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P F r*' FOOTBALL September 6 Central at Castlewood . ] No136 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things .... ' " Thursday, September 5, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia T all The Bluebell island Walking and Bicycling Trail along with its connecting St. Paul on The Clinch Trail was dedicated on Saturday, August 31 The trail, with its beginning at Boody, then to Bluebell Island and through AR. Matthews Park near the river then exits the park and follows Riverside Drive turning right at the underpass and traveling through town to the ally beside Fran's Farm and Feed, then turn right at the back of the Library gomg left on Wise Street and the underpass turning left and going behind Family Dollar and Food City and connecting with the Bush Building railroad side track and traverses part of the Bush property until it connects with DEDICATION...A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was held on Saturday, August 31 for the new Bluebell Island Walking and Bicycling Trail which runs from Boody to the Sugar Hill Loop Trail. Preparing for emergencies doesn't have to cost a lot: September is National Preparedness Month Within the past two years, many Virginians have been af- fected by natural disasters, from the historic Mineral earthquake to hurricanes Irene and Sandy, to Tropical Storm Lee to a severe derecho wind storm and also winter storms. Being ready for emergencies is essential, and there is no better time to prepare than September, which is National Preparedness Month. "Advance planning for dis- asters pays off," said Michael Cline, state coordinator of emer- gency management. "Those who have taken some time to get their families, homes and busi- nesses ready for emergencies recover more quickly. Also, it doesn't have to cost a lot or take a lot of time to prepare." Families and individuals .'.should plan as though they will be without electricity, water ser- vice, access to a supermarket or other local services for. at least three days Follow these steps: Make a plan. This may be the single most important thing you can do, and it's free. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Update your contact infor- mation and post it in visible places in your home and workplace. Get a free emer- gency plan worksheet at or download the Ready Virginia app from the App Store and Google Play. Set aside emergency supplies. Don't wait for a storm. Buy preparedness it- ems throughout the year instead of all at once. Stop at sales and used goods stores. Choose the essentials that f'tt your needs and budget. If you don't have emergency supplies, September is a good time to get started. Get a list at Store water. You don't have to buy expensive bottled water. Just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight. Have at least a three-day supply of water on hand - that's one gallon per person per day. Check your policy. Take a few minutes to review your insurance policy during National Preparedness Mon- th. Get your agent to make any necessary changes. Consider adding flood insur- ance because most policies don't include it. Renters can get flood insurance, too. Visit for more. Stay informed. Stay aware of changing weather conditions by monitoring local media reports. Get a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with a weather band so you can hear e gency information when the power is out. To learn more about National Preparedness Month and to join the national community of people and organizations who have pledged to prepare in September, go to mmm AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big needed-training available. Call 1- ...The Wise County School Board 3:30 pm third Thursdays except Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal 800-572-2278. maintains a Policy Manual which June. Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pro, SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle- is available to the public in the FOOD BANK-First Baptist Trinity United Methodist Church. -wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 library of each school and in each Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pro, am Wednesdays at the Castlewood county public library, Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am Clintwood UnitedMethodist Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is ,.,Copies of the Russell County at the church. Donations are Chumh. mvited. School Board Policy Manual have welcomed. All in need of food are COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- The Dante Senior Citizens meet been placed in the office and the welcome. AIRY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm each Monday and Tuesday at 10 library of each schooL, and at the COMMUNITY CENTER-The ~hool cafeteria, am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County Public Library. West Dante Community Center ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Russell County residents 60 or SUPPORT GROUP-Women meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For Mondays, 6 pro, St. Paul Town older are invited, survivors of sexual assault are more information please call 495- Hall. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY- invited to attend Clinch Valley 8473. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Hours at the Russell County Public Communication Action, CLOTHES CLOSET-The Worn- Third Mondays, 6 pro, Town Hall. Library, Lebanon, are M_/Tu/W/F Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- en On Mission group at First CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The 10am-5:30pm; Th 10am-gpm; Sa port group meeting with victims of Baptist Church. St. Paul, opens a Castlewood Water & Sewage 10am-2pm. Sunday Closed. similar situations Mondays, 10:30 Clothes Closet from 9-11 am Authority Board of Directors, 6 MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours am-12 noon. For information call Tuesdays. Anyone who needs pm second Mondays. at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Rand Hackler, 276-988-5583 or clothing is welcome ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- Library, St. Paul, are 8:30am-Spm Ranetta Davis, 276-889.8206. FREE HIV TESTING-Health First Tuesday, 1 pro, Appalachian Mondays and Fridays; and llam- FP.~E ADULT ED-Free adult Departments in the Lenowisco Agency for Senior Citizens office, 7:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, education classes are available in Health District offer free eonfid- Claypool Hill. Free. Wed 9:30am-6pm and Sat Ipm- Lee, Scott and Wise counties and ential HIV tc~ting throughout the NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- 5pm. Sunday Clo~ed. the City of Norton. Daytime and year. For information, call Wise Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm DICKENSON-BUNDY,The eveins clma~ for adults who County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health PreabyterianChurch, Ndrton. Dickenmn.Bundy Log Home is mmttoimwovetheirbasieskills. Dept. 276r346-2011; or Scott Co CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231- open weekly Thm~lays through Instruetors also assist ~dults with Health Dept. 276-386-1312. Stated'meetings will be held the Saturdays, 10-3, andSundays 12.4 job-~htted skills including re- FREE GED CLASSES-Free third Saturday of ench month. The pro. me, writing and interviewing. GEl) classes are offered at the School of Instruction will be held SOCIAL SECURrrY-The Wire For details, ~ll 1-800-422-3433 or Oxbow Family Investment Center, I SL II L J_ I LII I Lou Ann Wallace the Oxbow Lake dam and the Sugar Hill Loop Trail. process has taken abe four easements had to be obtained years and several groups from property owners Freddy working together. Arringtnn, Family Dollar, Food" City and the Bush Building owners. When these easements were obtained, then work on the trail could begin. At the dedication, St. Paul's Mayor Kyle Fletcher and St. Paul Tomorrow's Chair Lou Ann Wallace both mentioned the people who worked hard cleaning up the trail like the St. Paul 'town crew, Lou Ann Wallace and her husband, Bill, Town Councilmen Harry Kelly and Jason Kilgore, Frank Kilgore and his crew of workmen, Mountain Materials Stone Co and Bob Harrison of the St. Paul IDA. Wallace in her closing Mayor Fletcher remarks also mentioned a design Bluebell Island being one of group from Virginia Tech who the focal points, had to be also aided in the trail design. established as part of the Town After the dose of Ms. of St. Paul which it was and it Wallace's remarks and a ribbon had to be cleaned up and the cutting and unveiling of the sign Nature Conservancy took it and trail route sign, a ceremonial under its protective wing. Then walk was held. Homecoming & Revival Calvary Baptist Church, at 10:00 a.m. with Bro Billy located at 1667 Calvary Baptist Mitchell from Jamestown, Road in Castlewood will hold a Tennessee. Services from Homecoming Service on September 9 through September Sunday, September 8 beginning I 1 begin at 7:00 p.m. LPRL Board of Trustees meeting The regular monthly meeting at 1:00 p.m. at the Wise County of the Lonesome Pine Regional Public Library. The Finance Library Board of Trustees will Committee will meet at 11:30 To get to the point, the trail be held Thursday, September 5 a.m. to review monthly payables. Charles Gordon, Author by Jerry Couch Many of you will recall the days when magazines featured stories and books in serial form. Each installment had its cliff- hanger ending which whetted our anticipation for the next issue. Starting this week, we are featuring a serialized short story written by Charles Gordon in 1924. work took place behind the scenes, providing a distinct benefit to his community. He was also a voracious reader and took an active interest in state, local, and national politics, writing many letters to public figures who impressed him - or failed to impress him. Mr. Gordon remained a bachelor all his life and will be remembered for his great love of his family. Following the death of his older brother, he became a surrogate father to his nephews. He was a truly remarkable man who did his best for everyone he met, lived true to his own policies, and probably died with as clear a conscience as anyone who ever called St. Paul home. I'm sure those of you who share your home with a beloved dog will enjoy this short story written by Charles Gordon in 1924. A CANINE CRIMINAL By Charles Gordon Throughout the somber expanse of the wild Northland, Charles Penvir Gordon Jules Macklin and his dog were Many of you will remember known - the man and his noble Mr. Gordon as the proprietor of canine friend who were as the New Store in St. Paul. This inseparable as brothers, each store was located in the old faithful to the other with a Charlie and Neelie Williams constancy that was baffling and store building on Russell Street at the same time ennobling in itive to the slightest disturbing noise when sleeping. But the enemy that stealthily stalked the slumbering man under cover of the inky darkness made no sound audible to the human ear. A starving cougar, its tail twitching ' and its nostrils quivering in hungry anticipation, had crept up to within a few yards of Macklin and was crouching for its deadly spring, when the dog, whose sensitive ears had caught the approach of his foe, flew at the huge cougar and so startled him that he bounded far over the sleeping man, and was disappearing through the trees when Macklin, who had been awakened by the mingled scream of the cougar and the savage growling of his friend the dog, snatched his rifle and dispatched the prowler with a single shot. Then, when the danger was past, he was foolishly scared, for he remembered how very near he had been to death. And when he had realized that the dog had saved his life he made a silem vow to repay him by providing a home for him and bestowing upon him the care his deed merited. The dog had follo ved him home, or had bravely limped behind him until Macklin, though he was. about all in himself, saw that the dog was dragging himself and, on fourth Thursdays at 7. Social Security Office is open ST. PAUL LODGE #343-sccond Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Corn- Phone numbers are 1-800-?T2- munication; First Thursday, 7 pin 1213 or 276-679-7633. School oflmtmction. LIBRARY FlllENl)S-Frienda of VFW POST ~52, DAV the J. Frad ~ Memorial CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 Library, St. Paul meet at the pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- 9864, L~banon, welom~ new ben Aid Bailding, new & used members.. If you served overseas clothin~ for sale, during any war, write VFW Post RUSSELL CO, BOARD OF 9864, P.O. Box 1419, LebanOn, SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 VA 24266 and send name, address 276-386-2433. St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- which is presently owned by the mere thought of this strange TRANSPORTATION.The Ap-nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. m Ezra Dye. The New Store was a Agency for Senior Cifi- Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. 1 govid~ diutbility transport- Call 1-800-422-3433. mgeneral merchandise establish- mien seevie~ Buchanan, GEl). ONLINE-The Regional m ment where Mr, Gordon offered a little bit _of everything on the high shelves and counters. It was a fine place for an inquisitive child to visit - guess in Diekenson, Russell and Tazewell Adult Education Program is counties to individuals with offering free GED Classes online. disabilities; regardless of age. Call This service is for qualifying and 1-888-656-2272. adult learners, with or without GENEALOGY GROUP-Thetheir own home computers, in Lee, Russell County Genealogy Group Scott and Wise counties and the how I know. Mr. Gordon had an active mind and was quite an entre- meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, City of Norton. For more Russell County Public Library, information, call GED Online Lebanon. The Group purpose is Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- pm, Labanon. and phone number. Tmasfers "to learn, to share and to 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- CLINCHFIELD LODGg #256-welcomed, pexpetuate family history," Call 2433). Stated Commtmigation, Is Sstur- HEALTH SERVICIgS-The Wise William T. l~uller, 276-623-3410 GED TESTING-GED Testing is day& 7:30; School of hmtagticm County ~ l~t, Who, or, available Monday through Ibird Thtmtday~ 7 pm is open from gam41pm firlt JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Thursday and on Saturdays at the IRgO~VlggY GROUP-The Win Thu~. ~ will be offered - Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- Wise Co. Altexuetive Education Meatal Hmlflt Camtw ia family I~ i~glisttig~ ~ialLibrsryandhelppmmotathe C,~tar,.Wi~. Call 276-328.8612 celldecta ~ ~ fe~ ~ ~ ~ ~ WIC, improvement of facilities ud fur iafogmatkm ooa~laing GEl) stmt~ abtmers and ~ ~ smi immmmlamtka~ Ap- mcvie~ of the library. 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Unfortunately, the Great Depression stalled his writing career when disposable income dried up and sales of reading material plummeted. In the 1930's, Mr. Gordon was fortunate to be hired by Clinch- field Coal Company to work in its inventory department and he held this job for many years. In his spare time, Mr. Gordon was a convivial "hail fellow, well met" Who belonged to several lodges, churches, and organizations. His volunteer merciless jaws of a steel trap, which had clamped one of its forelegs. He had released the suffering animal without hesita- tion, his first thought being to ease its pain; but it insisted on limping after the man who had befriended it and, thought he did not know but that he was taking the property of someone, as he had no dog himself, Macklin had adopted this waif and. fed it. After that, no one could have driven it from his side, and it was not long until a chance came for the dumb animai to prove its gratitude and fidelity to his friend. M ddin had nmde lais bed of Immam of a Im b n,ail, ud n,m W llr mind wwy, It mm mt rams he lad mtm am M wm round Imp. Umaly Im wm easily wammed II wm ram- picking him up, carried him in his arms the rest of the way. It was not" until after the two had arrived at the tiny cabin which was to be the dog's future home that Macklin bestowed upon him the name of Dawn, which had been chosen beeuse, when the dog was resting on his haunches beside the hearth with head erect and brown eyes somber, there was about his posture something of the noble silence and mystery of the dawn. Afterward, Dawn had proved a faithful friend and ally, and the man's devotion to the dog was something that could hardly be described. There was nothing about the dog which could enable Macklin to determine his pedigree; but he did not look like a common mongrel. He certainly must have had noble ancestor#, but it was difficult to guess from what famom lin bed mmL M Jdin not Im Ug "myww. 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