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New Judge Sworn In For 26th Circuit Court

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It was a day of beginnings in Lewis County on Friday morning.

Senior Status Judge John Henning swore in Kurt Hall as judge of the 26th Circuit Court, which covers Lewis and Upshur Counties.

The ceremony was the first to take place in the new courtroom in the Lewis County Judicial Annex.

Hall was named to the position by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to replace Judge Thomas Keadle, who retired in January.

Henning, who had previously retired, was appointed as a senior status judge to fill Keadle's position while a permanent replacement was found.

Both Henning and Hall are looking forward to the new judge's tenure in the position.

"He's a very practical-minded person, a very fair-minded person, I've known him a number of years when he was over in Elkins, and I just think he'll be a great judge for the people of this circuit,' said Henning.

Hall said he doesn't have an agenda for the position, outside of serving as faithfully as possible.

"The only promise I'll make is that I'll do the best job that I can as a judge. I'll try to fill the shoes of Judge Henning and Judge Keadle," Hall said.

Judge Hall's first day on the job will be spent in juvenile court in Upshur County on Monday.