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t" "" /, Vol. LV, No. 32- ,u ,m m " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, August 8, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia T / III I Ik _ _ IlllII _ III I [ ..t. 50c takes Graves brings to Castlewood High School 30 years of experience in the educational field. He began his career as a high school biology teacher. He then has had stints as principal on the elementary, middle and high school levels. He has also been an assistant superintendent in Washington County, Virginia. Now he takes on the job of helping the Castlewood H!gh School teachers and students lift their test scores. Graves said that he has met with the area Russell County School Board representatives who approve of the moves that he intends to put into operation. Dr. Graves has three rules he lives by and expects his staff, himself and his students to live by. Those rules are dis- cipline, respect and hard work. expelling students. Rather he would have an opportunity school from 3 pm to 6 pm for those who were disruptive in regular class and kept others from having a better chance to learn and succeed in class. Dr. Thomas Graves take an F they would be expected to make up their work on Saturday from 8 am until 9 am. For those who litter or deface the building, the student or students and their parents will meet with him the next morning at6 am. ' He said that no one would be allowed to leave school and go to any of the local restaurants for lunch. Graves closed his remarks with saying the school athletes could expect no special treat- ment. Rather, they were student athletes and he emphasized the word student by saying they were students first and athletes second. Dr. Graves added that he had been a 5,000 meter competitor in his high school and college day. Dr. Graves added that his EASTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL students .return to Coeburn after spending last Graves feels that everyone For those Who did not turn in staff had offered support for the year in St. Paul. Renovations at the former Coeburn High should be completed on campus must have self their classwork or just wanted to changes he wanted to make. by mid-September. RobocaI1 scam pushing medical alert systems The Virginia Senior Medi- If you get such a call, hang care Patrol (SMP) Program in up immediately. Do not push any Virginia continues to receive buttons' and do not give out any word ofrobocall scams involve-- personal information to a stran- ing life alert systems and offers ger over the phone. If you think of equipment that has been paid you have been a target of a scam, for and ready to deliver. The report it to the Virginia SMP Federal Trade Commission has _program at 1-800-938-8885 or also issued alerts, visit How does the scam work? When you pick up the phone, S VTDC to you will hear a pre-recorded The SMP Program is funded by the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging has administered the SMP grant in partnership with 21 local Area Agencies on Aging for 14 years. offer Burlap sales call pitching a safety alert Football Door Hanger Aug. 22 system for older adults. The callers change the phone number Fall is just around the corner, so it looks 'like a local call on and it is time to prepare for caller IDI If you pick up, you football season with an adorable, will hear a message saying rustic door hanger in the Burlap you're eligible for an alert sys- Football Door Hanger workshop tern, or system upgrade, or that on Thursday, August 22 at someone bought a new system Southwest Virginia Technology for you. The message asks you Development Center. to "press one" on your phone to Participants will learn how to talk to a live operator, who will create their own burlap football quickly ask for bank account door hanger that can be credit card or Medicare number displayed on their front door for and maybe an address to "expe- fall. Participants may choose any dite shipping andhandling", design for their football door hanger, including local teams, college teams, or professional level teams. The workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will cost $25, including all materials. Pre-registration is required for the class and enrollment is limited. For more information or to register, please contact Southwest Virginia Technology Development Centerat 276.889.8180 or visit lie AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pro, 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 pro, 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- 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 Com- munication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 pro, VFW, Riverview, Coeburu. 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 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. LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Casflewood. All interested persons are invited to attend. H.O.P.E, HOUSE-H.O.P.E. Hou- se provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Diekenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers IIl[lt[lll!lllIt!l!t!ll !1111 needed-training available. Call 1- 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-Spin; W/F 9am-5pm; Sa 10am-2pm. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 8:30am-5pm Mondays and Fridays; and llam- 7:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, Wed 9:30am-6pm and Sat lpm- 5pm. Sunday Closed. DICKENSON-BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays through Saturdays, 10-3, and Sun:lays 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 number. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise Connty Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-Spin 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. 100TM 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 100th birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board 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 -~88-656-2272. 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 fullerjr JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Mattbews 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 Mattbews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chap!er #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetit~gs are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dieken- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, Call 276-835-8847 nights. Coebum-A DeN, of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9am- Church and church-related activities 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 W( 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 TEST1NG-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. Paul 5-6 pm 2"d Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante 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 fontth Thursdays (except November and December combined in early Deoember) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pro. calendar on page 3 comes into play with first of all Castlewood High School will respecting yourself, others and host an Open House on Tuesday; the school building and grounds. August 13 from 5 pm until 7 pm. He emphasized the one hard Students, parents and the com- work. He said that the Castle- munity are encouraged to attend. wood test scores were low and At this time, students may pick the school board wanted he discipline to do the right thing and follow the rules Respect..T-. tCttb Open House set for 8/13 up their schedules; take care of arrangements for lockers and Physical Education uniforms. CHS faculty and staff will be available to meet and greet participants. (Graves) and his staff and "Meet the Teacher" event students to work hard to bring the scores up to an acceptable Copper Creek and Castle- will be Pre-k at 9 am and Kin- level and above, wood Elementary will hold "Me- ' dergarten at 11 am. Castlewood Dr. Graves said that he did et the Teacher" on August 14. Elementary for grades 1-7 will not believe in suspending or Copper Creek Elementary be from 5 until 7 pm. Selling Minneapolis, Part II by Jerry Couch supper he retired to his room, cadetship and went South to cast At the close of the Civil .War, General Thomas Rosser's gold- en name was virtually his only asset. He parlayed that asset very well. Doors opened for him that would perhaps have remained closed to others of similar ability but lesser repu- tation. Rosser started on the ground floor of the nation's booming railroad industry and worked his way to the top, In the late 1880's, he branched out on his own, becoming one of the principals in the "Three C's" railroad. It was a gamble; his shot at the big time." It looked like a sure thing. Unfortunately, Rosser's timing couldn't have been worse. The Three C's turned into a swamp. Despite his frantic efforts, the highly promoted town of Minneapolis, Virginia became a bottomless pit that swallowed Rosser's person- al investment. Along with his fellow promoters, he was brought to the brink of financial ruin. In time, he bounced back. But he never ventured into the shark-infested waters of high finance again. Today we will give Rosser his due. Without him and his associates, there would be no St. Paul today. The principal town in this area would probably be Castlewood, which got off to a much better start than St. Paul. The following is a transcription from the Richmond Times- Dispatch of Wednesday, March 30, 1910 GENERAL ROSSER PASSES QUIETLY Distinguished Virginian Dies at Home Near Charlottesville MAJOR-GENERAL IN CONFEDERACY Had Notable War Record and, Never Surrendered - At Time of Death Was Postmaster in His Home Town - Final Illness Due to Paralysis [Special to the Times-Dispatch] Charlottesville, Va., March 29 -- General Thomas Lafayette Rosser died at 7:45 o'clock this evening at his home, "Rugby," near the University of Virginia. About four years ago he suffered a partial stroke of paralysis, as a consequence of which he lost his sense of speech. Though he has since been unable to articulate, his hearing was unimpaired. Ten days ago, March 18, he was taken with a chill. He arrived home from the post-office seem- ingly as well as usual. After and was found a short time afterward with a severe chill. When the family physician, Dr. E. M. Magruder, arrived an hour or more later, he found the general with a temperature of 105, a rapid and irregular pulse, and a cough from that time on. Symptoms of bronchial pneu- monia increased, and were com- plicated with an irregular heart and acerbation of an old kidney trouble. The general suffered no pain, but found difficulty in breathing. These troubles in- creased and for the last day or two he was barely conscious. End Was Peaceful The end was very peaceable and without distress of any kind. He stopped breathing'quietly, without a struggle. Besides Mrs. Rosser and her three children, there were pre- sent when the end 'came Campbell Cochran of Big Stone Gap, husband of the general's eldest daughter, with his two children, Miss Sarah Cochran and Thomas" Cochran; Mrs. E. A. Richardson, of Delaware, formerly Miss Fannie Byrd Winston, who spent her school days at "Rugby Hall," and Mrs. Fannie Winston, Dr. Bickerton Winston, of Hanover; F. G. Winston, of Minneapolis. Mrs.. Rosser's eldest living brother will reach Charlottesville tom- orrow, The funeral will take place some time Friday, but the exact hour has not yet been deter- mined upon. The Services will in all probability take place from the Presbyterian Church, this city. The interment will be in Riverview Cemetery. General Rosser succeeded W. G. Saltsman as postmaster of Charlottesville, and was serving his second term in that office, having been reappointed by Roosevelt. General Rosser's Career General Thomas L. Rosser was one of the most dashing cavalry officers who fought in the war. His daring and heroism aroused the admiration of the entire army in which he fought. He never surrendered, and it is said of him that he insisted until the last that he never would. General Rosser was born in Campbell county, Va., in 1836. In 1856 he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he re- mained five years, the academic course having been changed by the Hon. Jefferson Davis, who was then Secretary of War, from four to five years. In 1861 Cadet Rosser resigned his his fortune with his native State. Offering his services to the Sec- retary of War for the Confed- erate States, he was assigned as first lieutenant-colonel of cav- alry. Two weeks later he was made colonel of "the Fifth Virginia Cavalry. In October, 1863, he was promoted to brigadier-general and assigned to Ashby's Brigade, known in history as the "Laurel'Brigade," having well earned this sobriquet by the conspicuous valor displayed by the officers and privates on many battlefields. In 1864 General Rosser was given a division of' cavalry and the rank of major-general, which division he commanded until the close of the war. He was sounded nine times. Did Not Surrender At the surrender at Appomattox, April 9, 1865, General Rosser found a back road open to Lynchburg, and rode off with his cavalry, and was not included in the paroles of the Army of Northern Virginia. From Lynchburg, on April 10, he went to Danville, where Confederate andState governments were collected. There it was arranged that Governor Extra Billy Smith was to remain in Virginia with Rosser as his commander-in- chief; was to reorganize the State government, and to con- tinue the war as best he could. General Breckenridge, Secretary of War, gave Rosser an order, assigning him to command the troops that could be collected or rallied, inVirginia, with the rank of lieutenant-general. While President Davis and his Cabinet went to Greensboro, Rosser "rode over to Char- lottesville, where he issued a proclamation assuming com- mand of Virginia, and ordered all the men who were absent without leave or were on fur- lough to report to him promptly in the Valley of Virgini il But the surrender of Johnston's army ended the war. Just before Christmas, 1863, General Rosser married Miss Bessie Winston of Hanover a cousin of Patrick Henry, and a fit representative of that illus- trious race. As a bride she was tall, handsome; and as fine a looking woman as Virginia has ever produced. The wedding was an event in the army. John Pelham, Jack Garnett, Jim Deering, John Fountaine, Pierce Young, and Fitz Lee, led by Jeb Stuart, the Flower of the Cava- (Continued on page 2)