Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. in the county commission room in the Fayette County Courthouse, Fayetteville on the following dates: Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. Following is the agenda for the Friday meeting: 9 a.m. — pledge of allegiance, exonerations (Eddie Young), approve vouchers and invoices, approve first half payroll, approve prior meeting minutes, approve estate settlements (Debbie Berry, county administrator); 9:30 a.m. — re: FCSWA funds (Gabe Pena); 10 a.m. — public hearing re: polling place changes; 10:15 a.m. — re: park update and WorkForce West Virginia presentation (Renee Harper); 11 a.m. — budget (Sheriff Mike Fridley); 11:30 a.m. — Wolf Creek Park wetlands (Keith Richardson and Geoff Heeter); and 12 p.m. — Iceland Project update (Fayette County Health Department).

Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8 a.m. in the BOE office at Fayetteville for a regular meeting.

Montgomery City Council — The Montgomery City Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in council chambers at city hall.

Montgomery Historical Committee — The Montgomery Historical Committee meets the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at Upper Kanawha Valley Technology Community Building, 326 Third Avenue, Montgomery. The public is invited to attend.

Montgomery Area Lions Club — The Montgomery Area Lions Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Upper Kanawha Valley Technology Community Building, 326 Third Avenue, Montgomery, beginning at 6 p.m. Prior to the meeting, members are invited to gather at Gino’s at 5:15 p.m. for dinner. New members are always welcome.

Kanawha Valley Coin Club — The Kanawha Valley Coin Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at the South Charleston Library, 312 4th Avenue, South Charleston, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the meetings. For more information about the upcoming coin show or club meetings, you can call 304-727-4062 or visit the website at

Gauley River PSD — The Gauley River Public Service District meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the office at 29 S. Swiss Road, Swiss.

Morris Creek Watershed Association — The Morris Creek Watershed Association’s monthly meeting is the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the watershed office located at 328 Morris Drive, Montgomery.


Hunter Safety Course — There will be a free West Virginia Division of Natural Resources hunter safety course Tuesday, Sept. 17; Wednesday, Sept. 18; and Thursday, Sept. 19 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. each evening at Fayette Institute of Technology in Oak Hill. Register online at

Vendors Wanted — There will be a Halloween Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 4 p.m. until midnight at Hawks Nest State Park. Vendor spaces are 8x10 and vendors should bring their own canopy, tables, chairs, etc. They are requested to decorate their spaces with a Halloween them and may also pass out candy if desired. For more information, or to register as a vendor, contact Kid Quest at 304-640-6776.

34th Pratt Fall Festival — The 34th annual Pratt Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The festival parade begins at 10 a.m. There will be live entertainment and vendor booths, as well as lots of great food, crafts, activities for kids (some free), and family fun. Openings are available for vendors and for participation in the parade. For vendor information, please call 304-444-2487. For parade participation, please call 304-444-2487. You also may email

Waste Tire Collection — The Fayette County Solid Waste Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection’s REAP program sponsor a waste tire collection the third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Walmart off Route 19 at Fayetteville. Collection dates (as weather permits) through the end of the year are Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. Only tires from state residents will be accepted, so please have your West Virginia ID ready at sign in. A 10-tire limit per person will be enforced. Tires (only car or light truck tires, 16 inches or less) must be off the rim. For more information, call 304-574-4339.

VA in Need of Volunteer Drivers — The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance is looking for individuals to volunteer one day a month to transport veterans to medical appointments for the Veteran Transportation Network. This program is designed to ensure that veterans without transportation have access to the health care they need. It is free to the veterans. Anyone wishing to volunteer to become a driver of veterans should contact the Voluntary Service Office at the Beckley VA Medical Center: 304-255-2121 ext. 4162 or 4556.

Harm Reduction & Recovery Program — The Fayette County Health Department hosts a harm reduction and recovery program every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at 202 Church Street, Fayetteville. Many services are offered, including STD testing, needle exchange and supplies, immunizations, wound assessment and treatment, Naloxone training, etc. If you would like to volunteer, please call 304-574-1617.

Food Pantry — The North Fayette Food Pantry is operating a food pantry on the third Wednesday of each month for two hours, from 10 a.m. to noon, providing free USDA commodities to those who qualify, located at 5407 Midland Trail, Falls View, in accordance with federal and USDA policy. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

East Bank High School Alumni Association — The East Bank High School Alumni Association annually presents the Dana and Ethel Ervin Scholarships to deserving graduates of Riverside High School. For more information, or to support the fund, please contact President Bill James at 304-389-7251, Hope Stanley at 304-949-2931 or Nancy Pat Maloney at 304-595-1040.

Places to Go/Things to Do

Senior Luncheons — The Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA hosts senior luncheons the second Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. All senior citizens are invited to attend. Please bring a covered dish.

Montgomery Fall Festival — The annual Montgomery Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. There will be a car show, children’s activities and live music. For more information, call 304-442-5181.

Paint Creek Bike Ride — The 5th annual Paint Creek Bike Ride will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. The ride is held in conjunction with the Town of Pratt’s annual Fall Festival. Riders may choose between trips from Pratt to Mahan and back (30 miles) or to Pax and back (60 miles). Entry fee is $30 in advance (includes a commorative T-shirt) or $40 the day of the event. For more bike ride info, call 304-419-1891, email or visit the Facebook event page at

Square Dance — The Montgomery Hoedown Square Dance, featuring live music and a caller, will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. For more, see

Free Community Luncheon — The UKVSAC and the Booker T. Washington Community Center host a free community luncheon the third Tuesday of each month (no luncheon in November) at the community center, 24 Wyatt Street, London. Everyone is invited for free food and drinks. For more information, please call 304-389-0934.

Chair Yoga — There will be a chair yoga class each Monday and Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. at the Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA in Montgomery. The class is free for YMCA members.

Gauley Bridge Walking Group — People of all ages, abilities, and residences are welcome to join Community Captain Darla Keenan for a free walking group each weekday morning at 6 a.m. at the Ruby Winebrenner Community Center (former Gauley Bridge High School). For more about Active SWV programs, visit and click on the Events Calendar.

UKV Walking Group — Join the UKV Walking Group every Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. at the YMCA in Montgomery to walk a mile with the group. Community captains Jo Harris and Joyce Surbaugh will lead this weekly walking group to help provide a free opportunity in their community to be active. This is a beginner-friendly weekly walking group sponsored by Active Southern West Virginia that everyone is welcome to join. For more about Active SWV programs, visit and click on the Events Calendar.


Hot Dog Sales — The Sims Memorial United Methodist Church will host hot dog sales beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28 at the church in Swiss. The menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade BBQ, pinto beans, cornbread, Mexican cornbread, potato salad, macaroni salad, pop, water and desserts. For a price list, see the church’s Facebook page.

BBQ Sale — The Fraternal Order of Eagles Montgomery #1040 Auxiliary will hold a BBQ sale at the Eagles Building, 408 Ferry Street, Montgomery on Friday, Sept. 13 starting at 11 am. until sold out. BBQs are $4 each. Baked goods, desserts and brownies will also be available. The auxiliary’s charity for September is for cancer. To place an order, call 304-442-8151.

Apple Butter — Members of the Swiss Missionary Baptist Church will make and sell apple butter on Saturday, Sept. 28. The church is located 10 miles east of Gauley Bridge on W.Va. 39. All proceeds will go toward the church’s building project.

Craft Fair — The annual Montgomery General Hospital Fall Craft Fair will be held Friday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Jodie Homecoming — Jodie Baptist Church will host its annual Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 15. Pastor Daniel Sears will preach the morning service, followed by lunch. Tyler Long will preach the afternoon service.

Gospel Sing — Jodie Baptist Church will hold a gospel sing on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. Singing will be Brothers of Faith and Landon Blankenship.

Gospel Sing — There will be a gospel sing Saturday, Sept. 28 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Christian Revival Center, Robson. Featured will be 10 or more singers and/or groups from Fayette County.

Homecoming Revival — The Brownsville Holiness Church is in the midst of its Homecoming revival with services through Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. each evening with preaching by Rev. Billy Conn of Whitesburg, Kentucky and special singing. On Sunday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m., Pastor James Bowling Jr. of Stinnett, Kentucky will bring the message, followed by dinner. For more information, contact Pastor Nathan Johnson at 304-951-8334. Everyone is welcome.


Montgomery High School All Class Reunion — The MHS All Class reunion will be held Sept. 21 at Valley High School in Smithers from 6 until 11 p.m. The cost is still only $5 dollars per person and all classmates, teachers and guests are welcome. This will be the 16th reunion and all classmates are encouraged to try to attend. It’s a great night for friends, memories and old gold music, and just seeing one another and having great memories together. Hope to see you and Go Greyhounds.

Second (Indianhead) Division — The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and the 98th annual reunion in Tucson, Arizona from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22, contact Bob Haynes at or call 224-225-1202.

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