(08/20/2001)
By Alvin Engelke

Earl Headley, age 45 was killed when his automobile hit a telephone pole along W. Va. Route 5 near Elizabeth. He was a son of Zelda and the late Jewell Headley. Earl had been working in timber and ran off the road on his way home from work.

There will be a sing at the Creston Church Saturday, August 25 starting at 7 P. M. Food will be served before the music starts. Everyone is welcome. Rev. S. E. Cooper, Jr. is the new groundskeeper for the church. He was observed mowing the lawn the other day.

The folks at the Creston Church have reset the crosses on the dePue farm and plan to paint them August 27, weather permitting.

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Ferrell spent the weekend camping.

Nancy Engelke attended the parade at the Parkersburg Homecoming. The Wirt County Fair float with the Queen, Little Mister & Miss won second place. Since The Interstate Fair float "always" takes first, this prize was quite an honor. Several area residents were in Parkersburg for various of the activities there. Several Wirt County residents also attended the homecoming pageant Friday night.

Fawn Valentine who wrote the W. Va. Quilt book gave a presentation at the Roane County Library in Spencer as part of Heritage Days there. She gave a very informative talk, complete with excellent slides, on quiltmaking and quilts in West Virginia.

Euell Russell was calling on Mr. and Mrs. Don Rhodes.

Orrison and J. E. Schrader, Sr. and "Old Lizard" Shimer were attending to business in Elizabeth.

The family of Steven Burner who was found dead at his residence below Creston has contacted the FBI and other authorities to learn the details of his death. They learned that the case "had been closed" even though the autopsy results were to have been made available July 18.

Anna Engelke and Keith Collins participated in Freshman Counselor Camp at Jackson's Mills. They then helped move in freshmen at Fairmont State College, attended a dance, etc. They will serve as freshman counselors which is said to be quite an honor.

Suellen Marie Arthur and James Butcher were united in the bonds of holy matrimony. The couple is residing in Elizabeth.

C. Romeo Griffin, Sr., Mary Newton & Benji were surprise visitors when J. B. and Debbie Griffin came home Friday afternoon. Pretty Little Red Flower did not feel up to the trip to visit area relatives & friends. They and Lois Marks were all Sunday dinner guests of Uncle Pete and Aunt Verda at their Millstone residence.

Tommy Katz was an overnight visitor at the Brooksville Hospital were he underwent surgery to repair damage to his lower jaw.

Rev. S. E. Cooper Jr. went to check out Ardent Resources Trenton/Black River well on Bull River near Grantsville. He remarked that it was the biggest drilling rig that he had ever seen. The drillers had a fishing job at 1600' but were expecting to set pipe once they drilled through the Big Injun sand. Cabot Corporation has moved in a rig on Road Fork near Five Forks and it was reported that the cement job on the Ray Yoak well was bad and that it would have to be drilled (or milled) out and done over again. Some of the folks down at the mouth of Elk River are getting rather testy when asked why they are cutting the Rockefeller family company a special deal on taxing their deep wells.

Andrew Arkin who formerly owned wells in the Creston area was checking on his former local associates and getting an update on doings in "the oil patch". He and Amy are enjoying "retirement life" and son Jason is now married and doing very well. Mr. Arkin described his daughter-in-law as "Baltimore's contribution to New York."[a complement]

There has been a lot of talk about the increase of domestic gas bills in the area. While the price of most local natural gas has fallen to the $3-$4 range the following is a good example of how real prices work. A local producer has a well in Calhoun County and under a "life of the well contract" he sells gas to Allegheny for 60 cents/MCF. His son received a gas bill from the same firm (he lives not too far away from the well) for 3 MCF and the bill was $37.53. One does not need to consult with a CPA or study advanced mathematics to comprehend why local residents have less than folks elsewhere in the nation.

The Grim family had their reunion Saturday at the Creston Community Building. They feasted on all sorts of goodies, including roasting ears.

A fair amount of second cutting hay has been put up and the rains have helped pasture fields. Late sweet corn patches are doing well and the crows are eating all the apples that they can find.

Flocks of wild turkeys can been seen almost anywhere. Charles Russell reported that the mother and her biddies check out his lawn daily as they go from Rev. S. E. Cooper Jr.'s garden to the West Fork for a drink of water.

The local area has been getting its annual inspection for high dollar crops.


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