Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To Russell T. Farr, 50, and wife Angela J. Farr, 32, for their alleged treatment of his developmentally disabled brother and sister. Farr is accused of encouraging his brother to assault his sister, along with other abuse and neglect. His wife is accused of supervising the abusive treatment. This is one of the worse cases of abuse by a caretaker we have heard of, and the Farrs, if convicted, deserve the fullest punishment the law allows.

UP: To students in Edison Middle School’s F.O.R. Club who spent several weeks making locker shamrocks for more than 80 of their classmates. Club members wrote something positive on every shamrock posted on the lockers. In addition the students made several St. Patrick’s Day wreaths that were delivered to Cedar Grove Assisted Living to surprise some of the residents. The F.O.R. Club stands for Friends of Rachel, part of Rachel’s Challenge, a national anti-bullying program. It is named for Rachel Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado on April 20, 1999.

UP: To Smoot Theatre Executive Director Felice Jorgeson who recently received a Community Advocate of the Arts award from the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters club. According to club president Jeanne Tasse, Jorgeson was honored for her work transforming the Smoot Theatre into a center for the arts and learning for the entire area. Congratulations to Jorgeson for an honor well earned.

DOWN: To a recent spate of home burglaries in the Parkersburg area. According to Parkersburg Police, 20 homes have been burglarized in the last five weeks. The homes targeted are in upscale neighborhoods with the occupants either not at home or elderly. Police say the culprits are using their ill-gotten gains to pay for drug habits. Hopefully, arrests will be made soon.

UP: To the United States Department of Transportation’s order that Silver Airways flights from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport to Cleveland continue until a new service can begin. In February, Silver Airways, which provides four flights per day between the two facilities, announced it will end service within its Cleveland network no later than May 15. Under the DOT’s order, however, the flights will continue at least until June 14, at which time a new server should be chosen.