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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, April 20, 2017 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. Ore ory Does anybody understand this? Reprinted from May 1, 2008 nearly destroyed. Several weeks earlier, a number of acts of vandalism I certainly don't understand it--not now, nor have I were reported to have occurred at A.R. Matthews ever understood why some people apparently enjoyMemorial Park--again, as well as the same kind of spending their idle time destroying things that belong to things at the Oxbow Lake Park. Those acts of vandal- others. Vandalism seems to me to be the most senseless ism became the subject of a discussion during the last kind of crime--the vandal realizes no gain, goes away St. Paul Town Council meeting. Council members with no stolen television sets, drugs, jewelry, money decided to offer a reward leading tO the conviction of and whatever else it is that people steal to obtain, nor the person or persons responsible for the vandalism of does the act of vandalism bestow any kind of power Town, i.e., taxpayer, property, and asked the Budget and upon the one who does it.'The vandal certaiialy acquires Finance Committee to recommend a mentioned $500, no notoriety from acts of vandalism, because if it were although that amount hasn't yet been recommended by known who was responsible every time someone's the Committee or 'approved by Council. I hope that a property were destroyed by a vandal, surely someone large reward IS recommended and approved, and that" would report that person's identity, someone, perhaps one of the vandal's friends, is able to The term "vandal" was originally an ethnic slur claim itt After all, since one must assume that dishon- referring to the Vandals, who, in 455, sacked Rome. The orable people commit such senseless crimes as vandal- Vandals no longer exist as an identifiable ethnic group, ism (not to mention other crimes, of course), the but their heritage, i.e., the current use of the name "van- assumption follows that they may have acquaintances dal," reflects their reputation in the fifth century. The who are perhaps greedier than they are friendly, who are term in its current usage was first used in January, 1794, willing, for money, to report their "friends" to the during the French Revolution. The Bishop Of Blois used police. the term "vandalism" to describe some aspects of the It would be gratifying if that happened, and the behavior of the republican army. A French painter, courts took the case seriously enough to impose the Gustave Courbet, in what a website I found calls one of maximum sentence allowed under the law for whatever the most well-known acts of vandalism in history, tried the charge. While the punishment might not send a mes- in 1871 to dismantle the Vendome column, a symbol of sage to others, perhaps it would at least convince the the past Napoleon III authoritatian Empire. perpetrator(s) of the current round of vandalism to find One of my favorite websites, Wikipedia, defines some other amusements. vandalism as a conspicuous defacement or destruction I mentioned mailboxes earlier. I found on the official "of a structure, a symbol or anything else that goes website of the United States Postal Inspection Service against the will of the owner/governing body, and usu- that under Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705, it ally constitutes a crime. Criminal vandalism, which is a crime to vandalize mailboxes, which are considered admittedly has many forms, includes graffiti, and the to be federal property. It is also a violation of this Code willful destruction of public and private property, section for anyone "to injure, deface or destroy any mail Trouble with that is that it's difficult to arrest and pros- deposited in them." The information about his particu- ecute anyone for vandalism, since this crime, like many lar subject gets even more interesting: anyone convict- others, is committed by cowards in the dark of night ed of violat'Lng this particular section of the United when no witnesses are likely to be available to see and States Code can be fined up to $250,000 or imprisoned report. Even more unfortunate is that it's often difficult for up to three years for EACH act of vandalism. to see that vandals, once accused, (since vandalism, rel- Should that happen, I wonder if the vandal would con- atively speaking, is one of the "lesser" crimes) are pros- sider he/she received sufficient--what? Entertainment? ecuted, convicted and sentenced. Enjoyment? Thrills? from the acts of vandalism to jus- Vandalism certainly is no stranger to St. Paul. tify such harsh punishment. I seriously doubt it! (The Several facilities at the A.R. Matthews Memorial Park postal website even advises mailbox users to obtain have been vandalized so many times that reported new Label 33 from the Postal Inspection Service. Label 33 is instances of the destructive crime are no longer surpris- a sticker to affix to the mailbox which warns that will- ing. The park's bathrooms have had to be replaced ful damage to mailboxes and theft of mail is a crime.) numerous times and the picnic pavilion has been dam- Although I looked, I was unable to find any website aged several times, requiring repairs. All of that, of that estimated the annual cost in dollars of vandalism to course, must be done at taxpayer expense. Public prop- either public or private entities. It has to be an over- erty is not the only target of local vandals, however, whelrn'mg number, considering that some of these acts, Sometime last week, a vandal (or vandals) wreaked such as destruction of the bathrooms at A.R. Matthews havoc around Gray Hill, and I heard of at least one inci- Memorial Park, have cost our little town several thou- dent of vandalism in West Hills Estates around the same sand dollars to repair each time they're repeated. time. Mailboxes were pushed over or otherwise Each of us who cares about otur town and its facili- defaced, a decorative fence was knocked down, vehi- ties, our neighbors and their property, must take on the cles were driven across well-kept lawns to leave as responsibility of reporting any kind of vandalism that much destruction as possible, and the Gray Hill sign at we might see. It is one of the few things about this prob- the intersection of Route 63 and Longview Drive was lem that makes any sense! 's 41st Annual Walkathon set for May 7 Mountain Empire Older Citizens' (MEOC) 41st Annual Walkathon, which raises money for its Emergency Fuel Fund for the Elderly, is set for Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m., at Union High School in Big Stone Gap. Please make plans to join us this year! Each year concerned community members of all ages gather on the first Sunday afternoon in May for the annual Walkathon, the major fundraiser estab- lished by MEOC to assist older people with heating costs and weather related emergency situations dur- ing winter months. This year's Walkathon goal is $165,000 and MEOC needs your support to meet this goal. This past winter, 1,024 older friends and neighbors were assisted with home-heating related emergencies at a cost of over $181,000. It is very critical that MEOC have a successful Walkathon to enable it to meet demand and assist all who are in need next winter. Without the support and dedication of the community through- out Lee, Wise, Scott Counties and the City of Norton, the Emergency Fuel Fund for the Elderly would not exist, leaving the frailest residents in the community vulnerable and at risk. Walkathon registration will begin at 1 p.m. and the walk will officially begin at 2 p.m. This is a ten kilo- meter (6.2 miles) walk that takes approximately two and a half hours to com- plete. This year's route has been marked off to be extremely safe, accessible and easy to navigate. There will be refreshment stops and bathrooms at Union High School and Powell Valley Primary School. The walk will end at Union High School with a hamburger picnic for all walkers. Walkers who raise over $100 will receive a Walkathon tee shirt. It will be a scenic country walk with time to meet many fellow walkers concerned about being a good neighbor. It is not too late to get involved as a walker or to sponsor a walker for this year's Walkathon. To par- ticipate as a walker, contact MEOC at 276-523-4202 to get your pledge form. Walkathon forms will be immediately sent to you so that you can begin collect- ing your pledges. If you do not have time to request a form before the Walkathon, forms will be available at the walk for you to account for your sponsors. If you are unable to walk, but would like to support the cause, your contribution can be sent to MEOC, P.O. Box 888, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219. Please designate your con- tribution for the EFF/Walkathon program. Everyone can help spread the word by telling family, friends and neighbors about this event. For more information about how to get involved in this year's Walkathon, contact MEOC at 276-523= 4202 or 1-800-252-6362. Local dance studio tap students perform in Washington, .C. in Cherry Blossom Parade Left to right: Macy Lumpkins, Sydnee McNew, Miss Jessica Hileman, and Delaney Hale. Tap dance students from Jessica's Little Feet Dance Studio, St. Paul, Virginia, performed in the Cherry The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 04/03/2017 through 04/09/2017. Blossom Festival parade in Washington, DC., April 16, Wise Central Dispatch 2016. The following tap students participated along with received a total of 1,622 their instructor, Miss Jessica Hileman: Delaney Hale, calls for this seven-day Macy Lumpkins, and Sydnee McNew. The invitation only period. group was part of the All Star Tap Youth Team comprised Of the total calls of tap students from dance studios in the country, received 314 were dis- A total of 650 tap students and instructors comprised patched to the Sheriff's the largest group in the parade. Dance studios worked on the routine individually leading up to the first rehearsal Office Friday, April 15 at University of the District of Columbia. Total number of At the first and only rehearsal, the entire group of 650 Domestic calls for this practiced the routine for an hour and was set for the fol- period was 7. lowing day's parade. The event was televised live on sta- Criminal Process for tion ABC 7 News-WJLA's. this period: Served 21 To view footage from the parade, visit the National Felony Warrants, 46 Cherry Blossom Festival website. Misdemeanor Warrants, 0 The studio has received invitations and is planning additional parade performances for the 2016-17 academic year. For more information on upcoming events and class- es, contact Jessica's Little Feet Dance Studio, 16609 Broad Street, St.Paul, Virginia, 276-619-1315. Local dance studio students perform in Washington, D.C. in Cherry Blossom Parade Left to right: Bella Meade, Miss Jessica Hileman, & Jasmyne Turner The dance students from Blossom Festival parade in Jessica's Little Feet Dance Washington, DC., April 8, Studio, St. Paul, Virginia, 2017. The following tap performed in the Cherry students participated along with their instructor, Miss Jessica Hileman: Bella Meade, and Jasmyne Turner. The invitation only group was part of the All- Star Dance Youth Team comprised of students from dance studios in the coun- try involving 7 states. A total of 600 dance stu- dents and instructors com- prised the largest group in the parade. Dance studios worked on the routine indi- vidually leading up to the first rehearsal Friday, April 7 at University of the District of Columbia. At the first and only rehearsal, the entire group of 600 practiced the routine for an hour and was set for the following day's parade. The event was televised live on station ABC 7 News-WJLA's. To view footage from the parade; visit the National CherTy Blossom Festival website. The studio has received invitations and is planning additional parade perform- ances for the 2017-18 aca- demic year. For more infor- mation on upcoming events and classes, contact Jessica's Little Feet Dance Studio, 16609 Broad Street, St. Paul, Virginia, 276-619-1315. Clinch Valley Times Deadlines: Editorial copy 3 pm Monday Advertising noon Monday NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS All types of flooring and installation available Jerry Meade trendin hoo,com Big M Building 276-762-5956 SL Paul, VA DUI Arrest. Civil Process Served: 619 Civil Papers Traffic Accidents: 4 6 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiat- ed and 15 Cleared by Arrest. Sheriff's Office provid- ed 256 man-hours of Court Room Security. Unlocked Vehicles: 25 Escorted Funerals: 3 The Sheriff's Office Total Transport for this period: 11 Total Transport Hours: 54.75 1,961 Visitors to Courthouse. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER ~FIRGINIA PRESS ASSO~TION Published weeI~y in St. Paul, VA ~1283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch VaLley Times serves the four-county area of Wise, Russell, Dickcnson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES btKlding, 16541 Russell Street. 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