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.. .... .,:- Vol, LI, No. 49 -- Clinch Valley Times " " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " -.; Thursday,'December 3, 2009 Saint Paul, Virginia i - i "1 ..... . I IllU. IllI III I I I .d~ ..:. 1 mll I Illll II! I GINIA '" 50c One injured m" two-vehicle collision at Wise Street, Fifth ::: Avenue on Monday afternoon ........................ i ...................... AT ACCIDENT SITE...The Reimers vehicle is shown in the photo at the top; the Jackson pickup truck, as it was being loaded onto a wrecker, in the lower photo. See story at right. Camp Bethel in Lights Camp Bethel Ministries in Wise will present the annual Camp Bethel in Lights. The holiday display will begin Thanksgiving night and will continue through January 1. During that time, Camp Bethel will be adorned with Over 200,000 lights, decorating ...... buildings and creating holiday scenes. All are invited to join Camp ~Be'thel in celebrating the CF{rist- mas season. Camp Bethel in Lights is open to all members of the community. For directions or for more information, call 1-800-358- 4049. Matthews Memorial Library to host Community Christmas Employees of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library have issued an invitation to the public to attend their annual Community Christmas program. The special event will be held Tuesday, December 8, at 6 p.m. at the Library. Sisters in Song will perform music of the season. This group includes Kathy Stewart, Jan Jennings and Sharon Moore. They performed for the Libra- ry's last two Community Christ- mas programs, and have delight- ed audiences with their blend of harmonies and wonderful pro- grams. The Friends of the Library will serve holiday refreshments. For more information, call the Library at 276-762-9702 Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, 6 p.m., Miners Exchange lot Christmas Parade Saturday, 5 p.m. I Ii " Calendar of events... KA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Chute, h; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 p.m., Clintwodd United Metho- dist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m., school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 p.m., St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewoed Water & Sewage Authority Board of Diree-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, g 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-Se- onnd Thursdays, 7-30 p.m., Stat- ed Communication; First Thurs- day, 7 p.m., School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview, Ccebum NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Build-ing, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Counnunication, 1 st 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 BaptistChurch, Coe- bum. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6~88 or 276-679-737 I. 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- gency shelter for victims of do- mestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- anan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed-train- ing available. Call 1-800-572- 2278. SENIOR CITIZENS ...The Castlewood Senior Citi- zens meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. ...The Dante Seni& (~i;t~e'ns meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- partmunt. Russell County resi- dents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Sebool 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 Hours at the Russell County _ group meeting with victims of 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 Library, 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 numbers 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 fourth Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. VFW POST 9864 VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- comes 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, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Appointments are necessary for all but immuniza- tions For an appoint-ment, call 762-32g-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 library. _.Copies of the Russell County similar situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. For information, call Rande Hackler, 276-988- 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- 8206. FREE ADULT El) 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 in- eluding resume writing and inter- viewing. For details, call 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION The Appalachian Agency for Senior 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 William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 or fullerir 1942.yahoo,corn. 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 girl, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, P.O. Box 1976, St. Panl, 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 Dickenson Cotmty--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 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except June. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tues- day from 9-11 a.m at the church. Church and 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- wisoo Health District offer free confidential HIV 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. Glenna Mcgeynolds 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 Mon days. 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 information, call GED On- line Co-ordinator Marci Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- day through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Education Center, Wise. CaW 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 pm. the first Friday of each month at Tbe 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 are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner. The Christmas dinner meeting is at 6 p.m. December 3, at the Riverside Diner.. church-related activities calendar on page 3 One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash at the inter- section of Wise Street and Fifth Avenue in St. Paul early Mon- day afternoon, according to interim Police Chief George Robinson. Robinson said that Thein Le, 28, Castlewood, suffered an ap- parent broken arm when a 2006 Toyota pickup truck in which he was a passenger was struck by a1992 Ford pickup truck at the St. Paul intersection. Le was taken to Russell County Medical Center by the Castlewood Res- cue Squad. Chief Robinson said that both drivers and the passenger were wearing seat belts when the crash occurred. The accident occurred, Rob- inson said, when the Ford, driven by Anthony Jackson, 33, Appalachia, was traveling north on Wise Street toward the Fifth Avenue intersection. The Toyo- ta pickup, driven by Jonathan Reimers, 37, Castlewood, was traveling west on Fifth Avenue, I.C. Spotte i ..... Well known coal operator, I.C. Spotte, dies in Florida The former President of Clinchfleld Coal Company and CEO of Pittstor~ Coal Group, I.C. Spotte, passed away in Ft. Myers, Florida, on November 5. He was a POW veteran of World War II. Mr. Spotte is survived by two daughters, Sarah Spotte and Anna Spotte Murrow of Ft. Myers. Memorials in his honor may be made to the Coal Miners Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 336, Dante, VA 24237. A plaque will also be erected at the Temple Hill Miners Memorial Gardens in Castle- wood at a later date. and, as he was turning right to go north on Wise Street (Route 63), he apparently pulled into the path of the Jackson vehicle. The Reimers pickup truck came to rest near the rear entrance to the St. Paul United Methodist Church, knocking loose a handrail beside steps in the sidewalk on the Fifth Avenue side of the church. Reimers was charged by Robinson with failure to yield right of way. Both vehicles were judged to be total losses. This weekend, St. Paul will continue its annual special events for holiday season The Town of St. Paul, already decked out in its holiday finery with lighted displays throughout the town, will host two of its favorite Christmas events this weekend. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Miners Exchange Bank parking lot at Riverside Shopping Cen- ter. Music appropriate to the season will be provided by St. Paul's incomparable trio of Kathy Stewart, Jan Jennings and Sharon Moore Santa Claus will visit the site with goodies for all the children. Hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn will be served by the Town to all who attend this special event. The Christmas Parade will be Saturday's featured event. Pa- rade units will line up on John- nie Ramey Memorial Drive at 4 p.m., and the Parade is sche- duled to begin at 5 o'clock. Parade officials have an- nounced that Dr. Ralph Stanley, who was originally scheduled to be the Parade's Grand Marshal, Called early this week to say that he had learned he had a pre- vious commitment, which re- quires him to be in Florida this weekend, so he had to cancel his visit to St. Paul. He was also originally, scheduled to sell and sign copies of his book at the Town Hall following the Pa- rade.. The Parade will go on as scheduled, however, and pro- mises floats, bands, Scout troops, marching units, perhaps some horses and even some motorized units, and the perennial star of the day, Santa Claus, will ride the final float, sharing candy with all his little friends who are at the Parade. Everyone in the area is invited to be in St. Paul at 5 p.m. Saturday to share this special community-wide event. Lays Center for the Arts to features bluegrass and crafts Lays Hardware Center fort he Arts, 609 Front Street, Coeburn, will feature a program of live bluegrass music every Friday night from 7:30-10:30. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $1 for children 8-12, and children under 8 are admitted free. Featured groups include the following: December 4--Bluegrass Messengers; December 11--Bluegrass Circle; December 18--South Mountain Boys featuring the Center Stage Cloggers; December 25--No show. Merry Christmas! *January I--No show. Happy New Year! In addition, the Lays Center for the Arts features a Jam Session from 6:30-10:30 every Thursday, with doors opening at 6 p.m. There is no charge for admission, and the event is open both to musicians and specta- tors. Classes offered at the Lays H~dware Center for the Arts include the following: Stained Glass-- Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call Rita Porter, 276--" 395-6103; Pottery/Ceramics--Wednes- days at 5 p.m. Call Bill Dotten, 276-395-2163; Quilting--Mondays at 6 p.m. Call Bill Dotten, 76-395- 2163; and Jewelry Making--classes now forming. Call Loretta Mays, 276-395-3323 to express interest. Lays Hardware Center for the Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Appalachian culture. It offers entertainment in a smoke-free, alcohol-free family atmosphere. For more information, call Loretta Mays, 276-395-5160 or 276-395-3323, or email info@ layshardware.com or go to www.layshardware.com.. THE GUEST OF HONOR...Rick Thompson, Assistant Principal at St. Paul High School, was the guest of honor at a going-away breakfast held at the school on Monday, his last day at the school. In his 14th year at SPHS, Thompson was elected November 3 as Treasurer of Russell County. He took the oath of office in Lebanon late Monday afternoon, and began his duties as Treasurer on Tuesday. Thompson was surprised with the breakfast, hosted by the faculty, administra- tion and staff of SPHS. He was featured in a video presentation, and was honored with a several songs sung by Debra Wells, a poem written by Susan Collins, and gifts from the group and from individuals. He is pictured with his wife, Brenda.