DOWN: To the Wood County Commission for backtracking on its position on the need for an overnight shelter to house people arrested for public intoxication. When Westbrook Health Services announced recently it was not renewing its lease with the county to operate the agency's Amity Center, the commissioners approached Latrobe Street Mission representatives about taking over the operation. Latrobe Street officials agreed, but would need $60,000 from the county to fund the shelter because a deadline for applying for the grant Westbrook used to fund the shelter had passed. This past Monday, the commissioners rejected the request and advised Latrobe Street officials to apply for a grant later this year. However, this puts Latrobe Street Mission officials in a difficult position. Board members must now decided whether to lease the space - which may not be available if the county changes its mind. While we understand the county's reluctance to use $60,000 for funding, if the shelter was such a need when Westbrook ended its affiliation, why is it not a need now?
UP: To Division of Highway workers who once again spent a busy week clearing roads following Monday's heavy snow. These workers were out on the roads during the most dangerous times of the day and night trying to make the roads as safe as possible for people making their commute to work. Under the circumstances they faced this week, they did a good job.
UP: To phase two of a study to determine the feasibility of bringing a Frontier League professional baseball franchise to Parkersburg. The first phase of the study, completed late last year, found that Mid-Ohio Valley residents would attend games if a team was located here. The latest phase will determine the best location for a stadium if the city eventually gets a franchise. While no final decision has been made about a team locating here, these studies will give potential investors the information necessary to decide whether to put money in the project if it does move forward.
UP: To Marietta resident Valerie Winchell whose Project Bravo has provided Bibles and other care package items to more than 10,000 soldiers and veterans in 2013. Winchell began Project Bravo eight years ago as a way to send care packages to soldiers and let them know their sacrifices were appreciated back home. In the ensuing years, the effort has grown so much that Project Bravo now has its own website for people who wish to help, and has 62 places across the U.S. that serve as distribution points for the items.
DOWN: To the uncertainty caused at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport because of United Continental airline's decision to drop Cleveland Hopkins International Airport as a hub. The MOV airport offers four flights daily to and from Cleveland with service provided by Silver Airways through a codeshare contract with United. Even though airport officials were aware this could happen, it is unsettling for both the airport and the people who fly commercially from here.