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.... 00Clinch Valley Times "]gtlG i N IA "'4) " 'The time has come, the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' " ,-...-,:-fl-s-°:-c== --.r-.'o' J " Vol. LV, No. 9 Thursday, February 28, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia " 50c I I I I CHS WRESTLERS...Six Castlewood High School wrestlers qualified for state competition. Four of the six placed in their weight category while the team came in 8 th out of a total of 56 teams. Pictured left to right are Coach Todd Glover, Jared Ring placing 6 th in 160 lb class, Brett Steffey placing 4 th, 145 lb, Spencer Elam, state qualifier 220 lb, Dillon Hartley, placing 7 th, 113 lb, Devin Barnette, state qualifier 106 lb, Danny Cook, placing 2 "a, 285 heavyweight category. Transportation Safety Awards recognize crash reduction efforts: applications due March 15 The outstanding efforts made • General Traffic Safe- Granted for promoting safety by individuals and organizations to change the behaviors of Vir- ginia's motorists leading to cra- sh, injury and fatality reduction, may be nominated for the 2013 Virginia Governor's Transport- ation Safety Awards. The Virgin- ia Department of Motor Vehic- les' Highway Safety Office is accepting nominations through March 15, 2013 for 13 different transportation safety categories• Entries will be judged on creativity, imagination, unique- ness, the impact on the com- munity, and the use of volunteers --and private sector resources. Individuals, organizations, busi- nesses or government agencies are eligible for these awards based on transportation safety activities and programs that took place during 2012. The award categories include: • Lifetime Safety Achie- vement Award--Presented to an individual who has made significant contributions on behalf of transportation safe- ty initiatives and programs throughout their lifetime. • Employer Safety--Aw- arded to employers who pro- mote traffic safety initiatives and encourage their em- ployees to practice safe ty--Presented for demon- strating exemplary efforts in changing transportation safe- ty attitudes and behaviors through the design, develop- ment and/or implementation of engineering techniques that reduce crashes on Virginia's highways. • Impaired Driving-- Granted for promoting alco- hol- and drug-free driving. • Law Enforcement-- Awarded to law enforcement personnel who have shown extra initiative in advancing transportation safety in their community. • Media--Awarded to media representatives or news outlets that help en- courage traffic safety thro- ugh fair and accurate re- porting or programming. • Edgar P. Layman, Jr. Award for Motor  Carrier Safety--Presented for advan- cing transportation safety in the motor carrier industry through educational pro- grams and activities. • Motorcycle Safety-- Awarded to an individual or group that educates motorists and motorcyclists about motorcycle safety. belt or child safety seat use through innovative programs and activities. • E. Wallace Timmons Award for Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety Presented for advan- cing safe walking and bi- cycling behaviors. • Public Transportation Safety Presented for contri- butions made in educating drivers and riders about safe public transportation prac- tices. • Pupil Transportation Safety Granted for encour- aging, educating and pro- moting student transportation safety. • Youth Traffic Safety-- Presented to individuals or groups that educate children and teens about the im- portance of traffic safety. To download a nomination form and obtain eligibility re- quirements, visit Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2013. Winners will be noti- fied in May 2013. Nominations may be submitted by mail to: The Governor's Transportation Safety Awards c/o Audrey Odum, Room 405 Post Office Box 27412 Richmond, Virginia To 00'11 hears audit report On Thursday, February 21st, Tamara Greear of Thrower, Blanton & Associates told the St. Paul Town Council that the town has received a clean audit, which is the best report one can receive. She told the Council that each account met all of the accounting standards and there were no significant or material weaknesses. Jack Hinshelwood asked the council for a resolution in sup- port of the Crooked Road. pro- posed designation as a National Heritage Area. Councilman Greg Bailey and several others had questions pertaining to how this designation would affect private property that it crosses, and the Council voted to table the request for further study• The Council voted to make a donation of $500.00 to the Dante Rescue Squad. A request from Councilman Harry Kelly to fund an annual commitment of $2500 to Moun- tain Heritage for trail mainten- ance be paid. There was dis- cussion about reinstating this Water & Sewer Fund diffuser item into the budget and the rental revenue. These funds will issued was tabled until the be paid back to the Wateri budget could be reviewed to see Sewer Fund and Council wilt if money for this commitment is work with the Treasurer to 'set available.. The Couneil also voted to donate the heat and air units that are not going to be used at the Willis Building to the Clinch River Little League. An ease- ment agreement between the Town of St. Paul and Freddie Arrington, which would allow access on Mr. Arrington's pro- perty that lies between Boody and Blue Bell Island, was approved by the Council. Monty Salyer, Directo r of the Wise County Redevelopmem & Housing Authority asked the town for its support as the Auth- ority is seeking 1.5 million dol- lars in tax credits to upgrade Stonebriar. The support is need- ed to clear the original Stone- briar project which passed through the town. Council voted to loan the General Fund $800,000 from the up a repayment schedule and (o allocate this money to variou projects. The Clinch Valley Times would like to apologize fQc; previous report that Council -" ed to fund a Skate Park for $57,000. In actuality, the Co-. cil looked at several designs, at their last meeting, and voted:. enter into a contractual agr-: ment with American Ra Company for $5,000 pendinge: • ability tO fund the park. • ,/ Following a closed sessiori to discuss personrwi, the Town Council voted to give a raise to Doug Jessee who recently successfully passed his test to upgrade his water treatment  certification to a higher level. The Mayor and all council members were present at the meeting. Greystone "l00he story of Greystone by Jerry Couch populated area. The failure of stock in the St. Paul National In a previous article ! discussed James Emmett Duff (1872 - 1911) and the Clinch Valley Lumber Company, which AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church• Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St Paul Town" Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays• ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens offÉce, 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 Com- munication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 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 families Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coebum. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371• LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood All interested persons are invited to attend. H.O,P.E. HOUSE-H.OP.E Hou- se provides emergency shelter 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 CITIZENS-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 M/Tu/Th 9am-8pm; W/F 9am-5pm; Sa 10am-2pm MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9am-5pm Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat urdays, and l lam-7:30pm Tues- days and Thursdays• See Library for special program schedules• DICKENSON-BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays through Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone numbers 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-VF 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 welcomed• HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-8pm first Thursdays Clinics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations, Ap- pointments are necessary for all but immunizations For an appointment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers• All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For infor- mation, call 395-6398. 100 TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- well counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, - 800-656-2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100 t birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school and in each county public library. ,,,Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP-Women survivors 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. FQr 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 re- sume, writing and interviewing For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- zens provides disability transport- ation 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• The Group purpose is "'to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- orial Library and help promote the improvement of facilities and services of the library Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dicken- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims• For appointment, call 276-835-8847 nights. Coeburn-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9am- Church and church-related activities I 3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. FOOD BANK-First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER-The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495- 8473 CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- en On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 am Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome• FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confid- ential HIV tgsting throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-201 I; or Scott Co Health Dept. 276-386-1312 FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433)• GED TESTING-GED Testing ts available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-ln Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St Paul, 5-6 pm 2  Mondays• DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 p m 3 J Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel Staging will be held at 7 pm the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome - admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are connbined m early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pm calendar on page 3 stood on the comer of Broad Street and Fourth Avenue in St. Paul. The Clinch Valley Lum- ber Company was a wholesale and retail lumber business in which Emmett Duff was a partner. Today's article con- ceres the beautiful home Duff built across the Clinch River from St. Paul which subsequent owners christened "Greystone." Emmett Duff had made a fortune in the lumber business, or at least he thought he had. The town of Duffield, Virginia was named for him and he was a partner in one of Southwest Virginia's largest and most successful lumber mills which was located there. Duff men- tored Carlos Fletcher who prov- ed an apt pupil. In subsequent years, Fletcher became the proprietor of his own wholesale and retail lumber business in St. Paul. Desiring a tangible symbol of his success, Emmett Duff hired Johnson City, Tennessee architect D. R. Beeson to design the most elaborate mansion ever constructed in this comer of Southwest Virginia. Beeson was an . imaginative and highly- skilled architect and he must have delighted in this commis- sion. The house he conceived for Duff incorporated design elements of the then-popular English country house style. Built of limestone quarried on site and hewed by the Cozzolino brothers, the house was crowned with a red tile roof and situated atop a promontory overlooking the village of St. Paul. Only the finest grade of lumber was used in its construction. No detail was overlooked or poorly exe- cuted. Its hardware and fittings were the best of the best. Building the house required an army of skilled craftsmen and quickly devoured a small fortune. At the time Emmett Duff built his house, St. Paul Hill (as it is known today) was not a St. Paul's twin, Minneapolis, had spawned numerous lawsuits which had stunted its growth. Duff's closest neighbors were Thomas and Ida Glovier, owners of a small farm occupying the comer of presem day River Road (ft. 640) and Frosty Road where the cement plant is now located. Standing a short dis- tahoe to the east of Duff's mansion was the former home of George and Priscilla Banner. This was the house that had been used as the office and bead. quarters of the Minneapolis Improvement Company which had long-since gone bust. James, Emmett Duff died in 1911 of tuberculosis, leaving a widow and five children. The Clinch Valley Lumber Com- pany, Duff's principal business enterprise in St. Paul, had recently gone bankrupt after being in business only three years. He had overestimated the potential of the newly-arrive d Clinchfield Railroad "to trans- form St. Paul into a thriving city. Duff had gambled and lost. His widow and children were left holding his losing cards. It was an anxious time for the family. Fortunately, Duff's two older children owned a one-half un- divided interest in the 1100 acre Robert B. Aston farm located near Copper Creek. They had inherited this land from their mother, Mary Ellen Aston Duff who had been Emmett Duff's first wife. The two children sub- sequently inherited the remain- der of the farm after their Grandmother Aston's death, and the farm provided them with an income. Duff's widow, Vir- ginia, and her three children inherited an g00 acre farm on Walden's Creek in Lee County near Duffield. However, Duff had mortgaged this property and at the time of his death a balance of $16,000, plus interest, re- mained unpaid. In addition, $4,000 of the money he had borrowed to build Greystone remained unpaid. The sale of Duff's personal assets, including part-ownership in Dickenson Duff & Han4y in St. Paul and Bank did not raise enough money o pay his debts. Following Emmett Duff': death, his widow left St, Paul and relocated her family to" Indiana for a while Virginia Duff had been left With no reliable source of income forthe support of her children. The huge stone house, built with such high hopes, .was.a financial liability due to the high ¢6st of its upkeep and maintenance.- This was too bad '¢aCs6  the - family had scarcely lived in the ; house long enough for the children to leave l'mgerprihts on the woodwork. - --- Greystone had been built on?- a one acre lot which Emrne.;; Duff had purchased from: W.- W.:; Bird, "a LebanOn, Virginiaattor-"- ney. Duff also purchased a' 0he-" half undivided interest in the" surrounding 77 acres from Bird. Even if this tract had be- wholly owned by the Duff family, it wasn't large enough tb" generate adequate income frot farming either to support . family or to maintain the house.- Subdividing and selling the land as building lots w0uldia't have been practical. Th St. Paul Land Company had plenty of building lots available which were much closer to the railroad than Greystone - an important consideration in those days. The answer was obvious - Greystone would have to be sold. On September 17, 1916, Greystone was sold to Walter Gose Gray and his wife, Leonora Lake Gray. Walter Gray paid $16,000 for the house and Surrounding land, Which was less than it had cost to build. The Grays owned the house for the remainder of their lives. Some of the Duff land in Lee County was also sold and the proceeds were used to cleai" up Emmett Duff's debts. The balance that l:em/qned was sufficient to build a new home for Duff's widow and her chilo dren on the Lee County farm'. The story has a happy ending," but just barely, and the Dull" family never quite forgot 'tthat: which might have been."  ;:;