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f X i " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " /" - iiii II iLl .... " - m mtt L ,~ A550Ct ON ~ . :: Vol. LV, No. 12 Thursday, March 21, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia 50c i i~ ~ ~ • r~ Eleme} t,l:'l! School SPES FACULTY AND STAFF...Pictured, left to right, front row, are Jeff Hess, At Monday night's regular meeting, the St. Paul Town Council awarded the bid to MNCC Inc. of Bristol, Virginia to completely renovate the town's swimming pool. MNCC will do the work on the pool, concrete and tile areas while the town crew will repair the pool building, showers, kitchen and electrical work and the pumps. The contract with MNCC year $500,000 and a 3 year Glenda Lane presented the $500,000 CD with the funds employees health insurance received for Dominion's use of policy which showed an 8% the town's diffuser system. The increase over last year. The $1,000,000 will be reserved for Council voted to pay 90% of the diffuser repair. $498,050 will cost while the employees will cover design costs for the waste pay 10%. This follows the way water treatment plant, the Council has done in the past The Council also passed a few years. resolution naming the alley that The Council also voted to goes from Deacon Drive to Lake approve the expenditure of Estonoa and from Buchanan $25,000 for materials for a Street to Lake Estonoa Dean hiking/biking trail from Boody. : Pat Lambert, Janice Hale, Veronica Rasnick, Rosa Gibson, Principal Jody will be for approximately Vencil Drive and that proper through Blue Bell Island along: Evans, Nellie Bryant, Karen Sullivan, Brittany Russell, Pam Mullins, Lori $100,000 depending upon the signage be posted. "(Continu'edonpa[fe2) Lambert, Brenda Thompson, Alana Broyles, Stephanie Gross. Back row, type ofmaterialused, nty kind il Marian Davis, Kathy Parsons, VickiHelbert, Lisa Sturgill, Kim Helbert, Sherri Mayor Fletcher added that Wise Cou ergarten Barton, Peggy Porter, Penny Stapleton, Tammy Kennedy, Theresa Salyer, the pool would be ready by Elaine Childress, Ms: Welch. . swim.m ig up b gi g Randy Beckner with Mattern S n e nnin now iSt. Paul Elementary named 2012 Title I and Craig reported that work Kindergarten registrationfor • Immunization record !:Dlstinguis- was going forward on the new the 2013-2014 school year is The child must have a phy- hed School wast° water treatment and that being held in all Wise County sical examination within one contract for sludge removal and Public Schools that house a year before entering school. ," St. Paul Elementary School staff and parents can share credit said Evans. He credits SPES work on crossing 58 moving Kindergarten program (Appal- Immunizations against mumps, has been named a 2012 Title I for the schools success, staff, central office staff and along is hopeful, achia Elementary, J.W. Adams measles, German measles, who- Distinguished School by the "My teachers, staff anddirectors along with school vol- Earl Carter reported that the Combined, Coeburn Primary, oping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, Virginia Department of Educa- parents go above and beyond unteers for helping them achieve grit system still had a few Powell Valley Primary, St. Paul polio, Hepatitis B, and chicken :: tion. This award is given to and they all contribute," he said, the honor, noting they all have glitches but was much, much Elementary and Wise Primary) pox are required. Each school schools for consistently dem- adding teachers and Title I staff worked harder and smarter to better than the old system, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. will have available the "School onstrating strong academic per- work tirelessly with parents to provide the instructional prac- One of the system screens Monday through Friday. Chil- Entrance Health Form MCH 213 ormance over a three year period assure students success, tices and focus on individual has torn and will be replaced, dren applying for Kindergarten G" for parents to take their and this year 37 schools in the Evans said to help chart children. Wise County schoolA factory rep will be must be five years old on or child's doctor/pediatrician for state were chosen as Title I Dist- pupils' progress he and Ms. officials are also thrilled with the checking the system within the before September 30, 2013. completion. ?. inguished schools. Jody Evans, Welch, SPES assistant principal efforts and achievements of all week. Perhaps even smaller Parents/Guardians need to Parents/Guardians desiring principal of St. Paul Elementary developed a charting system that their schools, especially those screens can be used to filter the bring the following items to additional information about School, stated that to be named a monitors student progress and who achieved this level ofvery, very small particles of Kindergarten registration: Kindergarten registration may Distinguished Title I School, a along with teachers they have recognition. school must have at least 60 per- developed student learning plans "It's a recognition of the hard sand that come in through the * Certified copy of thecontact the school in their area, " cent or higher of their students for each pupil. These plans ad- demonstrate proficiency in read- 'dress his or her academic stren- hag/language arts and math on • the state achievement test and : have achieved, for three cones- cutive years, adequate yearly progress. ., Mr. Evans said while St. Paul Elementary and other surround- "hag area schools have been named Distinguished Title I "Schools in years past, the stand- ards have been raised and it has become more challenging to achieve that status. This year in Wise County St. Paul Element- ary and Coeburn Primary are the only two schools that received Title I Distinguished Schools Awards. Evans said the school's pup- ils and their teachers, support gths and weaknesses as well as personal interests and are used to motivate students, "Our school's success is based on the relentless effort and the great spirit of our teachers, students and parents, who have gone above and beyond, and then some, every single day," said Jody Evans, Principal at St. Paul Elementary School. "I am excited to be a part of the constant efforts of everyone to go above and beyond what is expected. Being recognized as a Title I Distinguished School confirms that everyone at SPES is making a difference with the students placed in their charge, and I could not be more proud!" IIII work and effort of everybody," raw water intake. said Sharon Moore, coordinator The Council voted to soend of Title I for Wise Countyup to $3,400 to take care of the Schools. Moore said the schools grit system's shortfall. utilize a number of programs to The Council approved the help with reading and math in- struction. They also hold parent treasurer report along with AA-Suadays and Tuesdays: Big needed-training available. Call 1- ...The Wise County School Board 3:30 pm third Thursdays except Stone flap, 8 pm, Episcopal 800-572-2278. maintains a Policy Manual which June. Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pro, SENIOR CITIZENS.The Castle- is available to the public in the FOOD BANK-First Baptist Trinity United Methodist Church. wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 library of each school and in each Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pro, am Wednesdays at the Castlewund county public library. Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am CliatwundUnitedMethodist Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is ,,,Copies of the Russell County at the church. Donations are Church. invited. School Board Policy Manual have welcomed• All in need of food are COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- The Dante Senior Citizens meet been placed in the office and the welcome• AIRY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm each Monday and Tuesday at 10 library of each school, and at the COMMUNITY. CENTER-The school cafeteria. ~ am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County Public Library. West Dante Community Center ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Russell County residents 60 or SUPPORT GROUP-Women meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For Mondays, 6 pro, St. Paul Town older are invited, survivors of sexual assault are more information please call 495- Hall. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY- invited to attend Clinch Valley 8473. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Hours at the Russell County Public Communication Action, CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- Third Mondays, 6pm, TownHall. Library, Lebanon, are M/Tuffh Inc./Family Crisis Services" sup- ,cn On Mission group at First CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The 9am-gpm; W/F9am-hpm; Sa port group meeting with victims of Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a C~tlewund Water & Sewage10am-2pm. similar situations Mondays, 10:30 Clothes Closet from 9-11 am Authority Board of Directors, 6 MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours am*12 noon• For information call Tuesdays. Anyone who needs pm second Mondays. at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Randy Hackler, 276-988-5583 or clothing is welcome. AILZX'IglMER'S SUPPORT- Library, St. Paul, are 9am-Spin RancttaDavis, 276-889-8206. FREE HIV TESTING-Health First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat FREE ADULT ED-Free adultDepartments in the Lenowisco Agency for Senior Citizens office, urdays, and 1 l am-7:30pm Tues- education classes are available in Health District offer free confid- Claypool Hill. Free. days and Thursdays. See Library Lee, Scott and Wise counties and ential HIV testing throughout the NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- for special program schedules, the City of Norton. Daytime and year. For information, call Wise Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm DICKENSON-BUNDY-The evening classes for adults who County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Presbyterian Church, Norton. Dickenson-Bundy Log House is want to improve their basic skills. Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231- open weekly Thursdays through Instructors also assist adults with Health Dept. 276-386-1312. Stated meetings will be held the Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 job-related skills including re- FREE GED CLASSES-Free third Saturday of each month. The pro. sume, writing a~d interviewing. GED classes are offered at the $¢ho01 of Instruction will he held SOCIAL SECURITY-The WiseFor details, call 1-800-422-3433 or Oxbow Family Investment Center, on fourth Thursdays at 7. Social Secnr/ty Office is open 276-386-9433. St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Com- Phone numbers are 1-800-772- palachian Agency for Senior Cifi- Glerma McReynolds is the teacher. munication; First Thursday, 7 pm 1213 or276-679-7633, zens provides disability transport- Call 1-800-422-3433. ' School oflmtruction. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of ation services in Buchanan, GED ONLINE-The Regional VFW POST #8652, DAV the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Dickenson, Russell and Tazcwell Adult Education Program is CItAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 Library, St. Paul meet at the counties to individuals with offering free GED Classes online. pro, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm. disabilities, regardless of age. Call This service is for qualifying and NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 1-888-656-2272. adult learners, with or without 9:30 to 12. St. Thcrcs¢'s Neigh- 9864, Lebannn, welcomes new GENEALOGY GROUP-The their own home computers, in Lee, bers Aid Building, new & used members. If you served overseas Russen County Genealogy Group Scott and Wise counties and the clothing for sale. during any war, write VFW Post meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, City of Norton. For more RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebannn, Russell County Public Library, ioformarion, call GED Online SUPERVISORS.First Monday, 6 VA 24266 and send name, address Lebanon. The Group purpose is Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- pm, Lebunon. and phone number. Transfers "to learn, to share and to 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- welcomed. , perpetuate family history." Call 2433). Stated Communication, 1st Satur- HEALTH SERVICES-The WiseWilliam T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 GED TESTING-GED Testing is days, 7:30; School of Instruction County Health Department, Wise, or, available Monday through third Thursdays, 7 pm is open from 8am-gpm first JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Thursday and on Saturdays at the RIgCOVERY GROUP-The Wise Thursdays. Clinics will be offered Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- Wise Co Alternative Education County Mental Health Cenmr in family planning, pediatrics, orial Library and help promote the Center, Wise• Call 276-328-8612 conducts a recovery group for sub- school and adult physicals, WIC, improvement of facilities and for information concerning GED stan~ abusers and families Paps and immunizations. Ap- services of the library. Send name, testing. Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- pointments are necessary for all address and phone number, with a IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-In 0810. but immunizations. For an $5 membership girl, to J. Fred Control, a free diabetes program, ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- appointment, call 762-328-8000. Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, d~n of Alcoholics meet Mondays, FACILITIES AVAILABLE-TheBox 1976,. St. Paul, VA 24283. 5-6 pm 2~d Mondays• 7 pro, First Baptist Church, Tacoma Community Center is Make checks payable to Friends of DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Cocbem. Call 762-0016, 276-395- available for reunions, birthdays die J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm • 6588 or 276-679-7371. and showers• All proceeds Library. 3~a Tuesdays at the Dante Museum LITTLE LEAGUE-Tha Clinch rehabilitate the Tacoma School as EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley with the Community Meeting .River Little League Board meet at a Community Center• For infor- Chapter //152, Order of Eastern following at 7:00 pm. 4 pm third Sundays at the ~A marion, call 395-6398. Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel rn .Building in Castlewood. All 100 BIRTHDAY-Appalachiunexcept for March and December, Singing will be held at 7 pm the interested persons are invited to Agency for Senior Citiiens when the meetidgs are on the first Friday of each month at The attend. . recognizes persons in Russell, second Tuesday. All meetings are Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- at 7:30 p.m. Street, St. Paul• All are welcome - ,H.O.P.E. HOUSE-H.O.P.E. Hou- ,~e provides emergency shelter for .victims of domestic violence in ~W/se, Russell, Dickeuson, Lee, ,,~ and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers well counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1- 800-656-2272, to advise AASC of any up¢om/ng l O0t~ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dicken- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835-g847 nights. Cocburn-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9am- child's birth certificate (your (St. Paul Elementary at 762, child can be pre-registered 5941) or call Marcia Shortt, without a certified copy of Director ;of Elementary Edu- his or her birth certificate) cation, a5 the Wise County • Child's Social Security School Board Office at 276-328- card 8017. Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 workshops to teach activities approving the purchase of a one they can do at home with their Greystone- the Gordon family children to reinforce what they're learning in school, by Jerry Couch "The teachers and staff atThe current owners of SPES are amazing," Principal ' Greystone" are Ronnie and Evans said. "I think the teachers Helen Gordon. Prior to their and support staff have gotten really good at engaging all move to the .St. Paul area, both students. I congratulate them for the Gordons had spent most of their continuous success in their lives in Or near Cleveland, making sure their students learn Virginia. Until their recent re- no matter what obstacles they tirement, Ronnie and Helen encounter and that they continue managed the Greystone Manor to achieve at higher levels." Home For ' Adults which they founded and built. The Gordons are my friends as well as my neighbors. I'm proud to know this enterprising couple who have been both life partners and business partners for over 50 years. Ronnie began his working career with the Clinch field Railroad and remained in their employ for a period of 10 years. Sensing greater opportunity, he decided to become a commercial contractor. Ronnie's timing was good because it coincided With the coal boom in Southwest Virginia. He started in a small way - build a house, sell it, build Ronnie and Helen Gordon and Taffy another. Later he completed the Prior to obtaining a real estate which had been in their family requirements for a Class A license, Ronnie and Helen work- for 60 years. Coincidentally, Contractor's license and was ed for an established agency." Ronnie Gordon approached the able to bid on and receive larger Once licensed, they began the Grays shortly after this decision contracts. Meanwhile, Helen complex process of buying, was reached and a deal was- helped manage the financial side selling, building, and improving, struck. After buying the house of the business. .In all, the Each day the Gordons tra- in 1976, the Gordons took Gordons built more than 100 veled back and forth between St. possession in 1977. Ronnie and houses and businesses in Wise Paul and their home nearHelen sold their farm, packed up and Russell Counties, including Cleveland. After Russell Cou- their children, their furniture, the building on Russell Street in nty's consolidation and reshuf- loaded up their cattle and their St. Paul which has been home to fling of school buildings in the .pets, and moved in. Then the the Clinch Valley Times for Cleveland area, the Gordons real work started- upgrades to nearly 40 years. They also re- decided to enroll their children wiring and plumbing, a new ceived the carpentry contract for in school at St. Paul. On their heating system, paint, wallpaper, the Clinchview housing project way to or from work and school, plaster repairs - the job seemed on Gray Hill and were re-the Gordonfamilywouldadmire endless and occupied every free sponsible for numerous area the beautiful limestone house moment. commercial expansion and re- sitting proudly atop its hill. The-Gordon's children were modeling jobs. Confirmed old house aficio- fascinated by their new home. Along the way, the Gordons nados by this time, the Gordons They spent countless hours ex- purchased a 100 acre farm near made discreet inquiries and ploring it, just as the Duff Cleveland and renovated the learned that Greystone's owner, children and the Gray children large farmhouse located on the Mrs. Leonora Gray, was ahad done inyears gone by. And property. Restoring this old resident of Birdmont, a nursing then the iunthinkable happened, i house turned out to be more than home in Wytheville where she Max Gordon, just 14 years of a labor of love. It was a dress would remain for the rest of her age, was diagnosed with non- rehearsal for major events yet to life. Hodgkin's lymphoma. Max. come. Meanwhile, the farm pro- Years before, Walter and died in 1983 and Greystone vided a great place for the Leonora Gray had converted suddenly became too quiet with- Gordon's two children, Greystone to a multi-family out the sound of his footsteps orl Mellason and Max, to grow up. dwelling with four apartments his motorcycle roaring up and The next logical step in the occupying the upper floors of down the hill. The death of a l evolution of the Gordon's grow- the house. After Mrs. Gray be, child is the greatest tragedy a, BOoKadmissi°n is flee.DISCUSSION.Book ing business was to become real gan living at Birdmont, the Gray family can endure. The family_ Discussion Group One of the J. estate brokers. They opened an family continued to rent the coped with their loss, but life for Fred Matthews Memorial Library office in one of the storefronts in apartments to tenants. However, them was permanently altered. Novembermeets fourthandThUrsdaySDecember(eXceptare the old St. Paul Apartments without Mrs. Gray in residence, The next important chapter combined in early December) at building (also referred to as the Greystone began suffering theft in Greystone's evolving story the Riverside Diner at 6 pm. Willis Building). This was a and damage. The situation was took place when the Gordon's good location in the 1970's complicated and far from ideal, daughter Mellason decided to when the downtown area of St. so the Gray siblings made the open the house as= a_restaurant Paul was still a bustling place, painful decision to sell the house .(Comim ed on page 2) •