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The Big Stone Gap Post.
VOL. XXX_ BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY. VA.. WEDNESDAY. MARCH 29i 1922 No. 13 Handles $266,000 Per Year; Salary Fraction Over 33 Cents Per Day An Effort on Part of Post to Show Citizens of Wise County What Sort of Men Are ? Looking After the People's Business. Dining the Inte successful ef? fort to route old man llnhenznl leVn numerous gentlemen work? ed for Uncle Sam for one dollar per year. These dollar mien came to the front during the gravest period in nur history, and being blessed with the worlds riches, Worked for nothing. Here in Wise county we have a few men who are receiving thirty-three and one-third cents per day, and the war is over. Tor this small salary Andy I,. Witt, supervi.? of the Richmond District, ban.lied $200,000 of the people's money. He wus also responsible for another hundred thousand spent by the Hoard of Supervisors from the general county fund. In nil hi' handled $r helped to handle $:t00,00? "i lltvH, and looked after the eon struct tug of the new addition to the court house at a cost of about $10,0110, and in return for in labor, loyalty and clear-headed thinking he received about $100 No Pica for Salary. This is not. a plea for an in crease in the salary of the Hoard of Supervisors. It is merely an effort on the part of the Host to show the people of Wise county the kind of public spirited citi? zens who arc looking after their interest, and also to give them some idea of the intricate maze . ol local governmental machinery. No better example of the uu-| seliish, keen minded public of licial could be selected than Stl ' pervisor Will. First of all he is i a successful business man. lie .has built up one of the most !' successful insurance agencies in Southwest Virginia. He is treas? urer of this organization, and is diso a director of the First Na? tional Hank, of Hig Stone Gap. ? When he was elected to the Hoard of Supervisors in 1020 he I look with him the ideas and met hods t hat hail made him suc? cessful in private life. Not be? ing a politician he looked on the business of handling county af? fairs as a serious undertaking, and straightway began to look about for sound methods to re? store order from antiquated I methods. New Distribution System. For example, when he was elected to the board, it was prac? tically impossible to lind where the money of other years had gone. Not that it had been mis? appropriated or wasted ; Hie man? lier of recording the money spent was so poor that it required a month to check over the records. It became Supervisor Witts am bition to remedy this condition, and after a year and a half of ef fort, and with the cooperation of the other members of the board and Clerk Rich Roberts, a new distribution system was installed. This modern way of doing busi uess was developed by Mr. Witt. Today there is no danger of over spending the comity's money; the old belief that, one district was robbing another has been elimitated, and the business of running the county is just as ef ?cieticl its Hie iriost highly spo ciali/.cd corporation in llio cp?ii ty. mm AI the April meeting of the Hoard of Supervisor* n now bud? get systeiii will lie installed. The funds will In- appropriated and distributed and kept within the bounds nl' economy and sound business. The budget systeiii is ii I si i the work tit Supervisor Witt. Results We See. Here in the Uichmoud District the people ate more familiar with the results <if his work. It is agreed that the roads in his dis? trict arc in better condition than ever before?and lire being kepi thai way. Last year he super? vised Hie widening <?!' (he road up Powell's Valley, and patch? ed ami resurfaced it ;l?uill a new graded road lip Butcher's Fork : rebuilt tin- road from East Stum? (lap tri Men toil's store: built a new rond from KubI Stone (lap to Irondale; built n now road from Appaluchia to Linden, and one from Pigeon Creek through Imboden and Kxetor to the Lee county line. Tito road from Ap palacliia |o Stonega was also made wider and will he resurfac? ed within the next week or so. Duty to People. This is a great deft) of labor for the thirty-three ami one tliird cents tier day received. Not many men in Wise county would (10 it : hoi many men could. When asked what prompted him lo devote so much time to the business of the people In- siiiiled : ?*lt is our duty to the people," he replied. He is quiet and not given lo talking. lie talked freely onVy when I he subject of county busi? ness wus brought up. Of him? self he would say nothing. Hut those who know him have only to look around to lind the results of his work. This i< enough. They are more eloquent than words ami far more convincing. Mr. Witt was married to Miss Itertio Plcehor in 1010. They live in the Gap and have four children?three boys ami one girl. Church Organizations. One feature, which butt con? tributed largely to the advancer mom ami attractiveness of tin work at the Pirat Baptist church during the recent mouths, is the plan of having tint different organizations in the church prepare programsI ami take charge of the services on the :ird Sunday evenings. These programs have been very interesting and; have had the hearty approval of all present. Sunday evening the ''Sunbeam Society," the youngest mis? sionary organization, composed of boys anil girls from live lo twelve years, under the leader? ship of Mrs. It L. Hilton, pre? sented n program which' was greatly enjoyed by old and young. An unusual congrega? tion for such inclement weath? er was present and heartily ap plaudotl the youngsters, their leader and helpers for their splendid entertainment. Hear some of Iho old time Southern melodies at the Amuzu Theater March 30th, 31st mid April 3rd.?udv. OF THIS THEKE IS NO DOUBT April IStli will decide whether Big Stone (lap will be found among the progressive towns of Wise couuty. On Hint day tin- voters will approve or disapprove the f 100,000 bond issue. The favorable result of the issue will mark a great forward st^p in the town's advancement : its defeat will be a death blow lo what is unquestionably the greatest place in Wise county for a city, a metropolis?not a village, or a tank town, but a bustling city equally as great as any Booster Ooutts ever conjured in bis tin shop. Norton lias its paved streets. It is looked upon by strangers as a coining city; but its.growth is limited unless its people build their homes where the eagle usually dwells. Appatacliia?who disputes the transformation of Ibis hustl? ing town since the White Way and paved streets were Imilt'.' Ami llu> Clap?the (lap is known wherever English is read ami spoken?garden spot of the hills with its limitless ground for beautiful homes and business sites needs but the magic touch of unwavering progress to Bond it far beyond tin' possibilities of Norton and Appalachia. A vole fur the bonds means a stride in progress; a volo against I hem is to put the hamper over your own candle and to trample your opportunities beneath your own feet. The bond issue will carry. The public spirited citizens of the (lap will see thai it does! HI DEBATORS TO GO TO NORTON Carl Knight, Arthur K?ster, Earl Wilson and Miss Ruth Guntner Will Defend Gap at Norton. Carl Knigiit nuri Arthur Kos tor, of the local high school,will ddfoiiil l?g StoOo Qnp against the Norton high school dcb.it ore on next Saturday night. Knight and Foster were select ed by the. judges in an olimilia tion contest held in the high bcIiooI building last Friday uiglll. The hoys who lost were excellent speakers, and lost out only after a careful deliberation on the purl of (be judges. Otho Hisel, Ralph Bltowalter ami Karl Wilson were the conten? ders whom Knight and Foster defeated While K irl Wilson lost in the dobnte preliminary bo was vic? torious over Letclier Hunii in the oration contest; and will go to Norton Saturday night to up bold the honors of the local school, ltdn 11 is un excellent ora'or and tin1 judges had some ? litlicultv in deciding in favor of W ilson. There were live girls lighting for the chance to represent the t iit}i at Norton in Hie reading (teld Miss Until Guntner waa finally adjudged the victor who will go to Norton. Those com peting wilh her were Misses Margaret Wolfe, Lovina Sine, Both Shllglirt and Ruth .Smith. The judges were l)r. Harham, .1. S. Kambien, Mrs. .1. I,. Me. Cormick duel Miss Kdnu Mc Fadden, all of the (lap. l'rof. Ball ridge was delighted with the splendid showing made hy every hoy and girl in the Friday night contest ami is confident liar Stone Gap will down the Norton teams Satur? day night. ALUMNI QUARTET Opening 'Numbers of Pied moot Festival at Amuzu Theatre. The Alumni Quartet which will open the Piedmont Slur Festival program, is a unique instrumental organization com? bining with their splendid in. Btrumetital work a wide variety of miscellaneous novelties, Bright group songs, catchy readings ami doubling on in? struments combine to make a program of attractive interest to young and old. They am versatile ami oxpe ricuced and their appearance will be a lilting introduction to the three evenings of splendid cultural pleasure that will, be brought to ptir community by the Piedmont livening Star Festival. At Amuzu Theatre March 30, ;il and April :i.?adv. CHRIST CHURCH Regular services Sunday, April Uud. Sunday school at 10 a. m., morning services at 11 a. m., Lenten services Wednes? day, March 29th at 5:30 a. in. All welcome. ALL IN RLAD1NESS FOR STRU I rER REVUE Prof. Garrctt Confident His Comedians Will Deliver the Goods. Prof. Ourrett, director of the Strutter's linviic, tlie big high School attraction which is to make ith premier in Hi^ Stone (lap on the night of March hi, line had hia hands full the past Week. The show is no ftinii) the adorn have in Inugli them? selves, and this ddea not help tin' dirdclor Ho has in cull a halt anil Id till! BClOrilieH laugh it out while perfectly pri ciotia time i? being wanted. Staging a production lik'c the Strutter's Kovuo ia u whale of a job. When the curtain rings up on the ? brilliant cir? cle ami the audience set? tles down, in their Bents to luugli at any and everything thoy little dream of what the di? rector has suffered. Even while llieeud inen uro throwing broad Hides of mouth provoking sar? casm at each oilier he is in ihe wings Beared to death lliiil some one will forget a line. This does not imply that Di? rector fjurrott fears any such amateurish spilling of the dram? atic beans, It has been done, of course, lint the boys in the Strutter's Kovuu are more or less experienced and have been drilled hard. They are Co nil dent that At JolsOll or Bert Williams, if he were living, has nothing on ttu-ni. Thi-y have a great show, a good director and are going lo make it an even? ing thai will he long remember? ed in the (Jap. A dress rehersal will be held tomorrow evening. The or? chestra will he in ih,- pit, cork on the faces of the comedians will glisten ami the dignity of the hard-working interlocutor aorley tried. Those taking part in the revue and those who have given their time and energy to making this ihn biggest ami heat amateur production over staged in the (Jap are expecting a full house Friday night. The money earn? ed will be used in promoting athletics in the high BCllOol. That's enough?support them. Bride and Groom Return. Conductor and Mrs. Ohas. E. Sproles returned Monday from an extensive wedding tour to Washington and other eastern cities. Mrs. Sproles was former? ly Mrs. Maude Cross, of Bristol. The wuddtng look place in Bristol on March 16th ut the homo of the bride's sister, Mrs. Hicks. Al the present Mr. and Mrs. Sproles are living in Ap? paluchia, but will move to the Qup as soon ns their hume ia remodeled. "Way Down South in Dixie" ?Amuztl Theatre. March I'.uth, 3lHt and April 3rd.?adv. I Nellie Maxwell and Julia Bottomley Are Among Contributors to New Post No Expense Being Spared To Turn Out a Well Balanced Newspaper?Some of the Interesting Features. Friendly renders of t lie Post liave heen asking, "Where in the world an- yon going 1,1 gut enough news Id lill eight pages in tier now l'osl?" Tliisy reason, and correctly,! thai Wise county lias never had | a real eight page paper. There has heen one or two attempts to] make eight page papers hut the live local news was practically uill. Most id- these pages wero llHcd w ith "plate Stull"" pul out bv various newspaper syndicates. This material is good when used currently along with the service of the daily papers that come into Wise and Leo. It was not long before the greenest layman could spot the "plate stull'V and pass it up. They would have none of , ? . ! 1' amous Contributors. So it is only natural that Post readers are wondering how Mr. Knight is going to put out eight pages of live news. If he was going lo depend on doing it all himself there would I?' room for doubti Knowing the amount of j work required lo turn out a newspaper, after being in the business for thirty years, In- has selected trained newspaper men and women to do it for him. for instance, Miss Nellie Max well, a dornest i,- .iiomi-t of na? tional reputation, will tidl the housewives each week the Beeret I of preparing dainty and whole some dislies. She w ill contribute regularly lo ??The Kitchen Calu? met." a department dear to ev? ery woman who has to strilj with the problem of "havingI something different." Other helpful articles on house! subjects by leading experts domestic Bcienco will appear cry week. Another feature of interest to| women will he the exclusive fashion articles of .lulia Bottoitl ley. This national authority will keep you informed as U what "is good" in the large pit ies. Each week we will have I two column pictures of the now e t things to wear, and intens ly helpful articles on making ov RUM RUNNER IS NABBED WITH GOODS Andy Wilson. Noted Wet Goods Dispenser, in Trou? ble Again. Andy Wilson, u noted boot? legger of Cracker's Neck, was hauled into Mayor Horsley's court last Friday anil given nix ty days in jail ami fined ?300 for having the familiar fruit jar lilted with ardent spirits in his possession. Ho appealed the case and was released under $1,000 bond, lie was also lined twenty dob lara for speeding while attempt? ing to get away from Night Policeman Hugh Boyd.wbo be. came suspicious of the man's actions Thursday evening.' Wilson waa seen holding a con? versation with souiu men and Officer Boyd became suspicious and watched bis man. Wilson discovered that bo was lining watched and made, for bis car, followed by Hoyd. The otlicer found that be would be unable to overtuko Wilson und 'phoned er clothes you do not wish to <1 i-* card. A Story for Children. For the little folks there is much iu store. Mary (irahatn Bonner is going to write "Dad? dy's Evening Fairy Tale" each week. These fairy stories are known the country over. They are quaintly illustrated and will he the very thing to read the little folks just before the Sand Man comes. There will he an occasional art ich? on how to make garments for children, anil other helpful things for the busy moth? er. Along with these features will he the usual editorial pages de? voted to the b'-st interests of Big Stotie Gap and Wise county. Kvcry effort w ill lie made lo "dig up" current news. It is not the policy of (he I'ost lo cater to the sensational, Only the dean, un? biased news of the day will he featured. Every effort will he made to turn out a well balanc? ed, progressive new -paper at all times. Linotype is Here. The big Linotype arrived on last Thursday, It is the largest and latest model types,.(ting ma chine in the county. This will Im used in turning out the new Posl. Mr. II. II. Sinilll, a spe? cial man from the factory, is here this week setting up the machine and will put it into op? eration. * This machine will cast tell dif? ferent faces of type, and can (urn out more type per day than u half-ilo/.en hand compositors. It cost, a small fortune, hut it is go? ing to be a large factor in mak? ing the Big Stone I lap Post the livest paper in Wise county. We believe thai every man and woman in Wise county will feel the importance of the under? taking ami will support l! to the limit. Von can make the paper a real success by sending in your $1.50 for a years subscription. $1.00 per year?that is a small price for the more than four hundred pages of interesting reading mutter you will receive iu twelve months. While you think about it send your check ? f 1.00. Chief Belcher to head him oil' at the. furnace. Chief Belcher missed him and met Boyd. Togothor they wont out to Kennedy's store and was told whore the man had turned his car und started back tu town. . A careful search reveal? ed the fruit jar and the olticers sat, down to wuit for Wilson to return. Presently his car came back, passed the spot where the moonshine was hidden uway and wont on. lie repealed this three limes before ho slopped his car and svent uut to the liquor. Chief Belcher wailed until the mail's hand was on Ihe jar und then nabbed him. Wilson has been iu jail two or throe times for bootlegging. Birth Announcement of In? terest. Born to Mr. and Mth. Creed P. Kelly, of St. Charles, at the Norton Hospital in Nortou Fri? day afternoon, a tine girl. Mrs. Kelly was formerly Miss Clara Lou Burchfiold. Mr. Kelly is the oldest boo of Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Kelly, of the Gap.