Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Friday, April 5 — regular meeting; Tuesday, April 16 — special meeting to lay levy, 9 a.m.; Friday, May 3 — regular meeting, 9 a.m.; Friday, May 17 — regular meeting, 9 a.m.; and Friday, May 31 — regular meeting, 9 a.m., in the Fayette County Commission chambers of the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public.
Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: special meeting (Local School Improvement Council Meadow Bridge area schools) — Monday, March 25, Meadow Bridge High School, 6 p.m.
Craft Show — The 1st annual Craft Show sponsored by the Fayette County Cancer Support Group will be held Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Lewis Community Center, 469 Central Ave., Oak Hill. Admission will be by donation for the show, which will feature beautiful crafts from an array of talented artisans. Door prizes will be presented hourly and refreshments will be available. Vendor space is available at a cost of $35 per booth. For more info, call 304-640-1120. All proceeds from the event will go to the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life.
Food Pantry — The Ministerial Association Food Pantry will distribute food to those who qualify on March 27 at the Lewis Foundation Christian Community Center (the old Armory) on Central Ave., Oak Hill, from 9 to 11 a.m. Please bring identification and proof of current address. If you are unsure of the qualifications, come and talk to one of the workers. This service to the area is sponsored by the Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association.
Tax Notice — On July 15, 2012, the Fayette County Tax Office sent tax bills out to all known taxpayers. However, some tax bills have been returned due to a bad address or name. But, as property owners, you are still liable for the tax. Not receiving a tax bill, does not alleviate the tax burden. Failure to pay can result in late charges or loss of property. The Tax Office would like to remind the taxpayers all property taxes not paid by April 1 will be advertised as delinquent. Therefore, an additional $20 fee will be added to each delinquent tax bill. To avoid this charge, payments must be received or postmarked on or before March 31. The Fayette County Tax Office will be glad to assist you with any questions you may have concerning your taxes. In order to handle all calls more efficiently, please have tax document, account number or ticket number available when you call. Also, for your convenience, please visit the website at www.wvpropertytaxes.com.
Disaster Preparedness Fair — There will be a disaster preparedness fair April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Fayetteville High School gym, 515 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville. For more information, contact Jane Hardy at 304-640-1120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARC Blood Drives — The following blood drives are scheduled in the area this month: March 28 — Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, walk-ins are welcome at the Inez O’Brien Donor Center in Beckley each Wednesday from 12 to 6 p.m. If you have any questions about blood drives, feel free to call 540-580-3908 or e-mail email@example.com.
Places to Go/Things to Do
Ramp Dinner — There will be a ramp dinner Saturday, April 13 from 12 to 4 p.m., hosted by the Mount Hope Lions Club. Tickets ($8) are available from any member of the club, and will be available at the door. For more information, call Lions President Lisa Keffer at 304-228-7615.
Dollhouse Miniatures — A dollhouse miniature show and sale will be held at the Ramada Inn near Morgantown, WV, on Saturday, April 13, from 10 am to 3 pm. A furnished three-story dollhouse will be raffled off with all proceeds plus the $1 admission fee for adults to go to Make a Wish. There will be vendor sales tables with everything a well furnished dollhouse would need. The Ramada Inn is on exit 148 off of I-79 or exit 1 off of I-68.
RHS National Convention — Norfolk and Western and Virginian Railway Historical Society members will hold their national convention June 12-16 at Twin Falls Resort State Park. Local retirees are encouraged to join the society or attend the convention and share railroad experiences. Two railroad tours are scheduled. The first, June 14, will include the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, along with a tour of the Virginian lines near Mullens. The second tour, June 15, follows the Virginian mainline to Page, visiting coal towns and trestles, with lunch at Whipple Company Store, returning by way of Thurmond. The park lodge will be available June 12, with convention committee members exhibiting maps and other area information concerning railroad sites. An informal “get-together” is scheduled Saturday as opposed to a formal dinner. While there will be no model contest, “modelers are encouraged to bring their work for ‘show and tell’ displays” and modeling clinics. Updated information is available at www.nwhs.org, click on “Convention 2013.” For reservations, phone Twin Falls Resort State Park at 304-294-4000 and mention the convention. Tom Marshall, of Mullens, is the local coordinator; contact him at 304-294-6986.
Scrip Show — The National Scrip Collectors Association will hold its semi-annual show and meeting in Beckley April 19, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at noon on April 20 at the Country Inn & Suites, 2120 Harper Road. There is no admission fee and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. Coal scrip was the private currency of coal companies in over 612 towns in West Virginia alone. In the mid-1950s, scrip had all but disappeared as a method of labor payment. Coal scrip, like other obsolete currency, has survived and today is thriving in the hands of collectors. No one ever thought that coal, merchant and lumber scrip would have another life. As hard as the work was to earn a few dollars, the miner and lumberman’s families had no thought of saving the scrip. Almost all scrip is in circulated condition. Even so, some few are worth hundreds of dollars or more. There will be vendors, dealers and collectors at the show who would offer their opinions as to the value of any scrip and maybe where to sell it if desired. Other mining memorabilia, artifacts, coal scrip books and catalogues usually have dealers also. Part of the purpose of NSCA is to encourage the study and research of the history of coal mining companies as it relates to the usage of scrip tokens and the families who used it. For more information, please contact Bill Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or nationalscripcollectorsassociation.org.
Bean Dinners — The Fayetteville United Methodist Church will host monthly bean dinners for the winter and spring. Each month through May, on the third Wednesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the church will serve beans, cole slaw, cornbread, dessert and a drink for a suggested donation of $6. Take out is available by ordering at the church or calling 304-574-0187 in advance to have your order ready. The proceeds from this event help support various missions the church participates in throughout the community and the state. Don’t forget to mark the following dates on your calendar: April 17 and May 15.
Ladies Night Out — Ames Heights Bible Church will hold its annual “Ladies Night Out” on Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. This year’s theme will be “The True Vine.” Come, bring a friend and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship. For more information, call Suzie at 304-574-2131 or June at 304-574-0531.
Pre-school Enrollment — Mountain View Christian School in Hilltop currently is enrolling 3- and 4-year-old pre-schoolers for the 2013-14 school year. For more information, call 304-465-0502.
Spaghetti Dinner — The OHHS Marching Red Devil Band will have a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 6, at the First Brethren Church Fellowship Hall on Central Avenue, Oak Hill, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu will include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and drink at a cost of $6 per adult, and $3 for children 9 years and under. Dine in or take out. Please come out and support the band. Tickets are being sold in advance. Call Brenda Burgess at 304-465-5127, Tricia Smith at 304-663-7029, or Jamie McNeely at 304-465-5452.
Flea Market — There will be a Relay for Life flea market on Saturday, April 13 at the Oak Hill Nazarene Church beginning at 9 a.m. Cost for a table (which are provided) is $10. What you sell at your table is yours. There will be a concession stand offering beans and cornbread, hot dogs with all the fixings, nachos and cheese, drinks and desserts. Entry forms are available at the Fayetteville Walmart service desk. The event is open to everyone, including businesses such as photographers, jewelry makers, Avon, Mary Kay, and to all individuals.
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