November 25, 2010
On The Trail
I Area Deaths, A4
N Classified, B8 5B
S Here & There, B5
I On The Trail, B5 celebrates
D Opinion, A6 early
E Sports, B1 Mardi Gras.
VOLUME 120, NUMBER 47 18 PAGES USPS 4395401 75 CENTS Big Stone Gap, Virginia
No action taken on school consolidation
BY JODI DEAL students to Powell Valley and Wise, decisions in the coming weeks. facility, Perry noted. That work
STAFF WRITER respectively. “I think this board ought to could cost anywhere from $30,000-
At the close of that public hear- decide the name, mascot and col- $50,000, he noted.
WISE — Despite calls from cit- ing, which will be held at 7 p.m. ors,” Cornett said. The school system has secured a
that night in the J.J. Kelly High Perry replied that a committee purchase option on that land, but
izens to reconsider a plan to build
two schools on one site, the county School auditorium, the school can only come up with a recom- hasn’t put any money up front for
school board took no action board is expected to vote on which mendation — final decisions on the purchase, he added. About 50
Monday night on school consolida- plan to pursue. County supervisors such matters will be up to the acres of the site in question, located
tion-related issues. have agreed to commit $69 million board, he said. north of Gracepoint Church on U.S.
BY GLENN GANNAWAY Superintendent Jeff Perry told to the plan that would build two Meanwhile, Perry told the 23, are owned by local investors,
board members that school officials schools on a single site. school board, he’s holding regular while a larger portion of the site is
BSG facade have submitted applications for at Perry told board members that meetings with Norton City Schools owned by a now-bankrupt coal
advisory board to least $15 million in special zero- he intends to move forward with Superintendent Jeff Comer, gather- company, he added.
meet. The Town of Big interest Qualified School picking principals for the new ing information to determine what Meanwhile, Perry told the
Stone Gap’s facade Construction Bonds from the state schools as soon as possible. In addi- needs to happen if the city and board, school officials, construction
improvement advisory of Virginia, and expect to hear tion, he announced plans for top county school divisions want to consultants and attorneys for Wise
board will meet at 5 p.m. whether they’ve won those funds school officials to pick a committee combine. The ultimate decision on County and the school board are
Wednesday, Dec. 1, in sooner rather than later. of students, parents, community whether to do so still lies with not working on a comprehensive agree-
council chambers. In the meantime, school board members, teachers and central only the city and county school ment with Branch and Associates, a
members and school officials are office officials to pick colors, mas- boards, but also city council and the team identified as the best candi-
Applications for the
gearing up for a Nov. 29 public cots and names for new schools. county board of supervisors, he date to build the new facilities.
town’s downtown facade hearing on two consolidation plans District Three board member noted. Once that agreement is signed by
improvement program — a $69 million plan to build two Betty Cornett said she takes issue School officials plan to request the school board, county supervi-
will be discussed and new schools on one site to serve all with members of Perry’s “leader- proposals from firms interested in sors and the team, which is led by
prioritized. towns except St. Paul and an alter- ship team” picking members of that performing core drillings at the site OWPR architects, based in
nate plant to close Appalachia and committee, and said she plans to that has emerged as a front-runner Blacksburg, the cost of the project
AARP to celebrate Pound high schools, sending those come up with a better plan for such to hold the proposed dual-school will be locked in, Perry said.
season. AARP Chapter
4455’s annual Christmas
celebration will be held
on Tuesday, Dec. 7,
beginning at noon.
There will be a
Christmas musical pro-
gram presented by the
Members and guests will
be sharing a wonderful
as ‘last resort’
Christmas dinner with all BY GLENN GANNAWAY
the ‘fixin’s’ after the STAFF WRITER
Cost for the dinner will As the debate over Wise County school consolida-
be $10 per person. tion grinds on, a Big Stone Gap-based citizens’ group is
RSVP’s are required; call gearing up for further opposition to the current “2-on-1
CEASE is also not ruling out legal action to stop the
plan, but only as a last resort.
Town Christmas CEASE (Citizens for Equal and Accessible Student
parades upcoming. Education) is preparing for next Monday’s 7 p.m.
‘Tis the season to be school board public hearing and may provide trans-
merry, and both Big Stone portation to people who want to attend the meeting at
J.J. Kelly High School in Wise, said John Schoolcraft,
Gap and Appalachia will
the chairman of the group.
step into the Christmas PHOTO BY GLENN GANNAWAY In a press release, CEASE describes itself as “a
spirit in a big way next grassroots initiative formed to ensure the equal and
week when the two towns
hold their Christmas
Wow! accessible distribution of world-class educational facil-
ities throughout Wise County.”
parades. The Big Stone The press release also describes the county’s 2-on-1
Gap parade is scheduled Val Lee of Cracker’s Neck (left) found some interesting plan as “illogical and random centralization” and calls
for Thursday, Dec. 2, for “open dialogue” on not only school facilities, but
items among the wares offered by Letha Diffenderfer and curriculum and program offerings as well.
beginning at 6 p.m.
Appalachia’s parade is to
daughter LaVonna Price of Clinton, Tenn. during the Big Stone Schoolcraft said he read the press release at Monday
be held on Friday, Dec. 3, Gap Parks and Recreation Crafts Show last weekend. For night’s school board meeting.
Schoolcraft indicated the county would best be
beginning at 6:30 p.m. more pictures, see page A2. served by at least three high schools, which would
serve the eastern, western and central portions of Wise
Dave Eggar to County.
appear in Wise. While CEASE plans to begin accepting donations
Renowned celloist Dave
Eggar will return to Wise Flu Shots for a legal fund to prevent 2-on-1 consolidation,
Schoolcraft said Tuesday that going to court is a last
County as part of a series
“That’s not a primary goal,” Schoolcraft said.
of performances next
week. Eggar is scheduled Wellmont employee compliance ‘very, very high’ “That’s a last resort if nothing else can be accomplished
through meetings with officials, board of supervisors
to perform at The Tavern members and school board members.”
on Main in Wise at 6:30 BY GLENN GANNAWAY shot and have resigned.” Wellmont per- Stressing that any possible legal action is “on the
p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. STAFF WRITER sonnel policy doesn’t allow it to disclose back burner,” Schoolcraft added that, “we’re not saying
Eggar’s only public the facilities where the employees worked. that’s not an option. The purpose of accepting contribu-
appearance in the area BIG STONE GAP — Employee com- But both LPH and Mountain View tions is having something in place and stored in the
pliance with Wellmont Health System’s Medical Center in Norton are enjoying event we do have to have that option.”
during his October visit
new mandatory flu shot policy has been very high compliance rates, with close to “We’re just investigating and seeing what options
was at Southwest “very, very high” at Wellmont’s Wise 90 percent of LPH employees and 86 per-
Virginia Museum. are there,” Schoolcraft said, adding that the group
County facilities in Big Stone Gap and cent of Mountain View employees having would have to determine if there are legal issues, “what
Norton, Lonesome Pine Hospital President received the shot as of last week, Brash they are and how do we best pursue them in case we
Tonight is David L. Brash said last week. said. have to take them up.”
storybook Personnel throughout the Wellmont Each facility has about 230-40 employ- The group had its beginnings on Facebook. On
Christmas trees system, as well as vendors and volunteers, ees, including part-time workers, Brash Election Day, Nov. 2, CEASE members were at polling
deadline. The deadline began receiving influenza vaccinations on said. places collecting petition signatures opposing the 2-on-
for submissions to the C. Oct. 18. Wellmont set a Dec. 1 deadline Asked if any employees had com- 1 plan. Schoolcraft said more than 1,400 people have
Bascom Slemp Memorial for all employees to receive shots. plained to him about the mandatory shot, signed the petition.
Library’s storybook Employees who do not get the shot by Brash said, “I’ve not talked to anyone Other officers are Chuck Miller and Ron Flanary,
Dec. 1 and who are not granted an exemp- directly. I have heard of very limited co-vice chairmen; Autumn Wells, secretary; and Paige
Christmas tree display is
tion for religious or health reasons will be objections being voiced to department Schoolcraft, treasurer. According to Wells, CEASE
tonight (Wednesday, Nov. terminated, Wellmont has said. heads.”
24). Patrons may choose received non-profit corporation status on Nov. 16.
Brash said that “one or two” employees
any book and decorate a “are convinced they do not want to get the See SHOTS, Page A2
tree 3 feet tall or less with
the theme of the book. For
Hall of Fame, Trigiani book
more information, call signing are Saturday
276/523-1334. Myths hold down vaccination rates
Dogwood Garden BIG STONE GAP — Five community leaders will
Club show BY GLENN GANNAWAY because they are allergic to it. But Nida be inducted into the Big Stone Gap Hall of Fame at
upcoming. The STAFF WRITER said the number of people who have “true June Tolliver House Saturday.
allergies” to the vaccination is “very low. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
Dogwood Garden Club
BIG STONE GAP — There are several We’re talking about a true allergy — they Following the ceremony, Adriana Trigiani will be
hosts a Standard myths that each year hold down the num- develop hives or shortness of breath” after
Christmas Placement signing copies of her new book, Don’t Sing at the
ber of people who get the flu shot. receiving the shot. Table: Life Lessons From My Grandmothers. Trigiani
Flower Show, called “‘Tis Dr. Maurice Nida, a Wellmont Health Patients who have had allergic reac-
Truly Christmas in This is scheduled to sign books from 3-5 p.m., said
System physician, is quick to shoot down tions to a flu shot in the past would be Barbara Polly, president of Lonesome Pine Arts and
House,” at the home of one of the most often heard: that if you are aware of the symptoms and inform their Crafts.
Ida Trigiani, 20 W. vaccinated, you’ll get sick. healthcare provider. “We respect that,” Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap and the town
Second St. N., Big Stone “That’s a myth,” Nida said last week in Nida said. has been the setting for her popular series of novels,
Gap, with the public invit- an interview. “If they took a shot and got Nida said that while healthcare workers beginning with Big Stone Gap. She has also written a
ed to view the show from sick the next day, they were going to get “should understand it (the flu shot) more, series for young adults and a cookbook with her sis-
2-5 p.m. Saturday and sick anyway.” that doesn’t mean they do.” ters.
“People say, ‘last year, I took it and was In past years, Nida said, “you could The 2010 hall of fame selections will join John Fox
Sunday, Dec. 4-5.
sick all season,’” Nida said. “The flu vac- almost see” the flu’s advance across a Jr., C. Bascom Slemp, Clara Lou Kelly, Virginia
cine is a dead vaccine. If they got sick, region, county by county. “And that can McChesney and George Dalton, who were selected
they were going to get it anyway.” last year as the hall’s first class.
Other people say they don’t get the shot See MYTHS, Page A2
Page A2 Thursday, November 25, 2010 The Post Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Big Stone Gap Parks and Recreation Crafts Show
BSG looks at
art is always
popular. BY GLENN GANNAWAY some supervision in an designated area.
STAFF WRITER And cruising also has the potential to
help downtown businesses grow.
wife Patricia BIG STONE GAP — Cruising, once a The town could allow cruising on a reg-
live in popular teen activity associated with such ular basis, for example every Saturday
landmarks as the Country Boy drive-in night, or only in conjunction with special
Dryden. and Carmine’s, stopped in the mid-1990s, events two or three times a year.
according to one former participant. The town must also consider the ques-
But cruising has continued to bring tion of how many police officers would
back pleasant memories for the people have to be assigned to monitor cruising
From left, who participated as long as 40 or 50 years activities and whether that would result in
Appalachia’s ago, memories they shared with each other overtime work for the department.
Kyle Green, and their children. One of the big questions is what route
her mother Recently, a group of townspeople, cruisers could use.
interested in encouraging safe and enjoy- “I think that’s the biggest issue —
Kim Green and able activities for their children, circulated where we’re going to do it,” said Giles.
grandmother a petititon to help bring back the activity. “And how,” added Councilman Gary
Landa Fritz enjoyed Then they discovered that the town has Johnson, referring to the need to determine
each other’s compa- no regulations banning cruising. places for cruisers to turn without disrupt-
ny while vending Town council members have floated ing business or residential areas.
the idea of encouraging the pastime at Johnson suggested getting feedback
crochet goods and recent council meetings and deputized from merchants to see how the town’s
primitive crafts. council’s public safety committee to businesspeople feel about allowing cruis-
investigate the question. ing.
Last Thursday, the committee held its Johnson and Giles agreed that the cruis-
first meeting to consider cruising and start- ing route would have to go through town
Lena Smith ed weighing factors related to the activity. and not through residential areas.
of Norton with The town is considering different But, illustrating the difficulty of com-
approaches to cruising and is taking into ing up with a route that would not be dis-
one of her
account concerns that might be raised by ruptive, Town Manager Pat Murphy noted
balloon residents and businesspeople. that “being a small town,” Big Stone
creations, “I favor this in some form or fashion, at Gap’s residential areas are not isolated
a snowman. least on an experimental basis . . . and see from its business area.
Balloon art how things go,” Councilman Eddy Giles Murphy told the committee that previ-
said. ous councils did not ban cruising — just
is a hobby
Allowing cruising could have some activities associated with cruising. The
Smith picked positive effects on downtown, the commit- town has existing curfew and nuisance
up several tee agreed. Parents have indicated cruising ordinances, and if cruising were to be
years ago. would be a safe activity for teen-agers revived, activities would have to be done
because their children would be under in compliance with those ordinances.
Susan Spruill of Big
Stone Gap sold pet
High Knob effort gets
Craft Show. Spruill
is raising money for
$3,000 from supervisors
the Susan G. Komen JODI DEAL so close to its goal. for further discussion at its
For the Cure cancer STAFF WRITER “Sometimes right here at first December meeting.
fund and plans to the end it gets harder and
participate in a WISE — The county harder to collect money,” NEW TOWER
Board of Supervisors had Robbins said, noting that U.S. Forest Service offi-
already set aside $2,000 in funds already donated range cials recently announced that
walk in Seattle, this year’s budget toward from individual contribu- the replacement tower
Wash. next ongoing efforts to build a tions and the purchase of should be in place by spring
September. PHOTOS BY GLENN GANNAWAY new observation tower on Christmas ornaments to larg- 2012.
High Knob, supervisors er fundraisers and corporate The design includes an
learned Nov. 15. donations. octagonal tower, the shape of
In response to a request “When you go to the pri- which is reminiscent of the
made at a Nov. 4 workshop vate sector and try to raise old wooden structure, with a
meeting, supervisors opted half a million dollars, that is graded and looping trail
• Can a flu shot give 2. People may become Nov. 15 to throw another quite an obstacle,” especially leading visitors to the struc-
Myths you the flu?
No, a flu shot cannot
cause flu illness. The
ill from non-flu viruses
that circulate during the
flu season, which can also
$1,000 toward the effort
from funds collected through
a transient occupancy tax
in a down economy, Robbins
noted. He added, “I think this
will probably be the last time
ture’s observation deck.
The tower will be made
of stacked stone, with a trail
From Page A1 tacked on to local hotel this comes before us.” leading to the top that fea-
influenza viruses con- cause flu-like symptoms rooms, bringing the county’s tures both a gradual ramp
tained in a flu shot are (such as rhinovirus). latest contribution to the NORTON and a steeper bridge
absolutely cripple a work inactivated (killed), which 3. A person may be effort to $3,000. McReynolds also came to approach. A sundial will be
staff if you’ve not taken a means they cannot cause exposed to an influenza Supervisors learned Nov. Norton City Council Nov. 16 situated along the path to the
pro-active stance against infection. virus that is very different 4 from High Knob to seek more funds. She tower.
it,” he said. • Why do some people from the viruses included Enhancement Corp. noted that council con- It was produced by the
“We’re (healthcare not feel well after getting in the vaccine. spokesman Rita tributed $5,000 soon after the Roanoke-based architecture
workers) one of the higher the seasonal flu shot? 4. Unfortunately, some McReynolds that the effort replacement effort was firm Hill Studio, with input
risk (groups) to be The most common side people can remain unpro- to replace the tower, which launched. from the High Knob group,
was destroyed by arson in When asked how much citizens and the U.S. Forest
exposed to the flu, which effect of seasonal flu shots tected from flu despite
2007, only lacks $29,999 to other localities have kicked Service.
should make us very in adults has been sore- getting the vaccine. This in, McReynolds said Wise Donations can be sent to
reach its $580,000 goal.
aggressive about being ness at the spot where the is more likely to occur District Four supervisor County had given about the Wise County Chamber of
vaccinated.” Speaking of shot was given, which among people that have Robby Robbins, who has $17,000 and Scott County Commerce, P.O. Box 226,
Wellmont Health usually lasts less than two weakened immune sys- worked closely with the had contributed about Norton, Va., 24273.
System’s mandatory flu- days. The needle stick tems or the elderly. group that aims to see the $15,000. She hopes to get a
shot policy, Nida said, “I may also cause some However, even among tower rebuilt, said he bit more from Scott County, News Editor Jeff Lester
think it’s a good move for soreness at the injection these people, a flu vaccine believed a little more money she added. provided some information
Wellmont to be pro- site. can still help prevent com- is in order since the effort is Council tabled the request for this story.
active, and it’s supported • What about people plications.
by the data.”
“We’re talking about
patient safety,” Nida said,
who get a seasonal flu
vaccine and still get sick
with flu-like symptoms?
• Is it too late to get
Thanksgiving or the end
after Mountain States: Flu shot
stressing the need for a
There are several rea-
sons why someone might
No. Vaccination can encouraged, not required
“That’s one of the few get flu-like symptoms still be beneficial as long
things we didn’t, until this even after they have been as influenza viruses are The facilities of based training about the cine, she said. Mountain
year, do very well on, is vaccinated against season- circulating. Mountain States Health dangers of influenza and States offers flu shots to
protect our patients from al flu: • Is the “stomach flu” Alliance, including Norton ways to avoid getting the employees for free.
ourselves” by being vacci- 1. People may be really the flu? Community Hospital and flu, Crisp said. Also, Mountain States
nated against the flu. exposed to one of the No. Many people use Dickenson Community A team member can opt requires team members to
influenza viruses in the the term “stomach flu” to Hospital, do not require out of getting vaccinated aggressively wash their
FLU SHOT MYTHS vaccine shortly before describe illnesses with employees or volunteers to for all sorts of reasons, hands before entering a
get a flu shot, according to ranging from religious rea- patient’s room and after
The Centers for getting vaccinated or dur- nausea, vomiting or diar-
Lori Crisp, director of mar- sons to medical concerns leaving. It’s proven to be a
Disease Control has ing the two-week period rhea. These symptoms can keting and foundation for and even a fear of needles, good way to prevent the
responses to several mis- that it takes the body to be caused by many differ- both hospitals. according to Crisp. spread of diseases, she
conceptions about flu gain protection after get- ent viruses, bacteria or Mountain States “team However, the health sys- said.
shots: ting vaccinated. even parasites. members” are required to tem has a “high compliance
take intensive computer- rate” for getting the vac-
First issue published Aug. 15, 1890.
expects “business as Persons with religious Southwest Virginia were burden on healthcare sys-
Shots usual” after the Dec. 1
Nationally, only about
objections must have a let-
ter from their pastor. And
Wellmont will pay for test-
vaccinated against the
H1N1 virus during last
year’s flu season.
tems.” That organization
put the financial cost of flu
outbreaks at about $87 mil-
Published each Thursday at Wise Printing
Co., 215 Wood Ave., Big Stone Gap, VA
24219-0250. Periodicals postage paid at
Big Stone Gap, VA, under Publication No.
From Page A1 50 percent of workers in ing for workers who think Dr. Dale Sargent, lion a year. 4395401, Nov. 1899, under the Act of
healthcare fields are vacci- they are allergic to the flu Wellmont’s chief medical Sargent wrote in a news- March 3, 1879.
“I think the compliance nated against the flu each shot. Employees who are officer, has noted that the paper opinion article that Publisher — Jenay Tate
rates speak for themselves,” year. Because of the low ruled exempt and whose American Academy of “the Society for Healthcare Executive Editor — Jenay Tate
Brash said. “By and large, I number and the risks to work takes them within six Pediatrics has argued that Epidemiology said that flu Subscriptions: $30 per year inside Wise
think the employees are on patients, several healthcare feet of patients must wear a “healthcare associated vaccination is a core patient County; $46 in market area with zip codes
board. As always, there are systems have imposed mask. influenza outbreaks are a safety practice that should with first three digits 242, 376 and 408,
a handful who have voiced mandatory shots. Like most According to a report common and serious public be required for new and excluding Wise County and city of Norton;
an objection.” other systems, Wellmont from Dr. Karen Remley, health problem that con- existing healthcare person- and $56 elsewhere.
With about 90 percent of will grant exemptions only Virginia’s state health com- tribute significantly to nel. The Infectious Diseases POSTMASTER: Send address corrections
employees already vacci- to employees who have reli- missioner, only 54.1 percent patient morbidity and mor- Society of America has to The Post, P.O. Box 250, Big Stone
nated, Brash said, he gious or health objections. of healthcare workers in far tality and create a financial endorsed that position.” Gap, VA 24219-0250.
Big Stone Gap, Virginia The Post Thursday, November 25, 2010 Page A3
Appy looks for ways to control truck use of two streets
BY GLENN two town streets. affected by the traffic. mine and the Paragon tipple slid off and damaged water posted route for them to fol-
GANNAWAY Council last Thursday Several homes sit on the on Kent Junction Road use lines. low — that the town was
STAFF WRITER unanimously passed a steep ridge below Henry Boggs and Henry instead of “This is not new,” said considering prohibiting
motion requesting Town Street, which does not have the existing haul road, Councilman Eddie coal-truck traffic on Henry
APPALACHIA — Attorney Michael H. Abbott a guardrail. which crosses surface- Gollaway. “This is an ongo- and Boggs.
Concerns about residents’ to research how the town At its other end, Henry mined land. ing occurrence. We’ve had Luntsford told council
safety as well as possible could post the road and also Street connects with Lee DMME has established a slides and water-line that, since last month, coal-
damage to the town’s infra- considered the possibility of Street, which runs parallel permitted route for coal breaks.” Gollaway said truck traffic on Boggs
structure have Town holding a public hearing, if to the west end of the trucks traveling between the after the meeting that sever- Avenue and Henry Street
Council looking for a way one is necessary, to deter- Appalachia High School mine and tipple, Luntsford al residents have has been reduced but has
to stop coal trucks from mine a way of prohibiting football field. pointed out. approached him about the not completely stopped.
using Henry Street and heavy truck traffic on the The affected roads and “We want to accommo- problem. Michael D. Abbott,
Boggs Avenue as haul two streets, perhaps by set- homes are within the town’s date them as much as we Following last month’s DMME’s public relations
routes. ting weight and load limits. corporate limits, Town can, but we just want them council meeting, Luntsford manager, said via email that
While most trucks com- Approximately 20 Manager Fred Luntsford to be good neighbors,” forwarded council’s con- regulating coal truck traffic
ply with the route that is homes are located along said. Luntsford said. cerns to the Department of on public roads is not with-
permitted by the Henry Street. One end of According to discussions In the past, the road has Mines, Minerals and in the jurisdiction of
Department of Mines, Henry Street connects with by council, some coal developed potholes because Energy and also informed DMME and the agency’s
Minerals and Energy, a Boggs Avenue, where there trucks traveling between of truck traffic. About three A&G — which does not Division of Mined Land
handful have been using the about eight more homes A&G Coal’s Hubble No. 10 years ago, part of the road operate the trucks but has a Reclamation.
LPH shines light on late pre-term births Grand jury indicts several
Hospital is recognizing
on theft, other charges
Month in November to call
BY JEFF LESTER Apt. 76, Big Stone Gap: One Big Stone Gap: One count of
attention to potential med-
NEWS EDITOR count of grand larceny, punish- petit larceny after two or
ical problems associated
able by up to 20 years. more previous larceny convic-
with elective late pre-term
Several people from • Rachel Thompson, 19, 147 tions, punishable by up to five
births, according to a
Appalachia and Big Stone Gap Don Whitehead Dr., years.
Wellmont Health System
were indicted last week by a Appalachia: One count of steal-
Wise County grand jury on var- ing a credit card number, pun-
Della Price, director of
ious charges, including theft, ishable by up to 20 years; one
the hospital’s Birthing Inn, NOV 24 ~ DEC 2 • 2010
firearms possession and driving count of credit card fraud worth
said the American College
of Obstetricians and
under the influence. Indicted
$200, punishable by up to five
years; one count of using anoth-
American Academy of
• Gary Albert White, 55, 339 er person’s identification to Stadium Theatres
Hamblen St., No. 4, Big Stone obtain benefits, punishable by
Pediatrics and the March of Movie Hotline 276-679-4252
Gap: One count of driving up to a year in jail and a $2,500
Dimes have initiatives to Located in Downtown Norton, VA
under the influence after two fine. nortoncinema.com
prevent late pre-term
births, which are babies Lonesome Pine Hospital is recognizing prior violations within five • Ashley Hope Mullins, 27, ★★★★★★★★★★★
Prematurity Awareness Month in November. years, punishable by up to five 287 Don Whitehead Dr.,
born at 34-37 weeks gesta-
years in prison. Appalachia: One count of forg-
tion. Holding the banner, left to right, are Dr. John
• Truman Conley Rollins Jr., ing a credit card transaction,
Price said these babies Hulshoff; Della Price, director of The 37, 102 E. 24th St., Big Stone punishable by up to 10 years; MEGAMIND 3D PG
face an increased risk of Birthing Inn at Lonesome Pine; Dr. Adam ★NOW SHOWING IN 3D★
Gap: One count of driving four counts of using a forged 12:15 • 2:30 • 4:45
respiratory distress, feed-
ing and blood sugar prob- Newman; Karen Davis, system manager of under the influence after being credit card sales draft, each pun- 7:00 • 9:15 PM
MON-TUE-WED-THU: 4:45 • 7:00 • 9:15 PM
the Infant and Toddler Connection at declared a habitual offender, ishable by up to 10 years; one
lems and difficulty keeping TANGLED 3D
punishable by up to five years. count of using another person’s PG
their temperatures up. They Frontier Health; Carolyn Osborne, resource ★NOW SHOWING IN 3D★
• Corky Ray Rose, 24, 5211 identification, punishable by up 12:30 • 2:45 • 5:00
are more likely to spend mother at the Wise County Health 7:15 • 9:30 PM
White Pines Rd., Appalachia: to one year in jail and a $2,500 MON-TUE-WED-THU: 5:00 • 7:15 • 9:30 PM
time in a neonatal intensive Department; and Nancy Bailey, mayor of Big One count of possessing a fine; three counts of credit card
care unit. Another concern HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY
is these babies have an Stone Gap. firearm after a felony convic- fraud worth less than $200, HALLOWS PART 1 PG-13
WED-FRI-SAT-SUN : 12:00 • 3:15 • 6:30
tion within 10 years, punishable each punishable by up to one 9:45 PM
increased risk of Sudden MON-TUE-WED-THU: 3:15 • 6:30 • 9:45 PM
by up to five years. year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Infant Death Syndrome. disorder and learning prob- 39 weeks — unless there is
• Jack Herron, 59, 2637 Orr • James Eugene Gamble, 35, MORNING GLORY PG-13
A late pre-term birth lems, Price said. a medical reason to deliver WED-FRI-SAT-SUN : 12:10 • 4:50 • 7:20 PM
St., Big Stone Gap: One count 101 S. Church St., Apt. B-79, MON-TUE-WED-THU: 4:50 • 7:20 PM
baby’s brain is not fully Lonesome Pine and the early.
of grand larceny and one count SKYLINE PG-13
developed, and several physicians of Southwest “Every week of the WED-FRI-SAT-SUN : 2:35 • 9:50 PM
of conspiracy to commit grand
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organization, Bill Dotten,
an artisan who serves on
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told supervisors on Nov. 4 ‘Round the Mountain’s 9:35 PM
that the county hadn’t board of directors, told the ALL STADIUM SEATING AUDITORIUMS
ALL DIGITAL SURROUND SOUND
GED a change of business
license due dates at 7 p.m.
granted previous funding
requests from the organi-
testing Tuesday, Dec. 7. zation. She told the about ‘Round the ★ CENTRAL ★
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Town council is consid- supervisors that other Mountain, which will Blackwood • VA
blitz ering amending the town
code to allow off-premise
localities in the 19-county soon be based out of the
region have paid their $19 million Heartwood
offered and on-premise sales of
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tax due by May 1 of each
GED On Demand testing
with expanded testing year instead of March 1. PAWS adoption planned Friday
hours the entire week of The public hearings will
be held before the start of
This is a free test for
everyone who has passed
the official practice test.
council’s regular monthly
PAWS will be holding a pet adoption at Movie Starz
in the Norton Walmart shopping center from 12 - 2 p.m.
on Friday, Nov. 26, from 12 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lots of kit-
Others must pay the $7 fee
tens, cats, and dogs will be looking for homes.
Sun. Nov. 28 -
The testing blitz is board CORRECTIONS Wed. Dec. 1
designed to provide testing
opportunities that will fit
most any schedule.
Due to a reporter's error, members of the Air Force
Junior ROTC were misidentified in a picture caption in
7 pm each night
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last week's issue of The Post. We regret the error.
will be available in
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and Weber City. Please board of supervisors last
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week set aside $3,000 to
Mary Ellen Stipe was misidentified in the article about
the Big Stone Gap Parks And Recreation Department's METHODIST CHURCH
donate to ‘Round the holiday craft show in last week's issue of The Post. We
schedule a test. Mountain, Southwest regret the error. 3926 East Stone Gap Rd.,
Virginia’s Artisan East Stone Gap
plans The donation will be
funded by money col-
lected through the coun-
Get ahead on your new year
with a resolution that will be Evangelist
ty’s transient occupancy
life-changing. Attend Grace
Learning Center to experi-
Big Stone Gap Town
Council will hold public
A funding request from
the regional artists’ group
at the supervisors’ Nov. 4
ence your transformation. Do
you make resolutions and
hearings on Sunday sales workshop prompted the
of alcoholic beverages and action last Monday.
they just never seem to Separate Children’s
"stick"? Program each night
Nursery for Preschoolers
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FOR OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN life that will be everlasting!
MAIL DONATIONS TO:
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PHYLLIS HAMILTON, Thurs. 7:00 pm and Sun. 2:00 pm. Special
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nephew, Clifton Bishop and Reginald was employed at the NAACP.
Area Deaths wife Sara and their son,
Caldwell; cousins, S.O. Reece
and wife Nell and their daugh-
ter, Carla and her children;
Howard Savings Bank and
Raritan Arsenal and retired
from Schering Plough Corp. in
1990, after 30 years in Data
Mr. Warren was a Prince
Hall Mason and served as Most
Worshipful Grand Master of the
Most Worshipful Prince Hall
Mary Kleineick and her son, Processing and Computer Grand Lodge Free and
MARY ANDERSON Kerry Garrett and wife, Jennifer immensely by all whose lives
David; Kathryn Kleineick; Systems Operations. He is also Accepted Masons of New
Mary Esther (Essie) of Pennington Gap; 17 grand- she graced.
Donald Kleineick and wife the owner of a travel agency, Jersey 1993-1995. He received
Anderson, 72, of Lexington, children and 13 great-grandchil- Mrs. Reed is survived by
Dottie and their son, Erny and Reggie’s Tours and Cruises, the 33rd degree in Freemasonry.
Ky., entered into eternal rest dren; sisters, Jenell Kelly of son, Michael and wife, Lisa;
their daughter, April. Inc., dba TRAVEL He served on Grand Board of
after an extended illness on Keokee and Brenda Peak of grandchildren, Garrett, Halle,
Iloe was especially blessed NETWORK. Trustees of the Most Worshipful
Tuesday (Nov. 16, 2010), at her Kingsport, Tenn.; brothers, Jay, Mac and Will of
with many friends, including Reginald was an active Prince Hall Grand Lodge and
home. Cecil Wells of Big Stone Gap, Mooresville; son, Bryan and
very special friends Luke and member of St. Mark’s on Board of Directors of
She was a native of Dee Wells of Dryden, Bobby wife, Joy and grandchildren
Lance Collie; Sophie and Chloe Episcopal Church, Plainfield, Douglass Temple Association.
Appalachia. After graduating Wells of Dryden, Larry Wells of Dylan, Mackenzie, Tyler and
Prince; Graham Kennedy and N.J. and served as a Vestry He served as Worshipful
from Appalachia High School Lee Co., and Gene Wells of Big Joel of Mooresville; brother,
Tristen Barnett; and her loving member, Treasurer, Junior Master of Stone Square Lodge
in 1956, she moved to Stone Gap. Terry Strong and wife, Sue of
and special caregivers, Debra Warden, Senior Warden, in Plainfield. He was chair-
Indianapolis, Ind., where she Pallbearers were Charles Staunton; and sister, Billie
Wharton, Donna Palmer, Mistie Convention Delegate and man of the Prince Hall Burial
began her first venture in the Sluss, Michael Garrett, Mike Mynes of Kingsport, Tenn.
Mullins and Cristal Meade. Chairman of the Expansion Fund Commission 1997 to
business world as a secretary. Wells, Joey Clay, Justin Perkins Services for Mrs. Reed were
Graveside services will be Project. He was a member of 2010.
She moved to Glendale, Calif. and Tommy Shuler. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 11:00 a.m.
held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Standing Commission on He is predeceased by his
in 1964 to further her career. The funeral service was held at Williamson’s Chapel United
Nov. 24, at the Nash Cemetery Clerical Compensation of the son, Keith and brothers, Felix
She retired in 2004 to at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, Church with the Rev. Scott
on Coeburn Mountain Road in Episcopal Diocese of New and Talmadge Warren.
Lexington, Ky., where she was at the Province Funeral Home Ireland officiating. Visitation
Wise, with John Tull, Sam Jersey. He is survived by his wife of
a member of the Emmanuel Sanctuary in Pennington Gap, for family and friends was on
Wharton, Jim Collie and Ray Reginald served on the 53 years, Emma; daughter,
Baptist Church and enjoyed with Rev. Billy McDonald offi- Monday, Nov. 22, from 6:30-
Jones speaking. Burial will fol- Board of Directors of the Lorraine; granddaughter, Emma
being close to her friends. ciating. 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
low. Family and friends will Plainfield Housing Corporation, A. Grace; sister, Eleanor
She was preceded in death Visitation was from 5:00 In lieu of flowers, memorials
meet at the cemetery for the the Juvenile Conference Thurman; daughter-in-law,
by her parents, William C. and p.m. Tuesday until the time of may be sent to March of Dimes
services. Committee and the Family Tracey; sisters-in-law, Carmen
Willa Edith Anderson; brother, the service. The graveside serv- Birth Defects Association, 1275
In lieu of flowers memorial Division of Union County and Linda Bell Warren.
James A. Anderson; sisters, ice will be at 1:00 p.m. Mamaroneck Ave., White
contributions to be made to the Superior Courts. He was a Funeral services were held
Roberta (Bobbie) Shultz, Joy Wednesday at the Keokee Plains, NJ 10605.
Iloe and Burchell Stallard member of Board of Directors Friday, Oct. 15, at St. Mark’s
Myer, Jo Ann Henry. Cemetery in Keokee. The fami- Condolences can be made to
Scholarship Fund, UVA-Wise of Plainfield Recreation Episcopal Church in Plainfield.
Surviving is one brother, ly and friends are asked to meet the Reed family at www.cavin-
Foundation, Office of Commission, John Runnells In lieu of flowers, please make
Robert A. Anderson, Sr. and at the funeral home at 12:00 cook.com. Cavin-Cook Funeral
Development, 1 College Ave., Hospital and Plainfield donations to the American
wife Brenda; several nieces and noon Wednesday to go to the Home, Mooresville, is serving
Wise, Va. 24293. Redevelopment Corporation. Cancer Society.
nephews; many friends. cemetery. the family of Linda Strong
Sturgill Funeral Home, He has received the Paul Arrangements by Judkins
At her request no public Condolences can be sent to Reed.
Wise, is in charge of arrange- Robeson Cultural Awareness Colonial Home. Condolences
services were held. the family by e-mail to
ments. Award from the may be sent to www.judkins-
Courtesy of Roy A. Green provincefuneralhome@earth- ILOE READ STALLARD
Edison\Metuchen Chapter of colonialhome.com
Funeral Home, Appalachia. link.net Iloe Read Stallard, of Wise,
REGINALD L. WARREN
passed away Sunday morning
Reginald Lowell Warren
WILMA GARRETT LINDA STRONG REED (Nov. 21, 2010) at her home.
Wilma Melilna Garrett, of Linda Strong Reed, 71, of Born and reared in
Keokee, was born in Stonega, Mooresville, N.C., passed away Appalachia, she was a retired
(Oct. 7, 2010).
Saturday (Feb. 28, 1931) and peacefully on Friday (Nov. 19, educator and farmer and was a
He was a resi-
went to be with her Lord on 2010) at her residence. member of the Wise Baptist
Sunday (Nov. 21, 2010) at her She was born in Roda on Church. Throughout her life she
home in Keokee at the age of 79 June 6, 1939 to the late Kyle was active in many church,
N.J. for 53
years. Eugene Strong, Sr. and Emily community and professional
She had been a resident of Cantwell Strong. organizations. She served on the
He was born in Big Stone
Lee County most of her life. She was preceded in death Lonesome Pine Regional
Gap, the third of four children
Wilma was a homemaker and by her husband, Forb Harlan Library Board of Trustees and
of Thomas and Grace Warren.
attended the Church of God in Reed, Jr. the UVA-Wise Foundation
Reginald attended elemen-
Keokee. Mrs. Reed, a lifelong home- Board. She was a member of
tary school in Big Stone Gap
She was preceded in death maker, was a devoted and lov- the American Association of
and high school in Appalachia.
by one son, Danny Garrett and ing wife, mother and grand- University Women and a char-
He continued his education at
infant son Michael Garrett; her mother. She enjoyed baking, ter member of the Alpha Psi
parents William and Ethel reading, crosswords and most Chapter of Delta Kappa
Morristown Tenn. where he
Arnett Wells; and three sisters. of all spending time with family Gamma.
received his Associates Degree.
Wilma is survived by her and friends at her home on Lake She was preceded in death
He relocated to East Orange, Sam Green, Manager
husband, Clarence Pete Garrett Norman. She lovingly and gra- by her husband, Burchell
N.J. where he attended
of Big Stone Gap; her children, ciously opened her home and “Slew” Stallard; parents, Henry
Bloomfield College and gradu-
Sandra Collins and husband, heart to everyone and was con- and Ethel Kleineick Read; sis-
Gary of Big Stone Gap, Sheila
Young and husband, James of
Big Stone Gap, Ronald Garrett
sidered a second mom to many.
On any given day, you could
find her in the kitchen baking
ters, Margie Read Bishop and
Ida Read; and a special uncle
and aunt, E.C. and Ruble K.
ated from Rutgers University
with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Business Holding
and wife, Lori of Keokee, goodies with any of her beloved Blakemore.
Management. He also received
a certification from the Travel
Carter Garrett and wife, Marie grandchildren. She was a pillar Surviving are a niece, Elaine
& Tourism Program at Union
of Keokee, Stevie Garrett and
wife, Dorothy of Keokee, and
of strength whose unconditional
love and support will be missed
Clark and husband Eddie and
their daughter, Christina; a
County College, Union, N.J. Home,
Inc. 17 East Third St.
Museum putting on festive best for the holidays Big Stone Gap, VA (276) 523-1470
“Home of Personal Service ~ Family owned since 1941
Southwest Virginia the trees in the softly illu- bluegrass, and holiday For more information Personalized Video Tributes.
Museum puts on is festive minated evening hours of music. about any of these pro- Pre-arrangement Funeral Services
best for the holidays, winter. Regular admission The Coffeehouse’s grams, please call the
Cremation Services & Monument Sales
including the popular fees apply. open-mic programs are for museum at 276/523-1322.
Festival of Trees, which is all family-friendly per- Blake Wilson, Jr., President, Ben Mullins - Vice President
Blake Wilson, Jr., - President • Ben Mullins, Vice President
now underway. BREAKFAST WITH formers. Performers can Tommy R. Nelson, John R. Hagan, Laura W. Skeen
Tommy R. Nelson • John R. Hagan • Laura W. Riebe
Also promising holiday THE GRINCH share music, stories,
cheer are “Breakfast with The museum invites poems, or dances with the
the Grinch” on Dec. 4 and people to join everybody’s community. Performers
“Tea with Mrs. Claus” on favorite humbug, the are asked to arrive by 6:30 In Honor Of Our Mother
Dec. 19. Grinch, and Cindy-Lou p.m. Admission is free.
The museum’s “First
Who for a festive holiday
meal at 9 am. and 10 a.m.
Coffee, soft drinks and
snacks will be available for
Coffeehouse” is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 4. purchase. The Davis To my children:
for Dec. 4. Participants will read family May I Go?
The Festival of Trees is from Dr. Seuss’ How the TEA WITH would like May I go now?
now in its 15th year. The Grinch Stole Christmas MRS. CLAUS Don’t you think the time is right?
museum invites patrons to while enjoying a meal that From 2-3:30 p.m. on to say May I say goodbye to pain filled days
feel the holiday spirit as includes green eggs and Sunday, Dec. 19, the muse- Thank You and endless lonely nights?
they explore the display, ham. um invites people to put on for all of I’ve lived my life and one my best,
an example I tried to be.
which is reminiscent of The price for breakfast their Sunday best and the calls,
So can I take that step beyond and
Victorian-era holiday fes- is $10 per person. Children enjoy an afternoon tea with cards, set my spirit free?
tivities. under 10 must be accompa- special guest, Mrs. Claus. flowers, food I didn’t want to go at first, I fought with all my might!
All four floors of the nied by an adult. There is a Enjoy delicious refresh- But something seems to draw me now
and visits from
museum are decorated with limit of 20 people per seat- ments and join Mrs. C. in to a warm and loving light.
80 holiday tree, mantle, ing. Please specify meal stories and songs that will friends and neighbors. Our mom would have
I want to go! I really do! It’s difficult to stay.
doorway, and banister dec- time when making reserva- get everyone ready for been so proud to see all who came to visit and But I will try as best I can to live just one more day...
orations. Local families, tions. The registration and Santa’s Christmas Eve pay their respects. We know that she is in a To give you time to care for me
businesses, and civic payment deadline for visit. better place now to be with our Dad. We wish and share your love and fears.
organizations provide and breakfast is Nov. 26. All children must be I know you are sad and afraid because
to say a special thanks to Hospice & Palliative
decorate each display. The accompanied by an adult. I can see your tears.
Care, Dr. Basham, Norton Community I’ll not be far, I promise that, and hope you’ll always
Festival of Trees is open to FIRST SATURDAY The $15 fee covers an adult
Physicians, ER, ICU, Med. Surg., Dr. Khal, for know that my spirit will be close to you
the public during regular COMMUNITY and one child.
all their professionalism and quick care during wherever you may go.
museum hours, as well as COFFEEHOUSE Additional children Thank you so for loving me.
for four special night view- The Southwest Virginia from the same family are her stay. Also a special thanks to West End
You know I loved you too.
ings. Museum’s First Saturday $5 each. Seating is limited Baptist Church and East Stone Methodist that’s why it’s hard to say goodbye
The night viewings, all Community Coffeehouse and advance reservations Church for their prayers and support. We pray and end this life with you.
on Saturdays, will be held will warm spirits from 7-9 are required. for God’s blessings upon all of you because of So hold me now, just one more time,
from 5-8:30 p.m. Nov. 27, p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Host Registration and pay- your acts of kindness during this difficult time. and let me hear you say
Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. performer in December is ment deadline is Tuesday, because you care so much for me,
18. Tyler Hughes and the Dec. 14. ~ The Davis Family ~ You’ll let me go today.
The Festival of Trees Generation Gap. This
night viewings provide a energetic group plays a
unique setting for enjoying delightful mix of old-time,
Powell Valley Memorial Gardens
Candle Light Ceremony
We will be having our annual Candle Light Ceremony
On Saturday, December 4
A special service will begin at 5 p.m. in the mausoleum chapel.
Candles and bags will be available after 4 p.m.
Refreshments will be available after the service.
Please join us for this special service.
Call 276-679-0030 with any questions.
Big Stone Gap, Virginia The Post Thursday, November 25, 2010 Page A5
Marijuana charge nets two-year sentence
Michael Raboin of Big Stone The two men have been in containing marijuana by nar- police agencies, including the office.
Gap was given a two-year sen- custody since the seizure and cotics canines. The three pack- Southwest Virginia Regional “This investigation dealt a
tence Nov. 17 for participation are incarcerated at the ages contained a combined total Narcotics Task Force, the Town substantial blow to drug dealers
in a scheme to ship marijuana Southwest Virginia Regional of 10.4 pounds of marijuana, of Big Stone Gap Police in southwest Virginia by remov-
from Texas to Virginia. Jail at Duffield. with an estimated street value of Department, the Wise County ing a large quantity of marijuana
Raboin was one of two men The investigation began $24,960. Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. from the streets. This could not
sentenced for possession with when the Office of the United After identifying the pack- Postal Inspector’s Office, the have occurred without the hard
intent to distribute more than 5 States Postal Service Inspector ages, officers worked to deter- commonwealth’s attorney office work and combined investiga-
pounds of marijuana in connec- intercepted several suspicious mine the named recipient of the said. tive efforts of the officers
tion with a June 11 seizure of packages mailed from Olmito, packages, coordinate delivery of Deputy Commonwealth’s involved in this case. I appreci-
more than 10 pounds of marijua- Texas, to Big Stone Gap, the packages, and ultimately Attorney Suzanne Kerney- ate their ongoing dedication to
na. The other man is Jason A. according to the common- seize the marijuana. Quillen assisted throughout the combat drug dealers in Wise
Knight of Greeneville, Tenn. wealth’s attorney office. The case required substantial investigative process and pros- County,” said Wise County
Knight was sentenced to one The packages were intercept- investigative work by approxi- ecuted the cases, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Ron
year and 11 months in prison. ed after they were identified as mately 25 officers from several the commonwealth’s attorney’s Elkins.
BAPTIST - FREE WILL
Keokee Church of God David's Tabernacle Church
Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Keokee Appalachia * 565-1614
Big Stone Gap Pastors Billy & Freda Bowen
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Sunday Worship: 2:30pm
Esserville Free Will Baptist www.davidstabernaclechurch.com
Pastor Travis Sturgill * 679-5548 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Sun. School/discipletown 10 am Big Stone Gap Thee Church
Worship/Kidz Zone/Comfort Zone 11am Appalachia
Wed. Bible Study 7pm EPISCOPAL
BAPTIST - INDEPENDENT Christ Episcopal
AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL ZION Big Stone Gap Cornerstone House of Prayer
Charity Baptist Big Stone Gap
Williams Chapel AME Zion Wise * 328-8181 HOLINESS
Big Stone Gap Pastor: Larry Owens Faith Hope United
Sunday School: 9:45am Full Gospel Church of God Big Stone Gap
APOSTOLIC Sunday Worship: 11:00am, 6:00pm East Stone Gap
Faith Rock Church
Abundant Life Apostolic West End Baptist The Holiness Church-God in Jesus Big Stone Gap
Big Stone Gap * 523-0474 Big Stone Gap Big Stone Gap
Pastor: Barron Duffy PENTECOSTAL
Sunday School: 10am BAPTIST - SOUTHERN LUTHERAN - ELCA
Mega Church Live: 11:15am Appalachia Pentecostal
Tuesday Bible Study & Kid’s Ministry 7pm Artesian Baptist Christ Lutheran Church Appalachia
Big Stone Gap 120 West Main Street,Wise * 328-1111
Apostolic-Jesus Christ Lay Pastor: Michael Samerdyke Christian Life
Big Stone Gap East Stone Gap Baptist Sunday School: 10 am Big Stone Gap
Big Stone Gap Sunday Worship: 11 am
First Apostolic Faith God's New Harvest Praise
Appalachia First Baptist METHODIST Big Stone Gap
Norton Apostolic Pentecostal Derby Methodist
East Park Ave (old Juste Music Building) First Baptist Appalachia PRESBYTERIAN
Norton * 679-5373 Big Stone Gap
Pastor: Donnie Culbertson METHODIST - UNITED Big Stone Gap Presbyterian
Sunday Services: 10:30am Nash's Chapel Baptist Big Stone Gap
Wise * 328-8338 Appalachia United Methodist
ASSEMBLIES OF GOD Rev. Jamie Mann Appalachia Powell Valley Presbyterian
Sunday School: 10:00 am Big Stone Gap
New Hope Assembly of God Sunday Worship: 11:00 am
Big Stone Gap East Stone Gap United Methodist SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST
CATHOLIC East Stone Gap * 523-3760
Saint Paul Assembly of God Pastor: Kenneth Sprinkle Powell Valley Seventh Day Adventist
16542 Broad Street * 762-7748 Sacred Heart Catholic Sunday School: 10:00am Big Stone Gap
Pastor John Thompson Big Stone Gap Sunday Worship: 11:00am, 7:00pm
SS: 10am; Worship: 11,7 pm
Sun; 7pm Wed; 6pm Sat. CHRISTIAN Trinity United Methodist
Big Stone Gap
BAPTIST First Christian Church
Appalachia First Baptist
Appalachia CHRISTIAN - INDEPENDENT Haven of Praise Ministries
First Baptist First Christian
Big Stone Gap Big Stone Gap Spirit and Truth Worship Center
Big Stone Gap
Macedonia Baptist CHURCH OF GOD
Appalachia The Cave
Bethesda Church of God Norton * 393-2967
Oak Grove Baptist Big Stone Gap PASTOR: Jimmy Mitchell
Big Stone Gap Sunday Service: 11 am
Heritage Church of God Tuesday Service: 7 pm
Big Stone Gap
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BY REV. ALAN F. COLLIER cholesterol deposits within the arteries known as arte-
riosclerosis. Fruit in general and grapes in particular, are
the best sources of flavonoids. In other words whatever
Proverbs 23:29-35, "Who has woe? Who has sor- small benefit may come from wine is from the grape. 14 East 27th Street, Suite 2
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"Drawbacks" to Wine and Other Alcoholic
Off Rt. 23 Bypass Next To K-Mart • 679-6779 linger over wine, those who go looking for mixed wine.
Don't gaze at wine when it is red, when it gleams (i.e. fer- Beverages: Virtually everyone recognizes that consum- 523-0623
FURNITURE • MATTRESSES • OUTDOOR FURNITURE
mented) in the cup and goes down smoothly. ing large amounts of alcohol is harmful. However,
"In the end it bites like a snake and stings like a viper. numerous studies confirm undesirable effects of even
Your eyes will see strange things, and you will say absurd reduced amounts of alcohol, such as the wine recom-
mended to reduce heart attack risk can cause other risks.
COMMUNITY MOTORS things. You'll be like someone sleeping out at sea or lying
down on the top of a ship's mast. 1. Cerebral Hemorrhage is more frequent among
--------- 701 East 5th Street --------- "They struck me, but I feel no pain! They beat me, drinkers.
Norton, VA 24273 but I didn't know it! When will I wake up? I'll look for 2. Arterial hypertension: It has been shown that three
another [drink]." or more glasses of wine a day can increase arterial pres-
Isaiah 5:11, "Woe to those who rise early in the sure, which represents a risk factor to the cardiovascular East Fifth Street • Big Stone Gap
morning in pursuit of beer, who linger into the evening, system.
inflamed by wine." Ephesians 5:18, "And don't get drunk
with wine, which [leads to] reckless actions, but be filled
3. Cancer in general is more frequent among moder-
ate drinkers than nondrinkers. 5 2 3 - 4 6 6 7
with the Spirit." 4. Colon cancer is also more frequent among those
I want to inform you that our Town Council has who drink moderately than those who do not drink at all.
decided to attempt the sale of alcohol on Sundays. I want 5. Breast cancer: Women who consume moderate
FAMILY DRUG INC.
each of you to know about it so that you can pray about
it and be at the public hearing on Dec. 7 (Pearl Harbor
The public hearing is, I believe, mandatory before
amounts of alcohol are at higher risk of breast cancer, is
confirmed by studies throughout the world. For example:
The University of Milan (Italy) has verified that women
who drink 1 cup of wine or more a day, are at twice the
Greg Large “We’ve got your formula” the Council can have the risk of breast cancer than
14 E. Valley Medical Complex
Powell 27th St., N.
523-1713 sale of alcohol on Sundays
placed on the ballot for a
non-drinkers. -- A study in
the United States involving Call for details • 565-3434
205 Kilbourne Ave. | Next to Payless
vote. 89,539 women showed Automatic Refills
Highway # 1000, Big Stone Gap, Va. that those who consumed
Big Stone Gap, VA As many of you may Pharmacist Dwight Jessee, Pharm. D.
remember, several years 3/4 of a cup of alcohol a
ago I fought to keep liquor by the drink out of Big Stone day, are at 2.5 times higher risk of breast cancer than Acts 4:10-12
Gap. I failed, but that will not stop me from fighting the those who do not drink.
sale of alcohol on Sundays. 6. Stomach Cancer: The relationship between alcohol
I read the comments of council about this. One of the use and cancers of the esophagus and the stomach has
been well known for many years. The General Direction
Cloverleaf same reasons for the sale of liquor by the drink was given
for the sale of alcohol on Sunday. That reason was, it of Health in Portugal conducted a study to quantify this
relationship. It was observed that the greater the wine
Chiropractic would help the economy by bringing in new places to eat.
Since liquor by the drink passed there have been no consumption, the higher the risk of stomach cancer. -- Rutherford & Reynolds
“Changing the health of SW Virginia one spine at a time” new places to eat in Big Stone Gap. The one place that Drinkers that consume less than one glass of wine with a A t t o r n e y s A t L a w
Theresa A. Dunton - Chiropractor • M-F 8-6, Sat. by Appt. does sell liquor by the drink was already up and running meal are at a 36% higher risk than non-drinkers. -- Those Social Security Disability
before the vote. who consume a bottle or more a day are at almost for
523-7128 • CLOVERLEAF SQUARE BLDG. E. STE. 1 Christian it is our duty to fight this because God says times greater risk than non-drinkers. 679-0777
it is wrong. Read the above Scripture. I know that some 7. Esophageal Reflux: The Clinic Hospital of
will say the Bible says it is ok from other verses but the Barcelona (Spain) has confirmed that men who drink 2
Bible does not contradict it's self. glasses of wine during meals experience 70% more
I know that many of you, and those who are not esophageal reflux than those who drink the same amount
Christians, will say that wine is good for you. I have of water. Reflux is the ascension of the acid content of the
Authorized Retail some information on that subject that I have had for stomach into the esophagus, causing heartburn.
many years waiting for the right time to use it. Now has 8. Bone Fracture: Women who drink 1 large glass of
Dealer Store wine or more a day are at a 2.33 times greater risk of hip
to be the right time because I had thought it to be lost
until I was looking for something else and found it. God fracture than those who do not drink. Moderate amounts
Etta Howard, Admissions Patty Akers, Administrator
Wise County Shopping Plaza • Wise does work in mysterious ways. of alcohol, as well as coffee, promote osteoporosis and
This information comes from "The Encyclopedia of possible bone fracture. 2045 Valley View Drive • Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
276-679-2020 Foods and their Healing Power" author Dr. George D. 9. Fetal Alterations: Pregnant women who drink 2 (p) 276.523.3000 • (f) 276.523.0531 • www.ahc.cc
Pamplona-Rogers, published by Review and Herald glasses or more of wine a day, or its equivalent in other
Publishing Association used by permission. alcoholic beverage, have a higher incidence than non-
First I will give you some of the "Positive" aspects of drinkers of Premature births, Low birth weight babies,
wine (if you can call them positive). 1. Stimulates diges- and Immature placentas.
Drs. Botts & Botts Optometrists P.C. • Big Stone Gap, VA tion: Alcohol irritates the mucosa of the digestive tract 10. Other Diseases: Alcohol consumption is associat-
much in the same way it irritates the tissue of a wound on ed with higher risk of cirrhosis of the liver, cerebral atro-
phy, arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy (degeneration of the Store Hours:
the skin. The cells of the stomach's mucosa secrete more
Dr. Robert E. Botts juices to counteract this irritation. This, in turn, promotes heart muscle itself), and gout. - Any possible benefit that Sun. – Thurs. • 11 am – 10 pm
Optometrist small amounts of wine or other alcoholic beverage may Fri. – Sat. • 11 am – 11 pm
digestion. In other words, the digestive stimulation pro-
Big Stone Gap Pennington Gap duced by alcohol is at the of irritation and inflammation have on the heart is far outweighed by its drawbacks. As
608 Powell Ave. 535 W. Morgan Ave. of the stomachs mucosa, which can result in gastritis, a result the World Health Organization and other special- SUNDAY BUFFET
(276) 523-4414 (276) 546-2113 gastroduodenal ulcer, or cancer of the esophagus or stom- ists state categorically that alcohol intake as a prophylax- 276-926-6935
ach. These diseases are more common among drinkers, is for heart disease should not be promoted as a public
even moderate drinkers. health measure.
2. Beneficial action on the heart: Various statistical Luke 1:15 says of John the Baptist "For he will be
studies show that drinking between 1/2 to 1 cup of red great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or
wine a day, not white, lowers the risk of death from heart beer. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in
attack. This effect only seems to involve men over the his mother's womb." This goes along with Ephesians
age of 50. The statistics report that when more than this 5:18.
amount of wine is exceeded, the mortality rate due to car- Christians we need to stand up and let our town offi-
diovascular disease increases, and many other disorders cials know that we want to keep Sundays set aside for the
are fostered. Worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ not the sale
3. The possible beneficial affect of red wine has been of alcohol at anytime of the day!
attributed to two of its ingredients: Ethyl Alcohol. Some This passage from Proverbs should help our Council
statistical studies have shown that any alcoholic beverage members reverse their decision on the sale of alcohol on
has a protective effect on the heart. However, experi- Sundays. Proverbs 31:4-5 "It is not for kings, Lemuel, it
ments conducted with laboratory animals show that only is not for kings to drink wine or for rulers [to desire] beer.
high blood alcohol lives, at least 2 grams per liter (2 gal) 5 Otherwise, they will drink, forget what is decreed, and Visit the Faith & Worship Directory Online
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November 25, 2010
Jim (Sonny) Harris sub-
‘Tis the season mitted this picture, taken
at Big Cherry Reservoir
in 1952. From left are
for deer-auto Frank Wells, Mr. Wells,
Tommy Gardner, Gerald
Messer, Don Lawson,
collisions Doug McDaniel, Glen
Bolling, Bucky Bentley,
BY GLENN regional basis, but accord- Eugene Clarkston,
GANNAWAY ing to insurance industry Herbert Reach and
STAFF WRITER figures, the state of Virginia Harris. To share photos
ranked fifth in the nation in or information about this
They’re like ghosts, as 2009 with more than or previous pictures that
someone said. 50,000 deer-vehicle colli-
have appeared, email
Unfortunately, unlike sions (Pennsylvania was
No. 1 with more than
Staff Writer Glenn
the apparitions of our ghost
stories, they don’t pass 100,000). Gannaway, ggann-
right through solid objects. Nationwide, the number firstname.lastname@example.org, or
But they really do seem of collisions seems to have send to The Post at P.O.
to come out of nowhere. increased in the past few Box 250, Big Stone Gap,
It was a couple of years, with the insurance Va. 24219.
Sundays ago and the dark- industry estimating that
ness had already fallen as there were more than 2 mil-
we came down Highway 23 lion collisions the past two
between Norton and Big years — a whopping 21
Stone Gap. I was the pas-
senger in a car driven by a
percent increase from five
years ago. Cut public spending — but don’t touch mine
friend. As the New York Times
Somewhere this side of noted in an article about the To the Editor: your elected officials to vote NO to
the Powell Valley overlook, apparent jump, auto-deer When it came down to everybody the 2-on-1 school plan.
a deer came out of collisions increase at this wanting our government to curtail LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Autumn Wells
nowhere. Seemingly realiz- time of year during the spending, one of the programs Big Stone Gap
ing what was about to hap- mating season of October nobody wanted eliminated was ain’t gonna be pretty. Uncle Sam is
pen, the deer — in the split through December, and Social Security. So a “nip and a
tuck” approach evolved. No cost-of-
cutting your allowance real soon.
Hello bake sales.
second I could actually see peak each November.
it in the headlights, it “The bucks throw cau-
living raises this year nor next year,
plus a new retirement age on the
Emma Jane James
tion to the wind as they
looked like a big one, with
antlers held high — seemed chase does during the
horizon. There followed a loud hue
and cry from those not getting a raise
to try to dig in its hooves breeding season,” as Billy as well as those hoping to retire Citizens thanks
and twist its body away Higginbotham, a wildlife soon.
from the car. specialist at Texas A&M In other words, cut spending, just urged to To the Editor:
“Deer!” I shouted. Or I University, told the news- don’t touch anything affecting me or On behalf of the Big Stone Gap
think that’s what I shouted: paper. “If this happens to mine. Leave intact all funds my fam- have a say Farmers Market, I would like to thank
it could have been some- carry them across a road- ily, my community, my county, my everyone who helped make the 2010
state currently enjoy, such as grants To the Editor: season a success. Thanks to our loyal
thing unprintable. Shouting way, they don’t seem to It is time for the citizens of Wise
for emergency services, water patrons. Thanks to the Town of Big
anything was a fairly point- care.” County to have their say concerning
works, college, health and elderly Stone Gap council members, our
less thing to do. By the time Experts emphasis vigi- services, roads and bridges, the the future of our children and the mayor, Nancy Bailey, and town man-
I got the warning out there lance while driving this whole nine yards. schools in which they will attend. ager Pat Murphy for our market site
was nothing man nor beast time of year. Drivers We are so used to relying on gov- On Monday, Nov. 29, the next 50 and its facilities. Thanks to Gary
could have done. should also know the safest ernment help we’ve become spoiled. years of high school education may be Bishop and his staff for our weekly
The right side of the way to hit a deer, if colli- Want a pothole filled, a new sports decided. It is not too late to voice signage. Thanks to Food City and
bumper of my friend’s car sion is unavoidable. Most field, a better fire truck, clean water, your opinion. Tell our elected offi- Mark Hubbard for our “Cooking at
thudded into the animal as injuries occur from drivers safer food, more police, a new park, cials not to proceed with a school con- the Market” supplies. Thanks to Vicky
my friend plowed ahead — who try to avoid hitting the school bus, higher paycheck, cheap- solidation plan that has never been Wampler and Trail Realty for sponsor-
er textbooks, there’s Uncle Sam with attempted in the United States. We as ing the event brochures. A special
luckily without swerving, deer, so motorists should
his deep pockets, go get your share the parents, grandparents, and thanks goes to Shirley Smith and our
which is one thing a not swerve to avoid the ani- guardians of these children, must not
in grants, no-or-low interest loans. market board for their assistance
motorist doesn’t want to do mal. hand them over as “test subjects,” so
Gimme, gimme, gimme. throughout the season.
when a deer collision is Drivers should also be We want it all as long as Uncle that our officials can get “Something” Most importantly, I wish to thank
imminent. There was a aware that deer are most Sam pay for it. How dare they raise done. the wonderful downtown businesses
scrapping sound along the active between 6 and 9 p.m. my medicine up a dollar more on the If this plan comes to pass, it is the in Big Stone Gap who provided the
right side of the car, as if and use high beam head- bottle, my car sticker a dollar more, citizens of Wise County and our chil- gift certificates for our vendor awards
tree limbs were brushing lamps when possible so the nerve of them saying I’ve got to dren who will suffer the pitfalls long this year. The awards were presented
the car, and then we were they can have better vision wait three more years to retire, look after these individuals have moved on to deserving vendors at the November
farther down the mountain of the areas from which at the price of a loaf of bread to other ventures. Our elected officials Fall Potluck. We are so grateful to the
and all was blackness deer enter roadways. (because gas went up and wheat were given charge to act in our best farmers and vendors from Lee, Scott,
farms are disappearing). How dare interest, this plan is not the best they and Wise counties without whom we
behind us. Experts also advise that,
they increase my water bill, make me can do. We have numerous possibili- could not have had our third farmers
“I don’t think it broke if you cannot avoid a colli- ties to improve our educational sys-
pay more to go to my doctor, take a market season!
my headlight,” my friend sion, to slow down and tem with the $69 million allotted from
test, get a wheelchair. My neighbor Our thanks to Ball TV and Video,
said. Indeed, there did seem grasp the steering wheel works at a garage, got a dime raise, the Wise County Board of Cathy and Company, Rhonda’s
to be a glimmer from the firmly with both hands. better not charge ME more to fix a Supervisors. Let’s use the funding in Hallmark, Horton’s Florist, La
right side lighting our path, You should also take your flat! I don’t think twice about paying an intelligent and efficient manner. Couture, Red Flower Cafe, Tales of
but as we determined once foot off the brake at the to watch a football game but how I urge everyone to come to the pub- the Lonesome Pine, and the Modern
we got to Big Stone Gap, time of impact so the front dare them tell me to provide note- lic hearing at the auditorium in J.J. Barber Shop.
the right headlight had been end of your vehicle will lift books and pencils! Kelly High School on Monday, Nov. Please remember these and all of
demolished by the impact up and enable the deer to We’ve long relied on Uncle Sam, 29 at 7 p.m. This will be our last our local merchants this holiday sea-
and the car hood and go under the car, reducing we demand he fulfill our every need, chance to STOP the 2-on-1 site school son. When you make a local purchase
and in the same breath demand he plan. We can reopen the channels of in Big Stone Gap, it benefits each of
bumper were also dam- the danger of it crashing
curtail spending. We “voted the communication, but it requires action. us in our efforts to revitalize and
aged. through the windshield. As responsible citizens we owe it to
bums out” and now we’re gonna get improve our local economy. Your sup-
We were lucky. Crashing through the our children and our county to make
what we wished for. Prepare for port of local business is vital to those
It’s difficult to pin down windshield? My friend and wringing of hands and gnashing of sure that the Wise County Public
statistics on a county or I got off easy. teeth as the freebies cuts hit YOUR School System serves us best. Please
attend the public hearing and urge See LETTERS, Page A7
home, community, county, state. It
District 3 ‘diplomatic chickens’
come home to roost P.O. Box 250, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219
BY BRUCE ROBINETTE on-3 plan. Ron Flanary and I were the Telephone (276) 523-1141 Fax (276) 523-1175
GUEST COMMENTATOR only ones known who made any
EXECUTIVE EDITOR & Publisher STAFF WRITER
An opinion is like a nose. C OMMENTARY attempt to convince the school board
member to support this plan. Jenay Tate
Everyone has one. Here is mine on Unfortunately, she chose the tradition-
the latest school plan as it relates to al negative route. Where were all
the county’s lower end (District 3). ed representatives voting against these new voices then? You had a
The latest school debate among almost everything dealing with the golden opportunity in your grasp and OFFICE MANAGER ADVERTISING SALES
many reminds me of my first impres- school plans. Consequently, two run- blew it. Marilyn Young Denise Casey
sion as a new Gap (BSG) resident ning unopposed in the last election In all the rhetoric about the Route email@example.com
many years ago. This being that the would indicate that they must be fol- 23/610 mountain intersection I have CIRCULATION
town was not county-oriented, and lowing the will of their constituents. yet to see any words of concern Becky McElroy SPORTS EDITOR
BSG and District 3 expressed no expressed for Appalachia students Coy Bays
regional was defined as Frog Level,
prior interest in the consolidation COMMERCIAL PRINTING firstname.lastname@example.org
Cadet, and Aviation Road. traveling from neighborhoods such as
movement, which began in 1996, sim- Donna Lawson
One century-old local tradition Dunbar and Kent Junction in the fog email@example.com ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
alive and well today is the locals never ply because PVHS was always des- competing with heavy truck traffic. In
tined to be a host school. This lack of Kevin Mays
being on the same page as the county addition, it must be okay for the firstname.lastname@example.org
on much of anything. Routinely, the interest continued even when the orig- Technical School, or “Shop,” bus to
local folks opposed very important inal plan was suddenly opposed by a traverse this road daily without
public services like E-911, sale of sur- local school board member without expressed concern. I have seen noth-
plus water to neighbors, and the explanation or notice. ing safety related thus far that cannot
Preston Road Waste Convenience A new consolidated high school be adequately addressed with a traffic Subscriptions: $30 per year inside Wise County; $46 in market area
Center. The failed Assisted Living theoretically could have opened as signal and a reduced speed zone. with zip codes with first three digits 242, 376 and 408 excluding
facility, which had countywide signif- early as 2008 on the current PVHS The current 2-on-1 plan is the only Wise County and the city of Norton; and $56 per year elsewhere.
icance, should also be included. This site if the then local school board approach thus far that can render qual-
opposition continues vigorously today member had, in 2005, voted to break The Post is published each Thursday by
with three of the four District 3 elect- the school board tie and confirm the 3- American Hometown Publishing, Inc.
See ROBINETTE, Page A7
Big Stone Gap, Virginia The Post Thursday, November 25, 2010 Page A7
Appy mayor urges negotiations with Norton
BY GLENN GANNAWAY Swiney referred to a town coun- trail and the water interconnection
STAFF WRITER cil vote in March 2008 directing should begin by the first of next From Page A6
Luntsford to discuss with the year, Town Engineer Jeff Cochran
APPALACHIA — With the near- Norton school board the question of told council. If the rail removal is
certainty of school consolidation in whether the city could accept done on schedule, construction of ity course offerings to the maximum. There are those
some form in Wise County, Appalachia students if consolidation the interconnection could begin as who are quite satisfied with dual enrollment at MECC
Appalachia Mayor Jay Swiney were to occur, and send a bus to early as the end of next summer, and UVa’s College at Wise, which provide the needed
asked Town Manager Fred transport them to Norton. Cochran said. advance courses for our college bound students. This is
Luntsford Thursday to “start negoti- Abbott stressed that the town Big Stone Gap’s town council wrong, because it is not the mission of these two insti-
ations” with Norton City Schools to cannot negotiate with the city has not yet reviewed the contract. tutions to provide public secondary education, and
“send Appalachia kids to Norton if schools but could consider a resolu- Abbott, the town attorney, sug- exclusively, to the host county without regard to other
Appalachia loses its schools.” tion supporting parents who may gested that Appalachia town council respective service areas.
But Town Attorney Michael H. want to send their children to send a letter of understanding to its Public elected representation never succeeds unless
Abbott told Swiney and town coun- Norton. Abbott said individual par- Big Stone Gap counterpart to clear officials practice “going along in order to get along.”
cil that the town doesn’t have the ents would have to contact Norton up any “gray areas” in the contract. This has never existed in the county’s western end, but
authority to negotiate with Norton’s schools. For example, Councilman John it is never too late to improve. Only the taxpayers will
school board. Tull asked whether the contract continue to suffer unless a new course is pursued.
And Luntsford urged caution, INTERCONNECTION made it clear which town was Obviously, the county citizens east of Rim Rock are
saying that, as a member of the Wise Town council Thursday tabled responsible for maintenance of the tired of all the “no” votes, and they should be.
County Board of Supervisors, “I’ve consideration of a contract for the pump that would be located on Big It appears the Election District 3 “diplomatic chick-
negotiated keeping the gym (a pro- interconnection of the water sys- Stone Gap’s end of the proposed ens” have finally come home to roost.
posed gym at Appalachia tems of Appalachia and Big Stone line.
Elementary School) and our eighth Gap after questioning some of the Swiney proposed the motion to Bruce Robinette, a native of the Back Valley, is a
graders. We need to approach this contract’s wording. table action on the contract until retired executive director of the Lenowisco Planning
very cautiously.” The interconnection, if approved Appalachia town council’s next District and former secondary school administrator.
“If you tinker with the number of by both towns, will follow the path meeting. He is a seasonal resident of Bristol, Va. and
students who would go to a consoli- of the Powell River Trail, a planned “I think it’s self-explanatory, but Rockledge, Fla.
dated school, it could jeopardize the 1.8-mile recreation link between. that’s fine,” Councilman John
gymnasium and keeping our eighth- Removal of the rails and ties to Brooks said of the contract and the
graders,” Luntsford said. clear the way for construction of the motion to table action.
an Appalachia High Wise County. Not just my to do with this land? Will
Letters School, J.J. Kelly Wise
High School, Pound High
School, Coeburn High
opinion, go look and hon-
estly judge for yourself.
Why then do people
they sell it? Will they use
the money to help pay for
forced consolidation? Will
From Page A6 School, and a St. Paul continue to call this high the land be developd to
High School in Wise school Big Stone Gap the point where the once
efforts! It is a gift that gives County. Some 50 years High School? It is not perfect school environ-
twice! ago Big Stone Gap lost its inside the corporation lim- ment will be lost for the
From all of us at the Big high school to consolida- its of Big Stone Gap. All grade and middle schools Among the many
Stone Gap Farmers tion. A perfect location other high schools are remaining there? If this is
Market, we wish you blessings we
was found for the new within town limits. the real reason for closing
Merry Christmas and a school. It was somewhat Is this an attempt by Powell Valley High count at
Happy New Year.
isolated but near to the some to misrepresent this School, then in this day Thanksgiving are
See you in May 2011!
areas affected by the section of Wise County in and time, when so much
Elizabeth Jones our loyal readers.
Big Stone Gap move. There was no four- order to force another emphasis is placed on
lane road and very little school consolidation on environment, then the cost We wish you all
automobile traffic to the Big Stone Gap-East is too high. Much too high
endanger the students. Stone Gap area? This to lose such a perfect a Happy
School is Fate began to play a would then vacate most of school environment. Thanksgiving!
in ‘perfect’ role in this location. A
new four-lane highway
the current school proper-
ty. Perhaps this property
Should this happen, histo-
ry will show this to be a
location was constructed just a few
hundred yards from the
has become even more
perfect in recent years.
huge mistake. As always
happens, our children will
To the Editor: road entering this proper- But perfect for what? If pay for the greed and pol-
There is no Big Stone ty. This added value to not for a high school then itics. Is it really worth it?
Gap High School. There is what was already the most what will it be perfect for. Don Ferrell
perfect school location in What does the county plan Big Stone Gap
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