Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Parkersburg High School graduate and Ohio State University swimmer Tim Phillips for placing third in the champion heat of the 50 meter butterfly at the National Championships and World Championships Trials.

UP: To West Virginia seeing a drop in unemployment rates in May, the most recent figures available. Unemployment in the state stood at 6.2 percent.

DOWN: To President Barack Obama’s declared war on coal, which will adversely affect tens of thousands of workers and hundreds of thousands of energy consumers.

DOWN: To the Wood County Board of Education for rejecting a federal program that would have provided free meals to all students in up to 11 county schools. The program, adopted by 35 counties in West Virginia, is aimed at helping the “working poor.”

DOWN: To the scum who broke into the Gospel Mission Food Pantry and stole all the supplies Wednesday night.

UP: To the Parkersburg Utility Board for getting another residential water report indicating city water was within federal and state guidelines. C-8 and other contaminants were again found to fall below the health advisory levels established by the EPA.

UP: To Wood County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Reed for telling the affected parties that he will be making a decision in the case of fired Parkersburg Police Officer Floyd Holliday II who has been on paid suspension for nearly three years after the Civil Service Commission reversed his firng and the city appealed to circuit court.