Lizemores Elementary will hold its annual fifth grade fundraiser, Spring Fling Bingo, on Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m., featuring many prizes including purses and primitives. Early bird tickets are $20 for 20 boards or $25 at the door. See a LES fifth grader for your early bird ticket.

 

Officials from the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (WVDVA) are scheduled to visit Clay County on Friday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Clay County Clerk’s office, 246 Main Street, Clay. A WVDVA Veterans Service Officer and a Veterans Social Worker will be on hand to provide guidance to veterans who wish to file for federal or state benefits, such asfederal VA pensions or service-connected disabilities. Widows’ pensions and VA home loans are among other potential benefits. Sessions are conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis, and calling ahead of time is encouraged. For more information, call 304-872-0829.

 

The Wallback Lake Youth Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, April 22, at Wallback Lake, Wallback, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Preschool-kindergarten: 8-8:45 a.m.; first and second grade: 9-9:45 a.m.; third, fourth and fifth grade, 10-10:45 a.m.; sixth grand and up through 14 years old: 11-11:45 a.m. All young sportsmen must be registered and accompanied by an adult. Registration and liability form must be signed. Bring your own pole and bait. No fish are to be released. Two-trout limit. There will be snacks, drinks and giveaways. Special attractions include Bobber the Water Safety Dog and “Cars” Lightning and Towmater. Sponsored by WVDNR and volunteers. For more information, or to make a donation, contact Connie or Jackie Sizemore at 304-587-4492.

Clay County’s Pre-K and Kindergarten registration have begun for Big Otter Elementary, Clay Elementary, H. E. White Elementary, and Lizemore Elementary.  Bring the following documents to registration:  A certified copy of your child’s birth certificate (a certified birth certificate is one that is obtained from the state registrar or vital statistics office in the state where the child is born), updated immunization record; well-child check-up and your child’s most recent dental check-up. Also, at this event your child will participate in screenings, such as, developmental screenings (DIAL-4), speech/language, hearing, and vision. If your child is Head Start eligible, bring proof of income to registration. To schedule an appointment to register, call Teresa Drake at 304-286-3115 or Sharon Mullins at 304-587-1169. If your child is currently enrolled in school, he/she does not need to attend registration. Registration dates are: Lizemore Elementary, March 24; Clay Elementary, April 7; Big Otter Elementary, April 28. 4/30

A food handlers class will be held at the Clay County Health Department on Wednesday March 22, at 2 p.m. Cost is $10 (fee is non-refundable unless CCHD cancels class). Make check or money order for $10 to Clay County Health Dept., P.O. Box 36, Clay WV 25043. Food cards are good for two years.

 

TASC Testing (formerly known as the GED) is scheduled at Clay County High School on Thursday, March 16, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The TASC Test is free to anyone. However, candidates must first pass a TASC Readiness Assessment and meet certain requirements prior to registering to take the official TASC Test.  Free classes are available Monday through Friday at the Valley Fork Learning Center, provided by Clay County Adult Education/RESA. Online preparation classes are also available. If your scores meet the minimum requirements, you may take the official test without taking classes. Contact Adult Education Instructor James Adkins, at the Valley Fork Learning Center, located at Wallback (Old Valley Fork Elementary), at 587-1191 to schedule a time to take the TASC Readiness Assessment and for additional information about TASC classes as well as the official TASC Test. Classes and assistance are also available to prepare for the next step of entering college or finding a job. Take advantage of this great opportunity to open doors to a better future! 4/30

The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in West Virginia of the deadline to submit  disaster loan  applications for  economic  injury caused  by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides on June 22-29, 2016.  The deadline to apply for a working capital disaster loan is March 27, 2017. Low-interest disaster loans are available Clay County. Working capital disaster loans up to $2 million are available at 4 percent for small businesses, and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. The loans are intended to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. To be considered for this assistance, eligible entities need to apply by the deadline. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

The WV Natural Resources Police will hold a Hunter Education Class in Clay County at the Clay Co. Middle School on March 25-26. The class will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 1-7 p.m. on Sunday.  Students must attend all hours of both days of the course and pass a written and hands-on test to be certified. Legislation requires any person born on or after January1, 1975, must present proof of certification from an approved hunter education course to the license agent to purchase a base hunting license. The course is open to the public and is free of charge. Students must be 10 years of age by the final day in order to receive permanent certification. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult. Class size is limited to 45 students, so pre-registration is required. To register, contact Misty at the WV DNR District 3 office at304-924-6211 Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Clay County Health Department is expanding its services. New services will include well child checkups, sick visits, chronic care, breast and cervical cancer screenings at free or not cost; as well as pap smears and mammograms and many more services. All major insurances are accepted — HMOs, PEIA, Blue Cross Blue Shields, United Health Care, Medicare and Medicaid, etc. Family planning will also be available for free or a low cost, as well as immunizations.  CHD is expanding their services due to funding reductions by the state and an assurance of continued reductions in the future. CHD also provides Women, Infant and Children (WIC) services and Right from the Start Services. Hours of operation for CHD are Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-4 p.m. Call CHD at 304-587-4269 for more information.

 

The Clay County WIC office, located at 452 Main Street in Clay, is open to serve the public every Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. All Central WV WIC offices will be closed April 14  in observance of Good Friday. The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) is a supplemental foods program for pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding women, infants and children, under the age of five. WIC provides supplemental foods and nutrition education to qualifying participants. To apply for the WIC program, or to receive more information, call 304-587-2323.

 

Monday after-school tutoring takes place every Monday at the Lizemores Church of the Nazarene from 4-6 p.m. Students who need help with homework or extra skills practice can come by Lizemores Nazarene and be assisted by teachers and other volunteers. A light snack will be served. Please ensure that all participating students have something to work on.

 

The meeting schedule for CAEZ board meetings in 2017 is as follows: Tuesday, April 4; Tuesday, May 2; Tuesday, June 6; July Meeting – to be announced; Tuesday, Aug. 1; Tuesday, Sept. 5 (to be held at different location); Tuesday, Oct. 3; Tuesday, Nov. 7; Tuesday, Dec. 5. Meeting will be held in the Clay County Courthouse Commission Room. Economic Development Committee meets at 4 p.m. and  board of directors meets at 6 p.m.