DOWN: To news it will be at least four years until the West Virginia Army National Guard will be able to provide the $4 million in funding for Phase I of the proposed readiness center slated to be built at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The $4 million - plus $1 million of federal funding - was the guard's share of Phase I of a project that will eventually be a multiple-use center for the college, hosting athletic events, banquets and trade shows. WVU-P Board of Governors were told that because of tight federal budgets, the money will not be available until 2018-20. While it was hoped the money would be available sooner, it does give WVU-P a longer window to raise the remaining $8 million of its $13 million share of the Phase I part of the project.
UP: To Parkersburg and Wood County being considered as a possible destination for a future event aimed at expanding bicycle trails in the region. On Wednesday, representatives of the national Rails to Trails Conservancy met with Kim Coram, a Parkersburg City Council member and coordinator for the Wood County Alternative Transportation Council, to discuss Parkersburg as a potential destination in the conservancy's annual Greenway Sojourn, a multi-day ride involving some 300 bicyclists. The event, which attempts to encourage communities to expand bicycle trails, lasts between four and eight days with overnight stops and entertainment options at the different stops during the tour. We support Coram in encouraging the members to include Parkersburg as a destination for a future Sojourn.
DOWN: To the temper tantrum that turned into something resembling a riot at the Lorrie Yeager Jr. Juvenile Center, in Parkersburg, on Tuesday evening. Six juveniles who were angry with a disciplinary measure taken by center officials began a protest that got out of control and required involvement of the Parkersburg Police Department. There was extensive damage to the commons area where the juveniles were holding their revolt at approximately 7 p.m. Center officials say there was no threat to the public during the incident, and the center was secured by 9 p.m.. The six involved are no longer at the center.
UP: To Mattress Warehouse for dontating five new mattress sets to the Latrobe Street Mission this week. The five mattress sets were awarded as part of a December Facebook campaign, the Gift of Sleep, by Mattress Warehouse and its parent company, Innovative Mattress Solutions. To celebrate the company's 30th anniversary, Mattress Warehouse gave away a queen mattress set each week for 30 weeks in its Sleep Stakes promotion. The 30 winners nominated charities and the top six based on Facebook likes received the five mattress sets. The Latrobe Street Mission was nominated by Tracy Browning of Mineral Wells, who was the week 29 Sleep Stakes winner. Also receiving five mattresses was the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marietta, nominated by week 18 winner Theresa Clift of Marietta.
UP: To Parkersburg High School teacher Jamie Kupfner, one of only three West Virginia teachers invited this school year to participate in the National Science Teachers Association's New Science Teacher Academy fellowship program.