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UP: To those who took time to vote on social media for K9 Drago, who received honorable mention in the run for the Aftermath K9 Grant national award this year. The $500 prize combined with a matching gift from an anonymous donor means $1,000 will be headed to the Wood County K9 unit. That is in addition to a $950 donation for K9 Ogi that came from a Fruth Pharmacy fundraiser last month. It is good to know Drago, Ogi … and their human partners Deputies Taylor Phillips and Tyler Marlow … have the benefit of that level of community support.

UP: To the River Cities Singletrack Serpents, a team of athletes from Wood, Ritchie and Washington counties that finished fourth in the West Virginia series of mountain bike races conducted through the West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League. Boys and girls compete, though it is fantastic to note that, according to head coach and team coordinator Jessica Emrick, the Mountain State has the highest percentage of registered female athletes in the country. Way to go, folks.

UP: To the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, for working toward improvements that have meant monthly enplanements topped 500 TWICE this year. Before this year, enplanements had not risen above 500 since December 2016. October’s 508 enplanements were “the biggest number of the year,” said Wood County Airport Authority member Terry Moore. (Last October saw 71 enplanements).

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