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EARTH DAY FIELD TRIP...Pictured, left to right, front row, Katlin Wohlford, Kelsey Addington, Shaina Hall, Terri Gordon, Meghan Osborne and Leigha Statzer. Second row, Levi Hicks, Scotty Johnson, Damian Whited, Hannah Jessee, Tiffany Breeding, Amanda Hale, Heather Hale, Andrea Layton, Kelsey Riner, Heather Hill, Marissa Kiser, Candace Hall, Tammie Stevens, Blake Lyons, Aaron Kennedy, Drew Young and Ethan Addington. Back row, Matthew Desroches, Michael Black, Brittany Black, Alex Jessee, Miranda Dye, Jordan Banner, Eric Summers, Kaitlin Clay, lan Green, Morgan Trent, Alec Rose, Derek Phillips, Kristin Johnson, Casey Lambert, Logan Lorenzo, Stephanie Merlette, Donald Salyer, Amanda Smith, Autumn Layton, Stephen Hileman, Cory Browning and Nick Salyer. CHS science students enjoy Earth Day field trip On Earth Day, Wednesday, local experts in various topics April 22, science students from including Soil Testing, Water Castlewood High School tra- Testing, GPS (Global Posit- veled to the working farm of ioning Systems), and Geology. William Hartsock. Appro- In addition, thirteen Physics ximately 45 Earth Science I students were able to shoot students spent the day rotating rockets that they had made in between four learning stations, class during their studies of The stations were manned by Newton's laws. The event is a direct result of a directive from the Virginia Governor several years ago, which stated that every student should have an outdoor educational experience prior to graduating. The trip this year was funded through a $400 grant from Target Field Trips Grant Program. THE COLLECTOR'S CORNER Stone Mountain is a large mound of stone located east of Atlanta, Georgia. It stands over 1,600 feet above sea level, is 800 feet high, two miles long and one mile wide, with many acres of land surrounding it. In 1923, Congress authorized a Stone Mountain Commemo- rative half dollar to be minted. The money for the sale of this coin was to be used to help pay the cost of sculpting civil War leaders. The models for this coin were prepared by Gutzon Borglum. The fast coins were struck at the Philadelphia mint January 21, 1925. Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee are mounted on the ob- verse, an eagle is on the reverse. The carving was completed in 1970. The Stone Mountain comme- morative half dollar is one of the most popular coins. Well over one million were minted, and many of them did get into circulation. In the last few years, the Stone Mountain coin has gone up in value due to the demand by collectors. It is like many other coins--the price has about gone out of the reach of the average collector. The price range in grade extra fine is $50- $60, grade MS-60, range $70- $75; grade MS-64, $85-$90. There is an old saying: "it takes money to ride the train." Coins have increase. Due to dealers' asking prices, the train has gone and lett most of us! Russell County Kids Fishing Day The Russell County Kids Fishing Day will be held on May 16 this year at the Natural Area Preserve located at Big Cedar Creek. The fishing day com- mittee has already begun pre- parations to start this big event. Each year the Virginia Depart- ment of Game and Inland Fish- eries along with local businesses and individuals sponsor this event. The committee will be out asking for donations to help with expenses to make this another joyful event for the children of Russell and surrounding coun- ties. If you would like to donate to this event,, send donations to the address below. Russell County Kids Fishing Day P.O. Box 2245 Lebanon, Virginia 24266. Anyone wishing to volunteer their time to help with this event can call (276) 889-2660 or (276) 889-3618 and find out more information Online Auction of Surplus Property from VA Municipal, County and State Governments, Agencies and Educational Institutions I Police/Sheriff Vehicles & Confiscated Property I Heavy Equipment - Pickup. Trucks - Cars - Buses Boats - Computers - Furn,ture - Specialty Assets New Items Added Dally - Register Online to Bid Now! Reglster online to bid. Call 800-613-0156 [ . i ) .GovDeals con-00 '-COPPER CREEK GRAPHICS Custom Screenprinting & Embroidery 276-794-9629 276-393-0103 Janet Beavers and Jeanie Bradley Low Minimum Orders Custom Order May Require a Set Up Fee Something for aft occasions... businesses schools church events youth groupsNBS fundraisers hats t-shirts sweatshirts jackets tote baqs. '=.__ . banners and much more Forget your excuses Call the Southwest Regional Adult Education Program to enroll in a class and take a Practice GED test. Pass the practice test and we will pay for your Official GED Testing Call 889.5424 to get started. Russell County Official GED Testing Schedule PARTIAL TEST SCHEDULE: May 18, 25; June 1, 15, 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27 at 4:00 pm FULL/PARTIAL TEST SCHEDULE: May 13.14; June 10-11; July 8-9 at 5:30 pm All tests will be given at the Russell County Career & Technology Center, Building II .... Participants must register three business days prior to testing. Call 889-6507 to register. CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, May 7, "" Annie's House First Annual Golf Tournament Annie's House will sponsor their first annual Golf Tourna- ment on Friday, May 22 at Wolf Creek Golf and Country Club. A complimentary bar-b-q lunch will be provided from 12 until 12:45. Tee time shot gun is scheduled for lpm. Entry fee is $240 per team or $60 per individual. Teams will be flighted with trophies for first place in each flight. Prizes for closest to the pin on selected holes and longest drive and there will also be door prizes. $50.00 for hole sponsors. All profits from this tourna- ment will further the specialized services Annie's House provides to victims of child abuse. To enter a team, be a hole sponsor, or for more information, please contact Linda Cooley 276- 988-1250 or Lisa Skeens 276- 762-0518. If-you have knowledge of insurance fraud, report it to the Virginia. State Police Insurance Fraud Division: 1-877-62FRAUD PER TRENDSETTER SE ALL-SEASON TREAD QUIET RIDE WHITEBLACK SIDEWALL "U rrl 8 "U :0 0 m r/) Tri. 00,ounty Tire Service 16618 East Riverside Dr. St. Paul, VA Men. - Fri. 8 am - 5 pm; Sat. 8 am - 1 pm 276-762-9501 or 276-762-9591 il LTS )EDUCATION 276.889.5424 866.581.9935 ........................................... - UlIIII L IIIIII I NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF AN APPLICATION BY VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER COMPANY FOR APPROVAL OF ARATE ADJUSTMENT CLAUSE PURSUANT TO VA. CODE 56-585.1 A 4 CASE NO. PUE-2009-00018 OnMarch 31, 2009, Virginia Electric and Power Company ("Dominion Virgi.!: 7ower" or"Company"), pursuant to 56-585.1 A 4 of the Code of Virginia ("Code"), submitted an application with the State Corpo,=,on Commission ("Commission") for approval of a rate adjustment clause ("RAC") to allow the Cmpany to recover certain wholesale costs charged to the Company by PJM Interconnectien LLC ("PJM") and approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ('FERC"). The Company also requested a waiver of Rule 20 VAC 5-201-60 of the Commission's Rules Governing Utility Rate Applications and Annual Informational Filings (20 VAC 5-201-10, et seq.) ("Rate Case Rules'), which requires that a rate adjustment douse application filed pursuant to 56-585.1 A 4 of the Code shall include Schedule 45 with the utiiity's direct testimony. The application states that PJM is a regional transmission entity and a FERC-approved regional transmission organization and that the Company, as an integrated electric utility member of PJM, obtains transmission service from PJM and pays PJM charges for such service as determined under applicable rates, terms and conditions contained in PJM's open access transmission tariff approved by FERC and also pays PJM charges for costs associated with demand response programs approved by FERC and administered by PJM. According to the Company, it has incurred, and will continue to incur the costs described in 56-585.1 A4 of the Code and seeks Commission approval to recover these costs on a timely and current basis from customers through the Company's proposed RAC, designated as Rider T. The Company further requests that its proposed Rider T be effective for usage as of the effective date of new rates resulting from the Company's 2009 base rate review filing under 56-585.1 A of the Code in Case No. PUE-2009-00019 ('2009 Rate Case Filing"). The Company alleges that this common effec!ive date for rates proposed in the Company's Rider T and the 2009 Rate Case Filing applications removes the costs described in 56-585.1 A 4 from the Company's current base rates and provides for a recovery of such Costs through Rider T. The Company proposes to place Rider T into effect on September 1, 2009. According to the Company, Rider T will produce an annual net increase of $77.9 million based on the rate period of September 1, 2009, through August 31, 2010. Rider T includes a revenue requirement of $227.3 million, partially offset by a $149.4 million reduction in base rates due to the removal of the transmission rates currently included in base rates. The Company also proposes an annual deferral mechanism to reconcile forecast costs and actual costs incurred. The Company proposes to accrue carrying costs on the balance of under-/over-recovered deferred costs resulting from the difference between retail transmission revenues and the actual costs incurred. The Company further proposes that the carrying costs match the Company's overall cost of capital approved for use in the 2009 Rate Case Filing, grossed-up for income taxes. Consequently, the Company has requested waiver of the requirement that it file Schedule 45, which requires "documentation supporting the retum on equity benchmark proposed pursuant to 56-585.1 A 2 a and b of the Code of Virginia." The Commission entered ar Order for Notice and Hearing ("Scheduling Order") that, among other things, scheduled a public hearing to commence at 10:00 a.m. on June 16, 2009, in the Commission's Second Floor Courtroom, Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia, for the purpose of receiving comments from members of the public and evidence related to the establishment of Dominion Virginia Power's Rider T. Public witnesses desiring to make statements at the public hearing need only appear in the Commission's Second Floor Courtroom in the Tyler Building at the address set forth above prior to 9:45 a.m. on the day of the hearing and register a request to speak with the Commission's bailiff. The Company's application and the Commission's Scheduling Order are available for public inspection during regular business hours at all of the Company's offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Interested persons may also review the Company's application in the Commission's Document Control Center, located on the First Floor of the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia, be- tween the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. A copy may also be obtained, at no cost, by written request to counsel for the Company, Koran L. Bell, Esquire, Dominion Resources Services, Inc., 120 Tredegar Street, Richmond, Vir01rlll 23219. In addition, unofficial copies of the Company's application, Commission Orders entered in this docket, the Commission'l RuIIII of Practice and Procedure, as well as other information concerning the Commission and the statutes it administers, may be vie11d orl the Commission's website: http://www.scc.viminia.oov/c0,e. Any interested person may participate as a respondent in this proceeding by filing, on or before May 20, 2009, an original lind flftlen (15) copies of a notice of participation'as a respondent with the Clerk of the Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P.O, Box 21111, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118. Pursuant to Rule 5 VAC 5-20-80 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, any ttlQli Of participation shall set forth (i) a precise statement of the interest of the respondent; (ii) a statement of the specific action sought to the extent then known; and (iii) the factual and legal basis for the action. Interested persons shall refer in all of their filed papers to Case No, PUE-2009-00018. On or before May 20, 2009, each respondent may file with the Clerk of the Commission at the address above an odginal and fifteen (15) copies of any testimony and exhibits by which it expects to establish its case and shall serve copies of the testimony and exhibits on eounset to the Company at the address above and on all other respondents. Respondentsshall comply with the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, including: 5 VAC 5-20-14.3 Filing and service; 5 VAC 5-20-150, Copies and format; and 5 VAC 5-20-240, Prepared testimony and exhibits. On or before June 9, 2009, ally interested person may file with the Clerk of the Commission, at the address set forth above, wdtten comments on the application. On or before June 9, 2009, any interested person desiring to submit comments electronically may do Iio by following the instructions found on the Commission's website: htto:l/www.sec.vir(]inia.oovlcasf#. All correspondence shell refer to Case No. PUE-2009-00018.