Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To news that a Route 33 bypass will finally be coming to Spencer — with a hoped-for completion date of November 2022. Mark Pauley, director for marketing and development for Spencer, is correct. “This hill, Scott Miller Hill, over the years, during bad weather, has unfortunately claimed a lot of lives,” he said. “There will be a safer and more business-friendly highway and that’s what we need.” Kudos to those who those who helped convince the West Virginia Department of Transportation to make it happen.

UP: To Wood County Schools’ efforts to develop a new alternative school, with the hope of opening it this fall. It is particularly encouraging to hear the possibility it could include career and technical training education. “The (Youth Reporting Center) has 21 students in Maplewood (building) in Vienna,” a building owned by Wood County Schools, Superintendent Will Hosaflook said. “But there is a waiting list of another 25 kids. The alt school would be a transitional process and program from the YRC into the alternative school back into full-time public education.”

UP: To plans for a possible reuse of the old City Hall building in Ravenswood. Mountaineer Integrated Care is applying for permits to grow, dispense and process medical cannabis, as it plans to open a dispensary. Here’s hoping it is just another step in continued progress and diversification for the region.