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By EARL RAY TOMBLIN | March 7, 2013
As we prepare for our state's 150th birthday and reflect upon our history, we have many wonderful people for whom to be thankful - people who have worked together to make West Virginia what it is today. Our state was built by people of all different backgrounds; people like you and me, with stories passed down from generation to generation. Whether it's the fine craftsmen and resourceful laborers from Ireland, Scotland, Germany and Africa, the Swiss farmers who settled Helvetia or the first settlers who found their ways along the Midland Trail, their stories speak volumes to our culture, history and traditions.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 18, 2013
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Friday announced the appointment of a leading member of the Eastern Panhandle business community to the West Virginia Board of Education. Tina H. Combs, who is president and CEO of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, replaces Jenny N. Phillips who recently resigned, Tomblin's office said in a news release. The appointment to complete Phillips' unexpired nine-year term is effective immediately, Tomblin's office said. "With education as one of my top priorities, I believe it's vital to have the best State Board of Education possible, and today, I appointed a new member who I believe will serve our children well,” Gov. Tomblin said in a statement.
BREAKINGNEWS
January 21, 2011
West Virginia will vote for governor Oct. 4. Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed the special election Friday as mandated by this week's state Supreme Court ruling. Tomblin is also submitting legislation setting a special primary June 20 — West Virginia Day — instead of holding party conventions. The proclamation came after Tomblin briefly resumed his duties as Senate president. He gaveled in its Friday floor session before returning to the governor's office.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 13, 2012
The new four-lane route for W.Va. 9 from Charles Town to the Virginia state line will open sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Wednesday "with not much fanfare,” state Department of Transportation spokesperson Brent Walker said Tuesday. A ceremony celebrating the project's completion might be held in a couple of weeks, Walker said. "It's certainly the kind of project we would like to celebrate," Walker said. The opening of the road had been planned for Nov. 2 but the project's completion was delayed by Superstorm Sandy, which left the ground saturated and thousands of state residents without power.
NEWS
December 20, 2012
The bell in the historic Berkeley County Courthouse in Martinsburg will be rung 26 times Friday morning to honor the memory of those who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Berkeley County Council President William L. “Bill” Stubblefield announced. The ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse at 100 W. King St. in coordination with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's request that all state residents observe a moment of silence beginning at that time. Churches and government buildings, with the capability, have been asked by the governor to ring their bells 26 times in memory of each victim.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | March 9, 2012
Legislation authorizing up to $52.5 million in bonds for capital improvements at Cacapon State Park in Morgan County and another state park is now bound for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's desk. The bill, which will make $3 million in funding for annual debt service on the bond issue available July 1, 2013, received final approval Friday from state lawmakers. Tomblin spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said Friday that the governor's legal team had yet to review the bill, but indicated Tomblin is supportive of the legislation and intends to sign it. The legislation authorizes a bond issue for an estimated $23 million expansion and renovation project at Cacapon State Park and improvements to Beech Fork State Park near Huntington, W.Va.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
Six attorneys are being interviewed by members of the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of former 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh to the federal bench, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office said Tuesday. Those being interviewed are Nicholas Forrest Colvin, Kimberley D. Crockett, Laura V. Faircloth, Michael D. Lorensen, Erin K. Reisenweber and Homer A. Speaker, according to Tomblin's office.  The commission is expected to recommend three finalists from the group for Tomblin's consideration.
NEWS
June 21, 2011
An independent and a Morgantown, W.Va., man who believes the white race is superior have become candidates in West Virginia's special election for governor, gathering enough voter signatures to obtain spots on the Oct. 4 ballot. The Secretary of State's office recently approved the candidacies of independent Marla Ingels of Mason County and Harry Bertram of the American Third Position Party. They join acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Bill Maloney and Bob Henry Baber, who are respectively the nominees of the Democratic, Republican and Mountain parties.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2012
Hannah McCarley turned 18 this week and celebrated the occasion Wednesday night as the West Virginia delegate at the Democratic National Convention who nominated President Obama for a second term. A Washington High School senior, McCarley, representing the 44 West Virginia convention delegates, said in her nominating speech: “Madame Secretary, my name is Hannah McCarley. I turned 18 this week and I am proud to be part of the youngest delegation ever from West Virginia. Our young people are committed to being part of the Democratic team that will make our future bright.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 23, 2013
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed circuit judge Donald H. Cookman of Hampshire County to replace former West Virginia State Sen. Walt Helmick, who resigned to become the state's next commissioner of agriculture. “Throughout his years on the bench, Judge Cookman has dedicated himself to the people of the 22nd Judicial Circuit and I'm confident as a State Senator he will continue to serve West Virginians well,” Tomblin said in a news release. Helmick resigned from his 15th Senate District seat last week, but his four-year Senate term does not expire until 2014.
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 13, 2013
A bill that would provide support for the operation of MARC commuter train service in the Eastern Panhandle passed Saturday by a 98-1 vote in the House of Delegates on the last day of the West Virginia Legislature's 60-day session. The state Senate later concurred with amendments the House made to Senate Bill 103, which now awaits consideration by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, according to an audio webcast streamed live on the Legislature's website. The bill creates a special fund in the state treasury and requires the state to negotiate agreements with Maryland or the Maryland Transit Administration for the continued operation of the service from Washington, D.C., into West Virginia.
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OPINION
By EARL RAY TOMBLIN | March 7, 2013
As we prepare for our state's 150th birthday and reflect upon our history, we have many wonderful people for whom to be thankful - people who have worked together to make West Virginia what it is today. Our state was built by people of all different backgrounds; people like you and me, with stories passed down from generation to generation. Whether it's the fine craftsmen and resourceful laborers from Ireland, Scotland, Germany and Africa, the Swiss farmers who settled Helvetia or the first settlers who found their ways along the Midland Trail, their stories speak volumes to our culture, history and traditions.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 1, 2013
Education reform, substance abuse treatment, related incarceration costs and state budget cuts were among the most heavily discussed issues at the 2013 Legislative Outlook luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. About 150 people turned out for the annual Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce program, which featured remarks by state Sens. John Unger, D-Berkeley, Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, the Eastern Panhandle's 10 members in the 100-member House of Delegates and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's regional representative, Stephanie Mathias.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 23, 2013
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed circuit judge Donald H. Cookman of Hampshire County to replace former West Virginia State Sen. Walt Helmick, who resigned to become the state's next commissioner of agriculture. “Throughout his years on the bench, Judge Cookman has dedicated himself to the people of the 22nd Judicial Circuit and I'm confident as a State Senator he will continue to serve West Virginians well,” Tomblin said in a news release. Helmick resigned from his 15th Senate District seat last week, but his four-year Senate term does not expire until 2014.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 18, 2013
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Friday announced the appointment of a leading member of the Eastern Panhandle business community to the West Virginia Board of Education. Tina H. Combs, who is president and CEO of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, replaces Jenny N. Phillips who recently resigned, Tomblin's office said in a news release. The appointment to complete Phillips' unexpired nine-year term is effective immediately, Tomblin's office said. "With education as one of my top priorities, I believe it's vital to have the best State Board of Education possible, and today, I appointed a new member who I believe will serve our children well,” Gov. Tomblin said in a statement.
NEWS
December 20, 2012
The bell in the historic Berkeley County Courthouse in Martinsburg will be rung 26 times Friday morning to honor the memory of those who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Berkeley County Council President William L. “Bill” Stubblefield announced. The ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse at 100 W. King St. in coordination with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's request that all state residents observe a moment of silence beginning at that time. Churches and government buildings, with the capability, have been asked by the governor to ring their bells 26 times in memory of each victim.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 13, 2012
The new four-lane route for W.Va. 9 from Charles Town to the Virginia state line will open sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Wednesday "with not much fanfare,” state Department of Transportation spokesperson Brent Walker said Tuesday. A ceremony celebrating the project's completion might be held in a couple of weeks, Walker said. "It's certainly the kind of project we would like to celebrate," Walker said. The opening of the road had been planned for Nov. 2 but the project's completion was delayed by Superstorm Sandy, which left the ground saturated and thousands of state residents without power.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2012
Hannah McCarley turned 18 this week and celebrated the occasion Wednesday night as the West Virginia delegate at the Democratic National Convention who nominated President Obama for a second term. A Washington High School senior, McCarley, representing the 44 West Virginia convention delegates, said in her nominating speech: “Madame Secretary, my name is Hannah McCarley. I turned 18 this week and I am proud to be part of the youngest delegation ever from West Virginia. Our young people are committed to being part of the Democratic team that will make our future bright.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 18, 2012
The 1.3 million-square-foot fulfillment center that Macy's Inc. built in Berkeley County for its fast-growing online business “redefines big,” the retail giant's CEO said Wednesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the company's $150 million investment. “This is so big, this facility, that we actually had to take into consideration the curvature of the Earth when we poured the foundation,” Terry J. Lundgren said, prompting laughter among a large crowd that included Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, several other prominent state and local officials, and company employees.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 1, 2012
Other than power outages that hit nearly half the homes and businesses in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, there were only a few reports of major structural damage from Friday night's thunderstorm, area emergency first responders told Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin here Sunday afternoon. Tomblin, along with James Hoyer, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, and Jimmy Gianato, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for West Virginia, were on a six-county tour of the state to view damage and talk to the people who were first in line to handle emergencies created by the storm.
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