Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Friday, May 7 via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3045741200. To call in, dial 646-558-8656. The meeting ID is 304-574-1200. Following is the meeting’s agenda: 9 a.m. — Pledge of Allegiance, exonerations (Eddie Young), approve first half payroll, approve vouchers and invoices, approve prior meeting minutes, approve estate settlements, County Administrator Ruth Lanier (Exhibit A: approval of response letter to the West Virginia State Legislature re: BSA Summit Bechtel; approve and sign letter requesting reimbursement from the Supreme Court of Appeals for rent for the family law judge in the amount of $3,375 for the month of May; WVCORP renewal with discussion of Health Department and Solid Waste coverage, postponed from April 20; discussion and decision, Farmland appointments of Rachel Carter to replace vacancy of Russell Hypes, farmer, and Andrew Davis to replace vacancy of Adam Hodges, NRGRDA representative, terms to expire May 16, 2025; discussion and decision, Beautification Committee reappointments for Allen Ballard, Tommy Harris, Angela Gerald, Amanda Skaggs and Ami Dangerfield; discussion and decision, request from Susannah Wheeler for addendum to Independent Photography and Videography contract for New Roots Farm; approve and sign order acknowledging the substitution of securities held by Fayette County National Bank; and discussion of future agenda items); 9:05 a.m. — re: request for the commission to approve and authorize President Brenemen to sign the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant resolution of the Armstrong Public Service District approving invoices relating to construction and other services for water distribution system upgrade project and authorizing payment in the amount of $17,008.02 (Lesley Taylor); 9:15 a.m. — presentation of application for minor boundary adjustments in Mount Hope for acceptance by commission and set date for public hearing (John Shumate, Mount Hope city attorney); 9:30 a.m. — 911 Center job descriptions, salaries and vehicle GPS (postponed from March 26); 10 a.m. — rezoning recommendations from Planning Commission (Nuttall LLC, Kanawha Falls Campground, Hidden Hills Farm); 10:15 a.m. — discussion and decision regarding altering size of the Planning Commission; 10:30 a.m. — discussion and decision community meetings for Comprehensive Plan update; 10:45 a.m. — Dilapidated Building Ordinances discussion (postponed from April 20); 11 a.m. — discussion and decision, jail bill and possible commission funding for home confinement indigent clients; 11:30 a.m. — discussion and decision, county owned shooting range and public and sheriff availability and lease; 12 noon — discussion re: hotel motel tax remitted to state from AirBnB customers instead of county and late fees incurred; and 12:30 p.m. — workshop with New River Humane Society and discussion and decision of renewal of lease and MOU.
Fayetteville Town Council — The Fayetteville Town Council will meet Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 125 North Court Street. To attend the Zoom meeting, visit https://zoom.us/j/3045740101. If attending in person, you must wear a mask. The occupancy of the council chambers if limited to 75 percent. Following is the meeting agenda: prayer, call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, recognize National Bike Month, reading and action on minutes from April 1, reading and action on minutes from April 20 4 p.m. meeting, reading and action on minutes from April 20 4:10 p.m. meeting, review and approval of financial report; council/board comments (Zenda Vance, Stanley Boyd, Brian Good, Gabe Peña, Okey Sizemore, Lori Tabit), department reports (Fire Department, Police Department, town superintendent), visitors’ comments; unfinished business — budget revision (treasurer), discuss a 1 percent sales tax to address storm water fee and other projects, discuss and act on second reading on allowing yard sales on Sundays after 1 p.m., discuss and act on second reading on permanently eliminating the permit fee (citizens are still limited to two per year), discuss and act on issue of Rotan Street one-way; new business — discuss and act on first reading of Administrative Code 127 Fees for Copies of Records and Documents, discuss and act on first reading to repeal Ordinances 1315.03 (b), 1315.03 (e), 1315.04 and 1315.05 on short term rentals, discuss and act on first reading to repeal Article 755.09, discuss rescinding Article 1317.03 (o) Lunch Wagon or Diner, discuss amending 1331.01 (b) the statement shall not include Food Trucks or Food Trailers, discuss and act on first reading Part 11 Health and Sanitation Code 1131.03 removing “one mile out of town,” discuss and act on first reading to amend 1515.08 (a) Bonfires and Outdoor Rubbish Fires, discuss and act on Bridge Day Chili Cook-off Selling Beer on Thursday, Oct. 14, discuss and act on town participating in the West Virginia State Auditor’s program “The Mountaineer,” discuss and act on seeking quotes for dental, vision and life insurance, discuss and act on possibly lowering the speed limit on Maple Avenue in the Nickleville neighborhood; executive session for personnel issue; possible executive session for legal advice; adjournment.
Oak Hill City Council — The Oak Hill City Council will meet Monday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Following is the meeting’s agenda: call to order; roll call (Mayor Daniel E. Wright, Tom Oxley, Diana Janney, Melissa Wilshire, David Perry, Steve Hayslette, Charles Smallwood Jr., Benitez Jackson); invocation; Pledge of Allegiance; reading and approval of minutes; treasurer’s report; correspondence; citizens’ comments; council comments and department reports; mayoral comments; A Minute from the Minutes (mayor); unfinished business — bid opening for demolition of residential structure located at 103 Rocklick Road (Map 59J, Parcel 40, owned by ACE Adventure Resort), consideration of a resolution authorizing the city to demolish the residential structure located at 1138 Minden Road (Map 58L, Parcel 11, owned by Alma Campell, c/o Diana McCumbers), examination of demolition reports for residential structures (175 Minden Road, Map 58M, Parcel 97, owned by Jimie and Tiffany Adamini; corner of Rocklick School Road and Minden Road, Map 59J, Parcel 27, owned by Teresa Lynn Blevins; corner of Victory and Adkins Avenue, Map 13, Parcel 56, owned by Elizabeth A. Basham; and 137 Minden Tipple Road, Map 58M, Parcel 157, owned by Geoffrey Stone), recommendation to amend Oak Hill Municipal Code (OHMC) 10.12.012 Recreational Trail Vehicles (second reading), Harm Reduction (needle exchange) facility (second reading); and new business — Structural Inspection Board (SIB) recommendation to demolish the structure located at 46 Beaver Road (Map 59E, Parcel 28, owned by Joseph and Sharon Kelly, deceased, c/o Joseph A. Kelly Jr.), beautification policy for commercial properties, naming of park (Gary and Linda Harding City Park), vicious dog ordinance, preservation of old minutes, request review of ordinances related to fowl by Planning Commission, consideration of contribution for an existing playground in Minden and construction of a new playground, future agenda items, adjournment.
Fayette County URA — The Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 10 at the Fayette County Courthouse and via video conference for the transaction of URA business. To attend virtually, visit Zoom.us/join or dial in at 646-558-8656. The meeting ID is 304-574-1200.
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: May 19, 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.
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 11 — regular meeting/budget hearing, 6 p.m., BOE office, Fayetteville; 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.
Litter Clean-Up — The National Coal Heritage Area will host a litter clean-up along the Upper Paint Creek Scenic Trail on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. until noon. Pick up supplies at T&C Exxon at the Mossy exit of I-64/77 at 139 Okey L. Patteson Road, Scarbro, WV 25917.
Fayette Station Road Clean-Up — Active Southern West Virginia and the New River Gorge Park & Preserve, in preparation for the New River Gorge Rim-to-Rim 10K Run, will host a clean-up along Fayette Station Road on Thursday, May 13 beginning at 4 p.m. Interested volunteers should fill out the form located at https://forms.gle/1nQcFDpgbawjXM1E6.
Health Insurance — You and your children may be eligible for free or low-cost health insurance through Medicaid, CHIP or the Health Insurance Marketplace. A family of four earning up to $104,800 may qualify for free or reduced-cost health insurance. Open enrollment has been extended to May 15. To see if you and your family are eligible, call 1-844-WV CARES (304-356-5834). WV Navigator is a free, grant-funded program available to all West Virginians. New plans and pricing are available. Those already enrolled in the Marketplace can switch plans. Call today to get your questions answered or make an appointment.
Pop-Up Farmers Market Open House — The Gateway Farmers Market will host a farmers market at the Gateway Center in Smithers the first Friday of each month from 3 to 7 p.m. The next market will be held Friday, May 7. Pop-up markets also will be held every other Friday. There will be kids activities, door prizes, cooking demonstrations and more.
Virtual Migration Celebration — The Three Rivers Avian Center (TRAC), Brooks Mountain Road, Hinton will host the 2021 Migration Celebration virtually on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Facebook Live. Everyone is invited to join the Three Rivers Avian Center staff and friends for a morning of festival fun. Viewers can see a virtual tour of TRAC, learn birding tips, watch the dissection of an owl pellet, hear stories from West Virginia’s nationally known storyteller Bil Lepp, learn about bird migration with Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory as well as tips and more about pollinators with representatives of the Appalachian Headwaters Bee Collective. Following is the schedule of events: 9 a.m. — virtual tour of TRAC; 9:45 a.m. — birding tips with Jim Phillips; 10 a.m.(ish) — storyteller Bil Lepp; 10:30 a.m. — owl pellet dissection; 10:45 a.m. — raptor migration with Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory; 11 a.m. — how feathers work (TRAC staff) and pollinator tips (Appalachian Beekeepers Collective); and 11:30 a.m. — storyteller Bil Lepp.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ansted Election — The last day to register to vote in Ansted’s June 1 election is May 11. Early voting starts May 19. Candidates in the election are as follows: mayor — Elizabeth “Libby” Lucas and Steve Pridemore; recorder — K. Siobhan Wilson and Kelly Crist; and council (five to be elected) — Georgia Bennett, Robert T. Wilson, Gary Huffman, Kathi Miller, Johnny Osborne, Cameron Gregory Boggs, Larry Grose, Holly Jeffers, Wayne Hogg and Josh Cameron.
Sobriety Checkpoint — On Friday, May 14, the West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint along WV 41, Summersville, near Lerose Plaza. The checkpoint will be in operation from 6 p.m. Friday, May 14 until 12 a.m. Saturday, May 15. The purpose of checkpoints is to deter impaired drivers, as well as to educate the public about the dangers of driving an automobile while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. The motoring public is encouraged to assist the State Police in their efforts to stop driving under the influence incidents by reporting impaired drivers.
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
HFT Virtual Play — The pandemic has certainly made changes in all of our lives. The Historic Fayette Theater will take a unique look at our own experiences with a Zoom play, “Blessings from the Pandemic.” Written by Rich Orloff, it is a series of poems that respond to the world we have been living with Covid. The performance presents a positive look at what we have learned from this pandemic and offers hope for the future. It is a poignant and even humorous look accepting the changes that have been brought into our lives. Performances will be presented on Zoom on May 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and May 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling the theater box office at 304-574-4655, or you can stop by the box office from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday night. You will view the performance on your computer or electronic device. When you purchase your ticket, you will be given a Meeting ID number or computer link for your device. Several people can watch the show on a device for the price of one ticket. The Zoom software is free and easy to download. If you have questions about how to do that, the box office staff will advise you of the steps to download Zoom. Blessings from the Pandemic is directed by HFT veteran Gene Worthington. The play is produced in cooperation with Theatre Rights Worldwide. It features a number of HFT regulars, including Jan Neal, Jen Garvin, Josh Whisman, Deb Lamey, Robby Moore and Karen Vuranch. Worthington will also perform in the play. In addition, the Historic Fayette Theater would also like to thank Concord University for its support of this performance. The Zoom presentation of Blessings from the Pandemic will kick off the 2021 season at the Historic Fayette Theater. For more information or to purchase a ticket for this Zoom presentation on May 7, 8 and 9, please call the Historic Fayette Theater at 304-574-4655 or email email@example.com.
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 volors. 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.”
Waste Tire Collection — The Fayette County Solid Waste Authority, along with the state Department of Environmental Protection and its REAP program, will host a waste tire collection on Wednesday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old Kmart off Route 19 in Oak Hill. Only tires from state residents will be accepted. Have your state ID ready when you sign in. There is a 10 tire limit per person. Only car and light truck tires will be accepted. For more information, call 304-640-0749.
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 (Saturdays, May 8, 15 and 22); pick a movie night (Tuesdays, May 11, 18 and 25, 5:30 p.m.); craft (Thursdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 3 p.m.); and storytime (Fridays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 1 p.m.). Meadow Bridge (FB, 53 Montrado Street, Meadow Bridge, 304-484-7942) — Toddler Time (Mondays, May 10, 17 and 24 at 11 a.m.); Girl Scouts (Tuesday, May 18 at 4 p.m.); Homework Club (Wednesdays, May 12, 19 and 26 at 3 p.m.); Planting Love (Thursdays, May 6 and 20, all day); 4-H (Tuesdays, May 11 and 25 at 4 p.m.); adult coloring and coffee (Wednesday, May 12, all day); and Legos (Thursday, May 13, all day). Administration Office (FC, 531 Summit Street, Oak Hll, 304-465-5306) — Movie Night with The Wicker Man (Wednesday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m.); and adult book club (Thursday, May 13 at 6 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 (Wednesdays, May 12, 19 and 26 at 10:30 a.m.); STEM (Friday, May 7 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 (Mondays, May 10, 17 and 24 at 11 a.m.); Echo Planting (Tuesday, May 18 at 11 a.m.); STEM (Thursdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 4 p.m.); storytime (Fridays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 11 a.m.); tile painting (Tuesdays, May 11 and 25 at 11 a.m.); wreath making (Wednesdays, May 12 and 26 at 11 a.m.); and Memorial Day craft (Wednesday, May 19 at 11 a.m.). Montgomery (FM, 507 Ferry Street, Montgomery, 304-442-5665) — storytime (Wednesdays, May 12, 19 and 26 at 5 p.m.); Lego/Knex (Thursdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27, all day); create a Mother’s Day card (Friday, May 7 at 1 p.m.); frog jumping craft (Thursday, May 13 at 1 p.m.); 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 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 11 a.m.); and baby lapsit livestream (Tuesdays, May 11 and 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 11 — The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck; 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and 224-225-1202.