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" 'The time has come,' the Voi. Lvi, No. 26 Thursday, June 26, 2014 walrus said, 'to talk of many things.. ..... Saint Paul, I i n i a PRESS: Virginia 50 cents The St. Paul IDA Board Building proposal until the drawing needed an ease- held their regularly sched- July meeting due to the fact ment agreement and the uled monthly meeting on that several members of the cost estimates for the two Monday, June 23. board could not attend the proposals presented had Chairman Bob Harrison meeting and the chairman not been fmalized. reported that several area wanted everyone present Treasurer and secretary business people had so they could express their of the board told the mere- approached him about opinions on this matter, bers that the board had starting a micro brewery inMember Harry Kelly total cash assets of St. Paul. asked that the parking lot $228,141.25. The Board tabled the issue be tabled due to the The meetir~g then discussion of the fact that one of the two adjourned. Thompson & Litton Willis proposals presented in Local Boy Scouts of America conduct a ceremony to retire flags too worn for use. Blooms and B rass Festival, 2014 On Saturday, June 14th the peaceful grounds of the Old Russell County Courthouse at Dickensonville came alive tturing the third annual Bees Blooms and Bluegrass Festival. A vari- ety of events were present- ed throughout the day, including a demonstration of threading the looms for weaving at the Tenant House, a Confederate Ladies' Tea in the Log Schoolhouse, Appalachian storytelling in the Courtroom, beekeeping and gardening demonstra- tions, a pet show, old-fash- ioned games for children, a vintage car show, tours of the Old Russell County Courthouse, a Confederate encampment, craft and food vendors, and MUCH more. The event opened with a special ceremony con- ducted by local Boy Scouts of America to retire the worn and tattered United States and Virginia state flags which had been flown at the Old Courthouse in years gone by. We thank these Citizens of Tomorrow for their partici- pation and we are proud of them! The festival con- cluded with music, music, music - and dancing! The Bees Blooms and Bluegrass Festival was organized by Donna Meade and Scott Jessee of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, and Linda Marshall of the Russell County Chamber of Commerce. Support for the event was provided by the Historical Society of Russell County along with community volunteers. The festival is a people-ori- ented, family -friendly event which offers some- thing of interest for all ages. It is a celebration of who we are and an affmna- tion of our agrarian her- itage, our self-reliance, and our strong sense of com- munity. Though this year's event is now history, we hope to see you next year - same time, same place. And we extend our thanks to all those who visited, participated, and helped make the event a success. More pictures on 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 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. 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, l[l[l!l]l!JIIJ![l[l!l(lllll 6 pm, Lebanon. Paul, are July 1-31: DAY-Appalachian CLINCHFIELD Closed Monday; Agency for Senior LODGE #256-Stated 10:30am-7pm Tuesday; Citizensrecognizes Communication, 1 st9:30-6 pm Wednesday; personsin Russell, Saturdays; 7:30; School 9:30-6 pm Thursday Dickenson, Buchanan of Instruction third and Friday. Saturday and Tazewell counties Thursdays, 7 pm Closed. Sunday who are 100 years old R E C O V E R Y Closed. or older. Call Dana GROUP-The Wise D I C K E N S O N -Collins, 1-800-656- County Mental Health B U N D Y - T h e 2272, to advise AASC Center conducts a Dickenson-Bundy Logof any upcoming 100th recovery group for sub- House is open weekly birthday. stance abusers and fam- Thursdays through S U P P O R T illes Fridays at 10 am Saturdays, 10-3, and GROUP-Women 'sur- Call 276-679-0810. Sundays 12-4 pm. vivors of sexual assault ACOA MEETING- SOCIAL SECURI- are invited to attend Adult Children of TY-The Wise Social Clinch Valley Alcoholics meet Security Office is open C o m m u n i c a t i o n Mondays, 7 pm, First Mondays-Fridays from Action, Inc./Family Baptist Church, 9am-4pm. Phone hum-Crisis Services' sup- Coeburn. Call 762- bers are 1-800-772-port group meeting 0016, 276-395-6588 or 1213 or 276-679-7633. with victims of similar 276-679-7371. L I B R A R Y situations Mondays, LITTLE LEAGUE- FRIENDS-Friends of 10:30 am-12 noon. For The Clinch River Little the J. Fred Matthews information call Rande League Board meet at 4 Memorial Library, St. Hackler, 276-988-5583 pm third Sundays at the Paul meet at the Library or Ranetta Davis, 276- UMWA Building in on first Thursdays at 4 889-8206. Castlewood. All inter- pm. FREE ADULT ED- ested persons are invit- VFW POST 9864- Free adult education ed to attend. VFW Post 9864, classes are available in H.O.P.E. HOUSE- Lebanon, welcomes Lee, Scott and Wise H.O.P.E. House pro- new members. If youcounties and the City of vides emergency shel- served overseas during Norton. Daytime and ter for victims of any war, write VFW evening classes for domestic violence in Post 9864, P.O. Boxadults who want to Wise, Russell,1419, Lebanon, VA improve their basic Dickenson, Lee, Scott 24266 and send name, skills. Instructors also and Buchanan counties address and phone assist adults with job- and the City of Norton. number. Transfers wel- related skills including Volunteers needed- comed, resume, writing and training available. CallHEALTH SER- interviewing. For 1-800-572-2278. VICES-The Wise details, call 1-800-422- SENIOR CITI- County Health 3433 or 276-386-2433. ZENS-The Castle-Department, Wise, is TRANSPORTA- wood. Senior Citizensopen from 8am-8pm TION- The meet at 10 am first Thursdays. Appalachian Agency Wednesdays at the Clinics will be for Senior Citizens pro- Castlewood Lions Den. offered in family plan- vides disability trans- Anyone 60 or over is ning, pediatrics, school portation services in invited, and adult physicals, Buchanan, Dickenson, The Dante SeniorWIC, Paps and immu- Russell and Tazewell Citizens meet each n i z a t i o n s . counties to individuals Monday and Tuesday at Appointments are nec- with . disabilities, 10 am at the Dante Fire essary for all but immu- regardless of age. Call Department. Russell nizations. For an 1-888-656-2272. County residents 60 or appointment, call 762- G E N E A L O G Y older are invited. 328-8000. GROUP-The Russell RUSSELL CO. F A C I L I T I E S County Genealogy LIBRARY-Hours at the AVAILABLE-The Group meets 5:30 pm Russell County Public Tacoma Community first Thursdays, Russell Library, Lebanon, are Center is available for County Public Library, M/Tu/W/F 10am- reunions, birthdays and Lebanon. 5:30pm;Th 10am-8pm,showers. Group purpose is Sa 10am-2pm. SundayAll proceeds reha-"to learn, to share and Closed. bilitate the Tacoma to perpetuate family M A T T H E W S School as a Community history." William T. LIBRARY-Hours at the Center. For .informa- Fuller, 276-623-3410 J. Fred Matthews tion, call 395-6398. Memorial Library, St.100TH BIRTH- See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 The Lyric Revitalization Committee second-run movies are planned for The held its monthly meeting on Thursday,Lyric. Preliminary designs also include June 17. A Feasibility Study has beenconference and meeting spaces. The Lyric completed and submitted to the Shoppe will also offer some type of food Department of Housing and Community service. Development. The goal of this feasibility The Committee is ready to apply for study was to identify activities and events government grants that will cover con- for the Lyric Theater that wotild enable it struction and related costs. A major to be a "destination" venue in downtown fundraising campaign is also being organ- St. Paul, VA. The notion was to create a ized with a Kick-off Block Party planned viable year-round operation, which would for fall. Details about specific fundraising contribute benefits to local and regional projects will be available soon and every- communities. Live theater, music, andone will be invited to participate. by Jerry Couch This week we present the third in a series of retrospective articles from the April 27, 1961 Civil War Centennial edition of the Clinch Valley Times. The following brief his- tory of Dante, along with local news items for that week, were compiled by the news- paper's correspondent, Mrs. Sam Nickels. Many of the beloved neighbors, family, and friends whose names appear in this article are no longer with us. But .... Dante Lives On. DANTE NEWS HISTORY Dante has a population of 1,750 and 400 families. Our Company Store, which is owned by the Clinchfield Coal Co., has been remodeled. Mr. R. C. Morgan of St. Paul is the manager. Our Drug Store is in the main section of town and it has been remodeled. John J. Minahan is the manager. The Clinchfield Hospital is one of the most modem hospitals today. A new wing was added in April of 1960. The surgeon at the hospital is Dr. Porfwio Arias, from Mexico City, Mexico. We also have three camp doctors; Dr. W. A. Davis, Dr. Jack K. Bentley, and Dr. David E. Robinette. We have a Dante Clinic with Dr. W. A. Davis in charge. This is one of the new projects of the community. Clinchf'leld Hospital has a kind and efficient staff of nurses. They are liked by most everyone. The new Dante Elementary School is a modem, up-to-date school which was built in 1952. The old school was burned in 1948. The principal is Mr. Lee S. Home of Lebanon, Va. We also have a staff of loyal and devoted teachers. The PTA has 238 members. We have accomplished quite a bit in recent years, such as playground equipment for the children, a flagpole, and new equipment for the cafeteria. Our main project is for a better school and playground, and to help the needy children who are in our school. We have eleven churches in our community which welcome everyone. We also have a total of 65 Boy Scouts in Troop No. 1 in Dante. After all, Dante is a won- derful place to live. Our post office is a modem office which has been reroodeled recent- ly. Mr. Glenn Litton is the postmaster. PERSONALS ..... Johnny Bentley and Doris Townes attended a dance last Friday night given at Ervington High School. ..... Mr. and Mrs. Jay Castle were visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Bill Smith and son Bruce at Nickelsville, Va., Sunday. ..... Mrs. Trula Addington and Mr. and Mrs. Dick Castle had as supper guests Sunday night, Mr. and Mrs. Don Hawkins. ..... A birthday dinner was set Sunday for Mr. Alex Honto, Sr., who celebrated his 64th birthday. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Alex Honto, Jr. and family, Mr. and 1VIrs. Joe Honto and boys, and Mrs. Margaret Palmer and children. ..... Rev. and Mrs. Harry Whitaker had as guest Sunday, Mr. Floyd Storms from # Dungannon, Va. ..... Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Hartley had as guest Friday, Mrs. Hartley's brother, Vemie Hicks and son, Lawrence, from Defiance, Ohio. ..... Mrs. Sam Nickels was visiting with Mrs. Roxie Gibson, also Mr. and Mrs. Leon Barnett and daughter, Vickie Lee, Saturday night. ..... Paul W. Dishman, son of Mrs. Everett Dishman of Dante, is now stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. - .... Mr. and Mrs. 1~. E. Joslin have as guests Mrs. Joslin's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John ~k Kelly from Pennsylvania. ..... Miss Doris Townes spent the weekend with BiUyJo and Linda Smith at Nora, Va. ..... A birthdhy party was given Thursday night at the Dante school gym for Buddy Bums on his 18th birthday by Miss Shirley Hobbs and Clyde Sexton. Delicious home- made cake and other refreshments were served to about 60 persons. He received many lovely gifts. ..... Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bums had as guests over the weekend Mrs. Bum's brother, Homer Fields and family from Union, Ky. ..... Sylvia McCoy spent Friday night with her grandmother, Mrs. Martha Hicks, -----Linda McCoy spent Friday night with Judy Cromer. ..... Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Long had as guest Saturday night, Miss Carol Hicks of Defiance, Ohio. ..... Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Salyers of West Dante had as guests over the weekend their son, Chad, from V. R I. college at Blacksburg, Va. ..... Mr. and Mrs. Ed Couch had as weekend guest their son Ronald Meade from V. R I. college at Blacksburg, Va. ..... Wayne Salyers from V. R I. was visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Salyers of Clinchco over the weekend. ..... Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Hartley had as guest Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. George C. Long and family from Nora, Va., also Carol and Lawrence Hicks from Ohio. ..... Yvette Mays, Marie and Sue Buskell spent Friday night with La Donna Cable. ..... Pvt. Esker Wright from New Jersey is visiting his aunt, Mrs. Charlene Salyers. See DANTE, Page 8