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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, April 10, 2014 Page 5 Clinch River State Parl00 in House budget Delegate Ben Chafin has announced that fund- ing has been secured in the House Budget for the new Clinch River State Park in Southwest Virginia. Delegate Chafin submitted a budget amendment to set aside money for the park at the beginning of the 2014 General Assembly Session. Through long budget nego- tiations, Delegate Chafin and Delegate Kilgore have worked hard for the park to be included in the House budget. With the announcement, Delegate Charm said, "I am proud that we are going to begin developing a new state park in Southwest Virginia. It will also be the first state park to be partially in Russell County. The Clinch River State Park will help protect the beauty of our great region and bring much needed jobs." The next phase of park development, according to state officials, is land acquisition, which will be enabled by the funding provided in the state bud- get. As planned, the park will include one or two "anchor properties" along the Clinch River comple- mented by smaller upstream and downstream public fiver access points. Combined, the access points and the anchor prop- erties will touch down across sections of the fiver in Tazewell, Russell, Wise, and Scott Counties. This will create a variety of options for people to canoe, fish, camp, hike, and otherwise enjoy vari- ous sections of the river. After completion of the various stages of the park, it will include visitor cen- ters, campgrounds, hiking trails, fishing and canoe access. Over thirty local jobs will be created in the region during the five year development phase. Over 100,000 visitors are ,expected to visit the park by its third year and the park is projected to bring a positive benefit of over three and a half million dollars during the first five years. The Clinch River Valley Initiative is a diverse grass roots economic develop- ment effort collaborating with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) that has been working hard to establish the new state park along the river. "The prospect of receiving ini- tial funding for a new Clinch River State Park is very exciting!" said Brad Kreps- Director of The Nature Conservancy's Clinch.Valley Program and member of the Clinch River Valley Initiative. Kreps added that, "The push for a new state park has come from a wide vari- ety of supporters across Southwest Virginia includ- ing counties and towns along the fiver. We all understand that environ- mentally sensitive recre- ation is a good economic development strategy for our communities." In closing, Delegate Charm said, "The Clinch River Valley is the most biologically diverse native species ecosystem in the United States and Canada and needs to be preserved. The new park will be great- ly beneficial to the econo- my and is a significant accomplishment for Southwest Virginia." The Delegate also pointed out the Clinch River is home to the nation's greatest con- centration of rare and imperiled aquatic life and the largest number of fresh water fish species in Virginia. Emmily and Kendra Woods, students at The Learning Center in Castlewood, recently receive writing honors from the VFW and Lonesome Pine Short Story and Poetry contests. Woods, si 00rers take writing honors Emmily and Kendra Woods, students at The Learning Center in Castlewood, were winners in the VFW Voice of Democracy and the Lonesome Pine Short Story & Poetry contests. Emmily won 1st place in the local and 1 st place in the district Voice of Democracy; Kendra won 3rd place in the local Voice of Democracy. Veterans from the VFW Post #8652 and a represen- Students named to honor roll Brooke Home, Jamie Kiser, Hayden Linkous, Makia Phillips, Hannah Steele, Austin Swiney, Carrie Thomas, Terri Thomas Grade 9 A/B Honor Roll: Danielle Ball, James Castle; Haley Duty, Shelby Grizzle, Peyton Jessee, Zachary Lowe, Cody Meade, Darla Mullins, Gillian Shepard, Cade Steele, Jessie Turner, Zachary Vinson Grade 10 A/B Honor Roll: Faith Austin Maleah Castle, Samantha Couch, Shiann Couch Shawn Elam, Mandi Hylton, McKinley Isaacs, Alanna Kiser, Jon Lee, Dalton Mullins, Leslie Murphy, Adam Puckett, Kalyn Purtee, Janie Skeens, Jeremiah Statzer, Nikki Turner, Rachel While, Garrett Woodruff Castlewood High School recently announced the following honor roll accomplishments: Grade 8, All A Honor Roll: Jennifer Burns, Mikayla Johnson, Morgan Kennedy, Jordan Peters, Isacc Phillips Grade 9, All A Honor Roll: Jacob Baker, Camryn Cook, Madison Ray, Savannah Roberson Grade 10, All A Honor Roll: Alex Alfred, Emily Baker, Trevor Gilbert, Casey Hall, Jennie Molinary Grade 11, All A Honor Roll: Steven Hall, Kacie Jesse, Dax Smith, Bridgette McCarty Grade 12, All A Honor Roll: Korey Puttee Grade 8 A/B Honor Roll:Brenda Blevins, Ryan Grizzle, Jenna Hall, United Way funding deadline Grade 11 A/B Honor Roll: Tomi Amburgey, Savannah Lucas for 2015 is 0000tpril 30, 2014 Agency must maintain responsible management and have a qualified Board of unpaid Directors or Administrative Body that meets regularly during the year. Agency must have com- plete and transparent accounting records and fmancial statements. Agencies with revenues over $100,000 must have an annual audit. These records must be made available to UWSWVA. Agency must cooperate with other health and human service agencies to help pre- vent duplication of efforts in promoting effective services and cooperate with United Way during campaign time with agency tours, presenta- tions, employee campaigns, etc. Agency must publicize that it is a United Way Agency and use logo on published material. Agency must be willing to accept final funding of approved agency budget based on the percentage of actual collections of the United Way and agree that, in the event of termination of agency services, allocated United Way funds shall revert to United Way for reallocation to a functioning agency. If you feel that your agency meets the above cri- teria, and you are interested in receiving funding through the United Way of Southwest V'uginia, we want to hear from you. Please go to for details on how to apply for funding. .. .... : ,. ' !  e; ? ,i i m:00em READ BANDANA BONANZA Crewe, Hale, Autumn Ingle, Jon Kilgore, Victora Lane, Heaven Parridgen, Chris Parsell, Damien Patrick, Chelsea Phillips, Samantha Saiyer, Brittany Taylor, Brad Traverse, Alex Vance Grade 12 A/B Honor Roll, William Bostic, Tyler Carter, Olivia Cook, Summer Cook Haley Crabtree, Logan Dean, Erica Dickenson Sydney Ellis, Alexis Hale, Katie Jenkins Walker Long, Morgan Mullins, Caitlin Phillips, Haley Stanton, Kelly T. Steffey, Terry Woods. The United Way of Southwest V'trginia, which serves Dickenson, Scott and Wise Counties and the City of Norton, is currently accepting applications for 2015 Allocation funds. The United Way of Southwest VLrginia funds agencies and organizations that provide health and human services for our service area. Applications for Funding will be accepted through April 30, 2014. Complete information, including the Application for Funding and Instructions can he found on our website at www.united- The United Way 'of Southwest Virginia focuses on agencies and organiza- tions that meet a real need in our area and make a positive impact on the lives of the cit- izens of our communities. The United Way of Southwest Virginia has seen a huge increase in people needing the services that area agencies offer. This is largely due to the sluggish economy in this coalfield region Here are some of the requirements to become a United Way Member Agency. Agency must apply for funding for a particular "pro- gram" it uses to serve the people of our service area. The agency must he a health and human service agency and have tax exempt status under IRS code 501(C)3. Agency must provide services to all persons with- out discrimination because of race, religion, age, nation- al origin, sex, or disability status. TUESDAY tative of the VFW Women's Auxiliary award- ed the students with a cer- tificate, medal, and a check on Friday, February 28. Emmily won 2nd place in the Lonesome Pine Short Story contest and 3rd place in the Poetry contest; Kendra won 3rd place in the Lonesome Pine Short Story contest. The students received their awards at the John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival held at MECC on Wednesday, March 19. Welcome to The Whistle Stop "Primitive Decor & More" Grand Opening Saturday, April 12 Free food and Prize give away across from old Lyric - Broad Street Subscribe to the Clinch Valley Times for all your local news. CHURCHES UNITED AS ONE Individual Churches sharing the Love of Christ together! April 26, 12pm-5pm At A.R. Matthews Park, St. Paul Free Hot Dogs and Drinks * FreeDonated Clothing and Giveaways Free Activities and Built in Playground for Kids Free Time on Giant Inflatable Obstacle Course for Kids Gospel Singing featuring Blood Bought, The Harding Family, Common Ground, Jerry Barnette, Lyrical Preacha, Ann and Sam Hubbard, also participating church dram a and signing teams! Area Churches showing the Love of Jesus! And Much More!! EVERYONE WELCOME (Seating is available, but is limited. Everyone is welcome to ,, , brinE[ a,foldin chair.) .......