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FOOTBALL FRIDAY 7:30 P.M Holston at St, Paul Appalachia at Castlewood Vol. LI, No. 35 I " 'The time has come,' the walrus Thursday, August 27, 2009 I I ' Fig ....... T3"r'- said, GETTING READY TO "MEET THE DEACONS"...The St. Paul High School Boosters Club hosted the annual "Meet the Deacons" event on Thursday, August 20, at the school. An estimated 225 showed up for a free picnic-type dinner and the program.. Several of the servers and diners are pictured. Following the informal picnic, fans adjourned to Bowman Field, where coaches of the various sports introduced their players. Cheerleaders were also introduced. The Deacons hosted six additional teams for a Football Jamboree on Friday, August 21. A total of 569 tickets for the event were sold. The Deacons open their 2009 season at Bowman Field against Holston High School on Friday, August 28, at 7:30. I Ill I A. ill i . 'to talk of many things...' " Saint Paul, Virginia a., ASSOC 50c several 1ssues, ular Members of the St. Paul Industrial Development Board learned during the Board meet- ing on Monday night that the new Verizon cellular tower, lo- cated on G. B. Shortt Street adjacent to West Hills Estates, should be operational before the end of August.. According to IDA Board member David Jes- see, who has been in frequent touch with the Verizon official in charge of the project, the most recent delay has occurred because area Verizon techni- cians have been working in the Tri-Cities due to changes re- quired because of Verizon's acquisition of the Alltel wireless system. (Several St. Paul cellu- lax telephone customers reported Tuesday that they were able to make calls on their cell phones from within the town on Tues" day morning.) IDA Chairman Bob Harrison said that no change has occurred in the status of the Hillman after the item was added to the agenda by way of a unanimous vote. The building is now owned by Miners Exchange Bank, which purchased it when an auction was held several months ago. The bank, which had held the mortgage on the building, is subject to the same requirements as any_ owner of a condemned building. IDA Board member Jack two understanding-of-service letters submitted according to law by CPA Larry D. Sturgill. Sturgill's firm conducted one of two required audits of the IDA books each of two years (2008 and 2009). .The letters are required by relatively new laws concerning audits conducted for public entities. The Board entered a closed meeting for the discussion of the Kiser said he thought the issue acquisition/disposition of pro- and its resolution is one which petty. It took no action when it should be under the jurisdiction returned to open meeting. of the Town Council rather than Present for the meeting were the IDA Board. Alter extensive Board members Frank Molina- discussion, Board member Kiser ry, Jack Kiser, Rita MeRcy- moved to ask the IDA Chairman holds, David Jessee, Bill Steele, to contact Building Inspector Blake Whitenack and J. D. Robert Mullins and Miners Cassell; Board Chairman Bob Exchange Bank concerning the Harrison; Board Attorney Linda status and overall outlook for Tiller; Board Treasurer Debbie the building, and report to the Baca; and several spectators. Board dm:ing its September A discussion, introduced by Board member Jack Kiser, of the new requirements followed. meeting. The motion was approved. Harrison said he will also report the results of his Peters Sturgill Festival, one of the region's most time honored music traditions. The Festival will be held Saturday, Septem- ber 12. The band was named Inter- national Bluegrass Music Asso- ciation's "Vocal Group of the Year" for seven consecutive years. The band has received 50 industry awards since 1991. Wolfe Brothers String Band, Jimmy and Ada McCowan, T.V. Barnett and his Roan Mountain Moonshiners, Whitetop Moun- tain Band, UVa-Wise Chancel- lor Emeritus "Papa Joe" Smid- dy, arid the Mountain Empire Community College Mountain Music School students also will perform. All events are held at the House. The RFP, which has contacts to the Town Council. He said the Board should d Tv been sent to the Virginia De- Harrison told the Board that advertise for the service. Town | Russell Moore & IIIr_ _ me Out to headline partment of Transportation in a loan owned to the Board by a Attorney Linda Tiller said the i d Kat gill F !o Richmond for approval, has not business is in arrears, and, fol- amount charged the Board for Dock Boggs an e Peters Stur estiva yet been returned by them to the lowing discussion, the Board the audits (the charge for each Russell Moore and IIIrd tions, Inc., sponsors the fest!val. Kate Peters Sturgill, a nati egoinal VDOT office.. When agreed that the Chairman should wasf thenottWOsufficientaudits toWaSrequire$2'800)the T__ym_,e_ Out is the featured at this Gates open at 10:30 a.m, and ballad singer and songwriter, isadvertisethat happens,the project.the Board can Pony.discuss debt with the tom- Board to sdvertise. The Board year s Dock Boggs and Kate the festival begins at, noon. honored for her lifelong work A fairly long discussion con- Another lengthy discussionapproved the service letters on a cerning the status and outlook was generated by Harrison's re- 6-1 vote, with Board member for the Willis Building was held quest that the Board approve Kiser dissenting. Admission is $10. Students with valid college Ids are admitted free, and children 12 and under are admitted for $2. Traditional mountain food will be available for purchase. The festival honors Moran Lee "Dock" Boggs, a Norton with traditional mountain music. She is noted for helniw, a. P. Carter collect traditional moun- tain music. Sturgill and her band, "The Lone me Pine Trailers," performed on Norton radio station WNVA. ' native who recorded traditional fCominuedonpage-2) mo n m Correction unique style of banjo plucking in a 1920 recording session in In a story concerning the St. New York. Boggs, who died in Paul Town Council's August 1971, received more fame when meeting, the Clinch Valley folk musician Mike Seeger Times dated August 17 erro- came to Norton to record the neously reported a 4-2 vote to retired coal miner's music in the appoint Greg Kallen as Town 1960s:~ Boggs" is also credited Attorney. with influencing musician Bob Actually, the Council voted Dylan and others. Seeger unanimously to appoint Greg brought Boggs' music to the Kailen. The error is ours alone, national stage once again in and we apologize for any 1997 when he released some of inconvenience or embarrass- the Norton native's recordings, ment caused by our mistake. events... Appalachian Traditions Village in Norton. Tradi- Valley COmmunity Action, Inc./ Family Crisis Services' support : day from 9-11 a.m. at the church. group meeting with victims of Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. similar situations Mondays, 10:30 COMMUNITY CENTER a.m.-12 noon. For information, The West Dante Community call Runde Hackler, 276-988- 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- Center meets at,7 p.m. first Moo- 8206. ~ays, For morn' information, call FREE ADULT ED 495-7026 or 495-8473. Free adult education classes are CLOTHES CLOSET available in Lee, Scott and Wise The Women On Mission group counties and the City of Norton. at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, Daytime and evening classes for opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 adults who want to improve their a.m. Tuesdays. Anyone who basic skills. Instructors also assist needs clothing is welcome. adults with job-related skills in- FREE HIV TESTING cludin8 resume writing and inter- Health Departments in the Leno- viewing. For details, call 1-800- wisco Health D/strict offer free 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. confiden'tial HIV testing through. TRANSPORTATION out the year. For information, call The Appalachian Agency for Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. Senior Citizens provides disebili- Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or ty transportation services in Buo- Sxorr Co, Health Dept., .276- haunn, Dickenson, Russell end 386-1312. Tazcwell counties to individuals FREE GED CLASSES with disabilities, regardless of Free GED classes are offerad at age. Call 1-888-656-2272. the Oxbow Family Investment GENEALOGY GROUP Center, St. Paul, Mondays and The Russell County Genealogy Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12 Group meets 5:30 p.m. first noon. Gleuna McReynolds is the Thursdays, Russell County Public teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. I,ibrary, Lebanon. The Group's C/RADD MEETING purpose is "to learn, to share and A meeting of C/RADD will be to perpetuatefamilyhistory.'Call held at 6:00 p.m. on seeund William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 Thursdays. The meetings will be held at the Dante Museum. or fullerir JOIN THE FRIENDS GED ONLINE Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- The Regional Adult Education thews Memorial Library and help Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for promote the improvement of faci- lities and services of the library, qualifying and adult learners, with Send name, address and phone or without their own home corn- number, with a $5 membership puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise gill to J. Fred Matthews Memo- counties and the City of Norton. rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, For more information, call GED P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA On- line Co-ordinator Marci 24283. Make checks payable to Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott Friends of the J. Fred Matthews County, 386-2433) Memorial Library GED TESTING EASTERN STAR GED Testing is available Men- Clinch Valley Chapter #152, day through Thursday and on Order of Eastern Star, meets each Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- fourth Tuesday, except for March native Ed.ucation Center, Wise. and December, when the meet- Call 276-328-8612 for informa- ings are on the second Tuesday tion concerning GED testing IN CONTROL PROGRAMS All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS In Control, a free diabetes Dickenson County--Oscar program, meets at Oxbow Center, Silcox helps file veterans' claims. St. Paul, 5-6 p.m, 2nd Mondays. For appointment, call 276-835- DANTE LIVES ON 8847 nights. The Dante Lives On Board Coeburn--A Dept of Veterans meets at 6:30 p.m. 1st Mondays Services representative will assist at the Dante Museum. Commanit- clients and answer questions at y Meeting is 3rd Tuesday in the Cueburn VFW Post from 9 March, June. Sept. & Dec. a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays GOSPEL SINGING except June. A Gospel Singing will be held at Russell County--DAV Service 7 p.m. the first Friday of each Officer Perry Johnson assists month at The Celebration Center, veteran filing claims third Tues- 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All days from 2-3:30 p.m., at the are welcome--admission is free. Russell County Public Library, BOOK DISCUSSION Lebanon. Book Discussion Group One of Russell County--AmericanJ. Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- Legion Post 208 Post Service rary meets fourth Thursdays of Officer Todd Salyer can assist every month (except November and December--meeting is with veterans' claims, records December 3)) at the Riverside and family assistance. Call him at 276-889-5884 or 276-274-6588. Diner. The next meeting is FOOD BANK Thursday, August 27, at 6 p.m. First Baptist Chareh, St. Paul, The book is While My Sister operates a Food Bank each Tues- Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky. AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big ...The Dante Senior Citizens Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal meet each Monday and Tuesday Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- p.m., Trinity United Methodist partment. Russell County resi- Church; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 dents 60 or older are invited. p.m., Clintwood United Metho- RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY dist Church. Hours at the Russell County COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- Public Librm'y, Lebanon, are TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 M/Tuffh, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 p.m., school cafeteria, a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth MATTHEWS LIBRARY Mondays, 7 p.m,, St. Paul Town Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Hall. Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town days/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 Hall. a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The Thursdays. See Library for Cnsflewood Water & Se-wage special program schedules. Authorit) Board of D/rec-tors, 6 DICKENSON-BUNDy p.m. second Mondays. The Dickenson-BundyLog ALZ, HEIMER'S SUPPORT- House is open wuekly Thursdays First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appala- tbrouigh Saturdays, 10-3, and chian Agency for Senior Citizens Sundays 12-4 p.m. office, Claypool Hill. Free. SOCIAL SECURITY NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- The Wise Social Security Offiue Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 Presbyterian Church, Norton. a.m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers are 1- CASTLEWOOD LODGE 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. #231-Stated meetings will be held LIBRARY FRIENDS the third Saturday of each month. Friends of the J. Fred Matthews The School of Instruction will be Memorial Library, St. Paul, meet held on fourth Thursdays at 7. at the L~ on fourth Tuesdays ST. PAUL LODGE #343-SC- at 11:00 a.m oond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Stab VFW POST 9864 ad Communication; First Thurs- VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- day, 7 p.m., School of Instruction. comes new ,members. If you VFW POST #8652, DAV 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 County Health De- partment, Wise, is open from 8 a.m..-8 p.m. first Thursdays. Cli- nics will be offered in family plannmg, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Appointments are necessary for all but immuniza- tions. For an appoint-ment, cell 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, Diekenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who am 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES .r.The Wise County School Board maintains e 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 as- seult are invited to attend Clinch CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Buitd-ing, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1 st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Cen- ter conducts a recovery group, for substance abusers and families Fridays at 10 a.m Call 276-679- 0810 ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- ren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m., First BaptistChurch, Coo- 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 Sundays at the UMWA Building in Cnstlewood. 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, D/ckenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- anan ootmties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed-lrain- ing available. Call 1-800-572. 2278, SENIOR CITIZENS .,,The Cnstlewood Senior Citi- zorn meet at 10 a.m. WedneKhys at the Castiewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited, Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 HALE HIS;FORY...Bessie Salyer, center, presented the history Of her ancestor Wilburn Hale, during the Hale Family Reunion on August 16. Around her are several members of the Henry Carter Stuart Chapter and the Lockhard Hamilton Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy. I'WENTY-ONE GUN SA-ISUTE..,Members of ihe John F. McElhenny Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and members of other SCV Camps honored Wilburn Hale with a twenty-one gun salute during the graveside ceremony at the Hale Family Reunion. Confederate Cavalry veteran Wilburn Hale honored during ceremony at .Hale Reunion by Janiee Busie Daughters of the Confederacy Hale joined the Confederate Descendants of Wilburn Hale gathered on Sunday, August 16, on Eagles Nest Road (off the Gravel Lick Road near Castle- wood) for a family reunion and to place a Confederate Iron Cross at the Wilburn Hale grave. An overflowing crowd gathered at the Gravel Lick Baptist Church for dinner. Alter dinner, they went to the Hale Cemetery, where Wilburn is buried, for the Iron Cross pre- sentation. The Iron Cross, some- times called the Southern Cross Iron Cross Ritual was given by UDC First District Chairman, Janice Busic. A flag was flown over the grave during the pro- gram and was lowered and pre- sented by Harold Richardson of the McElhenny Camp SCV, to Bessie Salyer, a direct descen- dant of Wiiburn Hale, received the flag on behalf of the entire Hale family. She intends to place the flag in a protective case and have it on display at future Hale reunions. Wilburn Hale was born Jan- Army in 1864 in Russell Coun- ty. Little is known about his actual service but he is listed on the roster of the 7th Battalion of the Confederate Cavalry. He applied for a veteran's disability pension in 1908, stating he was totally disabled, suffering from kidney and heart failure and an injury received during the Civil War. In 1916, a doctor from Dante declared him totally blind and he was awarded a check for $180. Wilburn died December 31, 1922. of Honor, was designed as a uary 9, 1840, in Russell County Those participating in the military decoration meant to shortly after the first steam presentation to the Hale family honor veterans for their service driven railroad trains came to were members of the Henry in the armed forces of the Con- Virginia. He was the son of Carter Stuart Chapter and the federate States of America dur- Henry D. Hale and Betsy Ruth Lockhard Hamilton Chapter, ing the War Between the States. Franklin. When Wilburn wasUnited Daughters of the Con- Members of the John F. Me- one year old, William Henry federacy, the John F. McElhen- Elhenny Camp, Sons of Confe- Harrison was elected ninthny Camp, the Cumberland derate Veterans, were joined by President of the United States. Mountain Rangers and the members of other SCV Camps, Wilburn was also the great- Vincent A, Witcher Camp, Sons members of the United Daugh- grandson of Re ,olutionary War of Confederate Veterans. These ters of the Confederacy, Chap- veteran Thomas Hale. Perhaps groups were from Honaker, ters from Russell and Dlckenson one of Wilburn's most notewor- Clintwood and Grundy. They Counties, and the American Ve- thy accomplishments was that were also joined by the Ameri- terans Honor Guard to perform he married four times and had can Veterans Honor Guard from the ceremony. The United 21 children. Richlands.