Now that 2013 is over and 2014 has begun, I thought I’d take a minute to take a look back and a look forward. 2013 was an interesting year here at TheNewsCenter. Our CBS station got more fully up-to-speed. Our news folks began more widely using a new device called a T-V-U to send live video and audio back from just about anywhere, using cellular phone lines rather than our big microwave truck. That has given us a live presence at a much wider range of locations and events than ever before. I want to thank those of you who watch our local newscasts for doing so in greater numbers during 2013 than in many years. The Nielsen ratings have shown a surge in viewership of all of our stations in 2013, which we will work to continue in 2014 and beyond. Speaking of 2014, it’ll be a wild year for us. We begin with the Super Bowl on February 2nd our FOX Parkersburg channel. That will be the only place that folks in this area will be able to watch the biggest game of the year in H-D. Just a few days later, the Winter Olympics begin in HD on WTAP, our NBC affiliate. The Opening Ceremonies will be on Friday, February 7th. The next two weeks will be exciting to watch as will the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday February 23rd. In May, West Virginia and Ohio will each have primary elections. While the front-runners in each party may face opposition in the primaries, the real races will be in November. West Virginia’s Second District Congressman, Shelley Moore Capito, is giving up that seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of Jay Rockefeller. She has some opposition within the Republican Party, including local resident, Dave Wamsley. On the other side of the ticket, current West Virginia Secretary of State, Natalie Tenant, is also running for Jay’s Senate seat. Tenant has three years left in her current term as Secretary of State. There’s likely to be a big battle to succeed Capito in the U.S. House. Her district includes Wirt and Jackson counties and others to the south and east. Second-term Republican Congressman, David McKinley, from West Virginia’s 1st District, is facing a challenge from another local resident, current West Virginia State Auditor, Glen Gainer of Parkersburg. Like Tennant, Gainer still has three years left in his current term as Auditor. Second-term Republican Congressman, Bill Johnson, in Ohio’s 6th district is being challenged by another local resident, Democrat Jennifer Garrison. And Ohio Governor, John Kasich, already faces opposition from at least one Democrat in his bid for re-election, too. So there will be a lot of local and even national attention on races in our area. And you can count on TheNewsCenter to cover them and the rest of the big news in 2014.