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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, May 5,.2011 s..and ships..and sealing w n.n roune Cregory It's our 100th The very-first event in the Town of St. Paul's Centennial Celebration was held at the Oxbow Center on Saturday a ernoon, and if you weren't among those who saw..flt to attend, you really missed a super presentation apd;a very good time! The arleen started with good visiting around a dessert table loaded with goodies made from recipes in the 1950 c o6kbook which was put together and published by the, St. Paul Woman's Club. Many of those who were there had just come from the season's first Clinch Rive rFarmer's Market, which closed at 1 p.m., so had grabbed a quick sandwich for lunch-,or had done wiihout. In either case, the wonderful where Design Printers is now located. As World War I approached, the town was poised for another "mini-boom." A period of expansion occurred during the 1920s. During the 1930s, the coal business was declining due to the Depression, and occupations of some of those who lived within the town changed. Many began to mortgage their homes and businesses in order to live, but the community as a whole bonded for s urvival, and survive it did. During World War II, the economy grew, and in the late 40s, there was a mini-building boom in St. Paul. During the 15 years following World War II the desserts were most welcome! (The first day of the town's economy experienced 50 percent growth, with Farmers Marke!,.by the way, was a huge success--lots the addition of stores and two theaters. Couch noted of sunshine, and a lot of vendors, although not too much produceat this point. Available, however, were bib lettuce, radishes and spring onions; eggs; a huge variety of potted .plants and seedlings; crafts, include- ing note cards.and related items, and hand-made birdhouses; a.,yariety of prepared foods, including jams, jellies and honey--and individual cakes and doughnuts! B l:aegrass Circle, always well received. provided the darts entertainment. It was a great day!) But back t07/ subject at hand. After everyone at the Oxbow Cefi!er had had the opportunity to chat and enjoy the delicious desserts, and purchase Centennial shirts and other.lmemorabilia, the group, which was larger than had been anticipated, was invited to another section 6f the room, where a computer was set up to show slides and photos. St. Paul native Jerry Couch, who had obviously worked long a 'hard on researching the wonderful program, set ih tage for his informal presentation, and invited cot/ 0ents from members of the audience who wished to ,p ak. He opened with the information that in the latei-t 800s, Frank Stratton had purchased 300 acres of:-lSm, perry for $25,000--and told his audience that ;'were sitting on part of that acreage! I'll try to sumn'rfirlze the information he shared. The rail - Couch said, was extremely important to early St. Paul, so a railroad panic of 1893 (one happened:: out every 20 years, he said) stalled the economy of.the new town--and totally "killed off" Minneapolis, glhnned by Stratton to be a town across the Clinch River from St. Paul. He discuss .'d"land ownership, saying that John Hillman and,- John Dingus bought considerable property. The Paul Land Company owned land, which was pa ;6f the Kemmerer Coaq Company in Pennsylvania. Y.hay sold off their land, bit by bit. Interest in Clinchfield Railroad was renewed in the early 1900s-,-the Norfolk Westem Railroad had come through"t v(n in 1891, but Couch said that the Clinchfield Railroad really "got the ball rolling." The town grew, and on April 12, 1911 St. Paul became incorporated. The first mayor was William P. Porter, who o .wried a store on the Russell Street site that the Western Front was going full blast during these years, and shoppers crowded the streets on Saturdays. Grocery stores--Molinary's, Fuller's, Dean's. and Piggly Wiggly--were busy, and Dean's became the first self-service grocery in town. In 1960. St. Paul changed again, when Clinchfield executives began moving to St. Paul from Dante as Westwood Development began developing the Gray Hill subdivision. As the Clinchfield people had come to the area from virtually all over the country, the culture of St. Paul was subtly changed. Changes included the establishment of the Lions Club and the St. Paul Woman's Club. The coal industry boomed during the 1970s until the extended UMWA strike which began in 1977. During the recession of the 1980s, St. Paul suffered, primarily because of its isolation. However, huge changes took place because of the Redevelop- ment Project. which moved the course of the Clinch River. created usable property from flood plain, and provided adequate space for a new four-lane highway. The later creation of the St. Paul Industrial Develop- ment Authority led to continued development. The presentation was punctuated by old photo- graphs from various collections and from "Remember Good Old Days" in the Clinch Valley Times, and members of the audience added comments from time to time. In closing, Jerry Couch said he was encouraged by the number who attended the event because he would love to see some sort of history group formed within the town to preserve the information that already on hand. and to make sure that interest in the history of the town is maintained. He likened his idea to the Dante Lives On group. Nothing was done toward forming such a group other than his suggestion, but persons who are interested should let him or Mayor Kyle Fletcher know that they'd like to be part of the effort. Citing Leroy Hilton's vast knowledge of the history of St. Paul, Couch presented him with a huge hanging basket of spring flowers. It was a fitting closure to a wonderful afternoon! Letters lto the editor:.. Readers are invited., write letters on matters, of.general interest to the publie Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this n wspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times Wff[ not print unsigned letters.. " To ii e Editor:" (Editor's note: two,letters from Sylvia Kilgore are included here.) THE SCHOOL SITUATION I believe we kno~" ~at fear and anger can cause a lot of irrational decisions and one of those decisions is to take our" children out of St.-Paul school and enroll them" ~ another nearby school. This~ican weaken the chance to keep our school open. We need the support of every student. The end of the school year is so close, so take advantage of it. ,. Our school is not closed yet. so we need to dwell on the possibilities of keeping it open. I understand how they'feel, it's enough to make us angry and afraid to think our s~h.ool will be closed and our children may have to be trafispbrted to another school. Like my mother used to say, 'Don't qzut off your nose to spite your .f/ice.'" Hold on to your faith. .. Some of the gch)6ol board members are bent orr c )sing our school in St. Paul; but neither are they making.2a2rational decision. They., _ .laced to understand we ai'e~'having a depression, the g~ [grices are becoming outrageous: the wear and tear on the school buses traveling longer distances, and the dangers our children are facing on the highway. Evidently, these school board members do not want to change their decision, so it's up to us to change it for them. And we can do that, but we need everybody's support. So please think twice about taking your child out of school. We attended a meeting recently with the Town Council. and I was disappointed, to say the least, that so few attended. Hey! That's giving up and we don't need to do that. We are strong, courageous people m Wise County. We can beat his thing and we will with everyone's support. Think about it, and come election day, let's clean up the school board. THE UNION This is a letter concerning Dr. Mahina Kundu's letter thinking we needed mor3e union breakers. Well. I don't believe Dr. Kunco knows what he is talking about. The Union is the best thing that ever happened to the coal miners. Some of these opinionates need to experience some of the hard work that the coal miners did in the earlie5r days of the coal industry before there was a Union. It isn't like going into the coal mines today where modern equipment is used to do all the hard work. They had to push their coal cars into place, they had to dig their coal. separate the rock from the coal. and load it into the cars themselves. Then there were all the risks the~ had to face because man~ coal miners are killed each year. They went into the mines day after day and came out covered from head to toe with black coal dust with little to show for it. During the early coal industry~ most of the coal miners were some of the poorest of the poor. They didn't have an education and coal mining was all they knew. Of course that St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department report The St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department answered three calls in the month of April. -smoke alarm in Apt. #3 Phillips Building -house fire on River Road m was all r~ght because someone Russell had to do the job. After many long years of blood, sweat and tears, there was finally an organized Union. after which much progress became the middle class, and today helps to pay the salaries of people like Dr. Kundu and many others. The progress of the coal miners helped to promote many other businesses. Today coal mining is one of the most successful industries ever just because the little man hung in there and made it so. Sylvia Kilgore St. Paul County, assisted by Castlewood Fire and Dante Fire Dept. -house fire in Russell County on Memorial Drive in Castle- wood. assisted Castlewood Fire and Rescue St. Paul Fire Department held elections on April 12. Chief Stuard Keith retired after 43 years on active duty, fifteen years as chief and now is an honorary member in the St. Paul Fire Department. Earl Carter was elected as fire chief; Bill Strong, assistant chief: Jamie Sabo, captain: Willie Helton. 1~' Lt.; Johnny Hicks. 2"d Lt.; Travis Stanley, 1 Sgt.; Frank Dean, 2 Sgt.; Fireman of the Year, Stuard Keith. Miss Tri-CountY scholarship pageant to be held May 21 The Miss Tri-County Pa- geants will be held Saturday, May 21. at the John 1 Burton High School auditorium in Nor- ton at 7 p.m. The age groups include Wee Toddler. one year; Tin~ Tod- dler. two years: Little Toddler. three years: Wee Miss. ages 4. 5 and 6: Tiny Miss. ages 7. 8 and 9: Little Miss. ages I0-11 and 12: Junior Miss. ages 13-14 abd 15: and Miss Tri-County. ages 16-22. Practice will be Thursday, May 19. starting with Wee Miss at 6 p.m. (No practice for Toddlers.) Contestants can reside or go to school in Wise. Lee. Scott, Russell and Dickenson counties: the city of Norton: and Letcher County, Kentucky. Carl Barbara Caruso, 276- 679-2046 or email carusob@, or Barbara Leonard. 276-679-2563. for information and applications. 4-H STOCKMAN'S TEAM...Pictured (in no particular order) include: Matthew McConnell, Ethan Mullins, Dalton Salyer, Damien Patrick, James Fields, Dee Dee Fields, Morgan Burke, Tyler Perrigan, Ashley Addington, Daniel Mason, Ethan Addington, Aaron Fields, Andrew Bennett, Justin Adams, Shawn Helbert and Zach Taylor. 2011 Russell County Senior 4-H Stockman' s Team The Russell County Senior Stockman's Contest at Virginia 4-H Stockman's Team has Tech. Most recently, they {] practiced and competed competed at the SW District : throughout the winter and Youth Cattle Workint Contest spring. The team (nick-named where they placed 4 and 5t . the "Possum Patrol") has For more information about the participated in the Southwest Stockman's Club, please contact Virginia District Stockman's the Extension Office at 889- Contest as well as the State 8056. Chamber seeking nominations !t ! for Outstanding Alumni Award The Wise County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Devel- opment Committee is now ac- cepting nominations for the 17th annual Outstanding Alumni Aw- ard. Nominee must be a graduate of the Forward Wise County Leadership Development Pro- gram and may be recognized for outstanding personal achieve- ment. community service, or professional achievement To nominate someone, please wri'te a brief letter stating why you think he/she shO'ald be re~og- nized. Nominations should be mailed to the Wise County Chamber of Commerce. P.O. Box 226. Norton. VA 24273. You may also e-mail the nominations to wisecountycocf or fax your nomination to 276-679- 2655. Deadline for making nominations is May 16, 2011. This award will be presented on May 26 at the commencement exercise for the 20tl class of Forward Wise County. Last year's recipient of the Ii! Outstanding Alumni Award was Mr. Tim Blankenbecler, Director, Small Business Development Center, MECC, Big Stone Gap. Mr. Blankenbecler is a 1994 graduateof Forward Wise County, was honored for his community service.and expertise i~ in serving the small businesses ]~ throughout the area. Mr. It Blankenbecler~s assistance in II helping new businesses begin operations has been a valuable economic tool for the entrepreneurs of this region, For more information, please call the Wise County Chamber of Commerce at 276-679-0961. Locally grown Mann Farms strawberries now available in select Food City locations Food City is well-known for providing their customers with the best variety, highest quality, and friendliest service possible. And they do so in part by purchasing a great deal of their produce locally, providing addi- tional support to the regions in which they operate. "'We have always prided our- selves in selectirig the best pro- ducts possible for our custom- mers." says Steven C. Smith. Food City president and chiet executive officer. "Our local farms are known for providing some of the finest products in the country. Buying locally is the logical choice. It provides our customers with the freshest produce possible, while lending additional support to our local economies," adds Smith. Locally grown strawberries will be among the first crops available in participating Food City locations. To ensure the freshest product possible, these ripe, ready-to-eat strawberries are delivered directly to sur- rounding Food City locations daily, while supplies last. F'ood City purchases produce from a number of local farms, including those m Grainger, Blount. Roane. Hawkins, Unicoi, Jefferson and Sullivan counties in Tennessee: Scott and Carroll counties and through Appal- achian Harvest co-op in Abing- don and is the exclusive outlet for a number of them. "We enjoy a great partner- ~hip with a variety of local arms." comments Mike Tipton, iirector of produce operations for Food City. "And we are 9roud to be the exclusive retail outlet for a number of them and of course our customers love the added convenience." says Tip- ton. Look for great tasting locally grown Mann Farms strawberries at Food City locations in Weber City, Clintwood. Coebum. Big Stone Gap, Saint Paul and Wise. Headquartered in Abingdon, K-VA-T Food Stores. Inc. (Food City's parent company) currently operates 105 retail food outlets in the tri-state regions of South- east Kentucky, Southwest Vir- ginia and Northeast Tennessee. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283. by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in" the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. 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