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:~i:"~i~!~,~~.5! ':,:: h Voi. LVI, No. 24 l, "" 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things..." " Thursda June 12, 2014 Saint Paul, Virginia- 8 Virginia 50 cents NEW BUSINESS TO AREA... Although Holding Funeral Home has been in business since 1941 when Bill Holding opened the first loca- tion in Big Stone Gap, the business is new to our area with a location in Castlewood. Pictured left to right are Dennis Skeens, Dee Smith, Michael Biebe and Gary Gibson. On June 3, 2014, the tion of our historic down- Town of St. Paul was towns and to enhance the awarded the Virginia effectiveness of communi- Downtown Development. ties to foster vibrant eco- Association 2014 Award of nomic development. Excellence. The VDDA Mayor Kyle Fletcher provide the award each and Councilman Harry year to recognize excel- Kelly attended the VDDA lence in downtown revital- Awards Ceremony held in ization. Roanoke on June 4th to The Town of St. Paul accept the award on behalf won the award for of the town. The O r g a n i z a t i o n a 1 Downtown Re,citalization Development recognizing Committee has been instru- mental in the progress of our downtown develop- ment. The members of the Downtown Revitalization Committee are Mayor Kyle Fletcher, Juanita Kelly, Lou Wallace, Suzy Harrison, Doris Fletcher, Debbie Baca and Connie Kessinger. Picture on page 5. the Town's success in Cake Walk to be held maintaining the sustained commitment of citizens and Town representatives to downtown revitalization and economic develop- ment. The VDDA has success- fully helped Virginia local- ities for over twenty-five years and offers many services to communities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia to advance the revitaliza- at Dante Community Center The Dante Community Center will have a Cake Walk on Saturday, June 21 beginning at 6:00 p.m.. The event will be held at the community center. Everyone is wel- come to attend. Lebanon, Virginia, June extreme agenda that willgreater. As a rural lawyer 9, 2014- Delegate A. cripple our mining indus- and the Chairman of First Benton "Ben" Chafin Jr. try, an economy that hasBank & Trust Company, I (R-Russell) today yet to recover from the see first-hand the negative announced his candidacy Great Recession, and an effects on our familiesofa to represent the 38th ongoing budget stalematedeclining economy, and the District in the Senate of in the General Assembly real heartbreak caused by Virginia. Delegate Chafin that endangers funding for the exodus of our children will seek the Republican our schools and public who must go elsewhere to nomination for the seat safety professionals, wefind opportunity. As a vacated today by former must have lawmakers in Southwest native, I know Senator Phillip P. Puckett. Richmond who will stand the tremendous potential of "It has never been more up and fight for Southwest. Southwest, which has been important for Southwest to "As a farmer, I know theblessed with tremendous have a strong, effective competitive pressures fac- natural resources and with voice in the Virginia ing agriculture, and howpeople who possess a deep Senate," declared Chafin, our government - particu- abiding faith in God and in 54. "With Washington larly in Washington - the traditional values that Democrats imposing an makes those challenges See 0HAFIN, Page 5 AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENTARY PTA- 3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pro, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL~Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-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. NEIGHBORS AID- Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neighbors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, )llO)l)l!jlll!!J[l[l[ll[)) 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st Saturdays, 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 fam- ilies Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679-0810. ACOA MEETING- Adult Children of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coeburu. 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 inter- ested persons are invit- ed to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE- H.O.P.E. House pro- vides emergency shel- ter for victims of domestic violence in Wise,_ Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed- training available. Call 1-800-572-2278. SENIOR CITI- ZENS-The Castle- 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/W/F 10 am - 5:30pm; Th 10am:8pm; Sa 10am-2pm. Sunday Closed. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 8:30am-5pm DAY-Appalachian Mondays and Fridays; Agency for Senior and 1 lam-7:30pm Citizensrecognizes Tuesdays and personsin Russell, Thursdays, Wed. Dickenson, Buchanan 9:30am-6pm and Sat and Tazewell counties lpm-5pm. Sunday who are 100 years old Closed. or older. Call Dana D I C K E N S O N - Collins, 1-800-656- B U N D Y - T h e 2272, to advise AASC Dickenson-Bundy Log of any upcoming 100th House is open weekly birthday. Thursdays through S U P P O R T Saturdays, 10-3, and GROUP-Women sur- Sundays 12-4 pro. vivors of sexual assault SOCIAL SECURI- are invited to attend TY-The Wise Social Clinch Valley Security Office is open C o m m u n i c a t i o n Mondays-Fridays from Action, Inc./Family 9am-4pm. Phone llum- Crisis Services' sup- bers are 1-800-772- port group' meeting 1213 or 276-679-7633. with victims of similar L I B R A R Y situations Mondays, FRIENDS-Friends of 10:30 am-12 noon. For the J. Fred Matthews information call Rande Memorial Library, St. Hackler, 276-988-5583 Paul meet at the Library or Ranetta Davis, 276- on first Thursdays at 4 889-8206. pm. FREE ADULT ED- VFW POST 9864- Free adult education VFW Post 9864, classes are available in Lebanon, welcomes Lee, Scott and Wise new members. If you counties and the City of served overseas during Norton. Daytime and any war, write VFW evening classes for Post 9864, P.O. Box adults who want to 1419, Lebanon, VA improve their basic 24266 and send name, skills. Instructors also address and phone assist adults with job- number. Transfers wel- related skills including comed, resume, writing and HEALTH SER- interviewing. For VICES-The Wise details, call 1-800-422- County Health3433 or 276-386-2433. Department, Wise, is TRANSPORTA- open from 8am-8pm TION- The first Thursdays. Appalachian Agency Clinics will be for Senior Citizens pro- offered ifl\f .a~nily plan- vides disability trans- ning, pediatrics, school portation services in and adult physicals, Buchanan, Dickenson, WIC, Paps and immu- Russell and Tazewell n i z a t i o n s . counties to individuals Appt~ntments are nec- with disabilities, essary for all but immu- regardless of age. Call nizations. For an 1-888-656-2272. appointment, call 762- G E N E A L O G Y 328-8000. GROUP-The Russell F A C I L I T I E S County Genealogy AVAILABLE-The Group meets 5".30 pm Tacoma Community first Thursdays, Russell Center is available for County Public Library, reunions, birthdays and Lebanon. showers. Group purpose is All proceeds reha- "to leam, ,to share and bilitate the Tacoma to perpetuate family School as a Community history." William T. Center. For informa- Fuller, 276-623-3410 tion, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTH- See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 1ssue by Jerry Couch In the 1960's, the centennial of the American Civil War was observed with much fan- fare all across the country. On Thursday, April 7, 1961 the Clinch Valley Times pub- lished a unique and ambitious edition to recognize the centennial and also to celebrate the region's I00 years of growth. It was an ambitious project and many of its contribu- tors were long-term local residents, such as Anna Hillman Barbee, Lora Hillman Hancock, Fred Bolton, and Sen. M. M. Long. The following is a transcription of an article which appeared in that long-ago edition of the Clinch Valley Times. For his early 1890's'perspective, the writer could not have known that his glowing description of Minneapolis would become the town's obit- uary. However, his words remain a remarkable testimony to what our area looked like before it was exploited - with almost every marketable thing cut down, dug "up, plun- dered, or spoiled. MINNEAPOLIS STORY Excerpt from the first edition of "The Bickley Mills Post," Thursday, March 19, 1891, now in the possession of Felix W. Dickenson, of what was formerly known as Bickley Mills, and whose father, J. M. Dickenson, was editor of the Post. OUR SECTION As seen by the gentleman who superintended the erection of the Minneapolis Water Works. In reply to some inquiries from a reporter of the Manufacturers' Record, Mr. W. Stebbins, who superintended the building of the Minneapolis Water Works, gave his impressions of Minneapolis and our surrounding county as follows: "I went to Minneapolis in Russell county, Va, last June and remained there into Oct. After leaving the railroad1 had quite a trip across the mountains into the beau- tiful valley of the Clinch River where the work was to be done. The counfry was charm- ing. What particularly impressed me was the extent and grandeur of the forests which extended for miles in all directions, and consisted of noble trees of many varieties, including oaks, hickory, ash, black walnut, locust, and poplar, of a size and loftiness, and of the numbers to the acre, such as I never saw before. The large, sleek, fat cattle of the country, roaming at will over the extensive ranges and browsing on the nutritious wild herbs and native grasses of the mountains and plateaus, excited my admiration. I learned while there that many of the scattered farmers living in log cabins in a style of primitive simplicity, had from $75, 000 to $100,000 in hard cash, all of which had accrued fTom profits of their herds. The climate was very deligh(ful. The pure free-stone'spring water, the exhilarating atmosphere, the grand and beautiful scenery of the section, all contributed to my health and pleasure and make me look back upon last summer as one of the most enjoyable in my memory. The Clinch River is a bold and clear stream running with considerable veloc- ity. On either side are plateaus rising about two hundred feet above the valley, and extending long distances on either side of the corporate limits of Minneapolis. We built works by which the river's water is pumped to a spacious reservoir on an elevation two hundred feet above the city, a height sufficient to carry it to the top of the loftiest steeple or tower that will be erected there. The Clinch River could supply all the water, Baltimore would need if fifty percent were added to her present population. Minneapolis is located on the eastern bank of the Clinch River at w.hat is soon to be the point of intersection of the Clinch Valley division of the Norfolk and Western with the Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago railroad [which did not materialize, but the Clinchfield, Carolina and Ohio took over, and it is now, in this year of 1961 just called the Clinchfield railroad[. The first is now running trains to Minneapolis, and is build- ing rapidly westward to a connection with the Louisville and Nashville system. The other road is already graded to Minneapolis, and in a~ short time will have arranged for laying its rails over the entire line from there to Johnson City, Tenn. This will make Minneapolis the central point from which I trunk line running east and west, and anoth- er running north and south, will make competitive steel highways for the transportation of coke and manufactured products of the city. It will also be a center for the trade of several large adjoining counties, rich in lumber, mineral & agricultural resources, for there are no other points within many miles where there are, or for many years will be, another location having equal railroad and manufacturing advantages in that extreme corner of Virginia. The coalfields of the immediate vicinity contain immense deposits of coking coal, said to be of an unusually high quality. I was told by Mr. McQuail, general man- ager of the Pocahontas mines, that no coal south of Minneapolis made coke of equal excellence to that found in its immediate neighborhood. The first train of the Norfolk and Western to the new city carried a great quantity of coke-oven material and other appliances to be used immediately in construction. It is my belief that because of is beautiful and suburban location, its unusu- al transportation facilities, its plentitude of pure water for all uses, and is central rela- tion to the forest and mineral wealth of an extensive territory, Minneapolis is destined to be a very large and prosperous manufacturing city within a very few years.