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4- PRESTON COUNTY JOURNAL- Wednesday, September 14, 2011- Kingwood, WV Dome 00one is m,,,ion and once it is in operation, the There will be competition for the top job in the West Virginia State Senate if current Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin wins the special gubernatorial election next month. He will have to resign his legislative position before he can be sworn in as governor. Sen. Jeff Kes- sler, D-Marshall, is considered the most likely choice to suc- ceed Tomblin but he now faces opposition. Kessler has been Acting Sen- ate President since Tomblin, who as Senate President was also lieutenant governor, auto- matically became Acting Gov- ernor nearly a year ago after Gov. Joe Manchin resigned to take a seat in the United States Senate. Now Sen. Brooks McCabe, D- Kanawha, also wants to be Sen- ate President if Tomblin does win the Oct. 4 special election for governor. McCabe said last week he will run for the Senate president's job when the Demo- crat majority caucuses to select a successor for Tomblin. The caucus is likely to be during the legislative interim meetings in November which are scheduled for Nov. 14-16. Kessler responded by remov: ing McCabe from his current post as Senate president pro tem, a largely ceremonial posi- tion which Kessler had appoint- ed him to fill after he was cho- sen as acting Senate president at the Democrat majority party caucus last fall. This will be the first real battle for the top position of leader- ship in the state Senate in nearly two decades. Tomblin was first elected Senate President in Jan- uary of 1995 and has held the post ever since--making him the L. longest serving Senate Presi- dent in the state's history. The previous record for con- tinuous service as Senate Presi- dent is eight years and is shared by three men--Howard Carson in 1961-1968, Ralph J. Bean in 1953-1960 and M. Z. White in 1925-1932. Two men hold the record for continuous service as House Speaker. Robert C. Chambers, now a federal judge, held this job for 10 years start- ing in 1987 and W. E. Flannery served as House Speaker from 1949-1958. Tomblin's vacant seat as one of 34 members of the state Sen- ate will be filled by appointment made by local Democrat party officials in the Seventh Senato- rial District which includes Lo- gan, Lincoln and Boone coun- ties along with a small portion of Wayne County. But the de- cision on the next Senate Presi- dent will be made by the newly appointed senator who takes Tomblin's seat and the other 25 current Democrat membe:rs. Some of the senators from southern West Virginia, led by former Majority Leader Tru- man Chafin, D-Mingo, are still smarting from the results of the last party caucus causing a ma- jor shakeup of the leadership team. Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, was Kessler's choice for Cha- fin's job as majority leader and Sen. Roman Prezioso, D- Marion, got the appointment as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, re- placiqg Sen. Walt Helmick, D- Pocahontas. Kessler, who had been chair- man of the Senate Juciciary Committee, chose Sen. Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, to take his place as chairman of this committee, and also tapped Sen. Richard Browning, D-Wy- oming, as majority whip. These appointments seem to counter the complaints the southern half of the state was ignored in the new leadership... MEANWHILE, it hasn't re- ceived the hype which a po- tential large chemical facility known as a "cracker" to pro- duce byproducts from chemi- cals in natural gas is attracting in West Virginia, the national Boy Scouts of America facil- ity in Fayette County due to be completed in 2013 is truly one of the largest economic devel- opment projects in the state. It is under budget= and on schedule, an executive of BSA told those attending the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at The Green- brier recently. The first phase Ceremonies planned Several school bond ribbon cutting ceremonies and groundgreak- ings have been scheduled for the month of September in Freston County. On September 22 a 10 a.m. groundbreaking has been scheduled at South Preston Middle School. Followed by a ribbon cutting at Preston High School of the new classroom addition. (These events were originally scheduled for September 23.) A ceremony is anticipated during the week of the Buckwheat Fes- tival (September 29-October 2) for the Preston High School Sports Complex. Grant is awarded Children and adults will now have better access to needed immu- nizations following a $1.3 million federal grant designed to help West Virginia health officials improve their vaccination programs. West Virginia Health and Human Resources will use the $1,317,124 grant to improve its vaccination program. These im- provements include a boost to school vaccination programs and the implementation of better record-keeping systems. The grant is part of $137 million in federal Health and Human Services grants supported by landmark health care reform legisla- tion passed by Congress and signed by President Obama last year. Most of the grant dollars come from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created by the legislation. CltOSSRO00DS Dr. Mark A. Bennett Serving Preston County Since 1990 and ST'Z/./. accepting NEW Patients! Complete Chiropractic Care Nutritional Management Weight Loss Standard Process Whole Food Products $04-864-6400 facility will create 100 full-time jobs and around 1,000 part-time jobs. The planned opening in 2013 when it will host the National Boy Scouts Jamboree will coin- cide with West Virginia's 150th birthday. Economic benefits to West Virginia from the predicted hundreds of thousands of visi- tors to the state each year are expected to be a "game chang- er" according to many state of- ficials because the location puts about two-thirds of this nation's population within a day's drive of this high-adventure camp... FINALLY, the recent an- nouncement by Mike Oliverio  Preston Memorial HomeCare Occupational Therapist (FT) Home health experience preferred, 410 East Main Street Kingwood, WV 26537 P: 304.329.3565 F: 304.329.4709 Excellent Benefit Package I Flexibilrty 1401K Opportunity for Advancement Apply online al our Career Center at LHCgroup,com or email Heather.Sissom @ LHCgroup,cem It's All About Helping People." Proud Merlber of LHC Grouo LHC Grco is one o tt' naon's largest home care orowuer 't h mtr 6 t her1300 'J,:'atior, in 19 tates EOE of Morgantown that he intends to run again for a seat in the U. S. House of Representatives from West Virginia's First's Congressional District could lead to a showdown with former Congressman Robert Mollohan in the 2012 Democratic primary election. Mollohan, who lost to Olive- rio in the 2010 primary after 28 years in Congress, said last week he's thinking of running again but hasn't made a final decision yet. Oliverio beat Mollohan by more than 7,000 votes only to come up short by less than 1,500 votes behind Republican winner David McKinley in the general election. McKinley, who has given West Virginia a 2-1 Republican edge in the U. S. House of Representatives, figures to have little or no pri- mary opposition as an incum- bent in 2012... lorgantown Avcnuc Ncwburg (Top Level of the roror Neb5 Clime) Assistance for daily activities and living. We're set up like home, for our residents comfort. We work hard to create an assisted living facility that feels like home. 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