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! r l00lClinc h Valley Times " . "GIN IA "" g 00.,00PR00ssi00 • / A'SSOCIIWON " 3 - " 'The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things ' " .-,,.=_....=.=--:.-:..-==.-,, ...... Vol. LV, No. 19 Thursday, May 9, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia 50c OPENING DAY...The Farmers Market in St. Paul opened for its fifth season on Saturday, May 4. Big M Stores was on hand and presented a display and demonstration of fishing and hunting tips. The Market hours are 8:00 am until 1:00 pm every Saturday morning. MEOC Walkathon rescheduled for May 19th The Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. Walkathon, a fund- raiser for the Emergency Fuel Fund for the elderly, has been postponed until Sunday, May 19, due to inclement weather. The walk, which will begin at 2 p.m. will be held at Union High School in Big Stone Gap. If walkers have a conflict with the new date of May 19, they can walk at area tracks, gyms or anywhere they like and bring their donations to the MEOC office and pick up their Walkathon tee-shirt. Otherwise, participants should plan to meet at Union High School on May 19 for a day of fun while we raise funds to keep our older friends and neighbors warm this upcoming winter season. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. New walkers are welcome and all walkers should feel free to collect more pledges during this two-week delay as we need everyone's help to meet our goal of $165,000. It is also never too late to get involved as.a walker in the walkathon or as a sponsor of someone else walking. The Emergency Fuel Fund for the Elderly at MEOC assists older people with emergency home-heating situations during the winter months. It assists peo- ple sixty (60).years of age or older in the counties of Wise, Lee and Scott and the City of Norton. Funds for the Emer- gency Fuel Fund come solely from donations, contributions and fundraising events. All money raised assists directly local people and all the money stays in the local area. From the first of October 2012 through the end of March 2013, MEOC's Emergency Fuel Fund for the Elderly positively responded to 1,517 emergency ' 15 th Annual Clinch River situations of older persons living in Lee, Scott, Wise Counties and the City of Norton. MEOC spent a record $222,466.18 keeping our older friends, relatives and neighbors warm, safe and secure in their own homes. The walk is a safe route for people of all ages. it takes place on the paved road connecting the high school with the primary school. There are no major hills to climb and walkers complete the walk at their own pace and as much of the walk as they wish. A celebration picnic is held immediately following the walkathon and everyone who raises at least $100 is awarded a •' Walka*hon t-shirt. For more information about how to get involved in this year's Walkathon, which is set for May 19, contact MEOC at 276-523-4202 or 1-800-252- 6362. Festival upcoming The 15th Annual Clinch provide your own music and River Festival is fast ap- proaching. The dates for this year's festival are May 30, 31 and June 1. Three of the most interesting and enjoyable contests of past festivals return to this year's festival. Those contests are the Idol Contest, the Dance Contest and the Dog Show. The Idol Talent Contest will be. held on Friday, I May 31 beginning at 5:00 pm on the stage at the park. You must voice! Register by 4:30 pm or - . pre-register by calling 762-5544. The winner of the Idol Contest will receive $100.00 and an.appearance on ARC TV. The second and third place winners will receive $50.00 and $25.00 respectively. There is no entry fee! The Dance Contest will be Friday, May 31 at 9 pm. Couples only are accepted in this contest. First and second place trophies will be awarded in this contest. You must register at 8:30 pm by the park stage. Contestants will dance to the first song of the featured band. The Dog Show will be held at 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 1 at the Little League Field with registration at 4:30 pm The dog judged to be the Best in Show will receive a trophy while the various cate- gory winners will receive a ribbon. All dogs are eligible but must be on a leash. No entry fee! Put the dates on your calendar for this festival, May 30, 31 and June 1. SCC seeks comments on Kentucky .Utilities rate increase request; hearing set for Norton The State Corporation Com- kilowatt hours of electricity mission (SCC) will hold a public from $91.77 per month to hearing on June 24 in Norton on $101.34 per month, as increase a request by Kentucky Utilities of $9.57, or 10.43 percent. Company for a general rate Two public sessions are increase. The local hearing will scheduled in Norton on Monday, give members of the public in June 24 in the Norton City Kentucky Utilities' southwestern Council Chambers at 618 Virginia service territory a more Virginia Avenue. The first convenient location to offer session begins at 4 p.m. and then testimony as public witnesses, reconvenes at 7 p.m. Kentucky Utilities, doing The public hearing will business in Virginia as Old continue in Richmond on Dominion Power Company, Tuesday, October 1 at 10 a.m. It seeks an increase in base rates in will be held in the Commission's the amount of $6.5 million over second floor courtroom located present total operating revenues, in the Tyler Building, 1300 East The proposed rate increase Main Street, in downtown would raise the monthly bill of a Richmond. Any person wishing residential customer using 1,000 to comment at any of these ' I : -, y , , hearings should arrive early and notify the SCC bailiff. Written comments on the proposal must be submitted by September 26, 2013. All correspondence should be sent to the Clerk of the State Corporation Cominission, Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118, and refer to case number PUE-2013-00013. Interested persons desiring to submit comments electronically may do so at the SCC's website: Click on the Public Comments/Notices link and then the Submit Comments button for case number PUE-2013-00013. t Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall, ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 pro, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA,The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 pro, Appatachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #2312 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-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Com- munication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 pro, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 pro, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 pm RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and families Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coebum Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend. H,O.P.E. HOUSE-H.O.P.E. Hou- se provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers tlllll[l!l!llllt!!! [!!!!lll of events wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County residents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY- Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th 9am-8pm; W/F 9am-5pm; Sa I 0am-2pm MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the 1. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9am-Spm Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat urdays, and llam-7:30pm Tues- days and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays through Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone numbers are 1-800-772- 1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul meet at the Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 9864, Ldbanon, welcomes new members• If you served overseas during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266 and send name, address and phone number• Transfers welcomed• HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-Spm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Ap- pointments are necessary for all but immunizations. For an appointment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For infor- mation, call 395-6398. 100 m BIRTHDAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in-Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- well counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1- 800-656-2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100 t birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES library of each school and in each county public library, ,,,Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP-Women survivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- . port group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 276-889-8206. FREE ADULT ED-Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who want to improve their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job-related skills including re- sume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION-The x Ap- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- zens provides disability transport- ation services in Buchanan, Diekensun, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP-The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon• The Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or fullerjr JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- orial Library and help promote the improvement of facilities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetidgs are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dicken- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835-8847 nights. Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9am- Church and church-related activities Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER-The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495- 8473. CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- en On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 am Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health Diztrict offer free confid- ential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 24.3-3). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul 5-6 pm 2 "a Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3 rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. GOSPEL SlNGING-A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 pm the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome - admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pro. calendar On page 3 OPEN FOR BUSlNESS...Gordon Gross is a regular vendor at the market and was ready for business on Saturday, May 4, opening day. George Coleman speaks out, 1940 by Jerry Couch I had intended to end the series of articles about St. Paul's newspapers with the story I wrote last week. However, as I was looking at a photo of George Coleman and a team of young athletes he coached at Dante, I realized there was more to be said. In the pl]oto I'm referring to, Coleman i staring straight at the camera, feet firmly planted on the ground, with his fedora hat tipped at a jaunty angle. He looks like a man prepared to conquer the world. In the years that fol- lowed he took part in the efforts of every group or. fraternal • organization whose mission was to help the community he called his home. He died serving his community. In 1940, the following is what George Coleman wrote in his Tri-County News concerning the importance of working together for the common good of everyone. His remarks remain just s valid today as they were seventy-three years ago when they were written. Usually by the time a man has reached the age of thirty, he has gone through quite a few of Shakespeare's seven stages. He may have even run the gamut - shot his wad, and be settling already into his dotage. This latter, however, is seldom the case except in those rare old- maidish men who early become settled and very soon sealed are the ones that proceed more or less normally for awhile in their development, and then, for some inexplicable reason seem to stagnate. More simply stated, here's the situation: First, and natu- rally, he's a babe, then the off by toleration born of experi- ence never occurs. Then it is, that we.have in our midst a full- fledged cynic who is a dreg and a drone in the community. Most of the towns in Wise County have adopted town schoolboy, then the lover, and flowers. St. Paul but this week then the soldier. That order may chose the zinnia as hers. Do you not be just as the bard put it, but suppose these drones, though, it serves our purpose. The would strew a handful of seed soldier, or the modern counter- even if provided with the seed part of the soldier, the cynic and and the place to put the same? him so, he does nothing about it but rave some more. We've been in the brother- hood. The days we've wasted in serious and fiery conclave, put on end, and devoted to study would make an ignorant man wise. Drug stores, street cor- ners, pool rooms, and college dormitories are the favorite rendezvous of this sect. And their criticisms and suggestions are not always bad. There's a lot of intelligetwe smeared about their midst, but it largely is immature• It needs rounding off in the field they criticize most harshly by experience in •those fields. And usually, in normal cases that is what happens. In some regrettable in- Hardly. They'd get far more kick out of standing by laughing at the efforts of those (ladies, largely) who are trying to beautify the place. Councils meet and mill radical is what we have in mind He's a blustering, criti- cal impotently raging individual whom nothing pleases; who hates the status quo, who rants at those who try earnestly at improvements - little availing .around; sometimes they do though their efforts may be - and something worthwhile, some- yet, seeing all that displeases times they don't. In either event, their brand is unchanged in the cynic's eye. He goes on crit- icizing and does nothing to help. For any small town to get ahead at all is a tough job; a job requiring the best efforts of everyone in that town in the, direction laid out. Cooperation in any endeavor is essential to success in that field If our critics would for once throw away the torch of "To hell with it," and pull with those whose enthusiasm needs only the touch of real cooperation to go places, then this little burg would be a bigger burg and a better one. The scoffers, too, might find the spice of variety by getting out of the old rut, and for a change, experience the thrill of accomplishment. Those that we have in mind stances, though, this rounding