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Cli ch Valley Ti n mes . " 'The time has come, the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' " ,.._...=_.so%..._./o .:: , Vol. LII, No. 37 Thursday, September 16, 2010 Saint Paul, Virginia 50c - "1 --- I Ill'- I Kids Wish Network become co-sponsor of the Santa Trah CSX, Food City and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce have announced that Kids Wish Network has joined them as an official sponsor of the Appalachian holiday tradi- tion--the Santa Train. Kids Wish Network is a na- tionally recognized charitable organization dedicated to infus- ing hope, creating happy memo- des and improving the quality of life for children. The organiza- tion will play a key role in gath- ering toys to distribute to child- ren who live across the 110 mile Santa Train route. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday November 20. "Our team at CSX has en- joyed collaborating with Kids Wish Network on events across the country, and we and our partners at Food City and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce are thrilled that they have chosen to join us as sponsors of the Santa Train," said Tori Kaplan, director of corporate citizenship and spe- cial events at CSX. "The work Kids 'Wish Network does for children across the country is remarkable, and we are horfored to work with them." Kids Wish Network donated $130,000 worth of toys to the Santa Train last year and plans to contribute $200,000 to the Santa Train for the 2010 event. "We were so happy to help out with this fantastic tradition _last Year," saM. ?Barbara Ask'm, director of distribution at Kids Wish Network. "It was our or- ganization's f'wst time to parti- cipate in a project in Appala- chia, and we immediately want- ed to become more involved. We're looking forward to work- ing with the other sponsors to make the 68  running of the Santa Train the best one yet." The Santa Train is an annual project that provides gifts, clothes and lasting memories to hundreds of children along the l l0-mile train route between Shelby, Kentucky, and Kings- port, Tennessee. For updates about the Santa Train, visit its Facebook page (The Santa Train) and follow @TheSantaTrain. on Twitter. SPECIAL PRESEN-TATION...Four members of St. Paul High School's 7ream Estonoa were on hand at the Wise County School Board meeting on Monday to accept a $5,000 check from Dominion Resources for landscaping work they plan to do at the rHiliman House in St. Paul. Pictured, left to right, are Dominion's Greg Edwards, who made the presentation, and Team Estonoa members Chloe Russell, Hannah Edmonds, Ashley Slate and Skyler Campbell Also present were Team Estonoa mentor Teresa Vencil, SPHS principal Paul Clendenon, assistant principal Vickie Welch, and a group of SPHS supporters. SPHS Alumni forming a pep band -All Saint Paul High School Alumni and current students who were members of the SPHS Marching Band are invited to participate in forming a pep band for the home football games. As many are aware, the Saint Paul Marching Band program was cancelled for the 2010-2011 school year. This community band is an effort to continue to provide music for ;. SPHS home football games. : Everyone's help is needed to make this program become a reality. Practices are currently bein'gg held every Monday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the high school band room. ff anyone has an instrument, he/she is strongly encouraged to bring it to prac- tice. Anyone who is interested is asked to call Angle Hileman at 762-7312 or Gina Gullett at 276-971-3948.dt is the goal of the Alumni Band to be ready to support the Deacons at their first home game on September 24. All SPHS musicians are encouraged and urged to be part of tl_?is_new gr0UP! Neighborhood Watch groups to be discussed at Council St. Paul Town Councilman Greg Bailey has announced that everyone who might be interest- ed in participating in a Neigh- borhood Watch Group in his or her area is irtvited to attend the St. Paul Town Council meeting well as interested citizens. ...... -- at the_ 3"m_Ralk/-g-,; m _,,_ .................. Monday, September 20. - Wise County Sat. Chuck Stapleton will speak to Council about starting such a group, and will provide the necessary infor- mation for Council members as Calendar of events. AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 p.m., Clintwood United Metho- dist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m., school cafeteria. ST, PAUL IDA BOARD-Fomlh Mondays, 6 p.m., St. Paul Town Hull. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Se-wage ;Authority Board of Direc-tors, 6 p.m. second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appala- chian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231-Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month. The School of Instruction will be held on fourth Thursdays at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Se- cond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Stat- ed Communication; First Thurs- day, 7 p.m., School of lnstngtion. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coebum. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, '9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- born Aid Build-ing, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, Ist 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, Coe- 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 Castlewood All interested persons are invited to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE HO.PE. House provides emer- gency shelter for victims of do- mestic violence in Wise, Russell, I)ickenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- anan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed--train- ing available. Call 1-800-572- 2278. SENIOR CITIZENS ...The Castlewood Senior Citi- IIJ!l!i!t)lt!!q!!!lll zens meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited ' ...The lte Se,nioi" Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- purtment. Russell County resi- dents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; So., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MATTHEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- days/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY The Dickenson-Bundy" Log House is open weekly Thursdays thronigh Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers are 1- 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, meet at the Library on first Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. VFW POST 9864 VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- comes new members. If you 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.-g p.m. first Thursdays. Cli- nics will be offred in family planmng, pediatrics', school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Appointments are necessary for all but immuniza- tions. For an appoint-ment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Community Center is available for rennions 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 recogmzes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board maintains a 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- sauh are invited to attend Clinch Valley Commumty Action, Inc./ Family Crisis Services' support group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. For information, call Rande Hackler, 276-988- 5583, or  Davi, 276-889- 8206. FREE ADULT ED Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who want to improve their basic skills. Inslruetors also assist adults with job-related skills in- eluding resmne writing and inter- viewing. For details, call 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION The Appalachian Agency fur Senior Citizens provides disabili- ty wansportation services in Buc- hanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. The Group's purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 or fullerir 1942.yaboo,com JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred [lt- thews Memorial Library and help promote the improvement of faci- lities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews . Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR C!inch valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meet- ings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Dickenson County--Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835- 8847 nights. Coeburn-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9 am.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except June. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tues- clay'from 9-11 a.m. at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER Center meets at 7 p.m. first Mon- days, For more information, call 495-7026 or 495-8473. " CLOTHES CLOSET _The Women On Mission at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 am. Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Leno- wisco Health District offer free confidential HIV testing through- out the year. For information, call Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or Sxon" Co. Health Dept., .276- 386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon. Gl,-nna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-343. GED ONLINE The Regional Adult Education Prosram is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qealifyin 8 and adult Imaer% with or without their own home corn- puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED On- line Coordinator Morel Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- ; day through Thursday and on, Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.ucation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for informa- tion concerning GED testing. ,IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul. 5-6 n.m- 2rid Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:30 pro. I n Mondays at the Dante Museum. Community Meeting is 3  Tuesday of each month. GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All, are welcome-admission is free. GOSPEL JAMBOREE The Clinch River Gospel Jam- boree and Open Micropohone isheld third Sundays February' through October at 3 p.m.a t Cleveland United Methodist Church, Cleveland. Admission is free to everyone. The host is Gary Cram, Ph.D. Contact him by calling 276-393-3522 or onailing him at biblemusicaol.com BOOK DISCUSSION Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 p.m. Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore will The West Dante Commumty be discussed at the September 23 meeting , Church and church-related activities'ca00noar on page 3 WOWI WHY DIDN'T  DO THIS BEFORE?...Sam McDonald, who'll be three years old this month, appears to have had an incredibly good time at his very first Russell County Fair last week*. He is the son of Chris and Linda McDonald, Cleveland. Photo by Peyton Gregory UVa-Wise sponsors LEGO League teams The University of Virgia's College at Wise is looking for young, imaginative scientists who are interested in competing for top honors by building a working robot. UVa-Wise is sponsoring two FIRST LEGO League teams for children between the ages of nine ar 14. The FIRST LEGO League is an annual contest that focuses on a real world topic related to a science. The robotics part of the competition involves teams building LEGO robots that must be able to complete missions on an obstacle course. Members al- so must demonstrate teamwork during construction and show their ability to solve problems as a unit. The UVa-?Wise teams will participate in a regional compe- tition in Abingdon on Saturday, November 13. In order to pre- pare for the competition, teams tentatively will meet on Monday evenings in Darden Hall from6- Daniel Ray, 276-376-4628 or e- 7p.m.. mail ]aim at For more information, call wise.edu. SPHS starts PACE season with 148-31 win over Poun St. Paul High School opened its PACE (Program of Acade- mic Challenge for Excellence) season on Monday night at Pound with a 148-31 victory over the host team. In other matches, Appalachia defeated Clintwood 159-143; Powell Valley squeezed by J. J. Kelly 155-147; and Coeburn John I. Burton. Matches next week will have St. Paul at Clintwood, Appala- chia at Coeburn, John I. Burton at J. J. Kelly, and Pound vs. Powell Valley at WCCTC-TV (the Wise County Career Tech- nical Center). Matches begin at 6 p.m., and admission is free. The public is managed a 162-159 victory over invited to atten_d.. Clinch River Readers Fall is nearly here and with it Each one who attends is a chance to cuddle up with a good book. The Clinch River Readers, a group which meets at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library in St. Paul, has invited everyone to attend the next meeting, to be held Thursday, September 16, at invited to bring his/her favorite book to discuss with the club. The group will also choose its next book club selection, which will be discussed at the October meeting. For more information, call the library at 762-9702. GRANDPARENTS' DAY...Friday, September 10, was Grandparents' Day at the St. Paul Elementary Pre-K classroom. The 16-member class attracted a number of grandparents to the special day's events. The teacher is Veronica Rasnick, and her aide is Marian Davis.