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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, June 15, 2017 g wax.. by Ann Young Gregory The American dream J Reprinted from June 26, 2008 tem, a little too ~nuch to be coincidental. That all went Not only did William Henry Gates HI achieve the to court, and as I remember, Microsoft ware found to be American dream--he practically invented it, although at fault. Another famous court case was the one brought he didn't really need to do anything at all. He was born by the InteraCt browser Netscape, charging that in 1955 to wealthy parents---his father, the original Microsoft forced a monopoly on browsers, since it William Henry Gates III (who later dropped the "III" required companies that used Windows as the operating from his name, thus clearing the way for his son to be system on its computers also use the Microsoft brows- "the third") was a successful attorney, and his mother, a er. One of the sources I used indicated that even though success in her own right, was the daughter of the presi- Gates was pictured as unfair (among other things), this dent of a national bank. So the family was wealthy, and case didn't really damage his popularity among those had the children of this family (two girls, one boy) been who admire him. like many others born to wealth, we'd never have heard No matter how one feels about Bill Gates, there's no of any of them, except, perhaps, to read about their question but that he's a brilliant man--one who was in exploits and irresponsibility in the newspaper, the right place at the right time to take advantage of the We've read a lot about Bill Gates in the newspapers, huge revolution which was about to happen in the to be sure, but never the bad' stuff. We've read only world--the onset of the personal computer! about his remarkable achievements, his business acu- In 1994, he married Melinda French, and they now men which has led to his own wealth, far greater than have three children, Jennifer Katharine, both in 1996; that of his parents, and his philanthropies. Rory John, born in 1999; and Phoebe Adele, born in Bill Gates entered a private prep school at age 13, 2002. The family lives in a house built into the side of and I was amused to read on one of the websites about a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, him that with the proceeds they realized from the Washington. The house and land carry an annual real school's annual Rummage Sale, the Mothers' Club of estate property tax, according to county records, of the school bought a teletype machine and some com- $991,000. puter time on a General Electric computer for the stu- One of Bill Gates' most prized material possessions, dents to use (this was in 1968--1ong before computers for which he is said to have built a special room in his were accessible to anyone but big companies). Gates home, is the Codex Leicester, a collection of writings took an immediate interest, writing his first program-- by Leonardo da Vinci. He bought it at an auction in a tic-tac-toe game that users played against the comput- 1994 for $30.8 million! ers----on this machine. He was fascinated that the com- It seems to me that perhaps the most satisfactory puter consistently performed perfectly what the soft- advantage of great wealth is the opportunities that such ware directed. When the GE computer time bought by wealth presents. Bill Gates in 1999 was the richest man the Mothers' Club expired, he and several of his school in the world with over $101 billion, but because of a friends, including Paul Allen, with whom Gates later drop in Microsoft stock which came when what has founded Microsoft, looked for ways to get time on what been called the "dot-com bubble" burst, and because of were then called minicomputers. Four of them were huge donations he has made to the family foundations once banned from using the computers of the Computer and scholarship funds, he is now the second (or is it Center Corporation because the company caught them third?) richest person in the world, with a net worth of using software "bugs" to finagle free computer time! around $50 billion. He graduated from the private school in 1973 and In spite of his enormous intellectual capacity, Bill scored 1590 on his SAT exam (that was when the max- Gates was too busy writing software and founding a imam SAT grade was 1600), and was admitted to company to finish college. Even so, he's managed to Harvard. His college career didn't last long, however, acquire a number of honorary degrees--including an He took a leave of absence from Harvard in 1975, with honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Harvard, the support of his parents. Gates and Paul Allen origi- At the end of this week, Bill Gates will step down nally were hired by Micro Instrumentation and from his position as President of Microsoft with day-to- Telemetry Systems (MITS). The two named their part- day control over its operations. As the owner of the sin- nership Micro-Soft, but within a year, dropped the gle largest block of Microsoft stock, 9.6 percent, he'll hyphen, and the trade name "Microsoft" was registered maintain ties to the company, but most of his time will with the government in 1976. be spent working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Gates loved writing software code (I don't think the Foundation, which was formed when Gates and his wife terms "nerd" or geek" had yet been coined, but that's combined three family foundations in 2000. It's now the what he'd have been called if they had been), but he largest charity in the world which is set up to allow all was also an extremely astute business man, to the point benefactors to see exactly how their money is being that he became unpopular in some circles. As I under- used. One of those benefactors is Warren Buffet, who stand it, his company provided several large companies, announced soon after the formation of the Bill and including ISM, with software, only instead of selling it Melinda Gates Foundation that he, Buffet, would match to them outright, he leased it to them, collecting a fee on Gates' contributions to his Foundation up to $1.5 billion each computer sold using the operating system or what- per year in stock. Interestingly, in addition to scholar- ever other software might be involved. He felt that soft- ships, AIDS prevention, and a number of other chari- ware writers should be compensated for their work, ties, one of the concepts/causes promoted and support- while many of his opponents felt software should be ed by this Foundation is small neighborhood schools. freely shared. So Bill Gates isn't leaving the limelight, he'll just be I remember the squabble Apple had with him, saying there in another capacity. He'll be spending his money that Windows resembled the Macintosh operating sys- instead of making it! The Big Bad Musical was presented on June 8 and June 9 and was presented by The Lyric Project and SPES. The cast and directors included: 1st row, left to right, Chris Carlos, Alexis Carter, Autumn Compton, Kassie Stapleton, Haylee Greer, Gracie Powers, Bracken Oliver. Back row standing, Gracen Evans, Jessalee Evans, Keira Hensley, Adriana Salyer, Delaney Hale, Malik Jailow, Al'lea Day, Cheyenne Roberts, Sydnee Amburgey, music director Melissa Galliher, director/producer Kathy Stewart. Clinch River Farmers Market Saturday 8 am - 12 pm Produce available at Saturday's market will include eggs, salad peas, lots of tomato plants and many other spring products. In addition to farm produce, we have a large selection of items available from bakers, crafters and meat producers. The farmers market is a local grown produce only, if you have a large garden and would like to sell your extra at the market just come by and talk to the managers. Entertainment: Center Stage Cloggers 11 am We are certified to accept EBT, credit and debit cards. The first $10 of EBT will be doubled. Support your local farmers and crafters and enjoy a free cup of coffee at the Clinch River Farmers Market. Debt Management Workshop scheduled for June 21 The Debt Management meet. Workshop will be held in This 2-hour workshop the Russell County taught by Susan Campbell Conference Center in of First Bank & Trust Lebanon Virginia on Bank, describes a practical Wednesday, June 21 from step-by-step approach to 10 am to 12 pro. The work- budgeting and financial shop is free and sponsored' planning. This workshop is by the Southwest Virginia beneficial to anyone who is Workforce Development faced with the challenge of Board. managing debt in hard Due to the loss of jobs times, and will provide in the region, one of the helpful tips on how to cre- issues that many individu- ate a budget, get out of als struggle With is know- debt, and how to work ing how to effectiX ely towards building a savings manage bills each month in fund. order to.prevent h debt spi- Registration is required ral. Many individuals and space is limited. To unfortunately turn to finan- register for the class, visit cial services for quick https://debtmanagemen- loans with high interest, For rates, making it increasing- more information, call ly difficult to make ends 276-883-5041. Emergency Conservation Program signup for areas affected by recent flooding Flooding has caused farmland severe damage in the - grading, shaping, or Carterton Road/North 71, releveling severely dam- Copper Creek, and aged farmland Moccassin areas of Russell - restoring permanent County. Farms located in fences these areas who have suf- - restoring conservation fered severe damage may structures and other similar be eligible for assistance installations. under the Emergency Producers who have Conservation Program suffered a loss from a natu- (ECP) administered by the ral disaster may contact the Russell-Wise-Dickenson- local FSA County Office Tazewell-Buchanan Farm and request assistance Service Agency (FSA) from June 9, 2017 to County Office. The dam- August 7, 2017. age must meet the follow- To be eligible for assis- ing requirements: tance, practices must not will be so costly to be started until all of the rehabilitate that Federal following are met: assistance is or will be - an application for cost- needed to return tile land to share assistance has been productive agricultural use filed is unusual and is not - the local FSA County the type that would recur Committee (COC) or its frequently in the same area representative has conduct- - affect the productive ed an onsite inspection of capacity of the farmland the damaged area - will impair or endan- Natural ReSource ger the land Conservation Service A producer qualifying (NRCS), has made a needs for ECP assistance may determination. receive cost-share levels If you have questions not to exceed 75 percent of regarding the ECP the eligible cost of restora- Program or would like to tion measures. No produc- apply, please contact the er is eligible for more than RWDTB FSA County $200,000 cost sharing per Office at (276) 889-4650, natural disaster occurrence, ext. 2 or stop by the office The following types of at 140 Highland Drive, measures may be eligible: Suite 6 in Lebanon, VA. - removing debris from The Wise County DUI Arrest. Sheriff's Office reports the Civil Process Served: following activities for the 377Civil Papers period of 05/29/2017 Traffic Accidents: 6 through 06/04/2017. t0 Additional Criminal Wise Central Dispatch Investigations were initiat- received a total of 1993 ed and 22 Cleared by calls for this seven-day Arrest. period. Sheriff's Office provid- Of the total calls ed 256 man-hours of Court received 334 were dis- Room Security. patched to the Sheriff's Unlocked Vehicles: 36 Office Escorted Funerals: 7 Total number of The Sheriff's Office Domestic calls for this Total Transport for this period was 9. period: 12 Criminal Process for Total Transport Hours: this period: Served 24 78 Felony Warrants, 50 1491 Visitors to Misdemeanor Warrants, 3 Courthouse. & Kindergarten registration at CCES Copper Creek Elementary School is con- tinuing the registration process for Pre-K and Kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year. Spaces are available for enrollment! Applications are being taken at the school. Parents may come by and complete the process at any time or pick up information packets. Pre-K programs offer an academic and enrichment program for all four year olds. Students participating in Pre- K are better pre- pared when entering Kindergarten. Pre-K is offered for the full school day and transportation is provided by Russell County Schools. Enrollment packets are available at Copper Creek Elementary with all neces- sary forms to be completed before school begins. Items needed for official enrollment are birth certifi- cate, current physical, immunization records and completed school registra- tion forms. Parents are encouraged to pick up packets and begin the process to have their child tested for Pre-K. New stu- dents entering Kindergarten this fall also may pick up packets. This will enable the school to compile accurate numbers for class size. Students four years of age on or before September 30 are eligible for Pre-K. Students five years of age on or before September 30 are eligible for Kindergarten. We are excited to begin a new school year in August and look forward to seeing many new faces. 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