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Voi. LVIII, No. 30 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, "to talk of many things...' '" Thursday, July 28, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia PRESS 50 cents Karen N. Dickenson was recently named princi- pal at St. Paul Elementary School which houses the first eight grades of a child's learning experience. Mrs. Dickenson brings 24 years of experience in the field of education to the task at St. Paul. After graduating from UVa-Wise in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, Mrs. Dickenson spent 17 years as a teacher at St. Paul Elementary. She then spent three years as assistant principal at Appalachia Elementary before moving to L.F. Addington Middle School as lead teacher. Along the way, Mrs. Dickenson has worked hard to further her own education. In 2001 she received a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. In 2008 she received a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Radford. In 2016, she received a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. Mrs. Dickenson said, "I feel blessed to have begun my career at St. Paul. St. Paul Elementary has always had a special place in my heart." Mrs. Dickenson also said St. Paul Elementary has always been a strong academic school and always ranks among the top schools in the state. Mrs. Dickenson has set the goal for herself and the school to increase enroll- ment, create a stronger gift- Lt. Governor Ralph Northam was in town on Saturday, July 23 tak- ing an ATV tour of Spearhead Trails and also touring St. Paul Main Street businesses. He stopped at the Farmers Market and is pictured with Juanita Kelly, Doris Fletcher and Suzy Harrison. 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, 1st lll[l[l!l!Jll[![l!!l!llll, Thursdays, 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 fam- ilies Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679-0810. ACOA MEETING- Adult Children of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coeburn. Call 762- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE- The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 3 pm third Sundays at Ma Whitenack Little League Field. All inter- ested persons are invit- ed to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE- H.O.P.E. House pro- vides emergency shel- ter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed- 1Taining available. Call 1-800-572-2278. SENIOR CITI- ZENS-The Castle- wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County residents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY-Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are Tue & Thur 10am-8pm; Wed & Fri 10am- 5:30pm; Sat 10-3pm. Closed Sun & Mon. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are: 9:30am- 6pm Monday; 10:30am-7pm Tuesday; Closed Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm Thursday and Friday. Saturday Closed. Sunday Closed. DICKENSON- BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 to 4 and Sundays 1 to 3. SOCIAL SECURI- TY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone num- bers are 1-800-772- 1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul meet at the Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm. VFW POST 9864- VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new members. If you served overseas during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266 and send name, address and phone number. Transfers wel- comed. HEALTH SER- VICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-8pm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family plan- ning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immu- nizations. Appointments are nec- essary for all but immu- nizations. For an appointment, call 762- 328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthday.s and showers. All proceeds reha- bilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For informa- tion, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTH- DAY-Appalachian 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 skills. 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 ed program, enhance ath- letic programs, and devel- op a strong working rela- tionship with the commu- nity and Eastside High School. Mrs. Dickenson said she would have an open door policy and will be glad to hear any suggestions or concerns. "It is my desire that the faculty, staff, and students grow into their fullest potential." Mrs. Dickenson is mar- ried and" has one child who graduated from St. Paul. Karen Dickenson Two new businesses meet with IDA At the St. Paul IDA meeting held on Monday, July 25th, Sam Runyon announced his plan to open a donut and coffee shop where the old Burger King was located. The name of the business is A Donut Connection, serving donuts, baked goods, coffee, and ice cream products. This will be the second shop to be opened. The owners already have a successful shop located in Grundy, Virginia. Mr. Runyon asked the IDA about any pro- grams they have to offer new businesses. The IDA voted unanimously to offer a low interest loan through their Business Improvement Loan Program and to determine if there are any incentives that can be offered through the Tourism Zone Ordinance. Following closed session, the IDA Board agreed to offer Sugar Hill Brewing Co. a low interest loan through the same Business Improvement Loan Program. The loan pro- gram is administered through Trupoint Bank and loan applications must first be approved through the bank process. Kathy Stewart asked the IDA members to come out and support the "Cooks and' Books" event to be held at the Farmers Market on Saturday, July 30th. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. There will be multiple food vendors and authors, and a silent auction will be held. This event is a fundraiser for the Lyric Project and the J. Fred Matthews Library. Upon a motion by Jack Kiser, the IDA Board voted unanimously to donate a $100 to this event for two tickets. Chairman Bob Harrison reported that the interior demolition of the Western Front. Hotel building is now complete and work is continuing on leveling the building. The fmances are in place awaiting final approval of the historical tax credits. There was a brief discussion about making sure that the town is kept clean and appealing for our citizens and visitors. Several mentioned the need for regular mowing, trimming, and trash 'pickup at Oxbow Lake, Bluebell Island and downtown in general. It was suggested that the Town Council be reminded of the importance of appearance when you are promoting tourism. Students making a difference by Jerry Couch It's time to take a break from the past and think about the present for a moment. Last week a fine group of young people were in Wise County per- forming community serv- ice work with Impact Missions Camps, a min- istry of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. Throughout the week, over a dozen groups from across Virginia converged on Wise County and set to work. Participants ranged in age from 13 to 18. Adult vacillators are professional people who give up their summer vacations to do something they find spiri- tually rewarding. During their stay, Baptist churches in Wise County "adopted" specific groups, providing lunches for them. The St. Paul Baptist Church pro- vided food for the group I met. The home at which the students were working was a replacement for a house that was'destroyed last year by a mudslide. The slide occurred in the early morn- ing hours before daylight during a period of heavy rainfall. The homeowner told me she, her husband, and their grandchildren were asleep in the house when the house suddenly started moving. She said "I thought we were all going to die." The house slid to the bottom of the hill where it lies buried along with many of the family's possessions...but they escaped with their lives. A modular home was obtained to replace the house that was destroyed. Until last week, it did not have underpinning, porch- es, or sturdy steps at the entrances. The homeown- ers are neither young nor in good health and they could not address this situation. See Students Page 8 Impact Virginia volunteers working at a site near Norton, Virginia last week. Group photo of student volunteers and facilitators from Newtown, Pennsylvania. Even on hot days, there's always a cool breeze on the porch of the St. Paul Railroad Museum.