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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Zbursdg~,:~)~l~qOer~2, ~009 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax..by Young Gregory A friend is gone But Jack Carnley was so much more than a friend to so many people in our area that it's difficult to think of all the terms which would adequately describe all the relationships he had with area people. In addition to being a friend, he was first a son, husband, father and, later, a grandfather. He was dedicated to nurturing and valuing those relationships, and everyone who knew him knew of that dedication. In addition to being a friend, he was also a spiritual advisor, not only to the members of his St. Paul Assembly of God, but also to all those with whom he came in contact, insofar as they would allow him to be. I met Mr. and Mrs. Camley soon after they moved to St. Paul, which was just a couple of years after Allen and I got here in 1961. In those early years, 'way before we had any more complex connection to the Clinch Valley Times than the maintenance of a subscription, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart, who owned the paper, asked if I would gather and write the St. Paul social news every week. I agreed, and quickly found that the best source of information about out of town visitors (who they were and with whom they were visiting) was St. Paul's churches. So I got a list of ministers' telephone numbers together, and every Sunday afternoon, I'd call and speak to either the minister or his wife, depending on the initial discussion I'd had with them when I set all this up. From him/her, I'd leam who the visitors were, what special events the church was planning, and other bits of relevant information. The Camleys, of course, were on my list, and although I sometimes spoke to Mrs. Camley, most of my discussions--and this went on for several years-- were with Mr. Camley. He was most pleasant and helped me with the information I asked. We got into the habit of chatting about other things, and I suppose those telephone conversations were the beginnings of my long friendship with this man. I always had the impression that, while he certainly was not disappro- ving of Methodists--he knew I was a Methodist--! still always felt that he thought I wasn't quite on the path he thought was the right one. His denomination was, of course, quite conservative, and I am to the left of center, so some of my comments and thoughts on religion and the Bible made him a little nervous, I think. But in spite of that--or perhaps because of it, we continued to have good long talks and, at least on my part, to enjoy them. The first time I can remember actually working with Mr. Carnley was a little later. It was just after Mayor George Cain had kindly appointed me to be chairman of a committee to organize and implement a townwide Fourth of July celebration in 1975--sort of a dress rehearsal for the next year, which would be the nation's 200th birthday, and which would surely require a very special celebration for everyone. Dr. Cain told me I could appoint whoever I'd like to have on my committee, so, wishing to have all elements of the population represented, I chose Mr. Camley to be our resident clergyman. When we held our first meeting to discuss the celebration and what we would work toward '(in addition to the opening event--the dedication of what was then called the St. Paul Bicentennial Library), we got to the point of designa- ting individuals to be in charge of specific areas of the celebration, I told Mr. Carnley that, in addition to other things he agreed to do, I, almost tongue-in- cheek, said I'd put him in charge of the weather. Speaking in the spirit in which the "assignment" was made--Mr. Carnley solemnly accepted! And lo and behold, although St. Paul woke up on the early morning of July 4, 1975, with rain coming down, by library dedication time, the rain had stopped and the sun was shining, as it continued to do for the rest of the day. Believe me, I thanked Mr. Carnley profusely! Mr. Carnley was also famous for his hospital visits. He called on anybody whose name he recognized from the area when he found it on a hospital register. I think he called on me and had a prayer with me every time I was in the hospital except once., That time was in the middle of a series of snowstorms which made travel dangerous. That time, he called me on the phone. Once' When Allen was having surgery in the UK Hospital in Lexington, Peyton and I were in the surgical waiting room when the pay phone rang. I answered, since nobody else seemed inclined to do so, and it was Mr. Carnley, calling to see how Allen was doing. He had been told that Allen was there by another of my dear old friends, the late Connie Cain, who was one of the few really witty people I've ever known She, too, had an extremely pleasant friendship with Mr. Carnley, and enjoyed her conversations with him. Connie, who was close to being a "high church Episcopalian," persisted in calling the Assembly of God minister "Father Carnley," He tolerated her wit, and allowed her to continue calling him that--and I'm sure that was the way she addressed him the last time they ever had a conversation. (She, in spite of all her "liberalness," tended to keep the conservative minister informed as to whom needed his hospital visits and/or telephone calls. She, like most of the rest of us, had a tremen- dous amount of respect for the dedicated man!) The announcement of Mr. Carnley's retirement some years ago was prompted, I have no doubt, by declining health. He'd had a bout with kidney cancer, which I don't think ever completely left him, and there were other health issues as well. His church hosted a lovely going away reception for him, to which the community was invited, and a whole lot of us who weren't members of that church showed up to wish this extraordinary family well in their new home. The Carnleys moved to Florida, and lived in Lakeland, which I think is near the town where Mr. Carnley was born. Two of their children, Jackie and her family, and James eventually moved to Florida also. Their daughter Karen and her family are in Castlewood. The Carnleys came back to St. Paul to visit several times. Once visit prompted another reception at the Assembly, and many people showed up to greet the family. A1)other time not too long a o, Mr. and Mrs. Carnley stopped by ithebffice to hello. I was always glad to see them. The news of Mr. Carnle);'S death Was a blow, although I knew he'd been ill, and that he is surely now in a better place. My life has been a better one for having had Mr. Camley as a good friend! Letters to the editor... Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general interest to the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. To the Editor: As your Senator, representing the 38th Senatorial District in Southwest Virginia, I wanted to tell you about my friend Creigh Deeds. Creigh and I have served together in the Virginia Senate for eight years now. Creigh is a rare individual. He is a man who values his family, makes time for hid kids and his wife while balancing the needs of his con- stituents and Virginia. Creigh lives in rural Bath County and went to college at nearby Con- cord College in Athens, WV, so he knows where we are. and he understands the challenges and needs of our region. He is a leader in the Senate and has always been a good friend to me and my family. Now Creigh is running in the upcoming No- vember 3rd election for Gover- nor and I am happy to endorse Creigh for the race. Southwest Virginia needs a Governor who understands the issues we face. We need a Governor who will work to bring jobs here and will stand up for us.,Creigh often tells people about how his family's home has always been Bath County, but that he was born in Richmond. The reason was .that there weren't many jobs in Bath County and his parents had to go where the jobs were. Creigh has been driven to help create jobs as a Senator and as a Governor he will bring the good -k:eeps (hose jobs here. Creigh understands that coal supplies nearly 50 percent of our energy in Virginia and our energy fu- ture relies on finding ways to use coal in a clean way. Creigh will continue the work of Governor Mark Warner and Tim Kaine in investing in clean before, 1 don't think that the commonwealth can make an example out of that, Steavie is only 24 years old, they printed he is 27. Brian Patton the com- monwealth says he thinks the sentence was appropriate under the circumstances. The com- monwealth needs to understand coal technology, it is not a crime to have a gun. There are few people I have We have that right for now found that understand the needs anyway. I just don't understand only got a year. I'm sure be- cause the gun was registered to Steavie, and the two guys that were persuaded to testify against Steavie were treated so much different. 1 think the people in possession of the drugs should be prosecuted not the ones that don't have drugs and owns a gun that's legally registered. Sue McCowan Bristol. VA Capitol Commentary LEGISLATION TO REGULATE VOLUME OF TELEVISION COMMERCIALS APPROVED BY SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS, TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTERNET CALM Act addresses a Leading Consumer Complaint All of us have had the experience of enjoying a favorite program only to find ourselves scrambling to locate the remote control when at the commercial break the volume of the tele- vision seemingly doubles. For this reason, I am pleased to report that the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, of which I am Chairman, approved unanimous- ly last week a measure to ad- dress a leading consumer com- plaint-the volume of advertise- ments on television. The measure, entitled the Commercial Advertisement Lo- udness Mitigation or CALM Act, would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt rules concerning the loudness levels of commer- cials accompanying any video programming that is broadcast or IS distributed by cable or satellite. Other countries, including Australia, Brazil,.France, Israel, Russia and the United Kingdom, already regulate the volume of television commercials. In the United States, the FCC began receiving consumer complaints about loud commercials in the 1960s, and the complaints persist today. In fact, since 2002 twen- ty-one of the twenty-five quart- erly reports on consumer com- plaints that have been released have listed complaints about television commercial loudness as among the top consumer grievances regarding radio and television broad-castin.g. To address this issue, we have worked with stakeholders to craft a measure that is clear, fair and allows adequate time for implementation. I am pleased to report that I am a cosponsor of the measure. The Advanced Television Systems Committee, an industry standards-setting body, has developed the tech- nical standards necessary to control variations in commercial loudness, The measure approved by my Subcommittee simply directs the FCC to adopt those standards as part of its regula- tions. I am pleased that my Sub- committee has unanimously approved the CALM Act to address this leading consumer complaint by directing the FCC to regulate the volume' of television advertisements, and I will continue to work to advance this measure in the U.S. House of Representatives. Wise County Sheriff's Report The Wise County Sheriff's The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following Office reports the follov ing activities for the period of activities for the period :' of 10/05/2009 through 10/11/2009. 10/12/2009 through 10/18/2009. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,188 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 347 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 17. Criminal Process for the same period served 8 Felony Warrants, 117 Misde- meanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest and worked 2 Traffic Accident. Wise Central Dispatch receivdd a total of 1,197 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 312 were dispatched' to the Sheriff's Office. Total number of Domestic calls forihis period was 22. Criminal Pro~ss for the same period served! 16 Felony Warrants, 64 Misde- meanor Warrants, 2 DUI Arrest and worked 2 Traffic Accident. Civil process for this period Civil process for this period served 501 Civil Papers. During served 397 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 10 this seven-day period (20 additional Criminal Invdsti- additional Criminal Investi- gations were initiated and 47 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 236 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 0 adult in state, 2 .adult out of state, 1 mental patient, *and 4 juveniles for a total of 7 transports, involving 28.5 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 3 Vehicles and escorted 5 funerals during this seven-day period. VA Black Lung Ass'n to meet The Virginia Black Lung Association will combine its regular meetings for Wise County and Lee County on Friday, October 30. at 1 p.m. at the Norton Community Center, Norton. The meeting is open to all interested people, including union, non-union, miners and widows concerned about receiv- of every part of Virginia. but why the two uvs with the drugs ing Black Lung benefits. Creigh Deeds is one of them. As Governor. Creizh will be reaoy Senator Phillip Puckett (D-Russell) appears at U.S. Army to take actions from day one. I ask each of you to join me in Corps of Engineers regional public hearing at MECC voting for Creigh Deeds for Governor on Tuesday, Novem- regarding permitting for surface coal mining activities ber 3rd. Last week Senator Phillip Permit 21 and its importance to information obtained from the Sincerely, Senator Phillip Puckett 38th District Senate of Virginia the coal industry of Southwest Virginia. He added that more than 80,000 jobs depend on surface coal mining in Appal- achia and the jobs and com- munities that depend on coal mining rely on a permitting sys- tem that works- without unnec- essary delay or complications. As evidence and support for his comments in support of the coal industry and the Nation- wide Permit 21, Senator Puckett cited several statistics and evidence from the National Mining Association. the Eastern Coal Council, and the Virginia Coal Association. Items of particular importance cited by Senator Puckett are: Coal sup- plies half the electricity con- sumed by Americans and Vir- ginia is the 11th largest coal- producing state in the country. Almost half of Virginia's elect- ricity is generated from coal. Coal mining in Virginia supports over 31.000 jobs- paying hun- dreds of millions of dollars in annual wages. Virginia coal directly employs more than 9,000 people, including nearly 5,000 coal miners throughout the state, the majority of who are employed in Southwest Virginia. above-mentioned coal assoc- iation sources regarding the practice of surface coal mining: Surface mining is a soph- isticated mining technique that is the safest way, and at times the only way, to mine coal near. the surface of the earth. It improves productivity and protects the environment. Surface mining operations alone provide enough energy to power more than 25 million American homes. In Virginia, surface mining techniques yield almost a third of the state's coal. Before mining even begins, companies must submit- and both the government and the landowner must approve- a com- prehensive land restoration and reclamation plan. Some areas are reforested, others commercially developed to improve the quality cf life for residents. For exam- ple: A surface mining project m Southwest Virginia was reclaim- ed and converted into land that was most suitable for hay land pastures, commercial and resi- dential development- thus rend- ering the property more environ- mentally and economically valu- able. For further information Puckett (D-Russell) testified in opposition to the proposed ac- tions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to modify and sus- pend the use of Nationwide Permit (NWP) 21 in authorizing surface Coal mining activities within the Appalachian coal- fields. Senator Puckett stated, "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal to eliminate the use of the Nationwide Permit 21 (NWP 21) would have a significant negative impact on the Appal- achian region and on the coal industry - the economic engine of our area." "The environ- mentalists and the unelected bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are trying to eventually shut down our coal industry and in the process destroy jobs, dismantle the economy of Southwest Vir- ginia, and devastate our way of life." Puckett added, "I strongly support the coal industry of Southwest Virginia and the quality jobs it provides and that is why 1 am opposed to this action by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA." On a separate, but significant legis- lative item. "I am also opposed To the Editor: I am writing in response to the article that was published on the front page of the Clinch Val- ley Times. on August 6, 2009. That reads Bristol man found guilty of possession of cocaine, firearm. This was provided by the Russell County Common- wealth Attorney's Office. I think that both sides should be told because only one side was told to the public. The Russell Coun- ty Sheriffs department did arrest Steavie Travis Mullins and that was suppose to be drug related, but what they didn't say in their article was that the car he was riding in was his friends not his and the gun was registered to Steavie and also he wasn't found with any drugs in his pos- session but the two buys he was riding with both were in posses- sion of drugs. The Common- wealth still charged Steavie same as he was in possession of drugs, because the gun was in the car and that automatically carries prison time. Like I said the other two guys had drugs in paying jobs we need by re- their possession but. was prose- tooling our community colle.ges cuted to the full extent with and incentivizing and promoting those two testifying against him. business growth, he had no chance to win. the Creigh is the candidate who two in possession of drugs got 1 will work to further our coal year in jail while Steavie got 5 industry in Southwest Virginia years without parole. I know in a way that is responsible and Steavie hasn't been.in trouble For every coal mining job. an additional 3.5 jobs are created elsewhere in the economy. The following is background please contact Senator Phillip Puckett or David Larimer II. Legislative Director. at 276-979- 8181. to any Cap and Trade legislation that will hurt our coal industry." Senator Puckett stated his support of the Nationwide Classified advertising works...call 762-7671 gations were initiated and l22 were cleared by arrest. She Sheriff's Office provided 176 man-hours of Court Rd0m Security for the three courts, o The Sheriff's Office tNn- sported 0 adult in state, 1 adult out of state, 8 mental patient, ~ind 6 juveniles for a total of15 transports, involving 65 hoursv The Sheriff's Office unloct ed 2 vehicles and escorted 8 funerals during this seven-day period. Your ad could here! Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and. Scott, with offices and plan1 located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Perio- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283. Ann Young Gregory Editor Allen Gregory Advertising Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell counties: $30.00 in other 24- zip codes; elsewhere, $32.50. 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