Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will hold a regular meeting at the Fayette County Courthouse on July 9 beginning at 9 a.m. To take part in the meeting via Zoom, visit zoom.us/join. The call-in number is 646-558-8656. Meeting ID is 304-574-1200. Following is the meeting’s agenda*: 9 a.m. — Pledge of Allegiance, exonerations and orders to combine or divide land and refunds (Eddie Young), approve first half payroll, approve vouchers and invoices, approve prior meeting minutes approve estate settlements, Exhibit A by County Administrator Ruth Lanier (discussion and decision on county participation in Central Appalachian Empowerment Zone; discussion and decision on park sales and use tax report; discuss and decision on inspector agreements between Fayette County Commission and Michael T. Rose and Jason T. Davis, respectively, July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022; discussion and decision on request from Fayette County Health Department Administrator Teri Harlan to reappoint Jerry Allen and Cindy Chamberlin to the Board of Health for 5-year terms, to expire June 30, 2026, and appointment of commissioner to Board of Health; discussion and decision on request from John David, SALS, for a letter of support to renew the Housing Preservation Grant from the USDA; discussion and decision on appointments to two seats on the Non-Motorized Trail Authority; discussion and decision on request from Sandra Steele, administrator of Loving Arms LLC/Kyle’s Place, Oak Hill, to use the Fayette County Memorial Building as a secondary emergency shelter; discussion and decision on request from Sarah Coffey, event promoter of Captain Thurmond’s Challenge, to use the Courthouse lawn, parking lots and front entrance on Saturday, Aug. 7; discussion and decision on request from Fire Coordinator Joe Crist for approval and signature of Pumper Replacement Agreement, two copies, for Boomer Volunteer Fire Department, which will allow BVFD to make a payment on their cab and chassis and receive a $10,000 discount if paid before July 15; discussion and decision on approval of WVCORP FY 2022 policy; discussion and decision on Coal Severance Fund Budget Revision #1 for FY 2022; discussion and decision on changing commission meeting dates from Fridays to Wednesdays; and discussion on future agenda items); 9:05 a.m. — discussion and decision (Lesley Taylor, Region 4, re: Resolution 13 of the New Haven PSD requesting the Commission to draw down funds in the amount of $2,335 from Contract 19); 9:10 a.m. — discussion and decision (Amanda Smarr, Region 4, re: Fayette County Broadband Planning Grant time extension approval); 9:15 a.m. — discussion and decision (Randy Prince and Joy Marr re: potential Farmland Conservation Easements for Sparks, Jarrett and Rogers); 9:30 a.m. — resource coordinator’s office quarterly report and forecast; 10 a.m. — discussion and decision (attorney Stephen New re: legal discussion); 10:30 a.m. — discussion and decision (Aaron Mroz re: United States Environmental Protection Agency obtaining access to several parcels owned by the Fayette County Commission in Minden); 10:45 a.m. — discussion and decision postponed from May 7 (jail bill and possible Commission funding for home confinement indigent clients). *All designated start times for agenda items are tentative and are subject to change depending upon time for agenda items scheduled earlier in the meeting or depending upon issues that may arise prior to or during the meeting. The Fayette County Commission reserves the right to start discussion or consideration of agenda items earlier or later than set forth on the agenda as necessitated or as allowed by time used for earlier agenda items or because of issues that arise prior to or during the meeting.
Oak Hill City Council — The Oak Hill City Council will meet Monday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. The story map link is located at https://arcg.is/1uzin10. Following is the meeting agenda: date of July special meeting; call to order; roll call (Mayor Daniel E. Wright, Tom Oxley, Diana Janney, Melissa Wilshire, David Perry, Steve Hayslette, Charles Smallwood Jr. and Benitez Jackson); invocation led by Rev. Mike Hicks, Jones Avenue Church of God; Pledge of Allegiance; reading and approval of minutes; treasurer’s report; correspondence; citizens’ comments; council comments and department reports; mayoral comments; A Minute from the Minutes; unfinished business — Planning Commission recommendation (rezone property located at Lot 28, 29 and 30 Harlem Heights, Map 4, Parcel 145, 146 and 147 from R2 to $3 to allow conversions of the Baptist Singing Convention Building to be used as a 5-unit apartment building, second reading), consideration and adoption of resolutions to lay assessment liens on the following properties (corner of Rocklick Road and Minden Road, Map 59J, Parcel 27, owned by Teresa Blevins; 137 Minden Tipple Road, Map 58M, Parcel 157, owned by Geoffrey Stone), examination of demolition report (1138 Minden Road, Map 58L, Parcel 12, owned by Alma Campbell, c/o Diana McCumbers), consideration and adoption of a resolution for the city to demolish a structure (located at 46 Beaver Road, Map 59E, Parcel 28, owned by Joseph and Sharon Kelly, deceased, c/o Joseph A. Kelly Jr.), progress review of structure (located at 216 Chestnut Avenue, Map 32, Parcel 70, owned by Paul H. and Clarice Lassinger, and Clifford Bragg); new business — Structural Inspection Board (SIB) recommendation to demolish a structure (located at 1016 Summerlee Avenue, owned by Arthur J. Adkins), Coal Severance budget revision, Crown Act Ordinance, National Park ideas, utilization of the Day Report Center, vendors policy, fowl ordinance, city’s water tower, Municipal Sales and Use Tax ordinance, future agenda items; and adjournment.
Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: regular meeting, Tuesday, July 13, 6 p.m., BOE office; and regular meeting, Tuesday, July 27, 6 p.m., BOE office.
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: July 21, Aug. 19 and Sept. 15. Bridge Day 2021 will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16. For more on Bridge Day, visit officialbridgeday.com.
Waste Tire Collection — There will be a waste tire collection on Wednesday, July 21 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.
Entries Accepted — The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) has issued a call for entries for its 22nd biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition. The show will be on display at the Culture Center in Charleston. Submissions for the exhibit in the form of digital images on CD or USB flash drive will be accepted through Monday, Aug. 2. Artists may submit two pieces for the exhibition with a limit of three digital images per entry. Entry forms and properly identified images must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $20 per piece. Make check payable to West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History. Digital images can be mailed to WVDACH, West Virginia Juried Exhibition (WVJE) 2021, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E., Charleston, W.Va. 25305-0300, or hand-delivered to the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex. An option to email images will be available this year by first contacting Cailin Howe, exhibits coordinator, to ensure your images are submitted properly. Image file sizes must be small enough to be received through email, an entry form must be included, and entry fee will still need to be mailed to the department. Eligible entries include works created in the past two years in the areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, digital art, mixed media and crafts. Entrants must be over the age of 18 and must be residents of or maintain a permanent residence in West Virginia. Entrants also must complete a WVDACH Artists’ Register form at http://www.wvculture.org/museum/artsreg.html and submit six slides or digital images representative of current work for the file at the department. The images submitted for the Artists’ Register are not used in jurying entries into the exhibition. A prospectus for the exhibit is available online at http://www.wvculture.org/museum/juried/2021/juriedexperspectous2021.pdf. The exhibit will open at the Culture Center with an awards ceremony and reception at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 and remain on display through Feb. 14, 2022. The exhibit showcases the work of state artists and craftspeople and provides the public with a comprehensive view of art and craft activities in the state. For more information or to inquire about submitting your entries via email, contact Howe at 304-558-0220, ext. 128 or Cailin.A.Howe@wv.gov.
Preserve WV Positions Available — Preserve WV, the AmeriCorps program of the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 program year. A statewide national service initiative, Preserve WV and its members aim to help main streets thrive, help communities capture their local history, and preserve beloved West Virginia landmarks. While serving with AmeriCorps, members make a year-long commitment to bettering West Virginia’s communities all the while gaining meaningful, hands-on experience in the fields of history, historic preservation, and community development. AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend and, upon successful completion of their service term, an education award that can be used to pay off current student loans or toward future schooling. Individuals with experience and interest in historical research, archival work, communications, and community organizing are encouraged to apply. Depending on their own unique skills and preferences, a successful candidate will be placed at one of Preserve WV’s partner sites in West Virginia. Sites currently seeking an AmeriCorps member in the Fayette County include New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and Harmony for Hope Inc. To learn more about these and additional opportunities with Preserve WV as well as information on how to apply, please visit the AmeriCorps section on the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s website at pawv.org/americorps. The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is the statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation.
Miller Mobile Office — Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-W.Va.) has announced her mobile office hours for July. At the mobile office locations, members of Miller's staff will be available to help Third District residents who are having problems with federal agencies and programs. Constituents are encouraged to bring along documents they have received from federal agencies related to their issues. Stops will include a Monday, July 12 event from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Ansted Town Hall council chambers, 28 Cemetery Street, Ansted.
Morrisey Mobile Office Visits — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced a representative from his office will meet with central and southeastern West Virginia residents in July to discuss consumer-related issues and answer any potential questions. Justin Arvon, a consumer outreach and compliance specialist with the office, will host the events locally as scheduled: July 15: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Gino’s Pizza, 2159 Main St., Clay; July 20: 2 p.m. – Senior Protection Presentation, Twin Oaks Plaza, 201 Oak Hill Ave., Oak Hill; July 21: noon to 1 p.m. – Wendy’s, 200 Main St., Oak Hill; July 26: noon to 1 p.m. – Mount Hope Public Library, 500 Main St., Mount Hope; and July 29: 11 a.m. to noon – Chick-fil-A Crossroads Mall, 31 Crossroads Mall, Mount Hope. For information on additional requirements specific to any location, attendees are encouraged to contact Justin Arvon at 304-590-6462.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Free Summer Camp — Active Southern West Virginia is hosting its first ever summer camp open to Fayette County youth who were in the third through eighth grades this past 2020-2021 school year. Youth can register for one of two sessions of Active SWV’s Summer Camp taking place at the Fayette County Park, either July 12 to July 16 or July 19 through July 23 (not both). Campers will learn teamwork and outdoor skills alongside academic pursuits like journaling and mathematics. Activities include teambuilding exercises, games, stand-up paddle boarding, biking, Leave No Trace training, and more. Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and transportation will be provided to and from camp for participants. To sign up for either week of camp, please visit Active SWV’s website at https://activeswv.org/21cclc/. You can also email Active SWV’s Youth Program Director India Tarleton Krawczyk with any questions at email@example.com
Fayette County Public Library — The Fayette County Public Library has released its branches’ schedule of events for the month of July. Scheduled Adventure Days are as follows: Thursday, July 8 — Adventure Day at Midland Trail Community Center, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Adventure Day at Smithers Gateway Center, 2 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, July 13 — Adventure Day at Fayetteville Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Adventure Day at Mount Hope Park, 2 to 4 p.m.; Thursday, July 15 — Adventure Day at Midland Trail Community Center, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Adventure Day at Smithers Gateway Center, 2 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, July 20 — Adventure Day at Fayetteville Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Adventure Day at Mount Hope Park, 2 to 4 p.m.; Thursday, July 22 — Adventure Day at Midland Trail Community Center, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Adventure Day at Smithers Gateway Center, 2 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, July 27 — Adventure Day at Fayetteville Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Adventure Day at Mount Hope Park, 2 to 4 p.m.; and Thursday, July 29 — Adventure Day at Midland Trail Community Center, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Adventure Day at Smithers Gateway Center, 2 to 4 p.m. Other 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) — summer reading program (Fridays, July 9, 16 and 23 at 1 p.m.); Star Wars Saturdays craft and movie (Saturdays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31); movie night (Tuesdays, July 13, 20 and 27 at 5:30 p.m.); and flower club (Wednesday, July 14, 3 p.m.). Meadow Bridge (FB, 53 Montrado Street, Meadow Bridge, 304-484-7942) — Legos (Tuesday, July 20, all day); summer reading program (Wednesdays, July 14 and 21, 1 p.m.); Toddler Time (Mondays, July 12, 19 and 26, 11 a.m.); and movies (Tuesdays, July 13 and 27, all day). Administration Office (FC, 531 Summit Street, Oak Hill, 304-465-0121 or 304-465-5664) — book club (Thursday, July 8 at 6 p.m.). Fayetteville (FF, 200 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, 304-574-0070) — adult coloring (Saturdays, July 10, 17 and 24 at 11 a.m.); summer reading program (Wednesdays, July 14 and 21 at 10:30 a.m.); Kitchen Witchery (Wednesday, July 14 at 6 p.m.); and adult book group (Monday, July 26 at 6 p.m.). Mount Hope (FH, 500 Main Street, Mount Hope, 304-877-3260) — STEM (Thursdays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 2 p.m.); Lego/Knex (Fridays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30, all day); summer reading program (Tuesdays, July 13 and 20 at 1 p.m.); Dollar Deco (Mondays, July 12, 19 and 26 at 1 p.m.); and wreath making (Wednesdays, July 14 and 28 at 1 p.m.). Montgomery (FM, 507 Ferry Street, Montgomery, 304-442-5665) — summer reading program (Wednesdays, July 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.); Legos/Knex (Thursdays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29, all day); scavenger hunt, find the ice cream (Friday, July 16 at 3 p.m.). Oak Hill (FO, 611 Main Street, Oak Hill, 304-469-9890) — summer reading program (Thursdays, July 8, 15 and 22 at 11 a.m. and Tuesdays, July 13 and 20 at 11 a.m. or 6 p.m.); lapsit (Fridays, July 9 and 23 at 11 a.m.); and NYM Book Club (Thursday, July 15 at 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 Independence Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Planned schedule of programs is as follows: July 10 — white oak basketry with Judy VanGundy, 1 to 4 p.m.; July 17 — old time music with Dave and Cindy Proudfoot, 1 to 4 p.m.; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates will be posted on the Forest’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MonongahelaNF/.
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 https://wvu.zoom.us/j/97316133152?fbclid=IwAR19x7Nvm0XVIh8ai6N-QwVVVZv2dAi6daQyAUcdsQuWIHt_Vw309tQT9Vg#success, 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: July 13 — West Virginia: A History by Otis K. Rice and Stephen W. Brown; July 27 — Killers of a Flower Moon by David Grann; 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.
BBQ Class — Learn the history and science of barbecuing food in an online community education class through New River Community and Technical College on July 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. The class will be offered online using Zoom video conferencing. Participants in the class will become more knowledgeable about the equipment used in the barbecuing cooking method and tips and tricks for safe food preparation. The cost is $25, and preregistration is required by July 13. Participants will be emailed the Zoom link and log-in information after registering for the class. Visit www.newriver.edu/community for information on upcoming classes or register for the course or contact Gloria Kincaid (304-793-6101, email@example.com).
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 lillyreunion.org
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 www.2ida.org or contact Bob Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org and 224-225-1202.