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$ yol. L!y, No. 30 ITII " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' " Thursday July 26, 2012 Saint Paul, Virginia I I1 II I I I"lO"iII I- I" I Ill 50c ,late An exploding oxygen tank, Redevelopmen sing who stepped in to help take care resulting in a fire on Thursday Authority, which administers of Stonebriar residents. night took the life of Burchard Stonebriar, expressed his heart- ~. . . lne cause ot the nre ts oelng Cecil Musick, the resident of a felt thanks to all oftlaose on the " v ti t m es ga ea Dy me vwgmla first floor apartment at Stone- Nousmg Aumorlty start as Well briar in St. Paul. The building's as members of the community State ronce. sprinkler system limited the IDA Board will receive bids damage to the affected apart- for Willis Bldg. roof repairs The S.t Paul Industrial Harrison told the Board that Development Authority Board, meeting in regular session at the S.t Paul Town Hall on Monday night, heard an announcement from IDA Chair Bob Harrison that the Board will receive bids for repairs to the roof of the Willis Building on August i4. ment and the one above it. However, all residents were evacuated. Several were treated for smoke inhalation. Four of them were temporarily relocated and the rest were placed with relatives or friends. Responding to the fire alarm in addition to the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department and Castlewood Fire and Rescue, EMERGENCY RESPONSE Fire and Rescue departments and ambulanc-e were Dante Fire and Rescue, the Copper Creek Volunteer Fire services from throughout the area responded Thursday night to the alarm at Department, the Coeburn Fire Stonebriar Apartments, generated when an oxygen tank exploded. One resident Department, Life Care Ambu- was killed. All the others were evacuated, lance, Abingdon Ambulance Service and Mercy Ambulance Dominion withdraws from participation in Service. Also on hand to help in Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant whatever way they could were a - the Virginia City Hybrid Energy number of volunteers, including tJurlng tuesaay s meenng or cost for Dominion, because ,~ ~ ~ members of the St. Paul Town k.-~lltU[. Dllli;.~ L,ommion nas parties interested in the pro- grant dollars are intended to opted outoftheproject, Mattem Council and other St. Paul C-Health has indicated that it is still interested in acquiring property owned by the IDA, but hasn't decided on a specific sit4e.~. The Board, in response to a question posed by a resident, discussed the possibility of help keep the cost down for individual residential customers. The facility was designed with a total capacity of 999,000 gallons per day in order to accommodate wastewater from Harrison said that he expects several companies to submit bids. Members of the Board were also told that McDonald's plans to hold job interviews for the new restaurant at the Hiliman House on August 2 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. IDA Board member J. D. Cassell, also a member of the Oxbow Center Board~ told the IDA that an effort is being made to sell the Oxbow Center, which has lost its state and federal McDonald's Interviews for jobs at the McDonald's restaurant which is under construction in St. Paul will be held at the Hillman House on August 2 between 10 posed Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, Mattern & Craig engineer Randy Beckner read an email message from Dominion in which a spokesman for the $10 billion company announced that it was with- drawing from participation in the project due to "f'mancial consraints.' The Regional Plant which has been under discussion for some time will serve the Town of St. Paul, which would own fifty percent of its capacity; the Castlewood Water and Sewage Authority, thirty percent; and the Wise County Public Service Authority, twenty percent. Rural Development's Robert Hilt told the group that the last cost estimates were fair to everyone, based on the capacity, and Rural Development cannot allow grant dollars to lower the holding a huge Yard Sale on IDA property. No decision was reached. In response to a request for $2,500 for an Oxbow Trail Easement, the Board agreed, with the exception of IDA Board member Jack Kiser, who voted no. Present for the meeting were IDA Board members Frank Molinary, Jack Kiser, Mike Jessee, Harry Kelly and J. D. Cassell; IDA Chairman Bob Harrison; IDA Attorney Linda at & Craig has been asked to citizens who came to provide downsize and redesign the plant, help to displaced Stonebriar A new project schedule will be residents. Monty Salyer, execu- submitted to - Rural Develop- tive director of the Wise County. funding. . - Tiller; and several spectators. ment, the project's funding Budget cuts dictate hbrary changes agency, by Tuesday, July 31. A reduction in funds from Trustees made reductions in that state aid to public libraries j Russell County has dictated most operating lines, including has remained level so that some will interview for obs changes at Russell County Pub- staffing. Full time staff will take parts of the budget are unaf- lie Library. A slight reduction in a pay reduction and part time- fected. "We will have about the library hours affects patrons staffwillhavereduced.hours, same budget for supplies and a.m. and 6 p.m. most directly. Lebanon Library Library Director Kelly books because we fund those Applications are available at will open one hour later OnMcBride said, "We don't have lines completely through state the St. Paul Town Hall, orWednesday and Friday; the. any line in the budget that we aid." online. Honaker Community Library will now close one hour earlier could just eliminate to equal the Lebanon Library: Monday dollar amount that we needed to 9am-7pm; Tuesday 9am-7pm; cut from the budget. So the Wednesday 10am-5:30 pm; Library Board opted to shave a little from many basic cate- gories. I hope that the public will be understanding if they must wait longer or see any other impacts to library service." Cleveland "Summer Splash" event on Wednesday, Statistics of library use indicated that these closures would have the least affect on patrons. New library hours are effective August 1 and are below. Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday 10am-5:30 pm Honaker Community Lib- rary: Monday 3-7pro; Tuesday 3-7pm; Wednesday 3-7pm; Thursday 9am-lpm; Friday The Library Board of McBride also pointed out Noon-5:30pm More about the St. Paul National Bank Mr. Long would be elected to the Virginia State Senate where he served from 1944 until his retirement in 1971. Following the death of Robert Walter Dickenson in 1930, M. M. Long became prds- ident of the St. Paul National Bank. He helped guide the bank through the quicksand of the Great Depression. If the walls of Mr. Long's old office could talk, what a story they could tell. St. Paul residents remember M. M. Long as a gruff indiv- idual, polite without being familiar. Having grown up on a farm in Rappahannock County, he apparently remained a farmer at heart. The only time I can personally recall seeing Mr. Long in shirtsleeves was in the late 1960's. He and his Castle- wood farm tenants were cutting weeds using mowing scythes. The weather was hot and Mr. Long had removed his suit coat, but not his tie. He was over 80 years of age at the time but he was swinging that scythe as effortlessly as the younger men working alongside him. *********************** by Jerry Couch Over the years, the old St. i Paul National Bank building provided space for many pro- fessionals and retailers, includ- ing: Chesapeake & Potomac Te- lephone Company of Virginia St. Paul's telephone exchange was located in the bank build- ing's top floor. Originally, St. Pan[ residents picked up the receiver of their candlestick tele- phones then spoke into the mouthpiece to ask for "Central." An operator at the bank building manually connected callers with their party using a plug-in switchboard. The name of St. Paul's telephone exchange was "Rockwell." Stephenson & McConnell This store was the first mer- cantile establishment in the bank's Russell Street storefront. It was only in business a short time. Greear Brothers & Hurt This store was the successor of Ste- phenson & McConnell. It opened for business sometime between 1910 and 1915. The earliest records of the Woman's Club of St. Paul date from 1915 and contain references to pur- chases made at this store. In the 1920 photograph included with this article, a group of young women are posed on the side- walk in front of Greear Bros. & Hurt's Russell Street entrance. Second from the lett is Hazel Fletcher Wright (wearing a stylish middle blouse), and third from left is Myrtle Musick Har- ris. "Miss Myrtle" was a long- term employee of the St. Paul National Bank and also taught piano at her spacious home on the comer of Broad Street and Third Avenue. In the photo, merchandise of all kinds can be seen on display in Greear Bros. & Hun's win- dows, including framed portrait photographs. Some of the old postcard photographs of St. Paul street scenes bear the imprint of Greear Bros. & Hurt and were sold at the store as souvenirs. The store's high shelves and dis- play counters were well stocked with groceries, dry goods, notions, and yard goods. Live flowering plants were sold and the store also carried a line of seeds and feed for the con- venience of local farmers. That's a lot of merchandise for a retail space that was small by today's standards. Proprietors of Greear Bros. & Hurt were Clyde Greear and his brother-in-law, Elbert Hurt. In 1916, Elbert and Cora Greear Hurt built their house on Buchanan Street (the home of Debbie Stanley Bacca in 2012). That same year, Clyde and Rosa Greear built a one-story frame bungalow located next door to the Hurt house (the home of Run and Diane Skeber in 2012). Clyde Greear was also a member of the St. Paul Town Council. Tri-Countv News By the late 1930's the Tri-County News was being published in an office located in the bank's basement. The Tri-County News was creat- ed in December of 1938 by evangelists F. J. and Dorothy Dake. The Dakes started their business in a modest way, using a large mimeograph machine to print the paper. They even sold fresh donuts in their office two mornings each week. Later George T. Coleman and R. F. Ferguson became publishers of the Tri-County News. In April of 1940 the paper was sold to A. E. Bales. By the 1950's, the Tri- County News had become dor- mant but came back to life a few years later as the Clinch Valley Times. The earliest known local newspaper was the The St. Paul News. It was published in the 1920's but no details of its ownership or operation have come to light. Macon Melville Long, Sr. In 1910, young M. M. Long was a recent graduate of the University of Richmond's law school. He made the .decision to relocate to the western end of Virginia thanks to encouragement from some of his classmates who hailed from this area. By 1911, M. M. Long had rented space in the bank building for his law of- rices. He continued his practice there until his retirement many years later. During those years, In 2012 the St. Paul National Bank is just a memory and the space it once occupied is now a State Farm Insurance agency. A church occupies the bank build- ing's storefront on Fourth Ave- nue. A hair salon occupies the storefront on the Russell Street side of the building where ladies once shopped for embroidery floss and ribbons to trim their spring hats. The top floor of- rices of the bank building, once occupied by doctors, lawyers, insurance agents, and account- ants have been converted to residential apartments, John and Sheila Short, current owners of the bank, have made renovations and improvements to help en- sure its continuing viability as one of St. Paul's signature build- ings. To comment on this article, please contact Jerry Couch at jerry, or P.O. Box 600, St. Paul, VA 24283. 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 ELEMENT- ARY 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 pro, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood " Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 ~m 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 pro, Stated Corn-, munication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 ~m, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 ~m, Lebanon CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, ~/pm RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and families Fridays at t0 am Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pro, First Baptist Church, Coebum Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend H.O.P.E. HOUSE-HO.PE. Hou- se provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, i Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton Volunteers The Cleveland Volunteer Tourism Committee will have a fundraising event on July 28 starting at 4 pm at the Cleveland Ballfield in Cleveland. Featured will be kids games, games for the family, water balloons, slip 'n slides, concessions and much more. Beginnin~ at 7 pm the Miss Cleveland Womanless Beauty Pageant will be held. Come on by and vote for your favorite guy to be crowned Miss Cleveland 2012. For more information call Pam or Danny at 276-889-5394 or Cathy at 276-889-4365. I-~] I nun " I" " 1 I I 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 a Clothes Closet from 9-11 am 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. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, 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 online. 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 more 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-ln Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 pm 2~ Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3~ Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pro. 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-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are needed-training available. Call 1- The Wise County School Board 800-572-2278. maintains a Policy Manual which SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle- is available to the public in the wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 library of each school and in each am Wednesdays at the Castlewood county public library, Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is ,Copies of the Russell County invited. School Board Policy Manual have The Dante Senior Citizens meet been placed in the office and the each Monday and Tuesday at 10 library of each school, and at the am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County Public Library. Russell County residents 60 or SUPPORT GROUP-Women older are invited, survivors of sexual assault are RUSSELL CO LIBRARY-Hours invited to attend Clinch Valley at the Russell County Public Communication Action, Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu 9am- Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- 7pm, W/F 9am-5:30pm, Th 9am- port group meeting with victims of 8pro, Sat 10am-2pm, Sun 2-5pro similar situations Mondays, 10:30 MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours am-12 noon. For inforn~ation call at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Library, St. Paul, are 9am-5pm Ranetta Davis, 276-889-8206. Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat FREE ADULT ED-Free adult urdays, and l lam-7:30pm Tues- education classes are available in days and Thursdays. See Library Lee, Scott and Wise counties and for special program schedules, the City of Norton. Daytime and DICKENSON-BUNDY-The evening classes for adults who Dickenson-Bundy Log House iswant to improve their basic skills. open weekly Thursdays through Instructors also assist adults with Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays l2-4 job-related skills including re- pm. sume, writing and interviewing. SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or Social Security Office is open 276-386-2433. Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- Phone numbers are 1-800-772- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- 12 l 3 or 276-679-7633. zens provides disability transport- LIBIL~,RY FRIENDS-Friends of ation services in Buchanan, the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell Library St. Paul meet at the counties to individuals with Library' on first Thursdays at 4 pm. disabilities, regardless of age. Call VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 1-888-656-2272. 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new GENEALOGY GROUP-The members. If you served overseas Russell County Genealogy Group during any war, write VFW Post meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, 9864, P.O Box 1419, Lebanon, Russell County Public Library, VA 24266 and send name, address Lebanon. The Group purpose is and phone number. Transfers "to learn, to share and to welcomed perpetuate family history.'" Call HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 County Health Department, Wise, or is open from 8am-8pm first JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Thursdays Clinics will be offered Friends ofJ Fred Matthews Mem- in family planning, pediatrics, orial Library and help promote the school and adult physicals, WIC, improvement of facilities and Paps and immunizations. Ap- services of the library Send name, pointments are necessary for -all address and phone number, with a but immunizations. For an $5 membership girl, to J. Fred appointment, call 762-328-8000. Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Tacoma Commnnity Center is Make checks payableto Friends of available for reunions, birthdays 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 meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 pm. VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dicken- and showers All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For infor- mation, call 395-6398. 100TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizeus recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- ~vell counties who are [00 years old or older Call Dana Collins, 1- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file 800-656-2272, to'advise AASC of veterans' claims. For appointment, any upcoming 100th birthday call 276-835-8847 nights. SCHOOL POLICIES Coeburn-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the combined in early December) at Coebum VFW Post from 9am- the Riverside Diner at 6 pro. : IIItLl!Pl!$1!l!l!lllll Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 See pictures on page 5