrastructure package proposed by President Trump. Together with Delegate Pillion, we worked on legislation that passed this session to set up a Coalfields Expressway ' Authority. The authority will help direct needed funds to the project and will serve as a conduit to direct federal and state funds to the Coalfields Expressway. The opioid and drug abuse crisis in Southwest Virginia and other parts of the Commonwealth has reached new heights that led to the Department of Health declaring opioid addiction a public emer- gency. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that significant increases in prescriptions and overall greater accept- ability of their use have contributed to the crisis. Working with our local law enforcement, Commonwealth Attorneys, and state officials, Delegate Pillion and I suc- cessfully passed legislation that will restrict the access to certain opioids and med- ical assisted treatments that are being abused and ille- gally sold. Along with these restrictions to reduce the number of drugs being ille- gaily Used, our legislation also required the Board of Medicine to draft new reg- ulations on prescribing opioids along with new education and training requirements for medical professionals. We hope these new laws will be valuable tools in combat- ting this growing crisis in our region. In addition to these leg- islative successes, the General Assembly also balanced the budget and closed an over one-billion- dollar revenue shortfall without raising a single fee or tax. Our conservative approach to the budget led to cuts in spending and focusing on the core func- tions of government and pay raises for state employees and teachers. Despite the fall in rev- enue, the General Assembly increased our investment in public edu- cation. Following the momentum from the Coal Equity Summit led by our area educators and school officials, the members of the Southwest Delegation worked with Senate and House leadership to include much needed enrollment loss funding in the budget. Our joint effort was successful in guaran- teeing new funding in the budget for most of the school systems in Southwest Virginia that have experienced high lev- els of enrollment loss and funding reductions. Between new measures to create jobs and invest- ment in the region, legisla- tion to combat the opioid abuse crisis, steps made to build the Coalfield Expressway, and new edu- cation funding, the 2017 General Assembly was a success for Southwest Virginia. It is an honor to serve the 38th District in the Virginia General Assembly. The 2017 General Assembly has been a success and I look forward to continuing our work for Southwest Virginia. If you have any questions or if I can be of assistance, please make sure to call my office at 276-889-1044 or email me at district38@ senate.vir- ginia.gov. ATTEND CHURCH THIS 'SUNDAY TRI-COUNTY TIRE SERVICE INC. SL Paul, Va. Phone: 762'9501 ' I calendar of upcoming events CHURCH OF THE MOST HIGH GOD March services at 6 pm. Sundays, March 12 Eddie Allen, 19 Cody Jackson, 26 Buddy Harding. Wednesdays, March 8 Jessie Jones, 15 Shawn Dupuie, 22 Eddie Allen. Revival March 27-April 1 with Donald and Tammy Harding. STANDING ADAMS CHAPEL- Dickensonville, Sunday Service 10 am; Sunday night 6 p.m.; Tuesday Service 7 p.m. Pastor Eddie Turner. BEAR WALLOW CHURCH-Sunday School, 10 a.m., Sunday worship, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Wed. prayer service, 7 p.m. The pastor is Marvin Dockery. BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH-Sunday worship services- 11 a.m., Pastor Richard Minton. Wednesday night, 7 p.m. with Terry Amey. BOND TOWN CHURCH-Coeburn. Sunday School 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m., and 7 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Wednesday. BRICK BAPTIST CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m., morning worship 11 a.m., Youth Meeting, 6 p.m. Pastor is Rev. Jim Anderson. BUFFALO HOLINESS CHURCH -Services Saturday, 7 p.m. and Thursday 7 p.m. Pastor, Elmo Warner. CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH-Gravel Lick, Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Sunday night 6:30 p.m. Prayer meeting Wednesday, 7 p.m. Pastor, Leonard Ferguson. CASTLERUN COM- MUNITY CHURCH ser- vices. Sunday. School, 10 am; worship service 11 am; Sunday night 6 pm. Pastor Donald Tucker welcomes everyone. CASTLEWOOD PRES- BYTERIAN ' ~ CHURCH- Worship 9:45 a.m, Sunday School, 11 a.m. 762-0569. CHERRY GROVE CHURCH-Dry Fork. Sunday School 10 a.m.., Services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Rev. Marcus Meade. 276-395-3588. CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY-Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship service 11 a.m., 7 p.m., Wed. Bible Study 7 p.m. CLEVELAND UNIT- ED METHODIST CHURCH-Cleveland, Sunday School 10 a.m., worship 11 a.m., Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m. DELIVERANCE MIN- ISTRY CHURCH, formerly known as Campbell Chapel, on Moccasin. Sunday School, 11 a.m. Sunday worship 6:15 p.m.; Wednesday worship, 7:15 p.m. Special Prayer Meeting first Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. DRY FORK FREEWILL BAPTIST- Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Sunday worship 11 a.m., 7 p.m.; Bible Study Wed., 7 p.m. Pastor, D.J. Couch. EMMANUEL CHAPEL-Castlewood, Sunday services 11 a.m., 7 p.m.; Wed, 7 p.m. The Rev. Myers Vicars. ERVIN CHAPEL FREEWILL BAPTIST- Sunday School 10 a.m.; Sunday worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wed. Bible Study 7 p.m. Bill Crawford is pastor. FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD-Dante Sunday School, 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Wed., 7 p.m. The pas- tors are Jerry and Nedra Estep. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH-St. Paul. Sunday School, 9:45; Sunday wor- ship 11 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Rev. Mike Moore. FIRST MT. CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH- Dante. Sunday worship 11 a.m., second and fourth Sundays, Interim Pastor Roy Mabry. FORT GIBSON UNIT- ED METHODIST CHURCH-Sunday School, 11 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m. The Rev. Harry Layell. FULL GOSPEL REVIVALS-Hansonville, services Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m. GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH Castlewood, Rt. 58. Pastor Lanny Powers. Sunday School 10 am; ser- vice 11 am; Sunday night 7 pm; Wednesday night 7 pm. GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH-Huff man Hollow, M'dl Creek Road, Lebanon, Sunday School 10 a.m.; worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wed. Youth Night 7 p.m. Pastor Don Bush. GRASSY CREEK BAP- TIST/METHODIST, Route 71 between Dickensonville and Nickelsville. HAMLIN BAPTIST CHURCH-Castlewood; Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m; Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Pastor Dr. Joseph Fuller. HIGHPOINT COMMU- NITY CHURCH- Casflewood. Sunday School 10 a.m., worship 11 a.m. HIGH TOWER MIN- ISTRY, St. Paul. Sunday School 10 am; Worship ser- vice 11 am; Evening service 6 pm; Wednesday service 6:30 pm, Youth Group Wednesday 6:30 pm Pastor Emie Add'mgton. HOUSE OF PRAYER- Sunday 6 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m. Rt. 65, Castlewood. Pastor, Lawrence Hollyfield. HOUSE OF THE LORD-Little Jerusalem, Castlewood. Sunday School 10 a.m., worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Thursday wor- ship 7 p.m. Rev. Teddy G. Phillips. LAKEVIEW BAP- TIST/METHODIST, On Lakeview Dr. off Rte 71 near Dickensonville. MARY MARTIN MEMORIAL CHURCH- Sunday School 10 a.m., worship 11 a.m. 762-0569. MILLS CHAPEL FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH-Castlewood. Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m., Bible Study and Youth League Wed., 7 p.m. Pastor, Mike Patrick. , MORNING '~STAR FULL GOSPEL CHURCH- Castlewood. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m. 276-762-7812. Pastor, Woody Scott. MT. ZION COMMUNI- TY APOSTOLIC- Saturdays, 7 p.m. Hazel Mountain. For more infor- mation, call 276-495-8611. Pastor, Tommy J. Kiser. NEW CASTLEWOOD BAPTIST-Sunday School, 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m., 6 p.m.; Wed. Bible study 7 p.m. OAK GROVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH- 2nd & 4th Sundays, morn- ing worship 10; church school 11. Hansonville. PHILLIPS CHAPEL CHURCH-West Dante, Saturday worship, 7 p.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m.; Sunday worship, 11 a.m.; Wed. Youth Service 6 p.m. Bible study, 7 p.m. Rev. Randy Noonchester, pastor. PLEASANT HILL BAPTIST-Reeds Valley Road, Castlewood. Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m., 6 p.m.; Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m. For information or 24 hour prayer, call 276-794- 7754. REEDS VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH- Sunday School 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Rev. Konn Edwards. RINGS CHAPEL CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m.; Sunday worship 11 Monday of every month, 6 pm. Call 276-495-7007. SULPHUR SPRINGS METHODIST, Dickensonville. Sunday AM/PM and Wed. PM ser- vices. FOOD, CLOTHING FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank and Clothes Closet Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m. at the church. All in need of food and clothing are wel- come. FOOD DISTRIBU- TION - Roger E. Jessee Community Food Bank will a.m.; Sunday and distribute food to the needy Wednesday nights, 7 p.m. from 9-11 a.m. on fourth Pastor, Tom Anderson. RIVERSIDE BAPTIST- Sunday School 10 am; Service 11 am; Evening service 6 pm; Thursday prayer 6 pm. All welcome. Pastor, Doyle Hobbs. ST. MARK'S EPISCO- PAL-St. Paul. Sunday wor- ship 9 a.m.; Bible Study Wednesday, 10 a.m. ST. PAUL ASSEMBLY OF GOD-Sunday worship 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m., Family Night (Adult Bible Study/Prayer. For informa- tion, call 762-7748. ST. PAUL FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH- Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Wednesday-Prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m., Whetstone. Rev. Cecil Jessee, pastor. ST. PAUL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH- Sunday School 10 a.m., worship 11 a.m. The Rev. Harry Layell. ST. THERESE CATHOLIC-St. Paul. Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m. Father Charles Ssebalamu. STRAIGHT HOLLOW ' FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH-Dante. Sunday School 10 a.m., worship 11 a.m., 7 p.m. Wednesday prayer service 7 p.m. WEST DANTE COM- MUNITY CENTER. -First Saturdays at the food bank on Hwy. 58 Castlewood. - First Assembly of God, Dante will distribute food to the needy at the church on the last Saturday of each month. Call 495-1102 or 762-7503. FREE CLOTHES Full Gospel Revivals Church, Hansonville, will give free clothes and food to those who need them fol- lowing the Wednesday 10 a.m. service. Attendance at the service is mandatory to receive clothes and food, The church is beside Ken's Chrysler on Route 19. Call 889-1275 or 794- 7477. LILIES OF THE FIELD CLOTHING OUTREACH MINISTRY A clothing outreach of Rejoice Ministries located at 117 Rejoice Lane across from Temple Hill Cemetery in Castlewood will be giv7 ing away clothing and accepting clothing dona- tions every third Saturday of the month from 9 am- noon. A variety of sizes for men, women and children will be available. If donat- ing, please bring only nice, clean clothing and shoes. For questions or more infor- mation, call Rejoice Ministries at 276.762.5700 or find us on facebook: Lilies of the Field Clothing Ministry ..... p l li / / / l / 1 Virginia . NOPY TOURS | USE CODE: I l I - l / r a