UP: To Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise LLC for its purchase this week of the SABIC Innovative Plastics plant property on Dupont Road. While Tuesday's purchase does not mean the cracker plant project has been finalized, it is a positive sign, or as Cam Huffman, president and CEO of the Area Roundtable, said, a step "closer to the goal line."
DOWN: To the the mess the Wood County Board of Education now finds itself in because of the spiraling cost of the Stadium Field repairs. Last year, the BOE committed $700,000 toward the then-estimated $1.3 million cost to repair the home side bleachers. The rest of the money was to be raised by the Parkersburg High School Stadium Committee and through private donations. Somehow, the cost of repairs has grown to more that $2 million. Last week the board ordered all work to halt and seek answers both on why the project is over budget and contractors have not been paid. No one is willing to speak publicly about how this has happened, but the public deserves answers to those questions as well because not only was that $700,00 provided by the board from taxpayers, concerned citizens also supported the project by donations at various fundraisers.
UP: To the Latrobe Street Mission officials who are considering taking over operation of the Public Inebriant Shelter. The shelter, which provides a place for individuals arrested for public intoxication to "sober up," was formerly run by Westbrook Health Services at its its Amity Center. Westbrook said it no longer was interested in operating the shelter because of safety, security and other concerns. Operating this type of shelter isn't a pleasant job, but it is a necessary responsibility for a community. For some of the people brought in, a night in this shelter could be the beginning of a new life of sobriety. Hopefully, the mission's board of directors can make this happen.
UP: To all of the area residents who helped out during the water crisis in nine counties because of the chemical leak into the Elk River in Kanawha County. Many residents donated bottled water and other items which were delivered to distribution points in the affected areas.