FREE - The High School Equivalency Test is still free in West Virginia. However, you do need to pass a Practice Test first. Call 304-354-6151 Extension 106 to schedule a test or just come in to an Adult Basic Education class. Calhoun County classes are held at the Career Center on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30-3:30 and Wednesday from 4-6 and Gilmer County classes are at St. Marks Church on Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6. There are also Distance Ed classes available through Arnoldsburg Elementary. Don’t wait. Call now.



The Women, Infants, and Children [WIC] Nutrition Program is a supplemental foods program for pregnant, post-partum, or breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to the age of five. WIC provides food, breastfeeding support and nutrition education to families in Calhoun County. To apply for the WIC Program or to receive more information call the local office at 304-354-6898 or the main office in Parkersburg at 304-428-3688. WIC Clinic is at 186 Hospital Drive Building 2, Suite 3, Grantsville each Wednesday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.



Each Friday beginning a 2 p.m. The focus of these groups will be Kindergarten Readiness Skills for children 3 to 5 years old, but all ages birth to 5 years are welcome to attend. Come out and join in on all the fun we have each week. Snacks are alway provided! Ann one lucky parent will be drawn to receive a prize. For more information call Debra Smith at Pleasant Hill Elementary School at 304-354-6022.



The Friends of Minnie Hamilton auxiliary group is hosting their annual Dove Tree campaign. Each year, doves are placed on a Christmas tree in the lobby at Minnie Hamilton honoring or remembering loved ones during the holiday season. The cost is $5 per dove and the funds raised goes toward projects and scholarship that benefit the local community.

This year’s tree is dedicated to Mrs. Pearle Johnson, who has tirelessly committed hundreds of hours to this project over the last several years. A date for the dove placing will be announced in November if you wish to participate. To purchase a dove for the 2018 campaign, please send $5 to Carol Sloane at 186 Hospital Drive Grantsville, WV 26147 or stop by the gift shop or front desk at Minnie Hamilton.



PERSONAL CARE PROVIDER POSITIONS - The Calhoun County Committee on Aging (CCCOA) is accepting applications for Personal Care Providers. Personal Care Providers are a valuable asset to our Organization and to our community, providing care in the home for those whom cannot fully care for themselves.

Applicants must have a valid CPR card and reliable transportation. CCCOA is an equal opportunity employer, and provides free training for the position.

All adults with no physical lifting restrictions, including those age 60 and over, are encouraged to apply. All applicants are subject to a Criminal Investigation Background check by the W.Va. State Police. Applicants must submit three letters of reference along with an application that can be obtained at the center. or downloaded and printed   here   Please call 354-7017 for more information.


NOTE OF THANKS - To all friends and family of Jessica Ellison, we’d like to thank each and every one of you for your heart felt love, prayers, and sympathy cards. It truly shows how many people she touched during her time with us! We’d like to leave you all with a short poem which she had favored:

Sometimes it’s hard to understand
And Harder still to say
“Thy will be done”
When sorrow comes
And sadness fills our day
But faith was meant
For times like these
And if we take God’s hand
With loving wisdom He will help
Our hearts to understand

With deepest love and thanks,
- The Ellison and Stickle Family



BIG OTTER COMMUNITY CENTER MUSIC - Live Music Shows Every Friday Night. Doors open at 4 p.m. music begins at 7 p.m. 50/50 Drawings, Door Prize, Concessions, Donation of $2.00 accepted. For more info call 304-286-2672. Big Otter Community Center is located on Rt. 16/Big Otter Hwy. Exit 40 I-79 then South 2 miles toward Ivydale, WV. Friday, October 12th features Rough Cut Country.


ANNUAL TRAIL RIDE - The Central WV Riding Club will be holding its annual trail ride on Sunday, October 21, at the home of John and Kathy Given on Sugar Camp Rd. in Gassaway. The ride will leave at 1:00 p.m. with a covered dish dinner following the ride. For more information call (304)364-5576 or (304)364-2273.


ORLANDO BAPTIST CHURCH FALL REVIVAL OCT. 24-27 at 7:00 p.m. each evening. 24th- Pastor Chris Tatman-Special Music-Tracy Miller; 25th-Evangilist Steve Boggs-Special Music-Shari Johnson/The Jesus Chick; 26th-Pastor Jeff Ramsey-Special Music-Pastor Chris Tatman; 27th-Pastor: Coffer “Bud” Cochran-Special Music-Jimmy and Rachel Smarr. 3894 Oil Creek Road Orlando, WV. Directions- Burnsville, WV to Circle Drive go 6 tenths of a mile, turn onto Oil Creek Road go 3.9 miles, church will be on the right across railroad tracks, driveway to the church is before the bridge at the end of the guardrails.

LUNCH - Retired DHHR employees of Braxton and Clay counties will get together Wednesday, October 24, at Shoneys in Flatwoods at 12:00 noon.


UPPER WEST FORK PARK HALLOWEEN PARTY - Halloween Party at the Upper West Fork Park at Chloe beginning at 6:00 p.m.

GCVFD ANNUAL DEER HUNTERS BINGO - Friday, October 26, at the Gilmer County volunteer Fire Dept. Doors open at 5:00 games start at 6:00 p.m. 20 Games for $20 donation. Extra packets are $5 each. 21st Game will be $1 per square playing for a crossbow! Must purchase your ticket ahead of time to be eligible for door prize drawings, call (681-495-8123, leave message. Refreshments will be sold. Prizes include: tree stand, deer blind, 2 different sets of scent blocker, swivel chair, gun case, charcoal smoker, gun cleaning kit, ear protection, vacuum sealer, processing kit (knives), jerky gun, bow target, 2 different pair of binoculars, electric meat grinder, gun sling, cleaning kit (knives), backpack with hydration bladder, shooting stick.

BIG OTTER COMMUNITY CENTER MUSIC - Live Music Shows Every Friday Night. Doors open at 4 p.m. music begins at 7 p.m. 50/50 Drawings, Door Prize, Concessions, Donation of $2.00 accepted. For more info call 304-286-2672. Big Otter Community Center is located on Rt. 16/Big Otter Hwy. Exit 40 I-79 then South 2 miles toward Ivydale, WV. Friday, October 12th features Frank Conn.


WEST CENTRAL BEEKEEPING ASSOCIATION - The next meeting of the WCBA will be held Saturday, October 27th at 1:00 p.m. at the COA building, 811 Madison Avenue Spencer, WV. The public is invited.


CRESTON HALLOWEEN PARTY - The Creston Community Building will be hosting it’s annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 27th beginning at 4 pm. We will be sharing a meal, so please bring something to share. We will be decorating pumpkins, judging costumes, playing games and enjoying a haunted hayride. Rain date October 28th 4 pm.

MINNIE HAMILTON TRICK-OR-TREAT - Minnie Hamilton Health System - Long Term Care Unit will be participating in Community Trick or Treat on Saturday, October 27. The hours will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the children of the community.

GRANTSVILLE TRICK OR TREAT - October 27 from 5 to 6 p.m. with a block party in front of the courthouse with Trunk or Treat from 6-7:30 p.m.


ANNUAL PET BLESSING & COSTUME CONTEST - The Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will have their Annual Pet Blessing & Pet Costume Contest on Sunday, October 28 at the Mt. Zion Community Park at 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend, have pets Blessed and enter them in the contest. No pre-registration required.


BIG OTTER ELEMENTARY HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR - Saturday, November 3 from 8:00am-4:00pm at Big Otter Elementary, 59 Ossia Road, Duck WV. To reserve your table call 304-382-5400. Directions: From Charleston, 1-79 North, exit 40. Turn right and travel 1 mile. Big Otter Elementary is on the left. From Clarksburg, 1-79 South, exit 40. Turn left and travel 1 mile. Big Otter Elementary is on the left.

MEET THE CANDIDATES - Saturday, Nov. 3 from 4-7 p.m. at the Upper West Fork Park at Chloe.

WAG Mix & MATCH BINGO FUNDRAISER - The Welfare of Animals Group (WAG) will hold a Mix & Match Bingo at the Arnoldsburg Community Building on Saturday, November 3, at 5 pm. Doors open at 4 pm. There will be 20 games for $20. Bring a bag of cat food for an extra prize drawing. Prizes include Longaberger, Thirty-one, Vera Bradley, Case Knives, and much more, with raffles, door prizes, 50-50 drawing, and concessions. Donations of baked goods also greatly appreciated. Proceeds will fund the spay/neuter programs for Calhoun County animals. For questions call Linda Buchanan at 304-354-7506.

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