Meetings

Board of Health — The Fayette County Board of Health will meet Tuesday, May 28 at 4 p.m. at the FCHD, 202 Church Street, Fayetteville. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Informational Public Meeting on Kanawha Falls/Boonesborough/Cotton Hill Roads — The West Virginia Division of Highways will host an informational public meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. on the proposed road improvement project for Boonesborough Road (County Route 61/29) and Deep Water-Cotton Hill Road (County Route 13) on Tuesday, May 14 at Brookside Ministries Church of God in Christ off Route 61 at Mount Carbon. A formal presentation will be made by the DOH at 5 p.m. The public will be afforded the opportunity to ask questions and to give written comments on the project throughout the meeting. A handout with project details will be available at the meeting and later on the DOH website. The West Virginia Department of Transportation will, upon request, provide reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate. Please call 304-558-3931. Persons with hearing or speech impairments can call 800-982-8772 (voice to TDD) or 800-982-8771 (TDD to voice) toll free.

Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet as follows: regular meeting — Tuesday, May 14, 6 p.m., BOE office; and regular meeting — Tuesday, May 28, 6 p.m., BOE office.

Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission meets at 9 a.m. in the county commission room in the Fayette County Courthouse, Fayetteville on the following dates: May 10, May 24, June 7, June 21, July 12, July 26, Aug. 9, Aug. 23, Sept. 11, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.

Fayette Association of Retired School Employees — The Fayette Association of Retired School Employees (FARSE) regularly meets the fourth Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the conference room in the Quality Inn Whitewater Bar and Grille, Fayetteville (changes of meeting dates are made when the date interferes with a holiday weekend). The group will meet May 18 (holiday change). For more information, please contact Joel Davis, president, at 304-222-6984 or Martha Aliff, treasurer, at 304-573-1224.

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. in the conference room of the Fayette Institute of Technology. All alumni and friends are invited to attend.

Announcements

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.

Manchin Mobile Office — The mobile office of Sen. Joe Manchin will visit Fayetteville on Monday, May 13 from 12 to 2 p.m. Alison Mitchell, Sen. Manchin’s regional coordinator, will be on hand to hear constituents’ concerns and suggestions. The office will be located at the Fayetteville Public Library, 200 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville.

Need Medicare Help? — Ernestine Post, SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselor from Braxton County Senior Citizens Center, will be at the Senior Nutrition Site in Oak Hill on Friday, May 10 and Monday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you have any questions about your Medicare benefits, to sign up for Medicare or to see if you qualify for extra help with your prescription drugs (the income guidelines have increased), please stop by to see her or call 304-765-4091 to schedule an appointment.

Meet the Candidates — The Canyon Rim Rotary Club has scheduled Meet the Candidates events next month in both Fayetteville and Oak Hill in advance of the municipal elections on Tuesday, June 11. The Fayetteville event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 at 6 p.m. at the Historic Fayette Theater and the Oak Hill forum is slated for Thursday, May 23 at the Lewis Community Foundation. All candidates have been invited to address the local citizens in the non-partisan forums. In Fayetteville, councilwoman Sharon Cruikshank has filed to challenge current mayor Dennis Hanson for the town’s top post. Incumbent recorder Zenda Vance is unopposed for her seat. Current council members Lori Tabit, Okey Skidmore, and Stanley Boyd have filed to seek re-election to 4-year terms. Also seeking seats on council are Debbie Richardson, Rob Long, Gabe Pena, Mariah Ritterbush, Brian Good, Janette Woodrum and Olivia Tygrett. Five individuals are going after Oak Hill’s mayoral position, including the current mayor, a former mayor and a former county official. Mayor Fred Dickinson has filed for re-election. He is opposed by Saundra Smith, former mayor Barbara Hickman, former Fayette County circuit clerk Daniel E. Wright, and Mark Hurt. Tom Oxley, current councilman-at-large, is being challenged by Quartney Settle. Three council members will be elected from the city’s two wards. Seeking election from Ward 1 are Diana Janney, Don Williams, Christa Hodges, Missy Kidd Wilshire, Michelle Holly, Wes McDonald and Curtis G. Taylor. Janney and Wilshire are incumbents. Vying for seats from Ward 2 are Charles Smallwood, Colby Lopez, Timothy Moses, Tim Buskus, Paul Baker, Jeffrey D. Atha, Steve Hayslette, Danielle Dearing-Harris, Erin Ellis-Reid and Vicky Pizzino. Atha, Baker and Hayslette are current members of council. Terms July 1 and run through June 30, 2023.

White Oak Rail Trail Expo — The Rail Trail Expo now is accepting applications for the June 1 event. If you’re interested in setting up as a vendor, send a message to the White Oak Rail Trail Facebook page with your email address for an application or visit the New River Gorge Convention & Visitors Bureau on Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill, to pick one up. Vendor spots are only $20.

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

Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil — There will be a Memorial Day candlelight vigil on Sunday, May 26 at 8 p.m. at Huse Memorial Park and Mausoleum, 124 Park Drive, Fayetteville. Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair and join in the vigil.

Schools

Fayetteville High School Transcripts — Due to the closing of Fayetteville High School, student transcripts will be sent to be copied and scanned to Parchment, a company that stores files and data. Once Parchment receives the transcripts, students will be able to access them by logging into Parchment and creating an account. If a copy of a transcript is needed prior to this, or for any questions, please contact Fayetteville High School before May 20 at 304-574-0560.

Fayetteville Elementary Student Records — Due to the transfers and merging of facilities, personal school records will be available until May 20. All active student files will be transferred as records for the Fayetteville Pre K to 8. If you have any questions about the availability of records, please call the school at 304-574-1011.

Graduation Ceremonies — Graduation ceremonies for Fayette County Public Schools are scheduled on the following dates: Friday, May 10 — Fayetteville High, 7:30 p.m., Fayette County Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building; Midland Trail High, 7:30 p.m., Summersville Arena and Conference Center; and Oak Hill High, 6 p.m., John P. Duda Stadium (in case of rain, gymnasium); and Saturday, May 11 — Meadow Bridge High, noon, new gymnasium; and Valley High, 10 a.m., gymnasium at UKV YMCA, Montgomery.

Church

Fellowship Service — Community Restoration Worship Center at Harlem Heights will host a fellowship service Sunday, May 19 at 4 p.m. with guest speaker Rev. Walter E. Clay and the Mercyseat Missionary Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to join the worship and have a great time in the Lord.

Tent Revival — The 6th annual On the Mountain Tent Revival will be held July 15 to July 19 at Hawks Nest State Park at 6:30 p.m. each evening. There will be special singing nightly. Following is the schedule of speakers: Monday — Wade Samples; Tuesday — Jeremy Jones; Wednesday — Milburn Pack; Thursday — Wade Samples; and Friday — Randy Spurgeon.

Reunions

Second (Indianhead) 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 98th annual reunion in Tucson, Arizona from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22, contact Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net or call 224-225-1202.

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