DOWN: To members of the U.S. Congress who allowed the federal government to shut down, causing numerous problems that threaten to become more than just a nuisance as the debt limit deadline is nearing. This is a total embarrassment and the American people deserve better than what has happened in Washington, D.C., this past week. Unfortunately, West Virginia's two House members, Rep. David McKinley and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, have helped things reach this point.
UP: To the more than 800 people who turned out Thursday at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center to show their support for the center and to try to stop a proposal to close the 400-acre center. The center is the property of the West Virginia Department of Education. It is home to the annual Mountain State Art and Craft Festival and plays host to numerous programs for the Future Farmers of America, Future Homemakers of America and Future Business Leaders of America, as well as serving as host facility for many schools' band camps in late summer. Cedar Lakes faces closure because of mandated 7.5 percent across-the-board state budget cuts.
UP: To the people who helped rescue two beagle pups who became trapped in a drainage pipe near the southside Wal-Mart Thursday afternoon. The pups, Maggie and Happy, were being trained by owner Jeff Barton in an adjacent field when the dogs apparently climbed into the drain through the access gate and could not get back out. Members of the Parkersburg Fire Department, the Humane Society of Parkersburg and store officials from Wal-Mart helped in the rescue.
UP: To Thursday's ribbon "snipping" that marked the official opening to the Humane Society of Parkersburg's long-awaited spay and neuter clinic. The S.P.O.T. Clinic (Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together) is located at 506 29th St. in Parkersburg, and will offer low-cost spay and neutering services to anyone in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats.