- Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will convene as follows: regular meeting — Monday, Nov. 4, BOE office, Fayetteville, 6 p.m.; and special meeting (LSIC, Meadow Bridge area schools) — Monday, Nov. 18, Meadow Bridge High School, 6 p.m.
- Caregiver Support Group — A Caregiver Support Group meeting/training entitled “Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack” will be held on Monday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Fayette Senior Center, 108 Lewis Street, Oak Hill. Contact either Janet Zamiela or Melinda Metz at 304-465-8484 if you have any questions.
- Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Friday, Nov. 8; 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.
- Trick or Treat for Canned Goods — The Fayette County 4-Hers are going trick-or-treating for canned goods on Monday, Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Fayette County 4-H members will be dressing up for a good cause as they go door to door in the Fayette County area. The canned goods will help to replenish local food pantries for the winter. If you receive a visit from ghosts and goblins please do not be alarmed. These 4-H participants are looking for donated non-perishable food items to help others in need. In addition, non-perishable items may also be dropped off at the Fayette County WVU Extension Office in Fayetteville. If you would like more information or would like to make a donation, contact Cassandra Bandy, office manager, or Andrea Mender, 4-H Youth Development agent, at the Fayette County WVU Extension Office, 304-574-4253.
- Trick or Treat — Following are trick or treat hours for some Fayette County communities: Ansted — Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., 12 and under; Fayetteville — Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.; Gauley Bridge — Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.; Montgomery — 6 to 8 p.m., 12 and under; Mount Hope — 6 to 8 p.m.; Oak Hill — 6 to 8 p.m.; Smithers — 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Thurmond — 6 to 8 p.m., 12 and under, Town Hall and Post Office are giving out candy.
- 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. Items also may be donated at any branch of Fayette County National Bank.
- GED Exam Dates — Ceresa Petitt, Fayette County GED administrator, announces the 2002 version of the GED is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2014. The final dates for this version in Fayette County are: Tuesday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 7; and Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Thursday, Dec. 5. Testing begins promptly at 4 p.m. each day for those registered and present a valid ID. To be eligible to take the exam, applicants must complete the Official Practice Test (with sufficient scores) and participate in a mandatory orientation/registration. A valid photo ID or current driver’s license is required during registration and the exam. Also, keep in mind, space is limited and registration must be completed one week before testing dates. Future testing dates and 2014 testing information will be announced as information becomes available. If you need to achieve your GED for job placement or entrance into post-secondary college/technical training programs, or you need to successfully complete a previous exam, you should immediately contact Mary Flint, Fayette County Adult Basic Education coordinator, at Fayette Institute of Technology at 304-469-2911, ext. 1 to begin registration process.
Places to Go/Things to Do
- Pro-Life Rose Dinner — West Virginians for Life’s 15th annual Pro-Life Rose Dinner will be Friday, Nov. 15 at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown. Keynote speaker is Melissa Ohden, who survived a saline abortion and now shares her story of forgiveness and redemption. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a reception followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $50 per person and the West Virginians for Life Educational Trust Fund will benefit. For more information, visit the website at wvforlife.org/events or call 304-594-9845.
- Haunted School House — The Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) and the Oak Hill High School Baseball Boosters have teamed up to bring the community the most frightful and delightful evening this witching season. Rumors have it that the Historic Oak Hill School is actually haunted; you are invited to be the judge. The facility is located at 140 School Street, Oak Hill. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. on weekdays and close at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The haunted school will be open Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday. Strobe lights, fog machines, black lights and actors will be in use. On Wednesday evenings, there will be a “No Scare Night” so that children under 8 years old may attend. The children will be able to walk through the haunted house without being scared by the actors. Admission for adults will be $10 each, children 12 and under will be $8 and Wednesday nights for No Scare will be $5 for children 8years old and younger. The concession stand will open nightly at 6 p.m. for snacks before and after the event. For more information, visit the website at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Haunting-of-the-Historic-Oak-Hill-School-House/1419790638241989.
- Trunk or Treat — On Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 6 p.m., the Lively Family Amphitheater Commission will host a Trunk or Treat kick off for Oak Hill’s Halloween evening at the Lively Family Amphitheater in downtown Oak Hill. The event is sponsored by the Amphitheater Commission. Several local businesses and organizations, law enforcement, fire department and an ambulance company will be on hand to pass out treats to the children. A costume parade also is planned, so make it good, kids. All trick or treat age children are invited. Parking places will be marked off on Main Street, directly in front of the amphitheater and on Kelly Avenue. Decorate your truck, the trunk of your car or bring a table and chairs to set up and pass out some treats to the children of our community. Set up will begin at 4 p.m.
- Southern Gospel Concert — The “Keeping the Heritage” Southern gospel concert, blending the “old” and the “new” in convention-style singing, is planned for Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church on Terry Avenue, Oak Hill. For more information, call 304-658-5829.
- Chili Drive Through — The Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Ladies Guild will have their annual Chili Drive Through on Saturday, Nov. 9. Meal includes chili, cornbread and dessert for four people for $15. Meals can be picked up between 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Ss. Peter and Paul School. Tickets are available at Ss. Peter and Paul Church office and from Guild members.
- Christmas Bazaar — The Fayetteville United Methodist Women are planning their annual Christmas bazaar, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church. This year’s theme is “Christ Is the Light of the World.” There will be arts and crafts, vintage items, a bake sale, hot dogs and homemade pies. Enjoy the food and fellowship and shop for Christmas.
- Goldeneers — The Goldeneers Senior Citizens will hold the group’s last fundraiser for the year on Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the O.C. Rushing Center at the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene. For sale will be hot dogs, barbecues, beans and cornbread and a variety of soups, and the usual good selection of homemade baked goods. The local Red Cross Chapter will also offer tables of Christmas bazaar items for sale, in conjunction with the hot dog sale, also from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.