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Vol. LV, No. 27 • i Clin • " : ch Valley Times " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' " ,,&.___.=A_:s-s=q:_C=.___/o  Thursday, July 4, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia " 50c " NEW BUSINESS COMING SOON...Terra Frances Minton is shown in front of the building at the corner of 4 Ih Ave and Broad Street. It will soon house the business Fran's Farm and Feed. The business will sell farm products and supplies and will carry some produce. Transportation funding bill implemented by Department of Motor Vehicles -Tax and Fee Changes Effective July 1, 2013- DMV is implementing a all fuels used in highway who have purchased at least five number of changes stemming from the transportation funding legislation that will become effective July 1, 2013. Starting July 1, 2013, the sales and use tax (SUT) in- creases from three to four per- cent. Additionally, per the new legislation, SUT will now be assessed based on the sale price minus any manufacturer rebates. The minimum tax increases from $35 to $75. Also effective July 1, owners of hybrid and electric vehicles will pay a $64 annual fee in addition to registration fees. This fee does not apply to mopeds. Current law requires a $50 an- vehicles. Effective July l, 2013, the rate for gasoline will be 11.1 cents, based on 3.5 percent of the statewide average wholesale price for a gallon of gasoline, while the rate for diesel will be 20.2 cents, based on 6 percent of the statewide average wholesale price for a gallon of diesel. DMV will evaluate and publish these tax rates twice a year. To compensate for the higher tax rate levied on diesel versus gasoline, the new law allows drivers of' diesel powered passenger vehicles and trucks up to 10,000 pounds to obtain a refund equal to the difference between the diesel and gasoline gallons of diesel fuel may visit the DMV website at to file an application electronically. The applicant can apply for refunds from multiple purchases at one time; however, applications must be filed within 12 months of the date the fuel was purchased. Customers will need the follow- Council passes budget On Tuesday, June 25, the St. ing. Paul Town Council passed the The Council voted to ask the 'budget for fiscal year 2013 and Mayor to write VDOT about the 2014 with no increase in taxes. repair on Wise Street. The The budget does, however, repairs have made the street very contain a net increase in pay for bumpy and these repairs need to town employees of 3%. Further, be milled down to be even with the budget contained a one time the road itself. bonus of $1,040 for each The Council also agreed to employee, pay the final invoice for the pool A resolution passing the repair. They also, in the motion budget was voted on with all Councilmen voting for the incre- are going to ask the Mayor to ase and signed by the Mayor and Council. Councilman Greg Bailey announced that the skate park was nearing completion and that the grand opening would be held o0 July 4 at 11 am at the Skate Park. Bailey made a motion to pay Jerry's Signs a total of $245 for a sign which contains the rules for the skate park that will be posted. The sign would be large enough to contain advertise- The University of Virginia's ments. These ads would pay for College at Wise will host an the sign and each year the ad information session for the Six income would be used for upkeep of the park. The motion passed. The Council also discussed buying a new truck for Mike Jessee to be used for litter pickup and to water the town's plants. The truck now in use is in very bad shape and is not usable. In a discussion the :Council decided to put this matter on the agenda for July's regular meet- write a letter to the pool contractor to return at the close- of the swimming season to make minor adjustments to the skimmers at no cost to the town, The meeting adjourned as there was no further business. In a special closed session, the Council voted to suspend Roger Trent, with pay, until July 15 when he will meet with Council. New hours at J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library Effective July 1, 2013, - 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday 9:30 operating hours for the J. Fred a.m.- 6:00 p.m.; Thursday !1:00 Matthews Memorial Library will a.m. -7:30 p.m.; Friday 8:30 be as follows: Monday 8:30 a.m. a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday 11:00 'a.m. p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday Closed. Six Sigma information session at SVTDC on July 19 Sigma Training program on Friday, July 19 from noon to 1:30 at the Southwest Virginia Technology Development Center in Lebanon. Lunch will be pro- vided. This lunch session will pro- vide interested individuals an opportunity to learn more about the Six Sigma Training course that begins in Fall 2013 at the Southwest Virginia Technology Development Center. Six Sigma is a disciplined, date-driven ap- proach and? •methodology that strives for perfection in any pro- cess. This session will provide an opportunity to learn about earning industry-recognized certifications. Instructor Wayne Ketron will discuss the course and answer any questions. While the session is free, those that plan to attend are asked to RSVP by July 17 by emailing or calling 276-889-8180. Celebrate the Fourth in St. Paul St. Paul will host its annual ing information to complete the Independence Day Celebration application: the date the fuel was on Thursday, July 4. purchased, the number of gallons The schedule of events purchased, and the odometer follows: reading of the qualifying vehicle 8-11 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at the time the apprication is at St. Paul United Methodist filed. The refund applicant must Church have receipts to support the 12-4 p.m. Free Day at the St. Paul Pool 11 a.m. Clinch River Tubing 1 st annual Tube Race From noon, food by Fat Boys Barbeque and Krafty Kids Corner at Miners Exchange Bank parking lot cream, fire trucks rides, chances on drawing for Savings Bonds, etc. 4 p.m. Bingo 5:30 p.m. Cake Walk Beginning at 7 p.m. Live music by Retroville 2 p.m. Celebration begins 9:30 p.m. Spectacular with free watermelon, free ice Fireworks Display! refund claim and may be asked nual fe, for electric vehicles tax rates, for additional information before r = only. ............. T6- titiih'l'T0r a refunclthe ' or after the refund is issued. A key component of the purchaser of the fuel must retain transportation funding package original receipts and file a fuels. also impacts the tax imposed on tax refund application with the gasoline, diesel and other types Department of Motor Vehicles. of fuel. •Virginia currently levies Beginning July 1, customers a tax of 17.5 cents per gallon on who qualify for a refund and Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big needed-training available. Call I- ...The Wise County School Board Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal 800-572-2278. Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle- Trinity United Methodist Church. wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Clintwood United Methodist Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is Church. invited• COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- The Dante Senior Citizens meet ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm each Monday and Tuesday at 10 school cafeteria, am at the Dante Fire Department. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Russell County residents 60 or Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town older are invited. Hall. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY- ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Hours at theRussell County Public Third Mondays, 6 pro, Town Hall. Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The 9am-8pm; W/F 9am-5pm; Sa Castlewood Water & Sewage 10am-2pm Authority Board of Directors, 6 MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours pm second Mondays. at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- Library, St. Paul, are 9am-Spm First Tuesday, t pm, Appalachian Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat Agency for Senior Citizens office, urdays, and llam-7:30pm Tues- Claypool Hill. Free. days and Thursdays• See Library NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- for special program schedules. Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm DICKENSON-BUNDY-The Presbyterian Church, Norton. Dickenson-Bundy Log House is CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231- open weekly Thursdays through Stated meetings will be held the Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 third Saturday of each month. The pm School of Instruction will be held SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise on fourth Thursdays at 7. Social Security Office is open ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Corn- Phone numbers 'are 1-800-772- munication; First Thursday, 7 pm 1213 or 276-679-7633. School of Instruction. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of VFW POST #8652, DAV the J. Fred Matthews Memorial CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 Library, St. Paul meet at the pm, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new bors Aid Building, new & used members. If you served overseas clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 pm RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and families Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266 and send name, address' and phone number. Transfers welcomed• HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-8pm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Ap- pointments are necessary for all but immunizations. For an appointment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is Coebum. Call 762-0016, 276-395- available for reunions, birthdays 6588 or 276-679-7371. and showeris. All' proceeds LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch "rehabilitate th Tacoma School as River Little League Board meet at a Community Center. For infor- 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA marion, call 395-6398. Building in Castlewood. All 100 TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian interested persons are invited to Agency for Senior Citizens attend, recognizes persons in Russell, H.O.P.E. HOUSE-H.O.P.E. Hou- Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- se provides emergency shelter for well counties who are 100 years victims of domestic violence in old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1- Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, 800-656-2272, to advise AASC of Scott and Buchanan counties and any upcoming 100 th birthday. the City of Norton. Volunteers SCHOOL POLICIES 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 library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP-Women survivors 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 skills. Instructors also assist adults with job-related skills including re- sume, writing and interviewing• For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- zens provides disability transport- ation services in Buchanan, Diekenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP-The Russell County Genealogy Gronp meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. The Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or fullerjr JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- orial Library and help promote the improvement of fficilities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, 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 Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetidgs are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dinken- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835-8847 nights. Coeburn-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9am- Church and church-related activities Have a Happy 4th of July! 3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. FOOD BANK-First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER-The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495- 8473. CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- en On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens Clothes Closet from 9-11 Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confid- ential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-201 I; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes ofiline. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore,, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 .for information concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. 5-6 pm 2  Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3 "j Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 pm the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome - admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION-BUnk Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pm. calendar on page 3 News from the past,:Part I by Jerry Couch The following vintage tidbits come from the fragile pages of the Clinch Valley News, a weekly newspaper established in 1869 in Jeffersonville, Virginia. Today, Jeffersonville is better known to us by its "new" name - Tazewell. Over the years, many local newspapers have come and gone - some are long forgotten. But the Clinch Valley News has remained in continuous opera- tion up to the present day, though it has gone by several other names during the course of its long history. The news articles featured here were written by local correspondents who, unfortunately, did not receive a by-line. Thanks to improved communications by telephone and telegraph, the paper could feature timely news from all over Southwest Vir- ginia. Several years would pass before St. Paul had its own community newspaper. It should be remembered that a great deal of news reporting is " necessarily based upon word-of- mouth accounts. Therefore, what actually happened can be • inconsistent with what was reported. ST. PAUL, JANUARY 8, 1907 • • Dr. J. N. Greear was called to Swords Creek on the 28 th to see the daughter of F. L. Mays, vho is very sick. Mr. Mays is one of Walton and Co.'s contractors and build- " ers of the S. & W. Railway at this place. • Shaler Gilley, Richlands, was a business visitor here recently. • C. F. Ottey who is manager of some coal operations at Pennington Gap, Va., came to St. Paul on the 8 th, returning to the Gap on the 9 th, accompanied by his wife, the former Miss Alice Ottey • to "Hardy," where they will make their future home. • Misses Gertrude, Dora, and • Ashley Greear were visiting friends at Dante this week. • Mrs. Olive Jett, the suc-* cessful school marm at this place, has returned form her home in Floyd County to teach a sprirg term. • G. T. Pirkinson, better known as "Dad" the brick layer, recently returned from a ten days visit to his son in Washington, and with his family in Richmond. • F.F. Hurt, Richlands, was a business visitor first of the week. • Miss Hall Dagget, Castle- wood, and Miss Nellie Gray, Copper Creek, visited the home of Dr. Greear recently. • J. L. Dingus of this place spent Saturd/iy and Sunday in Norton. • J. S. Francisco went to Bluefield Saturday to see'his mama, returning Sunday. • Floyd Cleek, Coeburn, came up home again Sunday. *. Miss Lora Hillman, after spending the holidays at home, returned to Martha Washington College for the, ensuing term, on the evening of the 6 th. Miss Frances Greear has returned to Russell College for the spring term. James Ashworth, Toms Creek, spent Sunday with his two sisters at this place. Mrs. R. W. Wright, Mrs. C. T. Ottey, and Walter Earnest, were visiting friends at Richlands Saturday and Sunday. C. R. Williams, who has been general manager of St. Paul Coal & Coke Co. for the past year, resigned his position to accept one with the S. & W. Railway as con- tractor and bridge constru- ctor. William N. Banner, a pros- perous farmer of lower Castlewood was a business visitor first of the week. Miss Orlina Hillman, Coe- burn, was at home again Sunday. Charles Johnson was on the banks of "Jordan" again Sunday. The new Bank of St. Paul has been in full blast about thirty days, and is doing a surprising business far be- yond expectation. Ross Phipps, a bright young boy of 16, has returned from a ten day visit to his grandmother's home at Belfast Mills. ST. PAUL, FEBRUARY 1, 1907 The St. Paul Coal & Coke Co. now has a narrow gauge engine in operation on a one mile track, hauling coal from the mines to the tipple. The Hardy mines are estimated to be one of the best in the country. Messrs J. L. Kemmerer, Scranton Pa.; Dr. J. N. Greear, St. Paul, and Emmett Duff, Castlewood, "the com- pany land owners of St. Paul," have recently on sale 200 town lots at reasonable prices. Real estate is calcu- !ated to be a good investment in our little town. The pros- pect for a town, and a good one, is very encouraging at this writing, first, because the location is one of the best in the Clinch Valley divis- ion.; secondly, the water power is the best in South- west Virginia for manufact- uring purposes; thirdly, the Vast coal regions which lie between Clinch River and the Cumberland mountains of Kentucky are the richest in the state; fourthly, St. Paul will no doubt be the railroad point for the Copper Ridg e Iron Ore, and above all, the South & Western railroad, which will be the greatest outlet from the Great Lakes to the South, crosses the N & W in our little town, and by doing so affords the trade and industry for differerit. shipping points. Dr. W. S. Gray was down from Dante first of the week. J. L. Dingus, our town builder, had the misfortune to lose a fine saddle horse recently. Miss Lizzie Johnson, who has been confined to her room for a week with rheu- matism, is improving slowly. E. S. Hurt was at Castlewood first of the week transacting business i