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Vol. LIX, No. 18 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 "' 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, May 4, 2017 Saint Paul, Virginia E ), 2i r:g i n i a PRESS 50 cents By Jerry Couch On Monday, April 24th, the St. Paul Industrial Development Authority (IDA) held its monthly meeting at the St. Paul Town Hall. During the public portion of the meet- ing, the following items of community interest were , discussed. Chairman Bob Harrison provided an update of the ongoing Western Front Hotel project: He told board members that floors are going down, walls are going up, and a restoration specialist will soon begin work on the building's win- dows. Prior to demolition of the Dye Building, sal- vageable materials from it were collected and stored for later use in the Western Front Hotel renovation. An August completion date is still considered feasible. There was discussion concerning IDA-backed commercial loans to new St. Paul businesses. Currently, the IDA is back- ing two recent loans and one existing loan in amounts ranging from $5K to $50K. Because the IDA guarantees repayment of these loans, banks typically offer the borrowers a lower rate of interest. This is beneficial to new St. Paul businesses during their first years - when operating expenses are at their high- est. Requests to guarantee new loans are considered on a case-by-case basis. Currently, all recent and existing board-backed loans are in good standing and payments are up-to- date. The upcoming "Blessing of the Bikes & ATV's" event was dis- cussed. This event is set to take place in June on prop- erty owned by the IDA in the Riverside commercial area. The event is still in the planning stages and the Clinch Valley Times will be providing complete details in the weeks ahead. The Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority request- ed a $1K appropriation from the board. This organization publicizes events of interest that take place within the town. The board approved the Authority's request. Following the discus- sion of public agenda items, the board entered closed session to discuss acquisition/disposition of property under Code of Virginia 2.2-371 l(A)(3). Farmers Market opens Saturday ,,- 'S The first market of the Come by the market and to accept EBT, credit and new season begins this Saturday. The Clinch River Farmers Market will be open from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm. Bluegrass Circle will entertain at 11 am. check out all the items available from our farmers, bakers, crafters and meat producers and enjoy a free cup of coffee. The market is certified debit cards. The first $10 of EBT will be doubled. , See you Saturday at the market!! The Juniors of Girl Scout Troop 189 planted flower bulbs at the Park on Sunday, April 9, 2017. l 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, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st [ii[l![i]l!JllNUJIIII 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 HealthD 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 fam- 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, FirstSecurity 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. LI'ITLE 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 Little Paul 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 comed. 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise ZENS-The Castle-County Health wood Senior Citizens Department, 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 is offered in family plan- invited, ning, pediatrics, school The Dante Senior and adult physicals, Citizens meet eachWIC, 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 the F 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; Wedreunions, 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 the School as a Community J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- Memorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- 6pm Monday; DAY-Appalachian 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in 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 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 fndividuals 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 learn, 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 .S By Jerry Couch St. Paul's original jail was located at the end of Russell Street near the present-day Buck Oil secu- rity gate. Built around 1920, it was a small, squat, brick structure sandwiched between a concrete floor and a low roof. To describe its accommodations for prisoners as "spartan" would be high praise, indeed. However, it got job done. As far as I know, no one escaped - though prisoners still capable of caring must have wanted to (you'll find out WHY in a moment). Escape attempts were said to have been made, however. The late "Cotton" Austin once told me that on particularly rowdy Saturday evenings, the tiny jail was often packed to capacity - standing room only. The building was hot in summer and cold in win- ter. You'd think its former guests would have made a determined effort to avoid all future hospitality at the jail, but that wasn't the case. There were people who came back again and again. Around 1950, the old jail was replaced by a mod- em building on the oppo- site side of Russell Street. The new police department and jail occupied the site of the old Simon Greenspon store, one of St. Paul's original businesses. After completion of the new jail, the old jail was used to store the town's fire-fighb ing equipment. In 1964, Mr. W. F. Smyth, Jr. Director, Division of Corrections participated in his first quarterly inspection of St. Paul's "new" jail. Retiring inspector, Mr. R. P. Mason, accompanied him and sub- mitted the following report: ADMINISTRATION The police lockup of St. Paul, Va. was inspected October 22, 1964 at 3:30 P.M. Mr. H. L. Dailey, Chief of Police, and Mr. R. P. Mason, Supervisor of Jails, were present. This is a town police lockup with police supervi- sion as previously report- ed. During the past three calendar months, the num- ber of persons placed was as follows: July, 58; August, 51; September, 57. This being the last inspec- tion by the incumbent Supervisor of Jails after twenty-one years (plus) service in this capacity, and the first inspection by his successor, it is deemed appropriate to make this report in the nature of a "then" and "now" progress report. At the initial inspection of this lockup, made June 16, 1943, the overall rating was "bad.." The present rating is "good." The chief of police at that time was Mr. W. G. Gose. The pres- ent chief of police is Mr. H. L, Dailey. The mayor in 1943 was Mr. L. M. Addington; the present may is Mr. H. K. Fletcher. BUILDING At the original inspec- tion in 1943, the lockup was a small, one-story brick building with a con- crete floor and two light- weight metal cells. The only concession to plumb- ing was a joint of terracotta pipe set on end in the con- crete floor in one comer of the room for use as a toilet. The present building is a modem, fireproof struc- ture, with ten concrete cells, eight of them in one section and the other two but the maintenance of the entire lockup, including the paint, is excellent with any scratches or marks on the paint immediately painted out as soon as discovered. This lockup is fireproof and affords security and safety for the officers oper- ating it. EQUIPMENT Each cell has one sta- tionary steel wall bunk. CLEANLINESS AND SANITATION Excellent cleanliness is maintained in this lockup. Needless to say, this is 'a great contrast to cleanli- ness found at the first inspection in the old lock- up. St. Paul's original jail was tom down years ago and the town's second jail was torn down after it had ceased to be used. Many moons have passed since any person Who had been arrested was held in jail in St. Paul. Many moons have also passed since peo- ple accused of misde- meanors were tried in Magistrate's Court at the St. Paul Town Hall. Laws, regulations, and procedures have changed. Today, when people are taken into custody in St. Paul, they are transported to the Wise County for the use of females in Sheriff's Department for another section. The cells processing. After the are of concrete with steel required paperwork is grille fronts and swinging 'completed, prisoners are grille doors, key locked, transported tothe Duffield facing windows across anRegional Jail - a modem access corridor. The facility with no terracotta plumbing is modem with pipes lurking in dark cor- vitreous china fixtures con- ners (we hope). sisting of a basin and toi- let in each cell. Lights and radiators are in the access corri- dors out of reach of pris- oners. The inte. rior of the lockup is painted a dark gray, which is not a good color selection because of the reduction St. Paul Chief of Police H. L. Dailey in light occa-checks a parking meter - when Fifth sioned by the dark color, Avenue still featured diagonal parking on one side. St. Paul's original jail. A faded sign on the building's door carried a warning "$10 Fine For r oafing Around."