Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: regular meeting — Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m., BOE office; regional LSIC meeting for Oak Hill Middle and Oak Hill High — Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., BOE office. and regular meeting — Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m., BOE office. Following is the agenda for the Sept. 8 meeting: call to order — President Pat Gray; Pledge of Allegiance — Marion Tanner; recognitions and reports — none at the time of agenda preparation; minutes, agreements, contracts — approval of minutes (the superintendent recommends approval of the minutes for the Aug. 4 special meeting, the Aug. 11 regular meeting, the Aug. 14 special meeting, the Aug. 25 regular meeting and the Aug. 28 special meeting), approval of policy — Program of Study Early Learning Program Grades PreK-5 revision of policy (superintendent recommends approval of the first reading), approval of policy — Program of Study Middle Level Education revision of policy (superintendent recommends approval of the first reading), approval of policy — Program of High School Program (Grades 9 to 12) revision of policy (superintendent recommends approval of the first reading), approval of a contract in excess of $50,000 (superintendent recommends approval of contact for iPads with Apple; the initial purchase will be in the amount of $167,049.43 which will be funded through Tools for Schools money), approval of goals for 2021 (superintendent recommends approval of the 2021 board goals); consent calendar — none at the time of agenda preparation; finance — accounts payable (superintendent recommends approval of accounts payable beginning Aug. 20 and ending Aug. 31; total amount of accounts payable is $1,597,656.86; a list of bills is available upon request by calling 304-574-1176 ext. 2106); personnel — employment (professional), HB 206 Three-Step Salary Increase - Professional Certified Special Education Teaching Special Education Full Time, leave request (professional), resignation/retirement (professional), employment (professional substitute), employment (extracurricular/extra duty), resignation (extracurricular/extra duty), employment (service), leave request (service), resignation/retirement (service), employment (service substitute), resignation (service substitute), employment (extracurricular/extra duty service), resignation (extracurricular/extra duty service); points of personal privilege — board members may offer points of personal privilege; superintendent — superintendent will offer a report to the board; legal — none at the time of agenda preparation; adjournment.
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 — The Oak Hill Public Library will be closed Sept. 5 to Sept. 7 for the Labor Day holiday weekend. However, 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
Oak Hill Library Preschool Storytime — The Oak Hill Public Library’s preschool storytime will begin Thursday, Sept. 10 for those ages 3 to 6 with a limit of six participants because of social distancing guidelines. Parents are asked to register in advance. Also, parents will not be allowed in the kids’ room during storytime. Call or visit the library to pick up a form. Weekly reading of the stories will be live streamed on the library’s Facebook page each Friday and Grab and Go craft bags will be available to be picked up each week at the library for those who cannot attend.
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).” Book pick-up is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8 and 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); Administration Building — book club (6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10); 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. 10, 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.