Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: regular meeting — Monday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m., BOE office; special meeting (LSIC) — Monday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m., Midland Trail High School (for Midland Trail area schools); and special meeting (LSIC) — Monday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m., Valley High School (for Valley area schools).
Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Friday, Oct. 11; Friday, Oct. 25; Friday, Nov. 1; Friday, Nov. 22; and Friday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Fayette County Commission chambers of the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public.
Bridge Closure — The old Prince Bridge will be closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for two weeks beginning today, according to Del. Dave Perry.
FPD Art Contest — Aspiring artists and those wishing to possibly see their creative handiwork set off by flashing blue lights are invited to enter Fayetteville Police Department’s art contest and take a shot at designing the decal for the department’s new 2014 Ford Taurus cruisers. The current cruisers sport a kelly green and yellow decal, and the department said they would like to see a similar color scheme for their next decal. Participants have the option to include the police department patch or badge, or use the official seal for the Town of Fayetteville. The contest is open to any resident of the Town of Fayetteville; Fayetteville Elementary, Middle and High School students are especially encouraged to enter. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize and his or her photo in The Fayette Tribune. Design renderings should be sent to the Fayetteville Police Department no later than Oct. 7. For questions, calling 304-574-0255.
Warm Hands from Warm Hearts — Help keep our kids’ hands warm this winter. Please donate new gloves and hats for the elementary students in our county. There are 10 elementary schools in Fayette County. The goal is to supply each elementary school with 50 pairs of gloves, along with 50 winter hats for needy children at each school. Of the 50 pair, each school will receive 25 sets for girls and 25 sets for boys. For more information, please feel free to call 304-222-0629. Drop off dates will be Oct. 1 through Nov. 15 at Ben Franklin in Fayetteville, New River Sportswear in Oak Hill, King Coal Chevrolet in Oak Hill, Piggly Wiggly in Hico, U-Save Convenient Mart in Lookout, The Montgomery Herald office in Montgomery, and Gauley Home Furnishings in Gauley Bridge.
Benefit Beauty Pageant — There will be a Pretty in Pink Beauty Pageant for boys and girls, along with a Paws for the Cause dog pageant, on Oct. 12 at Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park. Divisions in the beauty pageants are babies to 12 years and 13 years and up. Girls are required to wear a shade of pink to compete and boys are required to incorporate a pink accessory or more. All dogs must have proof of rabies shot. Pre-registration for dogs includes a free gift. All proceeds will go to benefit Logan Harper, a 9-year-old Fayette County boy battling cancer. Deadline to register is Sept. 30. Contact Jackie Eades at 304-549-5872 for more information.
Places to Go/Things to Do
Market Day — The next Market Day in Fayetteville event is Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau on North Court Street. The Fayette County Farmer’s Market will be held in the front parking area from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. An Artisan Village, with vendors selling hand-made items, will be in Janutolo Park (just behind the Fayetteville CVB) from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Brian Hornsby will be playing live music in the Janutolo Park Gazebo from 9 to 11 a.m. There will also be live music in the gazebo that evening by George Walberg from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For additional information and/or to register as an Artisan Village vendor, call the Fayetteville CVB at 304-574-1500.
Tamarack Turns Pink — There will be a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Tamarack in Beckley to officially open the annual display of world record pink ribbon scarf, now 6020 feet long. Breast cancer survivors, families, caregivers, health care professionals, friends and everyone is welcome. The scarf, which started at 32 feet in Oak Hill, has grown to over one mile thanks to the knitting and crocheting of hundreds of women and men from 28 states and two countries. Sponsored by Terri’s Tribute, the scarf pays tribute to those affected by breast cancer. Pink ribbon products created by Tamarack artisans are also for sale.
Ping Pong Tournament — There will be a ping pong tournament Oct. 12 at Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville, for those ages 13 to 18. Sign-ups are for the teams of two are at 5 p.m., and the tournament starts at 6 p.m. There is no registration fee. For more on the 1st annual Ping Pong Tournament of Grace Youth Ministries, call Mike at 304-222-0629.
Photography Exhibit — A photography exhibit of West Virginia’s history, compiled by amateur photographers in the region, will be on display around southern West Virginia starting through Oct. 30. Coal and railroad history, state park landmarks, churches and towns were captured by the photographers. The 72-photograph exhibit is the result of a photography contest hosted by the New River Gorge National River and The Coal Heritage Area. The photographs capture hidden and not-so-hidden parts of state history, including historic objects, structures, landscapes, landmarks and creative interpretation, according to National Park Service spokeswoman Robin Snyder. The photographs will be on display at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing, the Sandstone Visitor Center in Sandstone, the New River Gorge National Park Headquarters in Glen Jean, and the Coal Heritage Trail Interpretive Center at the Bramwell Train Depot in Bramwell. The first place photographs in each category will be displayed at Tamarack in the vestibule directly across from the David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery beginning Sept. 30 and throughout October.Candlelight Vigil — As a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Women’s Resource Center will host a candlelight vigil Oct. 12 to honor domestic violence victims. This free event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at United Methodist Temple’s The Place on Templeview Drive in Beckley. Participants can enjoy an inspirational evening of speakers and songs, refreshments, the presentation of the 2013 Incite Hope Awards and the candle ceremony to honor the victims who have lost their lives to domestic violence in West Virginia in the past 12 months. For more information about this event, contact Dee Sizemore at 304-255-2559 or 304-673-6037.
Photo Walk — On Saturday, Oct. 5, the world will walk again with Scott Kelby, president of Kelby Training and #1 best-selling photography and technology book author, in the 6th annual Worldwide Photo Walk. This year, the Morris Creek Watershed Association is hosting a photo walk event in Montgomery. The walk will be led by local photographer Mark Fordyce and will explore the area of Morris Creek that is being reclaimed by the watershed association. Walkers will meet at the watershed association building and proceed up the hollow from there. The walk begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 12 p.m. Efforts are being made to have a hay ride to take photographers on the outing as well. There is no fee to participate and anyone can participate. All you need is a camera and a passion for photography. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you use. People have used simple point-and-shoot and even disposable cameras in the past, had a blast and left with a new appreciation for photography and some great local connections.
Playgroup — Fayette Co. Starting Points is having a playgroup at Falls View Community Center (old Falls View School, Rte. 60) every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The activity is for children up to age 5. It will feature developmentally-appropriate learning in which children engage socially through play. Parents can come with their children for a great time in free play, circle time, crafts activities, story time, snack and indoor/outdoor motor play. Any questions can be directed to the center at 304-779-3109.
Venison 101 — The WVU Extension office will host a Venison 101 Workshop, which is open to the public, in both Fayette and Nicholas counties early next month. “From Field to Fixins’,” representatives from the DNR, meat processing, and the WVU Extension Families and Health Services will cover hunting regulations; herd management; proper field dressing techniques; proper butchering (identifying, processing and packaging); and proper food preservation, including recipes and taste testing. The first workshop will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the 4-H Building at Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park, Summersville. Two days later, on Thursday, Oct. 3, Sunday Road Baptist Church in Hico will host the workshop from 5 to 9 p.m. Space is limited for the workshops, and pre-registration is required. To register in Nicholas County, call 304-872-7898, and in Fayette County, call 304-574-4253.
Big Squeeze Returns To Fairmont — The second annual West Virginia Accordion Concert will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at Life United Methodist Church, 1564 Mary Lou Retton Dr., Fairmont. Along with fellow accordionists from Canada and the USA will be five-time national accordion champion William H. (Bill) Cosby. A freewill offering will be taken. Contact Mike Takash at 304-366-1456 for more information.
Anniversary and Homecoming — Eagle Central Missionary Baptist Church of Eagle, where Rev. Richard R. Bullard Jr. is the pastor, will celebrate its 127th Homecoming and anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. Rev. Larry Smith, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Kimberly, will be the speaker. Music will be provided by the Spiritual Harmonizers. Dinner will be served following the morning service.
Revival — There will be a revival Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, with Donnie Farmer at Gum Spring Baptist Church, Rt. 60, Chimney Corner. Services begin at 7 p.m. Nursery is provided. Pastor Mack Canterbury and the congregation invite everyone to attend.
Hot Dog Sale — The Fayette County Chapter of AARP will have a hot dog sale on Friday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fayetteville Church of God at 114 Harvey Street, Fayetteville. The funds raised will be used to provide prize money for the Bingo games sponsored and manned by members of the AARP Chapter at The Summit in Oak Hill. Hot dogs will be only $1, and drinks, chips and desserts 50 cents each, or the combo will be $2.50. Eat in or carry out.
Benefit Dinner — The Meadow Bridge Mission will host a benefit dinner Sunday, Oct. 6 from 12 to 5 p.m. The menu will include ham, pinto beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, a drink and dessert for $6. All funds raised will be dedicated to the memorial to veterans and coalminers at the mission. For more information, call 304-484-6106.
Yard Sale, Hot Dog Sale, Bake Sale — There will be a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with a hot dog, pepperoni roll and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Upper Kanawha Valley Community Center, Kimberly, on Saturday, Oct. 12.
All-Montgomery High — All former teachers, graduates and anyone who attended Montgomery High School is invited to attend the All-Montgomery High School Reunion on Oct. 12 from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. at Valley High School, Smithers. Cost of the event is $5 and you may pay at the door. There is plenty of parking and easy access to the school. Tables and chairs will be provided in the school cafeteria and plenty refreshments will be offered. Old rock and roll will be playing in the gym. Everyone is invite to attend and have a good time with former classmates.
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