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FOOTBALL October 11 Castlewood at John I. Burton Vol. LV, No. 41 8 Clinch Valley Times The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' " :..ii::,_::f...._"_:., Thursday, October 10, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia 50c ..... == ( " .... ATV Ordinance IT'S AUTUMNI...Seasonal decorations throughout the area proclaim that we're in the midst of what has been a pleasant autumn season. Warm temperatures so far this October have kept coats and gloves in closets. This photo is of the display near the Town sign on Wise Street. Operation Up In Smoke burn Police Department, DEA, Norton Police Department, Sou- thwest Virginia Drug Task Force, U.S. Attorney's Office, Virginia State Police, Wise County Com- monwealth's Attorney's Office and the Wise County Sheriff's Office. Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes expressed his thanks to all the agencies involved, stating, "It is nice to see agencies work together for our community and help alleviate a serious public safety concern." Prosecutors and Investigators expect to present the evidence to the Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury in the near future. Com- monwealth's Attorney Ron Elkins also plans to begin nui- sance proceedings against any of the businesses that open again and attempt to sell synthetic drugs under the guise of legal products. Law Enforcement is asking that anyone with knowledge of any business selling/distribution of synthetic drugs to please con-tact the Wise County Sheriff's Office or your In the largest multi-juris- dictional raid in decades,' on September 27, 2013, several Local, State and Federal law enforcement engaged in Opera- tion Up In Smoke, an operation targeting local businesses selling synthetic drugs commonly known as bath salts and synth- etic marij uana/cannabinoids. Months of investigation led to agencies executing 7 Search Warrants and one residence with owner consent. Officers recovered thousands of packages of synthetic drugs and tens of thousands of dollars in cash, as well as firearms and illegal alcohol. Places searched and items seized include: Get It Gone, Pound, VA: 691 packages containing 2,026 grams of Synthetic Marijuana, Value $20,260.00. $3,347.00 in U.S. Currency. Cecil's Variety', Pound, VA: 512 packages containing 4,321 grams of Synthetic Marijuana, Value $43,210.00. $4,445.59 in Mountain Traders, Pound, VA: 146 packages containing 1,268 grams of Synthetic Mari- juana, Value $12,680.00. $968.00 in U.S. Currency. The Residence of Rodney Pickett in Coeburn, VA: 26 packages containing 104 grams of Synthetic Marijuana, Value $1,040.00. $19,618.00 in U.S. Currency. Linda's Place, Coeburn, VA: 3,099 packages containing 12,334 grams of Synthetic Mari- juana, Value $123,340.00. $12,245.00 in U.S. Currency. 5 firearms. Residence of the Owners of Linda's Place, located in Dickenson County, VA: 2,464 packages containing 11,207 grams of Synthetic Marijuana, Value $112,070.00. $27,593.00 in U.S. Currenc). Two locations were searched by Federal Agencies: Get It Here, Pound, VA and Smokey's Smoke Shop, St. Paul, VA. Agencies participating in- cluded ABC, ATF, Big Stone U.S. Currency. 8 firearms. Gap Police Department, Coe- local Po!ic e department. AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big nexded-training available. Call 1- ...The Wise County .School Board 3:30 pm third Thursdays except Stone Gap, g pm, Episcopal 800-572-2278. maintains a Policy Manual which Jme. 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 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 FOOD BANK-First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER-The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495- 8473. CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- en On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 am Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pro, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- AIRY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle- wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County residents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY- Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/W/F 10am-5:30pm; Th 10am-gpm; Sa 10am-2pm. Sunday Closed. licensed drivers The Town Council held a public hearing and special meeting on Thursday, October 3, 2013, to consider amendments to the ATV Ordinance. The first of three changes addressed was to require operators of all.,recre- a6onal vehicles including ATV's, dirt bikes, and golf carts to be licensed drivers if driven in the town limits. The next change was to be more specific about the time of day recreational vehicles cannot be driven in town which will now be from "sunset to sunrise". If a reizre- ational vehicle operator does not have a Spearhead Trails permit, but wishes tO drive in town, then a town sticker must be purchased for $10.00. The Council passed the amendments to the ordinance by a vote of 5-1 with Councilman Kelly voting nay. Following a discussion regarding the proposed lease of Fall Festival at Castlewood Elementary A Fall Festival will be held Friday, October 11 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Castlewood Elementary School. There will be a hot dog supper, bingo, cakewalk, games and more! Blood drive scheduled for October 17 The Marsh Regional Blood Center of Norton is sponsoring a blood drive for Thursday, October 17. The blood mobile will be at Food City in St. Paul from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. the SPHS football field from Wise County Schools, the town attorney recommended an , addendum to the lease originally proposed. The addendum would include changing the insurance section to language recom- mended by VML Insurance representatives. The Town Council approved the lease with the addendum by unanimous reqmres The town clerk reported that no bids were received on the Lion's Den. Following a discussion about holding an absolute auction or re- advertising to extend the time to bid on the property, the Council voted 4-2 to advertise one more time and set the deadline for receiving bids on October 18 at 4 pm. Councilman Kilgore and vote. Councilman Bailey voted nay. 10 th Annual Regional Stream Cleanup Kick-off Help clean up the Clinch River at the 10 tb Annual Region- al Stream Cleanup Kick-Off Saturday, October 19 at 10 am at the A.R. Matthews Park in St. Paul. Volunteers can either pre- register or show up the day of the event. Bring kayaks to help with ,this Clinch River cleanup. Gloves and trash bags are pro- vided. Sponsors of the event are Upper Tennessee River Round- table, Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful, Clinch River Valley Initiative, Dominion Power, Clean Virginia Waterways and Tennessee Valley Authority. Dominion Power will provide lunch to all volunteers. To pre-register or find out more, contact Upper Tennessee River Roundtable or Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful at 276-628-1600 or Cash Mob comes to St. Paul October 19 at 11 am during Appalachian Heritage Festival Join St. Paul Main Street as 11 am with $10 to spend we gather together to support the Appalachian Heritage Festival and Farmers Market vendors in St. Paul's first ever Cash Mob. The event is set for 11 a.m. in front of the new mural in the Market Square. A cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business or event to make pur- chases. The purpose of these mobs is to support both the local businesses and the overall com- munity. Successful events have been held in Abingdon and Blacksburg. Here is all you need to do: Spread the word - tell your friend to come! Show up at the Mural at Dr. Speer and his secret with festival or farmers market vendors. Drop your name in the basket for the incentive prize drawing.* Go shop and spend your money to support local businesses. Meet 2 people you've never met before. Have FUNI *As an incentive, St. Paul Main Street will donate $20 to one of the participants prior to shopping to further support local businesses. Contact Teresa Harless, St. Paul Main Street Manager at 276.395.0685; email for: ..... more information. According to information gleaned from old court cases, Dr. Speer was personable and he was successful at his profession. But he had a little secret... In the early 1900's (as now) it was necessary for doctors and dentists to obtain and possess current Virginia licenses in order to treat patients. Dr. Speer had no such license, which may have been the reason he came here in the first place. He knew he could not pass the rigorous state board examinations and that it was just a matter of time before someone discovered his lack of professional standing. In the summer of 1910, Speer was by Jerry Couch First of all, I'd like to thank our readers who telephoned or sent e-mail messages to let us know they enjoyed Charles Gordon's story, "A Canine Criminal." Other short stories by Mr. Gordon will be printed in the future, so watch for them. This week we're going to talk about good and bad. We will begin with the bad but we will end with the good. In the course of my history research I unearth many unusual tidbits relative to St. Paul and the surrounding communities. Some of the stories are good - tales of self-sacrifice and hero- lucky - they could have faced imprisonment. As for William Hamilton, Speer's "almost" partner in Norfolk, he was not included in the indictment and continued to practice dentistry and dental surgery in that city. Specr and his family remained in Russell County for a while, then moved to Fairfax County, Virginia where .... he once again practiced dentistry. The question remains: Did he ever get a license? And if so, how did he manage to do it? Speer's sadder but wiser partner in perfidy, George H. Greear, continued to practice 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, Nrton. CASTLE,WOOD 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 pm, Stated Com- munication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 pro, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 pm RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and families Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- drea of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Cburu. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend. H.O,P.E. HOUSE-H.O.P.E Hou- se provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers lil[l!l!llll!l!l!lll!lllll MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 8:30am-5pm Mondays and Fridays; and 1 lam- 7:30pro Tuesdays and Thursdays, Wed. 9:30am-6pm and Sat lpm- 5pro. Sunday Closed. DICKENSON-BUNDY-The " Dickeuson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays through Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone numbers are 1-800-772- 12'13 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of the J. Fred Mattbews Memorial Library, St. Paul meet at the Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm. VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, welcomes 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 Department, Wise, is open from 8am-gpm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Ap- pointments are necessary for all but immunizations. For an appointment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For infor- mation, call 395-6398. 100 TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickensen, Buchanan and Taze- well'eounties who are I00 ,ears old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1- 800-656-2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100 th birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 276-889-8206. FREE ADULT ED-Free aduh 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 re- sume, writing .and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- zens provides disability transport- ation services in Buchanan, Diekenson, 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. The Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or fullerjr JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- orial Library and help promote the improvement of facilities 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. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Cliapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, .i when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dicken- son 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 Coeburn VFW Post from 9am- Church and church-related activities Tuesdays.. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowiseo Health District offer free confid- ential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. 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 computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, 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. Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. 1N CONTROL PROGRAMS-In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 pm 2 "d Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3 d Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 pm 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 the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 Pro. calendar on page 3 ism. Unfortunately I also find stories of base individuals who cheated people, feathered their own nests, promoted their own importance, consolidated their political power, or were just a general nuisance to everyone around them. St. Paul seems to have had more than its share of these people. My personal the- ory is that because the com- munity of St. Paul had been created from scratch, it had no entrenched group who controlled the town - and by extension, the money within the town. The field was wide-open, so suc- cessful con-artists didn't have to compete for control. Griflers were attracted by the railroads. They set up shop, bilked the locals, then moved on. An example was the Virginian Soap Corporation, which was de- scribed in a previous article. There were other examples, as well. And just because we're unaware of current con games, that doesn't mean they aren't right here in our midst. Thus begins our story: Some time prior to 1910, Dr. J; P. "Pat" Speer and his wife, Virginia, took up residence in Russell County. Dr. Speer set up offices in Lebanon and Cas- tlewood. He and his wife also owned property in St. Paul and it's possible Dr. Speer rented office space in which he kept part-time business hours. Ob-- viously, dentistry wasn't as advanced in those days, so the work of a dentist consisted mainly of fillings, extractions, and the fitting of dentures. prparing to leave Russell County and set up a new dental practice in Norfolk, Virginia in part- nership with William H. Hamilton. That's when the troublesome problem of his license suddenly reared its ugly head. In 1909, Speer had entered into what he probably thought was a foolproof conspiracy with Dr. G. H. Greear of Olive Hill, Kentucky. Unlike "Doctor" Speer, Dr. Greear had received his license to practice dentistry. For the sum of $500, Greear agreed to impersonate Speer at an exam- ination by the Virginia State Board of Dental Examiners. In due time this came to pass and Greer fraudulently obtained a license as Speer. Having obtained his false credentials, Speer must breathed a sigh of relief. But then someone found out .... someone always finds out. Speer and Greer were arrest- ed and charged with several felonies in connection with the fraudulent license. Their case was tried in Richmond, where it gained a certain amount of notoriety. It marked the first time such charges had ever been brought and prosecuted against members of the dental profess- sion in Virginia. Both men entered guilty pleas and in return, some of the charges against them were dropped and others were reduced. Each man was fined the sum of $500 and both were barred from practicing dentistry in Virginia. They were dentistry in Kentucky. Perhaps he didn't weather the scandal so well, either, because he subse- quently relocated his practice from Olive Hill to Louisville. time you read about people practicing various pro- fessions without a license, remember this: Things like that have been going on for a long time and they aren't going to stop any time soon. And now, in contrast to the people I've just written about, I'd like to tell you about a GOOD person. Last week I lost a valued friend, Frank Skeens, Jr. He had a host of friends and I'm sure many of you were fortunate to be among that number. At the time of his death, Frank had just received his ministerial credentials from the Assembly of God and he was on top of the world, having worked hard to fulfill a dream he had pursued for several years. Frank modeled the life he had chosen and did so without reservation. He was my minister and I am intensely thankful our paths crossed - and I know it was no accident they did cross. We had many good times talking about everything - religion, politics, history, Jeeps, photography, art, abstract .ideas, and Chinese food. Frank inspired people and his love of God was contagious. As a family man, he was without peer. He was an asset to the St. Paul - Castlewood community. Frank A. Skeens, Jr., I will never forget you. Pax Dei, my friend.