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i17 Shopping Days Until Christmas " 'The time has come,' the walrus VoL L, No. 51 Thursday, December 18, 2008 said. 'to talk of many things...' " Saint Paul, Virginia II __ IIIlll _ _~_ -- - Illlll " !.1 I ....... 50c SUPERINTENDENT ANSWERS QUESTIONS...No one who attended the Wise County School Board's public forum at the St. Paul High School auditorium on Wednesday, December 10, doubts the stamina of the county's new Superin- tendent, Dr. Jeff Perry, pictured in the center. Dr. Perry answered such questions as he could about the Board's planned consolidation of six schools into three, although no firm plans for the project are yet in place. A native of Pound, one of the communities which will lose its high school if the consolidation plan takes place, Dr. Perry said he understands the concerns and passions which St. Paul residents have expressed about their high school. He was on his feet, with only The St. Paul Town Council, either unbudgeted or exceeded fiel-duringD meeting on Tuesday, December budgeted amounts. Their total is the period devoted to 9. at the St. Paul Town Hall, $50,702.58. In addition, White- public requests, Ann Jessee, hack stated concerns about the economic impact on the town of the Governor's budget cuts, as well as the existing uncertainty of amount of sales tax revenues and coal severance tax revenues during the depressed economic situation. His statement con- cluded that if the trend con- tinues, the $110,000 reserve heard a report from Jodi Hel- bert, director of the Oxbow Center, which proposed that the Town and the Oxbow Center work together on a recreation project which could result in securing grants sufficient to cover the St. Paul Municipal Swimming Pool so that it can be used all year. Helbert, who had had discussions on the subject with Councilman Raymond Trent, said she, acting on behalf of the project, will, if Council approves, seek a $275,000 grant to begin the project. The Oxbow Center could act as fiduciary agent for the project, she said. ARer discussion, Councilwo- man Sharon Steele suggested that the Mayor appoint a corn- which the Town has from the contractor license fees from the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center will be exhausted in a year. Councilwoman Steele said she agreed with Councilman Whitenack about being careful about spending, but added that she didn't want to leave the impression that the Town is in dire need or money or that it is one short break, for four hours. He pledged to keep all Wise Countians apprised mittee to study the idea. Council in debt. She added that none of of plans as they are made. The two District 4 School Board members, Monty approved the suggestion, and the money has been foolishly Salyer and Vanessa Perry, were the only Board members present. About 220 the committee will consist of spent. (The day after the meet- Councilmen Trent and Kenneth ing, Councilman Whitenack told Holbrook, Jodi Helbert, Utilities the Clinch Valley Times that he Superintendent Earl Carter and has updated the list he presented Town Treasurer Debbie Baca. -/O Council, and the total of D. J. Jessee, a member of the py, crs ding is $51,961.53.) St. Paul Industrial Development Mayor Fletcher made several Authority Board, reported to announcements: Council on the meeting that he 1) the deed for the land gift and others, a committee ap- from Dominion to the Town has pointed to discuss the request been recorded; which was made at the last 2) he expressed his thanks to meeting by Virginia Mountain the police, the town workers, the Micro, Inc., attended in Novena- Christmas committee, to every- ber The company had asked the one who was in-the parade and Town's permission to place an the bands for making the parade antenna on the Town's water such a success; tower in West Hills Estates to 3) the employee Christmas provide wireless Internet service Dinner will be December 23; ministration of the school take exceptional pride in the school cookbook New for having received this award. People's Animal Welfare This is the second consecu- Services (PAWS) of Russell tive yet that St. Paul Hi h_ County is excited to offer their School has been named to the one-of-a-kind cookbook. Pro- list ofBestHighSchools, ceds from the sale of this SPHS is one of the schoolscookbook will be used to care scheduled to be closed in the for companion animals. St. Paul High School has received a congratulatory mes-- sage by U.S. News and World Report on December 5 on i receiving a bronze medal in the news magazine's second annual list of America's Best High Schools. SPHS received this medal attended the event, which was preceded by a hot dog supper hosted by the SPHS Alumni Association and Bernice and Bobby Hill. St. Paul High named to best High Schools list by Brittany Culbertson Students, faculty and ad- c__onsolidation plan. because of commendable per- proposed Wise County Schools'The cookbook is available , mances on state tests. $10. It may be pur- chased at Stop & Shop, Holiday issues to be out early now for Highway 58, Castlewood. ' to Castlewood as part of a Rus- This keepsake cookbook sell County project. The service 4) the town's snow removal contains 176 recipes from the would also be usable by St. Paul equipment is in much better kitchens of PAWS' members, residents and businesses which shape than it was at the last family and friends. These fla- chose to take advantage of it. , meeting; and vorful dishes inclede appetizers, Jessee said that the company 5) he suggests putting the main dishes, desserts and other agreed to provide the service cost of'a flag pole in the 2009- 2010 budget-it has been sug- family favorites, free to the Town Hall and any gestcd that it be placed on Route For more information, call other municipal department PAWS at 762-5896, 762-7655, which mig.ht need it. He told the 58A near the site of the softball 762-0525, 762-7051 or 762- Council that the committee and 7555. the IDA recommend that the The Clinch Valley Times paper to you without being issues dated December 25 and hampered by any delays which January 1 will be on newsstands may be caused by store and post '/ and subscribers' issues will be office holiday closings on in the mail on Tuesday -Christmas and New Year's Day. (December 22 and December It will also allow Clinch Valley 29) rather than the customary Times employees to have an Wednesday. extra day to enjoy the holiday! We chose to publish a day . Merry Christmas and Happy early so that we can get your INew Year! events... 495-7026 or 495-8473. Anyone 60 or over is invited, simiL~ situations Mondays, 10:30 CLOTHES ~T ..,The Dante Senior Citizens a.m.-12 noon. For /afformatiun, The Women On Mission group meet each Monday and Tuesday call Ran& I-~or, 276-988- at First Baptist Clanda, St. Paul, at 10a.m. at the Dante Fire De- 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- oponsaClothesClosetfiem9-11 parlment. Russell County rasi- 8206. a.m. Tu~. ~ who dents 60 or older are invited. FREE ADULT ED needs clothing is welcome. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Free adult education classes are FREE HIV Hours at the Russell County available in Lee, Scott and Wise Health ~ in the Leno- Public Library, Lebanon, are counties and the City of Norton. wisem Health District offer free M/Tu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 Daytime and evening classes for cenfKlel~ial HIV testing thtungh- a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. adults who want to improve their out the year. For info~ MATrHEWS LIBRARY basic skills. Instructors also assist Wise Cotmty, 318-8000; Lee Co. Hours at the J. Fred Matthews adults with job-related skills in- Health Dept., 276-346-2011; ot Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 cluding restmae wrifiag and inter- Sxorr Co. H~dth Dept., .276- a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes. viewing. For details, call 1-800- 386-1312. days/Fridays/Saturdays, aad 11 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. FREE GED CLASSES TRANSPORTATION Free GEl) classes are offered at The Appalachian Agency for the Oxbow Family Investment Senior Citizens provides disabili- Center, St. Paul, Mondays and ty transportation services in Bue- Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12 hanan, Dicke~mn, Rus.wll and noon. ~ McRzynoids is the Tazewell counties to individuals teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. with disabilities, regardless of JAM SESSION 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 ~te tinnily history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 or fullerir 1942.yabOO,Com. JOIN THE FPAENI~ Dame Liv~ On ~al heat a Jam Scasion at 6 p.m. first Fridays at the old Pittston bnildin8 in Dante. All mu~cmns aad ~ p~so~ are mvfl~l to amid. GED ONLINE The Regiounl Adult Edameion Program is offe~g free GED Classes unline. This service is for quabfying and adalt le=mem, with ur withont thek own borne corn- a~-Suadays and Tuesdays: Big one Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal lurch; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 request be granted. Council agreed unanimously. Following a closed meeting called to discuss personnel, Council voted to employ Jeff Sykes as a Patrolman. The vote was 4-1 with Councilman Trent dissenting. Councilman Blake White- hack provided Mayor Kyle Fletcher and members of the president of the St. Paul Ele- mentary APT, discussed the effort being made to replace all the school's playground equip- ment. She said they are looking for matching funds and grants to provide the needed $55,000. They have $9,000 on hand. Councilwoman Steele pre- sented one design which may be Trash collection schedule is modified during holiday weeks The Town of St. Paul has announced that there will be a slight schedule change in the trash collection schedule for the two upcoming holiday weeks. Trash normally collected on Thursday, December 25, will instead be picked up on Wednes-day, December 24. Pickups scheduled for Thurs- day, January 1, will be made instead on Wednesday, Decem- ber 31. The rest of the schedule remains the same as usual, and returns to normal the next week: FINISHED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE...The 500-foot emissions stack for the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, although scheduled for completion on December 23, was finished on Tuesday, December 16. A special Christmas decoration was to be placed atop the huge concrete structure as soon as it was completed. Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 Hale ST, PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Thirdl~Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall" ~LL RUSS COUNTY W&SA- a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and The R~sell County Water & Se- Thursdays. See Library for wage ~uthority Board of Diree- special program schedules. tors, 61p.m. second Mondays. DICKENSON-BUNDY ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- The Dickenann-BundyLog First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appala- House is open weekly Thursdays, cbian Agancy for Senior Citizens Fridays and Saturdays, I 1-4, and office, Claypeol Hill. Free. Sundays 1-5 p.m. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- SOCIAL SECURITY Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, The Wise Social Secmity Office Presbyterian Church, Norton. is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 CASTLEWOOD LODGE a.m.-4 p.m. Phone nembers me 1- #231-Stated meetings will be held 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. the third Saturday of each month. LIBRARY FRIENDS The School of Inslraction will be Friends of the J. Fred Matthews held on fourth Thursdays st 7. Memorial Library, St. Paul, meet ST. pAUL LODGE #343-Se- at the Library on fourth Tuesdays eondTheradays, 7:30 p.m,, Stat- at 11:00 a.m. ed Communication; F/rst Thors- ~ POST 9864 day, 7 p.m., School of Instruction. VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- POST ~52, DAV comes new members. If you CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 served over.as during any war, p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coebum. write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 1419, l.,ebamm, VA 24266, and 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- send name, address and phone burs Aid Bnild-ing, new & used number. Transfers welcomed. clothing for sale. HEALTH SERVICES RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF The Wise County Health De- SUPERVISORS -First Monday, parlment, Wise, is open from 8 6 p.m., Lebanon.. a.m..-8 p.m. first Thursdays. Cli- CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- nits will be offe~*d in family Stated Communication, 1st Satur- planning, pediatrics, sebool and days, 7:30; School of Instruction adult physicals, WIC, Paps and third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. unmunizations. Appointments are RECOVERY GROUP-Tbe necessary for all but immaniza- Wise County Mental Health Cen- tions. For an appoint-ment, call ter conducts a recovery group for 762-328-8000. substance abusers and families FACILITIES AVAILABLE Fridays at 10 a.m. Call 276-679- The Tacoma Community Center 0810. is available for reunions, birth- ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- days and showers. All proceeds .ten of Alcoholics meet Mondays, rehabilita~ the Tacoma Sehonl as 7 p.m., First BaptistChureh, Cce- a Community Center.For bu~a. Call 762-0016, 276-395- informatiun, cal1395-6398. 6588 or 276-679-7371. 100TH BIRTHDAY? LITTLE LEAGUE Appalachian Agency for Senior The Clinch River Little League Citizens recognizes persons in Board meets at 4 p.m. third Russell, Dickenann, Buchanan Sandays at the UMWA Building and Tazewell counties who are in Custlewood. All interested 100 years old or older. Call Dana persons are invited to attend. Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH vise AASC of any upcoming The Dante Neighborhood Watch 100th+ birthday. Program will meet at 7 pro.on SCHOOL POLICIES second Mondays at the Dante ...The Wise County School Community Building. Call 495- . Board maintains a Policy Manual 7007 for information, which is available to the public in H.O.P.E. HOUSE the h~ary of each school and in H.O.P.E. House provides emer- each county public library. gency shelter for victims of'do- ...Copies of the Russell County mestic violence in Wise, Russell, School Board Policy Manual have Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- been placed in the office and the anan counties and the City of library of each school, and at the Norton. Volunteers needed-Uani- Russell County Public Library. ing available. Call 1-800-572- SUPPORT GROUP 2278. Wom-en survivors of sexual as- SENIOR CITIZENS sanlt are invited to attend Clinch ...The Casflewood Senior Citi- Valley Community Action, Inc./ zens meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays Family Crisis Services' support at the Castlewood Lions Den. group meeting with victims of ST. ~AUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Monlays, 7 p.m., St. Paul Town cOPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m;, school cafeteria. Council with copies of a sum- mary of expenditures which have been made during the current fiscal year which were Clinch Valley Chapter #152, testing, Order of Eastern Star, me~ts each IN CONTROL PROGRAMS fourth Tuesday, except for March In Control, a free diabetes and December, when the meet- program, meets at Oxbow Center, ings are on the second Tuesday. St. Pad, 5-6 p.m, 2nd Mondays. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. DANTE LIVES ON VETERANS' CLAIMS The Dm~e Lives On Board meets Dickenson County-Osear at 5 p.m. on 2nd T~ at the Sflcox helps file veawans" claims, old Clniehf~ld Office building. A For appointment, call 276-835- Community Meeting is fourth 8847 nights. Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Coebarn-A Dept. of Veterans SPES WALL OF FAME Services representative will assist St. Paul High Sdlool athletes clients and answer questions at who have been Phiyer of the the Ccebora VFW Post from 9 Year, All Region, or have other a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thmsdays honors are included in the Deacon except June. Sports Hall of Fame, For details, Russell Coanty-DAV Service call the school, 276-762-5221 Officer Perry Johnson assists GOSPEL SINGING veteran filing claims third Tues- A Gospel Singing will be held at days from 2-3:30 p.m., at the 7 p.m. the first Friday of each Russell County Public L~'ary, month at The Celebration Center, Lebanon. 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All Russell County-American are welcome--admission is free. Legion Post 208 Post Service BOOK DISCUSSION- Officer Todd Salyer can assist The Book Discussion group of with v~erans' claims, records J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- and family assistance. Call him at rary meets fourth Thursdays of 276-889-5884 or 276-274-6588. every month (except November FOOD BANK and ~ber, which are First Baptist Church, St. Paul, combined into one holiday" operates a Food Bank each Tues- meeting the first Thursday in day fi'om 9-11 am. at the choreh. December) at the Riverside Donations are welcomed. All in Diner. The next meeting is need of food are welcome. Thursday, January 22, at 6 p.m. COMMUNITY CENTER The books to be diseusssed are The West Dante Comraumty The Shack by William Paul Center meets at 7 p.m. first Moll- Young and The Education of days, For more information, call Little Tree by Forrest Carter, Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- day through Thursday aad on Saturdays at the Wise Co. ARer- native Ed.ucatinn Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for more information concerning GED a., Trinity United Methodist u~h; Fridays: Clintwund, 7:30 t., Clintwood United Metro- Church. Send name, address aad phone number, with a $5 mambership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make cheeks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- putt~ in Lee, ~ ~ Wise thews Memorial Librmy aad help eonmies and the City of Norton. promote the improvement of faci- For more information, call GEl) lities and services of the h~ary. On- line Co.ordmmor Marci considered for the Town Seal which she proposed during the November me g. She asked D. J. Jessee to consider it when he works on a design, an as-. signment he accepted in No- vember.. She also reported that the total cost to the Town for the Christmas decorations, bazaar and candy for the parade was $2,255.54. The rest of the cost, which totaled $6,005.54, was taken care of through contribu- tions from various sources. In response to a request, Council approved a $100 con- tribution to the Health Wagon, an agency which has major in- volvement in the annual Remote Area Medical (RAM) project in Wise. Council discussed the Virgi- nia Municipal League legislative meeting, to be held during Jan- uary 28, 29 and 30. Topics such as which day to leave for Rich- mond (and return), appoint- ments with various state agen- cies and officials and room reservations were discussed; however, no decisions were made, except for a 3-2 vote to leave for the meetings on Tuesday, January 27.. Present for the meeting were Council members Harry Kelly, Blake Whitenack, Kenneth Hol- brook, Sharon Steele and Ray- mond Trent; Mayor Kyle Flet- cher; Town Treasurer Debbie Baca; Town Attorney Mitchell