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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, March 27, 2014 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. Ann Young Gregory Five whole days ? Reprinted from March 22, 2012 How did you and your family spend your spare time last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- did you stay at home or shop a little or go to the movies or visit friends or family? My family, most of it, anyway, stayed home (worked Thursday and Friday, of course) and somehow, during those four days, we watched five days worth of basketball. I don't mean a couple of games each of those days -- I mean a full 120 hours of basketball. Of course, we couldn't see 120 hours in 96 hours. However, the television channels were very accommodating to cooperate in scheduling so many more of the 48 first round NCAA Tournament games than we've had on television in the past. Consequently, if you had a couple of Tivos or whatever those things are called, or some other means of recording for later watching, it's con-ceivable that over the course of those four days plus most of this week, you could see every- thing that was available -- at least a lot of highlights!. Possibly you don't care anything about college bas- ketball and/or the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, in which case you watched something else over those four days -- or you went outdoors to enjoy the incredibly pleasant weather we've been having. (Of course it did rain a lot on Thursday -- we had to be in Bristol for a 12 noon appointment, and afterwards we had lunch. By the time we were ready to start for home, we had to drive toward a totally black sky decorated with jagged streaks of lightning stretching from the sky to the ground. Totally scary. We got home safely, how- ever, encountering nothing any more serious than heavy rain, even though hail and high winds were predicted.) As I've more than likely mentioned before, the three of us in my family who are University of Ken-tucky graduates have always maintained more than a passing interest in basketball.. That comes naturally, I think, to those who are Kentucky natives, as Allen and I are, and the right environment while growing up tends to devel- op a person to be particularly sensitive to blue and white Wildcats! (I've often commented, when noting that a good high school basketball player in the Bluegrass State commits to the University of Kentucky, that he's "been raised right.") The great basketball tradition at .Kentucky (and much of this discourse, you won't be surprised to note, will center on UK) was really begun when Adolf Rupp began his career at the Central Kentucky school in 1930. He retired in 1972, having won 878 games over those 41 years -- that's an average of almost twenty- one-and-a-half wins per year! He was an incredibly effective basketball coach. During my four years at UK, the 1953-54 Wildcats gave Rupp his only undefeated season. That was the year after the NCAA levied the "death penalty" on the UK team, prohibiting a 1952-53 season as punishment for the sins of a group of players who had already graduated. It was also my first year at UK, and we were all horribly disappointed that the only two basketball garaes +_we could attejad in Memorial Coliseum that year were Blue-White scrimmage games. Adolf Rupp was held in such high regard that during halftime of one of the games when I was in school, Coach Rupp was presented a blue Cadillac convertible as a gift fr9 m the people of Lexington. I delight in telling my more rabid basketball friends that my family lived across the street from the Rupps when I was a lit- tle girl. That's true! At age eight or whatever I was, I just thought Mr. Rupp, in addition to being a teacher at UK like my daddy, was Herky's daddy (Herky was one of my playmates). I began to be in awe of the man, however, when I was listening to the radio one after- noon after school (probably to "Tom Mix," one of the favorites of my friends and I), when during acommer- cial for Ralston Purina,, listeners were told that in exchange for a box top and fifteen cents, the sponsor would send a booklet called "Championship Basketball" by Adolf Rupp! I was stunned. But enough of my recollections, especially since this is about the NCAA Tournament. Of course, the reason I'm so interested, I suppose, is that the aura of excel- lence that was begun during Adolf Rupp's 41 year reign as Basketball Coach at UK continues, and this season, Kentucky was ranked in the number one spot for almost the entire duration, and the Cats lost only one game -- by one point to Indiana, which hit a three-pointer at the buzzer. Kentucky, favored to win the Tournament, "got through its first two games, defeating Western Kentucky 81-66, and Iowa State 87-71. The next one is against Indiana, and that'll be interesting, since Indiana is the only team that beat UK during the regular season (and, yes, Vanderbilt did it in the finals of the SEC Tournament). Am I that astute an observer of the overall college basketball picture? Absolutely not. I'm participating in a little pool, in which I chose Kentucky as the winner (I'm in this same pool almost every year, and I always choose Kentucky to win, even when I'm the only one to do sot) Anyway, of the choices I made for the teams that would make it to the "Sweet Sixteen," I hit it on exactly half -- not a very good record. (I chose Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State, Kansas, North Carolina, Baylor, Indiana and Louisville.) Did you real- ize that 25 percent of the Sweet Sixteen is from Ohio (Ohio State, Cincinnati, Xavier and Ohio U.)? The mad, madder and maddest four days of March have concluded with those 48 games. (Actually, there were 52 games, but four were preliminaries to deter- mine the last four eligible for the 64 teams in the "main" tournament.) Next weekend, there are only 12 games, with the Final Four to emerge. Then, just two more contrasts to determine the 2012 Champion! The mad, madder and maddest four days of March have concluded with those 48 games -- actually, 52 games counting the four preliminaries. Next weekend, the Final Four will emerge from 12 games. Two more games determine the 2012 Champion. Be nice if UK could add '12to "48, '49, 51, '58, '78, '96 and '98! Saint Paul receives Virginia Main Street Milestone Award BANK DAY... Castlewood High seniors Kaitlyn Jenkins and Alexis Kennedy at Tru Point Bank in St. Paul. Students participate in Virginia Bank Day The third "lesday in March was declared Bank Day in Virginia by the V'irginia General Assembly in 1991. On this day, V'lrginia high school seniors spend a day in banks across the Commonwealth shad- owing a banker in their daily duties. This year, Castlewood High School was represent- ed at Tm Point Bank in St. Paul, by seniors Kaitlyn Jenkins and Alexis Kennedy. During their visit, Kaitlyn and Alexis had the opportunity to learn about banking, financial services, and the vital role banks play in their communities. The girls were selected by their Career and Technical Education teachers based on their performance while in the business education class- room and the commitment each have shown as mem- bers of the Castlewood High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Kaitlyn and Alexis will now have the opportunity to submit an essay describing their experience. Essays are judged on the regional and state level with the possibili- ty of earning as much as $6,000 from the Virginia Bankers Association in col- lege scholarship money. Castlewood High School would like to thank St. Patti Tru Point Bank president Royce Owens and his staff for this opportunity. Tru Point Bank and Mr. Owens are also involved in the new Career Exploration program at Castlewood High School where, beginning next school year, students will have an opportunity to visit a local business over multi- ple days to learn more about careers in our local commu- nity. Students and parents interested in the newpr, gram developed bY the P+artnership with Business team at CHS, should contact the guidance department. Sheriff's Report Richmond - On Wednesday, March 19, Saint Paul Main Street and the town of Saint Paul were presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award for the dedication of over 5,000 volunteer hours to the revi- talization of the down- town's historic commercial district. The awards were presented at Richmond's historic Hippodrome Theater.At the ceremony that focused on the results of Main Street efforts, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones spoke to the audience of nearly 90 downtown revitalization volunteers and profession- als from around the state about the visible results of their hard work. "This year, you have been thinking outside of the box and using entrepreneurship as a keystone to successful downtown revitalization," said Secretary Jones. "With entrepreneur development strategies like business boot camps and even an Ideaspace, you are bringing new ventures and amazing growth to your down- towns." The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Bill Shelton said, "In the last five years, des- ignated Main Street com- munities have sparked more than $217 million in private investment in their districts." Shelton contin- ued, "As a result, last year, there was a net collective gain of 453 jobs across the 25 Main Street downtown districts.'"'Entrepreneurshi p is key to revitalizing our communities. Given the proper support, anybody can pursue their dream of starting a business," said keynote speaker Toan Nguyen, co-Founder of MILESTONE AWARD ... Teresa Harless, Manager of Saint Paul Main Street, Virginia Main Street Program Manager Alexis Thompson and Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Director Bill Shelton at the Virginia Main Street Milestones Achievement Awards Luncheon. Impact Investment Consulting, C'ville Central, Community Investment Collaborative and C'ville Coffee. "Communities that are par- ticipating in Virginia Main Street are in a unique posi- tion to leverage their orga- nizational skills, contacts and methodology to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in their communities."In Saint Paul, revitalization strategies include a recent successful downtown facade program and major work to stabilize the Willis Building and Lyric Theater. Plans are being developed for a full revitalization of both buildings, with funds of $1.1 million in hand for the Willis Building and a marketing/planning project underway for the Lyric Theater. To get involved with the activities in down- town Saint Paul, contact Saint Paul Main Street at 276-395-0685. The Virginia Main Street program provides assistance and training to help communities increase the economic vitality of their downtown commer- cial districts. It is managed by managed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Virginia Main Street uses the National Main Street model to help com- munities revitalize their downtowns by focusing on their unique heritage and attributes. The program helps communities imple- ment a comprehensive revitalization strategy that creates economic growth and pride in downtowns. THE OTHERS In addition to Saint Paul, Virginia Main Street recog- nized the following communi- ties for excellence: Abingdon, Altavista, Ashland, Berryville, Bristol, Culpeper, Farmville, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Luray, Lynchburg, Marion, Martinsville, South Boston, Staunton, Warrenton, Winchester. Currently, there are 25 designated Virginia Main Street communities: Abingdon, Altavista, Ashland, Bedford, Berryville, Blackstone, Bristol, Culpeper, Farmville, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Hopewell, Luray, Lynchburg, Manassas, Marion, Martinsville, Orange, Saint Paul, South Boston, Staunton, Warrenton, Waynesboro and Winchester. The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 03/03/2014 through 03/09/2014. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,510 calls for this seven-day period. Of the total  calls received 314 were dis- patched to the Sheriff's Office Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 11. Criminal Process for this period: Served 33 Felony Warrants, 34 Misdemeanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrests. Civil Process Served: 276 Civil Papers Traffic Accidents: 8 8 Additional Criminal DEADLINES: EDITORIAL copy (anniversaries, birthdays, wed- dings, calendar items, press releases, etc.) 4 p.m. Monday ADVERTISING (Classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday CLINCH VALLEY TIMES Investigations were initiat- ed and 35 Cleared by Arrest. Sheriff's Office provid-. ed 188 man-hours of Court Room Security. Unlocked Vehicles: 23 Escorted Funerals: 7 The Sheriff's Office Transported: 1 Adult In State 0 Adults Out of State 0 Mental Patient 2 Juveniles Total Transports: 3 Total Transport Hours: 22.5 C00ch Val!00 Times :; M RmR Pui.,5,d Ix ht St. Pd, 24213+ :  VA 21283 , l, lt b:dicd: publ:atv