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( Clinch Valley Times , , Ill II 1 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' " ,.@ .... . =A-.L.:9=c==---,-/:*--.'v : Thursday, April 11, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia 50 Sh "11 b " d e w1 e mlsse SUBJECT OF PUBLIC HEARING...The Lion's Den building, located on Buchanan Street, was the subject of a public hearing held at the Town Hall on Thursday, April 4. Comments and suggestions on the future of the building were heard from the public. Town Council hears comments on Lion' Den building at public hearing On Thursday, April 4 , the St. Paul Town Council held public hearings to hear com- ments on a" budget adjustment and proposed uses for the old Lion's Den building on Buch- anan Street. Several citizens offered opinions on possible uses for the building. Jennifer Bailey suggested selling the property and encouraged .the Council to concentrate on main- taining the buildings they pre- sently own. Another suggestion was to contact Habitat for Humanity to see if they would be interested'in converting the building into a residence for a need, family Bruce Russell the method by whieh the Lion's Den building was purchased. The town attorney advised that the public hearing was to address possible uses, but would address concerns about the acquisition at an appropriate meeting. Mayor Kyle Fletcher said the-town followed the advice of legal counsel to obtain the abandoned property from the St. Paul Women's Club. Following the public hear- ings, a special coulacil meeting was held. The Council approved the budget adjustment as advertised and recommended by the Treasurer. Council also passed a resolution to transfer suggested repairing the building- $800,O00 from the Utiii Fund and using it as a Senior Citizen Center since we have a growing number of seniors in our com- munity. Hugh O'Donnell questioned Calendar of events... AA-Stmdays and Tuesdays:" Big needed-training available. Call 1- ...The Wise County School Board Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church Wednesda)'s: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pro, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 pro, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 pro. Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, g pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231- Stated meetings wilt 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 pro, Stated Com- munication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday. 7 pro, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, Ist Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instroction third Thursdays, 7 pm 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 Chil- dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pro, First Baptisi 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 Castleood. All interested persons are in;ited to attend H.O.P.E. HOUSE-H.O P.E Hou- se provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee. Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers to the General Fund to be paid back at $100,000 per year at zero interest. The last agenda item was an open discussion about prioritizing financial needs with representatives from the community, St. Paul Tomorrow, Main Street, IDA, Downtown 800-572-2278. SENIOR CITIZENS-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 residents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY- Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th 9am-8pm; W/F 9am-5pm; Sa 10am-2pm MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9am-Spm Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat urdays, and I lam-7:30pm Tues- days and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY-TI Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open v, eekly Thursdays through Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone numbers 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 welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise; is open from 8am-gpm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family plhnning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Ap- pointments are necessary for all but immnmzations. For an appointment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All pl"oceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For infor- mation, call 395-6398. 100 TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian Agenc) for Senior Citizens recogmzes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- well counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1- 800-656-2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100 th birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES Ann Peyton Young Gregory, 77, St. Paul, passed away Sunday morning, April 7 at Wellmont Hospice House, Bris- tol, Tennessee after a courageous battle with cancer with her family by her side. Born in Lexington, Ken- tucky, she was the daughter of the late David M. and Pauline .......  ....... Adams Young. She was i::7: ::: preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Peyton Gregory on March 8. She attended elementary school in Lexington before moving with her parents to Paintsville, Kentucky, where she would finish school, leaving after her junior year to attend the University of Kentucky where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority in 1952. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in May 1956 with a degree in Radio and Television from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Kentucky. Upon graduation she accepted the position of traffic manager at WVLK Radio in Lexington, Kentucky until September 1961. She was married to Allen Gregory on January 29, 1957 S and in October of 1961 they moved to St. Paul. She wrote from home for the Clinch Valley Times for a few years before accepting a position with the Children's Television Workshop as administrative assistant from 1970-1974. In 1974 with her husband, Revitalization Committee, and Allen, and her mother, Pauline the Farmers Market Managers. Young, they purchased the Many needs were discussed, Clinch Valley Times newspaper, including a part time Main Street where she was editor until her The Farmers Market and Clinch River Days have been self sustaining but representatives said an annual allocation to these projects is needed for continued growth and improvement. Those present for the meet- ing were Mayor Kyle Fletcher, Council Members Kenneth H, ol- brook, Tim Bofi.t:dvine, Jason Kilgore, Harry Kelly, Greg Bailey, Monty Salyer, Treasurer Debbie Baca and Town Attorney Julie Hensley. passing. As well as newspaper editor she taught adult education (GED) classes for a few years. She was a member of the St. Paul Junior Women's Club, a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and Bible School for many years, and a maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school and in each county public [!brary. " ,,,Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library SUPPORT GROUP-Women survivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch 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 Wige 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 re- stone, writing and interviewing For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or 276-3.86-2433. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- zens provides disability transport- ation services in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties' to individuals with disabilities, regardless 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. The Group purpose is "'to learn, to share and to perpetuate fami b' history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or JOIN THE FRIENDS-.Ioin the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- orial Library and help promote the improvement of facilities and services of the iibrary. Send nanle, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library ESTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Stag', meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are ou the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dicken- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims For appointment, call 276-835-8847 nights. Coeburn-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative wit! assist clients and answer questions at Ihe Education Council and was a member of the Appalachia Educational Council. She served on the Virginia High School League's Board and the Rules Committee. She was a member of the St. Paul TomOrrow Board, the Clinch River Days Festival member of the St. Paul United. committee, and the Thursday Methodist Women. night Book Group. She was also In 1975 she was appointed to the Wise County School Board where she served for 30 years until 2005. While on the board she served as Vice Chairman for 13 years and chairman for 1 term. During her tenure on the Wise County School Board she served on the Virginia School Boards Association, where she was Secretary, Vice President, and President. Also serving on the Virginia Vocational Technical Manager, improvements to the bu,,dm00, tourism pro- The Clinch Valley Times, Part II motion, and Pickin' in the Park. a member of Delta Kappa Gamma honorary fraternity. Survivors include her husband of fifty-six years, Allen Gregory; and son, David Young Gregory of St. Paul; and many close friends. Services for Ann Peyton Young Gregory were conducted at 7:30 plm. Tuesday, April 9 in St. Paul United Methodist Church, St. Paul With tev. Harry Layell officiating. Committal" services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 10 in Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood. Pallbearers were Monty Salyers, Bob Harrison, Bill Robinson, Jay Zeigler, Blake Whjtenack, Aubrey Ward, Chub Crowder and Dr. Dick Davidson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wellmont Hospice House, St. Paul United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. and David M. Yot/ng Memorial Scholarship at UVa- Wise. On line condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www. castlewoodfuneralhome, co rn. Castlewood Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. FOOD BANK-First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER-The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495:. 8473 CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- en On Missmn group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-I1 am Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confid-i ential HIV testing throughout the ! year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011: or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own itome computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County.386- 2433) : GED TESTING-GED Testing is a'ailable Monday through Thursda3 and on Saturdays at the Wise Co Ahernative Educatioia Center, Wise Call 276-328-8612 tbr intbrmation concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-In Control, a free ,,diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul 5-6 pm 2 "a Mondays DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Li,,es On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3 d Tuesdays at tile Dante Museum itll the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 pm the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome - admission is tree BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets tburth Thursdays (except Nosember and December are combined tn early December) at ' -" ' Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 ..2 ,*a'   ........ -,*: .--"7 ''   -" ; by Jerry Couch This week's article is the second in a series about local newspapers in St. Paul. Today we will explore the years during which the Stewart family were publishers of the Clinch Valley Times (1960 - 1974). All infor- cated pieces of equipment which cast type from molten lead. The resulting "lines of type" came out of the machine upside down and backwards. Linotype oper- ators quickly developed the unique skill required to read the type produced by these math- folding the 10 page (on average) issue as the pages came off the press. The finished papers were then bundled and delivered to various merchants who offered them for sale to the community. Subscribers' copies were pre- pared for the post office and mation for this article was taken ines. It was hot work. The hand carried there. One of the from a'tr-i--,n,i--f*,kl-lma*,.Qg -  .. paper boys Stewart family written by Jentlea Stewart. Today', Jentlea is a resident of Tucker, Georgia, but she is still very much a member of the St. Paul com- munity in spirit. Eugene and Gladys Stewart both grew Up in Norton and were married following Eugene's military .service in World War II. Eugene learned about the" newspaper business through his employment at the Big Stone Gap Post and later at. the Indianapolis Star. Next, he and his family moved to Man- chester, Tennessee where he was employed by the Manchester Times. Eugene Stewart, Sr. at the Clinch Valley Times In 1960,. Eugene Stewart learned that the Bausell family of Lebanon were interested in selling the Clinch Valley Times in St. Paul. He and Gladys bought the paper; a huge step for them at the time. It meant another relocation for the Stewart's five lively children, this time to St. Paul. From that day until the present time, the Stewarts have left their mark on St. Paul. Most people who lived in St. Paul in the 1960's will recall the Clinch Valley Times' location in those days. It occupied the basement level underneath W. A. Tumer's commercial building on the comer of Fifth Avenue and Broad Street (present location of Samson's Gym). Back then, type for the paper was set on a Linotype machine. Linotypes were large, compli- printers' ink and the solvents used to clean the press, all com- bined to make the newspaper office a challenging work en- vironment. Children of that time period (including me) enjoyed peeking through the open bulk- head windows to catch a glimpse of a newspaper in production. Gladys Stewart at the Clinch Valley Times During the 1960's and 1970's the Clinch Valley Times was a larger newspaper than it is today. Because the local high- way system was less sophis- ticated back then, most people did their daily shopping at home. Local family-owned businesses were the rule, not the exception. The Clinch Valley Times was chock-fuU of advertising, both from local businesses as well as those in surrounding commun- ities - even businesses in Bristol and Kingsport. Competition for Southwest Virginia dollars was keen, especially during the back- to-school season and the Christ- mas season. Here's Jentlea Stewart's account of her family's early years running the paper: The Clinch Valley Times was truly a family business. Eugene, better known as Gene, sold and composed the advertisements, gathered the news, and took pictures of major events. Gladys set type on the Linotype with hot lead and molds. She also coo- rdinated classified ads, sub- scriptions, news articles, and columns submitted by various contributors. All five of the Stewart's children worked on "paper day" assembling and was four-year-old Robert, also known as Robin. His sweet smile and personality were irresistible to prospective cus- tomers who were happy to hand over their nickel to such a hard- working lad A family business is challenging but it bonds family members in a unique way. The Stewart children were very much aware that even though they may have had less free time than-other children, they were helping support their family and themselves. In spite of their heavy workload, both Eugene and Gladys Stewart made time to be active in the political and civic affairs of the St. Paul community, as well as their church. As a result of the self- discipline modeled by their parents, the Stewart children all became, high achievers who perforfiaed well both in school and in extracurricular activities. In 1972 the Stewarts moved the Clinch Valley Times to a new location - the old post office building on Broad Street. In those days, Broad Street was a very busy street. Printing tech- nology had evolved and the mas- sive, heavy equipment required in former days had become obsolete. ' Printing machinery had become both smaller and faster. The Broad Street loca- tion made both the newspaper and the commercial printing business more accessible and inviting to customers. Regard- less of its location, the paper's greatest PR asset was still Gladys Stewart with her warm and welcoming personality. Mrs.' Stewart never met a stranger. She set a high standard for her employees but she also knew now to make the work fun and less stressful. Over the years, the Stewarts worked hard and they prospered. By the late 1960's, they began to diversify their business interests. By 1974 it was time to focus on these new business enterprises and move forward (the Stewart family's story def'mitely doesn't stop here - there's plenty of material for a future article). And so Polly Young, Ann Gregory, and Allen Gregory became owners of the Clinch Valley Times in 1974.