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' r'li hVall yTi " 'The Ume has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things '" ~/~2~~*~*-~)~: Vol. LII, No. 32 Thursday, August 12, 2010 . Saint Paul, Virginia 50c , ~ .............. i , , ' ' ' Regional .... Plant agreement to be signed by October; final grant request in Washington prospective Castlewood sewer Hill reported that document-- AFTER THE STORM...A powerful thunderstorm with winds so strong that the rain appeared to be coming down sideways was responsible for considerable damage throughout the area on Thursday afternoon, August 5. This picture was taken on Route 63 '(the Dante Road) soon after the storm, and it shows workers Clearing the road of several large trees which were blown across the highway. Traffic was held up for several hours while the work was done. This was a typical scene, as branches and sometimes entire trees were blown down by the storm, Which included hail as well as heavy rain. SPHS offers Market checks are- - available for qualified seniors passes St. Paul High School is : If you are age 60 or older and meet income guidelines, you may be eligible to receive a book of checks worth $40 un- der Virginia's Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to use at the Clinch River Farmers Market in St. Paul. To be eligible you must live in Wise County ~nd your raceme ~must be at or less than 150 percent of poverty. For a one person household, your monthly income must be less than $1,354, and for a two- person household, your income can be no greater than $1,g21. Staff from Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc., will be at Stonebriar Apartments on Wed- nesday, August 11, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. taking ap- plicatiuns and determining eligi- bility. If you are eligible, you will receive your checks on the spot and may begin using them on August 14. These checks can be used to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables and cut herbs. A limited number of coupon booklets is available, and when there are gone, there will be no more. For more information, call MEOC at 1-276-523-4202. offering the opportunity to purchase season passes for all SPHS home athletic events. Family passes are available for parents, students and all :immediate family members for $200. An athletic season pass for a single adult is $90, and a student pass is $65. These passes will allow the purchaser admission to all home events except play-offs or tournaments. The passes are non-transferable. Anyone interested in purchasing a season pass may do so by calling Twila Gullett at 276-762-5221 or 276-762-2172. Calendar of eVents... Center meets at 7 p.m. fast Men- 'AA-Sandays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8. Trinity United Methodist Church; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 "p.m., Clnitwood United Metho- dist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TAllY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m., sehonl cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARO-Fourth Mondays, 6 p.m., St. Pad Town Hall. ST, PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. ~CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-Tbe Cestlewond Water & Sewage ~Authority Board of Diree-tors, 6 p.m. second Mondays. AL7_,HEIMER S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appala- ~ehian Agen,~ for Senior Citizens -~office, Claypod Hill. Free NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, 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-Se- cond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Stat- ed Commanieation; First Thurs- "day, 7 p.m., School of Instraetion. -~ POST #8652, DAV "CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7, VFW, Riverview, Cceburn. -NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, J9:30 to t2. St. Therese's Neigh- hers Aid Build-lag new & used -clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO, BOARD OF ~SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- .Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction ~third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. .RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental I-Iealth Cen- ter conducts a recovery group for substance abusers and families Yridays at 10 a.m. Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- -ren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m., First BaptislChurch, Cce~ .-bum. Call 762-0016, 276,395- .6588 or 276-679-7371. ~LITTLE LEAGUE The Clinch River Little League 'Board meets at 4 p.m. third ~ondays at the UMWA Building "in Cestlewood. All interested .persons are invited to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE H.O.P.E. House provides emer- gency shelter for victims of do- " mestic violence in Wise, Russell, Diekenson, Lee, Scott and Bneh- counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed--traln- ~g available. Call 1-800-572- 2278. SENIOR CITIZENS ; ...The Castlewood Senior Citi- zeas meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at ,the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. , '--...Tbe Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dant~ Fire De- partment. Russell County resi- dents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Hours at the Russell County PubSc Library, Lebanon, are M/TwTh, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m,, Sa., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MATTHEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fred Mattbews Memorial Library, St. Pad, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- days/Fridays/Saturdays, and l l a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and' Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY The Dickenson-Bandy Log House is open weekly Thursdays throuigh Saturdays, 10-3, and Sandays 12-4 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY The Wise Social Seemity Oftiee is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 a:m.-4 p.m. 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 Librmy on fomth Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. VFW POST 9864 VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- comes new members. If yon served overseas during may 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 County Health De- partment, Wise, is open from 8 a.m..-8 p.m. first Thursdays. Cli- mes will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC Paps end immemzations. Appointments are necessary for all but immuniza- tions. For an appoint-ment, call .762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birth- days and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For information, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTHDAY? 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-g00-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board maimams 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 pla~ in the office and the days, For more information, call library of each school, and at the 495-7026 or 495-8473. Russell County Public Library. CLOTHES CLOSET SUPPORT GROUP The Women On Mission grou_E.= Women survivors of sexual as- at F~'I3aptist Church, St. Paul, sauh axe invited tc attend Clinch opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 Valley Commumty Action, Inc./ a.m. Tuesdays. Anyone who Family Crisis Services" support 'group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-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, Seer and Wise cormties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who want to improve their basic skills. Inslructors also assist adults with job-related skills in- eluding resume writing and inter- viewing. For details, ear 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION The Appalachian Agency for Semor Citizens provides disabili- ty transportation services in Buc- hanan, Dickonson, RusseU and Tazewell enanties ~o individuals with disabilities, ~,egardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Russell County Public L~rary, Lebanon. The Group's purpose is "to learn, to share and m perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 or,com. JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- thews Memorial Library and. help promote the improvement of faci- lities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Mattbews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Mattbews . Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meet- ings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Dickenson County--Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835- 8847 nights. Coebum--A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except June. FOOD BANK First Baptist' Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tues- day from 9-11 am. at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West D an_te Corrimunity Church and church-related activities needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Lenc~ wisco Health District offer free confidential H/V testing through- out the year. For information, call Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or Sxorr Co. Health Dept., .276- 386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES Free GEl) classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-M33~ _ .. 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 com- puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise Counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED On- line Co-ordinator Marci Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Men- t day through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.ucation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for informa- tion concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul. 5-6 o.m 2uAMendays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Ist Mondays at the Dante Museum. Community ~d -Meeting is 3 Tuesday of each month. _ . GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome--admission is free. GOSPEL JAMBOREE The Clinch River Gospel Jam- horee and Open Micropohone isheld third Sundays February' through October at 3 p.m.a t Cleveland United Methodist Church, Cleveland. Admission is free to everyone. The host is Gary Crum, Ph.D. Contact him by', calling 276-393-3522 or emailingr him at biblem~i~aol.com_. "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 p.m. The Help by Kathryn Stnekett will be discussed at the August 26 meeting. _ _ _ _ calendar on page 3 Principals in the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant project met on Tuesday morning for updates on progress of the various aspects of the project.. Mattern & Craig engineer Mark Hill reported that the Intermunicipal Agreement which will approve the project by each participating entity is in the hands of the governing customers on August 24. (See separate story, this page, for de- tails.) The SERCAP organiza- tion is providing assistance in preliminary work for the Castle- wood project by working on in- formation concerning user agreements, and obtaining the agreements. Ray's group will later help secure easements for requested by the Virginia De- partment of Environmental Qua- lily either have been or are be- ing provided to the agency, which must see that federal Environmental Protection Agen- cy regulations\are met. These documents concern the path that industrial wastewater will take on the way to and from the bodies of the Town of St. Paul, the collection lines. Treatment Plant. the Castlewood Water & Informational meeting set Sewage Authority and the Wise County Public Service Autho- rity, each of which will own a portion of the capacity of the plant, which will be located in and operated by the Town of St. Paul. A representative of each entity reported that the docu- ment is being reviewed by indi- vidual members of their boards, and that each expects a vote to be taken no later than the September meeting of each. Hill said that it would be best for the project if the agreement were in place by the October 12 review meeting. Thompson & Litton engineer Steve Breeding, who is working on the Castlewood sewer system portion of the project, said that the grant application for $13.5 million is in the hands of USDA's Rural Development in Washington, which is in charge of the stimulus funds to which the application has been made. This is the final step along the path the application will take, -and a decision on funding should be announced soon. Breeding and JoAnn Ray, representing the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc., (SERCAP) announced that a meeting will be held for for potential sewer system customers in Castlewood An informational meeting for e~t "Rt~l Community Assis- those who live in the areas of Castlewood for which a sewer system has been proposed will be held on Tuesday, AugUst 24, at the Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority building on Route 63. The meeting will be held between 6-8 p.m. Those who live in the areas along the Route 58 corridor from the St. Paul corporate limits to the Oldcastle quarry, and along Memorial Drive to Temple Hill Cemetery and the old Mudhole Store are included. Information will be provided so that residents will be in- formed about the system and user agreements they will be asked to sign. Those agreement forms will be available at the August 24 meeting, and resi- dents may sign them then, or take them home to discuss and return them later. JoAnn Ray, Rural Develop- ment Specialist for the South- tance Project, and Steve Breed- hag, Thompson & Litton engi- neer for the project, will con- duct the meeting. They will provide general information about the plan, and will answer residents' questions. The proposed sewage collec- tion system is an integral part of the Regional Wastewater Treat- ment Plant project, which is a partnership among several enti- ties, including the Castlewood Water and Sewage Authority, theTown of St. Paul and the Wise County Public Service Authority. Regional services are being promoted by state and federal authorities as being the way of the future, especially for rural areas. This project has been praised by Congressman Rick Boucher and Virginia Delegate Bud Phillips as being a prime example of what regional cooperation is all about Red Cross to discuss providing CRLL meeting shelter during emergencies Is your church interested in patty Taucher, Emergency Bob Salyers, president of the Clinch River Little League, has announced that the Board meeting originally scheduled for August 15 will be held instead on Sunday, August 22. The meeting will be held at Ma Whitenack Field in St. Paul at 4 p.m. All members are urged to attend. learning how to become an emergency shelter, participate in a shelter, or help Red Cross in your area respond to Single Family Fires in your commu- nity? If your answer is yes, send one or more representatives to the St. Paul United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 24. Summer entertainment at A.R. Matthews Park in St. Paul ..... -The-:i~wn ol~ St:- Paul, in con#ruction with The Crooked Road and St. Paul Tomorrow, will present "Pickin~ in the Park" beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, 14, and on the second Saturday of each month through October~performances on September 1l and October 9. The monthly event will be held at A.R. Matthews Memorial Park on the stage. Following an "Open Mike" period Saturday, August 14 from 6-8 p.m. when any area perform- er(s) will be welcome to show off their talent, "Charlie Engle and Megan Clay" will be featured at 8 p.m. All local musicians are invited to perform from 6-8 p.m. The format will remain the same, with a different featured act on each of the Saturdays. "Pickin' at the Park" is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend and be sure to bring a lawn chair! Services Director of the Mou~ tain Empire Chapter of tt American Red Cross, will be tt speaker. There is no charge for tl event. Please call the church, 27( 762-5107, if you are planning attend so that adequate numbe of handouts can be prepared. The church is located i Wise Street at Fifth Avenue, Paul. Copper Creel orientation Copper Creek Elementar. School has announced that i will hold its annual "Meet th Teacher/Orientation" on Frida3 August 13, at 0 a.m. This event is for all Pre-| and Kindergarten students an, their parents, and they are a] invited to attend. SPECIAL PROJECT AT ST. PAUL ELEME--NTARY...Verizon presented---i special gift to St. Paul Elementary School on Saturday, August 7, when four Veri zon volunteers joined six SPES volunteers to paint a map of the United States m the playground's hardtop. The pattern and materials were provided by Verizon Pictured are some of the volunteers getting ready to put the pattern in place. SPE~ volunteers included new principal Rick Boiling, Nikeshia Boiling, Ann Worley Jennifer Dickenson, Karen Sullivan and Pam Mullins. The painting was postpone( from rainy-day Saturday, July 31. See page 8 for a picture of vart of the map.