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________----q < /i i,: VL LI, No. 19 Clinch Valley Times " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " .... Thursday, May 7, 2009 Saint Paul, Virginia Ill PRI00$Sy 50c CLOSER TO FINISH...Work continues on the Verizon cellular telephone tower which is located on the Roberson property just off G. B. Shortt Street adjacent to West Hills Estates. The tower will provide cellular service to St. Paul and Castlewood residents. Agritourism Workshop will be May 14 An Agritourism Workshop, tivities. - workshop, wi!! help with agri- "It's More Than A Farm Tour," will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thurs- day, May 14, and conclude at 4 p.m., It will incllde a winery tour and tasting, and partici- )ants will discover new ideas to enhance agritourism related ac- I Whether you're interested in specific activities such as a corn maze or pqmpkin patch, in mar- ketg ,trategies, in financial and legal information, or in planning or operating an enter- prise of your own des!tn, this . tourism basics and more. Regisffation is flee, but you must b reghtered by May 11. Call Hea of Appalachia Office, 276-762-0011, or e-mail them at Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap. 8 p.m, Episcopal Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church; Fridays: Clintwoock 7:30 p.m., Clintwood United Metho- dist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m, school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 7 p.m., St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The Cestlewood Water & Se-wnge Authority Board of Directors, 6 p.m. second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appala- ehinn Agency for Senior Citizens office, Ciaypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, 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-SC- eond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Stat- ed Communication; First Thurs- day, 7 p.m., School of Inatmcfion. VFW POST #86S2, DAV CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coebum. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Bm'Id-ing, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #2- Stated Communication, 1st Sater- days, 7:30; School of Instruon third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Cen- ter conducts a recovery group for substance abusers and families Fridays at 10 a.m. Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- ten of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m., First BaptistC'huxch, Cue- burn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 4 p.m. third Sundays at the UIVIWA Building in Cesdewood. All interested persons are invited to attend. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH The Dante Neighborhood Watch Program will meet at 7 p.m.on second Mondays at the Dante Conunonity Building. Call 495- 7007 for information. H.O.P.E. HOUSE H.O.P.E. House provides emer- gency shelter for victims of do- mestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickanson, Lee, Scott and Bueh- anau counties aad the City of Norton. Volunteers needed-train- ing available. Call 1-800-572- 2278. SENIOR CITIZENS ...The Cestlewond Senior Citi- zans meet at 10 u.m. Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Church and Anyone 60 or over is invited. ...The Dante Senior Citizens meet eanh Monday mad Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dente Fire De- partment. Russell Coenty resi- dents 60 or oldor are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Hoers at the Russell County Public Librmy, Lebanon, re'e M/Tu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 am.-5 p.m.; Sa., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MATTHEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fred Manhews Memorial Li]'ary, St. Paul, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- days/Fridays/Satin-days, and I 1 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY The Dickenson-Bondy Log House is open weekly Thursdays thronigh Saturdays, t0-3, and Sundays 12-4 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY The Wise Social Sccunty Office is open Mleys-Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers are 1- 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Pad, meet at the Librmy on fourth Tuesdays at 1 I:00 a.m. VFW POST 9864 VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- comes new members. If you served overseas during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266, and sead nume, eddress end ione numbs. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES The Wise County Health De- pattment, Wise, is open from 8 a.m..-8 p.m. firs t Thursdays. Cli- nics will be offered in family pletimng, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immuaizations, Appoimments are necessary for all but immaniza- tions. For an appoint.ment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birth. days and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Cent*r, For information, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTHDAY? Appalachian 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 ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise Cotmty School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school and in each om,ay public library. ...Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Munuul have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP Woman survivors of sexual as- seult are invited to intend Clinch Vey Commtmity Action, Inc./ Family Crisis Services' support group meeting with victims of similar si Mondays, 10:30 u.m.-12 noon. For information, call Rande Haldar, 276-988- 5583, or  Davis, 276-889- 8206. FREE ADULT ED Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise oonntins mt the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who want to hromve their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job-related skills in- chiding resmne writing and inter- viewing. For details, call 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens provides disabili- ty transportation services in BOc- hanen, Dickensc Russell and Tazewell oonfies to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP The Russell Cotmty Genealogy Group meets 5:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Russell Cmmty Public Librmy, Lebanon. The Group's purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 or fidlerh-1942.yaboo,oom. JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- thews Memorial Library and help promote the improvement of faci- lities and rvices of the librmy. Send name, address mad plie nomber, wi0t a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make cbeeks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memmal Ulary. EASTERN STAR Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of F.astem Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, exenpt for March and Dennber, when the meet- ings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Dkkenson Cmmty-Oscar Silcox helps file vetenms' claims. For aplintment, call 276-835. 8847 nits. Coetmm-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thinsdays except Jane. Russell County-DAV Service Olcer Perry Johnson assists veteran filing claims third Tues- days from 2-3:30 p.m., at the Russell Coonty Public Library, Lebanon Russell Conuty-American Legion Post 208 Post Service Officer Todd Salyer can assist with veterans' claims, records and family assistance. Call him at 276-889-5884 or 276-274-6588. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tues- day from 9-11 a.m. at the church. Donaons are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 p.m. first Mon- days, For more information, call church-related activities calendar 495-7026 r 495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission group at First Baptist Chorch, St. Paul, upees a Clothes Closet from 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Deparlmonts in the Leno- wisco Health District offer free confuknti HIV testing through- out the year. For infonnabon, call Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or Sxorr Co. Health Dept., .276- 386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays mgl Wedaef, days from 8:30 u.m-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. C/RADD MEETING A meeting of C/RADD will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of eneh month. The meetings will he held at the Dante Museum. GED ONLINE The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult lenmers, with or without their own home com- puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise counes and the City of Norton. For more inform call GEl) On- line Co-ordinator Marei Gore, 1-800-422.3433 (in Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- day through Thmsday aad on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.ucation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for more information once*aaing GEl) testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 p.m, 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6 p.m. on 1st Mondays at the Dante Museum. A Commu- nity Meeting is fourth Tuesdays at 6 p.m., also at the Museum. BASKETBALL CAMP Appiiations re being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Sonmaer Invitation only Basketball Camp For a free brochure for the camps, call 704-373-0873 anytime or visit GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Canter, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome-admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION Book Discussion Group One of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- rsry meets fourth Thursdays of every month (except November and December, which are combined into one holiday meeting the first Thursday in December) at the Riverside Diner. The next meeting is Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. The discussion on 7he Shack by William Paul Young during the last meeting will he contin0-ued during the March session. on page 3 I Post 9/11 veterans can begin signing up for benefits from the 21 st century GI Bill "This May we mark National "]'he original GI bill sparked dy, the original GI bill returned Military Appreciation Month. As many of us take time this month to honor the U.S. servicemen and women who defend our freedoms as well as our veterans," said Congress- man Rick Boucher. "I am pleased to note that post 9/11 veterans may now begin signing up for the benefits of the GI Bill for the 21st Century, which Congress approved with my strong support last year. The measure was authored by my colleague Senator Jim Webb, and I was pleased to bean origi- nal cosponsor of the legislation when it was introduced in the House." The measure covers the costs of a four-year college education for the men and women return- ing from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a similar manner to the educational benefits avail- able after World War II. The educational benefits afforded in the GI Bill for the 21 st Century will give our returning troops the tools to succeed after mili- tary service, strengthen our eco- nomy in the face of increasing global competition and make military service more attractive to young men and women con- sidering service. "We owe our veterans a future that is equal to the first class service they have given our country," Congress- man Boucher said. The new GI Bill takes effect on August 1, 2009, but as of May 1, 2009, veterans can begin to apply for a certificate of eligibility for the new college benefits at the VA website- Ge- nerally, the measure provides up to flr years of education bene- fits]t=a college or university for indtqt.dls with aleast 90. days of dti;0duty serie on r"afler SptemAr 11, 2001;'who hae been honorably discharged from service. The benefits are based on a sliding scale, and to receive full benefits, veterans must have served on active duty for three years. The program will pay for: tuition and fees of up to the maximum in-state tuition and fees at a public institution in your state; a monthly housing allo- wance at the location of the school, based on the Basic Housing Allowance for housing an E-5 with dependents; and an annual books and sup- plies stipend of up to $1,000. These benefits are generally payable for up to 15 years following the release of active dut3. economic growth and expansion for an entire generation of Ame- ricans. It made a free college education available to more than 15 million war veterans after World War II. The original GI bill paid the full cost of tuition at any public or private college or university, and by 1956, about eight million World War II veterans had taken advantage of the education and training benefit, including some of our nation's greatest leaders. Ac- $7 in the economy for every $1 spent. Boucher said, "The GI Bill for the 21st Century makes America's veterans of the wars in lraq and Afghanistan part of a new American economic reco- very and represents a great com- mitment to our nation's vete- rans, providing a quality educa- tion to those to whom we owe so much. I am pleased that vete- rans may now sign up to receive cording to a congressional stu- these benefits." UVa-Wise offers streaming video of televised programs The Highland Cavalier New available on channel 55 for Media operation at The Uni- versity of Virginia's College at Wise recently launched a new web site featuring live streaming video available to those with high-speed internet. The new web site and live video stream, found at www.uva, offers in- formation on the UVa-Wise NewMedia initiative as well as video archives of features aired by CAV-TV, the student-pro- duced campus news and features program. 'We believe this new Web- cast is a great new way to reach out to our region with campus events and information," said J. Keith Fowlkes, vice chancellor for information technology. "The educational programming, campus coverage and student productions are high quality and reflect the good work being done on campus." Prior to the live web streaming, CAV-TV was only local Comcast cable subscribers. UVa-Wise NewMedia focu- ses on producing video content to promote UVa-Wise, provide access to academic and athletic events and special interest dis- cussions, to promote event sche- dules and to broadcast educatio- nal television programming throughout the region. For more information, call the Office of College Relations, 276-328-0130. Miss St. Paul Beauty Pageant The 2009 Miss St. Paul Beauty Pageant will be held on May 16 at 6 pm at the St. Paul High School auditorium. Entertainment for the evening will be the first annual "Mr." St. Paul competition. For more information, entry forms and age categories, please call SPHS at 762-5221. More Big Read events to be held at Matthews Library The Big Read events con, story of a woman who invented tinue at J. Fred Matthews Me- modal Library during May. The Clinch River Reader's Book Club will discuss Willa Cather's My Antonia at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. The public is invited to attend this discus- sion, and new members of the book club are always welcome. Reader's guides and audio guides will be provided. Door Prizes will also be given away. Matthews Library will pre- sent the film: "Willa Cather: The Road Is All," on Tuesday, Jay 12 at 5:30 p.m. This film is a biography based on the life of author Willa Cather. It tells the herself from scratch and sur- vived a move from Virginia to the Nebraska frontier, She even- tually'survived life on the plains to later move to NeW York where she would write some of America's greatest novels. The Friends of the Library will provide light refreshments at both of these events. The Big Read is an initiative of the Na- tional Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Servi- ces and Arts Midwest.For more information about The Big Read or other library programs, call the library, 276-762-9702 SWCC BUSINESS COMPETITION...Pictured left to right, front row, Nicole Counts, Natasha Shortridge, Stephanie Boyd, Gage McCoy, Jordan Lovelace and Kayla Keen. Second row, Olivia Amburgey, Terri Gordon, Chesley Meade, Brittany Milgrim, Danielle Jessee. Back row, Derek Allen, Devan Crabtree, Kelsey Hall, Samantha Pratt and Tyler Trent. CHS students participate in SWCC Business Competition On Wednesday, April 30, and Buchanan counties. Junior Also participating were the students from Castlewood High School traveled to compete in the 38 t Annual Business Edu- cation Contest hosted at South- west Virginia Community Col- lege. All business education students were eligible to compete. Students competed against other area schools in Russell, Dickenson, Tazewell Kayla Keen took 1 st place in Computer Application, earning a $250 scholarship. The following students placed 2 "d in their respective categories: junior Natasha Shortridge, Filing and sophomore Danielle Jessee, Keyboarding Applications. Freshman Devan Crabtree placed 3 d in General Business. following: Nicole Coums, Stephanie Boyd, Gage McCoy, Jordan Lovelace, Olivia Amburgey, Terri Gordon, Chesley Meade, Brittany Milgrim, Derek Allen, Keisey Hall, Samantha Pratt and Tyler Trent. Congratulations to all who competed for their outstanding accomplishments.