Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


February 19, 2010

Long working relationship strengthens ties to officer, community servant


During his funeral service, a pastor said Charlie told him that he lived the life of the 23rd Psalm and recited the part about being led beside still waters, but I immediately thought about having a table prepared for me before my enemies. When I mentioned my observation to my wife, she said that as Charlie walked through the valley of the shadow of death, he feared no evil, because God was with him.

Charlie was direct and while both of us honored the barriers that separate the press from the people we report on, I believe I earned Charlie’s respect, and I know he had mine. Sgt. Jose Centeno pointed out that the public rarely sees the work of undercover officers and as a result, the public doesn’t get to know them like they get to know uniformed officers. Because of my work, I got to know Charlie Smothers, and I came to admire his commitment to serving the people of the region. When I saw him, regardless of the disguise he was in at any given time, it always made me smile.

I knew he tried to help with all of his heart.

Bill Archer is a senior editor at the Daily Telegraph. Contact him at

Text Only
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Business Marquee
Sister Newspapers' Cartoons
College Sports
Pro Sports