By Alvin Engelke

Rev. Lee Williams brought the message at the Burning Springs M. E. Church & served Holy Communion.

Warmer weather came to the Creston area melting much of the snow. Since it went off slowly much of the moisture went into the ground and there was no flooding although streams rose and the ice went out. Some robins were seen in Vienna during the snow and some were later seen in the Creston area. On Sunday old brer whistle pig would have seen his shadow but who knows what Tuesday will bring. Local scholars got a break from school.

Louise Villers, age 83 of Handley, passed away after a sudden illness. The wife of Rev. Lewis Villers, she was for many years an aide in the Wirt schools where she helped many young scholars who had problems and directed many of them to a path of success. Burial was in the family graveyard high on the hill overlooking the Peach Camp Fork of Little Creek. A number of volunteers came together to make the road to the cemetery passable whilst covered with snow.

Martha Bell Lemon, age 88, of Parkersburg passed away. She was the daughter of Luther & Fannie Belt. Burial was in the Rector cemetery at Burning Springs.

Deborah Blosser Cunningham, age 59, passed away at her home January 25th. She was the daughter of Edith & Lawrence Starcher and "Cub" Ledsome was her stepfather. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Johnny Blosser, and is survived by her husband David Cunningham. Burial will be in the Big Springs cemetery.

Several local folks took special note when "Sleepy" Mills filed for magistrate. With the mail being as slow as it is one will not know all the candidates until the middle of the week. Amanda Richards, a candidate for Calhoun Circuit Clerk was a business caller in Creston one day last week.

Gay Park noted that she was still on the puny list.

On the national scene many get great joy watching the RINO Republican power brokers suffer as they watch their "establishment" candidates languish in the backwaters of un-annointed candidates who have the backing of irate voters who were lied to again & again by the so-called leaders who double crossed their voters time and time again. On the other side some are reading and studying the 17th chapter of Revelation and the words of the Big Eared One's "neighbor" the unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers who said he was "guilty as sin, free as a bird, what a country, America." Of course there were no "classified" documents on the non-secure server, just secret, top secret, etc. surely our enemies didn't hack into the system all knew about. One local fellow kept getting calls from someone who wanted him to be a delegate for Gov. Christie, one of the establishment candidates.

Charles Russell was calling on Ray Gumm, Paris Parsons & brother Euell at the Miletree Center in Spencer.

February 9 is Agriculture & Forestry Day at the Legislature down at the Mouth of the Elk. All who can walk, push their walkers and roll their wheel chairs should show up to tell the legislators how they feel about the various bills, proposals, etc. Forced pooling continues to be a big topic although some said that SB 383, the EQT bill was "dead". That is what happened in Pennsylvania some years back but on Friday evening, before the Saturday adjournment it was slipped into another bill and the Keystone state citizens were shafted. The status of Woody Ireland's forced pooling bill remains a mystery although it is said he is not running for re-election.

Columbia's proposed tax deal with Calhoun County over the $94 million compressor has made state wide news as similar deals are said to be in the works for Jackson & Doddridge Counties. Part of the problem the counties face Is the state Dept. of Education's insistence of taking 93 cent of each tax dollar of increase to Charleston which it is imperative that the legislature do something drastic with them. Locally on the school board, "sonny boy" ran and got beat so now daddy is trying his hand. Poor local school administrations have assisted in foisting common core and other outrageous programs on the scholars, teaching obviously such nonsense as Al Gore's "global warming" etc. Ten years ago the corpulent one said the world as we know it would end in 10 years unless we quit using fossil fuels, using light bulbs, riding in jet planes, etc. Well the 10 years was up on January 27th & all seems well. There are many more polar bears, there is more ice both at the north & south poles and the oceans have not flooded coastal cities. So much for his settled science although one might wonder how he became expert at anything other than toke rolling. Of course he flies around the world in his private jet but "that is different".

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Ferrell and family were calling on Mary Reno in Ravenswood, while Josh McAbee , Josiah & Amy were visiting his sister in Marietta as his mother is in the hospital. The comely Judy Meadows was also calling at the Ferrell residence.

The price of local Pennsylvania grade crude oil rose to $32.62/bbl. with condensate ( Mountain high test) fetching $13.62, Marcellus & Utica light $26.62 and medium $32.62.bbl.

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Hur Herald.

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