Sheriff John Hoskins appeared before the Wetzel County Commission at the July 3 meeting to request the support and funds that are necessary for a new dog to be added to the police force.
Hoskins stated that the current dog, Hawk, "is about done," and should be retired. He added that the life span for a dog in Hawk's position is about seven years and that he does not want to see Hawk suffer with the physical stress that would accompany his police force duties.
All commissioners appeared to approve of the idea of a police dog, but cautioned against taking any further action until the apparent next sheriff, John Brookover, could offer his input on the matter. Vice President Bob Gorby stated that he had spoken to Brookover a few weeks ago and Brookover had stated he would want to make decisions on matters that would affect future workings of the department. Hoskins urged that arrangements for a dog would need to be made soon, as Deputy Roger Spragg, the possible handler for the new dog, had stated that if he couldn't undergo the required training soon, he would be unable to be the handler.
(Editor's note: The Wetzel County Commission story in the June 26 edition of the Wetzel Chronicle, incorrectly said that the PSD 1 Chiselfinger area waterline project had been completed. In reality, only the design of the project is finished, according to Eric Fecat of the Belomar Regional Council.)