UP: To outgoing Homecoming President Randall Roberts for the excellent job he has done in this position since taking the job in 2009. Roberts, 70, announced he would step down as president of the festival board of directors during this past Tuesday's Parkersburg City Council meeting. During his tenure he has helped steer Homecoming to a solid financial footing after several years of losing money - and he has been able to do it by growing the event. This year, the festival spent $20,000 more than the previous year. Unlike previous years, Homecoming is free of debt, and is $8,000 in the black going forward. We wish Roberts well and are happy to hear he will remain as a member of the board. And we wish incoming board president Cyndie Wade the best going forward.