7 days ago.
Welcome to Parkersburg! (home of the bums)
Drive across the toll bridge into Parkersburg and what's the first sight you see? How about a pathetic looking being bumming for money? There's a crew that work's the end of the Memorial Bridge, with the collector sometimes STANDING IN THE ROADWAY (I thought that to be illegal). His or her 'backups' are reclining in the adjacent American Legion lot. Then they rotate to the intersection of 6th and Ann St. and the backups sit on the Henry Logan Church steps. I had one relative that made a contribution and saw the female 'collector' drinking later that night at the 5th St. Pub. Another made a donation at the Memorial Bridge and later saw the guy buying a "40 ouncer" at the Speedway on Grand Central. Throw in the recent additions at the end of the drive to Wal-Mart (South Pburg) and the problem seems to be growing. I believe one female collector was recently charged with drug distribution. Is this the wave of the future for Parkersburg?