K-9 training a welcomed event to Panhandle

It’s nice to see that the Northern Panhandle will be in the spotlight when the West Virginia Police Canine Association converges in Hancock County for the group’s 20th annual statewide training seminar.

The event will take place April 14-18 as some 80 police K-9 units, many as far away as Charleston, Huntington and Martinsburg, participate in the event, which will be held at Tomlinson Run State Park as well as sites around New Manchester and Newell.

Most police units will lodge locally as well, and although the seminar doesn’t afford participants much of a chance to see the sights, many businesses will play a role, from hosting events to catering.

Scott Little, Hancock County sheriff’s Deputy and supervisor of the county’s K-9 Unit, organized the event, locally, and has established many “firsts” to the longtime seminar, including a public demonstration 6-8 p.m. April 16 at Tomlinson Run.

Little, the sheriff’s office, county commissioners and the Top of West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau deserve praise for making this event happen.

Now it’s time for Hancock County to welcome its visitors – both those with two legs and those with four.