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J I f 00Clinch Valley Times '::':: .... time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Voi. LVI, No. 33 Thursday, August / 2014 Saint Paul, Virginia Association - 50 cents Town wins VML achievement award Mayor Kyle Fletcher along with Debbie Baca, Glenda Lane and Wendee Jones (not pictured) worked together to enter the VML com. petition which the town won! New GED Testing Center opens at Wise Career A new Wise County GEl) Testing Center has opened at the Wise Career and Technical Center, 621 Lake St., NE in Wise, according to GED Regional Testing Proctor Amy' StatzeT. Testing Proctors for Wise County and the City of Norton will be Larry Hamilton and Larry Jo Hill. A new, computer-based format for the GED Exam was implemented in January of this year, requir- ing the establishment of new testing centers in the region that conform to the updated format and content of the test. "These testing centers meet all the requirements of the new GED Exam and make it and Technical Center possible for our GED candidates to use the updated testing format with greater ease," said Statzer. The Wise GED Testing Center is the third conveniently located center to open in the region since January. The Lee County Testing Center is located at the Lee County School Board Office, 153 School Board Place, Jonesville, and the Scott County Testing Center is located at the Regional Adult Education Office, 1490 Bristol Highway, Gate City. Students may obtain details on the testing schedule and register for the GED Exam by call- ing Amy at 1-877 RACE 2 GED (722-3243) or by email at In addition, the Regional Adult Education Program offers free Adult Education classes at 11 sites throughout the Lee, Scott, Wise and Norton region, as well as Distance Learning Classes online or through the mail. Detailed information on classes and schedules may be obtained by calling Amy at 1-877 RACE 2 GED or by check- ing the program website at These are free services offered by the four public schools divisions in Lee, Scott and Wise Counties and the City of Norton. [Calendar of events... A_A-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK 'ELEMENTARY PTA- 3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. 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. NEIGHBORS AID- Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neighbors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, ll!l!l!JIN!l!!00ll 6 pm, Lebanon. Paul, are July 1-31: CLINCHFIELD Closed Monday; LODGE #256-Stated 10:30am-7pm Tuesday; Communication, 1st 9:30-6 pm Wednesday; Saturdays, 7:30; School 9:30-6 pm Thursday of Instruction third and Friday. Saturday Thursdays, 7 pm Closed. Sunday R E C O V E R Y Closed. GROUP-The Wise D I C K E N S O N - County Mental Health B U N D Y- T h e Center conducts a Dickenson-Bundy Log recovery group for sub- House is open weekly stance abusers and farn- Thursdays through ilies Fridays at 10 am Saturdays, 10-3, and Call 276-679-0810. Sundays 12-4 pm. ACOA MEETING- SOCIAL SECURI- Adult Children of TY-The Wise Social Alcoholics meet Security Office is open Mondays, 7 pm, First Mondays-Fridays from Baptist Church, 9am-4pm. Phone num- Coebum. Call 762- bers are 1-800-772- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 1213 or 276-679-7633. 276-679-7371. L I B R A R Y LITrLE LEAGUE- FRIENDS-Friends of The Clinch River Little the J. Fred Matthews League Board meet at 4 Memorial Library, St. pm third Sundays at the Paul meet at the Library UMWA Building in on first Thursdays at 4 Castlewood. All inter- pm. ested persons are invit- VFW POST 9864- ed to attend. VFW Post 9864, H.O.P.E. HOUSE- Lebanon, welcomes H.O.P.E. House pro- new members. If you vides emergency shel- served overseas during ter for victims of any war, write VFW domestic violence in Post 9864, P.O. Box Wise, Russell, 1419, Lebanon, VA Dickenson, Lee, Scott 24266 and send name, and Buchanan counties address and phone and the City of Norton. number. Transfers wel- Volunteers needed- comed. training available. Call HEALTH SER- 1-800-572-2278. VICES-The Wise SENIOR CITI- County Health ZENS-The Castle- Department, Wise, is wood Senior Citizens open from 8am-8pm meet at 10 am first Thursdays. Wednesdays at the Clinics will be Castlewood Lions Den. offered in family plan- Anyone 60 or over is ning, pediatrics, school invited, and adult physicals, The Dante Senior WIC, Paps and immu- Citizens meet each n i z a t i o n s . Monday and Tuesday at Appointments are nec- 10 am at the Dante Fire essary for all but immu- 'Department. Russell nizations. For an County residents 60 or appointment, call 762- older are invited. 328-8000. RUSSELL CO. FA C I L I T I E S LIBRARY-Hours at the AVA I L A B L E- T h e Russell County Public Tacoma Community Library, Lebanon, are Center is available for M/Tu/W/F 10am- reunions, birthdays and 5:30pm; Th 10am-8pm; showers. Sa 10am-2pm. Sunday All proceeds reha- Closed. ' bilitate the Tacoma M A T T H E W S School as a Community LIBRARY-Hours at the Center. For informa- J. Fred Matthews tion, call 395-6398. Memorial Library, St. 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 The Town of St. Paul has been awarded the 2014 Virginia Municipal League Achievement Award for towns with population under 5,000. The VML chooses one town in each population category to receive this honor based on accomplishments that enhance the Vitality and quality of life in cities, towns or counties. The entries are evaluated on criteria that emphasize innovation, efficiency and entrepreneurship. The entry from St. Paul pointed out how the town has used its natural assets to become a center for out- door recreation. With the advent of the Mountain View Trail and of the Town Council naming St. Paul as an ATV friendly town, more than 1,000 people have bought permits to ride' the trails. Moreover, the town council has made it possible for ATV riders to drive right into downtown where they can eat and shop. Just last year, the Blue Bell Island Trail was com- pleted after the property was placed in the care of has also made major improvements in the town park, adding all 'new play- ground equipment, another restroom facility, and. a new skate park. The municipal swimming pool was renovated, gdding a covered eatitig area and all new seating. The presentation also told about the efforts in becoming a Main Street community, construction of the Farmers Market and the restoration of the Hillman House, which is now home to the offices of Spearhead Trails and Heart of Appalachia. The entry described the accomplish- ments of the downtown revitalization project that provided a facelift for 19 buildings and new streetscaping and lighting for the entrance to down- town. Entrepreneurship was emphasized and Clinch River Adventures was cited as a prime example of town leaders working with entre- preneurs to encourage new businesses. The town has made it possible for this recreational business to use the ideal location of the the Nature Conservancy so park caboose. it will be protected for years into the future. The trail winds along the scenic Clinch River and through downtown to connect to the Oxbow Lake and Sugar Hill Loop Trail. The mayor and town council Tubing, canoeing, and kayaking the Clinch River is another outdoor recreational venue now offered by these two young entrepreneurs. Wetlands Estonoa and its nearby Vencil Learning Center was also a key ingredient of the presenta- tion. It pointed out the preservation of a protected wetland and the study of aquatic life of the Clinch River and how Estonoa has provided opportunity to both students and educa- tors. Throughout the presen- tation, emphasis is placed on the important role of volunteerism, community support, and effective lead- ership in attaining many of these goals. It is noted that the accomplishments of the town came with dedication of minds, hearts, and hands of profoundly determined groups of volunteers that have worked very hard for a very long time. The vision of St. Paul Tomorrow at its inception is today a reality that has helped the town move for- ward .... 1)"Be a model for enivironmentally friendly downtown revitalization in a small town", 2)"Promote nature,based tourism in St. Paul", 3)"Promote busi- ness development opportu- nities compatible with the town's image,". The VML Achievement Award will be presented to the Town of St. Paul at the October VML Conference in Roanoke and the town's presentation will be printed in its entirety in the fall issue of the Virginia Town & Cities magazine. James B arrowman and the Greeno Mine Disaster by Jerry Couch This week we present part two of the story of James Barrowman and the Greeno Mine disaster of 1910. The accompanying photo was supplied by a local Friend of History and we thank him for it. As a footnote to our story, after years of disuse the Greeno mine was briefly reopened in 1955. At that time the remains of two men were found inside. The bodies were near mechanical equipment which had been left inside the mine many years earlier. These were not undiscovered bodies from the disaster of 1910. It was thought the men may have entered the mine after it was closed to get coal for their homes and died of suffocation. In 1979, the Greeno mine was reopened by the Fountain Bay coal company of Canada and was in operation for several years. At this time, to this writer's knowledge, no coal is being extracted from the Greeno mine. NOTE: The St. Paul Assembly of God's "Community Appreciation Event" which was scheduled for Saturday August 9th has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 16th. This was done due to last week's rainy weather. I will be facilitating a history presenta- tion at 11:00 a.m. in the old Gaiety Theatre and the topic will be "Industries in St. Paul." Please join us for a day of family fun and something for everyone. This event is free of charge. No Further Signals When Superintendent Barrowman and his party entered the mine an hour after the explosion, they gained some distance within the main opening before they signaled the engineer to stop. Those outside waited for further, signals, but none came. Hours passed, and not a sign or whisper came from the sup'erintendent and his companions, and it is believed they were caught in a storm of heated air and suffocated. By 2 o'clock in the afternoon, four unidentified bodies had been taken out of the mine by daring miners, who entered the shaft with helmets. Later in the day T. E. Roan, of the Clinchfield Coal Corporation, assumed direction of the rescue work. Just before dark six more bodies were recovered along with one man whose condition is precarious. He was frightfully burned and bruised. When the explosion occurred, the whistle of the mine was sounded continuously, giv- ing alarm in all the surrounding country. It was heard in the small villages several miles away, and immediately there was a rush of people to the scene. Greeno Mine produces a soft coal containing a large amount of gas. Mines in the field have been singularly free from serious accidents. From the Big Stone Gap Post, Wednesday, December 21, 1910 MRS. BARROwMAN'S SAD CHRISTMAS The Bluefield Telegraph says: Mrs. James Barrowman left yesterday for Tacoma on the Clinch Valley train, wearing heavy mourning and with her eyes filled with tears which could be seen glistening through the heavy black veil which shrouded her face as she went to the train and seated herself near the rear door of the coach, removed sever- N seats from the other people on the car, hardly any of whom recognized the sorrow stricken woman who came home from Minnesota to spend Christmas, only to find that her husband, who was to have met her yesterday morning in this city, had been killed in a mine explosion at the Greeno mine, scarcely twenty hours before she arrived in Bluefield. See MINE DISASTER, Page 8