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FRIDAY

Eating Well
The Changed
Plate serves up
healthy offerings
Region, 6A

50 CENTS

Soccer
PHS claims
PLUS:
Marietta joins class action suit /2A sectional; one
win from state
Keene given lesser sentence /3A
Sports, 1B
Grant sought for sewer project /6A

WWW.NEWSANDSENTINEL.COM

FRIDAY, OCT. 20, 2017

Looking Ahead
Wood County Commission talks PSD consolidations

By EVAN BEVINS
ebevins@newsandsentinel.com

PARKERSBURG

Members of the Union
Williams Public Service District said they’d be willing to
look at consolidation with
other utilities if it helps those
they serve.
“If it’s beneficial to the
customers, to the service and
their well-being, we would
be in favor of it,” said Steve
Nulter, chairman of the
board.
Wood County Commission President Blair Couch
asked about consolidation
Thursday when Nulter, fellow board member Greg
Arnott and General Manager
Jerry Dotson appeared
before commissioners to ask
them to appoint a third board
member. The seat has been
vacant since Howard Seufer
stepped down in June, prior
to his death.
Photos by Evan Bevins
Union Williams serves
3,200 customers in northern Wood County Commission President Blair Couch discusses potential consolidation of public
Wood and southern Pleas- service districts during the commission’s meeting Thursday.
ants County.
Couch said commissioners
While each public service
have discussed consolidating
district board has three memlocal public service districts
bers, Couch said consolida— Boaz, Claywood Park,
tion would likely require a
Lubeck and Mineral Wells in
larger body. Other issues to
addition to Union Williams
be addressed would include
— in part because the state
bonds issued by the various
Legislature recently gave
districts and equipment,
commissions
approval
since some districts have
authority over the entities’
their own and others contract
rate increases.
out for work.
Dotson and commissionThen there are concerns
over losing local control.
ers agreed that there aren’t
“Nobody likes to give up
many areas in the county left
their pond,” Dotson said.
for public service districts to
Couch said he was just
expand. Areas without publooking for feedback from
lic water and sewer service
the Union Williams repretend to be so sparsely popusentatives and people from
lated that tying them into
other districts should be
existing systems is cost-probrought together to discuss
hibitive.
the issue further.
“It’s not economically
Union Williams Public Service District Manager
prudent to spend that much
Jerry Dotson answers a question from Wood County
money,” Arnott said.
commissioners during the commission’s meeting Thursday. ∫ SEE COMMISSION, PAGE 11A

Photo Provided

Ogi, a law enforcement dog of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, will receive body armor
through Vested Interest in K9s Inc. and an
anonymous sponsor. The dog was sworn in as
a deputy sheriff in the department in May.

Armor
for an
Officer

Wood County Sheriff’s
Office K9 to receive
protective vest
PARKERSBURG — A law enforcement dog
with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office will
receive a new bullet and stab protective vest
through an anonymous sponsor and a donation
from a non-profit group.
Ogi, a German shepherd, will receive the body
armor through the charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s Inc. The vest was anonymously sponsored and will be embroidered with “This
gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in
K9s Inc.,” the sheriff’s department said. Delivery
is expected within eight to 10 weeks.
Vested Interest is located in East Taunton,
Mass. Its mission is to provide bullet and stab
protective vests and other assistance to dogs of
law enforcement and related agencies throughout
the United States.
The non-profit was established in 2009 to
assist law enforcement agencies with the potentially lifesaving body armor for dogs. Since its
inception, Vested Interest provided more than
2,600 protective vests in 50 states through private and corporate donations at a cost of more
than $2.1 million.
∫ SEE K9, PAGE 11A

Children’s author visits students
By MICHAEL ERB
merb@newsandsentinel.com

PARKERSBURG — A
children’s author spoke to
students at Parkersburg
Catholic Elementary School
Thursday, talking about her
work, her inspiration and
reading from her books.
Kathy Brodsky, a graduate of Marietta College,
returned to the area this
week for her graduating
class reunion, but took the
time to visit students at the
Catholic school.
Brodsky is a psychotherapist and award-winning
author of children’s books.
Brodsky’s books have won
multiple awards, including
Book of the Year from Creative Child Magazine in

Photo by Michael Erb

Author Kathy Brodsky visited students at Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School Thursday,
talking about her various children’s book and how she finds inspiration in everyday things.

2011, 2012, 2013 and national Literacy Associa- Reading List.
2016. She was also voted tion and Children’s Book
into the Top 10 in the Inter- Council’s Children’s Choice ∫ SEE AUTHOR, PAGE 11A

Newspaper seeks stories, photos from MOV veterans
PARKERSBURG

Submissions are being
accepted for the annual Veterans Tab published by The
Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
The tab is a collection of
reader-submitted stories and
photos about veterans in

CONTACT US
519 Juliana St.
Parkersburg, WV 26101
304-485-1891

48445 05010

tions and medals and any stories residents will find interesting. Photos can be of the
veteran or events during their
service where they are in the
picture or took the picture,
and can be from submissions
from years past.
Deadline is Nov. 2. The

tab will publish Nov. 11.
Photos and stories can be
submitted to the Editorial
Department in several ways:
∫ Emailed to editorial@newsandsentinel.com;
∫ Faxed to 304-4855122, although photos cannot be faxed;

MORNING NEWS BRIEFING

The Parkersburg News
and Sentinel

7

Wood, Washington and surrounding counties, living or
deceased in any period of
history.
Information readers would
like to know includes the
branch of service, years
served, which war or where
served, special commenda-

4

Passport Fair scheduled

Drivers test skills at ‘Roadeo’

The Simmons Post Office on Market
Street will hold a Passport Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesday to help families prepare for travel
and make it easier to obtain a passport

Wood County Schools bus drivers put
their skills to the test Thursday as part of the
Transportation Department’s annual Bus
Roadeo.

Details, Page 3A

Details, Page 6A

∫ Submitted on the newspaper virtual newsroom,
newsandsentinel.com by
clicking on the Submit
News button and following
the prompts to put the story
and photo in the Press
Releases or Military Personnel News categories and

READER
Thank you,
Don Thomas
of Parkersburg
for being a
News & Sentinel
subscriber.

clearly marked for the Veterans tab. The address is
newsandsentinel.com/submit-news/;
∫ Bringing the stories
and photos into the office at
519 Juliana St.;
∫ SEE VETS, PAGE 11A

INDEX
2 SECTIONS
24 PAGES
VOLUME 9, ISSUE 182
Classified 10B Living
8A
Comics
9B Lottery
11A
Deaths
2A Puzzles
9A
Editorial
4A Records
10B
Entertainment 9A Region
6A
Horoscope 8A Sports
1B

Weather/From 1A

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 — Page 11A

MID-OHIO VALLEY WEATHER FORECAST
Forecast for Friday, October 20, 2017

Five-Day Forecast

MICH.

Bands separate high temperature zones for the day.

Cleveland
74/53

Toledo
74/50

H

Today
Sunny. High in the mid 70s. Low in
the upper 40s.

Youngstown
70/47
Manfield
73/49

PA.

Saturday
Partly cloudy. High near 80. Low in
the lower 50s.

Dayton
74/51

H

Columbus
74/50

Sunday
Partly cloudy. High near 80. Low in
the mid 50s.

Cincinnati
74/50
Portsmouth
75/48

Monday

W.VA.

KY.

Rain. High in the lower 70s. Low
near 50.

Fronts
Cold

Warm

Stationary

OHIO

Pressure

H
High

<-10

L
Showers

Low

-0s

0s

10s

20s

Rain

30s

T-storms

40s

50s

Flurries

60s

70s

Snow

80s

Wheeling
71/47

Ice

Showers. High near 60. Low near
40.
Martinsburg
74/45

90s 100s 110+

NATIONAL SUMMARY: Much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation can
expect dry weather and sunshine today. Exceptions will be South Florida
and parts of Texas and Oklahoma, where showers and storms are forecast.
Rain, mountain snow and much colder air will spread over the Northwest and
reach into Northern California. Much of the Southwest will remain dry.

Tuesday

PA.

Weather Almanac

Morgantown
72/49

Huntington
74/46

©

Friday, Oct. 20, the 29th day of autumn and the 293rd day of
2017.
Yesterday’s Temperatures: High — 71. Low — 38.
Precipitation: To 7 p.m. — 0.00. Month to date: 2.02.
Normal Temperature: High — 65. Low — 43.
Record Temperatures: High — 85 (1953). Low — 24 (1972).
River Reading: 21.31 feet. (Flood stage is 36 feet)
Sunrise: 7:41 a.m. Sunset: 6:39 p.m.
Length of Day: 10 hours, 58 minutes.

Charleston
76/48
Beckley
71/47

VA.

KY.
Bluefield
71/47

Information provided by wunderground.com

Pet Calendar 2018

Pets come in all shapes and sizes...mail us a favorite picture of your pet and it will be entered to win a spot in our annual Pet Calendar.
• No purchase or entry fee required.
The calendar
• Entries must be received by November 29th.
will be published
• You may enter more than one photo.
in December.
• Entries will not be returned.
• Winners will be selected by a panel of judges.
• Contest entry constitutes consent by winners to use their photographs, name
and likeness in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
519 Juliana St.,
Parkersburg, WV 26101
304-485-1891
NewsandSentinel.com

Mail to:
Pet Calendar Contest
Attn: Amy Hupp
The Parkersburg News
and Sentinel
519 Juliana St.
Parkersburg, WV 26101

Your Name:
Address:
Phone:
Pet Name:

Entries may also be e-mailed to pets@newsandsentinel.com

AUTHOR

COMMISSION

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Brodsky told her students about her
various books, all of which use simple
words and rhyme to tell a story, but
also often contain deeper meaning.
“A Catfish Tale” is a story of a cat
and penguin who team up to take care
of some fish.
“Stover” is about a pig who works
out.
“The Winner Is” tells the tale of a
dog who sets out to win a cat-competition.
“High Wire Act” is about a traffic
light that accidentally travels around a
city.
Brodsky said while the books are
intended for younger readers, each also
includes questions at the end designed
to make older readers think about the
characters and themes of each book.
“There are a lot of messages in my
books,” she said.
Brodsky has been writing for 16
years, and encouraged the students to
find their own stories.
“I’m inspired by things I hear, by
things people tell me,” she said. “You
never know when you might read
something, or hear something, or see
something,” to inspire you.
Principal Kevin Simonton said the
school was thrilled to have Brodsky
speak to the students.
“It’s always nice to extend the curriculum out into the public, so the students can see actual people who do the
things we teach about every day,” he
said.

“Maybe we’ll have a bigger
meeting, but we’ll certainly get
you a third board member,” he
said.
The Union Williams representatives submitted a name to
commissioners for consideration. Couch said the commission would have to get information about that individual
before putting the appointment
on a future agenda.
Later on Thursday, the Wood
County Building Commission
held the final public hearing on
the plan to refinance bonds on
the Justice Center, which houses Wood County Magistrate
Court and the sheriff’s department.
Couch said Greg Isaacs, with
project underwriter Crews &
Associates, projected a savings
of $100,000 a year by refinancing at a lower rate.

K9
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A
The program is open to dogs with
U.S. law enforcement or related agencies that are certified and at least 20
months of age. New dogs and dogs
with expired vests are eligible.
The donation to provide a protective
vest for a law enforcement dog is $950.
Each vest has a value between $1,744
and $2,283 and has a five-year warranty. About 30,000 dogs are used by law
enforcement agencies in the United
States.
Ogi was brought to the U.S. from
Germany and met his handler, Deputy
Tyler Marlow, in May. It was sworn in
as a deputy sheriff on May 8.
Marlow and Ogi finalized their training at Pine Grove Kennels.
Ogi and Marlow became Nationally
Certified by the National Association
of Professional Canine Handlers in the
disciplines of patrol tactics and narcotics. They are further trained for
tracking, searching and criminal apprehension.
For more information call 508-8246978. Vested Interest in K9s provides
information, lists events and accepts taxdeductible donations of any denomination at vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9
East Taunton, MA 02718.

AP Photos

‘Impressive.
Most impressive.’
These photos show a replica four-legged All
Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker
in Parma, Ohio. Owner Nick Meyer tells
Cleveland.com he used wood, hard foam and
plastic barrels. He says he enjoys the "Star
Wars" movies but isn't a fanatic and simply
thought the display would be unique.

Senate backs GOP budget in
step forward for tax revamp
WASHINGTON (AP) —
Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through
the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald
Trump’s ambitious promise of
“massive tax cuts and reform.”
The 51-49 vote sets the stage
for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul the U.S. tax
code for the first time in three
decades, cutting rates for individuals and corporations while
eliminating trillions of dollars of
deductions and special interest
tax breaks.
The tax cuts would add up to
$1.5 trillion to the deficit over
the coming decade, however, as
Republicans have shelved fears
about the growing budget deficit
in favor of a once-in-ageneration opportunity to
rewrite tax laws.
“These are reforms that
change incentives and drive
growth, and we’ve never done
that before,” said Sen. Pat
Toomey, R-Pa.
The White House hailed the
bill’s passage, saying it “creates
a pathway to unleash the potential of the American economy
through tax reform and tax cuts.”
Divisions within the GOP
indicate the process won’t be

IN ADDITION
∫ Only one Republican,
Rand Paul of Kentucky,
voted against the budget.
He said the measure permits too much spending and
abandons the GOP drive to
repeal the Obama health
law.
∫ An amendment by
Paul to revive the “Obamacare” repeal failed by a
2-to-1 margin.
easy despite the political imperative.
The upcoming tax measure,
always a top item on the GOP
agenda, has taken on even
greater urgency with the failure
of the party to carry out its longstanding promise to dismantle
former
President
Barack
Obama’s signature health care
law. Republicans have said failure on taxes would be politically
devastating in next year’s
midterm elections, when control
of the House and Senate are at
stake.
When reconciled with the
House budget plan, the nonbinding measure would set up special
procedures to pass follow-up tax

legislation without the threat of a
filibuster by Senate Democrats.
Pressure is mounting, however,
on the House to simply adopt the
Senate budget plan rather than
risk lengthy negotiations that
could delay the tax measure.
The House measure calls for a
tax plan that wouldn’t add to the
deficit, as well as $200 billion
worth of cuts to benefit programs that the Senate has rejected.
Democrats blasted the GOP
budget, warning voters that the
upcoming tax measure will
shower benefits on top-bracket
earners, corporations, business
partnerships and people inheriting multimillion-dollar estates.
Trump promises that the tax plan
— still under development — is
aimed at the middle class, but
previous versions have seen
upper-income individuals benefiting the most.
“The bottom line on this
budget is that it’s a right-wing
fantasy document that paves the
way for a hyper-partisan process
on tax reform and trillions of
dollars in handouts to big corporations and the wealthy,” said
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the
top Democrat on the tax-writing
Finance Committee.

LOTTERY
OHIO LOTTERY
(Night Drawings)
Rolling Cash 5
10-14-24-33-35
Pick 3
3-0-8
Pick 4
8-7-6-6
Pick 5
0-4-9-9-9
(Day Drawings)
Pick 3
4-5-4
Pick 4
0-0-0-7
Pick 5
4-4-7-5-4
W.Va. LOTTERY
Daily 3
1-4-4
Daily 4
1-3-4-3
Cash 25
4-11-16-21-22-23

VETS
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A
∫ Mailing the story and photos to Veterans Tab, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, 519
Juliana St., Parkersburg, WV
26101.
Electronic submissions are
encouraged to prevent errors.
Written submissions should be
typed or legibly printed so no
errors are made.
Submissions may be edited to
accommodate space limitations.
For more information, call
304 485-1891 ext. 221, 260 or
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