UP: To all the people who volunteered their time out of their own holiday to help serve Thanksgiving meals at the various locations in our area. This caring and giving attitude makes our area a good place to live. And a special thanks should go to Salvation Army co-officers Lt. Erik Henry and Lt. Mechelle Henry for coordinating these efforts.
UP: To all of the highway crews who have since Tuesday been out treating area highways to help the thousands of holiday travelers have a safe trip home for Thanksgiving.
UP: To the passage of the Wood County Schools excess levy, which was on the ballot Nov. 23. The levy, which has helped fund the schools since 1945, overwhelmingly passed by a vote of 4,343 for the levy and 1,137 against. If there was any bad news in the vote, it was that only 10 percent of the eligible voters turned out.
UP: To Parkersburg Police Officers John Cumpston and Wendy Cox who recently received their promotion to sergeant. The move is historic because Cox is the first female sergeant to serve in the department. The pair actually became eligible following the November 2011 sergeants exam, but because of the recent upheaval of the three-member Police Civil Service Commission, did not receive their stripes until Nov. 22 when the new members of the board signed off on the test results. Congratulations to both Sgt. Cumpston and Sgt. Cox.
UP: To Parkersburg native Megan Gyongyosi who has spent several weeks helping Philippine residents in the aftermath of Typhoon Hiayan. Gyongyosi, a 2008 Parkersburg High School graduate and 2012 graduate of Davis & Elkins College with a degree in envionmental engineering, is a member of the Peace Corps. She was in the Philippines helping residents with sustainable fishing when the typhoon, one of the largest storms in recorded history, hit, leveling villages and leaving more than 5,000 people dead. Gyongyosi and other Peace Corps members helped with relief efforts. She since has traveled back to Parkersburg on a 45-day furlough to be with her very-relieved parents for the Thanksgiving holiday.