Fayette County Public Library — The Fayette County Public Library board of trustees will meet Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. in the system’s administration building at 531 Summit Street, Oak Hill.
Fayetteville Town Council — The Fayetteville Town Council will meet Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 125 North Court Street, Fayetteville. Following is the meeting’s agenda: prayer by Robert Morey, Christ Fellowship Church; call to order and Pledge of Allegiance; minutes from previous meetings; review and approval of financial report; visitors’ agenda — James Blankenship for street abandonment; unfinished business — budget revision (treasurer) and discuss and consider website company; new business — discuss and consider insurance proposals, second reading to increase the membership of the Fayetteville Municipal Planning Commission Zoning, resolution adopting Complete Streets; reports from boards — Parks and Recreation Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Dilapidated Buildings, Fairs and Festivals, Fayetteville Beautification Commission, Fayetteville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Municipal Planning Commission, Historic Landmark Commission, Huse Park Commission, Municipal Building Commission, Old High School Building Board, Parking Authority, Water Quality Board, Fire Department, Police Department, possible executive session for personnel issue, possible executive session for legal advice; council comments — Lori Tabit, Brian Good, Gabe Pena, Zenda Vance, Okey Skdmore, Stanley Boyd; upcoming events — Oct. 19 (Bridge Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Route 19 closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Oct. 31 (Halloween, 6 to 8 p.m., porch lights on if participating), Nov. 11 (Veterans Day Parade, 11 a.m.) and Dec. 7 (Fayetteville Christmas Parade, 2 p.m.). Adjourn until Nov. 7.
Mount Hope City Council Special Meetings — The council of the City of Mount Hope will hold two special meetings next month. On Thursday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m., the special meeting will be held for council to consider the first reading of a new zoning ordinance. At 6 p.m., the council will hold a special meeting to consider the second reading of a new zoning ordinance. Any interested party may appear before the council at either meeting and be heard. The meetings will be held in the community room at Mid-Town Terrace, Mount Hope.
Ernie Nester Chapter Trout Unlimited — The monthly meetings of the Ernie Nester Chapter of Trout Unlimited are held at the South Charleston Public Library. The meetings offer a social period at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker/program will begin at 7 p.m. The program speaker for Thursday, Oct. 3 will be Glenn Nelson, program coordinator, Save Our Streams, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Glenn will be discussing the types of bugs in area streams and the Save Our Streams Program.
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: Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.
Fayette County Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will meet on Tuesdays, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. each evening at the BOE office.
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.
Fall Clean-up at Huse Memorial Park — Huse Memorial Park’s annual fall clean-up is scheduled for Oct. 14. Individuals are urged to come by prior to this date to get any decorations you have placed on a grave that you wish to save. New decorations may be placed beginning Nov. 1. Items not allowed to be placed on a lot within the cemetery include, but are not limited to, the following shepherd’s hooks, standup decorations, coping, curbing, decorative rocks, fencing, hedging, grave mounds, borders or enclosures. No decorations of any type are permitted in trees or cemetery plantings. Flags may be placed on graves on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Flag Day and Veterans Day. Flags should be kept to 12x18 inches in size or smaller. Flags are subject to removal by Huse Memorial Park Commission and the Town of Fayetteville 10 days after the holiday. Glass is prohibited at all times. Devotional lights of any type are prohibited in the cemetery.
Christmas Market Vendors Wanted — The City of Smithers and Fish Insurance Group will host the annual Christmas market again this year. The market is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Valley PK-8 (former Valley High School). Vendors and food vendors interested in participating should send a message to the event host from the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/454648791808600/. There will be shopping, food and drinks, entertainment, prize drawings and Santa will be on hand with a gift for kids. Table rental is $20 with an additional $5 charge if power is needed. All proceeds will benefit the Fayette Starting Points Resource Pantry.
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.
Vendors Wanted — There will be a Halloween Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 4 p.m. until midnight at Hawks Nest State Park. Vendor spaces are 8x10 and vendors should bring their own canopy, tables, chairs, etc. They are requested to decorate their spaces with a Halloween them and may also pass out candy if desired. For more information, or to register as a vendor, contact Kid Quest at 304-640-6776.
Waste Tire Collection — The Fayette County Solid Waste Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection’s REAP program sponsor a waste tire collection the third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Walmart off Route 19 at Fayetteville. Collection dates (as weather permits) through the end of the year are Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. Only tires from state residents will be accepted, so please have your West Virginia ID ready at sign in. A 10-tire limit per person will be enforced. Tires (only car or light truck tires, 16 inches or less) must be off the rim. For more information, call 304-574-4339.
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
Hope Is Rising — The Center of Hope, 319 Main Street, Oak Hill, will host the Hope Is Rising community event on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. There will be free hot dogs and chips served and live music will be provided by the Hallelujah Brothers. Members of a local Boy Scout Troop will conduct the presentation of colors. Guest speakers will include Teri Harlan, director of the Fayette County Health Department, and Caitlyn Adkins and Misty Woodard will share their experiences. There will be a candlelight service as dusk and closing prayer will be by Pastor Mike Meadows of the First Brethren Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Terri’s Tribute Blood Drive — Terri’s Tribute has announced the 2019 memorial blood drive will be Nov. 9 at the Lewis Center in Oak Hill. Please make plans to join the group and give blood so others may live. Terri’s Tribute is an organization dedicated to help those struggling with cancer and to raise funds for scholarships of local children who have lost a parent to cancer. The group originally was organized in support of the late Terri Massey. October 29 will mark 10 years since Massey’s passing and the blood drives have allowed her friends and supporters to help many many patients in her honor.
Music Makers Lecture and Panel Discussion — Led by curator Jessica O’Hearn, Music Maker Foundation founder Tim Duffy will be joined by West Virginia State Folklorist Emily Hilliard and Clay County Fiddler John Morris, to discuss the importance of supporting artists with opportunities and funding and preserving artistic and cultural history at the Music Makers Lecture and Panel Discussion at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will learn how the Music Makers Foundation and the WV Folklife program have assisted many artists and practitioners to forge a path to success, and preserve musical traditions. This event is free and open to the public.
Shamrock Shindig Fall Ride — The Shamrock Shindig Fall Ride will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 beginning at The Tractor Bar in Mount Nebo. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the ride starts at 10 a.m. The ride through scenic Nicholas County has an entry fee of $20 which includes a poker hand, the ride fee and lunch at the end of the ride. All proceeds will benefit the Mount Nebo St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc. Other activities include T-shirt sales, a 50/50 and raffle. All riders must pay the ride fee regardless of age and riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet according to West Virginia State Law. For more information, please contact Mike Sales at 304-619-9644 or Jon Ceslovnik at 304-610-2195.
34th Pratt Fall Festival — The 34th annual Pratt Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The festival parade begins at 10 a.m. There will be live entertainment and vendor booths, as well as lots of great food, crafts, activities for kids (some free), and family fun. Openings are available for vendors and for participation in the parade. For vendor information, please call 304-444-2487. For parade participation, please call 304-444-2487. You also may email Prattfallfest@gmail.com
Square Dance — The Montgomery Hoedown Square Dance, featuring live music and a caller, will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. For more, see https://www.montgomery-herald.com/news/watershed-group-to-host-square-dance/article_a251feb8-ca80-11e9-96c9-f351d5ae3a11.html
Paint Creek Bike Ride — The 5th annual Paint Creek Bike Ride will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. The ride is held in conjunction with the Town of Pratt’s annual Fall Festival. Riders may choose between trips from Pratt to Mahan and back (30 miles) or to Pax and back (60 miles). Entry fee is $30 in advance (includes a commorative T-shirt) or $40 the day of the event. For more bike ride info, call 304-419-1891, email email@example.com or visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2903527439871946/.
Revival — The Jodie Missionary Baptist Church will hold a revival Oct. 14 to 18 at 7 p.m. each evening. Preaching will be Brother Mike Long. There will be special singing nightly. Pastor is Brother Daniel Sears. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Hot Dog and Vendor Sale — Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church on Terry Avenue off Gatewood Road, Oak Hill, will have a hot dog and vendor sale Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For more information, call 304-237-3339.
Spaghetti Dinner and Bake Sale — The Oak Hill Lions Club will host a spaghetti dinner and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, 3221 Main Street East, Oak Hill. The menu is spaghetti with choice of marinara or meat sauce, salad, rolls and drink for $8, dine in or carry out. All proceeds will go to assist with the club’s charities, including the eyeglasses program, Oak Hill High senior scholarships, Lions Club International Sight Foundation and other Oak Hill community projects. For more on the Oak Hill Lions Club, visit its Facebook page at Oak Hill WV Lions Club.
GBHS Class of 1989 — The Gauley Bridge High School Class of 1989 will hold its 30-year reunion Saturday, Oct. 5 in the Riverview Dining Hall at the Historic Glen Ferris Inn from 5 to 10 p.m. The menu will include prime rib, salmon, chicken buffet with dessert. Cost is $47.88 per person (tax and gratuity included). There will be a cash bar with beer and wine only.