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2> f f. i.. L Vol. LIV, No. 50 f- ..... z • - • ., , " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, December 13, 2012 Saint Paul, Virginia : " "" .... roll ............. I ! Ifm IT'- • • . _ . . III /" 'll IL [ DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION...New awnings have been installed on C.R. Pate and Co. and also on the Big M Carpet building this week. $25,000 Challenge Grant issued to Southwest Virginia Children's Advocacy Center :.: The Southwest Virginia Chil- ctive that one can hardly ima- Center is huge and will make the dren's Advocacy Center of Mou- ntain Empire Older Citizens, '-:Inc., has the opportunity to receive $50,000 in greatly : needed funds for the coming year, but they need your help to do so. The Julie Christopher and / Marge Connelly Foundation has . i issued a $25,000 Challenge Grant to MEOC to support the valuable work of the Children's Advocacy Center. This means if the community and MEOC can raise $25,000 in new funds, the Julie Christopher and Marge Connelly Foundation will con- tribute an additional $25,000 to the program. "Our Foundation is very im- ; pressed with their success in putting battered and badly abused children back together : and in bringing hope for the future in situations so destru- gine them," Julie Christopher said. "That is one of many reasons that we have chosen to make this year's grant a Chal- lenge Grant to the larger com- munity they serve. Southwest Virginia is so fortunate to have the Children's Advocacy Center and we are determined to see it survive these lean financial times." The number of children serv- ed by the Children's Advocacy Center increases monthly. How- ever, the long lasting, positive impact of the Children's Advo- cacy Center and Partnership is demonstrated daily. The Challenge Grant was given to MEOC in honor of the retirement of past MEOC Exe- cutive Director Marilyn Pace Maxwell. "This opportunity for MEOC's Children's Advocacy difference in the numbers of children we can serve and in the types of assistance we can offer," Maxwell said. "This matching gift could riot have come at a more needed time and is a gift that we absolutely must be successful in matching. We have been shown a way to keep the Children's Advocacy Center operating and we must embrace it wholeheartedly and enthusiast- ically." MEOC has designed the month of December 2012 and January 2013 to focus on fund- raising for this wonderful op- portunity. If you would like to support the Children's Advocacy Center in this way, please make checks payable to MEOC and send to MEOC CAC, P.O. Box 888, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219. Plea- se put "CAC Challenge Grant" on your check or envelope. If you are wondering what's going on downtown, the St. Paul Downtown Revitalization Pro- ject is in full swing. buildings involved in the project will be exterior work only. The contractors performing been completed is repairs, signs, painting and some awnings for the Celebration Center, Big M Carpet and' C.R. Pate & Co. the work are Bracken Constru- Work is ongoing or sched- Overseeing the $770,000 ction, King Construction, Avis CDBG grant, Revitalization Construction and Jerry's Signs. uled to begin soon on the Fra!ey building, Crowder building, Committee members Mayor Bracken, King and Avis con- Short building, Danny Hileman Kyle Fletcher, Suzy Harrison, struction companies are handling building and Phillips building. Lou Wallace, Juanita Kelly, the construction work, while The project work on all biaild- Doris Fletcher, Connie Kessing- Jerry's Signs is doing the ings is scheduled to be complete er and Treasurer Debbie Baca, signage and awning work. The before August, 2013. has worked diligently with busi- architectural work was perform- The St. Paul Revitalization ness owners to begin con- ed by Frazier & Associates Committee and LENOWISCO is struction on the building up- through the Virginia Main Street administering the $700,000 part grades. Program, and The Lane Group of the grant money, while the St. This grant comes from the has beeffcontracted to oversee Paul IDA Board is overseeing Department ofHousing & Com- the construction, the $70,000 available to business munity Development (DHCD) The work that has already owners in low interest loans. ' as a Community Development Block Grant. The buildings involved in the upgrades are The Celebration Center, Kornerstone, Big M, Big M Carpet, Phillips Building, The Wise County Sheriff's C.R. Pate & Co., Fralev Build- Office offers a free service to all ing (housing Sweet Peas and- seniors of Wise County and the Design Printers), Puff & Snuff, City of Norton. The Good Morn- Short Building (old bank), ing Wise County program pro- Crowder Building housing vides a volunteer to call and Jessica's Little Feet, Assembly of God buildings (housing Gio- vanni's and the Barber Shop), Tiller & Tiller, and the old St. Wise Co. Sheriff's office offers "Good Morning Wise County" check on the welfare of all participants, to determine if they have food, heat in winter,• and cooling in the summer. They also want to make sure participants in Paul Apartments (aka the Willis the program are not being Building) owned by the Town of abused, mistreated, or neglected. St. Paul. The upgrades on all the All eligible seniors are en- couraged to sign up and use this free service. To sign up call Wilma at 276-328-7114 and lea- ve your name and phone num- ber. You may also call Sheriff Oakes, or a member of his staff, at 276-328-3756. The only information required is your name, address, phone .number, and a contact person in case of emergency. ar even mmm "AA-~undays and Tuesdays..-]3ig 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 ELEMENT- ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town needad-training available• Call 1- ...The V~/ise County .School B0ard 800"572"2278. maintains a Policy Manual which SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle- is available to the public in the wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 library of each school and in each am Wednesdays at the Castlewood county public library. Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited• The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County residents 60 or older are invited. ,,,Copies of the Russell County School 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 assault are 3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. FOOD BANK-First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am at the church• Donations are welcomed• All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER-The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays• For more information please call 495- Hall. RUSSELL CO LIBRARY-Hours invited to attend Clinch Valley 8473. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- at the Russell County Public Communication Action, CLOTHES CLOSET-The Worn- Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu 9am- Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- en On Mission group at First CASTL£WOOD W&SA-The 7pm, W/F 9am-5:30pm, Th 9am- port group meeting with victims of Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Castlewood Water & Sewage 8pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Sun 2-5pm. similar situations Mondays, 10:30 Clothes Closet from 9-11 am Authority Board of Directors, 6 MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours'am-12 noon. For information call Tuesdays• Anyone who needs 'pm second Mondays. ' at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or clothing is welcome. ALZltEIMER'S SUPPORT-Library,, St. Paul, are 9am-5pm RanettaDavis, 276-889-8206. FREE ItlV TESTING-Health First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat FREE ADULT ED-Free adult Departments in the Lenowisco Agency for Senior Citizens office, urdays, and 1 lam-7:30pm Tues- education classes are available in Health District offer free confid- Claypool Hill. Free. days and Thursdays. See Library Lee, Scott and Wise counties and ential HIV testing throughout the NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- for special program schedules• 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, Norton. Dickenson-Bundy Log House is want to improve their basic skills. Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231- open weekly Thursdays through lnstructor~ also assist adults with Health Dept. 276-386-1312. Stated meetings will be held the Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 job-related skills idcluding 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-Th~ Ap- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Com- Phone numbers are 1-800-772- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- Glenna McReynotds is the teacher. munication; First Thursday, 7 pro 1213 or 276-679-7633. zens provides disability transport- Call 1-800-422-3433. Schooloflnstruction. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of ation services in Buchanan, GED ONLINE-The Regional VFW POST #8652, DAV the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell Adult Education Program is CHAPTER 12dth Tuesday, 7 Library, St. Paul meet at the counties to individuals with offering free GED Classes online. pm, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. Library on first Thursdays at 4 pro. disabilities, regardless of.age. Call This service is for qualifying and NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 1-888-656-2272. adult learners, with or without 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new GENEALOGY GROUP-The their own home computers, in Lee, bors Aid Building, new & used members• If you served overseas Russell County Genealogy Group Scott and Wise counties and the clothing for sale. " during any war, write "VFW Post meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, City of Norton. For more RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, Russell County Public Library, information, call GED Online SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 VA 24266 and send name, address ~ Lebanon. The Group purpose is Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- pm, Lebanon. and phonenumber. Transfers "'to learn, to share and to 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- welcomed, perpetuate family history." Call 2433). Stated Communication, 1st Satur- HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 GED. TEST1NG-GED Testing is days, 7:30; School of Instruction County Health Department, Wise, ~, available Monday through third Thursdays, 7 pm - is open from 8am-8pm first JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Thursday and on Saturdays at the RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise Thursdays. Clinics will be offered Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- Wise Co. Alternative Education County Mental Health Center in family planning, pediatrics, orial Library and help promote the Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 conducts arecovery group for sub- school and adult physicals, WIC, improvement of facilities and for information concerning GED stance abusers and families Paps and immunizations. Ap- services of the library. Send name, testing• Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- pointments are necessary for all address and phone number, with a IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-ln 0810. but immunizations. For an $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Control, a free diabetes program, 'ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- appointment, call 762-328-8000• Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. 5-6 pm 2"aMondays• 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Tacoma Community Center is Make checks payableto Friends of DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Coeburn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- available for reunions, birthdays the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 6588'or 276-679-7371. and showers. All' proceeds Library. ,, ra 3 Tuesdays at the Dante Museum LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch rehabilitate the Tacoma School as EASTERN STAR-Clinch Vauey with the Cmnlnunity Meeting River Little League Board meet at a Community Center. For infor- Chapter #152 Order of Eastern following at 7:00pro. 4 pm third SundJys at the UMWA mation, call 395-6398. Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel Building in Castlewood. All 100TM BIRTHDAy-Appalachian except for March and December, Singing will be held at 7 pm the interested persons are invited to Agency for Senior Citizens when the meetings are on the first Friday of each month at The attend, recognizes persons in Russell, second Tuesday. All meetings are Celebration Center, 16607 Broad H.O.P.E. HOUSE-H.O.P.E. Hou- Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- at 7:30 p.m. Street, St. Paul. All are welcome - se provides emergency shelter for well counties who are 100 years VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dicken- admission is free. victims of domestic violence in old or older. Call Dana Collins, I- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, 800-656-2272, to'advise AASC of veterans' claims. For appointment, Discussion Group One of the J. Scott and Buchanan counties and any upcoming 100th birthday, call 276-835-8847 nights. Fred Matthews Memorial Library the City of Norton. Volunteers SCHOOL POLICIES Coeburn-A Dept. of Veterans meets fourth Thursdays (except Services representative will assist November and December are. clients and answer questions at the combined in early December) at IIll)[l@lU[lllLIIlll ~o~u~ VFW Post from, 9am-theRiversideDinerat6pm , , Church and churchlrelated activities calendar on page 3 wedding, Methodist Church 1920s St. Paul United Methodist Church, pt. II by Jerry Couch It is perhaps no coincidence the second Methodist Episcopal Church, South building in St. Paul was dedicated in 1911, the same year the town itself was formally chartered. New stores and homes were beginning to line the town's streets and the new church building was a highlight of the rapidly devel- oping community. It wasn't the town's only church, of course. Informal church meetings were also held in the homes of those who had "received the call." And from time to time, itinerant preachers exhorted sinners on the town's streets or in tents set up near the Clinch River for revivals and baptisms. • More will be written about this later. If you were thinking the men of the congregation were the principal decision makers of the St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church, South in its early days, you'd be wrong. The Methodist ladies took great pride in their church and what it represented. This becomes very clear after reading the minutes of the Woman's Club of St. Paul, where the church is frequently mentioned. In many ways, the Woman's Club was almost a satellite organization. When the Methodist ladies wanted the sinkhole in front of the church filled in, they applied pressure to their husbands and the hole ceased to be. When they wanted a sidewalk from Buchanan most of these temperance advo- cates were women. However, persuading citizens to abstain from partaking of alcoholic beverages was one area in which the Methodist ladies met with failure. Before, during, and after Prohibition the town remained solidly and unabashedly intem- perate. When the Baptist church was organized in St. Paul in the 1920's, it initially had no house of worship of its own. In the spirit of community and fel- lowship which characterizes our area, the Methodists shared their church building with the Baptist congregation. Perhaps in doing so, the church members were recalling their own early strug- gles which were mentioned in last week's article. The years rolled by and despite war and the Depression, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South remained a constant in the St. Paul community. Then, in 1939, three large branches of the church merged. The resulting new organization would once again be known as the Methodist Church [Note: Today the church is known as the United Meth- odist Church following its 1968 merger with the Evangelical United Brethren Church]. of colored glass. For those who may not be aware or what these colors signify, here is the explanation: assembly room which fronts Wise Street today. The building was designed by William W. Hamilton and the contractor was the E. L. Ford Construction Company of Nor- ton, Virginia. Of special signi- ficance is the beautiful, simple cross on the end of the building which was created using blocks 4 • The white at the center of the cross is our Lord crucified; the yellow is the glory about Him. • The two thieves crucified with Him are the yellow at the ends of the cross arms. • The blue at the bottom of the cross is Mary the Mother of Jesus. The white is her face. The yel- low is the glory about her. • The three white blocks near the top of the cross are the dove descending and the spirit ascending. • The five red blocks at the figure of Christ are the wounds in the hands, in the feet, and in the side. • The red block surrounded by three yellow blocks nearer the foot of the cross is the spilled blood of Christ; the blood of the Lamb; the blood of the New Testament. Though-the wooden church building remained in place up. Most (if not all) of St. Paul's most active temperance advo- ,cates were Methodists. And the. old church bell has been retained and is located at the side of the building. Inside, vintage furnishings from the previous buildings provide a link between old and new. Next installment: The Afri can Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Paul, and Billy Sunday• comes to town. The prosperity of the post- following the 1959 building WWlI years brought about ma- program, its days of usefulness jor changes to the St. Paul were drawing to a close. Methodist Church. In 1959 an Eventually it was demolished ambitious building project com- and replaced with a new brick menced, the result of which was addition which houses class- Street leading to the church, they a new brick ,sanctuary and rooms and offices. However, got it. No more muddy shoes ground floor and stockings. When they want- ed street lighting installed near the church so they wouldn't have to walk home in the dark after meetings, the lights went