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Y t ( 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street ~,( Shelton WA 98584 L/ ~Vol. LVII, No. 51 t " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things-...' "" Thursday, December 17, 2015 Saint Paul, Virginia \ i n i a PRESS 50 cents e -0 t Lebanon Man Convicted of 16 Drug Charges • and Property Seized and Forfeited On November 14, 2015, Billy Kegley, Jr., a 58 year- old man' from Lebanon, Virginia, was convicted of 16 counts of Conspiracy to Distribute and Distribution of controlled Substances in the Russell County Circuit Court. Kegley was sen- tenced to a total of twenty (20) years, with eleven (11) years suspended, and three (3) years probation upon his release. The charges stemmed from investigation con- ducted by the Russell County SheriffS Office in January, 2015. Through the use of undercover officers and a confidential inform- ant, the Sheriffs Office was able to purchase varying amounts of Amphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance and Buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance, from Kegley at his resi- dence. On February i3, 2015, the Sheriffs Office execut- ed a search warrant on the Kegley residence and served him with indict- ments related the drug dis- tribution and conspiracy charges. Deputies seized cash currency, the resi- dence, which is a 1979 Mobile Home, and 18 firearms, as a result of the items being used in .con- nection with the drug dis- tribution operation. Sheriff Steve Dye stat- ed, "this investigation' brought an end to a long- time drug trafficking oper- ation that has plagued Russell County. I am also very proud of the joint cooperation between the Sheriffs office, Lebanon Police Department, and the Virginia State Police for working effictively on this investigation." Commonwealth's Attomey Brian Patton stat- ed, "I am very pleased with this conviction, sentence, and forfeiture of property. Russell County is a safe and great place to live, but when people like Kegley threaten our community by dealing drugs, we will con- tinue to work together prosecuting those individu- als to the fullest extent of the law possible." DEPUTIES DISCOVER' ACTIVE METHAM- PHETAMINE LAB During the late night hours of 12/12/15, Wise County Sheriff's Office Deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant at 9446 Bold Camp Road in Pound, VA on Francis Eugene Salyers, Jr. age 41. Upon arrival Mr. Salyers attempted to flee the resi- dence. He was taken into custody, and Deputies PYes, Virginia-the-Musical" was presented on Friday evening and again on Saturday after- boon. The presentation was a great success and a community effort and included local stu- dents as well as many behind-the-scene helpers. The musical was a Lyric Project sponsored event. observed several compo- nents of a methampheta- mine lab at the residence. There were several other individuals inside the resi- dence that were also detained. The Deputies observed an active working methamphetamine lab, and evacuated the residence and all individuals. Prior to being detained, one of the individuals attempted to destroy part of the methamphetamine lab by pouring it out in the bath- room: The chemicals used to manufacture the methamphetamine started a fire in the residence. Pound Fire Department and Pound Rescue Squad responded to the scene. The fraud -Capias: Attachment of the Body James Marvin Hall, age 44, 1930 Cliff Mountain Way, Duffield, VA -Manufacturing Methamphetamine -Conspiracy ' to Manufacture Methamphetamine -Possession of Precursors for Methamphetamine -Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance Glenda Cheryl McFall, age 43, 1930 Cliff Mountain Way, Duffield, VA -Manufacturing Methamphetamine -Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine -Possession of Precursors for Methamphetamine -Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled •Substance Nikki Ann Hamilton, age 25, 9446 Bold Camp Rd, Pound, VA -Manufacturing Methamphetamine -Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine -Possession of Precursors for Methamphetamine -Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force Methamphetamine Response Team responded for the hazardous materi- als, and are also in charge of the drug investigation. The following suspects were arrested: Francis Eugene Salyers, Jr., age 41, 9446 Bold Camp Rd, Pound, VA -Manufacturing Methamphetamine -Conspiracy to M anufacture Methamphetamine -Possession of Precursors for Methampbetamine -Possession of ~ Schedule I/II Controlled Substance -Obtain utilities bY__- ~.. 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, ~l'rinity 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. NEIGHBORS AID- Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neighbors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- , lll!l]l!Jll!tl!!l!lln, • • • VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication. I st Saturdays, 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. LITII,E 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- ed to 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 Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are Tue & Thur 10am-Spm; Wed & Fri 10am- 5:30pm" Sat 10-3pm. Closed Sun & Mon. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews tion, call 395-6398. Memorial Library, St 100TH BIRTH- Paul. are: 9:30am-6pm DAY-Appalachian Monday; 10:30am-7pmAgency for Senior Tuesday; Closed Citizens recognizes Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm personsin Russell, Thursday and Friday. Dickenson, Buchanan Saturday Closed.and Tazewell counties Sunday Closed. who are 100 years old D I C K E N S O N - or older. Call Dana B U N D Y- T h e Collins, 1-800-656- Dickenson-Bundy Log 2272, to advise AASC House is open weekly of any upcoming 100th Thursdays through birthday. Saturdays, 10-3. and S U P P O R T Sundays 12-4 pm. GROUP-Women sur- SOCIAL SECURI- vivors of sexual assault TY-The Wise Social are invited to attend Security Office is open Clinch Valley Mondays-Fridays from C o m m u n i c a t i o n 9am-4pm Phone hum- Action, Inc./Family bers are 1-800-772- Crisis Services' sup- 1213 or 276-679-7633. port group meeting L I B R A R Y with victims of similar FRIENDS-Friends of situations Mondays, the J: Fred Matthews 10:30 am-12 noon. For Memorial Library, St. information call Rande Paul meet at the Library Hackler, 276-988-5583 on first Thursdays at 4 or Ranetta Davis, 276- pm. 889-8206. VFW POST 9864- FREE ADULT ED- VFW Post 9864, Free adult education Lebanon, welcomes classes are available in new members. If you Lee, Scott and Wise served overseas during counties and the City of any war, write VFW Norton. Daytime and Post 9864, P.O. Box evening classes for 1419. Lebanon, VA adults who want to 24266 and send name, improve their basic address and phone skills. Instructors also number. Transfers wel- assist adults with job- comed, related skills including HEALTH SER- resume, writing and VICES-The Wise interviewing. For County Health details, call 1-800-422- Department, Wise, is 3433 or276-386-2433. open from 8am-Spm TRANSPoRTA- first Thursdays. TION- The Clinics will be Appalachian Agency offered in family plan- for Senior Citizens pro- ning, pediatrics, school vides disability trans- and adult physicals, portation services in WIC. Paps and immu- Buchanan, Dickenson, n i z a t i o n s . Russell and Tazewell Appointments are nec- counties to individuals essary for all but immu- with disabilities, nizanons. For an regardless of age. Call appointment, call 762- 1-888-656-2272. 328-8000. GENE AL O G Y F A C I L I T I E SGROUP-The Russell AVA I L A B L E - T h e County Genealogy Tacoma Community Group meets 5:30 pm Center is available for first Thursdays, Russell reunions, birthdays and County Public Library, showers. Lebanon. All proceeds reha- Group purpose is bilitate the Tacoma School as a Community See CALENDAR, Page 8 Center. For informa- Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 by Jerry Couch Younger folk might think it "oldspeak" to hear people of my generation express glowing memories of Christmas from days gone by. There was a time I thought so myself. Now. I hold on'to those memo- ries tightly. I don't want to lose even one of them. This week I am repris- ing an article I wrote sever- al years ago - my first Christmas article. I think. A few of you may remem- ber it. Of all the articles I have writ'ten, it is my favorite. SILENT NIGHT The first Christmas I passersby to come inside. Fresh pine boughs adorned the lamp posts and were woven into garlands strung across the streets. Colored electric lights were entwined among the gar- lands - indescribably beau- tiful in those days when few homes were decorated with colored Christmas lights. The Christmas Parade featured wonderful floats sponsored by local busi- nesses and churches. Bands from the local high schools proudly marched and performed. But the last float was the one the children had all been wait- Lays' window. Someone had bought it. The smaller organ was still there...but several days later, it too was gone. I could picture the lucky children who would receive those instru- ments on Christmas morn- ing, but I did not feel envi- ous. I kn~w my Christmas would be exciting and wonderful, no matter what. Christmas morning arrived. There was snow on the ground that year. I awakened to the sounds of Daddy shaking ashes from the coal furnace and shov- eling coal onto the l-we. I did not get up, waiting instead to be called to look ing for. Santa--sat on a large -at what was under the sleigh pulled by realistic- Christmas tree. When at looking reindeer. He was last Daddy knocked on my remember was 1957/when attended by we lived at Elm Springs elves who near South St. Paul. We didn't ha-Ave--a_ television back then so the radio was on. Daddy and I were lis- tening to orchestra music from some far-away sta- tion. We sat on the daybed in the living room. looking at our Christmas tree. By today's standards, it wasn't much of a tree - just a small cedar from the hillside above our house. A few bright ornaments hung from its branches along with some tinsel icicles and a few garlands. Even now I can smell that tree and hear the soft crackling sounds coming from the Warm Morning stove. I remember the still- ness and how safe I felt. Snow was falling outside. No trams were passing. The Clinch River looked like a shimmering black ribbon in a world of white. A few weeks earlier our family had gone to the Christmas Parade in St. Paul. The Christmas parade was a BIG occasion and people came from miles around to see it. The town's sidewalks were jam-packed with bright- eyed children and happy adults. Store windows fea- tured decorations and dis- plays which beckoned• red-capped bedroom door and said smi~'You can get up now," I waved to the children. Santa laughed, drew hand- fuls of candy from a big sack, then tossed it to the crowd. It was magic! Of all my Christmases. one stands out among the rest. I was in the fifth grade that year. Several weeks before Christmas. my mother and I were win- dow-shopping along Fourth Avenue. Displayed in the window of Lays Hardware was something I had not seen before - two Magnus chord organs. We went inside the store to get a better look. One of the organs, a table model, was priced about $25. The larger model sat on legs and was priced about $40. That was a lot of money. Daddy only earned about $40 a week back then. Afterwards, all I could think about was how much I wanted one of those organs. I knew my dream wasn't realistic because the organs were too expensive - more expensive than any gift I had ever received. Of course, this knowledge didn't stop me from look- ing at the organs each time we went to town. Then, about two weeks before Christmas, the larger organ was no longer on display in raced into the living room, but stopped when I saw what was waiting for me. There sat a Magnus chord organ! Not the little one, the larger one that stood on legs. I couldn't believe my eyes and held back until Daddy laughed and said ,"Well ..... aren't you going /to play it for us?" An old ~black and white photo- graph, snapped by my mother, captures the joy of that supremely happy moment. I suppose Daddy didn't mind wearing his old coat another year, or whatever it was he did without so he could buy that organ for me. Those were the kinds of sacrifices my parents routinely made to give me the things other children had. Later, as an adult, I bought other instruments, but they never brought me as much pleasure as that small Magnus chord organ which I still have. Though my parents are gone, the gift of their love, expressed in so many enduring ways, lives on and warms my heart each year at Christmas when I play the first song I learned, "Silent Night."