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f'i Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA ..... Of shoes..and shtps,,and sealing wax..by A,, rou,g C0000gory Tickets Back in the good old days (I seem to refer to that period more and more lately!), anyway, back then, going to a sporting event at a school didn't seem to be all that complicated, or at least I don't remember that it was. If you wanted to go to a high school game, you just went, paid at the gate, and that was that. Actually, that routine hasn't changed all that much, except that the tickets are much more expensive now, and some- times families with several children find it difficult to buy tickets for everyone for every game. Recognizing this, St. Paul High School, before the current football season started, offered season tickets, good for ALL SPHS home athletic events. The family ticket, Which admits everyone, is $200; for a parent, $90; and a student, $65. A very good deal, and a good idea. I'm sure other high schools do the same thing, but St. Paul is the only one I know about. Now, while it's still relatively easy, although just a bit more expensive, to go to a high school football game or any other athletic event, many college games are another matter altogether. Access to athletic events at the small area colleges, Such as The Univer- sity of Virginia's College at Wise, is still relatively simple. UVa-Wise, in fact, has issued an invitation to all students in the area to attend Highland Cavalier football games FREE this year! Now nobody I know of has offered a deal like that! I'm not familiar with UVa-Wise ticket prices, but I'm certain that they're affordable. Probably Radford, LMU, Pikeville Col- lege and maybe ETSU have reasonable ticket prices. Then we come to the big-time football schools-- the parking space came, and I saw that it will cost more to take the car to the parking lot this year than to take a person to all seven games. The parking fee went to $275, which horrified me. And they still have to walk over a quarter of a mile to get to their seats in the stadium! (I wrote the UK Athletics Director an angry letter, to which I've had no response. Imagine that!) Then there are tickets to UK basketball games at Rupp Arena. Of course, there aren't any season tickets available--haven't been for years, and the good seats have, for the past few years, required a sizable K Fund donation per seat in order to buy the season tickets. This year, the University evidently lost its mind, and those premiums went out of sight. This is evidenced by the response that the Lexington Herald-Leader reported over the weekend that Frank Ramsey had when the University informed him by letter that the premiutn for his second row seats would go this year from $1,350 to $5,000 per seat. He refused, criticized the move in light of the current economy, and said he will not buy those seats this year. (He has other seats higher up in the arena which he'll keep.) Now Frank Ramsey, you may remember if you're old enough, was an All American basketball player at UK in the 1950s (when I was in school, in fact.) He was a member of the only Adolph Rupp team ever to go undefeated. He then played for the Boston Celtics, where he created the role of the "sixth man." He's one of only six Kentucky-rlated people who have been taken into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of and even some big schools that are big-time-some- Fame. My reaction on reading the newspaper account thing-other-than-football, but who still manage to skin their football fans big time. For example, one would expect to pay top dollar to attend football games, at Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, and other Top 20 schools. However, some of the other big schools, such as my beloved Kentucky, while having a first-class championship caliber basketball program year after year, isn't fa- mous for its football suecxses (although it's improv-. of Frank Ramsey's response to the 370 percent in- crease in K Fund donations was to cheer him on! I go farther than that, though. Frank Ramsey's not just a former UK basketball player--he's One of the greats, a real legend, and I was appalled to learn that the University makes him pay to attend basketball games in the first place. UK should be thrilled to have him there, and should dedicate several seats to him for life--for free! Money throws everything out of whack, ing)! Absence from the Top ,20 evidently doesn't even college athletics! (The University hasn't seen fit matter, however, as new rules went into effect a few to announce just exactly what it is that it plans to do yeffrs ago requiring big-donations to the I( Fund in with the extra K Fund"donations.") order to be eligible to purchase season tickets for the CORRECTION FROM LAST WEEK: My really good seats--seats that people have had for years, apologies! I evidently misinterpreted (or misread) Not that the tickets themselves are cheap, but if peo- ' some of the research I did on Adequate Yearly ple have to pay $1000 or more perseat in order to be Progress, and I wrote: ,'Failure of an entire district allowed to purchase the tickets, it's a little silly. Then there's the parking. While Allen's and Peyt's football seats aren't in a prime spot requiring K Fund intervention, they're still not what I'd call cheap (although they're not as expensive as, say, Tennessee  season tickets). However, for the pastten years or so, ..i we've had a precious reserved spot in one of the which, as far as I know, didn't occur in any Southwest Division, results in loss of some federal fuiiding, as well as other penalties." Peyton straightened me out on this. The Virginia Department of Education's website reveals that the only school division in Far Southwest Virginia to make AYP was Scott County-- all the rest failed to do so, as, did the state as a whole. Thousands o1" veterans walk away from GI Bill benefits As of May 2010, more than 27,739 Virginia veterans and their dependents were enrolled in post-secondary education programs on the federal govern- ment's dime; 19,335 were recipients of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Yet, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, roughly half of the service mem- bers eligible for GI Bill benefits fail to take advantage. These veterans are walking away from significant educational benefits: $353.50 per credit hour, $1,000 a year for books, and a housing allowance based on the location of the facility that the student is attending. Annie Walker, Director of the State Approving Agency for Education and Training, housed under the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, hopes that will change when NASCAR comes tO Richmond later in September. "We're excited that the Post 9/I 1 GI Bill has been named as the Presenting Spon- sor for the September NASCAR weekend at the Richmond Inter- national Raceway," said Walk- er. "This will bring some much needed publicity to the GI Bill program." Generally, military service personnel qualify for the Post 9/ll GI Bill benefits if they served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after Sep- tember 10, 2001. Unlike student loans, GI Bill benefits do not have to be repaid. Educational Service represen- tatives from the U.S. Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs and the Virginia Department of Vete- rans Service, State Approving Agency, will be on hand during the race weekend to provide infornaation to veterans and- family members about GI Bill benefits. Information also is available online at www.GIBilL! and by phone at 1-888- 4551. If you prefer to speak with a local representative, con- tact the education representa-i tives at the Virginia Department. of Veterans Services at 804- 225-2721 or visit them oine at www.VirginiaforVetewrans.org, Check Education on the leR navigation column. Wise County Sheriff s Report. The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 08/16/2010 through 08/22/2010. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,234 calls for this seven, day period. Of the total calls received 330 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total, number of Domestic calls for this period was 16. Criminal Process for the same period served 37 Felony Warrants, 66 Misde: meaner Warrants, 2 DUI Arrest and worked 4 Traffic Accident. ". Civil process for this period' served 407 Civil' Papers. During- this seven-day period 24 additional Criminal Investi- gations were initiated and 34 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 206 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts and,: the courthouse. The Sheriff's Office tran2" sported 0 adult in state, 0 adult' out of state, 2 mental patient, and' 4 juveniles for a total of 6, transports, involving 20 hours .... , The Sheriff's Office unlockec[; I vehicles and escorted 6 funeral I during this seven-day period, r "- .( Russell Veterans' Project t6 hold massive indoor Yard Sale The Russell County Veterans Memorial Project, which plans the construction of a Memorial in the Government Center in Lebanon, pis planning a large Yard Sale to raise funds. Donorsand sponsors are being sought, and shoppers will be welcomed at the Saturday, October 9, event which will begin at 9 a.m.. Donations of dean, usable items (must be in working condition) are sought. For details on providing do- nations or sponsorships call 7 :.Tf- ' All proceeds from the yard :, sale will be used for the building of the Russell County Veterans J'; Memorial, a project which has % been in the works for the past ' eight year s. . : -L.: . . - . : v r::_ Your ad i' .could be here! parking lots--originally, the fee for it was $35 per year--S5 per game. Reasonable. Imagine my disbelief this summer when the bill for the season tickets and ml ...... : ..... , ' Letters to the eclttot:00) _-""7--'--   n from the house to the sewer line Keaaers are mvtted to wrtre ........ when t becomes avaname tor letters on matters of general interest to lhe public. Letters * do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or ' editorial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters.  To the Editor: i On Tuesday, August 24, we attended the public meeting at !the Castlewood Water & Sewer :Authority about the proposed I would encourage everyone in the area to sign up now for the service at the reduced fee so the Authority can obtain a sub- stantial portion of the funding as a free grant from the federal stimulus package. This will re- duce the cost to each homeown- er by about 75 percent. Then this most desirable project can go through and be of great benefit to so many home- owners in the area. Having spent my entire busi- isewer project for the area. I i know that many of the Board ness career in finance, I know i members have been working for :years to get such a project that will improve the lives of every- one in the area. We were very excited to hear of the fact that hundreds of homes, including daose of Roll- ing Hills on Memorial Drive would be provided with sewer serv ice to replace septic tanks. From years of experience in the real estate ownership and in- vestment I know that the service will substantially enhance the value of all properties whose i owners connect. For ourselves, even though i we have moved and our home at 31 Cox Street is for sale, we are : more than happy to pay the low i one-time $250 connection fee to :the authority, knowing that it vould cost from at least four to iight times more at a later date. -rhis will be a benefit to any iomeowner or buyer. ' Because we know the home will present and sell better, in !addition we shall even commit to pay, at the asking price, the cost for a contractor to connect that at last it will also draw some desirable businesses to the area and provide, work for people who have not been able to find decent jobs locally. I also know for fact that the implementation of a sewer sys- tem will positively affect the health of all residents in the area since it will eliminate a tremens- dous amount of runoff pollution presently getting into our water reset. I pray for the members of the Water end Sewer Board and those advisers who guide them to receive from God the knowledge and understanding of how to best continue to serve those of us who own property in the area. Philip K. COOler Gate City Suzanne Heller at 276-889-0155 The whole story is that only 12 divisions in Virginia or write her at P O Box 1261, made AYP this year--compared to 60 in 2009! So, Lebanon, VA 24266, and she'll " ,  It s even worse than I had thought. Shame on us all. get back to you. I How to repaint a room in a weekend: 10 tipsto savey0u time (andm0n@) " r-- "" Recent surveysreveal that---shopping list...or save even of paint around the edge- consumers will be doing a lot of more time by going to This will enable you to remodeling this year. But with the sluggish economy, many are opting for do-it-yourself projects to squeeze the most out of their- budgets. One of the most common undertakings: interior painting. Nearly everyone agrees that some jobs like reroofing or electrical work are best left to the pros, but most people think they can do their own painting, says Debbie Zimmer, spokes- person for the Paint Quality In- stitute. And, generally speaking, they're right. According to Zimmer, many people regard painting as a weekend project. As such, they want to see the fruits of their labor by Sunday night. That's a realistic goal, but to achieve it, you have to plan out the job and be well-organized, she says. If your organizational skills leave something to be desired, Zimmer offers some sug- gestions: 1. Get all of your furniture out of the way by moving it to the center of the room, using plastic sliders on heavy, items so you don't have to liR them. Cover everything with plastic, blankets, or old sheets. Then, put down drop- cloths to protect your floors from stray droplets of palm. .2. Scrub all the surfaces you'll be painting with a sponge and mild household detergent solution before going to the paint store. That will give them time to dry w.hile you're out shopping. 3. Making multiple trips to the paint store can consume gobs of time, so try to do all of your shopping in just one visit. Before leaving your home, see wtiat.painting tools and accessories you have on hand, then create a www.paintquality.com to download a helpful checklist. 4. Buy technologically- advanced top quality 100% acrylic latex interior paint. These durable paints, some of which serve double-duty as both primer and paint, are better at hiding the color that's underneath. As a result, you may need to apply just a single coat saving you not only time and effort, but money as well. 5. Tape the edges of the surfaces you'll be painting to enable you to apply the paint faster. You'll quickly recover the time spent doing this. And taping will make your finished paint job look a lot neater. 6. Work top down: paint the ceiling; then the walls; next, the windows and trim; and, lastly, the baseboards. Following this sequence will help keep just-painted surfaces free of paint spatter or drip marks and cut down time spent on touch-up work. 7. When painting a ceiling or wall, start by cutting in a comer section with a paintbrush, applying a band CVTim00 Oe--a00: .Editorial copy l birthdays, anniversaries, press]. releases, calendar / items weddings, etc.) . I ,' 4p.m. Monday " I Advertising I (classified and display) !:- 12 noon Tuesday ]:, 9. Assuming that you purchased top quality 100% acrylic latex paint, your cleanup will be a snap. Being water-based, these paints can be quickly and easily cleaned off of brushes and rollers with plain soap and water. 10. The last time-saver when using top quality latex paint? Not having to wait for the paint smell to go away. Eco-friendly latex paints have very little odor, so you can put a freshly-painted room back into service right away. For more tips on saving time and money when doing interior painting. Zimmer suggests that you invest a few minutes checking out the Paint Quality Institute website at www.paintquality.com i tl .I quickly fill in the area with a paint roller. Repeat this process in 3-foot increments, j 8. Apply the pai at " " .... liberally. Trying to stretch ]' your paint by applying a thin -',T TI1 coat is false economy. YOU 00vaney might end up needing a second coat to completely 'Ilmes"'-- ....... hide the original color. MEMBER , ; VIRGINIA PRESS ASSTION Published weekly in St. Paul, IVA 24283, by the CLINCH , NALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area of, Wise, Russel L Dickenson end. Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH i VALLEY TIMES building,: 16541 Russell Street. Perio-i dicais postage is paid at the  Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283. Ann Young Gregory Editor: ,Allen Gregory Advertising l 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; ichanges to: Clinch Valley Times, IP.O. Box 817, St. Paul, VA F24283 SINGLE COPY - 50c Minimum icharge, $6.00 for up to 20 wordS; iin advance; 25c per word aft 20 Display Advertising rates Periodicals publication Postal ISSN: 767600 fi.