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Volunteers move A-P weight room

PARKERSBURG (KWWL) - In Parkersburg Friday, it was a move like no other.

Volunteers turned out in large numbers to move the school's weight room away from the site of last week's murder of Aplington-Parkersburg High coach Ed Thomas.

After a long 10 days since Ed Thomas murder, the work began in Parkersburg to get ready again for next football season.

The first, small step.

Moving the weight room away from the murder site and into a temporary site in a barn north of town.

"It's very important for the kids to get back on a regular routine. We wanted to get back into a weight room setting and get our morning workouts in so the kids are happy and felt good about it," said A-P co-coach Jon Wiegmann.

From weights, chains, to even the falcon symbol, a team of volunteers grew throughout the afternoon to do what they could.

"People started showing up. We had the equipment and we just kept going and we got done at 4 - the time we planned to start," said A-P co-coach Al Kerns.

Once the equipment was put in place, students started using it.

They say it's important to look forward.

"Gotta lift to get ready for next season. It's really important to get out of that weight room because of everything that happened. I don't think anybody here would want to lift in there, just brings back a lot of bad memories," said A-P senior Alex Hornbuckle.

The Tuve family offered up their barn as the new weight room while the high school is rebuilt.

It also served as a temporary workout facility after last year's tornado.

The red metal shed where the shooting happened will eventually be turned into a bus barn.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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