Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department firefighters Kevin Harris and Chad Lynch for their efforts in saving two dogs that were trapped in a burning home this past Tuesday. The dogs are two of five belonging to Melina Huddy, whose home near the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition fairgrounds in Mineral Wells caught on fire Tuesday evening. Three of the dogs left on their own, but two remained inside. Harris and Lynch coaxed one out, but the other, large dog had to be led out by the collar.

DOWN: To Delegate Dan Poling, D-Wood, for his vote in favor of putting restrictions on how the state attorney general can conduct his business. No matter how the Attorney General Ethics and Accountability Act is worded, its goal is to tie the hands of the current Attorney General-Republican Patrick Morrisey. We wonder how readily Poling, Wood County’s only elected Democrat, and the only delegate from our area to vote for this measure, would have supported this bill if former Attorney General Darrell McGraw was still in office?

UP: To news that Technology Plastics LLC, a Jackson County company that plans to manufacture plastic lids for commercial-sized metal waste bins, plans to be operational by the fall. The plant is expected to initially employ 15 workers and is being started by Doug Ritchie, who founded Star Plastics in 1988. The company will use recycled plastic, purchased from Star Plastics, and will be located in unused space at Star Plastics facility. The company eventually hopes to expand into its own facility.

UP: To the work that will begin March 10 on the final 3,400-foot segment of the Little Kanawha Connector bicycle and multi-use recreational trail. The trail, a 15-year project, begins at Point Park, and once the work is completed later this summer, will end at the city limits at Corning Park. This is the city’s final stage of a project that is hoped will eventually connect the city trail to the72-mile North Bend Rail Trail’s terminus at Happy Valley Road, near West Virginia University at Parkersburg.