Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. To attend via Zoom, visit Call in number is 646-558-8656 and meeting ID is 304-574-1200. Following is the meeting’s agenda: 9 a.m. — Pledge of Allegiance; exonerations, orders to combine or divide land, refunds (Eddie Young); approve first half payroll, approve vouchers and invoices, approve prior meeting minutes, approve estate settlements (Ruth Lanier, county administrator — Exhibit A: discussion and decision on letter to Supreme Court for reimbursement for rent for Family Law Judge in the amount of $3,375; discussion and decision on adoption of amended bylaws and reappointments to Bridge Day Commission — Becky Sullivan, Kenneth Tawes, Duane Michaels and Jerry Long, new EMS advisor seat per amended bylaws; discussion and decision on Regional Trail Alliance appointment; discussion and decision on reviewing applications and appointment of members for Planning Commission, Civil Service Commission and Enact; discussion and decision on request from Fayetteville PreK-8 Principal Melissa Harrah for FCC to sign MOU for the BOE to use the Memorial Building as an emergency evacuation shelter; discussion and decision to allow Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Ciliberti to initiate transfer of Boomer Ballfield to the Fayette County Board of Education; discussion and decision on follow-up letter to the Fayette Gun Club; discussion and decision on new policies re: Zoom and support letter attendance; and discussion and decision on future agendas); 9:05 a.m. — Jenna Grayson re: Comprehensive Plan Project Team update; 9:30 a.m. — discussion and decision on request from City of Oak Hill to retroactively sign order for annexation of five tracts approved Nov. 25, 1992; 9:45 a.m. — discussion and decision on proposal from GST for county website; 10 a.m. — TBD: discussion and decision on Delapidated Building ordinances and Land Banking; 10:15 a.m. — presentation by JR Davis of WVU Extension Office re: Fayette County 4H Youth Development; and 10:30 a.m. — executive sessions, legal counsel re: property in a municipality, 911 consultant and DRC staffing.

Bridge Day Commission — The Bridge Day Commission will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the county commission chambers at the Fayette County Courthouse on the following dates: Aug. 19 and Sept. 15. Bridge Day 2021 will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16. For more on Bridge Day, visit


Covid-19 Vaccination Cllnic — There will be a Covid-19 vaccination clinic on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montgomery General Hospital parking lot. The clinic is presented by MGH and the Fayette County Health Department.

Recycling Program — Ansted’s Recycling Program will be held Aug. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ansted Town Hall. The following items will be accepted: newspapers, office paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, tin cans, Plastic #1, Plastic #2 and magazines. Sorry, no glass can be accepted.

Hatfield-McCoy Trail Presentation — Chris Zeto of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail Association will present a workshop highlighting tourism-based businesses on Thursday, Aug. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Smithers Gateway Center gymnasium/auditorium. The event is hosted by the City of Smithers. The Hatfield-McCoy Trails have spurred community-based economic growth across the southern coalfields by encouraging the creation and growth of local businesses geared around the huge tourism asset. As Smithers and Montgomery have been working together to be the gateway to year-round outdoor recreation in the Mountain State, local officials want the public to be aware of the small business opportunities available. The free event is open to anyone interested in attending. The Gateway Center is located at 2 Greyhound Lane, Smithers, WV 25186.

Gauley Bridge Town Celebration — The Gauley Bridge Town Celebration is scheduled for Sept. 24. Any vendors interested in setting up at the festival are asked to call Town Hall at 304-632-2505 for more details.

Proper Disposal of Used U.S. Flags — The West Virginia Challenge Academy-South has agreed to accept damaged flags from the community and will dispose of them properly. This is a wonderful way for the cadets to serve the community and to teach proper flag protocol. There are two disposal locations. Please bring any old U.S. flags to Montgomery City Hall, 321 4th Avenue, Montgomery, or to Smithers City Hall at the Smithers Gateway Center, #2 Greyhound Lane, Smithers. Each location has a depository bin to accept tattered and damage flags, and they will be delivered to the academy for proper disposal. Mayor Greg Ingram of Montgomery and Mayor Anne Cavalier extend their joint appreciation to the WV Challenge Academy-South for this valuable and needed service to the community.

Waste Tire Collection — There will be a waste tire collection on Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old Kmart off Route 19 in Oak Hill. Only tires from state residents will be accepted and there is a 10-tire limit per person. Have your West Virginia ID ready when you sign in. Tires must be off the rim. Only car or light truck tires will be accepted. For more information, call 304-640-0749.

Save the Date — The Mount Hope Jubilee is scheduled for Sept. 17-18. A schedule of events will be announced soon. For more information, email

Bookmobile Available for Site Visits — The Fayette County Public Library is looking for businesses or groups that would be interested in having a visit from the Bookmobile. The Bookmobile can visit weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or whatever suits your group’s needs. The Bookmobile has a wide variety of items and if you need something in particular or an author you like officials can arrange for it to be onboard. Everyone is invited to visit the bookmobile to see what it has to offer. If you are interested in a visit from the Fayette County Bookmobile, please call 304-465-5664 to discuss scheduling.

Places to Go/Things to Do

Montgomery Fall Festival — The Montgomery Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 23 from 12 to 4 p.m. There will be live music, a cruise in, bounce houses, face painting, pumpkin painting and more. Vendors are welcome and can contact City Hall at 304-442-5181 for more information. The City of Montgomery will serve free chili to all who come out and join in the fun.

Salamander Foray — The New River Gorge Master Naturalists will host a free Salamander Foray on Tuesday, Aug. 17 from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at the Canyon Rim Visitors Center, Lansing. Lenza Paul, wildlife biological science technician with the National Park Service, will give a brief talk and lead those in attendance on an expedition to explore the secretive world of the salamander. The New River Gorge is home to several species of interest, including the Master Naturalist Mascot, the Green Salamander. With a little luck and Lenza’s expertise, visitors could get a glimpse of one of these fantastic creatures. Meet at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center parking lot at 7:15 and caravan down into the Gorge from there. Bring a headlamp, just in case. All are welcome.

Nature Festival — Fayetteville’s Wild Weekend Nature Festival will be held Friday, Aug. 13 to Sunday, Aug. 15. To stay updated on the schedule, visit

Meadow Bridge Homecoming — The Town of Meadow Bridge will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding at the 33rd annual Meadow Bridge Homecoming Aug. 6-7. To read the story outlining the event’s schedule, visit For more information, call one of the following: president, Eula Judy, 304-484-6315; crafting, Patricia Jones, 304-484-7903; pets, Randall Patterson, 304-484-7615; baking, Beverly Walker, 304-484-7641; and agriculture, Marty Rae Walker-Owen, 304-578-7921.

Kids Health & Safety Fair Canceled — The annual Let’s Get Moving Kids Health & Safety Fair hosted by Montgomery Pediatrics originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 6 has been canceled upon advice of the Health Department. Plans are being made for a bigger and better festival in 2022.

Fayette County Public Library — The Fayette County Public Library has released its branches’ schedule of events for August. Scheduled events are listed alphabetically by designation. Patrons are asked to call to register for all programs or to make an appointment and for times. Ansted (FA, 102 Oak Street, Ansted, 304-658-5472) — storytime (Fridays, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 1 p.m.; and adult coloring (Saturdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28, all day). Meadow Bridge (FB, 53 Montrado Street, Meadow Bridge, 304-484-7942) — Toddler Time (Mondays, Aug. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 11 a.m.); Lego/Knex Challenge (Tuesday, Aug. 3, all day); storytime (Wednesdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 3 p.m.); Legos/puzzles (Thursdays, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26, all day); rock painting (Tuesday, Aug. 10, all day); swap recipes (Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1 p.m.); adult coloring and cookies (Tuesday, Aug. 17, all day); sign up for adults fall and winter book club (Wednesday, Aug. 25, all day); and Girl Scouts (Tuesday, Aug. 31, 4 p.m.). Administration Office (FC, 531 Summit Street, Oak Hill, WV, 304-465-0121 or 304-465-5664) — book club (Thursday, Aug. 12, 6 p.m.). Fayetteville (FF, 200 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, 304-574-0070) — STEAM (Friday, Aug. 6, 3:30 p.m.); adult coloring (Saturdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 11 a.m.); Lego (Saturdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 11 a.m.); Kitchen Witchery (Monday, Aug. 9, 6 p.m.); and book club (Monday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m.). Montgomery (FM, 507 Ferry Street, Montgomery, 304-442-5665) — Legos/Knex (Thursday, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26, all day); storytime (Wednesdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 5 p.m.); adult coloring (Fridays, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 3 p.m.); book club (Thursday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m.); candy guess (Monday, Aug. 16, all day); Smithers Plein Air Art Night (Friday, Aug. 20, 8 p.m.); and movie night (Wednesday, Aug. 25). Oak Hill (FO, 611 Main Street, Oak Hill, 304-469-9890) — trivia and grab and go craft bags (all month of August); Mixed Mind Group (Thursday, Aug. 12, 5 p.m.); and family movie night (Tuesday, Aug. 31, 5 p.m.).

Living History Programs and Craft Demonstrations – Monongahela National Forest staff and volunteers invite visitors to take a step back in time at a Pioneer Visit interpretive program. The programs will take place at the Sites Homestead near the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center each Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. through Labor Day. Experience life in the early 1800s with special programs featuring folk crafts, mountain music, and costumed interpreters. Pioneer Visit programs will take place rain or shine. The restored Sites Homestead is open to visitors each week Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Homestead will be open to visitors Friday through Sunday on Labor Day weekend. Planned schedule of programs is as follows: Aug. 14 — broom making with Gary Robinson, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Aug. 21 — dulcimer jam with Louanna Moore, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sept. 4 — broom making with Gary Robinson, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This schedule is subject to change at any time. For more information, contact Alison Bailey at 304-567-2827 ext. 7212 or Updates will be posted on the Forest’s official Facebook page at

Music on Main — Harmony for Hope will host Music on Main every Sunday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. through Sunday, Sept. 12. Join Harmony for Hope each Sunday morning on Main Street in Mount Hope for inspirational music, coffee and community. Get updated on what’s going on in the area, share stories about what you’re doing and enjoy the company of neighbors and a cup of coffee on your way to your Sunday morning place of worship. This is an outdoor event and the group looks forward to seeing old friends and new throughout the 2021 Music on Main season.

WVU Extension Service Book Club — The West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service (WVCEOS) holds a virtual book club discussion on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. To join the Zoom discussion, visit, dial in by cell phone at 1-646-558-8656 or dial in by landline toll-free in the U.S. at 877-853-5257. The meeting ID is 973 1613 3152. Following is the remainder of the year’s scheduled book topics: Aug. 10 — The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes; Aug. 24 — The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer; Sept. 14 — Beneath a Scarlett Sky by Mark Sullivan; Sept. 28 — Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict; Oct. 12 — The Refuge by Ann Gabhart; Oct. 26 — The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede; Nov. 9 — Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore; and Nov. 23 — Where Hope Begins by Catherine West.


Back to School, Back to Church — Jodie Missionary Baptist Church will host Back to School, Back to Church on Sunday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the congregation for fun and fellowship.

Grace Baptist Church Youth Rally — Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville will host its No Fear Youth Rally 2 on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the gym from 5 to 6 p.m. and the rally will begin at 6 p.m. Vision Ministries from Virginia will be on hand to preach the Word of God and provide worship music. The rally will be held outdoors. Please bring your own chair. There will be prize give aways, including WVU and Marshall football tickets.


Vaccine Clinics for 12 and Up — The Fayette County Health Department will host free Covid-19 vaccine clinics for those 12 and up on Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 12 to 3 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Meadow Bridge High School gym.


RHS Baseball Bingo Night — The Riverside High School baseball team will host its annual Bingo Night on Saturday, Aug. 28. Presale tickets are $20 (includes entry for door prizes) and tickets at the door are $25. No prize packages are under $200. More information will be forthcoming. Call 304-550-4325 to get your tickets. The event has sold out the past two years.


Cannelton Reunion — The Cannelton Reunion will be held Aug. 21 at Cannelton Union Hall, Cannelton Hollow, beginning at 11 a.m. Call Lillian Goodson at 304-981-2159 if you have any gifts to give; they will be welcome. There will be a BBQ meal for available for $5. Everyone is welcome.

Lilly Reunion Resumes in 2021 — If your ancestors lived in southern West Virginia or the extended surrounding area, you are probably related to many of the participants and attendees at the Lilly Family Reunion. Everyone is welcome. Plan to attend, reunite and meet your cousins, enjoy free entertainment, eat delicious food, let your children play on inflatables, search your ancestry, and just have a great time visiting. The reunion features complimentary entry, parking, entertainment, children’s playgrounds and games and ancestry search. Available for purchase are food and drinks every day, programs and historical publications and souvenirs. This year’s schedule is as follows: Friday, Aug. 13 — annual dinner, 5 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 14 — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 15 — 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Follow the arrow on the reunion sign at the beginning of Ellison Ridge Road (19-1) at US 19 (Flat Top/Beckley Road). In less than 2000 feet you will see the entrance on your right. Visit the website at

2nd Infantry 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 99th annual reunion in Kansas City, Missouri from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, visit the website at or contact Bob Haynes at and 224-225-1202.

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