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- Republican Executive Committee — The Fayette County Republican Republican Executive Committee will hold its October meeting on Monday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Shoney’s in Oak Hill. Any registered Republican is welcome to attend. For further information, contact Gary Lilly, chairman, at 304-574-2049 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- MTA Board of Directors — The Mountain Transit Authority board of directors will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the MTA garage/office facility located on Broad Street in Summersville. The public is invited to attend.
- SCD Board — The Southern Conservation District board will meet Oct. 10 at the SCD building, 463 Ragland Road, Beckley, at 9:45 a.m. Normal business will be conducted. The agenda will be posted at the SCD office. For any questions, please call 304-253-0261.
- 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.
- Cancer Support Group — The Fayette County Cancer Support Group meets the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays, then meetings are held the second Monday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Summit at Hidden Valley, 438 23rd Street, Oak Hill (next to Hidden Valley Nursing Home). Call Ann Perry at 304-465-1224.
- Nar-Anon Support Meeting — Nar-Anon support meetings are held each Friday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Oak Hill. For more info, call Vicki at 304-222-0284.
- West Virginians for Life — The Fayette County Chapter of West Virginians for Life meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Mount Hope United Methodist Church. For more, visit the chapter’s Web site at www.savingthebabies.com.
- Bridge Day Commission — The Bridge Day Commission meets the third Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in the county commission room at the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Cindy at 304-465-5617.
- Al-Anon — Al-Anon meets every Monday night at 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 345 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill. For more information, call 465-1523.
- American Legion — LaFayette Post 149 of the American Legion meets each third Monday at 7:30 p.m. and hosts Bingo every Tuesday and Saturday at 5 p.m.
- Scouts — The Oak Hill Boy Scout Troop 1335 meets each Monday at 7 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. New members are being accepted. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Randy Dolin at 304-465-5087.
- Humane Society — The New River Humane Society holds its regular meetings the second Tuesday of each month at Los Vaqueros Restaurante, 2027 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, at 6:30 p.m. NRHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and welfare of animals. The public is welcome. Come support your local humane society and animal shelter. For more information, call 304-465-5062.
- Trick or Treat — Fayetteville and Oak Hill will have Trick or Treating on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
- New WIC Hours — The Fayette County WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program now has new hours of operation. Located at 1822 East Main Street, Oak Hill, the TSN WIC Program offers eligible families nutritious supplemental foods, as well as health monitoring, referrals, nutrition and breastfeeding counseling. Using WIC food benefits is more flexible now with eWIC, a new EBT card system. For information on program eligibility, services and/or scheduling appointments, please call 304-465-5314. New hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome. The WIC program is an equal opportunity provider.
- 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 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.
- Bridge Day Chili Cook-Off — The Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau (Fayetteville CVB) is sponsoring the 5th Annual Bridge Day Chili Cook-Off in conjunction with the annual Bridge Day celebration, on Saturday, Oct. 19. Contests will include a chili and cornbread cook-off. Judges will award cash prizes to the cook-off winners, along with a People’s Choice winner for chili. The chili competition includes professional and amateur categories with traditional and non-traditional recipes for both chili and cornbread. The cook-off begins just as activities on the bridge are winding down. Live music provided by The Wild Rumpus starts at 2:30 p.m. and the chili tasting and judging begins at 3:00 and runs until about 5:30. Awards are presented at 5:30 p.m. For information on how to register as a cook and/or for other questions concerning the Bridge Day Chili Cook-off, contact the Fayetteville CVB at 304-574-1500 or visit www.VisitFayettevilleWV.com.
- The Lewis House — The Lewis House on Main Street in Oak Hill is open Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 8 p.m. Tours of the home are available and banquet room bookings are accepted.
- Good Luck (Fox-Wood) Cemetery — Anyone wishing to help with the upkeep of the Good Luck Cemetery, also known as Fox-Wood Cemetery, located on Chestnutburg Road in Victor, is asked to please send donations to: Becky Shuff, 1278 Chestnutburg Road, Victor, WV 25938. For more info, please call 304-640-5304 or e-mail BeckyShuff@frontier.com. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. Shuff also would be interested in knowing the names of your family members who are buried in any of the unmarked graves.
Places to Go/Things to Do
- 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.
- Vivace — Vivace will perform Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas County High School in Summersville, presented by Ivy & Stone, Council for the Arts. Discover a fresh new take on the classical and modern music of today. Advance sale tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be $3 more at the door on the night of the performance. Family tickets of 2 adults and 2 or more children can be purchased at the door for $35. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the local Summersville ticket outlets: Soundwaves Music, Summersville Public Library, and at all First Community Bank branches, by e-mail at email@example.com or by calling 304-872-4228.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mountain View Christian School — Mountain View Christian School is still enrolling three- and four-year old preschool students through Oct. 18. For more information, please contact the school office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 304-465-0502.
- 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.