Oak Hill City Council — The Oak Hill City Council will meet Monday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall on Kelly Avenue. Following is the meeting’s agenda: call to order; roll call; invocation, led by Pastor Thomas Carver, LifeBridge Assembly of God; Pledge of Allegiance, led by Charles Smallwood Jr.; reading and approval of minutes; treasurer’s report; correspondence; citizens’ comments; council comments and department reports; mayoral comments; unfinished business — request for abandonment for approximately 113 feet right-of-way between Gatewood Avenue and Bunch Street (second reading), demolition bid opening (204 Third Avenue, Map 12, Parcel 63 owned by Suzan Blevins), SIB recommendation order to demolish (215 Mayfair Avenue, Map 32, Parcel 162 owned by Betty Adkins and Raymond Jones), consideration and adoption of resolution to lay an assessment lien on property (Minden Road, Map 26, Parcel 337 owned by Yvonne Oliver), consideration and adoption of resolution to lay an assessment lien on property (171 Minden Road owned by Barry Blackburn); new business — Planning Commission recommendations (repeal, with a replacement, Oak Hill Municipal Code 5.06 due to duplications elsewhere, and amend OHMC 10.08.010, OHMC 15.04.010, OHMC 15.10.040, OHMC 15.38.230, OHMC 15.40.070 pertaining to outdoor storage of wrecked, junked, abandoned vehicles, non-outdoor furniture and residential fences), Planning Commission recommendation (rezone property located at 101 Lee Street from R-2 Residential District to B-2 General Business District), appointment and reappointment to boards, commission and committees (Planning Commission — Councilman Paul Baker replacement and Board of Zoning Appeals — James (Buzz) Elkins), proclamation recognizing Black History Month, establishing a Black History Celebration Committee and sponsoring a state historic marker in honor of James Monroe Ellis; and adjournment. The meeting’s story map is located at https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/d32fbe5f70284555aa0c0cf8b49c66b6.
Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. in the county commission room in the Fayette County Courthouse, Fayetteville on the following dates: Jan. 17 and 31; Feb. 5, 10, 13, 14 (special election canvass), 18 and 21; March 6, 13, 20 and 27 (all budget); April 10 and 21; May 8 and 18 (primary canvass); June 5 and 26; July 10 and 24; Aug. 7 and 21; Sept. 4 and 18; Oct. 2, 16 and 30; Nov. 9 and 20; and Dec. 4 and 18. Following are dates for closure of the Fayette County Courthouse for holidays and/or elections: Jan. 20 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Feb. 17 — Presidents Day; May 12 — primary election; May 25 — Memorial Day; June 19 — West Virginia Day (observed); July 3 — Independence Day (observed); Sept. 7 — Labor Day; Oct. 12 — Columbus Day; Nov. 3 — general election; Nov. 11 — Veterans Day; Nov. 26-27 — Thanksgiving; Dec. 24 — close at noon for Christmas Eve; Dec. 25 — Christmas; Dec. 31 — close at noon for New Year’s Eve; and Jan. 1, 2021 — New Year’s Day.
Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. for regular meetings at the BOE office in Fayetteville.
Mount Hope City Council — Mount Hope City Council meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Mount Hope Housing Authority Office. January’s meeting will be held Jan. 14.
American Legion — All veterans are welcome to attend the American Legion meeting each third Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the hall in Fayetteville.
New River Humane Society — The New River Humane Society meeting will be held at Elliott’s Whitewater Bar and Grill on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Oak Hill High/Collins High Alumni Association — The Oak Hill High/Collins High Alumni Association meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 107 Kelly Avenue across from City Hall. All alumni and friends are invited to attend.
Early Voting — Early voting for the special law enforcement, fire and library levy election will begin Jan. 25 and run through Feb. 5, according to County Clerk Alicia Treadway. Early voting will be available at the Fayette County Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville, Montgomery Town Hall and the Danese Community Center from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday. Election Day is Saturday, Feb. 8 from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Mobile Office Hours — Members of the staff of Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV) will be available during stops by her mobile office to help Third District residents who are having problems with federal agencies and programs. Constituents are encouraged to bring along documents they have received from federal agencies related to their issues. Locally, the mobile office will make stops in both Summersville and Oak Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The office will be available from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Summersville City Hall, 400 Broad Street, Summersville, and from 1 to 2 p.m. at Oak Hill City Hall, 100 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill.
Call for Volunteers — The West Virginia Alliance for Sustainable Families is seeking volunteers to assist in preparing tax returns in the Mount Hope area during the upcoming tax season. Free training will be provided. For more information, visit the website at www.wvasf.org or call 304-673-1530.
VA in Need of Volunteer Drivers — The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance is looking for individuals to volunteer one day a month to transport veterans to medical appointments for the Veteran Transportation Network. This program is designed to ensure that veterans without transportation have access to the health care they need. It is free to the veterans. Anyone wishing to volunteer to become a driver of veterans should contact the Voluntary Service Office at the Beckley VA Medical Center: 304-255-2121 ext. 4162 or 4556.
Harm Reduction & Recovery Program — The Fayette County Health Department hosts a harm reduction and recovery program every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at 202 Church Street, Fayetteville. Many services are offered, including STD testing, needle exchange and supplies, immunizations, wound assessment and treatment, Naloxone training, etc. If you would like to volunteer, please call 304-574-1617.
Places to Go/Things to Do
Master Naturalist Courses — The New River Gorge Master Naturalists have the following courses scheduled in the opening months of 2020: Terrestrial Habitats — Saturday, Feb. 1 at 12 noon at Oak Hill City Hall; Nature Interpretation and Teaching — Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at Canyon Rim Visitors Center, Lansing; GIS (Global Information System) — Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Oak Hill City Hall; Name, Classification and Identification (plants and animals) — Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m., Oak Hill City Hall; Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics — Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m., Oak Hill City Hall; and Wildflowers and Weeds (two parts) — Wednesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. at Canyon Rim Visitor Center, Lansing (classroom portion), and Saturday, April 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Grandview Shelter 4 at Grandview (field lab) or Sunday, April 26 from 2:30 until 5 p.m. at Stone Cliff Trail near Thurmond (field lab), must attend one field lab session. For more extensive information on each session, including cost, instructor and instructions for signing up, visit the New River Gorge Master Naturalists Facebook page and click on the Events tab at the left of the page, or visit the group’s website at newrivergorgemasternaturalist.org and click on Schedule.
Hike with a Master Naturalist — Take a 1.2-mile hike and learn about tree aging and identification with a master naturalist on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Burnwood Trail in an event hosted by Get Active in the Park and Active Southern West Virginia. The hike is an opportunity to meet and learn from New River Gorge Ranger Chance Raso who is extremely knowledgeable about trees. The plan is to learn to identify trees in winter and better understand what has happened in the life of each tree. Measuring tapes and a tree growth rate handout will be available to help hikers consider the ages of some of the trees at Burnwood. Along the way, Master Naturalist and Active SWV Community Captain Linda Stein will show you how to measure trees to determine age. Please wear covered toe shoes and bring plenty of water. Meet at the trailhead for the Burnwood Trail, directly across Route 19 from the Canyon Rim Visitor Center.
New River Birding & Nature Festival — The 2020 New River Birding & Nature Festival is scheduled for April 27 through May 2 in and around the New River Gorge. To discover more on the annual non-profit event, which raises funds for the 501C3 Fayette County Education Fund, visit the festival website at birding-wv.com, or www.facebook.com/NewRiverBirdingNatureFestival.
Art Exhibit Opening Reception — Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia will hold the opening reception for its newest art gallery exhibition, Critters & Hollers: Art Celebrating the Beauty of Appalachia, on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 12 to 2 p.m. Critters & Hollers is an art exhibition that not only represents, but celebrates the flora and fauna that rest in the majestic mountains of West Virginia. The reception will feature Appalachian-inspired hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided by Tamarack. This event is free to attend. Featured artists are Paul R. Adkin, Kathryn W. Boland, Lynsi Boyd, Cindy Caroline, Frank Ceravalo, Karen Chamblin, Linda K. Clifford, Kilsong Cox, T. Paige Dalporto, Joseph Dangerfield, Stephanie Dulaney, Ann Gilligan Elmore, M. Jane Holt Emmons, Brian Fencl, Sharon Dennis Fuerst, Tonie Garrett, Leiane Gibson, Earl Gray, Linda S. Gribko, Rosalie Haizlett, Woody Harman, Sharon Harms, Melvin Hartley, Frederick D. Hays, Beni Holley, Anne Johnson, Kevin King, Linda Jo Knowles, Pamela Lake, Kathryn Lehotsky, Deborah Lester, Marietta Lyall, Ric MacDowell, Leona Mackey, Adam E. Mathews, Sidney McCoy, Robby Moore, Roy Morum, Laura Moul, Jill Moles Mullins, Misty Murray-Walkup, Jared Musgrave, Shari O'Day Mann, Nan Perry, Carrie Petry/Heart of Glass, Psychoflauge, Ed Rehbein, Henry Riffe, Randall Sanger, Randy Selbe, Debbie Kalt Sisson, Jason Sly, Patty Solari, Maggie Starcher, Linda Stonestreet, Regina G. Swim, Nicole Talbott, Jesse Thornton, Krys von Tornado and Molly Wolff. The exhibition runs through Feb. 23.
GSC Winter Open House — Glenville State College invites future Pioneers to attend its Winter Open House on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. on the GSC campus. The day’s schedule starts with check-in on the third floor of the Mollohan Campus Community Center at 9 a.m., followed by a welcome and information session at 10 a.m., academic department tours and information sessions at 10:30 a.m., a campus tour at 11:30 a.m., a tour of the Waco Center at 12:30 p.m., and lunch at the Waco Center at 1 p.m. Prospective students and their families are then invited to cheer on the Pioneers at the men’s and women’s basketball games beginning at 2 p.m. in the Waco Center. For more information or to sign up for GSC’s Winter Open House, contact the Admissions Office at 800-924-2010 or visit www.glenville.edu/admissions/events to register.
Bible Study — Ever wonder why some people build closer families than others? Why they thrive in school and the workplace or excel at conflict resolution? Those people all share something in common: Strong relational wisdom. Discovering Relational Wisdom is a seminar about reducing conflict, harnessing emotions and equipping you with the skills needed to build stronger relationships, valued influence and an inspiring example. Fayetteville Baptist Church will host the engaging seminar packed with dynamic teaching, movie clips, group discussions and practical application exercises beginning Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and running each week through March 25. The instructor for the seminar is Dr. Jack Eades. The only cost related to the seminar is $10 for a workbook. To register, call FBC at 304-574-1074. The church is located at 104 Ankrom Street, Fayetteville.