Meetings

Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Friday, May 21 at 9 a.m. Following is the meeting’s agenda: 9 a.m. — Pledge of Allegiance, exonerations (Eddie Young), approve second half payroll, approve vouchers and invoices, approve prior meeting minutes, approve estate settlements, County Administrator Ruth Lanier (Exhibit A: discussion and decision vote of no confidence in Gauley River PSD; discussion and decision support letter for Smithers congressionally-directed funding; discussion and decision letter requesting the reappointment Armstrong PSD members Thomas Gibson, term to expires April 1, 2027, and Lawrence Washington, term to expire March 6, 2021; discussion and decision letters and order designating the following incorporated banking institutions in the county to be named as depositories of public monies: Fayette County National Bank, Chase, Pendleton Community Bank, Branch Banking and Trust (BBT)/Truist, United Bank and City National Bank of West Virginia; postponed from April 20, 21, covenant for additional grant funding through SHPO for the FCMB roof rehab, $2,700; discussion voice mail storage issues; and discussion future agenda items); 9:05 a.m. — presentation of delinquent land list for 2020 (Sheriff Mike Fridley); 9:15 a.m. — Broadband Commission ARA funding for Fayette County (Senator Stephen Baldwin and John Tuggle); 10 a.m. — Planning Commission recommendation for amendment to comprehensive plan and also Planning Commission recommendation to Fayette County Unified Development Code Section 9095 Route 19 Overlay District (Angela Gerald); 10:30 a.m. — postponed May 7, 2021 discussion and decision, community meetings for comprehensive plan update and meeting specifics and priorities; 11 a.m. — MRRT update, program status review and discussion and decision project contract change order (Bill Hines); 11:30 a.m. — discussion and decision revert control of excise tax from URA back to the county commission and discussion and decision Fayette County employee and administrative support to the Urban Renewal Authority; and 12 p.m. — re: discussion of county commission role in probate matters (Michelle Holly and Lisa Garrett).

Bridge Day Commission — The Bridge Day Commission will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the county commission chambers at the Fayette County Courthouse on the following dates: June 16, July 21, Aug. 19 and Sept. 15. Bridge Day 2021 will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16. For more on Bridge Day, visit officialbridgeday.com.

Legal Aid Board Meeting — Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) will hold its quarterly board of directors meeting at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 21. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the board meeting will be held virtually. Board meetings are typically open to the public in person, so if you would like to attend this board meeting, please reach out to Amy Crawford at Legal Aid of WV by calling 304-343-3013, ext. 2116 and leave a message, or email acrawford@lawv.net.

Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet May 25 at 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: Tuesday, May 25 — closure hearing (Divide Elementary), 6 p.m., Divide Elementary School; Wednesday, May 26 — closure hearing (Ansted Elementary), 6 p.m., Ansted Elementary School; and Thursday, May 27, 6 p.m., BOE office.

Announcements

Free Rides — In celebration of National Community Action Month, Raleigh County Community Action’s (RCCAA) Transportation Department, in collaboration with New River Transit, are offering free rides on all transit routes Thursday, May 27. Transit routes include the following: Red Route, Green Route, Purple Route, Gold Route, Blue Route in Raleigh and Fayette County. For boarding times and locations, please call 304-894-8917. A Promise of #CommunityAction is to make the community a better place to live. Celebrate community action month by following the RCCAA Facebook for updates, volunteering opportunities, or by making a secure, tax-deductible donation to the Raleigh County Emergency Housing Center and/or the RCCAA Housing Department. 

Oak Leaf Festival and Bridge Day Pageant — Applications now are being accepted for the 2021 Oak Leaf Festival and Bridge Day pageants. The pageants will be held Saturday, Aug. 14 at Oak Hill High School. Requirements for each competition division are as follows: Teen — at least 13 years of age and no older than 15 and a resident of West Virginia; Miss — at least 16 years of age and no older than 22 on Jan. 1, 2021 and a resident of West Virginia; Mrs. — married, above 18 years of age and a resident of West Virginia. The children’s pageant, for which applications also are available, will be Aug. 15 at the high school. To get an application, please email oakleafbridgedaypageant@gmail.com.

Ansted Hometown Festival — The Ansted Hometown Festival will be held June 25-27. Anyone interested in reserving a vendor space for the festival should contact Libby Lucas at 304-640-4394. Deadline for registration is June 15.

Bookmobile Available for Site Visits — The Fayette County Public Library is looking for businesses or groups that would be interested in having a visit from the Bookmobile. The Bookmobile can visit weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or whatever suits your group’s needs. The Bookmobile has a wide variety of items and if you need something in particular or an author you like officials can arrange for it to be onboard. Everyone is invited to visit the bookmobile to see what it has to offer. If you are interested in a visit from the Fayette County Bookmobile, please call 304-465-5664 to discuss scheduling.

Places to Go/Things to Do

New River Youth Symphony & Chorus — The New River Youth Symphony & Chorus will present its 2021 Spring Concert on Monday, May 24 at 7 p.m. The concert will be presented on Facebook Live and there is no charge.

Poetry Out Loud National Finals — Notre Dame High School student Ben Long will represent West Virginia at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, which will be webcast on Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at https://bit.ly/33IeETR. Out of 55 state and jurisdictional champions who competed in the national semifinals, Long was named one of only nine high school students who will compete in the National Finals.

Active Southern West Virginia — The following free events are scheduled in the area through May: Fayetteville (Running Group, Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m., Arrowhead Bike Farm; FHS Fitness, Thursdays at 9 a.m., Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building; Yoga, Thursdays at 10 a.m., Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building; Ultimate Frisbee, Thursday, May 27, 5:30 p.m., old FES football field); Thurmond — Hike, Sunday, May 23, 1 p.m., Rend Trail; Cunard — Hike, Sunday, May 30, 1 p.m., Southside Trail. For more activities planned throughout the month, visit ASWV’s website at activeswv.org or Facebook page at facebook.com/pg/ActiveSWV/events.

Candlelight Vigil — The 10th annual Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil will be held Sunday, May 30 from 8 to 9 p.m. at Huse Memorial Park and Mausoleum, 124 Park Drive, Fayetteville. The evening will begin as sweet music fills the air by Zayne Anderson and the Fresh Fountain Praise Team. The local Boys Scouts of America, led by Michael LeChalk, will stand at attention awaiting the presentation of colors. This year’s vigil will be based on the topic “Joining Hearts for America” presented by the special speaker, U.S. Air Force Tech Sergeant James F. Akers. After the Memorial Day devotion, Pastor Danny Goins will begin the candlelight presentation. Bring a chair, a mask and a friend, meeting the Huse Memorial Park Commission for “Joining Hearts for America.”

Fayette County Public Library — The Fayette County Public Library has released its branches’ schedule of events for the month of May. Scheduled events are listed alphabetically by designation. Patrons are asked to call to register for all programs or to make an appointment and for times. All branches also will have grab and go craft bags for the children. Montgomery Book Club members can pick up their books for the next month’s meeting on June 3. Also, May is recognized as Mystery Month. All branches will be closed Saturday, May 29 and Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day. Ansted (FA, 102 Oak Street, Ansted, 304-658-5472) — games all day (Saturday, May 22); pick a movie night (Tuesday, May 25, 5:30 p.m.); craft (Thursday, May 20 and 27 at 3 p.m.); and storytime (Fridays, May 21 and 28 at 1 p.m.). Meadow Bridge (FB, 53 Montrado Street, Meadow Bridge, 304-484-7942) — Toddler Time (Monday, May 24 at 11 a.m.); Homework Club (Wednesday, May 26 at 3 p.m.); Planting Love (Thursday, May 20, all day); and 4-H (Tuesday, May 25 at 4 p.m.). Fayetteville (FF, 200 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, 304-574-0070) — Out of the House Time (all month: movies, games, puzzles, crafts, Legos, Knex); storytime (Wednesday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m.); and adult book group (Monday, May 24 at 6 p.m.). Mount Hope (FH, 500 Main Street, Mount Hope, 304-877-3260) — Dollar Decorating (Monday, May 24 at 11 a.m.); STEM (Thursdays, May 20 and 27 at 4 p.m.); storytime (Fridays, May 21 and 28 at 11 a.m.); tile painting (Tuesday, May 25 at 11 a.m.); wreath making (Wednesday, May 26 at 11 a.m.). Montgomery (FM, 507 Ferry Street, Montgomery, 304-442-5665) — storytime (Wednesday, May 26 at 5 p.m.); Lego/Knex (Thursdays, May 20 and 27, all day); endangered species craft (Thursday, May 20 at 1 p.m.); and scavenger hunt, find the flowers (Monday, May 24, all day). Oak Hill (FO, 611 Main Street, Oak Hill, 304-469-9890) — storytime (Thursdays, May 20 and 27 at 11 a.m.); and baby lapsit livestream (Tuesday, May 25 at 11 a.m.).

Music on Main — Harmony for Hope will host Music on Main every Sunday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. beginning Sunday, June 6 and running through Sunday, Sept. 12. Join Harmony for Hope each Sunday morning on Main Street in Mount Hope for inspirational music, coffee and community. Get updated on what’s going on in the area, share stories about what you’re doing and enjoy the company of neighbors and a cup of coffee on your way to your Sunday morning place of worship. This is an outdoor event and the group looks forward to seeing old friends and new throughout the 2021 Music on Main season.

WVU Extension Service Book Club — The West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service (WVCEOS) holds a virtual book club discussion on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. To join the Zoom discussion, visit https://wvu.zoom.us/j/97316133152?fbclid=IwAR19x7Nvm0XVIh8ai6N-QwVVVZv2dAi6daQyAUcdsQuWIHt_Vw309tQT9Vg#success, dial in by cell phone at 1-646-558-8656 or dial in by landline toll-free in the U.S. at 877-853-5257. The meeting ID is 973 1613 3152. Following is the remainder of the year’s scheduled book topics: May 25 — To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; June 8 — The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens; June 22 — Long Road to Mercy: An Atlee Pine Thriller by David Baldacci; July 13 — West Virginia: A History by Otis K. Rice and Stephen W. Brown; July 27 — Killers of a Flower Moon by David Grann; Aug. 10 — The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes; Aug. 24 — The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer; Sept. 14 — Beneath a Scarlett Sky by Mark Sullivan; Sept. 28 — Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict; Oct. 12 — The Refuge by Ann Gabhart; Oct. 26 — The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede; Nov. 9 — Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore; and Nov. 23 — Where Hope Begins by Catherine West.

Fundraisers

Yard Sale — The GFWC Woman’s Club of Montgomery will hold a large yard sale at the Montgomery Community Center (the former WVU Tech David S. Long Alumni House), Third Avenue, Montgomery on Saturday, June 5. The door will open at 8 a.m. and the sale will last until 3 p.m. There will be a wide range of items priced to sell. Items include: housewares, kitchenware, glassware, linens, knick-knacks, books, jewelry, purses, some clothing, and much, much more. Something for everyone! All proceeds are used for community projects.

Reunions

Longacre Reunion — The annual Longacre Reunion, held each year on the first Saturday of June, has been canceled for 2021 because of illness in the organizers’ families. The group hopes to meet again on June 4, 2022. In the meantime, Janice Wiseman is planning to gather additional stories or photos from former Longacre residents, or their children or grandchildren, in preparation for the 2022 reunion. Any submissions may be emailed to Wiseman at janice.l.wiseman@gmail.com. Wiseman will gather the stories and photos and post them on the Longacre, West Virginia — Growing Up There Facebook page or combine them into a booklet.

2nd Infantry Division — The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and the 99th annual reunion in Kansas City, Missouri from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, visit the website at www.2ida.org or contact Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net and 224-225-1202.

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