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Vol. LIX, No. 26 \ 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 i ,i " 'The time come,' the walrus said, "to talk of many things...' " Thursday, June 29, 2017 Saint Paul, Virginia in:ia PRESS 50 cents by Jerry Couch On Monday, June 19th, the St. Paul Town Council held its regular monthly meeting at the Town Hall. The meeting, which lasted for nearly four hours, cov- ered an extensive agenda and began with a public hearing concerning a bond resolution for the West Hills Sewer Project. Council subsequently voted to approve this reso- lutibn, which will result in the issuance of a not-to- exceed $1,535,000 General Obligation and Sewer Revenue Bond to finance construction of the West Hills Sewer Project. Meanwhile, council also approved a resolution to obtain interim financing up to $1,535,000 so the town can immediately begin seeking construction bids for the sewer project. The specifics of this interim financing had previously been negotiated with CoBank, a member of the Farm Credit System. CoBank is a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations char- to s tered to support the bor- rowing needs of U.S. agri- culture and the nation's rural economy. Once the sewer project is complete, approximately 50 homes in West Hills will be connected to municipal sewer service. Yes, folks...45 years after West by Jerry Couch At its June 19th meet- ing, the St. Paul Town Council voted to seek the necessary funding to pur- chase a new fire truck for use by the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department. This purchase will enable the fire department to maintain its current level of certification. The depart- ment's certification is a fac- tor that helps determine the cost of fire insurance cov- erage for the town's homes and businesses. The purchase price of the truck will be approxi- mately $370,000. Fire trucks are low-production items, built-to-order to exacting requirements; thus, the high cost. The current plan is to apply for a $175K loan/grant from the Rural Development ( ommunity Facilities Loan & Grant Program (a $150K grant and a $25K loan). The remaining $200K will be will be equally split between the fire depart- ment and the town. Hills was annexed by the Tow~ of St. Paul, it's final- ly happening! Shawn Lindsey and Jack McClanahan of Spearhead Trails spoke to the council conceming a buiiding the group hopes to construct on property administered by the St. Paul IDA Board in the Riverside area of the town. Because the scope and pos- sible Emancing of this proj- ect are still being devel- oped (and may be subject to change), no action was taken by the council. Next, the council entered closed session to consult with its legal coun- sel concerning a court action brought against the town by Bobby and Bernice Hill. The suit (Wise County Circuit Court Case #CL17000074- 00) concerns the town's recent rejection of a zoning change request applicable to a tract owned by the Hills and located within the westem corporate limits of St. Paul. When open session resumed, Mayor Fletcher spoke in honor of former St. Paul Councilman, Lawrence Dean who died on June 15th. Afterwards, a moment of silence was observed in memory of "PeeWee" by all who were present. Mayor Fletcher also shared details of the clos- ing of Rush Oil in St. Paul. This company was the suc- cessor to D. S. Buck, a dis- tributor of petroleum prod- ucts in the St. Paul area for many years. It was one of several long-term St. Paul businesses to close its doors in recent months. The company will be missed by those who recall the many fine people who have worked there since the days when it was collo- quially referred to as "the oil house." Future plans for the property are uncer- tain at this time. Mayor Fletcher informed the council that all security upgrades at the town's water filtration plant have been completed. Final inspection will take place shortly. The condition of the town's sidewalks was once again discussed. Councilmen Kelly and Kilgore are in the process of collecting data to deter- mine the scope of the repair work. The subject was tabled for further action at the council's next meeting. Several other items were tabled for, further investigation/discussion as .. The Arty Lee School - well, including a request from the Russell County Fair Association, a grit chamber generator for the sewage treatment plant, and improper disposal of "grey water" by town resi- dents. Council voted to adopt the town's 2017-2018 budget ordinance. The Clinch Valley Times will feature details of the town's new budget in a future edi- tion. In response to com- plaints, the subject of yard sales within the town that may be in violation of local ordinances was discussed. The matter will be investi- gated to determine if action should be taken. In other matters, council approved a request for $500 to help defray the expenses of bus tours being offered as a fundraiser by St. Paul Main Street. Approval of a resolution to commit town funds for the Lyric Project was tabled for further discussion at the council's July meeting. Council also agreed to seek financing from USDA Rural Development for a new fire truck for' the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department. For addition- al details, see adjoining article. Dante, Virginia AA-Sundays 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&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. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st [llUl[l!l!!l[l!!!!l!lll. Thursdays, 7:30; Tuesday; Closed School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. R E C O V E R Y Saturday Closed. GROUP-The Wise Sunday Closed. County Mental Health D I C K E N S O N - Center Conducts a B U N D Y- T h e recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Log stance abusers and fam- House is open weekly ilies Fridays at 10 am Thursday, Friday and Call 276-679-0810. Saturday 10 to 4 and ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. Adult Children of SOCIAL SECURI- Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social Mondays, 7 pm, First Security Office is open Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from Coeburn. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone hum- 0016, 276-395-6588 or bers are 1-800-772- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. LITILE LEAGUE- L I B R A R Y The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends of League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. Ma Whitenack Little Paul meet at the- Library League Field. All inter- on first Tuesdays at ested persons are invit- 5:30 pm. ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- H.O.P.E. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, H.O.P.E. House pro- Lebanon, welcomes vides emergency shel- new members. If you ter for victims of served overseas during domestic violence in any war, write VFW Wise, Russell,Post 9864, P.O. Box Dickenson, Lee, Scott 1419, Lebanon, VA and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, and the City of Norton. address and phone Volunteers needed- number. Transfers wel- training available. Call comed. 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise ZENS-The Castle-County Health wood Senior Citizens Department, Wise, is meet at 10 am open from 8am-8pm Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. Castlewood Lions Den. Clinics will be Anyone 60 or over is offered in family plan- invited, n'mg, pediatrics, school The Dante Senior and adult physicals, Citizens meet each WlC, Paps and immu- Monday and Tuesday at n i z a t i o n s . 10 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- Department. Russell essary for all but immu- County residents 60 or nizations. For an older are invited, appointment, call 762- RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. LIBRARY-Hours at the F A C I L I T I E S Russell County Public AVAILABLE-The Library, Lebanon, are Tacoma Community Mon 10am-2pm; Tue & Center is available for Thur 10am-8pm; Wed reunions, birthdays and & Fri. 10am-5:30pm; showers. Sat 10-3pm. All proceeds reha- M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a Community J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- Memorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- 6pm Monday; DAY-Appalachian 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656- 2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100th birthday. SUPPORT GROUP-Women sur- vivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- port group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 276- 889-8206. FREE ADULT ED- Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who want to improve their basic sl011s. Instructors also assist adults with job- related skills including resume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422- 3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTA- TION- The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens pro- vides disability trans- portation services in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP-The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 By Jerry Couch In March of 1961, mem- bers of the Arty Lee School PTA of Dante attended a meeting of the Russell County School Board. It wasn't the first time they had been there and it wouldn't be the last time. The following article from the Clinch Valley Times of that year describes what took place at the meeting: DANTE GROUP ASKS THE RUSSELL COUN- TY SCHOOL BOARD FOR EQUAL FACILITIES I At the Russell County School Board meeting in Lebanon Monday along with regular business, a delegation from Dante rep- resenting the Dante Negro PTA with one Lebanon Negro present made a request to the board for a new gymnasium-auditori- um, home economics building, a work shop, and a music program. According to reports the delegation spokesman, Dewey Cain, told the board his group wanted an affir- mative or negative answer in the above projects and indicated his group was ready to pursue "other courses" to obtain their rights. The board decided to not make a hasty deci- sion and Board Chairman Elwood Bausell told the group a "yes" or "no" answer would be given them in June. Cain also asked that a Russell County gym be made available until one could be built at Dante. The Dante school has an enrollment of around 155 elementary and high school students, with 22 paying tuition who are res- idents of Dickenson County. Other items were brought before the Board including a request by James Petrey that the Board consider employ- ment of two music teachers to work with elementary grades in the county schools. No action was taken on this request. This scenario and the same tired excuses were being repeated throughout Virginia. Meanwhile, white students from Dante were attending Castlewood High School - which had all the things Arty Lee did- n't have, including a gym. The same was true of other schools in the county. For the 1960-1961 school year, Castlewood also had a brand new auditorium and a new football field. If members of the Arty Lee PTA were upset, who could blame them? To understand what was taking place, it is necessary to view this situation in the context of its time and place; not through the lens of the present. Sen. Harry E Byrd's "Byrd Machine" was in control of Virginia politics. Byrd had institut- ed a campaign of "Massive Resistance" to court- ordered desegregation of Virginia's schools. School Boards that failed to com- ply with this edict might conceivably face problems or delays with their state funding. Russell County needed every penny it could get for its schools. Appalachian Power's Clinch River Plant at Carbo was the county's cash cow where tax rev- enue was concerned. ' Though the cow was being milked for all she was worth, Arty Lee wasn't get- ting any of the cream. The school lost its certification. This presented yet another hurdle for graduates plan- ning to attend college. It further reduced the already limited number of Virginia colleges that would accept them. In this difficult situ- ation, Arty Lee's faculty did their best to stretch their limited financial resources. Like good teachers everywhere, they did it for the sake of the kids. That's just one rea- son why their former stu- dents, now senior citizens, honor them today. NEXT WEEK Revisiting the Arty Lee School Members of thE Russell County School Board: (Seated, L to R) Roscoe Musick, Elwood Bausell - Chariman, Paul Brown, C. L. Dickenson (Standing, L to R) J. L. Porter III, K. O. Hartsock, George Bundy, Hamilton Wade - Clerk, G. H. Givens - Superintendent