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SCD Board — The Southern Conservation District Board will hold its monthly board meeting on Nov. 14 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 concerning the above mentioned meeting, please call 304-253-0261.
Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will convene as follows: special meeting (LSIC, Meadow Bridge area schools) — Monday, Nov. 18, Meadow Bridge High School, 6 p.m.; regular meeting — Monday, Dec. 2, BOE office, 6 p.m.; proposed meeting for the proposed closure of Gatewood Elementary School — Thursday, Dec. 12, Fayetteville High School auditorium, 5 p.m. (alternate date — Monday, Dec. 16, Fayetteville High School auditorium, 5 p.m.).
Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet 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.
Oak Hill Lions Club — The Oak Hill Lions Club meets each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Dory’s Grille, Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill. For more information, call 304-574-2836.
Oak Hill Rotary — The Oak Hill Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the LifeBridge Fellowship Hall in East End Oak Hill. Call 304-640-1497 for more information. The first Tuesday of each month is Business Meeting day, and each following Tuesday has a member program scheduled, with guests invited to visit.
Brain Injury Support Group — The Brain Injury Support Group of Raleigh County/Southern West Virginia meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 203 Grey Flats Road, Beckley. The meeting will be held on the second floor of the ResCare Beckley Agency (behind the Raleigh County Armory/Civic Center and beside the DMV). For more information, contact Shannon Hughart at 304-222-1132 or Teresa Harvey at 304-575-5995. Brain injury survivors and/or caretakers from all areas are welcome. Anyone with a brain injury, including head trauma, stroke, aneurysm, tumor, etc., is encouraged to attend.
Multiple Sclerosis Support Group — A Multiple Sclerosis support group meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at The Place on Temple View Drive, Beckley, behind the United Methodist Temple. For more information, call Jane Trail at 304-573-0346.
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.
Nimble Thimbles — Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday every month at the American Legion in Fayetteville. Bring something to work on or show off.
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.
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.
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.
Working Through Anger Reconnection Workshop — There will be a free Working Through Anger Reconnection Workshop sponsored by the Fayette-Nicholas and Greenbrier Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross on Nov. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The workshop is offered free of charge for veterans, their families and friends. The workshop addresses the anger that can occur when service members, couples, families and other relatives and friends are reunited after a military deployment. The confidential workshop offers those in attendance a chance to learn skills to enhance the likelihood of positive reconnection with family, friends and the community, and is taught by specially-trained ARC volunteers. The workshop will be held at The Lewis House, 214 Main Street East, Oak Hill. For more information, contact ARC Vet Corps members Joe or Elvin at 304-340-3650, or e-mail Joseph.Barker@RedCross.org or Elvin.Campbell@RedCross.org.
MTA — The Mountain Transit Authority will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Regular operations will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Please call 304-872-5872 for schedule information.
Food Pantry — The Ministerial Association Food Pantry will distribute food to those who qualify on Nov. 20 at the Lewis Center 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Adult Family Care — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) is currently in need of Adult Family Care homes that can provide a loving, caring environment for aged and disabled adults. The Adult Family Care (AFC) program provides for adults who need and desire the support, protection and security of family living. This offers them the opportunity to live within a family unit where they can function individually. An Adult Family Care provider must be a responsible person at least 21 years of age, who is financially independent prior to entering the program. The provider may receive payment for providing supervision and care for no more than three adults. DHHR provides all training, at no cost, to interested applicants. The provider’s home must also receive approval for safety standards from DHHR before adults can be placed in their care. For more information about becoming an Adult Family Care Provider, please contact your local DHHR or Adult Family Care Homefinding Specialist: Tishie Ratliff, Fayette County, 304-465-9613, ext. 195.
Become ARC Volunteer — The American Red Cross is more than meets the eye: offering 24-hour emergency messaging for our military men and women, disaster services and education, preparedness education, health and safety education (including CPR, First Aid, Swimming, Life Guarding), blood services, youth involvement education, and more. If you would like more information or would like to become a volunteer, call the American Red Cross Fayette Nicholas Chapter at 304-469-4636.
West Virginia Birth to Three — All children grow and learn at their own pace. But some children may have delays in their development or trouble learning certain skills. Do you know of a child, age birth to three, whose development is just not on track? If so, the WV Birth to Three system of early intervention services wants to help. There are no income guidelines and anyone, including a concerned parent, can make a referral to this state-wide system. Please call WV Birth to Three toll-free at 866-321-4728 for more information.
Quitline — Are you ready to escape cigarettes or chew? Reasons to quit: Tobacco use is the #1 cause of preventable death in America. Smoking kills more Americans than homicides, suicides, car wrecks, drunk driving accidents, fires, alcohol, drugs, and AIDS combined. Spit tobacco contains 28 chemicals known to cause cancer like arsenic (found in rat poison), lead (a nerve poison), polonium (found in nuclear waste) … the list continues. You can quit! Call the West Virginia Quitline today at 1-877-966-8784.
Spay/Neutering Program — New River Humane Society would like to announce to the public that it is now offering assistance in spay and neutering of companion dogs and cats. Please call the Fayette County Animal Control Center at 304-574-2105 and leave a message to receive an application. Fill out the application and send it in even if you feel you may not qualify. Don’t deal with an unwanted litter every year.
Genealogical Society Web Site — The Fayette-Raleigh Genealogical Society has added to its membership benefits by creating a “members only” Web site at MyFamily.com. The site, hosted by the Society, is maintained by Tammy Lockard with the assistance of Becky Shuff and Betty LeMasters. Anyone who joins the Society, at a low cost of $10 per year, is automatically sent an invitation to the password-protected private site where they will find news of the Society, history of the counties, family histories, photographs of people and places of the counties, as well as the opportunity to post information, photographs and queries. The Society provides a means to connect to people nationwide and overseas, purchase publications to assist in the quest for family history and meet new friends. For information on membership or publications, call Becky Shuff at 304-658-5718, e-mail Shuff@kvinet .com or, write to: Genealogical Society: Fayette & Raleigh Counties, PO Box 68, Oak Hill, WV 25901-0068.
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.
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.