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UP: To past and present students of Parkersburg South High School art teacher Abbie Burge and other local art students, who are working on the mural that will cover a large portion of the floodwall at Point Park. “All along there’s been talk about having local students involved,” said mural designer Christopher Santer, who is working alongside the students. “Hopefully, it’ll inspire them — big painting, 160-foot painting — (it) can be done.” Yes, when that many determined and talented people work together, just about anything can be done. In this case, we are looking forward to seeing the finished product.

UP: To those who participated in the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s “Color Me United” 5K color run — getting back into the fundraising game and in the process having fun supporting our communities through money that will be used for grants that in turn fund scholarships, school supplies and other needs of our local nonprofits. “I had so much fun participating in the run,” said Tia Opel of Parkersburg. “I am glad I could use today to see some of my friends, be a member of a great community and help support a great cause along the way.”

DOWN: To continued vaccine hesitancy and defiance on mask guidance for those who are not vaccinated. Between Wednesday and Thursday mornings last week, 126 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in West Virginia, with 35 cases of the delta variant having been detected in the state, an increase of 12 from Wednesday to Thursday. This is no time to stand on nonsense, folks. Get the shot. Wear your mask if you don’t. Don’t ruin our chances at a recovery from this pandemic.

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