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P FOOTBALL September 13 Thomas Walker • at Castlewoo4 . ._ .- ". ...... Vol. LV, No. 37 1 - n --- -- gmnn nan mm u nnlUlU r Clinch Valley Times • l]ilO I N IA ""3 ' " 'The time has come, the walrus satd, to talk of many thnngs , ,, ,_= .=== .A s soc/we.o__:) . Thursday, September 12, 2013 i GOOD SEASON...The Russell County Fair and Horse Show which ran from August 30 through September 7 had excellent weather this year. Two-car collision ends in fatal shooting On August 20, 2013, there was a-two-car collision on Rt. 671, also known as Copper Creek Road, in Castlewood. The driver of one of the vehicles, parent fear for her and her daughter's life, Witt's wife discharged her firearm fatally wounding him. The homicide has been ruled justified and no charges will be have made it clear that the shooter's actions were justified." Sheriff Steve Dye echoes Patton's remarks and said, "Dur- ing my tenure as Sheriff, I can- not recall any other justifiable taken against Witt's wife. One of homicide cases, but this one was the persons in the vehicle that obviously warranted under the was struck suffered serious injuries, but is expected to make a full recovery. Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Patton stated, "It is very rare to see a justifiable homicide case, however, the undisputed circumstances." The Virginia State Police and Russell County Sheriff's Office conducted a thorough investi- gation into this incident, .utilized the full resources of both agencies, and expended signi- Douglas Allen Witt, a 53 year old male from Abingdon, died of a gunshot wound. On September 4, 2013, the Russell County Common- wealths Attorney's Office, in conjunction with the Russell County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police, released the results of the investigation. The incident involved three people in two cars. The dece- dent, Douglas Allen Witt, was driving a 1-ton flatbed truck pulling a heavy trailer. The other two persons, Witt's wife and daughter, were traveling in a Ford Escape. The investigation revealed that Witt rammed the vehicle his wife and daughter facts surrounding this incident ficantresources. 10 th annual Regional Stream Cleanup Kick-off Help clean up the Clinch table, Keep Southwest Virginia River at the Tenth Annual Beautiful, Clinch River Valley Regional Stream Cleanup Kick- Initiative, Dominion Power, off Saturday, September 21 be- Clean Virginia Waterways and ginning at 10 am at the A.R. Tennessee Valley Authority. were traveling in and continued Matthews Park in St. Paul. to push it, until both-,,cehide Volunteers can either pre-register wefit bx, er aft embankihe-n-t. The or show up the day of the event. Dominion Power will provide lunch to all volunteers. To pre- register or find out more, contact Upper Tennessee River Round- table or Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful at 276-628-1600 or I I investigation further concluded Gloves and trash bags are that Witt excited his vehicle and provided. continued aggressively toward Sponsors of the event are his wife and daughter. In ap- Upper Tennessee River Round- .............. ..... I Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big needed-training available. Call 1- ...The Wise County School Board Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal 800-572-2278. Church• Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle- Trinity United Methodist Church. wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pro, am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Clintwood United Methodist Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is Church. invited. COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- The Dante Senior Citizens meet ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm each Monday and Tuesday at 10 school cafeteria, am at the Dante Fire Department. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Russell County residents 60 or Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town older are invited. Hall. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY- ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Hours at the Russell County Public Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/W/F CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The 10am-5:30pm; Th 10am-8pm; Sa Castlewood Water & Sewage 10am-2pm. Sunday Closed. Authority Board of Directors, 6 MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours pm second Mondays. at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- Library, St. Paul, are 8:30am-5pm First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Mondays and Fridays; and llam- Agency for Senior Citizens office, 7:30pro Tuesdays and Thursdays, Claypool Hill. Free. Wed. 9:30am-6pm and Sat Ipm- NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- 5pm. Sunday Closed: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm DICKENSON-BUNDY-The Presbyterian Church, Ndrton. Dickenson-Bundy Log House is CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231- open weekly Thursdays through Stated meetings will be held the Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 third Saturday of each month. The pm. School of Instruction will be held SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise on fourth Thursdays at 7. Social Security Office is open ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Corn- Phone numbers are 1-800-772- munication; First Thursday, 7 pm 1213 or 276-679-7633. School oflnstruction. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of VFW POST #8652, DAV the J. Fred Matthews Memorial CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 Library, St. Paul meet at the pm, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new bors Aid Building, new & used members. If you served overseas clothing for sale. during any war, write VFW Post RUSSELL CO, BOARD OF 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 VA 24266 and send name, address pm, Lebanon. and phone number. Transfers CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- welcomed. Stated Communication, 1st Satur- HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise days, 7:30; School of Instruction County Health Department, Wise, third Thursdays, 7 pm is open from 8am-8pm first RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise Thursdays. Clinics will be offered ." County Mental Health Center in family planning, pediatrics, conducts a recovery group for sub- school and adult physicals, WIC, stance abusers and families Paps and immunizations. Ap- Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- pointments are necessary for all 0810. but immunizations. For an ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- appointment ca11762-328-8000. dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Tacoma Community Center is Coeburn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- available for reunions, birthdays 6588 or 276-679-7371. and showers. All proceeds LITTLE LEAGUE-The IElinch rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For infor- mation, call 395-6398. 100 TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- well counties who are .100 years  old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1- 800-656-2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming I00 th birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES 3:30 pm third Thursdays except June• FOOD BANK-First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER-The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays• For more information please call 495- 8473. • CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- en On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 am Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowiseo Health District offer free confid- ential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-201 I; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 pm 2 na Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3 rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 pm the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome - admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pm. calendar on page 3 River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend• H.O.P.E. HOUSE-H.O.P.E. Hou- se provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers Saint Paul, Virginia 50c Sludge removal costs have: tractors to a landfill in Tennes- see. Hauling to the Tennessee landfill is $14.00 a ton cheaper 'than hauling to the Wise County landfill near Norton. $200,000.00 of the additional funds will come from the sewer maintenance fund of the town and $100,000.00 will come from contingency funds. maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school and in each county public library. ,,,Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public qLibrary. SUPPORT GROUP-Women survivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- port group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 276-889-8206. FREE ADULT ED-Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who want to improve their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job-related skills including re- sume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- zens provides disability transport- ation services in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP-The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. The Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history.'" Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or fullerjr 1942yahoo.corn JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- orial Library and help promote the improvement of facilities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J Fred Matthews Memorial Library., P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. - EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetidgs are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dicken- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835-8847 nights. Coeburn-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the expanded At a special meeting on Wednesday, September 4, the St. Paul Town Council added $300,000.00 to the sludge removal contract with Merrell Bros. The original estimate"made of sludge to be removed was 470 tons. To this point, over 700 tons have been hauled by the con- This was brought about by the fact that the town was unable to remove the sludge as needed over the past 40 years of opera -• tion. This should complete the  Sludge Removal Project and provide the foundation for the new Regional Wastewater Treat- ment Plant. David Smith dies at age of 64 granddaughters, Kassidy Smith David Nelson Smith of Saint Paul, Virginia died Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Cleveland, Virginia at the age of 64. He was born in Lebanon, Virginia the son of the late Geneva Ray Kiser Artrip. He grew up in the Spring City area on the Smith family farm. He was a graduate of Lebanon High School where he played basket- ball and football and was active in the 4-H Club. He studied Environmental Science at Clinch Valley College and earned a Regency Bachelor of Arts degree from Bluefield State College. In his career he showed cattle and worked as a Herdsman Manager in New York state. He worked at Stewart's Furniture and was the owner of the Montgomery Ward store in Saint Paul, Virginia. In 1985 he began work with the U.S. Forest Service as a Forest Technician and Law Enforcement Officer. He worked primarily in the George Wash- ington and Jefferson National Forest out of the Clinch Ranger District office in Wise, Virginia but also traveled across the country with the Forest Service. worked on forest fires in California. He worked on the recovery of natural disasters including Hurricanes Hugo and Katrina as well as working on the recovery of the Space Shuttle Columbia in Texas. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 2006 after 22 years as a Law Enforcement Officer. He received multiple honors from the U.S. Department of Agricul- ture as well as recognition from the Wise County Sheriff's Department for his work and service. He is survived by his wife, Sally Smith; one son, Shannon David Smith and wife, Jeri of He was an arson investigator. He Saint Paul, Virginia; two Charles GOrdon, Author by Jerry Couch Continued from last week A CANINE CRIMINAL • By Charles Gordon • Charles Penvir Gordon Macklin was a character in his rugged native land. Gaunt and gray he was, but still his hands were steady as he drew bead on the slinking lynx or the fleet deer, and every day he tramped miles to look after his line of traps. No one there seemed to have any definite recollection of his wife, but everybody knew of his pretty daughter, Easter, a young, healthy, and spirited girl, a creature of the wilderness, wild, almost boyish, yet still retaining the characteristics and feminine tenderness and impulses of a woman. It seemed a forfeit for her attractiveness that it should lure those who sought only to satisfy devil desires, and Brice Corot, a newcomer whose business no one knew, had not been there a fortnight when he saw the girl and instantly the desire was awakened in him to possess her, temporarily. He chose oppor- tune time when she was alone to attempt to force his attentions upon her. From being no more than a nuisance and annoyance at first, his persistence became alarming. But still, for some reason, she hesitated to tell her Father of Corot's actions, fearing she hardly knew what should her father's anger be aroused against the debonair newcomer. Corot's careful manner and immaculate attire - as compm:ed with the rough garb of the mountains - bore the polish of the city, and there was in his suggestive smile and manner a note of the man versed in the art of playing a certain game. Easter hated the breed from which he came and for the first time she could remember in her serene life she was possessed by a disturbing restlessness and nervousness. She was always apprehensive when alone, expecting to be startled by the sight of Corot's handsome face appearing suddenly. One day while Macklin was absent on a journey to the nearest post, leaving Dawn with Easter as he always did when he would be away for any great length of time, Corot entered the cabin where the girl was busy with her simple household tasks so stealthily that she was not aware of his presence until Dawn's growl warned her and she turned, startled. Her face went a little white as she saw the man smiling in the door and remembered that she was alone, many miles from any help. "Do not be frightened, little one," said Corot oilily. "It is only I - a friend." "You must not - my father is not here," said Easter, her face growing whiter as the man, still smiling a sort of mechanical smile, came toward her. Her eyes were widening with fright. "Why do you always try to run from me?" continued Corot, as if a little angry. "Do you think I would harm you? Oh, no - I only want to be your friend. I like you immensely. You have prettier eyes than any girl I've seen in this whole •country. Surely you can give me a little kiss for that compliment. You will never miss just one - or a dozen." "You stay back!" cried Easter, her face blanching suddenly as she backed against the wall, her gaze shifting to the rifle hanging a few yards away on the rack. But Corot minded to keep himself between her and the weapon. He was crafty as an Indian, with the letter's insight and caution and the brain of a white man. He had moved slowly across the cabin floor, walking as if approaching an enemy, poised for a leap, and was reaching out to grasp the girl when a gray form like a timber wolf hurled itself at him with an angry growl and Dawn snapped the calf of his leg, crouching with a fierce light in his eyes as Corot screamed with both fright and pain and and Alana Smith; father and step haother, Lowell Nelson Smith and wife, Jackie of Cleveland, Virginia; one brother, Greg Smith and wife, Sandy of Leban- on, Virginia; several nieces and nephews and their children. He loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and papaw. Funeral services for David Nelson Smith were conducted on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the Castlewood Funeral Home Chapel, Castlewood, Virginia with Rev. Harry Layell offi- ciating. Committal services and interment were conducted on Monday, September 9, 2013 in Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood, Virginia. The pall- bearers were Robert Stewart, John Stallard, Matthew Smith, Bob Ramey, Richard Jessee, Monty Salyer, Harry Kelly and Travis Mullins. Honorary pall- bearers were the Wise County Sheriff Department and the Clinch .Ranger Forest Service. On line condolences may be sent to the Smith family through the Castlewood Funeral Home website at m, stumbled back, clawing at the revolver he carried in a holster. Easter saw his intention, realizing the dog's helplessness against a gun, and nimbly rushing to the rifle pulled it down and drew a bead on the man. "Now you get out of here[" she cried. "You keep your hands up, and if you think l'm afraid to shoot just try to hurt Dawn. Get away!" Shaking with rage, now that some of his self-possession had returned, Corot's lips curled in a sneer; but when over the steady barrel of the rifle his eyes met those of the girl, he grew suddenly calm at the work of command, backed through the door, darting nervous glances at the girl and the dog and, muttering to himself, went to the cabin of a friend to soothe his defeat with liquor. When she saw that Corot was gone, Easter hung the rifle back up with hands that L suddenly trembled, and fell on her knees beside the dog, stroking his long, pointed head and murmuring words that were almost unintelligible. The experience of the past few minutes had unnerved her, left her distraught and keyed to a high pitch of excitement. Before, she had hardly been conscious that she had nerves, but now she was aware that the least sound caused her to jump. It usually took Macklin four days to make the trip to the post for supplies; two days going and two coming back, though it was possible to make the journey in less time than this. He had been gone but one day when Corot visited the cabin. The succeeding days were as horrible to Easter as the scenes of an awful nightmare. She was afraid to venture form the shelter of the cabin more than to get water and wood. A great deal of the latter Was consumed by the capacious fireplace, and it was in a shed several yards from the cabin. Suddenly Easter was afraid to venture even this far away, when before the forests had been her playground when she chose. To be continued next week. Former Dickensonville resid- ent William "Bill" Oney is looking for a photo of the Dye School. This school was located in the Dickensonville neigh- borhood. If you have a photo or information about the school, please contact the Clinch Valley Times at 762-7671.