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Vol. LVII, No. 15 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 lllllk, "' 'The tin, has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' '" Thursday, April 16, 2015 1 Saint Paul, Virginia i VkirLg i n i a PRESS 50 cents The Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority has announced the hiring of Roderick Mullins as its new Public Relations Coordinator. "I consider it a privilege and honor to be selected to this 'position," replied Mullins. "Southwest Virginia is my home and I am looking forward to pub- licizing the region's tourism offerings and help- ing in the development of new tourism opportunities for potential visitors from outside the region and also assist in developing greater awareness and acceptance among the region we call the Heart of Appalachia." With a career that includes thirty years work- ing in the field of mass communications and twen- ty years working in the field of public education, Mullins brings to The Heart of Appalachia expe- rience in writing, digital photography, video editing, and graphic arts in addition to his work in social media. "It's a step into a direction that allows me to be more creative while using my professional experience to promote this area, its beau- ty, and offeri/a, gs." Erin Riedhammer, Executive Director of The Heart of Appalachia added that Mullins' "extensive background in creative writing, social media, graphic design, digital pho- tography and video editing are sure to make an imme- diate contribution to our Castlewood High School FBLA traveled to the State Leadership Conference in Reston to compete with 42 members. Of the 42 representing CHS, 20 are now eligible for National Competition to be held in Cincinnati June 29-July 2. See winners list on page 2. "Fun-Day" to benefit Children's Miracle ] etwork at Rite Aide Saturday, April 18 As part of Rite Aide's Children's Miracle Network Hospital Campaign, Rite Aid and local businesses through- out Saint PauFWill be host- ing a children's "Fun-Day" to help raise additional funds. The event will be held in the Rite Aid parking lot at 16435 Wise Street:on Saturday, April 18 from 12 pm to 6 pm. The "Fun- Day" will host activities for all age groups, including a bouncy house for children, car wash, sand art, finger 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. Illll[!l!jlIl!U!![lllll BOARD OF SUPER- LIBRARY-Hours at the VISORS-First Monday, J. Fred Matthews 6 pm, Lebanon. Memorial Library, St. CLINCHFIELD" Paul, are: 9:30am-6pm LODGE #256-Stated Monday; 10:30am,7pm Communication, 1st Tuesday; Closed Saturdays, 7:30; School Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm of Instruction third Thursday and Friday. Thursdays, 7 pm Saturday Closed. R E C O V E R Y Sunday Closed. GROUP-The Wise D I C K E N S O N - County Mental Health B U N D Y - T h e Center conducts a Dickenson-Bundy Log recovery group for sub- House is open weekly stance abusers and fam- Thursdays through flies Fridays at 10 am Saturdays, 10-3, and Call 276-679-0810. Sundays 12-4 pm. ACOA MEETING- SOCIAL SECURI- Adult Children of TY-The Wise Social Alcoholics meet Security Office is open Mondays, 7 pm, First Mondays-Fridays from Baptist Church, 9am-4pm. Phone num- Coebum. Call 762- bers are 1-800-772- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 1213 or 276-679-7633. 276-679-7371. L I B R A R Y L1TTLE LEAGUE- FRIENDS-Friends of The Clinch River Little the J. Fred Matthews League Board meets at Memorial Library, St. 3 pm third Sundays at Paul meet at the Library Ma Whitenack Little on first Thursdays at 4 League Field. All inter- pm. ested persons are invit- VFW POST 9864- ed to attend. VFW Post 9864, H.O.P.E. HOUSE- Lebanon, welcomes H.O.P.E. House pro- new members. If you vides emergency shel- served overseas during ter for viCtims of any war, write VFW domestic violence in Post 9864, P.O. Box Wise, Russell,1419, Lebanon, VA Dickenson, Lee, Scott 24266 and send name, and Buchanan counties address and phone and the City of Norton. number. Transfers wel- Volunteers needed- comed. training available. Call HEALTH SER- 1-800-572-2278. VICES-The Wise SENIOR CITI- County Health ZENS-The Castle-Department, Wise, is wood Senior Citizens open from 8am-8pm meet at 10 am first Thursdays. Wednesdays at the Clinics will be Castlewood Lions Den. offered in family plan- Anyone 60 or over is ning, pediatrics, school invited, and adult physicals, The Dante Senior WIC, Paps and immu- Citizens meet each n i z a t i o n s . Monday and Tuesday at Appointments are nec- 10 am at the Dante Fire essary for all but immu- Department. Russell nizations. .For an County residents 60 or appointment, call 762- older are invited. 328-8000. RUSSELL CO. F A C I L I T I E S LIBRARY-Hours at the AVA I L A B L E - T h e Russell County Public Tacoma Community Library, Lebanon, are Center is available for Tue & Thur 10am-8pm; reunions, birthdays and Wed & Fri 10am- showers. 5:30pm; Sat 10-3pm. All proceeds reha- Closed Sun & Mon. bilitate the Tacoma M AT T H E W SSchool as a Community Center. For informa- tion, call 395-6398. 100TH B IRTH- DAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes personsin 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. SUP. PORT GROUP-Women sur- vivors 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 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 pro- vides disability trans- portation 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. See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 painting, a duck pond, var- ious concessions provided by Wilma Jessee," a cake walk, raffles and more! Other events will be spon- sorea by the TownSaint Paul Fire and Police departments and State Farm Insurance. All pro- PART II by Jerry Couch My children who had taken this trip said "Oh, Mom, it is not bad, that river is really shallow usu- ally not more than 4 or 5 feet." I should have known better than to believe chil- dren or brochures advertis- ing beautiful serene sail- ing! True there were some places where the water was shallow. But there were also many places where it was obviously deep. Add to that the fact that it wound around like a cat trying tO catch its tail and was filled with sandbars. Additional springs along the way changed the cur- rent and made it swifter. A few miles downriver we were taking one of our trips into the bank With Overhanging branches. We started paddling desperate- ly to keep in the middle of the river but it didn't hap- pen. Joe grabbed the branch, fell back onto me and the boat tipped to the side. We took on water and were scrambling for some- thing to bail it out. Paddling Adventures had- n't provided any equip- ment for this scenario - are we the only ones who ever needed to bail??? Kathy was prepared. She had put her comfort items in 3 plastic bags. (Did she somehow know in advance that 3 bumbling sailors would each need something to bail water with???) She unloaded -them and we used the bags for bailing. Have you ever bailed water with a baggie? Not easy! At this point we were saying that we might just be getting the hang of this ceeds benefit Wellmont Health System, our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. In the event of rain, the festivities will be relocated to the Saint Paul Elementary School. organization. We are look- ing to increase our utiliza- tion of social media to expand our message. I look forward to helping this mutually successful relationship grow." Tourism spending increased greatly since 2007 in the Commonwealth, according to the Virginia Tourism Corporation. The increase in tourism spending in addition to a new focus on utilizing Virginia as a home for film industry projects, has fueled a greater need for potential visitors to f'md the information they seek through one regional, com- prehensive organization. The Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority was cre- ated in 1993 by the Virginia General Assembly to pro- mote, expand and develop the tourism industry of the Coalfield Counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Wise, and the City of Norton. The organization showcases our area as a premier tourism destina- tion by promoting the region's exciting outdoor adventure and relaxing sce- nic beauty. For more information on Heart of Appalachia or regional tourism opportu- nities, please contact the authority at (276) 762-0011 or by email at info@ m. Rod Mullins may be reached ~t rmullins@heartofap- 'S The mighty Weeki Wachee - where Linda's swimming ability suddenly improved. - now this is after we near- ly capsized and just bailed water. WRONG! My main thought was "How much longer can this be?" I am still looking forward to the part of the river my children and the brochure are talking about. We had to go -- no turning back now. When other people in kayaks, came near us we tried to get out of their way. We smiled to them, waved hellos, and hung onto tree limbs or dug our paddles into sandbars to stop that uriruly vehicle to let them pass. And there were quiteQ a few others who were doing nicely on their kayaks and passed us with ease. We tried to act like we had it together but I don't think it worked! Folks were nice about it though. Even though they were probably thinking - "Look at those poor old people who have no idea what they are doing." Somehow we managed to get about 4 miles down- river and we started to go around one of the big bends. Here was another time the current didn't behave well. It was really swift and we were paddling like maniacs to mm that bend. ShOuld have known it wouldn't work! You know what they say about people doing the same thing over and over and expecting dif- ferent results - that was us. We plowed into the bank with tree limbs jutting from it. Joe grabbed one of the limbs and was knocked back onto me. As I grabbed the limb, I fell back and the boat turned over and dumped us out. The water was over my head (remember this river is supposed to be shallow) so it was good that I had my life jacket on (although it wasn't tight enough and I started slipping out of it and it was sort of up around my neck). I grabbed the tree that we had just rammed (a little afraid but not in a panic) - now you can believe I. am definitely a tree-hugger! Somehow I was on the opposite side of Kathy in the water and none of us knew how that happened. See BOOTHE, Page 8