Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the thousands of men and women lined up to participate in this morning’s News and Sentinel Half Marathon. Good luck to all the runners and walkers — and thank you, to the spectators who line the course, keeping spirits up from first to last. Another thumbs up goes to organizers of the Parkersburg Homecoming Parade, who agreed to push back the beginning of the “Bringing it Home” parade to 12:30 p.m., to help make sure all runners and walkers in the race have had a chance to cross the finish line before the parade starts.

UP: To Wood County Commissioners and court coordinator Pam Brust, for finding more than $300,000 the county had been overcharged for inmates that should have been moved over to full state custody. Credits awarded back to the country amount to more than a month’s worth of jail bills, according to Commissioner Blair Couch.

UP: To new West Virginia University at Parkersburg President Chris Gilmer, who kicked of his tenure with a positive, energetic “pep rally” focusing on love for humanity, the school and the community. WVUP Board of Governors Chairman Sam Winans said during the event, “I saw a guy who’s going out of his way to be a team builder and be inclusive of everybody in the university.”

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