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W.Va. governor's mobile office visits Martinsburg

January 14, 1998

by Ric Dugan / staff photographer

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W.Va. governor's mobile office visits Martinsburg


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - "I'm my own chauffeur," Bill Herring said Tuesday of his new assignment as the man behind the wheel of Gov. Cecil Underwood's Mobile Office.

Herring, a special assistant to the governor, has become the Charles Kuralt of West Virginia, going on the road to address the needs of state residents. On Tuesday, the Dodge Caravan made its first stop at the Martinsburg Mall.


The same day, Underwood's office in Charleston announced that a Berkeley County excavation company, D.L. Morgan Jr. Inc., will receive a $1.64 million loan from the West Virginia Economic Development Authority to acquire Inwood Quarry Inc. in Inwood, W.Va.

The acquisition and modernization of the quarry will enable the the company to provide raw material for projects throughout the Tri-State area, according to a news release.

While it was at the Martinsburg Mall, Underwood's mobile office had eight visitors, "which is good for the first time," Herring said.

Working with a table set up in the mall, he helped one man get his senior citizen card renewed, answered a woman's question about immigration and naturalization and tried to help another man who wanted to know when W.Va. 9 will be widened.

The van is equipped with a cellular phone, fax machine, computer and printer. "We have the capability to send and receive electronic mail," Herring added.

In a call to his mobile office, Underwood said Martinsburg was the first stop because "it's the greatest distance from the capital" and is also the fastest-growing county in the state.

The mobile office was at the mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., today.

Herring said it would probably be another five weeks before the van returns. The goal is to visit each of the state's 55 counties, except Kanawha, once a month, he said.

Herring said one of his biggest challenges in the beginning will be to "figure out how to get from one place to another."

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