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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, May 7, 2009 If ..... I II I Of shoes.. and ships..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory Amazing race! Wow! .Even if you're not a fan of the sport of kings, you'll have to admit, if you were in front of a television set late Saturcly afternoon, that the excitement was extraordinary! Most racing fans in this part of the country prefer that their racers be fueled by gasoline rather than oats, but the 135th running of "Run for the Roses," the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, was above mere preferences! Had I been there, and had I placed my "normal" bet on Mine That Bird, which I never would have done, since the horse's odds were 50-1 (I don't do longshots), I would have cashed my $2 across the board bet--a $6 ticket--for $183! Not bad. A friend who also enjoys the horse races told me on Monday that a $2 super-fecta bet on the winner paid $540,000. But beyond the incredible payoff is the amazing horse himself. Purchased by his current owners for just $9,500, which is mere peanuts in the exclusive world of first class thoroughbred horses, the horse was bred in Kentucky and trained in Canada and then by the new trainer, Bennie Woolley, Jr., (you met him Saturday hobbling around Churchill Downs on crutches) in New Mexico. We watched the race--in fact, we watched NBC from the time the network went on the air from Louisville at 4 p.m., and couldn't believe what we !ili were seeing. Mine That Bird was maybe at the very back of the pack of 19 horses (the 20th, who had been the favorite, was scratched Saturday morning) early i(i on, but in the home stretch, he came up along the rail, : and seemingly without any particular effort, sailed by o" horse after horse, curing around to go around another - one, and then it was back on the rail to squeeze by the three front-runners. He passed them with ease, and . firfished the race six and a quarter lengths ahead of the 7 second place horse, Pioneerof the Nile.(don't know " why the first two words of his name aren't separated ' by a space, but all the references show "Pioneerof"). , Musket Man came in third. , As you probably heard, Saturday's win by Mine , That Bird was the second biggest upset in the history > of the Kentucky Derby, which is, incidentally, the longest running (without interruption) sporting event in the United States. The biggest upset, which occurred in 1913, was by Donerail, with 91-1 odds (paid $184.90 for a $2 win ticket). Another big payoff came recently when Giacomo, who won in 2005, paid $102.60 to win. I Over the course of time, only eleven horses have ! won the Triple Crown, that is, the Kentucky Derby, the lireakness Stakes in Maryland and the Belmont Stakes in New York. Those super winners include Sir Barton (1919); Gallant Fox (1930); Omaha (1935); ..... War Admiral (1937) (War Admiral is the one whose Central Kentucky barn provided some of the boards for the floor in my friend Tillie's recently renovated kitchen, just in case you're interested); Whirlaway (1941); Count Fleet (1943); Assault (1946); Citation (1948); Secretariat--who has the fastest time, 1:59.40, of any Derby winner (1973); Seattle Slew (1977); and Genuine Risk (1980). Everybody thought that Big Brown, who won the 2008 Derby, would go on to be a Triple Crown winner, but he faded after the Derby, ;etters to .... the editor... dist), to so many folks who came and shopped at our sale, and to Ann Gregory and "The Clinch Valley Times" for the superb publicity you gave our event. Additionally, our grati- tude goes to all of you in our church family who worked so hard to set up and conduct the i Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general interest to, the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will" not print unsigned letters. To the Editor:. The Giant Yard Sale held by the Fort Gibson United Metho- dist Men (UMM) on Satm'dy, May 2, was a great success. Now that it is over, we want to say "Thank you" to so many who made it such a success: to all of you who contributed sale items (including our sister church, St. Paul United Metho- sale. Last but not least, we give thanks to the Lord (the weather could have been much worse). The Giant Yard Sale is our major annual fund raising event. The proceeds of this sale will be used for the philanthropic pro- jects and activities of the Fort Gibson UMM. The great sup- port of so many made it pos- sible. Sincerely, Fort Gibson United Methodist Men i and, for all practical purposes, hasn't been heard from since. It isn't likely that 2009 will produce a Triple Crown winner, since Monday's news reports indicat- ed that more than likely, Mine That Bird will probably not be entered in the Preakness on May 16. Even though I've never seen any of the Triple Crown races, even the Derby, I have a Triple Crown story. When I was a college student, I took a class called Press Photography. I certainly didn't learn to be a photographer, press or otherwise, but even if I had, it wouldn't have done much good, since the 35 milli- meter camera was just coming into its own, and the class learned, give or take, by using old-fashioned (now archaic) press cameras. We were assigned a pictorial term paper on whatever subject we chose, but it had to include a number of photographs based on the theme we had chosen, and each had to have a brief description about details involved in taking the picture. (We not only had to take the pictures, but also to develop and then print them--this was, of course, decades before the advent of digital photography.) I chose animals as the subject for my paper, and my friend Tillie got me some help when she asked her father, a professional photographer who had good connections all over Lexington, to make me an appointment to take some pictures at Calumet Farm. Calumet, by the way, is the owner who has had more Derby winners--eight--than any other owner. People who travel the few miles from Lexington to Keeneland Race Course pass right by Calumet Farm. Anyway, I kept my date at Calumet, and got to get a picture of Citation and one of Bull Lea, who was the sire of Citation as well as two other Derby winners, Hill Gail and Iron Liege. Although Bull Lea himself didn't win the Derby, he was thought to be the source of Calumet Farm's extraordinary success in thorough- bred racing, and he (and his children) won many awards. Trouble was, getting back to my term paper, when I developed the films, I discovered that I'd gotten good shots of the horses-except their feet weren't included, and since race horses certainly reque feet,i- was disappointed. Most of my pictures for that paper, which included several other animals, had comparable problems. I ended up printing my pictures, and, in a panic, changed the title of the paper to "How Not To Take Pictures of Animals," and explained what I'd done wrong in each case. The indulgent professor gave me an A! (That's my Triple Crown story-- Citation, remember, was a Triple Crown winner.) Watching Saturday's amazing win by Mine That Bird, 'most everybody in the audience was charmed by jockey Calvin Borel, who obviously loved every minute of the victory, which was his second Derby win--the first was on Street Sense in 2007. The two jockeys who hold the record for the most Derby wins are Eddie Arcaro (!938 on Lawrin, 1941 on Whirlaway, 1945 on Hbop Jr., 1948 on Citation, and 1952 on Hill Gail)'and Bill Hartack (1957 on Iron Liege; 1960 on on Venetian Way, 1962 on Decidedly, 1964 on Northern Dancer, and 1969 on Majestic Prince). Looking back at Saturday, don't you wish you'd had a couple of dollars on Mine That Bird's nose! . . . .... . . - . . . . ........... 117 ,  ;. ._ / L -TL.'..L_ L . Blevins given Distinguished Citizenship Award by CofC The Russell County Chamber of Commerce has awarded Shannon Blevins, director of economic development for The University of Virginia's College at Wise, the Distinguished Citi- zenship Award in Economic De- velopment on April 24 in Leba- non. Blevins, director of the Southwest Virginia Technology Development Center operated by UVa-Wise, received the award at the Chamber's annual gala. The award is given to a person who has contributed to Russell County's progress through specific actions and work. "Shannon is Stop MOTORISTS: for pedestrians in the Library Crosswalk... It's the law! I Shop Morgan McClure Ford 2006 Mini Cooper only 5,000 miles 2009 Ford Fusion 0% APR for 72 months available on the 20)9 Ford Fusion V6 models with approved credit. Not all buyers will qualify. Offer expires 6/30/09 Ford F350 diesel flatbed super cab w/many options MORGAN McCLURE Saint Paul I VA morganmcclureford.com (276) 762-5535 , leader whose eloquence and dedication to the people of Russell County qualify her for the esteemed honor of Dis- tinguished Citizenship Award in Economic Development," said Steve Banner, vice chairman of the Russell County Industrial Development Authority. "I am thrilled to be recog- nized by the Russell County Chamber of Commerce, and having been nominated by the Russell County,Industrial Deve- lopment Authority means a great deal to me," Blevins said. "The UVa-Wise team managing the Southwest Virginia Techno- logy Development Center takes an dffective great pride in serving the em- ployers and citizens of Russell ....... County, and we look forward to continuing to serve our commuL nity." As director of SVTDC, Ble- vins developed a series of pro- fessional development pro- grams, such as "The Effective supervisors," to help nurture team leaders and supervisors to meet the challenges and changes in today's work environment. The Center is instrumental in community outreach efforts by providing varying degrees of personal computer instruction to the public. In addition, Blevins and the Center work to meet the workforce training needs of many high tech companies that have located in Southwest Vir- ginia. Under Blevins' leadership, the Center received the 2008 Southwest Virginia Technology Council High Tech Excellence in Education award, _therein shall be burned up. In my closing: scripture lets us know how much God loves "History repeats itself' by Rev. Glenda White (continued from last week)! Let us continue on in I Peter 4:17-18 v.17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God and if it first begins at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? v. 18 and if the righteous scarly be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? v.19 wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing as unto a faithful creator. Stand, and be a witness, not being ashamed of the gospel of God. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. We have been commissioned by Jesus. Matt. 28:19-20 to v.19 Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and love, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Going back to Genesis 6:12- 13 v. 11 the Earth also was corrupt before God and the earth was filled with violence v.12 and God looked upon the earth and behold it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth v.13 and God said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me for the earth is filled with violence through them and behold I will destroy them with the earth (Again, do you see any similar events, then and now)? Romans 1:18-20 vs. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteous- ness v.19 because that which may be known of God manifest in them for God hath showed it unto them. v.20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made even his eternal power and godhead; so that they are without excuse. Once again, worth repeat- ing! v.21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither we- thankful, but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened. (Churches which have adopted worldly beliefs those who profess Jesus (preachers) but living a alternative lifestyle). The courts: the lawmakers of this nation. As, ,above. mentioned scripture: No excuse, no excuse. Phillipians 2:10-11 v.10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of things in heaven and things in the earth and things under the earth v. 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father. (To the unbeliever, to you who still refuse to believe you still have time to receive salvation whether you want to believe or not Jesus did die for you, Jesus loves your The day will come, to the unbeliever, you will bow, you will confess). The nation and its turning away from God the protection of God is being lifted. The warnings, the sign of the time are all there, just look around at the destruction. Let us go on to Isaiah 5:14- 16 and 20 v.14 therefore hell hath enlarged herself and opened her mouth without measure and their glory and their multitude and their pomp and he that rejoiceth shall descend into it. (God sends no one to hell, you send yourself) v. 15 and the mean man shall be brought down and the mighty man shall be humbled and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled v.16 but the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteous- ness. v.20 woe unto them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. These scriptures are where we are as a nation. Whatever happened to the belief of God? Whatever happened to one nation under God? (This is just a thought) There is still time to repent and turn back to God. To reach out to the lost. II Peter 3:9-10 v9 the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance, v. 10 but the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are us: John 3:!6 v.16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:17-21 v.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. v.18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned, but He that believeth not is condemned already because He hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God. v.19 And this is the condemnation that light is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. The light of Jesus Christ/ the deceiver is the darkness v.20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved v.21 but he thatdoeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. As God's people, let us stand, be a vessel God can use, say here I am Lord, send me. A call to God's people: II Chronicles 7:14 If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Go in God's strength, walk in victory! Wise County Sheriff's Report The Wise County Sheriff'S Office reports the following activities for the period of 4/20/2009 through 4/26/2009. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,469 calls for this seven, day period. Of the total calls received'433 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total num- ber of Domestic calls for this period was 34. Criminal Process for the same period served 23 Felony Warrants, 24 Misdemean- or Warrants, issued 20 Traffic Summons and worked 0 Traffic Accidents. Civil process for this period served 412 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 19 additional Criminal Investiga- tions were initiated and 40 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 238 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 1 adult in state, 0 adult out of state, 4 mental patient, and 7 juveniles for a total of 12 tra0sports, involving 53 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 6 vehicles and escorted 6 funerals during this seven-day period. St. Paul Fire Department report: The St. Paul Fire Department report for the month of April. included: one dumpster fire on Honey Branch one brush fu'e one landing zone for. Med-Flight to assist Dante Rescue Squad. 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. Perio- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283. 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