Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: special meeting (work session) — Monday, July 23, BOE office, 6 p.m.; and regular meeting — Monday, Aug. 5, BOE office, 6 p.m.
Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Friday, July 12 — regular meeting, 9 a.m.; Friday, July 26 — regular meeting, 9 a.m.; Friday, Aug. 9 — regular meeting, 9 a.m.; and Friday, Aug. 23 — regular meeting, 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.
Southern Cross Chapter, UDC — The Southern Cross Chapter #2001 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the third Saturday of each month at noon for luncheon and meeting, alternating between Oak Hill and Beckley. For information and location of the meeting, call Earldine Robinson at 304-575-0905 or Joan Dickerson at 304-574-0692.
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.
Vandalia Garden Club — Vandalia Garden Club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from March through November at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 12:30 p.m. Prospective members are welcome.
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. Narconon reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free assessments and referrals. Call 877-413-3073 or visit www.drugsno.com.
Quota Club — Quota Club International of Plateau Area meets the third Thursday of each month for a business luncheon at Holiday Inn, Oak Hill, at 12 noon. Quota Club welcomes new members. For membership information, call 304-469-3618.
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.
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.
Fayetteville Junior Women — The Fayetteville Junior Women’s Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month.
AIM — Ansted Improvement Motivators Inc. meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ansted Methodist Church. Teenagers to golden-agers are invited to join. Do you have a couple of hours to donate to help your town? Join the hard-working people who are putting Ansted on the map as a wonderful place to live, play and visit. This can only be done with your help.
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.
PAN — Plateau Action Network (PAN) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Gregg Studio, 104 Fayette Ave., Fayetteville (left side of the Public Defenders building). Call ahead at 304-574-4PAN (4726) if you would like to be on the agenda. Visit www.plateauactionnetwork.org to learn more about the local watershed group, which is working for responsible economic development and sustainable environmental management for the community. Everyone is welcome.
MH Housing Authority Board — The regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Mount Hope Housing Authority is scheduled the third Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the community room, Midtown Terrace, Mount Hope. Business discussed will include approval of minutes, approval of disbursements, and whatever business comes before the board.
Fayette County Chamber — The Fayette County Chamber board of directors meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. For meeting locations, call 304-465-5617.
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 La Vaquero’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
Terry Cemetery Fund — A non-profit fund has been established for the upkeep and maintenance during the summer months of the Terry Cemetery. The fund has been established at United Bank in Ansted as The Terry Cemetery Fund and donations are needed for the summer’s cleaning and mowing. Anyone who has family or friends buried in the Terry Cemetery is asked to please help support the fund. Any donation would be appreciated. The cemetery has several Civil War soldiers buried in it, along with many members of the first families that settled in the area. Donations may be made directly to the United Bank in Ansted, to the Terry Cemetery Fund, by mailing to: United Bank, PO Box 1208 Main St., Ansted, WV 25812; or you may mail your donation to Rebecca Fox Shuff, 1278 Chestnutburg Rd., Victor, WV 25938. For more information, call 304-658-5718.
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.
Gospel Sing — There will be a gospel sing at Kaymoor Community Church at 6 p.m. on July 13. Singing will be Dale Stone, Roger Blake and Eddie Blake. The public is invited to come and share an evening of worship. The church is located 2 miles from Fayetteville on Gatewood Road.
FHS Class of 1973 — The Fayetteville High School Class of 1973 is looking for classmates interested in attending a 40-year reunion in the fall of 2013. Please contact one of the following if you are interested: email@example.com; Beverley
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