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UP: To Wood County Board of Education members who have made a concerted effort in recent months to acknowledge accomplishments of students, teachers and schools, during their meetings. It is important to make time to talk about the good things happening in our schools — and there are a lot of them. Good for those who have decided to put a priority on including all those positives in meetings that sometimes can feel like they are getting bogged down in negatives.

UP: To development of a program in Ripley that will allow agencies to post their needs to volunteers and in turn, any one who wants to volunteer will have access to any type of volunteer work they want. The Volunteer WV initiative will make it even easier for residents to find ways to help each other. This is a gift to the community. I am hoping they will take it and run with it. It will be an awesome tool to Jackson County,” said Sally Blessing, interim executive director of Main Street Ripley.

UP: To news from Lindsey Piersol, director of Wood County Economic Development, that there have been “a lot of exciting things” come through her office in the past year. Business growth and opportunities for future development are essential as our region struggles to diversify and jump start its economy.

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