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Vol. LV, No. 26 nliil~mimi~ in t " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many thi!ngs...' " ThursdaY,, June 27, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia IlL___ . " II -L ...... [ L - 50e Joy Rumley, DHCD Main Street based in Abingdon, spoke to the IDA Board at its regular meeting on Monday night. She presented facts about the entrepreneurial challenge program being developed by the Main Street program. With the changing economy in our area and the town's participation in the Main Street program, Rumley said the town was ripe to participate in the challenge. Teri Ann Funk owner of Clinch River Adventures, a business that just opened in town, is one of the local residents who is participating in this program. Rumley en- couraged the IDA Board to help others get involved. Chairman Bob Harrison reported on the Willis Building and said the roof contractors have just two weeks left in, which to finish their job. The board voted unan- imously to lease the upstairs of the Hillman House as an office for Spearhead Trails. After a closed session to discuss the sale or acquisition of property in which no action was taken, the board returned Io regular session and adjourned. Grants to localities for public boating access facitities available 1, 2014 to sign a Cooperative The Virginia Department of approximately 250,000 register- Grant Agreement. Funds are Game and Inland Fisheries ed boats in Virginia. Many more provided on a reimbursement announces the availability of watercraft (canoes/kayaks)that basis. requests grants for applications, fiscal year Eligible 2014 and to are facilities not registered or are in use need existing of Department This is the has second funded year this the • receive grants are Virginia local- additional sites. This grant grant program. Last year the ities (counties, cities and towns), program provides up to 75% of Department awarded $390,900 NEW SIGNS...Big M Stores has a new look. New signs, as 0ftheDowntown; The purpose of the grants is to the approved project costs to to 10 localities for the devel- Revitalization program, have been installed, assist localities in providing pub- construct or renovate boating opment or renovation of 14 sites ll gins W lic opportunities for boating ac- access facilities for trailer or on 7 different river s stems. To Fourth of July Ce ebration be ith cess facilities for new develop- non-trailer hand-launch facili- learn more about hunting, - ment or the renovation or impro- ties. Applications are due by fishing, boating and other kfa vements to existing public boat- October 1, 2013 and award is outdoor opporttmities in Virginia Pancake Brea st 8-11 a.m., concludes ',g a°°°" fuji,tip, moreanticipated by January 1, 2014. visit the Virginia Department of ,,- 30 details, ' visit Upon notice of award, the local Game and Inland Fisheries Www.d ;if.virginia.gov/boating/a jurisdiction will have until April website: www.HuntFishVA.com. with Fabulous Flrew rks at 9: p.m. ccess&rants to download the The Town of St. Paul, following information: Investigation nets drug arrest continuing its time-honoredvities begin at the MinersThe traditional popular cake• Public Boating Access tradition of sponsoring a day- Exchange Bank parking lot. Grants to Localities Program At about 4:00 pm Monday, four counts of distribution of long observance of Indepen- Thosewho enjoy Bingo will find walks will also begin at 5:30 pm. Package June 24, officers from thesynthetic marijuana and four deuce Day, announces the the traditional game set up under Music by the band "Retro- • Questions and AnswersVirginia State Police, St. Paul counts of distributing synthetic ville" will begin at 7:00 p.m. schedule for Thursday, July 4. the tent beginning at 4 pm, and Popular DJ Benny Mays will • Accessibility Guide- Police Department and the marijuana within 1,000 feet of a The day's activities will get the younger set will have access lines for Boating AccessRussell County Sheriff'sschool which are all felonies. Department arrested Wesley The one misdemeanor count was underway with the traditional to Fire Truck rides from this site. provide fabulous music through- Facilities Rasnick, 32, of Nora, at his creating a nuisance. Pancake Breakfast at the St. Paul Free watermelon and free iceout the afternoon and evening. United Methodist Church from cream will be available. Chances He'll be at the St. Paul Pool from 8-11 a.m. will be sold on savings bonds, noon until 4, and will then set up Admission will be free to the etc. at the Miners Exchange lotl St. Paul Swimming Pool, 12 Me.otinos of the Lonesome Pine noon until 4 pro. New this year will be Clinch-- e,- * e' ional River Tubing 1st annual Tube Race. Registration begins at Trustees 10:30 at the park with the race at 11 am. Grand prize is $150.00. Budget Meeting Beginning at noon, food byThere will be a special Fat Boys Barbeque will be meeting of the Lonesome Pine available at Miners Exchange Regional Library Board of Bank parking lot along with Trustees on Thursday, June 27, Krafty Kids Korner featuring hot 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the library inWise. The purpose of this dogs, fried pies, hot fudge cakes meeting is to adopt a budget for and sup-cones. FY2013-14. Starting at 2 o'clock, acti- Nominating Committee . Library Board of Meeting The Nominating Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the meeting room of The Family Bakery in Gate City to select a proposed slate of officers for FY20i3-14. Meeting Cancellation The July 2013 Board meet- ing has been cancelled. • DGIF Design StandardsShubox business in St. Paul. • Cooperator Boating Ac- The arrest on Monday was• cess Maintenance Require- the culmination of an investi- ments gation that began in January. • Areas of Need (for Rasnick was charged with Boating Access) eight felony counts and one Recreational boating is a misdemeanor count. Rasnick was charged with popular activity and there are On Tuesday, June 25, St. Paul Police Chief B# Phillips said other arrests are pending and the investigation is ongoing. The Wise County Sheriff's Department was kept informed of the investigation but did not participate. i~ • •,. i • • 2 Jen ar ... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big needed-training available. Call 1- ...The Wise County School Board 3:30 pm third Thursdays except Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal 800-572-2278. maintains a Policy M~fnual which June. Church• Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle- is available to the public in the FOOD BANK-First Baptist Trinity United Methodist Church. wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 library of each school and in each Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm,am Wednesdays at the Castlewood county public library. Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am Clintwood UnitedMethodist Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is ,,,Copies of the Russell County at the church. Donations are Church• invited• School Board Policy Manual have welcomed. All in need of food are COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- The Dante Senior Citizens meet been placed in the office and the welcome. ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm each Monday and Tuesday at 10 library of each school, and at the COMMUNITY CENTER-The school cafeteria, am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County Public Library. West Dante Community Center ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Russell County residents 60 or SUPPORT GROUP-Women meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For 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,-I pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE 0231- 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. older are invited. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY- Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th 9am-Spm; W/F 9am-5pm; Sa 10am-2pm MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9am-Spm Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat urdays, and l lam-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 survivors of sexual assault are more information please call 495- invited to attend Clinch Valley 8473. Communication Action, CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- en On Mission group at First port group meeting with victims of Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a similar situations Mondays, 10:30 Clothes Closet from 9-11 am am-12 noon. For information call Tuesdays. Anyone who needs Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or clothing is welcome. Ranetta Davis, 276-889-8206. FREE HIV TESTING-Health FREE ADULT ED-Free adultDepartments in the Lenowisco education classes are available in Health District offer free confid- Lee, Scott and Wise counties and ential HIV testing throughout the the City of Norton. Daytime and year. For information, call Wise evening classes for adults who County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health want to improve their basic skills. Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Instructors also assist adults with Health Dept. 276-386-1312. job-related skills including re- FREE GED CLASSES-Free sume, writing and interviewing. GED classes are offered at the For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or Oxbow Family Investment Center 276-386-2433. St. Paul, Mondays and Wed" TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. palachian Agency for Senior Citi- Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. zeus provides disability transport- Call 1-800-422-3433. ation services in Buchanan, GED ONLINE-The Regional VFW POST #8652, DAV the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Dickens#n, Russell and Tazewell Adult Education Program is CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 Library, St. Paul meet at the counties to indi~,iduals with offering free GED Classes online. pro, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. Library on first Thursdays at 4 pro. disabilities, regardless of age. Call This service is for qualifying and NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, "VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 1-888-656-2272. adult learners, with or without 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new GENEALOGY GROUP-The their own home computers, in Lee, bors Aid Building, new & used .members. If you served overseas Russell County Genealogy Group Scott and Wise counties and the clothing for sale. during any war, write VFW Post meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, City of Norton. For more RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, Russell County Public Library, information, call GED Online SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 VA 24266 artd send name, address Lebanon. The Group purpose is Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- pm, Lebanon. and phonenumber.Transfers "to learn, to share and to 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- welcomed, perpetuate family history." Call 2433). Stated Communication, 1st Satur- HEALTH SERVICES-The WiseWilliam T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 GED TESTING-GED Testing is days, 7:30; School of Instruction County Health Department, Wise, or fullerjr1942.yahoo.com, availableMonday through third Thursdays, 7 pm is open from 8am-8pm first JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Thursday and on Saturdays at the RECOVERYGROUP-The Wise Thursdays. Clinics will be offered Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- Wise Co. Alternative Education County Mental Health Center in family planning, pediatrics, orial Library andhelp promote the Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 conducts a recovery group for sub.- school and adult physicals, WIC, improvement of facilities and for information concerning GED stance abusers and families Paps and immunizations. Ap- services of the library. Send name, testing. Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- pointments are necessary for all address and phone number, with a IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-In 0810. but immunizations. For an $5 membership gift, 'm J. Fred Control, a free diabetes program, ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- appointment, call 762-328-8000. Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, FACILITIES AVAILABLE-TheBox 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. 5-6 pm 2~Mondays. 7 pro, First Baptist Church, Tacoma Community Center is Make checks payable to Friends of DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Coeburn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- available for reunions, birthdays the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 6588 or 276-679-7371. and showeris. All proceeds Library. 3'd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch rehabilitate th~ Tacoma School as EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley with the Community Meeting River Little League Board meet at a Community Center. For infor- Chapter #152, Order of Eastern following at 7:00 pm 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA marion, ca11395-6398. Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel Building in Castlewood. All100TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian except for March and December, Singing will be held at 7 pm the Agency for Senior Citizens when the meetir~gs are on the first Friday of each month at The recognizes persons in Russell, second Tuesday. All meetings are Celebration Center, 16607 Broad interested persons are invited to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE-H.OP.E Hou- se provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickens#n, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers Dickens#n, 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 100th birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES 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- 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 pm. Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 St. Paul infr°mThirdAve'1930,s by Jerry Couch A few weeks ago I sub- scribed to an ondine newspaper morgue service in order to further the research that goes into these newspaper articles. To do so cost me a grand total of $30 smackeroos each month. Being'a frugal soul, I want to get every cent of use out of that subscription I possibly can. People who know me probably see my red eyes and think I've lapsed into alcoholism. How- ever, my affliction is the result of squinting at grainy scans of old newspaper pages on the small screen of my trusty laptop. Today I'd like to share an article with you which appeared on the pages of the Kingsport Times on July 7, 1937. The article paints an optimistic post- depression picture of St. Paul's economic future. INCREASING INDUSTRIES BOOST ST. PAUL INTO THRIVING TOWN Wise County Town Sur- rounded by fertile Farming Section; Coal Mines Furnish Good Part of Payroll Situated on state high- ways 64 and 70, at the junction of the Norfolk & Western and Clinchfield lines, on the north bank of the Clinch River, in the southeaSt comer of Wise county, is the town 0f St. Paul. The altitude is 1,488 feet. The population is 1,000 with a trading center of 20,000 ously supplied throughout the town. Sidewalks serve practi- cally every home in the town. The water supply, a filter plant, is municipally owned. Ten thousand feet of sanitary sewer is laid within the corp- orate limits. people. St. Paul is well laid out on Riverside Drive]. on a perfect gridiron system and The business of the town is has creditably adhered to the conducted by a mayor and six original rectangular arrangement councilmen. Policeman and up-. of streets. The streets are wide, to-date fire department are. newly paved and beautifully maintained. lined with Carolina poplars and During the recent depression? • elms. Street lights are gener- there was a smaller proportion of relief cases in St. Paul than any other town in Wise county. It is " estimated that 75 per cent of the ? homes in St. Paul are owned and . 25 per cent are rented. Reading this article from a 2000's point of view reminds us St. Paul has a variety of that St. Paul and other towns like industries. The Chamber of it all across America are Commerce and the Woman's struggling now as never before. Club are always alert in securing My personal opinion is that new enterprises and community benefits respectively. Among the various business organiza- tions are: wholesale grocery, shirt factory, employing 150 people, 8 garages, 3 hardware stores, 10 modem grocery stores, drug store, department store, 2 five and ten cent stores, large apartment building, modern hotel with 50 rooms, moving picture theater, lumber plant, 5 insurance agencies, 4 beauty parlors, Coca-Cola plant, electric appliance shop, St. Paul National Bank, 18 coal mines within a mile of town, 4 churches, modem high school with enrollment of 500 pupils, a new department store is being erected [Thomas Deen Co. on Broad Street], also a large garage with show room has just been completed [Clinch Motors. small towns and farming tom- - munities contain what's left of the original intent of this nation. Unfortunately, that intent is fading fast in many places. Many of the things the St. Paul area once had are gone. They won'tbe coming back anytime soon. The important thing is to look forward at what we still have; not• back at what we have lost. NOTE: The 'St. Paul Railroad Museum will be open on Saturday, July 6th from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for the enjoyment of St. Paul High School alumni and their guests. I have hundreds of St. Paul photos covering almost every subject and I might even have a photo of YOU! Stop by and take a look.