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FOOTBALL October 18 Castlewood at Lebanon Vol. LV, No. 42 , - nilmll i In " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, October 17, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia " r .... i - iiiii " -ii -/- [L ,,, RI SSY 50c It is again time to reflect on our accomplishments over the past several months and to discuss our future goals for the Town of St. Paul. The Town of St. Paul has seen a tremendous Bell Trail entrance at Boody -AT-V trail riding. We hope to through downtown to Oxbow add additional ATV trail signs to Lake and Sugar Hill Loop Trail. direct out of town ATV opera- Spearhead Trails officially open- tars to follow a distinct path ed the ATV trail in June and has throughout our business district drawn hundreds of visitors to the in order to allow our local busi- amount of community activity area in a few short months. They nesses to serve the riders. The since last spring. , also attracted a huge television sales and purchase meals tax The Town Council, workingaudience after Fisher ATV aired base for the Town of St. Paul through the Parks & Recreation Committee, Budget Coramittee, Building Committee and Trails Committee, has provided guid- ance and leadership for numer- ous projects this year. In very early spring, the Town Council approved a complete renovation of the swimming pool, new eq- uipment for the A.R. Matthews Park, and the addition of a skate board park. The new playground equipment was installed in July a segment on the Mountain View Trail and the St. Paul area. We understand that our location on the Clinch River is one of the town's greatest assets, and with all of the additions and improve- should increase, providing more revenues to sustain an annual source of income to support town maintenance and improve- ments. Our town is now one of the ments made this year, St. Paul most visible recreation areas in has quickly become a recre- Southwest Virginia. Something ational destination for hiking, we must do in order to continue biking, tubing, canoeing, and (Continued on page 2) Appalachian Heritage Fall and has greatly enhanced the recreational facilities for area Festival this Saturday FILMING...Spearhead Trails OHV trail system was the setting for an episode of youth. A camera security system The Appalachian Heritage the •Farmers Market and the Fisher's ATV World which is a nationally syndicated outdoor adventure will be installed soon and anew • television show. The episode will air during the summer of 2014. tennis court fence and basketball Fall Festival will be held this Fisher's ATV World Channel episode at shoots Spearhead goals will be in place by next Velocity spring. The Town Council also al- !r-]r~,.~:],., 9 located $21,000 toward necess- lli tll ary repairs and upgrades to the J. Fred Matthews library building. Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Fourth Avenue between Broad Street and Russell Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. A variety of events will fill the area from the Assembly of God parking lot to Mountain View system Lonesome Pine Regional Library Board added another the St. Paul Farmers Market. Fisher's ATV World, a hand providing information on featured a local music jam lead $2,250 to complete this project traThwe Wonderland Express ......... " ill provide free rides for nationally syndicated outdoor ATV and recreational insurance, by Charlie Engle and Meagan It has also oeen aeclaed to .... ........ children and adults in the down- adventure television show was Other vendors included Army Clay, bonfire and free marsh- solicit bias to paint the rtaliroaa . _. ....... town area Other activities for in St. Paul on October 12 and 13 National Guard, Lunatec LED mallow roasting and smores museum OUllalng ~ chlldr " to film an episode featuring Lighting, Clinch River ATV sponsored by Food City. -- ......" .... " en will be Jack Tales with ' blue Dell Islano lrail was . Charhe Engle, hay rides, pump Spearhead Trails OHV trail Rentals, Mud Slingin' ATV The mission of the officially opened on August 31 kin " " " "" system. The trail system was Rentals & Trail Side Assistance, Southwest Regional Recreation and, once again, thanks to many aint ...... oecoratmg contest, pumpkin featured last year by Fisher's as a "sneak peek" of the system O'Quinn Trailers featuring its Authority (SRRA) is to develop p rag, race palming ann a hours of volunteer work, the .. , new line of toy-haulers, Dicken- and manage multi-use trails in ..... children s cup cake walk which opened this June. Show son County Chamber and Tour- the Southwest Regional Re- Town of ~t Paul now otters • " ...... Music of all types will be hosts, Brian and Melissa Fisher, ism, Spearhead Trailblazers, and creation Area to stimulate, nearty seven mites aT watKlng erfi p armed by various artists at did a "meet and greet" from Mountain Motorsports. Vendors enhance and sustain economic and biking trails, from the Blue " " 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the offered give-aways, items for development and job creation Mountain View trail system Ide "tytheft 1891 trailhead located adjacent to sale and displays of some of the through entrepreneurial op- portunities in Southwest ntl Maggie Way Campground in St. latest advancements in OHV Virginia. Paul. The show, currently airing technology. on the Outdoor Channel, will Saturday evening activities at For more information visit by Jerry Couch Castlewood resident, was later WORK OF SMART CLERKS move to Velocity after the first Maggie Way Campground, Identity theft - the phrase shot and killed. Then as now, of the year. The Spearhead Trails that makes us cringe. We recall bartenders have a high mortality They Come Near Wrecking a opiso o will urmg Eastside Powder Puff football nows articles describing the rate - ask any insurance carrier. Lot of Business Houses nightmare experienced by vic- With his new store estab- summer of 2014. Eastside High School is Cancer Center located in Norton. tiros of identity theft - endless lished and making money, Lynchburg, Ira. --- A - Local vendors, tourism having the 3rd annual Powder Admission is $5; however any phone calls by collection Martin V. Bates entered into a mercantile swindle on a very offices, businesses and others Were on hand to help celebrate Puff Football game on Saturday, donation exceeding this amount agencies; judgment liens; ruined separate business partnership large scale was detected yes- Fisher's visit. Wise County November 2 at 4 pm at Carl will be appreciated. " credit. However, identity theft is with his first cousin. This terday at St. Paul, Wise County, Christian School sold biscuits McConnell Stadium in Coeburn Come out and see the nothing new. In 1891, Martin V. cousin was two years his junior, Ira., the present terminus of the and gravy for breakfast and a for breast cancer awareness. All Seniors and Sophomores take on Bates, one of St. Paul's first and also happened to be named Clinch "Valley extension of the bbq or hot dog-plate for lunch, admission proceeds will be do- the Juniors and Freshmen. Pink wave (or tipple) of merchants, Martin V. Bates. [To distinguish Norfolk & Western Railroad nated to the Southwest Virginia Out! progressive Insurance was on ar iii AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big needed-training available. Call 1- ...The Wise County School Board 3:30 pm third Thursdays except Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal 800-572-2278. maintains a Policy Manual which June.. Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pro, SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle- is available to the public in the FOOD BANK-First Baptist Trinity United Methodist Church. wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 library of each school and in each Church, St. Paul, oporatea a Food Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm,am Wednesdays at the Castlewood county public library. Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am ClintwoodUnitedMethodist Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is ,,,Copies of the Russell County at the church. Donations are Church. invited. School Board Policy Manual have welcomed. All in need of food are COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- The Dante Senior Citizens meet been placed in the office and the welcome. ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm each Monday and Tuesday at 10 library of each school, and at the COMMUNITY CENTER~I"he school cafeteria, am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County Public Library. West Dante Community Center ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Russell County residents 60 or SUPPORT GROUP-Women meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town older are invited,survivors of sexual assault are more information please call 495- Hall. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY- ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Hours at the Russell County Public Third Mondays, 6 pro, Town Hall. Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/W/F CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The 10am-5:30pm; Th 10am-8pm; Sa Castlewood Water & Sewage 10am-2pm. Sunday Closed. Authority Board of Directors, 6 MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours pm second Mondays. at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- Library, St. Paul, are 8:30am-5pm invited to attend Clinch Valley 8473. Communication Action, CLOTHES CLOSET-The Worn- Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- en On Mission group at First port group meeting with victims of Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a similar situationsMondays, 10:30 Clothes Closet from 9-11 am am-12 noon. For information call Tuesdays. Anyone who needs Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or clothing is welcome. Ranetta Davis, 276-889-8206. FREE HIV TESTING-Health First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Mondays and Fridays; and llam- FREE ADULT ED-Free adultDepartments in the Lenowisco Agency for Senior Citizens office, 7:30pro Tuesdays and Thursdays, education classes are available in Health District offer free confid- Claypool Hill. Free. Wed. 9:30am-6pm and Sat lpm, Lee, Scott and Wise counties and ential HIV t.gsting throughout the NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- 5pm. Sunday Closed. the City of Norton. Daytime and year. For information, call Wise Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm DICKENSON-BUNDY-The evening classes for adults who County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Presbyterian Church, Ndrton. Dickenson-Bundy Log House is want to improve their basic skills. Dept. 276-346-201 l; or Scott Co. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #~31- open weekly Thursdays through Instructors also assist adults with Health Dept. 276-386-1312. Stated meetings will be heldthe Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 job-related skills including re- FREE GED CLASSES-Free third Saturday of each month• The pm. sume, writing 'and interviewing. GED classes are offered at the School of Instruction will be held SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or Oxbow Family Investment Center, on fourthThursdaysat7. Social Security Office is open 276-386-2433• St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. member of his own family. Here's what happened: In May of 1890, Martin V. Bates purchased a building lot from John L. Dingus on Russell Street in St. Paul. Bates had formerly been a resident of the Rock House community, located in Letcher County, Kentucky. There, he had operated a sue- cessful mercantile establishmem similar to the one he opened in St. Paul. Bates was named for his kinsman, well-known Civil War veteran Martin Van Buren Bates, "The Kentucky Giant." At that time, Russell Street constituted what little there was of St. Paul's main business Assembly- of God parking lot throughout the morning and afternoon. There will be a var- iety of demonstrations, includ- ing: quilts and quilt making; candle making; hand-crafted jewelry; apple butter making; the art of woodbuming; a display and demonstration of antique tools; and grinding corn using a gasoline-powered gristmill. There will also be a display of Native American folklore and artifacts; pioneer folklore and history; and home remedies and medicinals. Food will be offered from the Assembly of God, Eastern Star and the Clinch River Photo- graphy Club. Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Com- Phone numbers are 1-800-772- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. I boring munication; First Thursday, 7 pm 1213 or 276-679-7633. zeus provides disability transport- Call 1-800-422-3433. I School of Instruction. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of ation services in Buchanan, GED .ONLINE-The Regional I eluded VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. 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- dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pro, First Baptist Church, Coeburn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-737 I. 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 Ii[l !i!iltlill[!! !!l!!llll claimed he was the victim of an the two men, court documents The detection was made by two identity theft perpetrated by a reference the older cousin as drummers of this city - K. D. Martin V. Bates, Sr. and the Erquihartand W. B. Berry. The younger cousin as Martin V. leading facts are that M. V. Bates, Jr. For the sake of clarity, bates was a leading merchant of I will follow the same con- St. Paut, with fine credit and vention in this article]. The support, good capital and Bates cousins operated a pro- integrity. He dealt extensively vision business in the cellar of with merchants in Lynchburg, the M. V. Bates & Co. store. Richmond, Roanoke, Knoxville, Bates Sr's. general merchandise Tenn., and other cities. He had business was housed on the main two smart clerks, relations of floor of the building, and both his, named Dale and Bates, the cousins lived in rooms over the latter being the same name of store, his uncle, and writing almost After a while, the Bates cou- precisely ~ the same hand and sins dissolved their partnership signature. A conspiracy was and made a settlement between formed between the parties, and them. Then, trouble started in a young Bates wrote extensive big way - $7,500 worth of orders, all for Mr. M. V. Bates, trouble. The following is a the old merchant. The orders district. There were only three transcription of an article which were at once recognized and small stores located along the appeared in the April 26, 1891 promptly filled street's muddy expanse, but that edition of the Baltimore In a few weeks th~ shipments wasn't too bad. After all, the American (the article contains a filled the whole of St. Paul's town had been nothing more few factual errors): (Continued on page 2) than a swampy cow pasture the previous year. Bates' neigh- the J. Fred Matthews 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-8pm 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. 100TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- well counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1- 800-656-2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 10Ot~ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES 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• The Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or fullerj r 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 24293. 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 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 Coebum VFW Post from 9am- Church and church-related activities merchant pioneers in- Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes onlit~e. 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 Mar¢i 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 Educaiion Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul 5-6 pm 2*a Mondays. , 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. 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 i Simon Greenspon and ,., , ' Charles Cox. Each of these merchants stocked a variety of goods typical of that time - notions, coffee, sugar, candy, Salt, tobacco, patent medicines, canned food, hardware, and some fancy items people could buy if they had a little extra money. When a customer re- quested an article the merchant didn't' carry, it could be ordered from a wholesale supplier and delivered by rail within a week or so. To a community starved for "store-boughten" goods, these businesses were won- derful. Martin Bates' store occupied the lot adjacent to the perking area of the St. Paul Apartments. This was a good location -just a short distance from the town's original train depot. Bates' store building continued to appear in old photos until the 1930's when it apparently was torn down. A separate dwelling located at the rear of the store's lot remained until it was destroyed by fire in later years. This dwelling may originally have been the saloon operated for Bates by Uriah "Budd" Dale. Budd Dale, a