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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.

Meetings

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.

Delta Kappa Gamma — The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma will meet Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at the home of Ann Blankenship.

Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: special meeting (if needed for personnel/RIF hearings) — Monday, March 25, 5 p.m., BOE office; regular meeting — Tuesday, March 26, 6 p.m., BOE office; and special meeting (if needed for personnel/RIF hearings) — Wednesday, March 27, 5 p.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. Commissioners will hold budget meetings on 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. Following is the agenda for the March 15 meeting: 9 a.m. — exonerations (Eddie Young), approve vouchers and invoices and approve prior meeting minutes (Debbie Berry, county administrator); 9:15 a.m. — contract for USDA Local Food Promotion Program grant (Kelly Jo Drey, resource coordinator); 9:30 a.m. — Enterprise Fleet Management for law enforcement vehicles (Richard Bono); and 10 a.m. — budget work session.

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 http://www.kvcc.eznetway.com/

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.

Fayette Association of Retired School Employees — The Fayette Association of Retired School Employees (FARSE) regularly meets the fourth Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the conference room in the Quality Inn Whitewater Bar and Grille, Fayetteville (changes of meeting dates are made when the date interferes with a holiday weekend). The group will meet on March 23, April 27 (only if needed for back-up date) and May 18 (holiday change). For more information, please contact Joel Davis, president, at 304-222-6984 or Martha Aliff, treasurer, at 304-573-1224.

Announcements

Gauley Bridge Town Cleanup — Gauley Bridge will hold its annual town cleanup April 1 through April 5. All items must be set out by April 1. If your items are not out by April 1, they will not be picked up. No exceptions will be made. Items must be placed curbside on your property. The fee is $60 per dump truck load and must be prepaid by March 29. Payment can be made by phone at 304-632-2505, mail or in person at Town Hall Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Payments may be mailed to Town of Gauley Bridge, PO Box 490, Gauley Bridge, WV 25085 and must include your physical address. If you are putting out anything made of cloth (couches, mattresses, chairs, etc.), they must be covered. Items that will not be picked up include brush, tires, lumber, antifreeze, household trash, refrigerators, air conditioners, or batteries. For more information, call 304-632-2505 during regular business hours.

Community Cleanup — A community cleanup will be held Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the Fayette County Memorial Building parking lot. Items accepted include washers, dryers, dishwashers, water heaters, heat pumps, furnaces, all metal items, lawn mowers, old play equipment, furniture, conventional and microwave ovens, ranges and stoves, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators and freezers (freon removed). Items that will not be accepted include paints, tires, household chemicals, used oils or electronics. For more information, contact Bill Lanham, Fayetteville superintendent, at 304-574-0101.

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 Friday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 19 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

Traditional Appalachian Tales — Children of all ages will enjoy West Virginia Storytelling Guild president Mikalena Zuckett's renditions of Appalachian Jack tales, West Virginia ghost stories, and of course, tales of the Tallypo at the Riverside Public Library. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library at 1 Warrior Way, Belle.

Dorothy in Wonderland — The Historic Fayette Theater’s spring production of “Dorothy in Wonderland” is scheduled for 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 www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call the theater at 304-574-4655 or email hft@historicfayettetheater.com.

Mad Hatters Tea Party — Come meet the characters from The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland who perform in this spring’s Historic Fayette Theater production of “Dorothy in Wonderland.” The Mad Hatters Tea Party is scheduled for Sunday, March 24 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Lewis Community Center, Central Avenue, Oak Hill. All tickets are $10and can be purchased from cast members or at the HFT box office at 115 South Court Street in Fayetteville on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.

Photography Workshop — The 2019 Three Rivers Avian Center Spring Photography Workshop is on Saturday, April 20. Go to stevenrotsch.com 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 https://activeswv.org/ 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 https://activeswv.org/ and click on the Events Calendar.

Fundraisers

Gospel Benefit Concert — Child Evangelism Fellowship will host a gospel music benefit concert Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Woodrow High School Auditorium located off Stanaford Road in Beckley. Groups to sing will be Heaven’s Harmony Quartet of Fayetteville, Eternity’s Crossing Trio and the Sesco’s Duet. A freewill offering will be received during the event. Nationally, 23,000,000 children have bee reached through this ministry. The Beckley chapter reaches school children in Raleigh, Wyoming, Mercer, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Webster, Summers, Greenbrier, Monroe, Fayette and McDowell county schools. Heaven’s Harmony has been singing gospel music for 32 years. Eternity's Crossing has been singing together for 15 years and the Sesco duet has been singing for five years.

Schools

Kindergarten Registration — Fayette County Schools’ district-wide kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school term is scheduled for Friday, March 22 from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. at each elementary school. Parents will need to go to the school located in their attendance area to register their children. Parents registering kindergarten students will need to bring proof of residency, such as a utility bill, the child’s immunization records, certified birth certificate from the Department of Vital Statistics, proof of a well-child exam within the past 12 months, and proof of a dental exam. The child’s Social Security card is requested but optional. In order to be eligible for kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, children must be 5 years old on or before June 30, 2019. The federal McKinney-Vento Act and West Virginia state law and policy guarantee that students can be enrolled in school if they live in a shelter, in a motel, in a house or apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss, in temporary foster care or awaiting foster care with an adult who is not the parent or legal guardian, in substandard housing (no electricity, no water, and/or no heat), or with friends or family because the student is a runaway or unaccompanied youth. For more information about criteria for enrollment and rights of homeless students, contact Judy Lively, Fayette County’s liaison, at 304-574-1176.

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.

Church

Sing into Spring — Join Bell Creek Baptist Church at Dixie on Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. for a concert with Shellem Cline. Cline is nominated in the Best Comedy Act category at this year’s Inspirational Country Music Association.

Church Security — A retired West Virginia State Police officer will present a program on church security on Tuesday, April 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Swiss Missionary Baptist Church. All area churches are invited to send representatives to the program.

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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