Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Wirt County resident Nancy Boyce, whose quick-thinking and instinct to help led her to pound on the door of a burning home until the young couple inside was awakened and able to escape. “Thank God the woman stopped (when she saw the home was burning, during her drive to work). They wouldn’t be here today,” said Amber Fraley, who also lived in the home, but was not there at the time of the fire.

UP: To the reopening of the Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s thrift store on Broadway Avenue in south Parkersburg. Though a “weak tornado” damaged the original Noah’s Arc Thrift Shop beyond repair in December 2015, the former storage building next store was converted into the new shop, where there is a lot more open space, and more parking. Store Manager Augusta Cox said “It is going to make it easier for customers to shop. With some of the people we support, they can come in easier now.”

UP: To the many crews that have been working on everything from restoring power after lines and poles were downed in recent storms, to cutting up and removing all the trees and limbs that fell into roadways. Mid-Ohio Valley residents are certainly grateful for the quick help.

UP: To West Virginia University’s Board of Governors, for making moves to take advantage of new state laws that allow for greater flexibility and independence. “We are trying to make the institution more nimble, simple, so we can move quickly and transparently forward as an institution,” said Rob Alsop, WVU’s vice president for legal, government and entrepreneurial engagement.