UP: To the arrest of three Wood County men for the brazen Oct. 30 break-in at the West Virginia State Police barracks in Harrisville. On Thursday, John M. Richards, 48; David C. Wine, 33; and William W. Estep II, 25, were charged with breaking into the evidence room at the barracks and stealing 31 pieces of evidence. If these three are found guilty, they should face stiff punishment for this crime.
UP: To Thursday's opening of the new West Virginia 14 bridge in Mineral Wells. The long-awaited project is the last piece in a three-phase construction project that began more than 10 years ago. The bridge eliminates a sharp turn at W.Va. 14 and W.Va. 21 and the traffic issues this has caused.
UP: To West Virginia University junior Allie Boso whose poker chips dress recently won a Halloween-themed design contest sponsored by Mood Designer Fabrics of New York City. Boso, a Parkersburg South High School graduate and a fashion design major at WVU, used 300 red, white and blue poker chips connected by 2,000 jump rings to make the garment which was worn over a black top and skirt. Boso won a $250 gift card to Mood Designer Fabrics. She plans to take a fashion trip to New York City in the spring.
DOWN: To the state Department of Education for what appears to be a blatant violation of state law by its firing of state Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple on Thursday despite the issue not being on the agenda.