|By Alvin Engelke|
There will be a benefit auction Saturday, February
3, starting at 6 P.
M. at the Creston Community Building. All sorts of goodies will be
available, grab bags, 50/50, cheese, pepperoni, etc. along with the
good time that comes when folks get together for the evening. All are
welcome and proceeds go to maintain the community building and help
with special community events.
Nolan Wayne was calling on Mr. and Mrs. Don Rhodes. He noted
that the church in Creston was slated to open soon.
Tim Carpenter and an oilfield associate killed a rabid red fox
on a well location after it started to act strangely. Since Albert
Gore, Jr. and Hillary werent in complete control of the nation, Tim
was able to use his gun to kill the mad animal. It has been noted
that the present rabies epidemic is worst among 221coons and foxes. As
a result of the uproar caused by the synthetic clothes folks (and the
animal rights folks they fund), fur has fallen out of favor and for
the first time in 400 years there is little to no trapping pressure on
furbearers. As a result the raccoon population has exploded and along
with the population explosion has come the rabies epidemic which
started in eastern West Virginia.
Capn & Mrs. Spock and Dixie were among those calling on Aunt
Verda & Uncle Pete, Sunday afternoon.
C. Romeo Griffin, Jr. and Lady Di were among those calling on
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Griffin.
Rosa McFee of Burning Springs passed away after an extended
Nellie D. Woodring, age 87, of Canal Fulton, Ohio, passed
away. She was the widow of Russell Woodring, Sr. The Woodring family
formerly lived in Creston.
Stymie and Kim Plummer and family spent the weekend visiting
relatives including Doreen Plummer, Edgar and Bootsie Richards.
Mark "Old Lizard" Shimer was calling on Donna Sue Ferrell and
A number of area residents were on hand at the Blennerhassett
Hotel to hear Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito speak. Local
residents discussed their concerns with the new member of the U. S.
House of Representatives. Also present was former State Senator Jay
Wolfe who had, some years back during a statewide campaign, visited on
the Richardsonville Road. He talked with Jane Engelke, who at that
time was 11 and, along with her 9 year old sister, fixed Jay tacos.
He noted that his stay in a log cabin was a significant part of his
cross state journey.
Bill McFee noted that, with the change in administration,
tobacco allotments had been increased 36%. Last year the folks in
Washington slashed local producers allotments 45% so their foreign
friends and contributors could sell imported tobacco. Some would hope
that the local area would start to produce Turkish tobacco, the most
expensive component of the tobacco in cigarettes.
Russ Richardson gave a presentation on the commercial growing
of ginseng (seng) and other plants in the rich mesophytic woods that
cover much of the local area. If properly marketed ginseng fetches
$1000/lb and the local area could, fairly easily, produce $50 -$100
million of crop craved by the Chinamen each year which would, to say
the least, help the local economic condition. Some noted that the
folks over in Ohio think it will work and their extension service is
hot to beat W. Va. to the punch.
Dixie, the K-9 Quarterback and her feline friend, Kat, both
had professional consultations with their physician, Dr. Dan Cain at
his Brooksville office.
There have been at least 3 sets of twin lambs born over in the
Annamoriah section along with some fine baby calves. The Creston area
received a little more snow over the weekend but it has been good
weather for new arrivals on the farm.
The wellhead price of natural gas sold on the Dominion
(formerly CNG) system was set at $10.91/MMBTU. Last year the price
It was learned that Columbia (now NISOURCEs) well in Webster County
is stuck (the tools are hung) at 10,000 feet and problems continue to
plague the drilling near Linden. Cabot has indicated they will start
drilling soon in Calhoun County and the fuss over B & R s (Bob
Richards) location on the Sload farm on Canoe in Roane are said to be
getting serious. One person, close to the action noted, "Columbia
will just wool them to death." At the same time a new mystery firm
has come to Roane County looking for big blocks of acreage to begin
immediate deep drilling. Some wonder if they plan to (since drilling
rigs seem not to be available) drill in cyberspace.
Westvaco, the areas largest landowner, announced that the
annual meeting of stockholders will be held in the Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel in New York City on February 27. The meeting will be held in
the Astor Salon located at 301 Park Avenue
It was reported that Bill Lamb sold United Petro to a new
group called Gas Ventures, Inc.
The ex-presidents pardon of fugitive billionaire Mark Rich
continues to be a hot topic of discussion. Former presidential
adviser Dick Morris noted that since Richs new lawyer was
instrumental in keeping some high profile folks out of the pokey, it
was pay back time. Those who worked at the old Kaiser plant are
furious and, based on the volatility of the gas and oil markets, many
others are worried.
Auction Saturday, February 3, starting at 6 P. M. at the
Creston Community Building. Bobby Ray Starcher 890-01. food, tools,
knickknacks, 50/50, grab bags, special items. Details, contact Donna
Sue at 275-3202.