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Sheriff Chip Shuler

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Members of the Chatham Hill First Church of God in Rich Valley and the church’s women’s group, Women of the Church of God (WCG), took this scripture and a few lines in their Christmas play to heart and decided to help Smyth County’s homeless and transients who pass through the area.

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Jerry Sheets has thought of giving up his campaign to get a specially trained sheriff’s deputy in every Smyth County school. It’s unlikely anyone would blame the businessman for doing so. He made an impassioned plea to the county’s supervisors in August. A few other citizens followed his lead, but, in the months since, there’s been no apparent forward movement.

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As times have changed so have public schools. Where once anyone could walk into a school and be expected to check in at the front office, now there are locks and cameras and armed school resource officers. Lockdown drills and crisis plans are part of the norm.

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