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O Vol. LVIII, No. 38 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, September 22, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia i n i a PRESS 50 cents by Jerry Couch On Tuesday evening, I attended a meeting of the Town of St. Paul's zoning board as a representative of the Clinch Valley Times. Public input had been solicited by the board as part of their consideration of a zoning change request made by Bobby and Bernice Hill. The Hills have asked the board to re- zone a tract they own with- in the corporate limits of St. Paul so it can become the site of a rock quarry. This quarry would be oper- ated by Mountain Materials, Inc. which has operations in several places including Castlewood, VA. The Hill property is adjacent to Hwy. 58 between the Robinette Bridge and the top of Whetstone Ridge.. This rectangular strip spans an area between Hwy. 58 and the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks. An unusually large 'number of spectators attended the zoning board meeting, Every chair in the public meeting room of the St. Paul Town Hall was filled. Those who could The meeting lasted for three hot, uncomfortable hours. Many people signed up to address, the board. Some folks expressed con- cerns about this area's need for the jobs the proposed quarry would provide. Other folks voiced their concerns about possible noise and pollution gener- ated by the quarry. The meeting was orderly. However, there were a few times when emotions ran high. Last Thursday I inter-" viewed Josh Home of Mountain Materials in Castlewood. I wanted him to have a direct opportunity to outline the quarry proj- ect for readers of the Clinch Valley Times. Here's what Josh had to say: I think the biggest thing 1 want people to under- stand is that there has been a lot of talk about worst case scenarios - horror sto- ries of "this or that can happen," building damage, and so forth. This is by no means the reality we see every day in what we do. With the modern technolo- gy and the science that is behind the things we do, we not be seated lined the can very precisely control walls - two and three deep in some places. If anyone had fainted there wouldn't have been room for them to fall down. Those who could not squeeze into the room stood in the parking lot outside the open doors so they could hear what was b+ing said. what we do in terms of blasting. We didn't just decide to just throw in a quarry. We gave it a lot of time and or set it back in any man, ner. Mountain Materials has donated material to Lake Estonoa, the trail system, local schools - including landscaping, materials, and time. We do our part for the community. We've always been huge support- ers of. the little league because we believe, it's for everybody. We want to continue to do those things. thought because we under- We have given careful stand what St. Paul is try- thought to making what we do co-exist with the culture ing to do, and we appreci, St. Paul is moving toward. ate that. "We're" ~not trying If we didn t think it was to go against it, counter it, AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pro, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pro, Clintwood United Methodist Church. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pro, St. Paul Town Hall.. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm 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-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pro, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pro, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st IIIU!!I!jIII!!!!!!II) Thursdays, 7:30; Tuesday; Closed School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. R E C O V E R Y Saturday Closed. GROUP-The Wise Sunday Closed. County Mental HealthD I C K E N S O N - CenteT conducts a B U N D Y- T h e recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Log stance abusers and fam- House is open weekly ilies Fridays at 10 am Thursday, Friday and Call 276-679-0810. Saturday 10 to 4 and ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. Adult Children of SOCIAL SECURI- Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social Mondays, 7 pro, First Security Office is open Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from Coebum. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num- 0016, 276-395-6588 or bers are 1-800-772- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. LITTLE LEAGUE- L I B R' A R Y The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends of League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. Ma Whitenack Little Paul meet at the Library League Field. All inter- on first Thursdays at 4 ested persons are invit- pm. ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- H.O.P.E. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, H.O.P.E. House pro- Lebanon, welcomes vides emergency shel- new members. If you ter for victims of served overseas during domestic violence in any war, write VFW Wise, Russell,Post 9864, P.O. Box Dickenson, Lee, Scott 1419, Lebanon, VA and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, and the City of Norton. address and phone Volunteers needed- number. Transfers wel- training available. Call corned. 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise ZENS-The Castle-County Health wood Senior Citizens Department, Wise, is meet at 10 am open from 8am-8pm Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. Castlewood Lions Den. Clinics will be Anyone 60 or over is offered in family plan- invited, ning, pediatrics, school The Dante Senior and adult physicals, Citizens meet each WIC, Paps and immu- Monday and Tuesday at n i z a t i o n s . 10 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- Department. Russell essary for all but immu- County residents 60 or . nizations. For an older are invited, appointment, call 762- RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. LIBRARY-Hours at the F A C I L I T I E S Russell County Public AVAILABLE-The Library, Lebanon, are Tacoma Community Tue &Thur 10am-8pm; Center is available for Wed & Fri 10am- reunions, birthdays and 5:30pro; Sat 10-3pro. showers. Closed Sun & Mon. All proceeds reha- M A T T H E W Sbilitate the Tacoma LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a Community J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- Memorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- 6pro Monday; DAY-Appalachian 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656- 2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100th birthday. SUPPORT GROUP-Women sur- vivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- port group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 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. Instructors also assist adults with job- related skills including resume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422- 3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTA- TION- The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens pro- vides disability trans- portation services in Buchanan, 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 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library,. Lebanon. Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276=623-3410 See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 viable and if we hadn't con- and externally, then we Right now we are pro- suited with experts and wouldn't have pursued the engineers, both internally project. See Zoning, Page 8 Agreement approved, to develop tourist information center At their regular monthly meeting, the St. Paul Town Council unanimously approved a Memorandum of Agreement between the Town and Russell County. The agreement acknowl- edges that VDOT desires to transfer approximately 1.5 acres adjoining State Route 640 and Highway 58=A to-- Russell County for collab- orative development of the Site by the Town of St. Paul and Russell County to promote tourism and recre- ation. The Town of St. Paul and Russell County plan to cooperatively seek funding for development and construction of a tourist information center and recreation area to pro- mote tourism and econom- ic development in our region of Southwest Virginia. Mayor Fletcher said this piece of property is ideal tO promote tourism because of its location on Highway 58 as you enter Russell County from the west and St. Paul from the east, and it is centrally located for tourism promo- tion in boththe LENOWlSCO and Cumberland Plateau Planning Districts. Virginia Tech has assist- tract to be executed with ed with plans to improvepolice officers attending storm water drainage on the academy. The contract the IDA property locatedwill provide a means by on Russell Street Marketwhich the officer can Square. Lou Wallace and receive credit toward the Kathy Stewart advised that cost of the academy by the remaining $22,500 remaining employed by the received from a Dominiontown. grant administered by the Cody McElroy of -Upper ...... Tennessee ...... Matt~rn.? ........ &, ............ Craig. Roundtable will be used Engineering reported that for drainage tiles, and the low bid on the Water asked the Council to con-Treatment Plant upgrade tribute the cost of the stone for security fencing and and engineering fees. Thegenerating was $103,320. town council voted unani-The Council unanimously mously to allocate up toawarded McFall $10,500 to complete the Construction the contract project, for the Water Plant Project. The previous proposal Council also approved the "tO request that the parkpurchase of anew sink and road be taken into VDOT other miscellaneous items was discussed, for the interior lab of the Considering the concerns water plant. It was dis- expressed about turning the cussed that this could pos- park road over to VDOT, sibly be funded with con- Councilman Kelly asked to tingency from the Project. table the item, stating thatThe Council agreed to he is proposing that VDOT allow a Castlewood High take into their system only student to serve as a stu- that portion of the road up dent member of the town to the guardrail near-the council. Terry Vencil, park entrance. He will be Director of Estonoa, will working with VDOT to help manage the program provide a schematic on this to allow students to partici- proposal, pate in local government. The Council unani- All council members mously approved a con- were present except Councilman Kilgore. Therapy dog debuts at Castlewood High by Savannah Roberson, CHS senior As the 2016-2017 school year begins at Castlewood High School, there is no denying that there have been some big changes within the faculty and staff. With a new prin- cipal, vice principal, guid- ance counselors, and a handful of new teachers, some students may find themselves struggling to keep up with all of the new faces in the halls. Yet there's a certain four- legged friend that nearly everyone has become familiar with: Sherman, Castlewood's new therapy dog. Sherman belongs to Mr. John Verderosa, Castlewood's sophomore and senior class guidance counselor. On any given school day, Sherman can be found happy and con- tented in the guidance office, ready to provide any comfort or security possi- ble to students, faculty, and staff. Though he may not walk on two legs, he's very much a member of the staff- at Castlewood. He can be found attending school fac- ulty meetings, walking the halls with Mr. Verderosa between classes, and even relaxing in the library in the mornings with stu- dents. Sherman even has his own name identifica- tion badge from Therapy Dogs International. When asked why Sherman is such a positive addition to Castlewood High School, Mr. Verderosa answered, "We all have an outlet, Some of us listen to music, some turn to art, some prefer physical activity. Sherman, however, is his own type of therapy. When a child comes in my office crying, I know she's upset. The cool thing about Sherman is that he knows it, too---- See Sherman, Page 7 Sherman History article on Page 8 l