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Vol. Lvm, No. 10 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 r 1- "" 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, March 10, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia nia PRESS 50 cents Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp and Sheriff Ronnie Oakes hosted a series of community Synthetic Narcotics Education and Community Awareness forums in Wise. Wednesday night, March 2, 2016, a program was held at the Wise County Sheriffs Office in Wise and open to the pub- lic. Approximately 100- 150 individuals, citizens, and professionals met with prosecutors, law enforce- 'ment officials, and repre- sentatives from the state forensic laboratory to dis- cuss different types of new drugs appearing in our region and the dangers of these new synthetic nar- cotics. After presentations were made regarding law enforcement efforts, the public was offered an opportunity to offer com- ments and questions about how citizens can assist in the efforts to combat drug abuse in the region. Thursday, March 3, 2016, an extensive training program was held at the University of Virginia's College at Wise featuring further discussion on the growing synthetic narcotic problem. Hundreds of par- ticipants from over twenty law enforcement agencies from throughout Southwest Virginia joined representa- tives from the Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Dickenson County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Virginia Attorney General's Office, United States Attorney's Office, area Departments of Social Services, and var- ious other community serv- ice organizations. Chuck Slemp, Commonwealth's Attorney, said, "The overwhelming number of participants is a testament to the concerns felt throughout our corn- munity and region. Our courthouses are packed with drug related cases, our jails or filled with drug offenders, and our commu- nity feels powerless to stop this crisis. Yet, the only guarantee Of failure is to stop trying. We all know that we have to do more to combat this epidimic. That's why we are getting tougher on punishment for drug dealers and promoting increased community awareness by spreading the word about these danger- ous drugs." Chris Bryant, a forensic scientist from the Western Virginia Regional State Forensic Laboratory in Roanoke, Virginia, offered presentations at both pro- grams. Bryant explained the chemical structures of these synthetic drugs. "The public needs to know that these drugs are dangerous. We must do more to edu- cate our friends, family, and neighbors about these drugs." Bryant and others dis- cussed the effects synthetic narcotics have on an indi- vidual's body. Bryant said, "These synthetic drugs are not approved by the FDA and include chemicals made in a laboratory to mimic other drugs. The people taking the drugs are oftentimes the first people who consume the products. They are guinea pigs gam- bling with their own lives." Slemp referenced the marketing of these drugs to young people during his remarks. "These drugs are marketed in small, shiny, flashing packages with car- toon characters on the front of them. It is appalling! One package recovered in a recent drug raid was labeled 'Scooby Snacks' with Scooby Doo on the front, being sold to young people close to schools. This is poison that is killing our kids." Experts noted that syn- thetic narcotics are snorted, smoked or injected by addicts. They are sold in deceptive packages and marketed to young people. The signs and symptoms of synthetic use include extreme agitation, foaming at the mouth, chest pain, suicidal thoughts, high blood pressure, acute toxic- ity, hyperthermia, delirium, violent behavior, extreme paranoia, delusional thoughts, Parkinson-type limb twitching, severe insomnia, hallucinations, and even sudden death. Sgt. Teresa Meade with the Wise County Sheriffs Office said that this pro- gram was the first of its kind. "This program was made possible by a grant from the Department of Criminal Justice Services. We will be continuing our efforts by taking the show on the road and we will be teaming up with the Commonwealth's Attorney to continue educating the public." Thursday's law enforce- ment training also featured presentations by Donald Wayne Taylor, Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee and Officer Scott Reid from the Kingsport Police Department regarding ongoing legal efforts made throughout the region to combat these dangerous and illegal substances. Church or civic groups interested in similar pre- sentations are encquraged to contact Chuck Slemp at the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office or Teresa Meade at the Sheriffs Office. NATIONAL READING MONTH - During the month of March there will be a number of events at St. Paul Elementary School in celebra- tion of National Reading Month. Each Friday, friends of SPES can adopt a class by volunteering as Community Readers. Pictured above are students from Mrs. Alana Broyles' fifth grade class and their Community Reader. The students pictured here had been enjoying a story from The Buddy Files, a series of children's books written by Dori Hiilestad Butler. If YOu'd like to volunteer as a Community Reader, please call St. Paul Elementary at 276-762-5941. 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. J CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Casflewood 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 Thursdays, 7:30; Tuesday; Closed School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. R E C O V E R Y Saturday Closed. GROUP-The Wise Sunday Closed. County Mental Health D I C K E N S O N - Center conducts a B U N D Y- T h e recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Log stance abusers and fam- House is open weekly ilies Fridays at 10 am Thursdays through Call 276-679-0810. Saturdays, 10-3, and ACOA MEETING- Suridays 12-4 pm. Adult' Children of SOCIAL SECURI- Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social Mondays, 7 pm, First Security Office is open Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from 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. Llqq~E 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- pm. 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 Den. 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 5:30pm; Sat 10-3pm. showers. Closed Sun & Mon. All proceeds reha- M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a Community 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. SUPPORT- 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 disabifity 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 LODGE #256-Stated J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- history." William T. Communication, 1stMemorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Fuller, 276-623-3410 Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- I][[!]!!Jl[![[!![]![[ll 6pml 0 : 3 0 a mMnday;- 7 p m AgencyDAY-Appalachianfor Senior See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 9 .ass Temple Hill High School Girls Basketball Team 1947-1948 -- Members include: Helen Ramsey, Frances Johnson, Dixie Dickenson, June Kiser, Anna Kate Ring, Maxie Salyer, Theima Castle, Betty Jean Johnson, Hazel Huff, Helen Smith, Louise Pratt, and Frances Wohlford. The team's coach was Mrs. J. E. Carter. by Jerry Couch PART II HISTORY- CLASS OF 1948 It was on an early morn- ing in September of 1944 that we, as eager Freshmen, enrolled at Temple Hill High School. Our class had one of the largest enrollments in the history of our school with studentscoming from Mason's Store, Sulphur Springs,Emerson, High Point, Adams' Chapel, and Hamlin grade schools, and one pupil from Berwind, West Virginia. The fn-st year of high school quickly passed away and we returned to school the following year as Sophomores. During our Sophomore year sever- al of the members of our class were on the basket- ball and baseball teams, but most everyone was inter- ested in trying to improve their grades so that they would be eligible for entrance into the Beta Club. As Juniors in high school, most everyone par- ticipated in various school activities. The big events of the year were the pres- entation of the Junior play, "Granddad Steps Out," and the Junior-Senior Banquet which was held in the high school gynmasium. In September of 1947, we returned to school as Seniors. Fifty-two of us had come through high school together. Realizing that we would finish high school in a few short months, we began to look back over our previous years in school and to look into the future ahead of us. On January 24, 1948, our beloved high school was destroyed by fire. We were sent to the high school at Lebanon, Virginia to continue our education. Each and every one of us was determined to work harder than ever in memory of the school which had played such a big part in our lives. As our school days draw to a close, with deep- est gratitude to our teachers and our fellow students we say "goodbye" to the spirit of our Alma Mater. LAST WILL & TESTA- MENT, CLASS OF 1948 --Virginia Bolton wills her dignity to Helen Ramsey. --Katherine Davis wills her wit to Bert McCoy. --Bob Kiser wills his mail route to Jack Milton. --Dorothy Gibson wills her make-up kit to Shirley Statzer. --Bob Harding wills his bill at the cafeteria to Joanne Smith. --Ellen Gray wills her winsomeness to Lorene Salyers. --Olaf Porter wills-his laugh to Tommy Joe Home. --Jess Osborne wills his excess weight to Rilda Hale. --Doc Griffith wills his collection of old hats to Willie Mac Home. --Jewel Robinson wills her heartache to the Juniors. --Louise Pratt wills her typing job on the paper staff to Ardist Hicks. --Hope Jessee wills her boyfriends to anyone who will have them. --Harry Dickenson wills his prize winning com to Winston Meade to enter in the next Community Fair. --Donald Hall and Ralph Musick will their bus drivers to - yep, you guessed who - Mr. Carter. --Katherine Kiser wills her friendly ways to Ralph Phillips. --Johnny Kiser wills his loving ways to Edna Stamper and Bruce Lambert. --Jimmie Bostic wills his French book to Paul Sluss on condition that he takes it home every night. --Paul Burton wills his ambition to Jack Robinson. --Willard wills the next year's school annual to Maxie Salyer. --Helen Holbrook wills her habit of chewing gum to Emogene Carty. --Dorothy Ring wills her membership in the Beta Club to Dorothy Jackson. --Patsy Gibson wills her English book to Garland Kiser. --Margaret Pickett wills her appetite in Home Ec. to Marie Johnson. --Joe Hale wills his debts to the school treas- ury. --Joe Hawkins wills his excuses for not doing his homework to Charlene Robinson, who really does- n't need them. --Betty Jean Johnson wills her love of basketball to Effdie Cooper. --Jerline Caudill wills her quiet manner to Joyce Pendleton. See Temple Hill, Page 8