West Virginia governor appoints new judge in McDowell County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a new judge to the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court, which serves McDowell County.
Edward J. Kornish, of Welch, is set to fill the seat that will be vacated by Judge Booker T. Stephens upon his retirement from the bench, effective Friday.
Kornish has practiced law in McDowell County for 29 years. He has served as the elected prosecuting attorney in McDowell County for the past six years. He also worked as a special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the southern district of West Virginia.
Kornish also served in the military and was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia-Herzegovina during Operation Joint Endeavor, and Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Kornish retired at the rank of colonel.