Public Hearing — A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 4, at Oak Hill High School at 6 p.m. for concerned citizens regarding the proposed renewal of permits for injection wells located in Lochgelly.
Special SCD Board — The Southern Conservation District Board will hold a special board meeting on May 16 at the SCD Building, 463 Ragland Road, Beckley, at 9 a.m. The agenda will be posted at the SCD office. For any questions concerning the above mentioned meeting, please call 304-253-0261.
Fayette County Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet Thursday, May 23 at 4 p.m. at the Fayette County Health Department.
Caregiver Support Group — A Caregiver Support Group meeting and training entitled “Advanced Directives” will be held on Monday, May 20, at 12 noon at the Fayette Senior Center, 108 Lewis Street, Oak Hill. Medical Power of Attorney and a Living Will will be covered. Please bring names, addresses and phone numbers of people you would want to appoint. Forms and a notary will be available. Contact either Janet Zamiela or Bridgette Williams at 304-465-8484 if you have any questions.
Oak Hill Area Schools — As Fayette County Schools continue the process of improving school facilities, Superintendent Butcher has asked that meetings be held at each school to receive community input. On Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m., a community meeting will be held at Oak Hill High School auditorium, to discuss the facility needs of our school. The purpose of this meeting is to review the condition of our school facility and make recommendations to the superintendent concerning current needs and desired improvements.
Meadow Bridge Community School Bond Discussion — The Meadow Bridge community meeting to discuss the potential school bond will be held Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in the new gymnasium at Meadow Bridge High School.
MTA Board — The MTA board of directors will meet on Wednesday, May 15, at 5 p.m. at the MTA offices located at 1096 Broad Street, Summersville. The public is invited to attend.
Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet 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: regular meeting — Monday, May 20, BOE office, 6 p.m.; special meeting (school facilities) — Tuesday, June 4, Oak Hill High School, 6 p.m.; and regular meeting — Monday, June 17, BOE office, 6 p.m.
Diabetes Education Courses — Plateau Medical Center, 430 Main St., Oak Hill, will host diabetes education classes each Wednesday in May from 2 to 4 p.m. The meetings are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their families and caregivers. Call Denise Arnette at 304-469-8602 for information.
Used Book Sale — The Southern Appalachian Labor School will have a used book sale during its annual Cultural and Solidarity Festival on June 15 at the SALS Historic Oak Hill School. The proceeds will help support programs such as child nutrition, literacy, job training, senior assistance, food pantry and the rehabilitation of homes. People interested in donating books can drop them off at United Bank in Montgomery, Montgomery City Hall, SALS Historic Oak Hill School at 140 School Street in Oak Hill, or the SALS Community Center in Beards Fork. People can also call Barb Painter at 304-673-6370 in Oak Hill, 304-779-2772 in Beards Fork, Ruth Lanham at 304-442-3156 in Montgomery or Gary Zuckett at 304-346-5891 in Charleston for other drop off sites and directions. Pick up can be arranged if necessary.
Food Pantry — The Ministerial Association Food Pantry will distribute food to those who qualify on May 22, at the Lewis Community 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.
Free Golf Lessons — Free golf lessons once again will be offered this summer at Hawks Nest Golf Course in Gauley Bridge. Lessons for those ages 7 to 12 will be offered on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., while those ages 13 to 17 may take lessons on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Lessons begin on June 4 and June 6. Golf equipment and balls will be provided at no cost. Lessons will be taught by Chuck Goosman. To sign up, call 304-632-1361.
Charity Auction — The Oak Hill Rotary Club will hold its Charity Auction at the Oak Hill Amphitheater on June 1, during the Rail Trail Expo. Donated items needed for the auction will greatly be appreciated, material or monetary. You can call 304-640-1497 for pickup.
Golf Tournament — The Oak Hill Rotary Club will hold its annual Charity Golf Tournament at the White Oak Country Club on June 8. Teams and hole sponsors are needed. Please call Mike Henning at 304-685-1926 for more information.
Places to Go/Things to Do
Free Coupon Class — Learn the basics of couponing on Tuesday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Christian Revival Center, Robson, by the Fire Department (watch for signs). For every donation, you’ll be eligible for the $100 retail Mega Basket drawing.
Bean Lunch — The Fayetteville United Methodist Church will sponsor a bean lunch on May 15 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. Takeout is available by ordering at the church or calling 304-574-0187 in advance to have your order ready. Cream pies are also available by order. There will be peanut butter, banana, chocolate, butterscotch, egg custard, lemon and others. Call 304-574-0187 by Monday afternoon to specify with or without meringue. Proceeds from the event will help support various missions in which the church participates throughout the community and the state.
Dinner Theater — Victory Baptist Academy will present a dinner theater with a lasagna dinner on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 at 6 p.m. each evening. The Victory Baptist Academy Players will present “Pollyanna.” Tickets may be purchased through May 10 from the Academy, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for students, and free for ages 3 and under. Directions: South of Beckley, take I-64 Exit 125 towards Beaver; take first left onto Rt. 307 East and the church is 1/4 mile on right, school is 1/4 mile past church. For more information, call 304-255-4535 or visit the website at www.wvschools.com/vba.
Friends of Coal Auto Fair — Tickets are now on sale for the 10th annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair concert that will feature Travis Tritt and the Davisson Brother Band. Tickets for the July 20 event are available at www.friendsofcoalautofair.com. Front row tickets are $37 purchased in advance and $45 the day of the show. All other reserved seating tickets are $27 purchased in advance and $35 the day of the show. General admission tickets are $12 purchased in advance and $18 the day of the show. Children 6 and under will be granted general admission free of charge. The show begins at 7 p.m. For more information on the 10th annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair, visit www.friendsofcoalautofair.com.
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.
Revival — There will be a revival at Gum Spring Baptist Church, with Barry Spears, May 13 to May 17 at 7 p.m. each evening. The church is located off Rt. 60 at Chimney Corner.
Spaghetti Dinner — There will be a spaghetti dinner Friday, May 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Christian Revival Center, Robson, beside the Fire Department. The event is a fundraiser for the church’s school, Covenant Promise Christian Academy. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad or slaw, roll and dessert. Phone ahead at 304-779-5195 to order, for dine in or carry out.
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