By Alvin Engelke

Rev. Carlos Nutter filled his regular appointment at the Burning Springs M. E. Church.

The bones that were found at the head of Lost Run near the Ground Hog road have now been identified as belonging to Spencer resident Christian Dawn Starcher Seabolt who vanished in 2002 when she was 18. Along about that time two gentlemen from Detroit, along with an exotic dancer, all of whom had been staying in a trailer along W. Va. 5 just below Creston were picked up in Elizabeth with a carload of refined plant products, chemicals, etc. They quickly posted substantial bonds and, it seems they never were heard from again, at least locally. Perhaps they can now be rounded up for questioning in this case. The young woman's remains were sent off to the Smithsonian Institute to try to determine cause of death.

The local area has enjoyed unseasonably warm weather with rain.

Jake Boggs, the Stinson Stud, along with a friend were checking out things on the Richardsonville road Sunday afternoon.

Helen Nutter who recently underwent surgery is recovering at the Nut Hut.

Vera Headley White is on the mend after her recent surgery.

Eula Honaker noted that her friend Joe Wilson, Sr. of Spencer is going to celebrate his 104th birthday.

The former Gay Miller (Hershel Pepper) home at Annamoriah was taken down by a track hoe recently. It also served as the Annamoriah post office before it was closed.

The Cap & Trade (Cap & Tax) proposal continues to be a major topic although the fraud of global warming has now been shown for what it is. The claim that the glaciers in Tibet would soon be gone has now been shown to be unfounded and those in the UN who were heading things up have been shown to be prospering based on their "global warming position". The plan presently before the congress critters would require that 70 million acres of farm land in America would have to be planted in trees "to soak up CO2". An earlier federal mandate that all gasoline contain at least 10% ethanol (from corn likker) required that 90 million acres of farmland be allocated just to make the alcohol (grain ethanol) for the fuel. Of course in California the federal agents cut off the water, causing drought in one of the key food producing areas of the world & creating high unemployment among the farm workers and those involved with the produce.

A lot of new calves have arrived on local farms. The HSUS (Humane Society of the US) has been advertising a lot on TV claiming they protect abused cats & dogs. Their plan is to eliminate all animal agriculture in America within 10 years.

The state tax department had local assessors send out increase letters to taxpayers. In spite of the opposition by the big eared one's administration to coal and the curtailment of mining permits the state tax department has said that coal has become much more valuable. One might wonder what they know that the rest of us don't. It is talked about that Her Thighness, Madame Hillary is contemplating 2012. She also is a disciple of Saul Alinsky.

Folks at Creston marveled at the turn of events in Massachusetts "where a second shot was heard 'round the world" on Tuesday. Quite likely many down at the Mouth of the Elk and elsewhere are living on nerve pills, having nightmares and sweating the future knowing that One Party Rule isn't safe anywhere in the nation.

Creston's own Angie Nida was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army on December 16th. A graduate of Glenville State College she also obtained a masters degree from Marshall. Presently she is assigned to the 143rd MP Battalion Company in West Hartford, Connecticut. She also plans to get a Ph D & a law degree.

The folks down at the Mouth of the Elk are busy legislating. Several bills have been introduced that would impact agriculture, land owners and just about everyone else. It should be noted that the filing period should one wish to run ends at the end of this week. As it has been noted elsewhere, now is the time when one can get involved and make a difference in the future of our state and nation.

The Creston Community business meeting will be Tuesday, February 2 and the auction is February 6. Dues (at the rate of $1.00/member) are now due and payable.

The price of local Pennsylvania grade crude oil fell to $69/bbl. Roger Whited was doing service work on one of the Bingman wells.

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