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UP: To news Wood County Schools’ plan to equip all K-8 students with iPads might come to fruition as early as this fall. Thanks to the school system receiving enough money to do so, the sped up timeline means “At the start of next school year, every single child in k-8 will have an iPad available for them to use,” according to Superintendent Will Hosaflook.

UP: To local American Red Cross volunteer Jean Brothers, who is organizing disaster relief in Alabama after tornadoes destroyed homes and resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries there. “Our job is to get everyone safe and get them the help they need,” Brothers said. “Safety is the main concern.” We are sure Alabamans are grateful for Brothers and the other Red Cross volunteers coming to their aid; and we are certainly grateful to have such folks in our midst.

UP: To the last day of West Virginia’s 2019 Regular Legislative Session, which adjourns at midnight. Though there may still be work to do, lawmakers are likely grateful for the chance to catch their breath, after what turned into a tension-filled and sometimes difficult session.

UP: To the Parkersburg Actors Guild’s effort to collect non-perishable food for local students, with bins available in the theater’s lobby. Some toiletry items are being collected as well. “Everybody has been so generous in giving,” said Dixie Showalter, director of “The Game’s Afoot,” which closes March 16.