With a month to go before opening night the cast is busily rehearsing as sets are being constructed for the Historic Fayette Theater spring production of “Dorothy in Wonderland.” Show dates are March 22-23, March 29-31 and April 5-7. Tickets can be purchased in advance on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the box office at 115 South Court Street, Fayetteville, from 6 to 8 p.m. or online at For more information, call the theater at 304-574-4655 or email


Smithers Public Hearing — The Smithers Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing and meeting on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. at Smithers City Hall. The public is invited to attend and submit comments on the comprehensive plan. A copy of the plan can currently be reviewed at Smithers City Hall, 518 Michigan Avenue, during normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The draft of the plan can also be viewed online at Members of the public can call city hall at 304-442-5282 if they are unable to view the plan at city hall. Written comments can be submitted ahead of the scheduled hearing to Smithers City Hall, 518 Michigan Avenue (PO Box 489), Smithers, WV 25186. The adoption process has steps that include public comment, the public hearing, planning council meeting, and presentation and vote by city council. The public review and comment period runs through Feb. 28. After the 6 p.m. public hearing on March 4, which will be followed by a planning commission meeting that night, approval of the Smithers comprehensive plan is on the agenda for the regular March city council meeting at 6 p.m. on March 14.

Gauley Bridge Planning Commission Public Hearing — The Town of Gauley Bridge’s planning commission will hold a public hearing and meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at town hall to address the town’s recently-drafted comprehensive plan. A copy of the comprehensive plan can be reviewed at Gauley Bridge Town Hall, 278 Railroad Street, during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Members of the public can call town hall if they are unable to review the plan there. Written comments can be submitted prior to the scheduled hearing at Gauley Bridge Town Hall, 278 Railroad Street, Gauley Bridge, WV 25085.

Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: special meeting (public hearing proposed school calendar 2019-20) — Tuesday, Feb. 26, 8:30 a.m., BOE office; and regular meeting — Tuesday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m., BOE office.

Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission has released its schedule of meetings for 2019. All meetings are held at 9 a.m. in the county commission room in the Fayette County Courthouse, Fayetteville. The commission will meet as the Board of Equalization and Review on Feb. 22 for those wishing to question their property’s assessed value. Commissioners will hold budget meetings on March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22 and March 29. The commission will meet to lay the levy on April 16. Other meetings scheduled are: April 5, April 26, May 10, May 24, June 7, June 21, July 12, July 26, Aug. 9, Aug. 23, Sept. 11, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.

KFPSD — The regular board meeting of the Kanawha Falls Public Service District is the second Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. at the office in Gauley Bridge. The public is invited to attend.

Gauley Bridge — The Gauley Bridge Town Council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. Council meets on the second Tuesday at Town Hall and on the fourth Tuesday at the Community Center (old GBHS). The town committee meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Community Center. For more information, call 304-993-1914.

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

New River Humane Society — The New River Humane Society meeting will be held at Los Vaqueros on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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.


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.

Need Medicare Help? — Ernestine Post, SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselor from Braxton County Senior Citizens Center, will be at the Senior Nutrition Site in Oak Hill on Wednesday, Feb. 27. from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you have any questions about your Medicare benefits, to sign up for Medicare or to see if you qualify for extra help with your prescription drugs, please stop by to see her or call 304-765-4091 to schedule an appointment. In case of inclement weather, she may be reached at her Braxton County office.

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

Song Writers Festival — There will be a song writers festival Feb. 22-23 at the Historic Fayette Theater in Fayetteville. The event will celebrate the release of Andrew Adkins’ album, “Who I Am,” and will feature a number of performances by songwriters from West Virginia and around the region, including Allan Dale Sizemore, Clinton Collins, Mark Spanger featuring Abe Partridge (Friday) and Ron Sowell, John Lilly, Tony Harrah and feating Andrew Adkins with Johnny Staats, Bud Carroll, Ammed Soloman, Annie Neeley and Clint Lewis. Cost is $20 each night or $35 for both nights. All proceeds will go to support the Coda Mountain Academy. Tickets are available for sale at Water Stone Outdoors, the Historic Fayette Theater and Cathedral Cafe. Visit the event’s Facebook page at or

Photography Workshop — The 2019 Three Rivers Avian Center Spring Photography Workshop is on Saturday, April 20. Go to for the workshop link. No matter if you’re a new photographer or a pro, you’ll get great photographs. You will be photographing about 10-12 birds of prey, including a bald eagle, red-tailed hawks, an American kestrel and more, in natural settings.

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). Please note the group will not meet when the outdoor temperature is below 30 degrees. 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 Sale —The League of Riders Motorcycle Club will hold a hot dog sale Friday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 206 Michigan Avenue, Smithers. Get two hot dogs, a bag of chips and a drink for $5. Place your orders by calling 304-419-4357. Local delivery is available.


Graduation Ceremonies — Graduation ceremonies for Fayette County Public Schools are scheduled on the following dates: Friday, May 10 — Fayetteville High, Midland Trail High and Oak Hill High; and Saturday, May 11 — Meadow Bridge High and Valley High. Times and locations will be announced.


Revival — The Swiss Missionary Baptist Church will host revival services Monday, March 4 through Friday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. each evening featuring Evangelist Audie Murphy. There will be special singing each night. Everyone is invited to attend.

Sing in the Spring — The Gloryway Quartet will sing Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at Bell Creek Baptist Church, Dixie.

Revival — Kimberly Church of God will host revival services through Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. each evening. Dana Jones will bring the message on Wednesday, followed by Pastor Jeff Floyd on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, there will be a gospel sing featuring River’s Edge and Evangelist John Wishon will preach at Sunday morning and evening services. The church is located at 1367 Armstrong Creek Road, Kimberly. There will be special singing each night.

Rise Up Youth Rally — Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville will host a Rise Up Youth Rally Friday, March 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. for those in grades 5 through 12. All area youth groups are invited to join in for a fun night of singing, dramas, and the preaching of the word of God. Guest speaker will be Evangelist Scott Pauley. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

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