Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To efforts to clean up the system for determining the number of state-owned vehicles in West Virginia, which have (after three years) resulted in discovery that the state owns 8,380 vehicles (rather than the 12,500 that were being insured by the Board of Risk and Insurance Management). That saves taxpayers $400,000. “It took a long time to get to this point, but now we finally have made agencies transparent and accountable with regard to the vehicles they manage,” said Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, chairman of the House Government Organization Committee.

UP: To the three Wood County high school teams competing today at the West Virginia Science Bowl in Morgantown. Best of luck to the folks from Williamstown High School, Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg Catholic High School competing for a chance to represent the state at the National Science Bowl Finals April 25-29 in Washington, D.C.

UP: To City of Parkersburg sanitation workers, who received a thank-you pizza party from Mayor Tom Joyce and other city officials, for working the Saturday after trash pick-up was canceled because of frigid temperatures Jan. 31. “We appreciate what they do all the time,” Joyce said. “This is my way of thanking them for taking one for the team.”

UP: To the folks at Artisan School of Cosmetology, who created a win-win situation when they brought some of their students in to give free haircuts to 55 students at Franklin Elementary Center this week. According to the school, even some parents got in on the group effort, volunteering to escort students between classrooms and the library where haircuts were taking place.