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JUNE 2006, Judy
Lambert published an
of her husband Paul's
life story, which
brought him through
Mission School when he
was only eight years
Authors Book of Grundy Man's Childhood
by JoBeth Wampler
their almost 30-year marriage, Judy and Paul Lambert have
shared many of their childhood tales.
in an effort to keep those memories from fading, Judy
authored a biography, chronicling her husband's life growing
up, including time he spent at Mountain Mission School.
around 10 years old, their grandson, Joshua, was an
enthusiastic storyteller. As a member of the Rural Rangers,
which Judy likened to the Boy Scouts of America, Joshua had
spent many a meeting listening to his leaders' tales of old
it was when Joshua began telling his own tales of the life
his grandfather had that his leaders began to take notice.
As they asked to hear more about Paul's childhood, Joshua
began asking more about his grandpa's life.
of our parents have stories to tell, if we would just think
to ask," Judy says.
this case, Joshua did ask and his eagerness to learn more
provoked a thought in Judy's mind. What if something
happened and Paul was no longer able to tell these amazing
stories to his grandchildren, she thought.
was really an effort to write the story for his
grandkids," she says.
when "Never Really a Child" was published in June
2006, even Paul's children found themselves hearing some
more of the story, see the print edition of the Mountaineer,
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IDA, Town Developers Near
Agreement On Amendments
Town of Grundy Industrial Development Authority members are
apparently nearing a meeting of the minds on proposed amendments to
a contract between the town and Commonwealth Developers on the
redevelopment site project.
meetings have been held in the past week as IDA members and the
developer have amended agreements and sent them back and forth to
each other for approval.
sessions have been held behind closed doors and at the conclusion of
the closed door meetings, the meetings have been continued.
IDA board met Monday in closed session, it reconvened in open
session to announce the meeting would be continued to Friday.
IDA Manager Chuck Crabtree and IDA Attorney Tom Mullins previously
noted the proposed amendments now being considered do not relate to
the tenants at the new site.
Crabtree said, they relate to the construction schedule timeframe
and cost shares in the project.
agreements between the town and Commonwealth Developers with whom
the town has a contract, call for the developer to construct a
Wal-Mart Super Center on the site.
the development agreement calls for the town center to be
constructed with a total of at least 140,000 square feet of retail
space, including Wal-Mart which is a minimum of 100,000 square feet.
The developer is also required to recruit at least one
regionally-nationally recognized sit down chain restaurant for the
of those requirements are affected by the proposed amendments,
according to Crabtree.
Claims Two on Bradshaw Mountain
home fire on Bradshaw Mountain resulted in the deaths of a
26-year-old McDowell County mother and her five-year-old
Vance, 26, and her five-year-old daughter, Destiny, died in
the January 22 blaze.
approximately 8:50 p.m., McDowell County Sheriff's Deputy T.E.
Vineyard was in the Iaeger area when the department received
the 911 call reporting the fire. Upon arrival, Vineyard said
the home was fully involved.
husband was able to escape the fire with two of the couple's
other children, he said.
attempted to go back inside to rescue his wife and daughter,
but was unable to get back inside the home due to the fire.
three were taken to Buchanan General Hospital, where they were
Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office is still investigating
the cause for the fire.
Forms Strategic Planning Committee
Seeks Active Role in Coming Projects
Cathy St. Clair
Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce set a plan in motion
Friday to form a strategic planning committee to eye future
business development in the county.
Board Member Billie Campbell brought up the idea during
Friday’s luncheon meeting, noting that with the development
now underway in the Lover’s Gap-Poplar Gap area and the town
ready to move forward on its redevelopment site, the climate
is ripe for the recruitment of new business.
think it’s imperative for the chamber of commerce to have
some sort of role in trying to define business and economic
needs,” Campbell said.
noted many of those who regularly attend chamber meetings have
businesses of their own and have the firsthand experience to
know what works and what does not.
added there had been some discussion related to surveying law
and pharmacy students about their needs and the bottom line,
he suggested was that the chamber needed to develop a vision,
or plan of attack, on what is needed in the way of new
business from its members’ perspective as business owners in
a great big potential for a lot of business,” Campbell said,
referring to the Lover’s Gap-Poplar Gap project.
noted some of the largest sites ever available for development
in Buchanan County – some 450 acres in size – will be
ready in less than six months.
said he would like to see the chamber open the lines of
communication with the county and the industrial development
authority to have some input in the planning stages.
membership is a collective wisdom in Buchanan County,”
Campbell said. “We have businesses that have failed and
businesses that have worked and we need to write down what
does and doesn’t work and come up with a future business
plan for Buchanan County.”
suggested if the chamber did not take the opportunity there
now, it placed itself in the role of a spectator or
opportunity is now to be a dynamic partner in it,” Campbell
said . . .
to help drive it, not just follow it,” Chamber Member Nancy
Grundy Supervisor Roger Rife, who is a member of the chamber,
said he thought the formation of a planning committee to work
with the county is a great idea.
noted that projects like the one at Poplar Gap hold much
promise for the county and he suggested that what goes on
there in the way of housing and job opportunities could turn
the tide and stop the county’s overall population drain
which has been prevalent for the past seven years.
chamber members also embraced the idea of developing a
strategic planning committee, including Lyle Mutter, Ginger
Robertson and Jodi Reynolds.
of the first things to be done, Mutter said, is to create a
lot of self pride and community pride.
have to have a very positive attitude,” Mutter said.
“Negatives will not get you anywhere but in a deeper
made the motion that the chamber form a planning committee and
Pruitt seconded the motion. It was agreed to unanimously.
President Garnette Owens was asked to put together the initial
committee and agreed to work with Chamber Director Mary
Belcher to check with members to see who is interested in
serving and to put that group together.
said after the meeting she was pleased to see the committee
formation, noting that she had previously talked to Campbell
and to James Keen, the incoming chamber president, about the
need for a project in which the chamber could become involved.
have always had a project to work on like the Coalfields
Expressway or technology, but as those projects have advanced
and continue to be worked on, the need for a new project was
evident,” Belcher said, adding she looks forward to working
with chamber members to get the committee off to a successful
real excited about the opportunity to work with a strategic
planning committee to help advance business goals and
directions as the Poplar Gap-Lover’s Gap project
advances,” Belcher said.
other business at Friday’s meeting, chamber members
discussed the successful annual banquet held in December, as
well as the Christmas parade, which was also successful.
announced that membership decals are in (see related story,
and Belcher also spoke briefly about the successful January
legislative reception and trip to Richmond.
chamber will meet again on Friday, February 23 at 11:30 a.m.
in the meeting room at Food City at Vansant.