UP: To the annual Washington County Fair, which begins today and runs through Tuesday at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The fair celebrates its 194th year and is the second-oldest fair in Ohio.
UP: To the return of busing at Warren Local Schools. Ohio doesn't require a school system to provide busing and the Warren Local Board of Education eliminated the service two years ago because of funding issues. Parents who have been forced to drive their children to school during the past two years are certainly happy to see the buses rolling again. Good to the Warren BOE for returning this service.
UP: To the volunteers and other supports of the Salvation Army who were honored Tuesday during the organization's first fundraising dinner to benefit area homeless youth at Grand Pointe Conference Center. Lt. Mechelle Henry and her husband, Erik Henry, co-officers of the local corps, thanked individuals, groups and churches that raised money and volunteered their time to the Salvation Army in the past year. The Salvation Army is more than just a thrift shop and a temporary shelter. It provides immeasurably valuable services - many to children. It would not be possible without these volunteers and supporters.
UP: To Wood County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Reed for finally putting an end to the long-running saga of former Parkersburg Police Officer Floyd Holliday. Holliday was fired in March 2010, but the firing was overturned by the Parkersburg Police Department Civil Service Commission. The issue has languished in court since that time with Holliday being on paid suspension. On Thursday, Reed issued the ruling upholding the firing, saying the commission "abused its discretion."