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576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 Vol. LVIII, No. 42 "' "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things. • " '" Thursday, October 20, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia PRESS 50 cents Wesley Aaron Wayne Campbell, age 20, of Coebum, appeared in the Wise County Circuit Court on multiple charges stem- ming from incidents that occurred in early 2015 and February 2016. Campbell entered a plea of guilty under the Alford rule to Attempted Second Degree Murder, Grand Larceny of a Firearm, Attempting to Purchase a Firearm after being Convicted of a Felony, Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun, and Shooting at an Occupied Vehicle. Judge John Kilgore accepted Campbell's plea and sentenced him to a term of incarceration of 50 years with 35 years sus- pended; meaning that Campbell will spend 15 years of active incarcera- tion within the Virginia Department of Corrections. The suspended sentence is conditioned on successful completion of 15 years supervised probation. On or about January 17, 2015, the Wise County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a theft of a pistol from a vehicle garage near Coebum. The investiga- tion pointed toward Campbell who had visited Springfield Baptist Church • • • AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church• Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W& S A-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays• ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill• Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and. Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231 -Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month• The School of Instruction will be held on fourth Thursdays at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12~ 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. Thursdays, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 pm RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and fam- ilies Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679-0810. ACOA MEETING- Adult Children of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coeburn. Call 762- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE- The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 3 pm third Sundays at Ma Whitenack Little League Field. All inter- ested persons are invit- edto attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE- H.O.P.E. House pro- vides emergency shel- ter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed- training available. Call 1-800-572-2278. SENIOR CITI- ZENS-The Castle- wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited• The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County residents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY-Hours at the Kussell County Public Library, Lebanon, are Tue & Thur 10am-8pm; Wed & Fri 10am- 5:30pm; Sat 10-3pm. Closed Sun & Men. MATTHEWS Tuesday; Closed Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm Thursday and Friday. Saturday Closed• Sunday Closed. DICKENSON- BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 to 4 and Sundays 1 to 3. SOCIAL SECURI- TY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone num- bers are 1-800-772- 1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul meet at the Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm. VFW POST 9864- VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new members. If you served overseas during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266 and send name, address and phone number. Transfers wel- comed. HEALTH SER- VICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-8pm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family plan- ning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WlC, Paps and immu- nizations. Appointments are nec- essary ftr all but immu- nizations. For an appointment, call 762- 328-8000• FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers• All proceeds reha- bilitate the Tacoma Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656- 2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100th birthday. SUPPORT GROUP-Women sur- vivors 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 resume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422- 3433 or 276-386-2433• TRANSPORTA- TION- The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens pro- vides disability trans- portation 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. Group purpose is "to learn, to share and CLINCHFIELD "LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a community to perpetuate family LODGE'#256-StatedJ. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- history." William T. Communication, 1st Memorial Library, St. tion, cal1395-6398. Fuller, 276-623-3410 Paul, are: 9:30am-100TH BIRTH- lll[I]l!Jlt!!l[l!l[llll] 6pm Monday DAY-Appalachian 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m Agency for Senior See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 the location that same date. Campbell confessed that he took the gun intending to sell it to' make money. While the case was pend- ing, Campbell remained frge on bond. On or about February 19, 2016, the Norton City Police Department responded to a call from a sporting goods store regarding a suspicious per- son attempting to purchase a firearm. Police learned that Campbell entered the store and told the clerk that he "needed an AR-15 badly and had plenty of cash to pay for it." Campbell par- tially completed the mandatory firearms trans- action paperwork, but left before completing the pur- chase. Campbell had pre- viously been found guilty or adjudicated delinquent of a felony charge as a juvenile. Later that same date, February 19, 2016, multi- ple law enforcement agen- cies responded to a call of the driver of a vehicle shooting out the window at another vehicle on US-23 Southbound near the Wise County/City of Norton bor- der. Norton City Police located the vehicle and found Campbell inside. Police found weapons and ammunition in Campbell's possession, including a sawed off shotgun. The case was success- fully brought to a conclu- sion through the efforts of Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp and assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Josh Newberry. Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp remarked, "Today's sen- tencing is a significant step toward protecting our corn- munity from those who choose to commit crime. Mr. Campbell was insistent on obtaining firearms and using them to harm others in our region. We are thankful that no one was injured or seriously harmed by the reckless and danger- ous actions of Mr. Campbell." Slemp thanked the work of multiple law enforce- ment agencies for their role in the case. "we want to thank the dedicated efforts of Sheriff Ronnie Oakes and the Wise County Sheriff's Office, Chief James Lane and the Norton City Police Department, Officer Darcie Flanary with the Big Stone Gap Police Department, and everyone who worked hard on this case to bring it to a successful conclusion," Slemp said. St. Paul Volunteer by Jerry Couch Part 2 In last week's article we recalled the fire that destroyed Clinchfield Lumber & Supply in the 1960's, along with the efforts of members of the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department to contain the blaze. This week we will tion of the Tri-County fire was transcribed from the pages of the Clinch Valley Times. Six Fire Departments Battle Saturday's Blaze TRI-COUNTY TIRE SERVICE DESTROYED BY RAGING FIRE smoke. While connections were being made for hoses, the fire broke through the roof and spread into the store front. Additional fire fighting units were called to prevent any chance of the fire spreading to nearby businesses, including a service station and garage. Firemen from Lebanon, revisit the scene of the fireFlames completely~N Dane, Coeburn, Wise, and that destroyed Tri-County destroyed the recapping k~.ppalachia answered the % Tire & Recapping on plant and ruined the store ch, ll for assistance. Riverside Drive on front of Tri-County Tire 'The dangers of explod- Saturday, August 18th, 1973. The next time you are tempted to agree with those among us whose world view is fatalistic, remem- ber to follow Mr. Roger's advice and "Look for the helpers." Read this story to the end and you'll realize we don't have to look very far to find those helpers. They're right here in our own back yard. The following descrip- Service in St. Paul last ing air tanks and falling Saturday. The fire, of walls ecame realities, but undetermined origin, no serious injuries were apparently began at tile reported.', Three firemen rear section of the plant and spread into the top sec- tion of the block building which contained the store's appliances, TV's, and mowers. The call for help came about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. When St. Paul firemen arrived, the back part of the building was engulfed by suffered form the thick black smokt and one fire- man fell into a hole in the store's floor while trying to penetrate the smoke and douse the flames. Rescue squads were on band in case of injuries, and helped policemen in routing the See SPVFD Page 8