Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Sen. Joe Manchin and others here who are working to keep the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport’s air traffic control tower open. The tower was one of 149 across the country ordered closed because of automatic sequestration cuts. Airport officials say the closing creates a danger because the tower controls more than 36,000 air operations a year, which averages 106 a day. Airport traffic would be handled by an air tower in Indianapolis, Ind., not an optimal situation.

UP: To four Parkersburg South High School graduates and current West Virginia University students for spending their spring break in helping residents in Honduras. The four, part of a group of 40 WVU students, were participating in the Global Bridges effort. Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Students from PSHS on the mission were: Taylor Bush, Brooke Bertus, Alan Rejonis and Tyler Calkins.

UP: To longtime WestBanco executive Larry Johnson who will retire after 40 years working for the bank. Johnson, the market president for the Parkersburg region for WesBanco, has been a familiar and friendly presence at the bank’s Market Street location for many years. Johnson said he reached “the magic number” after reaching his 65th birthday in January. His last day will be April 30. Congratulations to Johnson, and we wish him well on his future endeavors.

UP: To the Wood County sheriff and several of his deputies and members of the Parkersburg Police Department who will travel to Mingo County Sunday for the funeral of slain Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum. Crum was shot and killed this past Wednesday while sitting in his cruiser eating lunch. Delbarton resident Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, was later arrested for the sheriff’s murder. He was shot after a car chase and was recovering at a Huntington hospital.