UP: To the Salvation Army and all of the volunteers who will cook and then serve thousands of Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday.
DOWN: To Meigs County Municipal Judge Steven Story for releasing a captured escapee on a personal recognizance bond. Jason Lee Caplinger, 28, escaped from home confinement in Parkersburg on Oct. 17. Caplinger was arrested this past Saturday in Meigs County for being a fugitive from West Virginia. He was taken before Story, who was asked to hold Caplinger pending extradition to Wood County. For some unexplained reason, Story refused and released a fugitive from justice on a personal recognizance bond. Fortunately Caplinger was recaptured in Wood County late Thursday in Parkersburg - no thanks to Judge Story.
UP: To Texas-based Carbonyx Inc., which announced plans Thursday it will invest tens of millions of dollars in a new steel plant in Millwood, in Jackson County. The company, which could employ at least 60 people, will produce a key ingredient for steelmaking and rely on coal as the main input for its manufacturing process, making it an important new customer for regional coal producers.
DOWN: To the "teenage drama" that caused two lockdowns Wednesday at Parkersburg High School. Parkersburg police Sgt. Greg Collins said officials were called to Parkersburg High School in response to a report of a person on campus with a gun. Collins said through the investigation it was determined there was never a gun on campus. Jonathan Michael Loncala, 18, was charged by police on misdemeanor charges for texting a picture of a gun to another male at the school, prompting concerns. Loncala, a former PHS student, was detained by police and released into the custody of his father. However, he then walked away from his parent and texted another threat to the student, prompting his arrest.
DOWN: To CSX for closing three crossings in Marietta this past Monday - without any advance notice. The three crossings - in Marietta's Harmar district - were closed as CSX crews began work on replacing railroad ties and resurfacing the crossings. Keeping the crossings upgraded and safe is an important task, and CSX does a good job at doing that. However, drivers should have been given some advance notice before heading out to work so they could have made plans to take an alternate route. Even Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews said he did not realize the work was being done Monday.