-- Southern Cross Chapter, UDC — The Southern Cross Chapter #2001 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the third Saturday of each month at noon for luncheon and meeting, alternating between Oak Hill and Beckley. For information and location of the meeting, call Earldine Robinson at 304-575-0905 or Joan Dickerson at 304-574-0692.
-- Water Quality Standards Program — The Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Quality Standards Program semi-annual public meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 30, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Coopers Rock Conference Room at DEP headquarters, located at 601 57th St., S.E., Charleston. During the meeting, staff will update the public on relevant Water Quality Standards Program information and recent program research efforts. A complete meeting agenda will be posted on the Water Quality Standards Program Web site http://www.dep.wv.gov/WWE/Programs/wqs prior to the meeting. For more information about the meeting, please contact Kevin Coyne at 304-926-0499 or via e-mail at Kevin.R.Coyne@wv.gov.
-- Board of Education — The Fayette County Board of Education will convene as follows: special meeting (Local School Improvement Councils — Meadow Bridge area schools) — Monday, April 30, Meadow Bridge High School, 6 p.m.; regular meeting — Monday, May 7, BOE office, 6 p.m.; and regular meeting — Monday, May 21, Fayetteville High School, 6 p.m.
-- Fayette County Commission — The Fayette County Commission will meet Monday, May 14 (special meeting, canvass primary election); Friday, May 18 (regular); Friday, June 1 (regular); Friday, June 15 (regular); Friday, June 29 (regular) at 9 a.m. in the Fayette County Commission chambers of the Fayette County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public.
-- FARSE — Fayette Association of Retired School Employees (FARSE) will meet April 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Quality Inn in Fayetteville. The group also will meet May 19. Please contact Mary Alice Casebolt, president, at 304-877-3488; Darlene Allen, vice president, at 304-469-4859; or Angelita Berry, secretary, at 304-438-5578 if you have questions.
-- GED Exam — Ceresa Pettit, Fayette County GED examiner, announces the May GED exam will be held on Tuesday, May 1 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, May 3 at 4 p.m. at the Fayette Institute of Technology, 300 W. Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill. West Virginia GED policy requires that all applicants pass the Official Practice Test prior to test registration. The Official Practice Test and GED test registration are available in the Adult Basic Education/GED classroom at Fayette Institute of Technology Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 until 8 p.m. Deadline for registration for the free April GED exam is Thursday, April 26. Applicants must present a valid driver’s license or state photo ID to be placed on the list. To receive additional information or to request accommodations, please call 304-469-2911, ext. 1.
-- EMT Mining Class — The following class has been scheduled: 60-hour EMT mining, at Beckley Mine Safety Health Academy beginning at 8 a.m. April 28. Contact RESA I, 400 Neville Street, Beckley, at 304-256-4712, ext. 1107 or 1108; or 800-766-7372 for more information.
-- Leadership Fayette County Graduation — Rocket Boy Roy Lee Cooke will be the special guest speaker at this year’s Leadership Fayette County graduation on Sunday, May 13. Special tickets have been set aside to enable additional Fayette County students to hear Cooke’s address. The tickets can be purchased as a tax-deductible contribution of $75 each and include dinner for the selected students. Anyone interested may contact the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce at 304-465-5617 and ask to speak to Sharon or Cindy.
-- Relay for Life — The local Wal-mart in Fayetteville is raising funds for this year’s Relay for Life, Friday, June 14 at Oak Hill High School football field beginning at 6:30 p.m. The store is once again sponsoring the Celebrate, Hope and Remember Tree at the store. Located on the grocery side entrance, this tree is touching, heartwarming, sad, all at the same time. Each heart, that is rustically handmade, hangs in memory of your loved one, in hoping and support for a cure for someone who is battling and in celebration of those who fought the battle and won. Each costs just $3 at the store’s service desk and all proceeds go to the relay and ACS. For more info, call 304-574-1086.
-- White Oak Rail Trail Expo — The first ever White Oak Rail Trail Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, on the White Oak Rail Trail in Oak Hill. Vendor spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a fee of $10. Any businesses, community organizations, or individuals are invited to rent vendor spots to sell their products, get the word out about their group, or even have a yard sale or flea market. For more information, e-mail Vicki Setterl at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristi Atha-Rader at email@example.com.
-- Golf Tournament — Saints Peter & Paul will host its annual golf tournament on Saturday, April 28 at Bridge Haven. Contact the school at 304-465-5045 for additional information and/or to reserve your team.
Places to Go/Things to Do
-- Humorous Visit — To celebrate National Humor Month, the Oak Hill Public Library will host author and humorist Rhayne Thomas. Visit the library for an evening of laughter and wit Thursday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. For more details, contact the library at 304-469-9890. Remember, “A day without laughter is a day wasted” (Charlie Chaplin).
-- The Duttons — On Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m., The Duttons will perform at Nicholas County High School in Summersville, presented by Ivy & Stone, Council for the Arts. This is a musical variety extravaganza as seen on America’s Got Talent. The Dutton Family’s musicality, originality, energy, and innate ability to share with their audience makes this family show very special. Tickets may be purchased in advance at local Summersville ticket outlets, including Soundwaves Music, Summersville Public Library, and at all First Community Bank branches; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by calling 304-872-4228 (leave a message). Advance sale tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be $3 more at the door on the night of the performance. Family tickets of 2 adults and 2 or more children can be purchased at the door for $35.
-- Murder Mystery — Get ready for an evening of songs and shenanigans as the Historic Fayette Theatre presents “Dream of Murder,” an audience participation murder mystery presented by The In Cahoots Players April 27-29 as a dinner theater. Tickets for the show only for $10 a person (deadline was April 24 for the dinner portion of the evening). The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 304-574-4655 on Tuesday or Thursday between 6 and 8 p.m. or go to www.brownpapertickets.com.
-- Summersville Sings the Gospel — REACH By FAITH Ministries presents the first sing of the 11th annual Summersville Sings the Gospel 2012 series on Saturday, May 5, in the Old Main Building auditorium, Old Main Drive, Summersville, at 6 p.m. This is a special Ladies Sing the Gospel night, featuring women singers. Singing will be Sister Song (Patty, GG and Janet), Martha Bell, The Chosen Ones and Amy Perkins, all from Summersville; and Christine and Amber Pomeroy from Richwood. Admission is free, and a love offering will be received. Everyone is welcome.
-- Taking My Identity Back — The Pleasant Valley Baptist Church at Carlisle will host “Taking My Identity Back” on May 26 at 5 p.m. The theme of May is Getting Past Our Differences/Learning to Love One Another. Featured speakers will be Evangelist Gloria Allan with her Praise Team of Beckley’s Welcome Baptist Church and Sister Vicki Warren of Beckley’s Word of Truth C.O.G.I.C. The theme is taken from 1 Corinthians chapter 13:4-8.
-- Revival — There will be a revival at Mount Hope Assembly of God, 304 Virginia Avenue, Mount Hope, through April 26 featuring Evangelist Stephen Board. Services are: Sunday, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; and Monday through Thursday, 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
-- 40-Day Revival — Liberty Baptist Church of Victor will hold a 40-day revival through May 10. Services will begin at 7 p.m. each evening. Preaching and singing will be provided each night. Please call 304-640-1568 for more information or directions.
-- The Awakening: Gathering Of Eagles Friends and Family Conference — The Awakening: Gathering Of Eagles Friends and Family Conference will be held May 10-13 at Living Waters Christian Fellowship, Montgomery. Services are as follows: May 10 at 7 p.m., Bishop Fred Simms; May 11 at 7 p.m., Elder Mark Walker Jr.; May 12 at 11 a.m., Pastor Terrance Hamm; and May 13 at 11 a.m., Pastor Angela Hamm. All services are free and open to the public. Please register to enter your name in the door prize drawing. There will be a complimentary luncheon following the service on May 12. For additional information, please contact 304-545-2835.
-- Quartet Convention — The West Virginia Quartet Convention will be held Sunday, May 6 at Eagle Central Baptist Church, Eagle, beginning at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
-- Gospel Sing — Simms Memorial Methodist Church, Swiss, will host a gospel sing Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. featuring Laurel Creek and The Preast Family. Pastors Brad Blanchard and Clarence Thomas welcome everyone.
-- Bob Evans Fundraiser — Bob Evans restaurants in Beckley and Fayetteville will host a fundraiser all day Thursday, April 26 for the Keagan Vickers Dance Education Fund. Fifteen percent of proceeds from diners who present this calendar notice at either of the restaurants on that day will go to support the Fayette County dancer. Please present the calendar post at checkout. For more, call 304-663-3037.
-- Pennies for Paws — Meadow Bridge High School senior Kaitlyn Crowe, as her senior project, is sponsoring a Pennies for Paws event from April 30 through May 3. The penny drive will raise funds for the Raleigh County Humane Society. Collection jars will be set up at the Danese and Meadow Bridge post offices and local businesses such as Dollar General and Roger's Bestway. To make a larger donation, or to volunteer, contact the Raleigh County Humane Society at 304-228-9047 or through the group’s Facebook page.
-- Indoor Sale — There will be an indoor Sale at Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle at 124 Oyler Avenue in Oak Hill behind Rite-Aid on May 4-5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will go to building repairs.
-- Goldeneers Rummage Sale — The Goldeneers Senior Citizens will sponsor the group’s annual rummage sale on May 4-5, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, in the O.C. Rushing Center at the Oak Hill Nazarene Church. Also for sale will be hot dogs, barbecues and beans and corn bread.
-- Ramp Dinner — Simms Memorial Methodist Church, Swiss, will be host a ramp dinner Saturday, May 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $10 for all you can eat adults, $5 for children and free for those under 5. There will be pinto beans, ham, fried potatoes and ramps, ramp casserole, meat loaf with ramps, scrambled eggs and ramps, fried ramps, hot cabbage, cornbread and desserts. Food without ramps will be available also.
-- Fayette County Starting Points — The Fayette County Starting Points will stage a hot dog/bake sale fundraiser on Friday, April 30. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the banquet hall of the center, which is located in the old Falls View School on Rte. 60. Hot dogs will cost $1.25 each. Dine in or carry out. A meal including a hot dog, chips, drink and dessert will cost $2.50. Orders of 10 or more will be delivered. Orders can be placed now at 304-779-3109.
-- OHHS Class of 1977 — The Oak Hill High School Class of 1977 will have its 35th class reunion on July 27-28. The festivities will include a Meet and Greet on Friday evening at The Lewis House on Main Street in Oak Hill from 7 to 9 p.m. and a dinner dance on Saturday evening at White Oak Country Club beginning at 6 p.m. Cost for both evenings will be $40 per person/$80 per couple. Reunion organizers are currently searching for address of classmates. If you or someone you know graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1977, please contact one of the following: Cindy Vicars Hess at 304-663-8773, Paula Sizemore Carter at 304-575-7756, Pansy Hodge Jordan at 304-890-6376, Diane Summers Smith at 304-663-1122, Denise Albright Smithson at 304-465-3658, Teresa Richmond McVey at 304-465-1417 or David Wood at 304-640-6847. You may also contact us on Facebook, or by e-mailing email@example.com.
-- MHS Class of 1973 — The Montgomery High School Class of 1973 will hold its 40-year reunion in 2013 to mark the 40th year since graduation. If you are one of those graduates and you are interested in helping plan a reunion, please contact Pamela Burs Valentine at 304-768-4751 after 5: p.m. or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 30 in order to get started making plans. If you know of a graduate from the class, please send their name and e-mail address.