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C ch Valleyy me s 00vlin Ti "The time has come, the walrus saM, to talk things ..... Vol. LVI, No. 15 Thursday, April 10, 2014 Saint Paul, Virginia I JERSEY GIRLS GAME TIME ... Clinch River 11 & 12 year old girls team members include (not necessarily in order) Samantha Gray, Makayla Marshall, Hannah Surrett, Chloe Russell, Bell e Austin, Emma Kiser, Lexi Phillips, Sierra Marshall, Adi Hall, Rilee Barnette, Aieaha Dye, Emily Williams, Rylee Hicks, Elyssa Gibson, Sydney Laney. Coaches include Heather Barnette, Eddie Dye, Mark Dye, Larry Hicks and Debbie Laney. Items of lnterest HOLY WEEK SERVICES Holy Week Services for April 14-18 beginning at 12 noon will be at the fol- lowing churches: Monday, Saint Mark's Episcopal with Rev. Mike Moore; Tuesday, Saint Therese Catholic with Robert Beauchamp; Wednesday, Saint Paul United Methodist with Father Charles Ssebalamu; Thursday, Saint Paul Assembly of God with Rev. Harry Layell; Friday, Saint Paul First Baptist with Rev. John Thompson. Lunch will be provided after each service. Easter Sunrise Service will be at Temple Hill at 6:00 am. Breakfast will be served, at Fort Gibson United Methodist Church. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. MARSH REGIONAL BLOOD MOBILE The Marsh Regional Blood Bank Mobile unit will be coming to town soon. Look for it at the fol- lowing locations and please consider becoming a donor. Castlewood, Morgan McClure, Thursday, April 17, 10 to 1. St. Paul Food City, Thursday, April 17, 3 to 6. Calendar of events... -AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENTARY PTA- 3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6' pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood 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. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neighbors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st Saturdays, 7:30; School . Itllil[Ipp]tll!Lt!lll!llll, of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 pln RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and families Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679-0810. ACOA MEETING- Adult Children of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coeburn. Call 762- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE- The Clinch River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. All inter- ested persons are invit- ed to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE- H.O.P.E. House pro- vides emergency shel- ter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed- training available. Call 1-800-572-2278. SENIOR CITI- ZENS-The Castle- wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County resi- dents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY-Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/W/F 10am- 5:30pm; Th 10am-8pm; Sa 10am-2pm. Sunday Closed. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 8:30am-5pm Mondays and Fridays; and 1 lam-7:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, Wed. 9:30am-6pm and Sat lpm-5pm. Sunday Closed. DICKENSON- BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log. House is open weekly Thursdays through Saturdays, 10- 3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURI- TY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone num- bers 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 first Thursdays at 4 pm. VFW POST 9864- VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, welcomes 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 wel- comed. HEALTH SER- VICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-8pm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family plan- ning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WlC, Paps and immu- nizations. Appointments are nec- essary for all but immu- nizations. For an appointment, call 762- 328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All proceeds reha- bilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For information, call 395- 6398. 100TH BIRTH- DAY-Appalachian Agency . for Senior 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 Cinch 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 provides disabili- ty transportation services in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regard- less 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 : history." William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or fullerjr1942@ yahoo.com. JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and help pro- mote the improvement of facilities and servic- es of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Please make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 PRESS &azcaia 50 cents 80 attend Clinch River Education symposium On Saturday, March 29th, St Paul Elementary School and the Estonoa Learning Center opened their doors to both students and teachers from Southwestern Virginia and Northeastern Tennessee as the Clinch River Environmental Education Committee (a subcommit- tee of the Clinch River Valley Initiative) hosted their second annual Environmental Education Symposium. Over 80 attendees par- ticipated this year, provid- ing representation from Bland, Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Washington and Wise County and City of Bristol school systems as well as ETSU and UVa- Wise. The continuing purpose of the Symposium is to help educators develop hands-on teaching tech- niques that use the Clinch River watershed as a vector to supplement the science, math, history, and English Standards of Learning while teaching about the diversity of the watershed. The event was kicked off by Jack McClanahan (Jack Mack) with the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority. Jack Mack provided an inspira- tional keynote address in which he reflected on his life in the Clinch River Watershed, recounting the loss of many traditional mountain ways due to the churning of generations and mountain elders as well as .his vision for how our youth are the key to the future of our heritage. This year's presenters included representatives from Virginia Tech, the Virginia Century Farm, the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, Team Estonoa, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Ferrum College, and Clinch River Adventures. Thanks to the generous donation of time and expertise from these indi- viduals, we were able to offer ten different breakout sessions for participants that covered a variety of topics. Special thanks go out to the presenters for their unrelenting passion, St Paul Elementary School for offering up a wonderful venue for this event as well as students to serve as guides for the facility, Castlewood High School for providing student assis- tants, and Dominion Resources for providing funding for the event. Without the contributions of these individuals and organizations, such a won- derful event would not be possible. If you have any ques- tions about this event or the Committee, email us at creec.committee@gmail.c om. Tom Rudder A WWlI Story PART 1 BY JERRY COUCH The primary personal benefit I have derived from documenting our area's history is the opportunity to meet new people who have interesting stores to tell. I've never met some of these people face-to-face (and may never do so) but I consider them to be my friends. Recently I became acquainted with a former local resident, Tom Rudder. Tom now lives in California but during his growing-up years, he lived in several places; Clinchco, the River Road section of Castlewood, and the Sagertown community of St. Paul. While living in Casflewood, Tom attended Temple Hill High School. Later, when his family moved to St. Paul, he con- tinued to attend Temple Hill. Obviously, Russell County did not provide bus transportation from St. Paul to Temple Hill. If Tom was lucky, he was able to hitch- hike; if' not, he walked to school. The newspaper clipping included with this article describes Tom's stu- dent career. Within weeks of his 1942 high school gradua- tion, Tom enlisted in the Navy. The following is his story, in his own words, of how a young boy became a man much too soon. Thank you Tom for being one of the thousands of men and women who have served our county from 1776 up to the present day. Where would we be without you? TOM RUDDER'S WWII ITINERARY I graduated from Temple Hill High School in Castlewood, Va. in 1942 and joined the Navy on 31 July. I went through basic training at the Naval Operation Center in Norfolk, Va. I left on 30 September and entered radio operator's school in Bedford, Pa. on 1 Oct. Graduated and received a Petty Officer's rating on 29 Jan. 1943. Left Bedford on 30 Jan. and arrived at the Norfolk Replacement Depot on 2 Local native Tom Rudder, here shown in 1942, recounts his World War II experi- ences. Feb. On 4 Feb., I was transferred to the USS Birmingham, a new light cruiser, in Portsmouth, Va. After an extensive shake- down in the Chesapeake Bay we left for North Africa and arrived at Mers- E1-Kabir Harbor in Oran, Algeria on 22 June. Left Oran on 5 July with a task force consisting of the USS Boise, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Savannah. Arrived at Sicily on 10 July for the first invasion of Europe. At 4:43 a.m. the Birmingham fired its first salvo of the war against the enemy. The target being the hills above the beach of Licata. Our first casualty of the day, and there would be hundreds, was the Radioman on one of the spotter planes we carried aboard the Birmingham. He was missing when the plane returned from its first mission. We supported the troops until 18 July then left for Bizerte in Tunisia. Arrived there on 21 July. Left Bizerte on 22 July and arrived in Algeria, Algiers on 23 July. Left Algeria on 26 July and arrived in Norfolk on 8 Aug. Left Norfolk on 18 Aug. and arrived in Panama on 22 Aug. Left Panama on 23 Aug. and arrived in Pearl Harbor on 5 Sept. Left Pearl Harbor on 22 Sept. with 11 destroyers and cruisers Santa Fe and Mobile, and three carriers, the Lexington, Princeton (more on the Princeton later) and Belleau Wood. Arrived at Tarawa on 18 Sept. All installations on the island were thought to be destroyed by our ships and planes but was proven otherwise later. Left on 18 Sept. and arrived in Pearl Harbor on 21 Sept. Left Pearl Harbor on 28 Sept. with cruisers Santa Fe, Mobile, and Nashville; carriers Independence and Belleau Wood, and arrived at Wake Island on 5 Oct. After a thirty-minute duel with their shore batter- ies the action ceased when all the shore batteries were silenced. Three Japanese bombers and six fighter planes, apparently from the Marshall Islands, were shot down. Left Wake Island 6 Oct. (my birthday) and crossed the Date Line on 7 Oct. However, it was still the 6th of Oct. on the eastern side of the line so I had a second birthday that year. Arrived in Pearl Harbor on 11 Oct. Left Pearl Harbor on 23 Oct. and arrived at Espiritu Santo on 4 Nov., at Tulagi 6 Nov. and at Bouganville in the Solomon Islands on 8 Nov. Of all the ships in the task force it appeared that the Japanese had singled out the Birmingham as their main target. It was our first night action in the Pacific and in a matter of two or three minutes the Birmingham took a torpedo in the bow, a torpedo or skip bomb in the stem, and a bomb on turret four. The Birmingham was credited with shooting down four enemy aircraft and one assist. The next day Tokyo Rose admitted the loss of 15 planes and claimed the sinking of three American battleships, two aircraft carriers, seven cruisers and thirteen destroyers. The Birmingham, the only ship damaged, became eqdal to the whole one ocean Navy in Tokyo's eyes. We were fortunate in that we had only two fatal- ities and only a few wound- ed. We left the area on 9 Nov. and arrived at Tulagi on 16 Nov., at Espiritu Santo on 18 Nov. and at Pearl Harbor on 1 Dec. Repairs necessary to make the Birmingham seaworthy were made and we left Pearl Harbor on 18 Dec. and arrived at Mare Island in Vallejo, Ca. on 22 Dec. See RUDDER, Page 8