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Clinch Valley Times " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Vol. LI, No. 1!, .ThursdaY, March 12, 2009 i AT WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT MEETING...Attending Tuesday morning's Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion meeting at the St. Paul Town Hall were, among others, St. Paul Mayor Kyle Fletcher; Russell County Supervisor Shy Kennedy; Virginia House of Delegates member Bud Phillips; Virginia Senator Phillip PuckeR; Wise County PSA Board member Donnie Dowell; and Cumberland Plateau planner Debbie McReynoids. Photo courtesy of Sharon.Steele Delegate Bud Phillips: "Regionalism is now the name of the game with funding agencies!" Delegate Bud Phillips spoke to the representatives of the Town of St. Paul, the Wise County Public Service Authority (PSA), the Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority, and Russell County, who met at the St. Paul Town Hall on Tuesday morning concerning the planned expan- sion of the St. Patti Wastewater Treatment Plant, and plans for the Castlewood Water & Se- wage Authority and the Wise County PSA to purchase capa- city in the plant. Phillips said that when he was in Richmond for the recent General Assembly session, he spoke to people involved in the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Health and Rural Development. All those agencies, he said, plan to give primary attention when ali0c/iting t money, to pro- jeers whi employ regionalism. He said the proiect which was being discussed at Tuesday's meeting is a prime example of the sort of regionalism the agen- cies favor. A meeting for Wise County, the towns in Wise County and the City of Norton will be held in Richmond some- time in May with these agencies. He urged representatives of all entities involved in the St. Paul Wastewater Treattnent Expan- sion program to attend. Virginia Senator Phillip Puckett echoed Delegate Phil- lips' remarks, emphasizing that projects which employ regiona- lism will be the ones which are given attention by state agencies in the funding process. The purpose of the meeting was to allow Mattern & Craig engineer Mark Hill to present the draft copy of the Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) for the project, which is for a plant with the capacity of handling 999,000 gallons of wastewater (Continued on page4) Area farmers, other vendors invited to check out 'CRFM' Farmers from throughout the area who are interested in selling their products at the new Clinch River Farmer's Market (CRFM), located in St. Paul, are invited to attend a meeting concerning the new venture on Tuesday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. Crafts vendors who sell hand made items and those who sell baked goods are also urged to attend this meeting. The meeting will be held at the St. Paul Town Hall. Infor- mational packets and applica- tions for sellers will be avai- lable. For more information, call the St. Paul Town Hall, 276- 762-5297. Calendar of events... 'AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big  Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 ;p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church; Fridays: Climwood, 7:30 p.m., Clintwood United Metho- dist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m., school cafeteria, ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 7 p.m., St. Paul Town Anyone 60 or over is invited. ...The .Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire l- partmant. Russell County resi- dents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Hours at the Russell County Public Llorary, Lebanon, are /vl/Tu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MATTHEWS LIBRARY similar situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. For information, call Rande Hackler, 276-988- 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- 8206. FREI 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 '495-7026 or 495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-1 I a.m. Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Leno- wisco Health District offer 'free confidential HIV testing through- out the year. For information, call Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. RUSSELL COUNTY W&SA- The Russell County Water & Se- wage Authority Board of Direc- tors, 6 p.m. second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appala- chian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, 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-Se- cond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m, Stat- ed Communication; First Thua's- day, 7 p.m., School of Instruction. POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coebum. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Build-ing, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Inslructiun third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Himlth Can- mr conducts a recovery group for substance abusers and families Fridays at 10 a.m. Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- mn of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m., First BaptistChnreh, Cue- bum. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 4 p.m. third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH The Dante Neighborhood Watch Program will meet at 7 p.m.on second Mondays at the Dante Community Building. Call 495- 7007 for information. H.O.P.E. HOUSE H.O.P.E. House provides emer- shelter for victims of do- mastic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- man counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed-train- ing available. Call 1-800-572- 2278. SENIOR CITIZENS ...The Casflewood Senior Citi- zens meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Casflewood Lions Den. Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- days/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY The Diekason-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11-4, and Sundays 1-5 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers are 1- 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, meet at the Library on fourth Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. VFW POST 9864 VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- comes new members. If you served overseas during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266, and send name, address and phone number. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES The Wise County Health De- partmant, Wise, is open from 8 a.m..-8 pro. first Thursdays. Cli- nics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Appointments are necessary for all but immaniza- tions. For an appointment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Cbmmanity Center is available for reunions, birth- days and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For information, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTHDAY? Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickanson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school and in each county public library. ...Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP Women survivors of sexual as- sault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Community Action, Inc./ Family Crisis Services' support adults with job-related skills in- Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. eluding resume wriling and inter- " Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or viewing. For details, call 1-800= Sxorr Co. Health Dept., .276- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. 386-1312. TRANSPORTATION FREE GED CLASSES The Appalachian Agency for Free GED classes are offered at Senior Citizens provides disabili- the Oxbow Family Investment ty transportation services in Buc- Center, St. Paul, Mondays and harem, Diekanson, Russell and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12 Tazewell counties to individuals noon. Glenna McReynolds is the with disabilities, regardless of teacher.,Call 1-800-422-3433. age. Call 1-88g-656-2272. C/RADD MEETING GENEALOGY GROUP A meeting of C/RADD will be The Russell County Genealogy held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Group meets 5:30 p.m. first Thursday of each month. The Thursdays, Russell County Public meetings will be held at the Dante Library, Lebanon. The Group's Museum. purpose is "to learn, to share and GED ONLINE to perpetuate family history." Call The Regional Adult Education William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 Program is offering free GED or fullefir1942.yaboo,com Classes online. This service is for JOIN THE FRIENDS qualifying and adult learners, with Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- or without their own home com- thews Memorial Library and help puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise promote the improvement of faci- counties and the City of Norton. lities and services of the library. For more information, call GED Send name, address and phone On- line Co-ordinator Marci number, with a $5 membership Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- County, 386-2433). rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, GED TESTING P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA GED Testing is available Mon- 24283. Make cheeks payable to day through Thursday and on Friends of the J. Fred Mntthews Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- Memorial Library. native Ed.ucation Center, Wise. EASTERN STAR Call 276-328-8612 for more Clinch Valley Chapter #1524 information concerning GED Order of Eastern Star, meets each testing. fourth Tuesday, except for March IN CONTROL PROGRAMS and Deeemlmr, when the meet- In Control, a free diabetes ings are on the second Tuesday. program, meets at Oxbow Center, All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. St. Paul, 5-6 p.m, 2nd Mondays. VETERANS' CLAIMS DANTE LIVES ON Dickenson County-Oscar The Dante Lives On Board Silcox helps file veterans' elmms, meets at 6 p.m. on 1st Mondays For appointment, call 276-835- at the Dante Museum. A Commu- 8847 nights, nity Meeting is fourth Tuesdays ..... , "4 ....... Coebum--A Dept. of Veterans BASKETBALIa CAMP Services representative will assist Appliatious re being evaluated clients and answer questions at for the Ten Star All Star Summer the Cuebum VFW Post from 9 Invitation only Basketball Camp a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays For a free brochure for the camps, except June. call 704-373-0873 anytime or Russell County--DAV Service visit www.tenstarcampcom Officer Perry Johnson assists GOSPEL SINGING veteran filing claims third Tues- A Gospel Singing will be held at days from 2-3:30 p.m., at the 7 p.m. the first Friday of each Russell County Public Library, month at The Celebration Center, Lebanon. 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All Russell County--American are welcome--admission is free. Legion Post 208 Post Service BOOK DISCUSSION Officer Todd Sa!yer can assist Book Discussion Group One of with veterans' claims, records J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- and family assistance. Call him at rary meets fourth Thursdays of 276-889-5884 or 276-274-6588. every month (except November FOOD BANK and December, which are First Baptist Church, St. Paul, combined into" one holiday operates a Food Bank each Tues- meeting the first Thursday in day from 9-11 a.m. at the church. December) at the Riverside Donations are welcomed. All in Diner. The next meeting is need of food are welcome. Thursday, February 26, at 6 p.m. COMMUNITY CENTER The discussion on The Shack bv The West Dante Community William Paul Young during the Center meets at 7 p.m. first Mon- February meeting will be contin0- group meeting with victims of days, For more information, call ued during the March session. Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 Saint Paul, Virginia ........ Itl .... II A. -- IIII IIIII [ . -- G i N Lii - 50 i St. Paul and Dominion sign fo "" f! agreements r provision o , services to power plant With the signing of service agreements to provide raw wa- er, sanitary sewer and industrial wastewater treatment for the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center by the Town of St, Paul, the Town voted for Mattern & Craig engineer Mark Hill to advertise the projects in the Bristol Herald-C0urier, the Kingsport Times-News, and any other newspapers which Hill fels should be included. The bids will be opened on April 15. Several items in the agree- ments had been open to discus- ion, and the two parties involved agreed on final versions during a March 3 meeting. Hill outlined methods of funding which he anticipates for the $3.3 million project. Appli- cation has been made for a $1 million grant from the Depart- ment of Housing and Commu- nity Development, and a request has been made for a smaller grant from the Tobacco Com- mission.. A $2.2 million loan at 4.5 percent is being researched, with the idea of securing the loan locally if the interest rate is available. The Town Council voted un- animously to approve each of the three agreements, after hear- ing from Dominion representa- tive David Leaf that all had been approved by Dominion, as well. AT SIGNING...Dominion's David Leaf an St. Paul Mayor Kyle Fletcher shook hands after ech had signed the three Service Agreements designed by Mattern & Craig's Mark Hill and to which each entity had agreed. Also discussed at the meeting was the Operating Agreement between the Town of St. Paul and the Wise County Public Service Authority (PSA). Seve- Photo courtesy of Sharon Steele ral PSA officials were present for the meeting. The same representatives will meet again at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, to discuss progress. Confederate-era music program Dr. Gary Crum, St. Paul, will Crum will lecture on the era's lecture on and perform Con- instruments and Confederate federate-era music at the Wise military band activities, and will County Public Library in Wise sing songs popular in the South on Saturday, March 14, from 1- during the War Between the 2 o.m. States. HEARING OFFICIALS...Rob Feagins, Air Permit lanager, and Thomas M. Derting, Senior Environmental Engineer, represented the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality as the agency conducted a public hearing at the St. Paul High School on Thursday, March 5, to receive input on Dominion's addition of four storage silos as part of the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center. Few attend DEQ's public hearing Thursday Dominion Virginia's addition of four storage silos as part of the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center was the subject of a pub- lic hearing attended by perhaps 30 people on Thursday, March 5. The hearing was conducted at the St. Paul High School audi- torinm by two officials of the Virginia Department of En- vironmental Quality, Rob Fea- gins, DEQ's Air Permit Mana- ger, and Thomas M. Derting, Senior Environmental Engineer for DEQ. Two of the proposed silos are for activated carbon, and the other two for hydrated lime. The materials will be blown into the storage silos, thus requiring a new air quality permit. Com- ments on the draft permit only were solicited at the hearing. Only nine people registered to speak. Two, Kathy Selvedge and Laura Miller, didn't address the draft permit specifically, but both made comments in which they outlined their objections to the power plant itself. Those speaking on behaff of allowing the addition of the silos to the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center were Robbie Robbins, Chairman, Wise Coun- ty Board of Supervisors; J. H. Rivers, ViCe-Chairman, Wise County Board of Supervisors; Robert Adkins, member, Wise County Board of Supervisors; Dr. Bob Bishop; Gary Hileman; Bill Bledsoe with the Virginia Mining Association; and Donald Purdy, a board member of the Virginia Technical Council. BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS...Taking the oath of office at 6 p.m. Monday as members of the St. Paul Board of Zoning Appeals were, left to right, David Varney, Frank Molinary, Lee Kidd and Kenneth Couch. Monty Salyer, unable to be present, will be sworn in as a member of the Board in Wise. Following the administering of the oath of office by Wise County Circuit Court Clerk Jack Kennedy, the Board of Zoning Appeals held a brief meeting in order to reaffirm an earlier vote concerning a request made by Jesse Scarberry to place RV and other 'mobile residences temporarily on property near the former Imperial Station. The request was denied on February 17, but since the members hadn't been formally sworn into office, the vote was taken again, with the same result The request was denied with three members opposing the request (Varney. Molinary and Kidd) and one in favor (Couch).