-- Caregiver Support Group — A Caregiver Support Group meeting/training session will be held on Monday, April 8, at 1 p.m. at the Fayette Senior Center, 108 Lewis Street, Oak Hill. Contact either Janet Zamiela or Regina Mims at 304-465-8484 if you have any questions.
-- Fayette County Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet Thursday, April 25 at 4 p.m. at the Fayette County Health Department.
-- 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: statutory/regular meeting — Tuesday, April 16, Fayetteville High School, 6 p.m.; special meeting/LSIC Valley area schools (Local School Improvement Council) — Monday, April 29, Valley High School, 6 p.m.
-- Layland Miners Memorial Groundbreaking — There will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the Layland Miners Memorial on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. at the Layland Baptist Church in Layland. An explosion on March 2, 1915, killed 112 miners at Layland, the county’s largest mining disaster in history. The memorial will consist of three granite stones, one with the names of all 112 miners who perished flanked by stones with the names of the 53 miners who survived the accident. The planning committee is still seeking funds to complete the project and donations can made to the Layland Miners Memorial Committee, PO Box 62, Layland, WV, 25864. Directions to Layland Baptist Church can be found on the church website, laylandbaptist.com/directions.htm.
-- Animal Shelter in Need — The Fayette County Animal Shelter/New River Humane Society is in need of kitty litter, dog food, canned dog food and canned puppy food. Donations may be dropped of at Betty Craft’s house, Hounds Good, Oak Hill Kominsky Chiropractic, Delfino’s, and also at the shelter. Volunteers also will pick up donations. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Monetary donations are gladly accepted; please mail to New River Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville, WV 25840 (please designate for dog food, kitty litter). And remember: Adopt, spay, neuter.
-- Volleyball for Autism and Walk for Autism — To benefit the Autism Recovery Resource Center, you are entitled to take part in Volleyball for Autism and a Walk for Autism on Saturday, April 13, at “The Place” at the United Methodist Temple, Beckley, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The events are sponsored by The White Family, in memory of Ray C. White. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For the volleyball tournament, there will be two divisions of play: high school and co-ed adult. Entry fee is $80 per team of eight, and child care will be provided. To register, or for more information, contact Kelli White at 304-673-1359 to register.
-- Hot Dog and Yard Sale — There will be a hot dog and yard sale Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at Christian Revival Center at Robson, beside the fire department. Tables are for rent for $10 for one day, or $15 for both days. To sign up, call 304-779-2505.
-- Goldeneers — The Goldeneers Senior Citizens will hold the group’s April fundraiser on April 6 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the O.C. Rushing Center at the Oak Hill Nazarene Church. For sale will be hot dogs, barbecues, beans and cornbread and a good selection of baked goods. Also the children’s department of the church will sponsor a rummage sale to benefit Bible school. Come find good food, great bargains and enjoy the day.
-- Indoor Yard Sale — Twin Oaks Plaza will host an indoor yard sale on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5 beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day. The event will be held in the community room at 201 Oak Hill Avenue, Oak Hill. There will be lots of household items for sale.
-- 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.
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