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" 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many thingL.." " VoL LIII, No. 18 Thursday, May 5, 2011 LAUNCHING THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION...A group of fortunate people attended the opening event of St. Paul's Centennial Year at the Oxbow Center on Saturday afternoon. The program, based on St. Paul's history, was researched and presented by Jerry Couch. (See "Of shoes and ships..." on page 2.) CASA program to begin volunteer training The 29 Judicial District This training encompasses Juvenile Court Judge. Being a CASA Program (Court Ap- Russell and Tazewell counties. CASA does not require much J A special meeting of the Wise County School Board has been called by School Board members Betty Cornett, Mark Hutchinson. Rocky Cantrell and Jess Powers. The meeting will be held at the St. Paul Town Hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. The agenda includes public comment, response and discussion; action on paying bills; and on several consent items. The agenda can be amended by a unanimous vote of the School Board. . - • ~ . • Saint Paul, Virginia ~ ~ :~.c I"A~'~?.~'._.,.A~ 50c in A special called meeting was scheduled for Monday, May 2, "°9 but there was an evident problem with the agenda, and the meeting was not held for lack of a quorum. Pickin' in the Park May 14 The Town of St. Paul, St. Paul Tomorrow, the Clinch River Farmers Market and the Clinch River Cruisers are hosting "Pickin' in the Park" and the Clinch River Cruisers Classic Car Show on Saturday, May 14 at the A.R. Matthews Park Stage in St. Paul beginning at 6:00 pm. Local food vendors will be on site selling fabulous barbecue and desserts. There will be a jam session for local musicians from 6 to 8 p.m. Southern Breeze will perform their golden oldies and current music hits from 8 to 10 pm. Local musicians are needed to show off their talents for the jam session• Please come and register to perform by 5:30 pm at the park ztage or you may call (276) 762-5544 to register in advance. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy this free fabulous musical event under the stars and beside the Scenic Clinch River in St. Paul on May 14[ For any additional informa- tion, please call the Town of St. Paul at (276) 762-5297 or Suzy Harrison at (276) 762-5544 pointed Special Advocates) will begin its mid-year training propram on Thursday, June 16. Prayer Vigil Several St. Paul residents have arranged to hold a Prayer Vigil for the St. Paul schools on Friday, May 6. The event will begin at 7 p.m. around the flagpole at St. Paul High School. All who are interested in saving SPHS are invited to attend. If you are passionate about speaking up for abused and neglected children in Southwest Virginia. we need you! You can make a difference and give a child a voice. A 30 hour training course is provided. Upon completion, the volunteer is appointed by the time, only five to ten hours per month, but the rewards are endless. Find your purpose. Fulfill your passion. Speak up for a child? Call Carol Boardwine today at 276-889-1201 or email request your volunteer packet. Items needed for disaster relief New Peoples Bank, in conjunction with the Smyth and Washington County Virginia Of- rices of Emergency Management are teaming together to collect Rinse at Coercer items needed for the rebuilding process of the areas affected by Fort Gibson UMC is 225 years old Fort Gibson United Meth- 4~°~':'~'~.i.'2~ odist Church will celebrate its 225 years of service to the Cas- flewood community on Sunday, August 14, 2011. This is the fifth of monthly articles containing . , the history of Fort Gibson United Methodist Church. to In the early 1800's as the frontier age waned and Metho- dism flourished in Russell Cou- nty and Southwestern Virginia, the recent devastating tornados. Creek May 7 Items needed include non- their livelihoods, they will need help from the community and we the sites of preaching the Gospel by Methodist itinerant circuit- riding preachers varied, includ- ing private homes, taverns, courthouses, meeting houses and later, brush arbors camp meet- ings. Sometimes different de- nominations shared meeting houses as Bishop Francis Asbury did with the Presbyterian, Bapt- ist and Anglican ministers. As are happy to assist," said Jonathan Mullins, President and CEO of New Peoples Bank. New Peoples Bank is also accepting monetary donations that will be forwarded to the United Way of Washington or perishable foods, and personal Smyth Counties in Virginia for recorded in his journal, Bishop There will be" Bingo on items (no clothing). Itemscan be distribution."We want to make it Francis Asbury preached at Saturday, May 7 from 6 p.m. dropped off at any New Peoples simple and convenient for our Charles Bickley's Tavern in Cas- until 9 p.m. at Copper Creek Bank location who will thencustomers to provide financial tle's Woods, the Russell County Elementary School. The event is forward the items on to Joysupport to those in need. Anyone Courthouse, the Washington hosted by Copper Creek-Moc- Baptist Church for proper dis- who wants to make a donation County Courthouse and the pri- casin Volunteer Fire Department tribution. "We are united behind may do so at any of our 27 vate residence, Keywood, near our employees and many cus-branch locations making checks Glade Spring. The first site and and all l roceeds benefit the tomers who have been'affected payable to the United Way of buildings of Ft. Gibson United Castlewood High ,School boys' by this disaster and we want to Washington County or the varsity basketball team. - do what we can to help during United Way of Smyth County,Methodist Church, as recorded in 1836, was the Methodist Come out and support the the difficult time. As individuals designating "Disaster Relief' in Episcopal Church, South, a log team. There will be door prizes and businesses work to rebuild the memo area," stated Mullins. structure deeded on land from and concessions. Charles Bickley, Harvey Gray, III AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big needed-training available. Call 1- The Wise County School Board 3:30 pm third Thursdays except Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal 800-572-2278. mountains a Policy Manual which June. Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pro, SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle- is available to the public in the FOOD BANK-First Baptist Trinity United Methodist Church wood Senior Citizens meet at l0 library of each school and in each Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pro, ann Wednesdays at the Castlewood county public library. Bank each Tuesday from 9-I1 am Clintwood UnitedMethodist Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is ,,,Copies of the Russell County at the church. Donations are Church. invited. School Board Policy Manual have welcomed. All in need of food ate COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- The Dante Senior Citizens meet been-placed in the office and the welcome. ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm each Monday and Tuesday at 10 library of each school, and at the COMMUNITY CENTER-The school cafeteria• am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County Public Library. West Dante Community Center ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-FourthRussell County residents 60 or SUPPORT ~ROUP-Women meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For older are invited v Mondays, 6 pro, St. Paul Town " " . survi ors of sexual assault are more information, call 495-7026 RUSSELL CO LIBRARY v e t Hall. .. ' "in it d to attend Clnch Valley or495-g473. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Hours at the Russe, II County Public Communication Action, CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- Dbrary Lebanon are M/Tt~ThF 'Third Mondays, 6 pro, Town Hall. ' , , Inc./ amily Crisis Services' sup- en On Mission group at First 9am 8proW/F 9am 5pm Sa CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The " ; " ; port group meeting with victims of Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Castlewood Water & Sewage10am-2pm. similar situations Mondays, 10:30 Clothes Closet from 9-11 ann Authority Board of Directors, 6 MATI'HEWS LIBRARY-I-tours am-12 noon• For information call Tuesdays. Anyone Who needs pm second Mondays. at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Rande Hackler 276-988-5583 or clothingis welcome. L brary St Paul are 9an 5pm ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- ' " , • , - Ranetta Davis ½76-889-8206. FREE HIV TESTING-Health First Tuesday, I pm, Appalachian Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat FREE ADULT ED-Free adultDepartments in the Lenowisco urdays and llam 7 30pm Tues Agency for Senior Citizens office, , " : "education classes are available in Health District offer free confid- days and Thursdays See Library Claypool Hill. Free. • Lee, Scott and Wise counties and ential HIV testing th~'oughout the for speoal program schedules NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- " ' the City of Norton. Daytime and year. For information, call Wise DICKENSON BUNDY The m fo who Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm " " . even• g classes r adultsCounty 318-8000; Lee Co Health D ckenson Bundy Log House ~s v th r k Presbyterian Church, Norton. ' " want to unpro e ei basic s ills. Dept• 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. o en weekl~ Thursdays through CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231- p ' Instructors also assist adults with Health Dept. 276-386-1312 Saturdays 10 3 and Sundays 12 4 Stated meetings will be held the, " • - job-related skills including re- FREE GED CLASSES-Free third Saturday of each month• The pm. sume writing and interviewing. GED classes ate offered at the School of instruction will be held SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise" For detads, call 1-800-422-34- "~,. or Oxbow Family Investment Center, on fourth Thursdays at 7. Social Security Office is open 276-386-2433 St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- ST. PAUL LODGE #343-SecondMondays Fridays from 9am-4pm - " , - TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- nesdavs from 8:30 am-12 noon Phone numbers are 1800 77~ Tlmrsdays, 7 30 pro, Stated Corn- " - -"palachian Agency for Senior Citi- Glenna McRevnolds is the teacher. munication: First Thursday, 7 pm 1213 or276-679-7633, zeus provides disability transport- Calf 1-800-42.}-3433 Schooloflnstruction LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of at~on services in Buchanan GED ONLINE-The Regional the J Fred Matthews Memor a VFW POST #8652, DAV . " Dickenson, Russell and Tazewel[ Adnlt Education Program is LtbraDSt Paul meet at the v CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 ' ',- counties'to indi iduals with offering free GED Classes online. pro, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn Library or/first Thursdays at 4 pm disabilities, regardless of age. Call This service is for quali~ing and NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 1-888-656-2272. adult learners, with or without 9:31) to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new GENEALOGY GROUP-The their own home computers, in Lee, bets Aid Building, new & used members. If you served overseas Russell Cotmty Genealogy Group Scott and Wise counties and the clothing for sale. during any war, write VFW Post meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, City of Norton. For more RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF 9864, P.O Box 1419, Lebanon, Russell County Public Library, information, call GED Online SUPERVISORS-First Monday," 6 VA 24266 and send name, address Lebanon. The Group purpose is Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- pro, Lebanon. and phonenumberTransfers "'to learn, to share and to 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- welcomed perpetuate family history." Call 2433) Stated Communication, [st Satur- HEALTH SERVICES-The WiseWilliam T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 GED TESTING-GED Testing is days, 7:30; School of Instruction County Health Department, Wise, or fullerir1942 yahoo.corn available Monday through third Thursdays, 7 pm is open from 8am-epm first ,lOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Thursday and on Saturdays at the RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise Thursdays. Clinics will b~ offered Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- Wise Co. Alternative Education County Mental Health Center in family planning, pediatrics, orial Library and help promote the Center, Wise Call 276-328-86t2 conducts a recovery group for sub- school and adult physicals, WIC, improvement of facilities and fqr information concerning GED stance abusers and families Paps and immunizations Ap- services of the library. Send narae, testing Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- , pointments are necessary for all address and phone number, with a 1N CONTROL PROGRAMS-In 0810. but immunizations. For an$5 membership gilt, to J. Fred Control, a free diabetes program, ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- appointinent, call 762-328-8000. Matthews Memorial Library. P O meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, FACILITIES AVAILABL]E-TheBox 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283 5-6 pnr 2"a Mondays 7 pro, First Baptist Church, Tacoma Community Center is Make checks !~ayable to Friend~ of Coeburn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- available for reunions, birtbdays tl~e J. Fred Matthews Memorial 6588 or 276-679-7371. and showers. All proceeds Library. LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch rehabilitate the Tacoma School as EASTERN STAR-Clinch. Valley River Little Leagoe Board meet at a Community Center. For infer- Chapter #152, Order of Eastern 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA mation, call 395-6398. Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, ]Building in Castlewood. All 100TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian except for March and December, i interested persons are invited to Agency for Senior Citizens when the meetings are on tire !attend recognizes persons in Russell, second Tuesday. All meetings are H,O.P,E, HOUSE-H.O.P.E. Hen- Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- at 7:30 p.m provides emergency shelter for well counties who are 100 years VETERANS' CLAtMS-Dicken- victims of domestic violence in old or older Call Dana Collins, I- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file !Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, 800-656-22?2, to advise AASC of veterans' claims. For appointment, 'Scott and Buchanan counties and any upcoming 100~h birthday call 276-835-8847 nights. the City of Norton. Volunteers SCHOOL POLICIES Coeburn-A Dept. of Veterans [llUl[l!l!Jlll![t[lll!illlt DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesda'~s at the Dante Museum with the Connnunity Meeting follox~ing at 7:00 pm GOSPEL S1NGING-A Gospel Staging wdl be held at 7 pln tile firsl Friday of each Inon~h a~ The CeleNation Center, 1o607 Broad Sheet. St Paul All ale welcome admission is tree BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth ThnrMays (except Services representative will assist November and December are c|ients and answer questions at the combined in early December) at Coeburn VFW Post from 9am- the Riverside Diner at 6 pm. Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 and Nathaniel Dickenson to i Henry Dickenson, Thomas Gib- son, Robert Fugate, Ezekiel AARON GOSE (pictured here) married Nancy Powell Burdine and Christian Easterly, Diekenson. Their descendants play an integral part in trustees for the Temple Meeting Ft. Gibson U.M. Church today. House. The land Was given by the grantors in consideration for meeting, none joined the church quarterly meeting, but Elder the regard they had for the - We have laid the foundation Ior win. ration usa not come, me Methodist Episocpal Church, a new meetina house, took down circuit Preacher, Hugh Johnston, South, for the sum of $1.00. the old one d: hauled it away. and I. Gaston were there and a However, priOr to this structure We exnect to raise Monday on tolerable congregation consider- the -round given by Fathering the cold weather and the another one existed. In letters Charles Bickle,, Baptist meeting at the same written from 1833 to 1837 from won- , ........ John and Elizabeth Bickley, Gray went off with ,the cattle time. bne continues ann ex- residing in Castlewood, to their without giving any) (Harvey presses her desire to see ,,ner daughter Elizabeth and her hus- Gray will give later in 1836.) In daughter and son ln-law. On band, John Jack Gose, residing 1835 Elizabeth,,Bickley writes sucn occasions when we see in Pike County, Illinois, the her daughter: We have our those with.whom .you use to happenings in the church are meeting house raised and under associate taking their seats, we conveyed to the young couple pinned find will have it covered feel that those on whom we once who emigrated to Illinois from soon H Gray has done nothing looked with pleasure are aosent, Virginia. The letters reflect for us yet, the house is on the our ,minds ira. mediately information as all family letters land given by Father. She also speea or Ltgnmlng rty to me tar do about such matters as family, writes Halley s Commet as it is west and enquire where are Eliza ' ' "'; "" ctand Mary and Oscar and John, weather, crops, economics, pol- called has been a sptenata ooje . itics and the church. In 1833 a few evenin s ast with us there for awhile we linger, and Elizabeth Bickley wrote her tot. , t, ,, g P then heavily and slowly return to ano 1 WOUla suppose me ~a - ,, ..... In 1836 she cor our. tormer composure. John daughter, "We had a quarterly w~tn you, o. " with he~ Bickley writes to his daughter meeting here on (he 29tn & 30m respona once again . • • - of August. Mr. Marshall & Lady - " " " in Illinois and family in1837: Camp daughter miles away • - - with W.J. Brownlow put up with ........ d a meetin--meeting closes this morning at writing, we nag , us. Brownlow was in bad health, ,, "a nd Sunda last in theMcClure s Chapel. I was there baturu y a y just recovering from an attack of • on Sunday( there was a good Temple, as we call our meeting • Billions fever, they had quite a house, it was intended for a(Continued on page 3) QUITE A CROWD!...These are the people who volunteered to help clean up St. Paul on Saturday morning. Several won prizes,• and all were treated to pizza following the morning's work.