Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the recent snow that has given ski bums another week of skiing at Snowshoe Ski Resort in Pocahontas County. Because of the recent snow – which most people are ready to see end – the Pocahontas County resort will remain open until April 7. The resort had planned to close after this weekend, but two additional feet of snow in the area this week have kept the trails covered and conditions optimal.

UP: To Parkersburg native Rob Liotti who is the screenwriter and lead actor for a planned movie “Bon Scott – The Legend of AC/DC.” The movie will chronicle the musical career of Australian rock ‘n’ roll icon Bon Scott, who died in 1980 at the age of 33, and the band AC/DC, Liotti said. Scott was the lead singer for the hard rock band. Liotti, who lives in Charleston, S.C., is a graduate of Parkersburg South High School. He has performed as Scott in the AC/DC tribute band TNT since 2004.

DOWN: To Wood County’s low health ranking on a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institution. The study, which was released March 20, ranks West Virginia’s 55 counties from healthiest to least healthy using two factors: health outcomes and health factors. In this year’s study, Wood County ranked 32nd in the state, a far cry from last year’s listing of 18th in the overall outcomes, which is the mortality and morbidity. Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department Executive Director Dick Wittberg, who said he is unaware of how the data is collected or analyzed, said it proves the economic situation of many people and education levels all influence an area’s overall health.

UP: To restoration of a flag that belonged to the corps of men commanded by Civil War Brigadier General Benjamin Dana Fearing. Fearing, who was a Marietta resident, brought the flag back with him after the war. According to Campus Martius Museum historian Bill Reynolds, Civil War corps flags are extremely rare. The flag will be on display as part of the museum’s “Touched By Conflict: Southeastern Ohio and the Civil War” exhibit.

UP: To former Wood County commissioner Holmes “Butch” Shaver who along with his horse Lasso My Colors took top honors at the Amateur Finals of the National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championships earlier this month in Jackson, Miss. The contest involves a horse and rider going into a herd of cattle and separating a specific cow from the herd. Shaver, a longtime Parkersburg realtor, 24-year county commissioner and cancer survivor, took home a purse of $11,000 for his accomplishment.