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~Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, September 22, 2016 ,11 Ill i -- -- -- -- -- From Page 1 jecting 12 to 15 direct jobs. This would include work- ers on site and those trans- porting material back to the Castlewood site for processing. As we said in the meeting, it's about sus- ti~inability of jobs that are h'ere. Unfortunately, due to the declines in coal and the e:nergy-driven economy, Our business is not as strong. Our business is feeling the impact of that and we are trying to diver- sify. " When I say "sustainabil- ~ty of jobs," some people say "you're threatening to leave," but that's not a "th'reat. We're just looking ahead to the future. The quarry in St. Paul is not the Only thing we're looking at. I Iook at multiple opportu- nities each week to try to "diversify while using the workforce and assets that we have: This [the St. Paul ~uarry] is an excellent Opportunity. I don't want to see it get passed by because people are afraid of The worst case Or what "'might" happen. Right now, based upon what we see - and this is taking into account where the quarry is and how we can minimize impact - we would think once per month would be an aver- age schedule for blasting. Blasts don't last very long. Noise and dust generated by blasting can be mini- mized. There were some questions about the fallibil- ity of processes, but I can tell you - modern blasting technology has come a long way. It's electronic now. The units that are used to set off a blast now communicate with each other in a centralized com- puter. We control it pre- cisely. One of the experts had mentioned that you can have two shots go off at once. However, that does not happen with electronic systems. There is a side to this based upon geology that will have to be determined through core sampling to fully understand what is there. We have looked at the surface, we have looked at the geology, we have consulted with geologists and asked "What's here? What should we encounter?" We have designed a plan around by Jerry Couch (continued from last week) The following tran- scribed excerpts are taken from the diaries of Castle's Woods resident Thomas Tresvant Dickenson [ 1832- 1913]. Dickenson's home farm was known as "Grandview." Today, it is the home of Dickenson's descendant, Jo Ellen Kiser Harding and her husband, Tom Harding. Grandview has remained in the family that. since its construction in 1862.. We would not pulverize Due to the passage of this rock on site. We just time and custom, I have need it broken up enough taken the liberty of adding so we can load it onto some explanatory notes for trucks and transport it from the convenience of today's the site for processing, readers. My notations are The stone from the Hill bracketed and italicized. property is a type of sand- Also, entries marked with stone. It is relatively rare - an asterisk were written by it is more highly corn- Dickenson's wife pressed and harder than Josephine Bonaparte other sandstone in this "Josee" Dickenson. area. For highway con- Spelling,. capitalization, struction this stone is a and abbreviations are con- non-skid, or non-polishedsistent with the original type of stone. It's notgoing diary. to polish off like a marble APRIL 1862 countertop - which does ---Tuesday 8th Rained. happen with limestone or The Militia discharged at some of the softer types of Lebanon also reorganized. stone. If you look at this ---Wednesday 9th sandstone under a micro- Rained. I walked from scope you will see there are Lebanon to W. C. sharp edges that provide Bickley's. There got a excellent traction for rub- horse & rode home. Josee ber automobile tires. Right went to N. C. Dickenson's. now the closest sources of ---Thursday 10th this stone are in Mountain Cloudy. Ed brought 21 of City, TN and Carroll Uncle John's cattle from County, VA. Chas. Home to feed. Put We appreciate the pub- ashes on meat [After being lic's interest. We believe salt-cured, pork was the dissemination of infor- packed in wood ashes for mation is in our favor, long-term preservation. When anyone from the Meat preserved in this media comes to talk to us manner required re-hydra- about this we try to be as tion before it was cooked open as we can be. and served.] ---Sunday 20th Showery. Red had a calf. I went to Zion preaching. ---Saturday 26th Cloudy. Two days meeting commensed at Zion. Uncle John took his cattle away; commensed planting sweet potatoes. I went to preach- ing. ---Sunday 27th Fair. Meeting at Zion. Josee & I went. J. Counts and Lady. Tho. Love & Harriet came & took dinner with us. ---Monday 28th Clear. Took 10 bus. Of wheat to Fugates Mill. *I and the hands finished planting sweet potatoes. ---Tuesday 29th Cloudy, with some rain. Ret'd. from mill. Wagon broke down. MAY 1862 ---Saturday 3rd Fair. Commensed harrowing. Dave ploughed. Militia called out for Wednesday. Mr. Jessee Vermillion died. ---*Wednesday 7th Some starting to the Army. Another voice is gone. I am hear all alone and so lonesum. Henry asks for his Pa & cries "I want my purty Pa." Commensed planting corn in the Hill field. --- Thursday 8th Clear. J. J. D., S. W. B., J. C. Wheeler and myself came from Henry B. Gray's. The militia discharged yester- day. Planted corn. J.C. Jones worked. [Russell County's economy in 1862 was not cash-based. It was a common practice for neighbors to barter labor with one another, especial- ly at planting and harvest- ing time . Receipts were given for hours worked, and later these hours were reciprocated.] ---Wednesday 14th Cool. Sprinkled. Sheared the sheep. Dave finished ploughing the new ground. ---Thursday 15th Cloudy. We went to the river & washed the wool. [Freshly-sheared wool is loaded with lanolin. It was called "wool grease" in Thomas Dickenson's time. Lanolin makes sheep "waterproof," and it must be washed out before wool can be picked, carded, and spun.] Wm. J. Dickenson came to Father's. ---Sunday 18th Threatening. Went to Father's AM & to Zion P.M. ---Saturday 31 Clear. Went to Uncle John & he and aunt came home with me. J. H. & S. J. D. had daughter borne. Uncle Sam'l. Leece died. 70 Yankees came to Gladeville [Wise, VA] and burned 3 houses and took some (illegible). JUNE 1862 ---Sunday 15th Clear. I went to Sulphur Spring to preaching. S. L. Jessee's funeral preached. ---Friday 27th Cloudy. Helped Father with wheat til dinner, Took wheat to mill. Commensed fighting at Richmond. ---Sunday 29th Cloudy. I went to Penhook to preaching. Fighting at Richmond. [Russell County's chief source of war news was The Abingdon Virginian, which was printed from 1849 until 1883. With telegra- phy being the primary means of transmission, reporting of events was sometimes incomplete or inaccurate.] To be continued next week .... NOTE: I am currently adding to and updating my local history biog. Additional pictures and material are being incorpo- rated into existing articles on a daily basis. If you have previously looked at the blog, you might want to look at it again to see what's new. The web address is" sphistory.word- Items of Interest... Calendar From Page 1 "to learn, to share and to perpetu- ate family history." William T. Fuller 276-623-3410 or fuller- jr1942@ JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join ,the Friends of J. Fred Matthews 'Memorial Library and help pro- 'mote the improvement of facili- ties and services of the library. Send name, address and phone !number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Please make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastem Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meet- ings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9am-3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. COMMUNITY CENTER- The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495-8473. ' FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confi- dential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386- 13!2. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. 'GED ONLINE-The Regional -Adult Education Program is offer- ing free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more infor- mation, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422:3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the 'Wise Co. Altemative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information conceming GED testing. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. 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 pm. NARCONON COUNSEL- ING- Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your fam- ily from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 800- 431-1754 or AMERICAN LEGION POST # 208 welcomes new mem- bers. If you served on active duty in the Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves then you should be eligible to join us. You are not required to have served overseas or have seen actual combat Contact us at American Legion Post # 208, P.O. Box 1261, Lebanon, VA 24266 with your name, address and The Holiday Craft Faire 2016 will be held on October 7 and October 8 at the Russell County Fai|:grounds in Castlewood. Email 276- 762-5607. Bush Mills Days, sponsored by the Nickelsville Ruritan Club will be Saturday, October 1 from 10-5 at Bush Mill in Nickelsville. There will be crofts, fresh corn meal, apple butter making and soup bean dinners with cornbread ground at the mill. Gospel and country music all day. For more information call 276-479-2648 or 276-479-3110 or 276-479-2033. phone number. Transfers are welcome. Get an additional rebate if you bring in this ad!l We appreciate your out our us outl URE Saint Paul, VA (276) 762-5535