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Vol. LV, No. 31 " ill I [][ ]]l -- line h Valley Times C " I Ill il -1 "GIN |A "') • The time has come, the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' " ,,=,..,. =..=..= .:.:=o .. ............ Thursday, August 1, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia 50c I I" St. Paul outdoor venues kick into high gear The new St. Paul/Clinch the trail as soon as weather and River Trail is near full com- pletion from Boody, through Blue Bell Island, the town park, the old Western Front, down- town, the redevelopment area beside Food City and then to the Oxbow Lake parking area where it will link up with the existing river trail on Sugar Hill. The one way length of 4.4 miles will be time permit s . Only foot travel and biking are allowed on these trails and dogs must be under leash. The new trail extension will showcase the downtown area now under restoration and give the town a total of 12 miles of maintained walking and biking trails in and adjacent to the are well underway and being co- ordinated by Councilman Jason Kilgore and multiple volunteers and town employees. The new' skate park advocated by Coun- cilman Greg Bailey is now open and one of the best in the region. The recently improved farmer's market is growing each month and St. Paul is building a repu- tation for being visitor friendly TUBING Do/N-THE cLINCH...Many people are beginning to enjoy the great outdoors as new walking trails and the new skate park are open along with tubing down the scenic Clinch River. Photo courtesy of Patsy Phillips UVa-Wise Class of 2013 nursing grads achieve 100 percent board pass rate The University of Virginia's use of telehealth to give the another example of the high College at Wise nursing grad- uates from the Class of 2013 accomplished something special this summer as all 17 passed their board exams on the first try. Garnering a 100 percent pass rate on the stringent board exam is something only a few schools have accomplished. There are less than a handful of schools in any state that achieve a 100 percent pass rate, Nursing Department Chair Cathie Collins explained. students challenging, real-life standards set by our nursing experiences," Collins said, "All faculty and students." of this has helped prepare our An interesting aspect of the students for their careers as class of 2013's achievement is nurses." that the 100 percent pass rate on The 100 percent pass rate is a the board examination came huge accomplishment, especially during the first year of a new test when the national average is 85 plan. Collins explained that the percent. "There is a critical nursing shortage nationally, and UVa- Wise is proud to have had a role in adding 17 new registered nurses to the healthcare field," said UVa-Wise Chancellor Don- National Council of State Boards of Nursing issues a new test plan every three years, and the difficulty of the test increases each time. "Typically, we see a drop in student pass rates the first year the longest of its kind in South- west Virginia and provide visit- ors and residents alike a fiat, very walkable tour of the river, the town and lower Sugar Hill. Due to volunteer work from councilmen Jason Kilgore and Harry Kelly, community active- ists Bill Wallace, Lou Ann Wallace and Frank Kilgore, along with town employees and community service workers, especially the crews from the Appalachian Detention Center in Blackford, the Blue Bell area was cleared of tons of flood trash, the trails developed and signs put up at a very low cost to the town. Freddie Arfington of Cleveland made the upper Blue Bell portion of the trail and the parking area at Boody possible by granting a free trail easement to the town and Food City helped with the costs of trail construction adjacent to its store. Much of the gravel was donated by two companies and the town crews will keep the trail main- tained along with any volunteers who can sign on to help make it even better. Later plans involve applying pea gravel to cover the layer of crusher run already on corporate limits. The only nine and outdoor oriented. The hole disc golf course west of 'Farmer's Market recently hosted Emery is now located on Sugar the very successful St. Paul High Hill. Add all this to the 70 miles of maintained ATV fee trails with trail heads on Gray Hill and behind the power plant and St. Paul reportedly has • more outdoor recreation facilities than any town its size in the state. Also, the town's first Clinch River related shuttle and boat rental service has taken off very well at the park caboose. That locally owned business is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and sets up short and long river trips and fishing opportunities for young and old. Call 276-275- 4154. The recently renovated town pool is also drawing big crowds despite the rain and substantial improvements to the park itself alumni reunion organized by many local grads and also the annual Cooks and BOoks which is a fundraiser for the J. Fred Matthews lemorial Library organized by lathy Stewart. The downtown trail will soon have an official grand opening with a group walk and other activities planned. Keep an eye on the Clinch Valley.Times for the date and agenda. Mayor Kyle Fletcher will be the grand marshal of the inaugural tour. It is clear that the town's leader- ship, employees, the private sector and numerous volunteers have worked hard to make St. Paul a venue for recreation, river based education and a great place to visit and live. Meet the Teacher at SPES St. Paul Elementary School are encouraged to attend this • will have Meet the Teacher event, as it is a great opportunity Night on Tuesday, August 6 to'meet teachers and begin the from 4:30-6:30 pro. All students new school year at St. Paul and parents of grades Pre-K - 8th Elementary School. "The department has worked very hard to uphold progression standards, increase admission standards, and implement chan- ges to the curriculum that ad- dress essential content and foster critical thinking," Collins said. The nursing department fac- ulty has attended multiple work- shops to improve its knowledge of nursing education and curri- culum, which has had a major impact tothe entire program. "We have incorporated many new tchnologies into the curri- culum, including an increased emphasis on simulation, use of electronic health records, and the I I I na P. Henry. "Congratulations are in order for our graduates and our nursing faculty. It takes a great deal of hard work and pretty impressive in itself for our determination to achieve a 100 students to have a 100 percent percent pass rate, and it is pass rate in a new test year." Castlewood High School Open House set for August 13 Castlewood High School will up their schedules; take care of of a new test plan because the o o exam has increased in Selling Mmneapohs Part I difficulty," Collins said. "It is 9 host an Open House on Tuesday, August 13 from 5 pm until 7 pm. Students, parents and the com- munity are encouraged to attend. At this time, students may pick arrangements for lockers and Physical Education uniforms. Castlewood High School faculty and staff will be available to meet and greet participants. I 1 Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big needed-training available. Call 1- ...The Wise County School Board 800-572-2278. SENIOR CITIZENS-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 M/Tu/Th 9am-8pm; W/F 9am-bpm; Sa 10am-2pm. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Mattbews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 8:30am-bpm Mondays and Fridays; and l lam- 7:30pro Tuesdays and Thursdays, Wed. 9:30am-6pm and Sat lpm- 5pro. Sunday Closed. DICKENSON-BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays through Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm Phone numbers 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 mlmber. 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 available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For infor- mation, call 395-6398. |00 TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- well counties who are 100 years old or older• Call Dana Collins, 1- 800-656-2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100 th birthday. 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, 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. The Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- orial Library and help promote the improvement of facilities 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-Dicken- 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- 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 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-In Control, a flee diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 pm 2 "a Mondays• • DANTE LIVES ON-TheDante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3 'a 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-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pro. Stone Gap, 8 pro. Episcopal Churuh. 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 pro, 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, Ndrton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231- Slated 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 Com- munication; First Thursday, 7 pm School o'f Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 pro, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- hors Aid Building, new & used 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 pro, First Baptist Church, Coeburn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276--679-7371. LrFrLE LEAGUE-Tho 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-H.OP.E. Hou- se provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Nortou. Volunteers \\; Ullt[l!!!Jllj!!!l!!l!Jll, by Jerry Couch Southwest Virginia is a fertile region - for shysters and grifters of every kind. How many times have we heard that prosperity is just around the comer? Each new scheme lines a few pockets while turning many pockets inside out. The grifters depart richer, the suckers remain sadder, poorer, but wiser. The following newspaper articles appeared in advance of the initial 1890 auction sale of Minneapolis lots just across the Clinch River from St. Paul. The articles are shameless master- pieces of humbug. Therefore, impressionable children or per- sons allergic to windy rhetoric are strongly advised against reading the articles: From the Clinch Valley News, Friday Sept. 12, 1890 MINNEAPOLIS As will be seen elsewhere there is to be a great lot sale at Minneapolis on the 17th, 18 th, and 19 instant. No one who has been there will forget the beautiful town site near Wheeler's Ford of Clinch River. The property was secured for town purposes long before any railroad .was built and secured because of its unexcelled advan- tages not only of situation but of surroundings. The Clinch Valley Railroad is already built to the place and the Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago almost completed. Some of the finest coal pro- . perties in the Southwest are just across the river on the north, while to the south, east, and west lie the richest and most thickly populated portions of Russell County. Much money and var- ious industries have been secured for the place and few new towns have such bright prospects. At the time of this ptablic sale an immense crowd from all sections of the country will be present so that it will be a favorable occasion for visiting that part of the Valley even for those who do not wish to purchase. EDITORIAL FROM THE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIAN [Published at Minneapolis, Va.! Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 I I ' most prosperous portion 'of our always been proof positive of country. It is a fact long since this. He may employ his time established by experience and most industriously but can never reason that if the people of any advance in wealth or prosperity. one government, how small But, when, by the agency of soever it may be, should confine railroads and the building of themselves to any one employ- manufactories labor is diver- meat, they will become shiftless and develop slowly, because it requires diversity of labor for man to accomplish that which will bring wealth and prosperity to him. This is easy to see and the proof is on every hand. If all should engage in farming, the first and noblest calling of man, and one of necessity which must be pursued through all time, we could never accomplish much nor gain wealth. And so it would be if we were a nation of into cities, streets are being manufacturers, traders or fol- graded, large and costly hotels lowing any one employment, we are being built, and all necessary A FUTURE GREAT MANUFAGTURING AND MINING GENTRE! I ! 2,O00 feet aim'v,, SEA I,EVt']I, on Clinch River ! I COAL, IHON OFtES, LIMtESTONE]' 1 ii XVZ_00Z:00'F:IT ' i i • i Virgiu F,t'esl ,1' I,,mlwr, Atnple Wah, r Power, &e., eonaLittde! its natrtral :ulvtultage. '['vo great ttatnk litt'. of railway €,r,ss em'h otttcr hore--tlt Norh,lk atul VtrMt,l-il runnitg east mid we, st. and the Charlestt,n Cint.itmati and Chicago rtu.ting north anti smith, sifted, prosperity at once:" surrounds him. So it has been with the people of Southwest Virginia, and now with the introduction of railroads and diversification of labor, in the opening up of new enterprises, we will start on an era of prosperity unheard of heretofore in our part of the country. At suitable distances all along the line of railroad, large tracts of land have been laid out This i.. the nearest iminl ttl, which the of l he finnous Cra}tl)erry mines can retteh ' THE COKING COAL. STREETS ARt BEING I.IIII 0111' ANII HARED, Ample Water Works behg erected, and a Ik.tattiful lh,t.q heingl tt II. I I i100 Caking Ovens and a l,itm of Cable Raihvay are in Pro-I eess .f ('onstruetio.. Manufaetttres in various lines of in thts(ries will be est:tblished. Remeiuber Ihe days-Vednesday, "rhurs-day aud Friday, i SlePT. :1.7, "!8 AI00TD 19, "90. IAmple Accommodations. Railroad fare refunded to Put  chasers. . tF9t" further particulars enqlllre of Local Agents, or adtlress, I MINNI']AI'OLIS I MPROVEM ENT COMPANY, CHAnLOTTESVitLE, - - VIRGINIA. fiEN. T. L ROSgrg, pRIr$1DENT, J, M, WlllT[, SECRETARY AND TREASURER, With the great changes that farmer, far out on the frontier, are rapidly taking place in far from railroads and a market Southwest Virginia, we may feel for his products, or any advan- assured that she will soon be tage of coming in contact with placed alongside the richest and people of other callings, has i At tlle.,me time and place a limited nuhtber of lots In ST. iPAUI,, Wise Cottnty, Va., will be sold at atteli{,n, i would only be stupid and labor is being done to build large develop slowly. The western and enterprising cities. The men at the head of these enterprises are not visionaries or schemers trying to deceive the people and make great speculation by (Continued on page 3)