(10/08/2001)
By Alvin Engelke

The main news item in Creston again is action a world away from the local scene with military action in the Hindu Kush and environs. Local residents understand well that they were included in Osama bin Laden's enemies list. It is always good to know just how one stands. The Creston area has plenty of oil and gas and there are bigger terror targets elsewhere so the local impact shouldn't be too severe. One can also vacation here anytime and not be in a crowd scene with the associated risks of crowded places.

Nancy and Jane Engelke were calling on Anna Engelke at Fairmont State College and attended a conference in Pittsburgh.

Charles Russell was undergoing tests at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

Linda Buchanan was scheduled for hip repair surgery Oct 3 and now is in Room 501-1 at CAMC in Charleston. She can have visitors.

Cap'n Spock was calling on Coy Eddy.

Dexter "Pete" Starcher of Mesa, Arizona and Joe and Birdie Sovil's daughter, Kathryn from North Carolina were both attending to business in Creston Saturday evening.

Local residents were surprised to learn that someone authorized the gutting of the Wirt County jail and that county property was being sold via an internet auction.

Dorothy Graham was an overnight guest at her daughter Mary Schrader's residence in Newark. While there they visited her granddaughter Angie Kemp and family and had a wonderful time. Dorothy's son Steve, who lives in Parkersburg, is visiting for a few weeks while he hunts bushytails for the dinner table. Dorothy is currently sewing a wuilt for Mary's forthcoming grandson. Also visiting Dorothy were Gary Graham and a lady friend.

Old Thunderbolt (whose other names include Old Red Beard [but it turned grey]) seems to have nothing but bad luck. The other morning he slipped on the 'icy road' while driving in for the DOH dry run for snow equipment and hit one of Tony Arthur's cows with resultant damage both to the car and the cow. One of his coworkers opined that if the cow had gone through the windshield and into the car "it would have been a vehicle with two bum steers." Poor old Holly Wayne.

Cap'n & Mrs. Spock were visiting Uncle Pete and Aunt Verda and the annonymous Farmer Type Gent. Uncle Pete and Aunt Verda attended the Sand Ridge sing at Albert's Chapel Church.

Anna Engelke and Keith Collins participated in "A day on campus" for prospectie students as part of their employment at Fairmont State College. Also, Anna, Kieth, Joel, Corey and Becky attended a student production of Godspell, Saturday evening.

Jim Bush and Jack dePue were putting up some more second cutting hay in the Creston area. Jim had been on the sick list but is better now.

Very low natural gas prices have put some local drilling programs on hold but have had no impact on plans for deep drilling. It was learned that Fairman Drilling which has several wells in New York is now very active on the West Virginia scene. Eastern American Energy is said to have more than 100 of the deep holes in their drilling program. Mum seems to be the word about the two deep wells in Calhoun County although nitrogen trucks were seen going to the well on Road Fork.

From the sounds of things, hunters did well Saturday thinning the squirrels and apparently some were still at it on Sunday.

The Wirt County Farm Bueau will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, October 16 at the High School cafeteria in Elizabeth. All members and guests are welcome, bring a covered dish. The Farm Bureau will provide meat and table service. The dinner starts at 6:00 P. M.


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