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Vol. LI, NO-_51 ; Thursday, December 17, 2009 I " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Saint Paul, Virginia i i I .~ +, (: 7: II1--- i + t ,FOR SPES CHILDREN...St. Paul Elementary Principal Larry Greear, right, was presented a ,check for $100 by Shaw Human Resources Manager Jim Lott, left, on Tuesday. The funds aye for SPES children at Christmas. , IDA B 50c dis S Members of the St. Paul natingsome or all of the build- ownership of the building. Town Council and the St. Paul ing, and/or a zero interest loan IDA board member Jack Ki- Industrial Development Autho- to the Town for purchase of. the er asked why the Town wanted rity Board met in a specialbuilding, among others., to buy a building and he doesn't called joint session on Tuesday, Mayor Fletcher said that he is think that the Town can rent to December 8, to discuss the old reasonably certain that grant individuals. He also contended Willis Building, and whether or funding from several sources that the Town has no plan for not the Town should'try to will become available for reno- the building, although Mayor acquire the building and secure vating the building which would Fletcher said that the Town is funds for its renovation. The building is currently owned by Miners Exchange Bank, which acquired it from the previous owner in lieu of the $130,000 balance on the build- ing which was owed the bank. IDA Chairman Bob Harrison said that he and Mayor Kyle e vletcher have discussed the entual ownership of the build- ing with Miners Exchange Pre- sident Charles "Jibber" Ward. Several possibilities emerged from the discussion, Harrison said, and told the group that the Miners Exchange Bank's Board of Directors will consider avail- able options, which include do- promote tourism and employ- ism officials, and that we're in a perfect position to do this if we can acquire the building and funds for its renovation. Councilwoman Sharon Steele said that the Town has to own the building by the end of the year in order to have its Down- town Revitalization application ready to submit in early March. The Town Council's regular December meeting will be held Monday, December 21, at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall IDA members, Building Inspector Robert Mullins, LENOWISCO ment, but that before thai can happen, the Town must have trying to become a significant part of the "trail" development being pursued by County tour- Director Skip Skinner and "trails" tourism spokesperson Debbie Spencer will all be asked to attend. Present for the joint meeting representing the Town Council were Mayor Kyle Fletcher, and Council members Sharon Steele, Harry Kelly and Kenneth Holbrook; and representing the IDA Board were Chairman Bob Harrison and IDA Board mem- bers Bill Steele, Frank Molina- ry, J. D. Cassell, D. J. Jessee and Jack Kiser. Artist AnthonyIJones helped decorate Russell Street by painting Christmas and other seasonal scenes on the windows of the old Willis Building. 'Camp Bethel in Lights Camp Bethel Ministries in Wise will present the anmaal Camp Bethel in Lights. The holiday display will begin Thanksgiving night" and will continue through January During that time, 1Camp- Bethel will be adorned with over 200,000 lights, decorating buildings and creating holiday scenes. All are invited to join Camp Bethel in celebrating the Christ- mas season. Camp Bethel in Lights is open to all members of the communiW. :Midnight Mass at St. Therese's St, Therese,'s Catholic Church, St. Paul, will hold its triaditional Christmas Eve Mid- night Mass Thursday night, December 24. All are welcome. AA-Sundays "and Tuesdays: Big zens meet at 10 a.~. Wednesdays Stone Gap, 8 p.m, EpiscOpal at the Castlewood Lions Den. Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8, Anyone 60 or over is invited. p.m., Trinity United Methodist ...The Dante Senior Citizens Church; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 " meet each Monday and Tuesday Clintw&xt United Metho- dist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 sehool 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 Castlewood Water & Se-wage 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, 8 .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- cond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Stat- ed Communication; First Thurs- day, 3 p.m., School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday. 7 ).m., VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- hers Aid Build-ing, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. ~LINCHFIELD LODGE #256r Stated Communicatiun, I st Satur- 'days, 7:30; School of Instruction ~rd Thursdays, 7 p.m.. RECOVERY GROUPThe Wise County Mental Health Cen- l~r conducts a recovery group for ~ubstance abusers and fmnilies :Fridays at 10 a.m. Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- ten of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m., First BaptistChurch, Coe- Call 762-0016, 276-395- ~588 or 276-679-7371. a Community Center. For ~ITTLE LEAGUE information, call 395-6398. The Clinch River Little League 100TH BIRTHDAY?, Board meets at 4 p.m. third Appalachian Agency for Senior Sundays at the UMWA Building Citizens recognizes persons in in Castlewood. All interested Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan persons are invited to attend, and Tazewell counties who are H,O.P.E. HOUSE 100 years old or older. Call Dana H.O.P.E. House provides emer- Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- geney shelter for victims of do- ' vise AASC of any' upcoming mestic violence in Wise, Russell, 100th+ birthday. Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- SCHOOL POLICIES anen counties and the City of ...The Wise Codn)y School Norton. Volunteers needed--train- Board maintains a Policy Manual nig available. Call 1-800-572- which is available to the public in 2278 the library of each school and in SENIOR'CITIZENS eacb county public library ...The Castle,~ood Senior Citi- ...Copies of the RtffselI Comet3 at I0 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- partment. Russell County resi- dents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are MJTu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 a.m-5 p.m.; Sa., 10'a.~.-2p.m. MATTHEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, arc 9 a.m-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- days/Fridays/SatuRtays, and tl a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDV 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 Monl~ays-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 M~tthews 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 immtmizations. Appointments are necessary for all but immtmiza- tions. For an appoint-ment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birth- days and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as OO0 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 as- sault are invited to altered Clinch Valley Community Action, Inc./ Family Crisis Services' support group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. For information, call Rande Hackler, 276-988- 5583, or Ranatta 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 in- cluding resume writing and inter- viewing. For details, call 1=800- 422-34~3 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 mee)s 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 Williafil T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 or,com. 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 gift, to J. Fred Mattbews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, 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 tbr March and December, when the meet- ings are on the second Tuesday All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Dickenson Connty--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 Coebum VFW Post from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except Jane. FOOD BANK First Baptist.Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tues- day 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 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- wisco Health District offer free confidential HIV testing through- out the year. For information, call Wise Coanty, 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 McReynolds 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 Men days. The meetings will be held at the Dante Museum. GED ONLINE The Re~onal Adult Education Program is offering flee 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 Morel Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scotl County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- day through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.~eation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for informa- tion concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control, a free diabetes progrzun, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 pro, 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Liv~ On Board meets at 6!30 p.m. Ist Mondays at the Dante Museum. Communit- y Meeting is 3rd Tuesday io Marcia, June, Sept. & Dec GOSPEL SINGING A GospeI Singing will be held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center; 16607 Broa.d Street, St Paul. All are welcome--admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION Book Discussion Group One of J. Fred Mat'thews Memorial Lib- vary meets fourth Thursdays of every month (except November and December are combined in early Deeemb*r) at the Riverside Diner The Christmas dinner meeting is at 6 p.m. December 3, at the Riverside Diner. Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 Mountain Empire PACE moves to new facility Mountain Empire Older Citi- cipants to move and socialize To 0e eligible for PACE, a zens, Inc., observed a new chap- ter in its ongoing story on Wednesday morning, December 9. That's the morning that , Mountain Empire PACE, a program of MEOC, officially opened its doors in their new location just above the current MEOC headquarters in Big Stone Gap.. Staff worked feverishly in the days preceding the official opening of the newCenter to get everything placed just right for the arrival of participants. Mountain Empire Older Citi- znes, Inc." executive director Marilyn Pace Maxwell said the opening of the new facility is one MEOC has been dreaming of for some time. "Thge opening Of the new Mountain Empire PACE Center is a day that we have been look- ing forward to with great anti- cipation ever since Governor Kaine was here for the official groudnbreaking," Maxwell said. "We have an outstanding PACE Program which iwll only get bigger and better now that we have moved into our new build- ing. We are expanding our range of activities and have gdded on to our medical ser- vices already as a result of the increased space now available to us. Each day brings a new insi .ght and idea as to how we can increase services to those in PACE. We've only just begun!" The $3 million, 17,000 square foot facility provides more than enough space for par- ticipants and staff with plenty of room to grow. The Centr fea- tures floor to ceiling windows and several skylights that brigh- ten up the whole space. The dining, exercise and acti- vities areas are wide open and feature lots of space for parti- with one another. For the conve- nience of participants and staff, the new facility has a dozen handicap-accerssible restrooms, three personal care rooms with showers, a laundry area and a kitchen. Clinic staff now has more space to provide patient care. The new clinic features five ex- amination rooms, a lab, work space as well as individual Offi- ces. The Health Club wing of the new facility offers much needed space for physical and occupational therapies to work with pzrticipants and provide the therapy they need to grow stronger. Tony6 Lawson, Mountain Empire PACE, expressed his sincere approval of the new facility and staff "I'm as proud as a peacock o( this new PACE place. It is a real palce! Designed to accommo- date more than 100 peopoe at once, the building is perfectly suited as a health and social center for older adults," Lawson said. "The ony thing better than the building itself is the work being done inside its Proud as I am of the facility, I'm even prouder of the staff and participants who make up this great program." person must be abe 55 or older and be a resident of Lee, Wise or Scott county or the City of Norton. They must also be deemed eligible by the local department of social services and the health department. Once a person enrolls in the program, PACE staff works to address their medical, nutritio- nal, physical and social needs.. This can be done at eigher the PACE Center or in their home. If a person meets all the necessary, requirements, they can receive all of these services and more, without seeing anyt cost to themselves. PACE parti- cipants are eligible to receive assistance wkh dental care, hearing aids and eyeglasses, ser- vices that are not traditionally covered by Medicare and Medi- caid, if the Interdisciplinary Team feels that the services are warranted. Also, there are no Medicare Part D donut holes, no copays and no cost for prescription medications once a person is enrolld in PACE. For more information bout Mountain Emprei PACE, con- tact Leigh Ann Bolinsky, 276- 523-0599, 1-866-793-7223, or SPHS to host Future Stars boys' basketball tournament 2/6 & 7 St. Paul High School will host the fourth annual Future Stars youth boys' basketball tournament February 6 and 7. Divisions will include fourth and fifth grades, and sixth and seventh grades. The tournament will be open to the first eight teams in each division, and-the cost will be $100 per team. Each team is guaranteed three games, and a discount will be offered to groups entering teams in both divisions. For more information, call Patrick Damron at 276-328- 8913 or 276-219-7964. December ;OOO [IT1( MflltNING Slhll gllUBCII ~ 1":'~+~, ,. :"': Illt~. IIIO|i.~dl|~ !|!/11 HtI|I~I~I~II AIII| CONTRIBUTION TO FOOD BANK...The Food Pantry at Morning Star Church, Castlewood, was the recipient of a check for $1,500 from Food City customers, collected through the supermarket chain's annual "Food For All" campaign. St. Paul Store Manager Henry Maggard, left, presented the check to Jerry Hall, representing Morning Star Church. The Food Pantry at First Baptist Church is scheduled to receive $2,000 of the system-wide total collection of $297,473. Co-sponsors for the drive were Miller Brewing Company, Kellogg's and Food For All. t