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UP: To Gov. Jim Justice’s decision to delay implementation of an increase in turnpike tolls, while drivers wait for their new transponders to arrive. Justice had extended the deadline for application for drivers to apply for a new turnpike discount, but the rush on the application website caused delays. “My thanks go to the Parkways Authority for their swift action to resolve these issues,” Justice said. We agree.

UP: To sisters Doris and Mary Radabaugh who were recognized for their contributions to historical preservation and genealogy in Central West Virginia, especially Gilmer County. Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Descendants Inc. of Horner, W.Va., honored the sisters for several publications and collections pertaining to the families and history of Gilmer County, which were included in the Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library.

DOWN: To news from the state Department of Health and Human Services that flu cases are on the rise in West Virginia. There were 120 cases per week reported in December. Don’t wait too long to check with a doctor, folks, even if you did get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says approximately 80,000 people died of the flu in the U.S. last winter.

DOWN: To reports the extended partial federal government shutdown has left our National Parks system struggling with mountains of garbage, plumbing problems, guests fighting over camp sites and no one to help clear snowy roads. Some have advised that those who truly care about our national parks should stay away during this time, to avoid further damage.