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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paid, Va. Thursday, April 10, 2014 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. A.. Youn00 Gregory Okay, Reprinted from April 19, 2012 this was inevitable/ You knew I'd get around to it, sooner or later--the excitement of the event has kept going on for us even though it happened almost three weeks ago. Our house- hold has been euphoric ever since the University of Kentucky Wildcat basketball team won its eighth national championship on April 2--and I guess you knew I'd at least mention that achievement in this space! (1948, 49, 51, 58, 78, 96, 98--and now 2012!). You have to understand how such an event affects members of my family. David, a Virginia Tech graduate (the rest of us went to UK), is pleased for us, but he doesn't go all to pieces. Personally, I'm thrilled when the Cats do well, but I'm not thrilled at the same level as Allen and Peyton manage to reach. In the first place, they saw several games at Rupp Arena during the sea- son. Once was the night before the UK-Tennessee foot- ball game--it was Thanksgiving break for students, and some tickets became available which Peyt snapped up online days before they went to Lexington. For the sec- ond game, she also got the tickets online, but refused to tell us what she'd paid for them. Rupp Arena tickets are sometimes like that! But getting back to the "big dance," as some people are given to calling the annual NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament--looked at in one way, it does- n't seem that it would be such a big deal for a good team. All that's necessary, beyond qualifying for the tournament--or being invited--is winning six games. However, when you consider that the competitors are the best basketball teams in the country, it becomes a little more complicated. Add the fact that, as a general rule, almost any team can defeat almost any other team, given the right time and the right circumstances. There isn't any cut-and-dried conclusion possible, and any- body who says otherwise is a wishful thinker! (I have to admit--that would include me, as I always assume Kentucky will win, and, when there's an opportunity for a little friendly pool among friends, I put my money where my mouth is.) It started off like any other basketball season--a cou- ple of exhibition games against teams not normally.on the regular season schedule. The Cats won those, of course. Then the regular season began. Among the very good teams UK was up against before the Southeastern Conference schedule were North Carolina, Louisville, St. John's, Kansas and Indiana. UK won all of those-- except that Indiana hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to overcome UK's two-point lead. The Cats won their first eight games of the season, gave up that one against IU on December 10, then won another 24 before losing to Vanderbilt in the finals of the Southeastern Conference Tourna-ment. Early on, the Cats, with a preponderance of freshmen, were ranked number one in the nation. However, Allen pointed out, as he often does in cases like this, that "number one" is a meaningful phrase only Letter to the Editor after the season is over--and that it means very little when used before or during the season. You have to admit that he has a point! Anyway, the NCAA Division 1 Tournament began, and as the regular season SEC champion, UK had an automatic bid, as did, I'm pretty sure, a majority of teams in the competition. Like I said before--doesn't seem too.hard--just six games to win in order to have the national championship. The level of competition, however, makes that easier said than done. Perhaps a bit of history would be in order here. Adolph Rupp's Wildcats in the 1947-48 season--they were called the Fabulous Five--won the school's first NCAA championship. This group (Alex Groza, Wah- Wah Jones, Ralph Beard, Kenny Rollins and Cliff Barker, complete with Coach Adolph Rupp) also won the basketball gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics Allen, who has a vast store of information about this subject, told me that the National Invitation Tournament--NIT--was the more highly ranked tourna- ment for some time. I found on the Internet that the NIT was considered to produce the national championship team from its founding in 1938 through the next 15 or so years. That suggests that the NCAA Tournament (which originally included primarily conference cham- pions) became the one whose winner was ranked at the top of the list in 1943, give or take a year. (Kentucky won the NIT in 1946, was runner-up in 1947, and won again in 1976.) I hope you'll forgive me these ramblings about my team! I promise I won't do it again (at least not til they win #9). I'm sure I've told you before that the legendary coach, Adolph Rupp, and his family lived across the street from us when I was a little girl. Far as I was con- cerned, he just taught at the university like my father did, and he was Herky's daddy (Herky was one of my playmates). Then, listening to Tom Mix, a favorite radio program, one afternoon after school, I was transfixed when I heard the Ralston Purina commercial, which offered, for a box top and 15 cents, a booklet called "Championship Basketball" by Adolph Rupp. That was the first suggestion I'd had that our neighbor was famous ! Then later, as a student at UK, I was there the night they drove the blue Cadillac convertible onto the floor of Memorial Coliseum at halftime of a game--it was a gift to Coach Rupp from the people of Lexington. I was there the night that halftime of the basketball game fea- tured the introduction of all of Coach Rupp's All- American players from the past. I don't remember how many there were, but it seemed that they circled the bas- ketbail court! Still later, when I had graduated, and Allen was out of the service and back in school, we were at a game against Temple--we won in three OTs, the third made possible by a buzzer-beater-tying basket from the cen- ter line (no three-pointers in those days). Our roots in UK basketball DO go 'way back! i ff ] i i i Ill li " A special thank you from the Town Of St. Paul To the Editor: The Town of St. Paul would like to send a special thank you to everyone who made the visit from St. Joseph University such a wonderful week. We hosted 27 young adults from Philadelphia Pennsylvania as they enjoyed the "Appalachian Experience". Our gratitude goes to Castlewood High School, The St. Paul Episcopal Church, St. Paul Baptist Church, St. Paul Methodist Church, St. Therese Catholic Church, Morning Star Church, St. Paul Assembly of God Church, the folks at Romano's and the Castlewood Lions Club, folks at E1 Palenque Mexican Restaurant, the folks at Pizza Plus, the old Russell County Courthouse, Terry Vencil and Team Estonoa, Jerry Couch, Kathy and Richard Ferguson, Debbie Baca, and Glenda Lane. We greatly appreciate your contribution. Much work was accomplished and many lives were blessed to be able to enjoy some time with these wonderful students. We sincerely wish these students the very best as they continue their education and look forward to seeing them in St. Paul in the future. Kyle Fetcher Mayor, Town of St. Paul LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general interest to the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. Increased opportunity for producers as part of the New Farm Bill for 2014 WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced increased opportunity for producers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. A fact sheet outlining modifica- tions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Programs is available here. "Our nation's farmers and ranchers are the engine of the rural economy. These improvements to our Farm Loan Programs will help a new generation begin farming and grow existing farm operations," said Secretary Vilsack. "This announcement repre- sents just one part of a series of investments the new Farm Bill makes in the next generation of agricul- ture, which is critical to economic growth in com- munities across the coun- try." The Farln ' Bill expands lending opportunities for thousands of farmers and ranchers to begin and con- tinue operations, including greater flexibility in deter- mining eligibility, raising loan limits, and emphasiz- ing beginning and socially disadvantaged producers. Changes that will take effect immediately include: -Elimination of loan term limits for guaranteed operating loans. -Modification of the definition of beginning farmer, using the average farm size for the county as a qualifier instead of the median farm size. -Modification of the Joint Financing Direct Farm Ownership Interest Rate to 2 percent less than regular Direct Farm Ownership rate, with a floor of 2.5 percent. Previously, the rate was established at 5 percent. -Increase of the maxi- mum loan amount for Direct Farm Ownership down payments from $225,000 to $300,000. -Elimination of rural residency requirement for Youth Loans, allowing urban youth to benefit. -Debt forgiveness on Youth Loans, which will not prevent borrowers from obtaining additional loans from the federal govern- count toward loan term ment. limits for veterans and -Increase of the guaran- beginning farmers. tee amount on Additional modifica- Conservation Loans from tions must be implemented 75 to 80 percent and 90 through the rulemaking percent for socially disad- processes. Visit the FSA vantaged borrowers and Farm Bill website for beginning farmers, information and updates to -Microloans will not farm loan programs. St. Paul Assembly of God Rev. John Thompson The Promise Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the vir- gin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call His name Immanuel. Matthew 1:27 - Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is trans- lated, "God with us." Isaiah 7:14 was given to the people of Israel at a time when Syria had arrayed their armies around them. In this seem- ingly hopeless situation, God sent Isaiah the prophet to Ahaz the king to give the promise of help and deliv- erance. Ahaz was told that he might ask God for a sign. He refused to do so supposedly because he did not want to "test the Lord" but in reality, he had already made an alliance with a pagan king. This demonstrated his trust in human ability rather than trust in a Sovereign God. Isaiah gives him and Israel a sign anyway. This is the promise of Isaiah 7:14 which was clearly ful- filled in Matthew 1:22, 23. This fulfillment of the promise tells us that what- ever God promise can always be relied on. While men may promise and fail to keep their promises, God has never broken His promise. Like most of the things of Go d , the promised Messiah is either a step- ping stone or a stumbling block. We are either deeply attracted to Him or we will totaliy reject Him. re may go through religious exer- cises but Christ will either become our Lord or a "rock of offense." His words, commandments and expectations will either provide great hope and help or they will offend us. No one can hear Him say "Love God and love your neighbor" without being challenged in their lifestyle. Isaiah 8:14, 15 tells us clearly that Christ is either a sanctuary, a place of safety, or He will be a rock of offense, a hard or difficult place. Despite the suggestion that Christianity is one of many "good religions" and Christ is just one of the ways to get to Heaven, the Bible is clear. Acts 4:12 states, "Nor is there salva- tion in any other, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved." The acceptance of the promise of God, Christ crucified and raised from the dead is the only offer- ing God has made or accepted for over pardon and forgiveness of sins. He has no plan B. Hebrews CLINCH VALLEY TIMES DEADLINES: EDITORIAL copy (anniversaries, birthdays,weddings, calendar items, press releases, etc.J 3 p.m. Monday ADVERTISING (Classified and display) 12 noon Monday 10:26-29 "for if we go on deliberately and willingly sinning after once acquir- ing the knowledge of truth, there is no longer any sac- rifice left to atone for over sins, no further offering which to look forward to." In other words, if Christ Jesus and His sacrifice and blood aren't sufficient,; there is no other hope. Thanks be to God they are fully sufficient for every- one no matter what they have done or are doing. Isaiah 9:2-5 reveals that we do notstand up and walk out of darkness into light, rather, Christ who is light penetrates our dark- ness searching for us, seek- ing us and redeeming us. This Christ is revealed to us in Isaiah 9:6 as the prophet gives us His names. Four names describe this gift of God. He is the Wonderful Counselor who leads us through decisions with unquestionable wisdom. He is the Mighty God. The Hebrew word "El" means strong one, the all-power- ful king and sovereign Lord, the dunamis (cre- ative power) that works on the behalf of His people who can never be under- mined nor usurped. He is the Everlasting Father who is the "Father to the father- less." He (Christ) has been on the throne before cre- ation and He will provide for and protect His chil- dren now and in the world to come. This is not to con- fuse the Trinity for they are distinct in the Persons of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. ,Jesus. is,, described here as  father-like; Remember He said what you see me as and what I do are also what my Father does. He is the Prince of Peace. Peace is not just the absence of war or conflict but is to be equated with a sense of wholeness balance and soundness. The believ- er who is in Christ becomes whole in body, soul and spirit. This promise, which came clothed in the flesh, went to the cross on our behalf, was resurrected from the grave and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, is available to anyone today. We are nearing Easter, which speaks of life and life eter- nal. Why don't you consid- er inviting this life to live in you? He's available to all who ask. ! C00chl- ..i. i + v aney Times : Pnbi.l-:I '&.I,- ht b%. P-,It, VA 2,t21t]. hy t, LZ.INL : I31-: "[:lte (.'linch Vlev Ti+J+-.+ tr,. ' P-t rx iu L Paul. VA RI.+Ii I,il"tl i.)l);,lA'J ii 2.$0. chnn, h !.:liiidi Vll|y VA 242113 liixlildl publ ',ab+-m 1 i