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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY St. Paul Main 'St. Paul Main Street con- tinued through its second month with its part-time manager Teresa HarJess on board. Information about St: Paul Main Street-what it is anG how it works'-is now available on the Town's web site at www.stpaulva.org. The group's Facebook page is updated daily; please "friend" St. Paul VA Main Street for regular updates. One of the Main Street Com- mittees - The Design Committee - reports that they have been busy working on landscaping on the Bluebell Trail at Boody connecting to the downtown trail and also at A.R. Matthews Park installing signage. The work was evident at the August 31 ribbon cutting of the Bluebell Island/St. Paul on the Clinch Trail. St. Paul Main Street has been pproached by other local Main treets (Marion, Abingdon and Bristol) to participate in a "buy TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, September 12, 2013 Street Happenings local campaign." Teresa hopes to have details to share soon. Attending meetings and conferences is an important role of the Main Street Manager to promote Main Street through networking with local and state agencies. During August, Teresa attended several meetings, in- cluding the CRVI meeting on August 12, and a Business In- centives Committee meeting on August 13 - working in con- junction with the Entrepreneurial Challenge spearheaded by DHCD. At that meeting, the group brainstormed ideas for potential new businesses needed in St. Paul to accommodate tourists. Along with several other Main Street folks, Teresa at- tended the Spearhead Trail rib- bon cutting on August 16. It was another opportunity to network and reconnect. The event was well planned and very well attended, and to quote Greg Bailey - "It is Gonna Be Big!" Teresa continues to visit local businesses to meet owners and managers and introduce herself and offer to promote any events or special sales through the Main Street Facebook page. She also visited the Farmers Market twice in August and met the vendors. To promote your St. Paul business on the Main Street Facebook page or for informa- tion about volunteering on a Main Street Committee; opening a new business; or relocating a business downtown, contact Teresa at stpaulmainstreet@gmail.com or 276-395-0685. The St. Paul Main Street office is located in Market Square across from the Hillman House; weekly hours are posted on the door and also on Facebook. Tourism t Appalachm region in 2012 -All Virginia localities saw increased tourism revenue while revenue grew in the business entrepreneurs bring in fresh ideas and exciting new offerings,-and we develop our assets as an a!l-inclusive destin- ation, tourism will continue on a positive path," said Pam Vance, Heart of Appalachia Admini- strator. "More so, the Heart of Appalachia has a unique and sincere sense of community that v.isitors fall in love with-the hospitality, the people make the experience special! There is no place on earth like the Heart of Appalachia and that's what keeps visitors coming back," continued Ms. Vance. The Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority office is located in St. Paul, at the geographic center of the seven far SW Virginia counties and city it represents. Designated by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a state agency in 1993, the Heart of Appalachia was estab- lished to develop, market and promote tourism in the Leno- wisco and Cumberland Plateau Planning Districts. In 20!3, celebrating its twentieth year, the Heart of Appalachia remains committed to meet and exceed the expectations of the Com- monwealth. As an indication of this ongoing commitment, th6 Authority recently applied for state certified visitors center status and is awaiting approval. The Heart of Appalachia also partners with the Virginia Tour- ism Corporation, and pr6motes the programs of Heartwood, 'Round the Mountain Artisan Network, The Crooked Road, Southwest Regional Recreation Authority/Spearhead Trails, Clinch River Valley Initiative (CRVI) and other tourism- related organizations. For more information, visit http://HeartOfAppalachia.com, http://VirginiaCoalTrail.com, and http://AppalachianBackroads.co m, call 276-762-0011 or stop in at 3028 4 th Avenue Market Square, St. Paul, Virginia. In a state-wide press released on September 5, "Tourism plays a key role in our economic development and growth in the Commonwealth, providing valu- able jobs for citizens and stim- ulating business of all sizes," said Governor McDonnell. "During my administration, I have made tourism a funda- mental part of my economic development initiatives. The data released shows once again that tourism provides a tremen- dous return on investment, and continues to provide jobs - 210,000 of them- to the citizens of Virginia." "Tourism is an instant rev- Governor Bob McDonnell's recent announcement that tour- ism in Virginia became a $21 billion industry in 2012 was good economic news not just for the Commonwealth as a whole. Data released by the United States Travel Association (USTA) reveals that every locality in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year. ccording to the USTA, o2urism in Virginia generated 1.2 billion in revenue, a four percent incrdase over 2011. Tourism also supported 210,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and provided $1.36 billion in state and local taxes. In terms of those numbers, tourism is the third largest industry in Virginia. The Heart of Appalachia region consists of the coalfield counties bf Buchanan, Dicken- on, Lee, Russell, Scott, Taze- ell, Wise and the City of Norton. Tourism was again an :important contributor to the local economy in 2012. Tourism enue for the Heart of Appal- ia region reached $165.2 Ilion ta 2 percent increase in regibn over 2011. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 1,848 while local tourism- related taxes were $10.25 mil- lion. All data was received by the Virginia Tourism Corpor- , ation (VTC) from USTA and is based on domestic visitor spend- ing (travelers from within the United States) from per person trips taken 50 miles or more away from home. Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority's Board Chair, Charles "Buzz" Witt stated, "We are excited. Tourism continues to gain momentum in the Heart of Appalachia as our localities forge stronger partnerships with each other to market our region as a whole. Together, our reach is greater as we get more 'bang for the buck.' 2013's numbers are expected, to continue this upward trend as Spearhead trails' Mountain View trail system and trails expansion, the Appalachian Backroads niche marketing program and expan- sion, Virginia's Coal Heritage Trail program, and CRVI (Clinch River Valley Initiative) efforts are realized. We will share more about these programs in the coming weeks." "Our region is rich with uni- que culture, heritage, artisans, music, natural resources, scenic beauty and outdoor adventure - all are major draws to visitors. Heart of Appalachia is full of saleable treasures and traditions. As our localities continue to spruce up, hospitality and lodging expand, new small MARKET CORNER NEWS Clinch River Farmers Market Saturday, 8 am-1 pm Wednesday 2 pm - 5 pm , Don't miss the opportunity to check out a good selection of fresh produce including apples, pears, corn, green beans, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes, etc. Also at the market you will find plants, honey, jams, jellies, baked goods, breads, salsa and much more The Farmers Market Cookbooks are available for purchase t the market as well as at Big M, St. Paul Builders, Bailey Hardware, Kilgore Law Office, the Town Hall, ( CR Pate and Co and Sweet Peas. zC Entertainment Team Estonoa displays & demonstrations 10 am Center Stage Cloggers 11 am ..... Kids activities 10 am We ar cartfzLD accept EBT, debit cards and Senior Citizen coupons. The t'zzErLten dollars of EBT purchases will be doubled. farmers and crafters and enjoy a free cup of ..- ,at the Clinch River Farmers Market. Heart of i Virginia topped $21 billion- enue generator for the Common- wealth. 2012 was a banner year for travel and hospitality in Virginia, and we were pleased to see such continued improvement in our tourism economy," said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of VTC. "Tourism is a driving force of Virginia's eco- nomy - it creates jobs, generates economic impact, and benefits businesses and communities across the state. We are fortunate to have a governor and members of the General Assembly who recognize the importance of in- vesting in an industry that con- tinues to grow and strengthen our economy." The Virginia Tourism Corp- oration is the state agency re- sponsible for marketing Virginia to visitors and promoting the Virginia is for Lovers brand. Virginia is for Lovers is the longest-running state tourism slogan in the country. Virginia is for Lovers stands for love, pure and simple, and promotes the state as the ideal destination for loved ones to completely con- nect on a great vacation. Virginia i for Lovers was named one of the top 10 tourism marketing campaigns of all time by Forbes and was inducted into the National Advertising Walk of Fame in 2009. In August, VTC's "Old School Virginia" was recognized with an award for best coop- erative advertising campaign in the country, the agency's 9  Mercury Award won at U.S. Travel-Association's prestigious national annual tourism con- ference. Virginia was named one of the top 10 wine travel destin- ations in the world for 2012 by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The Heart of Appalachia region boasts three local vineyards - MountainRose Vineyard in Wise, Vincent's Vineyard in Lebanon and Plum Creek Winery in Tazewell. Governor McDonnell also recently an- nounced that Virginia wine sales have reached an all-time high, with continued growth pushing sales across the half-million case benchmark. The Hedrt of Appalachia Tourism Authority receives its annual economic impact data through The Virginia Tourism Corporation from the US. Tra- vel Association. The information is based on domestic visitor spending (travelers from within the United States) from per- person trips taken 50 miles or more away from home. Detailed economic impact data by locality is available on www. rate. org under Research. Wise County Sheriff' s Report The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 8/26/2013 through 9/01/2013. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1857 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 361 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 6. Criminal Process for the same period served 58 Felony Warrants, 25 Misde- meanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest and worked 5 Traffic Accident. Civil process for this period served 531 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 17 additional Criminal Investi- gations were initiated and 35 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 197 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts and the coiarthouse. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 0 adult in state, 2 adult out of state, 3 mental patient, and 2 juveniles for a total of 7 transports, involving 30 hours7..- ..... ; The Sheriff's Office unlocked 2l) vehicles and escorted g funerals during this seven-day period. Adult Education Connection by Karen Gent PIVA Phlebotomy Technician cultural evening On August 20, 2013, the Pluggedln VA Phlebotomy Technician cohort spent a cul- tural evening in Abingdon. As part of the students' training in business etiquette, this field trip lrovided an opportunity for the students to practice many of their newly acquired profess- ional skills. It also gave them an occasion for which to wear their business attire, which had recently been purchased with a clothing allowance provided by the program. The evening's events began with a delicious dinner at Rain located on Main Street in Abingdon. In preparation for the event, the students had studied table manners and table settings. During dinner, the students practiced the skills of making introductions, being CV'l'imes Deadlines: Editorial copy (birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar items, weddings, etc) 3:30 pm Monday Advertising (classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday i good conversationalists, and using proper table manners. Following dinner, the group traveled to the historic Barter Theatre to watch "Good O1' Girls," a catchy musical about strong Southern women. The class, which happens to be a cohort made of up entirely of women, were accompanied to the play by instructors Tummy Brown and Karen Gent; pro- gram coordinator Tim Salyers; and Southwest Regional Adult Education Program Manager, Linda Allen. The students had been equipped for this event by a lesson in theater etiquette. The students and staff experienced a genuine "good o1' time" as they took in this fun show that was inspired by the stories of two best-selling Southern writers, Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle and quilted together with music by country pop songwriters Matraca Berg and Marshall Chapman. The evening was "filled with lots of smiles, laughter, and appreciation. The students were able to let their professional skills shine with confidence and ease as a result of the training they have received in Pluggedln VA. Pluggedln VA Phlebotomy Technician began on April 8,' 2013 and will run through Sept- ember 19, 2013. 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