UP: To the 125th anniversary of the Blennerhassett Hotel. The hotel, which opened on May 6, 1889, and is now locally owned by the Ross family, will hold several events in the coming weeks to commemorate the anniversary. The downtown landmark is one of the city's tourism foundations.
DOWN: To the Wood County Board of Education, for its craven performance during Tuesday's meeting. In a heated discussion about the highly charged Parkersburg South wrestling team's controversial T-shirts, board members were quick to either point the finger of blame at Superintendent Pat Law, or kowtow to some of the misinformed parents who spoke out during the meeting. These board members have shown themselves quick to backpedal and blame others when something goes wrong - the Parkersburg High School Stadium Field funding situation, for instance. It is true, it was Law who made the correct decision on the matter. Here is a question for board members: Had Law made the incorrect decision and fought the Freedom From Religion group - maybe even in court - and brought the issue before the board for a vote to proceed, how would the board have voted, knowing the school would lose a costly court battle? In an election year, we fear we already know the answer.
DOWN: To the low voter turnout for Tuesday's Ohio primary election. Despite the number of candidates and issues on the ballot, according to the Washington County Board of Elections, out of 41,804 registered voters in Washington County, only 6,818 turned out to vote, either by absentee ballot or on election day.
UP: To voters in both the Warren and Belpre school districts for passing renewal levies that were on the ballot during Tuesday's primary election. While the levies are not new, passage does mean the schools can continue to operate at their current levels without cuts.
UP: To the three honorees recognized this past Tuesday for their contributions to their community at the Ohio Valley University Evening of Honors. Felice Jorgeson, director of the Smoot Theatre, was honored as the 2014 Mid-Ohio Valley Citizen of the Year. Richard Adams, chairman and chief executive officer of United Bankshares Inc., and his wife Liza Adams were honored as the 2014 Mid-Ohio Valley Business Leaders of the Year. OVU's night of honors takes place every other year to recognize leaders in the local community.