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i i Vol. LI, No. 27 Clinch Valley Times " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " ..... Thursday, July,2? 2009 ............. -GRAND OPENING IS CLOSER...St. Paul's brami-n-ew Roses- store, i0ced in the Riverside Shopping Center (at the site of the former Food Lion Store) is rapidly taking shape as remodeling gets closer to the store's Grand Opening, scheduled for July 30. July 6 public hearing on Wise County school consolidation moved to Education Center The Wise County School send its request to the Board of Board, required by law to hold a Supervisorts for consolidation public hearing before it can take construction funding, the cost of : a final vote on consolidating which is estimated to be schools has been notified by anywhere from $93,000,000 to $150,000,000. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Monday night, following a called School Board meeting called for 6 p.m.. Wise County Superintendent "Be @ Jeff Perry that the July 6 Creative Your Library" hearing, originally scheduled at J. J. Kelly High School, will instead be held at the Wise County Education Center, the site of regular School Board meetings in Wise. As the Wise County School Board earlier held a vote on conssolidation, in which con- solidation prevailed 5-3, but the public hearing is required before Virginia law recognizes the va- lidity of the outcome of such a vote. Assuming the vote follow- ing Monday's hearing mirrors the previous 5-3 decision, it will clear the way for the Board to in St. Paul this summer! "Be Creative @ Your Library" this summer at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library in St. Paul, and explore the worlds of music, dance, art, books and more. The 2009 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, birth through young adult. They're invited to join the Library staff Thursday, July 9, at 11 a.m. That's the day the Summer Reading Pro gflmn: will _ feature. storytefler and musician Charlie Engle who will entertain with his version of the classic tale, "The Three Little Pigs.'" Ha, a Safe & Happy Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Cap, a p.m, Episu Chorch; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Cherub; Fridays: Cliatwcod, 7:30 Ciintwood United Metho- dist Chumh. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mcdays, 7 p.m., St. Paul Town Hall. ST, PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The Cmtlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 p.m. second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appala- ,chmn Asey for Senior Citms ,otfice, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.rn, Pmbymim Church, ortun, CASTLEWOOD LODGE t31-Stated meetings will be held  d  of inch munth. i The Sehool of Insmon will be belt o-, fum'th Thumdays at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Se cund Thorsdays, 7:30 p.m., Stat. ed Communkatio First Than. day, 7 p.m., School of un. VFW POST #6.q, DAV CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coabem. NEIGHBOaS AID-Thurmlays, 9:30 to 12. St, Tberese's Ne/gh. bon Aid Building, new & used  for sa, RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 p.m., Labanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Commcatio 1st Satur- day& 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Memal Health Can- ter conducts a recovery group for substance abusers and families Fridays at I0 a.m. Call 276-679- 0810, ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- n of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m., First BaptistChm'ch, Cue- lmm. Call 762.0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE The Clinch River Little League Board meats at 4 p.m. third Sundays at the UMWA Bnilding m Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH The Dante Neishhorhood W Program will meet at 7 p.m.on second Mondays at the Dante Community Building. Call 495- 7007 for information. ILO.P.E. HOUSE H.O.P.E. House provides enm'- geacy shelter for victims of do- mestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickeasea, Lee, Scott and Buch- counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed-train- ing available. Call 1-800-572- 2278. SENIOR CITIZENS ...The Castlewood Senior Citi- zens meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. ...The Dapte Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- partmem. Russell County resi- dents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MATTHEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- days/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays cad Thmdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY The Dickeason-Bundy Log House is open weeldy Thursdays thronh Saturdays, 0.3, and Sundays 12-4 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY The Wise Soeial Secerity Office is opea Mondays-Fridays  9 a.m.-4 p;m. Phone numbers are 1- 800-772-1213 or 276-679.7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of tbe J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lflmu, St. Paul, meet at the Library on fom'th Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. VFW POST 94 VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- co mns new members. If you served overseas during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266, and send anme, address cad phoue number. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES The Wise County Health De- partmeat, Wise, is open from 8 a.m..-8 p.m. first Thursdays. Cli- nics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Appointments are necessmy for all but immuniza- tions. For an appoint-meat, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birth- days and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For information, call 395.6398. 100Tll BIRTHDAY? Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickeason, Buchanan and Tazewell coanties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins. 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ,..The Wise County School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school and in each county public library. ...Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the librmy of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP Women survivors of sexual as- sanlt are invited to attead Clinch Valley Comnmmity Ation, In.l Family Crisis Services' support group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, I0:30 a.m.-12 noon. For infonmfion, call Rande HacHer, 276-988- 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- 8206. FREE ADULT ED Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise oounties and the City of Norton. Day6m aad evening classes for adults who wnm to improve their basic skills, inmacton alsu assist adults with job-related skills in- cinding resmne writing and inter- viewing. For details, call 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433: TRANSPORTATION The Aptadachian Agency for Senior Citizem provides disabili- ty transpormion tvices in Be. harem, Dickemon, Russell attd Tazewell mie to indivtdunb with diuthilities, reprd]em of age. Call !-888-656-2272. GENgAIA)GY GROUP The RmmeH Coumy Genealogy Group meets 5:30 p.m. flint Thursdays, Russell Coeaty Library, Lebanon. The Group's purpose is "to lear& to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 or fullerir1942.yahoO,m. JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- thews Memorial l.a'brary and help promote the impmvemeat of faci- lities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership to J. Fred Manhews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wiha Evans, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Stas, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meet- ings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Dickeason County--Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-g35- 8847 nights. Coaborn-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebm'n VFW Post from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except Jane. Russell County--DAV Service Officer Perry Johnson assists veteran filing claims third Tuss- days from 2-3:30 p,m., at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Russell County-American Legion Post 208 Post Service Officer Todd Salyer can assist with veterans' claims, records and family assistance. Call him at 276-889-5884 or 276-274-6588. FOOD BANK First Balist Church, St, Panl, operates a Food Baak each Tues- day from 9-11 a.m. at the chorch. Donations axe welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West Dante Commanity Center meets at 7 p.m. first Mon- days, For more information, call 495-7026 or 495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission group at First Baptist Chemh, St. Peel, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Deparlmeats in the Leao- wiseo Health Disuiat offer free umf-zltial HIV testing through- out the yest. For information, call Wise Coenty, 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or Sxorr Co. Health Dept., .276- 386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES Free OED elasse are offered at the Oxbow Family Investmeat Cet', St. Paul, Mundays and Wedaesdays from 8:30 a,m.-12 noon. Gleana McReynolda is the teahor. Call 1-800-422-3433. C/RADD MEETING A meeting of C/RADD will be held at 5:30 p,m. on second Thursdays, The meengs will be held at the Dante Mmmum. GED ONLINE The Regional Adult Educatiun Prosram is offering flee GEl) Classes online. This service is for qmflifying end adult learners, with or without their own home com- pumrs, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED On- line Co-ordiuetor Marci Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- day through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.acation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for informa- tion concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 p.m, 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Ist Moodays at the Dante Museum. Commtmit- y Meeting is 3rd Tuesday in March, June, Sept. & Dec. GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome--admission is flee. BOOK DISCUSSION Book Discussion Group One of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- rary mee fourth Thursdays of every month (except November and December, which are combined into one holiday meeting the first Thursday in December) at the Riverside Diner. The next meeting is Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 50c Saint Paul, Virginia ly 1 b " Town's Ju 4th Ce e r00,tlon to feature great fireworks, old It It favorites and some surprises MISS INDEPENDENCE AND MR. "TNT" TO BE SELECTED! chances on a drawing for sav- ings bonds, and other favorite activities. One of. St. Paul's fa- vorite food vendors, B & K Barbecue, will be on hand with barbecues, baked potatoes and their other goodies. The Miss Independence and Mr. "TNT" contests begin at 4:30. The Cake Walk event, always a favorite, will begin at 5:30 and will conclude by 7:30. Beginning at 7:30, the Juke Box Boys, specializing in gold- entertamment to? listening and dancing. Patriotic music, selected by D.J. Benny Mays, will accompa- ny the Spectacular Fireworks Display, which begins at 9:30. Both the Juke Box Boys and Benny Mays will provide music following the fireworks display. NOTICE: All prospective vendors, whether they sell food or crafts, must apply at the Town Hall prior to Sa- turday, July 4, in order to be en oldies, will provide musical considered. Council okays bu.cLget, $3.3 million loan and ordinance adjusti ents The St. Paul Town Council, meeting Thursday, June 24, in a session continued from the June 15 meeting, approved the Gene- ral Fund and Utilities Fund Budgets for the 2009-2010 fis- cal year. The budgets had been advertised, and a public hearing was held June 15. The General Fund budget which: was approved is for $1,219,996, up from the 2008- 2009 fiscal year budget of $1,079,348. Because of the Town's raw waster, sanitary se- wer and industrial wastewater projects for Dominion, the Utili- ties Fund reflects an appreciable increase from last year. The 2009-2010 fiscal year Utilities Fund budget is $4,349,724, up from last year's $422,500. The new figure includes the L$3.3 million revenue bond loan and a $400,000 grant/match figure. Relative to the $3.3 million loan, Council, aRer hearing a presentation from Dennis Jones, its bond counsel, approved the final resolution to secure $3.3 million in tax exempt water and sewer revenue bonds from Mi- ners Exchange Bank for the three Dominion projects: raw water, sanitary sewer and indus- trial wastewater. The funds will be provided through a revenue bond issue, with pay-ment made through money secured from payments made to the Town by Dominion. The fwst payment will be due.February 15, .2010. In it third action of the con- tinued meeting, Council voted to adopt ordinance ,adjustments in the areas of weeds, sanitation and abandoned vehicles. The adjustments, on which a public hearing was held, bring the town's ordinances into compli- ance with state requirements. present for the meeting were Council members Harry Kelly, Blake Whitenack, Kenneth Hol- brook, Sharon Steele and Ray- mond Trent; Mayor Kyle Flet- cher; Town Treasurer Debbie Baca; and Town Attorney Mitchell Mobley. Remote-AreaMedicai 00(RAM) scheduled July 24, 25 and 26 The Health Wagon, based in Clinchco, has announced that the annual Remote Area Medi- cal (RAM) outreach will be at the Wise County Fairgrounds, Wise, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 24, 25 and 26. Ma- ny area businesses and indivi- duals will be involved as contributors and volunteers. The massive program of health care outreach will include such services as complete eye exams and prescription glasses; dental fillings, extractions and cleanings; hearing exams and hearing aids; chest X-rays; bone density; sigmoidoscopy, choles- terol checks; m .ammograms; and Pap smears; m addition to medical exams and other exams to be provided by specialists. These services will be pro- vided for the uninsured, under- insured, unemployed and all those who cannot afford to pay. ALL services provided by RAM are FREE of charge. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. daily, and services will be provided on a first-come, first- served basis. For more information, call 276-835-9474. NOTE to graduates of St. Paul and Castlewood Class of '09 The July Fourth Celebration planned by the Town of St. Paul promises to have a better than ever fireworks display, a lot of old favorite features, as well as some surprises to add to the funl One of the new elements of the celebration will begin at 4:30 when the first-ever Miss Independence and Mr. "TNT" competitions will be held. These contests are for all ages, and there are just a few "rules." Can- didates for the Miss Indepen- dence title are urged to wear clothing appropriate for the Fourth of July--the more red, white and blue, the better! The guys who compete for Mr. "TNT" are to dress as girls. Each participant will receive a remembrance of the event; the winners will each receive flo- wers and a sash. The day's activities will begin with a Pancake Breakfast at the St. Paul United Methodist Church. The hours for this popular event are 8-11 a.m. The menu will include four kinds of pancakes, maple syrup, blueber- ry topping, bacon, sausage pat- ties, sausage links, fresh fruit, homemade pound cake, coffee, milk, juices, water and soft drinks. The cost, which includes drinks and all you care to eat) is $6 for adults, $3 for children 4- 12, and children 3 and under eat free. From 1-4 p.m., admission to the St. Paul Pool is FREE, and everybody's invited. Free water- melon will be available. The free celebration at the Miners Exchange Bank parking lot begins at 3 p.m., with Benny Mays as event D.J. The after- noon will include Bingo, flee watermelon and free ice cream; fire truck rides for the kids, Vendors sought for Dame's Reunion Festival Dante Lives On is seeking vendors for their Annual Reunion Festival Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26. Spaces for food vendors are available at $100 for both days. Spaces for craft and other vendors are available for both days at $35 and for Saturday only at $25. To reserve a food or craR vendor space at this year's Reunion Festival, or for more information, call Gwynn Nash, Festival Coordinator, 276-495- 1903. Railroad Days 5K set Aug. 1 Registration is open-for the annual running of the Appal- achia Railroad Days 5K Run and the 1-mile Fun Run/Walk. The race begins and ends on Powell Street beside the Appalachia Fire Hall. The race is a State of Franklin Track Club sanctioned event. Pre-registration is oi3dn through July 27. Entry forms can be picked up at Impressions in Norton, Appalachia High School, Appalachia Town Hall or online at www.runtricities,org. For more information contact Carol Saboites at 328-3832. The Clinch Valley Times would like to present a ompli- mentary one-year subscription to the newspaper to each gra- duate of the Class of 2009 from St. Paul High School and Cas- tlewood High School in recog- nition of your achievement. To claim your  subscrip- tion, the St. Paul HS or Castle- wood HS Class of 2009 gra- duate must personally visit the Clinch Valley Times office at 16541 Russell Street in St. Paul, and to give us your name, address and school from which you graduated. AT THE HILLMAN HOUSE...Some of the area's Civil War Re-enactors who entertained during the Clinch River Farmers' Market on Saturday morning posed in front of the Hillman House, one of the oldest residences in St. Paul. The Hillman House will be renovated and will become a visitors' center.