Oak Hill City Council — The Oak Hill City Council will meet in person Monday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, East End Oak Hill, across from High Lawn Memorial Park. Everyone is reminded to wear a mask or face covering and social distancing will be enforced. Following is the meeting’s agenda: call to order; roll call (Mayor Daniel E. Wright, Tom Oxley, Michelle Holly, Diana Janney, Melissa Wilshire, Steve Hayslette, Charles Smallwood Jr. and Benitez Jackson); invocation; Pledge of Allegiance; reading and approval of minutes; treasurer’s report; correspondence; citizens’ comments; council comments and department reports; mayoral comments; unfinished business — review of Oak Hill Municipal Code (OHMC 11.20 Fire Prevention Code) and second reading; new business — Structural Inspection Board recommendation order to demolish the structure at 104 Central Avenue (Map 25, Parcel 107, owned by Barry Blackburn), SID recommendation to demolish the structure at 10 Rocklick School Road (Map 59J, Parcel 13, owned by Gauley Outdoor Center), SIB recommendation to demolish the structure at 11 Rocklick School Road (Map 59J, Parcel 14, owned by Randy Crawford), SIB recommendation to demolish the structure at 40 Beaver Road (Map 59E, Parcel 23, owned by ACE Adventure Resort), SIB recommendation to demolish the structure at 118A High Street (Map 7, Parcel 226, owned by Novelle Barrett), police hiring, consideration to amend 6.06.030 to allow for wearing masks, hoods or face coverings, consideration and adoption of a resolution in support of Gold Star Mother’s Day, request for abandonment of right-of-way between 209 Duncan Avenue and 211 Duncan Avenue, consideration to allow trick or treating on Oct. 31, consideration to be recognized as a Tree City, League of American Bicyclist Bike Friendly Community application and Healthy People Healthy Places application; adjournment.
Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: regional LSIC meeting for Oak Hill Middle and Oak Hill High — Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., BOE office (if Fayette County is orange) or Oak Hill High School (if Fayette County is on yellow). and regular meeting — Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m., BOE office.
Library Information — Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, branches of the Fayette County Public Library system are not currently accepting donations of materials at this time. Also, because of the pandemic the book sale remains closed for now. For information on FCPL, visit its website at fayette.lib.wv.us or its Facebook page.
Absentee Ballots — The final day to request an absentee ballot to vote in the Nov. 3 general election is Wednesday, Oct. 28. The last day to hand deliver your absentee ballot is Monday, Nov. 2. The last day to postmark an absentee ballot is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Each ballot must be hand delivered or mailed to the county clerk’s office in the Courthouse in Fayetteville. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3. To request an absentee ballot, or for more information, please call 304-574-4235.
Pet Food Distribution and Donation Drive — The New River Humane Society will host a pet food distribution and donation drive on Friday, Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. (or until supplies run out) at The Gateway Center (former Valley Elementary), Smithers. The distribution will occur as a no-contact drive-thru pick up, and individuals will be asked to stay in their cars as food is loaded into their vehicle by volunteers. For the safety of all involved, volunteers will wear a mask and gloves at all times. Those who are picking up food are also asked to wear a mask or mouth/nose covering of some kind. The Humane Society also is seeking any and all donations to aid in caring for the animals at the Fayette County Animal Control Center. Current needs include canned and dry kitten food, canned and dry puppy food, toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant spray, hand soap, hand sanitizer, dish soap, laundry detergent, 30 gallon (or larger) trash bags and bleach.
Oak Hill Library Hours — Regular hours at the Oak Hill Public Library have now returned to normal. Operating hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Updated guidelines are as follows: Ten patrons will be allowed inside at one time and each patron is limited to 30 minutes per visit. Masks are mandatory (disposable masks are available at the desk for those who need one) and gloves will be provided for computer use only. Only four computers will be available for patron use to adhere to social distancing rules. For more, visit the county system’s website at http://fayette.lib.wv.us/ or visit the library’s Facebook page.
Early Voting — Early voting in Fayette County for the Nov. 3 general election will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Fayette County Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, 200 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville; Montgomery City Hall, 706 Third Avenue, Montgomery; and Green Valley United Methodist Church, 6224 Meadow Bridge Road, Danese. Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Places to Go/Things to Do
Drive-In Movie Night — The BridgeValley CTC Division of Student Affairs is hosting drive-in movies this fall at The GRID in Montgomery. The movies will be hosted in the parking lot behind The GRID, 807 Second Avenue, Montgomery, WV 25136. Parking spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” will be shown on Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. and “The Lion King” (2019) is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be sold.
Roll & Read — The Oak Hill Public Library will host New River PAT/MIHOW’s Fall Roll & Read on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The outdoor event will feature the book, “The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin.” There will be crafts, games, family Polaroid photos and snacks. Each family will receive one copy of the book and will be entered in a prize giveaway.
New River Gorge Golf Classic — The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and Bridge Haven Golf Club will host the New River Gorge Golf Classic on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tournament format is as follows: scramble division — 4-person team, $240; and scratch and handicap — individual, $60. Prizes will be awarded to the top three scramble teams and the top two gross and net individuals. Prizes are gift certificates from local Chamber members. The schedule is as follows: 7:30 a.m. — registration begins; 9 a.m. — shotgun start; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Munch and Mingle (food, drink and prizes). For tickets, visit fayettecounty.chambermaster.com/events/details/new-river-gorge-golf-classic-10675
Food Truck Chamber Visit — That Donut Place food truck will visit the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce/New River CVB office, 310 W. Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901 on Friday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join the folks at the Chamber on what have been Bridge Day weekend and grab yourself a donut or two or a dozen or two.
Book Discussion Club — The Oak Hill Public Library will host a joint young adult and juvenile book discussion club for those ages 10 to 20 on the book “Dragon Watch: Master of the Phantom Isle (A Fablehaven Adventure).” The book discussion will be held Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. For more, visit the county system’s website at http://fayette.lib.wv.us/ or visit the library’s Facebook page.
Live Music — The Trailer Hippies will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Chimney Corner Cafe at Chimney Corner.
Fayette County Public Library System — The branches of the Fayette County Public Library system are now operating at regular hours, but Covid-19 restrictions still remain in place. Each branch has a limit on the number of patrons who may be in the library at one time. Those are listed below along with the month’s activities. Each patron will have a 30-minute time limit per visit and library patrons must wear masks or face covering of some type. Activities scheduled in the FCPL system for the month of September are as follows: Ansted (5 patrons allowed inside at one time) — storytime (1 p.m. on Fridays, Sept. 18 and 25); Meadow Bridge (5) — storytime (3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 16, 23 and 30); Fayetteville (10) — storytime (10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 16, 23 and 30) and adult book group (6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28); Mount Hope (5) — storytime (11 a.m., Fridays, Sept. 18 and 25); Montgomery (8) — storytime (5 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 16, 23 and 30); and Oak Hill (10) — storytime (10:30 a.m., Thursdays, Sept. 17 and 24) and YARG + NYM (6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22). Please contact your local branch library to register for storytime because of the limit on the number allowed to attend because of Covid-19 restrictions. For more on the FCPL, as well as contact information for each branch, visit the website at fayette.lib.wv.us or the FCPL Facebook page.