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   ~~

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