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" " Page ]! CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, November 7, 2013 How complicfited Christmas shopping has be- come! Did you .brye the crowds at 2 or 3 or 4 a.m. Friday to try to grab one of the big bargains at one Of &apos;the stores in Bristol or Kingslort or Johnson City--or even farther afield than that? The day after i Thanksgiving has i?een called "Black Friday" since 1966, although:lheterm hasn't been in universal use for that long. See'ms a Philadelphia newspaper report- ed that year that,the'day after Thanksgiving was called "Black Friday" by (he Philadelphia Police Department because ofthe tremendous downtown traffic jams and mobs of jaywalkers who evidently couldn't be con- trolled and wre'.d havoc with vehicular and pedes- trian traffic alike<The newspaper's story came com- plete with the comment that the phrase was not in- tended by the pee as a "term of endearment." The phrase didn't enjoy widespread use, however, until almost ten years later when it reached beyond Phila- delphia and hit itl/New York Times and the Asso- ciated Press i0,..!975. Even so, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, in 1985 that retailers in Los Angeles and Cincinnati Were still unaware of the term. That gradually',., changed, of course, and at this point, everybody .knows "Black Friday" and what it means. A second, explanation for the phrase is one that I long belie-Oed to be the actual reason for the name of the day .after Thanksgiving, although this reason didn't sthYee until the early 1980s, some time after the term "Black Friday" was coined by the Phila- delphia Police 'Department. That explanation has to do with the profit-and-loss, red-ink-,ersus-black-ink status of retailers, It was said that Christmas shoppers on the Day Are/hanksgiving caused most retailers to turn the corner from red to black ink--and so marked the beginning of profit-making for the year. That, it turns out,-isn't necessarily the case, although it might be so in'some instances. Anyway, getting back to the point, did you go shopping on BIagk Friday? My every intention was not to go outside the front door, much less go shopping, on thaf day. However, Peyton decided she ' d wanted to shop,)an asked us to go with her She reasoned that if we left home after lunch, most of the more avid shoppers would be worn out and headed for home and tfieir, respective couches by the time we got to the Mall-9r Exit 7. (It would also give her the opportunity to .eat a turkey sandwich,, one of her favorite Thank'sp?ing leftovers.) Turns out she. was right, and although parking was a tt'e tighter than usual, highway, tr.affic seemed relatively normal, and we didn't havetff, wait--at least for very long--in any line to buy things. I had made a basic list of a few things I wante :t6 lo0k for, and got sidetracked by only one imPulse item-a major item which was less than half prtce.'ul 2 p.m. (we got there about 1:30). i saved about $60". We ran into some St. Paul friends who'd been shopping since 2 a.m., which paid off, since they mar}aged to get the bargains they went for! ships..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory Black Friday/Cybizr MolldaYReprintedfromDecember2,201 Then came Saturday--I loved the four-day holi- day!--and I spent the moming and an hour or so o]'the afternoon wrapping Christmas presents that I've been accumulating. I also went back online (which is where I've done the majority of my shopping) and bought a few other things. It's usually possible to find bargains online, even if it isn't Christmas, and some of my favorite online sites offered free shipping. Since postage and UPS and FedEx charges can be killers, these free shipping Offers really appealed to me. I told somebody that surely Amazon.corn will surely send me a Thank You note--I've done a lot of shopping there--it's one of the sites that offers free shipping on some items if the order is for at least $25 of merchandise--and it's hard to find many things thht are less than that. I've ordered one item from a site with which I was unfamiliar, but which had an-item I really .wanted, and although I had to pay shipping, the item was on sale and I got it for considerably less than I'd have paid for the same thing at Amazon, even with no shipping charges--it pays to look around. Anyway, after I'd just about finished everything except stocking-stuffer-type things, which I have to see, and which probably aren't even available online, every TV and newspaper story started screaming "Cyber Monday," the Monday after Thanksgiving when, apparently, everybody goes back to work and uses the high-speed computer connections at their offices to order Christmas presents--making it a big, big e-comtnerce sales day! According to the Internet, 106 million Americans (one-third of the population) will shop online, with more than seven million of those using Blackberries or Droids or iPhones (or whatever) to research items on their way to their respective cities, and then will do the actual purchas- ing in brick-and-mortar stores. I learned that the term "Cyber Monday" is a neologism (nee AH la jizm), which I had to look up--it's "a newly coined word or phrase that may be in the process of entering common use, but has not yet been accepted into mainstream language." The phrase was coined in 2005 by Shop.org, a website which is part of the National Retail Federation, when its officials observed that 78 percent of online retailers reported a significant increase in sales the Monday after Thanksgiving. The New York Times reported it, the term caught on, and at this point, five years later, it probably should no longer be classified as a neologism, since I guess I heard the term a hundred and fifty times over the weekend and on Monday morning, which should qualify it as having "been accepted into mainstream language!" Iowever, even though I shopped in real stores on Black Friday, I didn't buy a single thing online while I ff was at the office on Cyber Monday. Wherever I bought it, my shopping's about done-- except for a few stocking stuffers! All I have to do is sit back and wait for it to be delivered! Regiona00iauthors discuss the Appalachian literature and hold book signing Appalachian studies at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. She is founding Dir- ector of The Appalachian Writ- ing Project, a nonprofit organ- ization now in its eleventh sea- son that coaches rural teachers in the best ways to teach writing while supporting their own writing and research. She is the ' author of Success in Hill Country (The Napoleon Hill Foundation, 2012) and co-editor On Saturday, November 9 th, Appalachian Arts Center will host a book signing, reading and informal talk with authors Dr. Amy Clark of Jonesville and Rebecca D. Elswick-9 Grundy. The event will take p!a.c e from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. i Dr. Clark will be,discussing her newest book,,2 7"alking Appalachian, which examines " the distinctive speech varieties found in Appalachia,and.mpha- sizes their role in expressing local history and promoting a shared identity. Beginning with a historical and geographical over- view of the region that analyzes the origins of its dialects, Dr. Clark will discuss the compli- cated history of Appalachian English while narrating her per- sonal journey toward embracing her own mountain speech. Dr. Amy Clark teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, and 5K Run/Walk...St. Paul Elementary School staff participated in Pounding the Pavement 5K Rfflf/"Walk held on October 19. The staff walked in honor of Janice Cassell. dialect in of the recently released Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity and Community (with Dr. Nancy Hayward, University Press of Kentucky, 2013): Her award- winning writing has appeared in many journals, magazines and newspapers. In 2012 she was awarded the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing by Lincoln Memorial University. Rebecca D. Elswick will dis- cuss the use of Appalachian dialect in her book, Mama's Shoes, a novel that spans twenty years of love, despair, and for- giveness, as captured in the voices of two strong women liv- ing in a small coal town. Elswick will read from Mama's Shoes, and talk about the importance of preserving Appalachian speech. She believes there is a fine line between using authentic dialect in literature and sounding car- toonish. She thinks Appalachian authors have a responsibility not to cross that line! Elswick teaches English at Grundy High School. There is no cost to attend the event, but registration is required to ensure adequate seating. Please contact the Arts Center at 276-596-9188 or via email at appartsinfo@sw.edu to register for the event, or for more information. I DIAL 911 " I . Deadline for classifieds is Tuesday noon! Thompson & announces merger SEDA Engineering Thompson & Litton (T&L) is pleased to announce the merger with SEDA Engineering, adding mechanical, plumbing, and civil engineering to the firm's already established portfolio of services in those disciplines. The ex- pansion of mechanical, plumb- ing, and civil engineering will further enhance T&L's current offering of Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Architectural, and Land Surveying services. With this merger, T&L retains the professional engineering expert- ise of Steve Farris and his staff. "We are all excited about Steve Farris and his group joining T&L," says Ron Helton, President of Thompson & Litton. "We have come to know each other by working on numerous projects together in recent years. I believe that Steve and his staff bring a great value to our firm that wilkallow us to better serve our clients." Located in Mosheim, Ten- nessee, T&L's new office will continue to be managed by Steve Farris. The Greene County office further extends T&L's service outreach into Tennessee and offers the talent and resources to better serve all of our clients. As the former President of SEDA Engineering, Steve Farris possesses over 20 years of pro- fessional experience and is a Certified Energy Manager. Steve is a licensed professional engine- eer in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Georgia. He has provided design services on an array of varied projects including healthcare, educational facilities, commercial, hospital- ity, and industrial. As the Mech- CHS announces Thomas Graves, principal of Castlewood High School, has announced the names of students whose work has= earned them placement on the honor roll for the first six weeks, of the school year. GRADE 12: All A's-- Korey Purtee, Katie Jenkins'.  A&B---Tyler carter, " Olivia :.: Cook, Summer Cook, Haley.. Crabtree, Erica Dickenson, Alisha Ennis, Courtney Evans, Alexis Hale, Brittany Henry, Darryl Hileman, Kierra Home, Alexis Kennedy, Walker Long, Madison McCammon, Morgan Mullins, Caitlin Phillips, Tyler Pratt, Simon Rasnick, Justin Salyer, Haley Stanton, Brett Steffey, Kelly Steffey, Peyton Winebarger, Terry Woods, James Wright. GRADE 11: All A's-- Steven Hall, Kacie Jessee, Bridgette McCarty. A&B-- Tomi Amburgey, William Bos- tic, Jackson Case, Savannah Crewe, A.J. Fields, Caitlin Fleming, Lucas Hale, Jared Hall, John Hammond, Dillion Hartley, Jon Kilgore, Victoria Lane, Derek Lee, Scotty Million, Heaven Parridgen, Courtney Preston, Jared Ring, Samantha. Salyer, Alex Stal- lard, Alex Vance. GRADE 10: All A's-- Trevor Gilbert, Alex Alfred. A&B--Faith Austin, Emily Baker, Abigail Campbell, Maleah Castle, Taylor Chafin, Samantha Couch, Shiann Couch, Shawn Elam, Casey Hall, Mandi Hylton, Trevor Wise County Sheriff's Report The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 10/21/2013 through 10/27/2013. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1599 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 315 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 8. Criminal Process for the same period served 49 Felony Warrants, 60 Misde- meanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest and worked 6 Traffic Accident. Civil process for this period served 712 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 18 additional Criminal Investi- gations were initiated and 27 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 190 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts and the courthouse. The Sheriff's Office train- sported 1 adult in state, 1 adult out of state, 5 mental patient, and 7 juveniles for a total of 14 transports, involving 94 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 21 vehicles and escorted 9 funerals during this seven-day period. Litton with anical Engineering Manager, he will oversee the mechanical and plumbing disciplines of Thomp- son & Litton as-well as manage the Mosheim office. Steve Farris commented on the new merger, "Haying worked with T&L several times over the last few years we have come to respect the reputation they have built in this region, their goal to provide above par professional services mirrors our own desire and we look forward to joining forces." Mr. Farris graduated from Tennessee Tech University. Steve is a native of Athens, Tennessee, and currently resides in Midway, Tennessee with his wife Annette and son Aaron. His family also includes his daughter and one grandchild. The Fan'is' are members of Brown Springs Baptist Church. In his leisure time he enjoys farming and playing golf with his son. Thompson & Litton is an award-winning engineering, architectural, sueying, and construction administration firm founded in 1956 in Wise, VA where its headquarters remains. For over a half century, T&L has provided professional services throughout Virginia, TennesSee, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Offices are located in Wise, Chilhowie, Radford," Tazewell and Clintwood, Virginia and in Bristol and Mosheim, Tennessee. The firm has a staff of over 128 employees. In 2013, T&L is ranked as the 12 th largest Engi- neering and Architectural firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia by Virginia Business magazine. Thompson & Litton is a Virginia SWaM certified Small Business Enterprise and has Federal Small Business and HUB Zone status. honor roll Ingle, McKinley Isaacs, Alyssa Jessee, Alanna Kiser, Mikayla McMillan, Hannah Maxfield, Jennie Molinary, Dalton Mullins, Leslie Murphy, Noah Patrick, Kalyn Purtee, Kelsey Salyer, Janie Skeens, Jeremiah Statzer, Nikki Turner, Rachel White, Galett Woodm ....... ":: ': :;GRADE :9: AlIA's'-;Jeob: ; i Baker, Camryn Cook, Shelby i:, Grizzle, Savannah Roberson, Madison Ray. A&B---Cassidy Fleming, Autumn Jackson, Peyton Jessee, Alyson Long,. Cody Meade, Darla Mullins, Gillian Shepard, Allison Skeens, Cade Steele, Jordan Taylor. GRADE 8: All A's--Jen- nifer Bums, Mikayla Johnson, Morgan Kennedy, Austin Swiney, Isaac Phillips. A&B Brenda Blevins, Jonah Comett, Ryan Grizzle, Z0e Gullett, Jenna Hall, Shara-Linn Helton, Gracie Hicks, Brooke Home, Jamie Kiser, Alex Lambert, Hayden Linkous, Noah Max- field, Gabrielle Perrigan, Jor- dan Peters, Liberty Phillips, Jordan Statzer, Hannah Steele, Carrie Thomas, Terri Townes, Zachary White, Amber Woods, lacob Woodruff. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Periodicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283. Allen Gregory Editor/Adv. Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell counties; $30.00 in other 24-zip codes; elsewhere, $32.50. 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