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Vol. LVIII, No. 20 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, "to talk of many things...' " Thursday, May 19, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia y2ij:g : n i a PRESS ........, .., ~.............,,,,,..............,..., ....~..............~ ,., ~,. 50 cents 9 At the regular council meeting on May 16th, the St. Paul Town Council approved a bid to repair residential sidewalks at Deacon Drive and Wise Street, 5th Avenue and Buchanan Street, and the corner of Wise St. and 6th Avenue. The cost estimate for these repairs is $7,450 from King Construction. Councilman Kelly also solicited quotes for repaving at A. R. Matthews Park. The Council voted unanimously to direct the Budget Committee to allo- cate $36,430 in the upcom- ing budget for new paving at the park. The Council also voted to request VDOT to com- plete an engineering analy- sis of the intersection of Riverside Drive and 4th Avenue for potential instal- lation of crosswalks. The construction of crosswalks may require work outside of existing VDOT right-of- way and the Town would have to acquire easement that may be required for the work. The Town further agreed to participate in the project with funds up to $1,000 to cover data acqui- sition and legal fees relat- ing to right-of-entry/ease- ments. Kathy Stewart reported a leak was causing water to get into the Lyric building. Couficilman Kelly suggest- ed asking King Construction to take a look at the building. Bob Harrison gave a brief report on the Western Front Hotel Project. Phase II of the historical tax cred- it application has been approved, and interior demolition is underway. Mayor Fletcher reported that 400 amp electrical service has been installed at the park. He also expressed concern for the past couple of years about the old pump station at the park. Mayor Fletcher was pleased to report that a new sewer pump station instal- lation'will be completed this week. Completion of the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant went more than 100 days past the completion deadlines set in the contract with Frizzel Construction. The Council voted unanimously to accept a $68,000 payment in liquidated damages. This settlement will cover the costs to the town as a result of the delayed sub- stantial and final comple- tion of the new sewer plant. Last month, the Council voted to solicit bids for demolition of the Lion's Den building. After reviewing other options, the Council again asked that the original motion stand to solicit bids for the demolition and cleanup of the property prior to mak- ing any further decisions. -The Council previously donated $552 to sponsor one student to attend the National FBLA competi- tion to be held this summer in Atlanta, GA. At Monday's meeting, they voted to sponsor a second student, bringing the total to $1,104.00. Considering another donation request, the Council voted to give $300 to the Russell County Drug Free Graduation Party to be held on June 5, 2016 at the Government Center in Lebanon, VA. Up to $4,800 was allo- cated to purchase fireworks for the July 4th celebration. This will allow a display the same size as last year. Council approved hiring ten lifeguards for pool operations this summer. They also hired Derek Evans and Sue Blevins as managers. In further action follow- ing closed session, the Council authorized Chief Phillips to hire two part- time police officers. At the request of Treasurer Debora Baca, a full Council budget work- shop was scheduled to be held on Monday, May 23rd at 5:00 p.m. All council members, Town Treasurer, Town Attorney, Police Chief, and Public Works Director were present at the meet- ing. On Saturday, May 14 the 24th annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was conducted at post offices across the country. At the Castlewood office, there was an estimated 2,000 pounds of food collected which was donated to the Morning Star Community Food Bank and the St. Paul First Baptist Church Food Bank. We cannot thank our customers enough for making this another successful year of food collection by our carriers. The Postal Service is proud to be part of this program and be able to help families in need within the communities where we work. We want to thank everyone again for any donation made for this cause. Pictured left to right, Jessie Keen, Heather Kiser, Danny Bentley, Christy Skeens, Felicia Smith, Chasidy Amburgey, Jay McCoy. Darlene Mann, (not pictured)4s Castlewood Postmaster. AA-Sund~iys and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W& S A-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm 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-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, I st ili ! !i! ]ilHlttilliL Thursdays, 7:30; Tuesday; Closed Citizens recognizes School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm persons in Russell, third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. Dickenson, Buchanan R E C O V E R Y Saturday Closed.and Tazeweli counties GROUP-The Wise Sunday Closed. who are 100 years old County Mental HealthD I C K E N S O N- or older. Call Dana Center conducts a B U N D Y- T h e Collins, 1-800-656- recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Log2272, to advise AASC stance abusers and fam- House is open weekly of any upcoming 100th ilies Fridays at 10 am Thursday, Friday and birthday. Call 276-679-0810. Saturday 10 to 4 and S U P P O R T ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. GROUP-Women sur- Adult Children of SOCIAL SECURI- vivors of sexual assault Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social are invited to attend Mondays, 7 pm, FirstSecurity Office is open Clinch Valley Baptist Church,Mondays-Fridays from C o m m u n i c a t i o n Coeburn. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num-Action, Inc./Family 0016, 276-395-6588 or bers are 1-800-772-Crisis Services' sup- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. port group meeting LITTLE LEAGUE- L I B R A R Y with victims of similar The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends of situations Mondays, League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews 10:30 am-12 noon. For 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. information call Rande Ma Whitenack Little Paul meet at the Library Hackler, 276-988-5583 League Field. All inter- on first Thursdays at 4 or Ranetta Davis, 276- ested persons are invit- pm. 889-8206. ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- FREE ADULT ED- H.O.P.E. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, Free adult education H.O.EE. House pro- Lebanon, welcomes classes are available in vides emergency shel- new members. If youLee, Scott and Wise ter for victims of served overseas during counties and the City of domestic violence in any war, write VFW Norton. Daytime and Wise, Russell,Post 9864, EO. Box evening classes for Dickenson, Lee, Scott 1419, Lebanon, VA adults who want to and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, improve their basic and the City of Norton. address and phone skills. Instructors also Volunteers needed- number. Transfers wel- assist adults with job- training available. Call corned, related skills including 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER-. resume, writing and SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise interviewing. For ZENS-The Castle-County Health details, call 1-800-422- wood Senior CitizensDepartment, Wise, is 3433 or276-386-2433. meet at l0 am open from 8am-8pm TRANSPORTA- Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. TION- The Castlewood Lions Den. Clinics will be Appalachian Agency Anyone 60 or over is offered in family plan- for Senior Citizens pro- invited, ning, pediatrics, school vides disability trans- The Dante Senior and adult physicals, portation services in Citizens meet each WIC, Paps and immu-Buchanan, Dickenson, Monday and Tuesday at n i z a t i o n s .Russell and Tazewell l0 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- counties to individuals Department. Russell essary for all but immu- with disabilities, County residents 60 or nizations. For an regardless of age. Call older are invited, appointment, call 762- 1-888-656-2272. RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. G E N E A L O G Y LIBRARY-Hours at the F A C I L I T I E SGROUP-The Russell Russell County Public AVAILABLE-The County Genealogy Library, Lebanon, are Tacoma Community Group meets 5:30 pm Tue & Thur 10am-8pm; Center is available for first Thursdays, Russell Wed & Fri 10am- reunions, birthdays and County Public Library, 5:30pm; Sat 10-3pm. showers. Lebanon. Closed Sun & Mon. All proceeds reha- Group purpose is M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma"to learn, to share and LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a Community to perpetuate family J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- history." William T. Memorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Fuller, 276-623-3410 Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- 6pm Monday; DAY-Appalachian 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m Agency for Senior See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 Mrs. Margaret "Louellan" Selfe by Jerry Couch Last year I promised to bring you stories of the "good people" both past and" present who have enriched our community. This week, our trip down memory lane will recall a favorite Castlewood Elementary School teacher, Mrs. Margaret "Louellan" Selfe. Material and photos for this article were made available by her daughter, Mrs. Mary Margaret Bailey of St. Paul, and we thank her for sharing. This arti- cle is tangential to the his-, tories of Temple Hill School and Castlewood High School which have been featured in recent arti- cles. Miss Cox as a young lady. Margaret Lou "Louellan" Cox, the daughter of Ezra Clint and Blanche Porter Cox, was born August 16, 1914 in the Mew Community of Russell County, Virginia. She began her education, grades 1-7, at the "Little Red School" located on the Mew Road in Castlewood, along with her brothers Guy, Kyle, Kermit, and sis- ter, Mary. She then advanced to Temple Hill High School at Castlewood and graduated with honors. She chose Appalachian State Teachers College at Boone, NC where she received a two-year teach- ing certificate. She then completed her education at Milligan College, Johnson City, TN with a bachelor of science degree in elemen- tary education. Louellan, just out of college at the age of 19 and single, began her teaching career at Sunny Point School near the Russell County - Scott County line in 1932. Sunny Point was a two-room school with grades 1 through 7 and was built in 1918. Her form of transportation to Sunny Point was riding her horse. Early each morning she would saddle her horse and ride approximately seven miles to teach. When she arrived at Sunny Point, she would tell her horse to go back home. The horse would go back home and around 2 o'clock, her mother, Blanche, would tell the horse to go back to school and get Louellan. Down the road went the horse, arriving just as school was turning out. This continued for the two years she taught school at Sunny Point. During her secOnd year at Sunny Point School, Louellan married Francis Leon Selfe, but had to keep it a secret because, at that time, young women could not teach in Russell County if they were married. She did not receive credit for teaching those two years because she was not under contract. Rural schools in 1932-1933 were small. Sunny Point only had two rooms, no running water or inside bathrooms, and the usual pot-belly stove for heating. The teacher was responsible for building the fires and keeping them going. Water was carried from a spring on the adjoining farm. Denver Johnson was a student the first year mother taught there (if you know the names of any other stu- dents, please contact Mrs. Bailey). Louellan's next teach- ing job was at Hamlin School, located on Red Oak Ridge Road near the Hamlin Baptist Church. This three-room building had no running water, no indoor bathrooms, and pot- belly stoves were used for heating. Again, it was the responsibility of the teach- ers to build the fires and keep them going. Water was carried from the "spout spring" located on the Dante Road just past the intersection at Hamlin, and from Mr. and Mrs. Ben Salyers' dairy barn which was located near the schoolhouse. At Hamlin, Louellan taught the 6th and 7th grade classes. Mrs. Louise Turner taught the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and Mrs. Mary Ellen Adams taught the 4th and 5th grades. After teaching at Hamlin, Louellan's next assignment was Dante Central School. Compared to the two previous schools, this facility was much more up-to-date. Dante Central had running water, indoor bathrooms, and a coal-fired furnace attended by the school's janitor. Tragedy struck the Dante community when the school burned. Classes were held in makeshift See Mrs. Selfe, Page 7 Teaching at Dante - 1940's. Grades 1 thru 4, Mew School, 1926