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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, August 24, 2017 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. by A.n re ory Even more high tech Reprinted from September 4, 2008 electronic gadget which measures 7.5"x5.3", weighs Time was----or maybe I should begin by saying, 10.3 ounces and has a six-inch screen. It isn't ~ com- "Back in the good old days..." most of the new gadg- puter, so has no cables or connections. Totally wireless, ets became part of my vocabulary almost as soon as it operates with a battery which requires two hours of they appeared on the scene. I've always loved gadgets, recharging every seven days (or longer, when the wire- and the more high tech we've become, of course, the less is turned off when not in use), or every other day more gadgets have been possible--and they come at us when wireless is in full use (meaning when it is turned thick and fast. Maybe that's the reason, although I tend on all the time). to think it's just age but maybe the rapidity of their Now. What does one do with this gadget? The easi- appearance is why today's gadgets have gotten away est way to explain is that Kindle is an eBook. "As 'it," it from me, so to speak. While I certainly didn't have stores 200 complete books, and more with optional every new gadget as it appeared, I at least knew about memory cards. Kindle owners can buy books (at about it. Nowadays, however, many of the gadgets have $10 per book) as well as magazines and newspaper sub- appeared on the market in their second or third genera- scriptions wirelessly--no matter where you are, and the tion before I'm even aware of them. Makes me feel out item you order from Amazon, even a complete book, is of touch, if you want to know the truth! delivered in just a minute or two. Presently, over I remember back in the days before the transistor had 160,000 book titles are available, including 98 of the been invented--my friend Tillie (you know about her) current 112 New York Times bestsellers. Reviewers, who today is a regular Quiz Kid when it comes to high who include Kindle users, report that reading Kindle is tech gadgets--anyway, Tillie had the smallest radio I'd like reading paperback--no screen glare or other prob- ever seen. It was about six inches long, three inches lems which electronic screens can create. It's called wide and probably two and a half or three inches thick, high -resolution electronic paper technology, which Nothing pocket-sized, to be sure, but still a real curios- means (they explained it in terms that even I can urider- ity for its day. I asked my parents for one for my birth'- stand) that you can read the device like a real book--- day, and somehow they found one, and it was my pride you even turn pages (with a button, of course). When and joy until it fell on the floor one day and broke you buy a Kindle, you commit to no contracts or any beyond repair. My friend Martha Ann (you know about kind of long term promises. The gadget is ready to use her, too) and I had ball point pens when they were so when you receive it. " new and still such a curiosity that few people even I realize this sounds dangerously like I've been knew what they were. I have a tiny pocket-sized televi- employed by Amazon to sell this gadget. That is, of sion set right now--I take it when I go someplace course, completely untrue--it's just that I'm ciuite fas- where television signals are generated locally and it's cinated with the whole idea. wonderful. I also have a personal DVD player, which is The other top four eBook readers are the JetBook my best toy at the moment. I think I told you about how Reader by ECTACO; the Sony Portable Reader System I finally.acquired a tiny kerp-in-my-purse cell phone PRS-505; the Sony Portable Reader PRS-500; and the (which, of course, doesn't work locally, but that's Franklin eBookMan EBM-911. On a website of reviews another problem altogether.) of eBook Readers the Kindle is rated #1, with the I do not, however, have an iPod. Nor do I even know JetBook Reader, Sony, etc., as #2, #3, #4 and #5, what MP3 means, although it must have something to respectively. The prices seem to match the rankings-- do with recorded music and/or videos. I don't have an that is #1 is the priciest, #2 is next ($299.95), #3 next iPhone or a Blackberry or any of those things--my cell ($240), #4 ($209.59) and #5 ($165). These are the low phone, while it allows me to call people and receive end prices--each gadget has a range. calls (when I'm someplace which is served by cell tow- While some of these gadgets have similar features, ers), it doesn't take pictures, allow text messaging or the Kindle seems to have the best in every category receive e-mail or Monday Night Football. Why should (wireless connectivity, no wireless fee, free book sam- it, after all? (That bothers me, too---I find myself resist- pies, five font sizes so the reader can adjust the print ing these unbelievably versatile gadgets which do so size to smaller or larger, eBook storage capacity, and on many more things than they should reasonably be and on). expected to do.) Am I going to buy a Kindle? The price of $359 I was just blown away the other day when, totally by seems high, and several user reviews at the accident, I came upon a new high tech gadget of which Amazon.com site pointed out some "bugs" in this first I'd been completely unaware. It's called a Kindle, and generation of the Kindle. It might be a good idea to wait you can buy it from Amazon.com for $359. It's evi- until generation #2 appears before buying. I don't know dently an exclusively Amazon gadget, although, after that I'll buy one even then----I do love having my books looking around, I found that there are other, similar on shelves where I can see them, look at them all at gadgets in existence. You high tech people--and my once or individually and just being able to leaf through friend Tillie--already know about it! As someone who them. Kindle is fascinating, but I don't know whether or has always loved to read, I'm particularly interested in not it's for me. the Kindle and its cousins, although from what I've But, come to think of it, even though I've long been been able to find, Kindle is at the cutting edge of this fascinated with knowing about and acquiring the latest particular group of gadgets, thing in high tech toys, what would you expect of some- On its website, Amazon bills Kindle as "Amazon's body who still considers television to be something of a new wireless reading device." Kindle is a rectangular miracle? St. Paul Elementary observing the solar eclipse on Monday afternoon. One group is rocking their new shades while the other is keeping an eye on the sky. The July Reading for Rewards winner at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library is Mason Edwards. He received a $25 gift card for Hardee's provided by the Friends of the Library. He is now eligible to win an Ereader provided by the Friends of the Library. The drawing will be held in December. The Wise County DUI Arrest. Sheriff's Office reports the Civil Process Served: following activitie0 for the 507 Civil Papers period of 08/07/2017 Traffic Accidents: 9 through 08/13/2017. 9 Additional Criminal Wise Central Dispatch Investigations were initiat- received a total of 1,819 ed and 9 Cleared by Arrest. calls for this seven-day Sheriff's Office provid- period, ed 256 man-hours of Court Of the total calls Room Security. received 289 were dis- Unlocked Vehicles: 21 patched to the Sheriff's Escorted Funerals: 5 Office The Sheriff's Office Total number of Total Transport for this Domestic calls for this16eriod: 6 period was 9. Total Transport Hours: Criminal Process for 60.25 this period: Served 20 1,801 Visitors to Felony Warrants, 33 Courthouse. Misdemeanor Warrants, 3 Coeburn synthetic drug dealer sentenced to five years in prison Mickey Shane Hayes, age 43, of Coeburn, was sentenced today in the Wise County Circuit Court for distribution of synthetic drugs. Hayes was sen- tenced to ten years in the penitentiary with five years suspended, will serve an active sentence of five years within the custody of the Virginia Department of Corrections, and will be required to successfully complete ten years of pro- bation following his release. Hayes previously pleaded guilty under the Alford rule for the crime without a plea agreement on January 24, 2017. The case stems from an extensive investigation by the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force into the distribution of ille- gal synthetic drugs in Wise County. Evidence showed that in the Town of Coeburn on November 15, 2015, Hayes sold various a small ziplock plastic bag containing white powder for profit. The substance sold was analyzed to con- tain the synthetic drug known as alpha-PVP, a Schedule I drug. Alpaha-PVP (alpha- pyrrolidinopentiophenone) is sometimes called flakka or gravel. Users of these products have reported numerous severe side effects including paranoia, erratic behavior, violent behavior, panic attacks, increased heart rate, elevat- ed blood pressure, halluci- nations, and extreme intox- ication. Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp commented, "The synthet- ic drug distributed in this case is dangerous and highly addictive. We con- tinue our commitment to seek tough sentences for any drug dealer who prof- its from distributing these dangerous synthetic drugs in our community." The case was prosecut- ed by Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp and Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Ken Lammers. Slemp praised the con- tribution of the Wise County Sheriff's Office, Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, and the Task Force's mem- ber agencies for their team- work in investigating the cases and assisting in preparation for trial. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGEWIA PRESS ASSOCLATION Published weekly in St, Paul, VA 24283. by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Tmaes serves the four-county area of W'~, Russell, Dickenson and Scott. ~4th offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALI~Y TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Periodicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283 David Gregory Editor/Adv. Susan Trent Adv./Graphies AN,'NUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell Counties; $30.00 in other 24-zip-codes; elsewhea'e $32.50. POSTMASTER: send address changes to: CLinch Valley Times, RO. 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