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576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " y: i ,: n i a PRESS Vol. LIX, No. 16 Thursday, April 20, 2017 Saint Paul, Virginia 50 cents J Congratulations to he / Takes Cake"; Jonah Castlewood High School C mett'is State Champion Blue Devil Drama team in Prose with his perform- who brought home the ance of "Endangered 2016-17 State Championship and three individual state titles from the Virginia High School League forensics competi- tion on Saturday, March 24th, at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, Virginia. Although Castlewood has celebrated individual competitors' state titles in the past, this marks the school's very first forensics team state championship in VHSL history. Camryn Cook was named State Champion in Storytelling with her per- formance of "Clever Jack Species"; and Peyton Jessee and Skylar Roberson are State Champions in Humorous Duo with their perform- ance of "Force of Habit." Savannah Roberson earned fourth place in Poetry with "Why I Tutor at the Intem itional Center." The team is very proud- ly coached by Pamela Roberson. Congratulations tO Castlewood High School Blue Devil Drama, the 2016-17 VirginiaHigh School League 1 -A Forensics State Champions. Miracle Day Saturday, April 22 Skylar Roberson/Peyton Jessee .... State WinnersForensics Rite Aid Pharmacy St. Paul, along with local sponsors, will be hosting a miracle day" on' Saturday, April 22 at Rite Aid Parking Lot from 11 am until 5 pm. A $5 donation includes unlimited time in the bounce house, on the obstacle Course, fine truck rides, tf~n rides and the / AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. 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, Coehum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st iIItll!l!l!!lll!!l!ll!llll Thursdays, 7:30; Tuesday; Closed School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. R E C O V E R Y Saturday Closed. GROUP-The Wise sunday Closed. County Mental Health D I C K E N S O N - Center conducts a B U N D Y- T h e recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Log stance abusers and Cam- House is open weekly ilies Fridays at 10 am Thursday, Friday and Call 276-679-0810.Saturday 10 to 4 and ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. Adult Children of SOCIAL SECURI- Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social Mondays, 7 pm, First Security Office is open Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from Coeburn. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num- 0016, 276-395-6588 or bers are 1:800-772- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. LIITLE LEAGUE- L I B R A R Y The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends of League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. Ma Whitenack LittlePaul meet at the Library League Field. All inter- on first Tuesdays at ested persons are invit- 5:30 pm. ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- H.O.P.E. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, H.O.P.E. House pro-Lebanon, welcomes vides emergency shel- new members. If you ter for victims of served overseas during domestic violence in any war, write VFW Wise, Russell, Post 9864, P.O. Box Dickenson, Lee, Scott 1419, Lebanon, VA and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, and the City of Norton. address and phone Volunteers needed-number. Transfers wel- training available. Call corned. 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise ZENS-The Castle-County Health wood Senior CitizensDepartment, Wise, is meet at 10 am open from 8am-8pm Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. Castlewood Lions Den. Clinics will be Anyone 60 or over isoffered in family plan- invited, ning, pediatrics, school The Dante Senior and adult physicals, Citizens meet each WlC, Paps and immu- Monday and Tuesday at n i z a t i o n s . 10 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- Department. Russell essary for all but immu- County residents 60 or nizations. For an . older are invited, appointment, call 762- RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. LIBRARY-Hours at theF A C I L I T I E S Russell County Public AVAILABLE-The Library, Lebanon, are Tacoma Community Mon 10am-2pm; Tue & Center is available for Thur 10am-8pm; Wed reunions, birthdays and & Fri. 10am-5:30pm; showers. Sat 10-3pm. All proceeds reha- M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma LIBRARY-Hours at theSchool as a Community J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- Memorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- 6pro Monday; DAY-Appalachian 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons m 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 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 ~nd 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. Group purpose is "to leam, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar, on page 3 petting zoo. There will be a concession stand provided by Wilma Jessee. There will be various booths set up including Morgan McClure Castlewood, New Peoples Bank with the Bee, State Farm Insurance with the Bear, Mary Kay, Snappy Expression Jewelry and Crafts just to name a few. There will be face painting, cake walks, DJ and more. All proceeds go to support our local Children's Miracle Network. Come and sup- port these kids and have fun! Jonah Cornett State Winner Forensics Camryn Cook State Winner Forensics by Jerry Couch Russell County's Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Patton is tough on crime. But he also believes that incarceration is not always the answer because of its cost, its effect on families, and our current rates of recidivism (re-incarceration). With input from local judges and law enforcement, and input from county supervisor-at- large Mark Mitchell, Patton set out to develop a new program that would offer an alternative to incarceration for non-vio- lent offenders - but without being just a "slap on the wrist." The program, which is funded by the Russell County Board of Supervisors and adminis- tered by the Commonwealth Attorney' s Office, is called the Russell County Community Work Program (RCCWP). Its direct daily operation is the responsibility of Missy Carter, Program Coordinator. Missy is a high-energy person with a solid background in proba- tion and parole with a focus on substance abuse treatment and supe.rvision. Her commitment, however, is personal - and her pas- sion for what she is doing is immediately evident when she talks about her job. And that's just what she did last week in an interview with the Clinch Valley Times. Missy explained that program participants are subject to random, manda- tory testing for drug and alcohol use. Substance abuse counseling and an educational component are also part of the prOgram, when indicated. Participants are required to work :five days" a week from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Benchmarks for progress are established and must be met. As an incentive, one-half of each hour worked by partici- pants is credited toward their outstanding fines or court costs at the mini- mum-wage rate. participants perform community service work. A portion of this work is scheduled with cooperation from Lonzo Lester, County Administrator. To date, work projects have includ- ed roadside litter pickup, maintenance at the Russell County School Bus Garage, and assistance at the animal shelter at Lebanon. Building main- tenance, repair, and land- scaping has been carried out at the Russell County Public Library's locations in Lebanon and Honaker and at the Russell County Courthouse and the Government Center. Thanks to the efforts of program participants, the Old Russell County See RCCWP, Page 8 RCCWP participants cleaning up an illegal dump site.