Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To enough progress being made to finally allow the demolition of two unsightly and unsafe buildings on Market Street. However, it is worth noting that the razing of those two pieces of Parkersburg’s past give opportunity for this reminder from Wood County Historical and Preservation Society President Bob Enoch. The former Wetherell building had reached the point of deterioriation that meant is was “too late to save it.

“I went through this building 10 or 12 years ago and in my opinion, it was questionable then if it was feasible to save. The upper levels were then in deplorable condition. Those who would like to see the few buildings of any historical significance in Parkersburg saved can only hope that the city and owners of the building develop a mindset of preservation.” The key there, of course, is to do so before it is too late. There is a good plan in place for preserving what can be saved while taking down these two buildings. Those with their eyes on remaining buildings should not wait until the they have passed the point of no return to do something about them.

UP: To Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss being named Teacher of the Year by the West Virginia Association of Student Councils. Congratulations, sir.

UP: To Bernard Cothern, who was honored as 2018 Fire Fighter of the Year by the Sons of the American Revolution Capt. James Neal Chapter, during the monthly meeting of the Wood County Fireman’s Association. Cothern received the SAR Fire Saftey Commendation Medal for accomplishments and outstanding contributions in fire safety and services — a well-deserved honor for a man who spent more than 50 years serving others, as a volunteer firefighter.