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ip ' Ill-" } .= ...... FOOTBALL FRIDAY 7:30 P.M. St. Paul at Twin Springs Castlewood at Rye Cove Vol. LI, No. 39 .... i .... I " ITI- r Clinch Valley Times " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, September 24, 2009 Saint Paul, Virginia .. j I - _ _  --- "Ntlll G I N LA "" 50c | COUNCIL WITH SPECIAL GUEST...Dr. David Prior, Chancellor of The University of Virginia's College at Wise, spoke to the St. Paul Town Council on :Monday, primarily to express his and the college's thanks to the Town for proclaiming UVa-Wise to be "St. Paul's Hometown College." Pictured, left to right, are Town Treasurer Debbie Baca; Councilmen Kenneth Holbrook and Grant Marshall; Town Attorney Greg Kallen; Councilwoman Sharon Steele; Councilman Raymond Trent; Dr. Prior; Councilman Harry Kelly; Mayor Kyle Fletcher; and Councilman Blake Whitenack. See story at right. Deadline for paying Wise Co. taxes Wise County's 2009 personal property and second half real estate taxes are now due. Taxes may be paid at the following banks: First Bank & Trust in Wise and Norton; all Miners Exchange Banks, New Peoples Bank in Pound, Esser- ville and Big Stone Gap; and Powell Valley National Bank in Wise and Big Stone Gap. Taxpayers may also mail their payments to the Wise County Treasurer, P.O. Box 1308, Wise, VA 24293.. Taxpayers who wish to pay by credit cord may call 1-800- '272-9829  long ont payments.corn, jurisdiction code 1009. A convenience fee will be charged. Questions on taxed items should be directed to the Com- missioner of Revenue's Office at 2786-328-3556 or 276-328- 3557. Wise County residents who have not received a tax ticket for property owned are asked to call the Wise County Treasur- er's Office immediately at 276- 328-3666. After the due date, a penalty will be added to taxes that have not been paid. the penalty is 190 percent or $2, whichever is greater. However, the penalty shall in no case exceed the amount of the original tax. An additional eight percent interest per year will be added Novem- ber 1, 2009. Due to the 1998 Personal Property Tax Relief Act, the tax on the first $20,000 of value of your personal car, motorcycle and pickup or panel truck under 7,501 pounds, which is a qualifying vehicle, has been reduced by 61 percent this year. car tax relief. The tax of a qualified vehicle, valued at $1,000 or less is eliminated. On the 2009 Personal Property tax tickets, this reduction is listed under the column "tax relief." The Treasurer's Office has 2010 decals for sale. They will be due April 15, 2010, and will be good through April 15, 2011. All personal property and mobile home taxes must be paid - prior to purchase. In order to verify the current vehicle(s) ownership, the actual current registration or a copy of the current registration is needed before issuance of county dgils can be made. The price is $5 per decal. STOP for Pedestrians at the Any local tax increase above the Library Crosswalk .  ........ $1.15 base rate is not part of the ................ Calendar of AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big .The Dante Senior Citizens Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal meet each Monday and Tuesday Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- p.m., Trinity United Methodist purtment. Russell County rein- Chinch; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 p.m., Clintwood United Metho- dist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TAllY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m., school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 7 p.m., St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The Casflewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Direc-tors, 6 p.m. second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, I 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-SC- cond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Stat- ed Communication; First Thurs- day, 7 p.m., School of Insttuction. VF' POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., "vTW, Riverview, Ccoburn. NEIGHBORS AID-s, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bets Aid Bulld-ing, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1st 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 BaptistChureh, Cee- burn. 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 H.O.P.E. House provides emer- geacy shelter for victims of do- mestic violence in Wise, Russell, D/ckenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- anan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed-train- hag available. Call 1-800-572- 2278. SENIOR CITIZENS ...The Custlewood Senior Citi- zens meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. 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.; Sa., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MATTHEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Libra,, 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 throuigh 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 nanabers are I- 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, meet at the Library on fourth Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. VFW POST 9864 VFW Post 9864, Lehanon, wel- comas 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..-8 p.m. first Thursdays. Cli- nics, will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, schoul and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Appointments are necessary for all but unmuniza- tions. For an appointment, call. 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, 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 recognizes 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 Ithr',uy. ...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- sault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Community Action, Inc./ Family Crisis Services" support group meeting with victims of simflur situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. For information, call Rande Hackler, 276-988- 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- 8206. FREE ADULT ED Free adult education elas,es 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 in- chiding resume writing and inter- viewing. For details, call 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433 TRANSPORTATION The Appalachian Agency for Semor Citizens provides disabili- ty transportation 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 Williem T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 or fullerir,com. JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- 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:Wiima Evans, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR Clinch 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 Diekenson County--Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' clauns. For appointment, call 276-835- 8847 nights. Coeburn--A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9 a.m-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except June. Russell Coanty--DAV Service Officer Perry Johnson assists veteran filing clauns third Tues- days from 2-3:30 p.m., at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Russell County--American Legion Post 208 Post Service Officer Todd Salyer can assist with veterans' claims, records and fanuly assistance. Call him at 276-889-5884 or 276-274-6588. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tues- Church and day from 9-11 a.m. at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 p.m. first Mon- -days, For more information, call 495-7026 or 495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Leno- wisco Health District offer free confidential H]V testing through- out the year. For information, call Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or Sxorr 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. Gleuna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. C/RADD MEETING A meeting of C/RADD will be held at 6:00 p.m. on second Thursdays. The meetings will be held at the Dante Museum. GED ONLINE The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home com- puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more informaUon, call GED On- line Co-ordinator Marei Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott County, 3S6-2433). 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 p.m, 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:30 p.m. 1st Mondays at the Dante Museum. Communit- y Meeting is 3rd Tuesday in March, June, Sept. & Dec. 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. BOOK DISCUSSION Book Discussion Group One of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- rary meets fourth Thursdays of every month (except November and December--meeting is December 3)) at the Riverside Diner. The next meeting is Thursday, August 27, at 6 p.m. The book is While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky. church-related activities calendar on page 3 Chancellor Prior addresses St. Paul Council; members told of expected revenue shortfall Dr. David Prior. Chancellor of The University of Virginia's College at Wise. appeared be- fore the St. Paul Town Council on Monday night to thank the Council for its resolution which proclaimed the College "St. Paul's Hometown College." Dr. Prior told the Council that in his many years as an educator, he had never heard of a community which declared a school to be its "hometown college," and that UVa-Wise is honored and will strive to continue to provide the kind of service to students and communities that its mission specifies. Dr. Prior also reviewed the college's capital construction program which has been in pro- gress for several years. Projects include the Center for the Arts and a new Residence Hall, both now occupied; a complete reno- vation of the Science Building; a new Dining Hall; and Smiddy Hall renovation with construc- tion of a new Information Tech- nology Facility. The total cost of these projects is $64.7 million. Some of the funds, those con- nected with student instruction, have been provided by the state, and the rest through bond issues and private contributions. In ad- dition, work has begun on the College's long-awaited $30 mil- lion Convocation Center, a multi-purpose center for the area. The completion date is Fall, 2010. Funds for planning the new Library are also on hand, and pre-planning has begun. Dr. Prior added that the College is proud that it has avoided layoffs in spite of the poor economy. He said that the enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year is 2,027, the first time it has exceeded 2.000. Dr. Prior added that the College will "grow carefully" st it can con- tinue to offer and maintain the quality of all the student ser- vices it currently offers St. Paul Treasurer Debbie Baca reported to Council that there will be an $80,000 short- fall in the revenue which it con- sidered when planning the 2009- 2010 budget. The shortfall is due to an error in the estimate of the January 2009 assessment of Dominion property provided to the Town by Wise County. The estimate was $121,000,000; however, the State Corporation Commission later set the ass- essment at $9,000,000, as not as much work was completed at the plant siteas had been anti- cipated. Baca said the shortfall may be offset by an increase in the total of sub-contractors' per- sonal property taxes for 2008, as well as well as increased water consumption at the project. In his announcements to Council, Mayor Kyle Fletcher said that he has visited Appala- chia concerning that commu- nity's Skateboard Park. Follow- ing the meeting, Councilman Harry Kelly said that he and Mayor Fletcher later met with Ken Taylor of W&L Paving to discuss-the Skateboard Park. Kelly said that Taylor looked at the site and he has agreed to pave the area as a donation to the new recreation facility. Mayor Fletcher said the Town is also updating its list of residents who, due to age or ill- ness may require special help, especially during the winter months. He also reported that the raw water line is 40 percent complete, and that funding for the Wastewater Treatment Plant is being discussed. Mayor Fletcher also wel- comed Greg Kallen, the new Town Attornev. District 4" School Board member Monty Salyer, St. Paul, reported on the status of the consolidation issue to the Coun- cil. He said that the Board of Supervisors may decide as early as this week the total amount of funds it will authorize for the School Board's consolidation project, which is to close six high schools and build three new ones. It is essential, Salyer said, for the Town to continue to present a united front against the closing of St. Paul High School. Following a closed meeting called at the conclusion of business listed on the agenda to discuss personnel, Councilwo- (Continued on page 2) SPHS has 2-0 PACE record St. Paul High School won its second match of the 2009 PACE season on Monday night with a 171 score against Clint- wood's 80. St. Paul defeated Pound in the September 14 match. The match was played at St. Paul. PACE is the acronym for Program of Acade-mic Challenge for Excellence. In other matches. Coebum beat Appalachia 180-121; J. J. Kelly topped John I. Burton 159-80; and Pound defeated Powell Valley 177-65. Standings at this point show St. Paul, J. J. Kelly and Coeburn each with a 2-0 record. Clintwood and Pound are at 1-1; and Appalachia, John I. Burton and Powell Valley are at 0-2, Matches on Monday, Sep- tember 28, include St. Paul at Coeburn, Appalachia at J. J Kelly, Pound at John I. Burton, and Clintwood at Powell Valley (at WCCTC in Wise). Matches begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. SPHS to hold Open House The Saint Paul High School Fall Open House will be held Tuesday, September 29, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. All parents and students are invited to attend. Appalachian Arts Festival is Saturday, 10-2, in St. Paul St. Paul's second annual corn hole and other games for Appalachian Arts Festival will be held Saturday, September 26, in downtown St. Paul at Fourth Avenue and M.arket Square. Many activities are planned, and a day of fun is promised for everyone. Events include apple butter making, pumpkin painting for the kids, a pet costume contest, kids, quilt display, farmers' market, face painting, hay rides, wood carving, antique farm tools, wreaths, popcorn, story- telling, cake walk, Center Stage Cloggers, an art show at the Railroad Museum, old time bluegrass music and a woolly worm contest. Join the crowd for fun and great entertainment! 2009 Dante Reunion Festival September 25 - 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. September 26 - 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. 3:30 -4:45 5:00- 6:00 6:30-8:30 8:30- 10:30 9:00 Friday, September 25 Open Mic and DJ music Josh Powers Project South Mountain Street Dance (with DJ Barry Ruff) Wiener roast 10:00- 10:45 11:00 - 11:45 12:00 12:45 1:00 1:45 1:45 2:30 2:30 - 3:45 4:00 - 4:45 5:00 - 6:00 6:15 8:00 8:15 10:15 Saturday, September 26 Open Mic and DJ music Josh Powers Project Souls Journey (Morning Star Gospel Group) Dove Bush as Dolly Parton Intermission-Open Mic Virginia Whirlwind Dove Bush as Tina Turner Joseph Young Magician Overdrive Bluegrass Expedition There will be craft and food vendors set up all day. There will also be face painting, horse shoes, 50/50 Raffle, and cake walks throughout the day[ BRICK BAPTIST CELEBRATES ITS PASTOR...The members and friends of Brick Baptist Church, Castlewood, met on Sunday morning, September 20, to celebrate and honor their pastor, Rev. Lester Ferguson, on the occasion of his 65th year in the ministry. A celebratory service featuring guest ministers and special music was held, followed by a luncheon at which Rev. Ferguson was the guest of honor. Pictured, left to right, are Rev. Larry Burton, Director of Missions, New Lebanon Association; Rev. J. C. Steele, Rosedale Baptist Church; the honoree, Rev. Lester Ferguson; and Rev. Darrell Fletcher. Field Strategist for Baptist Missions. |iimqglillll/llHIIiliRilliilHllml]millimllillIlllal;al!00ili ........