Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Ritchie County residents Brian Morton and Anthony Farr for raising $2,500 for the Parkersburg chapter of the American Red Cross. The pair, known to friends as “Morty” and “Ant”, raised nearly $1,864 of the money during a three-hour fundraiser for Oklahoma tornado victims at the Harrisville Pizza Hut restaurant, while the rest came in from donations raised through the pair’s Facebook page. The two men have held other fundraising events for good causes, and will hold another at the end of the month, with the money also going to help out victims of the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. Congratulations to these two men for helping others in need.

UP: To Bill Neal. who recently purchased Woodridge Golf Club in Mineral Wells, ensuring the golf course will stay in local hands. It is good to know Neal, who retired from General Electric in 2001, will be providing a steady, local hand to running the course.

UP: To the organizers of the Valley Classic tennis tournament, held recently in Vienna. The event, held by the Wood County Rotary Club and the Mid-Ohio Valley Tennis Association, and sponsored by 15 area businesses, raised $15,000 which will go to local charities.

UP: To Robert Stephens Jr., who was awarded the 2013 Edwin L.D. Dils Heart of Our Community Award at the Parkersburg YMCA’s 2013 Heart of Our Community Award Dinner at the Parkersburg Country Club Thursday evening. Stephens, president of the Bernard McDonough Foundation and former president of Ohio Valley University, received the award that recognizes the recipient’s selfless concern and care for the community. As is typical of his deferential nature, Stephens paid tribute to the award’s namesake Edwin Dils, and last year’s winner, Ann Bailey. Congratulations to Stephens for receiving this honor.