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UP: To Wood County Schools’ development of a 2020-2030 Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan in which officials appear to understand the need to reduce the number of buildings in which we teach our dwindling number of students. Specifically, the plan says the district will move from 24 schools to 20 schools. It is important they stick with this plan. Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling is right. “We’re not out to close anybody’s facility just for the simple fact of saying, ‘You’re closed.’ We want to move schools and students into brand new facilities,” he said. “This past year, we closed some schools and we combined schools. Our goal is to build new facilities in this plan. So when the students leave their current facility, they would be moving into something that is as technically advanced as we can make it at the time.” It is a fantastic goal, but it will take community support. Start adjusting to the idea now, folks.

UP: To the availability of $750,000 in loans to be handled through the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council for businesses and development projects. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the award last week as USDA Rural Development State Director Kris Warner said of the MOVRC “They do this better than anyone else in the state of West Virginia.”

UP: To Downtown PKB’s announcement of a virtual Halloween costume contest this year, rather than its traditional Monster Mash event. There will be prizes in a variety of categories and age groups. It is good to see the SPIRIT of the holiday carry on, even online.

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