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: 08.12.yyyy


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.

Today’s Birthdays:
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.

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  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.”



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.



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.


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



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.


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


Civil Case(s):

c/o Mapothr & MapothrAngel R Wine Ball08.03.0908.04.09
Gina M. CottrillDavid J. Hart08.05.09
Phyllis MarksClayton Bennett08.06.09
c/o Booth & McCartneyMichelle S. Ramsey08.07.09
c/o Booth & McCartneyHeather Ann Hainaut08.07.09
c/o Booth & McCartneyJessica L. Greenlief08.07.09


Misdemeanor Case(s):


Tpr J.R. BrewerFrances PylesPublic Intoxication08.03.0908.03.09
Tpr J.R. BrewerFrances PylesTrespassing08.03.0908.03.09
Tpr J.R. BrewerFrances PylesObstructing08.03.0908.03.09
Tpr J.R. BrewerRobert Wayne KlotzAssault08.03.0908.04.09

Tpr M. S. Summers

Amanda L. SmithImproper Registration07.27.0908.04.09
Appcon Lumber SupplyTricia MooreWorthless Check06.06.0908.06.09

WV State Police Citation(s):

James Edward Ash08.02.09Speeding
James Edward Ash08.02.09No Proof of Insurance

Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):

Anthony J. Edwards08.05.09Possession of Alcohol
Pathrusin Keaffaber08.02.09Speeding
Travis Lee Kelley08.01.09Speeding
Ross Lee Marks08.08.09Burning Refuse
William P. McAuliffe08.07.09Driving Suspended-Revoked (Non-DUI)
William P. McAuliffe08.07.09No Proof of Insurance
Kerey Darios Riffle08.08.09Speeding

City of Glenville Citation(s):

Mikanda A. Dorsey08.08.09No 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,

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.
Public invited.
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.

Robert G. “Bob” Phillips


Robert G. “Bob” Phillips
Age 79, of Front Street, West Union, departed his life on Sunday, August 9, 2009, at his residence.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Wednesday in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union.

Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 PM today and after 9 AM Wednesday in the funeral home chapel.

Nascar: Heluva Good! at The Glen - 2009

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Tony Stewart - Chevrolet - Old Spice / Office Depot

Tony Stewart had enough fuel to keep Marcos Ambrose at bay and win at Watkins Glen, his Cup Series-record fifth victory at the New York road course.

Top 10:
01 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot
02 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox
03 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac
04 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s
05 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M
06 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target
07 02 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
08 113 Max Papis * Toyota GEICO
09 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight

Driver Standing - Heluva Good! at The Glen:
01 Tony Stewart 3383 Leader
02 Jimmie Johnson 3123 -260
03 Jeff Gordon 3041 -342
04 Kurt Busch 2902 -481
05 Denny Hamlin 2847 -536
06 Carl Edwards 2830 -553
07 Juan Montoya 2781 -602
08 Kasey Kahne 2754 -629
09 Ryan Newman 2727 -656
10 Greg Biffle 2718 -665



Today: 08.11.yyyy

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2009. There are 142 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he’s crossing a one-way street.“ — Laurence J. Peter, Canadian-born educator and author of “The Peter Principle” (1919-1990).

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Aug. 11, 1909, the first recorded use of the S.O.S. distress signal in North America was by the steamship SS Arapahoe, which had broken down off North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras.

In 1919, Germany’s Weimar Constitution was signed by President Friedrich Ebert.

In 1934, the first federal prisoners arrived at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.

In 1942, during World War II, Pierre Laval, prime minister of Vichy France, publicly declared that “the hour of liberation for France is the hour when Germany wins the war.“

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman nominated General Omar N. Bradley to become the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In 1954, a formal peace took hold in Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and Communist Vietminh.

In 1956, abstract painter Jackson Pollock, 44, died in an automobile accident on Long Island, N.Y.

In 1962, the Soviet Union launched cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev on a 94-hour flight.

In 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan joked during a voice test for a paid political radio address that he had “signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.“

In 1992, the Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minn.

Ten years ago: White supremacist Buford O. Furrow, wanted in the wounding of five people at a Los Angeles Jewish community center and the shooting death of a mail carrier the day before, turned himself in to the FBI in Las Vegas and waived extradition to Los Angeles. (Furrow is serving life in prison.) A tornado tore across Salt Lake City, killing one person.

Five years ago: Britain granted its first license for human cloning for the purpose of stem cell research. The U.S. women’s soccer team defeated home team Greece 3-to-0 on the first day of competition in the 2004 Olympic Games (the opening ceremony took place two days later).

One year ago: President George W. Bush, back from his Asia tour, warned of a “dramatic and brutal escalation” of violence by Russia in the former Soviet republic of Georgia; he pressed Moscow to accept an immediate cease-fire and to pull back its troops. In Beijing, Michael Phelps got his second gold medal — thanks to a late comeback in the 400-meter freestyle relay by Jason Lezak, who lunged to the wall just ahead of the French anchor. Actor-playwright George Furth died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 75.

Today’s Birthdays:Actress Arlene Dahl is 81
Actress Anna Massey is 72
Songwriter-producer Kenny Gamble is 66
Rock musician Jim Kale (Guess Who) is 66
Country singer John Conlee is 63
Singer Eric Carmen is 60
Sen. Tim Hutchinson, R-Ark., is 60
Computer scientist and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is 59
Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 56
Singer Joe Jackson is 55
Playwright David Henry Hwang is 52
Actor Miguel A. Nunez Jr. is 45
Actress Viola Davis is 44
Actor Duane Martin is 44
Actor-host Joe Rogan is 42
R&B musician Chris Dave is 41
Actress Anna Gunn is 41
Actress Ashley Jensen is 41
Rock guitarist Charlie Sexton is 41
Hip-hop artist Ali Shaheed Muhammad is 39
Actor Will Friedle is 33
Rapper Chris Kelly (Kris Kross) is 31
Football player Andy Lee is 27
Singer J-Boog is 24
Rapper Asher Roth is 24
Actress Alyson Stoner is 16

WV: Mourning Dove Season Opens September 1, 2009


Mourning dove season opens September 1 and is the much-anticipated beginning of the fall hunting seasons for many West Virginians, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section.

The 2009 season will again be split into three segments:  September 1 through October 10; October 26 through November 11; and December 21 through January 2.  Shooting hours are from noon to sunset on September 1 and one-half hour before sunrise until sunset for all other days.  The daily bag limit is 15 with a possession limit of 30.

“Mourning dove seasons are set to maximize hunting opportunity in relation to other hunting seasons,” Taylor said.  “The bulk of the season falls in September when few other hunting seasons are open, and the second and third segments target late crop harvests and the Christmas/New Year holiday period, respectively.

“Doves are found throughout the state, but the greatest concentrations will be associated with farming areas,” Taylor stated. ”A recently-harvested grain field with water nearby is almost sure to be a hotspot for dove hunting.”

Hunters should be contacting landowners now for permission to hunt on private land.  Scouting areas immediately prior to when you plan to hunt is very important.

Federal regulations require all licensed dove hunters (including lifetime and senior citizens) to register with the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) and carry proof of registration while hunting.  HIP registration is free and available from DNR offices and all hunting license outlets.  Hunters may not hunt migratory birds with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells unless the shotgun is “plugged” with one-piece filler that cannot be removed without disassembling the gun.

Several hundred doves are banded with leg bands each year in West Virginia for monitoring and research purposes.  If you harvest a banded bird, you can report it by calling 1.800.327.2263 or online at  Hunters may keep the band and will receive a certificate of appreciation that includes the banding information for the bird.

More information on mourning dove season can be found in the 2009-2010 West Virginia Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations which should be available from DNR offices, license agents and the DNR Web site in late August.

WV: Canadian Goose Season Opens September 1, 2009


West Virginia’s 2009-10 waterfowl seasons will begin statewide on September 1, 2009, with the opening of the early Canada goose season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Section.

The early season will end on September 19, 2009.  Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.  All other general waterfowl hunting regulations apply to the September season.  Hunters must possess a federal waterfowl stamp and a free Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration card in addition to their regular hunting license.  HIP registration is free and available from DNR offices and all hunting license outlets.

“Canada geese are found throughout West Virginia, but the largest concentrations are in the major river valleys where agriculture and suburban landscapes provide an abundance of open land,” Taylor said.  “A recently harvested crop field near water would be an ideal place to hunt, but hunters should not overlook those out-of-the-way spots such as an isolated pasture or strip bench with a small pond.”  Regular scouting is important because geese are very mobile and will move to such isolated areas to avoid hunting pressure.

Most goose hunting is found on private lands, so it is important for hunters to maintain good relationships with landowners.  Goose hunting is also available on some wildlife management areas and hunters should contact the appropriate district office with questions about specific areas.

Waterfowl hunters are reminded of two important toll-free numbers.  Federal waterfowl stamps may be purchased with a credit card by calling 1.800.782.6724.  Also, hunters who harvest a banded bird may call 1.800.327.2263 to report the bird and find out when and where it was banded.  Banded birds may also be reported online at

Applications Available for 2009 Limited Permit Antlerless Deer Seasons‏


Applications for the 2009 Antlerless Deer Season are now available at all West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, Division of Natural Resources (DNR) District Offices, Elkins Operations Center and South Charleston Headquarters, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Section.

These applications also may be downloaded from the DNR’s Web site at

The limited permit areas provide antlerless deer hunting opportunities in counties or portions thereof, and select Wildlife Management Areas where wildlife biologists have determined that limited numbers of antlerless deer permits are necessary to meet deer harvest management objectives.

Six Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) will have a limited number of Class N licenses for resident antlerless deer hunting from November 25 through December 12, 2009 and December 29 through December 31, 2009.

In addition, portions of three counties also will have limited permits available for resident hunters.

The antlerless deer season in these counties will run from November 23 through December 12, 2009 and December 29 through December 31, 2009.

Applications must be received by the DNR before the close of business on August 21, 2009.

For complete information on antlerless deer season dates and bag limits, consult the 2009-2010 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, which is available at West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, DNR offices and online at

Announcement for Gilmer County High School Students‏


Gilmer County High School will be conducting enrollment for new students beginning Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20, 2009.

Parents and/or legal guardians of new students should call the GCHS office at 304.462.7960 to make an appointment with Ms. Rosemary Williams.

Orientation for new students and freshmen step-up will be held on Monday, August 24, 2009 at 6:00 PM at the high school.

Additionally, Ms. Anita Roberts will be available from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Tuesday, August 18 through Thursday, August 20, 2009 on a first come, first serve basis to make minor schedule changes for students in grades 8-12.

Seventh grade students will receive their schedules at 7th Grade Orientation beginning at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, August 25, 2009.

The first day of school for all GCHS students is Wednesday, August 26, 2009.

What You Should Get For What’s In The Ground


Those with questions about the natural gas on their property and their rights when leasing access to that natural gas can get those questions answered later this month.

The newly formed Appalachian Chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) will hold an informational meeting in Morgantown on Saturday, August 29, 2009.

“There’s been a good bit of confusion and frustration relative to gas prices in Marcellus well drilling and water uses the well drilling is requiring,“ says Bob Hart with NARO Appalachia.

The focus is on Marcellus Shale.  “It’s a geologic formation that underlies most of Appalachia, four or five states, and it’s very gas rich.  It’s been the target of a lot of drilling the last three or four years.“

Property owners, Hart says, need to be informed.

“There’s a lot of competition among companies to lease land,“ he says.  “Different people are being offered different amounts of bonuses to lease with them and different royalty rates and it’s, quite frankly, just made a lot of people angry and frustrated and they just need to get more information.“

The August 29th meeting will run from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Morgantown.

For more information, go to

West Virginia Farm Is Save Haven For Cows

On farms across West Virginia, 204,000 beef cattle now await slaughter. But at the International Society for Cow Protection’s 168-acre hillside farm in Marshall County, cattle are treated far differently from those that are headed to slaughterhouses and onto plates.

William Dove and his family keep 22 cows and oxen comfortable for their entire lives and plan to chant the holy names of God to each animal as it dies a natural death at their farm outside of Moundsville.

Dove, a Hare Krishna, founded the cow protection society with his wife, Irene, in 1990.

Visitors to farm and to the society’s Web site ( are encouraged to adopt an animal for $420 a year.

Many of the society’s 40 or so donors are city folks who cannot take care of cows themselves, Dove said. Each adopter receives dried fruits and vegetables from the garden and a monthly update on their adopted cow or ox.


Just down the road at th e New Vrindaban Hare Krishna temple, another cow adoption program attempts save cows from slaughter, though the price for donors is a bit steeper: $3 a day or $1,100 a year to adopt a cow.

Not only are the protected cattle not killed, but the female cows aren’t required to breed, nor are they asked to do hard labor. When one is milked, it is done without a machine and without any pinching or pulling, according to care standards followed by the society.

The society’s oxen are to be castrated as painlessly as possible and trained in a way that develops “a relationship of love and trust.“

“Our whole program is what we call cruelty-free from birth to death,“ William Dove said.

The Hare Krishna, who worship the Hindu god Krishna, believe that the cow has special status as one of the “seven mothers” of human beings; the other mothers include biological mothers, nurses and the earth.

“All mothers should hold a position of respect, and since one does not kill and eat one’s mother, the cow should not be killed and eaten,“ a brochure from the cow protection society says. Bulls are considered fathers and treated likewise.

Dove said the general public is beginning to understand the “karmic repercussions” of meat eating.

“More and more people are now becoming sensitive to where their food comes from and they are understanding that they don’t need to kill to live - that the meat-based diet is such a violent aspect of society that they don’t really want to support it,“ he said.

Dove said the violence done to animals is reflected in society at large - in highway fatalities, in wars, in murders.

Visitors to the farm learn how to train oxen and how to do farm work with them.

“A lot of them already are vegetarians and some of them are vegans who want to have dairy products in their diet but don’t want to support the factory farming,“ he said.

But Dove said some people still don’t see the connection b etween a piece of meat and where it came from. When kids come to the farm, they can hug and pet the cows and “understand where their hamburger is coming from.“

“McDonalds wants to the kids to think it’s a happy meal,“ he said. “But if you took the kids to a slaughterhouse, those kids would become vegetarians. ‘This is where my Happy Meal comes from?‘ “

Dove, 63, became a vegetarian as a young man growing up in Hawaii and reading the Bible. He did a lot of open ocean fishing for tunas and marlins. Then he got to thinking.

“I am causing him so much suffering. He is fighting for his life so I can have my tuna fish sandwich,“ Dove thought. “So I just thought, ‘If this is the suffering I am causing, I don’t want to do it.‘“

Since he began working with cows in 1974, several years after becoming a Hare Krishna, Dove has found the animals have a definite personality.

“They’re very loyal to each other,“ Dove said. “If a cow is sick and not able to get up - sick and dying you might say - they will come and keep that animal company. It’s not that they will walk away and abandon her.“

On a part of the society’s Web site for visitors who want to adopt an animal, the Doves give a little bio of each animal.

One 2-year-old bull calf is a “gentleman, introspective and kind.“

Kalki, a 14-year-old Holstein cow, is “upper middle management” in the herd. She also likes apples and pears.

Hindus believe that cows are the top most body that a living entity can have in the animal kingdom. The soul, which Dove described as “small spark,“ moves from one being to another. A well-treated cow’s soul could become a human. But an ill-treated cow’s soul could end up worse off in the next life.

In addition to the religious aspect, Dove said it doesn’t make sense to kill cows for their meat.

“The amount of food that a cow can give, which is high quality food - milk, cheese, butter - without the violence, far outweig hs the amount of decaying flesh (from) a dead cow in a slaughterhouse,“ Dove said.

Dove settled in West Virginia after a 1995 visit to the New Vrindaban temple near Moundsville. He liked the state. The land was affordable.

He said many of his neighbors also keep cows. But they end up having theirs killed.

Dove said he doesn’t appreciate that.

But he gets along with his neighbors. They talk about the Bible, among other things. Dove quotes Genesis, which says “every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.“ And he doesn’t let differences over meat get in the way.

“Just the fact that they understand what we’re doing is beneficial to them,“ Dove said. “All of our neighbors, they are following their family traditions. I’m not going to set up a barrier and say, ‘If you’re not a Hare Krishna, we’re not going to be friends.‘ Once those barri ers are set up there’s no discussing anything.“

GET FIREWISE, WEST VIRGINIA! - Protect Your Home from Wildfires with These Simple Tips


Do you live near the woods? If you do (like many of us in West Virginia), your house is at risk from damages or destruction by wildfires.

Here are a few simple tips to help reduce your risk:

—- Remove dead leaves, pine needles, tree branches and combustible debris from around your home.

—- Don’t store firewood on or under porches or decks.

—- Don’t store machinery like four-wheelers, lawn mowers and weed eaters under decks or porches.

—- Plant less-flammable trees and shrubs around your home, including flowering dogwood, Eastern redbud, azaleas and hydrangeas.

Nascar Postponed at Watkins Glen International

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For the second consecutive week rain has forced the postponement of the Sprint Cup race.

The Heluva Good! at The Glen has been rescheduled for noon ET Monday.

Movie: Box Office 08.09.09


1NG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra1
2NJulie & Julia1
42Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince4
51Funny People2
64The Ugly Truth3
7NA Perfect Getaway1
85Aliens in the Attic2
1012(500) Days of Summer4

TW = This Week     LW = Last Week       WOC = Weeks On Chart

Doddridge County Boy Is The National Marbles Champion


Ralph Dillon, Doddridge County, WV, has won the boys competition in the United States National Marbles Championship in Pittsburgh during the weekend.

The contest’s semifinalists were all current and former national marbles champions, making for tough competition.

The U.S. competition is open to all shooters, including those too old for the national championship.

No County Board of Education Wants To List This Debt


A legal battle is mounting over who should take on the unfunded liability for school retirees’ health care benefits. The state says the counties are responsible for some of that money, but that’s led many school systems to join together in a possible lawsuit to counter that argument.

“Twenty-six county boards of education, in writing, have advised us that they voted at a meeting to join the litigation,“ says attorney Howard Seufer. “We’re aware of four or five others.”

Seufer are his Charleston law firm are heading up the lawsuit which goes back to the nearly $7 billion dollars in OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits) liabilities from the state Public Employees Insurance Agency.

The counties worry if they take on the debt it would take away money they can use for everyday educational expenses. Another concern is that the debt will also affect bonds.

“They worry if the voters agree to a bond issue and go sell their bonds or market their bonds, if their financial statements look worse than they have in the past, it would make it more costly to borrow the money you borrow when you have a bond issue,“ Seufer said.

The lawsuit is expected to be filed by this fall. Other entities including the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers are expected to sign on the lawsuit in favor of the counties.
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