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UP: To news that Downtown PKB has received funding for another arts project, this time $10,000 for the GoodSpace initiative for the murals at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg and the Parkersburg Art Center. It is the first time the organization has been awarded a competitive national grant. “I feel pretty honored to be selected,” said outgoing Downtown PKB Executive Director Wendy Shriver. Nice job, folks!

UP: To the coaches and team members at Yo-Yo-Elite Baton and Show Corps of Parkersburg, for coming home with a whopping four international championships after the Twirling Unlimited International championships. “Four hundred twirlers from across the world coming together for the top prizes in one of the biggest events the organization has ever had is a lot,” said coach Kim Vannoy. And yet her teams became champions in juvenile small pom poms, tiny tots small dance twirl, tiny tots novelty and tiny tots small pom poms. Well done, ladies!

UP: To $402,000 from the federal Economic Development Administration for development district planning in six regions in West Virginia. “These planning investments will ultimately help our local communities make infrastructure improvements, expand workforce training programs and manufacturing programs, and grow efforts that support entrepreneurs in the Mountain State,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. Though Mid-Ohio Valley counties were left out of this round, support economic development anywhere in the state is good news.

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