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UP: To news of increased COVID-19 testing in minority communities and high-risk populations in West Virginia. As Gov. Jim Justice put it, making sure those who might be most at-risk, particularly during a potential second wave, have access to the testing that might help keep their whole community safer will simply “make us one step better.”

DOWN: To the lack of clarity in a $66,350 construction change order given to the Wood County Board of Education by Swope Construction that included $37,000 due to “70 days” of work delays because of “general conditions.” Board member Justin Raber was justified in saying “I, one, would like to know where that is coming from, and two, were they delayed that many days? I’m not happy with that.” No one should be. Let us hope Swope gives a more detailed explanation soon.

UP: To those honored last week by Fraternal Order of Police Blennerhassett Lodge 79 for their contributions both to the law enforcement community and the wellbeing of our communities. Wood County Technical and Caperton Center instructor Bill Wright, Darliss Eichorn (wife of Parkersburg Police Officer Lt. Matt Eichhorn and mother of officer Matt Eichhorn II), Deputy E.G. Michael and retired Parkersburg Police Captain John Young were among those who deserve much more than a plaque and a handshake. They deserve the gratitude of everyone they serve and protect.

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