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<# Vol. LVI, No. 47 576 EX/C Thursday, December 4, 2014 Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 "" 'The time has co.the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' '" lllllk, Saint Paul, Virginia yj . i a PRESS Associatio 50 cents (, 9 9 The Blue Devils are among top 10 in Celebrate My Drive teen driver safety awareness campaign. Celebrate My Drive, powered by State Farm@, is plea~ed to announce Castlewood High School is one of the top 10 winning high schools, earning a $100,000 grant. They were among 3,283 registered high schools who partici- pated in this year's pro- gram. Students, parents, administrators and the entire community rallied in support of teen drivers, making online safe driving commitments, helping the Blue Devils reach their goal. Crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and the first year behind the wheel is the most dan- gerous. Celebrate My Drive is an opportunity to celebrate new drivers, focusing on the freedom, but also the responsibility, that comes with earning a driver's license. It's a chance for teens and their high schools to amplify conversations about this important topic and help be part of the solution. "State Farm is proud of Castlewood's efforts to generate excitement among students, faculty and the entire community to make safe driving commitments and have positive conver- sations about teen. driver safety," said State Farm Agent Cathy Mays. "We appreciate all of the won- derful support of the pro- gram to help reduce teen crashes and save lives." Castlewood is required to invest 10% of the grant award on a teen driver safe- ty program for students. They plan to use the remaining funds on a num- ber of different projects "- dex; loped from a "Dream Wish List" created earlier in the school year by the students at CHS. The first project on a list is for an outdoor classroom and lunch area which they plan to call the Blue Devil Pavillion. The Castlewood High School Student Council, made up of stu- dents from each class, each homeroom, each club, and each organization, will then identify the items on the "Dream Wish List" that will benefit the greatest number of students at CHS. This is the second year Castlewood High School won a grant through celebrate My Drive. A complete list of the 100 winning high schools will be available on www.celebratemydrive:'co m on December 15. At Castlewood High School the grant money earned through this project will be used to meet sever- al goals of our project. First, Castlewood High School will purchase a driving simulator to con- tinue our focus on teen safe driving. The simulator will be available to our school and community. Through the use of a simulator, driv- ers will be placed in dan- gerous situations without putting them in danger. Simulation will provide individuals with an oppor- tunity to practice what to do if a hazardous situation should present itself, giv- ing participants the best possible chance of surviv- ing or avoiding a crash. Secondly, plans are underway to build the Blue Devil Pavilion. Being the number one requested item on the Celebrate My Drive Student "Dream Wish List" complied before our cam- paign began, the design for the pavilion includes a con- crete floor, a covered roof, electricity, lighting, a buf- fet area, and will seat at least eighty people. The pavilion will provide an opportunity for an incentive program for Students during the lunch hours called "Have It Made in the Shade" where stu- dents will have the oppor- tunity to eat lunch out- doors. Throughout the remainder of the day the facility will be available for use as an outdoor class- room. In addition, the Blue Devil Pavilion will be used for athletic events, the annual -senior picnic, homecoming bonfires, as well as, provide a sheltered area for students waiting for parents following prac- tice and other school events. With the communi- ty being so important to the success of our Celebrate My Drive campaign, the community will be encour- aged to use the facility after school hours. Third, clubs, organ- izations, classes, and ath- letic teams were given an opportunity to join the ,Celebrate My Drive com- mittee in planning market- ing strategies and volun- teering at CMD events at the beginning of the school year. As a result of their commitment, they will each receive a portion of the grant money be used for to help with graduation, the prom, summer camps, and other student related expenses. The remainder of the budget will be spent based on the numerous items listed on the "Dream Wish List." The Student Council Association will meet and review the many items listed, and determine the most efficient academic use of the remaining budg- et. Students will be required to determine which items are most bene- ficial to the greatest num- ber of students. Celebrate My Drive Pictured left to right, front row, Camryn Cook, Mandi Hylton, Makayla McCoy, Russell County School Superintendent Dr. Brenda Hess. Second row, State Farm Bear, Sales Leader for State Farm Southwest Virginia area Don Carter, State Farm Agent Cathy Mays, Senator Ben Chafin, CHS Principal Nathan Breeding and CHS Assistant Principal Tabitha Long. AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church.- Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood united Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENTARY 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 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. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Communication; 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 Neighbors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, [IIUI[II!!JlI!U!I)!III) 6 pm, Lebanon. Paul, axe: 9:30am-6pm CLINCHFIELD Monday; 10:30am-7pm LODGE #256-Stated Tuesday; Closed Communication,1st Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm Saturdays, 7:30; School Thursday and Friday. of Instruction third Saturday Closed. Thursdays, 7 pm Sunday Closed. RECOVERY DICKENSON- GROUP,The Wise B U N D Y- T h e County Mental Health Dickenson-Bundy Log Center conducts a House is open weekly recovery group for sub- Thursdays through stance abusers and fam- Saturdays, 10-3, and ilies Fridays at 10 am Sundays 12-4 pm. Call 276-679-0810. SOCIAL SECURI- ,ACOAMEETING- TY-The Wise Social Adult Children of Security Office is open Alcoholics meet Mondays-Fridays from Mondays, 7 pm, First 9am-4pm. Phone num- Baptist Church, bers are 1-800-772- Coeburn. Call 762- 1213 or 276-679-7633. 0016, 276-395-6588 or L I B R A R Y 276-679-7371. FRIENDS-Friends of LITTLE LEAGUE- the J. Fred Matthews The Clinch River Little Memorial Library, St. League Board meet at 4 Paul meet at the Library pm third Sundays at the on first Thursdays at 4 UMWA Building in pm. Castlewood. All inter- VFW POST 9864- ested persons are invit- VFW Post 9864, ed to attend. Lebanon, welcomes H.O.P.E. HOUSE- new members. If you H.O.P.E. House pro-served overseas during vides emergency shel- any war, write VFW ter for victims of Post 9864, P.O. Box domestic violence in 1419, Lebanon, VA Wise, Russell, 24266 and send name, Dickenson, Lee, Scott address and phone and Buchanan counties number. Transfers wel- and the City of Norton. corned. Volunteers needed.-HEALTH SER- training available. Call VICES-The Wise 1,800-572-2278. County Health SENIOR. CITI- Department, Wise, is ZENS-The Castle-open from 8am-8pm wood Senior Citizens first Thursdays. meet at 10 am Clinics will be Wednesdays at the offered in family plan- Castlewood Lions Den. ning, pediatrics, school Anyone 60 or over is and adult physicals, invited. WIC, Paps and immu- The Dante Senior n i z a t i o n s . Citizens meet each Appointments are nec- Monday and Tuesday at essary for all but immu- 10 am at the Dante Fire nizations. For an Department. Russellappointment, call 762- County residents 60 or 328-8000. older are invited. F A C I L I T I E S RUSSELL CO. AVAILABLE-The LIBRARY-Hours at the Tacoma Community Russell County Public Center is available for Library, Lebanon, are reunions, birthdays and M/Tu/W/F 10am- showers. 5:30pm; Th 10am-8pm; All proceeds reha- Sa 10am-2pm. Sundaybilitate the Tacoma Closed. School as a Community M A T T H E W S Center. For informa- LIBRARY-Hours at the tion, call 395-6398. J. Fred Matthews 100TH BIRTH- Memorial Library, St. DAY-Appalachian Church and church-related activities Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes personsin 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 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 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 276- 88%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 TazeweU 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 learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or fullerjr1942@ See CALENDAK Page 8 calendar on page 3 .S S . - then and now by Jerry Couch Folks, we have a festive weekend aheadin St. Paul. The fun will begin on Friday evening with the annuaPSt. Paul ChriStmas Tree Lig hting Ceremony at the Riverside Shopping Center. I plan to be there and I hope you'll be there, tOO. 2014 parade on Saturday, maybe someone will see your picture fifty years from now and say, "Those people sure looked happy back then - I wish I could have been there!" Photo #1 Vearl Hileman riding an ATV in the 2012 Christmas parade. Photo #2 Forty riders Photo 1 Photo 2 the ABC store, and Willis' .Department Store were still in business at that time. Apartment residents were enjoying their bird's= Eye view of the festivities. " Photo #3 St. Paul resi- dent Arlie Mae Hilton was Grand Master of the 1987 Christmas parade - a lovely and gracious lady, a good friend, and a good neighbor to all. Thank you, Arlie Mae, for all you have done and continue to do for us. Photo #4 Participants in the 1988 parade march up Fourth Avenue from beneath the underpass. A crowd of people were enjoying the parade and the warm day from vantage points along the street and from the Piggly Wiggly Parking lot. Photo #5 The St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department's pumper truck never failed to delight chil- dren along the parade route. In 1973, Santa chose the truck as his per- sonal transportation during his visit to St. Paul. He's waving to the crowd as the truck makes the turn from. Riverside Drive onto Photo 3 On Saturday; the streets of St. Paul will come alive during the annual St. Paul Christmas Parade. Each year, town employee Glenda Lane contacts busi- nesses and organizations throughout Southwest Virginia to invite them to come here and participate in the parade. Glenda is Steel Magnolia persuasive and as a result, the parade keeps getting better and better. In fact, there were so many parade partici- pants a couple of years ago that parade traffic grid- locked at Fourth Ave. and Wise Street. It was quite a day! So isuppose we allow these pictures of Christmas parades of past years do the talking. Take a good look - you might be in one of them. If you attend the Photo 4 Photo 5 on horseback participated in the 1970 Christmas parade. This photo was taken in front of the St. Paul Apartments building on Fourth Avenue. As you can see, Wright's Hardware, Norton Floral, Fourth Avenue. In the background are the City Cafr, Darwin's Minute Mart, and McReynolds Insurance Agency. All were long-term St. Paul businesses. See Parade, Page 8