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Tree Lighting Friday 6 pm Christmas Parade Saturday 2 pm Vol. LVIII, No. 48 O 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 Ill " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, December 1, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia | Vir:zinia PRESS 50 cents by Jerry Couch On Monday, October 28th the St. Paul Industrial Development Authority held its regular monthly meet at the St. Paul Town Hall. Members present for the meeting are included in the photo which accompa- nies this article. They are (left to right) Jack Kiser, Frank Molinary, Mike Jessee, Linda Tiller (attor- ney for the board), Bob Harrison, Debbie Baca, Harry Kelly, and J. D. Cassell. Several matters were discussed during the meet- ing, including (1) a pro- posed site within the town limits to be used by Spearhead Trails as a main- tenance shop, (2) receipt of a third-party appraisal of the former Bush commer- cial building located near McDonald's, (3) the pro- posed paving of the park- ing lot extending between Russell Street and the alley which shares This agreement is relative to a $3M construction loan common for the Western Front Hotel boundaries with the Molinary property and the Fraley property. The board also Voted to hold its next meeting on December 2lst due to the Christmas holi- day. The board's principal business item concerned the acceptance by the board of a "moral obligation agreement" between the IDA board and Community Capital Bank of Virginia. which is currently under renovation. The agreement was previously accepted by the St. Paul Town Council and is transcribed below in its entirety: MORAL OBLIGATION AGREEMENT This MORAL OBLIG- ATION AGREEMENT, made as of the 28th day of November by and between the TOWN OF ST. PAUL, VIRGINIA (the "Town"), a Crab Orchard United Methodist Church Virginia incorporated municipality, the INDUS- TRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE TOWN OF ST. PAUL, VIRGINIA (the "Authority), a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the COM- MUNITY CAPITAL BANK OF VIRGINIA ("CCBV), a Virginia Corporation. WlTNESSETH: WHEREAS, the Authority was created by the Town Council (the "Council") pursuant to the Virginia Industrial Development and Revenue Bond Act (Chapter 49, Title 15.2, Code of Virginia of 1950, as amended) (the "Act"); and, WHEREAS, the Town has entered into a Comprehensive Development Agreement with Willis Properties, LLC, for the redevelop- ment of the historic Willis Building and Dye Property. into a mixed use commer- cial anchor property, con- taining a boutique hotel, retail space, and a restau- rant; and, WHEREAS, the Authority applied for and was approved by CCBV for a loan in the maximum principal amount of Three Million Dollars ($3,000,000.00) (the "Loan"), the proceeds of which are to be used by the Authority to re-loan to Willis Properties, LLC to finance building construc- tion, renovation, and reha- bilitation., the purchase of furniture, fixtures, and equipment, other improve- ments, and costs associated with the foregoing includ- ing legal, closing, delivery, and installation expenses, to assist with the redevel- opment of the historic Willis Building in the Town of St. Paul, Virginia into a boutique hotel, restaurant, and retail cen- ter; and, WHEREAS, one of the requirements of the CCBV Loan is that the moral obli- gation of the Town shall be required; and, WHEREAS, the Town desires to enter into a sup- port agreement with the Authority and CCBV, with respect to the said $3,000,000.000 Loan, set- ting forth the Town's agree- ment undertake a non-bind- ing obligation; and, WHEREAS, the prom- issory note evidencing this Loan shall be an obligation of the Authority payable in ' twenty-four (24) consecu- tive monthly payments of accrued interest only at the rate of 5.25% per annum with a balloon payment due on the maturity date thereof (said promissory note, including any extensions, renewals, amendments, and/or modification there- to, is hereinafter referred to as the "Note'); and, WHEREAS, in order to See Agreement, Page 2 Up the river to visit Carterton AA-Sundays and Thursdays, 7:30; Tuesdays: Big Stone School of Instruction Gap, 8 pm, Episcopalthird Thursdays, 7 pm Church. Tuesdays: St. R E C O V E R Y Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul GROUP-The Wise United MethodistCounty Mental Health Church. Wednesdays: Center conducts a Wise, 8 pm, Trinity recovery group for sub-" United Methodist stance abusers and fam- Church. Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W & S A-The Castlewood Water & Sewage 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, 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. Fridays: ilies Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679-08 I0. ACOA MEETING- Adult Children of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coeburn. Call 762- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE= The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 3 pm third Sundays at Ma Whitenack Little League Field. All inter- ested persons are invit- ed to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE- H.O.P.E. House pro- vides emergency shel- ter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed- training available. Call 1-800-572-2278. SENIOR CITI- ZENS-The Castle- wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior ST. PAUL LODGE Citizens meet each # 3 4 3'- S e c o n d Monday and Tuesday at Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFV POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication,. 1st I[l[ll!ljllljill!!l!!t! H 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 Tue & Thur 10am-8pm; Wed & Fri 10am- 5:30pm; Sat 10-3pm. Closed Sun & Mon. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are: 9:30am- 6pm Monday; 10:30am-7pm Tuesday; Closed Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm Thursday and Friday. Saturday Closed. Sunday Closed. DICKENSON- BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 to 4 and Sundays 1 to 3. SOCIAL SECURI- TY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone num- bers are 1-800-772- 1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul meet at the Library on first Tuesdays at 5:30 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 wel- comed. HEALTH SER- VICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-8pm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family plan- ning, pediatrics; school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immu- nizations. Appointments are nec- essary for all but immu- nizations. For an appointment, call 762- 328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All proceeds reha- bilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For informa- tion, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTH- DAY-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 advise AASC of any upcoming 100th birthday. SUPPORT GROUP-Women sur- vivors of S~xual 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 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 276- 889-8206. FREE ADULT ED- Free adult 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 resume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1'800-422- 3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTA- TION- The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens pro- vides disability trans- portation services in Buchanan, 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. Group purpose is "to leam, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 See CALENDAR, P~ige 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 by Jerry Couch During the years I've been writing these articles, I have received several requests to feature a story about Carterton. Even though the Couch family originally settled there, I didn't have much to go on for an article except oral histories - which I leave to the tender mercies of oth- ers_ so inclined. Well, start- ing this week Carterton partisans will get their wish - I decided I'd pore through old newspapers and see what I could find. Carterton originated as one of the stops along the Clinch Valley Division of ' the Norfolk & Western Railway. In 1892, approx- imately one acre of land was obtained from 'Jack Carter, a prominent landowner, to be used as the site of a depot. This was fortunate because before the N & W came to Russell County, the closest rail service was at Abingdon. Like Coeburn, St. Paul, Castlewood, and Cleveland, Carterton was created as a railway access point for its geographic area. At that time, consider- able logging operations were taking place in the vicinity of Carterton. The community became a stag- ing area where logs and lumber could be stockpiled awaiting shipment. Carterton began to grow. Some of the busi- nesses located in Carterton and its vicinity included The Thomas Kiser Company, L. Buckles & Company, G. O. Kiser & Company, The Sutherland Hotel, Hawkins Brothers, Silver Maple Farm, john T. Dickenson & Son, and oth- ers as well (my access to records and documentation pertaining to Carterton is still limited). The following informa- tion was compiled from the pages of The Tazewell Republican, The Clinch Valley News, The Big Stone Gap Post, The Lebanon News, The World News, The Roanoke Times, and other newspa- pers of the era. News reporting was always spo- radic because no weekly Carterton column appeared in any of these newspapers. ---July 27, 1894 = A WRECK ON THE CLINCH VALLEY DIVI- SION, near Carterton, Monday, delayed the east- bound passenger train about four hours. ---August 18, 1898 - Mr. Charley Wallace, of Cleveland, and Miss Ada Jessee, of Carterton, daughter of Franklin P. Jessee, were married last Wednesday. May worthy deeds and cheerful ways mark their pathway all their days. ---APRIL 20, 1899- A REMARKABLE LITTLE GIRL - T. E Dickenson of Carterton has a little girl three years of age who can write letters to her friends. She writes a hand that any- one can read and spells well. The strangest part of it is, she cannot read in books nor can she spell in them, but in her letters she spells well and connects all her sentences nicely. The first that was noticed of her writing was one day she told her mother she was writing her a letter. Imagine the mother's sur- prise when little Ella Bryant handed her a paper which was a few lines well written. She has since written Mrs. H. H. Dickenson of Lebanon a letter which a Lebanon News representative exam- ined and found to be much better than a number of grown people can write. ---August 16, 1900 - Dr. E. K. Harding of Carterton, Va. spent a few days in Big Stone Gap the past week. Dr. Harding is looking for a suitable place to locate, and is considering Big Stone Gap as such a place. ---November 13, 1900 - PREACHER SEVENTY- TWO YEARS - The Rev. Elihu Kiser of Carterton, Russell County, Va., died this morning in the ninety- second year of his age. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and was a minister of the Gospel in the church about seventy-two years. Mr. Kiser was a man of vigor- ous mind and of robust body until about two years ago. He leaves a widow of eighty-nine years of age, who is expected to die at any moment, and several sons and daughters to mourn their loss. ---November 23, 1902 - STUFFED BALLOT BOX - Democrats Prosecuting a Democratic Election Judge in Russell - Frank P. Jessee, one of the Democratic judges at the recent elec- tion at Carterton Precinct in Russell County, was yes- terday taken before Justice Kiser, near Dexter in that county, on a warrant for ballot box stuffing. Attorney Peter J. Davenport went from this town to prosecute him, but was met with and assisted by H. A. Routh, Esq.., a Democratic lawyer who had been employed by Democratic citizens to assist in the prosecution. Judge Kiser, himself a Democrat, after hearing all the testimony bound the defendant over to answer before the next grand jury, and bailed him in the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars for his appearance. The testimony showed that when he was discov- ered tampering with the ballot box, he was immedi- ately expelled and another man qualified to act as Judge in his place. The Election Commissioners in this county were assembled here today in obedience to the mandamus of the Supreme Court to restore and count the vote at Meiadota Precinct, which gave at the recent election a majority of seventy-nine for Slemp. It is said the costs of this proceeding amount to over seventy dollars, and which will fall on the'commissioners. ---August 10, 1906 - Capt. Wohlford and his wife and baby, of Carterton are here in Tazewell for the benefit of the baby's health. They are stopping at the Ratliff. ---June 11, 1908 - Old Veteran Passes Away. On last Monday, Captain Jack Carter died at his home at Carterton, Russell County, Va. He was the last surviv- ing son of the Hon. Dale Carter, who in antebellum days was, perhaps, the most prominent and wealthy citizen of Russell County. Capt. Carter at one session of the General Assembly represented his county in the House of Delegates. For some years he has taken no active part in public affairs. He was a gallant Confederate soldier and a man of strong intel- lect. TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK