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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, August 27, 2009 and ships..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory Holton and other former Virginia first ladies officially launched :i Minds Wide Open: Virginia Ce- ,lebrates Women in the Arts, a "statewide tribute to female art- ists in Virginia. , MINDS WIDE OPEN: Vir- ginia Celebrates Women in the rts is the first statewide celebration of its kind. Between I0arch and June of 2010, thou- Sands of special programs and events will occur across the Commonwealth to honor contri- butions by women to arts and culture. Any individual or group can p~rticipate by presenting at least one public program-including Flays, choreography, com- positions, and exhibitions of .paintings, photography or films -that have been created by wo- men or feature women as the "I am pleased and privileged to launch this celebration of women in the arts today," said Anne Holton, first lady of Virginia. "I am honored to be joined by my fellow first ladies, who have historically supported the arts, both during their ten- ures at the Executive Mansion and in their private lives." Ms. Holton and the other former first ladies are serving as honorary chairs of MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Cele- brates Women in the Arts. Joining first lady Holton as honorary chairs are former first ladies Lisa Collis, Roxane Gilmore, Susan Allen, Jeannie P. Baliles, Lynda Johnson Robb, Eddy Dalton Phillips, Katherine Godwin and Virginia "Jinks" Holton. A sampling of the Southwest ing MINDS WIDE OPEN events scheduled for 2010 include: the Barter Theatre in Abingdon and Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax. Visit http://vamindswideopen.org/ for a complete list of scheduled events in the Southwest Virginia area. Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director of the Barter Theatre is available for inter- views to discuss MINDS WIDE OPEN events in Southwest Virginia - 276-619-3301. Peggy Baggett, Executive Steering Committee members of MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts is available for interviews to dis- cuss MINDS WIDE OPEN events throughout the Common- wealth of Virginia 804-225- 3132. DOCK BOGGS FESTIVAL... (Continued lrompage I) The event has drawn crowns since its debut in on the campus of The University of Virginia's College at Wise as a class project by Jack Wright, a student at what was then Clinch Valley College. The Festival is co-sponsored by The University of Virginia's College at Wise and is sup- -ported by the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, the Virginia Commission of the iArts, the Crooked Road, Virgi- nia's Heritage Music Trail, the Smithsonian Center for Folk " Life and Cultural Heritage, "Wise County Board of Supervi- sors, Wise County Office of oTourism, and Marketing and the Virginia Tourism Commission. , Appalachian Traditions, Inc., : is a non profit corporation de- dicated to the preservation, .promotion and perpetuation of i traditional Appalachian culture. For more information, call !Appalachian Traditions, Inc. at ,276-328-8740 or 276-431-3338. -Southwest Virginia Area Programs and Events by Women Artists Scheduled for 2010- Recently, first lady Anne primary focus. Virginia area organizations host- Arts Celebration Virginia's first ladies launch Women in the But there are others, UMass (also a Calipari-c- coached team) had its 1996 wins vacated, including a Final Four appearance. Yet UMass continues to dis- play its 1996 NCAA Final Four banner, something Memphis is not allowed to do. Michigan had two Fi- nal Four season vacated, yet its sports information department maintains two sets of books--one with the 1992 and 1993 records intact, and the other without. ', self. Then, depending on the score that the student Duke had a player in 2004 who had received achieved, the coach could comfortably continue his payment from an AAU coach. The NCAA, however, recruiting, activities, certain that there would be no made a statement about not believing that Duke knew repercussions from the NCAA if the student signed of the student's ineligibility, so took no action against with the school represented by the coach, the school. Ignorance was considered to be an excuse To repeat--this would be impossible. Yet it's in 2004. Wonder what happened in the four years be- exactly what would have to have happened in order tween then and 2008, when ignorance of the Memphis for John Calipari (we'll take Calipari for the purpose player's ineligibility (which was not determined until of this discussion) to have "been in total charge" of after the ason was over) was NOT considered an the Memphis Tigers. Remember, We're talking about excuse. something that happened in high school, not in A similar incident with the University of Louis- :coliege, when the-student/athlete actually occupied , ville occurred in 1998 when the school told the NC- space on the campus. Remember, too, that the aca- AA that it wasn't aware of the severity of penalties (a :demic eligibility of this "unnamed" young man who player had taken money for hotel accommodations), i signed for the 2007-2008 season with John Calipari to and so the University didn't pursue the case with the basketball at the University of Memphis had vigor which it would have used had U of L officials approved by the National Collegiate Athletic known that the school would be banned from l iAssoeiation's (NCAA)own Clearing j-House, postseason play. The NCAA dubbed that excuse "a Just days ago, the NCAA, having learned that the procedural error, ' and took no action. Testing Service, which "owns" andad.-John Calipari and other coaches shouldn't have to .!ministers the SAT test had removed the eligibility of take the rapfor somebody else's error. Yet Calipari is young man in question when they apparently had : being reviled by much of the national press. evidence that someone else had taken his SAT test. Ignorance evidently is sometimes an excuse, but The young player in question, having left for the only when the NCAA says so! possible--considering that most of these tests are ad- Dale Brown and the school were penalized because ministered on Saturdays--allow the coach himself or one of the LSU players had what was apparently a one of his assistants to attend every SAT or ACT site terrible toothache in the middle of the night, and which a potential recruit will take his- college Coach Brown made arrangements for his own dentist admissions test. What's more, the coach or his repre- to see the player, and Brown took him there. How sentative would have to have permission from the could anybody with any sense find fault in that? SAT/ACT test administrator to question each student in whom he is interested to determine that each is indeed who he says he is. (This goes for all sports.) That is, of course, an absolutely absurd premise. There's no way that could happen. Yet, it's what 'would have had to happen in order for any coach to be absolutely certain that student/athletes in whom he is interested actually took the SAT or ACT test him- and the driver signals to enter, close to home when drivers al-e When being dropped lulled into a false sense iof off, exit the bus and walk 10 seco]urity because of the faga- giant steps away from the bus, iliarity of their surrounding. and keep a safe distance from Regardless of the length of the the bus at all times, drive, it is critical for children ~to Use the handrail to always wear a safety belt when enter and exit the bus. riding in a car. Safety belts axe Stay away from the bus by far the best form of protection until the driver gives his/her for passengers in the event of.a signals that it'sokay to crash. In addition, younger approach, children should always ride in an Be aware of the street appropriate booster or child traffic around the bus stop. safety seat. Drivers are required to follow The beginning of a new certain rules of the road con- school year can be a source 'of cerning school buses; however, anxiety for both parents and not all do. children. In reviewing these Walking or Bil~ing to School simple back-to-school safety Although it is much less tips, some of the anxiety can be common today, some children alleviated. Linda Hudson Hoagland Hoagland books Wise County Sheriff's report The Wise County Sheriff's period served 466 civil papers. Office reports the following During the seven-day period, activities for August 10-16. Wise Central Dispatch re- ceived a total of 1,316 calls for this seven-day period. Of the total calls received, 336 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total number of do- mestic calls for this period was 38. Criminal Process for the same period served two felony warrants, 127 misdemeanor warrants, one DUI arrest and eight traffic accidents were worked. Civil process for this 49 additional criminal investiga- tions were initiated and 42 were cleared by arrest The Sheriff's Office provided 262 man-hours of courtroom security for the three courts and the courthouse. The Sheriff's Office trans- ported two adults in state, two adults out of state and seven mental patients for a total of 111 transports involving 52.5 hours. the Sheriff's Office unlocked one vehicle and escorted 10 funerals during the period. Get your Appalachian Quilti Trail Visitor Guide The 2009 Appalachian Quilt t--enance of the quilt trail. It is a Trail Visitor Guide is now great gift for a friend or family available! This 32-page full- member, and you can even color publication includes maps request your own tag number, so and highlights of hundreds of make your reservation for an Tennessee quilt squares. AQT license plate today! The new AQT Visitor GuideFor more information about offers the best way for sight the Appalachian Quilt Trail, the seers to identify and visit the AQT Visitor Guide and the AQT quilt squares they are most excit- license plate, go to our website ed about. AQT visitor Guides at http://www.vacationaqt.com/ can be picked up at local chum- Or you can email us directly at ber of commerce offices, tourism info@vacationaqt.com. offices, and over 80 locations throughout East Tennessee. The squares are replicas of original Tennessee quilts that are painted on the sides of historic buildings including barns, busi- nesses, and other Tennessee landmarks. With more than 320 stops and way points, the AQT celebrates Appalachia's historic century farms, local businesses, farmer's markets, corn mazes, lly bed and breakfasts, art galleries, available loca and much more. It is a unique Award winning novelist, way to explore the region while Linda Hudson Hoagland, has enjoying Appalachian items like signed copies of first nonfiction fresh produce and handmade arts book, Watch Out for Eddy, her mystery novels, The Backwards House, An Awfully Lonely Place; her contemporary fiction novel, The Little Old Lady Next Door, and Christmas Blooms, a collec- tion of Christmas stories from ten regional writers of Appal- achia literature available for purchase from the Law Office of Frank Kilgore in St. Paul. Hoagland was nominated for th the 12 Annual 2009 Library of Virginia Literary Awards, the 2008 Governor's Awards for the Arts from Southwest Virginia, and has garnered many awards and recognitions for her writings of her novels, short stories, essays and poetry. Other recent publications where Hoagland's writings have appeared are: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Joy- ous Publishing, Broomweed Journal; Bluestone Review, Clinch Mountain RJview, Ped- estal Magazine, and Miners' Lamps and Cold Mountain Winters published by Hometown Memories. Hoagland is a resident of the Town of Tazewell in Tazewell County and can be reached at lhhoagland@yahoo.com. and crafts. You can also access the guide online by visiting the Appal- achian Quilt Trail website (http://www.vacationaqt.com/) and clicking on AQT Quilt Guide. While you are there, be sure to show your support for the craft of quilting and the beauty of Tennessee by checking out the new AQT license plate. As soon as one thousand of the AQT tags are pre-sold, the state of Tennes- see will start manufacturing the specialty license tag featuring the quilt trail, As part of this not- for-profit effort, AQT and the Tennessee Arts Commission will split the proceeds from each $35 tag. One hundred percent of the AQT funds raised will go to sup- port the expansion and main- Your ad could be here! Clinch ....... Valley Times MEMBER -~ VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul. VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING. CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times iserves the four-county area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and. Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Perio- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA ~24283. Ann Young Gregory Editor Allen Gregory Advertising Susan Trent Adv./Graphics, ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell counties; $30.00 in other 24- zip codes; elsewhere, $32.50. POSTMASTER: send address :changes to: Clinch Valley Times, P.O. Box 817, St. Paul, VA" :24283 SINGLE COPY - 50c Classified Advertising: Minimum I charge, $6.00 for up to 20 words, ! 7in advance; 25c per word after 20 i| words. Display Advertising rates i| :on application. ~[ Periodicals publication '[ Is ignorance ever an excuse? by Congressman Rick Boucher Just imagine, if you will, the end of the school NBA, where he's evidently quite successfu!, partici- year in most secondary schools in the United States. pated on the Memphis Tiger team which won 38 TIPS You may even want to keep in mind that athletics is games, an NCAA record, during the 2007-2008 se /- Across Southwest Virginia, either walk or bike to and from i not my long suit. (My son thinks I'm a heathen when son, and lost to Kansas in the final game of the 2008 many children and teenagers are school. Because of minimal it comes to anything that has to do with sports.) NCAA Tournament. Because of that, the NCAA preparing to head back to school supervision, young pedestrians 4 Consider, however, that these words are primarily notified Memphis that it would be required to vacate for another year. Whether a child face a wide variety of decisions, about good common sense and the way things should its entire 2007-2008 season, including its 38 wins and is heading back for his or her creating situations and dangers be rather than strictly about sports. Final Four appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The senior year or beginning kinder- while walking to and from i garten, now is an appropriate school. It is just as important in i One of the pivotal events for all high school se- NCAA, whose own Clearing House had declared the time for children to review some these instances to follow some niors is taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) young man to be eligible, said that ignorance was no important safety procedures for simple guidelines to ensure a and/or American College Testing (ACT)--the final excuse, and that The University of Memphis would be traveling to and from school, safe journey to and from school. opporttmities for taking , ose tests normally comes in required to remove all evidence of its highly success- Riding the Bus Here are a few basic safety tips the spring of the student s senior year. ful 2007-2008 season, and the school was fined. TheSchool bus transportation is to follow: Keeping in mind that collegiate basketball, at least NCAA didn't mention to Memphis that a problem very safe. In fact, school buses Mind all traffic signals ! are safer than cars. Even so, and/or the crossing guard. Never of the season's top schools, is still underway through might exist until over a month after the conclusion of there are students who are killed cross the street against a light, the firstweekinApril, the 2008 NCAA Tournament. (Interestingly, the and injured in incidents in- even if there is no oncoming So the stage is set. Each head coach and each of NCAA continues to sell--at $24.99--DVDs of any volving school buses every year. traffic visible. his most trusted assistant coaches has a list of all the 2008 Tournament game--including those in which More often than not, these Always walk bikes SAT/ACT testing sites for the high schools attended Memphis "never" played.) deaths and injuries didn't occur through intersections. in a crash, but while students Walk/Ride with a bttd- by all of the students the coaches are recruiting , Those of you who are cynics will consider that were entering and exiting the dy. , Considering that more than likely, each recruit attends I m outraged by all of this since a lot of sports pundi bus. For children who ride the Wear reflective material i a different high school, the number of testing sites are zeroing in on John Calipari, who is Kentucky sbus to and from school, there are to be more visible to street will be fairly daunting. Nevertheless, each coach of new head basketball coach. Such, however, is not the some easy safety tips to traffic. , remember: Riding in a Car . ] each school (aided at various sites by his most trusted case. I ve long been outraged by the unbalanced Have a safe place to The safety rules for ridingin assistants) has to work out a schedule which is more nature of many of the NCAA's pronouncements. If I wait for the bus, away from a car to and from school are no 4 than likely impossible. The schedule would, if it were remember it correctly, some years ago, LSU Coach traffic and the street, different than the rules for eve/'y Stay away from the bus other car trip. It has been found until it comes to a complete stop that most traffic accidents occur