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: Aug. 9, Aug. 23, Sept. 11, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. Following is the agenda for the Aug. 9 meeting: 9 a.m. — exonerations (Eddie Young, assessor), approve vouchers and invoices, approve first half payroll, approve prior meeting minutes, approve estate settlements (Debbie Berry, county administrator); 9:30 a.m. — precinct consolidation map presentation for approval, precincts 37 into 28 and 24 into 23 (Kelvin Holliday, county clerk); 10 a.m. — New River Humane Society funding update; 10:30 a.m. — MOU and lease agreement with NRHS; 11 a.m. — prayer and pledge discussion.

Good News Community Meeting — Leadership Fayette County is hosting a good news community meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis Community Center, 469 Central Avenue, Oak Hill. Hear about the Cradle to Career initiative from Christopher Motley, senior manager of policy and partnerships for StriveTogether, an organization that partners with communities nationwide to provide coaching, resources and rigorous approaches to create opportunities and close gaps in education, housing and more. If you have some good news about a successful project in your community, please come and share.

Fayette County Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Health Department, 202 Church Street, Fayetteville. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education regular meetings scheduled next month are: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6 p.m., BOE office, and Tuesday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m., BOE office.

Montgomery City Council — The Montgomery City Council has changed the time of its regular council meetings to 7 p.m. Meetings still will be held on the second Tuesday of each month.

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.


Meet the Candidate — The public is invited to meet Stephen Smith, candidate for governor, on Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Glorious Church of God in Christ, 421 Main Street, Mount Hope. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the church dining hall and includes dinner. For more information, call 304-237-3443.

AG’s Mobile Office — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced a representative from his office will meet one-on-one with central and southeastern West Virginia residents in August to discuss consumer-related issues and answer any potential questions. Locally, Justin Arvon, a consumer outreach and compliance specialist with the office, will host an event Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Smithers Town Hall, 518 Michigan Ave., Smithers. The events are open to the public; reservations are not required.

Fayette County Park Pool — Hours of operation at the pool at the Fayette County Park, Beckwith, are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Daily costs are: up to 3 years — free; 4 to 15 — $4; 16 to 54 — $5; and 55 and older — $4. Season passes are available as well. A single pass is $75 plus tax and a family of four can get a season pass for $150 (add $25 per additional family member). A 10-visit punch card also is available for $35. The park may also be rented out for pool parties. For more information, call the park at 304-574-1111.

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

Health Fair — Brookside COGIC Health and Wellness Ministry will sponsor a Health Fair at the church on Route 61, Mount Carbon, on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with presentations and displays on various health issues. There will be a jump rope contest, a three-legged race, blood pressure screening, family health surveys, a men’s health session, a hula hoop contest, chair exercises, blood glucose checks, a women’s health session and health snacks and refreshments. For more information, contact Pamela Minimah at 304-610-3592.

Hunter Education Course — A hunter education class will be held Friday, Aug. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ansted Baptist Church. The hunter education program provides free classes taught by volunteer instructors and DNR police officers. Topics include gun safety, wildlife management, ethics, survival/first aid, game identification and how to hunt safely. Register at

Jazz & Blues in the Ville — Fayetteville will be grooving to some cool jazz and hot blues on Aug. 16-17. The 2nd Jazz & Blues in the Ville will be held on Court Street and at the Historic Fayette Theater. Among the acts scheduled to perform are David Cole and Mainstreet Blues of Washington, D.C.; The King Bees of Todd, North Carolina; Lady D & MI$$ION of Beckley; The Allen Smith Band of Athens; The Colin Wood Project of Columbus, Ohio; Somethin’ Special of Charleston; One for the Road of Fayetteville; and The High Street Jazz Band of Morgantown. Also on tap is a reunion concert by Southern West Virginia favorites, The Red Star Rockets. For more on the festival, 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.

Free Movies — “Avengers: Infinity War” will be shown free to the public on Saturday, Aug. 10 beginning at dusk (normally between 8 and 9 p.m.) at the Lively Family Amphitheater in Oak Hill. Other upcoming free films include Dumbo, Aug. 24; and Aquaman, Sept. 7.

Lynn Davis Exhibit — The Alderson Artisans Gallery currently is hosting a showing of paintings by guest artisan Lynn Davis. Original works will be available for viewing and sale in the gallery through Oct. 11. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Alderson Artisans Gallery is a cooperative non-profit organization. Visit the website at for a list of current artists.

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.

Contentment — The Contentment Historical Complex on Main St. (U.S. Rt. 60) Ansted, West Virginia will be open each Friday through August. The complex is located one-half mile east of Hawks Nest State Park Lodge and is featured on the Civil War Trail. Admission to the site is $10 for adults and $5 for those under 12, which admits one to all three buildings: “Contentment,” the post-Civil War home of Col. George W. Imboden, Ansted’s first mayor, a one-room school, and a museum of mining, farming and Civil War artifacts plus moonshine stills and much more. Contentment is operated by the Fayette County Historical Society, which would love to have new members. If you are interested in joining, send your name, address, phone number and other contact information to FCHS, PO 702, Ansted, WV 25812 and include a check or money order for $20 for one person or $35 for a business or two in a family. If you just want to help preserve this piece of history, send your donation to the same address. It is tax-deductible.


Hot Dog Sale — There will be a hot dog sale Saturday, Aug. 10 beginning at 12 noon at Bright Hope Lodge, Gaines Street, Montgomery. Hot dogs can be delivered.

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

Art for the Animals — Boomer will hold a fundraiser for the Fayette County Animal Shelter in memory of Vada Barker on Friday, Aug. 9 beginning at 6 p.m. Vada was all about volunteering, helping others and including everyone. Everyone is invited. The fundraiser will include a fence decorating contest ($5 entry fee); pet food collection at the end of every street, Pennies for Pets and a hot dog sale.

Designer Bag Bingo — The Midland Trail High School Patriot baseball team and varsity cheerleaders will host designer purse Bingo Saturday, Aug. 10 at MTHS. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance (from MTHS baseball players or cheerleaders) and $25 at the door. There will be 10 Bingo games with designer purses and Yeti Cooler prizes (one prize per game). There also will be various raffles and a 50/50 and concessions will be sold.


GBES Adopt a Classroom — Miss West Virginia Ramp Festival Christa Skiles of Charlton Heights and seven-year old Allison Taylor of Kimberly, the 2019 Little Miss Cloverbud Queen at the Mount Nebo St. Patrick’s Day parade, are urging local residents to help them with their teacher supply drive, Adopt a Classroom. The Fairs and Festivals queens have joined forces with Danhill Construction and the Glen Ferris Inn to collect school supplies for teachers at Gauley Bridge Elementary School. Among the items being accepted are the following: lunch boxes, book bags, Clorox wipes, classroom-size hand sanitizer, Post-it notes, stickers for grading papers, composition notebooks, block erasers, tissues, permanent markers (fine point), pencil boxes, pencils, markers, crayons, glue sticks, construction paper, classroom decorations and safety scissors. Monetary donations with which to purchase supplies also will be accepted. Supplies may be dropped off at the Danhill Construction office in Glen Ferris from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and after hours, a collection box is available across Route 60 in the lobby of the Glen Ferris Inn. The collection drive will run through Aug. 16.

Oak Hill Middle Summer Band — The summer band schedule for Oak Hill Middle School has been released. Each day lists which section needs to attend in parentheses. Wear tennis shoes and bring water and a pencil, as you will be spending some time outside. The tentative plan is to meet in the new band room. However, if the band can’t meet in the new band room by Aug. 12, members will meet in the Oak Hill High School band room. The schedule is as follows: Monday, Aug. 12 — 12 to 2 p.m. (everyone); Tuesday, Aug. 13 — 12 to 2 p.m. (percussion only); Wednesday, Aug. 14 — 12 to 2 p.m. (woodwinds only); Thursday, Aug. 15 — 12 to 2 p.m. (brass only); Friday, Aug. 16 — 12 to 2 p.m. (everyone); Monday, Aug. 19 — 12 to 2 p.m. (percussion only); and Tuesday, Aug. 20 — 12 to 2 p.m. (percussion only).


Homecoming — Swiss Missionary Baptist Church will hold its annual Homecoming service on Sunday, Aug. 18. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m., followed by preaching at 11 a.m. Following lunch, The Laborers will sing. Everyone is invited to join the congregation for fellowship and worship.


Cannelton, Carbondale, Marting — A reunion for those from Cannelton, Carbondale, Marting and surrounding areas will be held Aug. 17 at the Cannelton Union Hall. If you live or have lived in the area, please attend. A BBQ dinner will be served. For more information, call Lillian Goodson at 304-981-2159.

OHHS Class of 1984 — The Oak Hill High School Class of 1984 will have its 35-year reunion on Aug. 31 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Rivers Expedition Lodge. The following is a list of classmates for whom contact information is needed: Cathy Brown, Angela Calhoun, Earnest Chase III, Gary Cottle, Tina Geerings, Amy Gibson Hurd, Deborah Goard, Diana Goff McMillion, Sharon Harper, Denny Hylton, Shawn Garrett, Rosalyn Martin, Tim McMillam, Sharn Merchant, Leonard H. Morgan, James Neal, Daryl Ohlinger, Cherrie Pawlus, Joseph Radcliff, Lisa Rainey Morris, Linda Randolph, Mark Salmon, Stewart Shelton, James Shuff, Tammy Smith, William D. Smith, Lisa Stauder, Kathy Stover, Lora Tatum Hogan, Kim Treadway Shrewsbury, Jennifer Tuholsky Minnick, Kenneth Waldron, Richard Whittington, Bonnie Wood, Doris Workman and Michael Zickefoose. If you have any information (addresses, email addresses or phone numbers) for anyone, please contact Lee Estep at 304-465-1704 or email

Lilly Family Reunion — The Lilly family, relatives and friends will celebrate the 90th Lilly Family Anniversary Reunion at their 35-acre site at Flat Top, Mercer County Friday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 11. Everyone is welcome. 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. 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. For complete reunion details, visit the website at

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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