Frank Warner Mick
Frank Warner Mick
Age 50, of Tampa, FL, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2009, at University Community Hospital-Carrollwood, Tampa, from complications of pneumonia which developed from the N1H1 flu.
He was born May 13, 1959, in Weston, WV, a son of Willie V. Mick of Weston and the late Betty L. Bowman Mick.
Mr. Mick was a 1978 graduate of Lewis County High School. For the past 14 years, he was employed by Tampa Spring Company as a mechanic and night watchman. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose since 1981. Frank enjoyed fishing and hunting. He returned each fall to Lewis County for deer season with his father and brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Cheatman Mick, whom he married October 20, 2000, and Buddy Harshaw, whom Frank thought of as a son; four brothers, Willie V. Mick, Jr. and wife Jean of Weston, Virgil E. Mick and wife Bonnie of Fairmont, WV, Randy L. Mick and wife Carrie of Weston and Ted W. Mick of Weston; three nephews, Nicholas F. Mick and Jeffrey A. Mick of Morgantown, WV, and Kevin C. Mick and fianc/e Amy Kile of Fairmont; one niece, Kaylin D. Mick of Fairmont; one great-niece, Jade M. Mick of Fairmont; three aunts, Winnetta Kennedy of Northfield, OH, Rose Ella Powell and husband Mike of Palmyra, MI, and Della Jean Williams and husband Tom of Maryville, TN; and one uncle, Okey Mick and wife Alice of Jefferson, OH.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Okey Mick and Bessie Campbell Mick and Virgil Bowman and Mildred Swisher Bowman; two uncles, Leonard Mick and Richard Mick; and one aunt, Justine Mick.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday, August 11, 2009, at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, WV.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Carolyn Nettles officiating.
Interment will follow in Falls Mill Cemetery in Falls Mill, Braxton County, WV.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH, 44720.
Boyle Funeral Home, Weston.
Bright Green in Their Future is the Uniform for DOH Workers
The state DOH is going green. The agency announced Tuesday that some of its workers are being outfitted with new “high visibility” green shirts, jackets and pants.
State Highway Engineer Marvin Murphy says the uniforms are being given to those DOH workers who spend more that half of their work time on the roads and in traffic.
“Safety is our number one priority,“ Murphy said in a DOH release.
Workers with the new uniforms include bridge inspectors, sign maintenance workers and equipment operators.
WV: Jobless Benefits Extended
The West Virginia House and Senate have both passed a bill to extend unemployment benefits.
For those already receiving benefits, this extension will go into effect immediately.
Governor Manchin called the special session to extend unemployment benefits by changing the state code.
The funds will come from federal economic stimulus money and give people a thirteen week extension.
Daily Prayer: 08.12.09
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2009. There are 141 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “Wisdom is born, stupidity is learned.“-Russian proverb.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Aug. 12, 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indianapolis 500, first opened.
In 1859, poet and English professor Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote the words to “America the Beautiful,“ was born in Falmouth, Mass.
In 1867, President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him as he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
In 1898, fighting in the Spanish-American War came to an end.
In 1944, during World War II, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was killed with his co-pilot when their explosives-laden Navy plane blew up over England.
In 1953, the Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.
In 1960, the first balloon satellite-the Echo 1-was launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral.
In 1962, one day after launching Andrian Nikolayev into orbit, the Soviet Union also sent up cosmonaut Pavel Popovich; both men landed safely Aug. 15.
In 1978, Pope Paul VI, who had died Aug. 6 at age 80, was buried in St. Peter’s Basilica.
In 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer, the model 5150.
In 1985, the world’s worst single-aircraft disaster occurred as a crippled Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 on a domestic flight crashed into a mountain, killing 520 people.
Ten years ago: Los Angeles County prosecutors charged white supremacist Buford O. Furrow with murder and five counts of attempted murder, all filed as hate crimes, in the wounding of five people at a Jewish community center and the shooting death of a Filipino-American mail carrier. (Federal prosecutors also charged Furrow in the postman’s slaying.)
Five years ago: In a stunning declaration, New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey announced his resignation and acknowledged that he’d had an extramarital affair with another man. The California Supreme Court voided nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages sanctioned in San Francisco between February 12 and March 11, 2004.
One year ago: Declaring “the aggressor has been punished,“ the Kremlin ordered a halt to Russia’s devastating assault on Georgia-five days of air and ground attacks that had left homes in smoldering ruins and uprooted 100,000 people. Michael Phelps won the 200-meter freestyle for his third gold medal at the Beijing Games.
Former Senator Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., is 84
Actor George Hamilton is 70
Actress Dana Ivey is 68
Actress Jennifer Warren is 68
Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 60
Singer Kid Creole is 59
Jazz musician Pat Metheny is 55
Actor Sam J. Jones is 55
Actor Bruce Greenwood is 53
Country singer Danny Shirley is 53
Pop musician Roy Hay (Culture Club) is 48
Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 46
Actor Peter Krause is 44
Tennis player Pete Sampras is 38
Actor-comedian Michael Ian Black is 38
Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 38
Actor Casey Affleck is 34
Rock musician Bill Uechi (Save Ferris) is 34
Former NBA all-star Antoine Walker is 33
Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress is 32
Canada women’s hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser is 31
Actress Maggie Lawson is 29. Actress Dominique Swain is 29
Actress Imani Hakim (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 16
Health Care Debates Hot Across the Country
Following a meeting with West Virginia families, Senator Jay Rockefeller today delivered remarks at the University of Charleston and held a question and answer dialogue on proposals for fixing a broken health care system. West Virginia AARP, West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy jointly invited Senator Rockefeller to speak to the crowd of over 200 West Virginians.
In his keynote remarks, Senator Rockefeller spoke about working West Virginia families who are struggling in the current health care system. He highlighted the story of Rich and Amy Bord, local teachers from Fairmont, whose son has been diagnosed with leukemia. The Bords told their story publicly at today’s roundtable with West Virginia families, sharing their experience out of a desire to prevent other families from the same struggles.
“It is these stories, the unbelievable pain behind them, and the battle of so many West Virginians that drive me to fight for real health reform every single day,” said Senator Rockefeller in his speech. Senator Rockefeller focused on the need to level the playing field for West Virginia families so that they have stable, affordable health care choices and they can’t get cut off by insurance companies when they are sick.
Senator Jay Rockefeller at podium From left to right: Gaylene Miller, interim
director of WV AARP; Renate Pore, policy
analyst for West Virginia Center on Budget
and Policy; Ed Welch, president of the
University of Charleston; and, Sen. Jay Rockefeller.
Excerpts from Senator Rockefeller’s speech:
“We all know far too many people who have heartbreaking stories about terrible struggles in our health care system. But I want to tell you just one more today. It is about Rich and Amy Bord of Fairmont. Rich and Amy are local teachers. They work hard to make ends meet, and they have health insurance. Let me repeat that – they have health insurance.
“Rich and Amy’s nine-year-old son, Samuel, suffers with leukemia and he needs a bone marrow transplant. They thought they were covered, only to learn that their policy had a million dollar lifetime cap. A million dollars sounds like a lot of money—and it is—they surely never would have expected to exceed it. But health care costs are spiraling out of control and let’s face it, the truth is, health insurance companies don’t want to cover sick people.
“Sadly, after multiple rounds of chemotherapy, and a relapse earlier this year requiring additional treatment for Samuel, the Bords have reached their cap. What are Rich and Amy going to do? How on earth will they pay for the expensive procedure necessary for their son? In a nation as bountiful as ours, why on earth should anyone have to choose from such impossible options?”
“We must continue to demand comprehensive reform – together. Too many West Virginians get drawn out onto that tightrope – they feel completely alone in their fight with nothing to protect them from soaring medical bills, shrinking health benefits, and profit-hungry insurance companies.
“Well you are not alone. And I am never going to stop fighting for you to have affordable, stable and reliable health care – never.”
ROCKEFELLER MEETS WITH WEST VIRGINIA FAMILIES
~ HE HEARS PERSONAL STORIES IN ADVANCE OF REMARKS ON NEED FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM ~
Senator Jay Rockefeller met with West Virginia families today to hear firsthand their stories about the need for health care reform. This roundtable preceded remarks given by Rockefeller in a larger forum hosted by West Virginia AARP, West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, and the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.
“Our health care system isn’t working for West Virginia families. We simply cannot continue to accept the status quo - skyrocketing costs, no safety net, inadequate coverage, and insurance companies more concerned with making money and taking advantage of people than keeping them healthy and thriving.
We need health care reform that means stability, security and protections—fundamental principles that every family deserves,” said Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care.
“The stories I heard today were incredibly moving and highlight what we all know this issue is about—our families, good neighbors, and proud fellow citizens who the system and the health insurance companies have failed and mistreated.
From left to right: Sen. Jay Rockefeller; Mark Snyder; Mary Huntley;
Tom Sims; Regina Lorenzen; Amy Bord; and, Rich Bord.
There are some tough choices ahead about how to fix a broken system and I know and respect that West Virginian families feel as passionately as I do. A status quo that threatens our economy and lets millions of American men, women and children fall by the wayside is unacceptable – so we have to find a way to come together and focus on lasting solutions.”
Senator Rockefeller will be giving remarks and taking questions later today at the health care forum, focusing on West Virginia families and their struggle with the health care system.
U.S.: Productivity and Costs News
Productivity increased 6.4% in the nonfarm business sector during the second quarter of 2009 as unit labor costs fell 5.8% (seasonally adjusted annual rates).
In manufacturing, productivity increased 5.3% while unit labor costs rose 0.5%.
Gilmer Free Press: This productivity rise is the fastest pace in six years. Likely companies slashed costs to protect profits.
GSC Prepares for Fall Semester; Enrollment Up – Classes Start August 17
Glenville State College faculty and staff are busy preparing for students returning this week for the fall semester.
Freshman enrollment numbers have jumped about 30-percent over last year, according to Duane Chapman who heads the admissions office. And, for the third consecutive year, full-time total enrollment is posting positive gains as well. However, final totals aren’t released for several weeks.
FRIDAY IS FRESHMEN MOVE-IN DAY
Administrators, professors and staff gather to help freshman and their parents move into the dorms. Students are expected to report between 8 AM and 1 PM
Friday, Aug. 14.
In what has become an annual fall ritual, college personnel have become experts at speedily dispensing with checking everyone in, assigning rooms and getting their belongings to the right place.
Despite the heat and a seemingly endless line of cars and carts being loaded and moved about its accomplished with good humor and lots of smiles.
Returning students have a more flexible check-in and are welcome Friday afternoon, Saturday or Sunday.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY CAMPUS ACTIVITIES
Following the move-in madness a variety of activities are slated during the weekend including musical entertainment, a beach block party, and a picnic.
The public is invited to attend the Community and Campus Fair picnic beginning at 11:30 AM on the Clark Hall lawn.
A complete listing of all activities can be found on the GSC website by clicking on the “GSC 100” box located at the top left of the home page. That web address is http://www.glenville.edu
CONCLUSION OF A BUSY SUMMER
While summer is frequently seen as a time when “school’s out,” the GSC campus recently wrapped up one of its busiest summers. In addition to class offerings the college also hosted scores of West Virginia high school students and teachers participating in two three week NASA programs. A total of 60 students were immersed in field and lab work focusing on areas as diverse as robotics, rocketry, and collecting and cataloging field specimens. Their schedules were mixed with class work, special presentations and field trips to such places as Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Institute.
Making their first visit to GSC were more than 80 high school students and teachers involved in the Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA).
The college’s criminal justice department provided the backdrop for them to investigate the historic 1919 Glenville murder of Sarah L. “Sis” Linn.
HSTA provides an environment encouraging interest and success in the health sciences. Students who complete program requirements during their high school years can qualify for college scholarships and tuition waivers.
LIGHTNING STRIKE DAMAGE UPDATE
In mid-June the college’s landmark clock tower was struck by lightning during a severe storm. Witnesses reported it appeared a “ball of fire” rolled down the face of the administration building.
The intensity of the “strike” was felt across campus and damaged a variety of equipment.
Maintenance personnel said although their were redundant safety measures in place the electrical overload traveled through campus phone lines spreading to a variety of equipment including the gymnasium air conditioning units and the main telephone switching system.
By late July total damage had exceeded $100,000. Officials said once the control and phone systems are “stressed” with the influx of fall semester faculty and students any unknown damage should be quickly apparent.
~~ By Drew Moody ~~
Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 08.10.09
|c/o Mapothr & Mapothr|
|Angel R Wine Ball|
|Gina M. Cottrill|
|David J. Hart|
|c/o Booth & McCartney|
|Michelle S. Ramsey|
|c/o Booth & McCartney|
|Heather Ann Hainaut|
|c/o Booth & McCartney|
|Jessica L. Greenlief|
|Tpr J.R. Brewer|
|Tpr J.R. Brewer|
|Tpr J.R. Brewer|
|Tpr J.R. Brewer|
|Robert Wayne Klotz|
Tpr M. S. Summers
|Amanda L. Smith|
|Appcon Lumber Supply|
WV State Police Citation(s):
|James Edward Ash|
|James Edward Ash|
|No Proof of Insurance|
Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
|Anthony J. Edwards|
|Possession of Alcohol|
|Travis Lee Kelley|
|Ross Lee Marks|
|William P. McAuliffe|
|Driving Suspended-Revoked (Non-DUI)|
|William P. McAuliffe|
|No Proof of Insurance|
|Kerey Darios Riffle|
City of Glenville Citation(s):
|Mikanda A. Dorsey|
|No Operators License|
Wild Land Firefighter Training
The Division of Forestry (DOF) will host its biennial “fire school” September 14 – 18, 2009, at Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County.
The week-long training course will teach new agency employees and personnel from the Division of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation section and the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers about wild land firefighting techniques.
More than 30 students will take courses that include wild land fire behavior, fire line safety, firefighting tools, and causes and origins of wildfires.
Gilmer County Family Court Report - 08.07.09
Family Court Judge Larry Whited was in Gilmer County Friday, August 7, 2009 most of the day presiding over family court cases.
—- Ryan Lambert was before the court on a contempt proceeding and he will need to report back in 90 days to check on the status of his child support payments and to report whether he has been granted disability payments yet.
—- Melissa Bennett (28) of Cedarville, WV divorced Jason Bennett (32) of Winchester, Virginia.
—- John Huffman was ordered to pay $205.00 a month child support to Jamie Meadows now Shamblin.
—- Carrie Wildman was ordered to pay $50.00 a month child support to David Wildman.
—- Franklin Rexroad II was before the Court for contempt and paid $2,000.00 cash which the Circuit Clerk deposited in her account to be disbursed as ordered by the Judge at a later time.
—- Connie Pritt was ordered to pay $230.16 a month to Terry Pritt for child support.
—- Brent Waddell II was ordered to pay Amber D. Farrow $248.00 a month for child support.
—- Three other cases will have orders entered in them at a later date.
WV to Offer Roadside Signs to Honor Wreck Victims
Families wanting to memorialize loved ones killed in traffic accidents will soon be able to buy roadside signs from the West Virginia Division of Highways.
The signs are intended to be a safe alternative to makeshift memorials erected along the state’s highways. Those can be a distraction for motorists and a safety hazard for people who erect and maintain them, said DOH spokesman Brent Walker.
“We understand that people grieve in different ways, and we’re not trying to keep that from happening. However, anything we have on our roadways or that is a distraction is considered a safety hazard,” he said.
An application for the memorial signs is being developed and is expected to be available online later this month at the Department of Transportation’s Web site, www.wvdot.com.
OddlyEnough: Swiss Seek Pope’s Blessing to Stop Glacier Melting
After centuries of praying for a local glacier to stop growing, Swiss villagers are now seeking an audience with Pope Benedict to get his blessing for prayers against the global warming that is causing it to recede.
In 1678, the inhabitants of the Alpine villages of Fieschertal and Fiesch made a formal vow to live virtuously and to pray against the growth of the Aletsch glacier, Europe’s longest, which had caused a lake to flood into their homes.
To reinforce their prayers, they started holding an annual procession in 1862, when the glacier reached its longest during the mini-Ice Age Europe suffered in the mid-19th century.
But the villages now want to seek permission from Pope Benedict to change their vow as the glacier is melting fast due to climate change and have requested an audience with him.
“The residents of Fiesch and Fischertal hope that this will happen in September or October and are optimistic that the Holy Father will decide in their favor as he has repeatedly spoken out about climate change,“ they said in a statement.
Switzerland’s glaciers shrank by 12 percent over the past decade, melting at their fastest rate due to rising temperatures and lighter snowfalls, a recent study showed.
Glaciers are a key source of water for hydro-electric plants in Switzerland as well as an important tourist attraction.
Researchers are predicting that the temperatures in the Swiss Alps will rise by 1.8 degrees Celsius in winter and by 2.7 degrees Celsius in the summer by 2050.
~~ Reuters ~~
Daily Prayer - 08.11.09
PATH: Sierra Club Speaks Out
When the state Public Service Commission meets in February 2010, for evidentiary hearings into the controversial PATH project, the Sierra Club will be one the interveners allowed to take part.
Last week the PSC limited the number of residents, companies and organizations who will be allowed to speak at the hearings.
Two hundred and eighty-five were given intervener status. The rest were told they would have to join up together based on what county they come from in order to become an intervener.
Sierra Club, says their objection to PATH is simple. “This transmission line will greatly increase the pollution emissions from coal fired power plants in West Virginia and throughout the Ohio Valley.“
Both American Electric Power and Allegheny Energy are pushing for the 765-kilovolt line that would run 280 miles from the John Amos Power Plant in Putnam County to Frederick County, MD through more than a dozen West Virginia Counties.
PATH will create a 200-foot wide corridor that would destroy not only wildlife and habitat but also the health of West Virginians by the amount of pollution it would create.
Additionally, Sulphur Dioxide, Green House Gases, Mercury and other harmful air pollutants will be more consequences of this project.
Sierra Club said, “We think that’s a bad option for West Virginians because so many of the citizens in the state already live in areas where the air quality does not meet health standards.“
Meanwhile AEP and Allegheny say they are trying to address those concerns with a new program called PATH Education and Awareness Team.
The PSC will have the final say whether the $1.8-billion PATH power line will be built. The evidentiary hearings take place in February. The PSC then has until June to make a final ruling.
Title I: WV Seeks Waivers of Stimulus Fund Regulations
The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking waivers of federal regulations that dictate how counties can spend stimulus funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
West Virginia is one of several states asking permission from the U.S. Department of Education to relax requirements regarding how Local Education Authorities (LEAs) use Title I, Part A funds and Title I ARRA funds. The federal law requires LEAs that have Title I schools identified for improvement to spend an amount equal to at least 20 percent of its 2009 Title I, Part A and ARRA allocation on transportation for public school choice and supplemental educational services. Schools with high numbers of disadvantage students qualify to receive Title I federal funds.
The West Virginia Department of Education is asking that LEAs in West Virginia be allowed to exclude some or all of the ARRA funds they receive under the stimulus package in calculating their 20 percent obligation for choice-related transportation and supplemental educational services.
West Virginia also is seeking a waiver of federal regulations preventing a state educational agency from granting LEAs a waiver of the 15 percent carryover limitation more than once every three years. West Virginia also is asking federal authorities to allow LEAs with one or more schools in improvement, corrective action or restructuring to offer supplemental educational services and school choice in Title I schools in the first year of school improvement. Current policy requires that supplemental educational services begin in the second year of improvement.
“We believe these waivers will increase the quality of instruction and improve student achievement by providing much needed flexibility,” said West Virginia Superintendent Steve Paine. “The waivers will give LEAs more financial freedom to address important issues, such as improving math and reading achievement.”
In its request, West Virginia assured the U.S. Department of Education that it will use the funds freed up by the waiver to address needs identified based on data, including WESTEST2 results. Results of that statewide assessment are used to determine if schools made Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
“These stimulus funds offer a rare opportunity to improve education,” Paine said. “The Obama Administration is urging states to be innovative and we are doing just that in West Virginia with our Global 21 plan, which adds rigor, relevance and 21st century skills to the curriculum.”
For more information, contact Jan Stanley, state Title I director, at 304.558.7805, or the Office of Communications at 304.558.2699.
Gilmer County Historic Landmarks Commission Special Meeting
The Gilmer County Historic Landmarks Commission will hold a special meeting on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at Noon at the History Center Annex, 302 E. Main Street in Glenville.
This will be a covered dish luncheon.
Short Business Meeting Agenda: Discussion of joint Gilmer and Calhoun Historical Societies Picnic and Meeting on Saturday August 22, 2009 at 1:00 PM in Glenville.
For more information, call 304.462.7507 or 304.462.4295.
WV Bankruptcies Up, South Fares Better than North
Bankruptcies are up across West Virginia but the northern half has seen a bigger percentage increase than the southern half.
Figures from the U.S. Southern District Bankrupcty Court show there were 2,112 bankruptcies filed in the southern division from January 1 to July 31, 2009, compared to 1,798 during the same period in 2008. That’s an increase of about 17.5%.
In the northern division, bankruptcies increased from 1,052 cases last year to 1,511, a 44% increase.
U.S. Southern District Bankruptcy Court Clerk Jo Proops says the housing market and economy have had a bigger impact in northern West Virginia than in southern counties.
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