By Alvin Engelke

Several area residents attended & participated in the Fireman's Parade and ice cream social at Elizabeth on Saturday. Local residents there included Charles Russell who visited with relatives & friends who were present.

Rev. Keith Belt filled his regular appointment at the Burning Springs M. E. church & served Holy Communion.

David Ray Starcher, age 49, passed away shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer and an aneurism. The Starcher family live in the old Starcher house by the pond on what was the old Ross Simmons farm on the way from Creston to Spencer. He had the best potato patch in the area this season.

Robert Dale "Butch" Goodnight, age 54, of Parkersburg passed away. Butch formerly lived in Creston.MO< Ray Starcher wrecked his chariot over near Cremo and Berea "Elvira" Cooper had to be airlifted to a Charleston hospital.

Casper Shuman noted that he had been diagnosed with a melanoma that had spread to his jaw bone. He is scheduled for treatment at WVU hospital.

C. Burt Marks, the area's most famous 'coon hunter, has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

Gay Park reported that they took her off d-Con and changed her medicines.

Alvin & Mr. & Mrs. Carl Ferrell have been visiting relatives and friends in North Carolina.

Several of Steve Loudin's family spent the weekend of the 4th of July at his place on the Richardsonville road.

Alvin Engelke was driving his wife's new (to her) chariot over near Reedy and had "an interaction" with one of the DNR's deer.

C. Romeo Griffin, Sr. purchased a new tractor. Donna Chambers of Indiana was among those visiting C. Romeo & family.

Jonathan Marks who works at the Simonton window factory at Ellenboro had an encounter with another of the DNR's fine specimens and he had to borrow a car until the insurance got matters resolved.

The Bush Brothers were in Creston putting up hay. It was noted that "Dog Days" came in dry this year.

The average price for June crude was $91.5583/bbl and the latest posted price for local Pennsylvania grade crude was $90.50/bbl. Various companies are permitting new wells in existing oil sections.

While not a local item the Rockefeller family flagship Exxon's oil spill in the Yellowstone River in Montana is still news. The governor of Montana has criticized the company for 'downplaying' the severity of the spill which, apparently, came from a pipeline. Apparently no one asked little John D. Rockefeller IV to comment on the situation. Exxon has recently acquired leaseholds in W. Va. for Marcellus drilling.

Speaking of the Marcellus and other strata that are to be drilled using horizontal drilling, acting gov. Earl Ray has indicated that there will be a special session down at the Mouth of the Elk to give the Big Boys what they want in legislation. All who have concerns should contact their favorite legislators and soon. The folks up at Morgantown recently banned the fracturing of oil & gas wells. The Big Boys want forced pooling so that they can take on the cheap the properties that the owners demand fair lease terms.

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