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@ Vol. LV, No. 20 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, May 16, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia I I IIII • T--L.. A S S, OC 50c NEW PLANS...Plans are underway to renovate the play area at the A.R. Matthews Park in St. Paul. Tennis courts, basketball court and picnic areas will get repairsand upgrades also a security camera will be installed. The playground area will be totally renovated with areas for toddlers and older children. $160,000 At a called meeting on Thursday, May 9, the St. Paul Town Council voted to allocate $160,000 for major upgrades at the A.R. Matthews Park. The playground area will be totally renovated and health and safety compliant from the surface up. The-playground will have areas for toddlers• as well as older children. A dr awing of the playground area is at left. The tennis courts will be sealed and painted with a new vinyl covered fence with four gates will be installed. The basketball court will be purchased from this allocation. The Council also voted to put up for bids the following town properties: upstairs at the Hillman House, the library, and the Railroad Museum. New bathrooms will be constructed at the park near the. stage and the big picnic shelter. Also in the bids will be work needed at the Water Treatment Plant to be safety compliant as Mayor Kyle Fletcher, Treasurer well as much needed work at the Debbie Baca, Secretary Glenda Town Fire Hall. Lane, Earl Carter and Council- After a closed session the men Kenneth Holbrook, Greg following people were hired to Bailey, Monty Salyer, Harry work at the swimming pool this Kelly and Jason Kilgore. season: pool manager Wanda Carter; concessions manager Debbie Phillips; assistant mana- ger Brittany Russell; lifeguards Danielle Jessee, Ashleigh Roenker, Allison Ring, Abi Stanley, Lexi Kennedy, Gentry Shreve, Haley Crabtree, Kacie Jessee, Derek Lee, Caitlyn, Fleming, Reid Edmonds. Present for the meeting were lengthened and widened with ABCs of new goals installed. It will also Homeschooling be more safety compliant. The meeting June 8 seniors can apply for FarIYlerS restrooms will get repairs and of upgrades. Christian Homeschoolers 10-12. Admission is free to the Market checks at Stonebriar June 12 Several picnic areas will be Southwest Virginia will be public. The guest speaker will constructed and a camera system hosting the "ABCs of explain how to begin of books of checks to distribute to eligible residents of Wise County and Norton City. Checks worth $40 will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis and can be used at area farmers Mountain Empire Older gible person within a household Citizens has good news to share is eligible to receive one book of with Senior Citizens in Wise checks. The check books contain County and the City of Norton. eight $5 checks that seniors can Persons 60 years of age and spend like cash to purchase fresh older can now apply for the fruits, vegetables, and herbs 2013 Senior Farmers Market from farmers who have been Nutrition Program. MEOC will pre-approved by the Virginia soon be given a limited number Department of Agriculture and ConsumerServjces. To be eligible, one must: • Be 60 years of age or older, • Live in Wise County or the City of Norton, and markets beginning July lst • Have an income equal through the close of the markets, to or below 150% of poverty (for one individual the in- come limit is $1,436/month, This program is designed to improve nutrition of senior citizens while also helping local for two individuals the in- come limit is $1,939/month). Representatives from MEOC will be signing up eligible per- sons in the Caine Center room of Stonebriar Apartments in St. Paul from 9am-lpm on Wednes- day, June 12. The address of Stonebriar Apartments is 16600 Broad Street, St. Paul. To apply by telephone, or to get more information, call MEOC at 276- 523-4202 or 1-800-252-6362. The application is simple and takes no more than 2 minutes to complete. Mountain Empire Older Citizens is an equal opportunity provider. farmers to sell their locally Benefit Singing at grown fruits, vegetables, and freshly cut herbs. Markets are located in Norton, Wise, Big Matthews Park May 18 Stone Gap and St. Paul. There will be a Benefit treatments. Singing on Saturday, May 18 Features singers will be beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Victory Praise Singers, Re- A.R. Matthews Park in St. Paul, storation, Kelley Nelson and The benefit will be for Voices of Hope. There will also be a hot dog supper and desserts. An account has been set up at New Peoples Bank for donations. MEOC wants to make sure that all wishing and eligible to participate have the opportunity to do so. The application process, done by telephone, takes no more than 2 minutes to complete. Each person enrolled in this program will receive one book of checks worth $40. Each eli- Barney Ingle, who has two types of lung cancer, and has to travel to Charlottesville for doctor visits and to Abingdon for len III AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big needed-training available. Call 1- ...The Wise County School Board 3:30 pm third Thursdays except Stone Gap, 8 pro, Episcopal 800-572-2278. maintains a Policy Manual which Jam. Church• Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle- is available to the public in the FO)D BANK-First Baptist Trinity United Methodist Church• wood Senior Citizens meet at I0 library of each school and in each Chtrch, St. Paul, operates a Food Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pro, am Wednesdays at the Castlewood county public library. Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am Clintwood UnitedMethodist Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is ,,,Copies of the Russell County at the church. Donations are Church. invited• School Board Policy Manual have welcomed• All in need of food are COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- The Dante Senior Citizens meet been placed in the office and the welcome• ARY PTA-Drd Monday, 7 pm each Monday and Tuesday at 10 library of each school, and at the COMMUNITY CENTER-The school cafeteria, am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County Public Library. West Dante Community Center ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-FourthRussell County residents 60 or SUPPORT GROUPZWomen meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For Mondays, 6 pro, St. Paul Town older are invited• survivors of sexual assault are .more information please call 495- Hall. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY- invited to attend Clinch Valley 8473. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Hours at the Russell County Public Communication Action, CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- Third Mondays, 6 pro, Town Hall. Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- en On Mission group at First CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The 9am-gpm; W/F9am-5pm; Sa port group meeting with victims of Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Castlewood Water & Sewage10am-2pm 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• ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- Library, St. Paul, are 9am-5pm RanettaDa~,is, 276-889-8206• FREE HIV TESTING-Health First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat FREE ADULT ED-Free adultDepartments in the Lenowisco Agency for Senior Citizens office, urdays, and l 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 sp~,'ial 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 Instructors 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 including 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 WiseFor details, call 1-800-422-3433 or Oxbow Family Investment Center, on fourth Thursdays at 7.Social Security Office is open 276-386-2433• St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. TRANSPORTATION-The 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 McReynolds is the teacher• munication; First Thursday, 7 pm 1213 or 276-679-7633• zeus provides disability transport- Call 1-800-422-3433. School of Instruction. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of ation services in Buchanan, GED ONLINE-The Regional VFW POST #8652, DAV the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Diekenson, Russell and Tazewell Adult Education Program is CHAPTER 12-4th 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 pm. 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, ~-800- pm, Lebanon• and phone number• 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 WiseWilliam T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 GED TESTING-GED Testing is days, 7:30; School of Instruction County Health Department, Wise, or fnllerjr1942.yahoo.com, availableMonday through third Thursdays, 7 pm is open from gam-Spm 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 a recovery 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- peintments are necessary for all address and phone number, with a IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-In 0gl0. 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-TheBox 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. 5-6 pm 2nd Mondays. 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Tacoma Community Center is Make checks payable to Friends of DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Coebura. Call 762-0016, 276-395- available for reunions, birthdays the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm rd 6588 or 276-679-7371. and showers. All proceeds Library. 3 Tuesdays at the Dante Museum LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch rehabilitate the Tacoma School as EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley with the Community Meeting River Little League Board meet at a Community Center. For infor- Chapter #152, Order of Eastern following at 7:00 pm. 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA mation, ca11395-6398. Star, meets, each fourth Tuesday, GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel rH Building in Castlewood All 100 BIRTHDAY-Appalachian except for March and December Singing will be held at 7 pm the • .. .J interested persons are invited to Agency for Semor Ctttzens 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.OP.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, 1- 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. an u coming 100thbirthday ca11276-835-8847 nightsFred Matthews Memorial Library Scott and Buchanan counties and Y P . • the City of Norton. Volunteers SCHOOL POLICIES Coeburn-A Dept. of Veterans meets fourth Thursdays (except Services representative will assist November and December are ]ll!ll!!lDIlt!l!t[I]l(lllll clients and answer questions at the combined in early December)at Coeburn VFW Post from 9am- the Riverside Diner at 6 pm. ' Church and church-relaMd activities calendar on page 3 will be installed. New furniture for the swimming pool will also be Homeschooling" meeting on Saturday, June 8 at the Slemp Library in Big Stone Gap from homeschooling in regard to the law and other topics; such as curriculum choices. many of its wooden structural members were decayed or rid- dled by termites. An ambitious restoration project corrected these faults and the Old Courthouse continues to stand proudly beside Hwy. 58 at Dickensonville where it now keeps company with several restored log buildings. About a year ago, the interior Old Courthouse was completely The Old Russell County Courthouse by Jerry Couch hard times, certain occupations Today we're going to discuss cease to flourish. For example, Russell County's great writers were hard-hit due to the treasure...the Old Russell decline in newspaper and County Courthouse. The fact magazine subscriptions as well this building survived from 1799 as book sales. , Unemployed until the present day.is nothing writers took part in the U.S. short of a miracle. By the Work Projects Administration 1970's, it had deteriorated to Federal Writers' Project and such an extent that large cracks Historical Records Survoy. had developed in its walls, and They set forth to document America in a way that had never been possible prior to that time. As a result, much oral history was preserved, and detailed descriptions and photographs of historic sites were captured for future generations. The Old Russell County Courthouse was one of the subjects of the Writers' Project...unfortunately with mixed results. The following is a Obviously the author of this refurbished thanks to the efforts transcription of how the Old of the Russell County Historical Courthouse was described by a Society. The rooms are now WPA writer [inaccuracies in- accuracy 0fa tape measure. The furnished with a collection of eluded] in the 1930's: stone portion of the building is antique and reproduction furni- ture and are decorated in a style This home is a combination reminiscent of the late Victorian of stone and brick. The stone as a jail, only had two tiny era. The furnishings help give portion is the original building, barred windows, a dirt floor, and scale to the rooms, allowing All the rooms in bothparts were no source of heat. These factors, visitors to imagine how this eighteen feet. The stoneportion combined with the room's low house might have been looked is square in shape and has two .Ceiling, would have made for a following its conversion from a stories and a basement, each very cold, damp, and uncom- courthouse and "ordinary" floor consisting of one large (tavern) to a private residence, room. The basement has an In the stone portion of the outside arched entrance and was Old Courthouse, the original probably the original dining courtroom has been freshened .room. Immediately above this them. The house has a gabled roof and stone chimneys, and is in a good state of preservation. The original old kitchen which " was some distance to the rear of the building is now used for a smokehouse. description made use of "guesstimates" in place of the not square in shape. Its basement room, originally used fortable dining experience. There .is no basement located underneath the brick portion of the building and no indications there was a basement at any and is used for meetings and room is the original living room, previous time. In fairness to the presentations• sponsored by the which is paneled entirely in well writer, it should be noted that Historical Society. The large wrought hand paneling. There people were living in the house room above the courtroom is is no stairway in this part of the in the 1930's and it is unlikely outfitted' as a museum honoring residence. There is a square the same degree of access was men and women of Russell opening in the ceiling of the provided that would be possible County who have served in our living room. A detachable flight today. country's armed forces. The of stairs similar to a ladder was Unfortunately, either no museum also contains a used to gain entrance to thephotographs were taken during collection of books, many of room above. The former living the WPA assessment, or they are which belonged to the late Vera room is now used as a kitchen, buried in a musty archive Duff Gilmer and George A. The brickpart of the residence is somewhere and await discovery. Pruner. A display of the medical connected with the Stone portion As of this writing, only one photograph of the Old Russell instruments, potions, and by doorways. This part is County Courthouse taken prior• saddlebags of a country doctor rectangular in shape, and has to its restoration has been made reminds us of the limited two stories and basement- muc-h available. This photo dates from medical treatment available to larger than the stone part. This the late.1950's when the Worley local residents inRussell part of the building has an open Jordan family were living in the County's earlier days. stairway of no particular periodhouse (Worley was the father of During the Great Depression Both brick and stone parts of the St. Paul residents Joe Jordan and of the 1930's, the WPA (Works building have porches front and the late Beecher Jordan), Progress Administration) was rear, not very large, and high NEXT WEEK: More about created to help out-of-work from the ground with flights of the Old Russell County individuals earn a living. In steps, not•very wide, leading to Courthouse