Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 10, 2014

Local lawmakers ready for Mercer County Day at the Legislature

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

CHARLESTON — Mercer County residents will have an opportunity on Wednesday to meet with state officials during Mercer County Day at the Legislature.

Meetings will be hosted from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Governor’s Conference Room near the Secretary of State’s Office in the State Capitol complex, according to an announcement from the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce.

Scheduled during the afternoon are remarks from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who has been invited to attend. Presentations from the state Department of Highways, West Virginia Parkways Authority, Bill Raney of the West Virginia Coal Association, and Attorney General Patrick Morissey are also on the schedule.

A reception and dinner with legislators will be hosted at the Charleston Marriott beginning 6 p.m. Reservations for the dinner are necessary and should be made by contacting either the Greater Bluefield Chamber or the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, chamber officials said.

The Greater Bluefield Chamber can be reached at 304-327-7184 or The Princeton-Mercer Chamber is available at 304-487-1502 or

Local elected leaders can take the opportunity to speak with state officials about concerns in their communities. Mercer County Commission President Mike Vinciguerra said he planned to attend Mercer County Day. One goal is to find $85,000 to help replace the west wing roof of the county courthouse.

Another goal is to find grants that would fund the extension of public water service to communities across Mercer County, he said.

“Well, we would need more money for water at Elgood and Cheesy Creek, and we’re looking for grants for Nubbins Ridge,” Vinciguerra said. “We’re always looking for grants for water.”