UP: To the Wood County Sheriff's Department for the arrest of three men suspected of receiving a shipment of bath salts. Chad Christopher True, 33, 17 Ash Circle, Davisville; Dwayne Mark Karr Jr., 23, 1901 Seventh Ave., Parkersburg, and Brian Duane Shann, 38, 1009 E. 12th St., Parkersburg, were arrested by officers Wednesday morning after picking up a package of suspected bath salts delivered to the Davisville Post Office at 6362 Staunton Ave.
DOWN: To the Wood County Board of Education for evaluating Wood County Schools Superintendent Pat Law's job performance without putting the item on the BOE agenda. Board members went into a 70-minute unscheduled executive session Monday to discuss Law's contract. They came out with a prepared statement announcing Law's continued employment. This item should have been announced before the meeting to give any citizen the ability to comment on Law's performance.
UP: To the Belpre in Bloom program, now in its second year. Belpre in Bloom includes local master gardeners and volunteers, individuals and organizations including the Belpre Woman's Club and the city garden club. For its second year, the program worked on projects that included the community garden on Blennerhassett Avenue near the city's water treatment plant; the planting of 50 American chestnut trees and creation of a memorial tree park; cleaning and painting the city's fire hydrants; and creating planting beds from old vehicle tires. The work received praise from the two master gardeners who judged the city this week for the umbrella program America in Bloom. Congratulations to the people involved in this wonderful program.
UP: To the Mountain State Art and Craft Festival, which wraps up its 50th event today at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center, in Ripley. Congratulations to organizers who put on possibly the best arts and crafts festival in the nation.
UP: Thumbs up to the residents of Parkersburg, Vienna, Belpre, Williamstown, Marietta, North Hills, Ripley and everywhere else for celebrating Independence Day and showing that patriotism is alive and well in the Mid-Ohio Valley.