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Page 4 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, July 30, 2009 AF THE PiCNiC_Over 250 attended theSaturday aftei'noon picnic, a feature of the St. Paul High School All Years Reunion, held Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25, at the Oxbow Center in St. Paul. photo by Peyton Gregory Virginians still believe in benefits of homeownership -Second Quarter Report and Voter Poll Show Positives in Market- i The existing home industry markets as existing homes The local areas with the hffd a good second quarter, and rfiost Virginians still believe now is a good time to buy a home, according to a recent voter poll and the Virginia Home Sales Report released July 23 by the Virginia Association of Realtors. Sales and median prices both increased in May while invent- ories of homes on the market declined. The new home in- . dustry had mixed results with decreased month-over-month sales in May, increasing median • prices and essentially flat invent- ory levels. Virginia's second quarter home sales statistics indicated an • improvement over the first quar- • ter. Sales are improving at the • highest percentage level in the northern tier of the state but generally, prices are still on the • " decline almost everywhere. Generally it is believed this area leads others and can serve as an i indicator of what's to come for other regions in the future. Foreclosures across the state continued to climb, up 5.5% from the first quarter of 2009. The highest percentages of the total statewide foreclosures oc- cuged in Northern Virginia !(21.3%), Prince William !(18.6%) and Hampton Roads ',(17%). The rural areas served by ithe Northern Neck, Southern 'Piedmont, South Central and sellers frequently have a home to sell before buying a new move- up home. Building permits issued in 2009 across the state lag behind 2008 and signify- cantly behind 2007 levels. Through May, the number of building permits issued in Virginia during 2009 was 29.3% below the first five months of 2008 and 47.2% below those issued during the same period in 2007. Highlights of the Second Quarter Report and Voter Polh In May, 72.5% of residents were able to afford a median priced home across the nation, the highest percentage in 18 years. June saw an increase in the Consumer Confidence level; year-over-year, more people intend to purchase a home this year than last. In Virginia, 91 percent of registered Virginia voters continue to believe buy- ing a home is a good financial decision, according to recent survey results.* The same survey indicates that 80 percent of Virginians see opportunity in a down market, and believe now is a god time to buy a home. Virginia's second quarter home sales statistics indicated an improvement over the first highest percentage of sales volume increase year-over-year were Fredericksburg (+25.2%), Blue Ridge (18.7%) and North- em Virginia (+8.6%) - all in the northern tier of the state. Generally, it is believed this area leads others and can serve as an indicator of what's to come for other areas of the state in the future. Median sales prices in the second quarter showed the strongest improvement on a percentage basis over last year at this time in Lexington/Buena Vista (32.9%), Southern Pied- mont (+10.3%) and William- burg (+6.3%). Average sales prices showed the highest per- centage increase in Williams- burg (+ 13.2%), Southwest Vir- ginia (+7.2%) and Southern Piedmont (+5.9%) compared to 2008. The Virginia Association of Realtorsฎ (VAR) is the business advocate for real estate profess- ionals in Virginia. VAR repre- sents more than 33,000 Realtors active in all phases of real estate brokerage, management, devel- opment and appraisal. *Myers Research Strategic Services, LLC and American Strategies Incorporated designed and administered a telephone survey conducted by profess- ional interviewers. The survey New arrival David (Cracker) and Therese Fields of Castlewood, would like to announce the birth of their granddaughter, Allie Jade Laney, daughter of Chad and Maggie (Fields) Laney of Brevard, NC. Allie has a brother, Ray Laney. MISS CASTLEWOOD- Suzanne Fields was crowned Miss CHS on June 5. She is the dau- ghter of Therese and Cracker Fields of Cas- tlewood and the grand- daughter of Margaret Fields and Pauline Molinary. REUNIONS Amburgey, Bailey, Kiser The descendants of William ,Eastern Shore associations all quarter but still lagged behind reached 837 registered Virginia Greenville & Mary Ellen Ashby had around .1% of the totalfor 2008 and3007 results. Sales are voters. The SurVey was con- Bailey, Elijah & Catherine ctosures in the Commonwealth. improving at t lie highest iei'- ducted June 22-28, 20091 , Phillips Amburge, and George Trends in building permits centagelgvel.indhe no.,,To-.acee,. state, totals ann ..... and 'Lead Philli"Kise'w'll re used as an indicator of of the state but generally, prices area statistics online, visit: meet for a family reunion at 11 pcoming activity in both the are still on the decline almost hew home and existing home everywhere. !Notice for Virginia veterans i Effective the first Thursday 1-3 p.m.; of August, the Virginia Depart- * 3rd Thursday of each !ment of Veterans Services month, Clintwood VFW Post Agent itinerary location will from 9-11 a.m., i: change as follows: • 3rd Thursday of each • 1st Thursday of each month, Coeburn VFW Post , month, Clintwood VFW Post from 1-3 p.m.; and from9a.m.-3p.m.; • 4th Thursday of each • 2nd Thursday of each month, Cumberland Gap VFW month, Jonesville American Post from 9::30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Legion from 9-11 a.m., If there are questions regard- * 2nd Thursday of each hag this schedule change, call month, Gate City Armory from 276-523-1411. Opening August 1 New2 U Consignment Antiques, used clothing, purses, household items http://www.VARealtor:com/Hom eSales Deadlime for classifieds is Tuesday noon[ SAFETY ZONE Help make the world safe from 40 neuromuscular diseases• 1-800-572-1717 IlVNOR  Muscular Dystrophy Association www, mdausa.org a.m. Saturday, August 1, at Dinsmore Hall (Eastern Star Building), St. Paul. Bring a covered dish and two liter bottle of soft drink. (Plates, etc., will be furnished.) Please bring a small giR to be used for bingo and door prizes. Donations will be taken to help defray the cost of the reunion. For more infor- ation, call Judy Amburg-y Coleman, 614-475-5847. MeReynolds Reunion The MeRe)molds Reunion will be held Sunday, August 16, at the Flatwoods Recreation area bsgirming at 1 p.m. Come and enjoy the food and music--if you have an instrument, please birng it! Sileox Reunion The 14th Annual Silox Reunion will be held at Breaks Interstate Park's Shelter # 11 on Saturday, September 12, begin- ning at 10:30 a.m. Please share this information with other fami- ly members. Bring a covered dish. For more information, call Reba, 276-395-2725. Application period forl Freedom Alliance Scholarshlpi fund extended to August 14 !i After a tremendous response, or training accident, or who is and in an effort to reach more eligible candidates, the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund ap- plication deadline has been extended. Children of military personnel who have sacrificed life or limb should consider applying immediately. Go to www. fascholarship.com before August 14 to complete an ap- plication or call 1-800-475-6620 for more information. "We know there are more potential applicants who could benefit from this college scholar- ship," stated Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon. "In an effort to reach as many students as possible we are happy to announce an extension of the deadline for the 2009 academic year to August 14." In order to be eligible for a Freedom Alliance Scholarship, an applicant must be the depend- ent son or daughter of a U.S. Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Guards- man or Marine who has been killed or permanently disabled (100% VA disability rating) as a result of an operational mission currently classified as prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). They must also. be a high school senior, high school graduate, or registered as a full time undergraduate student  and under the age of 26. The Fund has now awarded $2.5 million to the sons and daughters of our military heroes. Many parents of scholarship recipients were killed or per-. manently disabled in such recent, conflicts as Operation Enduring.' Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks, and the Persian Gulf War. "Our military heroes have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom," concluded Tom Kilgannon. "This scholarship is one way that we give back to their loving families." Last year 167 individual student scholarships were awarded. Spotlights on past, recipients and more informatiori on the history of the Fund can be found at www.FreedomAlliance.org. :, Community Picnic Dante The Dante Community Dante Post Office. Bring a picnic  Picnic will be held on Saturday, basket and a lawn chair and August 8 beginning at 10:00 enjoy sharing old stories with ! a.m. on the lot in front of the your friends t Lays Hardware The headliner for the program at Lays Hardware on Friday, July 31, will be East Kentucky Tyme, The program is from 7:30 p.m. 'til 10-30p.m., lineup changed ' with doors open at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children 6-12, and children under 6 are admitted free. Avon Foundation for Women awards scholarship to local Avon Sales Representative The Avon Foundation for been awarded. Funds are- " Women awarded a 2009 scholar- ship to Tina Mullins, an indepen- dent Avon Sales Representative from Norton. Tina is one of 83 Avon Sales Representatives to receive the annual financial scholarship this year. This scholarship award can be used towards enrollment in an accre- dited two- or four-year college, university or vocational school basis:  ......  '  "Avon takes great pride in recognizing the success of Avon ' Sales Representatives like Tina Mullins," says Carol Kurzig, president of the Avon Found- ation. "In addition to the benefits of the Avon earnings opport- unity, we are extremely pleased to be able to extend this scho- larship to support further studies, and we extend our best wishes for continued success." The Avon Foundation Scho- larship Program for Representa- tives is designed to assist Avon Sales Representatives who are enrolled or plan to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate cour- se of study leading to a degree in a field that allows for their car- eer advancement. The scholar- ship helps Sales Representatives provided by Avon Products Inc. and the scholarships are awarded by the Avon Foundation, with a special focus on women outside many of the traditional sources of educational and economic support. In addition to scholar- ships for Avon Sales Represent- atives, Avon also awards scholarships for 'their children, and children of employees. ..... The' Avon Foundation for Women is an accredited 50c)(3) public charity founded ' in 1955 to improve the lives of women and their families. While continuing to support educa- tional opportunities, the Avon Foundation is focused on two key areas: breast cancer and domestic violence. Worldwide, ! Avon and the Avon Foundation ' have raised and awarded more than $660 million for these ' causes that are of vital '. importance to women through • two flagship programs: the Avon : Breast Cancer Crusade and the Avon Speak Out Against ' Domestic Violence program. For more information visit , • www.avonfoundation.org. 00000000000 O00 i :lll | I I With N;ll [ขl[;'HlOIOm • ' • ; continue their education to aid in future economic advancement, oฐ ขig6ma Citv ." Scholarship winners are cho- • , , • sen on the basis of academic • SIRI[UiilThRIlt[8$ • record; demonstrated leadership •• Movie Hotline ffg'b9"4ง • • in school and community service activities; honors programs; work experience; goals and aspirations; as well as personal and family circumstances. The first Avon Foundation scholarship, awarded in 1955, was for $400• Since then, more • Located in Downtown Norton, VA • • nortoncinema • • .corn • "I '"""" 1 • g THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE PG • DALLY: 1:00 • 4:30 • 7:30 PM • Good prices! 4th Ave. (old Dry Cleaners building) 's I ):tic an d l00it' 801) ]..l'lqiC Kei h, P an'n 00onc to',','n ph arn icy D I][ SI [)E F)O ) Pharmacy & Your Health Ernie's Drug and Gilts Phone 762-5800 Ernie Keilh, lhan'macist Your honnctovn pharmacy LOCATED BESIDE FOOD CITY Treatment Options for Hyperthyroid Conditions !Graves ' disease is a common type of hyperthyroidism, an autoimmune condition. When the immune system attacks the tyroid gland, this abnormality leads to overproduction of the !-rmone thyroxine. Increased levels of thyroxine may lead to an overall increase in metabolism, which can cause problems for other _bsdY systems. Symptoms of Grave's disease may include fatigue, t heart rate, and weight loss. A person's eyes are commonly afected. There may be swelling of the eyelids, red eyes, and snsitivity to light. Due to tissue swelling behind the eyes, the eeballs may bulge forward. Anti-thyroid medications, such as propylthiouracil and ethimazo/e (Tapazole), prevent excessive production of thyroxine by the thyroid gland. Typically, these medications are used in cgnjunction with radioactive iodine, which works to decrease the o/er activity of the thyroid gland. Beta blocker medications, such as poprano/o/ (Inderal) and metoprolo/ (Lopressor), may alleviate some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, such as increased heart rqte or tremors. For symptoms affecting the eyes, artificial tears are recommended during the day, along with lubricating gels at night. .dnisone may be prescribed to decrease swelling behind the ees. 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