UP: To Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's announcement Thursday of the proposed development of a new petrochemical complex - the ethane cracker plant - that has been discussed for so many years. While not a certainty, Tomblin's enthusiasm and the confidence of Odebrecht officials, the company that will be undertaking the project, give the area reason to believe the plant will be, in Tomblin's words, "a game changer."
UP: To the 18 states that have seen firefighters or firefighting resources to help battle a wildfire burning in the Monongahela National Forest in Pendleton County. The Forest Service says 150 people are expected at the site Thursday to fight the fire, which has burned an area of two square miles of forest land and is approximately 20 percent contained.
DOWN: To scammers who prey on senior citizens. State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has warned seniors to be wary of scammers calling their home posing to be members of the family in distress and asking them to send money. Morrisey warns seniors to be sure to check on this information before sending any money of giving out personal financial information.
UP: To news the expansion project at Belpre's Farmers Castle Museum should be completed by January 2014. The new Collections Preservation addition will provide additional space for artifacts, memorabilia, exhibits and educational displays similar to those in the current building, which will remain in full use.
UP: To members of Girl Scouts Troop 3249 for their efforts to help the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley in Marietta. The girls are collecting cat litter, dog and cat food, cleaning products and newspapers at three locations through Nov. 18. Boxes are set up at the Belpre City Building on Park Avenue, the Belpre Senior Center on Washington Boulevard, Fingertips and Toes on Washington Boulevard and Christ Mission Baptist Church in Parkersburg.