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Vol. LVIII, No. 34 576 EX/C Srnal/town Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 "' "The time has come," the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' "' Thursday, August 25, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia V inia PRESS 50 cents At their regular monthly meeting, the St. Paul IDA passed a resolution author- izing Chairman Bob Harrison and Secretary- Treasurer Debbie Baca to sign all documents neces- sary to" close on the VCEDA loan. This one In other business, the IDA unanimously approved extending the lease of the Hillman House to the Heart of Appalachia under the same terms. The Heart of Appalachia main: tains their offices in the building and they pay all Molinary to sign all finan- cial documents for accounts at Miners Exchange. Two signatures are required for any finan- cial transactions. Chairman Harrison updated the Board on the status of the project. The September. Mr. Kiser inquired about the value of histori- cal tax credits and Mr. Harrison advised that the requirements are very strict when using historical tax credits, but they are worth over two million dollars to the project. He also explained that VCDC is seeking investors to pur- Assembly of chase the credits at this time. Also, Mr. Kiser inquired and was advised that legislation allowing liquor by the drink was passed three years ago. million dollar loan will utilities, mobile homes are being ommun z- pp uA--rec:a':on pass through the IDA to be The Business taken down this week and paid back by Willis Improvement Loan for they are still working on shoring up the Willis build- ing. He is hopeful that the IDA will be closing on the loans with VCEDA and Virginia Community Capital sometime in St. Paul Assembly of God's Community Appreciation Day is sched- uled for Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be free activ- ities and food also free face inflatables and lots of fun! There will be country gospel, bluegrass gospel and contemporary gospel music all day. Some of the groups scheduled to perform include: 11:00-11:30 The Properties as one piece of Sugar Hill Brewing has the Western Front Hotel been established at Miners Project. The motion Exchange Bank and the passed 5-0 with Harry Boardauthorized Bob Kelly being absent and Harrison, Debbie Baca, J. Jack Kiser abstaining. D. Cassell, and Frank 'S ay Lawsons; 12:30-1:'00 The DramaTeam; 1:00-1:30 Lesie and Logan; 1:30- 2:00 Sherry Thompson; 2:00-2:30 Jerry Barnette. The cake walk begins at 2:30 p.m. painting, car show, games, Brooks; 11:30-12:30 The by Jerry Couch A ribbon cutting was held on Saturday for the new Roger Jessee i Community Food Bank on Highway 58 in Castlewood on the Holding F u Home property. Cutting the ribbon for the 4,500 sq ft facil- ity,is Leon and Janice Musick and Tony and Lisa Cornett. The dis- i tribution center serves the needy of the area on every fourth Saturday. AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Cliurch. Tuesdays: St. Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. 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, Claypo01 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, Coeburn. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st [ll!!!,ll![l!!l!lll Thursdays, 7:30;Tuesday; Closed School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. R E C O V E R Y Saturday Closed. GROUP-The Wise Sunday Closed. County Mental HealthD I C K E N S O N - Center conducts a B U N D Y- T h e recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Log stance abusers and fam- House is open weekly ilies Fridays at 10 am Thursday, Friday and Call 276-679-0810. Saturday 10 to 4 and ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. Adult. Children of SOCIAL SECURI- Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social Mondays, 7 pm, First Security Office is open Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from Coeburn. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num- 0016, 276-395-6588 or bers are 1-800-772- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. LITILE LEAGUE- L I B R A R Y The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends of League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. Ma Whitenack Little Paul meet at the Library League Field. All inter- on first Thursdays at 4 ested persons are invit- pro. ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- H.O.EE. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, H.O.EE. House pro- Lebanon, welcomes vides emergency sbel- new members, ff you ter for victims of served overseas during domestic violence in any war, write VFW Wise, Russell,Post 9864, P.O. Box Dickenson, Lee, Scott 1419, Lebanon, VA and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, and the City of Norton. address and phone Volunteers needed- number. Transfers wel- training available. Call comed. 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise ZENS -The Castle-County Health wood Senior CitizensDepartment, Wise, is meet at 10 am open from 8am-8pm Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. Castlewood Lions Den. Clinics will be Anyone 60 or over is offered in family plan- invited, ning, pediatrics, school The Dante Senior and adult physicals, Citizens meet each WIC, Paps and immu- Monday andTuesday at n i z a t i o n s . 10 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- Department. Russell essary for all but immu- County residents 60 or nizations. For an older are invited, appointment, call 762- RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. LIBRARY-Hours at the F A C I L I T I E S Russell County Public AVAILABLE-The Library, Lebanon, are Tacoma Community TUe & Thur 10am-8pm; Center is available for Wed & Fri 10am- reunions, birthdays and 5:30pm; Sat 10-3pm. showers. Closed Sun & Mon. All proceeds reha- M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a Community J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- Memorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- 6pm Monday; DAY-Appalachian 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m 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, 10:3~0 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 This week's story will be of particular interest to members of the St. Paul United Methodist Church. It provides details of the second wedding to take place in what most mem- bers refer to today as the "old church." The "old church" was actually the congrrgation's second building. The original building was located at the eastern end of Wise Street. By the time Lora Hillman's wedding took place, the Methodist con- gregation had grown and prospered since the church's humble begin- nings in 1894. Lora's par- ents, John and Ella Hillman no longer operated the Riverside Hotel and adja- cent general store. Instead, John Hillman's income was chiefly derived from the sale of real estate and insurance, as well as other business interests. In a brief memoir pub- lished in the Bristol Herald Courier many years ago, Lora said she and her mother came to St. Paul in 1889, arriving the same day the Norfolk & Western Railway began grading the railroad right-of-way through St. Paul. Lora also recalled her mother's com- ment that her first months in St. Paul were the hardest of her life because of the unrelenting work required to operate the hotel and store. 1912, those days were long past and the Hillman family had moved up in the world. From the Clinch Valley News, November 1, 1912 HILLMAN - HAN- COCK WEDDING A ca. 1893 photo of John and Ella Hillman with their children (L to R) Lora, and Audrey. The picture was probably taken at the Riverside Hotel. An early postcard photo of the second St. Paul Methodist Church, built in 1910 and dedicated in 1911. A beautiful wedding was solehanized at the Saint Paul Methodist Church on Wednesday, October 23, at high noon, when Miss Ethel Loraine Hillman became the bride of Mr. Percy Cook Hancock, Rev. James M. Mullins officiating. Immediately after a Solo "I Love You Truly," sung by Mrs. E. S. Hurt, the bridal party entered to the strains of Wagner's Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin. The bride, gowned in See Wedding Page 8 Pictured in this June, 1907 photo are (L to R) Emitt Porter, Lora Hillman, Rolfe Hillman, Audrey Hillman, Elbert Hurt (a St. Paul merchant) and an unknown man. They are standing in front of St. Paul's original wooden depot building. The Carolina Ciinchfield & Ohio Railway was under construction, making 1907 a goodyear for St. Paul - despite the brief financial panic which swept the country in October. This panic caused a temporary money crisis for the fledg- ling Bank of St. Paul, of which John Hillman was cashier. Fortunately, the bank weathered the crisis.