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UP: To news that the New Era One Room School Museum in Mineral Wells will get a facelift thanks to the involvement of the New Era Kite Club, Tri State Roofing and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Tours and programs will be available again soon, too — with the proper precautions of course. The museum is one of those treasures Mid-Ohio Valley residents don’t often think about, but it is an important part of our history and a wonderful educational tool for local families and teachers. Bravo to those who will be providing some new exterior paint and siding.

UP: To West Virginia University’s swift action in placing 17 students on probation for conduct violations related to the pandemic. Another 15 students are set to undergo hearings — and there is one with a “history of repeated COVID-19 related violations that could be suspended or expelled if found responsible,” according to the Associated Press. WVU has a duty to keep its students and staff — and the Morgantown population as a whole — as safe as possible while it reopens to educate students. If those students can’t be trusted to display the simplest common sense and decency in helping make that happen, they must face consequences.

UP: To the 35 people who will become American citizens in ceremonies in September at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston. Opening our arms to those who were born somewhere else has always been a hallmark of what does, indeed, make this country great; and we welcome them. Congratulations folks.

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